Book Review: The Bounty by Author Ashlee Jay!


Author:
Ashlee Jay

Genre: Erotica, Romance, Interracial, Multicultural

Publisher: Lillium Publishing House LLC

Summary:

The Bounty is the first story published by Author Ashlee Jay under Lillium Publishing. It’s an erotic short that details the explicit sexal encounter between Lara, a young woman just getting home from work who inadvertedly stumbles on the murder of her beloved neighbor, and Lorenzo, a demonic bounty hunter who’s doing the murdering. After deporting her neighbor–who also happens to be a demon–back to hell, he sets his sights on the only witness; Lara herself. After she stops him in his tracks with a well placed command that feels more like a spell to the seasoned hunter, and she freaking STABS him, they head back to her apartment and the tables turn. Fear and lust are only separated by a thin line. And it snaps.

My Review:

I genuinely enjoyed this story. I collect short stories to read in my downtime or between work and this one didn’t disappoint. Ms. Jay’s writing style is crisp, clean, and easy to understand, and the erotic scenes leave you feeling both satisfied and craving more. My only complaint was the pacing and what seems to be a missing story arc. While this is only a short story and obviously isn’t going to have lots of details, I felt a little jipped that more of the story wasn’t included. I want to know more about Lorenzo, his history and his powers. Speaking of powers, whatever Lara is has to be tied into the story somehow. I really hope she does a sequal to this as The Bounty is shaping up to be a great start to a long writing career.

Excerpt:

“Lara Ferreira took one step out of the elevator and into the depths of hell. The pained cries of her neighbor, high pitched and guttural, sounded like a car dragging a box of helpless kittens. Her ears rang, but her feet refused to move. What on earth was going on in there? Glass shattered. Thump after painful thump vibrated the floor beneath her. Her body coiled as she backed away, only to be hit by the fast closing elevator doors. She sighed. How much crap would she have to deal with before she finally made it home? The sound of metal striking flesh came to a brutal halt around her. Someone was slammed into the metal apartment door, sending the six-inch slab of steel into the hallway and her neighbor tumbling after it.

Jackson, her neighbor, rolled off the door and promptly regurgitated his dinner on the hall carpet. His clothes were torn, his eye beaten shut and his once flawless jaw structure swollen beyond recognition. He was a complete and utter mess. Lara ignored her natural response to move forward and help him, choosing instead to stick as close to the elevator as possible. If he knew she was there, he didn’t show any signs of acknowledging her presence, and that was fine with her. His body shook violently as he raised a bent and broken arm over his face. The other, he used to try and push himself away from his attacker who stepped over the debris. Lara’s knees quaked as a silhouette appeared in the doorway. Large hands brushed at the fibers of his a dark blue suit. Her eyes were immediately drawn to blood dripping off of his knuckles to pool on the carpet below his feet.

She watched him step through the doorway, finally getting her first real glimpse of the attacker. Sweat beaded on her forehead, her treacherous heart betraying her stoic expression as it thud loudly against her ribcage. His head was close to the ceiling he was so tall, his body large and intimidating. She watched his equally large hands lift the door and toss it to the side like it was nothing more than paper. He tugged at the lapels of his suit, straightening, the Italian fabric and attempting to wipe the blood from his hands. His footsteps thumped loudly as he neared her hiding place and her breath caught in her throat but, luckily, he was fixated on his target and didn’t appear to notice her.”

Excerpt From: Ashlee Jay. “The Bounty.” iBooks.

My Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Grab The Bounty by Author Ashlee Jay here!

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Quick and Dirty Tips: Using Facebook Pages for Authors

Facebook Pages can be a daunting project to start for anyone, let alone a new author, but having your own space on the interwebs without having to pay domain fees or hire a web developer is undoubtedly one of the most important factors for building and reaching an audience. As with most things, there are Pro’s and Con’s to having a Facebook Author’s page and were going to cover them all while I give you a quick and dirty tip on how to manage your page once you get it started.

🌟PRO: Billions of people use Facebook every day!

You know your little addiction to Facebook you try not to tell your therapist about because you don’t want him to put you on Aderol? Well, there are tons of other people with the same addiction! Three cheers for insanity! This means that so long as you’re producing content these people want to connect with, getting YOUR content in front of people is extremely easy.

❌CON: Facebook limits your content, on purpose!

Facebook operates on an algorithm called EdgeRank. EdgeRank scans all the content on the site and limits and boosts posts based on similar content, the likes of the target audience and what they’ve liked and shared before. Say that if you already have an Author’s Fan Page and seven hundred people like your page. Not all seven hundred likers may see your posts every single time. Couple that with the fact that they probably like a ton of other pages, this means even less of an opportunity for them to see that shiny new cover reveal.

❗️What We Can Do:

 

⚡️Create your own content!

Facebook Page ranks aren’t based on the number of people who like the page or even a specific post, but instead on the engagement the post garners. The more comments and shares your content receives, the more important and well received Facebook will believe it is. What does this mean? Build your own high-quality content and post it for the world to see. When you see a funny meme someone else posted and you share it to your page and all your followers like and comment on it, you’re only building the engagement of the original poster. This engagement does nothing to affect the rank of your page which means fewer people will see your posts in their Newsfeed. Focus on finding, posting, or even creating those memes yourself and posting them to your page.

 

⚡️Post that content when the most people can see it!

There has been tons of research done on the optimal times to post on Facebook and other social media networks, but it all boils down to your page and your fans. Generally, study says the best time to post is between you the hours of one and three PM during the week but I’ve found my followers to be most active on Sunday’s after six PM. Pay attention to your page insights and find out what works best for your fans.

 

⚡️Share it yourself!

You’re already probably part of numerous author and marketing groups on Facebook and if you’re not what are you doing with your life? Join as many of these groups as you can, so long as you follow their criteria and the group is relevant. I highly recommend staying away from a group about My Little Pony if you’re a hardcore erotica writer. Those things usually don’t mix. Now, when you create specific posts that may fit the criteria and posting guidelines of some of these posts, share away! Not only are you helping the reach of your post and possibly the engagement, you’re sharing content that this specific group of people wants to see. For example, you’re in a group about paranormal romance and you see a meme about Edward Cullen. The Twilight fans in that group would go absolutely insane being reminded of the books they adore. Now they’re sharing YOUR meme to THEIR page where their friends who are also Twilight fans see it and share it to THEIR pages. Now you’ve got your very first viral post.

 

Remember: In the world of Social Media content is KING 👑.

About the Author

Author A.C. Greenlee is an award-winning creator of Paranormal Romance, High Fantasy and adventure novels. In 2012, Greenlee’s debut novel, Guardian of the Hellmouth, was released via Lillium…

 

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