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. ūüôā

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

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

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. ¬†ūüôā

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!

50 Shades of Parody

Since I lurk on Jenny Trout’s (aka Abigail Barnette) blog, I have discovered there are quite a few parodies of 50 Shades of Grey. ¬†Some of them aren’t that great, but others are amusing. ¬†Here are the links to two on Smashwords:

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/354289

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/357764

I also wanted to point out that I found out why Abigail’s The Boss is no longer on Smashwords. ¬†She wanted it free on Amazon and is trying the Kindle Select route (something that did not work for me AT ALL, so I wish her luck). ¬†It will be back on Smashwords for free once their 90 day exclusivity has expired. ¬†Definitely check it out, though I have unfortunately heard that the sequel is a bit of a downer. ¬†So as much as I liked the first one, I doubt I’ll buy the second one. ¬†ūüôĀ ¬†The first one is definitely worth a read though.

 

September 29th, 2013 by Jude News, Writing Tags: , , , Comments Off on 50 Shades of Parody

Going Smashwords Crazy

I have been so busy getting my books published on Smashwords that I have been neglecting both the stories I’ve been working on: Kings of Klenar and Jixit. ¬† ¬†I need to stop trying to write both of them at the same time and just pick one. Considering that Kings of Klenar is closer to being done, I need to work on that one. ¬†It just takes place over a longer period of time, and I’m having trouble deciding what takes place between ¬†the time Luna and Cass meet until Sierra is born.

I’ve also been super busy fixing up the house and taking care of real life stuff, that sometimes my writing gets kicked to the curb. ¬†Shameful really, since I feel the best when I’m creating. ¬†Hopefully someday i can say “creating a masterpiece”. ¬†LOL

Anyway, the Cobblestone situation is finally behind me, so I will put that to rest. ¬†Two of the books published through them are now online under my publishing umbrella. Not sure what I’m going to do about Painful Reflections. Might just make it a 99 cent book with the rest of them. ¬†Who knows. It’s at the bottom of my priorities right now.

Sierra Sky isn’t doing that great at Total-e-bound, but I’ll never ask for the rights back on that book, since I LOVE that cover and aren’t willing to let it go! LOL ¬†I wonder if i can hire Posh Gosh to design the next one? ¬†Hmm….I’ll have to wait and see how I feel about it once i try to design the KOK cover myself. ¬†ūüôā

But back to Smashwords. I can’t say enough good about them, so someone should slap me for not taking advantage of their offerings years ago. ¬†I had it in my mind that since I already dealt with Amazon and B&N on my own, that I didn’t need them. ¬†Didn’t even occur to me that I could opt out of those two venues and use the rest of their channels. I think they have about a dozen now. True, B&N tends to be the best seller, but it’s far easier to let Smashwords take care of that for me, especially for the short stories that I don’t have time to upload in different places. ¬†Not only that but they provide the ISBN’s for free! ¬†And they now have a series manager, so it makes it easier to distinguish those on other sites. So B&N now lists my A Modern Myth trilogy as a series, so it’s easier to readers to see there are other books. ¬†That is SO nice! ¬†They keep making improvements all the time. ¬†They have gotten so much better since I first used them that they have pretty much left everyone else in the dust. I don’t even use Lulu.com anymore and need to take all my books down from there. ¬†Createspace has better books for less, so there is no reason to keep using lulu.

So if you haven’t given smashwords.com a chance yet, head on over. ¬†They have a bunch of free reads, anywhere from poems to full length novels. ¬†True, some of the stuff is crap, but a lot of it is really good.

September 18th, 2013 by Jude News, Writing Tags: , , , Comments Off on Going Smashwords Crazy
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