Saturday, 27 August 2016

Reviews and Goodbyes



Reviews. 

I’ve been thinking a lot about them lately. Or rather, the lack of them. Outside of Goodreads, my books seldom get reviews, which is okay, because obviously there’s no obligation for anyone to review one of my books, especially if that book was paid for (and I usually get trashed there anyway).

But that doesn’t mean I don’t want them. How else would I know if anyone liked it? Do readers want a sequel? Would they like another book set in that world? Beats me. I really have no idea. Despite not having many books out (again, the sound of crickets does not encourage publication), I believe my books have sold fairly well for the m/m romance genre, which is small—I still receive cheques worth cashing. True, I have a “unique” writer’s voice and my writing is not for everyone, but that’s okay, there is an audience for every style and every story, which kind of limits who wants to read my stuff as well. But if you’ve ever wondered why there is no sequel to A Thread of Deepest Black, or As He Watches, or Stranded by Lies, lack of reviews is the reason why. Although I am widowed with three kids I’m raising alone, money is not a big motivator for me. I just have no idea if anyone is interested.

I have also put out three free books, and I loved writing all three of them. I would have put out more, but I had no idea if anyone would read them, because, *crickets*.  Plus, it costs money to have edits done and covers made. Not His Kiss to Take cost me $600.00 to publish. So, not something I could do with any regularity, not matter what the muse wants. As of my writing this, Not His Kiss to Take has been downloaded from Smashwords 17,315 times, which is an average of 6-8 books a day, my rough estimate based on the little graph. Still that many, even though it was released in December 2012.



And how many reviews does it have? 

32. 

And none since 2014. This leads me to believe that everyone who downloaded it thinks it sucks. So why would I put out a free book again? Or any book?

Which is the point of this mini-rant—it’s also my goodbye. And my thank you to everyone who bought A Thread of Deepest Black, Forever in One Second or Just Lucky that Way, or who left a review (even if they hated any of the above), and especially to those who sent me an email or posted on Facebook, or Twitter or in a group, that they enjoyed my story. Thank you for that. Thank you so much.

So to end this rant, I will finish with this: If there is a writer out there whose book or story you loved, and they are lesser known, please leave a review, no matter how short (I loved it! Please write a sequel! Enjoyed it! – these are great reviews). This is especially true for indie authors. The best way to keep an author writing is to let them know you like what they write and want more. Well, that, and don’t be a pirate. Pirating a book does not help get the next one written.

I will probably keep Just Lucky that Way up on Amazon until my rights to Thread and Forever revert back to me…or I may take it down tomorrow, so if you're interested in reading it, maybe get it sooner rather than later (I really wanted to write a sequel for that one! So much more to tell). Alas...

Thanks again everyone, take care and happy reading.


Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Sequels...or something new?

Although I've been crazy-busy at the evil day job and working a lot of overtime, I've been itching to start a new book (or story).

What are you in the mood for? I can and have written to order. Might do it again.

Do you want more erotica/erotic romance and kink - something like Not His Kiss to Take? If you liked that book, was it because of erotic elements or contemporary storyline? Or just Jamie's sass?

BDSM? Or a sequel to A Thread of Deepest Black?

A sequel to Just Lucky that Way? My imagined plot has Mac doing something you wouldn't believe. I can't believe it myself!

Or do you like sci-fi and want to know what the secret is in the sequel to Stranded by Lies?

I would also be happy to revisit Winter and Erik from As He Watches...

OR is there something, some trope, you'd like to read that seldom gets written? I don't do non-con or slavery, but I'm pretty open otherwise. Mmm...maybe not mpreg either...or rockstars...

So if there's something you'd like to see, speak up, otherwise I'll go amuse myself writing smutty m/f and young adult novels.

Send me an email or post here.

Saturday, 18 June 2016

Just Lucky That Way Is Here


Just Lucky That Way has been published to Amazon! It takes anywhere from 12 hours to 3 days to show up on the website, but I pressed the magic "publish" button. I will be uploading it Smashwords sometime over the next week and from there it will be available at other retailers such as iTunes/iBooks. If you love buying your books at All Romance eBooks, please leave me a comment here or on Facebook, and I will see about getting publisher status there so I can upload it for sale.

Once the book is live, I will post an excerpt here (Chapter 1). Price on Amazon is $3.99US.






