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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Getting into the spirit of the season

My fireplace and Christmas Tree

I live in a house that is nearly 100 years old. I remember this house even before I ever owned it. This is the house that belonged to my grandparents. When I was a child I used to stand in Grandma's kitchen with the pleasant smells of passed cooked dishes and the cleaning solution she used on the Linoleum floor. I remember watching her at the kitchen sink with its bright window right in front of her and I thought the best thing in the world was to wash dishes while looking out across your back yard. I wished that one day I'd have a kitchen sink with a window situated right in front of it. And now I have my Grandmother's kitchen.
I remember looking at my grandparent's fireplace and hoping to grow up and have a house with a fireplace. Now I have my grandparent's fireplace. Mine is a small humble house but to me it is so beautiful. I feel blessed to call this place my very own home.
Holiday get-together
I put up the Christmas tree this year and remembered as a child how we would get dressed up so that we could spend Thanksgiving or Christmas at Grandma and Granddaddy's house. We'd bring our toys (and lose some over here). All of my cousins and uncles would party until the wee hours and this was our tradition. Funky Good Time by James Brown always ended up on the record player right along with Parliament Funkadelic and the kids would form a 'Soul Train Line'.
Now as time has moved on this house is quiet. With the passing of my Grandparents we no longer gather here to celebrate. 2014 has marked the passing of many family members; Uncle Greg, Uncle RJ, Uncle Joe, Aunt Ann my cousin Kenny--and then there is the loss of friends and I reflect on this year and pray that the next keeps us and our loved ones safe.
Memories shouldn't make you sad--and in this case it doesn't. I like reliving my childhood memories and walking from room to room reflecting on a past that is now a part of my present and maybe even my own grandchildren's future.
My grandmother dancing

Grandma and Uncle Greg



Being an empty nestor during the Holidays

As my children grow towards adulthood and have left the nest I am generally very ecstatic about being an empty nester. I am very busy and have no time to give into loneliness (if that should ever be possible for a self-proclaimed hermit). When I'm not working I spend the remainder of my time trying to achieve goals that interest me, chilling with my friends or sleeping. Also, it is nice to put a piece of food in the fridge and when I go back for a snack it is still there. I love not falling into the toilet. And it is nice not to walk into the room and hear the Sponge Bob theme or the same episodes of Roseanne being repeated over and over.
But then comes the Holidays and the excitement of Christmas and the family feeling of Thanksgiving isn't the same when you live alone. This year was the first year that I had to put up the Christmas tree by myself. My daughter is away at college but has a job that is keeping her busy during the Holiday season.
I even considered not putting up a tree but hoped that it would get me into the season. But it was a chore without my daughter there to put on Holiday music while we talk about the history of the ornaments, watching Rudolph on television and situating the tree just right. Even my son acting very 'Bah Humbug' while refusing to help decorate is a part of the Christmas tradition while we threaten to leave him with the task of taking down and packing up all the Christmas decorations.
As much as I love being an empty nestor--I LOVE walking into the house and seeing my daughter's bag on the living room floor. I don't get annoyed when I walk into the bathroom and see the toilet seat is up. I feel the warm glow of family when I hear music playing from the basement where my son hangs out when he is home. And in the living room I love seeing my daughter propped on the couch eating a bowl of leftovers while flicking her feet in contentment as that passive aggressive Sponge Bob is toying with people.
I get a big smile on my face...no maybe it's a little one on my face but a big one in my heart.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Why Pep is selling digital books on ETSY.com


I guess I'm super proud of my little online shop at ETSY.com. I keep roaming around it straightening up items, making sure the inventory is pristine, and cheering each time I get a visitor. You might have wondered why I sell on ETSY. I can make more selling on Amazon, and many other such sites. 

Because it's not as much about making money as it is about controlling my own creation. Recently I went through a lot of stupidity with Amazon. For over a year they removed and then blocked my BDSM short story Blair and the Emoboy. At first they claimed the 'description' didn't meet their guidlines. They claimed a reader had complained. I jumped through hoops changing the description but they would never state what the exact problem was, even though I asked. It became apparent to me that my story had been censored. I felt outraged, I'm a liberal after all ... any stink of censorship reminds me of all the -ISMS (racism, sexism). 

