Pioneers (Protectors 2) Official Release!

Official Release. My new book Pioneers (Protectors 2), is now available through my publisher’s website http://www.bookstrand.com/pioneers and it’s being offered at a discount until August 7!

I’ve had a couple of people ask, so in answer to your questions:

#1 – Yes! It will be available on Amazon. It’s being offered for a limited time exclusively on the website above, but it will be pushed out to Amazon and the other booksellers in a few weeks.

For the record, I’m as guilty as the next person of caving in to the ease of Amazon, but I do recommend buying books directly from the publisher when possible. Because the booksellers take a cut, authors usually get better royalties per book for copies purchased from the publisher, and it gives a larger percentage to the editors and designers who put the books together. It’s like buying local instead of shopping at Walmart. Your choices as a consumer make a difference in they types of books that authors can publish, and supporting your favorite publishers directly, helps them to provide more of the books you like. Win-Win right?

#2 – No, it’s not a historical romance. The book is titled Pioneers, but it’s not about Pioneers as in the people who helped to settle America. It’s about a new breed of Pioneers who are developing a community where people with alternative lifestyles and relationships can flourish without judgement or prejudice. It’s set in the present day.

I hope you all love it. It’s got some good old fashion smut, but under that, it’s really about creating community.

Happy Reading!
Sam

Pioneers (Protectors 2) Now Available for Pre-Order!

sb-p-pioneers-fullI am so excited to announce that my new book with Siren Publishing is available for pre-order at a 10% discount! You can get it here!

The official release date is Thursday, July 31st

Partners at the police force and long-time friends Ryder and Andrew have fallen in love with the same woman, Annie Cabane, the owner of their favorite diner. Each unwilling to exclude the other from the relationship, the two men hatch a plan to ask her out. Everything is going well on the quest for Annie’s heart, and things are starting to heat up for the trio, until Ryder comes up with a far-fetched business idea that could mean risking all of their futures on a dream. Will Annie be able to hold the relationship together when everything turns upside down?

Pioneers is a steamy contemporary romance about two men who are whole-heartedly devoted to one woman, and their desire to help build a safe community where people in alternative relationships can flourish. This is the second book in the Protectors series.

Categories: Erotic Romance, Contemporary, Menage a Trois
Word Count: 26,605
Heat Level: SCORCHING
Published By: Siren-BookStrand, Inc.

If you haven’t read the first book in the series, Protectors, now is a great time to go back and explore Sara’s adventure with Tyler and Gage.

It was wonderful to revisit these three characters after a couple of years away. Sometimes the story just really wants to be continued. I’m looking forward to writing more about them in book three.

Now Available on Amazon!

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Janna Barker dreamed of an Olympic gold medal from the first time she laced up her ice skates, but her dreams are threatened when the humans of earth are invited to participate in an inter-planetary skating competition on Kalter, a distant planet. As if learning a new set of skating rules and finding a good coach isn’t challenging enough, lack of funding threatens to knock her out of the competition. Janna’s parents can no longer afford to pay for coaching or space travel. To bankroll her training, her overbearing stage-mother arranges for her to be married to a wealthy citizen of Kalter. After considering her options Janna agrees, deciding to use him to further her skating ambitions and pay her way, but she doesn’t expect him to be so good looking, or have such a great sense of humor. Will she be able to keep her focus on the first place prize?

Intergalactic Gold is now available exclusively for Kindle (or any device that supports the Kindle App) and it’s been registered as a part of KDP select so you can borrow it from the Kindle lending library for free, if you are enrolled in that program. You can Get it here!

In order to get the book moving, I’m also giving away a limited number of copies to reviewers, so if you’re interested in reviewing or promoting the book, please contact me at info@samanthablair.com for a free copy.

Intergalactic Gold

I’ve never had a baby, but I think that writing a book is the closest experience I’m likely to have. There’s this huge gestation period (in this case two years) during which you want to eat nothing but chocolate ice cream and cry for no reason. Then, finally the book is finished, and you start this labor process where you put your life into the hands of an editor. Part of you wants there to be a lot of really critical edits because you want your book to be the best version of itself that it can be, but part of you is too terrified to open the damn document because it’s your creation, and you know that you just asked someone else hack it to pieces.

