Cats & Conjure – New Release, Sale, Recap, and Giveaways

The third Cats & Conjure novella is finally here!

 

Recap and Sale

If you missed the previous books in the series, both are available for 99c EVERYWHERE for another couple of weeks.

If you read the books back when they first released in 2013 and need a refresher before launching into the third, you can download that here.

 

Giveaway

I’m at Romance Novels in Color today with a brief interview about Stray Cat Strut and my writing. You’ll also find a giveaway for a $10 Amazon GC open to a few different countries. You have a week to enter to win. There’s also a Q&A over at Darien Cox’s website. Tuesday I have a guest post talking about the Beauty and the Beast influence on Addie and Erik, “Though Lovers Be Lost“.

I’m also giving away a copy of any book from my backlist–enter to win at the bottom of this post.

 

New release

Without further ado, here is the info about Stray Cat Strut (want an excerpt? There’s one here as well as at some of the places I have guest posts).

StrayCatStrut-KindleAdelaide Deveraux has escaped her enemy’s compound along with her tiger-shifter lover, Erik Wells, but the home that had once been her sanctuary is now gone, burned to the ground and leaving them with no choice but to go on the run.

At least Erik knows a thing or two about running; he’s been doing it for most of his life, and he’s determined to keep Addie safe. Between their handful of allies and Addie’s growing magic, he thinks they just might have enough resources to survive, and, for the first time in his life, sees a future for himself and the woman he loves.

But the powerful sorcerer on their tail has more than owning Addie in his sights. Now he’s also out for revenge and not everyone will make it out alive…

Release Date: September 18, 2015
Genre: IR (bwwm) paranormal romance
Length: 32 000 words (or 100 pages)
Series: Cats & Conjure #3
Format: ebook
Ebook Price: $2.99

 

What about print?

Cats&ConjureVolI-lgFor those who prefer print, you can order the complete first volume of Cats & Conjure stories now (although the official release date was October 2). It’s available on Amazon and CreateSpace. There will be an ebook boxset in the future, likely January-ish.

 

Is the series done?

There are more books in this series–three more. Unfortunately, they don’t sell well. This means I can’t rush and write them all at once–I hate to harp on this, but I literally cannot afford to, not when I invest more money in them than they’re going to make back. At this point I am only completing them because I don’t want to leave the handful of fans who love and buy the books hanging. I hope to have the last three out next year, but if this third does poorly, I may have to do some shuffling. Please do not yell at me for the delay. When books sell, I can write more of them faster; when they don’t, everyone has to wait. Yelling at me does not make me write faster, it just makes me feel more guilty, which is not conductive to writing.

Please only obtain legal copies of my books. I’m paid on a per-purchase basis, and invest my own time and money into publishing my work. If you enjoy books, don’t steal them. Massive thanks to those who do get things legally and support their favourite writers–it helps enormously and you are the reason I will finish this series.

 

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Pre-order: SNOW

The third Midsummer Suspense Tale is almost here!

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Release: March 27, 2015

A witness hidden
away in a small town.
After waitress Liliana
White witnessed a murder, she wanted nothing to do with helping the police or
putting the target behind bars. She’s not interested in justice or being a hero;
she just wants to stay alive. A brutal death waits for her if the culprits get
their hands on her, and given that one of them is her ex-boyfriend, she knows
precisely what he’s capable of and will avoid him at all costs.
The bodyguard
sworn to protect her.
Stoic and
efficient, personal security expert Michael O’Hara is cautious in all
things—both work and women—and has built a reputation in the private sector as
the top of his field. But though he thinks he’s seen it all, nothing has
prepared him for keeping Liliana White safe. She doesn’t trust him, doesn’t
trust the police, and not even a vicious contract killer known as The Huntsman
on her heels is enough to convince her she needs him.

But Liliana does
need him. Only Mike stands between her and certain death, and despite all he
does to keep his emotional distance, the longer he spends with her, the more he
has to face the possibility that he just might need her too.

Don’t forget, Beauty is on its way next week: January 23, 2015.

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Snow is another category length novel, around the size of Beauty. I’d meant to be working on The Book of Love next but I was really excited to write this one, so I took a little detour.

What’s next for Midsummer after this? It’ll really depend on sales, unfortunately. I have Beast and Red roughly mapped out but I’d like to see how Byar’s (and now Mike’s) story does before I commit to it. This is, unfortunately, how things work in publishing, and why Cats & Conjure hasn’t concluded yet. Books require a huge investment of time to write and money to publish, and the only way I can work on something that doesn’t sell as well is if the others make up the difference. I want to write more Midsummer stories (and finish Stray Cat Strut, and Gimme Shelter), but it has to be financially viable for me to do so.

I get your inquiries about these books, I hear you, and I promise I’m doing my best. Thank you to those of you who purchase my books. To those who pirate, well…delays and cancellations fall firmly on your shoulders, I’m afraid. I can’t work for free.

I’m going to try to finish up the summer release I have in progress at the moment. Keep following the blog for details!

“Where is the next Circle of Friends book?” & Reader Questions

I think the number one search term that brings readers to my blog is “Still in Love with You” Asha King.

How Can You Mend a Broken Heart? came out in May, Wild Horses was in June, and Broken Heart‘s sequel was due out last July.

Then that thing happened where I got grumpy and didn’t write for a while.

I tried to get back on the proverbial horse, I did. We’d aimed for Still in Love with You to come out in August. Then September. I mean, it’s a 16-17K word novella–it shouldn’t be that difficult to write, should it?

But I didn’t write a word for four months.

