First pirates now this…

Today I should be concentrating on my next release. I should be feeling happy that last month I had the best month ever in my writing career as Bea Paige.
March was awesome, at least it was until the weekend.
Without going into huge detail about the workings of KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) and how Kindle Unlimited works (readers pay approximately $9.99 a month to read as many books as they want without having to pay individually for them) I am going to tell you how thoroughly let down I’ve been by Amazon as an author, and as a customer.

This weekend Amazon removed almost half of my KENP page reads (I get paid approx  0.05 per page read of my books – doesn’t seem like much but most of my earnings come from page reads rather than books brought outright).

So, what does that mean for me?

It means approx 40% of March’s earnings was taken from me by Amazon amounting to around £550. GONE in a matter of seconds. At first I thought it was a glitch with the reporting tool… it had to be right? How can all those page reads just disappear without a trace or notification?  So, I calmly wrote an email to KDP support team enquiring what went on. A few hours later I received this email from the content review team at KDP:

Hello,

We are reaching out to you because we have detected reading or borrowing activity for your books originating from accounts attempting to manipulate Kindle services. These accounts might be related to a third-party marketing service you may have used. Please note that you will not receive royalties associated with illegitimate reading or borrowing activity.

We fully support the efforts of our publishers to promote their books but take seriously activities that jeopardize the experience of our readers and other authors. We encourage you to monitor the tactics they use to promote your books. You are responsible for ensuring that no tactics used to promote your books manipulate the Kindle publishing service and/or Kindle programs.  Please note that future violations of our policies could result in account-level actions, up to and including termination of your KDP account.

While we cannot offer details of our investigations or advice on marketing services, you can email us at content-review@amazon.com if you have other questions.

Regards,

Amazon KDP

The first thing I did was cry. Ugly tears, if am going to be brutally honest here. To receive this email was utterly devastating to me. To not only have my integrity questioned but to also not be given any indication how I might have unwittingly  (and I can assure you I have never sought out any way to manipulate Kindle services) ended up doing something wrong was horrific. Not only that, I was being warned that if there were ‘future violations’ I may have my account terminated?! Gobsmacked was an understatement.

In March I advertised my books in my facebook group, in my newsletter, and with AMAZON’S AMS adverts. So, I sure as hell like to know where this dodgy manipulation has come from?  What did I do? I wrote back to them of course. Here is what I sent:

Dear Amazon

I received your email this morning and I am shocked and appalled. I truly don’t understand how this has happened, the only advertising service I use is your AMS? I also did your Amazon giveaway, where I purchased my own ebooks via you to giveaway? Could either of these have been the cause? If you can’t prove to me that they aren’t, how can I trust that these are safe?

I am a relatively new author who works part-time to supplement my income so I can do what I love and write. I CAN’T afford to use external advertising. I rely on my own newsletter, chatting about my books in my own Facebook group. I haven’t used any advertising in March, or before that even because I have zero budget for it. I’m at a loss to try and figure out how this might have happened and now I’m under the threat of having my account closed down if it happens again, when I can’t even begin to understand how it’s happened in the first places so that I can make sure I avoid anything potentially harmful to my business.

At the end of February, I released a book, and two further books in March of the same series (the Brothers Freed) and I assumed that the months KENP were to do with the new releases. This by no means was a huge uptick in KENP, in fact, I was a little disappointed it didn’t do better! I didn’t get hundreds of thousands of new page reads. I think my best day sat around 16k the day after a new release which isn’t huge by any stretch of the imagination. Now that day is down to 9k page reads.

I’m certain that this email will make not one jot of difference to you being such a huge company with massive power, but for me, someone who works by the rules and with nothing but my own hard graft, I feel that I am getting penalised for something I have no control over whatsoever. I am terrified I will be targeted again with my new release coming up in May and feel utterly powerless.

This may mean very little to you, but for me just trying to do what I love, the right way with integrity is important to me. I would never be underhand and seek out such a way to promote my books. Like I said, I have zero money to pay for advertising as it is. Any money I earn on my books goes back into future books for covers, editing and any change left over I chuck at your AMS ads.

