Thursday, November 29, 2012

Book Spotlight: Pleasing the Colonel by Renee Rose

Today I'm spotlighting Renee Rose's newest book, Pleasing the Colonel. I read this book a few weeks ago and absolutely loved it. It's definitely my favorite book of Renee's so far and I hope she plans to write more regency books with spanking. It pressed all the right buttons for me. You can find my review here.

 Synopsis:

Trapped in a crevice after a carriage accident, Amanda Downy is not sure whether she'll ever see the light of day again. With her tongue loosened by a fellow passenger's flask of brandy, she reveals several well-guarded secrets about her life as a governess at Colonel Watson's residence, including the fact that she falsified her references to gain her employment.

The next morning Amanda is horrified when she finds that the passenger who saved her life after the carriage crash is sitting at the breakfast table at Colonel Watson’s estate, and it appears that he is the long-absent Colonel himself! Amanda is certain that she will be immediately dismissed, but the Colonel has a different sort of discipline in mind for her…

The Colonel soon learns that in spite of the deceitful manner with which she obtained the position, Miss Downy is an excellent governess and is much loved by his children. After a firm dose of the leather strap on her bare bottom, he lets her know that she may keep her position as long as she is truthful with him in the future. As time passes, though, the Colonel finds himself thinking of Amanda as he has not thought about any woman since his beloved wife passed away. Though he has no intention of ever marrying again, he cannot deny his growing need for her.

Amanda has a longstanding dislike for stiff military men, yet she warms to the Colonel, discovering that underneath his gruff exterior he is kind and generous. As she wonders if the attraction is mutual, another suitor makes his interest known. Should she accept his offer? Or should she wait to see if the Colonel will ever make his move?

Excerpt:

“Miss Downy!”
She looked up in surprise. “Colonel!”
He reined in the stallion and turned the large horse around so that his left side faced her.
“What are you doing, riding in the rain?” she asked in astonishment.
“Looking for you!” he exclaimed and she felt a rush of guilt that he had felt it necessary to come and rescue her. She should have listened to his advice on the weather. Would he hold it against her that she hadn't?
He reached down and caught her around the waist, easily lifting her to sit side-saddle in front of him. His strength took her breath away—he was a large, muscular man. She sat stiffly, too surprised to speak. His arm was wrapped around her waist, his left knee supporting her legs. He drew her closer to him. She had never been so close to a man in her life. But that wasn't true—there was the time when he held her after the whipping. And when he'd protected her from falling rubble during the carriage accident. Thinking of both those incidents gave her an unusual fluttering feeling in her low belly.
“You're freezing!” he accused.
She was shivering—there was no denying it. She stammered, “No, I'm fine. But thank you for coming for me, I am truly grateful.” She didn't feel courageous enough to look over her shoulder at him, considering how close his face was to hers.
“You're welcome. Curses, you're really cold. I should have brought your cloak. Here, lean into me and see if you can't gain some warmth that way.”
Slowly, uncertainly, she leaned her back against his large chest, relaxing into his form and the motion of the stallion as he loped back. Her wet dress and petticoat stuck to her skin, providing no barrier at all to the heat of his flesh, which felt exceptionally warm against her chilled back.
“Is that better?” he asked, his mouth so close to her ear that she could feel the heat of his breath. His voice was low and rumbling. She had found it gruff before, but now it seemed deeply masculine—the embodiment of male strength and virility.
“Yes,”she managed to say, realizing she left the “sir” off and wondering why it sounded so right


Pleasing the Colonel is available on Amazon, Amazon UK, Blushing Books, and Barnes and Noble.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

A Firm Husband on sale today at Blushing Books

My western spanking romance novella, A Firm Husband, is on sale today on Blushing Books as part of their "oldies but goodies" end of the month sale.  If you've never shopped on the Blushing Books site before, it's super easy.  It only takes moments to create an account, and you can download any kind of ebook file you need.

A Firm Husband earned 5 stars from Bottoms Up Book Review.  Read the review here.

Synopsis:

Clara Sutton feels trapped on her pa's Buffalo, Wyoming ranch, so she runs off to board the Union Pacific Railroad in Cheyenne. She'll find a nice town on the east coast, far away from all the suitors she dislikes and glimpse the world outside Wyoming. But her plan falls to pieces when the very strict, and equally handsome, William Davies ruins her travel plans.

