Monday, April 30, 2012

April Numbers for Red Phoenix on Amazon

#6 Top Free Erotica
This has been a fun month as an indie author. I've seen one of my freebies, Deeper Baby!, make it to number 6 on the free erotica list (several others are in the Top 100). I also received a number of good reviews on Amazon this month, which is helping all of my books. 

For the Month of April 2012:

878 books purchased         
29,879 freebies downloaded

Best Sellers In the Month of April: (still asking you not to laugh at my numbers)

Paid -Boy Toys 104 with a tie for Amy's Choice 97 and Blissfully in Love 97
Freebies - Deeper Baby! 11,551, Thrilling Her 7301, Blissfully Snowbound 3131

During the month of April I added 3 new novelettes and 4 more of my books went FREE on Amazon (of the 22 titles I have on Amazon, 10 are free).

Quickly Moving Up

Quick Recap of Past Months:

693 books purchased
27,571 freebies downloaded 

298 books purchased         
12,386 freebies downloaded
What I am Learning:
  • Keep the books coming. I have seen the numbers of my older books steadily go down. However, I believe the new ones are getting more notice because people recognize the name. (Brie Learns to Obey was recently published on Amazon and is quickly jumping up the ranks of paid novels.)
  • You never know what will appeal to people. Books I thought would be a big hit fell flat, while others surprised me by their popularity.
  • Listen to the readers and hone your work based on how they purchase and what they say in their reviews. HOWEVER, be true to yourself. The beauty as an indie eBook author is that you can write and publish what you want, even if it doesn't make big bucks. Someone out there will appreciate the uniqueness of your story and sometimes that is all the success you need.
* Note: Amazon allows for returns of eBooks. They are the only online bookstore I know of that does this. I noticed a big difference this month. Boy Toys which has done well previous months had 13 returns versus 4 in March. (Same book and I even had more sells last month). I will never know why they were returned - no one left reviews, but it was a significant jump. In total, 58 paid books were returned in April as opposed to 12 in March.  

I will update you next month to see how May pans out. I will say this, if your heart is to have your work published this is the perfect time for Indie Authors. It's a ton of fun!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Varick: A Dark, Sexy Vampire Read

Would you die for this man?
The Vampire that has been swimming in my head since I was a teenager has finally been released in the novelette titled Varick: The Reluctant. He is a hero (of sorts) who struggles to survive in world he wants nothing to do with.

The power of his redemptive love for Aleshia will end up changing the course of both their unnatural lives.

Varick: The Reluctant

The dark, sexy world Varick Roth is born into is ruthless and harsh - vampires are lethal creatures. He resists the violent culture, but his is a lonely existence until Aleshia enters the darkness. Her youthful passion stirs feelings he once thought lost. In a fit of rage, his sire condemns her to a vampiric hell only Varick’s love can overcome.

This erotic novelette explores a unique vampire society defined by its violence and lust. Thrust into this dark world, Varick must fight to retain his noble character in the midst of unspeakable cruelty.

Extended Description:

Luther - both sire and enemy, turns Varick at the young age of nineteen. Varick’s sense of justice sets him apart from his new race, forcing him to live alone. Along comes Aleshia, a young human ready to end it all. Against her wishes, he saves her life by condemning her to his living hell. Varick’s depth of love for her is tested the day Luther returns to exact his terrible revenge.

Adult Reading Material (18+) This book is for mature audiences only and contains sexually explicit content.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Deeper Baby Ranked 10th In Free Erotica on Amazon

Update: One Day Later - 

To be honest, I am surprised by the popularity of Deeper Baby as a Kindle freebie. I woke up this morning to find it ranked number 10 on Amazon's Free Erotic eBooks. It is part of the ongoing story of Troy and Amy, two lovers fated to find their fulfillment in the arms of others. 

Most of us have moved on from a failed love affair into the arms of someone who isn’t "the one". It is commonly referred to as rebounding. 

