Keywords, metadata and algorithms. Oh my!

What do all of the below have in common?

Cat Haus (Part 1), Cat Haus 2, and Cat Haus 3.

Cat Haus – The Complete Story (Cate’s Story)

Cat Haus: Before Cate (John’s Story)

Well, they’re all part of the same series. All written by me…And they all might as well be in a black hole as far as discoverability is concerned.

Why? Because ain’t nobody going to the Amazon search engine and entering any of those titles. Maybe they’ll search for the word “cat” but they’ll be looking for something to do with their feline and IF my romance ebooks pop up, they will scroll right by. What will a reader interested in a romance about a rich man enter? Good chance they’ll enter “billionaire” given the number of romances with that word in the title.

The series gets wonderful reviews from readers. We’re talking 5-Stars. People who have read it, love it. But I did the series a great disservice giving the books clever titles because keywords are king, and no one is going to find it. And if they can’t find it, they can’t read it, or love it.

Being an indie author, I can change directions. I can correct my mistake, something I can’t do with a traditionally published book. So that’s what I did. Made a change. A bit late, but better late than never. And since it’s just a series title change, it means only changing metadata on sites like Amazon, BN, Smashwords, Kobo and ARe. I don’t have to redo the covers. I don’t have to worry I’m confusing the readers by changing the titles. And hopefully, the Amazon algorithms will catch on to the change quickly and next time I type “billionaire” into that Kindle search bar, one of my books will pop up along with the many others.

Fingers crossed that the new series title, THE BILLIONAIRE & THE HOOKER, will bring lots of eyes to the eBooks. And if not, I’ll just have to come up with a plan B, now won’t I.

Look for THE BILLIONAIRE & THE HOOKER Series

SAME GREAT STORIES, NEW SERIES TITLE

Cat Haus Compilation

 

RELEASE DAY! CAT HAUS: BEFORE CATE (John’s Story) EXCERPT

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Cat Haus: Before Cate (John's Story)

I thought my life was over, and then I met her . . . and wouldn’t you know it, she’s a hooker.

I figure it’s fate paying me back for every bad thing I’ve ever done, because a prostitute has to be the most inappropriate match a man in my position can make. Still, I can’t stay away.

One taste and Cate had a grip on me like some illicit drug. I know it’s bad, but it feels so good. She’s a hallucinogenic. She makes me believe it doesn’t matter who she is, what she is, as long as she’s mine, and I know I won’t be able to rest until she is. Mine.

Author Note: He’s a billionaire. She’s a hooker. You know the story, but this time it’s from HIS point of view!

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EXCERPT:

I opened my door to the sounds of Steven Tyler screeching from my stereo speakers. Brady really was having a flashback to our youth. I made my way to the kitchen and saw him popping open a beer.

“Hey, there. Here you go.” He thrust the bottle at me.

I took the longneck, but was still suspicious. “What’s up with you tonight?”

“Remember our first year of college together?”

“Yeah.” I’d hit it right on the head. This strangeness was nostalgia driven.

“Two guys out to take on the world. Screwing any woman who’d let us. Drinking anything that would get us drunk. Every damn night.” When Brady put it that way, I realized it was a miracle either of us had graduated.

Though things started to change our sophomore year when Laurel started college. It wasn’t too long after that I was dating her. Then the partying stopped and I settled into the life of a man in a relationship, and that never changed.

I had a feeling that was the point of this conversation. “All right, Brady. I get it.”

“Get what?” His innocent act needed some work.

“I’m still acting like I’m married.” I waited for him to say something but he didn’t.

Damn him. Brady was a master negotiator. He was using the same tricks on me he used on clients to close the deal. Leave a long enough pause and the other person would feel uncomfortable enough to fill it.

And, fuck it all, it was working. “I was with someone last night.”

“Hallelujah. About fucking time.” He raised his bottle to me in a toast.

I rolled my eyes and took a sip of my beer. I needed it. After a few big gulps, I put the bottle down and pulled off my tie, unfastening the top buttons of my shirt.

“She a local or a tourist?”

“Local.”

“You going to see her again?”

“I don’t know. Maybe.” I noticed that nowhere in my answers to Brady’s rapid-fire questions did I mention the most glaring detail about Cate. The fact she was a prostitute. I wandered to the pizza box and grabbed a slice, leaning against the counter as I took my first bite. Damn, it tasted good.

“Mario’s?” I asked.

“You know it. Best in town.” Brady’s eyes remained on me. “I think you should.”

“Should what?”

“See her again.”

“Oh, do you?” I laughed. “And why is that?

“I haven’t seen you this relaxed in—forever. I swear. Maybe back in the old days, but not in recent memory.”

“And you think that’s her doing, after one night? That must be one magic pussy she’s got.”

Brady’s laughed. “And now you’re even talking like the old you. Man, it is good to have the old John back. Hell, you should marry this girl.”

If Brady only knew the complete truth. I shook my head. “I’m not looking to get married again.”

Things hadn’t worked out so great the last time. I wasn’t about to subject another woman to that life. Waiting for me to come home late every night, stressed and exhausted. Having to make a frigging appointment with me just to tell me she’s pregnant. I sucked as a husband.