Resisting Mr. Davies charms is a challenge, especially when Clara learns he's her pa's new foreman. As they await the stagecoach bound for Buffalo, Clara discovers that William won't hesitate to administer a hard spanking to her bare bottom when she misbehaves. As sparks fly and Clara's feelings towards William soften, he proposes marriage. But when a man is shot in Cheyenne and an unexpected passenger boards the stagecoach bound for Buffalo, their happiness is threatened by the rancher disputes in Johnson County.


*Be sure to check out the other sale and free items that are a part of Blushing Books "oldies but goodies" sale this month!*


My contemporary spanking romance novella, Mountain Devil, also earned 5 stars from Bottoms Up Book Review.  Find it on Amazon, Amazon UK, Barnes and Noble, and All Romance.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

A reluctant bride ~ an excerpt from A Strict Husband


The following Six Sunday excerpt is from my current work-in-progress, A Strict Husband.  It's the sequel to A Firm Husband.  I'm hoping to have the story complete very soon.  If you've read A Firm Husband, maybe you remember the secondary characters Mattie and Henry.  A Strict Husband is their story.


Mattie wished the wind would pick up and sweep her far away from her own wedding ceremony.

How could Thomas be so cruel?  She barely knew Henry, and Thomas had promised to find her a husband with an iron hand.  While new brides tended to fret the most about their impending wedding night, at least according to Carol, Mattie’s current fears stemmed from the possibility that Henry would eventually spank her.  Receiving a spanking from her brother was one thing.  Receiving a spanking from her husband promised to be different, but it was difficult to pinpoint the reason as her emotions swirled around like the windstorm she wished for.


My goal is to wrap A Strict Husband up within the next two weeks. 

My other published spanking romances are:

"Punished by the Cowboy" in Halloween Heat VI
 
 
 
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Friday, November 23, 2012

F R E E today ~ Yours for Christmas ~ Erotic Holiday Anthology


Yours for Christmas erotic holiday anthology is free today (Friday, Nov. 23rd) on Amazon!  My short story "Christmas with the Professor" is included in this collection.  The titles in Yours for Christmas are also available as single releases...but why not download them all together - and for free!  :)

Find Yours for Christmas on Amazon US, Amazon UK, and Amazon DE.


Here's a list of the stories included in this anthology:


 
Christmas with the Professor by Sue Lyndon: Angela can't stop fantasizing about her former Psychology professor, Dr. Taylor. His commanding presence and deep, gravelly voice bring out the submissive girl inside her, the girl she left behind after her last Dom cast her aside. But is Dr. Taylor kinky? When she shows up at his house with fresh-baked Christmas cookies, she attempts to tease the Dom out of him and ends up getting much more than she bargained for - her heart softens to a man for the first time in years. She flees for the safety of her apartment expecting to spend the holidays alone licking her wounds. When an unexpected visitor comes knocking on Christmas morning, will she slam the door and continue to guard her heart? Or will she open herself up to a new year of possibilities? (warning: story contains graphic sex and elements of BDSM)

Christmas with Carol by Jennifer Conner: Not only does Henry get his big break with the Christmas musical he's in, he will kiss Carol in the finale. As the understudy, he's watched her sing and wanted to ask her out for the past year.

When things heat up enough to melt the winter snow between then, will Henry get a Christmas wish to spend his Christmas with Carol?

Christmas Delivery by Vee Michaels: Can Joanne have a merry Christmas with a busy job and loads of stress? She certainly can when love arrives as a special delivery. Spicy adult themes sure to warm you up on a cold winter's day.

Send me the Pillow that you Dream On by Jennifer Cooper: Lizzie Xavier comes home but with a heavy heart. Two things she's not looking forward to, a Christmas without her mother and seeing Dean Swayze again, the only man that got her blood boiling and her veins searing with a desire so hot.


