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Happy Tartan Day: Last Chance for Highlander Bride Taken!

Tartan Day starts Friday, April 6! To celebrate, I have put my Scottish Erotic tales on sale for one of the last times. They will be leaving Kindle Unlimited soon. Highlander Bride Taken will be FREE from April 6-9.

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FREE on Amazon from April 6-9 only! Last month in KU!

Highlander Bride Seduction, at a discounted price of $0.99 only through next Wednesday.

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Available for $0.99 April 6-11 only.

It’s my Scottish gift from me to you! Happy Tartan Day!

-Lynda

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Lynda Belle Pulling Her Titles From Kindle Unlimited

sexywritingI am announcing that all of my titles will be pulled from the Kindle Unlimited program on Amazon starting on April 1. Over the next two months, titles will be slowly leaving the program, but will be available to read through their last term in the KU program. My followers/readers are welcome to borrow my titles from the KU program until they are no longer available. They will still be available to buy on Amazon, and will soon start to be appearing on other retailers in other ereader formats.

This will be the last weekend my catalog will fully be in KU! Grab them now while you can! I wanted to give my readers time to have a last hurrah! before they are removed slowly from the program. So, enjoy!

Link to a list of Lynda Belle’s Titles here on the blog!

Link to Lynda Belle’s Author Page on Amazon!

How Long Will This Take?

I’ve unclicked the renewal box in KU. So, some titles will start becoming unavailable from KU by April 1. Many more will have about a month until they are not available in KU, and the full catalog will be out of KU by end of May. So, this gives some time for any of my followers/readers to pick up titles over the weekend before they start to become unavailable. Keep in mind, they will still be for sale on Amazon, just not in the Kindle Unlimited program.

What Will This Do To Bimonthly Discount and Freebie Deals?

They will still continue! The freebie titles will now be through Instafreebie and different selected $0.99 deals will be on more retailers. So, it will be a win-win for readers. The only real change will be that titles won’t be available as KU reads.

Why Is This Happening?

I guess this has been brewing with me for awhile, and the episode of shadowbanning erotica and erotic romance this last week on Amazon has just been the last straw. KU is not worth it anymore to me, and I can just use Instafreebie and list titles I want at $0.99 to use in promos. SO, that KU draw is totally dead. After almost 3 years in KU, I’m pulling out. I’ve also seen a real slow down for KU reads in the last 6 months, and I’m not sure if this is due to Amazon promoting erotica and spicy romance less or not.

But I need to think about my bottom line, and reach new readers to help stay in business. So, this is an option that will help me do so. It seems to me to be the right time to leave the Kindle Unlimited program.

Thank You To Everyone That Has Been A KU Reader In The Past

I do want to thank everyone that has enjoyed my stories and have read through my titles in the KU program. I am glad that you have stuck with me, and I promise to write more outstanding titles for your pleasure. This restructure is going to allow me to move full speed ahead, and still be able to write great erotica and erotic romances for you.

***AGAIN TO NOTE: Lynda Belle’s titles are going to be leaving the KU program starting on April 1. It will take a full two months for all titles to be fully out of the program. So, feel free to read and enjoy her titles as they remain in the KU program. This will be your last chance to read them in KU over the next two months.

-Lynda

Erotica and Erotic Romance Getting Shadow-Banned on Amazon

sexywriting So, being the Indie erotica and erotic romance writer, I’ve been on top of a development that started on March 22, just before the weekend. I went to a steampunk conference over the weekend, and missed the first initial hoopla and worry from what was going on. And then it all hit me in the face on Monday, March 26–Amazon was changing the rankings on erotica and re-categorizing some spicy and erotic romances into erotica.

When ever the Zon starts messing with things like this, it means something drastic is about to happen. Last time, it was KU2. That sucked to no end for people that wrote short stories, me included, where everyone started to get paid by the page instead of by single unit download. Now, they are starting to “shadow-ban” titles, spicy romance and erotic romance too, that has an “adult theme”.

