Tuesday, May 24, 2016

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I'm proud to announce that my novella, Locked and Loaded: Knights of War MC Book 1, will be included in this set.

One more term paper and Holly Farris will have her graduate degree in journalism. When her research lands her in a seedy bar in Dallas, she crosses paths with an alluring ex-Army Ranger turned enforcer for an outlaw motorcycle club.
Hunter McKay doesn’t like reporters nosing around his club but he’s drawn to the petite blonde with the big attitude. When Holly’s inadvertent involvement in an FBI investigation provokes a prison gang to put a hit on her, Hunter must decide how far he’s willing to go to save her.
COMING JUNE 26, 2016!!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

I Was Wrong About Ellora's Cave

Warning: When I’m pissed off, I cuss like a drunk sailor on a weekend pass so this post will be riddled with profanity.

My penchant for wanting to believe the best in people has bitten me in the ass one too many times. So, I’m breaking my silence on the Ellora’s Cave debacle. I can’t tell you how thrilled I was to contract my first book with EC. At the time, they had a great reputation for not only paying royalties on time but paying early. Fuck yeah! I thought I finally got my foot in the door with a legitimately successful publishing company. My unabashed glee was short-lived when that first book was published. I started hearing grumblings about late royalties. I didn’t want to believe that voice whispering in my ear that I was probably about to get fucked three ways from Sunday. In the interim, I’d sold them more books.

When my first round of royalties came in, I did a little fist pump. Maybe the rumors were unfounded. Maybe these other authors were just unhappy that they weren’t getting paid every month anymore when the contracts provided for *quarterly payments. Maybe Ellora’s Cave wasn’t really abdicating the provisions of the contracts. See the opening line of this post. I wanted to believe things weren’t as they were. But wait, why is this check dated November 3, 2014, while the postmark on the envelope is dated December 26, 2014? What the hell?

After the myriad excuses sent by email blaming the late royalties on faulty software and sick relatives, I finally came to terms with the fact that I was being bent over the barrel along with many others. When I reconciled that in my mind, I sent an email demanding my rights be reverted on all titles because EC had breached all my contracts by not paying royalties on time. The canned reply I got was this:

I'm sorry, you have misinterpreted the contract you signed. Breach of clause 16 regarding royalties payments (or any other contract clause) does not void the contract nor revert book rights to you. When a contract is breached, the party claiming breach has the option of waiting for the other party to correct the situation or may pursue legal action to gain correction of the situation. In such case, the court would typically set a deadline by which time the situation must be corrected ("cured"), and if not corrected the court would decide on further action.

So, basically, to paraphrase, I was told that it didn’t really matter that they weren’t paying me. If I didn’t want to wait for them to remedy the situation, I could sue them to enforce the contracts. Motherfuckers. Not only were they not paying me, but now my books were being held hostage by contracts they clearly breached and they were telling me to go fuck myself in a very polite way. By the way, my EC books have never been big sellers and hiring an intellectual property attorney to sue on my behalf would have cost a shit ton more than they owed me. I simply wasn’t, and still am not, in the position to spend thousands of dollars to sue them. And I shouldn’t have to.

My last check was in December 2015 for **March-June 2105 royalties. I’ve put in requests for reversion of rights based on low sales for a couple of my titles. However, without any royalty statements beyond June 2015, it’s a little hard to figure that shit out. With a heavy heart, I removed all my EC titles from my website and don’t promote them anymore. That’s what hurts even more than the money…the fact that I have to tell my readers not to buy some of the books I poured my god damned heart and soul into. That’s just seriously fucked up. I still have a contract for one more book in my series but when all this started rolling downhill, I couldn’t write it. It was just too painful. For a while, I couldn’t write anything. You have to be a creative to really grasp how much shit like this will fuck with your head and shut you down. So, that next book in my series…I’ll tell Ellora’s Cave what they told me. If you want it, sue me.

There’s no damned witch hunt aimed at EC despite the claims being made on a certain nonsensical and insane website. We’re just pissed off and tired of being jerked around. I stand with all the other authors who are in the same boat that I am. I was wrong to give EC the benefit of the doubt. I’m sorry it took me so long to speak out. I hope you all will forgive my initial optimism. My hope now is that we’ll all get our rights back and we can close this chapter of our writing careers and move on to bigger, better things.

Blessings to all.

