Sunday, September 17, 2017

Dirty Dealings - Zeta Cartel Series By AJ Adams

  Title: Dirty Dealings
Series: Zeta Cartel #3
By: AJ Adams
Publication Date: June 28, 2016
Genre: Dark Suspenseful Romance
I could’ve fucking strangled her. She knew it too because she stepped away quickly. “Touch me and I’ll have you!” she snarled.

“Bruja mala leche! What the fuck do you think you’re playing at! You can’t push me around!”

“Sure I can.” Her eyes were slate grey, the same colour as the sky, and just as cold. “I need help, and you’re going to give it.”

“What the hell are you talking about?”

“I’ve got a situation. I need someone who isn’t afraid of murder and mayhem.”

I should have charmed her, offered to help and maybe it would have settled it, but I was too mad to even consider it. “Help you? Over my dead body!”

She shrugged. “We can do it that way, too.” She took out her phone. “I’ll call you soon, hopefully within the hour. If you still refuse, I call Smith.” The eyes were hard. “I’d rather not shop you, because I hate that bastard, but I will if you make me.”

I gave her my number. I mean, I wanted to kill her, but in London they notice things like bodies in the street. Especially if you’re careless enough to do it in broad daylight next to a cop shop.

Quique is having a bad time. Back in Mexico his marriage has fallen apart and his wife has made him a laughing stock by cheating on him. Now he’s in London and finding himself out of his depth with a complex commercial deal. To make things worse, Natalia Truelove, a chef and pub manager, is blackmailing him. Quique is ready to commit murder and he’s pretty sure who his first victim will be.

Warning: Dirty Dealings contains strong adult language and themes as well as graphic violence and sex scenes.

AJ Adams is a Scottish-Dutch author currently living in Malaysia. In her regular life she is a columnist and feature writer. She works from home, where she is closely snoopervised by cats, Target, Guido and Swooner.

Friday, September 15, 2017

The Prydain Novels are going into KU

Over the next few days I'm taking Beast, The Beast and the Sybil, and Fletcher and putting them all into Kindle Unlimited.

I'm making the move for several reasons: sales are very, very slow outside of Amazon. I'm finding retailers hiding my books even from title searches. 

Also, retailers like B&N and Kobo are removing books with sexual content without notice or reason. All my books are labelled but from what I see, that doesn't seem to matter if you're an indie author.

I don't want to be caught out, so I'm taking a risk and putting the Prydain books into Amazon. If it all goes pear-shaped, I'll rethink the decision.

If you already have a Prydain novel, it should stay in your library. But if you haven't yet bought them, and you're not an Amazon customer, be quick and snap them up now!

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Saturday, September 9, 2017

Dark Hunter Release Delayed Due To Extreme Weather

Don’t kill me but....with the chaos caused by the floods and hurricanes, I’m pushing back the dates for Dark Hunter by a few weeks.

Donna and Stephanie from Words Turn Me On will do the Cover Reveal on Thursday 5th October

And Tracy from Be My Book Boyfriend will do the pre-order blitz on Thursday 12th October.

Then we release on Friday 27th October.

I’m so sorry. I’ve never delayed a launch before, but with these disasters, it’s unavoidable.

If you’re in the path of these super storms, know I’m thinking of you and when you get back online, post so we know you’re safe?

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

If you're on KU, read the Los Zetas Cartel novels for free!

What Amazon Reviewers Are Saying

"A page turner that became an obsession"
Sandra Hould 

"The men are strong, dark and violent alpha H's who love their women. The women are feisty, survivors who make their men better people."
Badger 88

"Romance, violence, murder, and mayhem..."
The Color of Ink 

Thursday, August 31, 2017

When authors threaten reviewers...

I got an email this morning raging about a three star notice and threatening to post fake review on my titles. So this is what I’m doing about it... 

Every time someone reviews one of my books on Amazon, I get an automated message. If I’m doing a review tour, I go round instantly because I asked someone for their time and I’m grateful. 

If they loved it, I say . I also share and promote that review over FB, Goodreads, my blog and anywhere that will take me.

If they didn’t love it, I say, “I’m sorry you didn’t like it. Better luck next time!” but I don’t share the review via social media because I’m not a damn idiot.

I read all critical and negative reviews to see if there’s something I should be doing to improve on my work. There was an early notice of The Bonus that said I needed my characters to talk more. I took that to heart. There was a recent review of The Beast and The Sibyl that said the title was too obscure. That’s another good lesson.

In fact, the best thing I’ve done is to invite my newsletter friends to tell me how to improve my work. They were fabulous and I’m grateful for their honesty. Writing is a hard business and when you get straight-from-the-shoulder feedback, it’s a blessing.

