the Pros & a Con of Selling My Own eBooks

I’m taking this brief time-out not to talk about my books – which is funny since I really don`t talk about my books all that much to begin with (hence, my posts) – but just a little something to say “Thank You” to the Buyers who took the plunge, from Amazon and other online ebook retailers, into my site to purchase your ebook(s) despite the hesitancy and the skepticism you may have felt since many (Indie) Authors rarely, or if not, sell their own ebooks direct from their site.

So, again … 

First the Pros:

I won`t sugar coat it and say it has been a real success but it`s been a success never-the-less; meaning, I`ve managed to sustain repeat Buyers, garnish new Buyers, receive great feedback with very little – miniscule, actually – to zero technical issues with it either being an issue of downloading/locating a book or app reader related, and recently, a refund request as the Buyer was under the impression that they had bought a physical copy of the book and not the ebook itself, so other than that, it`s been crickets in that department.

So far I`ve been content with the decision I made to sell from my site as it allows me total control over my books:  if I make changes, I don`t have to wait days for those changes to take effect or if I decide to offer FREE ebooks, I don`t have to compete with time frames so the flexibility is there; AND I don`t have to worry about my books getting banned or blocked because I failed to adhere to rules and guidelines or because it offends – my books are what they are, and if someone doesn`t like them well then tough shit!  Don`t buy!  It`s that simple!

Now the Con:

Because the transition of purchasing ebooks direct from my site is still fairly new (since 1/2018) it`s just a matter of time before everyone catches on.  Things take time with a multiple of convincing, but of course!

Thanks for reading & for your open-mind.

~Devlin De La Chapa

HUSH: Why Pay Over a $1,000 When You Can Pay $50?

HUSH and its Series have come a long way, and never had I thought my books would be worth anything – according to all the negative reviews the series has garnished over the last five years – until I recently learned that The HUSH Series is currently being sold for over $1,100.

Q:  So, should I now consider this a bragging right?

A:  Hell yeah!

But seriously. . .who would pay a $1,000 for a book?  Not me. . .unless it`s rare and a collectible and I knew I`d make back the money further down the road.  I mean, would Jackie Collin’s first ever print book The World is Full of Married Men with original jacket of Author – to which I own, btw – qualify?

 

So, HUSH fans if you`re interested in buying a print copy of The HUSH Series and don`t care to pay a grand but rather $50 with an Autograph, then you`re more than welcome to contact me @ AboutHUSH@outlook.com. 

“I may not be Amazon“. . .a brief interruption from your regularly scheduled reading

 

So, yes!  I may not be Amazon but your Reviews on the books you purchase via HUSH`s eBook Store are just as important because it gives me insight on what you the Reader/and or you, HUSH`s #1 Fan, think about the books – good or bad.

And Good or Bad, I want to read them as they inspire me to either improve the story line or push forward into something bigger and better.

So, when you get the chance – and if it`s not too much trouble – come back and leave a Review which you can do HERE!

Thank You! And now back to your regularly scheduled reading!

 

breaking from DiamonD: VEGAS to view such a disappointment

 

As a huge fan of Roseanne, I was gravely disappointed.  I was expecting the re-boot to have shed some light on what has happened over the years, not start off as if the show was in its 2nd or 3rd season.  I mean, there were some issues that I felt were addressed to soon when it should have been a gradual progress thus leaving the audience – a.k.a me – wishing to see more instead of debating whether I should tune in next week or the week after that.

 

I felt the brother’s David & Mark’s absence not a great move considering that they made Roseanne entertaining and thought provoking.

 

I didn’t like that the creator(s) made Dan & Roseanne look like a couple of pill-popping-geriatric-co-dependents.  And c’mon!  They`re not that fucking old!

 

Now Becky wanting to be a surrogate mother. . .seriously?  And what was with Sarah Chalke`s character wanting to eat Becky’s placenta?  Is that really what the audience wants to hear?  And another thing, what happened to her pregnancy with Mark?  Also, how did Mark supposedly die?  God, I hope the creator(s) put a spin on that one. . .Say like an Eddie & The Cruisers type of twist.  But that is probably wishful thinking!

 

So, what became of Jackie`s baby boy Andy?  And where did Jerry Garcia Conner end up other than on some boat?  I`m sure there will be some answers.

 

Now onto Darlene and her two kids. . .What`s with the amazon looking daughter and non-gender disclosed son?  That just got under my skin.  I mean, I can understand a bit of slapstick comedy but seriously, putting a 9 year-old boy in a skirt (or was it a kilt?) or in wardrobe that no 9 year-old realistic kid would be caught dead in?  There has to be some boundaries. And I understand that as parents we want to encourage our kids to freely express themselves but how far should that freedom of expression go?  I honestly don’t know about the LGBT community, but I’m sure they even have boundaries for their kids and their adoptive kids – to me it was just a slap in the face.

