Reviews – A Request, and BTW, you can use a Pen Name Too

Hello All,

It’s looking like no releases this week.  I’m fighting something off and work has been a little extra crazy.  I’m hoping that I’ll be able to catch up on the weekend and rally strong next week.

I do, however, have a combination of request/public service announcement.  As anybody who has read the little blurb at the back of my books has seen, I’m very eager to get reviews from people who’ve read my stuff.  Specifically, it would be great if people could put said reviews up on Amazon.  As a lot of people know, many people base their decision to purchase on whether or not somebody else has been willing to purchase, and it would really help me out if people would do so.

However, I’ve asked people in the past, and they all say the same thing.  “Of course I would, but I don’t want people to see my name next to… that sort of thing.”  While I could pretend offense (hey, that’s my writing!!)  I understand completely.  After all, I clearly use a pen name (or did you think my parents hated me that much?) so why can’t you?

Oh yeah.  Turns out you can!  Didn’t you read the title of this post?

It turns out that you can set your Public name on Amazon, so that you can leave reviews that won’t have your name next to them.

Now, in the interest of full disclosure, there’s one small Caveat.  This will set your Public Name for your amazon account across the board.  if you just use amazon to purchase things and have them shipped to you, no big deal.  However, if you have a public wishlist, a person who looks at your reviews can see your wish list.

Also, there’s nothing stopping you from making a second Amazon account.  You’ll need to buy something with it (Might I make a suggestion?) but then you’ll have a completely separate account for your smut.

Conquering the World (Virtually)

So, when I first started this blog, I told myself it wasn’t just going to be an avenue for announcing releases, and I never really wanted it to be.  At least, I wanted to talk about my writing, but haven’t been doing much of that either.  I’ll probably ramble about my writing again at some point (but it really does feel like random rambling, because it’s not like people ask me questions… which by the way people are very much encouraged to do) but for today’s post, I’m granting people a rare glimpse into me as a person.

In true dork fashion, I have started to play Ingress, which is an Augmented Reality game put out by Niantic.  So far, it’s been pretty fun, and it’s actually gotten me out of the house, which I suppose is a plus as well.  The basic premise is that the world has been invaded by Exotic Matter, and various factions have popped up around controlling exotic matter (or XM).  Naturally, it looks like XM might be an avenue for these beings called shapers to invade the planet, and it also seems like XM might be able to control people’s minds.

There are two factions, the Enlightened, who believe that the shapers are here to help humanity, and seek to spread their control so that humanity can reach the next level, and the Resistance, who believe that the shapers are just coming to conquer us and are fighting to stop that from happening.

Who wants to take a guess if I ended up on the pro or anti mind control side?

Till next time folks.  As a writing update, just finished the first draft of the second part of Remote control, and will probably try and finish up Party Tricks 2 over the weekend.  After that, no clue what’s next, but at least I’m back in the swing of things, now that things have calmed down.

Thanks for the kind words

Hey guys, more of a fluff update today.  I just wanted to say thank you to those who have sent me emails or other words about my work.  I’m very glad to know that people are enjoying what I do.  When I first started out, I was very worried that my style wouldn’t be very appealing, because I actually aim for “story that has sex” more than just a quickie story that only focuses on the erotic parts.

The first thing of any real merit I ever wrote was Proteus, which is a short novel length story, and contains about a dozen sex/erotic scenes.  This means that there actually needs to be some plot points in between, and I was terrified that people would just think they were a pain between the juicy bits.  I’m glad to know that isn’t the case.

My Goal is to make my stories be good stories, that have memorable bits that people may re-read later for… purposes… but that they’ll enjoy the story as well.

Now I just have to hope I can pull that off with Spell Bound, because I have some awesome plot elements in mind there.  Hopefully Labor Day gives me some time to get back into the swing, my day job has been a little busy, unfortunately.