Tuesday, October 21, 2014

New Cover No. 1

I got some good advice about my covers. Some people like them but they do seem, at first glance, to be a bit too cheerful and cartoonish for fantasy romance. There was no indication of romance there.
So, I toned down the colors and added some canoodling people with the hope that it will become more of a comprehensible promise.

This is the first one. The second one is going to be along shortly. And then I think I'll have another sale to celebrate and see if the covers improve freebie performance at all.

So far the book seems to have gone up in rank, but there haven't been any extra sales as of yet. I'm a bit worried this means people are looking at it but not buying it (as page-views are supposed to be a part of the Amazon rank algorithm). Not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing... I guess we'll see.  I can always change back, but I have to say that I like the new cover. And my gentle critics are right. It definitely suits the tone of the book more. 

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Trapping The Unicorn's Author

Trapping the Unicorn (Book 2 of The Curse of the Horn) has been live for a couple of weeks now and I've only just noticed (well, been told by someone much more observant than I am) that it wasn't linked to my Amazon Author's Profile. That has now been corrected.

In case you missed it before, here it comes again...

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Free at last!

Alrighty, the day has arrived and my novella, Tempting the Unicorn, is currently $0.00 on Amazon.
I was hoping to release the other one at the same time, but I don't have a good grasp of this whole not-pressing-enter-when-you-have-an-important-form-open thing and because of that, the second novella in the series (Trapping the Unicorn) isn't going to be available until the 21st (Sunday), although you can pre-order it here. 
Much excite. Very unicorn.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Introducing The Curse of the Horn

I've been working on something for the last few months. A project I find difficult to admit to in public. 
It's a bit saccharine and mildly calculating... and it's been quite a lot of fun to write.

Maybe I'm a poet, but I'm not really a literary aficionado. I like a little bit of everything, including liberal doses of fantasy and romance and smut.
And, as an impoverished writer, I couldn't help but notice how much romantic, sparkly vampire books make. Or take note of the success enjoyed by those dinosaur porn moguls

I realized I needed to come up with an idea like that. Some kind of amazing synthesis, like sharks with lasers attached to their heads, or bacon and banana pancakes. 

So, I had to ask myself... What do you get if you smush together sparkly vampires and dinosaurs?

The answer was simple. Unicorns.

No, really.

A few months ago, I self-published a romantic fantasy novella called Tempting the Unicorn (this is an Amazon link).

I did this with my head held moderately high, and wielding an untraceable nom-de-plume.
It is the first book in a three book series called The Curse of the Horn. 

Tempting the Unicorn chronicles the forbidden love between a village girl and her fantastical paramour (who spends much of the novella and all of the smutty parts in human form, don't you worry).

I didn't promote this novella when I released it, but it's sold a double handful of copies so far. 

Now I am promoting it, because I'm about to release the next book in the series. This one is called Trapping the Unicorn.

In honor of Trapping being released, Tempting is going to be put on sale for a couple of days. And by sale, I mean it's going to be FREE

Like all unicorns should be. 

Specifically, it will be $0.00 to download my novella from Amazon on the 18th and 19th of September, 2014 (US time).

If you're reading this blog because you think I'm awesome, (or because you got sick of my begging on Facebook) but relatively-explicit hetero-unicorn-romance isn't your thing... well, you could still download a free copy and I'd agree not to tell anyone. 

Go on. You know you want to. 

Here's the link again. Tempting, isn't it? 

How, you might be asking, can I have written not one, but two novellas starring a lascivious mythological beast, and kept a straight face?

Well, I haven't really. There's been a lot of giggling. And several, much appreciated, unicorn-themed gifts from my loved ones. 

The hollow jokes and laughter, of course, can't cover up the fact that I've tarnished my literary soul forever. 

I'm quite happy to be selling out near the beginning of my career, in the hope that getting it over and done with will lessen the blow to the community.

I'm looking forward to a future of regretting my life choices as I swim in my gold plated swimming pool. 

I'm doing this completely for the money. Money, money, money.

I'm totally not in it for the true love and unicorns.

It's a fun series. I'm enjoying it. I hope other people enjoy it as well.