Audio Books for Idiots Part 1: What You Should Know About ACX (+ A Giveaway)

My Experience Using Royalty Share and Paid Options on ACX

The Wolf and the Highlander - AudioIn the past couple of days, I’ve learned a ton about marketing audio books. I’ll share what I’m learning about marketing in a future post. But it seemed weird to jump into a discussion of marketing audio books before first talking about the process of producing audio books.

There was a lot I would like to have known before starting the process of turning my indie Highlander e books into audio books. I plan to share those things here for those of you thinking about producing audio books.

If you already have an audio book, and you’re looking for marketing tips, subscribe to my blog and you won’t miss that post when it comes along.

Why you should turn your indie e book into an audio book

In my opinion, it’s never a bad thing to have your book available in as many formats as possible.

Audio books are the only reading option for some people. They’re also a fun way for people who love books to squish in reading time while they do other things, like driving, working out, or gardening. It’s a growing market, and you should be in it if you possibly can be.

Think you can’t be? Think again.

Amazon’s ACX (Audiobook Creation Exchange) platform makes audio book production accessible to all. By accessible, I mean it is POSSIBLE for you to find a producer for your audio book regardless of your financial situation. You have ACCESS to the process for free. That said, you are not GUARANTEED success.

I’m living proof of that. I have had two audio books produced in two different ways, and I have failed to have a third produced. I’ll explain and use myself as an example as I share what I’ve learned.

Producing an audio book with ACX

If you’re thinking about turning your book into an audio book, you will probably use ACX . That’s what I did, so what follows is a user’s perspective.

When you approach ACX, think of it as approaching someone to do something for you that you can’t do for yourself. Yes. I said it. You CAN’T do this yourself. Think I don’t know what I’m talking about?

I have degrees in Broadcasting Communications & Speech and Hearing Sciences. I know a thing or two about sounding good on the radio and in any number of public speaking situations. But I’m not a trained voice actor or a narrator. I don’t have a sound studio and mixing board at my disposal. I don’t have professional- grade sound-editing software on my computer. I am not the BEST choice for bringing my story to life for listeners.

If you have all those things going for you and you firmly believe you ARE the best choice for narrator and producer, knock yourself out. Produce your own audio book. But know you’re looking at 40+ hours of studio time (for a full-length book) plus many hours of trial and error as you ride out the learning curve. Personally, I would rather be writing new stuff.

I’m going to make one last plea for you to reconsider if you want to do your own audio book production. I’m going to advise you to listen to a sample on Audible’s website for an audio book with poor production quality. I’m not going to name the author or book in this post, but you’ll see that info when you listen.

I apologize to the author for calling attention to what I consider to be poor production value, and I don’t do it lightly or with any kind of mean-girl intent. I do it because I think it’s an important consideration for anyone considering producing audio books.

Click here for the poorly-produced book’s Audible page then click on the little “Sample” triangle. Make sure your sound is on. Just listen for a few seconds. (Note 1: You don’t need an Audible account to listen to samples. Note 2: This is an erotica, but the sample does not contain anything explicit.)

What I hear from the sample is someone with no professional voice training. I can tell because every phrase ends with vocal fry. The sibilant sounds are peaking. The narration is rushed. The male character voice is laughably bad.

You don’t want this to be you. And it doesn’t have to be! There are lots of narrators out there who will do justice to your story. Give them a chance! It doesn’t cost you a thing.

So, you’ve decided to turn your indie e book into an audio book. Awesome! Now you have to decide how you want to produce it. ACX gives you two options.

One option is to pay your narrator/producer a set rate per finished hour. ACX estimates how many hours your finished book will be based on your word count. They provide guidelines for deciding on a price. Hint: the more you’re willing to pay, the more talent you’re likely to attract.

I used this option to produce my second audio book, The Wolf and the Highlander, and it cost me a little over $2000. My narrator is amazing, and considering what she gets paid on a royalty-share deal with a stipend, she gave me a bargain! (More on royalty share below).

