Saturday, May 28, 2016

ANONYMOUS for #MySexySaturday

If you follow me on Twitter or you're on my mailing list, you've already heard the news:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01G4GBSD6?tag=dondes-20
ANONYMOUS is back!

Remember ANONYMOUS? It's the MMF menage/stranger sex novel I wrote for Amber Quill Press. Now that they've closed down I've got my rights back. I decided to self-publish.

I also decided to place the book in KDP Select for the first 90 days so Kindle Unlimited subscribers could read it for free... but that's already come back to bite me in the butt. Amazon has adult-filtered ANONYMOUS, meaning it doesn't show up in searches, meaning it's extremely difficult for readers to find, meaning I'm a little bit screwed on discoverability.

Just means I have to work a little harder to get the message out. (The message is BUY MY BOOK! Pleeeeze!)

To that end, why don't I share a little snippet from ANONYMOUS?

In celebration of My Sexy Saturday, here are the first seven paragraphs from the book, introducing Hannah, her husband Nathaniel and the shared desire that sparks the action:

He said: “I want to suck another man’s cock.”

She smiled and told him: “I want to watch.”

“I bet you do.”

Hannah set her wine glass on the coffee table. She crossed her bare legs over her husband’s lap and laughed. “I can’t believe we’re talking like this. It’s so naughty!”

She ran her fingers down the front of his unbuttoned shirt and leaned in to kiss his neck. He smelled like wet pine after coming in from the rain. She kissed him again, kissed his cheek this time.

Every peck left a pink mark.

Tonight, she would paint him with lipstick. Her lips would be her brush, and his skin her canvas. She’d been waiting all day, and now this dirty talk was gearing her up for an evening to remember.

Get it for $0.99 right now!


That's right: I'm offering ANONYMOUS at the special introductory price of only $0.99, so grab it now! As I mentioned, it's free if you're a Kindle Unlimited subscribers. Buy it, read it, tell your friends. With the book being adult-filtered, I need a ton of help getting the word out!

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01G4GBSD6?tag=dondes-20


Thanks and enjoy!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Now Free at iTunes: My Mistress' Thighs

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1114410993
The other day I let you know my anthology My Mistress' Thighs: Erotic Transgender Fiction and Poetry will be free for the rest of the month at Smashwords. When I changed the price I realized the book had a few open "tickets" from Apple, meaning it was not being distributed to that vendor. The tickets were for silly things like being categorized as erotica secondarily rather than primarily.

Instead of changing a laundry list of items, I took the easy way out and published to Apple via a service called Draft2Digital. One thing I really like about this distributor is that they email the link to you as soon as your book goes live. That's a really handy service.

I got this lovely little link straight to my inbox: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1114410993

As you can see, My Mistress' Thighs is not only available at iTunes, but it's FREE. Yes, that was deliberate. I want you to have it! It's my gift to you this May.

Enjoy and Happy Reading!
Giselle

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Free for May! My Mistress' Thighs: Transgender and Genderqueer Erotic Romance




Hi! Hugs! Happy Sunday!

I woke up this morning thinking of Bjork and a story called Third Rail--a story that appears in my anthology My Mistress' Thighs: Transgender and Genderqueer Erotic Romance.

I might have mention 2016 is my 10th anniversary as a writer. I'm celebrating by giving away at least one significant work for free every month. Seems a fitting way to show how much I appreciate your readership over the years. Over the DECADE! Wow. Decade.

Anyway, I've put on a Bjork CD and I'm here to tell you My Mistress' Thighs is free right now at Smashwords. So are all the individual ebooks containing the stories from My Mistress's Thighs--one of which is Third Rail.

I won't say much about this anthology, aside from the fact that it contains poetry and short stories incorporating characters who are trans (like my girlfriend), gender questioning (like me), gender nonconforming (like me), queer (like me--I've got it all!), and other characters who play with gender to get off or cross-dress but they don't know why or... hey, I thought I wasn't going to say much. heh

The truth is I don't need to hook you. I'm not trying to sell My Mistress' Thighs. It's free for the rest of May at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/383308, so you can head on over there and grab a copy. No money down, no payments... ever!  All you need is a Smashwords account.

Oh, and since it's May I'm obliged to share with you my most favourite May-related madrigal:



If that doesn't get you in the mood, I don't know what will.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Quick Response Required! Help Me Support the Red Cross!

