Friday, May 12, 2017
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Kylee is at it again in the second installment of The Paradox Files. This time her nemesis is a bicorn who feeds on virtue and devotion, however Kylee isn't sure which is more dangerous, the Nevada desert or the beast.
Pre-Order Waking the Siren now and this kick-ass urban fantasy novel will be delivered to your device on May 15th!
I am also hosting a Facebook release party on May 15th from 5pm to 10pm EST. So swing in, enter the giveaway for $25 Amazon gift card and other cool things, and say hello. Check out the party and the cool giveaways here!
If you’re looking for the first book in The Paradox Files series, currently it can only be found in the Legends of the Damned collection which you can read for free if you’re in Kindle Unlimited. If not, $2.99 is a steal for a collection of 20 books!
You can buy or borrow it on AMAZON!
And last, but not least, I have my shifter romance novel, Blood Moon, in an upcoming summer collection with 22 other authors. This limited edition collection of 23 paranormal romance and urban fantasy novels – Venom & Vampires – is on sale for $0.99 through the preorder period. Grab it now on any of these sites:
Thursday, May 4, 2017
The box set debate...
I learned a lot of neat marketing avenues, some offering more impact than others.
I learned the art of what works with ads on facebook and book bub, and was taught the benefits of having a solid newsletter, which wasn't something I had before I started doing these sets.
I've worked with 20+ other authors in these sets and been successful at hitting the USA Today list five times and barely missed the New York Times list with one of those five. None of this was easy.
It took posting to multiple groups on facebook every day to keep our book in front of the readers eyes. They say you have to see something multiple times before you are compelled to one click buy - its all in the psychology of marketing. Visibility. Repetition. Rinse. Repeat.
It took all 20+ of us to send to our newsletter lists multiple times over the course of six months.
It took 20+ of us tweeting like madmen every day.
Did we offer giveaways to try to get readers to buy. Hell, yes. Was purchasing the set a requirement to be in the giveaway? No. Was it something in the list of optional entries? Yes, because you'd be an idiot not to include it as an option. Scroll down a little in my blog here and you'll see a traditionally published author doing the same thing.
Did we offer a free gift when a reader actually did buy the set? Yes. Again, this is part of good marketing practices.
Did we ask friends and family to buy the set and to help spread the word? Yup. Why not ask for the support of those closest to you to reach your dreams?
And probably the most important and meaningful thing to me personally, I met a boat load of talented authors and made some fairly good friends as a result.
So hearing the beat down from some in the indie community regarding these sets is very disheartening. We busted our asses. We worked as a team and it is being discounted by a few who have an imaginary ax to grind.
I'm sure I'm putting myself in the cross-hairs by calling this out, but the people hell bent on tearing us all down are not the type people I ever want to do business with.
I have always been the kind of person that migrates towards those who want to help the writing community - first with my years in the Backspace forums trying to build my voice, and where I learned about Margie Lawson's online classes, which helped hone my craft, to the local RWA chapter that I was in for a few years. Each and every organization I was associated with had the motto of writers helping writers. It's ingrained in my nature.
Then came Facebook and K-Boards and Goodreads, where at first it seemed to hold the same values, but it was soon apparent that these were places that attracted trolls and people that have one agenda; to tear others down or to make a fast buck off people.
Fortunately, even within these cesspools, there are pockets of like minded writers who want to help others. Whether that help is in the form of honest feedback or services meant to boost careers or just daily moral support in this solitary career. I found those like me who have the same propensity for helping others.
Are there scammers out there? Yes. I've had my share of run ins with scammers, even uncovered a pretty big scam ring of fake agents, so I like to think I'm a little more savvy than a newbie out there. So, I don't agree with the opinion being portrayed as fact regarding the sets I have participated in.
But services that don't work out the way you hoped are not the same thing as a scam. Buyers remorse is not the same thing as a scam, either.
However, being afraid to voice an opinion or dissatisfaction with a service, that is also a problem, as well. Not everything will appeal to everyone. Not every service will bring the returns you expected. And we should be able to voice our disappointment in how the service performed for us without retaliation. It doesn't mean that service isn't right for someone else.
