Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Guest Post by Decadent Kane, author of Impure Bargains

Blurb for Impure Bargains by Decadent Kane
Desiderus has served Ba'al faithfully for nearly one hundred years. When Haven Rowe put a gun to his head and pulled the trigger, her fierce nature stirred emotions he hadn't felt since before Ba'al claimed him. With his sight set on consuming her body and soul, he'll use every deceptive idea at his disposal to make sure she belongs to him.
When Haven walked in on a demon stealing her brother, Jeremy, her entire world unraveled. Born to a family of magic users, yet unable to use magic of her own, Haven will do anything to get her brother back from the depths of hell, even if it means she has to bargain her soul.
With the help of a witch, Haven seeks out loopholes to the soul bargains that have been made. She either finds a way out for her and Jeremy, or they both might be lost forever. What she doesn't count on is the betrayal of her own body and the insurmountable attraction she has for the demon she's trying to escape.

 Publishing: pros and cons Indie VS Indie

Yes you read that correctly. I said Indie VS Indie. Why would I give you pros and cons on something many see as virtually the same- because they are not.
You can be an Indie author who is with a small press (not vanity press- but small)
Or
You can be an Indie self-published author.
What's the difference?
I have done both. I was with a small publishing house for about a year in which I sold the rights to all my elf books- at least in the Trouble with Elves series.
I learned that it felt safe to have a publisher, even as small press goes.
I found an awesome author community with the small publisher and got to know many of the staff. It was my author home. I had found it and I enjoyed it.
Until the market changed, one small speed bump inside the publishing house- an error, and the entire thing crumbled down around me…I was lost swimming in a sea of what do I do now and how do I get myself back out there when my first time rights have already been used?
Small indie publishers are amazing in their community feel, their safety net for many authors who aren't ready to leap into self-publishing but are struggling with big publishers. A wonderful in between.
But you still have to do most of your own marketing.  And when they fall- for any reason- even if it wasn't their fault- you fall with them.
But the support alone is worth being with an indie publishing house. Always research the publisher before submitting though.
Now as an indie self-published author
There is no safety zone- no one to edit for you unless you seek them out. No one to proofread unless you pay them. And cover artist…wow you want an amazing cover and sure you could do it on your own if you are familiar with that kind of design or are a super quick learner. But mostly you will want to pay for a good cover because let's face it- the cover draws readers.
Out of pocket being a self-published author kind of isn't pretty. It is time consuming. It takes out of pocket money, and the kind of money you might not make back in the first year.
But…
Self-publishing means you have all the say: from cover to edits to when it's published and for how much. And you gain more of the royalties.
When you draw the line- either indie publisher or indie self-published… know what you can and can't handle as an author.
If you are better with other people making the big decisions and giving you deadlines to meet- run with an indie publisher…
If you work better all alone and have the options to pay out of pocket- hey maybe you even know some people and you have an amazing platform on social media- then shoot for self-publishing.
No matter which way you go- you still have to write with all your soul…you still have to promote yourself…and ultimately everything you say, do, write, comment on, and even review is an extension of you as an author.

Excerpt

Surprised by the female's actions, Desiderus watched her run for a moment before his mind registered her actions. Her obsidian hair flew behind her with a strange bag slung over her small shoulders. In a way, he should have known Haven would bolt. Experience all but told him that. Many had run and failed. Desiderus shook his head and a grin spread across his lips. She wouldn't get far and not just because she was naked. He had a pretty good idea that Haven didn't worry about her loss of clothes as much as she worried about what he might do to her. He would have loved nothing more than to chase after her...but she needed to be taught a lesson, to understand what it meant for him to have her name, for him to be in control.
After quickly making Ba'al's sign in the air in front of him, a toad with a circle, magic flickered into the sigil like sparking a match. The sign brightened to an orange color. Desiderus had been a demon so long it took seconds to create. Under his breath, he let her name roll off his tongue in one easy motion, "Haven Rowe."
The color of the sigil sprinkled away on a breeze and black smoke swirled. Haven's image slowly began to appear, little by little, tantalizing, as if she somehow knew he wanted her body, far more than he had any other mortal female. Her legs came first, the lazy curve of her hips, he groaned with the swell of her heaving breasts, and finally her face construed in a perfect scowl piercing him with those damn blue eyes.
"Running will do you no good, Haven." Inside lust coiled around his core, urging him to do anything but stand there looking staring. Her skin shimmering with sweat, making his tongue slip out to lick his lips. He swallowed a groan at the thought of tasting her tanned flesh. Lost in his erotic notions he didn't see her foot until it was too late and a sharp jolt of lightning like pain raced up from between his legs, shooting over his spine and slamming into the base of his brain. Colors formed in his eyes and he blinked it away as his stomach churned. His knees weakened, but he kept himself standing somehow, adrenalin replacing the pain as anger mounted inside him like a lion.
"But that does demon." Haven turned to run for the second time and despite the throbbing radiating from his balls, Desiderus reached out for her, latching fingers around an ankle that had come up from the ground and Haven fell front first into the dirt with Desiderus falling on top of her.

Bio:

Decadent Kane, author of the trouble with elves series, writes paranormal romance with heat. She lives in Wyoming with a full house: 3 dogs, 1 cat, 1 guinea pig, 1 rat, 2 kids, and 1 fiance.

An elfess in human form, Decadent enjoys dipping her fingers into the human realm where she took pen to paper and began the tales of the trouble with elves. Her obsessions include reading, Dean Winchester, and honey.

She will devour your soul with glimpses of the feral ridden drow elves, with their dark skin and soul consuming. She'll sneak morsels of naughty thoughts to you via goblins, and seduce you into stepping inside the elven realm where females disappear when lust takes over among other elfish troubles.

Beware the sprites.

Follow the wisps.

But never look a drow elf king in the eyes...

~Decadent~

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