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Barnes & Noble Shenanigans

24 May

So B&N is up to their tricks again. Not only have they (allegedly) routinely added 1000+ rankings to sexy romances and erotica to keep them out of the bestseller lists, but now they seem to have (allegedly)  instituted some weird sort of block that keeps romance novels (and maybe only indie published romance novels?) from rising above a 125 rank in their store.

This obviously makes no sense from a reader standpoint. I mean, if I’m cruising the bestseller lists for a good book, I want to see the bestsellers according to other readers–not the bestsellers according to B&N’s marketing department.

Yes, I have noticed that my erotica published as Lolita or Roxie Rivera was routinely “penalized” by being pushed down the bestseller lists any time a book gained momentum. I rolled my eyes and let it go because, like, what can do you? But now Barnes & Noble has yanked ALL but two of my books (traditionally/commercially published and indie published) from their NOOK UK store. I didn’t know it was happening until I started getting emails from readers in the UK asking about Grabbed By Vicious for NOOK or IVAN and DIMITRI from the Her Russian Protector series.

Yo! Vicious! Where you at?

Yo! Vicious! Where you at?

You can imagine my confusion when I did a search on the NOOK UK store and realized that only two of my books (YURI and REFUGE) are available to readers. I don’t know why those two books survived but they’re there. REFUGE was categorized as space opera by the publisher and I categorized YURI as romantic suspense instead of erotic romance because it’s steamy but not super sexy. Maybe they managed to escape an aggressive filter? I really don’t know.

Sexy billionaire Russian playboy = okay. Sexy alpha male in space = not okay?

Sexy billionaire Russian playboy = okay. Sexy alpha male in space = not okay?

So–huge apologies to readers in the UK who want to buy books for their Nooks but can’t. As usual, Barnes & Noble is sending canned responses. If/When these books are available again, I’ll be sure to update with that news. Until then, you can buy epub versions of all of my indie pubbed books via KOBO (Lolita and Roxie,) Smashwords (Lolita and Roxie) and All Romance eBooks (Lolita and Roxie). Most of my traditionally/commercially published books are available through All Romance eBooks, KOBO or Apple in epub. The bookshelf pages on my websites have those links.

If you’d like to read more about this debacle and B&N’s history of (allegedly) manipulating the bestseller lists and rankings, please read Maya Cross’ excellent post on Goodreads and Hugh Howey’s rundown of the situation (and the comments! where bestselling authors like Jamie McGuire and Liliana Hart explain how their books were “hidden” from readers by rank manipulation.)

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New Release: YURI (Her Russian Protector 3) #sexy #suspense

22 May

Roxie Rivera, the other pen name, has a new book out this week. YURI, the third installment of the Her Russian Protector series, hit the virtual shelves on Friday.

 

Loving couple in the car embraces

 

While clawing her way out of Houston’s worst neighborhood, Lena vowed to never let any man have power over her. After a lifetime of broken promises from her criminal father and a mother who abandoned her, Lena believes that love makes you vulnerable. She’s never been tempted to test that belief…until Yuri.

Sexy as sin and with a dark reputation, Russian billionaire Yuri Novakovsky survived a miserable childhood of poverty and neglect to ascend the pinnacle of success. He enjoys the perks of his massive wealth without much thought to the consequences…until Lena.

When Lena’s father and cousin blunder into an international art theft operation, Yuri seizes his chance to be her protector. But when past misdeeds catch up with him and threaten Lena’s safety, Yuri puts her love and trust in him to the test.

He’ll prove he’s the man she needs—a man she can depend upon and trust—one sensual, wicked kiss at a time.

 

***YURI is a full-length novel, clocking in at 90,000 words and 300+ pages.***

 

Available now at Amazon, B&N, Kobo, All Romance eBooks and Smashwords. Coming soon in print!

 

Excerpt

 

When we stepped out of the car, the two bodyguards who went everywhere with him surrounded us. Yuri motioned for them to give us some space. As we joined the long, winding line for the truck Chuy and Tai owned, I couldn’t help but ask, “Doesn’t that feel weird?”

He glanced back at the intimidating bodyguards in their matching dark suits. “You get used to it.”