That is the premise of Deeper Baby. Troy and Amy have moved on, but they keep looking back at the one that got away.

A sensual two part "quickie" about partner swapping and a little menage a trois (approx. 7150 words) Perfect for mobile eReaders - have access to a quickie whenever you need a fix.

On the same night...

1) Troy and Kate go to a swingers bar. She convinces him that it'll be fun to switch partners, but Kate secretly wants to take two men at the same time. Troy is unaware he is part of the night's entertainment. 2) Amy cannot pass up the chance for a ménage a trois at the dance club. Mirrors, brute strength, and a little creativity make for an interesting night of pleasure for all three.

Extended Description:Deeper, Baby is told from two different perspectives –

Part One is all about Troy. His kinky girlfriend is eager for attention. Troy doesn't realize Kate has invited him to the swingers bar so she can fulfill her fantasy of being taken by two men at the same time. Troy is in for a rude awakening when he finds out he is supposed to be part of the entertainment that evening.

Part Two is told from Amy's point of view. The same night, Amy meets up with "The Boys" at the dance club. The threesome only has a half-hour to enjoy their last ménage a trois. Amy is in for the time of her life as both men concentrate on giving her sensual fulfillment before they say their final good-bye.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Varick: Not Your Typical Vampire Erotica

Tentative cover
I have had this idea for a vampire story that has been swimming in my head since I was a teenager. The character of Varick has danced in my mind for years and recently asked for his voice to be heard. He is NOT your typical vampire - and um, he doesn't sparkle either. I imagine vampires as dangerous creatures, so even the hero must kill to survive. 

If you read my writing, you know I am not normally a paranormal girl. I am posting the first chapter to see what people think. The next chapter is his back story, but I wanted to start off with a bang so to speak. ;)

Yay? Nay? Would love to hear your thoughts. 

Warning: 18+ reading material.

