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How to get bargain erotica and romance

Posted 24 March 2014 By Polly J Adams

Captive at the Billionaires' Sex Club - bargain eroticaIf you’ve been following me on Facebook, Twitter or here on my blog, you’ll have seen a number of cut-price sales over the last few months. I just thought I’d post some notes on how to make sure you don’t miss these offers for bargain erotica and romance, but first a short explanation of the rationale.

The team at my publishers James Grieve Press follow a standard pricing model, so most of my titles are set at $2.99 and upwards. This is based on what’s normal for the market: $3.99 for a short novel seems like a pretty good deal, for example – not much more than the price of a coffee, and it’s around the bottom end of what most publishers are charging (Hell, some of the trad publishers are still charging $10 for an ebook!).

There are a few exceptions, though. In particular:

  • Series openers: what better way to hook readers into a series than give them the first volume for free or at a mere 99c? With this, we’re trusting to quality: if you read book one, we really hope you enjoy it enough to buy the rest.
  • Short-term sales: if you’re reading this you’re special – you’re part of that small segment of readership that interacts with authors and publishers. The vast majority don’t do this: they just want the books. The way this works for short-term offers is a small spike in sales can make a big difference to visibility at places like Amazon: by making unprofitable offers available to readers like you, publishers can generate those little spikes that make their titles more visible to all the other readers, and this effect lingers after the price goes back to normal.
  • Launch price: books often open at a low price to get exactly that kind of visibility boost on publication.

So how do you spot these sales?

  • All my new titles are published at a low introductory price for a few days. The best way to spot these is to sign up for my mailing lists: follow these links to sign up for my Polly J Adams / PJ Adams erotica and erotic romance mailing list, and, under my other writing name, my Ruby Fielding shifter and paranormal erotic romance mailing list.
  • Short-term sales tend to move quickly: I don’t generally bother my mailing lists with them as they might be over if a reader leaves it a couple of days before clicking on a link (for example, my current cut-price offer is the complete box-set of the very explicit erom The Wings of Desire for only 99c – get in quick!). Mailing list subscribers often have these books already, too. The best way to pick up on these sales is to follow me on social media:
    • Polly J Adams (erotica and erotic romance) on Facebook and Twitter
    • Ruby Fielding (shifter and paranormal erotic romance) on Facebook
  • Series openers: here are some of my cut-price series openers:
    • The Object of His Desire by PJ Adams - bargain erotic romanceThe Object of His Desire 1: Wanted by PJ Adams – FREE
      When Trudy goes to her estranged brother’s wedding, the last thing she expects is one of those moments: a handsome stranger, their eyes meeting across a crowded room… a tempting, but dangerous stranger. Determined to find out more, she discovers that dark secrets bind him to her brother; she also learns that he’s the kind of man who gets what he wants, and what he wants right now is Trudy.
      Amazon.comAmazon.co.uk
    • Captive at the Billionaires’ Sex Club by Polly J Adams – 99 cents
      When Kate decided to spend the summer as a waitress at parties for the super-rich, she knew she would be moving in circles she’d never encountered before – a completely different world. It turned out to be a world of depravity and pure unbridled lust she had never even dreamed about. That summer, she discovered the Billionaires? Sex Club. An explicit story of bondage, dubious consent and more.
      Amazon.comAmazon.co.uk
    • Lone Wolf by Ruby Fielding - bargain shifter eroticaLone Wolf (Shifters’ World 1) by Ruby Fielding – FREE
      She lives alone in a world destroyed by plagues, the Shifters’ World: a world where you can’t trust anything, particularly strangers. When a man appears on her territory, she is right to be wary. She’s right not to trust the powerful urges he inspires in her. The first story in a powerfully sensuous, and very explicit, shape-changer series.
      Amazon.comAmazon.co.uk

As I say, my publishers are following fairly standard pricing models, and these special offers are a part of that. I can’t guarantee that every author and publisher operates exactly the same way when publicizing these deals, but it’s a safe bet that you’ll get far more great deals if you follow these simple rules: sign up for mailing lists, and follow your favorite authors on Facebook and Twitter.

And did I mention my current offer for the complete box-set of the very explicit erom The Wings of Desire? It’s been cut to 99c, but the deal will be available for a few days only.

The Wings of Desire by Polly J Adams - bargain eroticaThe Wings of Desire
All eight stories in bestselling erotica author Polly J Adams’ very explicit erotic romance series, Knee-tremblers and Indulgence, brought together in a single volume. Two series following one woman’s journey from an adulterous relationship with a close friend’s husband, to exploring her sexuality at a country-mansion sex club with its enigmatic owner. Eight sizzlingly explicit tales of sexual adventure, exploration and desire.

 

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More 99cents erotica offers

Posted 13 March 2014 By Polly J Adams

Sale price available for a few days only!

99 cent offer on two erotica titles:

Bad Again

Bad Again by Polly J AdamsJess has been bad again, and this is her story: the story of a girl who just can’t say no.