Fortune smiled on Chance Ryan the day he was born and blessed him with an endless supply of good luck. Now he uses that luck working for the Arsenal, a secret federal organization made up of powerful psychics, including his hot, kick-ass partner and a clairvoyant, dragon-lady of a boss with a killer hairpin. 

So with all that good fortune, why in the hell is everything suddenly going wrong?

Duncan “Mac” MacDonnell’s prescient ability tells him his charismatic partner is in serious trouble. When Chance shows up unexpectedly on the run from a man he claims has no face, and bearing a magicked, two-thousand-year-old coin, Mac finds himself unprepared for just how deep that trouble goes. 

For two years the Arsenal has been hunting an impossibly lucky thief and his stolen cache of charmed and cursed items. The unexpected reappearance of the missing coin thrusts Mac and Chance into a danger no psychic could have foretold, and reveals the true nature behind a horrifying crime not even time can erase.

But even as they pursue the mysterious thief, the thief stalks them. He wants Chance’s luck for himself and will stop at nothing to get it. Pitted together against an ancient enemy, and knowing any day could be their last, Mac and Chance finally acknowledge their mutual attraction. But they may have waited too long. Dark forces threaten to tear both them and the Arsenal apart, and destroy any chance they have to find their happily-ever-after.


Sunday, 17 April 2016

Just Lucky that Way is Finished!



Just Lucky that Way is finally finished and has been sent off to the editor. Whew!

It's also a full length book now, and after edits, should finish around 76,000 words. Now it's time to work on a cover - it's fun and nerve-wracking at the same time, but one of my favorite things to do. 

I'm working on a blurb at the moment and will post it when it's finalized so you will at least know what it's about. I can tell you it's m/m (of course), friends to lovers, paranormal (psychics), alternate reality(ish), and easy on the sexy-times (not sweet though-hell no). So if you're looking for a lot of story, and you like the themes above, this might be the book for you!

Just Lucky that Way will be available on Amazon, followed by other retailers.



 

Saturday, 22 August 2015

Just Lucky That Way Update


Now that my inner ear issue has resolved itself and the vertigo has gone (and good riddance), I'm back to working on my m/m paranormal novella Just Lucky That Way.

Don't have a definitive date just yet, but I'm aiming to have it out by Halloween, unless real life gives me any more grief. Kids are also going back to school soon - I've forgotten what peace and quiet is.

Will update post as I go.

Enjoy the rest of your summer!

A story hint - Chinese Lucky Coins



Thursday, 21 May 2015

Just Lucky that Way



I couldn't help myself.  I have no spine.  I caved.

I took a story prompt again this year.

But late.  So I'm going to have to write fast to make my deadline...

The working title is Just Lucky that Way.  It's going to be a contemporary, urban fantasy thriller.  Well, I'm going to try with the "thriller" part, seeings how I'm a more character-driven writer.  But I have plans! And a plot! And a hot man in a kilt! No BDSM this year, though, at the prompter's request. But they didn't say anything about no kink...

I'll post links and an excerpt when it's ready to go, sometime this summer.



Also hope to finish the rest of Stranded by Lies while I'm between Evil Day Jobs, and possibly, the next segment of As He Watches (but that's less likely with that pesky Real Life intruding all the time).

Any requests?

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Cliffhangers and Sequels

I hate cliffhangers.  Really hate them.  I never stop wondering - what happened next? Did good triumph over evil? Did the boy get the boy (or girl/shifter/tentacle monster) and live happily ever after? 

So I have to admit feeling a little guilty for leaving the ending for Stranded by Lies at the point I did - I had planned to finish the story after the next scene (which still would have been a cliffhanger), but due to time constraints, I decided I would rather use the rest of the time available editing what I had, rather than trying to rush through the next part, just to finish where I wanted.  Sadly, I am a novel writer, not a short story writer (yes, even though Lies is 45,000 words, for me, that's a short story) and my ideas always seem to grow the more I write.  For this reason, I have decided I won't participate in the Don't Write in the Closet event again next year.  Actually, I have decided not to write anymore, period.

That said, I was wondering if anyone would like me to finish Stranded by Lies? (or hey, possibly even As he Watches) Let me know, as I might dust off my keyboard once again.  I'm not sure when it would be ready, or how I would make it available, but I'd likely combine the two parts and publish it on Smashwords.  Free, of course.

If you're interested, let me know - you can leave a comment, send me an email to finnmarlowe@yahoo.ca, or find me on Facebook or Goodreads.

Thanks, and happy reading!