Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Open but NOT ACTIVE: Still Recuperating

This is a rambling blog, something that I should not be doing, but am. 

Last September 26, 2016, I wrote this post on my wall on Facebook: (note: copy/paste)

Hi guys, I'm sorry to have to announce this, but my blog, multitaskingmommas Book Reviews, http://www.multitaskingmommas.com/, I've temporarily shut it down...or rather, put it on PRIVATE mode for the meantime. 
If you've noticed, I've not been active on FB of late, and those who are not in the know, I got sick last week and up till now, my breathing is not set on automatic. I have to manually think to breathe of go light headed. #Asthmaisabitch as they say and it is so true. 
When will I reopen? I have no idea. I tried to work, but no, all the time I was typing, I got light headed forgetting to breathe. So yeah, it's difficult. I will get myself on the healthy side of life first, before I can go online and do the blogging. For now, no, the blog has not been deleted. No. It is still there, just set on PRIVATE until further notice. And yes, I can still review on GR or Amazon if I want to, on my own schedule.
As for now, if you wish to communicate, the email, FB page and this one is always open. Send me a PM if need be.
Love yas! <3 div="">
Edit: Ooops, forgot to mention. The remainder of the review requests, I will be directly posting on to Amazon and/or GR.

I thought people would understand, and they did, but a lot of them didn't. I've gotten some emails, some nice, some not so nice, some clueless. But that's neither here nor there. Point is,  I found out people actually do love the blog and wanted to find out if it's closed or not. No, this is not closed. It was set to PRIVATE for a variety of reasons, top of which is, I'm sick.

No. I really am sick! I can't work because my meds keep my brain on the mushy side and I can't read either, for my brain keeps wandering as its...mushy.

However, I've received note that I could go on hiatus, just leave the blog open.

Okay, here, it is now open. This does not mean I can keep to my commitments, but for the sake of the reviews I've left for the books of the wonderful and understanding authors, I set this back to PUBLIC so the links are still live and kicking.

Now, I'm going back to bed and sleep.


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Monday, September 19, 2016

New book release! "A Touch of Blood" (an Avondale Story) by Etienne:


AMAZON

Publication Date: September 17, 2016
Marshall Sutherland graduates from law school and returns to his small hometown to practice law. Due to certain circumstances he vows to give up men, a move that brings danger into his life.Then he meets Doug Frazier, a mysterious newcomer to town who purchases a mansion that once belonged to the city’s founder. A friendship forms between the two men which may lead to more… if Doug’s almost unbelievable secrets don’t drive a wedge between them.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Out Now! #Taboo by @JoTannah #mm #MayDecember #erotic #romance

eXtasy Books
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Published By: eXtasy Books
Author: Jo Tannah
ISBN: 978-1-4874-0890-9
Page: 106
Word Count: 30701
Publication Date: September 9, 2016
Heat Level: 
Available Formats: Adobe Acrobat, Epub, Mobipocket, Mobipocket (.mobi)

Categories: Contemporary, Erotic Romance, Gay, GLBT, Interracial

Forbidden love. Family drama. A lot can happen in three days.

Margaret Maxfield is getting married and Zachary Parker is the man of honor. Going to the wedding would mean seeing Tristan Maxfield again after all these years. His teenage crush had turned into longing through the years and this may be his one chance to be with Tristan, his father’s best friend and partner. Margaret’s father.

When Tristan sets eyes on Zach for the first time in five years, he is confused at the feelings of attraction for the young man. Despite the eventual fallout over their affair, he decides to make a move.


Will Tristan and Zach’s forbidden love ever find a happily ever after?



Review:


5*****

This is one sweet hot and sexy tale about a young man who knows what and who he wants, and it'll take more than a bitter ex, family disapproval, and a large age gap to keep him from getting him ~ Pat Nelson



Thursday, September 15, 2016

#Reblog: Book Bloggers, Amazon Reviews, and the Purpose of Book Blog Tours by Alina Popescu

In Response to: No Thanks, No More Blog Tours, Reviews Removed, Algorithms & How Amazon Rules the Bloggers' World


 

Before we begin, you should know that I started as a reader. I've been reading since before I turned five and love doing to this day. I am the kind of reader that tries all genres. I will never say "I only read this" or "I only publish reviews of X type of books." I can't really do horror anything, yet I keep trying once in a while, because I know some stories are just a must read. From my high school years, I've been in humanities classes (yes, you have to choose between science and humanities before you start high school in Romania). I've done book reports for Romanian, universal, English, and Latin literature. I've read professional critics' books and literature history books and all that jazz.

I am also an author, and value all my reviews. Even the negative ones, or the ones that only summarize my book. Someone took the time to leave a review or a rating, and I love that. Last but not least, I am a book promoter. I organize tours, I interact with bloggers, I try to connect them to the right authors, and make their life easier by providing them with all the information they need.