Alyssa #NotChilled

* I'm including this note for clarity. I paraphrased what the contract says for brevity purposes. It does not say "quarterly." What it does say is this: "Publisher shall pay Author royalties in accordance with a schedule to be determined at Publisher's discretion but in no event shall payment be me made less frequently than every three (3) calendar months,..."

** Corrected to include royalties from March-June 2015 for the December 2015 check I received. I erroneously wrote just March 2015 initially.


Friday, March 18, 2016

Wicked is as Wicked Does


WICKED IS AS WICKED DOES
 
Wicked Wants is the theme for several planned new releases. Think demons, angels, vampires and witches where the supernatural tangle with the mortals in tales of love, lust, sex and violence. The first novella in the series is Love Voodoo (previously released in the Come Undone box set). Look for the devilish W logo on covers to indicate that it's a Wicked Wants story.

 
LOVE VOODOO (A Wicked Wants Novella)
 
After a chance tarot card reading in a New Orleans voodoo shop, vampire Luca is intrigued by Collette, an alluring woman with an uncanny intuition. Getting intimately involved with a human is the last thing Luca has in mind, but Collette wins his trust and their friendship grows into something deeper. When Luca’s clan learns that he has asked Collette to perform a spell to bind his psychotic sire, a deadly chain of events unravels that will change their lives.
 
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Friday, December 4, 2015

Vikings Fans, Rise Up!


RISE OF THE NORTHMEN brings forth five stunning tales of sex, love, violence and triumph. From Vikings to Krakens to Berserkers to Valkyries, there is something for anyone who is a fan of Norse mythology and the mighty Northmen of days gone by.
This heart-stopping erotic anthology featuring Saranna DeWylde, Paul Goat Allen, Mark Henry, Annice Sands and me is available now!
To whet your appetite, here’s an excerpt from my novella, Mark of the Raven:
Kára stood outside Loki’s door with her hand poised in front of the bronze knocker ring. A bear made of metal was befitting someone who so often acted like an animal. A battle took place in her mind. Was virginity really so important? It was just a biological thing. If Loki would trade her Gram’s life for her virtue, would it not be worth the sacrifice?
The door opened and it startled her. Loki tilted his head to the side. “Change of heart, Kára?”
She leaned forward. “I need to speak with you.”
He stepped back and allowed her to enter. He was dressed casually in cotton pants and no shirt. She avoided staring at his broad chest. It was a curse that all the gods were so beautiful. He closed the door before crossing the room in bare feet.
A shiny gold pitcher of mead sat on the table before the fire. Loki poured some into a matching chalice and offered it to her.
Normally, she would decline but not that night. She took a sip of the amber colored liquid. The honeyed notes were obvious but it was stronger than what was served with their communal meals.
Loki poured another chalice for himself and leaned his butt against the table. The muscles in his abdomen flexed. “What can I do for you?”
“I have a proposition for you.” Kára looked away from his torso and up at the giant eye carved into the stone wall above the fireplace. There were things in Valhalla that she had never imagined in her mortal life. She had not seen such riches even after a successful plunder.
He laughed. “You are propositioning me? The moon is full and the gods must be crazy this night.”
Kára took a deep pull on the mead and cleared her throat. “I have remained a virgin here.”
“I know. Much to my displeasure.” Loki sipped from the chalice but kept his eyes on her.
“What if I were to offer my virtue to you?”
He raised an eyebrow and his mouth twitched. “You mentioned a proposition. What are you asking in return?”
“I would ask that a life be spared.”
He sat his chalice on the table and came to stand before her. “Please do not tell me you have fallen in love with a mortal. It is so cliché.”
“Not exactly. I have been in love with him from before, when I too was a mortal. But I have learned he has been chosen for the Hall of the Slain.”
“So that we are clear, you are asking that I spare him in exchange for your sexual acquiescence?”
She nodded and downed the rest of the mead. The sweet alcohol heated up her insides and gave her some much needed courage.
Loki took her by the hand and pulled her to the table. He set her chalice next to his and wrapped his hand around the back of her neck, snaking his fingers up into her hair.
It had been so long since someone had touched their lips to hers. His tongue was warm and tasted of the mead they’d just shared. She put her hands on his shoulders and stepped closer to him. He gripped her hair and slid his other hand up her rib cage until his thumb rested at the curve of the bottom of her breast. The slight stroke of that spot instantly hardened her nipples. As much as she didn’t want to be turned on by him, she was.
He deepened the kiss and sucked her tongue. With two steps he backed her up against the table and picked her up to sit on the edge. Using the width of his hips, he forced her legs apart and stood between them.
The heat of his body penetrated her skirt and warmed her inner thighs. He eased her onto her back and coaxed her legs up around his hips.
So this is how it will be, she thought. My virtue surrendered atop a wooden table to the god of chaos, no less. His erection pressed hot and hard against her. She closed her eyes.
His hand slipped under her skirt and slowly inched up the outside of her thigh until he gripped her naked hip.
“Mmm. By the light of the gods you are beautiful.” He gently swept his lips over her cheek.

