Saturday, 24 January 2015

Wickedly Exotic Winter Erotic Wonderland

Hi readers and friends,

I'm pleased to announce the Wickedly Exotic Winter Erotic Wonderland anthology is now live, and it's already at #11 on Amazon bestseller list for genre fiction mashups! Please pick up a copy and support a wonderful cause--autism. All proceeds go to the National Autism Association. Book cover and details below.

Wickedly Exotic Winter Erotic Wonderland
by C.A. Tibbitts, Anita Lawless, Cassidy K. O'Connor, MJ Flournoy, Heather Marie Adkins, Roxie Nash, Christy Dilg, and Josette Reuel

About: Christmas In D.C. by C.A. Tibbitts

Naomi has worked as Will's assistant at college where he teaches law classes as she earns her degree as a Paralegal.
After Naomi graduates, she learns that Will is quitting the college to work for a Senator in Washington D.C.
When Will asks Naomi to work with him and the Senator. it does not take her long to accept the position.

No longer a professor and student, the attraction of this 30-something year old couple is palpable.

A terrifying act leads Naomi to a heartbreaking discovery. Did she ever really know Will at all?

Office Party by Anita Lawless

Things heat up at the Christmas office party!

In a darkened room, Gwen seduces her secret crush, Ted, during the Christmas office party, but she’s too afraid to let him know her feelings run deeper than a brief affair. She nearly loses him to the company man eater, Bernadette, thanks to her hesitation. Now it’s up to her best friend Mallory to play match maker and bring the two together for the holidays.

Wicked Wonderland Retreat by Cassidy K. O'Connor

Michael Robertson lived a normal vanilla life till his fiancé walked away two weeks before their Christmas wedding leaving him emotionally despondent. One year later his family takes matters into their own hands and buys him a ticket to the Wicked Wonderland Retreat.

Brandi St. James has always run the retreats from behind the scenes. Seeing Michael's registration profile stirs something within her and she assigns herself to be his personal elf for the week.

Wonderland By Night by MJ Flournoy

Romance and adventure are on tap when a holiday rental leads to a romantic interlude.

His Wild Kiss by Heather Marie Adkins

When her father died, Addy LaBarre became kikua — leader — of her wolf pack. Now five years later, she still doesn’t feel like she knows what she is doing.

Wate Jackson is a practitioner of Wild Magick, training to take over his father’s leadership role of the clan.

It doesn’t take long for Wate to realize the beautiful Addy is much stronger than she thinks. When the two of them come together, the Wild Magick ignites, and anything is possible.

Reckless Reservation by Roxie Nash

Chantel Dimond has the perfect solution to mend her heart during the holidays--rent a secluded lodge for a weekend of peace.

When she arrives at the rented lodge, she's snowed in with a half-naked hunk and male escort Kane Hunter after she discovers him asleep in her bed. Lucky for her there's plenty of warmth in Kane's arms to keep them both warm in more ways than one.

Witchy Escapade by Christy Dilg

Chenille Bishop found out at the age of eighteen that she was different from most people she knew. She possessed a special gift that would change her life and give her control of things that would bring her enormous pleasure. After years of playing with her power, she meets a handsome Irish bartender that charms her in ways she would have never imagined. After months of flirting and scheming, she finally makes her move. Will she finally meet her match or will he be like every other conquest?

Wolves For The Holiday by Josette Reuel

Jaz, Chaylea, and Gabby escape to a secluded cabin for a writing retreat.

The holidays were never easy for the three single women, so even a snow storm wasn’t going to force them back to all of their well-meaning family and the happy couples they would have to deal with back home.

Then the wolves appeared.

Jaz couldn’t understand the connection that she felt for the huge beasts and her heart ached when the owner of the cabin showed up with a rifle.

A dream out of one of their books.

Jaz isn’t sure what to make of the three naked men that appeared out of the storm, but the instant lust has her doing things that are very out of character for her.

Is Ridge Jaz’s dream man? Will she cave to the passion between them or will she allow fear to keep her from what she wants? 

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Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Taboo and Tattooed The Complete Series

Taboo and Tattooed The Complete Series
Anita Lawless

I'm re-releasing some of my earlier titles with new covers and fresh bonus material!Taboo and Tattooed The Complete Series (formerly Friendly Enemies Smutfest) is now available.

About: An Amazon exclusive! Read this series FREE if you’re a Kindle Unlimited member!

The complete Taboo and Tattooed series plus a bonus story and bonus excerpts.

A bitter fight tore them apart. Fate brings them back together.

