Releasing the “Pause” button for a moment…

stories unwrittenSorry it’s been a while. For a variety of personal reasons, I’ve been taking a bit of a break from “author” activities for a while. Not just writing, but also in areas of promotion. I’ve been easing back into promotional activities recently, posting a little more on some of my social media outlets, but my writing for all intents and purposes has been holding at a standstill.

Some of the more personal reasons I’ve been putting my writing life on hold I won’t go into. As far as some of the more professional reasons, let’s just say I’ve been in somewhat of a “re-evaluation” mode. I wouldn’t call it “soul searching” so much as just trying to figure out my place in the world of writing erotica.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m very satisfied, even proud in a way, with the stories I have out so far. It’s just that the results from releasing these stories have been…let’s just say… less than what I was expecting. I’ve been told by my publisher that I’ve actually been doing very well for such a new author, and I’m not saying I don’t believe her. And I’m not saying I’m not making any money from my books…I am… but with 16 ebooks out total at this point, I can’t help but feel the financial results should be a little more lucrative than they are.

It certainly doesn’t help that Amazon won’t carry most of my books. In fact, dealing with Amazon is quite demoralizing period. It’s also a little frustrating seeing author after author being kicked in the balls by Amazon for one reason or another, yet they still try to play the game and try to work around Amazon’s bullshit, thinking that Amazon is the only way to be successful, without seeming to realize that in doing so they become part of the problem rather than part of the solution.

Making probably one of the worst mistakes possible for an author, I can’t seem to help but compare myself to other authors also. It’s been said almost constantly that the best promotion for your books is to keep writing more books, and I do believe that’s true. However, I see a myriad of erotica authors on some of my social networks almost bragging in a way that they are pumping out a short story a week, basically becoming an erotica ebook “factory” in a way. Even if I was capable of writing that way, I don’t think I would ever want to. If I was going to do “factory” work, I’d just as soon do it in an actual factory. To me, it seems to defeat one of the main purposes of being an author in the first place.

Anyway, that’s sort of where I’m at right now. I realize I have a bit of a fan base out there, and I do appreciate that, and sorry if I’m letting them down in some way. I realize there are some who are waiting for my next installment of the Angel Falls series, as well as some of the other projects which I have floating around in my head. I’m certainly not out of ideas… but a little short these days on ambition, and trying to figure out my place in all this.

All I can say at this point is, I will try to make it worth the wait.

 

Forrest Young is now on Twitter

lets playI’d thought about checking it out for quite some time. Then someone on one of my Reddit groups posted about their new Twitter page (@IncestConfess), and I had to check it out. I’m actually surprised there was so much “naughty” stuff there. LOL!

Not really sure what I’m going to do with it yet…LOL…or how much I’ll actually use it, but if you have Twitter feel free to follow along with me if you wish.

@ForrestYoungTEA

Corporate Censorship: Amazon Targets Dark Erotic Romance and BDSM

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Heads up authors: Amazon is targeting erotica again. This time, it’s “Dark Erotic Romance” (read: DubCon and NonCon) and BDSM. I hate to say I told you so – but I told you so. I said, back when Amazon caved and stopped carrying the ped0phile’s guide, that we were heading down a slippery slope. I said it again when my own work was first banned from Amazon. I’ve been saying it and saying it, and the slope just keeps getting slipperier. And not in a good way.

Now Amazon has started filtering and banning BDSM simply for being BDSM. For some books, it’s all about perception. Titles with obvious references to abduction, kidnapping and reluctance are being culled. Descriptions with those identifiers are also being removed. And of course, covers are being targeted, now including things specific to domination and submission–chains, ropes, handcuffs, all the markers of the genre, may get a book banned.

When my original incest books were banned and many romance writers said, “Oh it’s just taboo stuff? Well that’s okay, then, I don’t write that…” I warned the erotic romance community that it could be their niche next. Dark Romance as a genre has started to heat up Amazon’s bestselling charts from Deviant to Tears of Tess, featuring heroes who have a dark edge, but some books have apparently gone too far, according to Amazon’s ever-changing guidelines. Lily White’s Her Master’s Courtesan was outright banned on Amazon. Recently, the dark romance boxed set, Bend, was banned as well. Why? In these cases, it was likely enough customer complaint to warrant Amazon checking out the book and deciding that the line between consent and “dubious consent” was just too close for their comfort. Of course, this is conjecture, because Amazon won’t ever tell us what is and isn’t acceptable.

