Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Amazon Stole My Lunch Money

Many of you may already know, especially if you follow me or any of the 21 other authors involved, that today was supposed to be the release for "Dark Fates", our boxed set of 22 urban fantasy and paranormal romance books. We each expected to wake up this morning and virtually toast each other with our steaming mugs of coffee and crazy bed hair, congratulating one another on a job well done, on a fruitful labor of love that we all chanted "Push!" for through three long months of pre-orders.

If you pre-ordered "Dark Fates" on Amazon, you likely opened your Kindle eager to dive in, only to find that the book consisted of 4 pages that simply listed the authors' names. Some readers have already emailed us or Amazon, and some have posted to our social media pages, and a confused few have left negative reviews expressing their disappointment. Trust me, we're all right there with you. Allow me to explain what happened...

Amazon sucks. Yup. That pretty much sums it up. 
me and my morning cup of crushed dreams
Okay now, for real. Our publisher, the lovely and talented Rebecca Hamilton, who has organized many excellent boxed sets, uploaded our final book file well before deadline. She even sent us a screen shot showing proof of this. She triple-checked it, because she was afraid of this very thing happening, which has happened to several other books recently. When it became apparent that we fell victim to this glitch, she contacted Amazon. At which point, Amazon made the book unavailable and posted a notice on the book page pointing the blame at her. Even after they admitted that the fault was theirs. They've promised that they're working diligently to resolve their error, but we still have no concrete answer for when "Dark Fates" will be for sale again or for when they will send a corrected book to those who pre-ordered the set.

In the meantime... upset readers have canceled orders (understandably), and the THOUSANDS of dollars we've invested in advertising and scheduled book promotions is slowly spiraling down the drain, along with our chance at hitting the USA Today Bestsellers list. This is quite an unexpected hit, and Amazon will most certainly not be compensating us for their incompetence. It's looking more and more like we could end up taking a loss, and I worry that this could spell disaster for some of the newer authors who took the plunge with us. Boxed sets like this can make or break writing careers. Maybe Amazon didn't "literally" steal our lunch money, but because of them, some of us might be relying on Ramen for a while until our bank accounts recover.

Please know that we authors will not stop hounding Amazon until this is fixed and everyone who ordered "Dark Fates" has the correct book file. Also, if you've been waiting for this set to go live before ordering, please consider ordering it from another retailer if you're able to. Apple, Nook, and Kobo readers are not affected by this devastating mishap of Amazon's, and all things considered, we'd rather see the sales go to their competitors anyway. There's more than one playground. Maybe we'll be able to keep our lunch money by choosing which ones we play on more carefully.

The ULTIMATE 99¢ Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy Boxed Set!

The 22 novels and novellas in this special edition collection are packed with fantasy, magic, and romance sure to sweep you away with over one million words of intense urban fantasy and paranormal romance fiction! Whether you’re in the mood for a supernatural biker gang, an alliance of demon hunters, an abundance of elemental magic, or a heaping serving of greek gods and goddesses, this boxed set is sure to have something to keep you up reading long past your bedtime!  

Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1190993171
Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dark-fates-joanne-wadsworth/1125423781
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/dark-fates-1

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Author Spotlight: W.J. May featured in the #DarkFates #boxset

Today's spotlight author: W.J. May
Novel featured in the Dark Fates boxed set: Courage Runs Red

Courage Runs Red by W.J. May

What if courage was your only option?

When Kallie lands a college interview with the city’s new hot-shot police officer, she has no idea everything in her life is about to change. The detective is young, handsome and seems to have an unnatural ability to stop the increasing local crime rate. Detective Liam’s particular interest in Kallie sends her heart and head stumbling over each other.

When a raging blood feud between vampires spills into her home, Kallie gets caught in the middle. Torn between love and family loyalty she must find the courage to fight what she fears the most and possibly risk everything, even if it means dying for those she loves.

Blood Red Series:

Courage Runs Red
Night Watch
Marked by Courage
Forever Night

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W.J. May grew up in the fruit belt of Ontario. Crazy-happy childhood, she always has had a vivid imagination and loads of energy. After her father passed away in 2009, from a six-year battle with cancer (which she still believes he won the fight against), she began to write again. A passion she'd loved for years, but realized life was too short to keep putting it off.

She is a writer of Young Adult, Fantasy Fiction and wherever else her little muses take her.

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Author Spotlight: Victoria Pinder featured in the #DarkFates #boxset

Today's spotlight author: Victoria Pinder
Novel featured in the Dark Fates boxed set: Call of the Dragon


Call of the Dragon by Victoria Pinder

Daphne Drake's grandmother died and left her with nothing, so she takes a short term job to Italy as a personal assistant to see the world and save a little money. Once there she meets the mysterious Robert De Marco, a famous horror writer who loves to write dragon tales.

Robert recognizes that Daphne is his Dragon mate he went to find and he's at first surprised by her innocence. He quickly marries her and returns to her Maine, where Daphne must either come into her powers or be destroyed. What neither of them expected was love to be another reason to win.

USA Today Bestselling Author Victoria Pinder grew up in Irish Catholic Boston before moving to the Miami sun. She’s worked in engineering, after passing many tests proving how easy Math came to her. Then hating her life at the age of twenty-four, she decided to go to law school. Four years later, after passing the bar and practicing very little, she realized that she hates the practice of law. She refused to one day turn 50 and realize she had nothing but her career and hours at a desk. After realizing she needed change, she became a high school teacher. Teaching is rewarding, but writing is a passion.

She’s always been determined. She is amazing, adventurous and assured on a regular basis. Her website is  www.victoriapinder.com

You can download a free science fiction romance of Victoria's here: https://www.instafreebie.com/free/e0CKX


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and read Call of the Dragon along with 21 more deliciously dark urban fantasy and paranormal romance novels by bestselling authors.