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

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

Product Description
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 / Bookbub free vs. 0.99
« on: March 07, 2018, 04:22:15 AM »
I see that some authors run free promos through bookbub and some run their books for 0.99.

For those of you who have done so what do you consider the main advantages to either strategy?

Does a big free run on a book that is regular 2.99 or 3.99 provide a lot of benefits with the tail? Any personal stories of how it's helped are encouraged!

For those of you who have had success (of failure) at 0.99 what do you attribute it to?

And does bookbub accept you more often for free over 0.99?

Writers' Cafe / Looking for an inexpensive print formating
« on: March 04, 2018, 10:31:54 AM »
I already have the ebook formatted and am looking for a print format. Any recommendations?

Writers' Cafe / Hidden Gems (for non-romance series)
« on: March 04, 2018, 03:17:59 AM »
Does anyone have experience running a non-romance series through Hidden Gems services?

What were your numbers like?

Worth it?  :)

Writers' Cafe / Kobo Double Daily Deal???
« on: February 16, 2018, 07:09:48 AM »
Have others participated in this promotion before?

My book one was just selected and according to the info it's a "coveted merchandising spot". :o :o

What kind of downloads does one normally see? I priced to .99 from 2.99 in fantasy.

This will be my first promotion (first submission).

Writers' Cafe / Mailing lists can work!
« on: February 13, 2018, 08:08:53 AM »
As a prawn, I've listened to a lot of sage advice on the Kboards (and elsewhere) and I took it on faith that the mailing list was important. Although I have yet to do any paid promotions for my books I'd built up my mailing list to a modest 1,000 subscribers.

After releasing my newest book and getting the kinks worked out on formatting I sent out a very basic email to my list with a cover reveal and some links to the various vendors and to my surprise I've gotten over 100 clicks already and about eighteen sales on the various platforms (about 7 on Amazon, 3 on kobo, and the rest spread out between other vendors)

I know it's almost nothing for most of you but it's nice to see sales arrive at your beck and call without spending money. One of the most confidence inspiring parts is that I'm seeing almost even amount of buy (on that small sales number) between all three books.

My website is under construction for the next couple of weeks and as it finishes I'll be stepping up into the paid promotion zone hoping for even more good results. ;D

Basically, if you are brand new keep up the work and build your system even if you don't spend money you can start seeing sales.

Writers' Cafe / My newsletter is triggering email provider
« on: February 12, 2018, 04:02:38 AM »
A newsletter subscriber just sent me a screenshot of a warning provided along with my newsletter stating "Be careful with this message. The sender's account may be compromised, so this message could be a scam to steal personal information."

 :o :o

The email is a cover reveal for my newest book and links to several of the big retailers: Amazon, Kobo, Nook, etc.

It's a pretty simple email. I'm wondering what's going on and hoping this isn't widespread.

The subscriber is from a "gmail" account so perhaps that explains it? :'(

Writers' Cafe / Who has done a KOBO "free" promo?
« on: February 10, 2018, 09:14:56 AM »
I just gained access to Kobo promotions and saw that their promotions are for free ebooks but it isn't clear what the author gets out of this promo. Is this giving a rank boost or visibility boost through Kobo algorithms like Amazon? Or ONLY hoping for sell through?

Who has done this? =  )

Writers' Cafe / Nook Series page
« on: February 10, 2018, 07:08:02 AM »
Do these exist? Mine are all labeled part of a series but this doesn't seem to mean anything on Nook's site.

Do I have to email them and ask them to create a series page similar to Amazon?

Writers' Cafe / big problem in look inside
« on: February 08, 2018, 10:30:21 PM »
Hey guys, I have a big problem.

I just formatted my first book and I viewed the whole file through my kindle to fix any strange viewing problems with text, formatting, etc. Then I uploaded to Amazon and reviewed each page of the previewer to ensure it looked right.

Everything was fine.

Now it's live and the look inside has all kinds of errors. For example the text is all center justified in the live version but was not in the preview. The first paragraph in each chapter is showing up in a different font and larger  text size than the rest of the paragraph.


