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Scrum — now free at all venues

Scrum Thanks to everyone who turned me in: your efforts have paid off. Amazon price-matched Scrum, something I didn’t realize until approximately 1800 other people in the US and the UK found the story.

Due to some peculiar formatting on the Amazon dashboard, I miss the”free download” column when I set the screen to print large enough to read. To get everything on the laptop monitor at once shrinks the screen to 3 point type, and maybe you guys can read that, but I can’t.

This morning I scrolled over, because, might as well. So I was more than a little surprised that there had been well over a thousand downloads on Amazon US, and more than 600 at Amazon UK. Every country site had downloads, except Australia, which might be a function of time zones.

This makes me happy, because I wrote this story as a gift to readers, and wasn’t pleased at all that Amazon insisted on a price tag. For the folks who were kind enough to spend the 99 cents, email me a copy of the receipt and I will send you a little something for your troubles.

But now that the story is free in all venues in its pretty packaging, swing by your favorite ebook store (unless it’s Barnes and Annoying, because they don’t do teh free unless you go through Smashwords, and I don’t, yet) and grab a copy.

Try  Apple , Kobo,  Amazon or All Romance Ebooks, where you can get your choice of MOBI, PDF, or EPUB, And enjoy.

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One look at the Canadian rugby star now playing on his local team turns Robin Isley into a super-fan. He’ll attend practices, cheer every game, and bleed with every tackle, but he won’t come close enough to get an autograph or say a few words.

Yves Dubois’ team runs faster, passes better, and scrums harder when Robin watches: they’ve been winning steadily. Yves has a blinding smile for Robin after practices, but never stops to talk.

Robin needs to know if Yves’ grin is only joy in the game. Finding out will be Robin’s birthday milestone, but first he needs to give himself the gift of courage.

This short story also appears in the Goodreads M/M Romance Group’s “Love Has No Boundaries” anthology volume 10.

This book wants to be free! Help!

ScrumCan anyone here give an author a hand? I have Scrum up for free at Apple and Kobo, but Amazon insists on a price when it’s listed. I’d like to make it free, so will you guys tell on me? Please?

The links for my public shaming:

Go to Amazon and tell them that Kobo has it for free at:  http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/scrum and so does Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id746153415

For that matter, so does All Romance Ebooks, where you can get your choice of MOBI, PDF, or EPUB, but the ‘Zon takes the other two sites more into consideration for price matching. Help me make this story free everywhere, by reporting a lower price with the cut and paste links. Please and thank you, and grab a copy for yourself!

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One look at the Canadian rugby star now playing on his local team turns Robin Isley into a super-fan. He’ll attend practices, cheer every game, and bleed with every tackle, but he won’t come close enough to get an autograph or say a few words.

Yves Dubois’ team runs faster, passes better, and scrums harder when Robin watches: they’ve been winning steadily. Yves has a blinding smile for Robin after practices, but never stops to talk.

Robin needs to know if Yves’ grin is only joy in the game. Finding out will be Robin’s birthday milestone, but first he needs to give himself the gift of courage.

This short story also appears in the Goodreads M/M Romance Group’s “Love Has No Boundaries” anthology volume 10.

O’Carolan’s Seduction is up!

OCAROLANSSEDUCTION2Hugh Kelly’s come to America to leave Ireland, its traditions, and its conflicting attitudes behind, but the best money he can make is by tending bar in an “Irish pub.” The would-be Gaels love his authentic accent, but Hugh has eyes only for Steven, an uilleann piper with the damnable taste to wear kilts.

Hugh doesn’t care much for the traditional Irish music and is determined not to tap his toes along with the reels, jigs, and the O’Carolan tunes, but the music and Steven are irresistible. Steven gives Hugh a piping lesson, and the tune they play ought to be called “O’Carolan’s Seduction.”

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My Irish session-going, kilt-wearing ulleann piper is back, and Hugh’s glad of it. Now with a pretty new Jared Racker cover, too!

Find O’Carolan’s Seduction at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Rainbow Books, and All Romance eBooks.

Well, Kobo’s still dithering, but Rainbow Books has it on sale for a Tuesday new release. Now’s your big chance!

You won’t catch me writing a songfic

I know how to write a songfic. More than one song has caught my attention and set me plotting. But quite aside from the annoyance (mine, YMMV) of stopping the narrative flow for some lyrics every few hundred words, that kind of story is a landmine waiting to detonate.

Some songs are in the public domain. I used a pibrocht with words for O’Carolan’s Seduction, because I wanted Steven to get a message across to Hugh. The traditional piece dates back to the 1700s and is most certainly out of copyright. Steven sings a few lines in a session and then the narrative moves on; thus not a songfic. Let me do a little more editing and I’ll put the story back up so you can see what I mean.

Song lyrics are subject to copyright just the way books and short stories are. Someone holds the rights, and if you want to include all or part of the words in your fiction, you have to get permission. Titles can’t be copyrighted (a good thing or Edward Abbey’s literary executor would be having a few words with me, and you can bet I checked before ever submitting Fire on the Mountain) but the words are. The way to find out if you can use lyrics is by asking, and you must abide by the “no” if the terms can’t be met. Depending on who holds the rights, they might be anything from thrilled at the thought of being quoted to willing should your pockets be deep enough.

“Deep enough” can be pretty deep. The Rolling Stones think Coca-Cola and Microsoft have enough spare change to pay their price for commercial use, and they’d have to defend their copyright vigorously to make it worth the behemoths’ while to pony up for the Stones’ brand.