They also pulled Love Intertwined Vol 2 because it included Blair and the Emoboy. The act successfully buried some very nice short stories. So recently I dug them out of the Amazon censorship graveyard and re-released the short stories as single reads. Each one was published separately as an individual read and each appeared on the Amazon top 100 erotic reads for many weeks...most are still there!

So ... I decided to re-submit the actual volume that the stories appeared in--mind you ALL of the stories individually were successfully uploaded AND top sellers on their very own sites. Again, I was hit in the head with the Amazon censorship shovel. I wrote them a very nice letter explaining this very fact and while I won't say what the response was exactly, lets just say that if I want to continue publishing on KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) I will stop asking because Love Intertwined Vol 2 is now BLOCKED as a digital book.

In case you are wondering--the volume was uploaded to sit nice and securely in the erotic genres and no child or individuals with a dislike of such subject matters would ever 'stumble' across it. As I recall it was in the same category as SEX WITH BIGFOOT, and NAUGHTY DADDY DAUGHTER PARTY. Indeed, you can read a story about a lady being raped by Bigfoot and a lady having sex with her Dad but you can't read Blair and the Emoboy ... 

I digress. I think by this point I was just happy that my short little BDSM story was available in digital format on Amazon so I decided to stop 'poking' at it. But I did start thinking about ways to cut out 'The Man' and to do it all myself. 

Selling digital books on ETSY was an experiment. When I charge .99 there, which is the sales price for The Way Home I actually get .99. When I sell a .99 book on AMAZON I only get .35. The lions' share goes to Amazon.  And whether or not they deserve the lions' share is debatable. I don't mind giving it to them ... but don't treat me unfairly. Because I don't think it is just censorship that keeps that book on the BLOCKED list. 

Anyway, the only way I can fight the system is to do what I'm doing. Will it make me a millionaire? A Thousand-aire? Nah ... maybe a hundred-aire. But I FEEL better that I've done something proactive. Despite it's mistakes Amazon is THE most important format for an author to sell and to be seen. It is where the majority of my readers have found me. As much as a I appreciate Nook Press for not giving me any problems I don't make much selling books there.

When you sell on your own site it effects your rank on Amazon's top selling list, which then effects your exposure to new readers--that is if the same story appears on both Amazon and your own private site. In the event that you sell only on your site, then you will get a swift kick in the pocketbook from lost Amazon sales. It's not a win-win situation if you are thinking of money. But in my case I am hoping that if more people do this, begin loosening the apron strings and weaning off the KDP tit than maybe the authors will have more of a say. 

I don't believe in censorship. I don't want to read a book about the superiority of one race over another, nor do I want anyone else to. But I won't stop you from reading it. I'll stop you from reading a book that exploits children but I won't stop you from reading a book about incest. I've written an incest story, as a matter of fact--two. One is between two cousins that never did the deed and one between siblings that get married. Maybe one day it will appear on my ETSY page but you won't ever see it on Amazon.

Hey! Don't raise your eyebrow at me! Go to Literotica.com and find the story if you want to read it for free. It's not that hard to find if you are truly interested, but I won't tell you how (so please don't ask). And if you don't want to see it than even that is fine. Remember, I am a liberal--I won't judge you (smile).

Anyway, this is why I keep talking about my little ETSY shop. Soon I will be selling PP attaire! And calendars! And more book marks and books--items that you can't purchase anywhere else. You never know, I might even get kicked off Amazon and the only way that you can find my books is through ETSY. So don't be shy, stop by, take a browse, have some hot tea, listen to the soft tunes of Little Dragon playing in the background. And if you leave owning your own piece of Pepper Pace than that is fine, if not just knowing that you were there makes me happy.





Saturday, November 29, 2014

E-book Trailer About Coco's Room

*WARNING; THE FOLLOWING E-BOOK TRAILER IS FOR ADULTS ONLY*
Spend your weekend with Coco, Tyrone, Franklin, the MWCF mob and a drug cartel ... Pepper Pace will take you on a journey through the city's underbelly. This Urban Lit interracial tale is not a romance ... and yet in Pepper's own style there is love and redemption. 



