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. ūüôā 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

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! ūüôā

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

Blissemas Kissmas – Their first kiss

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Merry Blissemas!  Be sure to click on Smooch the bear to read more snogs!

Here is mine, which is from my best selling novel, Kings of Klenar!

He ran his long fingers down her face, gently wiping the wetness away.¬† ‚ÄúPlease don‚Äôt cry.¬† It doesn‚Äôt have to be awful. You might even enjoy it.‚Ä̬† He lowered his head and kissed her neck.¬† ‚ÄúI‚Äôll do what I can to make sure you do.‚ÄĚ

Cass quivered in his arms, and her head fell to the side to give him more access.

‚ÄúDo you like that?‚ÄĚ

She half-nodded, fear growing in her as he slowly led her back to the bed.  He sat and pulled her down to straddle him.

‚ÄúTry to relax,‚ÄĚ he murmured against her throat while running his hands up and down her back.

Not believing that was even possible, she stole a glance at the door, still fearing an audience.

‚ÄúThe door is locked, Cassandra. We won‚Äôt be interrupted until our time is up.‚ÄĚ

‚ÄúHow much time is that?‚ÄĚ

He pulled back slightly and met her gaze.¬† ‚ÄúI don‚Äôt want you worrying about the clock.¬† Let me take care of everything, alright?‚ÄĚ

She felt like a deer caught in headlights, unable to move enough to nod. Knowing what he was about to do didn’t prepare her for the shock of his lips against hers.  The realization this was their first kiss coursed through her, and she moaned.  Never having been this close to him before, she hadn’t realized how good he smelled.  Inhaling deeply, she pressed her body closer to his, feeling her nipples tighten as the fabric between them teased the tips of her breasts.  His tongue moved between her teeth, and she tasted the wine he had with his meal.  The delicious sweetness had her licking his tongue with her own.

His breath sped up and filled her mouth, and they both groaned.

December 15th, 2013 by Jude Events, Promos Tags: , , , 3 Comments

So…I’m obsessed with rape?

After waiting over a month for someone to review Kings of Klenar on Amazon, my first review has that in the first sentence. ¬†I’m a good writer, but I’m obsessed with rape? ¬†Really? ¬†I find it quite odd that someone who is so sensitive about rape would buy a book that has an excerpt where rape is freely discussed. ¬†The book starts with Cass pulling her skirt down after an attempted rape, and she has a lengthy discussion with Luna on his spaceship about how he’s captured one of his own kind after a rape rampage and how his people deal with non-consensual sex… in the free excerpt for all to read before buying. ¬†I strongly believe that most of the sales of the book are because people are interested in that aspect of the book. ¬†As much as women like to decry the act of rape, there are many books and movies written about the topic. ¬†Of course no woman wants to be raped, but it’s still the fantasy of many of them. Not the brutal and vicious act of it, but the romantic version of a hunky man taking the choice away from the gal, so she can enjoy the sex but not feel she was responsible for it happening. ¬†I grew up on Johanna Lindsey, who got famous writing about gorgeous heroes sweeping a young virgin off her feet and seducing her against her will.

But am I obsessed with rape? ¬†Let’s analyze that question by all the books I’ve written. ¬†Off the top of my head, only 3 of my many books have rape as a central theme in them: Love’s Trial, Forgotten but not Gone, and Kings of Klenar. ¬†Now, which have sold better than any of my others? ¬†Without a doubt, Kings of Klenar is my best seller of all time, but Forgotten but not Gone has sold more copies than any of my tamer stuff, even books that I know are better, like Faith’s Portrait or my A Modern Myth saga. ¬†Actually, there is a rapist in the 3rd story of that, but he gets his just desserts before he can do anything about it. ¬†And I had to make him evil, so that shouldn’t count.

True, it’s just one person’s review, but since hardly anyone else has taken the time to post a nice review, this person’s 2 star review is what potential buyers are seeing. ¬†Luckily, it isn’t slowing down sales, but it bothers me that it has so many spoilers of the story. ¬†No one should know all that detail before reading the story and understanding why it’s all happening. Taking so many things out of context makes it sound worse than it actually is. ¬†Kings of Klenar IS a romance. ¬†It just isn’t a formula romance, but then I don’t write those. ¬†Real life isn’t like that, and Cass does go through hell as a slave on a distant planet. ¬†Does anyone actually expect that would be easy? ¬†As my writing matures, so do the topics I will choose to write about. ¬†I did put a lot of taboo topics in the book, and it seems to be paying off. ¬†I do apologize to those of you who bought it and were offended. ¬†That is the main reason I am offering a censored version, so you can enjoy it without most of the potentially offensive content. ¬†Though I must say it’s quite strange that of the three positive reviews it has received, all of them were on the erotic version. ¬†The negative 2 star review mentioned above is on the sensual version. ¬†Things that make you go hmmmm…

December 13th, 2013 by Jude News, Reviews, Writing Tags: , , Comments Off on So…I’m obsessed with rape?

Happy Blissemas!