Why is this happening?

Book is called Blood Cauldron

Writers' Cafe / OK two more scrivener questions! = )
« on: February 08, 2018, 12:00:02 AM »
I'm formatting my book for the first time and things seem to be going alright, so far.

But, I need to make a TOC and I don't see options for that. Is there an easy way to do this? Or a walkthrough? I can't find one on youtube = /

And lastly, I want to add my world map.

Should I just add a section to the front and drop it in? I put the map image in but it's huge! I know there must be an easy way to resize it =  )

Thanks everyone!

Writers' Cafe / symbols for scene breaks SOLVED
« on: February 07, 2018, 10:22:20 PM »
Is there a place in scrivener which has symbols I can incorporate for scene breaks like a small star, circle, etc?

If not, what do others use for these when formatting?

Writers' Cafe / Apple vs. Amazon
« on: February 03, 2018, 09:33:17 PM »
I have just been writing, editing, preparing covers, plotting, etc these days. I've yet to start paid promotions, though that should change soon as my third and fourth book release) but I've just noticed I have been getting a lot more sales on Apple ibooks than Amazon. I have zero reviews on ibooks and about 15-16 reviews on Amazon.

Any reason my book would be getting more sales on Apple than Amazon?

For reference last pay period was only 2-3 for Amazon and about 15 for Apple.

I inquired before about some fantasy mystery covers and the elements the cover should entail. The vast majority of responders said to look through the sellers. After spending a while looking at these I found some things that are still giving me trouble.

1) There aren't that many books that are in mystery epic fantasy. If you get rid of the romance angle, and urban, paranormal there aren't many to look at.

2) The ones we did find were primarily from TRAD and I don't feel did much to convey genre. They mostly looked like normal fantasy covers. I didn't see any covers that really stood out as "wow".

I'm wondering, should I just made an awesome fantasy cover and make sure mystery is mentioned on the cover, in the blurb, and in whatever marketing I do?

I know I can slap a beautiful epic fantasy cover on it...but not sure if it will be worth it.

I had ideas of doing a cover with the "table full of objects" style mystery cover. The murder weapon and a few other objects from the book. But I also could do one showing off the local environment which is conveyed in the story.

I'd like to get the cover going soon but a little nervous.

Writers' Cafe / Scrivener compile question
« on: January 14, 2018, 07:14:06 AM »
If I want to compile (into a single file) to give to my editor how do I go about that? I keep getting them as separate files for each chapter but I just want to send one file to the editor...not 40+

HELP!  :o

Writers' Cafe / Public Domain works...does anything go?
« on: January 08, 2018, 09:37:22 AM »
I remember seeing some of our very own Kboard authors have written works related to works in the public domain. I have some ideas myself but wanted to ask anyone in the know for the TLDR version.

Does anything go? (All fictional character stories, author long dead)

Are there any things I need to look out for?

Could I do a "reboot" or "retelling"?

Or can I only add to the story?

Writers' Cafe / Epic fantasy/High Fantasy + Mystery?
« on: December 30, 2017, 08:14:05 AM »
Are any of you super readers familiar with any author, indie or otherwise who writes mysteries in a fantasy setting? I'd really like to check out these author's book cover, blurb, and all that jazz.

Or for anyone that wants to give their thoughts: How should a murder mystery (stakes/danger) in an epic fantasy world look like in terms of cover?

I think I have the knack for the Epic Fantasy cover but I want to nail this cross-genre book as best I can.


I want to finally get my website all squared away. I got it set-up and tried to learn many things myself but got technical and I sort of left it half-finished. :P

I want to make a really sleek-looking website that has the newsletter sign up and free book prominent, a nice emphasis on covers and concept art, and the redirect to the book download links to all the stores.

What websites look the best?

Has anyone had a great experience with a website designer?