But this isn’t good news for erotica or erotic romance writers, that’s for sure. We’re all standing on very shaky ground with Amazon and the line just keeps moving. It isn’t easy to negotiate or find your way through the morass that has become self-publishing erotica on Amazon. Unfortunately, they still have the largest market share, so it makes the most financial sense to figure out a way to keep your books visible. To do this, you have to keep your fingers on the pulse of Amazon’s ever-changing, unwritten “policy” and respond accordingly.

This will, of course, lead to a lot of self-censorship over time, which I’m sure is the point on Amazon’s part, because erotica writers won’t want to pay cover artists to re-do “inappropriate” covers and they won’t want to write books that readers just can’t find on the behemoth retailer. And dark erotica and dark erotic romance just seems to be upping the ante with every book, with heroes who are complete mysogynists, from drug dealers to human traffickers to violent criminals. Granted, the hero (usually) turns things around, driven by his love for the heroine, but the stakes are getting higher, the drama is getting stickier, and the darkness in these books is getting, well, darker. In the end, dark erotica/romance may have to go back underground, or at least be a little more careful in its presentation, if Amazon has anything to say about it. And, as usual, if a customer complains, Amazon will likely shoot first (by banning a book) and ask questions later (or not at all).

So what is a BDSM/dark erotica/erotic romance author to do?

What May Now Get Your Book Adult Filtered

Besides the list I updated recently, we can now add:

  • Words like reluctance, kidnapping, abducted, captured, master, slave and any other variation in the title or description MAY subject you to the ADULT filter. This is, of course, subject to Amazon’s arbitrary enforcement.
  • Covers that contain elements of bondage, including whips, crops, handcuffs, chains etc., as well as heroines who look as if they are scared or in pain, may kick on the ADULT filter.

What May Now Get Your Book Blocked/Banned

In addition to the original list:

  • Content that involves rape for titillation, as well as nonconsent (even if the heroine ends up in love with the rapist at the end), dubious consent (where the heroine is being forced but clearly is physically enjoying it) MAY be subject to banning/blocking. Content that involves snuff (a character being killed during/after sex) will almost surely elicit a ban. (The bad news about this is that Amazon no longer will put a book back to “draft” status and allow you to change it. If a book is blocked, and you want to change it, you have to resubmit as a new book with a new ASIN. Unfortunately, this is disastrous for books that are doing very well in rankings.)
  • Covers that contain elements of bondage, including whips, crops, handcuffs, chains etc., as well as heroines who look as if they are scared or in pain, may ALSO get your book blocked or banned, depending on the Amazon reviewers’ mood.

Enhanced Adult Filter

Authors have noticed a new feature on the KDP dashboard asking for appropriate reading ages for your book. Great news for authors of kids and YA books. The hope, of course, is that Amazon is creating a “safe zone” for kids, right? But there’s another feature that’s popped up in the past few weeks that is a little alarming for erotica authors under the ADULT filter. Now, when your book is filtered, not only does it not appear under an “All Department Search,” as well as showing up very last in any search results in the Kindle store, regardless of title or keywords – it now doesn’t even show up in the Kindle Store initial search results. Now a reader has to click the “excluding adult items” linkin order to see an ADULT filtered book. (see screenshot below)

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In lieu of this new development, it’s becoming more and more important to keep your erotica and erotic romance books “clean” on the outside, even if they’re dirty as can be on the inside, in order to avoid the ADULT filter. Hopefully (I’m crossing my fingers) this new age requirement will be a boon for erotica writers, creating a “safe zone” for the kiddies, while allowing adult readers to still find what they want. Your book(s) should be fine as long as you can keep them out of the erotica Red Light District!

And if you’re a BDSM or dark romance author afraid your book(s) will be filtered, blocked or banned, all is not lost. You can navigate the choppy Amazon waters and hopefully allow readers to find your book. Unfortunately, I still predict storms ahead on the horizon, but I’ll definitely keep an eye out for all of us. I know we can ride them out together!

 

Selena Kitt
Erotic Fiction You Won’t Forget
www.selenakitt.com
LATEST RELEASE: Girls Only – First Time

Super Taboo issues 1-6 now posted

st06-01Links to each issue can be found near the bottom of my Links Page.

