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Okay, RG says we’re supposed to talk about our self-published work. The stuff that we figured out how to edit, format, do cover art for, and upload to various ebook retail sites like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, etc. It’s a lot of work, but it also gives us all kinds of control over our work. INFINITE POWER!!!! **giddy evil laugh**
Okay, I’m good now.
Where was I? Oh, yes. Self-published books. I’ve put out a few short stories this year that were self-pubbed. My most recent one, The Marion Kind, is one I’m especially proud of, because I made the cover myself. It’s not a super complicated cover, but I made it, so to me that makes it super special. The best cover ever. Mine all mine. (Do we sense a me-me-me theme when it comes to self-pubbing. Hm.)
THE MARION KIND
Smashwords | B&N Nook | Amazon
Marion’s all tied up over Kurt. Why? Because she wanted a little thrill in her small-town life and got it by dating the town bad boy. Only it went way beyond a mere thrill in under a week. Now, a year later, she wants to know when they’re going to take it to the next level. She wants it all and she wants it with him. So she asks him to marry her. When he doesn’t react at all, she walks out, realizing that her mother was right…the bad boy isn’t the marrying kind.
But Kurt’s not about to make it that easy for her to leave. He’s had a week to get angry over her stomping off. So what if he has to tie her to the bed to get her to listen to him? He won’t let her avoid him forever, and if this is what it takes to get her attention, so be it. He’d never thought Marion wanted anything other than to burn up the sheets with him, but he’s thinking about it now…and he’s ready to be all tied up over Marion. Until death do them part.
I also put out a couple of free reads this year that I self-published. I didn’t do the covers on these ones. Instead, I turned things over to the talents of my friend Dayna Hart, who writes lovely stories and can occasionally be bribed into using her mad skillz with photoshop.
These two stories are sequels to my book Carnal Desires (and In Ice in the Sexy Beast V antho, which has the Kesuk story RG always talks about). I loved being able to wrap up a few of the characters from the Carnal Desires world, because so many of them tugged at my heart and wanted a story too, even if it was a little one.
IN THE FLAMES
Smashwords | B&N Nook
Prince Taymullah has been made Regent of the weretiger planet, Vesperi, while his elder brother is away on the annual trade run. It’s important that he not upset the balance of power among the weretiger prides during his temporary reign. But his hand is forced when the woman he loves is bethrothed by her father to another man. What would Taymullah risk for love?
IN THE TEMPEST
Smashwords | B&N Nook
Humiliated and abandoned by a weredragon lord sworn to mate with her through political arrangement, Lady Adriana refuses to mate for anything less than love—even if it means refusing the advances of the commanding Lord Baleel. Adriana believes he’s only after the prestige mating with her will bring him…until he forces her to see that his pursuit of her has nothing to do with politics and everything to do with love.
There’s also a special Kindle edition bundle that costs $.99 because Amazon wouldn’t let me make it for free, so I squished them together so you’d at least get more for your money. I figured some people would rather pay the buck than figure out how to download, upload, shuffle files around from Smashwords to Kindle, but it’s up to you. (I’m one for convenience myself, but I like pushing the button and poof, it’s on my Kindle. Heh.)
Right now, I don’t have any real solid plans for self-publishing anything else, but my fellow Smutketeers tell me we’re percolating on something that all four of us will contribute to. All for Smut, and Smut for All, right?
Okay, so as a reward for making it all the way to the end of this blog post, I’m offering up a copy of my ebook, The Marion Kind, to one commenter. I’ll declare a winner at the end of the week. Thanks for stopping by!