Ozoni And Onsens: A Daydreamer Detective Novella

Ozoni And Onsens: A Daydreamer Detective Novella

If you’re a member of my mailing list, you got a surprise this morning in your inbox! (If not, please check your spam!) I’ve been working on this little novella for the Miso Cozy series, and today it went out to just newsletter subscribers! OZONI AND ONSENS is a story that takes place after THE DAYDREAMER DETECTIVE BRAVES THE WINTER. It’s not a mystery, even though surprising things happen in it, so sit back and enjoy the time, murder-free.

In OZONI AND ONSENS, Mei and Yasahiro try to spend a romantic New Year’s Eve and Day together, but the universe has other plans for them. As you can probably guess, things don’t work out so well! I loved writing this little adventure. It was nice to see Mei just be herself and discover that she has her own talents, even if she doesn’t think they’re spectacular. I hope you enjoy this little story too.

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SECRET KEEPING SAKURA Now Available!

The emails went out about this title this morning so I get to announce it on the blog today! I have a new release! It’s the fifth and final short story in the Kami No Sekai series, SECRET KEEPING SAKURA. I wrote it this summer as I was getting back on the writing wagon, and it was the perfect story to get me back in the swing of things. About a year ago, I asked my Facebook audience, “If you could talk to any inanimate object, which would you choose?” And many chose to talk to trees. I think trees have a special place in our hearts as humans. We take shelter under them. We hear their leaves rustle in the wind. We admire them as they flower, grow green leaves, and turn those leaves brilliant colors in the fall. Plus there are so many different kinds of trees! Palm trees don’t change color in the fall and only grow in warm climates. Some trees grow fruits and others do not. Trees are almost as diverse as humans, when you think about it.

Anyway, so I knew I would choose a tree for the final story of the series, and what better tree than the favorite of pretty much all Japanese people, the cherry tree or sakura. I thought about all the things a tree would see in its lifetime, all the secrets it could keep, and I came up with my story pretty quickly. I wrote most of the story poolside this summer on my trusty Alphasmart 3000.

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I need to get back to writing on that. It really got rid of distractions.

So today, this bittersweet and hopeful short story is ready for you! BUT WAIT! I need to tell you a secret. If you sign-up for my newsletter, you can get the whole Kami No Sekai for free. Yep. I’m giving it away to my list. So you have two choices when it comes to getting this story. You can either buy it online for 99¢ or you can sign up for my newsletter and get it for free.

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SUMMER HAIKUS Is On Sale For The Olympics!

The Summer Olympics start today! And SUMMER HAIKUS is a year old tomorrow, so I thought, “Hmmmm, maybe I should put it on sale for the heck of it.” So I did! I didn’t even buy any ads for it this time around. I just figured I’d tell you all about it, tell my newsletter folks, and then advertise it on Facebook. Why not? Besides, when I wrote SUMMER HAIKUS it was to tell Isa’s story, but to also capture the wonder, the heartbreak, and the dedication of the Olympic games. That and to explore a sweet romance between Isa and Masa.

When I look back on writing SUMMER HAIKUS, I can remember how much I obsessed over it, how it caught me and wrapped me up in its themes and emotions. I hope that when you read it, you will feel the same way. heart

Get SUMMER HAIKUS now for only 99¢! ($3.00 off!)

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Sale ends August 22!

THE DAYDREAMER DETECTIVE BRAVES THE WINTER is now available!

Yay!! Today is the release day for THE DAYDREAMER DETECTIVE BRAVES THE WINTER! This is my 9th full-length novel and the second book of the Miso Cozy Series. If you want to try out this series, you’re in luck! The first book, THE DAYDREAMER DETECTIVE, is free for a limited time. Head on over and download your copy today!

I really enjoyed writing this novel. It’s always exciting to write the first book of a series, but it’s even better writing the second one, when you’ve gotten to know your characters and can delve deeper into their lives. I enjoyed seeing how Mei would deal with adversity and where her relationship with Yasahiro would go. Not only that, but I also enjoyed weaving the details about this murder through the whole story! It’s been a great series to write so far and I’m looking forward to conquering the next book next month!

THE DAYDREAMER DETECTIVE BRAVES THE WINTER is now available! Get it for a dollar off its regular retail price through July 15th.

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THE DAYDREAMER DETECTIVE Is Free For A Limited Time!

It’s not often I update twice a day on the blog, but tomorrow I plan to talk about my July goals and I have a newsletter going out in the morning, so this seemed as good a time as any! I’ve decided to make THE DAYDREAMER DETECTIVE free for a limited time only (probably through July 15th). This is very irregular for me, to make a new book like this free. But it’s a competitive market and this is a new book in a new series in a new genre for me. Plus, THE DAYDREAMER DETECTIVE BRAVES THE WINTER is coming out soon (6 days!), and I wanted to get some exposure for the new release. I don’t plan to make it free again for a VERY long time, so get it today if you wanted to try it out!