(Other issues coming soon)

Super Taboo issue #1 now available online

Super Taboo is an adult incest-related comic series I found online years ago. It is cleanly drawn, has an interesting plot, and, unlike most comics of its genre, is not overcrowded to the point of being unreadable. Unfortunately, I have no information as to who the original artist/author is, but have decided to post it and make it available on my Imgur account.

Issue #1 can be found here, and other issues will be added as time goes by. There will also be links listed on my “Links” page as well.

Enjoy. :)

Edit: Issue #2 now posted.

Review of “Anna” by Sylvia Storm

Anna - psp cover 1 500x800It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a……Distraction!!

When the only major complaint on your book by a reviewer is a little unidentified (flying?) object on the corner of your cover, I would say that’s a pretty damn good review. :)

My thanks going out today to author Sylvia Storm for her wonderful review of my book Anna. This one took a little longer than her review of my book Private Conversations, but then again this is a slightly longer book. She also said this one was an “improvement” over my last submission, but to tell you the truth I don’t really remember which book I wrote first. Like all my Spinning Heads stories, these were written years ago, and for the life of me I don’t remember in which order they were written. It would be interesting to see if the improvement held up over the years, but unfortunately she doesn’t review taboo material. (Although it’s interesting to note that consensual incest is considered taboo, but cheating wives and husbands is not.)

Anyway, I am more than pleased with the review, and if you’re an erotica author who would like to submit a book to her for review, I would highly encourage you to do so.

Today we go back to cheating husbands and wives with Anna (Spinning Heads) by Forrest Young. The cover on this is fun, I liked the models and sunset. There’s some great work on the fonts too, they look sharp and professional. There’s three issues that stand out at me, the first being our foreground model seems a bit bright and she doesn’t match what I’d expect with the pinkish background image shade. Second, the background seems a little low resolution, minor point.
The third would be to please apply a healing brush to whatever that branch or dark thing is floating up in the sky at top-right. I thought it was a bird, but it looks like a cut branch, but I have no idea what it is and I’d like to see it Photoshopped out. There’s this magic triangle formed between her eyes, the thing, and the title. I’d rather the focus point being on him, but that thing is distracting and creates a WTF moment in the flow of the cover. Otherwise, very nice cover, I like this one.
Cheating wives? We have a wonderful bitch-out session by our heroine’s best friend in a strip club. I like these non-perfect scenes where one character realistically flies off the hook and has some “Jerry Springer” going on. The best friend and her husband do not even have a sex scene, thank you! Our housewife then decides an appropriate reaction to that domestic drama is to get up on stage and strip. I wish it were setup a little better, and I could have read a whole book about her playing with the idea “do I strip or not?” It’s a fun older-woman fantasy, and it sets off our whole cheating and ‘trouble at home’ plot nicely.
Having her husband walk back in the strip club and discover her is choice, and well-played on the quiet car ride back home. You can tell I’m into the imperfections, the quite-different than a porn-movie setups, and the messy side of life today. I like grunge and cruft on my relationships, it makes the all-too-perfect lives of our characters a bit more relatable.
Text-quality is average to good, and this book is an improvement for Mr. Young. We have a couple dialog tags like questions answered or statements stated, but overall, I could read this without being too distracted by the little things. Every book has issues, but there’s a line that is crossed where you can enjoy it for the most part, and this book got over that hump.
Heat-level is above average to good. The sex is a bit on the quick side for me, I prefer things to be paced down a little bit. The insert, sex, and orgasm within one paragraph is a bit fast for me, so I shall spank for that today. I still liked the setups and fun situations here, there is plenty of cheating and domestic trouble, along with out husband getting into the act as well. I would have loves to see a little back-and-forth between her husband’s new fling and our heroine, meow cat-fight stuff, and overall I was happy with the sex and setups here.
I know, when I write my books, I go 2,000 words into a sex scene and I’m not even half done. Maybe I am a bit on the extreme side. Still, my current projects are more fetish, so they demand more slow attention to detail. For rom-erotica, yes, pacing it sanely and crisply is likely a good choice. What you write will determine how you pace things.
Well, well, a book that’s more about the cheating and how all this went down than it is the sex? Interesting, and a recommend for the cheating wives readers today, soft recommend from the general erotica crowd. I liked this one, it was fun and gave me an escape. I really liked the messed-up relations here, the cheating, the getting back at each other – it’s fun stuff.
An improvement for our author, and a fun little book today. Not bad, and an indulgence I shall not feel guilty for today. Only that branch is bugging me still!

