I have lots of news to spill, for both of my pen names. So, let’s start with Kessily Lewel. June 20th is my second anniversary as a published author. That’s today if I managed to get this post ready in time. If I didn’t then…um, I’m in trouble so just pretend I did.
It’s hard to believe it’s only been two years. To be honest it feels like so much longer. I can hardly believe I’ve gotten six books published in that time, but yep, I did that.
I didn’t do it alone, of course. If you read this blog, you already know I’ve had help. I’ve got two Doms that keep me on task despite Netflix trying so hard to lure me away. It’s really hard to blow off work when someone is keeping track of what you’re getting done. It wouldn’t work for all writers, but since my submission is tied into my writing it works very well for me.
It’s nice when everything comes together like that.
I also have a friend who is always my first beta reader and first editor. She helps me get my books in order to submit to the Publisher and does a great job. Kat has been everything to me at one time or another. She was even my Dom for a few years way back when and we’ve maintained a friendship since then that has endured many life changes for both of us and I’m grateful for all of her help on these books.
Of course, since this is my author anniversary this is also the book birthday for my first book A Haunting Experience. My publisher has graciously agreed to put it up for free on Amazon June 20-22nd so if you don’t have it yet you might want to grab a copy now. And pretty please, don’t forget to leave a review if you get the chance.
In other news, Surrendering to Her General under my pen name Sadie Marks is doing fantastic. It’s been out for over two weeks now and is still under 9K in the rankings. At the moment it’s hovering around #8,440, which is out of over five million books. That’s a very good ranking since the lower the better, #1 being a bestseller. It dropped as low as #2440 during it’s first week, which makes this book my best so far.
The reviews have been amazing too. Honestly, I’m really proud of the world I built for this book. I love how wide and inclusive it is. While the main characters are a Dominant man and a submissive woman, the larger world includes every kind of pairing and people have noticed and seem to approve of that, which makes me happy.
I’ve been considering some short stories in that universe that revolve around other characters, just for fun here on the blog. Maybe something with the gay switch that appears early in the book, or the male sub with his female Dominant Sadec for those people who enjoy M/M and F/M pairings. If there’s interest, please let me know it might help my muse get started.
In other news I (as Sadie) will be taking part in a release party for this new book on July 3rd. I am scheduled to go on at 5pm and it will take place in the Blushing Sizzle group on Facebook. Just click the link here and join the group.
If you haven’t joined already you really should. They do lots of giveaways all month, and at the beginning of each month there’s a big release party with a whole schedule of authors who come in throughout the day to give out prizes.
I just received some great prizes to give out, so I really want to see you there. I’ll drop some pictures here for you to see, but I ordered some handcrafted aloe gels from Fortune Cookie Soap company (who I adore) they let me pick the scents, the colors (all red of course!) and the names on the jars too so you know I had to make sure they were both naughty and appropriate for the occasion.
Some even have shimmer in the gel that reminded me of the flecks in the Sadec skin. I ordered a couple plain aloe gels with shimmer, and then some that were half aloe and half WHIPPED cream (lotion). They are all wonderful for sunburned—or spanked skin, trust me.
I’ll probably also give out some other things I ordered if I dare…in addition to some other FCS products that I picked up, I may have purchased some adorable wee willies (tiny novelty dicks that are just for collecting.) and if I’m feeling daring I could make up a wickedly naughty gift pack with them, but there will be plenty left over for other events too.
I plan to do some kind of giveaways here on the blog at some point as well, so keep an eye out for that in the future. Hopefully I haven’t forgotten anything important, but I think that’s all my news for now. Have a great weekend and don’t forget to grab your free copy of Haunting if you don’t already have it!