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Awakened: BBW Paranormal Shape Shifter Romance
by J.S. Wiley

Kindle Edition published 2016-01-30
Bestseller ranking: 427006

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From her curvaceous hips to her whiskey colored eyes, plus-size beauty Abagail Cole should be at the top of her dating game. But after a recent breakup with her cheating fiancé, she's never felt more like the stereotypical lonely cat lady.

So, determined to move forward and have some fun, Abagail decides to take a spontaneous trip to a local sports bar and get her buzz on. There she attracts the attention of tattooed, bad-boy millionaire Caleb Delaney, a mysterious and passionate wolf shifter who is immediately bewitched by Abagail's charms--and would do anything to claim her as his future mate.

But when a gorgeous new neighbor also catches her eye, Abagail soon finds herself torn between the affections of two gorgeous, intense love interests. And to make matters even more confusing, she's been experiencing steamy encounters with a presence in her dreams, waking up breathless and longing for more.

As she …

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Does this scam ring a bell?
« on: Today at 09:05:19 AM »
I noticed the commenters on the article were mostly praising the scammer's cleverness and not criticizing him for stealing from the other artists.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Odd gift fee on Smashwords
« on: Yesterday at 05:20:32 PM »
But I wouldn't be charged a Paypal transaction fee on a book someone bought for a friend, surely?  It just doesn't make sense. Say I bought one of your books for myself, and they charged a 3 cent transaction fee. Then I decided to buy a gift copy of the same book for my husband, who doesn't want to be seen reading on a pink e-Reader. Why would the transaction fee on that purchase be 33 cents?

Writers' Cafe / Odd gift fee on Smashwords
« on: Yesterday at 03:27:59 PM »
I have a question about an odd fee/transaction on Smashwords. On one sale, it has the type (for transaction, I suppose--all the others have "sale" in that column) marked as "gift." Across that row, it has a $0.33 transaction fee listed. The normal transaction fee for a sale of that book is $0.03, so I suppose my questions are 1)why is the transaction fee for a gift 11 times more than the transaction fee for a sale and 2)why is the 'extra' 30 cents coming out of my royalty on that book, instead of being paid by the gifter? Because I haven't gifted that book to anyone. The whole thing seems very odd.

The first book in my sig, The End Begins, is Noblebright and free on Instafreebie.

Writers' Cafe / Re: February 2018 - Headline KENPC Rate 0.0046601USD
« on: March 17, 2018, 07:54:15 AM »
The free First in Series promo is still a thing. I get zero downloads on mine when I did it, but it's there.

I remember when he had a "first in a series" promotion page. I don't see that anymore. I don't make any but a few dollars in their Plus program either. I've talked to Kobo about the decline in sales, but they just say buy a promotion. Ha, I submit and get turned down. What's up with that? Oh well, it is what it is, I guess.

I haven't got ours up yet, but I'm currently in the process of formatting ours for Large Print, for the same reason--customer service. Lots of people prefer a LP print book, even if they aren't technically visually impaired. (Hello middle-aged eyes!) LP versions can be listed on Amazon too, AFIK. Don't know if they'll sell, but I'd like people to have that option if they want it.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Testing to see if this cover hits the mark
« on: March 13, 2018, 08:19:13 AM »
Amazon has conditioned me to assume anything with an animal on the cover is a miscategorized erotic paranormal romance/menege thingy.

When I shrink it down to half size, #2 is the one that looks the cleanest and easiest to read. And the font is kind of snazzy. :)

Writers' Cafe / Large Print trim size
« on: March 11, 2018, 07:24:23 PM »
I'm trying to make Large Print versions of our paperbacks, and the biggest one comes in at around 720 pages following the LP best practices guidelines found at That's for a 5.5 x 8.5 trim size. What's the biggest trim size that doesn't get unwieldy? Has anyone done an LP version?

Yep, my Twitter feed is full of an author wanting people to preorder his/her book, leave a review, and then receive a gift card. Seems pretty bold to be offering to break TOS right out in the open, with the book title and everything in the tweets.

Totally believable. If we think publishing is cutthroat, the marketing of other products is much harder. I know lots of authors who evade the TOS and pay reviewers in gift cards. They may say it's just to be nice, and yada yada, but they're paying them.

Writers' Cafe / Re: guaging a readers interest
« on: March 10, 2018, 05:55:08 PM »
I hear you about the free books. I think I've finally burnt my fingers enough that I'm learning...

Sometimes I'd like to leave a review for a book that had things I liked but overall just didn't quite connect, but a lot of the better newsletter promo sites won't take books rated less than 4 stars, and I don't want to sabotage a fellow author's ability to promote their book. So if I can't give a 4 or 5 star review, I just won't review unless it's so awful it needs a HazMat sign.

