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#MotownWriters: Why Indie Authors Must Embrace Change An Indie Author Manifesto for the New Year

Motown Writers Network . . . Michigan Literary Network

Are you ready for 2018?This past November, I was among the many indie authors disrupted by the news that Pronoun was shutting down. If you aren’t familiar with it, Pronoun was an ebook distributor run by Macmillan Publishing. I was using it to distribute the ebook versions of my three nonfiction books on non-Amazon retailers.

I set off to choose a different platform for ebook distribution. My search took me to Facebook groups and other online gatherings of indie authors, where I encountered the shockwaves of this closure firsthand.

In hindsight, of course, none of us really should have been surprised. No one promised us a long run with the service. But a few of the reactions from indie authors were extreme. Some authors reacted with panic (move all your books NOW!). Others despaired. One person wrote, “There goes my plan for 2018!”

The loss of a distribution partner is an inconvenience, but it…

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Paranormal Romance/New Adult
Date Published: 2/2/18
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
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Mia is finally getting what she’s always wanted—the chance to be off on her own at college. Her own apartment, sexy college guys, and, most importantly, no more pride rules to follow. At least not until after graduation, when she’ll return home and marry the mate her father, the alpha, chooses for her. Until then, Mia is determined to enjoy her freedom to the fullest. And when Tristan comes along, she knows she’s met the perfect fling.
It’s Tristan’s last year at Mountain Ridge University. He’s ready for some smooth sailing, including no girl drama. As a jaguar shifter, he’s not interested in a relationship, and certainly not a mate. Mia is the answer to what he’s looking for—playful, sassy, and seeking a bit of no- strings-attached fun.
But is there more to their relationship than either of them is willing to admit?
Mia padded softly along the rocky, moonlit trail. Her cat eyes were well-adjusted to the darkness, and she carefully took in all of her surroundings. The large, craggy boulders and tall saguaro cacti loomed high above her in the canyon, and the sounds of small animals rustling in the bushes called to the hunter in her. Mmm. Yum. She’d love to do some hunting…but it would have to wait for another time. For now, she had something a little tastier in mind.
Her paws barely made a sound as she traveled down the path. She stepped delicately around a particularly spiky plant—she’d learned the hard way a few nights ago when she’d had to end her run early due to a pawful of cactus stickers. On high alert, she scanned the trail for other prickly invaders.
She nimbly jumped onto a large boulder and sat back on her haunches. She sniffed the air. Her whiskers twitched. The smells of the desert filled her nostrils—pungent and crisp, scents of earth and life. Mia was learning to love the way the desert smelled after a rain.
It also smelled of him. Mia had picked up his scent several minutes ago, and she knew he was close. But where was he? He had suggested they meet on this trail, and, now, he wanted to play hard to get. That damn sneaky cat.
It was a good thing she wanted to play, too. She didn’t even care why he had been so pissed off earlier—she just wanted to see him. To touch him. To taste him. She’d gone off to college to have fun, and she sure as hell was determined to do so. She wanted to forget about Asher, Rob, and most of all, her father’s meddling in things that didn’t concern him. Tonight, amidst the wide- open spaces of the canyon and the cool night air, she was going to do whatever the hell she pleased.
She scanned the canyon walls. A flicker of movement on a rocky ledge nearby caught her attention. A flick of a tail. The soft glint of moonlight reflecting off keen, predatory eyes. Tristan. He knew she saw him, and he inched slowly out of the shadows, his belly low to the ground. A low rumble emanated from deep within his chest.
He walked out to the edge of the outcropping. The strength of his jaguar emanated from him, his sleek spotted body accentuated with powerful shoulders and legs. He was the biggest feline shifter she’d ever seen. The rumbling purr in his chest turned into a fierce roar, vibrating across the canyon walls.
Oh, yes. A shudder went down Mia’s spine, electrifying all the nerves in her body. She wanted nothing more than to rub herself all over him. She purred, her insides turning into delightfully liquid goo as she thought about how his beautiful fur would feel against hers. His gaze penetrated her, ready to devour her. He was the predator…and she was his prey tonight.
Oh, yeah? Well, you can come and get it, then, big boy. You wanted to run tonight, so we’ll run.
Mia rose, standing strong on her lean, powerful legs. She belted out the loudest roar she could muster. Then she turned on her heels and bolted down the path.
She had no problem with the jaguar devouring every inch of her body tonight. But he’d have to catch her, first.
About the Author