Trevor and Deidre haven’t spoken to one another in six years. When Deidre’s mom grows ill, she must return home and face this sexy tattooist / former lover. The passion is instant and intense.

Trevor has always loved Deidre, and now she’s back in his arms, he’s never letting her go. This second chance at love faces many obstacles, though, including a jealous ex-girlfriend who won’t go away.

Will Deidre sell her tattoo shop and go into business with Trevor, or will she walk away and break his heart again?

This ebook includes:
Taboo and Tattooed Part 1
Taboo and Tattooed Part 2
Taboo and Tattooed Part 3
Taboo and Tattooed Part 4
Taboo and Tattooed Part 5
Bonus Story: Bound & Blindfolded
Bonus Excerpts

Like taboo erotic romance? Check out Taboo Love The Complete Series also: http://www.amazon.com/Taboo-Love-The-Complete-Series-ebook/dp/B00R9RZ3G8 It's FREE until January 21, and FREE anytime if you're a Kindle Unlimited member!

Excerpt from Taboo and Tattooed: 


When I arrived at ICU, I barely recognized the tattooed man who got up from a chair in the waiting area and walked toward me. He looked like a rock star, with his long, black hair falling in spiral curls to his waist. Black jeans clung to powerful hips and legs, and a royal purple tank top molded to the muscles in his chest.

There was no mistaking those eyes, though. However, gone were the coke-bottle glasses he once wore.

I became hyper-aware of my thrown-together state. My mahogany-red bob was a tangled mess. The bangs had sprigs sticking out. I hadn’t slept in almost 24 hours, and I still wore this morning’s clothes. A form-fitting t-shirt I’d managed to spill coffee all over on the trip down, and a pair of old, snug jeans full of rips.

I also felt guilty for the terribly naughty thoughts racing through my mind as I scanned him up and down. Right then I needed to focus on my mother’s well being alone. My mind shouldn’t have been wandering into lustful fantasies about my foster brother.

I cleared my throat. Tamped down my reaction with a deep breath. “How is she?”

“She’s stable now, thankfully. They can’t operate just yet, so she’ll be in here a little while. They need to get her strength up.”

I melted into the hug he offered. It did feel good to have warm, strong arms wrap tightly around me. To share the worry with someone else. To not feel alone. “Will they let me see her?”

“Not tonight.” He pulled back and gave me a compassionate gaze. “Sorry, but they want her to get rest.”

“No problem.” I put a hand against his chest, but promptly took it away. “I understand.”

He seemed to notice my reaction to his nearness, to the changes in him I hadn’t anticipated. I hadn’t seen so much as a picture in all the time we’d been apart.

“Wanna head back to the house?” he said. “I imagine you’re tired, and I made the bed in your old room for you.”

My mouth went to cotton. My stomach did strange things to itself. He’d always been a compassionate kid, and it seemed that hadn’t changed. However, he appeared much more confident than back then. And he’d always been very grateful to my mom for taking him in, when his abusive, alcoholic dad threw him out for looking too much like his mother, and not being ‘man’ enough. For a moment, I saw that shy, nineteen-year-old boy who’d come home to find me weeping into my pillow.

The house. I’d have to stay with him, alone, at least while mom was in the hospital.

“T-thank you,” I said, hating the shake in my voice. “I really appreciate that.”

Saturday, 17 January 2015

My Thoughts on Kindle Unlimited

In early 2014, our sales skyrocketed. We were hitting highs I'd never seen before, and we all hoped that would last. However, publishing, as many of you know, is a lot like the stock market. Just as stocks rise and fall, so do book sales. After the introduction of Kindle Unlimited, our sales started to dip, as many other authors report. As of December 2014, they hit a slump we hadn't seen in over a year.

That being said, I don't hate Kindle Unlimited, although I realize some author are vehemently opposed to it, and I can understand their reasons. Many authors have seen sales nosedive since the introduction of KU, while other authors have found KU helped their sales. Your mileage may vary.

Here are my thoughts and our experience with Amazon's new ebook subscription service.

As of August, as sales continued to slow, I started enrolling some of our books in KU. At first, I didn't see a huge profit from it, but it definitely helped keep profits up through the slump--along with our fabulous street team who've been helping spread the word. I love my Lawless Rebels! You all rock!

As sales continued to remain slow--particularly low in December and January--Kindle Unlimited has paid off. In December, when sales were lower than November, we actually made a bigger profit thanks to KU. For example, one boxed set I currently have on sale for 99 cents took in over 300 downloads, netting us a profit of just under $500.00. At 99 cents with the same amount of sales, the same boxed set would have only netted us just over $100.00. Needless to say, we were pleasantly surprised by this result.

