Marsha Canham's Blog

April 3, 2011

Traditional publishing vs Ebook self publishing

Filed under: Caesars Through the Fence — marshacanham @ 2:09 pm

For those of you who may not have seen the recent blog by Connie Brockway over at All About Romance, it’s here http://www.likesbooks.com/blog/?p=6169 In it Connie announces that she is excited to be joining the ebook Rogues, many of us who have been not only able to reissue our backlist books, which have not seen the light of day for decades in some cases, but who are exploring the opportunity to write the kind of books the publishers keep telling us “they” (meaning you the readers) just don’t want anymore.  They (meaning the publishers) have this big crystal ball, you see, and they know that you, the readers, only want Regencies with drawing room stories and hot sex, or vampire books with hot sex, or paranormals with hot sex, or….wait.  That’s all they (meaning the readers) want.

I went on hiatus six years ago because my proposal for the sequel to The Iron Rose was turned down flat.  I was told pirate stories were not popular anymore, this despite the wild popularity of the Johnny Depp movies, Pirates of the Caribbean, and despite the fact The Iron Rose was one of my bestselling books and readers sent scads of emails asking when I was going to write a story for the brothers, Gabriel and Jonas.

Well guess what?  Connie has had scads of mail over the years asking when she was going to write sequels to her bestselling books, All Through the Night and As You Desire.  And she has wanted to write them.  But why would she…or I…spend a year writing a book that the publisher’s won’t buy?  As Connie says in the blog:

No one was or is going to buy a book from me that is set in Egypt. Or Italy. Or take a chance on my riff on the Tarzan story. And while my Facebook page poll on where readers want their books set told me loud and clear that the publishers are right, most readers do want their historical romance set in England, there’s that hallowed  word “most” to consider. My core readers have never been “most” –otherwise I would have long ago sprung to the top of the bestseller list. I like to believe that my readers are picking up my books because they like my slightly different settings or characters or time periods.

Ditto ditto ditto.  I was told years ago if I wanted to break out of the midlist crowd of authors, I had to sit myself down and write what the publisher wanted me to write…namely:  Regencies.  Books without so much action and adventure.  Books that didn’t concentrate so much on the swashbuckling angle.  Books that were shorter, less intense.  Books that were character driven rather than plot driven.  Books that readers could read in an evening…375 pages max, preferably large print.  And don’t use too many big words.  And fill it with hot sex.

First of all, it takes me a hundred pages just to set up the characters and hurl them into the first of many plot twists.  Secondly, I don’t set out to write a porno book, so deliberately filling it with hot sex doesn’t cut it.  If the characters happen to find themselves in a scene that lends itself to hot, steamy sex, then I’m all for it…I’m right there in the hero’s arms in fact, enjoying the hell out of myself…but if it isn’t believable and there isn’t a reason for writing a sex scene other than to fulfill a quota, then I don’t write it.  Thirdly, I happen to like finding some obscure event in history and giving my characters a large part to play in exploring it.  For the medieval trilogy, I hadn’t planned on writing my take on Robin Hood, but it developed over three books because of my curiosity over the lost princess of Brittany.  Exploring Eleanor’s story allowed me to bring in all the Robin Hood elements…which, honestly, did not occur to me until I was near the end of Through A Dark Mist.  That was when Under a Bright Lightbulb occurred and I thought:  woo hoo…what would happen if I changed a few names, dropped a few hints, moved the story to Lincolnshire and brought in the sheriff of Nottingham.  My toes actually curled in delight, and not just because of the hot sex with the Black Wolf in that steamy grotto.

Er…where was I?  Oh yes. Ebooks.

Connie and I, along with six other scintillatingly brilliant authors:  Virginia Henley, Jacquie D’Alessandro, Julia London, Sherri Browning, Jill Gregory, and Julie Ortolon, have been email pals for over 15 years, fondly calling ourselves the Loopies.  We were all together at Dell and have stuck together over the years.  Kathleen Givens was a Loopie until she was unfairly taken away from us last year, and we all miss her deadpan humor and pithy emails, not to mention her wonderful books.

But we have all been closely watching and tracking this ebook revolution.  Julie Ortolon was the first one to charge headfirst into the fray, dragging me–admittedly with some hesitation and doubt–onto the battlefield with her.  We both self pubbed our backlist then stood back to watch what would happen, if we had stepped into quicksand or landed on solid ground.  Sales were slow at first, but as I have said in previous blogs…I haven’t been on the writing scene for six years, which is like two lifetimes in the publishing world.  I wasn’t even sure I would be remembered, much less my books.  But a funny thing happened over the Christmas season.  A million iPads were sold, a million Kindles were given as gifts, and a couple million readers suddenly found that backlist books, hard to find books, and out of print books were readily available at Amazon and Smashwords and Barnes and Noble.  Not just available, but cheap!