I am honestly devastated. This has had a massive impact on me. I don’t even think you will respond to this email but I feel it important you realise that this kind of blanket email with no factual information is as heartbreaking as it is devastating.

Kelly Stock (writing as Bea Paige)

In the meantime, I got onto my author friends, and posted in author groups I am part of asking if anyone else was affected, if anyone could give me some advise. Only to find out it happened to DOZENS of authors. All of whom who had page reads stripped because some algorithm or computer programme in Amazon deemed that there was some sort of dodgyness surrounding our page reads.
Hard working, honest authors bashed the same way, just like me.  They all received the SAME blanket email with nothing to back up the accusations and no recourse. Basically, we’ve done an ‘investigation’ but we aren’t going to tell you what that lead to or how we have deemed you guilty. NOTHING but ‘we cannot offer any details of our investigation.’ NADA.
I’d like to explain something before I continue. I write in a small but hugely popular ‘Reverse Harem’ genre. They are VORACIOUS readers and fiercely LOYAL. They read tons of RH books via Kindle Unlimited in Amazon because for them it is more economical to do so. As an RH author I have to have my books available in Kindle Unlimited if I am to reach my readers because the majority have membership there. It would be unwise for me at this early stage in my career to pull my books from KU. Beleive me,  I’ve been thinking about it for my sanity and well-being. Can I afford emotionally and financially for this to happen again. The answer is no, I can’t. But going wide (putting my books in outlets other than amazon) is risky for me. Would I lose readership, would I lose money, would the stress of trying to launch again elsewhere, in multiplte market places be too much. Yes, most likely. So for now I have chosen to stay where I am even though there seems to be a very real chance I could be lobbed out from Amazon for good, if I am caught up in this again.

So why me? Honestly, I have no clue. Amazon sure aren’t telling me how this has happened.
However, at the end of February I re-released the first book in a contemporary RH series, then in March I released books two and three of the series. I did this because I know my readers want a finished series. I wanted to give them that without having to wait too long. I hoped people would like book one enough to want to read the next two books in the series. It seemed to work, I had a great response from readers and it was the best month yet in my authoring life. I beleive this would fairly account for the spike in page reads.
And by best, I don’t mean I earned thousands of pounds. It was a humble amount, but enough to make me think that perhaps I could, sometime in the future, do this full time. That dream was shattered at the weekend.
Once I pulled myself together enough I talked to other authors, some of whom suggested I email Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon, here’s his email address if anyone wants it – jeff@amazon.com.
Honestly did I expect an answer – no, but I wrote an email nonetheless. This is what I sent:

Dear Jeff,

I wanted to send you this email too. I’m not sure if this will reach you or not, but I wanted to try. Yesterday I lost thousands of KENP page reads from my account. I’m not a big author by any stretch of the imagination so this was noticeable for me… almost 50% of my March income was lost by my KENP just being stripped without any explanation, until this morning (please see email from your content review team below).

My response to this email is also below. I just want you to know what an impact this has had on me. I don’t earn lots of money from KDP. I’m not one of those huge authors who can afford to take this knock. I write because I love to. March was the first month when I genuinely thought that perhaps I might be able to make this my full-time job. To be able to do what I love. Now it would seem that has been put in jeopardy over something that I have NO control over and had nothing to do with anything I’ve done.

I am truly devastated. I don’t think Amazon realise quite what this means for someone like me who started this journey to show her kids you can achieve your dreams if you work hard and believe in yourself.

I’ve had to hide from my children today.

I don’t want them to think their dreams can be shattered and that it is possible to feel so completely and utterly helpless as I do right now. To them, I am their mum, the one who can do anything through hard work and determination, not this woman who has been so thoroughly devastated by one email.

Anyway, it’s likely this will end up in the depths of someone else’s in-box and never reach you, but at least I tried.

Thank you for your time.

Kelly Stock (writing as Bea Paige)

This morning I got this back from the KDP content team:

Hello,

Thank you for your email regarding the status of your account.

We re-reviewed your account and have decided to uphold our decision. You will not receive royalties for illegitimate reading or borrowing activity.

As we previously stated, we cannot offer details of our investigations or advice on marketing services. If you have additional questions, you can email us at content-review@amazon.com.

