AUDIOBOOKS!!!

audiolistener2 Wow, I just looked at my ACX (Audible/Amazon) report for January Audio-Books’ sales and I’m stoked! Sales are better than they’ve ever been. I’m very grateful that my stories being narrated and put into audio-book format are doing well. You guys seem to be gobbling them up! 😀

audiobf The art of the ‘book boyfriend’ is a challenge since it involves ongoing seduction of the reader (typically women). That’s why, when I was recently seduced by a narrators’ sexy voice, I knew I had the right one to convey the sexy passion my heroes are written with. There is an energy and charisma in a man’s voice that can melt the heroine’s heart… and her panties!

Don’t believe me? Listen for yourself…

SHIFTER: Polar Bear, #1  |  SHIFTER: Black Bear, #1

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Over the years, I’ve been an appreciator of the engaging voice and hearing a story well-told by a beautiful or gorgeous voice is a rare pleasure. There is a true art-form to narrating a story well and capturing the essence of the characters’ journeys and experiences as the story unfolds.

Good narrators are great at timing, spacing of pauses, masters of vocal inflection and the emotional cadence that adds a depth to the story. So, finding a good narrator is key! I’m lucky to have worked with some talented narrators thus far. I give a few tips and suggestions, but more or less rely on them to be the vocal professionals that they are. I like to believe I’ve found the right voice to see the story through from beginning to end.

So, dive in! I’m always giving away the free audio-book codes that Audible is so gracious to provide every time I publish something new, so the best way to get one is to be subscribed to my newsletter(s). It’s always first-come, first-serve.

Here are some links to my Audio-Books:

Emerald Wright

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Ruby Madden

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Coming Soon! >>> Her Baller by Maddy Roman

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Enjoy!

~ Ruby

What’s with the $0.01 reads, Amazon?

one-cent As many of you know, I’m the David in a Goliath-like ‘battle’ I have going on with Amazon. It has to do with a noticeable decline in income many authors are experiencing since summer of last year.

If you’ve read my latest blogs, I explain how this is happening and the adverse impact it is having on INDIE authors, many having to make drastic decisions about their writing businesses.

Amazon has been kind enough to provide me a dedicated executive customer relations contact who has been answering many of my questions and looking into my concerns. The latest is the case of the $0.01 book-read. What is this you ask?

Well, the KU (Kindle Unlimited) system literally pays out based on the # of pages a reader reads for a book borrowed via KU. What many of us have noticed is an increase of readers who are only reading ONE page and then abandoning the book. From our experience, this isn’t typical reader behavior.

For those of us who have eagle-eyed our reports over the years, this was an immediate red-flag. Once in a great while this happens. Most readers need to read at least a few pages before they decide to abandon a story, having decided that it isn’t for them. So, this is something we notice when it occurs. Here is a list of the $0.01 pages-read that I had for January.

So, I reached out to Amazon – again – and asked. The response? Everything is working as expected.

Right?

So, you tell me! Do you read one page of a book and is that enough for you to decide you don’t want to continue? For me, I know it takes more than a few pages at least. Hell, a couple of chapters. But one page? I don’t think so, Amazon.

~ Ruby

A POLL about Reader’s Purchase Habits

Hello All!

A while back, I wrote a post about the KU Conundrum & KU Conundrum Cont’d and how this is impacting author earnings. Yesterday, I wrote a RANT about why I will no longer be selling novel-length books for $0.99. (My serialized stories will still have parts that are available for $0.99 since their typically below 20K words)

I reached out to my Newsletter list of 5000+ readers (hoping to get 1000 responses) and got 700+responses to the following questions:

  1. Are you a member of Kindle Unlimited?
  2. How much do you spend each month on eBooks & Paperback Books? (not including your KU monthly subscription, if you have one)
  3. Do you prefer eBooks or Paperbacks?
  4. Where do you primarily buy eBooks?
  5. What’s the most $$$ you’ll spend on an eBook?

First, I wanted to know what % of my readers were members of the KU (Kindle Unlimited) program.

