Lets Talk About Image/Font Licensing…

Good morning everyone! Today, I want to talk to you about something that is very important.

Image and Font Licensing

Whether you are creating promo images or covers for your books, most of those fonts, images and effects that you gather online to use are subject to licensing agreements. If you do not properly follow those licensing stipulations, there could be legal repercussions.

Let me start by saying this first. If you take anything away from this blog, let it be this – Nothing is free, and if you assume it is, you might be putting yourself at risk.

I’m not trying to scare you. Most of us have shared images we found online that we liked with others on social media. Should you always credit the photographer/artist/model when you can, or say where you found it? Yes. Do we? No, not always. But there is a big difference between sharing an image you like, and using an image you like for the purposes of promotion or sale.

If you want to cover your butt, always source your images and fonts from reputable stock sites. There are plenty of them out there.

Will it cost you money? Sometimes, yes.

Remember, you are using the creative product of another person. Would you expect an artist to paint you something for free? Or a photographer to do a full set of photographs to your specifications without charging? No. No you wouldn’t.

The people who create these images, fonts, and photoshop effects are trying to support themselves with their work. By uploading through stock sites, they receive a commission each time their product is downloaded and used by members. Generally, that commission is pretty small, so every penny counts.

So how does this work?

Most stock sites offer subscriptions to their clients. This means you can download a certain number of products per month, for a monthly or annual rate. Most also feature a buy as you need it option, where you can purchase individual items without having a subscription.

It is important to note, that just because you have a subscription to that particular service and can download an image or font style, it does not mean you have the right to use it any way you choose.

Most sites offer a standard license, and an extended license option. These vary from site to site, and sometimes even from image to image on any one site. It is very important to compare the two licenses and decide which is right for you. Most items default to a standard license, and give the option of choosing an extended option on the items page.

Below is a small portion of a comparison between standard and extended licenses for Depositphotos. It’s an extensive and detailed list, telling you exactly what you can and can’t do with that image, or how many times it can be used/viewed under that license.

Being careful to consider these options and choose the best suited one for you is important. You need to protect yourself, and your work, and having a lawsuit filed or being forced to pull a book down from publications because you didn’t have permission to use the artwork on the cover can be devastating.

It’s very, very worth the investment.

Even if an image says copyright free, free to use, it’s still your job to trace that image and make certain that it truly is available for you to use in the manner you wish. There are a lot of shady characters on the internet who steal images and repost them without permission of the original artist.

Keep track of where you get each image/font/etc (I keep mine in separate folders, for each site I’ve gotten them from). The sites themselves will keep track of your licensing agreements, but it’s not a bad idea to keep a folder of them yourself on your computer. Keep any discussions/contact info you have with ‘artists’ or ‘site admins’ that you may contact when inquiring about the usage rights of products on small or individual sites. If you are hiring someone to make a cover for you, request information about where they obtain their images and what licensing is attached to the image. Most of all? If you aren’t sure? Don’t use that item.

Remember, the people who create those images, fonts, and effects are just like you and me… They are trying to build their dream. Don’t try to cut corners or save money at their expense. ❀

Below, you will find a list of reputable stock sites you can use πŸ˜€ There are many more, but just be sure to do your research!

Stock Images, vectors, and videos
Stock Images, vectors, and videos
Stock images, vectors, videos, and more

Stock Fonts
Stock Fonts
Stock Fonts

Images, fonts, mock-ups, vids, music, Photoshop effects, and more.

Merry Christmas! My Gift to You…

πŸŽ„πŸŽMerry Christmas Everyone!πŸŽπŸŽ„

Ready for your present? It’s an Omegaverse/Mafia short, with some of your votes from the poll back in October used as inspiration, and an appearance by Nikolai, December, and baby Aleksei πŸ˜€ Thank you for your support and love! I am so very grateful for you all! ❀
A free story, all for you!

You can find it here –>


𝐡𝑒𝑖𝑛𝑔 π‘‘β„Žπ‘’ π‘‚π‘šπ‘’π‘”π‘Ž π‘œπ‘“ π‘‘β„Žπ‘’ π΄π‘ π‘π‘’π‘Ÿπ‘¦ π‘ π‘¦π‘›π‘‘π‘–π‘π‘Žπ‘‘π‘’ 𝑖𝑠𝑛’𝑑 π‘Žπ‘  π‘”π‘™π‘Žπ‘šπ‘œπ‘’π‘Ÿπ‘œπ‘’π‘  π‘Žπ‘  π‘ π‘œπ‘šπ‘’ π‘šπ‘–π‘”β„Žπ‘‘ π‘‘β„Žπ‘–π‘›π‘˜.

𝐴𝑖𝑠𝑙𝑖𝑛 π‘€π‘œπ‘’π‘™π‘‘ π‘™π‘–π‘˜π‘’ π‘›π‘œπ‘‘β„Žπ‘–π‘›π‘” π‘šπ‘œπ‘Ÿπ‘’ π‘‘β„Žπ‘Žπ‘› π‘“π‘œπ‘Ÿ π‘ π‘œπ‘šπ‘’π‘œπ‘›π‘’ π‘‘π‘œ π‘Ÿπ‘’π‘ π‘π‘’π‘’ β„Žπ‘’π‘Ÿ π‘“π‘Ÿπ‘œπ‘š π‘‘β„Žπ‘’ π‘π‘Ÿπ‘’π‘’π‘™π‘‘π‘¦ π‘œπ‘“ π‘‘β„Žπ‘’ π΄π‘™π‘β„Žπ‘Ž π‘€β„Žπ‘œ π‘“π‘œπ‘Ÿπ‘π‘’ π‘π‘œπ‘›π‘‘π‘’π‘‘ β„Žπ‘’π‘Ÿ π‘Žπ‘›π‘‘ π‘šπ‘Žπ‘‘π‘’ β„Žπ‘’π‘Ÿ β„Žπ‘–π‘  𝑝𝑒𝑑.