The Monthly Dance

He held out his hand. There was a part of him that wished she wouldn’t take it, but they always did. There was something about the whole “white knight in shining armor” thing that called to women; their common sense went right out the window. The short-haired brunette took his hand and got onto his Harley. “Hold on tight, this is going to be quite a ride,” he warned her.
The woman put her arms around his waist and pushed up against him. He sped off in a cloud of dust. He liked to make an impression. It was the least that he could do.
Varick drove her straight to the hotel. He was hungry and there was no reason to drag it out. He parked the bike in front of the extravagant hotel and handed the valet his keys with a twenty as tip. The man smiled and tipped his hat to Varick.
He put his arm the woman’s shapely hips and guided her into the hotel. He could tell she was impressed by the looked of wonderment on her face. She smiled and said excitedly, “I’ve never been here before.”
It didn’t surprise him. The homeless couldn’t afford a $1,000 a night room. Again, it was the least he could do. When they entered the hotel, he took off his white helmet and white leather gloves. Her eyes widened. “You are so handsome!” she announced.
He waved off the compliment. Really, what did it mean anyway? It wasn’t as if he could take credit for his looks. It just allowed him to get away with things he shouldn’t. Varick took her hand in his and kissed it gently. He could feel the heat when she blushed. “I pale in comparison to your beauty, my dear,” he murmured softly.
Varick walked her to the elevator. It amazed him how easy it was to lead them to their doom. Just a few kind words and a couple of kisses and they were all his for the taking. He put his finger under her chin and lifted it up. He looked into her dark brown eyes before planting a light but commanding kiss on her lips. Varick felt her melt. Yes, she was going to be easy.
When the doors opened to the penthouse, she squealed. “I can’t believe it. I never thought I would stay in the penthouse, ever!”
He smiled. “Only the best for us, my sweet.”
The woman looked down at her worn clothes and blushed. “I’m not good enough for such a nice place.”
“Nonsense. You just need a warm bubble bath and new attire.”
She looked at him with gratitude. “I’ve never had anyone treat me so good before.”
Varick kissed the top of her greasy head. “That’s a true shame. Today you shall be treated like the princess you are.”
While she took her bath, he took off his white leather jacket and draped it over a chair. Then he laid out the dress he wanted her to wear. He had a chest full of gowns. He liked to have a variety so he could choose the right one for each woman. He needed a dress that would bring an instant smile to her face. It made him feel less guilty.
By the time she finished bathing, the food had arrived. She opened the bathroom door in her white fluffy robe and sniffed the air. “What’s all this?” she asked, her stomach growling loud enough for him to hear.
“A feast for you,” he said, leading her to the table. Varick lifted the covers off all the dishes. “I figured you would be hungry.” The woman couldn’t help herself. She started grabbing at the first plate, stuffing a roll in her mouth. After several ravenous bites, she looked at him guiltily and stopped. “No, please. Eat to your heart’s content. It’s the reason I ordered the lunch. It makes me happy to see you eat.”
The woman went back to scarfing the food. He enjoyed the look of ecstasy on her face and wondered how long it had been since she’d eaten a decent meal. She let out a long burp and covered her mouth. “Excuse me.” She blushed again, sending a shock wave of heat.
“Only natural,” he assured her. Her blush was making him hungry and he didn’t want to rush this for her sake. “I have a dress laid out for you. Tell me if you like it.”
She rushed over to the bed and picked up the wine colored Italian gown. “Can I try it on?”
“Of course. It’s yours.”
She beamed. “Thank you! I’ve never had anything so beautiful in my life.”
The woman disappeared into the bathroom and didn’t emerge for another ten minutes. When she came out, Varick whistled appreciatively. For a middle-aged woman she still sported an attractive body with her large breasts and shapely hips. “I knew that color would accentuate your features. You look absolutely lovely.”
She ran to the full-length mirror and twirled in front of it. “It does look nice, doesn’t it?” Her hand ran over the length of the dress. “Just look at the way it fits my curves.” She danced around and then came up to him smiling. “Thank you.”
Varick bent her backwards in a dramatic fashion and kissed her. “You look ravishing, my dear.” She sighed in pleasure and gave him a wet kiss.
“I’d like to know your name, handsome prince.”
