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The Sun God's Heir: Return (Book One)
by Elliott Baker

Kindle Edition published 2017-01-02
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For three thousand years a hatred burns. In seventeenth century Bordeaux two souls incarnate, one born the child of a prosperous merchant, the other, steals a life determined to continue a brutal incarnation begun long ago.

Under the guidance of Pharaoh, two brothers grew strong in knowledge and power, one a physician, the other a general. With the pharaoh’s untimely death, a deep hatred blossoms. One remembers, one does not.

The year is 1671. René Gilbert’s destiny glints from the blade of a slashing rapier. To protect those he loves he must regain the power and knowledge earned in an ancient lifetime. From Bordeaux to Spain to Morocco, René is tested and with each turn of fate he gathers enemies and allies as the memory and power of a lifetime as physician to Pharaoh returns.

Determined to continue a reign of terror that once caused the Nile to run red, Horemheb takes over the life of a young man mortally wo…

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Writers' Cafe / My Nook sales have flatlined
« on: October 07, 2013, 05:17:33 AM »
My Nook sales were going along pretty steadily this month, perhaps even showing a slight upturn, and then... they stopped. Totally. I sometimes have days with only a few sales over there, but I almost never have days with no sales. Anyone else seeing a sudden stoppage of sales on B&N in the past couple of days?

Writers' Cafe / Why isn't Amazon showing my review average on some books?
« on: September 28, 2013, 06:45:13 AM »
I apologize if this has already been discussed, but I didn't see a thread. I have noticed lately that when you search on my name, some of my books show up with the stars indicating review average, and some don't. Thus it looks like some of my books don't have any reviews until you click on them. There doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to it-- none of the books thus affected are under an adult filter, nor are they any hotter than my other books. Quite a few of the books under my "regular" romance name are missing review averages in a search, too. Is this just a glitch that will get corrected, or is Amazon messing around with their site again?

Writers' Cafe / Smashwords current account balance
« on: September 06, 2013, 03:52:26 PM »
I see Smash has updated its current account balance. Most of the retailers have paid up through a reasonable date, but B&N (who owes me quite a bit through Smashwords due to some failures on my part to unclick that distribution channel) still owes from June 1 onward, putting it two months behind the other retailers. I sure hope SW wrangles that money out of B&N before the checks are cut this quarter!

Writers' Cafe / Where to advertise short erotic romance?
« on: September 04, 2013, 03:13:21 PM »
I have a permafree erotic romance (of the billionaire persuasion) that currently has nine reviews averaging to 4.7 stars. It's a series, and I plan to get out another book in the series this month, so I'd like to promote this one on a big site around the same time. Are there any sites who really move books and handle SHORT erotic series romance (about 12K words for the first installment), and who will look at a book with nine reviews? (This is assuming my average stays steady.)

Thanks in advance for the help. :)

Writers' Cafe / Our writing and its effects on others
« on: August 12, 2013, 07:41:34 PM »
Tonight I stumbled across a web page of an author I don't know, who had a blog post up talking about how she got her first contract. She'd been a short story author once upon a time, but she'd stopped writing. Ten years later she'd decided to go back to writing as a career, but she hadn't quite figured out what genre she wanted to write in. She happened to pick up a free book she thought was m/f, but it was in fact m/m-- a genre she'd never read before. She enjoyed it, and the book led her to read other m/m stories, and that led eventually to submitting her own m/m story to a good small press and being published by them. And here's the really cool thing... the very first m/m book she read was mine.

To my knowledge I've never had any influence (even a tiny influence) on anyone's career before. But really, we don't know, do we? Most of the time, if people like one of our books and it leads them in a particular writing direction, they aren't going to blog about it. They may not even remember which book it was that got them headed in that direction. But it's entirely possible that any of us might write a book that affects someone's career, or brightens their life during a dark moment, or influences readers in ways we can't guess at and will never know about. It's something to think about, anyway, when you have doubts and writer's block and that tired feeling that you're running on a treadmill and not getting anywhere despite all your efforts. Someone out there may be reading and loving your words right now!

Writers' Cafe / Are B&N sales reports down today?
« on: July 27, 2013, 10:46:41 AM »
Yesterday my B&N sales (which are usually steady, if not fabulous) seemed to stop midway through the day. Today I haven't had any sales at all, which is highly unusual. Are other people noticing that B&N isn't reporting sales right now, or have I just lost my B&N mojo?

