Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Reasons Why I'm Going Exclusive with @eXtasyBooks

Yesterday, I made a decision: to publish exclusively with eXtasy Books. Please note that my publisher does not know this yet. This was a personal decision. All they know is that I sent them an email asking for them to possibly adopt my self-published books. So far, I've written twenty-one (21) books for them.
Gah! Did I just count that right? *goes back to check*
Wow. 21.
Anyway, back to this rambling mind...21????? Really?

Focus.
So.
When I first started out writing, it had been my intention to publish a few books with them, and self-publish a few others. Good plan in theory, but it didn't work out the way I'd thought it would. I mean, I really figured it would work because of how others are doing it. 
Unfortunately, it seems that I didn't consider the fact that I am in the Philippines and that Amazon would not pay me through PayPal like the others do. When I signed up, I had to go through a whole process of establishing an account with their affiliate. Payoneer. I was okay with it, I mean, the others have their accounts with them, no big deal.
But it ended up as a HUGE DEAL.
Fast forward without having to go through messy details: my self-pubbed books sold. I just could not access my royalties.
Four years later, I've given up. I couldn't think of selling more of my books and not enjoy the earnings. For that is what selling the books is for: enjoyment.
All these years, I've been wrestling with emails and such and lately, no replies. I had WIPs waiting to get finished, but I didn't want to finish them. I was thinking: what if I do finish them and they sell? What then? Given my history with these two companies, I didn't want to risk selling my books through them.
Yesterday, I started the process of pulling out my books from all vending sites. I am not done yet, I have to hunt down my password for PayHip and that's going to be fun. I am not rushing, and yet I am anxious to get this over and done with. 
Today, I received an email from my editor who wants to know what Titles I would be submitting so they could prepare the necessary documents. This meant so much to me. That eXtasy Books would trust me to send them my previously published works.
And this leads me to think about the others out there who are hurting after the latest kerfuffle in the MM community.
I am, technically?, a person of color or a POC. In my DNA runs the genes of my ancestors who either invaded or migrated to the Philippines. I have a combination of European and Asian genes in me. At last count, I've got six or is it seven? Anyway, why am I bringing this up?
When I decided to write, I went over too many to mention or remember publishing houses. I spent weeks pouring over submission guidelines, interacted with several authors, bought books from different publishers, just to see their styles. I examined book covers, I even examined prices. My first attempt to submit got accepted in an anthology, but that didn't last long as the small publisher had some issues and they had to close shop. Instead of submitting the same story to another publisher, I self-published that book through Amazon while writing another for possible submission. I finished the book and submitted to another house, Wayward Ink. After submitting, I wrote another book and submitted to another house, which, after three months, sent me a nasty email to the effect that my work was not good enough. I shrugged it off as by that time, I'd submitted to eXtasy Books a short little sci-fi erotic romance and it had been accepted. Compelled. I found out a few weeks after submission that it had been accepted, plus, the editor showed me a review by the one who read the piece. That was an ego boost and gave me the confidence to keep writing. By this time, Wayward had published a short piece in an anthology and I was in the editing process for Hidden: Evils. That books did very well, but my relationship with WIP didn't go so well. While I was still processing my future with Wayward, I decided to submit that horridly received story I'd gotten a rejection for and submitted it to eXtasy Books.
Objectified. It was my first, legitimate, acknowledged bestseller. 
I submitted Taboo, at that time a really short 10k, to Wayward. Things got rough and I pulled it before it could be edited and immediately rewrote the whole thing, added 20k++ and submitted to eXtasy.
Taboo overcame Objectified.
The Rise of the Symbionts, Vol. I, I fought long and hard to get off from Wayward as my relationship with them had gone bananas. On December 28th, 2015, I received my rights to the series. I rewrote the first volume of three books by adding several thousand words to each, and the rest, as they say, is history.
What was the difference? Trust.
I learned to trust eXtasy while I learned to distrust the others. Not only that, I could reach out to the staff and the owners without having to suffer through red tape. I didn't have to twiddle my thumbs or bite my nails, or, as in the case of Wayward, suffer palpitations that almost brought me to the hospital. 
Editing with eXtasy is not only a learning experience, it is a joy and...I really hate to say this...I look forward to it. The editors and proofers I worked with were not only professional, they had time to teach me what worked or what didn't work.
Oh, don't think it's a breeze. I've had my bad moments with them, their address is not in the Garden of Eden, it's in Canada. The staff is human after all, and so am I. But the differences were dealt with the swiftest and most professional way.
What really struck me was that they treated me as just another author. I was not someone they would bend over backward for because of my ethnicity. I was not someone they would give a pass because of the color of my skin. They treated me as a human being. Period.
Trust is not something I give easily. To anyone.
Although I am skeptical in nature and suspicious to the point of paranoia, I like working with eXtasy. I love their professional manner, especially when I ask stupid questions. They don't give me stupid answers or DUH me. Please note: two publishers DUHed me. That was not a nice feeling. And then there is the artwork. Do I even need to talk about the book covers? No. No words necessary. 
Let me end this longish essay to say: Thank you to the wonderful people of eXtasy: Tina, Angela, Jay, Nicki, Laura...and all the rest. You gave my stories a home.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Going through the process of removing all of my self-published books from all the vending sites

