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Wicked Space Returns To Amazon

The EBook world is dominated by Amazon, so after over a year of trying my luck in the wild, I’ve decided to start publishing my work exclusively with them. That started with the Magic Means series, and now I’m throwing Wicked Space onto the stack.

The sexiest space opera in the galaxy returns, and I’m happy to announce that I’m working on the third book in that trilogy. Following that, I will be writing something new that I’m hinting at with the eye candy included with this post. I look forward to entertaining you with another volume of sexy, quirky, funny space opera.

For now, you can check out Wicked Space Dissent Books 1 and 2 using the links below. They’re free to anyone with Kindle Unlimited.

Amazon US Link
Amazon UK Link

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Magic Means Returns To Amazon

After a lengthy absence, the Magic Means series is back on Kindle Unlimited. After a look at the current books, my editor and I are certain that the series doesn’t cross the lines Amazon warns their authors not to cross. The series is still controversial and spicy, just not in the ways that would get the books and me kicked off the platform.

While I was happy to leave Amazon behind for a while, I didn’t find the subject matter that they forbade worth writing about. That’s mostly incest, bestiality and a few other topics. Unfettered, able to write with whatever kinks I wanted to get into, I found I didn’t wander into those forbidden topics, so there’s no reason to keep current and future work off Amazon’s shelves.

Sadly, since Kindle Unlimited requires that I publish exclusively with them, I’ve had to take my books down from other retailers. I’d like to thank everyone who bought my work while I was away from Amazon. They are the biggest ebook seller with the largest selection, so it’s good to be back. I hope everyone following the Magic Means series continues to do so there. Book 8 is already turning out to be the most story and character development packed book in the series with big plans for 9.

I invite you to check my Amazon page out here or search me out in your local Amazon site. Thank you so much to all three of my readers. You’re awesome!

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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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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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I’m On Facebook!

facebook thumbing youI know, so many people talk about leaving Facebook, so why am I running back into it’s waiting arms and feely hands as they pick my pockets (and my very soul!) for data and check the colour of my underpants like a creepy uncle?

It’s the biggest platform out there. Even if you fail to reach people on Facebook, you can at least say you had a toe-hold there, which is actually still worth something. So, if you want to get felt up by Facebook’s information seeking system with me, friend me, and check in to the Magic Means page. I’d like to see who is part of the community I’m building around these books.

I’ll be around these places:

My personal Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/damon.rain.9659

The Magic Means Facebook Group (join in if you enjoy any of my books, not just Magic Means): https://www.facebook.com/groups/magicmeans

Writing to you from behind a blackout curtain, trying to avoid Facebook’s leering gaze,

Damon Rain