Familiar Attraction: Exploring Incest In Popular Culture & Mainstream Fiction Including; Film, Television & Literature.

I’ve only just started exploring this site, but it looks like a veritable treasure trove of articles and information concerning incest being portrayed in various venues of mainstream media!

She has a Tumblr page also. :) (Which looks a WHOLE lot fancier than mine!!)

Corporate Censorship: Keeping Your Erotic Books Off Retailer Hit Lists

Erotica author Selena Kitt has a new article posted on One Handed Writers concerning erotica book limitations and censorship on various big-name ebook retailers, most especially Amazon.

You can also read the article directly on her blog.

It’s no secret how I feel about Amazon’s practices, as well as those of the other big-name distributors. The very fact that a well-known erotica author would have to write such an article about how to “get around” these book retailers’ restrictions is not only absolutely absurd, but sad beyond belief.

It seems the only choices are either to play the game or take a stand. The fact that more and more erotica authors, including the heavy hitters and the most experienced ones, are opting to choose the former almost makes me want to cry.

My ebooks now available on Scribd

scribd promoAll of my ebooks are now available on the Scribd website.

To tell you the truth, I’m not exactly sure what that means… I’m actually not all that familiar with Scribd. It’s something connected to having my ebooks listed with Smashwords. Apparently some books are completely accessible to Scribd subscribers, while others are only available for purchase. My books are apparently only available for purchase. I’m not sure how to change that, or even if it would be advantageous to do so.

I do know that some of my books listed there are not the most recent versions available. For instance, Craving His Attention is listed under its previous title, Watch Me, Daddy. And some of the covers are previous covers that I had changed a while back.

In any case, it does mean that there is another outlet that my books are available on. If you are a Scribd subscriber, or want to check them out, my ebooks are now available through them.

Upping the Ante

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The latest release from fellow Carnal Pleasures author K.C. Cave. Gotta love that cover!!

Originally posted on K. C. Cave:

Now for a commercial interruption My new book, Upping the Ante, is now available on Amazon, Smashwords, B&N and god knows where else. Trust me, it’s outrageously explicit.

via K.C. Cave.

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Review of Private Conversations

PrivConv psp cover 1 500x800The following is a review of my ebook Private Conversations by erotica author Sylvia Storm on her website E-Read Erotica Reviews. My deepest appreciation to Sylvia for taking the time to give this book her honest assessment.

Private Conversation is the shortest ebook among my selection of titles, and also my most lighthearted title. Like all of my Spinning Heads titles, this was written years ago, long before I ever seriously considered writing in any professional manner. While they were all ‘cleaned up’ quite a bit before publishing, I tried to keep as much of the original “feel” of the stories as I could, so I am aware that they are a little ‘rough around the edges’ style-wise. I was slightly surprised, however, that a piece that is not even 4,000 words in length was described as “wordy” at times. LOL

I am glad that the humorous aspects of the story worked as well as they did, however. :) And thank you, Sylvie, for not spoiling the ending. LOL

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It was a typical, boring, run-of-the-mill evening with nothing on TV….

It was also a dark and stormy night, and I am amazed at this line’s staying power as a story starter. Yes, this is a pet peeve of mine, and I feel we need to kick things off with a great first-line. Today we have Private Conversations (Spinning Heads) with a fun little short by Forrest Young. This is more your swinger style book with a fun little story about a wife swap. I have to admit there is some humor here, and the whole situation is played for laughs. It does feel like a skit from the late-night comedy show, although this skit is a little more explicit, well, a lot more explicit.

Yes, this is one of those rare books where I am rating on humor as well. The humor in this book is done pretty well, it is mostly of the “what in the world is going on?” style of humor. It is kind of like a wife swap where only the wives know what’s going on, so there is that madcap zaniness going on here that I like. Nice job. Someday I would love to read a book full of erotic skits, sort of like a SNL style show but a bit raunchier and funny.

The cover, I don’t know, I feel their expressions make this a little unappealing to me. Not a bad composition though. I mean, as a comedy book this may work. They just have this silly look on their face, sort of a come hither…I know what it is, this is a book about a twosome and they are both looking at me. Threesome? Yeah there is an implied third person here that throws me a little. Also, the lighting on them doesn’t match. She is left lit, and he is right lit. The fonts and text work are good, and they do imply the humorous content, and even the title does, so points there. Maybe it is because I just can’t stand both of them staring at me, sometimes a cover strikes me odd like that.