The Low Down of What is Going On

There are a lot of rumors and speculation about why this is happening. In clearly the Zon’s fashion, there are no real answers when sending emails or messages to the powers that be at Amazon. Just answers to the point that titles are being reassigned to the erotica category because your book has “adult themes”. This is not only affecting regular erotica, but a lot of the steamy and erotic romance that clearly follow a romance plot line and isn’t all about the sex. Is it censorship?

Well, you have to look at why it might be happening. There is apparently a law that passed in US congress on March 21 that is supposed to help stop online sex trafficking. FOSTA or the Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act is supposed to help stop online sex trafficking, but it is having a much wider affect because it holds the websites accountable, retroactively. So, many websites, including Craigslist’s personal ads, are shutting down and purging of sexual explicit content. In essence, the new administration is cracking down on sexually charged content, and it’s leading to a purge on many sites like Apple, Reddit, and Amazon.

What Does This Mean To You As A Reader?

What does it mean to romance readers of adult romances (formerly new adult), spicy romance, erotic romances and erotica? It means you are going to have a harder time finding what you like to read. You can still find erotic romances and erotica on Amazon, but not in a general search. And since the general store ranking is gone, there will be less “customer also bought” suggestions for titles.

There are still erotica categories, but they are harder to find. I’m sure other websites may follow suit. I haven’t heard anything from Kobo yet, but they are in Canada. So, that might be the saving grace for them. ANY US COMPANIES will most likely be reacting to this law. But then, I expected something like this from this administration. I knew the suppression would begin, but wasn’t sure how.

So, what could be next? Well, it’s come to the time where I will need to, and many other authors, will have to consider KU2 a mute point now. The promos haven’t been as productive lately for me, and going WIDE, which means taking my titles to other retailers, will be the only way to get new readers and help me meet my bottom line. So, in all likely hood, as an erotic romance or erotica reader, you may not find titles you want to read in KU anymore. They will still be on Amazon, but harder to find, and you’ll have to pay more for them since it won’t be profitable for them to stay in KU any longer.

Plus, I am going to try to continue my promotional bimonthly lists. It will still be a way for you to find fabulous erotica and erotic romances from good authors. But as far as the deals, there might be less freebies and more just $0.99 discounted titles.

So, yes, bottom line, you will most likely start paying more for these erotic romances and it will be harder to find them. But looks like I’ll keep up my promotions as long as I can. I’m also going to check with the other authors to see if they are planning to stay in KU. Not sure how this will all turn out, but like with most changes like this, adaptation is sometimes the only option. And to stay in business, sometimes, it’s the only choice for an author.

What Next?

Through all the things I go through as a self-published author,  I’m going to keep writing. I have some ideas for stories I haven’t finished yet, and will keep going. I’ve had to recently go back to work, and not write full time. That has been a set back too. But whatever happens, I hope you stick with me as I wade through yet another obstacle in the road for an erotica and erotic romance writer.

I hope you understand also, because not only do I write it, I read this genre too. So, I’m going to feel your pain. I am considering maybe ending my KU membership too. If enough writers and readers pull out, maybe Amazon will get a hint that this kind of censorship is just not what the customers want. But then, I’m just one little author in a much larger pond. But then, it’s all I have.

UPDATE: 

The ranking for the erotica titles for both indie and traditional published titles have come back on Amazon. It is possible that things either have been reworked and categorized, or more likely, it was some cliche that went on for more than a week.

An email from a Kboarder, Nate Hoffelder, is quoted as saying:

“A recent Kindle Store change inadvertently affected the display of sales rank for some titles. We have corrected this issue.”

Whether all the erotica being given new categories was due to a cliche, or something else, it is unclear. Some people still have had their titles recategorized, but the sales ranking has been added back on to many erotica titles that were missing them. So, I’ll keep updating as more happens with this.

