Anybody been looking for my lesbian anal fetish ebook Elementary, My Dear Kathryn at All Romance ebooks lately?
If you have, you probably noticed... it's not there. Yesterday I noticed that *poof* my dear Kathryn had vanished. I guess ARe's been purging again. When they executed their initial banishment of ebooks deemed offensive or unsuitable to their brand image or what have you, 6 of my titles were taken down. In that instance, at least *most* of my publishers were informed about *most* of those banishments.
Poor Kathryn. She was just swept off store shelves without a word. Very hush-hush. Nobody thought to inform my publisher, much less myself as the author. No worries, guys. It's only my livelihood at stake. Just do what you're gonna do. Whatevs.
I'd love to be able to tell you WHY Elementary, My Dear Kathryn was banned by ARe, but as in the case of every other ebook of mine they've removed from their shelves, I'm left to guess.
So here are my top guesses:
- The blurb mentions that two of the characters were friends as children (it's a reunion story) and "children" triggers red flags when it appears in metadata? Maybe?
- The central couple in this story maintains a longterm D/s relationship, and they are more than happy to welcome a third woman to join them in the bedroom. This doesn't sound "romantic" and therefore has no place at All ROMANCE ebooks? Maybe?
- The focus of the sexual activity in this book is anal pleasure, including enemas and anilingus--stuff we can do in real life but we'd better not write about because it's icky? Maybe?
- There's nudity on the cover. Maybe?
As I say, I don't know. I'm guessing. And maybe the thing that pisses me off the most is that my publisher and I are left to guess. To be honest, I never know which of my titles are in the running for banishment because I've never been told WHY my banned books have been banned. I asked once (about my ebook Good Bi Valentine, because I have no fricken clue what's so "offensive" about that cute little erotic comedy) and I got the run-around.
Sorry for such a negative post. I didn't mean to spew bile all over everybody but, as I say, this is my livelihood we're talking about. I write for a living. I don't have a spouse or anyone to support me. It's sink or swim, so when a retailer starts throwing my books overboard I get a little agitated.
Anyway, it's not like ARe is the only show in town. Elementary, My Dear Kathryn is still available from the publisher (loveyoudivine), as well as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Rainbow ebooks.
Thanks for listening, everybody! I needed that rant.