REVIEWS:

“This is a perfect companion book to the Cat Haus story.” Mary, Goodreads 5 Stars

“I really enjoyed reading this story from John’s POV. It made the story more real, like the circle was finally complete.” Christine, 5-Stars Goodreads 

“I had many questions when I finished Cat Haus about John and thank God I got them answered in this book! I loved to finally know how he is feeling…” Dimaris, 5 Stars Goodreads

John's Quote Before Cate

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CAT HAUS: BEFORE CATE (John’s Story) is almost here!

Scheduled eRelease Monday, March 17th

BEFORE CATE IS ALMOST HERE!

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You know the story… He’s a billionaire. She’s a hooker. But this time it’s told from HIS point of view!

Excerpt from Cat Haus: BEFORE CATE (John’s Story)

The night got more surreal when, some time later, the doorbell of my suite rang. I was so engrossed in work I was surprised I heard it, and actually I didn’t until it rang a second time and the sound finally penetrated my deep haze of tiredness and concentration and dragged me back to the here and now.

I left the desk, which seemed to be strewn with as much clutter as I’d left back in my office, and made my way across the room. I’d never gotten around to getting undressed aside from taking off my suit jacket and opening the top few buttons on my shirt, so I was decent to answer the door. Though, I did wonder who it could be at this hour as I flipped the lock.

It wasn’t time for room service to deliver breakfast. One hand on the doorknob, I checked my watch again just to make sure.

Nope. Still nighttime. Not morning yet. Sometimes in this town it was hard to tell the difference.

Pulling the door open, what I saw confused me more as I came face to face with a dark haired woman in a white business suit. I’d been married to Laurel long enough I knew a good suit when I saw one, and judging by the cut and fabric, this one was.

Hotel management, maybe? Thinking this an odd time to visit guests, I waited for her to explain.

She smiled. “Hi. Gus sent me.”

“Gus?” I was so busy noticing how green her eyes were and how the reddish highlights in her hair complemented the color perfectly, that the name didn’t register with me.

“Gus Haus. Fat, older guy. Smokes cigars. Owns a whorehouse. Lost me tonight in a poker game against you, apparently.” She was enjoying this. I could tell that as her smiled widened.

I couldn’t blame her. If even half of my shock showed in my features, I probably looked like a slack-jawed imbecile. Even so, I still had to ask and make sure, “You’re one of Gus’s girls?”

“I am. Cate. Nice to meet you.” She extended her hand to shake mine and I was forced to reevaluate my reality.

Gus Haus. Bad poker player, by all accounts poor money manager and all around idiot from what I could see, ran a legal sex establishment that employed this woman.

As she stood before me, looking amused, I finally got my head together and remembered to shake her hand.

“Did you want me to come in?” she asked.

“Uh, yeah. Come on in.” I took a step back to let her into the suite still not sure what I was going to do with her once she was inside.

I guess I was expecting a girl in a sequined tube-top and short-shorts with stockings and heels. What I got was a woman who could walk into any boardroom and fit right in.

“I’m sorry I took so long getting here. I know it’s late. You were probably about to go to sleep.”

“It’s all right. I was up working.” The evidence of that was behind me but she didn’t look all that interested in seeing the room. Instead, she looked me up and down, like she was sizing me up.

I guess it was only fair. I was doing the same to her. Of course I was getting the better end of the deal since I probably looked like hell—the result of being in the same clothes for going on eighteen hours. She, on the other hand, looked pretty damn good.

“Good. I’d hate to have thought I woke you.”

After a long pause, I realized she was watching me as I continued to be baffled. By her. By her presence here. By the entire concept of her association with Gus and the sex worker industry of the state of Nevada. Maybe I was just tired, but it didn’t make sense.

“I’m sorry. It’s just—you’re not what I was expecting.” I drew in a breath and tried to digest it all. “Just to clarify, you, uh, um—”

“Have sex in exchange for money for a living?”

I’m not one to blush, but I swear her boldness had the blood rushing to my face. I cleared my throat. “Yes. That.”

“Yes, I do. Did you want me to ask Gus to send another girl more to your liking?”

That thought was laughable. Like I was in a car showroom and if one model didn’t suit me, there was another that might.

“No, that’s not necessary.” This beautiful, polite, well-spoken woman in the business suit she somehow managed to make look sexy intrigued me, and against everything I’d thought before, I was finding myself happy she was here.

And then she opened the buttons of that fitted white jacket and certain parts of me got even happier, because underneath she wore nothing but a see-through top that left nothing to the imagination.

I dragged my gaze up from the dark outline of her nipples peeking through the white lace and found she was watching me, her jacket held in one hand.

“Here, let me take that.” I reached for it, trying not to stumble over the transformation. What a difference one item of clothing made.

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NEWS! Cat Haus Part 1 is temporarily FREE…but not forever

Good news–Amazon finally price matched and Cat Haus Part 1 is FREE on Amazon in the US and Canada, and as of this writing, it’s charting as a best seller in Kindle-Coming of Age!

More good new, I hope–I began writing John’s backstory! Here’s the teaser….

BEFORE CATE: John’s Story

I thought my life was over, but then I met her . . . and she was a hooker. The most inappropriate match a man in my position could have and yet I couldn’t stay away. One taste and she had a grip on me like some illicit drug. I knew it was bad, but it felt so good. A hallucinogenic that made me believe it didn’t matter who she was, what she was, as long as she was mine. And I knew I wouldn’t be able to rest until she was. Mine.

More soon!!