 

Other blog posts about this subject:

The Digital Reader:

https://the-digital-reader.com/2018/03/29/amazon-has-shadow-banned-romance-titles-from-the-kindle-store/

The Motherboard:

https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/bjpjn4/amazon-erotica-best-seller-rankings-removed

The Tech Crunch:

https://techcrunch.com/2018/03/29/new-federal-rules-blamed-in-disappearance-of-kindle-erotica-titles/

Kboards Thread on subject:

https://www.kboards.com/index.php/topic,261904.msg3642901.html

Coming this Friday: Getting Lucky Erotic Romances and Erotica Deals $0.99 & FREE

stpattypromo2018Feeling lucky? Starting on Friday, you’ll have a mighty selection of paranormal erotic romances and erotica just in time for St. Patty’s this Saturday. Spice up your weekend before all that celebrating. Find a bit of the Irish in these stories from highlanders seduced by the Fey, lesbian fairy tales, and mpreg sensual tales.

**It all begins this Friday, March 16th! Follow my blog to get all the info for this and upcoming deals!

May the luck of the Irish be with you! -Lynda

Coming Soon: Erotic Romance Deals Feb. 9-13

EroticRomFebDeals2018Back by popular demand, erotic romantic deals are arriving just in time for Valentine’s Day. From Feb. 9-13, choose from several different best selling authors. Genres include historical romance, gay romance, lesbian fairy tales, and paranormal romances. The ebooks will be either FREE or $0.99. So, come back on Feb. 9 to start picking up these great discounts and stock up for your Valentine’s Day reading.

See you then,

Lynda

LAST CHANCE: Holiday Erotica & Erotic Romance for FREE or $0.99

Today is the last day to be able to get these fantastic deals. Scroll down to find your perfect match for the Holidays. From erotic romances to kinky holiday stories, there is a lot to choose from. Pick up the FREE and $0.99 titles today. Tomorrow, they all return to their regular prices.

Look for more deals and promos in the New Year, with added releases from me. And from everyone involved in the promo and myself, have a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Best wishes for you in 2018! -Lynda

Master List for December Erotica/Erotic Romance Deals 2017:

  • Lynda Belle (Holiday Erotica)

I'll_Be_Home_For_ChristmasFINAL1I’ll Be Home For Christmas (FREE)

https://www.amazon.com/Ill-Be-Home-Christmas-Romance-ebook/dp/B0186SOG16

For His Display (Exhibitionism Encounters Series Book 3) ($0.99)

https://www.amazon.com/His-Display-Exhibitionist-Encounters-Exhibitionism-ebook/dp/B07652WFK9

 

The Perfect Fling (On Call Series #3)(Male Escort Erotica MMF) ($0.99)

https://www.amazon.com/Perfect-Fling-Call-3-ebook/dp/B06WWJ86VT

 

  • Colbie Dunbar (MM Mpreg Romance)

roguebabyThe Rogue’s Baby ($0.99)

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077R8MTSM

 

  • Jacinta Laurenti (Lesbian Fairy Tales)

Snow White’s Destiny ($0.99)

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0788K4KV1

 

  • Geneva West (Paranormal Shifter Erotic Romance)

werewolfdanger

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0778ZRWC9

 

  • Sierra Wolfe (Dark Fantasy Erotica)

Ravished in the Druid’s Grove (FREE)

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00TBD8OK0

 

Druid'sGroveTaken in the Dragon’s Den (Dea’s Desire Book 2) ($0.99)

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0787QJGHG

 

  • Veronica Cane (Holiday Erotica)

kinkyscroogeThe Kinky Side of Scrooge ($0.99)

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B018BWI9CE

 

  • Amanda Lutterman (Military Erotic Romance)

Hammer (FREE) (Project Genesis Book 1)

https://www.amazon.com/Hammer-Project-Genesis-Book-1-ebook/dp/B00SMT2GFS

 

