Behind the Scenes

There’s a lot going on behind the scenes this month, but not very much to share with you as yet. I am excited, though! I’m having some covers redone this month, and will show you as soon as they’re finished.

One thing I can share is that Dangerous: The Complete Erotic Romance is now enrolled in KDP Select. This means that from now through late November, you can choose it as one of your free reads if you are a Kindle Unlimited subscriber. It also means than until then, it’s available exclusively at Amazon.

Dangerous, the complete erotic romance, by Ella Ardent

A New Collaboration

Some exciting things have been happening this summer, so I thought I’d give you an update today.

First, I’ve been invited to participate in a collaboration with another author. These books will be erotic romances and will be published in 2016. They’re longer stories than what I’ve published before (well, with the exception of Dangerous, but I think of that story as nine shorter parts) and a bit different from my other work. The project is awesome, though, and I’m having a great time with it.

In addition, it seems to have been just the nudge I needed to get back to writing again. I painted myself into a bit of a corner with The Phoenix, but – at the suggestion of this other author – am working out the rest of the series. Previously, I’ve just jumped in to write, but I see now the value of making  a plan ahead of time.

There won’t be pre-orders on these books until they’re absolutely finished, but I wanted you to share with you that I’m getting back on track. :-) I hope all is similarly well with you!

Celebration & Sale

Change comes to all of us, whether we look for it or not. This year has been one of transition for me, which is both good and bad – the biggest change is that I’m not writing my stories anymore. The writing is just not happening. I don’t know what comes next in the Phoenix, even though the story was once clear to me. I had hoped this would be just a phase of writers’ block, but there’s no sign of it coming to an end.

So, it’s time to celebrate the works I’ve published in the last couple of years: the Plume and the Phoenix, the Wedding and Dangerous.

Thanks to all of you who have enjoyed this ride with me. I really appreciate your support for my books, and have always been glad to hear when you enjoyed them. We’ve had some great conversations, and this might be what I miss most. I had a lot of fun writing these stories and bringing characters like Rex to all of you.

Much as the characters in the Plume celebrated both an ending and a beginning, I’m going to celebrate this transition, too. All of my stories are now on sale in their digital editions. Some are free, most are 99 cents while the anthologies and collections are $2.99.

Find my books on Amazon, iBooks, Kobo, Smashwords and B&N.

Free Days

The first three erotic novellas of The Plume series are enrolled in KDP Select right now, which means they (and the first anthology) are only available at Amazon through the end of April. As part of KDP Select, though, they can be made free for five days each.

Submission, first in the Plume Series of erotic novellas by Ella ArdentSubmission is free on Amazon right now, from March 10 though March 14.
Available from Amazon.
Available from Amazon UK.

New cover for Surrender, #2 of the Plume Series by Ella ArdentSurrender will be free on Amazon from March 14 to March 18.
Available from Amazon.
Available from Amazon UK.

Seduction, #3 of The Plume series by Ella ArdentSeduction will be free on Amazon from March 18 to March 22.
Available from Amazon.
Available from Amazon UK.

Except for these dates, all of The Plume novellas are 99 cents at Amazon, through the end of April.

In May, we’ll have a sale at iBooks, when the first three Plume novellas are available there again. :-)

Kindle Unlimited

I’m trying an experiment with Kindle Unlimited, which starts today. For February, March and April, the first three of the Plume novellas will be enrolled in KDP Select, which means that you will be able to borrow them if you subscribe to Kindle Unlimited. That’s these books – Submission, Surrender and Seduction.

Submission, first in the Plume Series of erotic novellas by Ella Ardent

New cover for Surrender, #2 of the Plume Series by Ella Ardent

Seduction, #3 of The Plume series by Ella Ardent

The Plume: The First Anthology won’t be enrolled, but will only be available from Amazon, because of the guidelines for KDP Select.

The Plume: The First Anthology by Ella Ardent

I’m hoping to find some new readers – and new fans of Rex! – so would appreciate your help in spreading the word. :-)

Here’s my Amazon page.

Tales from the Phoenix – The First Collection

Tales from the Phoenix: The First Collection

The first collection of stories from The Phoenix is available in print and digital editions! This collection includes Revealed, Harnessed and Hunted.

Buy at iBooks Buy at Amazon Buy from Createspace Buy at Kobo Buy at B&N Buy at Smashwords

New Covers for The Plume

I’m replacing two of the covers on The Plume novellas and here they are.

First, a new cover for Surrender – yes, Rex finally got on one of my covers!
New cover for Surrender, #2 of the Plume Series by Ella Ardent

And secondly, a new cover for Seduction:

Seduction, #3 of The Plume series by Ella Ardent

New editions with the new covers are rolling out to online portals this week.

Print Editions

I’m in the midst of setting up the print edition for Tales from The Phoenix: The First Collection (which will include Revealed, Harnessed and Hunted) and had a look at the numbers for my print books. I believe in making books available as widely as possible, so had chosen the option of having extended distribution—that means making the books available for sale beyond Amazon. This meant that the price had to be higher, to allow enough margin for everyone along the way to get a piece of the action and still leave some for me.

Well, it turns out that none of you are buying print copies anywhere other than Amazon. How about that! This might be because Amazon tends to discount books, so you get a better price there. It might be that you just like shopping at Amazon. Or it might be that those other portals aren’t listing my books for sale, even though they have the option of doing so.

The end result is that I’ve just made the print editions of ALL of my books exclusive to Amazon. This makes a big difference in the US price and some difference in the UK price. (I’m not sure why but it changes very little for the EU price. Maybe costs are higher there.) The Plume Anthologies, for example, are now all list-priced at $9.99US and £7.99 in the UK.

Haunted – released today!

Haunted by Ella Ardent
, #4 in The Phoenix Series, is on sale today!

Once upon a time, two partners built a wildly successful private BDSM club called The Plume, a place where every erotic fantasy could safely come true. When The Plume was destroyed and its members scattered, the partners decided not just to begin again but to improve on the original.

Welcome to The Phoenix, an international private BDSM club, risen from the ashes of The Plume. Once again, all erotic fantasies are possible and secret desires can be fulfilled.

IV – Haunted

Amy has to prove herself to Rex and Athena by figuring out how to fulfill some fantasies that appear to be impossible: she starts with Caitlyn’s desire to have one last night with her dead lover, Luke. Amy has it all planned out, but she’s not counting on Luke’s buddy, Zach, much less his fantasies that feature Caitlyn. Meanwhile, Steele tries to win his way back into Athena’s affections, with surprising results.

amazonkindle buy at All Romance Buy at iBooks kobo smashwords Buy at B&N

New Pricing on Print Editions

I wasn’t happy with the pricing on my individual stories when they’re published in trade paperback, and it doesn’t look as if you’re very happy with it either. When the books are distributed everywhere, there has to be margin in the price for every step to make some profit and the price ends up being higher. These are only selling at Amazon, though, so I’ve changed the distribution: the individual stories are now available only from Amazon or Createspace, which means the price is lower.

The list price has dropped from $6.99US to $3.99US for Revealed and from $7.99US to $4.99 US on Hunted, Haunted, The Best Man, Always a Bridesmaid and Forever Bound. You’ll see a similar drop in Europe and the UK—the UK price for the majority of these is £3.49 and the EU price is 4.99 euros. (Revealed is a little cheaper yet.)

It’s clear that many of you prefer the anthologies in print, so I’ll get back with my designer to finalize a cover for the first Phoenix anthology. Maybe taking a break from it will have given us a fresh view! :-)


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