But I don't believe the fear of stating an opinion on how something worked or didn't is at the heart of this specific shit storm.
This is a creation of the internet age where public bashing has become something of a spectator sport and made acceptable at some level for those that are angry.
It is not.
We saw it in the election with people so jaded by their viewpoints that they tore apart anyone who thought differently. This is the behavior that turned me off to a boat load of people to begin with long before this current situation cropped up.
Those same people creating this swirl were the ones that made blanket statements bashing an entire group of people. Public shaming just because of the party on their voter registration card. This negativity that these people used to wield their perceived power was atrocious.
These same people seem to be the ones that thrive on drama. They don't care who they hurt just as long as they have the spotlight and their perception is validated. They even drag innocent people into the mix with their assumption of guilt.
These are the people that focus way too much of their time tearing down others and not enough time really listening to alternative viewpoints. These are close minded people who believe their opinion is the only opinion and everyone else is wrong.
These are not people that have the best interests of others in their hearts or their actions.
It is all very, very sad.
I have stayed out of this debate trying to quietly celebrate my accomplishments with those around me, but someone hiding under the guise of an anonymous identity decided to bring me into it with false allegations and put a link to one of my trilogies in the notes of a post along with three other author book links.
So I'm putting my thoughts out here and I expect those same vultures to go on the attack now.
Thursday, April 27, 2017
I am so excited to announce that VENOM AND VAMPIRES is now available for pre-order!! It features my story Blood Moon, along with 22 other stories. Grab this limited edition collection for just $0.99 today!
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With over one million words of fiction and over 100 hours of prime reading material, this exciting collection will treat you to brand new worlds and inventive re-imaginings of our beloved monsters-in-the-dark. You won't want to miss out this deal.
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Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Last Chance to pick up this kick-ass set for $0.99. Don't miss this
If you haven’t already bought Legends of the Damned yet, you might want to grab it while it’s available everywhere at the price of $0.99. At the end of the week, the price will go to $2.99 and the book will no longer be available on iTunes, Nook, or Kobo!
Legends of the Damned is the ULTIMATE Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance Boxed Set!
23 New York Times, USA Today, and International bestselling authors bring you 21 novels of magic, adventure, suspense, and romance.
With over one million words of magical fiction from the urban fantasy and paranormal romance genres, this omnibus will provide over one hundred hours of reading, including some BRAND NEW material!
The sparks fly off these fantasy and action-driven pages, carrying you away into parts of the world you’ve only ever dreamed of!
If you want a collection packed with witches, vampires, shape shifters, faeries, aliens, ghosts, and more, then you’ve found what you’re looking for with LEGENDS OF THE DAMNED!
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Featuring Titles From…
International bestselling author Lindsey R. Loucks
New York Times bestselling author Erin Hayes
International bestselling author Pippa DaCosta
International bestselling author Lee Dignam & Katerina Martinez
USA Today bestselling author J.E. Taylor
USA Today bestselling author L.B. Gilbert writing as Lucy Leroux
International bestselling author Simone Pond
USA Today bestselling author Jayne Faith
New York Times bestselling author Laxmi Hariharan
Award-Winning Author Jade Kerrion
International bestselling author Constance Burris
Kindle Scout Winner Debbie Cassidy
International bestselling author Jocelyn Dex
International bestselling author J Alex McCarthy
International bestselling author Dean F. Wilson
Award-Winning author Eileen Cruz Coleman
International bestselling author Hanna Peach
International bestselling author Jamie Campbell
International bestselling author Taryn Quinn
International bestselling author T.G. Ayer
USA Today bestselling author Jae Vogel
Check out some of the exclusive stories included in this set:
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
The ULTIMATE Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance Boxed Set!23 New York Times, USA Today, and International bestselling authors bring you 21 novels of magic, adventure, suspense, and romance. With over one million words of magical fiction from the urban fantasy and paranormal romance genres, this omnibus will provide over one hundred hours of reading, including some BRAND NEW material!