I have several books that I self-published years ago. As I can't enjoy the fruits of my labor because of some technicalities with a paying affiliate, I will rewrite these titles, get them re-edited, and eventually redistributed through eXtasy Books. Those who follow me know the difficulties I've been having getting my royalties from Amzn. They pay, I just can't touch my money from their affiliate paying thingy. I've given up after staring at the $ and I can't touch it. I'm no masochist, I am hurting, but I don't like not doing anything or giving up. I am going to do something about the whole thing.
So. Watch out! Those titles may be old, but next you see them, they'll be longer, sexier, and a whole lot better. Until then, watch out for future announcements. 

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Kaleidoscope Is Out! #mm #erotic #romance #suspense #thriller #eXbdd

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Published By: eXtasy Books
Author: Jo Tannah
ISBN: 978-1-4874-1572-3
Page: 153
Word Count: 45353
Publication Date: March 9, 2018
Series: CyNapse Security, Inc. #1
Heat Level: 3 Flames
Available Formats: Adobe Acrobat, Epub, Mobipocket, Mobipocket (.mobi)
Categories: Erotic Romance, Gay, GLBT, Suspense, Thriller

Letting go doesn’t mean surrendering.

Julian Davis has no time for love—everything must be under control. He steers clear of messy emotions or out-of-control passions. This attitude is the key to his success as the VP of CyNapse, one of the world’s leading technology companies. When Tarek Kettner is assigned as his lead bodyguard, Julian’s life is turned upside down. The baby-faced bodyguard had always been Julian’s secret weakness. After one intimate encounter with Tarek, Julian begins to question his life decisions.

Tarek is one of the deadliest bodyguards working for CyNapse Security, Inc. He also wants to show Julian what it would be like to have a meaningful, loving, and trusting relationship instead of one based on physical passion and lust.

Can Julian let go of his apprehensions and embrace Tarek’s offer of love when his life is in danger?




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The first time billionaire Paul Howell laid eyes on Arjan Kerchner he knew he’d been caught. Paul never expected to fall head over heels in love with a man he’d only just met, but if there was one thing he never questioned it was his instincts.

Arjan was well aware of his perfect face and body but he'd turned his back on modeling to pursue his dreams of becoming a pharmaceutical chemist. Arjan never expected a stranger in a bar to buy him a bottle of water, nor to be courted by one of the richest men in the world the very next day.

It could have all been fun and romantic, but for a stalker who refused to accept that Arjan was not a possession.

Being in a relationship with a billionaire can be nice but restrictive, especially when there are bodyguards around. 

Will Arjan learn to live with the choices he makes so he can be with Paul, or will the stalker put a violent end to what is beginning to look like a romance made in heaven?



Sunday, January 14, 2018

Heart Held Hostage, Chronicles of the Serai, Book no.1 #mm #erotic #romance #mpreg #eXbdd Now on Amazon

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The Serai have won the galactic war. Tasked to take charge of the human assimilation into their herd, Prince Jytrerd never thought to find a mate among the human slaves. He learns that the human Captain Ian McCaskey is his potential breeder and saves his life. Because they are sterile, the Serai need the genetic materials their captives give to father their younglings. But Ian resists, and it doesn’t take long for Jytrerd to realize that for their relationship to flourish, the two of them must connect on a deeper level. It is now up to Jytrerd to make Ian understand that he is valued above all others.


Warning: this book contains m-preg.





Friday, January 5, 2018

Heart Held Hostage. Let's Talk About The Serai

I've got a new Series!

Yes, I know, I hear you. I've written several series already, so why create another one? Well, have you ever heard about plot bunnies and how they can hop into your mind and drive you crazy unless they got your full attention? The Serai came out of nowhere and kicked me in the head without my realizing it. I tried to ignore them, truly, I did. But, alas. It wasn't to be and so they were borne.

Confession. This little detail, my pals Ann Mickan and Lynn Michaels know for sure and true. I wrote Heart Held Hostage in 17 hours. Well, not the full story, obvs, but the draft. A draft of 18k words that morphed in under three days into what it is now listed as: 29834 words. Wow, and that expansion came up because someone found a plot hole the size of Arkansas and I had to cover it up. As I'm not about to stop writing without going around the bush and build up steam, I ended up adding the 10k or so words :D That made me happy as the result is what you are about to read.