So today is my day on the Blissemas 2013 blog hop.¬† side-hunkSince this post needs to be holiday oriented, I’ve decided to write my own version of “The 12 days of Christmas” called the “12 days of Blissemas”. ¬†Be sure to sing along as you would with the original song.

  • On the 1st day of Blissemas, my true fans gave to me, a book sale and a review.
  • On the 2nd day of Blissemas, my true fans gave to me, two mugs of beer and a book sale and a review.
  • On the 3rd day of Blissemas, my true fans gave to me, three French kisses, two mugs of beer, and a¬†book sale and a review.
  • On the 4th day of Blissemas, my true fans gave to me, four nice responses, three French kisses, two mugs of beer, and a book sale and a review.
  • On the 5th day of Blissemas, my true fans gave to me, five golden pens,¬†four nice responses, three French kisses, two mugs of beer, and a book sale and a review.
  • On the 6th day of Blissemas, my true fans gave to me, six review requests,¬†five ¬†golden pens,¬†four nice responses, three French kisses, two mugs of beer, and a¬†book sale and a review.
  • On the 7th day of Blissemas, my true fans gave to me, seven sales on Sony,¬†six review requests,¬†five ¬†golden pens,¬†four nice responses, three French kisses, two mugs of beer, and a¬†book sale and a review.
  • On the 8th day of Blissemas, my true fans gave to me, eight friend referrals,¬†seven sales on Sony,¬†six review requests,¬†five ¬†golden pens,¬†four nice responses, three French kisses, two mugs of beer, and a¬†book sale and a review.
  • On the 9th day of Blissemas, my true fans gave to me, nine ladies reading,¬†eight friend referrals,¬†seven sales on Sony,¬†six review requests,¬†five ¬†golden pens,¬†four nice responses, three French kisses, two mugs of beer, and a¬†book sale and a review.
  • On the 10th day of Blissemas, my true fans gave to me, ten men so sexy,¬†nine ladies reading,¬†eight friend referrals,¬†seven sales on Sony,¬†six review requests,¬†five ¬†golden pens,¬†four nice responses, three French kisses, two mugs of beer, and a¬†book sale and a review.
  • On the 11th day of Blissemas, my true fans gave to me, eleven Sierra Sky sales,¬†ten men so sexy,¬†nine ladies reading,¬†eight friend referrals,¬†seven sales on Sony,¬†six review requests,¬†five ¬†golden pens,¬†four nice responses, three French kisses, two mugs of beer, and a¬†book sale and a review.
  • On the 12th day of Blissemas, my true fans gave to me, twelve months of green backs,¬†eleven Sierra Sky sales,¬†ten men so sexy,¬†nine ladies reading,¬†eight friend referrals,¬†seven sales on Sony,¬†six review requests,¬†five ¬†golden pens,¬†four nice responses, three French kisses, two mugs of beer, and a¬†book sale and a review.

A big thank you to everyone who has bought my new erotic/sensual book Kings of Klenar on Amazon, which also inspired you to buy the erotic sequel, Sierra Sky. ¬†These unexpected sales was the best Christmas present I could ever hope for! ¬†Be sure to leave out some reindeer chow alongside Santa’s cookies and milk!

2 cups Wheat Chex
2 cups Rice Chex
2 cups Corn Chex
2 cups Cheerios toasted oat cereal
2 cups unsalted pretzels
2 cups M&M’s plain chocolate candy
1 (8 ounce) package white chocolate baking squares
1 cup unsalted peanuts

Directions:
1 Mix wheat chex, rice chex, corn chex, cheerios, peanuts, m&m, in a large bowl.
2 Spread a large sheet of wax paper over counter top.
3 Melt white chocolate squares in microwave.
4 Pour melted chocolate over mixture.
5 Mix together very fast.
6¬†Spread evenly over wax paper and let dry, then break apart! ¬†Your reindeer will love it! ¬†Not to mention what else you can do with melted chocolate. ¬†ūüôā ¬†I think trouble is brewing in the kitchen. Enjoy this special holiday teaser of my WIP story, Jixit:

Dot spread the wax paper on the counter top and listened to the sound of the microwave behind her. ¬†She wasn’t sure how long she needed to heat the chocolate for it to melt sufficiently. She wasn’t a fan of white chocolate, but she was afraid of what the reindeer chow would look like if she used dark chocolate. ¬†Her mom made the stuff every year for Christmas, so maybe making it for herself would make her a bit less homesick.

The microwave beeped, so she stepped back and turned to open the door and pull out the bowl.  Burning her fingers on the glass, she yelped and nearly dropped it. Not wanting to clean splattered goo off the floor and cabinets, she tossed it from one hand to the other before depositing it on the counter.  As she stirred the melted mass in the bowl, Dot perused the ingredients again.

“Damn, forgot the peanuts.”

Heading for the pantry, she opened the door and looked through the shelves, finally spotting the can on the bottom shelf. ¬†She bent over to get it when strong hands gripped her hips and a familiar hardness ground against her backside. ¬†She sucked in her breath, but didn’t move at first, instead enjoying the feel of his body behind her.

