From now until July 31, a dozen of my novels and short stories are free on Smashwords! Go browsing here.
I was sitting around and I got this idea for a witch who had an inappropriate crush on her Stepfather. Penny, the (over 18) Teenage Witch was born! I got to the keys and started work on this; I Was A Teenage Sex Doll, a comedic but highly perverted novelette that I had a lot of fun with.
It’s set in the Magic Means Universe, but you don’t have to read that series to know what’s going on. (I really would like you to, though).
Here’s the synopsis!
Penny is an eighteen year old witch who is noticing that her Stepfather has started treating her differently since her birthday. It’s stirred something in her, more than a healthy affection, but she’s not sure what to do about it. Wanting to know more before she takes action, she casts a spell that leads to something very unexpected.
You can pick this up for $0.99 with this coupon code at Smashwords until July 31, 2020: FM34L
(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.
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.
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.