Download links by country:

Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon DE
Amazon FR
Amazon ES
Amazon IT

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

More Liebster Award Fun


I was nominated for the Liebster Award by Emma K. Gardner. Thanks, Emma! Since I was already nominated by Ana Vitsky and did a full post last week, I'm not going to nominate anyone new this time around. But I am happy to play along and answer Emma's questions:)



Emma's questions for me:

1. How long did you believe in Santa Claus?

Santa's not real? WHAT? Guess I've been good this year for no reason. Hmph.

2. What do you sing in the shower?

Radiohead, because I know the lyrics to most of their songs by heart and I feel stupid singing a song I don't know all the words to. Yet I don't feel stupid singing in the shower in the first place. Go figure.

3. What do you love the most?

My husband, my kids, and my Kindle:)

4. What food makes you want to puke?

Oysters. Ew.

5. Coke or Pepsi?

Pepsi

6. Favorite movie?

The first X-Files movie will always hold a special place in my heart.

7. Favorite bad movie?

The 1981 version of Lovespell with Richard Burton and Kate Mulgrew. It's horrible, really horrible. Slow, boring, and looks like it had a $100 budget, but for some reason I like to watch it every now and then.

8. Do you remember what anyone wrote in your high school musical?

Um...you mean yearbook? I didn't buy a high school yearbook.

9. What book have you reread the most times

The Silver Devil by Teresa Denys

10. If you could be a tree, what kind of tree would you be?

An Ent (one of those walking trees from The Lord of the Rings)

11. What superpower would you want?

Can I pull a Jesus and say I'd like to be able to heal the sick?




Sunday, November 18, 2012

Taking her temperature before a spanking...


Today's six sentences come from Dark Without You.  Andy has forbidden Alice from leaving their hotel room because he wants her to spend one more day resting up after being sick.  She's in a bad mood and doesn't quite feel like listening to him, at least right away:)


When he heard the sound of a hairdryer blowing, his fists clenched and he swallowed hard. The little imp. Glancing around the room, he moved toward the shopping bag on the dresser. He’d picked up a few supplies at the CVS other than her medicine, including a thermometer. A plan formed in his mind as he tore the slim object out of its package. Alice wouldn’t dare defy him again anytime soon.




Dark Without You is available on Amazon, Amazon UK, Barnes and Noble, and All Romance.


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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Yours for Christmas - Erotic Holiday Anthology


Yours for Christmas is now available on Amazon!  It's an erotic holiday anthology with four short stories by Sue Lyndon, Jennifer Conner, Vee Michaels, and Jennifer Cooper.  I'm so excited to be a part of this collection!


 
 
"Christmas with the Professor" by Sue Lyndon: Angela can't stop fantasizing about her former Psychology professor, Dr. Taylor. His commanding presence and deep, gravelly voice bring out the submissive girl inside her, the girl she left behind after her last Dom cast her aside. But is Dr. Taylor kinky? When she shows up at his house with fresh-baked Christmas cookies, she attempts to tease the Dom out of him and ends up getting much more than she bargained for - her heart softens to a man for the first time in years. She flees for the safety of her apartment expecting to spend the holidays alone licking her wounds. When an unexpected visitor comes knocking on Christmas morning, will she slam the door and continue to guard her heart? Or will she open herself up to a new year of possibilities?

"Christmas with Carol" by Jennifer Conner: Not only does Henry get his big break with the Christmas musical he's in, he will kiss Carol in the finale.  As the understudy, he's watched her sing and wanted to ask her out for the past year.

When things heat up enough to melt the winter snow between then, will Henry get a Christmas wish to spend his Christmas with Carol?

"Christmas Delivery" by Vee Michaels: Can Joanne have a merry Christmas with a busy job and loads of stress? She certainly can when love arrives as a special delivery. Spicy adult themes sure to warm you up on a cold winter's day.

"Send me the Pillow that you Dream On" by Jennifer Cooper: Lizzie Xavier comes home but with a heavy heart. Two things she’s not looking forward to, a Christmas without her mother and seeing Dean Swayze again, the only man that got her blood boiling and her veins searing with a desire so hot.


Yours for Christmas is available on Amazon and Amazon UK.

Friday, November 16, 2012

The Liebster Award...my questions, answers, and random facts!

I was nominated for The Liebster Award by Anastasia Vitsky.  Thanks for the nomination, Ana!

