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More Strange Activity on Amazon Affecting Authors and Customers

So, the last week of March, there was an activity that happened to a lot of erotica and erotic romance authors having their books shadow-banned on Amazon. This was the action of putting titles into different categories and not having them show up in a general search or the store. Eventually, some answers came out that it was a “mistake” and that the titles were being put back.

Now, more is coming out in regards to reviews. People, regular Amazon customers, are having their accounts removed from Amazon for having violated “Terms of Service (TOS)” that they received a free product or gift card to do a positive review. Secret groups have formed on Facebook and Twitter to discuss what happened. Many former customers on Amazon are using the tag #amazonclosed to discuss how many don’t know why their accounts were closed or how maybe writing positive reviews for a free gift or gift card might have backfired on them. There is even speculation that it is Russia hacking Amazon and closing accounts.

Then, this last week starting in the beginning of April, authors have noticed hundreds to thousands of pages reads being taken out of their March Kindle Unlimited reports. According to a Kboards.com thread,  many of the authors have noticed a drop over the last week. The speculation is that it could be from the shadow-banning of the erotica, that made many other titles much more noticeable the last week of March. Or it could be because of the recently closed accounts, and they are deleting the reads for all of the accounts.

Who can say what it truly is, but Amazon itself. What has been disclosed by Amazon are new law suits filed this week a UK book stuffer on April 5. Book stuffers make up bogus books using previously published book material or sometimes just gibberish, to get clicks and reads. But often, they use “bots” and click farms to manipulate KU page reads and rob Amazon and legitimate authors of hard earned cash from the program. They also tend to rank high and get reads from unsuspecting readers that think they are a legitimate book.

Many authors and I’m sure readers will be happy to see these scammers finally going down. I know there has been a calling to clean up KU for years, and it seems to finally be happening. But there is a lot of fall out, of legitimate customers and authors, losing accounts or pages. This always seems to happen. It’s hard to know who has been playing by the rules and who has not. And to make it more difficult, scammers sometimes have picked legitimate authors to focus their bots on and buy reads to make them look more legitimate. There have been reports of some authors having this happen to them.

So, it might be that finally Amazon is going after the book stuffing scammers that have plagued Kindle Unlimited for years. And it might be also some back lash of still going after reviewers that still receive gift cards and free products to do positive reviews on Amazon. Of course, it’s a private website and all reviews belong to Amazon when you write them. But because of this backlash, I have noticed a real fall out of people wanting to review for Amazon anymore.

Most people have been leaving reviews on Goodreads these days for my books, and just not bothering with Amazon anymore. Plus, Kindles tend to direct you to the Goodreads site to review when you finish a book. I know, I’ve started reviewing more when I’m done with a book on my Kindle on Goodreads, and not even bothering to review on Amazon. Though, the email prompts will get me to motivate these days and write a quick review of a book I’ve read on Amazon these days.

So, it was surprising to me to hear there were still people leaving reviews for gift cards and free products still. The Zon also has the right to regulate its own website, which in some cases, is welcomed to get rid of the scammers. But in true Zon fashion, the nuclear option does sweep up some innocent bystanders. Reading tweets about how people will not be able to buy things for Easter or other means just shows how much power Amazon has over our lives now.

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Coming Soon: Memorial Day Erotica Deals May 26-29

MemorialDayEroticabannerYou think I forgot? Of course not. I’ve been working behind the scenes to put together a fabulous assortment of erotica writers and deals to kick off your summer reading. Kinks range from menage to exhibitionists to erotic romance. It will give an extra sizzle to your Memorial Day weekend plans.

Come back on Friday May 26 for the full list of erotica deals! See you then. -Lynda

Cover Reveal For Final Installment In On Call Series: The Perfect Fling

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Releasing Valentine’s Day week as a KU title on Amazon.

It’s here. The new cover for the final story in the the On Call Series is in. The last story in the series, The Perfect Fling, will release next week. It will ask the question, what would you do if two guys offered to be with you for the evening? Did I mention they’re hot Aussies?

Oh, and twins!

More to come in the next few days. I’m in the final stages of getting this one ready for you all. It has been 5 months in the writing stages. I’m tending to write longer, more heart-felt stories lately that have a lot of sparks. So, get ready for some hot fun. Every girl (or boy) should experience being with two men in their life time. So settle down for a fun romp as Amanda says good-bye and farewell to her male escort lover, Jayden, in an unusual way.

Until then,

I’ll leave you wanting more.

-Lynda

New Release: The Perfect Escort will be first in On Call Series

The Perfect Escort is the first to be available on Amazon and other retailers.

The Perfect Escort is the first erotic short to be available on Amazon and other retailers.

So, you might have wondered what’s been going on over the last month? I really do try to release a short every two weeks, but this last one took about a month. But I promise, it was worth the wait. It is about 40 pages, and introduces everyone to a whole new set of characters and romantic heart tugs that will pull you right into an erotic frenzy.

What would you do if you could hire a male escort? That’s the exact dilemma that Amanda Thompson has opened herself up to in my next erotic short, The Perfect Escort.

Sydney is a city where anyone could find love. But like most techies, Amanda doesn’t have time to date. She’s an American in a foreign country with a Mom reminding her about the ticking clock. But in the twenty-first century, women have more options.

Her co-worker shows her the perfect alternative, a male escort. Why not?

Jayden Holt is a gorgeous, model quality male escort. He has no strings attached. Amanda thinks she might have hit the jackpot. But will she get too close to something that is too good to be true? Will he be man enough to not let her?

Now this series is special since it will be available on Amazon and other retailers such as Barnes and Noble and Kobo. Everyone with an ereader will be able to read this series. It’s that special to my heart. It will be shaping into the area of an erotic romance. So, if you like your erotic sensations played with along with a dash of romance, this should hit the spot. As I continue to write, please feel free to leave reviews and comments. Love to hear my readers comments. It does help spur me along and to write what you wish. Remember, I’m hear to serve your erotic needs. As you wish.

Enjoy! More surprises ahead for your summer reading. The last in the Scottish Erotic series will be on the way as well as the next short in the Vampire Pleasures series. I’m sure that all the new releases will heat up your summer. Until then, take care, and hold a good thought for me. -Lynda

AMAZON LINK TO THE PERFECT ESCORT

SMASHWORDS LINK TO THE PERFECT ESCORT

***Other retailer links will be added with the information is available.