Away from her husband on a business trip, Jess bumps into an old flame. When he promises to make up for his previous bad behaviour, Jess is skeptical. But when the offer involves not just the old flame but one of his colleagues too it seems rude to refuse… Having sex with two men at once is a fantasy for lots of women, but for Jess it is about to become a reality.

A very adult tale of sexual exploration from the author of Easy as One, Two, Three, Private Party and The Virgin and the Three Brothers. This book contains scenes of an explicit sexual nature, including cheating wives, group sex, anal sex, and oral sex, and is for an adult audience only.

Includes complete bonus story Forbidden Fruit.

Offer price available from:

 

Captive at the Billionaires’ Sex Club

Captive at the BillionairesWhen Kate Vale decided to spend the summer as a waitress at parties for the super-rich, she knew she would be moving in circles she’d never encountered before – a completely different world.

It turned out to be a world she had never even dreamed about.

A world of depravity, of pure unbridled lust; a world of control and submission, of pleasure and pain, a world where the boundaries between the pleasure and the pain blurred, shifted, vanished.

That summer, she discovered a new Kate, one she?d never even known existed, one that would have shocked her rigid if she?d been aware of it before those few weeks working in the Hamptons.

That summer, she discovered the Billionaires? Sex Club.

An explicit story of bondage, dubious consent, multiple partners and more from the bestselling author of Bad Again and Taken at the Club.

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Stolen Desire by Tina DonohueYour latest title, Stolen Desire, is the fourth book in your Outlawed Realm paranormal erotica series from Samhain. Is it a standalone, or should it be read as part of that series?

Although Stolen Desire is a standalone in that it wraps up the story of the major characters, it’s also Book Four of my Outlawed Realm series. Reading it as part of the series certainly adds richness to the plot. The other titles in the series are:

Unending DesireBook One

Illicit DesireBook Two

Shameless DesireBook Three

Stolen Desire tells the story of recently single Paige Ross – one minute standing outside a Seattle bar and the next she’s waking up in what’s described as a candlelit room looking something like Satan’s brothel… Tell us more!

This series is an erotic paranormal/sci-fi. I’ve established in the first three books that there are five dimensions on earth, one on top of each other – like this graphic:

 The Multiverse

 

Wikipedia

E1, Earth as we know it, is the top layer, closest to the sun, followed by E2, E3, etc. beneath it. Because of time differentials, the inhabitants of one realm don’t know the others exist, unless they cross over through a portal. Guards on E4 have discovered this and are travelling to E1 to capture women for use as sexual slaves. One of them grabs Paige in Seattle and she wakes up in that room on E5, a dimension of fire and ice. Naturally, she freaks out. Especially when Zekin comes to rescue her. She doesn’t know who he is, but she has to trust him in order to escape and survive!

Is there more to come from the Outlawed Realm? (Please say ‘yes’!)

As long as my fans want more, I’ll definitely write more of the series. J

There seems to be a trend emerging for erotica and romance that gets pretty dark. Does the Outlawed Realm series fit into this trend? How do you balance the darkness with other aspects in your storytelling?

If you mean BDSM, the only book in the series that comes close to that is Illicit Desire, which takes place on E4 where there’s a Pleasure Palace and sexual slaves. However, the BDSM isn’t a huge part of the story. The romance between Lukan and Arez, and their struggle to escape, is the main ingredient.

Seven Sensual Days by Tina DonohueYour other new title is Seven Sensuous Days (from Ellora’s Cave), this one a contemporary story of a woman up for auction. Perhaps you would tell us a little more about this one, too, while we have the opportunity?

Gladly. Seven Sensuous Days is Book Four in my Appointment with Pleasure series. Tessa works for an escort agency that caters to the rich and powerful in Washington, DC. Although Tessa is pretty, she’s also voluptuous (like that redheaded babe in Mad Men), and has always considered herself too full-figured. It’s shaken her confidence. She’s not certain any of the guys at the auction will even bid on her. When Logan does, it stops Tessa dead. She’s had her eye on him from the start. His rugged good looks and commanding presence take her breath away. He’s a man who’s lost everything and only wants to have fun now, to forget. That is, until he meets Tessa. She changes his world.

The other books in the series are:

Claiming MagiqueBook One

Losing ControlBook Two

Illicit IntentBook Three

How do you manage to juggle all the eggs, switching from genre to genre and series to series?

It’s really not that difficult. I write one book at a time, and once I’m into the plot, I really don’t think about anything else until that story’s finished.

What’s the worst thing about the writer’s life? And the best?

Worst thing: All the promo a writer is expected to do. I’d like to spend all of my time writing. Unfortunately, you have to get out the word on your books, so promo takes up a good chunk of my time.

Best thing: Living in someone else’s head, doing all the exciting and erotic things I’d never dare do in my real life.

Are you active online and in social media? How do you like to interact with your readers?

