Thursday, May 25, 2017

I did NOT pay for it!

Hi everyone!

So…I have some news!

I checked amazon a couple of days ago, and I was happy to see I got a review for War Prize.

Yay! Party Time!!!

Wait! It’s a one-star review. Booo!
Turn off the light. The party is over.

But when I read the review, it wasn’t really that bad. In fact, the reviewer only said the book focused too heavily on “sexual domination.”

Hmmm, well, this guy clearly read the book. I can’t resent him for being honest. Oh well, I guess “sexual domination” is just not his cup of tea.

But…the thing is….

A day or two later, I checked amazon again, and the same guy bought the sequel, Agent of Darkness, and also gave it a one-star review, complaining of the same problem.

Hey, wait a minute, I recognize that name. If you hated the first book, why did you buy the sequel?
I mean, I’ve never once said, “Wow, I hated that book! One-star! Where’s the sequel? I must read the sequel for the book I hated immediately!”

So, this is my theory.

I think the reviewer actually liked my book. In fact, I think he liked it so much, he bought the sequel within a day or two. And I think he was trying to help promote my book too.

I mean, come on, in this day and age, does anyone really believe 5-star reviews anymore? With amazon suing everyone over fake reviews and the copious amount of reviews that say, “I was given this product in exchange for an honest review,” does anyone really look at a 5-star review and really believe it?

Personally, I don’t. In fact, I think some “best-selling” people looked pretty stupid recently when amazon started cracking down on that nonsense.

So, all-in-all, it wasn’t really a bad one-star review. And I can say this, and I’m pretty sure people will believe me.

I did NOT pay for it.

So….I’m gonna chalk this up as a win.

Party Time!

Gail Starbright

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Sequel to SS book!!!

Hello everyone!!!

Well, I feel better now. I did a google search on that weird “cookie notification” thing on my blog and apparently, a lot of people got that, and I think blogger already fixed it. It’s so like me to freak out over some old thing that’s already fixed.

Anyway, I got so distracted by that notification that I didn’t get a chance to do a good post. So, I’m going to slow down for a minute and tell my story.

Let’s start at the beginning. Way back in July, I finished the sequel to the SS book. At the time, “Captured by the SS” was still under contract with Ellora’s Cave and unlike some people, I never really had a problem with Ellora’s Cave. In fact, I liked getting those little checks in the mail, even if they were sporadic about when they came. Hey, as long as they came eventually, I was happy.
So, since “Captured by the SS” was still with Ellora’s Cave, I went ahead and sent them the finished sequel. They accepted. They offered me a contract. I signed it. I sent the contract to them. And then…nothing. I waited and waited, and I was like, ‘wow, why is it taking so long for them to sign the contract.’ And then, well, I got the email. You know the one. The email. The Ellora’s Cave is closing email.

Now, I wasn’t really happy to hear about that. I thought I did okay with them. No, I wasn’t a big best-seller, but I made a little money.

So, to make a long story short, I got all my books back, including the SS sequel I had just sent them.
Now, this is the interesting thing. When I wrote the sequel, I re-read my paperback version of “Captured by the SS” many times, trying to figure out where the story should go. And when I was re-reading “Captured by the SS,” I kept thinking that I wished I had done a few things differently. I really liked the first half of the book. But I think I kinda missed the mark on the second half of the book. I think the story was always supposed to be a “dubious consent” story, but I think I was scared to do that or I think I was scared that people would hate it. So I tried to make it more of a game, I think, which I don’t think quite worked.

So, when I got the rights back on my books, including “Captured by the SS,” I kinda felt I had been given a second chance.

So, I “tweaked” the book a little bit. The only thing I’m worried about now is I’m hoping I haven’t disappointed the fans who liked “Captured by the SS” in the first place. I really do believe that it’s basically the same book, only better, and more in sync with what I think the book was supposed to be.
So, even if you’ve already read “Captured by the SS,” I recommend reading the new version, War Prize.

And as a way of saying “Thank you” for everyone’s support, I have decided to make War Prize FREE for a week on amazon, as well as giving away both my vampire books for a week. I think it should start on 5-22-17, so keep an eye out for that. (Although, amazon mentioned something about fixing the start page on my book, so it might take another day or two. I’m not sure.)

And, yes, the sequel is finished too!!! The sequel is called Agent of Darkness. And it’s only $2.99.
I hope you guys like War Prize and Agent of Darkness. I had a lot of fun working on them!

Peace and Love,

Gail Starbright

Vampire Books will be Free this week!!

Hi everyone! Well, I guess my blog still works. I had a couple of messages about something with cookies, so I don't know. Anyway, my vampire books will be FREE this week. Also, yes, the sequel to the SS book is finished. Let's see if I can add some pictures and links here.

Okay, hopefully, those links will take you to amazon. Still trying to work on some stuff here, so be patient. I know all my stuff is a mess right now. I wasn't expecting Ellora's Cave to go out of business.


Sequel to SS book! Agent of Darkness!

Hi everyone!

So, just a quick update. Yes, the sequel to the SS book is finished! Also, I decided to rework  parts of the first book, Captured by the SS, which I republished under the title, War Prize. I'll try to add the links here.

War Prize.

Agent of Darkness

Anyway, I hope you like it. I hope this posts. I had some odd messages on this old blog about how I'm not doing something right. So, I dunno.

Gail Starbright