I must indulge in a slight ramble off the path here to say that I have never understood–more so now than ever–why publishers price ebooks almost the same as print books and in some cases, totally incomprehensibly, even charge more.  I can understand new releases being priced the same, at least for the first six months or so, but after that first flush of sales…come on folks.  It costs the publisher nothing (because it costs us self-pubbing authors nothing) to upload an ebook to Amazon.  No overhead, no delivery charges, no transport charges, no costs for shelf space in a bookstore.  Most manuscripts these days are delivered electronically to the editors, so a half hour formatting job, a jpg of the cover (the expense for which was already incorporated in the print version) and blam. It’s on Amazon.

Self publishing a book requires a bit more fuss.  We need to make new covers, do the formatting ourselves, do the promoting and advertising ourselves, but basically it’s the same process:  blam, and it’s on Amazon.  Where we differ is in the price point.  Publishers match the print copy price in most cases.  We could certainly be greedy and match the print price too…and since some of the comments on the All About Romance blog accuse Connie, myself, and all ebook authors in general of being greedy and not thinking of the poor reader on limited bugets , here’s some figures for you, using my own books for an example.

Through A Dark Mist is currently listed on Amazon at $7.50 for the print version and $6.00 for the Kindle version.  I don’t know what taxes are in your neck of the woods, but in mine, they’re 15%, so the price of a print book, for the discerning print reader, is roughly $8.60, and unless you buy three or more at the same time and spend over $25, there is a delivery charge on top of that which I can’t calculate having had only one coffee so far this morning.  Ditto for figuring out over the counter sales at a bookstore, without delivery charges.  For the sake of my brain, we’ll round it out to $9.00 for a print book.

If the royalty on the print version is 8%, I earn .60 per sale, so a thousand sales=$600.00.  The royalty rate on ebooks through the publisher is an average of 25%, so @$1.50/ book X 1000=$1500.00

Already ebooks are looking better, and this has nothing to do with “the greed of authors changing to ebooks”  because we have no say in the price of either the print or ebook version.

Turn an eyeball now to self publishing.  The average price point on a self published ebook is $2.99 and again I’ll use my own book as an example.  The Wind and The Sea is currently on Amazon for $2.99.  They list a used copy of the print version starting at $8.58 but otherwise it is unavailable anywhere, new, in print.  Of that $2.99, at a royalty rate of 70%, (35% for “foreign” sales, which includes Canada…can you hear me grinding my Canuck teeth?)  I earn an *average* of $2.00/book X 1000=$2000.00

To sum it up then…

Earnings on 1000 print books=$600.00 (cost to the reader @ $8.60)

Earnings on 1000 ebooks through the publisher=$1500.00 (Cost the reader @$6.00)

Earnings on 1000 self pubbed ebooks=$2000.00 (Cost to the reader @$2.99)

Seems to me, at a glance…the reader is getting a bargain and the author is almost able to make a minimum wage/year…assuming we can sell 12,000 books/year, which is iffy.  Keep in mind not all authors can do their own covers, so that adds a cost.  We still need to have the books professionally edited, and we need to do our own advertising and promotion (so far that has cost me more than I earned the first month 2 of my books were on sale)

What inspired this rambling blog was a comment left by *Cheryl* on the All About Romance post, aimed at Connie (and I guess all of us Rogues by association):

So sad! I understand the need not to be limited to writing the books the publishers want, but what about all the readers on very small incomes who are big fans? Well…fan no more! We helped make your income lucrative, and now we are being dumped. Forgot what is is to struggle? Connie, I’m getting rid of all your books on my shelves.

Seems to me we are trying to cater to the readers on smaller incomes.  You can buy two and a half ebooks for the price of what one print book would cost.  And because there are a plethora of .99 promotions and even freebies given away (and our earnings drop drastically to match)…I would think readers would be excited by this new revolution.

Keep in mind that a bestselling midlist author, on average, sells about 20,000 books/year.  Most new authors are thrilled to sell 10,000, but their average is about 5,000. And if an agent is involved, that skims another 15% off the top.  Lucrative income? Not really *s*

As one wise observer noted:  If they have the capability to comment on the blog, they have the capability to read an ebook.