Regards,

Amazon KDP

That’s it. That’s all I got. Cue more tears…. Then following the tears, I got angry.
How dare they accuse me point blank that I’ve somehow been a part of ‘illegitimate reading or borrowing activity.’
If their algorithms thought that my gentle climb (it wasn’t even a spike) in page reads wasn’t because I’d released several books my readers were waiting for and instead assumed it’s illegal activity, then they ARE WRONG!
Moreover, if they have proof that it is illegal, that somehow through NO FAULT OF MY OWN I’ve been affected I sure as hell would like to see the evidence so that I can PREVENT it from happening again!

This morning I sent this email to Jeff, which will most likely end up in some lost email black hole… but still.

Dear Jeff

I’m not sure whether you received my email yesterday? I’m not sure you will get this either, but hey, it’s worth a shot.

 Below is the blanket email response I received from your Amazon KDP team this morning after having almost 50% of my KENP page reads stripped for March from my account over the weekend. My email to them about it is also below. I received no further explanation. Nothing bar this. 

I’m not sure it would make a difference to you, but the loss of £550 to me is huge. Huge. I’ve spent the majority of the weekend in tears because I can’t for the life of me work out how I’ve done anything wrong bar from working with hard graft and integrity. I use your AMS ads. I send out newsletters to my 7.5k subscribers and chat daily with my 800 followers on Facebook. I spend time cultivating relationships with this readership (they are voracious and supportive and wonderful). I released two books last month which I think fairly accounts for the page reads (I was even disappointed as I had hoped to do better) my best day was 16k the day after books two’s release on the 10th, now down to 9k.
Tell me how am I to move forward without knowing what on earth I did wrong? How can I prevent this from happening again without knowing who to avoid? Should I stop advertising with AMS? I appreciate KDP and Amazon, without it I wouldn’t have been able to get my books out into the hands of my readers. But, honestly, I am gutted by this. By this blanket response, by the way my hard work was taken and trampled on so ruthlessly.
I have a family to take care of. I work part-time to supplement my writing. I work around the clock. I do it all because I love to write and bring these books to people who love to read them.
Despite what has happened I have released a boxset today of my books and I have a new release on pre-order for May 2nd. I am terrified that at some point this month or early next month page reads will be just stripped because some algorithm or computer programme has deemed that my books have been read unlawfully and to top it off that I may be penalised for something that I have NO POWER to prevent, and my account could be stripped. This would be DEVASTATING for me.
I want to say categorically that I have NEVER used any untoward or shady ways to promote my books. That is not who I am.

I understand that many of my friends and authors in the same genre have also been affected. We are a close-knit community, we care about each other and we are helping each other through this time. So are our readers. Perhaps we don’t have the power, perhaps as authors, we are beholden to you, Amazon, but our readers have a voice. I hope you’re ready to listen.
Over the weekend I was upset, distraught, disillusioned. Today I am determined.
I get you have to do this. That there are authors who use these underhand tactics to get thousands of pounds in page reads. I AM NOT ONE OF THEM.

I am just a mum, trying to do what she loves, trying to show her kids that you can do anything you want with hard work, with passion, and with determination.
I hope you understand just what kind of effect this has had. I am one person with one voice and perhaps it isn’t loud or powerful, but it IS important nonetheless.

Regards Kelly Stock (writing as Bea Paige)

Will this email make a blind bit of difference? I highly doubt it.

So what do I do know? Keep writing, keep believing that one day all this hard work will pay off. That some good will come out of this mess. That one day I will be able to write full-time. That I will be brave enough to go wide and not have to worry about Amazon pulling the rug from under my feet and most of all, keep going. This past weekend has been a real downer. Today I’m feeling determined.

If you want to help support the authors affected (see a list below) please read their books. Leave reviews. Send them emails telling them you love what they do. Even better help us raise awareness, write to Jeff. Flood him with emails about this. Support us by signing this petition.

Support Indie Authors

These are the names of the authors also affected and links to their Amazon pages. They are bloody awesome authors… some only new off the bat in March. This list is not exhaustive and are only the ones I know of, so if you hear of any more, please support them as well.