 

Now as far as Darlene is concerned. . .I do like her.  But damn!  She needs to get out of all that darkness and be a little upbeat especially as a parent.  But unfortunately, Darlene as a parent just doesn’t suit her or Becky.  I thought Jackie being a parent was obnoxious but Darlene and Becky both take the cake.  But back to Darlene. . .her son is named “Mark“ so I will assume that she did end up with Mark (Becky`s Mark; read bottom asterisk).  Also, there was reference made about Darlene`s “partner“ with Darlene denying that she is gay.  Now there`s a bit of drama.  I could very well hear Gary Marshall`s famous words:  At last!  Drama! which is, btw, taken from the movie Soapdish with Robert Downey Jr.

 

As for DJ, he should have gotten a little more exposure, remained single and dated.  He`s another that just doesn’t fit the “parent“ criteria.  I mean, the last I saw of DJ he was quite dark in his sense of humor and he had a sort of bad boy image going on which I [personally] thought suited him well.

 

So, what happened to The Lanford Lunch Box? *(or was that also fictitious?)

What happened to Roseanne & Jackie`s quirky mother, Bev?

What happened to Fred. . .Jackie`s ex-hubby and Andy`s father? *(or was that fictitious, too?)

 

*Honestly, I still get confused over Roseanne’s last episode, and for those who had never seen the last episode. . .spoiler alert:  The Conner’s never won the lottery.  Becky was actually dating David and not Mark.  Darlene was actually dating Mark and not David – fucking confusing, I know!  Jackie turned out to be a lesbian.  Bev was actually a heterosexual feminist.  Dan never had the affair with his mother`s nurse he instead ended up dying from a heart attack.  Leon & his husband weren`t actually a couple as they had just met in Roseanne`s “real life“.  And Nancy, I forgot if she was real or not?  And lastly, Roseanne did write a book about her family.

 

All in all, I just felt like the back-to-back episodes were all over the place – kind of like the way one of my unhappy readers said about HUSHED – and I can only hope that they find some order before the show faces getting canned.

 

In closing, I did enjoy the new sitcom Splitting Up Together and Black-ish`s Easter episode.  At least they made up for the disappointment.

 

~Devlin

 

 

Author`s note:  This review was just my opinion in about a few million, so I don`t expect for anyone to agree or like.  And just like my Reviewers, I am entitled to my opinion, right?  Fucking right. I am!

 

a Collage of the Good, the Bad & the Ugly of Reviews

It`s 2018. . .and now it`s time to update the bulletin of the Good, the Bad & the Ugly from some of those Wonderful & Ghastly reviews HUSH and it`s counterparts tend to receive periodically.  So without further ado. . .Offensive masks on, please!

from HUSH:

on September 24, 2017
Sandra Raine is an excellent writer. The story was written so well that I almost felt as though I was Jane, myself. Raine has a knack for describing the scene with perfect precision. Her narrative was meticulous and easy to follow. I will say that the story is very brutal and detailed as Raine depicts every aspect of the scene perfectly. I would recommend the story but if you are squeamish, this story may not be for you. Looking forward to reading other books by Sandra Raine.
on 12 August 2017
Reads like it’s been written by a dyslexic pervert it’s the worst read EVER unrealistic characters no real storyline
on May 9, 2016
I could have spent my time better occupied…like writing my own novel.
on 25 May 2017
This book is very captivating and I couldn’t put it down. Towards the end gets so emotional. A must read
on 5 December 2016
I have no idea how this book even made it to kindle. Very badly written with alot of spelling and grammar mistakes. I really pushed myself to try and finish reading but couldnt finish the book as it just seemed to ramble on and on. I am aware that this sort of thing happens in the real world but the way it was written turned the story into a lame duck. I feel the author enjoyed writing this for the gruesome and sick detail alone rather than producing a quality read, which in itself is sick and twisted.
on 23 June 2017
A great read another day with no housework being done
on December 3, 2014
Very explicit and descriptive work of fiction. The end seems like a clusterf*ck of everything you least expected. Like the author didn’t fully think out the ending from the beginning. The typo’s didn’t bother me, makes me think a bit harder to put the sentences together. Two stars because I did read it. I just don’t feel like I got anything out of it. Just a slew of rape, torture, and heartbreak.

from The DiamonD:

Jayb
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on December 27, 2016
Awesome series . Very vivid writing. Characters were very descriptive .. Storyline held my attention so much I lost sleep because I couldn’t put it down
on January 27, 2017
Big Disappointment….. How long is this story going to go on?????? Would have thought once Diamond found her sister everything would have been great for her and it would end her being happy. Shocker….. No End in Sight!!!!

