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The Value of Loyal Readers

True story, but I have some of the most loyal readers in the book world. No, really, I do. And it’s not because they all leave me five-star reviews (they don’t, I have ARC members who’ve left me two-star reviews) and it’s not because they message me constantly to tell me how wonderful my books are….its simpler than that. 

They trust me to bring them a book they want to read every time I release something new. Let me explain. When I wrote the Rylee Adamson Series, it took off like a fucking rocket. It’s still many of my readers favorite series, still the one they recommend to other readers to read first. But you know what? When I wrote Recurve, the first book in my Elemental Series, they read that too…and it took off. And when I wrote Fury of a Phoenix, my readers trusted me and read that too. And Witch’s Reign, and now Aimless Witch. They trust me to not fail them ❤ And because of that, I can keep bringing then more stories, more characters, more books. I can keep them reading (hopefully) for years in my crazy worlds. 

But not all authors have that kind of loyal, trusting fan base. In fact, I’ve seen time and time again where authors of high skill, and a rabid fan base for a single series, struggle to get their readers to even ACKNOWLEDGE that they’ve written anything outside of the ‘favorite’ series. Even when those other series are AMAZING…even when once those readers read the ‘new’ series and love it, they rave about it months or even years after release. But by then it’s too late…the writer has already moved on believing that the ‘new’ series is no good. It’s not worth pursuing. 

What happens to those writers and those series? Those writers start to lose money. Their new series is killed off as not worthy, as a waste of time and effort. The writers start to lose faith in their own writing, they start to struggle to find the words…in short, they begin to fail even those readers who believe they should only get their favorite series—those readers who aren’t willing to try anything else end up shooting themselves in the foot. Because now the writers can’t even produce those favorite series because of the lack of support for anything else. It’s sad to me, so sad to see writer’s crushed this way. Worse, I’ve seen it time and time again.

You see, the thing is, we writers would not be here without YOU the readers, and we know this. I know this. I am forever grateful for the readers I have, in some cases for their friendships, their own stories, their support. But more than all of that for their trust in me that I will continue to bring to them the best of my abilities stories, that I will bring them new characters to love (even if they loved Rylee or Larkspur first). Thank you, from the bottom of my heart for being the kind of readers I’m proud to say read my books. ❤ I don’t know what I’ve done to deserve you all, but I will continue to do all I can to keep your trust, and to keep you reading. ❤

“Outing” a pen name for the kinkier side

Yes, that’s a long title for a blog but I’d bet it got your attention.

I realize my Shannon Mayer name brings a certain level of confidence in my readers. You pick up one of my books and you can guarantee you’re going to get action, adventure, heart pounding moments and in inability to put the damn thing down even at three in the morning. You get strong, kick ass women who are talented with weapons and fighting and always dive head first into battle.

But the truth is with all the ideas I have, they just don’t all fit in that brand. I decided to let myself play with some of the new ideas that cropped up and started a new pen name on the side. I let the sex scenes flow, explored the softer side of women who maybe really needed the men to save them, and to allow for a fair bit of humor (maybe even some silliness) that just doesn’t ride as well in my UF. Not to say that there are no funny moments in my urban fantasy (Just think about Alex in the Rylee Adamson books) but the topics are way more serious. Saving the world is off the top of my head.

Whereas my paranormal romance is just more . . .fun. Sassy. Sexy. Silly. They are meant to be a true escape that leaves you with a smile on your lips, and maybe a smile on your partner’s lips too ;) And they were an escape for me, trying something new, and seeing that I could find new readers in a different genre and still make their day with my words.

So . . .without further ado, let me introduce you to Emma Dawn, and ‘her’ Stairway to Harem series.

 

 

Want to check the books out? They are available on Amazon and through the Kindle Unlimited program ☺

My next blog I’ll tell you just WHY I chose this particular topic and why I decided to ‘out’ this pen name when I did . . .more secrets are coming!

Trick or Treat! Here’s a FREE Short Story

I must say that Halloween and Christmas were my two most favorite holidays as a kid, and not much has changed with that as an adult. I love the spook and scare of Halloween (not to mention my own experiences with the supernatural!), I love the anticipation of a thrill, and the way my heart pounds as I walk through a dark wood. In the spirit of all that, I wanted to do a little something to help get you in the mood for Halloween! 

This short story is first off FREE but secondly, very short, under 2k words, but its freaky, and I hate the main character LOL. You’ll see what I mean. I mean HATE her. Which was a different kind of thing to write for me as I usually love my main characters. 

You don’t have to do anything to get the free book, just click on the link and Book Funnel will walk you through the steps of how to download. There is a mobi file for Kindle users AND an e-pub for anyone using a Nook, iBooks or Kobo program ☺ 

Happy reading and Happy Halloween!

P.S. Be sure to check out the Upcoming Books page on my website . . .there’s some pretty cool stuff coming up!

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