Here are the rules:

  • When one receives the award, one posts 11 random facts about oneself and answers the 11 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
  • Pass the award onto 11 other blogs (while making sure one notifies the blogger that one nominated them!)
  • One writes up 11 NEW questions directed towards YOUR nominees.
  • One is not allowed to nominate the blog who nominated one’s own blog!
  • One pastes the award picture into one’s blog. (You can google the image, there are plenty of them!)

  • Here are Ana's questions for me:

    1. What food did you dislike eating as a child?  Liver.  For some reason, my mom cooked it ALL THE TIME back in the day.  By all the time, I mean once a week.  I get chills thinking about it to this day.  LOL.
    2. What is your favorite Christmas song? Happy XMas (War is Over) by John Lennon.
    3. Who is your favorite Disney villain?  Ursula from The Little Mermaid.
    4. Do you like, dislike or not care about hearing spoilers for a story? Like.
    5. What is your favorite reading position? Under a blanket on the recliner.
    6. How many books do you have on your want-to-read list? Hundreds, most of them written in a little notebook I carry around.  I might have a problem.
    7. Have you ever “forgotten” to return a book to a friend or library because you loved it and wanted to keep it? Nope.  If I really like a book, I'll just go out and buy it:)
    8. Describe one of your spanking (real life or story) fantasies in 11 words or fewer. Heroine pretending to be sick, hero uses thermomoter, then discipline spanking. :)
    9. What is one of your pet peeves about spanking stories?  When the heroine is too bratty.
    10. Hulu, Amazon Prime streaming, TiVo, or Netflix? (or whatever else you use…)? Mostly Netflix, but we use Amazon Prime streaming sometimes.
    11. Your (uncensored) first response to finding out that I nominated you for this award? Uh oh, I better participate soon or Ana's going to hunt me down!  :)
    11 Random Facts about Sue:

    1.  In real life, I'm as introverted as they come.
    2.  In a few months, my husband and I will be celebrating our 10 year anniversary!
    3.  I recently quit the part-time, work-from-home job that I had for six years.  Now writing is my only gig (aside from being a wife and a mommy) and I couldn't be happier!
    4.  In high school, my bedroom was plastered with X-Files posters, including a few posters of Gillian Anderson in her underwear.
    5.  As I am typing this, I'm drinking black coffee from a Batman mug and thinking about stealing a piece of candy from my kids' Halloween stash.
    6.  My first published stories were science fiction written under my real name.  The last time I tried to write a science fiction story, the hero tied the heroine to the bed and kinkiness ensued.  Problem?  It's the sequel to a story that's already published under my real name.  Now it's sitting on my computer and I'm not sure what to do with it.  Do I dare?
    7.  I really want to self-publish one story next year.
    8.  I'm hoping to attend RomantiCon next year, and I'm also thinking of going to RNConvention.  Fingers crossed it works out for me:)
    9.  I have given into temptation and I am currently enjoying a fun size snickers bar.  Mmm.
    10..  The thought of flying terrifies me and I have never been on a plane before.  This is the main problem holding me back from registering for RNConvention 2013.  Driving from Maryland to Las Vegas isn't an option.
    11.  I hate heels and don't own a single pair.

    My nominees:  Rhonda Laurel, Denise WyantMilly Taiden, Jane Wakely, Avery Dawes, Joelle Casteel, Alta Hensley, Jade Cary, Paloma Beck, Patty Devlin, and Sharon Kleve

    My questions for them:

    1.  What is your favorite song?
    2.  What was the last thing you ate?
    3.  Do you prefer to read from a Kindle/Nook/etc. or a paper copy?
    4.  List your five favorite movies.
    5.  What writing project are you working on now?
    6.  Are you allergic to anything?
    7.  Do you have any real life stories that start with, "This one time at band camp..." ?
    8.  How do you handle telemarketers?  Do you hang up, politely say 'no thanks', or curse them to the depths of hell?
    9.  When was the last time you wrote someone a letter by hand and snail mailed it?
    10.  Besides writing, do you have any other artsy talents?
    11.  What's your favorite kind of candy?

    Monday, November 12, 2012

    Christmas with the Professor - New BDSM Erotic Romance Release!