Book Bloggers - Where Should Their Reviews Go?


This post was prompted by a recent article by Multitaskingmomma who's an incredible book reviewer and an author. We've become friends over the years, and I hate having to not agree with her 100%. Still, I have to disagree on some issues.

Book bloggers, to me, are not the average readers. They run a blog dedicated to books, and they review books all the time. In my opinion, they are held to higher standards than the normal readers who sometimes review on Amazon or Goodreads. I have been blessed to work with some incredible bloggers who write amazing reviews, although not all book blogs have gotten the exact way they should review. They still sometimes do it like a normal reader would - they focus on whether they liked the book or not, and a quick?summary, without going into a deeper analysis of a certain book.

I am assuming that's why seeing book blog reviews among Amazon customer reviews doesn't really seem unnatural. They aren't always all that different. And here is where my opinion might upset some people: Book reviews published on blogs should be more professional and they should NOT be posted in the customer reviews section. The author or publisher should receive links to these reviews and post part of them (or the entirety of the reviews) in Amazon's Editorial Reviews section!


Editorial reviews for Lionel Shriver's novel, Big Brother


Editorial reviews for Lionel Shriver's novel, Big Brother


In order to have such reviews meet the standards of an editorial review, book bloggers should realize they have the same power as mainstream media. Their words can make or break a book. They have to think of their blogs as trusted, respected media channels that discuss books. Whether they make money from their blogs or not, they should be professional about their reviews. What does that mean? They have to take the time for a deeper analysis of books they review. They have to go beyond triggers, and likability. Sure, it's great if you identify with or like a character. But if it's a great character with a well-crafted arc and an amazing story line... who cares he's an asshole? In the end, it's a good book with well-developed characters!

They also should stop holding characters to impossible standards. There are broken, whiny, judgmental, mean, weak people out there, and authors have told amazing stories about them. We can't only focus on straight arrows, can we? Not all teenage heroes would be all convinced of their role to play and courageous. Most of them would be reluctant, scared, or driven by less than noble reasons (a means to hide what's broken inside). I do recommend the famous anime Neon Geneis Evangelion to anyone wanting to write teenage heroes, just to see the darker?side of the spectrum.

Again, I don't want to upset people I've worked with, a lot of them already to all of this. But not all. And this brings us to another issue:


How Many Reviews are Too Many?


Book bloggers have a hard time saying no. Or at least it seems like that sometimes. Sure, they can choose not to accept a book for review, not to join a tour, but the bigger, more successful blogs publish A LOT on a daily basis. Not all those posts are reviews, but a lot of them are. Sure, they have several reviewers participating, but it's still a heck of a workload.

In their attempt to help everyone, they take on a lot. And sometimes reviewers have to deal with numbers of books to read, not all of them to their liking. So there are times when people who definitely don't like a type of book end up reviewing exactly that. They make their opinions and preferences known, and their reviews reflect them more often than not. Is it doing a book justice? Debatable. I've had book reviewers take a chance on genres they didn't feel drawn to and ended up loving them. And yet, there are those who keep trying despite their obvious dislike. The effort should be appreciated, but the benefits to both reviewer and author/publisher are minimal.

So should bloggers cut down on reviews? Maybe. Should they cut down on tours and promo posts? Not necessarily. If you get all you need from a promoter, then why not? More content for your blog! Maybe ask for something unique - do an interview, post a guest post, etc. But promoters have a responsibility too: make the work of a blogger easy! That means no embellishments on your HTML which only fit your own blog design; clear, not heavily formatted documents with text information to be used to build a post; photos attached to the email, not pasted in the document; and generally making things as straightforward as possible.


What Is the Purpose of a Book Blog Tour?


A blog tour for a book has one major purpose - get that book seen by as many readers as possible. Through promotional posts, reviews from book bloggers, guest posts, and interviews, the author and promoter strive to get the attention of all readers of said book blogs. That means that they want to tap into the larger community built around the blog - followers of the blog itself and social media audiences. That is why it's important for book blogs to promote their posts on social media and for promoters to help with that.

This second part - promoters helping - is tricky. You want to spread the word, but you don't want to spam. So I have come to play it by ear and promote less the posts from reviewers who already do heavy promo of what new things they publish on their blogs and do it more for those who only post their blog stop. It's not always perfect, but it's not too spammy either.

The reviews from book bloggers do serve as marketing material - but they don't need to be posted as Amazon Customer reviews. Snippets or the entire review can be used in the book itself (start or end), in the Editorial Reviews section I mentioned, or on an author's or publisher's site. This is how I do it on my author site - Alina Popescu, Writer.


book and story


Which brings us to the next important issue:


Amazon and Its Algorithms


Amazon wants reader reviews. Not friends, not what it considers to be professional reviewers (which makes sense because of the aforementioned--repeatedly--Editorial Reviews section. Jo from Multitaskingmomma is right in the fact that they crawl the internet to figure out connections. But I doubt they are as Big Brothery as she makes them sound. Simply because they don't have to. They own Goodreads. Authors and bloggers link their sites to their Goodreads account. They befriend readers and reviewers in an effort to network.