You can see how KU definitely has its advantages.

Now I'm not here to sing the praises of KU, so please put your bricks and tomatoes down. However, authors experiences with it are different across the board, and I do think if your sales are slumping, or you're a newer author looking to bump up your sales, it doesn't hurt to enroll some titles in KU and see how it pays off for you. Or it might not. But you never know until you try.

Ultimately, yes, I wish Amazon had never introduced KU. It has had a negative impact on sales, and it's a bit like playing the roulette wheel--you never know what the payout will be until you get your sales report for the month in question. It's  a gamble, but then the publishing industry is a gamble, period.

But KU is here to stay, and it never hurts to use a tool to your advantage, particularly if you're an author, or publisher, who has experienced a slump in sales. So here's my advice as far as KU goes. Again, your mileage may vary.

Experiment with it, but DON'T put all your eggs in one basket. Add some titles to KU and see how your downloads and sales go. A bump in downloads can really offset a slump in sales, in my experience. That being said, this offset really depends on your prices. For instance, if most of your ebooks are priced at $3.99 or higher, KU won't pay off for you. In fact, it'll rob you of profits. However, if you have  a lot of titles on sale for 99 cents, you make a considerable amount more off downloads than you would off of sales. ($1.33 per download as opposed to 0.35 cents per sale. But then the KU fund payouts vary, so you can't bank on $1.33 per download every month.)

December's KU fund is at $7.25 million, so that could result in a tidy profit for authors and publishers with books enrolled in KU. However the KU fund has slipped in previous months, which leaves some authors wondering just how low it will go, and will Amazon use this to get around giving authors their 70% payouts on $2.99 + titles?

But if you find yourself with slumping sales, I would definitely try enrolling some titles in KU and see how it works out for you. That being said, be sure to diversify! Like the stock market, you don't want to put all your eggs into one basket. Use many publishing platforms, such as Smashwords, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble's Nook Press. I'd also encourage independent authors and small publishers to apply for an account with All Romance and Siren BookStrand. Plus Selena Kitt has a new publishing platform, which is particularly advantageous for erotica authors who write extreme taboo or dark erotica, called Excitica. (There are others, too, but I admit I'm writing this post at 2 am my time, so I won't list them all. However I'll try and do a follow up post with a more extensive list.)

What's the point of my ramble? I'm not entirely against KU, and so far I've seen some positive results with it through our sales slump. That being said, would many of us authors and publishers have experienced this sales slump without the introduction of KU? Slumps in sales in publishing come and go, so, yes, we probably would've seen slower growth, but maybe not to the extent we did with KU's introduction. However, Mark Coker predicts 2015 will be a slow growth year, so maybe this was inevitable with or without KU.

What are your thoughts on KU, fellow authors and publishers? Do you love it, hate it, or are you somewhere in between? I welcome your comments. Just keep it respectful.

And with that, I'll end this post with a shameless self promo plug. Speaking of KU, my Taboo Love collection is FREE anytime through KU, and it's free for all Amazon customers for the next five days! Click the book cover or links below to grab your copy.

Friday, 16 January 2015

Down and Dirty: Bad Boys of BDSM Novella Collection No. 3

Down and Dirty: Bad Boys of BDSM Novella Collection No. 3
Anita Lawless & Roxxy Meyer

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From Top 5 Amazon and All Romance bestsellers Anita Lawless and Roxxy Meyer!

Two novellas filled with intrigue, danger, adventure, and smoking hot bdsm scenes. A woman falls in love with her captor. An internationally acclaimed dominatrix presents her protégé with the ultimate challenge—tame two rugged bad boy bikers. These alphas will make you swoon!

This collection includes:

Her Bad Boy Protector: Bad Boys of BDSM Volume 5

His blood runs cold. His heart is ice. Yet she ignites a fire in him he can’t ignore.

After she’s snatched from her home one night, Callie Winthrop’s world is turned upside down. Who is this mystery man who holds her fate in his hands, and just what does he plan on doing to her?

To mercenary Eric Hallows, Callie is just another job. He has demons in his closet no woman could ever accept. But chemistry sparks between them when they touch. She awakens a primal need in him.

Can passion heal their damaged hearts, or will it burn them alive?


Taming Two Bad Boys: Bad Boys of BDSM Volume 6

EYES WIDE SHUT

Kylie Preston yearns to be trained by internationally acclaimed dominatrix Mistress Jasmine. She’s out to prove her sister wrong about a BDSM lifestyle clashing with feminism. Now Kylie must pass Mistress Jasmine’s tests and show she’s ready for this world of dark decadence.

