Read Jixit for free this weekend!

Hello! For those of you who are looking for something free to read this weekend, be sure to check out Jixit on Amazon starting Friday: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JL4A47K

This ebook will be free from Friday through Sunday (5/8 – 5/10).

May 5th, 2015 by Jude News Tags: , , , , , Comments Off on Read Jixit for free this weekend!

Jixit, my current WIP & KDP Select on Amazon

The last few months, I’ve been coasting on the unexpected popularity of Kings of Klenar. Checking the sales status daily, excited to see it’s still selling pretty well, counting how many sell per day, etc, that I’ve been avoiding my other work in progress, Jixit. For a few months I was writing both stories at the same time. That is until I got a major inspiration on KOK and wrote that exclusively until I finished it. Now it’s been two months, and I really need to get back to Jixit. I’m going to do the same thing as I did with KOK, there will be both an erotic and a sensual version. The holidays are over with, all the issues I was having with KOK are over with (for the most part), so now I can dedicate my time and creativity to my next project. I hope it won’t be hard to get back into that story after thinking of nothing else but Klenar for several months. Stay tuned for updates.

I had originally decided to offer the sensual version of KOK on KDP Select, so Kindle owners could borrow it for free. BUT Amazon has the asinine policy that all versions must be forever exclusive to them. I’m unwilling to remove it from the internet, solely so Amazon can give their Prime members another book to borrow. That is, after all, why they created Select, so they could give people more incentive to get their expensive Prime membership. I finally relented and bought a Kindle, so I could take advantage of the free reads, but I was disappointed when I realized that no well known authors, at least any that I’ve ever read, use Select. Why should they? They have no incentive to do it, but Amazon seems to think they are doing us this huge favor by letting us in their “exclusive club”. I’m sorry, but the benefits do not outweigh the hassle of keeping it exclusive. Amazon has definitely gotten too big for their britches. They are also the only online bookseller that allows its customers to read an ebook and then return it for a refund within 2 weeks of buying it. Hell, why get Prime, when you can buy the book and return it anyway. Sounds like a library to me, and I can’t help but wonder if other authors’ return rates are 10% like they are with mine. Luckily, that 90% is still hefty, and it proves to me that the majority of the buying public are honest people. Thank you! And boo to Amazon KDP!

January 5th, 2014 by Jude Writing Tags: , , , , Comments Off on Jixit, my current WIP & KDP Select on Amazon

Censorship, Erotica, Amazon, Paypal & Smashwords

I stumbled upon an article written last year, and it reminded me of the situation.  Smashwords informed all its writers about Paypal banning certain types of erotica. I now remember getting that email, but it didn’t affect me…then.  That was well over a year before I wrote Kings of Klenar, so I didn’t get caught up in the drama.  Reading the article, Mark Coker’s letter and then the follow up makes it a bit clearer in my mind why Amazon has such a problem with the erotic version but not the sensual version.

All erotic books dealing with bestiality, rape, incest and children were banned.  There’s that word again: rape.  I thought that strange, since many books deal with rape, but then I got to meat of the email.  If those things were in a non-erotic book, it wouldn’t be an issue.  Only if they were in an erotic book.  So even if the scenes were exactly the same, if you dared put that in the same book with erotic sex, a red flag would go up.  I find it strange that people would assume that because the book is erotic, that the plot can’t be any deeper than just the kinky sex.  I’ve always been under the impression that erotica was a normal story with explicit sex added in. Strip away the sex and you still had a rich story.  That is what I did with Kings of Klenar.  I wrote it with a lot of explicit sex, and then I went and edited all that out so more reserved people could still read and enjoy the story.  And those people are the ones who have a problem with the questionable content.  Actually, that makes sense, because people who are prepared to read explicit sex, shouldn’t be all that shocked to read a very brief rape scene.

I didn’t write those scenes for titillation, which is what is supposed to mark that as taboo.  I don’t expect people to read that and get turned on.  It’s something horrible that happens to the heroine, so you’re not supposed to like it.  If it makes you mad or upset, then I did my job.

Of course, Paypal eventually dropped the idea of the ban, since they realized how idiotic it was.  They were forced to realize that too many classics would have to be banned as well, since many of those use rape and pedophilia in them.  One popular example is The Color Purple.  The heroine of that is only a child when she is raped, but you don’t see the masses wanting to burn the author in effigy. Maybe because that book isn’t erotic, but how does that make the idea of a child being raped any less offensive?  I might put offensive content in a few of my books, but I don’t do it glorify the act. It’s merely necessary to tell the story.  Which is why it bothers me when Amazon gives me such a problem with the description of the book. Turns out they don’t care what the book contains, only that the description isn’t offensive or contains any of their taboo keywords, such as rape or non-consensual sex.  But they allow those terms in non-erotic books.  And even though I have that disclaimer on the sensual version, that hasn’t stopped prudish people from buying it and then being disgusted enough to return it for a refund or posting a negative review.

