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Teaser, teaser!

Mia Flannagan keeps to herself and prefers to work alone. No one in the sleepy town of Pinehurst has ever guessed the beautiful, young funeral home director is a vampire. But when a cryptic message from an old woman’s ghost leads her to an injured stranger with a dark secret of his own, Mia’s decision to help him plunges her straight into the path of a hunter who’ll stop at nothing to catch his prey – even if it means putting a stake through Mia’s heart!

Follow Me on Kindle Vella

You’ll find an ever-growing story spectrum featuring horror in every hue.

Blood & Thorns: Fantasy/Mashup/Vampire/Humor
Night Shades: Story Collection
The Dispossessed: Dystopian Horror
All the Colors of Death: Supernatural/Creature Horror

I made the pics in the top right and bottom left corners using an AI text-to-image generator.

Wendigos have three arms. Who knew? (According to one smart-arsed cousin, this one looks a lot like me, too.)

Hello Goodreads Readers!

A quick update: I don’t visit Goodreads that often but when I did today, I just about died from embarrassment. There’s some old cover art on display there that’s frankly cringe-worthy. (Hey, I’m allowed to say that, since all of those were my “designs.”)

So… contrary to what appears on Goodreads, here are the ACTUAL covers for my books. If you’re interested (or need a good laugh), there are a couple of early posts on cover evolutions for a couple of those titles. It’s what happens when you’re an indie author who has to rely on your own graphic design skills, lol.

So, here’s what my stories are “wearing” this season and where you can find them! The only significant change to this is Dead of Winter. Thanks to D2D, it’s now enjoying a wider distribution at Kobo, B&N, and Smashwords, among other retailers.

And yes, if you’re a fan of serial fiction, I have a few stories on Kindle Vella, too!

Good News for “Going Wide?”

This morning, I was watching Dale Roberts’ channel on YouTube. His latest episode, “Massive News about KDP Alternatives,” concerned the acquisition of Smashwords by Draft-2-Digital and how that could benefit indie authors who want to have wider distribution options for their work (the opportunity to receive over 80% royalties vs. Amazon’s tiered model being just one of these).

Having used D2D in the past, I immediately had a slew of questions. Who wouldn’t?

Of course, after firing these off to Dale in the comments section, I thought, ‘Gee, why not just ask the folks at D2D?’ So, I did, and am awaiting a response.

Here are my questions, in no particular order. If you’re considering wider distribution for your work this year, maybe you have some of the same questions, too.

  • Do they plan to add new interior template options for e-books? Currently, D2D offers quite a few based on genre, but they’re all fairly generic.
  • Do they allow authors to add line art to their work like KDP does? This could be anything from a decorative flourish to simple black-and-white illustrations. Canva is a great resource for these and they really add a little more personality and pizazz to your work. At present, I don’t think D2D has this option. It’s a little frustrating, especially if you want to maintain product continuity among retailers.
  • The Vella (and Simily) question: Amazon allows authors to publish their Vellas as e-books within a certain time frame. But if authors also leave the Vella version on that platform, Amazon still allows prospective customers to read a few episodes for free. The same is true for Simily.co, a subscription platform, although they’re set up more for short stories, and I think they allow 5 free reads per month. Free is problematic among certain retailers, however. They might refuse to sell your work in their stores. I know, because it’s happened to me before. So, the question: Will authors have to remove work from platforms like Vella and Simily?

*Note: this doesn’t affect e-books already on Amazon. As long as you honor the 90-day KDP select period and don’t renew thereafter, you’re free to publish wide and leave your work on KDP.

Last but not least… Yeah, I went here:

  • Do they plan to offer anything similar to the KENP reads royalty? Sorry, but had to ask. For me, this is a big deal, as I make a substantial portion of royalties from this percentage-per-page-read “extra” royalty that Amazon provides. Although it might be a great experiment to go wide on D2D for six months or maybe a little longer, ultimately, I’m really on the fence about this.

So, as I said, I’m waiting for their response and will be happy to share it, if you’re interested.

In the meantime, what have your experiences with D2D or Smashwords been? Is it worthwhile? Are you happy about the acquisition or not? I’d like to hear your thoughts!

And, if you aren’t familiar with Dale Roberts and his work, he’s a prolific author who has a slew of videos about every aspect of self-publishing imaginable: cover art, marketing, advertising, demystifying Amazon (and other) ads, and so forth. Lots of great advice! If you’d like to watch the video, here you go! Enjoy! Catch you later!

Tokens of Sleep (Audio)

This is a story from my Night Shades collection.

Finders aren’t always keepers…

Devon, a young woman with the ability to manifest objects she finds in her dreams, decides to use her strange and somewhat magical gift for her own ends.

Let’s treat this as an experiment, ok? (And don’t hold the maybe-substandard audio quality against me—it’s my first time, lol.) If people like it, I’ll read more stories and excerpts. Please let me know what you think. Sleep-inducing, fair-to-middlin’, or nails down a chalkboard? 😀

Are Any Vella Readers Here?

I’m doing something different with All the Colors of Death, my latest offering on the Kindle Vella platform: writing it on-the-fly instead of posting the completed work in scheduled episodes. So far, it’s working out okay…

For those not familiar with Vella, which offers serialized fiction and nonfiction, an “episode” is what they call a chapter. The first three “episodes” of any work are free (kind of like the “Look Inside” feature for ebooks). After that, you purchase tokens to unlock subsequent episodes. The number of tokens each “costs” depends on the word count, which can be anywhere from 600 to 5000. After the completed work’s been on the platform for 60 days, you then have the option to publish it, either on KDP or elsewhere. So far, only The Dispossessed has made it to ebook/paperback, but my short story collection, Nightshades, with bonus content not available on Vella, is in the works!

With that in mind, I’ve been cobbling cover designs together for Nightshades. Both incorporate photos/images from royalty-free sites. What do you think?