Is Amazon always right? Not really. Anything you can do about it? Stop double posting, maybe? I've had almost no reviews deleted since I stopped posting on Goodreads as often. I'd rather post on Amazon. Also, not copying and pasting the exact same review would help a lot. Or linking to the full review or prompting users where to read the full review. Sure, it would be a great way to build traffic to the blog, but at the same time, it would also make it easy for Amazon to find connections.

Still, the easiest way would be if the editorial reviews (which I consider book blog reviews to be) would just be published in the right Amazon box?by authors and publishers. They wouldn't ever remove those!

Speaking of algorithms, Amazon is not the only one authors and bloggers alike should worry about. Google is just as bad! Why I tried and failed to promote "no follow" links in blog posts. Why I stopped doing blogger roundups after tours (with links to everyone). And why I never included tour schedules in the doc and HTML kits I sent to bloggers. I keep HTML clean - no formatting other than titles, paragraphs, images, and links, and try to advise bloggers in how to comply with Google rules.

Linking in the traditional "do follow" way to buy links and author sites is frowned upon by Google. They might even increase your spam score for it. They also say it's bad to have too many links on one page. So when you publish a tour post with about 20 links to other bloggers, 5 to sites to get the book for, a few more to author sites, social media, and maybe Goodreads, you have a lot! But those aren't all links that appear on your page. Sidebar links count too. So I no-follow what I can in kits (most of the times, I became a bit lazy when I saw people didn't really take to it), and limit the number of links in a post as much as I can. I also encourage bloggers to stick to their own styles and blog?formats, to make sure Google does not ring the duplicate content alarm.


In Conclusion


Book bloggers are overwhelmed, authors want their reviews up and everywhere, and blog tours are an easy way for everyone to get to as many books as possible. But things do need to change. Bloggers have to hold themselves to higher standards. Authors and publishers need to post editorial reviews the right way and use them as effectively as they can for their marketing. And readers will always?tip their hat to quality blogs that introduce them to new books.

Promotion, traffic building, and community building on all sides need to be done right, in a thoughtful and effective manner. And we all need to appreciate how hard everyone works. If you're an author or promoter and don't know how it feels, try to cover two-three books every day for a month. You'll see :)

Whether you're an author, book blogger, or reader, what's your take on this?




Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Review & Excerpt: The Pill Bugs of Time by Angel Martinez


Publisher: Pride Publishing
Author: Angel Martinez
Cover Artist: Emmy Ellis
Length: 31K
Format: ebook (and print in Offbeat Crimes: Volume 1)
Release Date: General release 9/20/16
Pairing: M/M
Price: $4.50

Vikash Soren, the perfect police officer except for his odd paranormal ability, never seems to lose his temper. Always serene and competent, he’s taken on the role of mediator in a squad room full of misfits. But on the inside, he’s a mess. Unable to tell his police partner that he loves him, Vikash struggles silently, terrified of losing Kyle as a lover, partner and friend.But life in the 77th Precinct doesn’t leave much room for internal reflection. A confrontation with a stick-throwing tumbleweed in Fairmount Park leads to bizarre consequences involving pill bugs, statues and…time travel? If Vikash manages to survive the week and stay in one point in time, he might be able to address normal things like relationship problems. He just needs Kyle to have a little more patience. Maybe a few centuries’ worth.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

No Thanks, No More Blog Tours, Reviews Removed, Algorithms & How Amazon Rules the Bloggers' World



Image result for loving blogI recently posted a rambling of mine, wherein I announced that multitaskingmommas Book Reviews will temporarily cease from accepting Blog Tours. In that same post, it mentioned that we are only accepting the minimum amount of Review Requests. To read entire post, just look up, its the featured post on the blog.

Someone asked how and why did we reach this decision. Well, it's really a combination of things. 
  • One, busy lives. All the reviewers in this blog are authors and when there is a deadline, we stop blogging and focus on our writing. 
  • Two, busy lives. When life sends us lifedramas, we have no choice, but to sit down and listen. 
  • Three, the schedule no longer looked fun. Truth of the matter is, the request for blog tours came to such a degree we no longer could focus on cooking lunch. Yes, I agree, we could always refuse the tours, but wow, we have received emails to the effect of why we are no longer friends. Uhm...we are friends, it's just, we don't have 48 hours in one day.
  • Four, I, multitaskingmomma, discovered some of our reviews were being summarily removed. I will focus more on this in a bit.
  • Five, Amazon. The Blogger Police came knocking on the door.