EYES WIDE OPEN

The mistress offers her the ultimate challenge: train two rough and rugged bad boy bikers—Lucien Boudreau and Roane Farrell. For Kylie and Lucien, it’s instant hate from the moment they meet, but for Kylie and Roane, intense attraction sizzles between them.

Can she tame these two bad boys and make them bow at her feet?

The final installment in this wickedly filthy series!

Bonus Story: Stripped Down

Bonus Story: Surrender To His Proposal

Bonus Excerpts

All stories have an extreme heat level.

Do you like BDSM erotic romance filled with dominant billionaires who will make you swoon? Check out our Surrender Series Boxed Set for only 99 cents! http://www.amazon.com/Surrender-Boxed-Set-Anita-Lawless-ebook/dp/B00HUUB2WI

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Excerpt from Her Bad Boy Protector:

She went to hide behind the locked door. Next time he entered, she’d clobber him. If she were lucky enough to knock him out, she could grab the keys to his vehicle and get the hell out of here.

Callie didn’t have to wait long. Footsteps approached the room, keys jangled, and the knob rattled. Her heart jumped into her throat and her hands tightened around the base of the lamp. When the door swung wide, she leapt out and struck hard muscle.

Dishes clattered to the floor. A sandwich splatted on the hardwood, sending a tomato slice sailing across the planks. A glass of milk shattered.

So much for lunch, she thought, then she swooped the lamp forward again. This time an unyielding fist closed around it and yanked it from her hand. Its metallic body tinged and glass smashed as it also met the floor.

She was screwed.

Steely arms clamped around her in a vice-like grip.

“I knew I shouldn’t have untied you.” His hot breath fanned her face. Their lips were inches apart.

Once more, her body betrayed her with tingling nipples and a slow fire down below. In a split second, she processed her options. Taking the offensive route hadn’t worked. Maybe it was time for a different game plan.

She’d read that appealing to your captor’s humanity could work in these situations. If you formed a bond, it made it harder for them to hurt you. Maybe seduction should be her plan of action. Desperate situations called for desperate measures, she decided.

Callie cupped his bristly cheeks and quickly kissed him.

His reaction was instant and primitive. He spun her around and pinned her against a wall. The kiss he returned left her weak in the knees and clinging to him. Her mind whirled with contradictory reactions as he tasted her, as his hands splayed over her ass and yanked her closer. She could feel his hardness pressing into her abdomen and it made her throb.

She moaned into his mouth and her traitorous hands slid up his back. Muscle rippled beneath her palms as he ravished her.

Fingers slipped beneath her sweater and scorched her as they trailed up her torso. Her nipples ached to be touched, and when he unclasped her bra and freed her breasts, she pushed them into his hard chest. Her groan was a wordless plea to be touched.

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R.E.M. (Romance, Erotica & Military) Author Event 
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Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Taboo and Tattooed Parts 1 to 5

I'm re-releasing some of my earlier titles with new covers and fresh bonus material! All five parts of Taboo and Tattooed (formerly Friendly Enemies) are now available, and they're Amazon exclusive, so grab them free if you're a Kindle Unlimited member!The full collection with bonus material will be released by January 20.



Taboo and Tattooed Part 1 to 5
Anita Lawless

About: An Amazon exclusive! Read this series FREE if you’re a Kindle Unlimited member!

A bitter fight tore them apart. Fate brings them back together.

Trevor and Deidre haven’t spoken to one another in six years. When Deidre’s mom grows ill, she must return home and face this sexy tattooist / former lover. The passion is instant and intense.

Trevor has always loved Deidre, and now she’s back in his arms, he’s never letting her go. This second chance at love faces many obstacles, though, including a jealous ex-girlfriend who won’t go away.

Will Deidre sell her tattoo shop and go into business with Trevor, or will she walk away and break his heart again?

Taboo and Tattooed Part 1 
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 Taboo Love Part 2
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Taboo Love Part 3
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Taboo Love Part 4
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Taboo Love Part 5
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Excerpt:  Trevor Reins became my foster brother when I was seven years old, and he’d been a thorn in my side until I turned 18.

