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!

Better than Cake by Lisa Carlisle

One of my author friends, Lisa Carlisle, has a new hot short erotic story out called Better than Cake.

Better-than-cakeAfter the worst fight of their relationship, the last place Stephanie wants to be is a wedding reception. She still can’t get over what happened. Could their five years of marriage be destroyed after a blast of heated words? Johnny suggested separating. Separating! Now with her marriage on the line, she has to put on a brave face and pretend love is grand.

Johnny doesn’t know why he’d freaked out the way he had and is left with one emotion. Regret. He doesn’t want to lose Stephanie. He must find her and make things right.

Stephanie enters the reception, fearing the end of her marriage. Johnny has something else in mind—a much more decadent proposal that will turn her friend’s wedding into an event they’ll never forget. A short erotic romance for only 99 cents! Perfect for a beach or summer read.

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Who gets ditched at a wedding? Stephanie paused and took a deep breath before walking into her friend’s reception. Something like this could only happen to her.
Ditched wasn’t a strong enough description. “Maybe we should try separating.”
Johnny’s words echoed in her mind, lashing her psyche raw with repetition. Separating! She closed her eyes. Unthinkable.
It’s okay. You can do this. Stick it out for a couple of hours and then you can deal with the mess. How would she explain her husband’s sudden absence? He was at the ceremony, but wouldn’t be at the reception. What would be a reasonable explanation? They were spending the weekend here in Cape Cod so it would be tough to feign a work or family excuse. Illness. Yes, something about seafood. That would be plausible at a seaside resort. Food poisoning. She had an excuse—but it didn’t make her feel any better about the situation.
Beyond the Sea wafted out from the ballroom, appropriate for this Cape Cod seaside resort. She glanced up at the imposing exterior of the multi-level hotel. Her hand trembled so she clutched her silver purse tighter. She raised her chin to steel herself and entered the hotel.
Stephanie scanned the place settings to find hers. Mr. and Mrs. John Silvio. Table nineteen. She dropped her purse to her side, but her fingers still clenched it. The last place she wanted to be after a killer argument with her husband was a wedding. She forced herself to enter the reception area, squeezing through all those decked in suits and evening gowns.
Searching the table numbers for nineteen, she followed them to the back of the room. She guessed she’d be furthest from the head table, since she was neither family nor close friend, but an old college roommate of the bride. She made her way to the back of the room, braved a smile, and introduced herself to the couples already seated.
“Hi. I’m Stephanie.”
“Elaine,” a heavyset woman with puffy blond hair said. “You’re alone?”
Great. Just fantastic. Starting right with the topic she wanted to avoid. “Yes. My husband couldn’t make it tonight. Something he ate earlier,” she babbled. “Probably the shellfish.” She shrugged.
The others introduced themselves as she sat down and peppered her with questions about where they bought the seafood. A few shared their stories of food poisoning. It was going to be a long night.
Once the attention was off her, she replayed the fight for what had to be the fortieth time since it happened. After a ripple of snide comments evolved into a tsunami of a fight, she stormed away from Johnny and ended up talking to herself like a crazy person as she pounded through the surf.
“Separating? Why does he take a small argument and blow it up into something like this? How could he do this to me at my friend’s wedding? What the fuck!”
A couple of miles later, she had calmed down. It wasn’t all his doing. She was the one who’d dragged them here when he had other plans. Her fury decreased as the sun sank lower in the sky, replaced by a cloak of sadness.
She didn’t want to split up. Her eyes began to water. How the heck would she make it through the night without breaking down? Her marriage could be over. How long could she sport a brave face before it dropped?
“Excuse me,” she said and hurried into the ladies room. She barely made it through the door before her eyes pooled with tears. She grabbed tissues and blotted them, fixing her smudged makeup the best she could.
“You can do this,” she told her reflection in the mirror.
As much as she dreaded being at a wedding while her own marriage hung in jeopardy, she had to put her feelings aside for the sake of Caryn. She’d only get married once.
Hopefully.