from HUSH:  Missing Pieces

Pamelasue davis
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Alexis Peterson
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on November 15, 2016
Too much sympathy for men who did way too many horrible things. It made for an unbelievable story. That they would go from being vicious rapists to compassionate men. I feel like I wasted my brain /time reading it.
on 31 October 2016
Hush captured me from the outset I covered a tangled emotions from outrage to shock to disgust it was unforgettable
however this is just a good take without any of the impact of the previous instalments . So sadly disappointing.
Just to mention there were spelling mistakes throughout including the wrong spelling if compliment/complement!!

from DiamonD:

on 10 June 2016
I have been completely engrossed with this story line. As soon as starting to read, tearing myself away is impossible
on 30 July 2016
Horrible book. The grammar, sentence layouts and choice of words is appalling. I had to stop reading after the first couple of pages when the writer described in great detail about paedophilia. Despicable. I’d give it no stars if it were an option!
on August 26, 2017
I love this book and the whole series, next to the crank series I have to say this is my new favorite author iv read them all in the past few months just got the newest one Blood can’t wait to start it, I can’t believe all these bad rratings ppl have given I can’t believe that English teacher personally if you are reading a book and know how to read past 7th grade Grammer shouldn’t matter! It only matters how the story makes you feel and all I want to do is find out what’s next, I giv my husband updates after each chapter! Keep it up Sandra Raine can’t wait for the next book

from The DiamonD:  BLOOD

on August 28, 2017
I chose this as 5 starts because I truely enjoyed this book. There was things I liked and disliked of course. But what I liked so far better than what I didn’t like. It was fast paced in reading in my opinion which is good. I loved the drama lol I guess that’s why someone would read a book like this tho right. I love the characters and how Sandra Raine put all if not most of their point of views in here to see all sides of the story it’s great and that’s what I love the most. Tho I can say if you are sinstive to prostitution, gangs, or any type of crime you shouldn’t read this or any of here other books for they are not pretty and not happy go lucky books all tho you can see some happiness if you like at the gray and not the black and white of it. I can’t wait for the books to come and look forward to them
on September 2, 2017
I am so in love with these books! Can’t wait for the next to come out. Seriously never a dull moment. If your just glancing at this book and trying to decide if you want to read it, you definitely do but start from the beginning, they are all amazing. I also love how the author goes back and refreshes your memory of the characters.
Hayley Dew
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on 15 March 2015
i really enjoyed it but thought it would be a longer read. The first one was brilliant even though it was quite cruel but could not stop reading.The only thing i did not like about hushed was that i wanted to read more.
on 19 December 2014
These books are terrible. Terrible plot, appallingly written (I mean, really appalling) – yet somehow weirdly compelling as I found myself parting with actual money for them. No one to blame but myself for that. Hence the one star. I don’t quite know how she did it. Will it buy the next trashy installment? Probably. But only ever on my kindle so no one can see what I’m reading.
on October 3, 2017
very gripping, cant put down book
on March 1, 2017
The words hold deep pain of the human tragedy of human trafficking, but deep hope for eventual freedom for the victims. Highly recommended!
on January 24, 2015
I refused to rate the first book ‘Hush’ as there is no allowance for zero or negative stars..and in my opinion even those would’ve been nice. The spelling and grammatical errors were so HORRENDOUS it was impossible to enjoy the book. Not to mention the author’s need to include every sick act that she could remember, invent or regurgitate in such detail that it seemed forced almost manic.
This second book makes a for an easier read. The author must have gotten spell check and decided to leave the readers to use our imagination instead of drowning us in unnecessary details.
The premise of the story is great. Too bad it wasn’t written by a decent author. ***Save yourself a few hours you won’t get back..imagine the worst that could happen to children in the hands of pedophiles…now you know the story.***

from DiamonDs:

on August 30, 2016
This a a great series. Only thing about it is we get really into the book and it ends on a cliffhanger and I have to wait months for the next part. Ugh!
on August 31, 2016
It pains me to say this but I didn’t care for this book! It was a much to do about nothing! I loved the other books in the series however I felt this one was filler and just another away to make more money!
Now about the story I did not care for the fact that 2 gay for pay guys go from hustlers to ruthless gang members in a blink of an eye just not very believable Or that it appears Jane will become another statistic living the life she tried so hard to get out of!
on January 30, 2017
I have enjoyed all the books so far but the frustrating thing in these books is the editing or lack of editing of the words to and too which are not used in the correct context.
Amazon Customer
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The Good: Review of The DiamonD: BLOOD from Goodreads

 

I know it`s been awhile since I posted the Good, the Bad and the Ugly of a Review.  So with that said the following review comes courtesy of Goodreads.  Though the review is fairly new, there were some key points that I felt needed to be addressed which follow the review.