Hearing his voice now, after a six year silence, in which Mom relayed messages of our well being back and forth, made my neck prickle. Feelings I didn’t want to acknowledge wrapped around my heart and made it beat too fast.
“Deidre? Hi…it’s, it’s Trevor.” I had to strain to hear his soft words.
I opened my mouth, but no words flowed. Frustrated at my silence, I sighed into the cell phone.
“I wouldn’t have called,” he said, his tone taking on a thin layer of ice. “But…well…Mom’s in ICU.”
“What happened?” I jumped up from my dentist-turned-piercer’s chair, went to the door to lock it and flip the closed sign. Everyone else had cleared out early, and I was the only one left at the shop.
His turn to sigh. “She’s been having some stomach problems… I told her to go to the doctor, but, well, you know how she is.”
He filled me in quickly on her diverticulitis. Apparently it would’ve been easier to treat, had Mom not ignored it until her intestine burst. Now, she would have a colostomy bag for a short time, and need constant care my step brother alone couldn’t provide.
“No worries,” I said, taking the back alley route to my basement apartment, under the tattoo / piercing shop I co-owned with a couple friends. “I’m packing now. It’ll take four hours to drive home. I’ll meet you at the hospital.”
We hadn’t seen each other in six years either, so this would prove an interesting visit. Whenever I’d gone home before, he made sure he was out of town. I knew he was a tattooist now, and went to a lot of conventions. He had some kind of mobile unit set up, but Mom didn’t really go into particulars, and I didn’t really ask. If he could hold a grudge, so could I.

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Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Spotlight at Christina Harding Erotica / Free Read for January / Author Takeover

Hey readers and friends,

I'm a bit late posting these updates. Things have been kind of hectic around her with family illness and such, but now I'm catching up. So on with the news.

Big thanks going out to Christina Harding for spotlighting Claimed by the Bad Boy at her blog. I really appreciate it. Be sure to check out all the great content Christina has posted, and her book Underneath the Gargoyle.



Also here is your first free read for January. Go pick up Rock 'N' Roll Bad Boys Omnibus for FREE at Amazon for the next five days! If you're a Kindle Unlimited member, it's free anytime!

FREE On Kindle US
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  Plus come and join me tomorrow for my author takeover during Wolfie's New Genre's Adventurers! I'll be there at 9:00 pm EST! Hope to see you there! I'll be giving away books.

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Taboo and Tattooed Parts 1 to 3

I'm re-releasing some of my earlier titles with new covers and fresh bonus material! The first three parts of Taboo and Tattooed (formerly Friendly Enemies) are now available, and they're Amazon exclusive, so grab them free if you're a Kindle Unlimited member! Parts 4 and 5 will be release by January 13.

Taboo and Tattooed Part 1 to 3
Anita Lawless

About: An Amazon exclusive! Read this series FREE if you’re a Kindle Unlimited member!

A bitter fight tore them apart. Fate brings them back together.

Trevor and Deidre haven’t spoken to one another in six years. When Deidre’s mom grows ill, she must return home and face this sexy tattooist / former lover. The passion is instant and intense.

Trevor has always loved Deidre, and now she’s back in his arms, he’s never letting her go. This second chance at love faces many obstacles, though, including a jealous ex-girlfriend who won’t go away.

Will Deidre sell her tattoo shop and go into business with Trevor, or will she walk away and break his heart again?

Taboo and Tattooed Part 1 
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 Taboo Love Part 2
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Taboo Love Part 3
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Excerpt:

Trevor Reins became my foster brother when I was seven years old, and he’d been a thorn in my side until I turned 18.

Hearing his voice now, after a six year silence, in which Mom relayed messages of our well being back and forth, made my neck prickle. Feelings I didn’t want to acknowledge wrapped around my heart and made it beat too fast.

“Deidre? Hi…it’s, it’s Trevor.” I had to strain to hear his soft words.

I opened my mouth, but no words flowed. Frustrated at my silence, I sighed into the cell phone.

“I wouldn’t have called,” he said, his tone taking on a thin layer of ice. “But…well…Mom’s in ICU.”

“What happened?” I jumped up from my dentist-turned-piercer’s chair, went to the door to lock it and flip the closed sign. Everyone else had cleared out early, and I was the only one left at the shop.

His turn to sigh. “She’s been having some stomach problems… I told her to go to the doctor, but, well, you know how she is.”

He filled me in quickly on her diverticulitis. Apparently it would’ve been easier to treat, had Mom not ignored it until her intestine burst. Now, she would have a colostomy bag for a short time, and need constant care my step brother alone couldn’t provide.

“No worries,” I said, taking the back alley route to my basement apartment, under the tattoo / piercing shop I co-owned with a couple friends. “I’m packing now. It’ll take four hours to drive home. I’ll meet you at the hospital.”

We hadn’t seen each other in six years either, so this would prove an interesting visit. Whenever I’d gone home before, he made sure he was out of town. I knew he was a tattooist now, and went to a lot of conventions. He had some kind of mobile unit set up, but Mom didn’t really go into particulars, and I didn’t really ask. If he could hold a grudge, so could I.

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