He smiled and looked into her innocent eyes. “Varick. Not a popular name these days, but what can I say? My parents were old-fashioned.”
“Oh no, it fits. You look like a Varick.”
“What’s your name, loveliness?”
“Carol.” She looked slightly embarrassed when she added, “It’s not an elegant name like yours.”
“Carol is a charming name.” He grasped the back of her neck and kissed her deeply. She moaned as she pressed against him.
The woman smelled good. He licked his lips, wanting to take a taste. Not yet, he needed to please her first. Varick turned on slow music and took her in his arms. He led her across the floor. She was hesitant, but with the right pressure from his guiding arm, she was able to move with him. Carol looked up into his eyes in admiration. “You are a fine dancer.”
“It takes the right partner,” he murmured into her ear. “Would you mind terribly if I ravished your body?”
She suddenly stopped and looked at him. “You want me?”
“With a beautiful face and an alluring body, what man wouldn’t want to enjoy you womanly pleasures? I promise to please you.”
He could feel her heart rate increase. Her smell became twice as intoxicating. “Take me, I’m all yours,” she whispered.
Varick picked her up effortlessly, amid a string of child-like giggles. He carried her to the bedroom and placed her gently on the large bed. He took off his shirt, exposing his muscular chest. Her pupils dilated. He could tell she liked what she saw and put her hands on his chest, giving her permission to touch him however she wanted.
She looked at him hungrily. “You are the sexiest man I’ve ever made love to.” Her excitement was adding to her heat. He hoped he could last.
“What would you like? I could lick your beautiful pussy, play with your gorgeous breasts, or give you a satisfying pounding. What’s your pleasure?”
Carol blushed. She giggled again and looked around nervously. “Um, I guess I would like you to suck on my breasts while you fuc… make love to me.”
“Would that make you come?” Varick asked.
She looked uncertain. “I don’t know. It just sounds nice.”
“If that’s what you want, I am more than happy to oblige.” He unzipped the back of her dress just enough so he could ease her breast out of it. He found that most women liked to be taken with their clothes on. Varick hiked up the skirt of her gown and pulled her panties off nice and slow. Carol smiled at him lustfully.
“Do you like it gentle or rough?”
Carol turned crimson and whispered, “Rough.”
The heat she was radiating brought her blood to the surface making his teeth ache. “Then rough you shall have it,” he growled. He took off his remaining clothes and lay on top of her. “Are you ready to be ravish, Carol?”
“Oh yes!”
He thrust his cock into her wet opening. At the same time, he took her nipple into his mouth and sucked hard. He started pumping his large dick into her, pushing in deep.
Carol moaned and then started screaming as he thrust fast and hard. “You’re so big!”
“Take it Carol. Take all of my cock.”
“I want it, Varick. I want all of it,” she panted.
He pushed deeper and Carol arched her back, taking the pounding with relish. He fucked her thoroughly, but then made the mistake of biting down on her nipple. Her blood instantly sprang from his bite mark. She whimpered in pleasure, but he had to back away. It wasn’t time yet.
Carol looked at him desperately. “Don’t stop! I like what you are doing.”
He smiled seductively, to cover up the extreme thirst he felt. “I’d like to play with you for a bit. Would that be alright?”
“Anything. I just want to feel you,” she cried, wiggling suggestively.
Varick snuggled up beside her and ignored the smell of her blood. He concentrated instead on making her climax. He ran his fingers on the outside of her inner lips. She was wet and overly responsive. The poor women had obviously had been neglected for far too long. He caressed her clit while he nibbled on her neck.
He pushed his middle finger into her and reveled in her cry of pleasure. “Would you like to come for me?” he asked.
“Oh yes, make me come, Varick.”
He started stimulating her clit while he continued to penetrate her with his long finger. She panted heavily and then began moaning. “I’m close! I’m going to come for you.”
He rested his lips against her neck, waiting for the perfect moment. When her inner muscles began pulsating around his finger he knew it was time. “Does it feel good?” he murmured.
“So good,” she gasped. He bit down on her neck and felt her stiffen. “Yes, oh that’s even better,” Carol whimpered.
He sucked her life’s blood with relish until he felt her heart stop beating. She tasted of cloves. Each one tasted different, it was a part of their allure. He retracted his teeth and pulled away. Varick closed her eyes and brushed her pale cheek with reverence. “Thank you, my sweet.”

