Tuesday, March 4, 2014
**To celebrate the re-release of Firsts (which is far superior to the original -- see post below for details), I'm holding a contest. Information is listed at the end of this post.**
I saw this book on Amazon a few years ago. Since I love a "friends to lovers" romance (especially of the erotic variety), I purchased a copy. I couldn't put the book down. I started late at night and refused to put it down until I finished. Afterward, I contacted the author, Rosalie Stanton, and told her how much I loved her work.
As time passed, we've kept in touch. She told me she was revising the story, and I begged her to send me a copy of the new version after she finished the manuscript. She did, and I spent an entire day on my Kindle.
You get more from each character and learn so much about Savannah and Thorn. If you enjoy New Adult with a mixture of erotic romance, Firsts is full of win. You can't go wrong. Since it's only .99 cents at the moment, it won't break the bank. I've stopped doing cover quotes but happily (and readily) did so when I was asked to provide one to for this story. That's how much I adore the characters.
Here's the blurb:
The past year has been hell on Savannah. Not only did her boyfriend dump her on the side of the road—literally—but her best friend, Wes, decided to graduate early. The person he becomes in college is even more confusing, and no matter what she tells herself, she can’t get over the thought of another girl having a piece of him that she’ll never have.
Wes has been in love with Savannah since childhood. Trouble is, she’s never seen him as anything more than a friend, and he’s never been brave enough to push those boundaries. He views college as an opportunity to finally move on. However, their continued close relationship makes moving on difficult, especially since Savannah has no idea she broke his heart.
With her own graduation day approaching, Savannah decides she doesn’t want to be a virgin when she gets to college. Turning to Wes to solve this problem seems sensible. After all, she trusts him more than anyone. Only she isn’t prepared for what her request unleashes—either from him, or in herself.
Want to win a copy of Firsts (signed by the author in print)? Here's how.
**Comment on this BLOG POST (bolded and embedded so you can enter if you see this via Facebook, Twitter, or Goodreads -- the comment must be here in order to enter) with your email added in order to achieve contact with me. Contest starts today and ends March 14th. I will email the winner for shipping information on the following day. Contest is international. If I don't receive an email response after 24 hours, I will use Random.org to choose another winner. If I don't receive a response I'll work my way down the line via the same method. Good luck and happy reading!**
Posted by J.A. Saare / Aline Hunter at Tuesday, March 04, 2014
Monday, February 3, 2014
I've gotten a few emails about release dates and such. For those who are curious, here's what the current release schedule looks like (you can click on images to redirect to my website for blurbs, excerpts, etc).
Dead, Undead, or Somewhere in Between will release in November.
The Renfield Syndrome will release in February (2015).
Shortly thereafter, The Ripple Effect (and Edge of Darkness will release).
As for other projects...
Alpha Mine is currently in edits, but I expect it will release in a month or two. Following that, Moon Kissed will release (August). The story isn't the same as the original. I did use the name of the first book in the series because I've always loved the title, but the characters are different and this version is expanded (and substantially changed) to reflect the full-length story about Adam and Kassia in book three.
For those who've asked, Crimson Sunset will release at the end of the year or, at the latest, the first of next year. Rights revert to me (Crimson Sunrise) in the summer and I'd like to revisit the material and return a few scenes that were cut. I'd also like to tweak things and tidy the manuscript. So yes, the book is coming soon. As for the Desires of the Otherworld series: These are stories I'm eager to return to. Right now I have contractual obligations but I've jotted down notes and hope to write new installments soon.
Right now, at home, things are chaotic. I'll go into that in another week or two (to sum things up -- I'm going to be an aunt again soon and we're expecting a permanent resident in our home). So to say I'm a tad overwhelmed is an understatement.
A few people are curious about my pit bull rescue work. At this time, I haven't been able to contribute to various rescues. However, Peach (the pibble-mix we adopted from a rescue in GA) is doing beautifully. Daisy (our APBT) continues to do well in her training. I'm amazed at how far she's come. As soon as things calm down, I plan to work with a rescue in my area.
I leave you all with a photo of our fur babes. This was taken when it was nice outside and I took a moment to relax and unwind. Wishing you all my best! Hope the weather is treating you kindly. :)
P.S. It's been brought to my attention that my prior blog about being an author and not a servant could be taken the wrong way. Allow me to state I adore my readers. I appreciate each and every single one of you who make it possible for me to writing for a living. Emails and messages make my day and are the reason I stay up late to write as much as I can. Sometimes it might take me a day or two in order to respond to each email or message but, believe me, without you I couldn't do this. I will get back to you.