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But… after the pain goes away and you get to hold the finished draft, you’re always really glad that you wrote it, and you’re proud of it, so you want to start posting pictures of it all over facebook and instagram.

Here’s the baby picture. Isn’t she cute?

Coming to Amazon this week!

Amazon, New Books, and Updates

Dear Readers,

Every time I post to this blog I feel as if it’s been way too long (and it usually has) but there has been an unusual amount of activity in my author life over the last few weeks, and I wanted to keep you up to date.

Generational Sins Removed from Amazon

As many of you may know, Amazon and a couple of other large e-book retailers have been cracking down on “inappropriate” books written by self-published authors. They’ve been removing books by the thousands from their websites with little or no explanation to the authors. They site their rather vague content guidelines and have made statements that erotica, violence, incest, and underage characters won’t be tolerated. I’ve included a couple of links to articles about the whole affair below for anyone who wants to continue reading about it, but that’s the general news story.

Generational Sins has been removed from Amazon as one of these books. So if you’re looking for it, please purchase directly from my website. I feel that authors who choose to self-publish, rather than using a publishing house, are being unfairly targeted in this pursuit, but I’m undecided on how to respond. On one hand, I know for a fact that my book is no more violent than The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and no more sexual in nature than Sleeping Beauty Trilogy, but I can respect Amazon’s right to not represent books that they can’t support for moral reasons. I just think they need to do it fairly. If it’s their policy to not publish erotica, than they need to remove it all, and forfeit the reseller fees from the millions of romance novels with explicit content that they sell. I’d also like to note for the record, that Amazon had no problem with Generational Sins when it was new and selling a lot of copies. They seemed to overlook the inappropriate nature of my writing when it was making them more than $2000 a month.

So, for now I’ve decided to leave it alone. I’m not going to resubmit Generational Sins for publication on Amazon, but it’s still accessible from my own site, and I am considering trying to work with a traditional publisher for that whole trilogy (which is a difficult sell for a previously published work) so I’ll keep you up to date if anything changes on that front.

You can read more about the Amazon situation here:
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The Digital Reader

Intergalactic Gold, Coming Soon

In happier news, I finally finished the most recent book I’ve been working on! I’m still going through editing, and I’m shopping it out to publishers this week, but with a little luck and a good edit or two, we’ll have a release date soon.

Here’s the short synopsis to get you excited:
Janna Barker dreamed of an Olympic gold medal from the first time she laced up her ice skates as a little girl, but being the best figure skater in the universe takes on a whole new meaning when earth is discovered by an alien race. Forced to skate on an inter-planetary circuit, Janna is faced with a set of skating rules that she doesn’t understand, an absence of good coaching, and a lack of funding.

Unable to pay for her skating on the intergalactic circuit, Janna’s overbearing stage-mother arranges for her to be moved to the icy planet, Kalter, and married to a wealthy alien man. Wanting nothing to do with the arrangement, but unwilling to forfeit her dream, Janna reluctantly agrees to visit the planet and meet the man. Overwhelmed by new customs, a wide variety of alien species, strange foods, and even a change in gravity, she isn’t ready to tackle a marriage proposal too, no matter how sweet or attractive the man may seem to be. Sure, she’s had fantasies, but there was never much time for dating on earth, and the idea of a relationship feels as alien as the new planet.

The men of Kalter are artic giants with hulking figures and intimidating muscles, but Marquise Hagan has a soft spot for the tiny earth girl who wants so badly to compete in the Intergalactic Olympics. When Janna arrives on his planet, his whole world is turned upside down by the slight figure skater. Wanting nothing more than a loving wife and a solid marriage, Hagan is determined to win her heart. Giving her the best equipment and coaching that money can buy is only the beginning of his efforts, but Hagan quickly learns that her true love is skating and everything else, including him, takes second place to her dream.