Misty Malloy’s obsession with hair bands started in the 80’s. When she’s not listening to Guns N’ Roses or writing, you can find her wrangling dogs at the animal shelter, doing Zumba, or having brunch. She loves wine, cheese, happy hour with both wine AND cheese (of course!), sexy historical movies, and alpha males. She lives in Tucson, Arizona, with her husband and their dire wolf dog.
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Total Exposure by J.A. Huss


Total Exposure
J.A. Huss
Game #1)
Publication date: January 16th 2018
Genres: Adult, Romance,Suspense

Not everyone needs a master.
Not everyone needs to really live, either.
Some people are content to be a participant in the game of life.
Others want to play for real.
If you want to play for real, come to me, lovely.
I’ll give you that little push you need.
I’ll open your mind, and your world, and soul.
Lay you bare. Let you feel the heat of my stare.
Take you places you’ve never been before.
Your body is my chessboard, sweets.
And if you give in to me, and you play, you might even win.

It’s just… your prize might not be what you went looking for.

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“What the fuck are you wearing?” Jordan says, eyeing my leathers.

“What every goddamned biker wears,” I snap. He’s wearing a goddamned suit that
looks like it costs as much as that car I left back at Rachel’s sister’s house.

“You rode your bike down here?”

“Long. Story.” I close my eyes to signal that I’m not in the mood to tell said story, and
he takes the hint. Because he knows me just as well as I know him. “Why the hell am I

He stares at me. Looks me up and down. A whole scenario flashes in my mind in
the time it takes him to reach down to pick something up off his desk, where he says,
I found her. Or, She found me. Or, You wanna go to
dinner with us? Because we’ve got reservations at the Grant
. And he means her
and him, as in the whole thing about us that made us an us in the first place.

But of course, he doesn’t say anything like that. He says, “Here’s the job,” waving a
large yellow envelope, handing it to me. “Everything’s in there. Just…” He sighs and
pinches the space between his eyes—stupid fucking Jordan gesture—like I’m the one
on his last nerve, and not the other way around. “Just do it, OK? And be super fucking
discreet. This is all anonymous. You do not show your face. You do not make any sort of
contact. It’s strictly surveillance. Got it?”

I rip the envelope open and take a peek. Two keys, two bound stacks of hundreddollar
bills, which should be twenty thousand dollars, and some paperwork. “Is it legal?”
I ask, taking out the stack of papers.

It’s a dossier—female. Mid-twenties. Dark hair and gray eyes—for one Evangeline

“Of course it’s legal. Why does everybody always ask me that? I’m a goddamned
lawyer, everything I do is legal.”

“Yeah.” I laugh, reading the woman’s short bio on the top page. “You’re a
goddamned lawyer, all right. Why does this name sound familiar?”

Jordan eyes me, waiting to see if I’ll take that first comment any further, and decides
I won’t—and he’s right. Because after the morning I’ve had, I can’t think of a single
reason I need to rehash the past too. “She was famous once upon a time.”

“Child prodigy,” I say slowly, reading her bio at the same time. “Yeah, I remember
this chick. She was all over the TV when she was a kid.”

“Right. And then she wasn’t. It’s your job to watch her. That’s it. Just watch her. You
got it?”

“Watch her do what?” I ask, flipping through the pictures.

“Just… everything. Nothing specific.”

Why am I watching her? Someone after her or something?”

“You don’t need to know why. You just need to take that money, buy the fucking
equipment, go to that address, put up the fucking cameras, and then when she gets
there, you watch her.”

“So I’m spying on her and she doesn’t know it?” My laugh is loud. Because…
“That’s some creepy shit, dude.”