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Behold! All New Covers For The Nogiku Series!

Today is the day I’ve been anticipating for over six months. SIX MONTHS, PEOPLE. It was early in the winter when I decided the Nogiku Series needed new covers. I always liked the ones with people on them, but looking at the covers for other books in the same genre on Amazon, I knew that my Nogiku books just didn’t fit in cover-wise. For over a month, I played with the idea of designing new covers myself, and that was when I decided I no longer wanted to design covers anymore. I was writing the first two Daydreamer books, and I wanted nothing to do with designing covers! So, in an effort to get to know a new designer, I asked Najla Qamber of Najla Qamber Designs to give me new covers for both SUMMER HAIKUS and FACE TIME. I figured it would be my first real chance to hire out work to someone else. It was a test. She had no idea. Lol. But she came through with flying colors.

When the covers for SUMMER HAIKUS and FACE TIME landed in my inbox and I was happy, I casually mentioned to Najla that I wished she also did scifi covers. Her catalog is mostly romance, so I wasn’t sure if this was something she could do. She bravely said she wanted to make more scifi covers, and then I tasked her with redesigning my whole series! It was a super pleasant experience, as always, working with her. We brainstormed lots of ideas and using the family kamon, the family crests, from the series was our favorite of the motifs.

Here are the new Nogiku Series covers! Many thanks goes out to Lola of Lola’s Blog Tours who helped put together a massive cover reveal for this. I adore her and she did another amazing job helping me to promote this series.

ALSO THIS SERIES IS CURRENTLY ON SALE! REMOVED is free as always but both RELEASED and REVEALED are both 99¢!

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If for some reason, you see the old covers below, be sure to force reload your browser!

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I hope you love the new covers as much as I do! Feel free to enter the raffle I have going too! Thanks for being so supportive and for taking a chance on me and this series. heart

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VIGILANTE SLIMMING SCANNER Is Now Available!

I have a new release! VIGILANTE SLIMMING SCANNER is now available, and I hope you enjoy reading this one as much as I enjoyed writing it. This is the fourth story in the Kami No Sekai series and I suspect there’ll be two more after this before I stop writing in this world.

This is the story of Toro, who is out of shape, a bit lazy, and doesn’t take care of himself, but should. He just wants a snack, some chips and something sweet, from the convenience store when suddenly the store scanners have had enough and deny him. I believe I got this idea while standing in line at the self-checkout one day, listening to the crisp voice of the terminal declaring, “1 package, Club Crackers.” Lol. But I also wanted to write about fitness, healthy eating, and exercise (all things I’m into) in a way that wasn’t too preachy. Toro needs to take better care of himself for a reason and the scanners decide that being abrupt and cutting him off cold turkey is the best way to go.

Want to find out what happens next? Pick up VIGILANTE SLIMMING SCANNER today for only 99¢!

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When Nothing Works…

Well, folks, remember that blog post I wrote last fall about moving to Amazon exclusively for a while and trying it out? The experiment is over and it was a resounding failure! Who’s not surprised? I’m not!

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But once again, because I like actual evidence that something is not going to work for me, I’m glad I did it and I can walk away knowing what the outcome would be.

Let me start off by telling you how it worked and how it ended. When I switched all the books over in September into KDP Select and therefore into Kindle Unlimited, my goal was to make as much in pages-read (borrows from Kindle Unlimited) as I had been making on the other vendors and hopefully find new readers. It was also my hope that ebook returns would diminish, as it was my theory that those people who bought, read, and returned Kindle ebooks were people who were Kindle Unlimited subscribers and just didn’t want to pay for books.

The first few months, September through the end of November, were pretty good. I was getting plenty of pages-read, new sign-ups to my newsletter, and even a new review or two (not many, but a few). Then everything began to plummet. Sales nosedived. Pages-read dried up. December and January were some of my worst months ever. EVER. And the few pages-read I did get were worth less and less. I didn’t know what was going on, but at the time, I attributed it to the fact that I must suck and no one wanted to read my books. I feared the worst. I was thinking about pulling all my books out of KDP Select, one by one as they finished off their contracts, but I thought, “Maybe it’s just a dry spell and things will perk up later?”

So, I hit February with everything I had. I had a sale on SUMMER HAIKUS and I spent $95 on ads for it. I would have to sell 135 copies to break even, and I had hoped I would make it. I figured even if I sold half that and had pages-read, which the ads would give me exposure for, I might break even. I then made REMOVED free for a few days and paid $75 for an ad for that, hoping that the downloads would lead to some sales of the rest of the series and maybe some pages-read for that too.