I know you can’t please everyone all the time, and it does seem there are enough people pleased enough to buy it and keep it.  If they liked it, hopefully they will eventually return and positively review it.

January 3rd, 2014 by Jude Writing Tags: , , , , , Comments Off on Censorship, Erotica, Amazon, Paypal & Smashwords

Amazon strikes again!

Well, Amazon yanked the erotic version of Kings of Klenar again, so only the sensual Kindle version is available for sale.  I give up trying to get them to post the book as is, so I censored it for their quality control department.  I’ll post to it when/if it becomes live again, but if anyone out there wants to read my apparently controversial story, it is available on all major booksellers, including but not limited to B&N, Kobo, Apple and Smashwords.  You can also buy it in my store for 15% off the retail price.

12/21 ETA It looks like Amazon only had a problem with the book description. Since I couldn’t change that without changing the book itself, it seems I was right in censoring the book.  They show it as live on the publishing platform, but it isn’t yet showing in the store.  As soon as it is, I’ll post the link here.

12/22 It is finally live. Here is the link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GGM5W8G

12/23 ETA It didn’t sit well with me that I censored so much from the erotic version, so I went back and edited it again. Instead of removing those controversial scenes, I made them the same as they appear in the sensual version.  Since Amazon has never had any problems with that book, I figure they shouldn’t have problems with it in this one.  I have uploaded it, so it should (fingers crossed) be live later today.  I know at least 3 people have bought the censored version, but since the Kindle can get updated versions, just be sure to have that option selected and the update should automatically sync with yours.  That way, you don’t need to request the unedited version from me.

12/24 ETA I guess I will be spending Christmas battling the quality police at Amazon.  I think I’ve figured out what their problem is.  They kicked back another of my books, and the one thing they both have in common is “non-consensual sex” is in the description.  I removed that from Love’s Trial, and it’s live again (note that I made no update to the book contents, only the description).  They took Kings of Klenar offline again because I added that to the book description.  I find it very strange that this company allows people to post whatever they want in reviews, providing unnecessary spoilers, but they don’t allow the author to put disclaimers of content that might offend some people.  How does that make any sense at all?  So I have removed the phrase “non-consensual sex” from the description of the erotic version and posted it again. Let’s see if it goes through this time.  *sigh*

12/25 ETA It is back online again, hopefully for good this time! Merry Christmas, everyone! 🙂

December 20th, 2013 by Jude News, Writing Tags: , , , Comments Off on Amazon strikes again!

Mexican Sunsets & Texas Moonshine discounted on Amazon

I have decided to offer Mexican Sunsets, and its sequel, Texas Moonshine, free to all Prime members on Amazon. And for the next 6 days, everyone else can buy it discounted.  They are currently only 99 cents each through the 15th and then they will be $1.99 through the 18th, when they will both return to their normal retail price of $2.99.  Prime members can always borrow them for free.

http://www.amazon.com/Jude-Liebermann/e/B001KC6H86

December 12th, 2013 by Jude Events, Promos Tags: , , , , Comments Off on Mexican Sunsets & Texas Moonshine discounted on Amazon

Kings of Klenar ahead of The Host?

kokamazonFrom someone who read and thoroughly enjoyed The Host by Stephanie Meyer, I feel truly honored to have my new book, Kings of Klenar to be on the same best selling list on Amazon.  Now, it’s actually one ahead of The Host.  Yeah, I know it doesn’t mean it’s a better seller overall, just that it had outsold it for a small period of time.  But that’s pretty dang impressive.  🙂  Here is the screen shot of the two books on the Romance Scifi best sellers list:

December 7th, 2013 by Jude News, Writing Tags: , , , Comments Off on Kings of Klenar ahead of The Host?

Please review Kings of Klenar on Amazon!

Hi Everyone!  Kings of Klenar is still selling really well on Amazon.  I’m surprised and honored that so many of you want to read what I have created.  Not everyone will like the story, of course, and Amazon lets me know every time someone returns the book.  For those who aren’t aware, it’s one of the few, maybe only, online stores that allows customers to return an ebook. You even have 7 days to do it, and many people have taken advantage of it.  Luckily, the majority haven’t, and the book has remained on the best selling list in scifi romance since it was released.

