After many hours of snuggling...
Jasmine the Writing Cat finally got Overdue for Love out the door. It's hard work to type when you only have paws, you know.
But as part of the launch of Overdue for Love, I released two versions - a sweet version and a swexy version. I had some questions from readers about this, so I thought I should share with everyone what I did and what I plan on doing in the future:
First off, "swexy" is a word I made up. Feel free to use it yourself in everyday conversation. "Hey, that's a swexy dress!" or "Oh, swexy cologne!" It can't become a "thing" until everyone uses it, you know. 😉 Just remember - when you hear Oprah saying swexy on her show, it all started here. 😀
For those of you who missed it, swexy = sweet + sexy. On a heat scale of 1 - 5, a swexy story is around a 3, taking into consideration both sex scenes and swear words. A 5 on the scale would include things like menage or F-bombs, something you will never find in my novels. Ever. There are people who write and people who read it and that's 100% a-okay in my book. I'll even promo it in my newsletter (although I'll warn y'all about it before I do) because many of you guys love it (I know because you told me so!)
But it's not what I write. I am a swexy writer, through and through. When I write a novel, I write swexy first. It's what I like to read, it's what I like to write. The one exception is Christmas novellas. Blizzard of Love was a Christmas novella and it was pretty sweet (a few kisses, no sexy times, some swearing). Sweet just feels right for Christmas stories, know what I mean?
But those aside, you can always count on me to write and release swexy stories. Period.
However, some readers don't like any swearing or sexy times, and so they're interested in sweet only. I get that. That's my mother (Hi, Mom!) So for the sweet readers on my list, including my very own mother, I tried releasing a sweet version of Overdue for Love.
It was...an interesting experiment. I'll give you percentages of sales of sweet vs swexy on the various storefronts that I publish on:
- Amazon: Sweet = 9% Swexy = 91%
- B&N: Sweet = 20% Swexy = 80%
- Kobo: Sweet = 0% Swexy = 100%
- iTunes: Sweet = 0% Swexy = 100%
- GooglePlay: Sweet = 0% Swexy = 100%
- Smashwords: Sweet = 0% Swexy = 100%
Sooooooo...there's a definite preference going on here. 😀 lol. (Sorry, Mom!)
Some things to keep in mind when you look at those numbers:
1) I didn't put the sweet version of Overdue for Love on preorder on all storefronts like I did the swexy version.
2) I have had some promos for the swexy version of Overdue, whereas my sweet version hasn't had the promos hit yet (they're coming in the next couple of weeks).
So, is this really a fair comparison? No.
Will sweet ever sell as well as swexy? No.
Will I continue to put out two versions of my stories? Probably. At least for now.
I plan on going back and putting together a sweet version of Accounting for Love (I'll be sure to tell you when I do that) and the next couple of books will come out with both versions. Then I will rerun the numbers, see if it's worth it to continue, and decide from there. When I make that decision, I'll be sure to let y'all know.
If you're one of the people who have emailed me and begged for a sweet version of my novels, now is the time to support that. I need to keep the lights on and the rent paid, so if you're buying and recommending my sweet novels to your friends and family, it makes it a lot easier to continue producing the sweet version. That's just a fact of life. 🙂
So with that in mind, here's my two author recommendations for the week, and...well, you really couldn't find a better example of sweet vs sexy. The sweet novel is very, very sweet (Christian romance) and the sexy novel is very, very sexy (a definite 5 on the 1 - 5 scale). Choose accordingly!
Oh, and if you want to catch up with me on Facebook, be sure to stop on over on my new page and say hi. Or feel free to send me an email. I respond to all emails (eventually. I'm about a week behind right now. *Aack!*) But please tell me your thoughts - I want to hear 'em.
Love and hugs to all,
PS I'll be choosing another $5 gift card winner from the people who've answered my survey, so if you haven't done it yet, pop on over there and tell me your thoughts. I choose a new winner from those surveys roughly every other week or so, so your chances of winning are pretty darn good!
Love's Promise by Melissa Storm
She's waiting for her prince to come … but was he right beside her all the time?
Kristina Rose Maher wants to know why fairytales never happen for fat girls. Certain that diner cook Jeff, handsome and fit, will never want her as more than a friend, she stuffs down her attraction to him. But when she finds herself facing a life-altering weight loss surgery, she discovers she's willing to do whatever it takes to embrace life—and love—to the fullest.
Jeffrey Berkley can't bear the thought of losing the friend he’s only just beginning to realize matters so much to him… no matter what size she is. But he is also terrified that helping her reach for her dreams will also mean finally reaching for his own—and letting down his family’s legacy in the process.
Both Kristina Rose and Jeffrey must learn to love themselves before they can find a way to make a promise to each other. Will they finally be able to lay their heavy burdens at the Lord's feet, and trust him to bring the happily-ever-after they both crave?
Don't miss this sweet tale of faith, love, and gastric bypass–get your copy of Love's Promise today!
~ Available on all storefronts! ~
Python: A Secret Baby Bad Boy Romance by Alexis Angel
I got a 12 inch python and I'm gonna hide it in your bush...
There's not a woman alive able to tame me. You won't be the first to try. You won't be the last to fail.
You simply won't get past my 8-pack abs, rugged face, and ripped body.
Let's not forget the name of this book.
Once you see my python twitch, your mouth will go dry.
It'll get thicker and you'll want to touch it.
It'll change it's color and you'll want to taste it.
And once you do...
My venom will shoot inside of you.
And make you wild.
That's the power of my Python...
**Come join Alexis Angel in this full-length standalone romance. No cliffhanger but it's going to be a scorcher with scenes of MF, MFMM, and very mild FMF. HEA? You know it, babe.**
~ In Kindle Unlimited, this book is also on sale for $0.99 ~