Thanks all for listening,

Bea Paige xx

Serena Akeroyd
Cat Banks

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K B Wheelock
Riley Walker 
K.B. Ladnier
Wendie Nordgren
Tabitha Barret
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Elle Cross
Jazz Michaels
Lacey Carter Andersen
Amelia James Sinclai
Nikki Hunter

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Honesty is the best policy…

“We might as well write some kick-ass books while we wear ourselves out and go down in history with ink and paper cuts.” – Arizona Tape. (Thanks Ari for letting me quote you).

This post is about being completely honest. I could tell you how wonderful my writing journey has been, that I’m happy as larry at my success, but it wouldn’t be the whole truth and frankly, today, I want to tell you the truth. So, here goes…

On the 18th February, it will be a year since I started this writing journey.  I released The Soul Guide on Ava’s tenth birthday with high hopes. Think JK Rowling high hopes (I’m cringing here writing this, but its the embarrasing truth). Very soon, I came back down to earth with a mighty bang and a bruised ego.

Back then, I was completely naive with unrealistic expectations. I mean there are five million books available on Amazon, five million! Why on earth I thought my little book would reach number one with no promotion, no marketing, and no social media presence is beyond me…. naivety played a massive part. That, and having NO CLUE what I was doing.

This past year has been a roller coaster of emotions and I would be lying if I said it hadn’t affected me negatively sometimes, because it has. This year, I’ve realised quite a few things and I wanted to share. Here are some of them:

  1. Just because you publish a book it doesn’t mean it will be an overnight success (no shit right, but believe me I had rose coloured glass on) I mean how freaking self-centered?!
  2. There will be some breakthroughs that will make it all worthwhile – but you can’t sit back on your laurels because, like with all things, it’s never a guarantee too continued success. That takes way more effort.
  3. That some people will pretend to be your friend and then screw you over behind your back. (I’m talking authors here – I had no idea people could be so damn horrid). It happened to me, and I learned a hard lesson. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. I am like an elephant… I never forget.This one was a HUGE blow to me. HUGE.
  4. But, despite the above, you will find authors who will stick by you, support you and be your friend through the good and the bad. I’ve found my author family and I love them dearly.
  5. That you will also find true fans who will read all of your books and love them. These people are worth their weight in gold. Seriously, keep them close like little treasures and NEVER take them for granted. Your readers are your world, treat them with the respect they deserve.
  6. That you HAVE to put in the hours. There’s no getting around it. If you want to be a success, if you want to make a living out of it, you HAVE to do the time. Every single penny I’ve earned is because I have worked harder than I’ve ever done before in any job I’ve had.  Apart from mothering… that’s still the hardest job.
  7. That not everyone you love will want to read your books. It might hurt (okay it hurts a lot) but you shouldn’t hold it against them. People’s tastes are different, it doesn’t mean they love you any less, it just means reading (or reading the kind of books you write isn’t their bag). Accept it, move on. It’s the only way.
  8. That you will push yourself to your limits… physically, emotionally and mentally. I’ve been through them all. Is it worth it..? I’d love to say yes. Today, I’m fifty-fifty. That’s because I am having a bad day. Tomorrow, I’ll be like, hell yeah it’s worth it (like I say, rollercoaster).
  9. That if you’re offered an amazing opportunity you HAVE to take it. I was offered the chance to write a story for the Snow & Seduction boxset with some incredible authors. I nearly didn’t do it because I was afraid I wouldn’t be good enough. I’m glad I did. Hands down the best decision I’ve made for all sorts of different reasons.
  10. That you will spend way more money than you can earn in the early days… but that eventually it will pay off. I’ve been at this a year… and it’s only just starting to pay off. I’m by no means in the money, but I am earning enough to be doing okay.
  11. That most days you won’t have a sodding clue what you’re doing, but you keep doing it anyway because it’s worth it.
  12. That there are motherfooking pirates who will take your work and give it away willy-nilly, and that there are thousands of people who will take your work without any thought or consideration to what it took to get your book out there. #areseholes
  13.  That more than once you will come close to jacking it all in. Then you’ll pick up one of your stories, read it and realise that no matter what you have to continue if only for the love of creating, writing.
  14. That a lot of people will measure your success in how much money you earn, or how high your rankings are in Amazon. But, understanding that is only one way (okay, two, but who’s counting) to measure success will help you to continue on even when you don’t want to.
  15. That realising you’re only human, that you can’t push it to the limit and not expect to break. Listen to your body, if you can’t write anymore because you’ve pulled all-nighters for days in a row, then rest. TAKE A BREAK. RECUPERATE. You are no good to anyone a mess and you sure as shit won’t be able to write.
  16. Finally, and most importantly, that if you go into writing to make money you might be sorely disappointed. Don’t get me wrong, people do it all the time. People can and do make a living, some make a bloody great living and I am happy for those people. But nothing is guaranteed, one month you might be earning grands, the next a few hundred. You might get sticky (a term for staying in high rankings for long periods of time), you might not. That’s the nature of the beast and all you can do as a writer is try your damnedest to make what you do a success and try not to compare yourself to others.