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26 Comments »

  1. Thanks for this view of the changes in the publishing world. The Internet is all abuzz about e-books and indie authors and traditional publishers. There is a good piece on the Straight From Hel blog about an agent who went indie. It also includes a comment from a traditional publisher that made me snort coffee through my nose. Hope the link to the blog works. It is well worth the read. http://straightfromhel.blogspot.com/

    Comment by Maryann Miller — April 3, 2011 @ 3:25 pm | Reply

  2. Marsha,

    I have missed you for 6 years. I keep watching to see if you have something new coming out. Funny thing, I just purchased a Kindle which should be delivered this week. The first book I will download will be a Marsha Canham book.

    Start writing those Pirate, Robin Hood type books and I will be first in line to download them. Regency romances are fine, but I need a little adventure and intrigue in my reading life.

    Welcome back.

    I will be sure to be watching for books from the other Loopies, too, as they are all among my favorites!

    Comment by Valerie Warren — April 3, 2011 @ 4:34 pm | Reply

  3. Good post, Marsha (and Connie).

    A lot of the readers with the “I’ll never give up my print book” and who are angry that some of our work isn’t available in print don’t seem to understand that authors get paid (if they’re lucky) TWICE A YEAR. Try telling that to the heathcare insurance agency (or the guys that insure the house and cars, too). Or that the dentist demands to be paid “when services are rendered” not when the bi-annual royalty statement/check comes out.

    We need to put food on the table, and the regular (monthly) income stream from selling our out-of-print books comes in mighty handy when the cat bowls are empty.

    Comment by Lorraine Bartlett — April 3, 2011 @ 6:00 pm | Reply

  4. Hi Marsha, Even thought I’m not a “classical” romance author–my books have romance elements but are usually classified as Women’s Fiction or Mainstream Fiction–I *heart* your post. The publishing categories have become so rigid & confining, it’s a disservice to writers and to readers. Self-pubbing allows a huge range of choice for readers & allows writers to break free of the “rules.” Thanks so much for posting this.

    Comment by Ruth Harris — April 3, 2011 @ 6:04 pm | Reply

  5. I love the idea of an agent handling e-published books, because it’s still a wilderness for me and a lot of work that detracts me from my wip. Wish more agents would see the light–it would be worth paying.

    Comment by Judy Alter — April 3, 2011 @ 6:18 pm | Reply

  6. It’s a shame the non-writing public has no clue about the money to be made from writing. In 90% of the cases, it’s money NOT made from writing. I’ve joined the indie-publishing route with my backlist (and working to get rights back to a few more books). I’m not getting rich–not really paying the bills, even–but I’m seeing money trickle in instead of watching it all go to the publishers. The publishing panels I’ve attended at workshops recently say the e-book will be taking the place of the mid list authors’ mass market paperbacks.

    However, these same panels also point out that e-books will never replace print. They’re both going to exist. Which is a good thing.

    Terry
    Terry’s Place
    Romance with a Twist–of Mystery

    Comment by Terry Odell — April 3, 2011 @ 6:32 pm | Reply

  7. Great post, Marsha. Thanks for the ‘math’ in all this( better you than me figuring that out!) and for letting readers know that those of us who’ve “gone rogue” are just trying to provide options for readers who may not be as genre specific as publishers think they are.

    PS. Plus you’ve got me wanting to do dive into a few pirate tales!

    Comment by Flo Fitzpatrick — April 3, 2011 @ 6:40 pm | Reply

  8. Very well said, Marsha. I’m over here in the SF corner of the world, doing the same and encouraging my colleagues to do likewise. When I entered the field, in the 1970s, there was some expectation that your backlist would periodically come back into print and help earn their way (since quite likely the money you made the first time around was modest). That no longer happens, for most midlist authors. But now there’s a better way.

    Comment by Jeffrey A. Carver — April 3, 2011 @ 6:52 pm | Reply

  9. Great blog, Marsha. Very well done. The ebook world is wonderfully exciting, both for authors and for readers. I didn’t ever expect to see my out-of-print books back in circulation, but I’m working to get them there. I have two books available for eReaders and have the rights back to two more, which I will be formatting and submitting. I don’t ever expect to become rich, by a long shot, with this but the great part is seeing that readers are again enjoying my stories.

