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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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Exclusive to Kindle Unlimited Until January 5, 2020

LibrarianFor the next few months, I’m only offering my books through Amazon. This is an experiment that I decided to do because a lot of new authors are having great luck launching their careers there.

While I’m not a big fan of exclusivity, there is a huge upside. If you have a subscription to Kindle Unlimited, where you get to read an unlimited number of ebooks from a library of two million or more titles, you can read any of my books, especially the Magic Means series, for free.

So, if you have Kindle Unlimited, give me a try, here’s my list of books on Amazon.

After January 5, I’ll be re-publishing my ebooks with all the major platforms, so no matter what kind of device or service you like, you’ll be able to get your hands on my books.

I hope to see you back here after you’ve tasted my work!

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Wicked Space: Dissent Part 1 The Sexy Space Opera Begins

Wicked-Space-GenericI’ve always wanted to see a revival of sexy futuristic stories. Fit heroes and heroines who look good while they’re saving the universe (even if they’re chunks of it up at the same time), and believe the latex and chrome future they’re living in is free and kinky (baby).

Wicked Space: Dissent Book 1 is the introduction to a series that celebrates the latex and chrome style of science fiction, and since it’s an adult book, it’s thick with sex scenes that range from the comical to passionate. Meanwhile, we have endearing characters like Perry the handsome space adventurer and Bolts the femdroid who was reprogrammed for combat. He’s looking for his real dreamgirl while she’s looking for upgrades and trying to be more than his cheeky sidekick.

The whole thing is wrapped in a rebellion that strives to make breeding free for all after a major corporation has taken control of human reproduction.

I have to admit that I fell back in love with the first book as I was editing it. The first one is free and the second one will be super cheap.

SMASHWORDS | iBOOKS (APPLE) | AMAZON | KOBO | BARNES & NOBLE

Synopsis!
Krista, a mousy, bright woman is remade in the future as a gorgeous lady with a wicked libido by Regen, a corporation that controls most of human reproduction.  A Horny Mandroid, Space Cowboys and a resistance group who fights to make breeding free for all humanity make an already complicated rebirth even more exciting as she learns about sex, love, herself and how she can find freedom in a future obsessed with sex.

Wicked Space is a sexy science fiction space opera series that delivers steamy entertainment, drama and action thanks to characters like Krista and her friend Andi who worked for a bikini company in the 21st century but are reborn into beautiful bodies and made to serve Regen, the company that controls most human reproduction in the future. There’s more to the story as Perry and his faithful companion Bolts the sex android who was upgraded for combat and exploration go in search of technology and supplies for a resistance fighting to make breeding free for all. His brother Damon assists Laula as she schemes to liberate Krista and Andi from under Regen’s nose. They’re all destined to come together, but what will happen when they do? Will Regen realize two of their prized stock are about to be sprung free? Find out that and solve the mystery of the horny Mandroid in this sexy Space Opera!

Here’s where you can find the book:

SMASHWORDS | iBOOKS (APPLE) | AMAZON | KOBO | BARNES & NOBLE

From the lounge on my groovy space ship,

Damon Rain

 

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Founder: Magic Means Book 1 Is Free!

Founder-GenericSo is Seeker: Magic Means Book 2, sort of. Let me explain briefly.

First, I’d like to thank the readers who stepped up and reported that Founder needed a price match (It was free everywhere OTHER than Amazon at the time, see the previous blog post), because I’m sure that helped. I’d like to thank Amazon as well, because they could have simply denied my request and discarded the reports you submitted. Thanks for setting my book free, Amazon, you’re pretty cool after all.

This week nearly two thousand people downloaded Magic Means Book 1, and thanks to Amazon setting Magic Means Book 2 free in some regions, it’s been downloaded over three hundred times.

Let’s not forget other platforms, where Magic Means Book 1 and 2 have been downloaded nearly a thousand times, and it’s slowly inching its way up the Romance charts. Barnes & Noble and iBooks are seeing some downloads too, but Smashwords is easily in second place behind Amazon. Thanks to all the platforms that offer Free as an option, it’s the best way to get my new stuff in front of people risk-free so they can see what I do.

I’m still working on getting Amazon to make the second book: Seeker: Magic Means Book 2 free, and they reassure they’re looking into it for me, so here’s hoping. In the meantime, you can download it for free from any other quality EBook retailer, especially Smashwords who offers a basic Kindle version.

I hope you enjoy these books, and please review my work once you’ve finished reading it. Future readers will thank you for giving them even a one line comment, because many decisions to download are based on those and the number of stars you leave behind. Thank you again!

Now, I’m going to get back to work on Gathering: Magic Means Book 3.

OXXO,
Damon