Thank you, again, for being so amazing! I'll update again soon.
Posted by J.A. Saare / Aline Hunter at Monday, February 03, 2014
Friday, January 31, 2014
I was told a few months ago the first three books in the Alpha and Omega series were chosen to go to Audible. Today I received an email from my narrator, who asked questions about the characters and world. I'm not sure when the books will release in the format, but I wanted to update and let everyone know.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend! I'll be offline in order to get some writing done.
Posted by J.A. Saare / Aline Hunter at Friday, January 31, 2014
Thursday, January 30, 2014
**There are a lot of gifs and images in this post -- I couldn't help myself. Be warned.**
Just a quick post to address emails I've gotten in the last year. Many readers have been positive, but many have been negative as well.
I stopped writing Rhiannon due to poor sales.
Despite my explanations (which can be found on my website) and despite explanations on this very blog (I explained this prior to The Ripple Effect releasing yet the numbers didn't increase I wouldn't be able to write the series) many haven't gotten the memo.
I tried to figure out a way to write about characters I love and feed my children (FYI, I have four) yet it wasn't working. I was faced with staying home and writing full-time v/s returning to school and getting my degree. Then, out of the blue, something happened. My erotic romance took off and suddenly I had to make hard choices. Did I stick with what I loved creating for less than minimum wage (for a full-time job) or did I take a leap and write something else I also enjoyed?
The truth is simple: I chose to write what feeds my children. I thought rational people would understand.
Instead, I got bombarded with this...
I know many like to bash an author for ending a series midway, but here's the truth: I write because I love it. I PUBLISH to make a living. There is a difference. Yes, you can name call. Yes, you can hate me. Yes, you can tell me you hope I die (and yes, I've been told this from a Rhiannon fan). You can blast me until you turn blue in the face about my choices.
If it's not supporting my family, I don't have the luxury to care (wish I did).
As a reader, however, I DO get it. We want our books and we want them yesterday. Yet, as an author, I also understand bills have to be paid. I think the worst thing is when people lash out when they have no idea what it's like for the average author. Trust me, most of us don't own condos in Florida for vacay (I wish). Most of us don't have nannies (GOD, I wish), most of us don't live a lavish life (unless you consider a bowl of Ramen living large -- in which case I'm living VERY lavishly), and most of us do NOT have maids (this isn't the Brady household).
Rhiannon's Law is returning at a new publisher that, I hope, will revive the series. I'd honestly wanted to put a cork in it, but my editor (a fan of the series from a long time back) inquired about the books and I passed a Hail Mary. True, she liked the first few books...but would she like it revised? To my shock, she wanted a contract. The offer came and I decided to give her one (actually three -- the fourth is in the works) of the books. I figured it couldn't hurt. Edge of Darkness is partially completed and I've been jotting down notes for future books in the Rhiannon's Law World.
Believe me when I say I love writing this series and can't wait to put the plot onto paper. However, when I compare the numbers from my urban fantasy sales to my erotic romance author alias...the numbers do NOT come close. Not at all. For example: 18% of my income in 2012 was from my J.A. Saare pen. The remainder came from my Aline Hunter handle. As a mother and wife, I had to sit down and get honest with myself. The books, as much as I loved writing them, were NOT selling. I sent out numerous DMCA notices to piracy sites daily, yet they kept reappearing (via other uploaders or requests). Even then, I kept hoping things would get better. I told myself to hold on to the railings and give it a proper go.
Not everyone is unwilling to pay for an author's work, right?
Then, after a few royalty statements (which were quarterly and dismal), I gave up and focused on erotic romance. Don't get me wrong, I love erom! I simply figured I'd tuck Rhiannon in my pocket, write her story in my extra time, and keep her to myself. Not because I'm selfish. It's not personal at all. Truth be told she wasn't selling well and I had to accept it. It's not personal, it's business.
Or so I thought.
This is what happened next.
Pretty, innit it? Well, maybe not so much. I can say it was a rude awakening.
