Let’s Talk About Take-Overs

Good morning all!

Today, I want to talk about author take-overs.

For those who are hoping to make their publications successful, author take-overs are a very useful way to widen your audience and interact with potential readers.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the concept, let me explain.

Author take-overs are events where an author signs up to ‘take-over’ or become a guest in the Facebook group of another person or community. Generally, you would choose groups in a genre appropriately matched to your book.

During this time period (which may range from fifteen minutes to an entire day, depending upon the rules of the group), you would tell everyone about yourself, introduce your books and writing, play games, and interact.

Now, you may be asking yourself, ‘Merel, how do I know I’m doing this right?’

There really isn’t a wrong or right way to do it. But for the sake of argument, I’ll give you some examples. πŸ˜€

Introduction:

Hi! My name is Merel Pierce, and I’m super excited be to hanging out with you today. Thank you to (whoever the host or party organizer is) for having me!

I love to write Mafia, Omegaverse, Paranormal, and other dark romance. I write complex tales woven with humor, horror, trials and tribulations a plenty. My hero’s are anything but one dimensional, and my heroine’s always prevail over that which tries to destroy them. Even in the darkest of scenes you will find love, even if it isn’t in the form you expected. I hope you’ll enjoy it.

If you’d like to keep up with the naughty things I’m doing, you can find me here –>

Facebook: (provide your social media links)

Twitter:

Website:

Newsletter:

Not so bad right? Just tell a little about yourself and where to find you.

Next, you might choose to play a few games. You want to interact, and games are a good way to do it. There don’t have to be prizes, but if you can offer a free copy of your book or a small gift of some kind, it’s a nice bonus. You can find inspiration for author games everywhere online, pinterest included. Here are a few examples of the games I use πŸ˜€

This is a game I made when I released my BDSM/Omegaverse Club cross over book. πŸ˜€ Themed games are fun.
This is another favorite of mine 😑

You’ll also want to share your books and stories. So, if you have a new release, post about it! Post the blurb, post a scene snippet, be damn sure to post the link to your story! You can do it a few ways. You can write the text in the post, and attach your link and cover or promo image, or you can make a promo with the text in it, like so-

You can also share meme’s or photos, and encourage people to participate by doing the same. Whether its ‘your favorite naughty meme’ or something else, anything that encourages participation and comments is good.

How many posts you need will depend upon how long of a time slot you have. Once you know how long your slot will be, you can plan out your posts and usually (you may have to ask for this) you will be given moderator rights before your event so that you can schedule the posts in advance. This allows you not to be tied up posting them as the even is happening. That means more time for interactions πŸ˜€

At the end of your time slot, thank everyone for coming to the party, thank your host, and again post all your links as a reminder of where they can find you!

Be sure to adhere to the rules of the group that has been kind enough to host you, as well as Facebook’s community standards (you don’t want to get your host in trouble), and make certain you know what time zone the party will be held in so that you can adjust accordingly (if you aren’t in the same time slot you may need to double check with the coordinator to help you determine the time difference for your posts)

And really! It’s all that simple! To recap…

  1. Post an introduction, thank your host for having you, tell them about yourself and post your social media links
  2. Share snippets or descriptions of your books, be sure to attach the links where they can find your work!
  3. Play games, post things people can interact with!
  4. Thank your host, again link everyone to where they can find and follow you.
  5. Most importantly, have fun!

Believe me, after the nervous anxiety of your first take-over, you’ll see that there was nothing to be scared of! It’s really very easy πŸ˜€ Do them often, if you can. They’re always good for spreading the word about your work!

We Need Your Help

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Good morning everyone!


Over the past year, you have all made our tiny company of authors (Reticent Desire Publications) feel so welcome, so blessed.


2019 was a fabulous start for us, with two authors signing on, two successful novel releases, a novella publication, and three books in our author inspirations series up and running. The support and encouragement we have received is something amazing, truly. We are grateful for you all, every day.


In 2020, we want to bring you even more characters and stories to love! We also have several authors that have expressed an interest in joining our family. Because we are still very small, we must currently plan our releases more than four or five months in advance due to budgeting restrictions. We are excited to bring you those books, but know that we could give so much more! Currently, we have a back log of manuscripts already waiting to be processed.


We have decided to open a kickstarter campaign,, in hopes that we may be given the opportunity to present you with more offerings this year than are currently scheduled. Your support would allow us to shorten release times between publications by 1/3-1/2 the present scheduling, extend our marketing, take on new authors, hire an assistant to help spread the word and take care of the daily tasks so we can focus on creating those magical stories to share with you all, and much, much more.
There are lots of special gifts for our backers, and all of our gift packages include a membership to an exclusive group who will receive updates and teasers before everyone else.


If you have enjoyed the work of Ana B. Starr , myself, and Isoellen Writes, please consider taking a peek at our project. We are working hard every day to bring more magical dark romance into your lives. Even if you can’t donate, every share helps. We have until the end of March to reach our goal.
Thank you so much for being part of our family. We look forward to spending the year with you all! ❀


If you have any questions, please feel free to pm me.

Click the photo below to be taken to our campaign —>

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Author Spotlight – L.V. Lane

Ok people, we’re back for another author spotlight. This week, we’re going to focus on L.V. Lane πŸ˜€

Here’s a little bit about L.V. Lane

I love a happy ever after, although sometimes the journey to get there can be rough on my poor characters.
An unashamed fan of the alpha, the antihero, and the throwback in all his guises and wherever he may lurk.

https://www.authorlvlane.com


L.V. is a prolific dark romance writer, who has a fabulously unique twist on the Omegaverse genre. She’s recently started to branch out with a science fiction thriller and a romance that I think is going to have us laughing and fanning ourselves all at once.