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This informed me that less than half of my readers are in KU. As an author who has been adversely effected by the pages-read reporting flaws via KU, which Amazon is currently denying, I can still capture SALES instead of BORROWS from 58.2% of my readers.

Then, I wanted to know how much my readers are willing to spend on purchasing books each month.

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I wanted to get an idea of what reader’s monthly budgets are which also helps me figure out their annual budgets for reading purchases. Thankfully, more than 65% are willing to spend $11 or more.

Next, I wanted to know what they preferred to read. eBooks, Paperbacks or both.

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This was a pleasant surprise. I had anticipated about 70% to prefer eBooks. Turns out, it’s a nice balanced 53% that enjoy both. Which makes me wonder how many readers have purchased BOTH eBook and Paperback versions of books they loved.

Then, I wanted to know – where are you buying your books. This one was surprising. Overall market numbers dictate that Amazon dominates the market by 60-70%. Instead, a whopping 91% of my readers are purchasing/borrowing from Amazon. Yowsers!

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And then we come to the final question, which is perhaps the most important one for me. What’s the most a reader will pay for an individual eBook?

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I was glad to see that 72% are willing to pay $2.99+ for an eBook with a whopping 20% even willing to pay $6.99-$9.99. Since I’m not earning what I once used to by including eBooks in the KU program, I’ve had no choice but to pull them out and increase the prices for upcoming new releases.

Typically, more established writers can charge more. When you’re starting out as an INDIE author, to reach readers, authors will often keep their eBooks at $0.99 to entice readers new to their work. I’ve been publishing since 2012 and am established with over 5 years in publishing stories. I no longer care if I lose the business of those who only buy $0.99 eBooks. I’d rather lose sales that don’t really add up to much of a profit and instead entice NEW readers with copies of older stories that I provide for FREE. Something that I’ve always done over the years since I myself have sampled a lot of other authors’ books for FREE and then gone on to purchase other titles written by them. Yes, for more than $0.99.

Cheers,

Ruby / Emerald / Amber / Maddy / Cherry

p.s. Authors, if you would like your readers to participate in the study, please send them HERE. They do *not* have to provide an email address and can remain anonymous. Those who do, will get a FREE story. 

 

Buzz Off & Back to your $5 latte! What $2.99 Pays For…

Warning! This is a RANT!!!!

mistress-rubys-coffee-beverage You’re paying for so much more than you ever realize when you buy an eBook from an Indie author.

You’re paying for us to disappear into our characters’ minds. To be them. Think like them. Feel like them. This takes time, bravery, energy, passion, belief, desire & a zillion more other emotions we experience as we write. It can be exhausting!

You’re paying for weaving together every.little.detail that makes a story, a story. So, so, so many details.

You’re paying for chapters deleted and lines rewritten. For editing scrutiny. For waking up in the middle of the night and realizing – I have to add this or delete that!

You’re paying for design. The way the book is formatted. The type of book cover that will capture the story. How we market to readers…

You’re paying for an average of 160 hours of time and 2-3 months of work, for every 25,000 – 45,000 words written. Minimum.

You’re paying for the time we take from friends, family and life responsibilities.

You’re paying so very little to receive a good amount of pleasure. Every day, most people easily spend $5 on a Starbucks beverage but then ping INDIE authors for FREE or $0.99 titles.

I literally give away THOUSANDS of FREE eBooks every single month. These are OLD stories whose window for good sales have passed but still provide entertainment and give readers new to my pen-names a chance to taste what I write. To find out if they like my stories. But when you ask me to provide a NEW release for $0.99 or FREE, I no longer want you to read my stories.

Why?

Because for every $0.99 I sale, I earn a measly $0.35. That’s right! Only 1/3 of that dollar comes back to me, the author.

Because you’re not worthy. Not worthy of my time, my talent, my hard work and my imagination. I give ZERO fucks.

So, buzz off and back to your latte. Go read someone else’s $0.99 story, cuz it won’t be mine.

~ RUBY

p.s. my ARC team gets to read my stories for FREE. Consider joining!

AUDIOBOOKS >> SHIFTER: Black Bear

Hey Everyone!

