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Too Taboo For Amazon

If I used this image as a cover on Amazon, it would likely get a book red flagged as adult content and hidden from search results.

This isn’t an attack on Amazon. I understand that they want to run their marketplace a certain way and it’s up to the people who want to offer things there to adjust to their rules. It’s obviously working for them right now. No one is more successful in retail, but there will always be people who belong on the fringe, and it turns out that I’m one of them.

In my opinion, Amazon is the most restrictive place to publish ebooks with erotic content and I don’t feel like what I’m going to be releasing this year fits there well. The next Magic Means novels could get my account banned on Amazon, which is something I can’t afford, so I’m going to be publishing on the other safe havens that will be happy to accept my work.

That includes Smashwords (the best platform for erotic content), Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and other platforms that will welcome most if not all the content I’m going to be releasing this year.

Sadly, thousands of people who downloaded the Magic Means series freebie (books 1-3 are free) won’t be able to find the next books on Amazon. While a simple search would remedy that, most readers won’t want to download anything outside of Amazon or they won’t care to learn how to, so I’ll lose them. Too bad. Magic Means is about to become even more awesome, they’ll miss it.

Books 6 and 7 are going to be released this summer, and they won’t be on Amazon because there is some religious, dubcon, gender bending and other taboo content within. The short stories and novellas I’ll be releasing won’t fit into Amazon’s plan either. I’d rather lean into the taboo than tone my work down, so freedom is important.

I tried writing Magic Means so it fit the restrictions Amazon puts on fiction, but that series invites creativity, controversy and runs head long into how free most of the characters are with their sexuality. As I explored the story and encounters in books six, seven and eight I found myself changing them to fit into the box Amazon built, to avoid the things that get books and accounts banned.

After the first draft of books six and seven, which were supposed to be out by now, I was severely disappointed. I bent over backwards to make those books tame enough for Amazon, but that sucked so much of the playful spirit and conflict out of the novels that I actually lost interest in working on the series at all.

I took a break from Magic Means for a few months then went back to edit books six and seven again. I decided to rewrite sections and edit the rest the way I wanted to, ignoring the restrictions I was avoiding so the books could be published on Amazon. Behold! Magic Means Books Six and Seven came back to life, with titillating fun and inter-character fascinations that I thought were much more enjoyable. It wasn’t that the new versions of these books were dirtier nessisarily, but you could tell they weren’t written while I was walking on eggshells. You could tell I wasn’t worrying about pissing some big corporation off anymore.

Sadly, similar books got some people banned from the Kindle Program completely. I respect Amazon and believe that what they’re doing is right for them, even if it doesn’t suit me, so instead of re-editing the books to suit their site, I’m not going to publish with them anymore. I’d rather stick to smaller platforms that want me than get ushered out of an establishment that doesn’t.

I’m going to miss out on a lot of money. We’re talking hundreds, probably thousands of dollars. Amazon is the biggest ebook marketplace in the world. After thinking about it for months, fixing two novels so they are better books instead of taming them so they fit in with what Amazon wants, I’ve decided I have to be okay with that. I write this stuff for titillation and fun. Not just yours, but mine too, and I’d like to be free to go wherever my muses take me. Unfortunately, they’re leading my more erotic work away from Amazon. That’s okay.

Please follow me to Smashwords, where perfectly formatted versions of my ebooks will be available for all your devices. If you’re already downloading my stuff on another platform, like Apple Books, Kobo or Barnes & Noble, that’s great too. I’m going to be releasing a lot over the summer, and I look forward to it.

Now the shackles come off (or go back on?). It’s time to have some real fun.

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Magic Means Books 1-3 Boxed Set [Free Forever!]

2019-Magic-Means-Box-Set-Cover-Unmodiiable-on-white-transparentNow, the three books that set up and explore the story of my favorite Occult Shop: Van Veld Books, are free forever in a brand new digital boxed set. You get everything you would if you were to buy books 1-3 separately as well as a big preview of Book 4, so you can enjoy the founding of the modern bookstore and see where the story starts to go from there.