Thank you, as always, for being such loyal readers.

Until next time,
Samantha Blair

Have you ever wondered why the past tense of go is went?

Have you ever wondered why the past tense of “go” is “went” rather than “goed” or maybe “wen”?

It’s because they used to be two completely separate words. The past tense of “wend” was “went” and the past tense of “go” was “gaed.” We kept one of each. Crazy huh?

This article is full of neat facts like that about words. Check it out.
12 Old Words that Survived by Getting Fossilized in Idioms

PDF Downloads Now Available

So, I’ve been promising for ages—literally ages—that I was going to make PDF downloads of my books available for purchase on my website for those of you who don’t have Kindles and don’t want the paperback (no, I still haven’t made all of the books into paperbacks either).  As some of you know, I make websites for my “real job” so this was totally a case of the shoemaker’s kid going barefoot… for about three years. Sorry about that.

Long story made short, I’m finally making good on my promise. You can now get Generational Sins, Innocence Tempted, and The Billionaire Bum in PDF form from my bookstore.  I’m offering them all for 99 cents a piece for a limited time, so I hope you’ll take advantage, if you don’t already have a copy. Click here to get them!

Happy reading!

Sam

P.S. I hope you haven’t minded the wait too badly, but I’m 80,964 words into the new book!  It’s going to be a long one, and I hope to have it out soon.

Now Available: Innocence Tempted

For Kat sex had always been nice, but she didn’t want nice. She wanted more.

The last thing that Katlyn expects when Cody walks into the tack and feed store where she works is for the smoking hot cowboy to ask her out. Intrigued, she accepts his offer and is plunged head first into the world of submission. She takes to it like a natural but soon discovers that it’s not all fun and games. When forced to face her emotional baggage, will she run for the hills or give in to the Dominant who could be both her healer and her ultimate temptation?

Innocence Tempted is the second story in the Generational Sins series. It’s a prequel, taking place before Katlyn meets David, but it can be read either as a standalone novel or following the first book.

Innocence Tempted (Generational Sins Series) is now available for the Kindle.

Coming Soon: Innocence Tempted

For those of you who have read Generational Sins, you know that it’s not an easy book. A lot of my readers, after finishing that novel,  request from me a D/s novel that is a little gentler or a little more playful.  They want to see the fun side of these unique relationships and not just the intensity.

Well, readers, you’re getting your wish.

Several years ago, not long after I wrote Generational Sins, I wrote a shorter story that was a prequel or companion novel detailing Katlyn’s relationship with Cody prior to the time when she meets David. I didn’t publish it when I first wrote it because my least favorite part of writing is editing, and it needed a lot of work to get from first draft to a publishable product. Originally, it was really just a collection of scenes that were mentioned in passing in Generational Sins, and it’s been sitting, quietly waiting its turn to be more fully developed ever since.

It’s still a little vignette-like, not giving a full day-to-day log of Kat’s activities, but rather fleshing out some of the significant moments that made her the submissive we come to know in GS. Reading GS first, will give you a fuller picture for this book, but it can be read as a stand-alone novel.

The recent surge in interest in the D/s lifestyle has encouraged me to dig out the old manuscript and dust it off. If you’re curious about BDSM but don’t have the stomach for a book like GS, this might be a better read for you.

I’m calling it Innocence Tempted and I hope you all enjoy it. I don’t have a release date for it just yet, but (fingers crossed) I’d like to get it out by the end of July. More details to come, but I’m putting a little teaser chapter from it up on my website if you’d like to check it out. I warn you, it’s a steamy book. Approach with caution.

As always, thank you for reading.  I have the best audience in the world.

Sam

 

Why My Book is Not 50 Shades of Grey

I wanted to take a few minutes to address the questions that I’ve been fielding a lot lately about the 50 Shades of Grey series by E.L. James. Let me start by saying that I haven’t read this story in years, and I never read the whole trilogy. I read it, before it was published, back when the author and I (and a bunch of other really amazing writers) were all begging for positive comments together on the forums and free websites, trying to figure out if we could write, and crawling our way into our debut novels.