How is the first week of 2017 treating you? I’m in California visiting family and soaking up some delicious sunshine on the Beach. In the meantime…

Got some good news for my AUDIOBOOK listeners & Emerald Wright readers… SHIFTER: Black Bear, Parts 1 & 2 are available now. Get ready to hold onto your panties, ladies! They might end up very wet… My narrator has a gorgeous voice. I mean gorgeous. Enjoy!

Readers who are signed up to my NEWSLETTER are provided the chance to win FREE AUDIO CODES (I’m able to give out 25 per title published).

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An island to himself, will loner bear-shifter Ryker open his heart to a woman on the run from her abusive spouse?

A loner by nature, Ryker needs a day to himself to allow his inner bear out. So he hikes up to Emerald Lake.

Charlene never meant to be in trouble, but for whatever reason, trouble has a bad habit of finding her. She’s running from a monster. A monster who has made a habit of beating her nearly every week since they got married and she’s had enough. She’s on the run and leaving her soon to be ex-husband behind. For good.

Will they be able to overcome their challenges and embrace the love that’s destined to be theirs?

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PRE-ORDER > MAID IN SPACE

mis-final Hiya Readers!

Got some good news…

MAID IN SPACE is now available for PRE-ORDER! It’s a 45,000+ words novel with 40 chapters. Guaranteed HEA. I’ve decided to make this Science Fiction Romance novel available at all etailers (storefronts).

Im very excited about this story. The inspiration for it hit hard and the story pretty much wrote itself. If I’ve done my job right, your heart will ache for both the Hero and the Heroine. They are both lonely and aching to connect.

DESCRIPTIONCameron Duke the Fourth is fleeing Earth to escape all the unwanted attention from the masses. Literally, the world’s most eligible bachelor, he’s had enough of Earth women who only seek his prestige, power and money.

As the sole heir to his family’s businesses, he is the world’s first trillionaire.

Time and time again, Rachel Sioux has opened her heart only to be burned, jilted, dumped and left wanting. What’s wrong with her? So, when she is approached by her employer to interview for the job of a lifetime doing housecleaning work in the most unlikely of places for a very good salary, she hops at the opportunity.

Even if it is in space!

(buy links above are being updated as they publish…)

Happy Reading!

~ Amber  (Ruby)

PLEASE NOTE: Due to ongoing issues with Amazon not counting pages-read correctly by readers who borrow stories via Kindle Unlimited (KU), I don’t plan to include this story in KU. 

Also, the publish date is showing as 3-26-17 but I actually plan to have it published by no later than the end of January.

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CHAPTER ONE

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Cameron

 

I sighed. Again.

Was no one getting the point? Why I wanted to leave Earth and live in space?

And no, this wasn’t just for a space trip. I was talking about full-on inhabitation aboard a space station all my own.

Unbeknownst to my executive team, I’d already started construction, a long while ago, on my uber secret project, the Duke 4, which was nearing completion and soon, would be ready for me to live in.

                “It can’t be done, it would take years to build it and do you really want to invest in something so expensive?” Jakob asked, an incredulous look on his face.

I snorted. Expensive? Was he kidding me?

                I was Earth’s first and only trillionaire. The word, expensive, meant nothing to me. I could literally afford anything I wanted. Including the most expensive personal space station in existence. It had taken three long years to build and it was nearing completion. I was only just now informing the executives who worked for me that I was about to get on a space rocket-ship and leave Earth. I would continue to lead on key business matters with an emphasis on key. The rest, I was leaving to them to manage.

“Well, it’s been done,” I said, and opened my presentation that showed the first pictures revealed to anyone other than myself. “Here is the Duke 4, my future home. I leave in a month’s time.”

I smiled at all the looks of surprise and even a few mouths that were wide open as I continued the slideshow, revealing my new space quarters. The room went quiet, completely hush with awe.

“What do you think?” I asked my team.

“Why?” Tiffany asked, her eyes genuine with curiosity.

Because, dearheart – I’m sick to death of women like you. Blood-sucking, money-hungry and artificial in every way, down to her tits. And then there was the rest of the human race. No matter my philanthropic efforts that I’d started doing as a young man. As heir to my family’s legacy and immense fortune, I was fed up.