Writers' Cafe / Question about keeping a softcopy of old book files HELP!!
« on: December 22, 2017, 05:14:40 AM »
Hey guys,

I write using scrivener but I'd like to keep my updated book version in another format, perhaps pages. How do I do that? Is it advisable? I don't like to keep changing files so much and would like to be able to easily change things after I've sent files to beta readers and editors but I like to draft in scrivener.


Writers' Cafe / Solved. thanks = )
« on: December 21, 2017, 07:54:44 AM »
Hey guys,

I've had this happen before but never found the solution. When I get some beta readers notes back they often put their notes "in the margins". But I can never see the margins. I just see the main text of my story. What is the best way to view the document from a mac so that I can "see" what they wrote.

Writers' Cafe / Story Engineering
« on: December 17, 2017, 09:52:59 AM »
Has anyone else read Story Engineering by Larry Brooks?

I don't think I've ever found more useful information about writing in a single book before. The concepts are well-thought out with lots of good examples and I found myself nodding my head and having ideas right away for how to make my stories better and even some instafixes on mistakes I didn't even realize I was making until the examples made them painfully obvious.

This is a book I'll probably read through a couple of times consecutively!

Writers' Cafe / First 5K word day!
« on: December 12, 2017, 11:22:56 AM »

And my wrists and hands were aching by the end of it. How do you professionals keep that up?

I just started writing my first murder mystery and the words were flowing from finger to page. I'm usually a 1,000 words a day guy and I'm ecstatic to hit 3K...but 5K??

Writers' Cafe / Removing ads
« on: December 09, 2017, 02:43:44 AM »
Is there a way to remove the erotica ads from the bottom of the kboards forum that I view in my browser?

I don't read erotica and don't know why there are so many books of that genre at the bottom of the page when I view it.

 :'( :'(

Writers' Cafe / Question about cross-genre in same world
« on: November 26, 2017, 06:18:15 AM »

I have a craft question for the veterans (or anyone I guess) ;D

I'm starting a secondary series (epic fantasy/mystery) and have been sculpting my suspects, setting up the crime, and all of that good stuff. Everythings pretty fun at this point but I have some concerns.

1) My main series is epic fantasy/coming of age. They both take place in the "Havenglade" world. With that said, I have to assume many of the readers will enter through the first mystery book. How much and what kind of world-building, history do I need to present for the reader? These are stand alone mysteries with non-recurring characters in different locales that are referenced or known in the Daughter of Havenglade series. What are some examples of ways I can make the reader aware this is part of a big fantasy world (but these stories are tightly focused on the mystery).

2) I'm trying to craft these mysteries so that they can transition readers from either direction. People that read mystery and like fantasy enough to dive into the mysteries might want to give the 4 book epic a read and readers who really enjoyed the main series might give the mysteries a try because they know and like the Havenglade world-building and magic system.

What say the braintrust? Any tips or examples are welcome!

It's my first mystery and I'm excited to learn and write in this genre but it's going to have my own flavor with the high fantasy background.

Writers' Cafe / New landing page creator by mailchimp
« on: November 21, 2017, 08:33:28 AM »
Is anyone using this yet? Is it useful?

What do you think?

Blood will flow.

In a world where magic stems from crystals and blood, a sadistic sorceress queen plots an invasion of Havenglade. Assassins aided by foreign blood magic threaten to eliminate the Duenoro family line. And an ancient wall is the only thing standing between Havenglade and annihilation.

The Enchantress Laurena came to the badlands under the guidance of the legendary wizard Unai. But when Unai mysteriously vanishes Laurena must navigate a world of moral ambiguity she's not prepared to deal with or risk losing herself forever.

The Crown Prince of Havenglade Trium Duenoro is on the run. With the help of an aging wizard and a team of rough outcasts, he must evade his pursuers and destroy the enemy's greatest weapon, the magical Blood Cauldron before it's too late. 

Heroes will rise or a kingdom will fall.

For reference, here are the blurbs from the previous two books.

EDIT: I've linked the image tags for the links but nothing shows up in the post. MODS?

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