    How exciting is the ebook world for readers? My 88 year mother loves her books, many of which she won’t part with, I’m sure. BUT she received a Kindle as a gift for her birthday in March and she is in love with her Kindle! So far I have downloaded several books for her and she has a lineup of others she is wanting. Because the price of $2.99 is so reasonable, The Coach (as we all lovingly call her) is also trying out new, to her, authors. That also has been a huge success and fun for her.

    And the bonus…The Coach has very arthritic hands and holding a print book is often painful. Reading via Kindle is pain-free!

    Yes, it’s a great new publishing world out there.

    Comment by Jill Metcalf — April 3, 2011 @ 8:24 pm | Reply

  10. Write on, Marsha! I’m assuming the reader with limited income thinks she has to buy an expensive e-reader to read her favorite authors. Or perhaps she reads blogs on a library computer. I can totally relate to having a limited income! But ebooks are easily read on any computer, as you said, and libraries are starting to rent out e-readers as well as e-books. Because e-books are so much easier to “shelve” and loan, they’re a huge cost saving for libraries, thereby opening libraries to buy even more books for people who can’t afford to buy their own.

    On top of that, if the reader with limited income is worried that she can’t buy paper, I’m betting once Connie’s digital sales take off, she’ll be able to put the book out as print-on-demand. But paper isn’t cheap. Digital is cheaper. So that reader will have to wait for the print copy to show up at her local used bookstore–for which Connie receives no remuneration whatsoever. If that’s the case, then Limited Income has never contributed to Connie’s salary.

    Comment by Patricia Rice — April 3, 2011 @ 10:37 pm | Reply

  11. We have to do virtually all the promotion for our ebooks, so that’s not something to put in the minus column for self-publishing.

    Comment by Amber Green — April 4, 2011 @ 12:00 am | Reply

  12. I’m so glad you’re jumping into indie, Marsha. This is a fantastic time to be an author. Control over our own products is a wonderful thing! We have the chance to make our visions come to life–from idea to text to cover art.

    And I REALLY want to see that sequel to The Iron Rose. 🙂

    Comment by Cate Rowan — April 4, 2011 @ 2:27 am | Reply

  13. Marsha, thanks so much for explaining to readers what we authors have always known: the writer makes less than anyone else in the chain of print publishing. Sixty cents per book. It’s been a while since I was last print-published so I don’t think I earned even that much. Now, though, with my books priced at $2.99 at Kindle, everybody wins, author and reader. I’ve been told the e-book revolution will be embraced mostly by young people and that older readers will be left out. Not so. Take a look at this excerpt I received today from a reader of all my Kindle books:

    “I recommended you to my 70 year old mother and now she has read everything you have on Kindle. My mother bragged on your work at her bridge club and now the ladies are buying Kindles so they can read your work as well.”

    That e-mail made my day! And of course, it proved that readers can’t all be lumped together. Connie Brockway’s poor-sport commenter does not represent the majority.

    Comment by Alexis Harrington — April 4, 2011 @ 9:37 am | Reply

  14. Preach it, Marsha! Delighted to see you educating peeps on the finances involved here.

    Those numbers do paint an enlighting picture.

    Susan Gable – planning on the joining the Rogue Crew, too.

    Comment by Susan Gable — April 4, 2011 @ 11:35 am | Reply

  15. Good points all, Marsha. I say, let the readers decide. They’re savvy enough to know what they want in a book and to find the writers who are providing it. Together with my Depression-era series, I’ve started a Regency series. And I’m enjoying writing again … which I hope means the readers will enjoy my books as well.

    Comment by Fran Baker — April 4, 2011 @ 12:37 pm | Reply

  16. Excellent post. You’ve broken it down more clearly than the e-book “guru” JA Konrath.

    Comment by Helen Ginger — April 4, 2011 @ 1:18 pm | Reply

  17. First, I agree with everything in your blog, Marsha. But I want to add the bookstore owners perspective. For years, the price of books have been going up. A lot of readers cannot afford to buy the books they want to read. Publishers seem to have forgotten that the regular customers, the ones who buy books on a regular basis must be able to afford books. When paperbacks are selling for $9.99, more and more readers are only buying one book rather than two or three. The publisher have also forgotten that bookstores sell books. We suggest new writers to our customers. Amazon and Walmart are not bookstores. In the ten years after 2000 independent music stores closed, music sales have halved. Downloaded music represents only 30% of the market share. I would hate to see the book business go the same direction. There are a two things that publishers need to know. One, bookstores sell books.(So don’t make it difficult by violating anti-trust laws and giving larger discounts to Walmart and Amazon.) Second, what readers really want a good story. They don’t necessarily want the latest trend.
    I predict that you and the other writers will do very well with your ebook sales. You already have an established readership who are eager to buy your books. As a devoted reader of print, I hope that it means that in the near future we will see more Brockway and Canham books in print.