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Play With Me at Noon: A Satisfying Sexapade

A Married Woman Indulges in Her Sexual Fantasies

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to enjoy the sexual favors of men you are attracted to but have never enjoyed? Tina is neglected by her husband and is hungry for the attention of five distinctly different men.

Description of Play With Me at Noon:

Tina needs to feel desirable again and invites five different men in five days to “play” with her - The Construction Worker, The Executive, The Virgin, The Biker, and The Kink. The sex is AMAZING, but what she really desires is to reconnect with her husband. The twist at the end will renew your faith that true love can conquer all.

Join Tina on her five-day sexapade in this steamy novelette devoted to finding a path back to the one you love.

Extended Description:

Tina is in a sexless marriage. Although she loves her workaholic husband, she longs to feel treasured by him. Out of desperation, she decides to fulfill her fantasies by inviting five different men in five days to “play” with her. Each sexual encounter is steamier than the next, but her husband’s love is what she longs for most. Can their marriage survive the day he finally confronts her?

Adult Reading Material (18+) This book is for mature audiences only and contains sexually explicit content.

Review by: D L Davito on April 07, 2012 : star star star star star
Delicious! Tina loves her husband but has an interesting way of showing it. The men not only have no qualms about screwing a married woman, but thoroughly enjoy "taking another man's prize". Good read!
- DL Davito
(review of free book)
Review by: Ruby Jewlz on April 07, 2012 : star star star star star
It WAS amazing! :P
I had my suspicions from the beginning and I was right as to what the twist was. Regardless, a great little story that's given me a few ideas... :D
Wish I could give it a few more stars!
(review of free book)
Review by: Bianka Aguilar on April 06, 2012 : (no rating)
(review of free book)
Review by: Yenny D. on April 05, 2012 : star star star star
Very enjoyable and hot!! Love the twist in the story :D

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Why do Indie Erotica Authors Publish Unedited Work?

The Secret Behind the Problem

Nothing is worse than getting into a hot and heavy scene and then stopping cold because of a misspelled word or a confusing phrase. 

I am an indie author who goes under an alias to write my erotica. Why? People who know me may not appreciate my craft. :) But it leaves me in a pickle. I can't ask friends to edit my work and being a new indie author I am not making enough money yet to pay for a professional.

Why Are There Errors?

I am not an editor at heart. I desperately want my books to be free of errors, but I have reread them so many times that I can't see the mistakes. My mind knows what I meant write and automatically replaces my mistakes. They look clean to me when I publish.

I use Microsoft Word to go through and check for errors, but we all know that it still misses obvious mistakes and sometimes the "fixes" are completely wrong.

It is my full intention to pay for an editor to go through all my work once I make enough money. It is extremely important to me.

The Reason My Indie Books Are Cheap

I price my books for free or 99 cents in the hope that my readers will overlook the mistakes and enjoy the content. I want to share my stories and trust that my readers will understand.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

A Love That Saves

Do You Believe in a Love That Saves?

When In 9 Days came to me, I was struck by the all-encompassing love that Tesse had for the new boy in school. A love deep enough to reach down into the pain he was carrying and free him from it.

In the story, And Then He Saved Me, the same theme appears. Lauren is suffering so deeply that she tries to kill herself. Cyril stops her from succeeding and his love has the power to transfer her pain into hope.
In both cases, I felt as if the characters were demanding I tell their story. It was an honor to write about both couples.

I suppose I am a hopeless romantic because I firmly believe true love can conquer all.

Agree or disagree?

* The Sequel to In 9 Days is now on Amazon.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Brie Learns to Obey - A Story of Submission

After getting such a positive response from fans concerning my book, Brie's First Day of Submissive Training, I decided to delve into Brie's second day at the center. In Brie Learns to Obey, the young woman gets acquainted with the other girls in her class. More importantly, she comes to know the feel of Sir's sensual touch.

Brie Learns to Obey:

Brie’s second day of submissive training tests her level of obedience and brings a sexy new Dom into her life, but she risks it all to stand up for one of the other girls. Fortunately, the proper punishment is handed out and her evening doesn’t end after training is over. Oh no! Brie enjoys a private session with Sir who has a little surprise waiting for her in his office.

This naughty novelette, sequel to Brie’s First Day of Submissive Training, continues the adventures of Brie as she learns what it takes to be a true submissive.

Extended Description:

Brie is anxious for her second day of training to begin. Sir has promised to take her in the most intimate of ways. As the night progresses, Brie becomes friends with the other girls in her class. Unfortunately, one girl will betray the group, one will be punished, and another will leave the program for good. Brie’s dogged obedience grants her the privilege of Sir’s coveted touch, but she finds there is one command she cannot obey.

Adult Reading Material (18+) This book is for mature audiences only and contains sexually explicit content.

Review by: Bradley Calcagni on April 03, 2012 : star star star star star
So well written -- a rarity in this genre. Personalities come through strongly, and theerotic content is so hot. I want Bree. Now! More, please.
(review of free book)
Review by: Angela Smith on April 01, 2012 : star star star star star
More please ....I have to know what happens next...