Okay, let's talk about the reviews. As you well know, we at multitaskingmomma take pride that every review we write are cross posted everywhere we can link it to. These links we send off in an email to the organizers and authors who requested them. That said, we are happy to say, we strove hard to comply with our end of the bargain. We also take pride in stating we have never accepted money for those reviews. Not a cent. Nada. Most times, not get thanked by anyone either. *shrugs*

When I noticed some of the reviews posted on Amazon were taken down, I thought it was a glitch and would reappear. Then I began to read threads of blogger reviews summarily removed by Amazon because of some weird new policy they have. Que horror! What do they remove, you ask? Well, here's a list:
  • Reviews from family members
  • Reviews from friends
  • Reviews from other authors
  • Paid Reviews

Okay, you've watched it? Good! But hold up, that is just the tip of the iceberg, peeps. 

Ever heard of Algorithms? I'm sure a whole lot of you can lay claim to saying you've heard of the term, or you've encountered it somewhere. So how is this related to your reviews? How is this related to removal of reviews linked to blog tours? How is this related to bloggers getting banned from reviewing on Amazon?

Lets do a simple definition: 

al·go·rithm
ˈalɡəˌriT͟Həm/
noun
a process or set of rules to be followed in calculations or other problem-solving operations, especially by a computer.

I've seen statements to the effect of: that mysterious Amazon algorithm...

Yes, it is mysterious as Amazon sets its own parameters in terms of rules and calculations. This includes their bots searching tags which will link you to the authors. 

No, this is not an infallible program and it leaves a huge margin of error where many bloggers and purist reviewers fall into. 

What about the Blog Tours? How is this involved?

Simple peeps: Blog Tours are an algorithms' paradise. Think: Search Engine Optimization!
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From the titles of Blog Tour, to the schedule of the tour, to the list of bloggers involved in the tour, all the way to the file names of your images for teasers, banners, and what nots. Every single file you send off to you bloggers for the tours gets lynched in by the bots working on their set algorithms to establish these individual file names are somehow within their parameters, down your review goes.

How?

Well, look at how the blog tours work, they each have schedules which are most likely set up in google docs. I noticed most of  our reviews taken down were linked to those tours. Although I made careful tweaks to the content that shouldn't link it, there was one set of parameter I'd missed out on: the date. 

Reviews posted within a specific set of time, frequency and such, they eventually get taken down because the bots know it was from a scheduled tour, whether or not the reviewer was involved in said tour.

Look at those hashtags!!! LINKS!
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No! Amazon is not always right in terms of this, we have no argument there. Although algorithms are what they rely on, it is still full of errors and if it calculates a targeted parameter, then it takes down the review. Unfortunately, it's what they rely on but also seek to improve daily. And not only Amazon either, the NSA does it, and you do, too. How?

Links. Links. Links. 

Back links, home links, short links–these are all link resources commonly known as network-accessible resources. This system is distributed throughout the internet and provides the resources we, its clients, uses. This includes anyone and everyone that can access them. Each resource is linked to other resources and are categorized, or typed, to bunch them together or lump them into a specified relationship. Each specified relationship is linked to others of the kind and so on and so forth. 

Bloggers, reviewers, everything you write, including what you're reading now, these are all translated into a code. I won't go further into what specifics, just bear in mind, everything is linked and somewhere along the way, Amazon bots will link the links and eventually remove what their set parameters dictate as non-compliant to their policies.

In short, links rule the internet world and Amazon has become the bloggers' police. 

How will this affect the future of multitaskingmommas Book Reviews? I have no idea.  Right now, I am caught between wanting to continue the blog and see how it goes insofar as how Amazon treats our reviews, and wanting to close it down for the futility of it all. 
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Amazon, however, should not rule our world. We still have Goodreads...which is owned by Amazon. We also have the publisher sites where we can post our reviews, if only most would consider it possible to do so without buying from them for we still have other vendors we are loyal to and frankly, a lot of publisher sites make it an effort to buy from them, much less post a review.

I am also playing around with the idea of closing down the blog and be done with it all. I still am. What's stopping me? Well, this is my baby, and frankly, this is my first love. Blogging. It allows for me, as a reader, to be introduced to new ones and keep on with the old. The thing with reviews being taken down, it's not making me miserable, not at all, it's just disheartening to see something created torn down because it crept within the secret parameters a strong-arm site created. 
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It makes me wonder, what will happen to the tours if this clampdown continues? Where will the promoters go from here? And truly, we cannot even rely on readers who buy the books and post their reviews religiously because I know of two bloggers who've been banned for posting their Verified Purchases reviews.  

Right now, it is a wait and see situation for this blog to join up with tours. Promote, yes, but with the surfeit of people sending emails at the last minute and saying sorry, but emergency! it's just not working anymore. Especially as there are no thanks in return, even a simple PM would do it, but no, none. Again, disheartening.