Lets start with her new releases, because why not?

I can tell when someone is lying.
And I know when they speak the truth.Β 
I predict about the future, about our civilization,Β 
And I know we are going to lose the war.Β 
I’m not afraid to use predictive skills to break the rules–to break people–if it’s necessary for the greater good.
My relationship with my brother may be strained, but he’s in trouble.Β 
And I’m going to get him out…whatever it takes.


Today is the first day of my first job.
I’m nervous, excited, and much too early.
Which is when I meetΒ himΒ for the very first time.
He’s a businessman with a ruthless reputation.
A billionaire and a playboy.
His company sponsored my scholarship.
And I’ve dreamed about him in the kind of detail you can’t evenΒ tell your best friend about.
That was before I thought we might meet.
There is something very cliche about accidentally throwing your drink over a god in human flesh. The throwing part is where the cliche ends for me.Β 
He doesn’t look endeared by the incident, nor amused. He looks mad as freaking hell.Β 
My brain freezes, mental capability flees, and I look away from his penetrating gaze,Β 
but that brings my focus to his chest, where coffee drips down onto his doubtless expensive shoes.
I want to die. I have never wanted to die before, but if a magic wish were granted me now, I would happily cease to exist.Β 
I’ve just thrown a full and very hot cup of coffee all over my very hot new boss.


Before the Copper virus came along, we were ordinary people. Developed in a lab, the virus was hailed as the next stage of evolution. Little did we know how it would change us, physically and physiologically. It divided us. There were still ordinary people among us, those for whom the virus did not latch. And then there were the dynamicsβ€”Alpha through to Mu. And Omega, the lowliest dynamic. We are obligated to use our special gifts for the betterment of our kind, often forced into combat or government operations. They assign us Alpha controllers, to keep us in line. How they accomplish that, is too carnal and intimate to discuss in mixed company.
(This is the complete collection of books 1-6, which you can find listed individually below)

Book One
Book Two
Book Three
Book Four
Book Five
Book Six

So, if you like sci-fi, omegaverse, and tons of steamy romance, then these books are probably for you, and you should like…You know. Stalk L.V. Lane, since she’s always putting out something new and exciting πŸ˜€

As an Amazon associate, I may earn a small free from each qualifying purchase made through my site.

Author Spotlight – Leann Ryans

We’re going to try something new, guys!

I’m going to be doing an author spotlight once a week, where I highlight an author and their work, and tell you where you can find them.

Today, we are focusing on Leann Ryans


About Leann Ryans

Leann Ryans is a stay-at-home wife and mother of three. She grew up on Sci-fi and Fantasy books with some of her favorite authors being Anne McCaffery and Mercedes Lackey.Β 

In 2013 she discovered paranormal romance and delved into a whole new world. After reading Omegaverse stories from Addison Cain and Nora Ash, she had the idea for The Omega Prize and decided to take a shot at writing a book of her own.Β 

The beginning was rough, it took two months to write the first five chapters, but as her 2019 New Year’s resolution she said she was going to finish the story and committed to writing every day. It didn’t take long for the book to begin telling itself and from there she just kept going.Β 

2020’s goal is to improve her craft and keep putting out more books. Older ones will be getting updates between new releases, and there will be a few surprises this year.

Currently all of her books are Omegaverse, but they span other genres like Sci-Fi, Historical Barbarians, and Dystopian.


You can find her link tree with all her social media contact points here –>


So, lets get started!

As an indie author, Leann is putting a lot of us to shame. Her first year in publication ended with like…Eleven books up on amazon? That’s insane! Mind you, they are novellas and anthologies, but that’s some damn impressive catalog! She is a super motivated author, who has tons of naughty stories she wants to tell!

She started in Omegaverse, and while her publications are mainly in this genre, I have a feeling she’s going to be expanding in the future and bringing her particular brand of romance into other genre’s. πŸ˜€


The Legion Omegas

A Sci-Fi Omegaverse full of feisty Omegas and growly Alphas

Book One
Book Two
Book Three
The Omnibus Collection of all three Books

The Hired Series

A modernish Omegaverse world where the Alphas have been deemed dangerous and are no longer in chage… Except, of course, in the bedroom.

Book One
Book Two

The Alpha Barbarians Series

A historical barbarian Omegaverse world perfectly suited for dominating Alphas

Book One
Book Two
Book Three

Alphas’ Captive Duet

A super dark and steamy duet about a captive Omega

Book One
Book Two

Stand Alone Novels

A stand alone enemies to lovers modern Omegaverse romance. Hot and steamy!


So, in short, if you are looking for a short, steamy Omegaverse read, Leann Ryans is your girl! Her worlds are sexy and unique, but don’t exist under the same umbrella of darkness and depravity as most Omegaverse worlds, which makes for a lighter reading experience. If you are looking for something new, be sure to check her out!

As an Amazon associate, I may earn a small free from each qualifying purchase made through my site.

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 –> https://dl.bookfunnel.com/pxb9kui4v1


πŸŽ„

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!

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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 —->
https://www.amazon.com/dp/1733455310/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=50+writing+prompts+for+dark+fiction+writers&qid=1574394766&sr=8-3

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!

Meghan

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.

*

Daniel

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.