The expense of the paid option is a big con, but the pro is that you get to keep all 40% of royalties earned.

For those who don’t want to drop a huge chunk of change on narration, there is another option, which I used to produce my first audio book, Wishing for a Highlander.

Wishing for a Highlander - AudioRoyalty Share (aka The Free Option)

When you place your book on ACX for auditions under the royalty share option, you are agreeing that you will split your royalties 50/50 with your narrator/producer.

Let me break this down for you in general terms and then using my first audio book as a real-life example of sales versus royalties.

Here is how it works:

  1. ACX helps you find a narrator/producer (this is considered one entity on Audible, though there may be two or more individuals involved in the process).
  2. You and your narrator produce the book.
    1. Production costs you the author nothing.
    2. It costs the narrator dearly. Remember that 40+ hours of studio time I mentioned above? That doesn’t include reading your book for note-taking purposes, developing voices, and editing what they recorded.
  3. Once finished, and at no cost to the author, the audio book goes up for sale on Audible, iTunes, and their affiliates (you have the option to sell to a broader market, but you sacrifice royalties).
  4. When your audio book sells through any of these venues, ACX and the retailer get 60% (how they split that is a complete mystery to me and probably individually negotiated between ACX and each retailer). You the author get 40% of the audio book’s price. With a royalty share agreement, you split your 40% with your narrator. In other words, you get 20% and your narrator gets 20%. ACX does the split for you.

When I entered into a royalty share deal for my book Wishing For a Highlander I had no idea what my 20% portion of the royalties would look like. The price direct through Audible was $24.95 or 1 credit. The price on Amazon’s Audible button was $17.47 or 1 credit. One credit on my Audible plan (I’m a customer as well) is $14.95. But people on other plans pay different amounts per credit. Would I as an author get a different royalty depending on what Audible plan a customer has or which vendor sold the audio book?

I still don’t know the answer in as much detail as I would like, but I’ll share with you what I can glean from my royalty reports. Here is a screenshot of my first full-month royalty report from ACX:

ACX Royalty Report

Click to make the image bigger if you need to. I made it as big as I could by trimming out the title of my audio book, which appears on the left-hand side of the report.

The top white row shows UK sales for the month of January 2015. Next is US sales. The light gray row is a per-book summary. If I had more than one book, there would be more white rows and another light gray row for each book. The dark gray row is the overall summary, which is the same as the light gray row since I had only one audio book at the time of this report.

You’ll notice the second column says “Royalty Share” and 20%. That means this report is specific to me AFTER the royalty split. My narrator gets a similar report. In other words, this report only shows my portion of the royalty breakdown. If I had paid for production of this audio book, I would be seeing double this amount. Make sense?

Okay. Now, notice there are three sets of columns with abbreviations ALC, AL and ALOP. Here’s what each of those means:

ALC: audiobook units bought by customers not in an AudibleListener membership

AL: audiobook units bought by AudibleListener members using their membership credits

ALOP: audiobook units bought by AudibleListener members but not using their membership credits

Looking at the ALC column, I had 36 US sales netting $629.66. That works out to $17.49 per sale for audio books sold to individuals not holding an Audible membership. What I don’t know is what percentage of these sales are from different retailers, like Apple, for example. My 20% per book was $3.50.

Looking at the AL column, I had 249 US sales netting $3230.53. That works out to $12.97 per sale for audio books bought by Audible members using their monthly credit(s). My 20% per book was $2.59.

In other words, Audible members pay a monthly fee and get 1 or 2 monthly credits depending on that fee. They use their credits to buy audio books, and Audible pays ACX out of their membership fund.

Currently, $14.95 per month gets a listener 1 credit per month. One credit will buy you one full-length book. This is a pretty good deal since audio book prices typically range from $20 to $30+. Recently, I upgraded my Audible account so I pay around $22 a month for 2 credits (I listen to a lot of audio books, so this plan suits me better). This means I pay an average of $11 per audio book.

