Monthly Archives: May 2014

On a Serious Note…

One day, during the spring of my sophomore year, a teacher laid a book on my desk. It was to be my reading assignment. I looked down at the funny looking title and groaned. I groaned a lot back then, but luckily I actually completed this assignment. “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” led me through an emotional roller coaster that I can remember with clarity even today. 

Here are a few of my favorite quotes by the legendary Maya Angelou:

“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.”

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

“A wise woman wishes to be no one’s enemy; a wise woman refuses to be anyone’s victim.”

“What is a fear of living? It’s being preeminently afraid of dying. It is not doing what you came here to do, out of timidity and spinelessness. The antidote is to take full responsibility for yourself – for the time you take up and the space you occupy. If you don’t know what you’re here to do, then just do some good.”

“Easy reading is damn hard writing. But if it’s right, it’s easy. It’s the other way round, too. If it’s slovenly written, then it’s hard to read. It doesn’t give the reader what the careful writer can give the reader.”

“Love is like a virus. It can happen to anybody at any time.”

“It’s one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive. Forgive everybody.”

“We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.”

Thank you Maya Angelou,
A. Kelly
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The evolution of a Book Cover – Beauty and the Beast edition

Creating a book cover for each of my stories is one of my favorite parts! Just like writing, it sometimes is an easy process and everything just flows. Other times it takes days of finding the right pictures, editing, and then starting over completely.

Beauty and the Wolf, the 4th book in my Erotic Fairy Tales (coming out June 15th!), is one of those covers that had many revisions.

Let me take you through my process. I had already created Jake and The Giant’s cover (coming out Jun 1st!):
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Since Caleb (“The Beast aka Wolf”) is Jake’s twin I thought I would start with the same model/picture. I also wanted “Beauty” to be depicted as a contrast, a softer element.

Here’s the first picture I created for the cover:
Portrait of a muscular masculine man in outdoor setting with sty

Beauty is an actress so of course she has to be gorgeous. This seemed like a weird fit. Why was Beauty wearing lingerie in the forest? So I scratched this one.

Next I tried a “Beauty” that was already set in the forest (Remember these were very early editions, feel free to judge):
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This made me gag. What was I thinking? I’m definitely using that girl in a future cover by the way. The picture is gorgeous… well it’s gorgeous when I don’t crop it like a mad woman.

Next I tried a nymph peeking behind the tree look:
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It’s like Where’s Waldo. You can barely see Beauty in this one.  By now I was so tired of working with the same picture that I scratched it altogether. He’s still hunky, but I just couldn’t make it work.

So I moved on to Beauty being the focus (at least her legs) with the Beast barely shining through:
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This was a little creepy for me. I didn’t want the story to seem too Horror,  but at least the Wolf and Title were finally added.

After leaving the project many times, I finally found the right pictures! It showed the buff Beast’s chest and a very glamorous actress “Beauty”. I merged them together and viola. Now I’m trying to decide whether to have a forest in the background or not:

Cover with forest:
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Cover without forest:
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What do you guys think? Forest or No? Did the cover turn out okay, or should I go back to the drawing board?

Thanks!
Anya

PS. Here’s the original pictures before I merged them together:
Hair. Beautiful Sexy Brunette Woman. Healthy Long Brown Hair. Be
Muscular man

The shading and angles of the models worked out perfectly in my opinion.

Excerpt from Wolf Treatment – Mature audiences only!

Amazon has removed the adult label from my Parts 1-3 of Energy Mating. Wohoo! So Part 4, “Wolf Treatment”, is out today on amazon!

I included a section on each of Violet’s mates as well. Check it out:

Energy Mating Brothers:
Meet the brothers! They all came to Earth to find their mate, Violet. Her energy matches the need of their souls. Each brother needs to connect with Violet for some hot energy mating. After the brothers’ crash landing, though, they are transformed. They need to mate with Violet, but will she accept the changes that make them even more alien?

Violet’s “out of this world” men:
Vincent – oldest, can read minds, smooth emotions, and insert images into mind, (first featured in Alien examination)
Lukas – tentacles that come out when he wants to mate, (story in Dr, Octo’s Examination)
Troy – wings that allows him to fly (first featured in Alien examination)
Hunter – super strength and speed (first featured in Alien examination)
Brock – double anatomy and 8 feet tall, (first featured in Dr. Octo’s Examination, story in Double Examination)
Darren (Wolfe) – werewolf shifter (Wolf Treatment)
Cole (Devil) – first introduced in Wolf Treatment, story coming in Devil Treatment
Alexander – first introduced in Wolf Treatment, story coming in Twin Treatment

And here’s an excerpt from “Wolf Treatment”:

“Violet,” he says in anguish. He stands up and holds out his arms. “Touch me Violet!”

She reaches for him and he breathes a sigh of relief. He wraps his arms around her and lifts her against him. “The only time I’m myself is when I’m in your arms.”

“That’s no way to think,” she says softly.

“It’s true,” he mumbles.

She looks up into his eyes and says passionately, “You are always you. The wolf is you!”

“No, I’m logical and intelligent! The wolf is irrational and emotional,” he says with an angry tone.

She stares into his eyes a moment. “Show me your yellow eyes, Wolfe.”

He looks shocked by her request. “No.”

“I want the Wolf! Show me the wolf,” she commands.

She sees his eyes flash yellow and his teeth lengthen. His hold on her tightens and he growls, “You want the wolf?”

“Yes, I want all of you,” she encourages.

He pushes her roughly against the wall and rips off the towel. He reaches down with one hand to free his lengthening member from his pants.

“You’ll get it then!” He positions himself and drives into her forcefully. They both groan in unison.

He holds her against the wall as he continues to thrust into her over and over again. She moans.

“This is the wolf, Violet.”

“No, this is you! All of you…inside me. It feels SO good.”

He speeds up and slams in harder until they both explode.

Look for it today on Amazon!
Anya

The dreaded “Adult” label on Amazon

As I was going through yesterday getting the 4th book ready for publishing something unexpected happened. I was searching for the three previous books on amazon and nothing came up. So I’m frantically going through kdp to see if my books are still available. They are still there, so what is happening?

I did a few searches on the kboards and in one of the posts the user said to search for my name under http://www.salesrankexpress.com/. I did this and guess what? My books have been given the “ADULT’ label under amazon. So I spent the rest of yesterday changing the titles and covers to hopefully comply with Amazon’s policy. I honestly like the old covers better, but here’s an example of one of the new ones:

OLD COVER:
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NEW COVER:
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What do you think? Also, I changed all descriptions to hopefully remove red flags. And the second book’s title has been changed to Dr, Octo’s Examination rather than Tentacle Examination. I guess the word tentacle is one of those red flags. If you want more information on the adult label on amazon I found another useful site was Selena Kitt’s post.

Anya

UPDATE 05/22/2014:
Amazon approved my changes and the adult label has been removed!