 


Aug 28, 2017
James S. Northern rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Just finished this long awaited book. The entire series has been incredible and this is a decent continuation of the series. BUT, the plots within plots are starting to get a bit too complicated. DiamonD/Jain doesn’t even show up until half of the book is done! And the idea that a supposed major crime syndicate Boss would just wander off without any protection and end up in Vegas where half of the underworld there already knows her and starts pulling tricks to “get by” is just a little far fetched, IMO. And know it turns out that she has had two kids when none of the other books talk about this at all is just a bit over the top. Anyway, despite the flaws and complications, the series is still very good. Just don’t try jumping into the middle of this series or you will likely be completely lost! I await the release of The DiamonD: Hollywood. Hope it comes out soon. (less)

 

The delay in bringing Jane aka “DiamonD“ into the story was in part of continuing from where the story left off in HUSH:  Missing Pieces.

 

Readers need to keep in mind that Jane is naïve – she`s barely nineteen – so there`s still a bit of recklessness residing within her.  So, with that in mind, she still needs to make mistakes in order to understand them.  If I gave Jane a brain to think and breathe like an experienced or semi-experienced adult rather than the young adult or teen that she is, I think that would be a bit, if not, completely “far-fetched“.  In many ways, Jane is maturing but it`s a slow and painful and annoying process so I do apologize; but she is getting there.  Just MO.

 

When Jane arrives in Vegas she`s completely under the radar as The DiamonD hadn`t exactly made their presence known [in Vegas] as of yet.  The only reason it may appear that other Vegas bosses know of Jane`s existence is because of her brief encounter with another boss she met in The DiamonD who was posing the question of her existence there oratorically.  Jane however does leave Vegas before others are made aware of her.

 

Jane isn`t exactly a Boss yet, as she still considers herself a Partner.  But she does consider herself a “Pimp“.

 

From HUSH thru The DiamonD:  BLOOD Jane has been trying to escape/leave the Life as she doesn`t want to have anything to do with it.  She only became a part of it to rescue her sister and hurt her father for the deception.  Other than that, she couldn`t have cared less.  But because she is the daughter of a crime boss her independence is very uncertain, almost – if not – inevitable.  But the question still remains and will pose:  Will Jane ever be free?

 

Yes, Jane has two kids (or does she?).  Now there`s a fucking twist!  HaHa!  Need to wait on that one.

 

 

Thank you, James, for your much appreciated review!

 

 

~Devlin De La Chapa

Important info on The DiamonD: BLOOD

 

Dear Readers & Fans of HUSH:

 

 

So, how do I put this delicately. . .Hmm?

 

Okay!

 

I screwed up!

 

 

As many of you know, The DiamonD:  BLOOD is set for release tomorrow 8/25/2017, and unfortunately the manuscript/book that is set to release will be “unPublished” due to a last minute revision error that forced me to miss the time frame allowed for manuscript revisions, content updates and everything else book related.

 

But not to fret, there is a manuscript – The REVISED One – which is now available to purchase, and a day early!  Just click on book cover image—->the_DiamonD__BLOOD_Cover_for_Kindle

 

For those who pre`Ordered The DiamonD:  BLOOD, my apologies for the inconvenience.

 

Other than that, I do hope you enjoy The DiamonD:  BLOOD.  I will be posting additional information regarding the Series/Saga as time progresses so please feel free to check back at your convenience.

 

Thank You.

 

~Devlin De La Chapa

“Now it`s WAR, bitch!“ … summary, The DiamonD: BLOOD

 

As another Saga ends, so begins Another …

And this time it isn’t for the pursuit of justice served with a dish of revenge but for war. . .over blood.

Wholly betrayed by the deception of her step-sister Bree and deceived by the recent discovery of her father’s past, Jane – now DiamonD – persuasively walks away from her life in an attempt to start a whole new one; leaving behind her would-be estranged husband and The DiamonD to finish seizing control of her father’s L.A. business.

But things instead start to go awry for DiamonD when she ends up in Las Vegas and involuntarily falls back into a life of prostitution thus bringing about a whole new wave of problems beginning with a pregnancy, a boyish Hustler from her past, and a multi-million dollar contract on her head.

Wishing to not get those of her DiamonD family involved, particularly her husband and their recently born son, DiamonD avoids Hollywood and instead heads to Canada until she discovers she’s been followed thus forcing her with no choice but to head back to Hollywood.

But the second DiamonD arrives the real war with family begins, beginning with a domino effect of reunions and lies and ending with Bree abducting DiamonD’s dark secret, Lola Jayne –  revenge for DiamonD disowning her – that will ultimately leave DiamonD swearing a vow of vengeance and these words resonating in Bree’s ears:  “Now it’s WAR, bitch!”

 

The Bad: Review from Amazon

I find it amusing when I get mistaken for a “​perve“​.

If you`re going to take the time to insult me, can you at least take the time to spell “perv“ right?

 

[the DON`T of review writing]:

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like others have written…….not sure this could be believable. May very much be written by some perve.

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