For the month of this royalty report and for the particular Audible listeners who bought my audio book, the average ACX net per Audible “credit” sale was $12.97. I assume this average will change slightly depending on the plans of the listeners making the purchases. Someone correct me if I’m wrong.

Looking at the ALOP column, I had 97 US sales netting $901.61. That works out to $9.29 per sale for audio books bought at Audible by listeners who have already used their monthly credit(s) and want to buy even more glorious audio books. My 20% per book was $1.86.

Regardless of how much ACX nets, the math shows me that I always got 20%. What I didn’t know when I signed on with ACX was that the amount they net is far more variable than the amount retailers net on a $3.99 e-book (that’s what my Highlander e books go for).

There’s another way an audio book can be purchased, and I have no idea if it falls into one of these three categories. Anyone who owns aKindle e book with Whispersync can add the Audible narration for $1.99. If anyone knows what ACX nets from this arrangement, I’d love to know.

In summary on royalty share: you can expect to earn 20% of what ACX nets, but you should know that the amount varies depending on where and how your listener purchases your audio book.

Stipends: Making royalty share especially attractive to narrators/producers

Alert! More info I wish I had known earlier!

I’ve mentioned how much producing an audio book costs a narrator. It’s not cheap for them. When you hire a narrator to produce your book, they are looking at two working weeks devoted to nothing but your book.

If you selected the royalty share option, that means the narrator gets nothing up front. Zilch. Nada.

And if your audio book doesn’t sell well, they get very little for their efforts, and so do you. In other words, it’s a risky proposition…

Unless ACX awards your book a stipend.

What is a stipend?

It’s a significant bonus ACX attaches to your royalty-share audio book to encourage narrators to audition.

It ensures narrators receive compensation for a royalty-share audio book.

What kinds of books receive a stipend?

Well, Wishing For a Highlander was awarded a stipend before I even knew what a stipend was. I credit the stipend with my finding the narrator of my dreams, the uber talented Marian Hussey.

But when I posted book 2 The Wolf and the Highlander for auditions, weeks passed, and I heard no news of a stipend. Because I am not afraid to ask for what I want (and I REALLY wanted to keep my narrator, who only does royalty shares with stipends), I contacted ACX. The gist of my email was, Dear ACX, I’m sure you didn’t mean to, but you seem to have overlooked my book The Wolf and the Highlander for a stipend. I’m sure you want to award it a stipend. So here’s your chance. Thanks much.

I learned the hard way that if your book isn’t awarded a stipend, you’re not supposed to contact ACX and ask for one. How do I know this?

Because I received this polite but clear response from ACX:

All ACX marketplace titles are automatically reviewed for stipend eligibility on two occasions during the first two weeks that they are open for auditions. Going forward, you will not need to contact ACX to request stipend consideration.  Your book must be open for audition for a minimum of two weeks for them to review it for the stipend program. If your book is accepted, you will see a green banner on your title in the ACX system.

The algorithm ACX employs to determine stipend eligibility looks at factors including past print and eBook sales of a title, recent sales velocity, user reviews, date of first publication, genre, and estimated running time (on ACX, longer is better).  We also review sales of your previously released audiobooks to ensure they are in line with similar titles. Titles that have not qualified for inclusion in the Stipend Program did not meet the requirements in one or more of these categories.

I hope this helps and wish you the best with your productions.

Yeah. So, they didn’t make a mistake. Wishing had been promising enough for them to risk a stipend. Wolf wasn’t.

Did you read that second paragraph of ACX’s response carefully? They look at your rankings, reviews, and the length of your book. What I took away from the letter was this:

  1. Post your e book to ACX for royalty share WHEN YOU HAVE AN EXCELLENT SALES RANK.
  2. Don’t post for audio book production when your book is newly released unless you have a ton of great reviews already up.

Do you need to have a stipend to land a quality narrator?

