Thursday, November 1, 2018

November

I woke up this morning with a pit in my stomach. I can't believe it's already November. The year is getting away from me, like so many do as I get older. I'm at the age now where my friends are becoming grandparents and having heart attacks. I'm not really sure when I became an adult...but I don't care for it much, thanks.

For anyone who has followed me for the last decade, you may remember that ten years ago today I lost my Dad to lung cancer. And even without a calendar, every November 1st I wake up and feel like my world has shattered all over again.

I won't be too maudlin today, but I have to acknowledge the pain. My Dad was my whole world, even as a grown ass woman. Losing him was the worst thing that had ever happened to me to that point, and pretty much continues to be the worst pain I've ever experienced. So acknowledge and move through I must today.

Quick upbeat note about my dad. He was so proud of me for being a published author, but he couldn't bring himself to admit to his friends just what I actually wrote. So he told everyone that his daughter wrote Westerns.

Love you Daddy.


Onward my friends, onward.

A quick look back on October:

New Releases:
(Sorry, let's get the house cleaning out of the way)

Touch of Gray:  Panic in Detroit

Sexy Beaches Lounge Project:  Grave Encounters


ReReleases:

Touch of Gray:
Kiss Me You Animal
Faster Pussycat
Rusted Justice
Runaway Moon
Now and Then


Quick and Dirty Reads (.99 cent M/F Romance)
Speed Demon
The Gallery
Friendzone
Shake Me Up
Army Brat

Fast and Filthy Reads (.99 cent M/M Romance)
Reunion
Pickup and Leave
Wolf in Men's Clothing


November Plans:

1. Quit smoking. I know, I know. I lost my dad to lung cancer and I still haven't quit. Isn't that disgusting? But today is the day. I woke up sick as hell, so further motivation right. I've quit before and hopefully this time it will stick. 

2. Book seven in the Touch of Gray series will release. It's currently in edits, so I should be getting it up for preorder in the next couple weeks to release around Thanksgiving. Let's all give thanks for Cole. *sigh

3. Marathon training. I need to get my ass back on the road. I barely ran in October, and it's going to be like starting from scratch, again. But that's okay. That just means I get to start with lower mileage. My favorite. 

4. Blogging once a week. Yeah... I promise this all the time and I never follow through because I suck and my life is kind of boring so I assume you don't want to hear about it. But I've got a "plan." So stay tuned, and subscribe if you haven't already.

5. Newsletter. Did you know I have a newsletter? I don't send them often, so when you sign up you won't be bombarded with Buy My Shit Now emails. Plus, you get a free Grayson short story just for letting me into your inbox. 


So, that's my story. What did you accomplish last month? What are your November plans. Do you have any kick ass Thanksgiving recipes to share? I'm always looking for something new to add to my menu.

Xx
Dakota

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Who wants a free Grayson Short Story?

That's right, for the small sacrifice of allowing me into your inbox, you can get a free short story featuring the Grayson boys before they became all popular.

Just click here to sign up for my newsletter and you'll get your very own special access to Loup Garou, a short story about a hunting trip the guys took before they met Sebastian.


Tuesday, October 9, 2018

The NOT so glamorous life of an author

10-10-18 EDIT - Amazon has confirmed that the corrected file has been uploaded to Kindle. Anyone who purchased it should be able to download updated copies today.


To anyone who has downloaded the Kindle version of Rusted Justice only to discover that it is a duplicate of Faster Pussycat, I want to let you know that I have corrected the file and Amazon should be sending you an updated version of the book in the next couple of days.

A HUGE thank you to SEIM on Amazon for leaving the review to alert me to the error.

I cannot apologize enough for this.

Feeling like a moron in Detroit,
Dakota Rebel

Sunday, October 7, 2018

The glamorous life of an author



I have spent the last two hours fighting with publishing platforms, trying to get the formatting corrected for the print copy of Bump in the Night. It has been a freakin' nightmare, let me tell you.

Has this ever happened to you? The Word doc is formatted perfectly, the page numbering is on point, the margins and the gutter are a thing of beauty, the cover is gorgeous. You reformat as a PDF and suddenly...there are three blank pages in the document that are NOT in your word file. What the what?!?

Hours, I tell you. Hours to get it fixed. I finally had to copy and paste into a new document then print to PDF instead of save as PDF for the darn thing to take.

Unbelievable. And for what? I'm not sure, really.

As a reader, I'll bet it's super frustrating to see a print copy of your favorite book available, only to be instantly waylaid by the cost of said book. So let me tell you why this is.