A year after releasing my first book, I can honestly say that I’ve climbed Mount Everest every day to follow my dreams. It’s been hard. Some days I’ve wanted nothing more than to close my computer and never go back to it again. To say, fuck it. Enough’s enough. Those days are the worst. The pits actually.

Then there are days I am bouncing around in my seat because I’ve just written a scene that I’m proud of, or I’ve received a review from a total stranger who loves the world I’ve created. To know, that for a short period of time, I’ve made someone forget their daily troubles with my words and my worlds is the BEST feeling of all (one of the other ways to measure success – the best way, in my humble opinion). Being an author is wonderful, it’s heartbreaking, it’s frustrating and sick-making, it’s the best bloody feeling ever. It’s all of that and you have to be a freaking stubborn bugger to stick with it. It’s just as well I am…

Anyway, this is my honesty post. Make of it what you will.

Kelly (Bea) xx

 

 

 

Motherfooking pirates.

I debated with myself whether I should write this blog post. It’s been a while, and really I want to talk about all the good things to do with my writing journey, and there have been many. However, it’s upset me that much that I felt the need to share because I think it’s important people understand just how blooming hard it is to be an indie author…

This morning I found out that ALL of my Sister of Hex books are available to download on pirating sites, but to make matters worse my latest book Accacia’s Bite (which released 21st January) was put up on one site the SAME DAY as my release. The same damn day. All the hard work I put in leading up to release has now been tarnished by some arsehats that have taken it upon themselves to take my work and hand it out willy nilly wihout any thought or consideration to the consequences.

I know that in this day and age, with modern technology and the desire for people to want everything for *free* that the temptation to take and not think about the impact it might have is great. It’s up there, why not grab it for free? If the author’s stupid enough to allow this to happen then why not, besides they’re earning tons of money anyway, so who cares right?

Wrong.

I’m a new author. I work hours… HOURS every day around my day job, around being a mum, a wife. I spend every spare minute of every day writing, marketing, doing promotional stuff, engaging new readers, trying to build a business. It’s HARD DAMN WORK, and despite all of that I DO NOT earn copious amounts of money. I earn enough to pay for the next cover, for advertising, for swag (that I giveaway to loyal readers). I am not quids in, not yet, though one day that’s the aim. That’s what I am working towards, for me, for my family, for my readers so that I can earn enough to pay my bills, to support my family just like everyone else and in turn giving me the freedom to write so I can give people the worlds they want to read about.

Perhaps bigger authors can factor in the losses they are hit with when it comes to being pirated, perhaps their publishers can help them out. But I only have me, and my success lives and dies by my own hard work and with the help of a few incredible people who give their time to help me. You know who you are (thank you all so much).

So what happens in this situation?

Well, I can send takedown notices. I have. But the minute one of my books gets removed, another gets put up. It’s a battle, that for most authors, we have to fight every day. There are ‘bots’ that are used by pirates to strip the downloaded book from Amazon, which allow them to then post on these sites. Sometimes, sadly, the leak comes from an ARC team. Fortunately for me, this isn’t the case. I have an incredible ARC team who I trust implicitly. It has happened to other authors and I know for me, if this was the case, it would be the ultimate betrayal. I’m not sure I’d get over it.

It’s a huge problem, massive.