Honestly, I don’t know. If any narrators want to weigh in on that question, please do. I only have experience with my narrator, and as of our latest communication, she only accepts royalty share projects with a stipend.

I’m waiting to submit my third Highland Wishes book, Choosing the Highlander to ACX until it has enough reviews to be competitive for a stipend. Even then, that third book doesn’t have the sales traction of Wishing. It might not get picked. If it doesn’t, I’ll have to switch narrators.

If I were a narrator, I would check out a few things before thinking about submitting an audition. Does the book sell in e book? Does it have a compelling, error-free blurb? A gorgeous cover? Does the author do a good job of promoting themselves?

What about your book makes it a smart business decision for a narrator? Remember, for them to make any money on your book, it has to sell, sell, sell!

I would love to know what percentage of books on ACX actually receive auditions. This would be super helpful information to help authors make their books as attractive as possible to narrators.

Bounties: Free Money in Addition to Royalties

In addition to earning royalties, you can also earn a bounty on your Audible sales. Audible pays a bounty of $50 to the author every time their audio book is the first purchase of a new customer. With royalty share, you split the bounty as well as the royalties.

I have earned a total of 15 bounties on Wishing For a Highlander. This means my narrator and I have both been paid $375 for Wishing being someone’s first audio book.

Do audio books sell? Will my audio book sell?

In my limited experience, I’m selling in audio book about one quarter what I sell in e book.

Anyone with more experience, feel free to comment.

Are you an author considering producing audio books? A reader in love with listening to audio books? A narrator with experience producing audio books?

I would love to hear from you!

Anyone who comments will get their name in a hat for a free review copy of my latest audio book The Wolf and the Highlander. I’ll give out three copies.

The contest will remain open for one week.

I’ll choose winners on Saturday 11/21.

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Spotlight on Elementals

D. B. Sieders’ New Release Combines Fantasy, Romance & Brilliant Writing


I’m thrilled to welcome my friend D.B. Sieders to my blog today. D.B. and I met while we wrote for the same publisher a few years ago, and we’ve been cheering each other on ever since.

Her contemporary romance Red Shoes for Lab Blues hit all the right notes for me, and I can’t wait to dig into this next book of hers, this time a fantasy romance.

Here’s D.B. with a spotlight on her first indie release (YAAAAYYYYY!!!!!!):

I am so delighted to be here with Jessi Gage, purveyor of Scottish delicacies of the Hot Highlander variety and one of my favorite authors! She’s been kind enough help me spread the word about my new fantasy romance series. Supernatural creatures featured in conventional paranormal/fantasy romance are usually male and are often more powerful (at least initially) than their heroines. My heroines hold their own and take charge—often they are the supernatural creatures paired with mortal males, as is the case with the mermaids in Southern Elemental Guardians.

Yet at heart, these mythical maidens crave love and acceptance in much the same way as mere mortals.

Why mermaids? Well, why not? They’re beautiful, intriguing, and mysterious. They are associated with death, luring unsuspecting mortals to a watery grave. Yet they’re also known as healers. That dichotomy fascinated me. The fair maidens of the sea have had their share of page and screen time, but I hadn’t encountered much about their freshwater cousins. From the legend of Melusine the Warsaw Mermaid, to Lorelei of the Rhine, Ondine, and Wagner’s Rhinemaidens, European folklore is rich in source material. I blended all of these legends, put in my own unique spin, and voilà, my mermaids came alive!

A sexy, wounded rock star, a giant talking catfish, a host of powerful elemental guardians, and a killer soundtrack round out this modern fairy tale for grown ups!


If Lorelei sings, someone will die.

Her beautiful voice once cost a life. Still, music is her passion. What’s a mermaid to do? Run off and live vicariously through mortal musicians!

Unfortunately, gorgeous rocker Vance Idol almost succumbs to her siren call after his show in Nashville. Not that Vance cares—not since his girlfriend’s fatal overdose left him with a supersized death wish. Lorelei makes it her mission to undo the damage and help this talented and charismatic man on the eve of his band’s big break.

