Hey all! Happy Hump Day!
So, yesterday I made a little announcement on Facebook and wanted to post it on my website as well so everyone is aware of this. Here’s the deal. I have decided to list my e-book of A Beautiful Mess exclusively with Amazon for the next 90 days. I can re-evaluate this decision at the end of 90 days regarding whether I will continue doing so. Now, this is a decision I had been struggling with ever since I published. I hated the thought of leaving anyone out of reading my books, simply because they don’t have a kindle. And honestly, I was surprised at the large percentage of my sales that come from amazon. 97% to be exact. So I made the decision to enroll my e-book of A Beautiful Mess in KDP Select. This program offers a great marketing tool for indie authors who are just starting out. It helps us get our name and our book into the hands of people who may not normally buy it. How? Well, by enrolling my book in KDP select, the book is now part of the Kindle Lender’s Library. So if you have Amazon Prime, you can now borrow my book for free. And here’s another great incentive. Every 90 days, I can offer my book for FREE on amazon for a total of 5 days. That’s right. I said FREE!!! Who doesn’t love free stuff???
Now, some of you have ePub formatted e-readers. I do not want to cut you out. So here’s what I can offer you. If you buy an e-book of my work on Amazon, all you need to do is send me a copy of the receipt and I will e-mail you a format of the book that you will be able to read on your e-reader. This doesn’t apply during the free promotional periods, unfortunately. KDP would not be happy if I did this. The free promotional tool is a way to encourage people to buy a kindle. Sorry… :-(
Now, after I made this announcement, people had questions, so hopefully the four points below clear up any concerns or questions anyone may have.
(1) MY BOOK IS AVAILABLE ON AMAZON. It is not nor will ever be taken off amazon.com as 97% of my sales come from them.
(2) I have decided to list my book “A Beautiful Mess” EXCLUSIVELY with amazon so that it can be offered for free for a total of 5 days every 90 day-period. It is also now part of the Amazon Lender’s Library so if you have amazon prime, you can borrow it FOR FREE.
(3) I have made no decisions regarding whether I will do the same with “A Tragic Wreck” or “Gorgeous Chaos.” Although I do LOVE the idea of people being able to read my work for FREE. The economy sucks enough as it is.
(4) If you have a nook or kobo or any other ePub formatted e-reader, if you buy my book through amazon and send me the receipt, I will send you an ePub version of the book for you to read on your non-kindle e-reader. (This does not apply to the Free Promotional periods, unfortunately. Sorry.)
Hopefully I’ve answered everyone’s questions.
Now that’s taken care of, here’s my teaser from A Beautiful Mess that I posted yesterday!
(Contains strong language, etc. 18 and over only!)
“So, what’s with the bodyguard?” Kiera muttered under her breath.
“One word. Alexander,” Olivia said. “He can be very domineering sometimes.”
“Oh, I bet he can,” Kiera laughed. “He looks like the type that would be into tying you up and having his way with you.”
Olivia blushed. “KIERA!” she exclaimed, slapping her friend.
Kiera looked at Olivia, her face bright red.
“Oh my God. I knew it! He’s into that shit, isn’t he?” The two girls stopped walking. “I mean, he’s not fucked up and into beating you is he? Because that shit is so not cool. But hell, I’d go for being tied up and blindfolded.”
“I am not having this conversation with you on the street.” Olivia continued walking, a grin on her face, thinking about the previous morning.
“Dude. That is so fucking hot,” Kiera laughed as she ran to catch up with her friend.
“Okay, you’re right. It is so fucking hot.” Olivia’s face was flushed from the memories of Alexander restraining her.
“I bet it is.”
“And he gets turned on when I call him Mr. Burnham,” Olivia said, smiling.
“That’s sexy. I’d call him Mr. Burnham. Yes, Mr. Burnham. Whatever you want Mr. Burnham,” Kiera said breathlessly, giggling. “I so need to find a man like that. I want to be dominated.”
“It’s not like that. It’s almost as if he knows that I need that sometimes. And other times, he’s so sweet and gentle.”
“So sometimes you fuck and sometimes you make love.”
Olivia froze in her place. “No, Kiera. We don’t make love. That would entail…”
“What?” Kiera asked, interrupting Olivia. “That would mean you love him. And he loves you. And it’s true. So the sooner you admit that to yourself, the sooner you can move past it. Stop freaking out. I see the way he is with you. Why do you think he feels the need to protect you? Because you’re some girl he’s banging? Hell no. Because he loves you.”
“I don’t think so.”
“Fine, whatever. Keep denying it. You love him. Deep down. You may not realize it just yet, but you will. You’re in deep already, girly, though I know you’re scared to death to admit it. But you need to realize that your fear of getting close to people is not real. It’s merely a product of choice, of thoughts that your mind has created. So get the fuck over yourself, Olivia, and let yourself be happy for once. Because no matter what happens, you are going to get hurt in life. But it’s so much better to have jumped into the ocean and get stung by a jellyfish than to never have felt the salt water between your toes at all.” Kiera turned and walked away, leaving Olivia speechless.
Olivia walked through the front doors of her building and hurried to the elevator, wanting to get back to her office and some sense of normalcy, even though nothing had been normal about her life since she met Alexander Burnham. He entered her life in a whirlwind and had quickly implanted himself in nearly every facet of Olivia’s existence. She thought about him every second of every day. And Olivia didn’t know how she felt about that.
- A Beautiful Mess, T.K Leigh, Copyright 2013