Text quality is average, dialog is good. Okay, I probably need to explain, so time for an excerpt:

“Cindy had to go somewhere for a little while,” Lori told me. “She asked me to come up here and keep you company until she got back.”

“Where did she have to go?” I asked, totally confused by the entire situation.

“I’m… not sure,” she said hesitantly as she walked toward the side of the bed I was laying on. “She just had to go somewhere real quick and asked me to come up here and keep you company. Is that alright?”

We do get Lori’s description later; I did want to right off to set up the scene. We have a couple extra little phrases in here that are just very telly for me. We get the repetitious dialogue tags like “told me” and “asked” that repeat what was just said in a tag. Second thing, “totally confused by the entire situation” is very telling and does not feel needed. And finally, the adverb “hesitantly” and the walk towards the side of the bed of course he was laying on. Established facts need not be reestablished. It’s not bad dialogue, though, it has that good ‘sound’, but I feel the pieces around it distract and weaken the overall effect.

Heat level is pretty good, mixed with the comedy it works like the late-night comedy sketch this feels like. There is a great mix of him being stunned and panicked at the situation, with the other woman being in control. It is a fun ‘my husband will so be pissed at you’ sort of sketch. It is a great scene, funny, with some great nasty phone sex style talk going on. There is also very funny twist ending here I shall not spoil. I did enjoy the ending.

Soft recommend for this, it is a witty little piece with heat. I like sex and comedy works, they are fresh, funny, and they put a little twist on normal life. I have a couple issues with some of the extraneous tags and explanation here; humor is very unforgiving when it comes to pacing. Comedians know they have to be spot on with their humor, and not put anything extra in there to confuse the audience or lose the pace of the joke. I’ve been told humor is one of the hardest things to get right, and humorous erotica is doubly so. It isn’t bad though, and as a humorous piece I got a kick out of it. Thank you for the smile Forrest, and I’m looking forward to your future works.

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Women Masturbate Too! No Need for Shame!

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From another WordPress blogger. It’s a shame that self-pleasuring remains so hush-hush among many people, especially women.

Originally posted on Sensual Little Nymph:

At the very young age of 5, I discovered that if I rubbed my vaginal area on a pillow or sorts I would obtain a sensational feeling within. Obviously at that age I had no clue what I was doing or what was actually happening, but I did acknowledge that is felt good. I continued ‘rubbing’ myself for a while and then stopped. I don’t really have any recollection as to why that happened, but it did. Then around 10 years old I became a ‘woman’ as my mom put it and sexual curiosity came knocking. Suddenly, I had hips, breasts, weird feelings inside and a vague memory of how it felt when I use to rub myself. So, I decided to rekindle these feeling and I started to experiment again. At that point I still had no clue what I was doing. But I enjoyed it and did it…

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Alison’s New Toy

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The latest release from fellow Carnal Pleasures author, KC Cave.

Originally posted on K. C. Cave:

My latest ebook, Alison’s New Toy, is now on sale on Smashwords (and will be available at other outlets soon). With nearly 10,000 words of nonstop, explicit, toe-curling sex. it’s a steal at $1.99. You’ll like Alison–she’s sexy and over-sexed, bold, adventurous, and, like me, her mouth gets her in trouble–sexy trouble that you’ll enjoy! Happy reading! Read more about the book below.

Alison's New Toy

Alison’s New Toy

Alison is thrilled when her new sex toy arrives. It’s a strap-on vibrator with a wireless remote control. Since she ordered it, she’s been fantasizing about all the outdoor fun she’ll have, strutting her stuff with a buzzer between her legs, teasing herself and delaying her climax with the help of the remote. At the coffee shop! In the park! Driving around town! Soon, she’s outside on a warm spring day, sitting on a bench and watching the sexy boys and girls strutting…

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Turning lemons into lemonade

BOA reddit promoOkay, maybe I’ve just gotten a little “subreddit crazy” lately… LOL…but I’m going to push this thing out of the nest and see if it flies:

My recent encounter with Amazon hypocrisy has sparked a notion in my head… I’m certainly not the first nor the only erotica author who has gotten a book rejected by the almighty Amazon. Not by a longshot!! So in that vein, I’ve created a little subreddit called  “Banned On Amazon“. (Damn, I still like the sound of that. LOL) This will be a place where authors of any books rejected or removed from Amazon’s pages can come and list their books that have been banned, as well as where they ARE available, and where readers looking for titles too hot for Amazon can come and see if there’s anything among the list that might strike their fancy.