But saving a mortal man is a dangerous proposition. Lorelei could far too easily lose her heart, and quite possibly her immortality, during her American holiday. Bad boy Vance might be worth the risk.

Can their love survive his attitude, her fins, and an evil Pixie with a grudge against them both?

Buy link: Available from Amazon in eBook and paperback formats.



“I asked you nicely. Once. I won’t do it again.”

The woman didn’t flinch, but her gaze turned hard and held his without faltering. “You didn’t, Vance.”

“I didn’t what? By the way, what’s your name, sugar? Guess it must’ve slipped my mind since last night,” he added, smirking.

“I’m called Lorelei,” she said as she stood, forcing him to take a step back lest she knock him over. “And what you didn’t do was ask me nicely, but it doesn’t matter. You won’t find your phone, clothing, or the means to leave until I’m sure you’re fully healed.”

He maintained his glower but found himself at a bit of a loss. Though she was tall for a woman, he still outweighed her by at least fifty pounds of muscle. Most men he’d faced down during his time on the road would have cowered, but she clearly didn’t fear him.

Since he couldn’t persuade her by fear, he shifted tactics again, reverting to his preferred method of persuasion when faced with a difficult woman. It hadn’t failed him yet. He allowed his gaze to wander down her face to her full lips, and from there down along the slender column of her neck. Her audible swallow and the bob in her throat made him smirk with satisfaction. When his gaze fell to the swell of her breasts, he grew hard again and knew she’d read the heat in his gaze when it returned to her face.

He definitely saw heat in hers.

He moved past her, taking care to brush his skin against her bare arms, and sat down on the bed. He reclined and stretched his body, allowing the towel that covered his lower half to come loose. Plastering a smile on his face, one that charmed most women right out of their panties, he said, “Well if you really want to make sure I’m healed, Lorelei, I guess you’d best get on with your examination.”

db siedersAuthor Info:

D.B. Sieders was born and raised in East Tennessee and spent her childhood hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains, wading barefoot in creeks, and chasing salamanders, fish, and frogs. She and her family loved to tell stories while sitting around the campfire.

Those days of frog chasing sparked an interest in biology. She is a working scientist by day, but never lost her love of telling stories. Now, she’s a purveyor of unconventional fantasy romance featuring strong heroines and the heroes who strive to match them. Her heroes and heroines face a healthy dose of angst as they strive for redemption and a happily ever after, which everyone deserves.

db2D.B. Sieders lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband, two children, two cats, and her very active imagination.

You can find D.B. Sieders on her Website, Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads.


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Strap on Your Jingle Bells! It’s Holiday Romance Time!

Announcing Passionate Kisses 3 Under the Mistletoe

Passionate Kisses 3 Cover_3DwShadowI love holiday romance. Don’t you? All that spiked eggnog, misunderstandings under the mistletoe, and pine-scented heroes!

What could be better?

Last year, I released my third Blue Collar Boyfriends novel, Cole in My Stocking, around the holidays.

This holiday season, I’ve got a brand new release coming your way in a package deal you won’t be able to resist.

The Passionate Kisses gang are at it again. This time, we’re taking our mischief UNDER THE MISTLETOE!

Holiday Bargain - EBook 1563 x 2500My book in the set is a brand new novella HOLIDAY BARGAIN. I guess I have a thing for cops and Christmastime, because the hero in this one is a cop, like Cole, in Cole in my Stocking.

You are going to want to meet Officer Doug Mendez, aka the king of hookups and the sweet heroine who makes him want to settle down.

The good news is you can get Doug and 9 other sexy heroes at a pre-order deal of $0.99.

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Holiday Bargain

Single mom Cassie is nowhere near ready to love again. It’s only been a year since her husband passed away. But when a neighborhood emergency brings an old crush, Seattle cop Doug Mendez, to her door, her libido awakens. Her heart might not be ready for commitment, but a no-strings-attached affair with the king of hookups might be just what the doctor ordered.