You are going to check it out, right? I mean, this IS my very first mpreg story ever written. I love the trope, I love the genre, call me weird, but I thought I could never do it. Well, I did and you should check it out :D *unrestrained self-promotion here*

So, who are the Serai?

Before I go into details, let me share with you my awesome cover by the fantabulous Angela Waters of eXtasy Books. Ooh, and check out that brand new logo over at the upper right-hand corner. It's a gorgeous logo all eXtasy Books are going to be displayed on all their book covers from now on. Divine Destiny has its own logo, too. Now you don't ever have to wonder ever again what publisher released my books. That logo should say it all :D





Wars change, warriors don’t…or so they say.

The Serai have won the galactic war. Tasked to take charge of the human assimilation into their herd, Prince Jytrerd never thought to find a mate among the human slaves. He learns that the human Captain Ian McCaskey is his potential breeder and saves his life. Because they are sterile, the Serai need the genetic materials their captives give to father their younglings. But Ian resists, and it doesn’t take long for Jytrerd to realize that for their relationship to flourish, the two of them must connect on a deeper level. It is now up to Jytrerd to make Ian understand that he is valued above all others.

Warning: this book contains m-preg.




THE SERAI

Known collectively as Serai, these are an all-male species who inhabit the Serain Galaxy. They are a highly civilized race who live in herds.  The bi-pedaled ones are peaceful and make up the intellect of the species. They enjoy a highly evolved technology in agriculture and science. The quad-pedaled ones are the warrior caste, the protectors of the Galaxy. Ruled by an Imperial family, the Serai will protect their own to the last warrior. The Serai is also sterile, but they do have brood pouches to enable them to carry their young. For genetic material, they use captives to fertilize their seed and have the ability to segregate to whatever caste or function they want them to be.


The Serai may look like the mythological centaurs, but they are not. They are a complex species whose primary aim is to live in a peaceful and profitable herd. Invaders are not welcome and will be destroyed. When the humans came to destroy, there was no hesitance to their retaliation. It didn't take them long to subdue the humans and enslave them. The repercussions of the enslavement are what makes up the stories of The Chronicles of the Serai.

I truly hope I've piqued enough of your curiosity. Yes, there is mpreg in these stories, but it is not the human men who get pregnant, although they are necessary to the process. Primarily, this series is about romance and acceptance. There can be triggers, but I cannot avoid that. The tag of #mpreg should be enough to warn future readers that there is something here that may not be their fancy. Also, there is enslavement here and the brutality of the repercussions of war. I think I did a good job in gentling the human situation in these stories.

How did this group of merry men come about? What triggered the inspiration? This pic. This. OMG, I just right about fell off my chair when this popped into my field of research. It was totally unrelated and yet, oh man. Can you blame me for falling in love?

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Check out the artist's site! OMG fell head over heels in love with this artist <3 a="">
 kingkostas is so badass!




Friday, December 15, 2017

Live Now! Christmas Unwrapped, A Taboo Story releases today #mm #contemporary #holiday #erotic #romance



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Published By: eXtasy Books
Author: Jo Tannah
ISBN: 978-1-4874-1669-0
Page: 38
Word Count: 11282
Publication Date: December 15, 2017
Series: Taboo #0
Heat Level: 
Available Formats: Adobe Acrobat, Epub, Mobipocket, Mobipocket (.mobi)

Categories: Contemporary, Erotic Romance, Gay, GLBT, Holiday


Christmas only comes once a year, but love lasts a lifetime.
No one would consider Joshua Maxfield shy or standoffish. Fact is, he’d never had a hard time enjoying the holidays. Not this year. This Christmas, he is feeling lonely and insecure for the first time in his life.
Josua Miranda had always been an aggressive lawyer, however, for matters of the heart, he is reserved. He saw Joshua enter his firm as an intern three months before and immediately recognized fate's intercession.









 

Monday, December 11, 2017

Snippity Snippet Sunday :D #Kaleidoscope #mm #erotic #romance #NSFW

I'm late so it's an early Monday snippity :D

Excerpt: Christmas Unwrapped
(unedited)

Josua pulled himself up until both of our cocks were rubbing against each other. Everything I was feeling was more than I’d ever had before. I don’t know how, or why that was so, but I now understand what Zach had once tried to tell me. I’d refused to listen then, thinking it gross he was talking about my father. But now that I actually felt what he’d told me in words, there was nothing to compare. I felt as though my heart was going to explode. Or my cock. Whichever came first.

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