Whether or not you live in Canada, you've probably heard about the destruction fire has caused in Fort McMurray. The Canadian Red Cross has launched an appeal for donations. I want to help, but I need your support.

Read on...

I commonly donate royalties from my books to organizations doing important work.  On this occasions, I've decided to donate 100% of the royalties I earn this week on my book Sweet Lesbian Love Stories to the Canadian Red Cross Alberta Fires Appeal.

Why did I choose Sweet Lesbian Love Stories?

Mainly because it's one of my few books with no erotic content. I want to raise funds quickly, and I'm trying to appeal to a broad range of readers. Also I want readers to feel comfortable sharing this book on social media.

Even if you can't purchase a copy, tell people about this appeal. Spread the word.

If you'd prefer your impact to be greater and more immediate, donate directly to: https://donate.redcross.ca/ea-action/action?_ga=1.203478229.457009016.1462401518&ea.client.id=1951&ea.campaign.id=50639

You can purchase this book in print from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or direct from CreateSpace (which will earn me, and hence the Red Cross, the highest royalty percentage): https://www.createspace.com/5668386

Or purchase the ebook from one of the following vendors:
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B013Q4LA4Q?tag=dondes-20
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B013Q4LA4Q
Canada: http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B013Q4LA4Q
Australia: http://www.amazon.com.au/gp/product/B013Q4LA4Q

BN: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1122504279
Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1029456705

All Romance Ebooks: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-sweetlesbianlovestories-1872222-166.html
Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/ebook/sweet-lesbian-love-stories

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/569207

Do it now. I'll be making a donation on Monday.

The federal government has announced it will match Red Cross donations, so consider your effort doubled.

Make a purchase. Tweet about it. Tell your Facebook following.

Thank you and big hugs,
Giselle

Monday, May 2, 2016

#BookBreak is the new #CoffeeBreak

I listened to a whole bunch of podcasts this weekend, including a number of episodes of Under the Influence. Not technically a podcast, okay.  Under the Influence is a CBC Radio program that looks inside the world of marketing.

One of the many things I learned from binge-listening is that many of the habits we take for granted actually started life as marketing campaigns. The coffee break, for instance. That was a made-up thing.

So it got me thinking... why can't I make something up? What's a book-related habit? Reading. I do it every day. How about if I piggyback on the already-established coffee break to establish the BOOK BREAK. Oh my gosh, I'm a genius!

Well, turns out so are a bunch of other people. When I searched the hashtag #bookbreak I saw that not only is there a vlog called Book Break, but lots of people tweet about what they're reading, even pairing a pic of their beautiful coffee with their beautiful book.

This is not a new idea, but I'm adopting it for the month of May. And I hope you will too, whether you're a reader or a writer. Tweet what you're reading every afternoon with the hashtag #bookbreak. It'll be fun.

Okay, but this whole line of thought started out in the marketing realm, so my brain is still going, "How can I make this about me?" haha.  I laugh, but I'm serious. How can I encourage people to read my books?

By giving them away. Of course.

So that's what I'll do this May.  I'll give books away every day on Twitter--every workday, that is.  Since most officey people work Monday through Friday, I'll do this Monday through Friday.

Here's what I'm thinking: I'll provide a different free ebook every day, probably from All Romance Ebooks since it's easy to change prices quickly at that site (so get an account if you don't have one).  My initial thought was to provide Smashwords coupons which you could redeem for a free book, but... is that too complicated?

Anyway, the key is that it's a different free book every day. I have a big back list. I can do these things.

Today's inaugural free book will be Giselle's Best Fetish Erotica, which I released last week for free. So far I've given away more than a thousand copies!  THANK YOU for picking one up.  How depressing would it be if I gave away a brand new book for free and nobody downloaded it?

OMG why did I even think that?

Giselle's Best Fetish Erotica will be going up in price to a whopping $0.99 starting today, but you can still get it absolutely FREE at All Romance Ebooks: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-giselle039sbestfetisherotica14kinkysexstories-2029278-354.html

And I hope you will!

Remember to tweet your #bookbreak read every afternoon!  I'm looking forward to lots of engagement, and that means from authors too. Don't be afraid to jump in and show us what you've got!

At the end of the day (or mid-afternoon), we're all readers.

