At long last the publisher’s contract for Clans of Kalquor 1: Alien Embrace is almost up. It runs out on June 30, making Monday the day I should be getting the electronic rights returned to me. I say ‘should’ because other writers have seen delays in the past when it came to getting their rights back from small publishers. I am hopeful that there will not be a long wait before Alien Embrace becomes mine once more and I can re-issue it independently.
I am not going to do a drawn out countdown to re-release it when the time comes, hence the title of this blog post. I have already formatted and readied the book for publication. There will be a new cover, which you see above. With little pomp and ceremony, I will submit the re-edited version of Alien Embrace to the distributors as soon as I can. The moment I know the book is available, I will let you know.
There’s more to the new version of Alien Embrace than another cover. In bringing this book in line with the rest of the series and fleshing out the characters, over 12,000 words have been added to the story. This is despite my pulling out two original scenes that in final analysis didn’t serve the story so well. You’ll get a much better picture of the pasts that shaped Rajhir and Flencik. Best of all, it will be more book for less than its current $5.50 price tag.
Has the gist of the story changed? Not really. If you want to skip the re-edited version, you won’t miss much as far as the series as a whole is concerned. Feel free to stick with the original if it suits you.
Also, if the captive/coerced sex bothered you the first time, it will continue to bother you with this one. Clan Rajhir is made up of alien men on a mission to find a mate to breed with. They have no experience with Earth women. They don’t have our morals, our safewords, or our way of thinking. I did not change them to suit those who wished Rajhir, Flencik, and Breft hadn’t been such clueless and demanding fellows in their pursuit of Amelia ... but I did add on to explain why they pushed their agenda when it was obvious Amelia found it impossible to simply give in. If this is not your cup of tea, that’s perfectly fine...the captive fantasy is not for everyone.
There will not be a new print version right away. I will not get print rights back until all of the old copies of Alien Embrace have sold out. If you’re a tree-book lover, you’ll have to wait for a bit on that.
Keep your fingers crossed that the e-book rights are returned quickly. I’m excited to get the updated version of Alien Embrace into your e-readers.
While we’re on the subject of final warnings, I must share with you a recent email I received from Blogger, which hosts Wicked Words:
“Important Update to Adult Content Policy on Blogger
You are receiving this message because you are the admin of a blog hosted on Blogger which is identified to have Adult content.
Please be advised that on June 30th 2013, we will be updating our Content Policy to strictly prohibit the monetization of Adult content on Blogger. After June 30th 2013, we will be enforcing this policy and will remove blogs which are adult in nature and are displaying advertisements to adult websites.
If your adult blog currently has advertisements which are adult in nature, you should remove them as soon as possible to avoid any potential Terms of Service violation and/or content removals.
The Blogger Team”
As you will all note, I do not have advertisements to adult websites on my blog. Hopefully there will be no problems as far as this page is concerned. However, you know how these sites can get ridiculous when they start witch hunts – PayPal’s antics were not so long ago, and Amazon keeps changing the rules on us indie erotica writers as well. With that in mind, I’m trying to be proactive about the situation. Wicked Words should not run afoul of Blogger’s ToS, but if the blog abruptly disappears then you’ll know Blogger felt differently. In that case, I will take my ball and play elsewhere. Setting up a new blog could take a few days if it comes to that, so be warned.
If I do disappear from Blogger, by all means find me on Facebook (if you haven’t already). I’ll update where and when the new blog will be up and running. I’m very hopeful it won’t come to that, but you never know.
Much love, my FoKs!