On a recent post on this subject that I placed on one of the subreddits, it was asked if there were any other self-publishing options available besides Amazon for material they deem too immoral or distasteful. I was actually a little shocked and saddened that someone would even have to ask that sort of question. So hopefully this will help get the word out that Amazon is most definitely not the only game in town for those who wish to self-publish.

So, if you are an erotica author (or an author of any other genre as far as that goes) who has been shut out by Amazon due to content or whatever reason, feel free to come in and list your book, place a link to your book and/or webpage or blog, where your titles ARE available, or to get an idea of where to submit them. If you’re a reader who’s on the lookout for over-the-edge erotica that is hard to find due to the various constraints of the big publishers, come in and see what’s available and where.

While sharing your own personal experiences and horror stories is certainly permissible, the main purpose of this subreddit is NOT meant to be a constant barrage of complaints about Amazon!! Rather, this is more about turning a negative into a positive, getting information out to people, and providing another way for authors to promote themselves and their works.

May the wind be at our backs….

Featured website: Secret Erotica – Unleash your hidden desires

website promoI’ve known about Lola for quite some time. She goes by the profile name “SecretErotica” on Google Plus. I’ve had her on my follow list for quite some time, and she was one of the first ones to add me to her list after I set up my Google Plus profile. (I honestly don’t remember who followed who first.) She posted a lot of cute and humorously erotic pictures and cartoons on her Google Plus page, which never failed to make me smile, make me laugh, or turn me on.

She also found me on my Tumblr page and started following me, so naturally I followed her back. I’d never noticed her posting much on Tumblr, until today. She posted links to a few of her blog posts on Tumblr. Admittedly, I didn’t read much past the headline that she posted, but they sounded like interesting articles, so I went ahead and reblogged them, one so I could find them again easily to go back and read them at another time, and two because I was familiar with her and I always like to reblog those I’m familiar with and that I like for whatever reason, just to give them more exposure.

Well, she messaged me on Tumblr to thank me for reblogging her posts and inviting me to check out her web site. I was only vaguely aware that she had a website, I only took a cursory glance at it once, maybe twice before. Well, today I dug a little deeper into it and set up a membership to it (which is free, by the way), and all I have to say is, WOW!!! It’s my understanding that this website is fairly new, but I couldn’t BELIEVE the complexity and depth this place has! A chat room, a blog, numerous articles, a library of various stories that members have contributed, even a sex toy shop. And ALL dedicated to smut!!! :D

Not just a particular kind of smut, but ANY kind of smut that happens to turn their members on! As long as it stays within legal limits, you can go in and let your imagination soar to whatever depths of perversity your naughty little heart desires!

She runs the place with her husband, and they have obviously worked VERY hard to put together a place that is elaborate, well put together, fun, informative, titillating, and best of all, safe. They’ve taken great pains to present a place where people can go in and safely explore the depths of their depravity to their heart’s desires without fear of being flamed, spammed, or harassed.

Secret Erotica is clean, well put together, fun, flirty, gorgeously presented, and just all-in-all sexy as fucking hell!!! It’s definitely worth checking out. :)

***BANNED ON AMAZON*** – If The Door Is Open…

ITDIO psp cover 5 reverse 9 500x800Let me repeat that in big, bold letters:

***BANNED ON AMAZON***

Yes, it’s now official… I submitted my book If The Door Is Open to Amazon yesterday using my own personal account, and just today saw the notice on my KDP page that the book is now *blocked*.

Yes, my sweet little story about a couple who discover their son has been spying on their lovemaking, and then eventually invite him to openly watch and later join in, is apparently too hot for the good, pious folks at the world’s largest bookseller.

So let me repeat that once again: If The Door Is Open is now

***BANNED ON AMAZON***

Even though Amazon does allow books such as this:

And this:

As well as this:

Ohhh, and THIS one:

AND even this one!!:

Yes, apparently my sweet little story about familial intimacy is much MUCH worse than titles such as “Extreme Taboo”, “So Wrong”, “Forbidden”, and even the incestuous hanky panky that goes on in the book of Genesis.

Yes, all of those titillating titles, and more, can be found openly and blatantly on the pages of the almighty Amazon, yet my book is… let me say it again:

***BANNED ON AMAZON***

Wow, if it’s THAT bad, then you simply MUST read it then, shouldn’t you????