The sparks fly off these fantasy and action-driven pages, carrying you away into parts of the world you’ve only ever dreamed of! If you want a collection packed with witches, vampires, shape shifters, faeries, aliens, ghosts, and more, then you’ve found what you’re looking for with LEGENDS OF THE DAMNED! Pre-order today to find out where these legends will lead you!
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Exclusively in Legends of the Damned:
Silencing the Siren by J.E. Taylor
A protector. A lost soul. A siren looking for salvation.
Kylee Paradox never expected to be a protector of humankind, but when hell’s portals open and let loose the creatures of the underworld, she can’t see any other way. Armed with an ultimatum, Kylee has no choice but to embrace her new position as bounty hunter of the damned. Sending these monsters back to purgatory becomes her life’s mission.
The only glitches in an otherwise noble pursuit are those who hold her fate in their hands. They forbid her from using her deadly siren song to lure the beasts back to the pit. If she harms even a single innocent soul in her quest, Kylee herself will become one of the hunted.
Enjoy this excerpt from Silencing the Siren...
The sign over my office door read Kylee Paradox, Paranormal Investigator, but I was really a bounty hunter of unnatural creatures. Honestly, I never expected to be a protector of humankind, but when hell’s portals opened and let loose the creatures from the underworld, I didn’t have a choice. It was hunt, or be hunted.
You can guess which choice I made.
Unfortunately, the perils of being a siren royally screwed up that plan. You see, if I employed my voice to snare these monsters—which, for the record, would be by far the easiest way to send them back to hell—it would drive any nearby humans beyond the edge of reason. I was told there was no acceptable amount of collateral damage, especially if I was ever going to achieve my own salvation.
So, I had to curtail my greatest weapon, and fall back on the warrior skills I had honed over the millennia.
I was kind of a badass.
This era was possibly the easiest to navigate compared to some of the umpteen centuries I’d walked the earth. It was so much easier to blend in and go unnoticed these days. But then again, everyone was preoccupied with their damn electronics. Unfortunately, I had fallen victim to the same technology pitfalls.
My computer buzzed, and I swiveled the chair around, dismissing the view of the Pacific for my oversized cherry desk. I glanced at the instructions that flashed on the screen, clenching my teeth in response. I hated Fate. She was a bitch of epic proportion, and this latest order wasn’t welcomed in the least.
I hadn’t been home in nearly a millennium for a reason.
Now, she wanted me to go back and hunt one of my own. A siren had taken hold of the waters south of Crete and was making everyone within range of its voice go on murderous rampages. The latest nautical victim was big enough to make international news. A cruise ship had been exposed to the siren’s song, and everyone on board was slaughtered. I wondered if I knew the monster luring those poor souls to their death.
As if Fate heard my musings, a name flashed on the screen.
My stomach dropped as I stared at the display. “You have got to be kidding me.” I said.
A swirl of smoke bloomed in the middle of the room. As it dissipated, the blonde bitch stood glaring at me from the center of the damned cloud. Standing in her signature ruby dress that flowed as if she also commanded the wind, Fate crossed her arms, looking down her aristocratic nose at me.
“I do not kid,” she said. Her voice was about as icy as the Alaskan tundra.
“You really expect me to take down my brother?” I said, pointing at the screen.
A truly evil smile flashed, and I just wanted to smash that beautiful face in. She leaned on the desk, narrowing her eyes. “You will do as I order,” she snarled.
“And if I refuse?” I crossed my arms. Two could play the snark game.
“I will personally escort you to your dungeon in hell.” Her lips twitched from a thin line of anger to that of amusement. I never doubted this bitch enjoyed watching me squirm.
About the author...
J.E. Taylor is a USA Today bestselling author, a publisher, an editor, a manuscript formatter, a mother, a wife, a business analyst, and a Supernatural fangirl, not necessarily in that order.
She first sat down to seriously write in February of 2007 after her daughter asked:
“Mom, if you could do anything, what would you do?”
From that moment on, she hasn’t looked back. In addition to being co-owner of Novel Concept Publishing, Ms. Taylor also moonlights as a Senior Editor of Allegory E-zine, an online venue for Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror.
She lives in Connecticut with her husband and two children and during the summer months enjoys her weekends on the shore in southern Maine.
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