The March Update

What’s new this month?

Submission, book one of the Plume Series by Ella ArdentWell, first off, I caved. LOL! I now have a Facebook page, and you can like it right here.

Secondly, I’ve been republishing ebooks.

The Plume Series is available at all retailers again.

I also created a new edition of Submission and distributed it everywhere. It’s a free read at Apple, Nook and Smashwords, so you can try out the Plume Series if you haven’t already. (Amazon may match the free price. It’s 99 cents there.) It’s the only one of the nine original novellas that’s available on its own, so you can continue the series with one of the Plume Collections.

The Best Man, first in The Wedding series of contemporary romances by Ella ArdentThe Wedding Series is available at all retailers again. The Best Man is 99-cents at all retailers as a series starter – it’s free at Apple, Nook and Smashwords. Again, Amazon may match the free price. It’s 99 cents there.

The two books in the Tales from Euphoria series are available at all retailers again.

Third, I’ve been working on print editions. The three Plume Collections (not the complete series) are published directly to Amazon, as is The Wedding Collection and Dangerous. This gives the paperbacks a slightly better price there.

I’ve also republished all of the trade paperbacks through Ingrams. The cool thing  is that Ingrams’ editions are available everywhere—they’ll supply Her Dark Prince and His Lost Princess to Amazon, as well as to other Amazon companies like The Book Depository. Your local bookstore can even order my books for you. And libraries can order them, too.

Fourth – yikes, what a busy month this has been! – there’s a new ebook portal open called Eden Books. It looks as if they’ll be specializing in steamy romance, but it’s early days yet. I’ve uploaded The Plume and The Wedding there. You can find my books on their site, right here.

And now, it’s time to get back to writing! I hope you’ve had a productive month, too.

Print Editions

I’ve made print editions available again through Ingrams. This means that in addition to the links provided here on the website, you can order them at ANY bookstore.

The print editions of the three Plume Collections and Dangerous are published directly to Amazon in editions only for Amazon. This makes the price there slightly better. The Amazon edition of The Wedding Collection is processing and should be live soon, maybe even later today.

A couple of things…

The Phoenix collections are available only in print editions. I might make digital bundles again, but will do new covers if I decide to do that. Right now, the print editions have the original covers.

Tales from the Phoenix: The Second Collection by Ella ArdentMy edition of Tales from the Phoenix: the Second Collection isn’t showing up on Amazon. The copies listed for sale are all third-party copies: you can tell because the product page looks like this:

It says the book will ship from someone other than Amazon. Third party sellers add a mark-up somewhere – either their prices are higher, or they have higher shipping charges. Shipping may also be delayed since Amazon isn’t doing the fulfillment. The copy from Ingrams, if and when it shows up on Amazon, will be eligible for free shipping, and will be priced at $14.99 US.

The Wedding Collection of three contemporary romancesby Ella ArdentThe print editions of The Wedding Collection and Dangerous seem to be making slow progress to the portals. There also are copies available of The Plume Collections with the old covers, especially at Indigo , and it’s possible they still have some stock to sell. Be sure if/when you order that you’re getting the edition you want.

I hadn’t formatted and uploaded a print edition of His Lost Princess to Ingrams yet so have done that. It’s working its way out the distribution channels now.

His Lost Princess, #2 of the Euphoria series of fairy tale romances by Ella ArdentFinally, the ebook for His Lost Princess is available in wide distribution again.

Available at:
Amazon.com
Apple
Kobo
Nook
GooglePlay
Smashwords
Books2Read Universal Link (for other Amazon stores and international stores)

GooglePlay and The Wedding

The Best Man, first in The Wedding series of contemporary romances by Ella ArdentMy books are now available at GooglePlay again. You can check the links on individual book pages here, or check out this page on GP which shows all my books that are live there.

(Her Dark Prince isn’t there yet, just FYI. I’ll upload it and His Lost Princess everywhere after HLP comes out of Kindle Unlimited later this week.)

And The Wedding Series is live everywhere again. I was able to use the original distribution path for this series, which means it’s live at Apple with all the reviews. Yay!

The Best Man should be a 99cent read – I see that for me, though, Apple has rounded up to $1.99 CA and GP has converted 99 cents US to $1.30 CA. :-/ There’s not much I can do about prices delivered from an aggregator, unfortunately. It’s a 99cent read at the other portals.

Submission, book one of the Plume Series by Ella ArdentFinally, I decided to republish Submission so I could make it a free read for new readers to discover The Plume Series. It has a new cover and the links are percolating. It’s the only one of the nine original novellas that’s available on its own – because it makes more sense to buy the collections once you start reading the series.