Fortunately, believe it or not, there are OTHER book retailers out there where my book IS available, who obviously don’t have Amazon’s impeccably high moral standards, including the likes of Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Kobo, Google Play, Taboo Reading, Diesel, and of course my particular favorite, Carnal Pleasures. Rogues and rapscallions all, who wouldn’t know a moral if it bit them on the tushy.

Sooo, my apparently benign little Spinning Heads titles will remain available on Amazon, but sorry Kindle slaves, that’s about it. If you want my more ‘taboo’ titles, however, you’ll have to actually step out into the sunlight beyond Amazon’s shadow and realize that there are actually other options out there.

Okay, one more time, just because I like the sound of it:

***BANNED ON AMAZON***

:D

 

 

Take another little piece of my heart now, Bayyy-Bayyyyyyyy

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Okay, so at the behest of my publisher, I went ahead and sold another little part of my soul and set up my own account on Amazon in order to be able to resubmit my books on there. Even though Amazon just royally fucked her over. Because that’s just the kind of person she is. She was more concerned about my profits and my standings and rankings there, in spite of the fact that Amazon just stole a whole shitload of hers.

I started out small, basically just resubmitting my short story Lucy, just to test the waters and get myself familiar with the process. I was filled with trepidation all the way through, however. While at nowhere near the level of most of my other books, there is just a tiiiiny bit of ‘taboo’ within the virtual covers of that particular book. It’s fairly well hidden within the manuscript, however, and not blatantly shouted about in the cover or the description. Still, it was a little nerve-wracking. I’m doing this completely on my own now. If I fuck up, there’s no other venue into the golden gates that is the writer’s cash-cow called Amazon.

So, okay, it wasn’t quite as easy submitting to Amazon as just about everybody was making it out to be. Certainly it wasn’t set up in the lightning-fast pace that Smashwords was. And hell, I even had more of a head start than most people who try publishing on Amazon for the very first time! I had a completed manuscript that I was fairly sure would pass through the conversion process with little or no trouble. Plus I didn’t have to worry about creating a half-ass decent cover with what they laughingly refer to as a cover creator.

Anyway, Lucy survived the conversion process and the review process, and was safely tucked away all by its lonesome on my bookshelf.  So late last night I went ahead and resubmitted the rest of the books in my Spinning Heads series. This morning I was greeted with an email saying they were all online. Yippee-fucking-skippee.

Taking another step into my soul-selling process, I went ahead and set up my author page. Apparently that’s a whole different animal that you have to sign up for completely separate from your main Amazon account. Okay, this is fucking stupid, but I went ahead and set it up, and added Lucy to my books list last night. No problem. However, the REST of my books that were listed on my KDP bookshelf were not on the author page! Apparently you have to add EACH BOOK separately to your author page, which means searching for them and clicking on the little “This Is My Book” button. A ton of books actually came up. About ten different pages, if I remember right. Apparently Forrest Young, or similar variations of it, is a rather popular author name. Who knew? But there I was, faced with DOZENS of tomes in front of me that I could have easily claimed as my own with the simple little click of a button! I resisted the temptation and just picked out the smutty ones. :)

So, anyway, five of my books are now safely back on Amazon. I’m still a little hesitant about putting up the more taboo titles, but I will probably slowly try to filter them back in at some point.

It’s difficult to cave like this. Yes, I will sell my books on Amazon, at least for as long as they’ll let me ride, because hey, a dollar is a dollar, no matter where it comes from. But I will not link my books directly to Amazon whenever I post them somewhere. It actually makes me sick to see so many authors do that, as if Amazon is the only game in town. As much as Amazon would like to think so, they’re not.

Here’s my biggest problem with Amazon… Put aside for the moment their atrocious business practices, and the way they bully and intimidate every author and independent publisher that tries to deal with them. Often to the point of just throwing them to the curb whenever they DARE try to become too successful riding on their backs. The bottom line is, Amazon is a book dealer. And for ANY book dealer to participate in the types of blatant censorship that they partake in is absolutely unforgivable. That also goes for Kobo, Apple iBooks, and every other vendor who dares try to claim any moral high ground by squelching the free expression of ideas.

I’m not going to sit here and call for an all-out boycott of Amazon. Any more, that’s just kinda silly, and actually looks a little childish. If you want to buy my books from Amazon, hey, I’ll take your money, no matter what devil’s hand it filters through. However, if and whenever possible, consider buying them from some other source. There are many other vendors who value integrity and the principles of free speech and free expression who would benefit more greatly from your patronage.