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

GUNS & ROMANCES, A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS

Anyone who knows me, knows that I have a special affection for guns, music and romance. This new anthology has all of that and more. Guns & Romances was put together brilliantly by editors Carrie Clevenger and Nerine Dorman. It includes stories by fabulous authors Amy Lee Burgess, Sonya Clark, K. Murphy Wilbanks, Matt R. Jones and more. If you like a little violence in your romance, this gritty multi-genre anthology is for you.

I'm pleased that my short story, Homicide, was selected for inclusion.

Homicide is defined as the killing of one human being by another.

Regardless of gender, all detectives are created equal in the homicide bureau. When longtime partners Mack Layton and Dani "Coop" Cooper go out for a celebratory drink after nailing a suspect in a murder case, their good time quickly turns tragic when an armed assailant mistakes the two cops for a tipsy couple out on the town. With Mack's life on the line, Coop is forced to make a split-second decision that will not only make her question her own morals but will shake up both her professional and personal relationships with her partner.

Check out my dark erotic romance, Homicide, along with the 11 other short stories in Guns & Romances brought to you by Mystique Press, an imprint of Crossroad Press.

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Come Undone


Once upon a time in the 80s there was a band, whose members stole the hearts of many a young girl. With their guyliner, unique fashion and music that struck through the heart, Duran Duran changed how we hear and see music. Today nine hot romance authors bring you stories inspired by their music. Come Undone is up for preorder and includes my novella, Love Voodoo!  Your get nine novellas, over 600 pages, all for only $0.99.

Available on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B011P3OM2W

New Moon on Monday by Kim Carmichael
Though she tries to experience the world through her poetry, Luna Morrow caves to conformity rather than allowing her creativity to soar.
Pampered and passionate, fashion designer Owen “Blake” Blakeney knows he found his muse when he spots a gorgeous, alternative waitress at the Club New Moon.
After a wanton tryst, Luna disappears, leaving Blake following a trail of clues to find her. With his sights set, he sets out on a quest to locate his mystery girl and convince her to walk in his fashion show. He never expected her to walk into his heart.

Ordinary World by Solera Winters
After a chance encounter at a coffee shop, an accident leaves employment agent Tessa Toussaint in a coma, while techie Yancy Howard finds his dreams filled with this fascinating woman. As the clock ticks on Tessa’s condition, Yancy falls deeper for the woman in his dreams.

Hungry Like the Wolf by Louisa Bacio
Janie never imagined her deepest fantasies coming true. She’d been flirting with the hot DJ at an ’80s club, but taking the interaction to another level seemed impossible. Until she runs into Tyler, her high school boyfriend, on the dance floor, and he makes all the right moves.
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Before the Rain by Kerry Adrienne
The war is over, but the rain continues, day and night. The rebel faction, Verity, enlists Maddox to safely guide Allana, an assassin, out of the city. No problem. He’ll escort her, get paid, and return to his life. But the more he learns about the mysterious and beautiful assassin, the more something about her intrigues him and compels him to learn more. With the world falling apart around them, they’ll have to decide if they can trust each other despite the deceptions and lies they face. If they can’t, they’ll die.

Wild Boys by C. Margery Kempe
It’s the end of the world and Digger’s trapped in a prison with some very wild boys. He loves the charismatic Joey, but he’s too busy fighting to be leader to notice. What are the odds they’ll all kill one another before they can escape?

Love Voodoo by Alyssa Breck
After a chance tarot card reading in a New Orleans voodoo shop, vampire Luca is intrigued by Collette, an alluring woman with an uncanny intuition. Getting intimately involved with a human is the last thing Luca has in mind, but Collette wins his trust and their friendship grows into something deeper. When Luca’s clan learns that he has asked Collette to perform a spell to bind his psychotic sire, a deadly chain of events unravels that will change their lives.