For now, we will continue to accept the Review Requests, but it will be very limited. Promotions, if we have the time, and not working with deadlines ourselves.


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~Jo~




Blog Tour, #Review, #Excerpt & #Giveaway: The Senator's Secret by KC Wells





K.C. Wells - The Senator's Secret

Author: K.C. Wells
Release Date: September 1 2016
Length: 220 pages

When his Republican opponent outs him with a photo in a Facebook post, Senator Samuel Dalton doesn’t have many options open to him. It doesn’t matter that the photo was totally innocent. He has no choice but to come clean – until his staff suggest putting a spin on it that leaves Sam reeling.

Sure, he’d end up with a lot of sympathy, not to mention the possibility of more voters from the LGBT community, but it still seems a pretty drastic solution.
Now all they have to do is persuade Gary, the other man in the photo, to play along. It sounds so easy - convince the constituents of North Carolina that he and Sam are engaged.
No big deal, except for the fact that they’ve only just met…




Excerpt

“This really burns me, you know?” Becky piped up as she came through the door, iPad in her hand. “Does that Pastor Hartsell think he can just go around, making up shit like this?” She glared at Curtis. “He can’t go around telling everyone Sam is gay when we know he’s not!”
Curtis’s eyes flickered in Sam’s direction before he spoke. “Only, Hartsell didn’t say that, did he?” he chided Becky gently.
Josh snorted. “Yeah, he was real careful about how that post was worded. ‘What is the nature of the relationship…?’ And the part asking folks what that photo said to them? Inspired. His supporters come up with all the shit he wouldn’t dare say. And of course, he doesn’t comment on any of it.” He scowled. “He doesn’t need to; they went ahead and said it all for him. He gets to sit back and read it, while we’re the ones doing the weeping.” Josh stuck out his chin. “So let’s get this statement out. He won’t be so cocky when we’re suing his ass for libel and defamation of character.”
“You sure we want to go that route?” Curtis said quietly.
Sam fired him a look, but Curtis was avoiding his gaze.
“Of course he does,” Becky interjected, her eyes flashing. “Sam can’t just sit here and let that… man hint that he’s… well, it’s just….” She narrowed her eyes. “You know what would cook his goose? If we announced that Sam was gay, and that he and this Gary were secretly engaged. That’d make Hartsell look like a nasty piece of work, outing Sam like that and making him look all sleazy, when they were keeping it quiet so as not to detract from the campaign.” She gave Curtis an evil grin. “Yeah, they’d look all wholesome—a sweet, cute gay couple heading for marriage, and there’s him, trying to make the whole situation seem sordid.”
There was a stunned silence.
Sam was the first to react. “This is not the plot from a Will &amp; Grace episode, all right?” His head was still reeling from her suggestion.
“Wait a minute, wait a minute!” Josh straightened in his chair, his eyes shining. “You might have something there.”
Two heads swiveled in his direction, and from three mouths came the same word simultaneously: “What?”
Josh was nodding, his cheeks flushed. “This might work to our advantage.”
“Excuse me?” Sam was having a hard time dealing with this.
“Oh, come on,” Josh said with a cheeky grin. “Coming out is fashionable these days. Everybody’s doing it—actors, athletes, singers…. Since the SCOTUS decision last year, coming out is the new black.” He waggled his eyebrows. “It’d bring you a whole heap of new supporters, Sam.”
What the…?
Becky was on the edge of her seat. “Yeah. Let everyone see them as a committed couple, putting their relationship on hold until after the election. They’ve not been hiding it, exactly—they just want the focus to be on politics.”
“But—” The turn in the discussion left Sam gaping in amazement.
Josh waved a hand to hush him. “Yeah,” he said, nodding excitedly. “I like that. We do a press conference, break the story, get public opinion on our side, sympathy for the way Hartsell has portrayed their relationship—”
“What relationshi—”
Becky and Josh ignored Sam, lost in their own little world. “Oh my God!” Becky put her hand to her chest. “Can you imagine? The wedding? It would be so beautiful!”
“Wedding? What wed—”
“We’d have lots of photos taken of the happy couple, showing their life together. We could start up a Twitter account where they send cute little tweets to each other.” Josh grinned. “Move over, Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka, Elton John and David Furnish, Ellen and Portia—they could become the gay couple of the decade.”
“Okay, that’s enough!” Sam growled. When his staff jumped and turned to face him, he pointed to the outer door of his office. “You two,” he said, indicating Josh and Becky, “out, now.”
Becky gave him a startled glance before lurching to her feet and scooting out of the room, Josh following her with a perplexed expression.
Sam closed the door behind them and faced his chief of staff. “What. The. Fuck, Curtis?” He glared at his friend, his heart pounding, head aching.
Curtis regarded him calmly. “What have I been telling you?”
Sam stared at him, mouth open. “You… you’re not actually considering their harebrained scheme, are you?”
He shrugged. “Why not?”