I also want to say that I’m very proud of E.L. James. She has succeeded in what many authors only hope to do by finding an audience that is motivated to buy and talk about her book. I think it’s fantastic that people are discussing her novel on television and all over the web. I haven’t picked the trilogy up in its current form, but I probably will some day, because I think it’s important to be familiar with what’s working in the writing world.

This series though has done some interesting things in the industry, and I’ve been getting a lot of mail as a result. For the first time in at least a decade we now have an example BDSM novel by which a standard has been set. It’s happened before: Story of O was the standard for decades, Secretary had a pretty good run for a couple of years, and within the BDSM community there are always favorites that circulate. The trouble with some of these books, though, is that when they attract the attention of non-readers, or more specifically non-BDSM readers, they become a measuring stick. If this book is my understanding of the color grey then all other books have to fall somewhere in the black or white category by comparison.

I appreciate Amazon’s referral system. They try to recommend books that you will like based on books that you already own and data from thousands of other book owners. It’s a great way to sell novels, and I love it because it gives new indie authors a fair shot at being read. Unfortunately the process is executed by a computer, not a human, so it has a few flaws. In this case Generational Sins is often recommended to readers of the 50 Shades series even though the two books are not particularly alike. I understand this mathematically. Both books are listed in the erotic romance category under BDSM (there aren’t subcategories for newbie and hardcore violence). E.L. James and I also shared much of the same audience when our books were new, so many of the early people that bought my book also bought hers, linking us more solidly. I’ve picked up a few new fans as a result of this connection, and I’m grateful for that, but I’ve also picked up a few reviewers who are clearly, and understandably, overwhelmed by my book.

The BDSM world is a very big one, and while the whole term is considered taboo by much of the vanilla world, even within the community there are further taboos and different levels of play or lifestyle. It is true to say that a parakeet and a hippopotamus are both zoo animals, but I think most of us would agree that the two have little in common. Books at opposite ends of the sadomasochistic spectrum aren’t necessarily alike in any way. 50 Shades scratches the surface of this world, but many other books (including my Generational Sins) have gone much deeper. Writers like Kitty Thomas and Annabel Joseph are on the more extreme end, while Cherise Sinclair falls somewhere in the middle, and Leah Brooke somewhere closer to tame. That’s how I would rank that small handful of authors anyway, but your level of intensity would very much depend on your personal preferences. If you consider anal sex extreme, then they are all possibly outside of your reading comfort zone. So the first question to ask, when trying to determine what to read, should be: which book has become your measuring stick?

If 50 Shades was your first BDSM novel, please don’t read Generational Sins second. The jump from a newbie submissive who thinks that a playroom is for video game systems, to an experienced submissive who cannot process emotional pain without extreme physical pain is too large of one for the average reader. The warning labels attached to my book are there for a reason. Generational Sins is about family violence, mental illness, and the darkest side of love imaginable. I put the opening chapters on my website for a reason as well. Please read the samples before deciding if you want to buy the book.

I don’t apologize for the graphic sexual violence in my book. It’s a story of hope written out of a very dark place, and it paints a picture of survival through unusual, raw, earthy means. There are themes of guilt, greed, inheritance, abuse, manipulation, and other guttural emotions. It is a fiction story, but I think it tells the truth about the dark natures that we battle every day. It’s not a “feel good” book, and it wasn’t designed to make you want to go out and buy fuzzy handcuffs. I wrote it because I know that I have readers who can identify with these emotions–in it we can see an enlarged version of ourselves and our greatest fears.

Having said all of that, I hope that more readers will begin to explore other writers as a result of this series. Please feel free to use the comment area to leave suggestions for other readers with books that fall anywhere along the spectrum. As always, also feel free to ask any questions that you may have. I would love to see this become an open and safe place where writers and readers can discuss their questions about books, sex, S&M, or anything else that comes to mind.

Until next time,
Sam