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Magic Means 6 & 7 Are Out!

At long last, the dramatic, humorous and often sexy Magic Means series continues with two new books. Congregation: Magic Means 6 introduces a new character: Amy Angel. She’s escaping her stepfather, who has been keeping her under strict control as she models for his extremely chaste tease website, Christian Stars. Tired of getting little pay and no freedom, she slips out of her Stepfather’s grasp and makes her way to the Van Veld building, where she knows her old friend, Samantha will help her.

Amy Angel also brings bad news: the church her Stepfather’s involved with is preparing to protest the very existence of Van Veld Books, the first real Occult store in Old Town in years.

Meanwhile, Scott and Isabel explore their relationship and Old Town a little as they go on their first real date together. The rock star themed evening is sure to heat up. There are many more events in Congregation, which lead directly to the next book.

With the impending arrival of protestors and magicians from another world, the residents of the Van Veld Building find their own ways of dealing with, or avoiding stress. Inez begins to lean on old habits, hiding and peeping on people to see what they do when they think no one’s watching. Isabel and Scott are enjoying the afterglow of their first date and training new employees for the magic shop. Samantha is in hot pursuit of a new lover, but she’s still unsure of who she really wants; Ruby or Craig. Ruby continues to learn new things about who she may be, what magical power she might have and who she wants to flirt with most.

Mack and Lilith continue opening doors for the newcomer, Amy Angel, who is determined to become a sex star on the Internet to undermine her Stepfather and his wholesome picture site, of which she was the unpaid star model. There’s a lot going on, including a magical awakening, a mini-orgy, messy faeries, a new curse, a Peeping Pam, unexpected matchmaking, raging hormones and other things that I won’t spoil here.

You can find both books on my author pages at the following retailers:

Smashwords | Apple Books | Kobo | Barnes & Noble | Google Play

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Congregation: Magic Means Book 6 Is Almost Here!

Congregation: Magic Means Book 6

(If you’re new to the series, you can grab the first three books for free here).

On July 24, 2020, Congregation: Magic Means Book 6 will be out on all quality retailers. Sadly, that doesn’t include Amazon, you can refer to my earlier post about that if you want to know why.

This book takes us to the lighter side of the Magic Means series where Ruby the succubus is still trying to find out about her past and her place. Isabel and Scott finally have their first real date and they try doing things rock star style while Mack and Lilith find a new hobby, the first one they can explore together.

Meanwhile, a dark cloud looms. Bad news comes from an unlikely messenger; Amy Angel, the feature model of the ultra-clean, chaste Christian Stars website, where bare shoulders and steamy looks are the most the patrons get to see. She’s escaping her stepfather, who keeps nearly all the money from her photo shoots. He happens to own the religious supply store down the street, and is gathering people to protest Van Veld Books, accusing them of witchcraft.

He’s right, of course, there’s magic happening in the Van Veld building, and things are about to get even more mystical with the return of Isabel and Inez’s father, High Priest Mitchel. There are plenty of sexy shenanigans as well, as a Peeping Pam starts prowling about, and someone is about to discover they have more power than expected.

You can wait until it comes out on the 24th, or pre-order at the links below. Watch for an announcement about Enchanted: Book 7 of the Magic Means series, which will follow on the 28th.

Smashwords | Apple Books | Kobo |Barnes & Noble

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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