Review by: multitaskingmomma
My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Dreamspun Desires is a series from Dreamspinner that much reminds me of the achy tooth, sweet stories I read way back when I was younger. Like, waaaaaay back. There are some series hits and then there are the misses. What's good about The Senator's Secret is the author, it's KC Wells, and I've never read a book I didn't like from this woman.

Yes, this is uber sweet. Yes, this is low angst. Yes, this is pure romance. Who doesn't like them? Don't answer, cause for sure, I absolutely love pure romances. For me, this is what reading MM is all about, to get that gooey feeling that leaves a great taste at the end of the read and makes me smile stupid.

Sam and Gary, they are the romance couple to read. Although the background to their story is political, there is none of the angry, anxious or miserable stories one reads on a daily basis. This story is meant to inspire and give the readers the chance to just forget about reality and drown in that loving feeling.

KC Wells succeeded mightily, in my opinion, for although she's a great author when it comes to romance, reading this without the whip kind of jarred me for a moment and I was just hoping...but no, she left the whip out on this one. Still made me smile silly though, and grinning until the end.



Author Bio

Born and raised in the north-west of England, K.C. WELLS always loved writing. Words were important. Full stop. However, when childhood gave way to adulthood, the writing ceased, as life got in the way. K.C. discovered erotic fiction in 2009, when the purchase of a ménage storyline led to the startling discovery that reading about men in love was damn hot. In 2012, arriving at a really low point in life led to the desperate need to do something creative. An even bigger discovery waited in the wings—writing about men in love was even hotter….

K.C. now writes full-time and is loving every minute of her new career. The laptop still has no idea of what hit it… it only knows that it wants a rest, please. And it now has to get used to the idea that where K.C goes, it goes.

And as for those men in love that she writes about? The list of stories just waiting to be written is getting longer… and longer….

K.C. loves to hear from readers.

E-mail: k.c.wells@btinternet.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KCWellsWorld

Twitter: @K_C_Wells

Website: http://www.kcwellsworld.com









#Review: Blood Divine by Greg Howard

Blood DivineBlood Divine
by Greg Howard

Cooper Causey spent a lifetime eluding the demons of his youth and suppressing the destructive power inside him. But a disconcerting voicemail lures Cooper back home to the coast of South Carolina and to Warfield—the deserted plantation where his darkness first awakened. While searching for his missing grandmother, Cooper uncovers the truth about his ancestry and becomes a pawn in an ancient war between two supernatural races. In order to protect the only man he’s ever loved, Cooper must embrace the dark power threatening to consume him and choose sides in a deadly war between the righteous and the fallen.






Thursday, September 8, 2016

#Reblog: Open Letter To My Ex-Publisher by Tyler May

I'm re-blogging this straight off author Tyler May's page. This is ridiculous. Pure harassment in my opinion and something no author, or any individual, should ever have to go through.



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Open letter to my ex-publisher!!!
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Thursday
Sep 2016
Posted by authortylermay in Uncategorized


Everything in this blog is MY opinion. Please do not take anything at its word, do your own research.

I’m going ramble, this might be really messy and unedited. But I’m emotional and just need to let it out.

I was thinking how I would do this. Technically, I could do it anywhere since I know they’re reading, but figured my PUBLIC blog would be the best. I’m going to write this and I’m hoping it puts an end to the NOW SIX MONTHS of this drama happening. This is it.

Today I received an email from my ex publishing house that threatened to take legal actions if I do not stop spreading lies. When asked what lies I’ve spread, she then emailed back that I commented on a post in Facebook. I want to remind you all that I have every person I can possibly think of blocked on my Facebook so for them to see this they would have to have someone reporting to them or watching me, plain facts. But that’s not important, the important thing. The thread I commented on was another publishing house and how they screwed their authors by not paying them. If you have a Facebook the link can be found here.

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If you notice, I said “I know what’s it’s like to be cheated by a publishing house.” That is what prompted her to message me. Now, I don’t know what right she thinks she has telling what I can or can’t think or say, but that is my own fault since I’ve listened and done every demand asked of me. Nowhere in the post did I say anything about her not paying me. I said “cheated”. I responded to her email with those words and got nothing in response because honestly, she can’t fight it.

It is NO secret that I feel like I was cheated by them, and for VERY good reason. Since March of this year, I’ve spent endless hours worrying and dealing with dramas. I’ve lost friends, or those I thought were because of their lies and the way things happened. They still deny it all, but like I said, I have proof of everything. Not to mention other authors that say the same thing has happened to them. So I’m going to make this public FOR THEIR EYES AND EARS because I’m sick and tired of the freaking games.