Jordan sucks in a breath of air. It’s cautious, that inhale. It’s long too. And it’s filled
with all the things that we left unsaid between us after college. “She knows,” Jordan
finally says. Carefully. Like he’s picking his way through a minefield. “Just… just fucking
do what I tell you. You’ve got a week to get set up and then a few weeks of surveillance,
tops. Then I’ll pay you.”

“I don’t need the money, asshole. You know that’s not why I’m here.”

I hear the unasked question. He hears it too. Then why are you

But he knows why.

HussAuthor Bio:

JA Huss is the USA Today bestselling author of more than twenty romances. She
likes stories about family, loyalty, and extraordinary characters who struggle with basic
human emotions while dealing with bigger than life problems. JA loves writing heroes
who make you swoon, heroines who makes you jealous, and the perfect Happily Ever
After ending.

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(@jahuss), and her blog, New Adult Addiction (

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Cover Reveal ~ Her Debt by REBEL ROSE

Her Debt 
Rebel Rose

(Lock and Key, #1)
Publication date: March 6th 2018
Genres: Erotica,

My entire world changed the second that I saw her in
my casino.

She’s a professional gambler. And a cheat. A damn good one… but not good
enough. And now she owes a debt to me. A debt that only her body can repay.

I’m restless with lust and need and desire for this thing of beauty not in my
possession. My mind and cock are obsessed with her.

When I spank her for the first time, I know that I’m right.

She is the one.

The woman that I’m going to break. The woman that I’m going to train for only my
particular tastes. I’m going to shatter her into a million pieces and then rebuild her into
everything that I want and need and desire in…

My next submissive.

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Rebel Rose is a decadently dark romance author living in the beautiful city of New
Orleans. She prefers anti-heroes over Prince Charmings and often uses her own sexual experiences in her novels. She can typically be found somewhere in the French Quarter enjoying a cup of coffee while people watching.

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Writing a Character Sketch for Fiction

A character sketch is important to every writer. It provides guidelines for a consistent and realistic character. This knowledge allows the writer to know how their character will behave in any situation. Well developed characters drive the plot of a good story not the other way around.

There is no right or wrong way complete a character sketch. You may see their physical appearance first, you could think of a profession or character type you want to use, or you could decide to base a character off of someone you know. When designing characters, set aside some time to let your imagination run. Find an initial image of your character and taking off from there.

You aren’t bound to your initial sketches, you can throw it way at anytime and start over. It’s all apart of the creative process. That’s why it is important to site down think about who your character(s) are before you begin to write. Like all brainstorming exercises, the point is to start searching for ideas you love.

Here is a list of things I suggest every writer try when developing their character Sketches:

Basic physical description of the character. If you are able to draw, you can draw a basic sketch of your character first or use search engines and scroll through images until you locate one that reminds you of the character you are writing about

A proper character sketch requires:

  • Age
  • Gender
  • Height and weight
  • General ethnic background (ie. “tall, blonde Scandanavian-type”)
  • Defining physical characteristics (hair, beauty, glasses, typical clothing, etc.

Your character’s overall emotions and feelings. Complex characters display a wide range of emotions, but almost all people and characters can be simplified to 1 or 2 basic feelings. Most importantly, how does your character view life: optimistic, greedy, humorous, angry, oblivious, thoughtful, timid, creative, analytical? Identifying these characteristics will make it easier to maneuver more complex emotions when you start writing.

  • What would their astrological sign be?
  • How do they deal with hardship?
  • What makes them happy? Sad? Angry?

Coming up with a name for your character. Sometimes the name comes easily but sometimes it is the hardest part of the character to nail down. For me, it is usually the hardest part. Be aware that names often change throughout the writing process, so don’t get discouraged if you can’t nail down a name right way. there are a couple different avenues you can take when naming characters:

  • Search the internet for baby names websites.
  • Choose meaningful names.
  • Ask for help from your friends on Facebook or other social media platforms.

This is just the beginning of your character sketch. You will still need to determine the following:

  •  The character’s relationship to the story, world, or main character
  •  Your character’s back story
  •  Your character’s overarching motivation

I have attached some examples of character sketches that I have used in the past. I hope they help you too.