I've seen the posts about authors behaving badly, and I know some writers participate in nasty stuff like paying for five-star reviews, sending minions out to flag or bully people who write low reviews, or messaging scathing little notes to bloggers who don't say something satisfactorily enough about their stories. This sickens me. Not only does it give all authors a bad name, but it's cheating! While these authors are out there controlling what's being said about their books and upsetting the amazing blogging world, other authors are receiving lower or fewer yet honest ratings. It makes it impossible for readers to know what to believe when they see reviews, and that's just not right. It's bad for bloggers, authors, readers...just everyone.
I cannot express in words what an honor and thrill it is to see a brand new, unprompted review pop up for one of my stories. To know that someone voluntarily chose my book above others to entertain them for a spell and then go a step further to write down their thoughts and feelings about it....it's just...it's an amazing feeling. Doesn't matter if it was a good or bad review; they gave me a chance, and I love and appreciate that! My job is to put my heart and soul into writing the best story I can; everyone else's job is to sit back, relax, and take away whatever they want from it.
So...doing this is my guarantee to you that if anyone so chooses to read, review, promote, or even mention my next book, it's because they want to freely and honestly with no censor, prompting, bullying or otherwise harassment from me.
Another reason - Not too long ago, I received a message from someone telling me one of my incredibly close online friends was involved in pirating my stories. When I confronted the friend about it, she thought maybe I'd been sent this message because someone was jealous of her for always getting early copies from me. I thought that was crazy. I'm not any kind of popular, big-name bestselling author. Who gives that big a whoop about plain ol’ me? But if leveling the playing field and making sure everyone starts out with a fair, equal opportunity will avoid future heartbreak and drama for me, then that's what I'm going to do.
Then I came to find out, the pirating had most likely come from someone else but still someone I'd given an ARC to (I don’t have one hundred percent concrete evidence which person actually did it), so...that decided the issue for me. Ebooks will only be coming from me in the form of a gift through Amazon, Barnes and Noble or iBooks. I know there are still ways to pirate and share those versions, but at least they'll have to put a tad more effort into it if they do.
This way, everyone has the same chance as everyone else to win the story, and winners aren't required to read, review or even look at the book again if they don't wish to! They'll have to work a little harder for it if they want to become involved in criminal activities, and...they won't be getting an earlier copy than anyone else because I hit publish a few minutes ago; it'll be available early...sometime within the next few hours to the next few days.
There are still great things about the book world, a couple controlling authors, thieving readers, and rude cover models notwithstanding. It's a place for escape, adventure and happily ever after, and that's the part I'm going to continue to celebrate and enjoy!
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Thank you so much for your time!
Hugs, Linda Kay
PricelessForbidden Men, Book 8
|New Adult Romance|
FORBIDDEN MEN Book 8
ISBN : 9781519008152
Length : 106,000 words
Available : 21 May 2016
In Ebook and in print
Three things in my life were fact.
I needed Sarah to survive.
I needed sex to remain sane.
And I could never mix sex with Sarah.
I just knew—deep in my marrow—that if I did, I’d somehow lose her. All my deepest darkest secrets would crack open, bleed out, and ruin everything between us. I wouldn’t unleash the shit inside me on my worst enemy, let alone her. So she stayed strictly in the friend zone.
People probably thought I never went there with her because of her cerebral palsy, but f*ck them. She knew she was the most important person in my world, and I wasn’t about to risk hurting our relationship just to make my c*ck happy.
Until the moment she begged me to take her virginity.
Now it’s all about to hit the fan, because how the hell do you resist the one person forbidden to you when she says please?
“Let me just get one thing perfectly clear,” he said, holding up a stern finger in reprimand.
I crossed my arms over my chest and arched my eyebrows, ready to meet his scolding with full-on sass. “Oh? And what’s that?”
Grabbing a handful of the front of my shirt, he yanked me against him until our mouths crashed together. His tongue roughly sought entrance, wrapping around mine and effectively sucking every thought I’d ever had straight from my brain before he released me and pushed away again, breathing hard.
I blinked, swaying from the quick, powerful assault. Then I pressed my hand to the side of my still-spinning head before yelping, “What the hell?”
“I’m sorry,” he growled, eyes flashing with anger...but mostly with heat. “Maybe you didn’t hear me clear enough.”
And he kissed me again. Just as hard, just as intensely, but maybe a little longer this time.
When he pulled away slowly, I licked my lips, relishing the taste of him on my tongue. Then I drew in a breath, trying to recover from the punch of arousal he’d ignited.
“Okay, maybe you should say that one more time,” I was finally able to utter. “Just so I’m perfectly clear I understand what you mean.”He grinned. “Yes, ma’am.”
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