Thursday, November 27, 2014

Enjoy About Coco's Room digitally! Now available for your e-book

https://www.etsy.com/listing/212995476/about-cocos-room-digital

Several people have let me know that they wouldn't be able to get a copy of About Coco's Room unless it appeared digitally. I don't ship out of the country due to the cost so I am now making this available for sale on my Etsy page. 

I still think the experience of reading this story is best when in manuscript form so I hope you will get the whole Beta Reader experience. When you read the printed manuscript you will get a feel for how the Pepper Pace team sees my work. 

But I do understand the instant gratification of having the files digitally. So happy reading and enjoy your Holiday!

About Coco's Room digital files through ETSY

Sunday, November 23, 2014

About Coco's Room; new project by Pepper Pace

In 1982, a street pusher supplies the drugs for a small but powerful gang. Little does Tyrone know, soon their cozy little world will become deadly. Tyrone with his blue eyes and white skin is the last person that should be the only face seen in the deadly turf war. For now he is trying to understand his feelings for the woman that's kept strung out in the bedroom. Is she a prisoner, why does she seem to disappear until he injects her with the finest heroin that her brother can buy?

And even while the world is turning upside down for them all Tyrone does the unthinkable--he's awakened Coco.

This interracial urban novella harkens back to the days of Donald Goines, Iceberg Slim and their sixties style of story-telling involving the underworld of the ghetto, drugs and violence. In Pepper Pace's style she also manages to bring the hope of love and redemption.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/212411060/about-cocos-room-official-pepper-pace?ref=listing-shop-header-0 

This novella is only available for sale on ETSY. This dynamic new project allows you to purchase a manuscript in draft form. This story will not be available through third party sights like Amazon and Barnes and Noble and can only be purchased in a physical copy which will be mailed out to you. Each copy is autographed and contains a color first page printed on card stock. The interior is on 8x11 with a cardstock back.  Currently it is available in the USA for the price of $13.00 and 2.50 shipping and handling. There are notes and edits written inside which gives you a peek into the publishing/editing process for an indie author.

This story contains graphic depictions of sex, language including racist language, druge use, rape, child abuse including child sexual abuse and is intended for adult readers only. Characters are 18+.



Monday, November 10, 2014

Loverman, Oh Where Can You Be?


 
A lonely girl finds that a mystery exists in her new apartment.

A short, erotic paranormal romance with a strange HEA. This story first appeared as a free read on Literotica.com and uses the music and lyrics of Billie Holiday.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Pep's video vlog

I wanted to do a video blog; a VLOG to answer some questions that I received in the month of October. I answer questions on my Tumblr blog at pepperpace.tumblr.com

I had to make this two parts due to the size.




Sunday, November 2, 2014

Re-edits of older stories now available

Recently I had some of my previously published short stories re-edited and released separate from the collection of short stories that they originally appeared in. The stories haven not been changed other than to receive some editing.

These stories showcase my roots in the erotica genre. I do consider myself a writer of erotica although recently I've focused on writing in the romance genre. Still there is always an element of eroticism in my love scenes and there probably always will be. But...this is different than writing pure erotica where the purpose of the story is to arouse the reader.

The stories are from the book Love Intertwined Vol 2 and can be purchased in digital format only at Amazon and Barnes and Noble for only .99

OH! And as of the printing of this post, My Special Friend is ranked number 1 on Amazon under Interracial Erotica and Blair and the Emoboy and Emoboy; The submissive Dom are both in the top ten! Woot Woot!




Thursday, October 30, 2014

Pepper Pace's Creepy Halloween story written about RJ Cree

 A few years back RJ Cree and I had a bet. I lost and as the loser I had to write an erotic Halloween story about him. In hindsight, I'm happy that I lost because had he written an erotic story about me I fear that I would have ended up doing a table dance in a bar while maniacs slash the other patrons. 

Anyways, as I was a sore loser I turned RJ into a homicidal killer--his weapon of choice--the mighty pen. No worries, though, in reality RJ does not murder people with his stories. 

This Halloween story is scary, sexy, funny but it is also for ADULT readers only.

Enjoy!

Pepper's creepy RJ Cree Halloween story

*RJ Cree is an author of erotic, romance, sci-fi stories and can be found on Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.