Sorry I have to lump everyone in this, but no other way. I do not by any means lump every author there and it’s NOT all of them. It’s just easier than giving a list. And believe me, I could give a list so I’m being nice. J

An open letter to Encompass Ink and CHBB authors,

I commented that I felt cheated. I DID. Fully admit that, and I truly believe I was. It’s my opinion and you can’t tell me how to feel! I was cheated, damn right. I spent countless hours helping Encompass Ink grow. I spent hours upon hours pushing it, saying nothing but awesome things and even SIGNING ALMOST EVERY AUTHOR at Encompass! My mistake. Your loyalty was to a select few and what they said was all that mattered. I found that out the hard way. I did not wish to take part in the internal drama anymore. I left high school years ago, yep I’m old. So I asked for my rights back after months of this back and forth. You all know for this is true, but hide it to protect whatever it is you are.

I have my own opinions on what I think happens there. Some I know for certain and some sure is speculation, like payments. With that said. Yes, Sarah DID PAY ME ON TIME! And from my knowledge (although there was NEVER a report attached to my royalties) I got paid what I was owed. This is JUST MY OPINION, but knowing my sales from self-publishing and seeing what I make, even if she split it, I do find some of the checks she paid low, but again, just my opinion.

It was no secret that I left on bad terms. I tried to be civil but when I was publically attacked I went into defense mode. Anyone would. I don’t regret that. I had to stick up for myself and the brand I MADE!! They didn’t make me. I did. The stuff that was being said in public, I could only imagine the stuff being said in private! I know this is what they do since I sadly, and regrettably took part in it. I can’t be naïve enough to think I would be the exception to the rule. Then when I started receiving private messages, emails, and posts from authors there saying that MY NAME reviewing on amazon, that was the last straw. One of YOUR authors, Tania was her name. Yes, I’m calling her out for the first time because she is the one that of all people should issue an apology. She messaged me asking if “(blocked for privacy)” was my real name. I admitted yes. Then she said that name was reviewing her book on amazon badly. I want to remind you; amazon accounts are set to the name you pick to display. NO other information can be given and that is directly from amazon themselves. The reviews that she claimed was me was under “kindle Lover” I clicked the account… there was NOTHING there pointing to me, and for good reason I NEVER HAD THAT account. My account is under TYLER MAY. So I wrote her back asking her why she would think that was me there was NOTHING on the account(obviously). She then said one of her friends saw my name but she didn’t. Okay. So I asked her for the friend’s name WHICH she gave me, who I messaged myself and asked her. WHO told me that she did NOT see the name. DRAMA, MY FRIENDS~ DRAMA.

After going back and forth with her, admittedly she was calm and actually very nice. If I only knew what was going on in the background. Later that night ANOTHER account with my full legal name appeared. I saw it happen right before my eyes. I instantly messaged her and told her if she didn’t remove it I would contact amazon for ID theft. GOES DOWN AS FAST AS THAT. I’ll let you judge what happened😉

Okay….. all drama. ALL the same. All high school bullshit. AND YES, I’m including myself in this, so don’t think I’m not.

That would have been forgivable except they had everyone report my Facebook page. Again, I have proof of this. God, I love loyal friends. My account took me 18 days to get back. An account I worked my ass off to make; they took in one night. The funny thing is, Facebook will not tell you WHO reported it, but they will tell you WHEN it was reported. ALL came from that night. Dispute the facts all you want. It’s what happened. Again, their loyalty was to everyone else.

After that, their authors, some I even considered friends, PUBLICALLY bantered and made fun of me. ONE of their top authors (if you want to call her that) actually threatened that I would be ruined. In her defense, she didn’t use my name, but everything else around it and comments (which I have all saved) all said me. It was too much. How can a publishing house that promises “ONE HOUSE UNITED” treat people like this? I was belittled and bullied and threatened! How can you DISPUTE FACTS? HOW? How can you tell people it was me when there are emails, pms, pictures of texts, and MORE that is PLAIN FACTS> TRUTH!!!

To be fair again because I like to be fair. One of the commenters in the original post did apologize to me. I’m not too sure about the sincerity of it, only because once you get screwed that hard it’s hard to trust again. But I appreciate her doing so.

I could ramble on and on about the same bullshit. It’s not getting anywhere. This is not the point of this blog post. The point is this. YES I was cheated.

My time.

My writing

My emotions

My mental health from the bullying

My trust

MY SECURITY

And yes, I’ll admit I do not think this publishing house is a safe place for anyone. AGAIN, MY OPINION. I can never trust another publishing house because of you. Although I have VERY strong opinions on how the house is ran, how you edit and promo, how you only favor certain authors. I will keep them to myself. Because that was small beans compared to the emotional HELL you put me through. SO YES, I WAS FUCKING CHEATED! Deal with it and stop spying on my page. I’m DONE with it. It’s been fucking six months. I should ONLY receive ONE more email and that should be for my tax stuff. NO other contact should ensue.