    "Christmas with the Professor" is live on Amazon this morning!  I'm so excited.  Not only do I have a new release today, but a week from today marks my one year anniversary as a published author.  Yes, that's right, last year at this time I didn't have a single title available on Amazon or B&N.  I feel blessed to have developed a relationship with several fabulous publishers  since then - Books to Go Now, Etopia Press, Blushing Books, and LazyDay Publishing.  I also feel blessed to have met so many wonderful authors, readers, and bloggers during the past year.  Hugs and kisses to you all:)


    Angela can't stop fantasizing about her former Psychology professor, Dr. Taylor. His commanding presence and deep, gravelly voice bring out the submissive girl inside her, the girl she left behind after her last Dom cast her aside. But is Dr. Taylor kinky? When she shows up at his house with fresh-baked Christmas cookies, she attempts to tease the Dom out of him and ends up getting much more than she bargained for - her heart softens to a man for the first time in years. She flees for the safety of her apartment expecting to spend the holidays alone licking her wounds. When an unexpected visitor comes knocking on Christmas morning, will she slam the door and continue to guard her heart? Or will she open herself up to a new year of possibilities?

    Excerpt:

    He guided me through the house, up a flight of stairs and into a massive bedroom with a four poster king-size bed that rested ridiculously high off the floor. Like the rest of his house, the room was immaculate. Everything appeared to have its place, and I shuddered to think how exacting Dr. Taylor would be with me. He wasn’t the type to compromise, and I felt a new surge of fear.

    Face to face in the center of the dim room, I lifted my chin and tried not to let my nervousness get the best of me. Maybe I should sink to my knees. His face was unreadable, again, and I shriveled under his piercing gaze. But when he spoke, his words nearly caused me to bolt for the stairs.

    “Go bend over the bed, legs spread wide, and pull your bottom cheeks apart. Now, pet."

    No, no, no. I couldn’t do it.

    He was asking too much of me, too soon. I’d expected us to begin slowly, but instead he’d jumped twelve steps ahead by issuing a command so brazen it left me rooted to the floor. Why did he have to test me right off the bat?

    “Dr. Taylor — Sir — please, I don’t think —”

    “What’s the problem, pet?” he cut me off and took a step back, as if he was giving me more room to complete the impossible task.

    I hugged myself and stared at the floor. What the hell had I gotten myself into?

    “You have five seconds. Don’t think. Just do it.” He snapped his fingers again, causing me to wince.

    Mentally, I counted down, five, four, three, two, one. I hadn’t moved an inch in the direction of the bed. Crap. Would he throw my clothes at me and tell me to go home?

    “Bad girl.” Disappointment reflected in his eyes.

    A board beneath his feet creaked as he walked behind me, shaking his head in disapproval. My heart lurched. One large hand squeezed my right bottom cheek, and his fingers dug into my flesh hard. Guilt seized me, crashing over me like a violent wave taking me under. I’d disobeyed Dr. Taylor.


    "Christmas with the Professor" is available on Amazon US and Amazon UK.  You can also borrow it free through Amazon Prime.  It will be available on Barnes and Noble and other ebook retailers in a few weeks. :)

    Saturday, November 10, 2012

    She finds passion as his prisoner - RULES OF WAR


    Today's six sentences come from my erotic spanking romance novella Rules of War. I'm working on the first round of edits for it right now, so I thought I'd share a snippet today.

    In the following scene, Emma is trying to resist her new husband, John, because she doesn't want to consummate their marriage.  Of course she has a very good reason for that, as you're about to read:)


    He stroked her hair and her endorphins went into overdrive. She’d always enjoyed when her lovers played with her hair. Damn, John. Leaning over her body, he placed a hand on her bare leg, and his touch ignited a sweltering fire of passion she didn’t know she possessed. Good God, what was wrong with her? She was his prisoner, dammit, and this was wrong, so wrong.




    Rules of War will be released on January 2nd with LazyDay Publishing.  I can't wait!

    My other erotic spanking romance books are A Firm Husband, Karyn and the Crigon, Mountain Devil, and Dark Without You.

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    Friday, November 9, 2012

    Christmas with the Professor ~ Cover Reveal and Blurb!