“Now I can’t remember why I came in here.”

She laughed, finally straightening to turn toward Colin. ¬†“Coffee?”

His sexy smile made her go wet, and she licked her lips. ¬†She wanted him to kiss her, but she knew he wouldn’t…not yet.

“That’s it. ¬†What are you doing in here, with that cute butt of yours in the air like that?”

“I’m making reindeer chow.”

He didn’t ask, but his expression did. ¬†He’d obviously never heard of it before. ¬† ¬†She held up the peanuts.

“I’ll show you what it is.” ¬†Walking back to the counter, she put the peanuts into the bowl with the rest of the dry ingredients before reaching for the bowl of melted white chocolate. ¬†She tipped the bowl and let the contents pour over the cereal and chocolate candies. ¬†Colin dipped his finger into the bowl of hot chocolate. ¬†She tried to stop him, afraid it would still be too hot, but he lifted his finger to his mouth with a smile.

“I love white chocolate.”

Her breathing sped up as he rubbed the chocolate across his full lower lip and then slowly licked it off. ¬†Swallowing hard, her fingers tightened on the spoon as she shoveled spoonfuls of the reindeer chow on the wax paper without watching what she was doing. She couldn’t take her eyes off Colin.

“Do you know where else I’d like to put this?”

Her stomach clenched as a wicked image ran through her mind, but she innocently shook her head. ¬†“I know where I’d like to put it though. ¬†Close your eyes and don’t look down.”

Grabbing the bowl with white chocolate, she dropped to her knees in front of him.  His grey sweat pants did nothing to hide the obvious erection beneath the thin material.  Dot tugged the front of the pants down and his hardness sprang free.  Dipping a few fingers in the chocolate, she nodded to see it was nice and warm.  She ran those sticky fingers down the length of him, and slowly followed that path with her tongue.

Happy Holidays to one and all!  As a present to you, one random commenter will be chosen to receive a free copy of Kings of Klenar (erotic or sensual).   Your comment will also enter you in the Blissemas giveaway:

To join in simply leave a comment on this post and the others at http://blissemas.co.uk and you could be in to win your choice of eReader or $100 gift voucher to spend on eBooks! The prize will be drawn on the 21st December. Merry Blissemas!

December 10th, 2013 by Jude Events, News Tags: , , , 12 Comments

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. ¬†ūüôā ¬†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. ¬†ūüôā

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!

4 Star Rating “Review” on Goodreads for Kings of Klenar

I stumbled upon this and wanted to share it. ¬†Not only did this gal rate the book well, but her name is Cass. ¬†I thought that was cute, since the main character’s name is also Cass. ¬†The main thing I thought was cute was how she “reviewed” the book. I put that in quotes because she didn’t really review it, she tagged it to her many (and I mean many) bookshelves on Goodreads.com. I will quote it below, and will link beneath it. ¬†What I find so charming about this is that she pretty much nails the book with her tags. ¬†ūüôā ¬†So if you want to know the dirty details about what happens in the book without actually reading it or knowing specifics, be sure to check it out:

Cass rated it 4 of 5 stars

Shelves: adventure, alien-instincts, alien-planet, aliens, alpha-brooding-glory, alpha-male, captive,cheesy, erotica, forced-sex, friends, frustrating, has-no-voice, heartbreaking, heroine-is-a-little-whiny, jackassery, lies, made-me-cry, meaningless-sex, misunderstanding, not-a-pretty-love-story,not-pretty-really-not-sexy, otherworldly-city, sci-fi, sci-fi-fantasy-paranormal, science-fiction, science-fiction-romance, scifi-twist, sex, slave, sleeping-during-those-sex-scenes, something-a-little-different, space-aliens, spiting-mad, strong-female-lead, strong-sexual-element, ff, lesbian,emotional-rollercoaster, fantasy-romance, friends-in-love, just-a-lot-of-sex, love-triangle, love-triangle-more-then-one-love, loved-it, lover-be-trade, more-then-one-love-interest, oral-sex, politics,possessive-hero, punch-in-the-face-so-damn-bad, rape, adult, alternate-universe, amazing-story,bad-choices, brutal-and-heartless, charming-and-sexy, confusing, fantasy, hero-cheats, hero-grovels-just-fine, hero-is-possessive-jealous, hero-scarred-mentally-or-physically, hero-should-grovel-more, heroin-having-no-brains, heroin-having-no-self-respect, heroin-is-a-little-fickle,heroin-raped, heroine-raped, seduction, sensual-and-steamy-romance, serious-chemistry,serious-swoon, subjects-of-suicide-and-rape, tormented-damaged-hero, tortured-hero, tortured-heroine, virgin-heroine, warning-some-profanity, whiny, world-building-is-a-bit-confusing, world-building-is-very-good
Here is the link to Kings of Klenar on Goodreads and then scroll down. http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18964593-kings-of-klenar
December 2nd, 2013 by Jude News Tags: , , , Comments Off on 4 Star Rating “Review” on Goodreads for Kings of Klenar
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