Absolutely. I’m on FB, Twitter, LI. I own Sweet n Sexy Divas, a blog about romance. I’m one of the resident authors at Romance Books 4 Us. It’s a rare day when I’m not online interacting with readers and authors.

Here are my links:

Email: tina@tinadonahue.com

Website: http://www.tinadonahue.com/

Blog: http://www.tinadonahue.com/blog/

Twitter: http://twitter.com/tinadonahue

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/tina.donahue.75

FB Fanpage: https://www.facebook.com/TinaDonahueBooks

Triberr: http://triberr.com/tinadonahue

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/authortina/my-books/

Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/author/tinadonahue

My page at TRR: http://erotic.theromancereviews.com/mypageprofile.php?location=tinadonahue

Does input from readers ever influence your work – in plotting, or in choosing what to work on next?

I always listen to my audience, because I want to please them. However, that can become difficult. Whereas one group of fans likes the ultra-erotic aspects of a story, the other group might want it to be closer to sweet. I’ve learned long ago I can’t please everyone. I do whatever I can to tell the best story possible.

What are readers asking for next, and what will we see from you next?

I’ve had many fans ask me to write Ronnie and Wallace’s story. They’re the continuing characters in my Appointment with Pleasure series. I’m still trying to figure out how to do that since their romance is pretty well established in the other books.

I’ve also had readers ask about a sequel to my Samhain release The Yearning. That’s definitely doable, and I’m still thinking about plot points for it. 🙂

About Tina:

Tina DonohueTina Donahue is an award-winning, bestselling novelist in erotic, paranormal, contemporary and historical romance for Samhain Publishing, Ellora’s Cave, and Kensington. Booklist, Publisher’s Weekly, Romantic Times and numerous online sites have praised her work. Three of her erotic romances (Adored, Lush Velvet Nights, and Deep, Dark, Delicious) were named finalists in the 2011 EPIC competition. The French review site, Blue Moon reviews, chose her erotic romance Sensual Stranger as their Book of the Year 2010 (erotic category). The Golden Nib Award at Miz Love Loves Books was created specifically for Lush Velvet Nights, and two of her titles (The Yearning and Deep, Dark, Delicious) received an Award of Merit in the RWA Holt Medallion competition (2011 and 2012). Take Me Away and Adored both won second place in the NEC RWA contest (different years). Tina is featured in the 2012 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market. She was the editor of an award–winning Midwestern newspaper and worked in Story Direction for a Hollywood production company.

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Is three a crowd? The ins and outs of group sex.

Posted 6 March 2014 By Polly J Adams

Over on the One Handed Writers’ Blog I’ve posted about the appeal of group sex:

Let’s get together: the ins and outs of group sex

It’s a topic that clearly works for me, judging by the number of group sex titles I’ve written!

Here are a few of them:

bsc-boxsetThe Billionaires’ Sex Club
When Kate Vale decided to spend the summer as a waitress at parties for the super-rich, she didn’t expect to be plunged into a world of depravity and pure unbridled lust. All three Billionaires’ Sex Club novelettes in one volume. Explicit stories of bondage, dubious consent, multiple partners and more from the bestselling author of Bad Again and Wings of Desire. (The Billionaires’ Sex Club at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo)

Anonymous: Seduced by Strangers (Erotica Boxed Set)
Skin on skin, tangled limbs, the touch of a stranger… A club for billionaires with almost every desire imaginable. A simple tweet that leads to a flash mob like no other. A birthday treat for a woman who wants it all. Anonymous: a big and explicit boxed set of stories featuring liaisons with strangers, spontaneous pick-ups and the wildest of parties. (Anonymous: Seduced by Strangers (Erotica Boxed Set) at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo)

Working Girl: the complete set
A good girl from a small town family, Beth Masters is seduced by her wealthy boss on her first day. The loss of her virginity is the first step on a journey that leads her to discover a totally unsuspected side to her nature. A story full of sex with her wealthy bosses and complete strangers, a world of cuckoldry and sexual adventure as Beth discovers what kind of a girl she really is. (Working Girl: the complete set at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo)

twod-boxsetThree’s Company
If three’s company, then what’s a crowd? Three stories of multiple partners, threesomes and group sex from the bestselling author of Bad Again and The Billionaires’ Sex Club. These stories are very explicit, and for a mature audience only. The stories in this bundle are The Virgin and the Three Brothers, Lizzie and Cara… Make Three, and Flash Mob Gangbang. (Three’s Company at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo)

The Wings of Desire: all eight Knee-tremblers and Indulgence stories in one volume
All eight stories in bestselling erotica author Polly J Adams’ very explicit erotic romance series, Knee-tremblers and Indulgence, brought together in a single volume. Two series following one woman’s journey from an adulterous relationship with a close friend’s husband, to exploring her sexuality at a country-mansion sex club with its enigmatic owner. Eight sizzlingly explicit tales of sexual adventure, exploration and desire. (The Wings of Desire: all eight Knee-tremblers and Indulgence stories in one volume at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo)

And there are many more listed on the group sex and multiple partners page of my website!

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