The print cost of a book, in addition to the royalty share the distributor takes, (Barnes and Noble, Amazon, etc.) is so large, that in order to make even $1.00 on the book, an author has to mark that book up to almost $20.00. And we HATE IT.

Believe me, an author wants nothing more than to see you in line at a book signing with a tattered copy of our paperback clutched in your beautiful hands. It is what we live for. But for those of us who are indie authors, that sight is few and far between. That awful math problem I shared above, imagine what it's like for traditionally published authors. Their publisher is getting a cut of that $1.00. And most publishers want more than .50, so they're bumping that sell price even higher.

Why am I sharing this? Well, because I think honesty is important. Most of us aren't writing as our full time job. We just can't. I see reviews all the time from people wishing that all books were .99. Well, there's a reason they aren't. If a self-published book is sold for .99, the author makes about .19 on that book. Even if they manage to sell 1000 copies (which I personally haven't sold that many TOTAL of all of my 40+ books, in 10 years.) that is $190.00. For months and months of writing, editing, paying for cover art and ISBNs and oh my, the amount of money an author loses just for the privilege of getting our books in your hands is crazy.

And we love it! I mean it. We really, really do. We work hard on our stories and we want so badly to share them with the world that many of us lose money in the long run to do it. And we have no plans to stop.

But, dear reader, I tell you all of this to ask a favor of you. When you review, and for the love of all that is holy please, please review when you love a book, please leave the pricing out of it. For traditionally published authors, they literally have no control over what the publisher lists their book for, and for self-pub authors, we're just trying to eek a few pennies out of our months of hard work. If you love the story, is a $1-$2 difference really going to affect your enjoyment of the story that much? We aren't trying to gouge you, we're just trying to cover a few costs of the next book.

XoXoXo
D


Saturday, September 29, 2018

Touch of Gray Preorder Event is on now

Hey Rebel Alliance!


It's been a crazy week around here. My presale launch for my rerelease of the entire Touch of Gray series is live and I am in awe of the response it's receiving. 

Book One, Kiss Me You Animal, is only .99 through the event, so if you've never had a chance to check out the Grayson boys, you'll want to snatch up this deal before it ends on Sunday night. You can click the link direct to Amazon, or search your favorite eBook retailer.



Amazon Link

If you're all caught up and looking for Book Six...well, search no more. Panic in Detroit is also up for preorder. And check out this cover!


Amazon Link


I've also got a Halloween project up for presale. The Sexy Beaches Lounge crew is launching their first joint project, Something Grave.  The stories are not connected, but each has it's own great premise and you should probably just pick up one of each.

Mine, Grave Encounters, is about a monster hunter and a hot guy who is not what he appears.



Amazon Link

I'm also working on book Seven in the Touch of Gray series. Title and cover reveal will post here, so make sure you check in now and then to see what's up.


XoXoXo
D


Saturday, September 22, 2018

Career Updates

Good morning Rebel Alliance!

It's a big month for me, and for you. I've gotten the rights back to ALL of my books, and will be re-releasing them in chunks over the next year.

This is a great thing for all of us. It gives me the opportunity to polish up some old works, since I am a far stronger writer now than I was eight years ago. It allows me to update my covers and have better control over distribution.

My Touch of Gray series is getting punched up, and I will have new books in the series releasing over the next few months as well.

The biggest change, will be to my marketing strategy. I write in several different genres, and I'm fully aware that all of my books are not for all of my readers. So, to help everyone distinguish between my M/M stories and my M/F stories, my name will change slightly on the covers.

 


My Male/Female books will still read Dakota Rebel, and my Male/Male books will just say REBEL. I'm hoping this change will make it easier for everyone to find exactly what they're looking for in my catalog of books.

I'm excited to move forward with my career and release some new works that I hope everyone will love.

As always, thank you all for your support.

Love and kisses,
Dakota
Rebel

Monday, March 26, 2018

Pre-Sale Announcement




I'm so excited to announce that my very first Personal Development book is available for pre-sale. The paperback version is available now if you just can't wait!

I wrote this book as a friend, talking to another friend, about how to reignite passion in your marriage. I'm obviously not a doctor, a therapist or a licensed coach. But I am opinionated and I am your friend. My greatest wish is that once you read this book, you will be able to follow the steps to improve your sex life with your husband.





November

I woke up this morning with a pit in my stomach. I can't believe it's already November. The year is getting away from me, like so ma...