Writers' Cafe / Historical premades?
« on: July 11, 2013, 02:13:36 PM »
Anyone know of any cover artist who has historical premades available? I'm looking specifically for colonial American historical romance, and I want something approximating accurate costuming. I know this is probably too specific a thing for premades (if I had the ability to do covers, I'd probably focus on the Regency period, which is where most historical romances are set), but I thought I'd ask. If not, does anyone have any ideas where to find decent stock photos along these lines? Thanks in advance. :)

Writers' Cafe / Smashwords has updated the "current account balance"
« on: July 04, 2013, 12:01:28 PM »
I beg your pardon if there's already a thread on this, but I didn't see one. I noticed Smash has updated the "current account balance" so that B&N and Kobo are updated through May 31, and Apple is updated through May 4. I guess the quarter ends June 30, so they're still a month behind, but this is an improvement, and my account balance looks much happier now. :D

Writers' Cafe / Kobo direct
« on: June 25, 2013, 09:32:02 AM »
I complained on another thread about how slow Smashwords was about updating Kobo's data, and several people suggested I go direct. For me, Kobo was not previously worth the trouble, but they do seem to be picking up steam (though SW is so far behind that I don't know what my April, May and June sales there look like). I gathered from previous threads about Kobo that there were some issues with uploading and perhaps some slow payments. Is everyone happy with Kobo's direct platform? Are there any remaining issues I should know about?

ETA: I think I misread SW. Kobo has reported through May 31 and paid through Mar 31. My old eyes couldn't tell the difference. :D But to be fair to SW, they're not quite as far behind reporting on Kobo as I thought.

Writers' Cafe / Hey, Bella, I spotted your next book!
« on: June 23, 2013, 02:01:33 PM »

Writers' Cafe / Bella Andre, coming to a grocery store near you
« on: May 28, 2013, 09:15:39 AM »
I went over to the local Harris Teeter today to grab a few things for lunch, and was thrilled to see Bella Andre's The Look of Love displayed prominently in the book section. (Yes, I bought a copy!) This is particularly noteworthy because my Harris Teeter just pared down its book section by fifty percent, and no longer carries much except the very biggest sellers. Above Bella's name it reads New York Times Bestselling Author, and the bottom of the cover announces The Sullivans: Over a million books sold.

Yay for Bella! I hope you sell a million more!

Here's an article about ten brands that 24/7 Wall St. (reported by Yahoo) thinks will disappear by 2014.


Nook is one of them:

Sales at the companys Nook segment, which includes both the e-reader and online books, declined by 26% between the third quarter of 2012 and the third quarter of 2013. The Nooks disadvantage may have little to do with its hardware or software and more to do with size of its online audience. It competes against much larger e-commerce sites that have access to hundreds of millions of new readers. While Amazon has more than 130 million visitors a month according to Quantcast, Barnes & Noble has just over 6 million visitors.

I make a decent amount of money off B&N every month, and would hate to see the Nook go (I also prefer that Amazon have lots of robust competition), but it does appear likely.

Writers' Cafe / Remittance advice
« on: May 20, 2013, 05:46:28 PM »
I just got remittance advice from Amazon for Amazon.com-- first time I got the US email first. Or maybe it was just such a bad month that I'm not getting a UK payment. March was a spectacularly bad month for me, the first month in a long time I've gotten more from B&N than Amazon. But at least they are regular and reliable about payments *shrugs*. They say the payment will go out on the thirtieth.

Writers' Cafe / Publishing on Nook Press
« on: May 16, 2013, 07:18:41 AM »
I put my newest up on Nook Press (because PubIt was having repeated "technical difficulties," which I took to mean "we bloody well aren't going to publish this through PubIt, so you might as well quit trying"). All well and good, except it told me that the book was processing and would be published soon, and now in my list of projects it shows the word "publish" and an upward-pointing arrow next to the book, as if it wants me to press "publish" again. Is this normal till the book goes live, or have I missed some cryptic step? And how long does it take a book to go live, generally speaking?

Writers' Cafe / So what's the verdict on Nook Press?
« on: May 08, 2013, 10:49:44 AM »
I've noticed B&N is repeatedly logging me out of PubIt now. This makes me nervous and makes me think the final conversion to Nook Press may be near. I'm trying to decide-- Nook Press, or Smashwords? I've heard some things about NP that make me nervous (as in problems with books that can't be corrected, and formatting issues, and so forth). All my books are on Smash, so it's easy enough to hit the "distribute to B&N" button if I decide to, but I hate to give up my monthly payments for quarterly ones. What have others decided? Are you pleased with NP? Having problems? Worried about anything in the TOS? Opinions would be appreciated.

Writers' Cafe / #62 in the Kindle store!
« on: April 25, 2013, 08:12:54 PM »
I don't brag often, mostly because I rarely have much to brag about.:D I bought a Bookbub ad on one of my romances under my other name, which has been sorely neglected lately as I focus on my erotic romances. The ad went up midday today, and I was thrilled to find myself #62 in the Kindle store just now. I don't think I've ever broken the top 100 before-- I've gotten close, but I don't think I've ever actually gotten there. And I broke into it in a pretty big way, which is nice. This is an older book (one of my first releases as an indie, and before that it had been with a small publisher), and it was previously over the #100k mark, so the big sales really reflect more on Bookbub than they do on me. But still...#62. I am pleased. :D :D :D

Writers' Cafe / Remittance advice for Germany
« on: April 20, 2013, 11:17:43 AM »
I just got remittance advice for Germany-- and I made it to $10 in only two months! That's the best I've done there in a while.

