When Amazon announced the KDP Select program in November of last year, I was pretty sure I wasn’t going to participate. I didn’t like a lot of the terms and conditions, especially the fact that the program precludes authors from posting excerpts on their websites. The fact that a book in Select can only be sold on Amazon was another problem for me; I just don’t like the idea of exclusivity.
However, I’ve decided to go ahead and take the plunge and put Maid for It in Select starting tomorrow. There are three reason I decided this is a worthwhile experiment:
- For the past few months, the only place Maid for It has sold a significant number of copies is Amazon. By taking it off other retailer sites, I’m not losing more than a handful of sales, at the most.
- As a new author, being in the Lending Library may give me the opportunity to find new readers who would otherwise not to take a chance on buying my book.
- I can make my five free days coincide with the release of Damaged Goods, which should be in early to mid April.
I’m also more than a little curious to see how the Select program works out. I’ve heard mixed results from other authors, but the only way to find out the truth about anything is to try it myself. So, that’s what I’m going to do!
When I finished and published Maid for It back in August, I was already plotting my next book, which I’d hoped to have ready for release by late this month or early next. Unfortunately, life intervened and I’ve had very little writing time, plus I discovered when I sat down to write the book that the story and conflicts weren’t as clear to me as I’d initially thought. That meant I had to go back to the drawing board and rethink a bit before I could dive in.
But now I’m happy to say that I think I have the story pretty well nailed down and Damaged Goods should be ready for release by late January or early February. I already have lovely cover art and cover copy to share. I hope to have an excerpt ready for posting in the next few weeks, so stay tuned.
Smuggled into the United States as a child and forced into the sex trade, Halina doesn’t even know her last name, much less how to be anything but a whore. When vice detective Justin Vint busts the brothel she’s worked in for the last five years and “frees” her, Halina is anything but grateful. With no education beyond what she’s learned from television and books, no place to live but a shelter for battered women where she doesn’t begin to fit in, and no skills other than the ability to give great head and a good fuck, freedom looks a hell of a lot like nothing to lose. And she knows exactly who’s to blame…and senses who he really is beneath that cool, upstanding façade.
Justin has always been careful to keep his private and professional lives separate; his superiors probably wouldn’t understand the concept of an erotic Master-slave relationship, let alone condone it. And if anyone ever got a gander at his “playroom,” he’d probably be locked up with the scum he’s normally charged with arresting. But even though he’s adept at concealing this aspect of his personality, his restraint is challenged when he meets Halina. Not only is she achingly beautiful, she’s also the most perfect submissive he’s ever encountered, but she’s damaged goods. Under any other circumstances, he’d make her his slave in a heartbeat, but given her past, he’s both honor- and duty-bound to set her on the path to a safe, vanilla life.
Too bad Halina has other ideas.
Since I posted last week, I’ve gotten Maid for It uploaded to a few more sites. It’s now available on All Romance eBooks and Barnes & Noble. Links below.
All Romance eBooks
Barnes and Noble
Yesterday, I uploaded Maid for It to Smashwords and Amazon. This afternoon, I uploaded it to Goodreads, too. As of today, the book is available for purchase at both sites. Because I’m using Smashwords to distribute the book to Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Sony, and the iBookstore, it will probably be some time before you can purchase it on those sites. Sorry, I wish it were faster, but that’s one of the things I can’t control.
For now, here are buy links to all the places you can currently get a copy of the novella:
And of course, I’ll ad more buy links as they become available.
Most people, upon hearing that a rich, powerful man like Dominique Strauss-Kahn forced himself on a defenseless hotel maid, are shocked and horrified by his behavior. Lucy, by contrast, wonders what it would be like to be the maid if the man in question was not just rich and powerful, but a handsome and mostly honorable dominant who doesn’t realize she’s not a willing submissive. From this inspiration was born Lucy’s debut novella, Maid for It, which will be released in early August 2011.