* * * * *

Johnny caught glimpses of the ocean from the cab and couldn’t help but brood on what he had said to Stephanie down the beach this afternoon. A cold black cloak had surrounded him since, fastened with shackles of regret. The same question echoed in his head ever since.
Why? Why had he freaked out the way he had? Said the things he had? The day had started out great. They woke up at the bed and breakfast and had the morning free before the
ceremony. They’d rented bikes on the Cape Cod Rail Trail and had ridden past sand dunes and shacks, cranberry bogs and duck-filled ponds, villages and pine forests, and even a couple of lighthouses. The scenery was one thing, his beautiful wife riding alongside him something else. He could barely keep his eyes off her lithe body and on the trail.
When they’d stopped to buy sandwiches from one of the beachside shacks and had a picnic lunch on the beach, things were still good. It wasn’t until after the seaside wedding ceremony this afternoon that he’d opened his mouth and all kinds of stupid fell out. And for what? Something trivial, not something to throw away a marriage over.
Their argument had stirred weeks before. He resented her for dragging him to a wedding when he’d already had plans for his monthly camping trip with his buddies, He had
stormed about it for days, but downright exploded on the beach earlier. Telling her she was too controlling, she shouldn’t speak for him and make him cancel his plans to do something she wanted. How his outdoor trips were how he decompressed from work and if she didn’t get it by now, she didn’t get him. She’d countered, saying he used the same justification for his softball games, and sometimes he had to suck it up and act like an adult. Snide comments had escalated into verbal jabs. Past grievances were drudged up as their defenses rose. Accusations flew, growing uglier, and digging up past perceived injustices, until finally, he had suggested a trial separation.
He still wasn’t sure why he’d said it. A heat of the moment incident, blurting out something to end the fight with something he didn’t even mean.
Her shocked expression had turned to one of hurt as she blinked back tears. Then she’d lashed back at him. “If you’re so shallow and selfish that you consider a weekend away from your buddies such brutality, then yeah, maybe we should.”
When she had stormed away from him across the beach, he had turned away thinking to hell with her and pounded through the sand in the opposite direction. It wasn’t until he had turned back several minutes later to see she was gone that he realized he might have made the biggest mistake of his life.

About the Author

Lisa loves stories with dark, brooding, isolated characters and tough, independent, caring heroines. Her reading tastes very widely and she’ll read almost anything—especially mysteries, romance, and non-fiction on any new topic of interest. She is thrilled to be a multi-published author writing since she’s wanted to write since
the sixth grade. Her travels and many jobs have provided her with inspiration for novels, such as serving in the Marine Corps in Okinawa, Japan, backpacking alone around Europe, or working as a waitress in Paris. Her love of books inspired her to own a small independent book store for a couple of years.

Lisa lives in New England with her husband and their children. She spends her days writing for corporate clients and her evenings writing stories and novels.

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July 30th, 2014 by Jude Promos Tags: , , , 2 Comments

Writing Jixit

I was driving home from work the other day and I realized I messed up the sequence of events on Jixit, my WIP. So that means I will have to do a bit of a rewrite to get it back on target. This is what happens when I get an idea for a story but don’t immediately write it. 🙂 So now I need to sit down and write out the outline of what needs to happen and when it needs to occur. That is why an outline is so important. Luckily, I haven’t written so much that the rewrite will be that difficult. I think that once I get it right, it will flow better. I had hit a wall and couldn’t figure out how to fix it. This is why I hit that wall. So once I move things around and set it on the proper course, I should be able to complete it with little problems. So stay tuned for more on that.

I’m happy to report that someone just posted another 5 star review for Kings of Klenar. This time on Amazon and on the erotic version (of course). Strange to see 4.5 stars for the erotic but only 3 stars on the sensual, and that 4 star on the sensual is only there because I asked Cass to put it there instead of the erotic, which is the version she read. I’ve come to the conclusion that KOK should only have been an erotic book, since it’s obviously too intense for the average romance sci/fi reader. Lesson learned.

January 22nd, 2014 by Jude Writing Tags: , , , Comments Off on Writing Jixit

Bittersweet Liaison, a new installment of Jude’s Jiction

I had a shot of inspiration today for a sex scene that wouldn’t work in Jixit, so I decided to make it the 4th installment of Jude’s Jiction. It is now published and available on Smashwords at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/395313

I also decided to put all the Jiction shorts into one Anthology, and I included Painful Reflections. The whole thing will only cost you $2.99. It’s available on Smashwords and Amazon, and it will be on the rest of the sites once it is upgraded to premium status on Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/395808

I promise that the next thing I work on will be Jixit. 🙂

January 6th, 2014 by Jude Writing Tags: , , Comments Off on Bittersweet Liaison, a new installment of Jude’s Jiction

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!