Angry. Jaded.

Not amused…

At age thirty-two, I wanted nothing to do with them. I wanted to hole myself up as far away from them as I could afford.

So, I’d staked several hundred billion into the project, hiring only the best and brightest minds to make it a reality. And there it was, spinning calmly in the vacuum of space. Guaranteed solitude. Other than staff needed to run and maintain, I had every intention of limiting my contact with other human beings to the bare minimum necessary.

“Why not?” I answered. I’d long since decided I’d never reveal my real reasons and let the world believe that I was just an eccentric rich man who wanted to hang out in space.

I’d never seen my executive team so gob-smacked. I was loving it. This was too delicious.

“Any other questions?” I asked.

Frank cleared his throat, a habit of his that told me he disapproved but would pretend otherwise. “Is this a safe place for you, Cameron?”

Safe?

I wanted to snort. No, not likely, but I was willing to take my chances. “As safe is possible at this time,” I said, dismissing his fake concern. The man had never liked me despite being my father’s primary advisor until his dying day.

Sue piped up. “Won’t this hurt investor relations? Our chief in outer space? I’m sure the media will make a hey-day of this. It’s just not done…”

I had to give Sue credit, she was the only one brave enough to challenge me. That was why I was giving her the promotion of a lifetime.

“Sue, how would you like to take the helm? Be the new chief?”

Once again, everyone went silent. I respected, but hated my team. They were the best at what they do and therefore some of the worst you could find in humankind. Ambitious, power-hungry and greedy to a fault. I’d hired every last one of them. Except for Frank. Besides having spent his life working for my Father, Frank had clout, reputation and the largest stake in my family’s many businesses.

Sue, was exceptionally, the worst of them all – which meant she’d be the best at running my business. I hated to admit it, but it was true.

“Are you serious, sir?” She asked, gulping and then beaming a greedy smile as wide as the Grand Canyon.

“Very much so, Sue. I’ve put a lot of thought into this and I think you’re the best candidate. Give it some thought and let me know. Let us know.”

“No need, Cameron. I’d be honored. I accept.”

“Good, then that is settled. Congratulations.”

Once again, the room was struck quiet. I had to admit, it was going just as well, if not better than planned.

“Anyone else with concerns or questions? If you don’t want to discuss here, than you can bring them to me privately, of course. In the meantime, I have a meeting with the head of staff for my new space-home.”

Everyone was looking at one another, waiting. For a room filled with thirteen executives, they were awfully quiet. I knew that the shit-storm was coming and I didn’t care. I was extricating myself from the nightmare I’d been living since I was twenty-two. I’d given a decade of my life to it and I felt as if I’d given it a hundred.

I was the wealthiest individual in the world and I wanted my time back.

The idea had started out as having a home at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, off of the coast of Hawaii but that had proven to be more difficult than the space-home. So, I’d gone the other direction. The ocean-home was still underway, but it was requiring more time. But I’d leave that disclosure for another time.

“Meeting over,” I said, smiling. “Have a good day,” I said, then stood to stroll out of the conference room.

Sir Cardiff…

My secret proclivities will be her undoing…

I’m an Alpha Male. A Master. A Noble. The world knows me as Sir Cardiff.

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This story has spanking, orgies, soft BDSM, and one complicated British noble known as Sir Sebastian Cardiff. He has a unique proclivity and pays the women he employs very well for their time and service. All it requires is a sexy maid uniform and the ability to titillate their employer.

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Celeste is in a dire spot. She needs money to pay the rent and has been fired from her maid job. So, when she is offered a unique arrangement for a generous monthly income, she jumps at the chance despite her concerns.

Her mysterious employer is pulled away from his New England estate to Cardiff, England due to an urgent family matter. He asks Celeste for her help, to play the part of his girlfriend so he can attend his Mother’s funeral with her on his arm.

But things get turned upside down when her life is in danger and he finally has to admit that he cares for her, as more than just a mere plaything. But will he be able to get her back?