I am learning not to pick up free books like people would pick up a stray dog. But it is tempting to just grab it as it is free without looking.

It is hard enough to just get read. And as you suggest reviews seem out of the question.  New paradigm I guess. Read till you drop, no feedback. It wasn't a knock you out book I guess.

Writers' Cafe / Re: guaging a readers interest
« on: March 10, 2018, 08:33:27 AM »
Reviews? What is this 'review' thing of which you speak?  ;D

No, seriously, because people won't leave reviews, it would be nice to know if 90% of readers quit on chapter 3. I can sort of see why they wouldn't give the info for a purchased book, but for a borrowed book at least, it would have been nice to know if 10 people read all of it, or 100 people read bits of it but never finished.

I don't think it would be nearly as useful as you think. If you find out that 20% of your readers stop reading after the first ten all seriousness if the amount was that high I am sure your reviews would already reflect why! It is a data point in a void: no context, no explanation, no circumstances. Without knowing the WHY all you are doing is creating yet another data point for authors to give themselves anxiety attacks over.

Writers' Cafe / Re: guaging a readers interest
« on: March 09, 2018, 08:28:08 AM »
That information would be incredibly useful to authors, so no, it is not made available to us.

I thought I read (a long time ago) that Amazon knows how far along in an e-book a reader has advanced before discontinuing reading because they lost interest and simply stopped reading. (Something I am guilty of for both paid and free books) The conversation, as I recall, was about authors determining where readers lost interest. Am I misremembering? Is that sort of Info available to authors?

Writers' Cafe / Re: AI will write a best-seller by 2049
« on: March 08, 2018, 07:37:24 AM »
Human brains aren't just big worm brains.   

I can tell you work with less frustrating coworkers than I do. :)  Most days, I think worm brains would be a major improvement.

LOL, great analogy. And with no chocolates, flowers, or an 'I'll call' afterward.

Absolutely. Next to "Sign Here," the ACX contract should say, "Just close your eyes and think of England."

So does anyone feel like this has affected their minutes listened?

At the time, it struck me as page-flip for audiobooks. I can see where paying to produce an 18-hour book and only having customers paying for maybe 50 or 60 minutes of it would be a huge blow.

Writers' Cafe / Re: The (mis)adventures of going wide
« on: March 03, 2018, 03:23:56 PM »
That is so bizarre. I haven't changed any of the channels on Smashwords and yet when I looked, it had me opted in for all the big retailers on that one book. The channels have nothing to do with the price, and that's the only thing I've changed since I put it up in January. I'm sure glad you noticed!

Is the book in question the second one in your signature? The one priced at $0.99 shows as Smashwords Edition. If you're using Smashwords, make sure Kobo is marked as opted out. It's possible Smashwords version caused the problem. If you opted out and the book was still sent to Kobo, then send Smashwords an email to take it down. I don't think I ever used "run a sale" option on Kobo. I always change the default price instead to avoid any glitches.

Writers' Cafe / Re: The (mis)adventures of going wide
« on: March 03, 2018, 01:48:04 PM »
I've only ever been direct with Kobo. I used the "run a sale" price function on the dashboard to drop the price, which it did within a couple of hours. Everything was fine with that listing the last time I checked it yesterday afternoon at work. It wasn't until I saw the Kobo link had been dropped from the promo today that I went and looked and saw the double listing. Ironically, when it double-listed, it was the listing of the ink I'd sent for the promo that they reverted to $3.99. The second, newer listing with no link is the one they slapped the sale price on. On my dashboard, of course, there is only 1 listing for the book, and it has the correct price, so I can't even change the price on the extra listing or unpublish it.

At least D2D and Smashwords came through for me. Don't think we've sold anything there, but the books are still up, only one listing of each in the correct stores and at the correct price, so someone could (at least in theory) buy them if they wanted. :/

The way I see it is, I made 2 bad assumptions here. I assumed that if things go bad they'll either:
1 - they'll go bad right away, and not be all hunky-dory and then morph into something psycho at the last minute, and
2 - it will be fixable:
   a: by me via the dashboard, or
   b: in a day or two by some nice person who's being paid to do that sort of thing

I feel sadder, but more educated, now.
Unfortunately, glitches aren't reserved only for Amazon, and that's why it's good to change the price at least a week before the promo, especially if you're using distributors. As for Kobo listing your book twice, that probably won't happen for no reason. Are you going direct or through a distributor? If you book was already published on Kobo directly or through one distributor, and then you used another distributor, you might have forgotten to opt out of Kobo there, so you ended up with two listings. I don't use Streetlib, but do they adjust the prices on Google themselves, do those prices include taxes, and can you customize the price for every country? That might explain why the price is showing as higher. It takes some time and patience to figure out the rules and adjust everything, but after that, it should be easier.

