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Stranded & Kindle Unlimited

After much thought and consideration, I’ve decided to pull Stranded from retailers other than Amazon, so I can put the series in Kindle Unlimited. Kindle Unlimited, in case you didn’t know, is a new subscription service for ebooks from Amazon. It costs $9.99 a month and you can borrow as many books as you want, as long as they’ve been enrolled in Kindle Unlimited.

I’m going to be honest here and say that Stranded has lost some momentum, sales-wise, and I kind of want to try something new with it. The first part will still be free outright for now, so feel free to download it to try out the series. In the next week or so, parts 2-5 will be put into Kindle Unlimited, which means they have to be exclusive to Amazon. I’m not sure how it’ll work out, but I don’t have much to lose right now, and I was planning on putting my next serial, “Cross My Heart”, into KU anyway, so this will make my books a bit more uniform. I will say that I won’t be putting bundles into Kindle Unlimited, but it shouldn’t matter anyway since the individual parts will all be in.

Part of my decision comes from my need to reduce stress. Publishing at multiple retailers just eats up too much time, and a recent issue with Smashwords (my distributor) when trying to upload my Stranded bundle, just sort of made me realize that my time would be better spent writing. Only needing to publish at Amazon will save me loads of time and energy. I hope you non-Kindle users will understand.

On a happier note, “Cross My Heart, Part 1” is going very well. The main character’s name is Emily, and I’ve been getting reacquainted with a song I loved when I was young called “Emily” by Jewel. Take a listen below. It’s quite heartwrenching:

With Love,
Elle Kyle

Stranded 4 is Out Now! And Other News!

Well, I know I missed my end of April deadline, but Stranded 4: Sea of Love is out now! 😀 It’s currently available at Amazon and Smashwords, and will soon be available at other online retailers too! This part was so much fun to write, because it’s a big turning point for Sarina and Brandt. And fun fact, the ending of this part is the very first scene that popped into my head when I got the idea for this story, and I’ve been looking so forward to writing it. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! 🙂

I’ll go ahead and mention that part 5 will be out in June, and it will mark the end of the series. I know, sad and exciting at the same time! I can’t wait to write it. Expect lots of twists and turns in that one!

And finally, if you haven’t read the series yet, I do want to mention that Stranded 1: Sarina At Sea is currently free at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Apple, and several other online retailers. So if you’re curious about the series, you can try it out without spending a penny! I know I know…I’m so generous! Word of warning though…you might just get hooked on it! 😉

With Love,
Elle Kyle

Stranded 3 is Available!

Yep, the subject title doesn’t lie! Stranded 3 has been released! I again want to apologize for the delays (including the delay in even making this blog post *blush*). I’m back on schedule and it should be smooth sailing from now on. Stranded 4 is already in the works, and things are going well.

In case I have failed to mention it (my memory is terrible!), Stranded is going to have a total of 5 parts. So I’m at the halfway point (a little over, actually!) and I’m preparing for the end of the series (I know, sadness!).

I’m not sure yet what my next project will be. I have a lot of ideas I’m looking forward to tackling, but I can’t decide if I should continue on with doing serials or move on to novels (most likely, stand-alone novels). I must admit, the tight release schedule of serials makes me all a-dither sometimes, but on the other hand, I like that it provides fresh material on a more frequent basis. I’d love to hear some opinions on the format you prefer, if you would like to share your thoughts in the comments 🙂

With Love,
Elle Kyle

 

Further Delays :(

Le sigh. Stranded 3 won’t be ready today as I had hoped. I’m looking to release it sometime next week (keeping within the outside deadline of 3 weeks anyway). This week has just been a bummer, with personal issues that I won’t go into here. It just seems like it’s been one problem after another lately, but I’m hoping to have some time this weekend and early next week to finish up writing, editing, and doing the cover for Stranded 3. I fell way behind, and hopefully this is just a fluke and Stranded 4 and 5 will not hit any (or so many) snags.

Thank you for your patience while I work things out. I promise that Stranded 3 is coming, and with any luck it will not disappoint!

With Love,
Elle Kyle

Curse You, Computer!

Deadlines are not my friend. Whenever I set a deadline for anything, it seems like the universe comes along and says, “Uh uh, no way. Not gonna let you!” Long story short, my computer went on the fritz last week and wouldn’t boot. I was lucky enough to have it work just long enough to publish Stranded 2, but didn’t even get a chance to blog about it 😦  I finally got it working again just a couple days ago and have been frantic trying to catch up on my work. I had planned on having Stranded 3 out this coming Monday (the 17th), but sadly now it probably won’t be released until Friday (and I’m crossing my fingers for even that soon of a release!)

With any luck, there won’t be any further delays, and I can keep this series on schedule! I’m off now to work on it, but I just wanted to post and bring you up to speed! I’ll post again when I firm up a date for the release of Stranded 3.

With Love,
Elle Kyle