I will not hold my tongue when I sympathize with others that have been screwed over by publishing houses. I truly with my entire heart believe that Small indie presses are a SCAM. They offer you cheap, if any, editing, a cheap cover and throw it on amazon. I don’t believe for one second the amount of money you claimed was spent on me. If so, I would hope you offered your other authors the same respect! I’m pissed. I’m angry. I’m hurt. I’m done with it all. It’s been six months it’s time to let this go!

Again to be fair, the owner of this company didn’t directly do this. This was her crew of authors that did, but YOU, Sarah, didn’t do anything to help! You defended them, never once asking me for my side. I cried to the night all this happened, begging like a fucking fool for it to stop and you blatantly told me that you didn’t care. You had the chance to be fair. You didn’t take it. Instead, you listened to them. Their actions are reflections on the company. So it’s not me that is slandering, it’s them. I am only giving my truthful account of what happened. There is nothing wrong with this. I thought our last email exchange (the one before today) went well. You even admitted that it was TANIA’S fault. I was promised resolutions, apologies that never came. That email was the first time you heard my side! And you seemed, stupid me, sympathetic. Do you realize what they did? They used my full legal name. I use a pen name for a reason and that is my right as an author. It is NOT anyone’s right to tell someone and the PUBLIC my name!!! It is NOT wrong to use a pen name like Skye’s post so righteously states. I am not ashamed of my stories or genre, but I use it because I deserve that privacy. MUCH LIKE SO MANY OTHERS!! IT WAS NOT THEIR RIGHT TO DO THAT!!! So for 18 days, I had to have my name public. I had to endure emails and even threats from people because of my name. No one should take that security from me and YOUR PUBLISHING HOUSE DID THAT!! And they thought they had the right! That’s the disturbing part. I would NEVER stoop as low as post publically all the author’s real names. We use them for a reason. Fuck them in your publishing house that says different. They’re calling the kettle black!!! Two faced idiots like they are. I’m sorry, but YES I’m pissed THEY CHEATED ME OUT OF MY SECURITY!!!!!!! That is NOT okay. And not one time did I get an apology, yet you think I don’t have the right to utter Encompass Ink’s name.

I am saying what MY opinion is and what MY experience is. Most of the time, like the chat that your clan spied on, I don’t even say a name. I say “ex pub house.” Of course they know who. Not my problem. But I am not saying anything that calls for legal action. I have always clearly stated this was MY opinion. I have not pushed my opinion on anyone, but I will NOT lie. If they come to me, I will tell them what happened. I don’t care. I’ve played fair. Unlike YOU and your publishing house. You want fair, then let’s play fair.

I have done everything you have asked, everything you have demanded in email because I was trying to be fair, but in the end I’m just the one having to tuck my tail between legs and be a good person. Screw that. You have done nothing to fix this. NOTHING. I have deleted post, blogs, and much more to pacify you. BUT WHY?? I’m a fool. That’s why. But I refuse to do it anymore. What I say is none of your business. What I do is none of your business. Who I speak to is none of your business. There is NO need for contact. NONE. I am not going to stop talking about my experience. I am not doing anything wrong. I clearly state MY OPINION MY EXPERIENCE. There is NOTHING wrong with that and any lawyer will tell you the same. But if legal is what you want, bring it. I’m game!!

This is no way to run a business! Do I regret the day I signed? YES. There is nothing you did for me that I couldn’t have done on my own. NOTHING. I would have been way richer, I tell you that. Instead, I was a fool and signed a blind contract to a filler publisher. Load and reap. Works for you! You said it worked out in our favor, NO NO it worked out in your favor. And this is not to belittle anyone one or to pat my own back, but I made you the most money probably over everyone. Yes, including those that fake “buying cars and audio stuff” If you remember, I was a listener to lots of internal gossip. I know the truth. I made you money!! That is why you opened Encompass!! You saw $$$. And I was all for it. FOOL again! The only person to benefit from this was YOU. I got nothing out of it. NOTHING. I made my name. I met my readers. I did my promo. ME, ME, ME. YOU got the money. THAT IS MY OPINION. It’s a freaking scam. PS. Might want to start legally “signing” Your contracts. If this go legal, that won’t stand either. But like I said, I’ve been nice. VERY VERY NICE.

This ends HERE. No more contact!!! NONE. The only email I want from you is at tax time. After that, NOTHING.

Whoever is spying for you…. Leave me alone. I don’t give a flying freak what you do or who you sign. I feel bad for them because it’s only a matter of time when they see everyone’s true colors. I wish You the best. I hope you find power house authors and rock it out. BUT LEAVE ME ALONE!!! For the love of god, leave me alone. Who I talk to is NONE of your business. I will continue to share my story if I think it will help others and that is my right. I will NOT use your name. I will share MY story. End of story.

Now carry on with your own little world. Happy publishing and much success.

Tyler.

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