UK remittance advice should follow shortly. It usually seems to.

Writers' Cafe / Smashwords helped me out with iTunes
« on: April 19, 2013, 02:53:45 PM »
I have commented (rather grumpily) on more than one thread that I've been having serious troubles getting my books from Smashwords to iTunes. It's only fair to report that Smash has fixed the problem. I uploaded a load of erotic romances at the beginning of the year, and about half went up quickly, but then the others got stuck in some sort of weird limbo (probably related to the more careful review of erotic books). I emailed Smash after about four weeks, and they told me that it sometimes took as long as eight weeks. At eight weeks I contacted them again, and about a week later a very nice guy wrote me back and started working on the problem for me. He reshipped the missing books to iTunes with a request for them to expedite the reviews, and as of today all are up except one. Quite a few of these books took three months to get up on iTunes, but there seems to have been no problem with them... they just got stuck somehow. Anyway, they're fixed, and I'm looking forward to selling some new books on iTunes *crosses fingers*.

Writers' Cafe / Article on Colleen Hoover
« on: April 17, 2013, 04:01:47 AM »
Forgive me if this has already been posted. I did a search and didn't see it, but sometimes I miss stuff. Here's a nice article on Colleen Hoover, "a story of self-published success in the digital age and of the popularity of so-called 'New Adult' books":


Bits from the article:

By June, both books hit Amazon's Kindle top 100 best-seller list. By July, both were on The New York Times best-seller list for e-books. Soon after, they were picked up by Atria Books, a Simon & Schuster imprint. By fall, she had sold the movie rights.


In a June post Hoover poignantly writes about being able to move from a single-wide mobile home to "a REAL house. A house with doors that work and an air conditioner that cools and electricity that doesn't shut off if you run two electronics at the same time."

Writers' Cafe / How does one get in "books"?
« on: April 12, 2013, 03:57:09 PM »
I was perusing Amazon today and came across a freshly released indie gay erotica novella. It's not as well ranked as mine, and yet it's #14 in its category. (Mine is not top 100 in any category.) When I looked, I saw that the category for the other book was under "books," rather than the Kindle store, which apparently allowed it to get into more specific drilldowns than my story. (The listed category is Books > Gay & Lesbian > Literature & Fiction > Erotica.) And yet it's a novella, same as mine, and not available in paper form. How does one get one's ebooks listed as a "book" so one can get into more specific categories?

Writers' Cafe / ARe featured me:-)
« on: April 11, 2013, 03:52:58 AM »
My latest book Illumination started out fairly well on ARe (the first place I managed to get it listed), getting to #39 on the bestseller list there. Yesterday I was gone all day, and when i came back I was thrilled to see that they'd listed the book in their "weekly ebook bargains" newsletter. This morning I'm #9 on the ARe overall bestseller list, and on the gay bestseller list as well. I know it's not a big thing compared to the Amazon or B&N lists, but it's nevertheless exciting to have readers buying my book.:)

Writers' Cafe / Amazon-- file won't convert (solved itself)
« on: April 08, 2013, 04:55:35 PM »
I'm trying to get a book up on Amazon, but the file won't convert. It just sits there and says "almost there" endlessly. Is there a problem with the file, or is this an Amazon issue?

ETA: After several more tries, the file finally went through. I guess Amazon was just in a bad mood. ;D

Writers' Cafe / ENT question
« on: April 06, 2013, 10:32:57 AM »
Looking at Mary's thread, I was thinking about trying to get ENT to list my romance when it's on sale. ENT says "no explicit sex." It's a "regular" romance, under my other name, but it does have fairly steamy sex scenes, typical for the genre. Does ENT mean "no romance-style sex scenes," or do they mean "no erotica-style sex scenes"? I see them listing plenty of romances-- do they only take sweet romances?

Writers' Cafe / Smashwords updated... sort of
« on: April 05, 2013, 08:34:29 PM »
There's a lot more money in my "current account balance" than there was. There is no longer any balance for Apple, and the B&N amount has reduced substantially (ETA: Kobo no longer has a balance, either), so I'm assuming the money in my balance came from these retailers' sales even though neither shows the "balance adjusted" date updated yet. My Apple amount now reads zero, so it appears they put the money into the "current account balance" but have not added new sales yet.

Will this money show up in the quarterly payment, or not, do you suppose?

Writers' Cafe / Ganxy improvements
« on: April 03, 2013, 01:16:05 PM »
For anyone who uses Ganxy... I was updating my sites today, and noticed that Ganxy has made a few improvements in embedding showcases. You can now embed a showcase with a transparent background, so that it doesn't show up as a big white square if your background is a different color (the efficacy of this seems to be limited, however, by the fact that the font isn't very dark and doesn't show up well against much except white-- it'd be nice if the next improvement allowed users to change font color and size). Also, when you embed, you can click to remove all those social media buttons along the side. I think this results in a cleaner-looking integration into a website.

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