Doug needs a date to his sister’s Christmastime wedding. Since he’s been taking a break from dating, he has no prospects, but a cute woman he meets on the job—and who happens to be an old friend of his sister’s—agrees to step up. On one condition: that he reintroduce her to sex in a casual hookup. Charitable guy that he is, he agrees, but soon realizes he wants more from Cassie than a holiday bargain.

Passionate Kisses 3 Under the Mistletoe

Passionate Kisses 3_2DCurl up under the mistletoe with these 10 brand new novellas in the sexy Passionate Kisses romance anthology! From Italian stallions to bad boy bartenders, small towns to big cities, all of these stories by USA Today best-selling authors promise to keep you warm this holiday season.



ONE STARRY KNIGHT by Sydney Holmes

SCROOGE YOU by Nikki Lynn Barrett

A MISTLETOE MOMENT by Victoria Barbour

MIRACLE OF LOVE by Allie Boniface


ALMOST ROMANCE by Kylie Gilmore




What are you waiting for? Go hit up your favorite e-retailer and claim your copy.

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After release week, the price will go up to $2.99. Still cheaper than a venti latte, but why pay more when you can pre-order for $0.99?

Whether you’ve got bosses, boxers, husbands, doctors, soldiers, or cops on your wish-list this season, we’ve got you covered!

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Guardian’s Secret out now!

Jessi Gage:

Woohooo! My friend Amy Raby has a new book out! Get it! It’s good. Here’s her post announcing her new release!

Originally posted on Amy Raby:


Guardian’s Secret is out today! This is a new novella in the Hearts and Thrones series. It’s a side story featuring Drusus, the imperial bodyguard. Please note that this is a gay (m/m) romance, unlike the other stories in this series which are m/f. Why did I write a gay romance in a straight series? Because the Hearts and Thrones world includes people of all kinds, and I don’t want to exclude a gay character from having his story told just because he’s gay.

This novella is about 200 pages long, so it’s longer than most novellas, but only half the length of a novel. This made pricing it a challenge, so what I’ve done is priced it at 99 cents for the first week, as a thank-you to my most loyal readers. Next Tuesday the price will go up to $2.99.

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Help a Highlander Out

Writing Updates and a Cover Poll

My kids are both in school! The 4yo is in pre-K and the 6yo is in first grade! Which means I have time to blog again! And to write. And shower. It’s amazing!

I’ll keep it quick, since I’ve got, like, five years of stuff to catch up on.

  1. Vote for Wishing for a Highlander in this cover poll on Story Finds. I’m up against some pretty stiff competition, so spread the word for me if you feel comfortable doing that.
  2. Look for a pre-order button soon for Passionate Kisses 3: Under the Mistletoe. My 9 Passionate Kisses sisters and I will be releasing out third boxed set together in October! I love working with these ladies. I know you’ll love their holiday stories! My contribution to the set is Holiday Bargain, a Blue Collar Boyfriends novella with a cop hero and a young widow heroine. You’re going to love Cassie and Doug–oh, and Cassie’s adorable four-month-old, Jake. I’ll have a cover reveal coming your way soon!
  3. Get ready to experience Riggs, the rugged, taciturn wolf-man from The Wolf and the Highlander, in a whole new way! My amazing narrator Marian Hussey is currently producing Wolf in audiobook. I’m planning an October release if all goes well.

That’s what I’ve got on tap. I’m looking forward to a super productive fall.

Thanks for stopping by!

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End of Summer Sale: Solstice Island by Mae Clair is FREE 8/31 and 9/1

Today, I’m proud to host my friend and fellow-author, Mae Clair! She’s got a deal going on. Because I’ve read and loved her book that’s on sale, I can say THIS IS A GREAT DEAL!

It doesn’t get much better than an excellent story offered for free!

Mae ClairWelcome Guest Blogger, Author Mae Clair!