    Comment by darkhorsebooks — April 4, 2011 @ 5:32 pm | Reply

  18. Helen, are indie bookstores willing to carry “Rogue” author’s reissued books? We’ve heard that via Create Space that bookstores are free to buy the books (if we go through their extended distribution channel), but so far I know of no bookstores actually taking them on.

    Four of my books are available in trade paperback through Create Space. Some of my readers made it clear that they wanted these books available in print–and yet they have not rushed to buy them. Our expensives for covers and formatting is not cheap. We need to make our money back on these ventures. But if bookstores won’t carry them and readers say they’ll “wait until I can buy it used,” what’s the point of making the books available in print?

    Comment by Lorraine Bartlett — April 4, 2011 @ 5:38 pm | Reply

  19. Good for you authors going rogue. I love the fact that I will be able to get stories about the characters I want to see. not just the ones that the authors can sell to the big pub houses. And at this rate it won’t matter if One pub owns the main story and you want to write the secondary stories, You can choose to write them and publish them for the readers to read. I rarely buy print books anymore because with ebooks i can carry thousands with me where ever I go. I rarely buy print books anymore because I can buy them for my e-reader and can read them where ever i am. I won’t sell my print books and certain authors I have to have in print and e-format because I love them so much. but at the cost of books I wait for some of them to be used books before I buy them.
    I am extremely excited about the prospect of so many out of print books being available in eformat now. Books that I would not have been able to read because I can’t get my hands on a print copy I can now read because they are in eformat. I just wish more publishers would make their back list books available in eformat or release the rights back to the authors so they can make them available in eformat.

    Comment by Jeana — April 4, 2011 @ 7:53 pm | Reply

  20. What Cheryl doesn’t understand is that we have not deserted our readers. Traditional presses–ruled by market hucksters–have deserted us or rather the kinds of books that our readers used to and still do enjoy. But you can’t tell that to NY. So, the only way to reach the readers who matter to us is to go epub.

    Shirl Henke

    Comment by Shirl Henke — April 5, 2011 @ 1:23 pm | Reply

  21. […] Marsha Canham, who was inspired to write a blog because of Cheryl’s quote, explains the math behind the reason why she went the independent […]

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  22. Thanks for the information about the print books. As long as I can get a reasonable discount for my bookstore, I will be happy to carry my favorite authors in print at my bookstore.

    Comment by darkhorsebooks — April 5, 2011 @ 5:47 pm | Reply

  23. I’m thrilled authors will be self publishing their own backlists in ereader formats. I get many recommends from friends in forums/goodreads and it’s so disappointing when the books are OOP. I don’t like having to drive to the UBS (cost me $95 for gas this week) and then spend hours digging through tons of books and maybe find what I’m looking for.

    In addition, there is nothing more frustrating than reading 2 books in a series and then find out the author didn’t publish the last book in the trilogy. I now understand it is not the authors fault…but a decision made by their publishing companies. They may think we readers don’t want to read the follow-up story….but they are wrong.

    I miss the older more lengthy style romance novels, and I know many others do to. I think self publishing by authors is going to be a winner for both the readers and the authors….And I can’t wait to read all these wonderful backlists and new books you all plan to write.

    As for the price….I can give you an example of how my aunt and I buy our ebooks. I downloaded Swept Away to our Kindle account for free a few weeks ago (I share this account with my aunt) and after she read it, she immediately purchased all of Marsha’s books priced at $2.99, but would not pay the higher price for the other books available. I would buy them, but I’ve read them and have them in print on my keeper shelf. So I think price does make a difference.

    Comment by Mitzi H — April 7, 2011 @ 8:34 pm | Reply

  24. Marsha,
    I enjoyed your blog here. And, I appreciate your mention that publishers want certain criteria they deem (as they gaze in their crystal balls), what will sell regardless of what you, as an author, want to write.

    That brings me to why I searched for you and came across your blog in the first place.

    I’ve enjoyed your stories so much and have many of your books on my Keeper shelf. I recently began searching for what I’m missing in your titles. Yay, I found your e-book BOUND BY THE HEART on Amazon and bought that title in warp speed (as your original is out-of-print).