P.S. Every time I type #bookbreak I think of Body Break:


Strengthen those wrists!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Get your copy of Giselle's Best Fetish Erotica today (it's FREE!)

It's here, it's new, and it's FREE!


I'm having a great day.

My girlfriend took me to the St. Jacob's farmer's market to celebrate our anniversary (8 years together!) and I've got a new book out, which I'm giving to you for FREE in celebration of ten years as a writer!

Giselle's Best Fetish Erotica is a collection of 14 kinky stories, some of which have appeared in erotic anthologies, some of which have never appeared in print before now. I blogged about it late last night at Oh Get A Grip! (You can catch me there every other Thursday, by the way. I do my best blogging at OGG.)

I wasn't able to make this book free at Amazon or Google Play, so it's currently priced at $0.99 at those two retailers. But there are TONS of places you can get this ebook for free, and I hope you do. This is a limited time offer. Tell your friends!

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1123729141
Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-ca/ebook/giselle-s-best-fetish-erotica-14-kinky-sex-stories
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1108057138

All Romance Ebooks: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-giselle039sbestfetisherotica14kinkysexstories-2029278-354.html

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/632503
Excitica: http://www.excitica.com/index.php/giselle-s-best-fetish-erotica-14-kinky-sex-stories.html
Enjoy!
Giselle
From kinky costumes to sex dolls, Giselle’s got you covered!

In this spanking-new collection, find fourteen tales of discipline and bondage, dressing up and role play, voyeurism, public sex, food and toys and so much more! Award-winning author Giselle Renarde has written erotic fiction for hundreds of anthologies, and her work is anything but ordinary. Giselle’s Best Fetish Erotica includes quirky original stories and fantastic fan favourites to tickle unexplored regions of your sexual mind.

Surrender to temptation today!


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From my heart to yours, THANK YOU for ten years of fiction! Without readers, I would not be a writer.

Hugs,
Giselle

Thursday, April 21, 2016

In the Meantime...

Call me irresponsible.  Call me unreliable.  Throw in undependable too...

I've been incommunicado of late, and I feel terrible about it.  I usually publish often and tell you all about it.  Recently, I've been working on anthology contributions and not telling anyone.  I've also been out of my apartment a lot due to noisy construction. Apart from fraying my nerves, that also means I'm not able to spend much time communicating with readers.

So what have I been up to lately?

This weekend I went to the Green Living Show and saw a pedal-powered washing machine that I very much want to own:


You can pre-order at their website http://yirego.com/ but it won't be available until November. *cries*

I also bought some Green Beaver deodorant and I'm very impressed.


As far as work stuff, I'm putting together a single-author anthology of fetish erotica featuring fun new stories as well as reprints from 2008 to present. If I can get my shit together, it should be available next week. Because I genuinely feel bad about being incommunicado for so long, I've decided to give this book away for free when it first comes out.

That's right. Brand new book of fetish erotica. Totally free.

But not forever free, so please sign up for my newsletter to get a heads-up when it hits the market:

http://eepurl.com/R4b11

In other news, you might have noticed my novel Anonymous is no longer available for sale. The publisher, Amber Quill Press, closed down at the end of March, so rights have reverted to me. I think I wrote that book in 2008 or 2010 (or 2011?), so I want to give it a good once-over before I get it back out there. If you haven't read it, Anonymous is a menage book about a woman who becomes obsessed with discovering the true identity of the man she hired to entertain her bisexual husband. Aside from The Other Side of Ruth, it's my most Toronto-centric book.


I'm also late getting Round 3 of the Lexi vs. Giselle Smut Smackdown out there. I want to thank everyone who followed me into taboo terrain in the first two rounds. Not everybody's cup of tea, but these stories certainly are popular.

Oh, I almost forgot why I came here in the first place!

Remember in December when I put out two erotic colouring books and donated all my royalties to an arts organization called Sketch, which serves street-involved youth?

Well, I'm doing it again in May... but starting now!

So now though the end of May, I'll donate all proceeds from my two colouring books to Sketch. There's a flash fiction one and a poetry one. If you ask me, the flash fiction book is better. ;-)

Remember to sign up for my newsletter to find out when you can get the new fetish erotica anthology for free: http://eepurl.com/R4b11

Love you!
Giselle