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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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I Am Working Hard For Your Reading Pleasure. I promise!

sexywritingGreetings everyone! I’ve noticed some feedback about where my new releases might be lately. I have slowed down in my writing lately, and I wanted to explain why.

I started this pen name to start writing erotica and erotic romance when I was very ill and wanted to live my dream, to write full time. I have been doing that for almost 2 years now.

But sadly, bills must be paid. So, I’ve had to start working again, now that I can, part time. So, it has slowed down my writing process, but I still have writing projects in the works. In fact, I’m trying to finish some of my other series before releasing new stories. I finished my “On Call series” and have created an Omnibus of the whole series available on Amazon. The last book in the series is called “The Perfect Fling”. For those that didn’t get a chance to look it over, here’s the link:

 

I’m also in the middle of finishing my exhibitionist series with the last installment. It will be a last couple finding their way to the exhibitionist club. Hopefully, this will be ready for release by the end of summer. I’m also working on a sci-fi erotic romance that may be out by next year. Plus, I have a steampunk series that I’ve been working on.

So, basically, I’ve been working on new, exciting fantasies for you to get involved in, but they are tending to be MUCH longer than previous stories. This makes the writing process longer since it involves more editing and writing time. This is due to some of my natural writing development and A LOT to do with Amazon switching to page reads for their Kindle Unlimited program. So, in order to make money, I have to write longer stories. This, of course, takes longer. So a lot of things have created a snowball effect making my process of getting a story out to you longer as well.

So, please hang with me. I promise more sensual and erotic stories to come your way. If you’d like to support me, please consider writing a review for any of the books you’ve read on Goodreads or Amazon. That is probably the best way to support and help your favorite author. Spreading the word about what you read and think about an author is probably the best way to help. I do make my living writing and pay my bills with what I make. So, any support is appreciated. Thank you!

To all my followers and fans, thank you for your continued support. Have a fabulous summer! Keep checking back for updates and more monthly erotic deals. If you want to stay on top of all of my releases, please join my mailing list/newsletter.

Salut!

-Lynda

Lynda Belle Flash Fiction In Bite-Sized Stories Anthology

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Lynda Belle’s “Death Or Eternity” is included in Bite-Sized Stories available on Amazon, Kobo, Nook and Smashwords.

Greetings! I’m very excited to announce the first of my flash fiction to be published in an anthology. I always enjoy writing short and sassy stories. So, my first flash fiction is available in this 33 story anthology called “Bite-Sized Stories: A Multi-Genre Flash Fiction Anthology”. It’s a look into the workings of the Bordello of Vampire Pleasures. It’s a story of someone that might not have made it out unscathed. I enjoyed writing something sensual but not too erotic. It’s a paranormal fantasy encounter that will give you an insight to what happens after you visit the vampire brothel.

My story is called “Death Or Eternity”. You’ll find it in the fantasy fiction section.

It’s now listed for FREE on several retailers! Can’t beat that price. 😉

Here are links:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Bite-Sized-Stories-Multi-Genre-Fiction-Anthology-ebook/dp/B01LZIUFIW 

Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/bite-sized-stories-george-donnelly/1124651837

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/bite-sized-stories

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/667654

I hope you enjoy this FREE collection of stories. It was 1 1/2 years in the making. Have a fabulous weekend!- Lynda

The Day I Met Her: A new exhibitionist erotic short

New release for Lynda Belle  is available on Amazon as a Kindle Unlimited title.

New release for Lynda Belle is available on Amazon as a Kindle Unlimited title.

It’s here! The start of a new series. I am so happy to bring this one to you. My muse has been chatting away in the last month, and this is one of the new directions she’s been guiding me. I think you’re going to like it. This short is told from the hero’s point of view. It’s a trend right now for the story to be from the hero’s perspective, and it is an interesting way to delve into the heroine’s relationship. I tell you. It’s a challenge diving into the male mind. I’ve been married 12 years, and I’m still learning. So it is a challenge and a treat to bring this short to you.

THE BLURB:

Tony couldn’t believe someone had broken into his apartment. Even worse, they’d been captured on his cam. But what he discovered was his neighbor bringing another man into his place, having sex on his bed, watching the cam as if she wanted him to see. He had to go meet her and find out why.

Wouldn’t you? What would make her want to be watched? 

Meet Kira. An exhibitionist that likes to take chances. She takes a chance on Tony, and is paid off by a visit to her downstairs apartment. She brings him into her world. But things like this have to be taken slowly. Kira introduces Tony to her secret world at an exclusive club where men and women play out their fantasies on stages for others to see. The catch? He will have to play out his fantasy with Kira, while others watch. Tony finds out that this is only the beginning of his adventures. In fact, they are the beginning of everything.

Here is the link to check out: THE DAY I MET HER! ***Available only on Amazon and as a Kindle Unlimited title.

Meanwhile, I’ve got a Roman sex slave short in the works, and the last vampire pleasures short is almost done. So, look for those in Oct. It’s going to be a fantastic month. Heading into the fall, I’m looking forward to a season of spooks and slaves. Not to mention the ideas are being spawned as I’m working at the Renaisssance Fair. But more about that later. Enjoy my new exhibition short. More will follow! Have a great start to Fall!

Erotic Story Topics: What’s your kink?

Erotic ideas come from all sorts of places. I keep coming up with story ideas, but I’m not sure if there is a market. Most erotica involves some kind of kink. Whether it’s menage or cuckold spouses, I’m all over ones that seem to fit my imagination. But I’m looking for more. I’m trying to find out what kinks fit with my fantasies to make better stories.

A lot tends to go along with what I have experienced myself. My past affairs include menage, but I’ve never cheated. I tend to be loyal in that way. But a big fantasy is what inspired the Scottish Erotica series.

I think what makes good erotica work is that you want it to be real, and it isn’t. Everyone wants something that is safe to read about and live the fantasy while not having gone over the edge. There is something safe in reading a story, going through the experience, and it is just a story.

Over the last few weeks, I’ve started a vampire brothel story. The idea of vampires being at the request of someone’s pleasure is so erotic to me. I’m sure other creatures would have to partake in this too. And I just came up with a vacation fling series idea. I was having a few of those from Hawaii to Europe. I got a sense of what European men were like from them.

So, what would be your kink? Does it fit with any of these ideas? I’m learning as I go along, and I’d like to be schooled. Paddles are optional. I want to be very, very bad. 😉