AMBER QUILL PRESS, LLC WILL CEASE ALL RETAIL OPERATIONS AT MIDNIGHT (MDT) MARCH 30, 2016 (0700 UTC) MARCH 31, 2016. The site and all its books will disappear from the Internet at that time. Be sure you've downloaded everything from your Bookshelf and have used all your rewards points prior to those dates and time.
This publisher opened its doors in late 2002, and I was privileged to become one of the authors for this "Gold Standard in Publishing" small press in 2003, when I was a winner in the first Amber Heat Wave Erotic Short Story Contest. My winner, Dark Stranger, was released in the spring of 2004. I recently toned down the sex from erotic to sensual and indie published it as Night Rider, under a different name.
Epublishing was in its infancy in 2002. I've been through its rise in popularity and our books finally accepted as non-vanity, non-subsidized real books. In the beginning, you had to purchase an expensive eReader. Today, free apps allow you to read any book on any device.
I like being with a publisher, and am crushed at the loss of mine. The AQP owners and staff were wonderful to work with, they operated an honorable publishing house, and I feel a deep sense of regret that changes in the publishing world have created its demise. Through their support of my work, I earned Published Author Network status in Romance Writers of America, saw my stories final and place in other romance contests, and built a wonderful online network of author friendships.
In the last two years, I watched as my royalties slowly decreased largely due to a major drop in sales from Amazon. I was among many long-timers who wondered if small presses could survive. With AQP's closure, I believe at least four houses have been forced out of business in the past year.
Why? Were they poorly managed?
No, the behemoth Amazon, in effect, became a publisher. Not just with Montauk and their Kindle Scout program, but by opening the door to indie publishing. They've eliminated the middle man functions of small presses. Now, as an indie published author, I am the middle man—I pay an editor, a formatter and a designer for my books. I pay for advertising, and I'm accountant and tax woman.
Novellas selling for $6.00 on small presses couldn't compete with Amazon's prices...often priced at $1.99, $2.99 or even $.99. Sometimes even free. Those of us who have joined the indie phenomenon have had a role in forcing those middle-man, small presses out of business. We are part of the downfall.
My website will remain, but on March 31st two male-female erotic stories will be the only books there. In From The Cold will be my first gay erotic rerelease. If Loose-Id accepts Silk Stealth (combinied now with Book 2: Silk Stealth: Shadow Warrior) it will eventually show up there.
The world changes. I think four small presses have closed in the past year. I'm sure there will be more to come.
For now, prices are really good for the Amber Quill Press books!
There's still time to buy on Amber Quill Press, ARe, Kobo, BN and Amazon
Check it out! Prices are great for my books now on Amber Quill's website. Pick up your free copy of Savage Lust, my prequel to the Night Train vampire series. Do check out my now short-lived, latest release Surf's Up!
Onward Ever, Backward Never
Thank you for your support over the years
Dr. Bond Bergstrom fights to save the life of a man shot near the lakeside path where he jogs. Later, when the hospital where Bond works as chief of surgery learns that the shooter attempted to kill him also, the board insists on assigning security protection to him 24/7 until the killer is caught.
Bond is furious with the decision. Former Navy SEALs, he argues, can protect themselves better than anyone in the world. Not so, counters former Delta Force operative Rory O’Shea. He’s the hot, sexy Irish-American who owns the agency providing the hospital’s routine security.
Bond grudgingly gives in, unaware that O’Shea has an ulterior motive in assigning himself to spend nights with the doctor as his personal bodyguard. Will O’Shea prove he has what it takes to satisfy Bond—both in and out of the bedroom?
Watch for its release in February 2015 in Amber Quill Press's Allure line!
For those who love the feel of paper in their hands as they read, two of Carolina Valdez's best selling shifter novellas--Awaking The Alpha and The Siberian --have been combined for the first time in paperback. Full Moon Rising offers to satisfy those who enjoy shapeshifter stories.
It’s not easy to meet life’s challenges in your own body, and it’s more than difficult to bridge two worlds under the best of circumstances. Is it ever possible to resolve those differences and make a life together if a normal man falls for a man who shifts his shape when the full moon rises?
GAY EROTIC ROMANCE
HETERO MF EROTIC ROMANCE