I love writing Magic Means. it’s a series where so much is possible, and it’s so much more than a simple erotic series. It’s a slice-of-life series where you live with Scott, Isabel, Inez, Mack, Lilith, his faerie tribe and so many more characters as they try to find their way through life in Old Town.

Old Town is simply a quarter of Verlor, where free love didn’t end with the 60’s and a growing number of people practice the light side of magic. The worlds of faeries, elves, dwarves and humans intersect with increasing regularity, and there are secrets everywhere. The Dark Enclave, a group of evil magical practitioners, and other organizations would like to see Old Town come to an end, and they make this plain from the very beginning, as Scott starts setting up his shop.

It is truly an exciting world to tell stories in, and I often get lured into side plots that lead to erotic encounters with new and old characters as they flirt, experiment and celebrate each other. By making these books free, I’m inviting you to take a look at the very beginning, so you can see what I’m talking about and fall in love with one or more of the characters yourself.

I’m working on Magic Means Book 7 now, as I finish editing Book 6 with a group of brave copy editing faeries who have an endless appetite for this series, just like I do.

As of today, here are the sites that have it for free:

SMASHWORDS (I’d prefer you get all my books here. They treat authors & readers better than anyone else).
RAKUTEN KOBO
BARNES & NOBLE
GOOGLE PLAY
AMAZON

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Going Big In 2020

For an agonizing three months all my best books have only been available only on Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited platform. Sure, I opted in myself, but after spending on advertising, writing more content and releasing it wide (Magic Means Books 4-5), and working on other plans to get page reads there, things didn’t turn out as I would have liked.

Most importantly, people who didn’t want to grab my stuff from Amazon couldn’t get it elsewhere. As I discovered through a few direct messages and emails, that is definitely a problem.

So, soon you can expect to find my work everywhere, no more exclusives. That is, unless it’s one of my new short stories, which won’t appear on Amazon for the foreseeable future because those stories are too controversial or graphic for that platform.

I think there will be a day when Amazon removes most of the self-published controversial erotic content from their platform, and I plan on already being well established elsewhere, on platforms like Smashwords, where imaginative writers and interested readers can enjoy pretty much whatever they like. Barnes & Noble, Kobo Adult, and the Apple Books platform deserve a mention too. They haven’t caught the censorship bug yet.

So, on January 7, 2020, my books will be set free, and they’ll be available everywhere quality racy pop literature is sold. For Kindle Unlimited readers who discovered me there, you have until January 3 to read those pages, after that you have to buy my work like everyone else, but it’s worth it.

Until then, here are two free short, spicy stories you can download anywhere but Amazon. Teenage Hot Tub Threesome | Poolside Surprise

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A Teenage Hot Tub Threesome

Teenage-Hot-Tub-Threesome-GenericA new short that brings me back to the last of my high school days, when I was eighteen and had all the energy in the world. Check out my latest free ebook: Teenage Hot Tub Threesome.

This was a ditty I wrote for fun that I’m not too bashful to share. All characters featured are depicted as 18 or older. Remember, if you’re offended, I warned you about that and it’s all just fantasy.

You can get it in ePub or Kindle format from Smashwords.

 

 

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Magic Means Books 4 & 5 Release Date

2-book-boxset-books-4--5-TRANSPARENT-On November 21, 2019, Magic Means Books 4 and 5 are releasing in one boxed set. It’ll be available everywhere, not just on Amazon. This series is an obsession for me, and I’m so happy to continue the story.

These books continue the slice of life style of storytelling in and around the Van Veld Building, where anything can happen. There’s a lot going on as the High Priestess returns with a new plan for the Light Enclave and new characters move in, complicating and spicing up a lifestyle that was already exciting for Mack, Lilith, Isabel, her twin Inez and Scott.

This is the continuation of a writing obsession that puts character and story at the centre of an experience that celebrates drama and explicit erotic content. It’s the kind of series Penthouse might turn into a spicy soap opera, only with magic.

From the rooftop of the Van Veld Building where I’m watching over Old Town,

Damon Rain