     
    I have a new BDSM erotic romance coming out soon called "Christmas with the Professor."  It's a short story that will be available as a single release and also included in Books to Go Now's Spicy Holiday Anthology.  I'm so excited to share the cover and the blurb today!
     
     
     
    A guarded heart. One Dom determined to break inside.
     
    Angela can't stop fantasizing about her former Psychology professor, Dr. Taylor.  His commanding presence and deep, gravelly voice bring out the submissive girl inside her, the girl she left behind after her last Dom cast her aside. But is Dr. Taylor kinky?  When she shows up at his house with fresh-baked Christmas cookies, she attempts to tease the Dom out of him and ends up getting much more than she bargained for - her heart softens to a man for the first time in years.  She flees for the safety of her apartment expecting to spend the holidays alone licking her wounds.  When an unexpected visitor comes knocking on Christmas morning, will she slam the door and continue to guard her heart?  Or will she open herself up to a new year of possibilities?


    "Christmas with the Professor" will be released very, very soon.  I'll keep you updated!  My other erotic BDSM reads that are currently available are Valentine Submission, Tessa's Submission, and Snowed in with Santa.


    xoxo

    Sue

    P.S.  Today is also LOL 7 (Love Our Lurkers Day 7) within the spanking blogger community.  Please visit My Bottom Smarts for more info and a list of participating blogs.  :)
     

    Wednesday, November 7, 2012

    The Next Big Thing: Authors Tagging Authors


    I was tagged by Constance Masters, Rhonda Laurel, and Jade Cary in the Next Big Thing:  Authors Tagging Authors...also known as the WIP Blog Hop.  Thanks for the tag, ladies!

    Here are the rules:
    • Give credit to the person/blog that tagged you
    • Post the rules for this hop
    • Answer these ten questions about your current WIP (Work In Progress) on your blog
    • Tag five other writers/bloggers and add their links so we can hop over and meet them.

    1. What is the working title of your book?

    Christmas with the Professor

    2. What genre does the book fall under?

    BDSM erotic romance

    3. Which actors would you choose to play your characters for the movie rendition?

    Hmm...is it too much to ask for Joe Manganiello and Natalie Portman?  Because I'd sure like to see those two go at it:)

    4. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

    A guarded heart.  One Dom determined to break inside.

    5. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

    Christmas with the Professor will be published by Books to Go Now.  It will be released as a single story and also published in an anthology with other erotic holiday stories.

    6. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

    It's a short story, so it took about a week to complete the first draft.

    7. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

    Oh my, me compare my book to another story within my genre?  Nope, not gonna do it!  Too weird.

    8. Who or what inspired you to write this book?

    I was invited to write a short story for a spicy holiday anthology from Books to Go Now, so I began jotting down ideas immediately.  I've always wanted to write a story that took place between a student and teacher and decided to give it a try.  Christmas with the Professor is a little different than most teacher-student stories though because the student is a non-traditional student (she's older than all her classmates) and she suspects Dr. Taylor is kinky.

    9. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

    It's a story about healing and learning to feel again after experiencing a tremendous heartache.  Oh, and there's plenty of romance and BDSM for all you kinky folks out there:)

    Question #10

    Tag, you’re it!

    I ’tagged’ the following authors:

    1.  Renee Rose
    2.  Anastasia Vitsky
    3.  Avery Dawes
    4.  Adaline Raine
    5.  Patty Devlin

    Monday, November 5, 2012

    Vanishing Reviews on Amazon: A Threat to Authors, Reviewers, and Readers


    When I first joined Facebook and Twitter as Sue Lyndon a little over a year ago, I didn't have much to say.  I had a few stories under contract that weren't yet published, but I knew it was important to get my feet wet in social networking.  Since I'm an avid reader, I decided to start reviewing all those books I was reading.  I'm sure I talked about other things, but what I remember most was reviewing books and getting to know other authors and readers with similar interests. 

    Eventually I started to receive review requests from authors.  I was floored!  Of course I didn't review every book sent my way.  If the book wasn't up my alley or I read it and couldn't get into it, I politely declined the review request.  As an almost published author, it didn't feel right to leave a scathing review for a book I didn't enjoy.  So I focused on the books I enjoyed, those worthy of 4 and 5 stars in my opinion.