Today, especially, I feel like a very small fish in a big sodding ocean full of sharks.

Still. I am nothing if not determined. I will dust myself off, take a deep breath and keep writing. I won’t let this set me back any longer than it already has.

To those of you out there who have downloaded and purchased books through Amazon or through other, above-board sites. THANK YOU. You are the reason us indie authors write and can continue to write. Ultimately these stories are for you.

To the people who pirate, F&*k you.

 

Accacia’s Trilogy

Accacia and her vampire knights kick off the Sisters of Hex series. She is the first ‘sister’ who we meet, and Rhain, Ezra and Devin her harem. Fifteen books, five sisters, a trilogy each. Accacia and her vampires, Fern and her angels, Clover and the fae, Danika and the wolf-shifter and finally Zinnia and her Demi-Gods. All set between the magical world of Ever Vale and Earth. An evil Queen, a magical kingdom and the cursed.

Do you dare enter the world of Ever vale?

Kelly Stock - Accacia's curse Born with a rare blood disorder that means she cannot go out in daylight, Accacia has learned to live in the dark, even if it has been incredibly lonely. Determined to find a cure that will finally allow her to walk in the sun, Accacia has spent her days and nights holed up in her laboratory doing just that.
After a freak encounter with a tall, dark and ridiculously handsome stranger, Accacia might just have found her cure, but not in the way she expected. Drawn into a parallel world of paranormal creatures and a Queen who wants her dead, Accacia has to put her trust in three vampires who, seemingly, want to devour her in more ways than one.

Kelly Stock - Accacia's bloodAfter saving Rhain from an agonising death, Accacia is determined to find her missing friend Clover and rescue her from the mysterious Fae. With the assistance of her vampire knights, the group head into the forbidden forest of Ever Vale and into a world of mystery and magic.
Drawn deeper into the depths of the wood, Accacia learns what it is to have courage, to fight for the ones you love and to know when to let them go.

 

 

Kelly Stock - Accacia's BiteFive sisters born beneath the stars
Neither bound by blood nor kin
Must unify the warring clans
And rid the land of sin

Their lives they are beholden
A curse atop their heads
Broken only by a love divided
Betwixt three allied men…

Accacia remains cursed, just like the three vampires she has grown to love, just like the people of Ever Vale and just like the four fated clan daughters of the prophecy.
Alongside her vampire knights, Accacia must play her part in breaking the curse or remain under the Queens rule forevermore.
Yet, how can she do that when Devin is losing his soul to the darkness, to a fate far worse than death? If Accacia cannot save his soul, then the battle is over before it’s even truly begun.
The stakes are high in this final installment of Accacia’s journey as she heads into the queen’s castle with her vampire knights. Sacrifices will be made, friendships forged, and alliances sought.
This book will conclude Accacia’s journey, but not the Sisters of Hex series. The fate of the clans and the people of Ever Vale will continue with the next ‘sister’, Fern and her angels.

Book Quotes colouring book

Do you like colouring in? Do you like book quotes? Well here’s two of your favourite things combined! Look out for my quote below 🙂
“I wasn’t destined to live in the darkness, I was destined to stand in the light.”  From Accacia’s Curse.
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Cameron’s Unexpected Holiday Blog Tour

Cameron’s Unexpected Holiday Blog Tour

December 17 to December 31

Finding Giveaways along the Way

 

Erotic romance author Cameron Allie is playing host to 14 sexy, sizzling romance authors this holiday season. Each day from December 17 to December 31 a different author will stop by her blog to tell us about their holiday traditions. They will also be sharing with us hot excerpts from their books, and let’s not forget the giveaways!

 

You can be sure to find tons of giveaways over those two weeks, ranging from ebooks, paperbacks, Amazon gift cards, and really cool swag! One author is even offering up a copy of her exclusive Christmas novel free to everyone who visits the blog, so be sure to stop by every day for excerpts, and giveaways!

 

If you have a Twitter account Cameron invites you to help spread the word about the this fabulous tour for a chance to win an ebook copy of her holiday short story An Unexpected Christmas Gift. From now until the end of the month use the Rafflecopter below to Tweet about the blog tour. You can do so every day for even more chances to win! The Rafflecopter makes it easy to Tweet the message. Once you’ve Tweeted click the “I Tweeted” button to submit your entry.