Unfortunately, all my efforts did not pay off. Instead of making money in February, I lost about $150 which I don’t think I’ll get back now. I only sold 36 copies of SUMMER HAIKUS and got about 5 full reads’ worth of KU pages-read, so I didn’t even make back half of what I paid.

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Which is a total shame because I’m not really in this writing thing to make bank and be a best seller, but I also can’t operate at a loss for several years. I need to at least break even.

While this loss was disheartening, I figured pages-read would pick up with time and I’d be at break-even by the end of the year. I told myself, “You can make it to the end of the year and re-evaluate then!”

Then the scam scandal of Kindle Unlimited hit and suddenly everything began to make sense.

I’m going to quote directly from Selena Kitt on this but please read her whole blog post on this matter because it is very enlightening.

Except Amazon didn’t want us to know one important thing – they lied to us.

They have no idea how many pages a reader actually reads.

Let me say that again, just so you don’t miss it:

AMAZON HAS NO IDEA HOW MANY PAGES A READER ACTUALLY READS.

Wow. A little bit of karma coming back at you with these scammers, Jeff Bezos?

Because Amazon has been scamming authors in the KDP Select program all along.

They decided to pay us by “pages” read, when in fact, they can’t count actual pages read, and they can’t time how long a reader actually takes to read those pages (last time I checked, no one could read 3000 pages in less than two minutes…)

In KU 2.0, they weren’t paying out $1.30 a borrow to scammers who created their little “scamplets” and borrowed them in their little circles anymore. (Or to those nasty erotica writers who’ve always written short stories for readers who want to buy them… they clearly deserved to be punished for their dirty minds and “selling sex” in the first place, right? /end sarcasm)

That’s great, but… before the KENPC cap was very recently instituted, the pages you could get paid for per-read were unlimited. Which meant that anyone could release a “book” of unlimited length in KDP Select (these scammers are putting garbage in their books – foreign translations, articles from Wikipedia, just words for words’ sake) then put a link at the front of that book that jumped to the back – and voila. A $100 download in one click. I’m not kidding. I know authors who have told me they’ve seen these scammers bragging about getting that much per-read before the KENPC cap.

Even when they put the KENPC cap of 3000 on it, with the payout last month at $0.0041 per page read, that meant the maximum payout was $12.30 per download. Still not too shabby. Especially if you have lots of scammer friends to borrow your book and just click a link to read to the end – and push up your rank in the process.

KU 2.0 is far worse, in terms of scamming and money lost, than KU 1.0 ever was.

It turns out that huge scam books have been climbing in the ranks, netting a whole bunch of the pot used to pay Kindle Unlimited authors like me, and pushing us all down while they’re at it. They had been climbing in numbers since the beginning of December and now they’re out of control. Little authors like me just aren’t getting seen anymore. In the beginning, before KU was full of scam books, I was getting some visibility and gaining new readers. Now, nothing.

I can’t even begin to tell you how disappointed I am, both in myself and in Amazon. I felt I was making the right decision by giving Kindle Unlimited a try for my whole catalog, when really, I should have taken a step back and watched to make sure first. I made a huge error and now I’m paying for it. I figured, “Nothing is working for me so I’ll take the plunge and try this.”

That is the absolute last time I make that kind of decision. From now on, all books will be published on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, and Kobo. I am still considering Google Play. As each of my books comes out of their time in Kindle Unlimited, I will make them available on all vendors. THE DAYDREAMER DETECTIVE is already there. REVEALED is making its way out to vendors as I type this. REMOVED will be there at the end of the month. All the Kami No Sekai short stories will be out of KU in April. Everything else comes out in May. I have written to Amazon and asked to be pulled from Kindle Unlimited because I do not believe they have held up their end of the publishing contract, but they refuse, which I expected. So, now I wait. (ETA: It’s possible in the future I may try Kindle Unlimited again just to launch a book, but I always plan to be wide).

I just want to reiterate that my only goals in publishing my books are (1) to entertain readers and (2) earn back what I spend on publishing. I write because I want to write and I always will, but publishing is a business and I have to now make a very hard business decision.

I have cut back on my publishing schedule for this year considerably in the light of this first quarter failure.

Here are upcoming publishing dates (dates subject to change)

March 31 – The Daydreamer Detective
May 12 – The next Kami No Sekai short story
June 16 or 23 – Relaunch of the Nogiku Series with all new covers and box set
July 7 – The Daydreamer Detective 2
October – Another Kami No Sekai short story

I have scaled back my publishing schedule this year to accommodate my new smaller budget and make time for writing articles for places that actually pay me. I will then use those funds to pay for covers and editing this year.

But the good news is that I plan to keep writing A LOT. I hope that even though I cut back on publishing, I’ll be creating a backlog of work that can be published if things kick up! So all is not lost! 🙂 Just gotta think on my feet and be flexible as I always am. Thanks for bearing with me.

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