Which means that any stray author who thinks quoting part or all of a Stones song is courting trouble. Sure, the use may fly under the radar for quite a long time. Then again, it may not.

It doesn’t have to be a band as big and well-known as the Stones to make unauthorized use of lyrics unacceptable. It’s hideous irony for an author to want copyright and yet not respect it when it belongs to someone else. “Because I want it” is not a valid reason to trample on the intellectual property rights of others.

Tradpub keeps tame lawyers around to keep them from stepping into this sort of mess. One aspect of self-pubbing is that you have to do your own due diligence. The information isn’t hard to come by–if you don’t have an IP attorney in your hip pocket, there are still plenty of authors’ sites which discuss the issue. It’s pretty unanimous–Don’t quote, unless you have the permissions and license.

I’ve seen contracts from several small presses, and they all make it clear that if you cost them money by using something you don’t have rights to, they’ll come back at you. They might have been thinking of fictional universes, but song lyrics could fall under that umbrella too. This is one case where the ounce of prevention is easy, and the pound of cure could be ruinous.

I had to dig up references for a bit of doggerel for O’Carolan’s Seduction showing the poem that drove Hugh into the kitchen had been recited as traditional a hundred years ago. When I needed lines from ‘In Flanders Fields’ for Blood on the Mountain, I included the author’s name and date of death. (US copyright extends through author’s lifetime plus seventy years.) Offering the information to my publisher before they asked showed I didn’t intend to put them at risk.

Amazon takes a very dim view of copyright infringement. Their terms of service don’t make any secret of this–the issue appears several times. And if you do it anyway, the terms are such that you don’t profit from it. This is from the the publishing agreement I and every other other indie author bound ourselves with when we published through Amazon. The red is mine, and what I consider the most important bits.

5.4.7 Offsets, etc. We can withhold Royalties and offset them against future payments as indicated below. Our exercise of these rights does not limit other rights we may have to withhold or offset Royalties or exercise other remedies.
If we pay you a Royalty on a sale and later issue a refund, return, or credit for that sale, we may offset the amount of the Royalty previously paid for the sale against future Royalties, or require you to remit that amount to us.
• If a third party asserts that you did not have all rights required to make one of your Digital Books available through the Program, we may hold all Royalties due to you until we reasonably determine the validity of the third party claim. If we determine that you did not have all of those rights or that you have otherwise breached your representations and warranties or our Content Guidelines with regard to a Digital Book, we will not owe you Royalties for that Digital Book and we may offset any of those Royalties that were previously paid against future Royalties, or require you to remit them to us.

5.7 Rights Clearances and Rights Dispute Resolution. You will obtain and pay for any and all necessary clearances and licenses for the Digital Books to permit our exercise of the rights granted under this Agreement without any further payment obligation by us, including, without limitation, all royalties and other income due to any copyright owner.

5.8 Representations, Warranties and Indemnities. You represent and warrant that: (a) you have the full right, power and authority to enter into and fully perform this Agreement and will comply with the terms of this Agreement; (b) prior to you or your designee’s delivery of any content, you will have obtained all rights that are necessary for the exercise the rights granted under this Agreement; (c) neither the exercise of the rights authorized under this Agreement nor any materials embodied in the content nor its sale or distribution as authorized in this Agreement will violate or infringe upon the intellectual property, proprietary or other rights of any person or entity, including, without limitation, contractual rights, copyrights, trademarks, common law rights, rights of publicity, or privacy, or moral rights, or contain defamatory material or violate any laws or regulations of any jurisdiction; (d) you will ensure that all Digital Books delivered under the Program comply with the technical delivery specifications provided by us; and (e) you will be solely responsible for accounting and paying any co-owners or co-administrators of any Digital Book or portion thereof any royalties with respect to the uses of the content and their respective shares, if any, of any monies payable under this Agreement. To the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, you will indemnify, defend and hold Amazon, its officers, directors, employees, affiliates, subcontractors and assigns harmless from and against any loss, claim, liability, damage, action or cause of action (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) that arises from any breach of your representations, warranties or obligations set forth in this Agreement. We will be entitled, at our expense, to participate in the defense and settlement of the claim or action with counsel of our own choosing.

There’s more but it’s a bit dry to read, and this covers the salient points. Basically, you get your ducks in a row, and if you don’t, it’s your problem, not Amazon’s.

There’s a fair amount of weeping and gnashing of teeth going on around the internet right now regarding a very popular book, discussing returns and money coming out of the author’s pocket. Whatever the original prompt for the flap was, I couldn’t say, but copyright infringement is an issue with it now, and these are the rules she agreed to follow and remedies if she didn’t.  TL:DR isn’t an option for a legally binding agreement.

And if you find lyrics in any of my works,  the song is likely older than you and me put together.

 

On Call: Crossroads is back!

OnCallCrossroads200x300On Call: Crossroads, the third installment of the Keith and Dante stories, is back! All purty in its new format, and available in PDF, Mobi, and ePub, through your favorite online bookstores–well, if Kobo would complete the processing, it would be there, and you can find Keith, Dante, and their menagerie at Amazon, All Romance eBooks, Barnes & Noble, and Rainbow eBooks now.

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Dr. Keith Hoyer has lost patients before but never like this, not at sixteen and not by intent. Certain that he could have prevented the tragedy with some word or deed that he left unsaid or undone, Keith is desperate for a way to redeem his failure.

If Keith’s going to practice medicine in a Third World country, his lover, veterinarian Dante James, needs time to sell the practice and brush up on diseases of goats. “Whither thou goest, I go,” Dante tells Keith, but where will those words take them?