Next up, I need to create portal-specific book interiors for Kobo and GooglePlay, and republish Euphoria by the end of the week. I realized that the newsletter link in Dangerous (and the three episodes) is the old defunct link, so I’ll need to reformat and re-upload those books, too. I’m making progress, though!

The February Update

Revealed, book one of The Phoenix series of contemporary romances by Ella ArdentAs you know, I’ve come back to writing and publishing after a hiatus. I miss writing and I still have so many stories that I want to tell. I’m making some changes this time around, so will do a monthly update here on the blog to keep you in the loop on my progress. This month’s post is a bit long.

My motto for this month is: You can do anything, but you can’t do everything.

• I’m back at my day job, and have been for a while. This has both its perks and its drawbacks. On the upside, there’s that pay check, and I do like my job. On the other hand, I have less time for writing and publishing my books, and publishing takes an enormous amount of time. I’m hoping to get more efficient and actually, the heavy lifting is done now that all the backlist is available again.

• I have repackaged and republished my backlist now (phew) so that job is done. It was a good reminder of the dangers of rabbit-holes and time-sinks in this business. I wasn’t happy with the options for cover designers for new covers for The Phoenix, but I had a very firm idea of what I wanted. I decided to do the covers myself (!) which meant I had to acquire some design software and learn how to use it. In the end, it all worked out, but took much longer than anticipated – and I have another skill to add to my resume. 🙂

Haunted, book three of The Phoenix series of contemporary romances by Ella Ardent• I have a new newsletter sign-up. Yay! As before, I’ll only send a newsletter when I have a new release (and republishing new editions of older titles doesn’t count). Since the existing list was a few years old, it seemed to make more sense to just start over again. (I actually did this in 2018, but am counting it as an accomplishment now anyway.) You can sign up right here.

The Plume and The Wedding are currently enrolled in Kindle Unlimited. Interestingly enough, some things haven’t changed—that strategy isn’t working particularly well for me this time, just as it didn’t in the past. LOL! So, those books will be coming out of that program later this month and going into wide distribution again.

• I’m now using a service called Books2Read Universal Links. I like that it provides a link to many portals without me having to include all of them on my website. Also, Amazon is becoming particular about consumers shopping from the regional store that serves their territory, if there is one. So, if you’re in Canada and follow the Amazon.com link, you might be told that my book isn’t available to you. That’s nonsense, but the links don’t re-direct to Amazon.ca based on the location of your ISP. I’m sure Amazon will work this out, but for the moment, if you need a different Amazon store than the US one, you can find it through this link. Books2Read also supports a lot of other international portals, which is cool. You can see my author landing page on B2R right here (and you can get to it by clicking any of the individual B2R book links, then clicking on the book cover, then on my name.)

Hunted, book four of The Phoenix series of contemporary romances by Ella Ardent• I’m not going to fuss with social media this time because I want to write as much as I can. You can follow me at Amazon or BookBub to get notifications of new releases, although I’m not sure how consistent they are in doing that. You can also follow this blog or sign up for my newsletter above.

• Similarly, I’m not going to worry about print editions right now. If you really want a print edition of a certain title, please let me know in the comments. Some of the print editions have made the transition from Createspace to Amazon KDP and are thus available on Amazon. I know that doesn’t work in all territories and that some  of you don’t like shopping at Amazon, so let me know what you need or want and I’ll try to work it out.

What’s next?

• I’ve put Euphoria aside for the moment, since very few of you seem to be interested in that series. I’d originally planned for five fairy-tale-retellings in that world and have the covers already so may come back to it in future.

Claimed, book six of The Phoenix series of contemporary romances by Ella ArdentThe Phoenix was supposed to have three more books to complete that series: I’m going to write Marked (Book 7) next and see if I can wrap it up in that one volume or not. I’ll know more when that book gets closer to completion.

The New Project. One of the reasons for my hiatus was that I had a character show up and start talking to me. Her story was in first-person POV and I wasn’t sure what the heck it was. I didn’t know how it fit into my brand and whether it would meet your expectations. I was thinking it might be a reverse-harem story, but now I suspect it’s a journey, with similarities to Joanna’s journey in The Plume, as well as a story in which two wounded souls heal each other. (I like those kinds of stories.) Because it will be serialized (and long), I’m going to write the whole thing before I start publishing, but I’ll keep you updated on my progress. The bonus of this is that this story ties into the world of The Plume and The Phoenix—yes, we will see more of Rex—which means I have a better idea of how The Phoenix series needs to end. In fact, the hero of this new project will appear in Marked.

So, that’s the plan! I’m excited about the possibilities and am glad to see you here.

Drop by on March 15 for another update on my progress and in the meantime, happy reading!