Jace (FREE) (Project Genesis Book 2)

https://www.amazon.com/Jace-Project-Genesis-Book-2-ebook/dp/B00T2EWKW6

 

flintFlint (FREE) (Intergalactic Mates Book 1)

https://www.amazon.com/Flint-Intergalactic-Mates-Book-1-ebook/dp/B00SIXR4RI

 

  • Guri Malla (Holiday Erotic Romance)

santashohoSanta’s Little Ho Ho Ho (FREE)

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077XZCL6X

 

  • Lady TL Jennings (Gay Victorian Erotic Romance)

gentlemenmistletoeGentlemen under the Mistletoe (FREE)

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N1UGTFA

 

Immoral Intentions (Gay Victorian Romance Novelette Collection Vol. III) ($0.99)

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B073XSF2TC

Free and $0.99 Holiday Erotica & Erotic Romance Deal Dec. 15-18

Dec Erom Banner finalIt’s time! Back by popular demand, stocking stuffing erotica and erotic romance deals with some of the top authors in the field. Snap up some Holiday erotica and romantic tales that will warm you this Holiday season. Prepare yourself for the best FREE and $0.99 titles full of different kinks and genres. From a kinky Scrooge to winter wonderland tales of lore, you’ll find something to help you get into the yule tide spirit.

**All deals run from Dec. 15-18. After the four day sale, all prices return to their normal pricing. So, snap them up now. Many of these titles only go on sale at this time of year.

And from myself and all the authors participating in this promo, we all wish you a very Happy Holidays! -Lynda

Master List for December Erotica/Erotic Romance Deals 2017:

  • Lynda Belle (Holiday Erotica)

I’ll Be Home For Christmas (FREE)

https://www.amazon.com/Ill-Be-Home-Christmas-Romance-ebook/dp/B0186SOG16

For His Display (Exhibitionism Encounters Series Book 3) ($0.99)

https://www.amazon.com/His-Display-Exhibitionist-Encounters-Exhibitionism-ebook/dp/B07652WFK9

The Perfect Fling (On Call Series #3)(Male Escort Erotica MMF) ($0.99)

https://www.amazon.com/Perfect-Fling-Call-3-ebook/dp/B06WWJ86VT

  • Colbie Dunbar (MM Mpreg Romance)

The Rogue’s Baby ($0.99)

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077R8MTSM

  • Jacinta Laurenti (Lesbian Fairy Tales)

Snow White’s Destiny ($0.99)

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0788K4KV1

  • Geneva West (Paranormal Shifter Erotic Romance)

The Danger of Loving a Werewolf ($0.99)

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0778ZRWC9

  • Sierra Wolfe (Dark Fantasy Erotica)

Ravished in the Druid’s Grove (FREE)

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00TBD8OK0

Taken in the Dragon’s Den (Dea’s Desire Book 2) ($0.99)

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0787QJGHG

  • Veronica Cane (Holiday Erotica)

The Kinky Side of Scrooge ($0.99)

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B018BWI9CE

  • Amanda Lutterman (Military Erotic Romance)

Hammer (FREE) (Project Genesis Book 1)

https://www.amazon.com/Hammer-Project-Genesis-Book-1-ebook/dp/B00SMT2GFS

Jace ($0.99) (Project Genesis Book 2)

https://www.amazon.com/Jace-Project-Genesis-Book-2-ebook/dp/B00T2EWKW6

Flint (FREE) (Intergalactic Mates Book 1)

https://www.amazon.com/Flint-Intergalactic-Mates-Book-1-ebook/dp/B00SIXR4RI

  • Guri Malla (Holiday Erotic Romance)

Santa’s Little Ho Ho Ho (FREE)

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077XZCL6X

  • Lady TL Jennings (Gay Victorian Erotic Romance)

Gentlemen under the Mistletoe (FREE)

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N1UGTFA

Immoral Intentions (Gay Victorian Romance Novelette Collection Vol. III) ($0.99)

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B073XSF2TC