I hope those who inquired about the books will be happy they are releasing at Samhain (with the fourth coming soon) in the future. No, I wasn't holding them hostage (if you paid uberamounts for the next two books, I haven't seen a penny if it makes you feel better). I simply got my rights back and thought (prior to submission at Samhain) the series would be forgotten. During that time, I worked on other projects. I did what anyone would do -- I made a business decision I hoped would aid my casa.
In truth, I can't act like I did in my twenties.This isn't about me. It's about the spawn I brought forth into this world. I can't think about myself. I have to think about them. Yes, I adore my readers. But ultimately the world is going to crap in a hand-basket and I have to make sure my kiddos pick up the slack. I can't think about myself, I have to think about humanity (okay, that's a bit much -- I just have to think about the fruit of my womb's futures). It's not about me or you, it's about them. Believe me, I've called and apologized to my mother daily since I've grasped the concept (the woman deserves a medal).
I can 't do this...
I must do this...
While also doing this:
I find it very sad that, as an author, I put time into my work yet I have to deal with issues like this (I won't even discuss the name calling and horrid things people say) when I get "fan mail." How hard is it to understand? An honest day's work (that takes me from my family) is something I take seriously. I have a life outside my job (just as readers have -- otherwise they wouldn't have time to read -- a life outside of their job) which means I have an allotted time to create future stories. I am NOT making income from used books with crazy prices. I'm not hording anything. I stopped writing a series and others took advantage. For that, I do apologize. As for the rest? I'm not responsible.
For those who've been ugly, I ask: Do you have a job? Do you get paid? If you have a job yet were offered a sizable bonus to go somewhere else, would you accept?
Joking aside, this is a serious question.
For me, it's about the love and passion of writing. But I wasn't born with a silver spoon in my mouth (alas, I only wish). Writers/Authors are no different from people who work at Wal-Mart (in fact, I may be heading there soon to supplement our income -- check me out in aisle nine -- no, I'm not kidding). Most of us make pennies on a dollar and don't make enough to survive. Most of us can't even buy our medications or pay for gas. That's the honest trust. I can't tell you how many authors I know with "jobs" who write when they have a minute to spare. They are like me, taking extra time away from those they love, to do something they enjoy. And, if they are published, they hope and pray people will PAY for their work and not share it across the internet if/when they get a deal.
Anyhow, this is my response to the nasty emails that have gone unanswered. At the end of the day I'm human. I make mistakes. I fuck up.
Oh yes, I do. Often. I've made so many bad decisions in my life. But I'm striving to be a better person (and business woman.. I think we all are (face it, times are tough). As I get older, I stress less about what people think and have stopped trying to blame others for stupid shit. I accept if a series doesn't work, it doesn't work. If a book isn't selling, it's time to rethink things. Math is simple (at least, for me, sometimes) and if the numbers don't work, they don't work.
I made the decision over a year ago to change my life (which is why I'm not online much these days) and enjoy the things I have. In the end, my children, husband, fur babes, and family are what matter most. Yes, I love to write (I always will) but it's not my life. It's merely a fraction of it. I will always write, that'll never change. However, I will look at royalties and base business decisions on them. If I can't enjoy what I love, what's the point? I might as well join the nine to fivers.
I'm a mother. It's my responsibility to do what's right for my children. We'll never be rich but I can strive to give my children a bright future (who wouldn't?). As much as I want to please the world, I want to please them even more. At the end of the day, I look into their eyes and tell them why times are tough and we can't buy the cereal they want or pay the cost for band trips.
If you hate me for that...well...hate me.
Judging from my email, I can't win or lose.
So stop the aggressive correspondence, okay? It might make you feel better at the time but it's a crappy thing to do to another human being. That's right. I'm human. I don't live in a magical house (nor do I own a unicorn, damn it!). I'm just another person -- with feelings and a family -- who is trying to make ends meet.
It might be hard at first to conceive, but try.
Another human writes books. Another human has a family.
Concentrate. Consider what I've said. Give it a go.
Are we there yet?
Do you get it now?
I hope so.
Whew. I feel better now. Off to write (kiddos are finally asleep). G'night!
It's here! The cover for Dead, Undead, or Somewhere in Between (I was thrilled Kaxana -- my cover artist -- manged to work a butterfly knife into the image)! I just did the cover request for The Renfield Syndrome and can't wait to receive the mock-up (I should receive the contract for The Ripple Effect soon -- I'm finalizing things for Edge of Darkness).