Union of the Snake by KC Burn
After his fellow human colonists were virtually enslaved by the Hilruda, Zerek, smuggler extraordinaire, made pissing off the alien oppressors both a career and a calling. When Essian, a sexy clan leader of the planet’s third species, needs Zerek’s help to fulfill a prophecy, the temptation of taking down the Hilruda is too good to pass up. Falling for Essian is not part of the plan.

Girls on Film by Linnea Alexis
After years of trying to break into mainstream movies, adult film actress Sophie Greene lands a role in a major motion picture. But not everyone is celebrating her good fortune. Her lover, Greg Vega, wants her to quit films entirely. And when a stalker emerges and begins sabotaging her career move, things get downright dangerous.

Rio by Sabrina Sol
When workaholic CFO Chase Simon is forced into taking a tropical island vacation, he sure as hell doesn’t expect to enjoy it. But when he finds out that he’ll be spending the next seven days with Rio, a sexy celebrity dancer from his past, his doubts begin to fade. Will life in the real world ever be the same for Chase again after discovering paradise.


Sunday, February 15, 2015

My Five Cents on Fifty Shades of Grey


Fifty Shades of Grey is a hot button issue whether you love or hate it. My initial disclaimer is that beyond downloading the sample of the first book on Amazon, I haven’t read the Fifty Shades books nor have I seen the movie and I have no desire to. Honestly, Christian Grey sounds like a monumental douchebag and Anastasia Steele has the personality of a wet dishrag. I won’t even touch on the issue that these stories are essentially adaptations of the Twilight books (that’s Stephenie Meyer’s fight, not mine). Overall, I’m not a fan of E.L. James.
That being said, I do identify with something that is happening to her. She’s being vilified for writing a fiction story. I haven’t seen anywhere that she claims to be an expert on BDSM or that she set out to write a self-help book or an academic piece on relationships. She writes FICTION. Part of writing fiction is implementing creative license, stretching the imagination and pushing boundaries. It’s about an escape from reality.
As an author, I’ve been slammed for being “socially irresponsible” in my books because my characters have unprotected sex. In that vein, as fiction writers, I don’t feel that it is my, or Ms. James’, responsibility to provide lifestyle advice to readers. Would I take a rock star home and fuck him without a condom like my character did in Unraveled? Absolutely not. But never once, in my fantasies, does some hot guy stop and pull out a condom before he does the deed. Again, it’s fiction and my target audience are adults that I’d like to assume are smart enough to know that fantasy and reality are two different things.
From what I’ve heard, the relationship depicted in FSoG is not a healthy one, not one I’d like to see my daughter or son in. People seem to be afraid that this one series will make our daughters victims and turn our sons into predators. Really? I’m more disturbed that society seems to think that popular fiction is responsible for who our children turn out to be than the dysfunctional relationship James depicts in her book.
In my Bad Blood Empire series, I write a vampire character who has rough sex with his human girlfriend. He bites her and holds her down. She knows he struggles with wanting to kill her and she loves and chooses to stay with him despite the danger. She’s even excited by the possibility that he might hurt her. Does this make me a bad person and an irresponsible writer?
I enjoyed American Psycho and found Christian Bale’s portrayal of Patrick Bateman enticing. Does this make me sick?
I’ve played the Grand Theft Auto video game with my kids. Does this make me a bad parent?
The answer to all these questions is a resounding NO and here’s why: I write fiction and trust that my readers are smart enough to recognize that fucking a rock star without a condom is a bad idea but it’s fun to read. I can be turned on by a hot psycho without thinking it’s okay to really kill people. I can play a violent video game with my teenagers because I’ve raised them with strong moral compasses. They don’t shoot cops or beat up hookers because of a video game depiction of same. Likewise, I don’t expect my daughter will find an abusive relationship appealing because she watched FSoG and my son won’t be a domineering prick because Christian Grey is popular.
Be responsible for yourself. Teach your children right from wrong. Instill confidence and foster self esteem in your girls and compassion and respect in your boys. If you hated FSoG, by all means don’t be afraid to say so. If you loved it, go right ahead and sing its praises.  
Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a huge supporter of freedom: Freedom of expression, freedom of speech and freedom of choice. E.L. James is free to write what she pleases. The masses are free to speak out about the content of her books. YOU are free to choose whether or not you read these books or see the movie. The fear I have is not that people are okay with romanticizing abusive relationships but that the opponents of these books encourage censorship and censorship, in any form, is more fucked up than Christian Grey’s butt drawer.