 

Follow along with the blog tour by visiting Cameron’s site:

Cameron’s Unexpected Holiday Blog Tour

For even more updates about the tour visit her on Facebook:

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Or follow her on Twitter:

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25 Days of Boxsets

Get your ULTIMATE Sci-fi, Fantasy, Horror, and SFF/H Romance fix with these 20 *FREE*, limited-time box sets! Also, don’t forget to join our “25 Days of Prizes” giveaway for a chance to win 1 of 25 FREE X-mas prizes!

There are some A-maz-ing boxsets you can get your hands on this December! Secrets and Souls is appearing in the Faes and Flames boxset, but if paranormal romance doesn’t float your boat there are 24 other exciting boxsets available. Click HERE to take a look at what’s available.

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25 DAYS OF **PRIZES** GIVEAWAY PAGE Link: http://bit.ly/25daysPRIZEDRAWING

This part of the giveaway is for a special holiday gift drawing that we will do for ALL downloaders of any of our box sets. 

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The Soul Guide series continues… where friendships are forged, alliances are made and hearts are broken.

Tortured Souls, book two of The Soul Guide series, releases tomorrow. Of course, I am really excited to see how this book is received but also extremely nervous! Apparently, book two of any given series is even more important than the first. If you are lucky enough to hook your readers with the first book, then book two needs to keep those readers hooked. Not such an easy feat, though I hope I have managed this with Tortured Souls!

Over the last week or so I’ve begun to get feedback from my ARC team and I am delighted to say it’s been positive. That’s always such a relief!

So, a little about Tortured Souls. This book really does delve more into the world of the Master and the Mephisto. In places, it is dark, very much so. In fact, the creatures described in this book are very much pulled from some pretty scary dreams I had as a kid. (I had a vivid imagination that haunted me as a child, but which I am thankful for as an adult!) The Mephisto are dark, evil, without soul and pretty much encompass all the bad traits of human nature. In this book, I explain where they come from, and how they came to be.  But there is light and joy too, and that comes in the form of the relationships between the characters, not just the main three.

Of course, it was important to me that I explored the relationship between Sybil, Alec, and Bertram further. They are an unlikely trio who through circumstances beyond their control are thrown together to face quite a formidable foe. All of them have lost someone special to them, and their grief was something that brought them together in the last book and concretes their relationship in Tortured Souls. There is love too… but that would be telling!

In Tortured Souls, we also get to know some side characters a bit better and their story is explained more in this book. Carlo and Victor are actually two of my favourite characters both for very different reasons. Carlo reminds me of an old family friend who passed away some years ago, and in actual fact is very much based on him. One of the things I love to do is keep people I care about or had a significant impact in my life, alive in my stories and so most of my characters are based on someone I know. What better gift to give those I love than immortality in a book?

Victor, however, is a completely made up character who is frankly, an arse, complicated, brutal, brave and integral to this story. In The Soul Guide he wasn’t a good guy, he did bad things… but in this book and the next ones he may well find redemption. You’ll have to keep reading to see.

In Tortured Souls, you will also be introduced to new characters, Estelle being one, and some others who are only really introduced in the latter part of this book but will feature more heavily in book three – Save our Souls, which  I hope will be out next year. Estelle is the catalyst to Sybil and Alec finally taking action after the shock of finding out who they were in the last book. She is a great character full of her own strengths and weaknesses and someone who may or may not throw a spanner in the works between Alec and Sybil.

You will also read more about the Warriors of Light, a subject touched on in Secrets and Souls and a something that will be developed further in book three.

I don’t want to give much more away apart from the fact that I adore writing these books and I hope you adore reading them too.

To celebrate Tortured Souls release day I am having a Facebook party from 12pm-12am tomorrow, Saturday 21st October. This is a joint release party with my author friends Laura Greenwood and Skye Mackinnon. It would be amazing if you could drop in… just click on the link below and press attend! You can party with us from the comfort of your own home. There will be an astounding list of authors in attendance, games, giveaways and you may even get a live feed of me during my slot at 2pm.

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I hope to see you all there x