Sadness gripped me. It couldn’t be easy to live in a fishbowl, constantly followed and watched. “I’m sorry you need them.”

He shrugged. “It’s the trade-off for the success I’ve enjoyed. I’ll happily accept it for all the other opportunities I’m afforded.”

Yuri reached out and swept some of my hair behind my shoulder. His fingertips brushed my skin, the very touch searing me. The shuddery flutter in my lower belly accompanied an uptick in my heart rate. It stunned me how easily the man affected me.

When his gaze dropped to my arm, Yuri’s eyes narrowed and anger flashed across his face. Carefully, he ran his fingertips along my skin. “Who did this to you?”

I glanced at the ugly bruises forming there and winced. “It’s nothing.”

“Yelena.” He used my full name, his Russian accent so thick as he emphasized the syllables. “Please don’t lie to me. Did someone hurt you?”

“It was just a stupid work thing, Yuri. Danny grabbed me but I got away from him. It’s one of the reasons I quit.”

His square jaw visibly tensed. Rage etched hard lines into his handsome face. “Has he touched you before this?”

Taken aback by his outrage, I insisted, “Yuri, I handled it. It’s no big deal.”

“No big deal?” He practically gawked at me. “A man grabbed and bruised you. It’s unforgiveable. It’s disgraceful.”

Indignation welled within me. “Yuri, I can take care of myself.”

“I didn’t say you couldn’t.” His gentle fingertips moved over my sore arm. “If you were mine—”

“I’m not yours,” I interjected without thinking. Almost instantly, I hated myself for it. He flinched, his cheek pulling tight for a millisecond, and dropped his hand. “Yuri, I didn’t—”

“No,” he said softly. “It’s fine. I understand.”

Desperate to make him understand and certain I’d just really stepped in it, I grasped his hand and tugged him out of the line. We were already attracting eavesdroppers and I wanted some privacy. The bodyguards shadowed us but I figured there was no losing those two.

For a few seconds, I simply held his hand and stared at him. He seemed confused and I couldn’t blame him. I was throwing out mixed signals like crazy.

With a noisy exhale, I confessed, “You scare me, Yuri.”

His eyes widened. Concerned, he stepped toward me and asked, “Have I done something to upset you?”

“No,” I hurriedly assured him. “It’s not like that.” I searched for the right words. “You’re big and sexy and powerful and wealthy and I just—I don’t know what you want with me. I’m a big nobody and you’re—”

“You are not a nobody,” he interjected roughly.

I was taken aback by the emotion in his voice. Swallowing hard, I asked again, “What do you want with me, Yuri? Is this just a game? Are you chasing me because you think I’m playing hard to get?”

“Are you playing hard to get?”

I shook my head. “I don’t like games, Yuri.”

“Neither do I.” He dared to reach out and caress my cheek. “Lena, you tempt me in ways I cannot even describe. You make me want it all.”

My heart thudded in my chest as his fingertips trailed along my skin. I tried to swallow but my mouth had gone dry. “All?”

Nodding, he cupped my face with one hand. His mouth curved in a sinful smile “But we can start with a kiss.”

 

 

On Tour With Two Big, Sexy Russians!

1 May

I’m on a blog tour for the next two weeks with the heroes of my Her Russian Protector series!

 

There are lots of stops at some really fabulous reader and reviewer blogs. I’m doing interviews and guest posts with snippets from both books and some teasers about the upcoming books (YURI and NIKOLAI) and the possibility of more stories in this universe.

 

There’s also a giveaway–$25 gift card for the grand prize and four sets of IVAN and DIMITRI in digital format! You can catch me at the following stops:

 

4/29 – Nina’s Literary Escape
4/30 – Riverina Romantics
5/01 – Flirting with Romance
5/02 – Book Monster Reviews
5/04 – Froggarita’s Bookcase
5/05 – Mad Hatter Reads
5/06 – United by Books
5/08 – Book Lovin’ Mamas
5/09 – My Reading Obsession
5/10 – Books, Books and More Books
5/11 –  Offbeat Vagabond
5/12 – Romance Junkies

 

Hope to see you there! :)