I know summer isn’t officially over until the autumnal equinox rolls around mid-September, but by the time the calendar reads August 31, I’m already thinking fall. My husband and I will be closing our pool this coming weekend, Halloween stuff is stocked in most every store I visit, and the days are growing noticeably shorter. I live in the northeast where summer is much, much too short. Blink and it’s easy to miss. I love fall, but I thrive on summer. So…I’m lamenting the demise of my favorite season with an end of summer sale on SOLSTICE ISLAND, my breezy romantic adventure novella.

Why should you read it (other than the fact it’s like a shot of summer wrapped up inside Kindle pages)? I’m glad you asked. J

Solstice Island FinalThe Top Ten Reasons Why You Should Read Solstice Island by Mae Clair:

10. You’ll meet a hot charter boat captain trying to live down his family legacy.

9. You’ll encounter a spunky heroine cryptozoologist, determined hot captain should embrace said family legacy and all the baggage that goes with it.

8. You’ll be able to impress your friends with your stunning new knowledge of cryptozoology.

7. You may find yourself struck by the uncontrollable urge to look up blurry images of strange creatures online or go on a cryptid hunt (think Loch Ness, Big Foot, and the Jersey Devil).

6. You’ll learn why you should never ignore a craving for mint chocolate chip ice cream.

5. The next time your boat is attacked by a rampaging sea monster, you’ll know precisely what to do.

4. You’ll be swept up in a tale of romance, adventure, and folklore.

3. You’ll uncover buried treasure, thwart a villain, and discover a new use for a boat oar.

2. As a 72 page novella, SOLSTICE ISLAND makes a quick end of summer read.

And the number one reason you should read SOLSTICE ISLAND:

  1. It’s FREE on Amazon August 31 and September 1!


Can an ancient leviathan work magic between a practical man and an idealistic woman?

Rylie Carswell is an amateur cryptozoologist in search of a mythical creature, the Sea Goliath. In order to reach Solstice Island, a location the ancient leviathan is rumored to haunt, she’s forced to hire charter boat captain, Daniel Decatur.

Initially, Daniel wants nothing to do with the trip or the fool woman waving double payment in his face. Convinced she’s yet another loony treasure hunter looking for gold on the remote island, he reluctantly agrees. An embittered neighbor wants to have his charter license yanked, so the extra cash will help him stay afloat.

It doesn’t take long for Daniel to realize Rylie is after the same beast his parents were tracking when they mysteriously vanished ten years earlier. He’s avoided all links to cryptozoology ever since, but the smart and sexy cryptid hunter has him second-guessing his oath and wondering what he’s signed on for.

Warning:  A family legacy, glowing plankton and rough waters.

About Mae Clair:

Mae Clair has been chasing myth, monsters and folklore through research and reading since she was a kid. As an adult, she stumbled onto the field of cryptozoology and realized there were others like her who loved speculating about weird and wonderful creatures.

Her blog, From the Pen of Mae Clair, features a weekly post each Monday where she examines a different myth or urban legend. In 2013 and 2015, she journeyed to West Virginia to learn more about the legendary Mothman, a creature who will factor into an upcoming series of novels.

As a writer, she pens tales of romantic mystery flavored with a twist of myth or folklore. Married to her high school sweetheart, Mae lives in Pennsylvania. Her passions include cats, history and exploring old graveyards.  Look for Mae on her website at

You can find Mae Clair at the following haunts:

Website and Blog
Twitter (@MaeClair1)
Facebook Author Page
Amazon Author Page
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M.Q. Barber’s New Release Delivers What it Promises: A Shirtless Gentleman

Her Shirtless GentlemanGentleman Removes Shirt; Romance Ensues

M.Q. Barber is one of my insta-buy authors. I was so excited to learn she was working on a new series to be released with Kensington’s Lyrical imprint.

It’s finally here!

You’ll want to get it as soon as humanly possible. I know because I got one of M.Q.’s coveted advance copies, which I happily reviewed for You Gotta Read Reviews.

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