    To sum it up, there was no mention you edited and had re-written your original version on Amazon for kindle. I enjoyed that version, but not enough to even remember I had even read it, much less review it for Goodreads. That was in February 2011.

    Then I came across a review and discovered the edit and re-write of the original. Well, with faith in your writing talent, I gave the book another try and hunted down a used soft cover of the original book. What a difference. Such a great story that will join the others on my Keeper shelf. Sorry, but the e-book is already in the trash can.

    My question is … why did you re-write your book? Was it due to the publisher or will this become your MO for future re-releases?

    And, my request … if you are going to re-publish more of your out-of-print titles, please note on the site (Amazon, etc.) whether or not you have changed the story, re-written segments, or edited out certain scenes. I love old skool writing and believe me there is a market for those books coming out of the closet and becoming available today.

    Thanks for taking time to answer my questions.

    Regards,
    Sharon Moreno

    Comment by Sharon — May 4, 2011 @ 7:23 pm | Reply

    • Sharon,

      I’m glad you enjoy the blog. I’m sorry you were disappointed with the ebook edition of Bound by the Heart, but the choice was mine to remove certain scenes. I was never fond or comfortable with the rape scene, but back in the early 80’s it was all about Rosemary Rogers and bodice ripping and raping and the heroine mysteriously and rather unbelievably always falling in love with her rapist. Sorry, but when I had a chance to remove and rewrite it, I did. And I blogged about it to some length, as I recall. It had nothing to do with the publisher, nor was I influenced by anything but my own sense of what I would and would not find palatable in the story. I have often said that to be realistic, when writing about pirates or privateers, none of them would have said “I will win her with my charm” Indeed, I have said more than once, they would throw a captive on the deck and take what they wanted then and there. No where in BBTH did Morgan say he would win Summer with his charm, but similarly I did not think it was in his character to simply rape her either. My choice. If you read The Wind and the Sea, which was also edited and revised for the ebook reissue, the rape was left in because it fit the story and the characters.

      I’m glad you like “old skool” writing, because I enjoy it too, and I have tried not to revise too much when getting my older backlist ready for digital release. I believe I have also stated it on my website that the books have all undergone gentle revising for out of date language or style. Give a writer a chance to revise or edit herself again and not one in a hundred would turn down the opportunity.

      I’m sorry you tossed BBTH in the trash, but again, it was my choice, no one else’s to change what I changed. As for publisher’s influencing me…*laughs*…that was why I stopped writing for six years. They tried. I refused.

      I hope that answers some of your questions
      Marsha

      Comment by marshacanham — May 4, 2011 @ 7:58 pm | Reply

      • Thank you Marsha for answering my concern. Damn, I don’t have THE WIND AND THE SEA. Definitely will be looking for that one.

        I guess you don’t really know how your reader/fans view your stories unless they actually tell you. So … I just want to let you know why this book will remain on my Keeper Shelf to be re-read, and, my take on Morgan and Summer’s first rape scene in BBTH…

        My impression through your characterization of Morgan: Untamed Privateer; THE CAPTAIN of a crew of rascals with the right of his standing to possess unquestionable and absolute authority and respect; whose word is LAW, deserving absolute obedience w/o which consequences surely follow …

        Summer: Spoilt; demanding; disrespectful; not to mention ungrateful; beautiful, and she well knows it and expects many to bow at her whim; immature little brat whom has never in her life been refused anything; and doesn’t miss a chance to spew her nasty little tirades…

        The 1st rape scene: Morgan, characterized so well reacted perfectly in character (IMO) to Summer’s venomous disrespectful assassination of his character … and who would not shut her mouth for one moment btw … consequently, and probably for the 1st time in her life she comes toe to toe with a brick wall, Morgan, so unlike any pasty, weak, attentive Englishman her history has been filled to the brim with…

        What else could Morgan do … (when enough is ENOUGH and still she doesn’t shut her mouth voicing unfounded accusations and insults on his character) … but to give her something to really gripe about and base her accusations and insults on?

        Can you tell I love this story?

        For me, if Morgan acts in any other manner, the story becomes less dynamic, Morgan becomes less dynamic, Summer becomes less dynamic…

        Anyway, sorry you were uncomfortable with the rape scenes to the point of removing them. Just wanted to let you in on one reader’s appreciation … and thoughts … why mess with perfect? LOL

        Regards always

        Sharon

        Comment by Sharon — May 4, 2011 @ 9:54 pm


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