    After my first ebooks were published and I was officially an author, I continued to write reviews of the books I read and enjoyed.  I try to post my reviews on Amazon, Amazon UK, B&N, and Goodreads.  If an author requests I post a review on another site, I'm always happy to do it.  After all, it's important we support each other, right?  I certainly believe so.  But according to Amazon, I've been a very naughty girl.  You see, Amazon thinks it's a conflict of interest for me to write a book review because according to them I'm a direct competitor to other authors since I'm also an author.  The reviews I've written could be deleted at any time without warning.  At least that's one theory I read about in this LA Times article that's been tweeted like crazy for the past two days:  Why is Amazon deleting writers' reviews of other authors' books?

    As a reviewer, I haven't lost any of the ninety reviews I've left on Amazon so far.  I've been checking every day and I'm totally paranoid that one day I'll wake up to find all the honest reviews I took the time to write have vanished.  The account I write book reviews under is the same account I use to purchase Kindle books, but it's also an Amazon author account.  If that's not a red flag according to the rules they have recently decided to enforce, I don't know what is.  Frankly, I'm surprised my reviews haven't been deleted yet, especially since I'm also an Amazon top reviewer.  My only hope as a reviewer is that since the majority of the ebooks I review are "verified purchases" and I also review products occasionally, maybe they won't delete the reviews I've written.  Time will tell.  As I said before, I'm quite paranoid.  Big Brother is watching.

    As an author, I have lost four reviews on my ebooks during the last two weeks.  Three reviews were deleted from A Firm Husband and one review was deleted from Tessa's Submission.  Guess what?  I didn't solicit a single review for either of those books and I had no clue who the readers were who left the destined-to-be-deleted reviews, yet for some reason Amazon chose to delete those reviews.  After I noticed the missing reviews, I found many authors, mostly indie authors, discussing the topic of vanishing reviews in an Amazon author forum.  I realized I wasn't alone and eventually came across the LA Times article two days ago.

    Now I'll admit that I've seen fishy reviews left on Amazon before.  I'm talking about reviews that were written by family members of the author, or even by the author himself under numerous accounts.  That isn't cool.  If a book has dozens of five star reviews and not a single four, three, two, or one star, alarm bells ring in my head.  Those are the reviews that should truly be deleted because they are indeed biased.

    Amazon, please don't delete the honest reviews I've written.  Yes, I am a direct competitor to the authors whose books I've reviewed, but I don't review books as a writer.  I review books as a reader.  Authors work hard at their job and if I want to leave a review for a book I liked or didn't like, then I should be able to do it under the pseudonym I've been using.  What you are doing right now, Amazon, feels a bit like a witch hunt.

    Amazon, please implement a better system for locating and deleting suspect reviews.  A lot of authors, especially indie authors, are losing valid reviews and getting burned.  I've seen many authors complaining that with vanishing reviews, their book sales are dropping.  If the deleted reviews in these cases were indeed valid, this is unacceptable.

    Lastly, Amazon, please don't screw readers out of the ability to read valid reviews.

    I'd love to hear other opinions about this topic, including any personal experiences.  Please feel free chime in with a comment below!  :)

    Thursday, November 1, 2012

    Wrapping Up Spank or Treat

    Yesterday was the last day of the Spank or Treat Blog Hop.  It was so much fun!  I loved reading all the spanking stories as well as all the comments left by readers.

    The winner of the $10 Amazon gift card on my blog was Cassandra H.  Congrats, Cassandra!  And a big thank you to everyone who visited my blog to participate by reading Bad Kitty and answering the story question.

    To find out who the winners of the other individual blog contests are, visit Ana's blog.

    The grand prize winners are Blondie ($50 gift certificate to Blushing Books), Minelle ($25 gift certificate to Eden's Fantasy donated by Starla Kaye), and Kelsey ($10 Amazon gift card donated by Stormy Nights Publishing).  Congrats to all the winners!

    We are already thinking about doing a similar blog hop for Valentine's Day.  It appears more free spanking stories are on the horizon!

    xoxo

    Sue