Of course in amongst the pearls are the odd comments, like, “I never give more than three stars to an indie novel.” Those are outliers I ignore.

What’s more difficult is when someone just didn’t go nuts over my work. It’s a bit of a let-down but it’s okay. I wish they’d loved it but hey, you can’t please everyone.

Because all reviews impact on an author’s overall Amazon rank, book tour reviewers sometimes message to say, “I can’t rave over your book” and then offer not to post.

In those cases, I insist that they publish. Why?

First, all opinions matter. I don’t approve of stifling free speech.

Second, publishers game the system by rigging positive professional reviews. Until e-publishing, almost all notices were five star raves.  It’s just part of the industry but I’m glad that we now have independent reviewers.

Okay, after a bad review I do miss the days when it was all 100% rah-rah-rah. I’m human. But transparency is helpful for readers and I think it’s better in the long run for authors too.

Third, reviewers have their own followers. In fact, those who take part in tours, are bloggers, or who are avid Goodreads participants have hundreds of fans.

It’s nice when they endorse you, but even their critical notices can be helpful. Like I know that when my mate Jenn says a book is too dark for her that I’m going to love it. But if NilePrincess says a book is excellently dark, then it’s too dark for me.

So back to that evil email. I review on NetGalley. Recently I gave a history book three stars because I couldn’t make head or tail of it. Actually, I couldn’t finish it. I wrote that the research was great but it needed a lot of work. 

Now the author, a complete stranger, is lambasting me for giving an honest opinion and threatening to write fake revenge reviews for my books.

My first thought was that he’s a damn fool. If I were the kind of person who’d forward that email, it would get him booted by his publisher, Amazon, and Goodreads. It would also ruin his personal reputation. Luckily for him, I’m ignoring it.

I did go to Goodreads to see if I was the odd voice out. After all, it’s just my opinion and so it’s good to do a reality check. But as it turns out, the other reviews are also three and two stars. On Amazon, the one positive review comes from a publisher and the other is also three stars, and critical like mine.

The take-away is this. I do get it. It’s hard to see that your work isn’t hitting the spot. But frankly, writing is a difficult job, and negative reviews are part of the business. Readers have a right to express their opinion and as long as it’s an honest one, you shut your trap and respect it.

Threats and tantrums just aren’t on.

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Have you seen Marissa's new dark novel?

If you like very dark romance, you've probably heard of Life of Anna. Well, Marissa has been busy and she's bringing out a new book. Here's the release!

Welcome back to the world of The Brotherhood...

Sabrina Mansfield is compelled to be a professional ballerina for reasons she can’t explain. Ballet grounds her, completes her like no other activity, and attending dance camp in Boston is more than a dream come true. Her summer is full of amazing experiences, dancing, and laughter.
She didn’t expect to fall in love…
When Christopher “Chase” Ralston graduates at the top of his class from West Point, his only aspiration is to follow in his late father’s footsteps and join the elite Green Berets. He expects to spend his summer leave visiting with family and friends before heading off for training.
Love is the last thing on his mind, but a glimpse of a young woman has him questioning his desire to remain single.
Banished because he dared to become more than human, Vamar Thilduri has been waiting, plotting his revenge against Kronos, the father of the Immortals, for two thousand years.
Nothing and no one will stand in the way of what he wants.
And he wants Sabrina.

***Please note this book is considered dark erotica. If you don’t like, or are uncomfortable with, dark, taboo, twisted subjects, this is probably not the story for you.***


Available NOW!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

The blurb for Dark Hunter

Okay, tell me what you think of this as a blurb for Dark Hunter, a Zeta cartel novel....

Rip Marston is a merciless killing machine. After a decade of hunting his prey, Rip joins the Zetas. The job offers protection and a new killing field but even the cartel are wary of having a monster in their midst.

Coming across a badly beaten unconscious girl, Rip sees an opportunity. Posing as her saviour will please the cartel - and provide him with his very own helpless captive.

Isabella Maria Franco is beautiful, wilful and used to making hard choices. Having grown up in the comfortable but lethal embrace of the Gulf cartel, she rejected a life of violence. But when a dark presence from her past returns, her world falls apart.

Betrayed and beaten, she escapes, only to find herself in a living nightmare. Surrounded by her enemies, one man stands between her and death. Terrified by her sadistic captor, she has little choice but to submit.

But embracing his darkness leads to consequences neither anticipated.

WARNING: This book contains explicit scenes of dubious consent, graphic violence, sex and probably every trigger you can think of.

Would you buy it?