Subreddits for Carnal Pleasures and Lot’s Cave

reddit promoTwo new groups have been set up on Reddit for the Carnal Pleasures and Lot’s Cave websites.

These will be the “official” meeting places for authors featured on these sites, as well as for readers looking for quality erotica titles, especially the titles that most other ebook retailers refuse to list.

Authors at these sites are more than welcome to come in and promote their books, introduce themselves, post links to their websites if they have them, and share whatever information you’d like with readers and your fellow authors.

Readers are more than welcome to come in and check out what these sites have to offer, and connect directly with some of the authors by asking questions, offering comments, or just keep up to date with their latest offerings.

Click here to check out and subscribe to the Carnal Pleasures subreddit.

Click here to check out and subscribe to the Lot’s Cave subreddit.

Also feel free to check out my personal subreddit, Taboo Talk. :)

I hope these will be active groups filled with fun facts and interesting conversations.

Aaaaaaaand, here we go again……

message2amazonI wish I could say I’m surprised… But I’m not.

Once again, casual browsers to my humble little corner of the web will no longer be able to click on any “Amazon” links here and find my books available for purchase. Just a little while ago, I received this email from my publisher:

Dear Author:

Once again, Amazon is playing “Block The Publisher Without Just Cause,” and has cancelled our publishing account without valid reason or any forewarning. Their CLAIM is that we have multiple accounts with them. This is a flat-out lie, and can easily be proven…assuming it’s possible to reach a real person who is willing to examine the facts.

We publish on behalf of many different authors. One of those authors has an Amazon account of his own. We posted a few of his books under our account at his specific request. There were no double-postings; the books we published on his behalf were not already listed. However, we believe that since he has his own separate account, Amazon decided we were guilty of double-jeopardy.

It speaks volumes for Amazon’s dishonest practices that they did not contact us first for clarification; they simply made an arbitrary decision which affects several dozen authors. It speaks even more that they are refusing to pay us for all royalties accrued during the last two months because of their clear and obvious mistake.

WE WILL FIGHT THIS, and Boruma Publishing WILL make good on all royalties due, despite their blatant thievery; royalty payments will be paid next month as scheduled. We stand by our authors, period.

If you have any questions, please contact us.  In the meantime, we will notify you of any updates if/when they become available.
 
 
Jo O’Brien
Boruma Publishing, LLC

Soooo, just as they did earlier this year with Draft2Digital, Amazon completely fucked over me, my publisher, and the numerous authors that they represent.

With the Draft2Digital fiasco, the impact this had on me only amounted to like 4 or 5 sales, at the most. This time around, at last count, this affects the sales of somewhere around 25-30 books within the last couple of months. Royalties that Amazon just fucked me out of. Boruma says they will make good on them, in spite of Amazon’s actions, but even so,  how will that account for any possible future sales these books might have brought in?

As I mentioned in my post concerning Amazon’s corrupt treatment of D2D, had Amazon removed my books due to content, I would have simply used that as a major selling point, as I have on the one book they DID reject for content, Confessions Of My Nephew. But they didn’t. They removed them due to false accusations and arbitrary decisions over something that totally wasn’t my fault, and which I had no control over.

How the fuck am I supposed to use THAT????

Angel Falls comes to Lot’s Cave!!

Or is that the other way around? LOL

AFLF Book 1 psp cover 3b smallIn any event, I’m absolutely thrilled to announce that erotica ebook retailer Lot’s Cave now has listed the first three books of my Angel Falls Library Files series, Craving His Attention, Sharing Secrets, and Give and Take!

Lot’s Cave is currently undergoing major renovations to its site that will bring major benefits to both authors and readers alike, but for years has brought erotica readers the best in Incest Erotica, Family Exotica & BDSM titles. I am ecstatic to have some of my titles now among their offerings. More of my books AFLF Book 2 psp cover smallshould be appearing there as time goes by, and I personally can’t wait to see the all-new website they’re working on, and will be revealing soon!

Along with an excellent selection of erotica ebooks, Lot’s Cave also has a number of interesting articles and information pages to check out.  Some of which may shock and amaze you!! They also have a few free stories listed, so take aAFLF Book 3 psp cover rev 2 small look at what all Lot’s Cave has to offer.

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