I don’t mean to harp on anything, folks. I know that 95% of the people reading this wouldn’t dream of pirating a book (which, as a friend once said, stealing from a writer is like stealing from a homeless person–we make so little money, it’s a terrible thing to do). And I don’t particularly want to even be talking about this, but I feel bad every time I see someone looking for a book that was promised but isn’t out yet. This is the reality I can’t help and it’s just one of the consequences of these things; every time I look at that doc, I just associate it with a particularly awful time in my writing life.

I also realized I much, much prefer romantic suspense to straight contemporary romance. I’m not as comfortable writing a non life-or-death conflict, and while many readers object to shorter novellas, I honestly have trouble trying to drag out relationship-based conflict when everyone just having a grownup conversation will suffice. It’s a great genre but I think I’m better at writing suspense.

So as it stands, Still in Love with You is still contracted, still in progress, and will still hopefully be released a few months from now. It’s just not the project I’m focusing on at this moment. I’d like to get some other work out there, both romantic suspense and a paranormal romance I’ve been plotting for a while.

What am I working on? Still plugging away at I Who Have Nothing, which I hope to finish by the end of the month and then see if my editor likes it, and afterward I’ll try to jump into Sympathy for the Devil–I’m pursuing some longer projects at the moment, which all take more time. I also signed an audiobook contract for Wild Horses so I might have news on that front soon.

But, lesson learned, I’m not going to give any projected dates or publicly mention deadlines, as anything can happen.

As always, thank you so much for reading and I hope you can join me for what I have planned for the new year.

-Asha

An Open Letter to “tennie75”

I have a question I’m pondering.

My history as a writer is this: I had three releases earlier in the year in close succession: March, May, and June. I had things contracted, scheduled, and planned for the next few months. Instead, it wasn’t until the end of October that something else came out.

Why? I explained my self-imposed break already, and the reality is that aside from 3K on Still in Love with You, until I wrote Somebody to Love this month I didn’t write a single word. Not a one. Even my blog was silent.

Somebody to Love is a self release. It was advertised here on my blog (which feeds to Amazon and GoodReads), on Twitter, and on my Facebook page, and that’s it–and these were all places where I said that the piracy of Wild Horses hit me hard enough that I had to take an extended break from writing and I wasn’t sure if I’d even write Sympathy for the Devil. So when this story was requested at a piracy forum the very same day it released, I know it had to have been someone who actually follows me in some capacity. I know you are or probably will read this in some capacity.

So please explain this to me, “tennie75”: Do you not want me to write?

Did you want to read Somebody to Love so badly that you thought the cost of another four months going by without me writing justified it?

Did you think your request was invisible to me? Did you think I wouldn’t notice? Did you think I wouldn’t immediately close the document I was working on, with no desire to go back to it?

As I said, this book was a self-release. This means I pay for editing. I pay for stock photos. I pay for the software that allowed me to cleanly convert it into various formats. All of that money came out of pocket. I am paid on a per-purchase basis and I’m not even remotely close to making that money back–more people have now illegally downloaded it than purchased it. I spent the past several days working all hours on this story, setting aside family time, setting aside OTHER paid work, in the hopes of delivering a story I was really proud of to readers and that I’d make my money back (and then some), justifying the time I spent on it. I thought, well, if it’s a self-release and only advertised here, surely it’ll be awhile before people steal it. After all, it’s just my fans paying attention here, right?

Nothing is free. The books you steal have a cost, and that is going to come in one of two ways: 1. Lower quality from the authors you take from as they attempt to make up for lost income by producing a lot, or 2. no books at all from the authors who can’t justify writing any longer.

I was seriously hoping to get at least two more releases out by the end of the year, thinking that extra income would help out with bills at home, because right now I’m trying to choose between things like keeping my house warm for the winter with the rising electricity costs and paying for medication for my eldest, as we can’t afford both.

Please, “tennie75”, if the book isn’t worth the $2.99 it’s available for, is it worth driving me to quit writing altogether?

Regards,

Asha

Taking a Break

Well…it’s been an interesting week, darlings.

I started out SO excited. Wild Horses was *finally* coming out. This book took about three months for me to write–I had to revise things a lot of times, as a novel (even a short one) is an entirely different beast from a novella. You might know it was originally scheduled for a June 5 release but I got a two week extension because it wasn’t ready in time. I really stressed over this book but, in the end, I was proud of it. I love the characters. I had a lot of fun writing the sex scenes. And I was really hoping it was one readers would love too, since they’ve been asking for longer works by me.

The day after Wild Horse was released, it was requested at a piracy forum (already pirating one of my novellas).

I won’t get into complaining about this or explaining why it’s wrong. Lots of others have before me and I’m nowhere near as eloquent.

The problem is that I politely wrote to this forum, explaining that I’m a new author, this is a new release not selling many copies, and could they please have some empthay for me and take it down–I’m trying to provide for my family here. Instead, one of the admins bought the book a few hours later just to upload it.

It hits like a punch in the gut, the wind knocked out of you. This book was so hard to write. And I know readers frequently complain they want longer books by me but…but I’m looking at my plans for the next Stirling Falls book, Sympathy for the Devil, and wondering whether or not it’ll be worth it. Hopefully, a few royalty statements from now will show it *is* worth it despite the piracy and maybe Sympathy can be out by the end of the year. I hope so–I really want to share Tash’s book with you.

The next Circle of Friends novella, Still In Love with You, was due out next month, but I think I’m going to grudgingly ask for another extension and take a bit of a break right now. I’ve had one release after another and this past week hit me really hard. I’m not ashamed to say I cried when they uploaded my new book–it hurt. Hopefully Kashayla and AJ’s story will release in August instead and I’ll get back in the groove of things again.

If you bought any of my books, I want to personally thank you so much. I wish more readers were like you and I really hope you enjoy my stories. <3

Asha