The first installment of Rhiannon's Law will release in November at Samhain. The Renfield Syndrome will release in February, and The Ripple Effect (should) release in June or July. I'll keep you updated on Edge of Darkness. Trust me, Rhiannon is back with a brand new bag of toys.
Back to work for me! Hope you're enjoying the week.
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Okay, yes, it's a joke. :) I got this from my editor and was like...what the hell? Then I realized they were joking and laughed my ass off.
The real cover is coming soon. I can't wait to share it with you.
Rhiannon is returning with a bang. Dead, Undead, or Somewhere in Between will re-release (with an additional 7k words added) in November. The other books in the series (The Renfield Syndrome, The Ripple Effect and Edge of Darkness) will follow every three months (Edge of Darkness "might" be six months, not sure about that yet). No, you don't have to read the revised version(s) to follow the series. The same events transpire. I added more dialogue and scenes with Rhiannon, Disco, and Paine. That's why the new version is longer.
Hope you are doing well! Alpha Mine is with my editor (no release date yet) and Moon Kissed will release in August. I'm currently writing Make Me Surrender and Edge of Darkness (Rhiannon #4). Hopefully I'll wrap those up and move to other projects (including Crimson Sunset, which will release at the end of the year -- I apologize for the delay!).
I'll be updating my website too with new blurbs and excerpts. So be sure to stop by from time to time to see what's going on.
All my best to you in the new year!
Posted by J.A. Saare / Aline Hunter at Thursday, January 16, 2014
Monday, December 30, 2013
So many have emailed me about the Rhiannon's Law series. Is it coming back? Are you going to stop writing the books? Will there be more? Will we know what happens next? Well, here's the deal. I submitted to a couple of places but was offered a contract with a very reputable publisher. I hesitated, due in part to how heavily pirated the series has been. Yet, when I get new emails, I realize there are legitimate fans who purchase the books and want more.
I recently signed a contract for Dead, Undead, or Somewhere in Between with Samhain. The Renfield Syndrome and The Ripple Effect are in my editors capable hands (blurbs and such are subject to change and I'll probably revise those on my website soon). She's assured me she wants this series (I've never met an editor who has been this enthusiastic about my work -- I'm not kidding). Therefore I subbed both books to her and will soon send her the first five chapters of Edge of Darkness and a synopsis for a proposal. If all goes well, this is what'll happen.
November 2014: Dead, Undead, or Somewhere in Between will re-release. I revised the story heavily and added around 7k words.
February 2015 (or March 2015): The Renfield Syndrome (revised with added scenes) will release.
May 2014 (or June 2015): The Ripple Effect (revised with added scenes) will release.
August -- September 2015: Edge of Darkness will release.
2015/2016 (not sure when exactly) the next book (as yet untitled) will release.
After this point, I will wait and see how things go. I've seen this series going on for perhaps 7-10 books (perhaps longer, but it depends). If sales are good and I can write the characters I love (and make a living) Rhiannon will share her journey with you. Also, you can expect to hear from Marigold and Bane (and perhaps Disco and Paine) in novellas and such.
So mark your calendars. The first book is in the bag (I just sent in my cover art request). The series will continue and I'm confident Samhain (and my editor) will make the books what they should have been all along. I know I've promised this before but, as a new author, I often made bad choices. I take full blame. That being said, Samhain is hard and getting into the publishing house is even harder. I will have to up my game and keep things flowing (that's a good thing) to ensure you get what you want.
Rhiannon fans...she's returning. Bad things will happen (the series does become darker), but, in true Rhiannon style, she will face what she must and "try" to come out on top.
I hope this is good news for those who support the series (and my family) by purchasing the stories. For those who've asked: the additional revisions are scenes with Rhiannon, Disco, and Paine. I provide a deeper insight into their lives and (I hope) give you a deeper glimpse into the characters.
The short stories I've offered will (I'm working on this) be free online on my blog, website and Amazon if I can make it happen (and other vendors). I will continue doing those as well.
I'm a day early but Happy New Year! Thank you again for all the support and emails. And yes, my new UF series is almost complete. I'll update on that when I can. OH! And for those who worried about Crimson Sunset: it's coming. I have to wait for rights to revert (otherwise I'd have to give the third book to my publisher). Expect Crimson Sunset to release (along with Crimson Sunrise, re-released in the fall of 2014).
All My Best!
Posted by J.A. Saare / Aline Hunter at Monday, December 30, 2013