Writers' Cafe / The (mis)adventures of going wide
« on: March 03, 2018, 09:46:29 AM »
Ever had things go so wrong, it stopped being a disaster and just sort of turned into B-movie grade entertainment?

I signed up with Patty Jensen's cross promo for March. I was looking forward to the first promotion since launching the second in the series and going wide.


Okay, now that the hysterical laughter is out of my system...

I began to get a bad feeling about everything when B&N didn't roll out the new price 2 days after I changed it, even though it says right on my dashboard that the price is $0.99. My hopes continued to sink after every piece of helpful advice I got failed (thanks for trying, Kboarders!) and B&N support never got back to me. But that's ok, because everyone else lowered the price the way they were supposed to. Until, you know, today, the day of the actual promotion. For some inexplicable reason, Kobo decided to list the book that's being promo'd twice, once at the sale price and once at the old price. Boom, had to take the Kobo link down along with the B&N link. And even though the price for the Google Play platform is plainly showing $0.99 on my StreetLib dashboard, for some unknown reason (maybe they borrowed the inexplicable reason from Kobo?) Google Play is listing it at $1.99. (I thought they randomly discounted stuff--never heard of them jacking the price up before)  All of my emails have been met with the standard "Your problems are improtant to us--you didn't think we'd solve them in time to be of any benefit to you, did you, LOL?" variety.

We won't get too much into the MailerLite fiasco where the promo email I scheduled to go out last night got stuck in the outbox and wouldn't send until I happened to notice it at 11 am today. I finally got frustrated enough to try to copy the campaign and send that, then cancel the one that was stuck, and what do you know? The copy function unstuck it and it sent itself finally.

If retailers can't do any better than that with getting the prices correct, how on earth does anyone ever promo effectively? I find it ironic that they all broke the one time I had a chance to send traffic their way. I'd meant to do paid promos this weekend also; only the fact that I've been too sick to do much outside my day job saved me the wasted money.

/end rant

Off to write more on book three, the one thing I can actually do something about.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Barnes and Noble
« on: March 02, 2018, 12:25:56 PM »
Yes, that's what I thought it was at first. But I've tried 4 different browsers on 3 different computers and 2 completely separate internet connections, so I think it's just my dashboard that's broken. I uploaded the books literally in the middle of them rolling out the new system a month or so ago, and my books split, and some other weird stuff happened. (When I say split, I mean the cover and interior were on one listing, with no details, and the book details were on another listing with no cover/interior--they merged several days later before I got a chance to contact them about it.)

Did you try accessing with a different browser? Some websites are glitchy with some browsers.  Your mention of a missing button makes me think it could be your browser.  Good luck.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Barnes and Noble
« on: March 02, 2018, 06:32:47 AM »
Seeing that B&N is apparently as responsive as a brick, I think I'll drop being direct with them and just go through D2D or Smashwords. If I can't depend on the website or the support staff, promotions are impossible, so the loss of royalty % is a moot point.


Writers' Cafe / Re: Barnes and Noble
« on: March 01, 2018, 05:54:28 PM »
LOL. Yes, and it's hard to describe what you're seeing over the internet. Everything is exactly as you say, except it never explicitly says "publish" anywhere. It just gives the "save and continue" option until there's nothing else to go to next, and it shows little green checks and tells me that my book is for sale for 99 cents, except it's not, it's actually still at $3.99. I even put it into the shopping cart to see if the lower price would populate then, but no luck. I even tried it all in different browsers, just in case some code was being broken somewhere.

No answers to the email, either.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Barnes and Noble
« on: March 01, 2018, 04:46:02 PM »
This is what it says:

"Your eBook is currently on sale. Note that you may still make changes to the interior, cover, or any of your book details. After you're done with your changes, go to the Review & Publish page and click on the “Publish Changes” button. Changes can take up to 24 hours to appear on"

The odd thing is, there's no "Publish Changes" button. There's a button at the bottom of the screen to take it off sale, but otherwise it's just a list of sections with check marks showing that each one has been completed, ie, Inter, Cover, Book Details, etc.  At the top of the page there is only the B&N heading and the overall account menu that lists reports, sales history, etc.  Like I said, from the publishing side it looks like the price is $0.99, and the dash says it is on sale. It's only when I look at the storefront that I realize they are lying to me. :)

Writers' Cafe / Re: Barnes and Noble
« on: March 01, 2018, 03:57:51 PM »
Has your price change gone through?

I made a price change on B&N today. It's taking much longer than usual to update. I'm direct btw.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Barnes and Noble
« on: March 01, 2018, 12:10:42 PM »
Just in case I broke B&N, I'd like to apologize in advance...

I made a price change on B&N today. It's taking much longer than usual to update. I'm direct btw.

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