π‘Šβ„Žπ‘’π‘› π‘Ž 𝑛𝑒𝑀 π΄π‘™π‘β„Žπ‘Ž π‘π‘œπ‘šπ‘’π‘  π‘‘π‘œ π‘‘π‘œπ‘€π‘› π‘π‘™π‘Žπ‘–π‘šπ‘–π‘›π‘” β„Žπ‘’ π‘€π‘Žπ‘›π‘‘π‘  π‘‘π‘œ π‘‘π‘œ 𝑏𝑒𝑠𝑖𝑛𝑒𝑠𝑠 π‘€π‘–π‘‘β„Ž π‘‘β„Žπ‘’ π‘ π‘¦π‘›π‘‘π‘–π‘π‘Žπ‘‘π‘’, 𝐴𝑖𝑠𝑙𝑖𝑛 𝑠𝑒𝑛𝑠𝑒𝑠 π‘‘π‘Žπ‘›π‘”π‘’π‘Ÿ.

𝐻𝑒 𝑖𝑠𝑛’𝑑 β„Žπ‘’π‘Ÿπ‘’ 𝑗𝑒𝑠𝑑 π‘“π‘œπ‘Ÿ 𝑏𝑒𝑠𝑖𝑛𝑒𝑠𝑠. 𝐻𝑒’𝑠 β„Žπ‘’π‘Ÿπ‘’ π‘“π‘œπ‘Ÿ β„Žπ‘’π‘Ÿ.

Dark Prompt Book Surprise Release!

That’s right, I’m sneaky. Well, not so much. But hey, I have something new for you!

No, it isn’t a novel. It’s an inspirational prompt book for writers born of my Omegaverse Reader’s Unite group, where I posted and compiled prompts weekly that I’d written for the group. Now, a good portion of them are contained in this new pretty little book!

Here’s the blurb from Reticent!

⭐πŸ”₯β­π—‘π—˜π—ͺ π—₯π—˜π—Ÿπ—˜π—”π—¦π—˜β­πŸ”₯⭐

Merel Pierce and Reticent Desire Publications are proud to bring you what we hope will be the first in a new series of books by writers, for writers.

Whether you write for fun or professionally, finding inspiration can sometimes be difficult. Well, we’re here to help!

We’ve compiled a book of fifty writing prompts for fans of dark fiction in this gorgeous little book! Featuring a customizable table of contents (so you can title your prompt writings and keep track of them more easily) and two pages worth of dedicated writing space per prompt, this conveniently sized paperback is a dream!

The grunge like interior design is certain to set the mood for your dark musings!

If we succeed with this little book we will be doing other themes such as romance, sci-fi, paranormal, and more!

Find it here —->

Happy writing ya’ll!

‘Yes, Alpha’ is live!

That’s right!

‘Yes, Alpha’, the first novella in my new ‘His Willing Omega’ series, is live on amazon! This sexy, consensual Omegaverse/BDSM series is a short, yummy read! Purchase your copy, or rent it for free with KU, the choice is yours!


I don’t belong here.
A BDSM club isn’t a safe place for an unattached Omega.
I should know better, but I can’t help myself.
He’s just too perfect an Alpha to resist.



She’s so sweet and vulnerable,
I can hardly stand it.
She needs a real Alpha to show her how it’s meant to be.
She may not wear my mark,
but she’ll wear my collar.

ARC Signups Open for ‘Yes, Alpha’

It’s that time again! Taking sign-ups for ARC for ‘Yes, Alpha’, my new BDSM Omegaverse novella coming out September 28th.

If you’ve already beta read the first draft you’re in automatically. Just pm me your email address if you’d like to do it! Everyone else, you’ve got till Tuesday to sign up πŸ˜€ Follow the link —>

Cover Reveal – ‘Yes, Alpha’

For those who weren’t at the Dark Romance Party for the early reveal, here is the cover of my upcoming novella, due out end of September πŸ˜€

‘His Willing Omega’ is a an Omegaverse BDSM novella series that explores a consensual, erotic relationship between an Alpha and Omega. This first book is titled ‘Yes, Alpha’, and will be a KU exclusive. Don’t worry, there will be drama and challenges to overcome, and the sex will still be hot as fire, even if the Omega consents! XD
Keep your eye out for updates! More information coming soon!

Exclusive Cover Reveal!

Book news!
My newest release is set for September/October!

If you’d like an exclusive sneak peek at the cover, join us tomorrow at ‘Dark Romance Author Party Central’ on Facebook for the reveal and our first party! Otherwise, you have to wait a whole week for the reveal, and all you get is this teaser! >3 Muahaha!

Come join the fun tomorrow from 10am -10pm ctd and meet all of our great authors and up-and-comers! –>