Bitter Cents

According to my Google Alerts, someone appears to have DNF’d My Darkest Passion. Are you kidding me? How could anyone not understand the story Harsh and Addison deserve?

I could have watered down the story, sure. I could written something without thinking about my ART but I would have had to title that story, My Medium Dark Passion. Or even My Pastel Passion. But that would have cheated Harsh and Addison out of their story. I’ve always said that writing is hard. Really hard. God, no one understands how hard I work and how much it means that every reader out there admits my brilliance.

Rather than risk anyone else wanting their passion Medium Rare or, worse, Well Done, (God, I think I just threw up a little in my mouth), I am taking My Darkest Passion off sale on Tuesday, May 21st, 2013. That’s: TUESDAY, May 21, 2013. After TUESDAY, May 21st, 2013, My Darkest Passion will not be available in any format.

Yes, I could stick to my principles and leave the book on sale after TUESDAY MAY 21, 2013, and simply take my lumps, but then I would be making money off a book someone did not finish. Ever bitter penny to hit my bank account after TUESDAY, May 21, 2013 would hurt my soul and betray the loving, twisted passion of Harsh and Addison, who, my GOD, so fucking deserve their happy ending.

I want to thank everyone who’s emailed or left a comment on my Facebook page telling me you couldn’t put the book down. Thank you. Thank you! Although all of you can continue to read the book, after TUESDAY, May 21, 2013 you should probably no longer do so. Anything else would not be fair to Harsh or Addison, or all the people who try to find the story after Tuesday, May 21, 2013.

I’m sorry the money you paid for the book has turned out to be nothing more than bitter cents in my direct deposit. And I’m sorry Harsh and Addison’s dark and twisted path to love didn’t work for that person who DNF’d. This is why we can’t have nice things. Some of you ruin it for the rest of us and now I’m not able to own my words or take any risks in my writing, or even, accept that some readers may not like my work. Because, how could that be, really? I am brilliant. I think about ART when I write.

Last night, I cried bitter tears (just like the money) when I realized that I would be taking the story off sale on TUESDAY May 21, 2013.

Call me cynical if you want. This is in response to this.


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16 Responses to “Bitter Cents”

  1. kaetrin says:


  2. Carolyn, you really should ask Amazon and all the other retailers to make the e-book self-delete on all and any devices after 21 May. And perhaps you could organise a public bookburning of My Darkest Passion for people who own print editions. Oh, it hasn’t been released in print yet. That’s too bad. I had a most wonderful idea about a chain of bonfires springing up and spanning the globe…

    And if we lit enought bonfires we might even be able to dry your bitter tears(!!!!!).

    Even the ones you’ll cry (bitterly!) over the horrible, horrible, HORRIBLE pennies that keep rolling in after 21 May.

    (PS: Perhaps we could make all electronic devices that hold a digital copy explode? That would create nice bonfires, too.)

    (PPS: I love you. You do know that, right? 🙂 )

  3. Everybody loves me! Except for that one person, dammit.


    Thanks, Kaetrin and Sandy!

  4. SonomaLass says:

    Okay, that link made me want to barf. Seriously, what a drama queen!

  5. llaph says:

    1. People are stupid
    2. Going to read My Darkest Passion again because I am a rebel like that
    3. People are stupid
    Drama drama drama

    Sometimes I really wish you could throat punch people through the internet.

  6. Jill Hagerman says:

    Ohhhhhh! Carolyn that author has found a new way to skyrocket her book to #2 on Amazon’s Betseller List!!!
    Yup…what llaph said.

  7. Get out the popcorn: @mad4rombks challenged the author on Twitter, and the author is still sticking to her “OOOOH, I’m so misunderstood!” spiel. *roll eyes*

  8. Jenny Trout says:

    Yeah, I’m pretty sure we’re about to get the, “Luckily, NY publishing understands me,” post in about two weeks when she signs a seven figure contract.

    • Gah. Probably.

      I’m all for authors making the best move for their careers, but not with this kind of manipulation. If it’s not manipulation, then she needs to grow a pair.

      • It seems that she has now really pulled the book. But still, this is such a silly, childish thing to do. (But hey, the same thing could be said about Chatterton, and the poor boy didn’t have social media to vent his feelings and see how that ended!) (Well, he did in end up in a Pre-Raphaelite painting, at least … *g*)

  9. llaphllaph says:

    Which idea is worse?
    It is her attempt at manipulation to garner more sales.
    She actually does feel that way.

    • Yeah, I’m torn about that one, too. If she really does feel that way, she has a long hard road ahead of her. Publishing isn’t for authors who can’t deal with the fact that some people won’t like their work.

  10. kate r says:

    two words: marketing genius.