Today, one of the people who didn’t like it, and probably even returned it, gave the sensual version a 2 star review.  Going by the spoilers this objectionable person revealed, he/she shouldn’t have bought it to begin with, let alone read it and reviewed it.

So I’m asking those of you who did read it and liked it to please go to Amazon and post a review.  I’ve found three great reviews/ratings elsewhere but would like them to be listed where most people will see them.  Plus they would offset that awful 2 star rating.  🙂

If you review the book on Amazon and then comment here and let me know, I’ll give you a free book of your choice.  Of course the free book only applies once I verify the review is on Kings of Klenar and is at least 3 stars and positive.

December 6th, 2013 by Jude News, Reviews Tags: , , Comments Off on Please review Kings of Klenar on Amazon!

Kings of Klenar in top 100 sales on Amazon!!!

Wow!  This is a first, so I had to do a screen shot.  It might only be in Romance/Scifi, but that’s a big deal!  The sensual version of Kings of Klenar is currently #98 on Amazon’s top 100 paid list.  It may get better, but it could also drop off at any moment.  I’ll update this post if it gets better.  I’m still amazed how well the book has done with almost no marketing.  It’s even impacting sales of Sierra Sky.  I’m sure the sales are a blip on the radar to most successful authors, but it’s a majorly big deal to this one.  🙂

Be sure to click on image to get a full sized shot of it.

kokamazonrank

11/20/13 ETA: I was going to just state the update, but this surprised me, so I’m posting another screenshot. kokamazonrank2The sales did drop off for a few days, but then surged a bit yesterday, and here was the result:

Unfortunately, the Erotic version is languishing. Oh well, as long as one version does well. 🙂

11/28/13 ETA: Happy Thanksgiving! I’m certainly thankful to all of you who keep moving this book up in the ranks.
kokrank2Now it’s on 2 top 100 sales lists. 🙂

12/15/13 update: For my own records, today is the first time KOK has dropped off the top 100 sales list since it went on a month ago.

November 18th, 2013 by Jude News, Writing Tags: , , , Comments Off on Kings of Klenar in top 100 sales on Amazon!!!

5 Star Review for Kings of Klenar!

I have been getting so frustrated over Amazon’s stubborn refusal to publish the erotic version of Kings of Klenar to their Kindle store that I tend to forget to promote the sites that DO offer it.  Of course it started on Smashwords, where it will remain.   Here is the link, and I was just notified that one of the people who bought it has rated it 5 stars.  Scroll to the bottom to read her review:

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/374016

Barnes & Noble also has it on their site:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/kings-of-klenar-jude-liebermann/1117390352?ean=2940149009053

 

I’m hoping to eventually get it through on Amazon, but at this point I won’t hold my breath.  The thing that really bothers me is that one of the women who bought the erotic version on Amazon before it was yanked, gave me a 4 star review. Too bad I didn’t get a screen shot!  Now that will only show again if it ever gets back on their site.  The erotic paperback is still there, since CreateSpace sent that over, and once Smashwords approves it to their premium catalog, it will be sent out to all their channels.  It is my hope that Amazon will be the only one online that refuses to have the ebook on their site.  🙂

ETA It’s finally on Amazon!  http://www.amazon.com/Kings-Klenar-Erotic-Prequel-Sierra-ebook/dp/B00GMWC36O

I also realized I can edit the book descriptions in Author Central, so I have added both reviews the book has received so far.  So you can now read them in one place.

November 14th, 2013 by Jude News, Writing Tags: , , , , , Comments Off on 5 Star Review for Kings of Klenar!

Kings of Klenar Paperbacks

I’ve decided to go ahead and release the paperback copies of Kings of Klenar (both versions) through CreateSpace, which will distribute through Amazon.com.  Since they have sold most of the ebook versions, maybe there will be a small demand for the paperbacks.

Here are the Amazon links:

http://www.amazon.com/Kings-Klenar-Erotic-Prequel-Sierra/dp/149373363X

http://www.amazon.com/Kings-Klenar-Sensual-Prequel-Sierra/dp/149372214X

Hopefully the erotic version will stay online.  I’m worried, since the KDP staff keeps yanking the ebook off their site.  Even after it sold for nearly a week, they blocked it after I uploaded a revised version to get rid of the typos I found.  So now I’m waiting to see if they will give me a 4th chance at appeasing their delicate sensibilities.  Either way, below are the links to the books on Createspace.

https://www.createspace.com/4520622 Erotic

https://www.createspace.com/4518919 Sensual

November 12th, 2013 by Jude News, Writing Tags: , , Comments Off on Kings of Klenar Paperbacks
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