Three times IS the charm with Amazon’s mysterious guidelines (or is it?)

Damn, I feel like I’ve been in the boxing ring with Amazon the last few days.  They kept blocking the erotic version of Kings of Klenar, but they refused to tell me what it was about the product description that was bothering them.  They even told me, and I quote,

We regret that we’re unable to elaborate further on specific details regarding our
content guidelines.

We appreciate your understanding.

Um, I don’t understand, but I had an itchy suspicion that the naive folks at Amazon didn’t like the term “inter-species”. I wanted to point out to them that it did not mean bestiality, since I’m pretty sure that’s the word they kept tripping over. I removed that, and now the book is finally available. I’m happy to say the sensual version is selling very well, so here’s hoping the erotic version will as well. 🙂

 

http://www.amazon.com/Kings-Klenar-Erotic-Prequel-Sierra-ebook/dp/B00GMWC36O

 

ETA apparently that wasn’t it.  I uploaded an edited version, and they blocked it again.  On the fifth attempt I think I finally figured out what it is.  Using (Erotic Version) instead of Erotic Prequel to Sierra Sky must have done it, since Version is not on the cover.  The only thing wrong with that theory though is the Sensual version has never been blocked, and it doesn’t have version on the cover either.  Go figure!  Now why they couldn’t tell me the problem instead of making me guess is a total mystery!  What boneheads!

The above link should work in a few days.  At least I’ve got my fingers crossed!

November 5th, 2013 by Jude News, Writing Tags: , , , , Comments Off on Three times IS the charm with Amazon’s mysterious guidelines (or is it?)

Wow, Amazon has blocked erotic version of Kings of Klenar!

Color me surprised.  I was just notified that my erotic version of Kings of Klenar has offensive content and cannot be listed on Amazon.com.  I checked the publishing platform, and it’s blocked, so they won’t even let me attempt to fix whatever has their panties in a wad.  It could be that they don’t want two books so similar, or that the covers are too similar or that I added (Sensual Version) & (Erotic Version) to the ends of the name for each.  But they approved the sensual version earlier this morning, which you can find here:

http://www.amazon.com/Kings-Klenar-Sensual-Version-ebook/dp/B00GELA5JK/

Barnes & Noble didn’t seem to have a problem with it, so here is that link:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/kings-of-klenar-jude-liebermann/1117313446?ean=2940149009053

So as it stands right now, the only place to get the erotic version is on Smashwords and B&N.  If it passes Smashwords’ review, it will be distributed to all their channels, so I’m curious to see if any other sites will block it. Considering there is some pretty twisted crap published every day (cough 50 Shades of Grey cough), I can’t imagine my erotic story is all that bad.

I will of course be offering both versions in my store, so if all else fails, you can get it directly from me.  Maybe if enough people see that (Sensual Version) at the end of the title, they will go looking for the spicier version, thereby taking their money away from Amazon.  I really expected better from the site.

ETA that Amazon responded to my query asking why it was blocked.  Apparently something about the product description is against their guidelines.  In case no one is aware of their guideline, here is the only one that could possibly be related to what they have a problem with:

Offensive Content 
What we deem offensive is probably about what you would expect.

I had to laugh at that and wrote back that I would appreciate them telling me exactly what they had a problem with. I edited the description and submitted it again. Maybe someone a bit less uptight will get it this time.  I’ll let you know.

November 3rd, 2013 by Jude News, Writing Tags: , , , , Comments Off on Wow, Amazon has blocked erotic version of Kings of Klenar!

Kings of Klenar is available!

Both versions of Kings of Klenar are now available on Smashwords.  They will also be available on Amazon tomorrow.  I decided that since the Sensual version is 3,000 words less, I am selling it for $2.99, and the spicier version is 50 cents more on all platforms.  So take your pick.  Here is the link to my Smashwords profile:

https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/judel

November 2nd, 2013 by Jude News, Writing Tags: , Comments Off on Kings of Klenar is available!
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