Author: Merel Pierce
Joint Project Announcement – Sci-Fi Fairytale Fusions
Greetings, all you avid blog readers!
You may or may not have heard of me, but since I’m new to this scene, let me introduce myself. My readers know me by V.T. Bonds. I write dark, erotic, action-packed romances. Most are MF Omegaverse, heavy on the steam.
Why am I here today? Because your lovely leader “requested” I share with you my latest endeavor. And boy, is it proving to be fun!
Leann Ryans and myself are cowriting a series titled Sci-Fi Fairytale Fusions, where we mash together fairytales, science fiction, romance, and (yep, you guessed it) MF Omegaverse. With sexy alpha aliens and headstrong omegas, these stories twist traditional fairytales into heart wrenching thrillers full of suspenseful action, while offering the intense, steamy romance we love within Omegaverse worlds. Nests, purrs, knots and more, we’re beyond excited to share these stories with you.
Reticent Desire Publications (meaning Merel Pierce) has agreed to help Leann Ryans and I get our work to all retailers, so expect these titles soon!
Rescuing Red: A Paranormal Romance retelling of Red Riding Hood (Sci-fi Fairytale Fusions Book 1) *Coming 31 August 2021*
Enchanting Arana: A Paranormal Romance retelling of The Little Mermaid (Sci-fi Fairytale Fusions Book 2) *Coming 28 September 2021*
Crushing Cinza: A Paranormal Romance retelling of Cinderella (Sci-fi Fairytale Fusions Book 3) *Coming 26 October 2021*
Enslaving Ezmira: A Paranormal Romance retelling of The Hunchback of Notre Dam (Sci-fi Fairytale Fusions 4) *Coming 22 February 2022* [to be published in Chosen by the Alien: a SciFi Alien Romance Boxset from 2 November 2021 to 2 February 2022]
Want a tease? Here’s a peek at Blaide, Liz’s alpha in Rescuing Red:
“Put her down.”
Six heads turned to look at him, their surprise morphing to disbelief when they realized he was alone and not a guard.
Blaide eyed each of his opponents, their cocky assurance written across their faces as they turned to creep closer. The alley was narrow, which would work to his advantage. They couldn’t rush him together without getting in each other’s way.
The closest two took a few more steps, puffing their chests like they’d intimidate him into leaving, but the alpha who’d first approached the omega slipped around them. Brow raised, body relaxed, the man acted as if he hadn’t a care in the world.
“She’s an omega. There’s enough of her to go around. Why don’t we work out a deal? One more won’t make a difference.”
A red haze tried to overtake Blaide’s vision, but he pushed it away.
He needed his head clear to save his little Red without her being hurt. It was alphas like these scumbags who gave the rest of them such a terrible reputation. They had no honor. He’d enjoy dishing out their pain and humiliation.
“You don’t deserve a sniff of her, and I’m not in the mood to give second chances.”
In the meantime, we’re having fun torturing, I mean… treating our Facebook groups and newsletters to cover reveals, sneak peeks, and knotty fun, so if those interest you, I highly recommend you join us!
Leann Ryans https://leannryans.com/
V.T. Bonds https://vtbonds.website/newsletter/
Thanks so much for being such awesome readers, and thanks to Merel Pierce for inviting me. It was a pleasure. Now it’s time for me to return to my writing cave (massive alien alphas can be quite… impatient). Until next time, happy reading!
Dragging you deeper with every word,
Hello everyone! I know we’ve been woefully neglectful in relation to our blog, but we’ll try to change that!
We wanted to stop by today and let you know a little about what’s going on around here.
Our author family at Reticent has recently been joined by Josie Landry, so we want to welcome her! She joins Isoellen, Ana B. Starr, and Merel Pierce on our roster of romance authors. Josie’s debut novel, Shattered Grace (A cyberpunk ff romance/action novel) will be releasing in a few months, so keep your eyes open!
Second, let’s congratulate Isoellen on the release of Finding Her Luck : An Orki War Bride Tale (Orc inspired Scifi/Omegaverse Romance)
She’ll be releasing two more books in this world this year, along with a Magic/Omegaverse crossover that we’re super excited for you to read!
Merel Pierce has upcoming releases for March with Please, Alpha (BDSM/Omegaverse Romance) and The Alpha of Rickett Hall (Omegaverse/Regency Historical Romance), along with several other scheduled releases for the year!
Ana B. Starr will be releasing a Demon/Fantasy Dark Romance later this year as well!
Our family continues to grow, and we’re super excited to share this adventure with you. Thank you for all your continued support.
For interested authors, we are currently accepting manuscript submissions ^.^
Big Giveaway Announcement
We have exciting news for you today! Reticent Desire Publications is having a giveaway. Not just any give away, either.
Eager to know more? Great! Be warned – ADULT ONLY MATERIAL AHEAD.
Do you love Omegaverse? Yes? Fabulous!
This month, we are giving away a spectacular prize box that contains three paperbacks from our authors, tons of sticker and other swag, and a gorgeous, naughty toy to fit the Omegaverse theme! Ready to see it? Of course you are!
Ready for a close up of the hunk hiding in the middle? Here’s his glamour shot :X
Isn’t he gorgeous?
This exceptional toy was created by Masterworks toys on etsy with 100% body safe, platinum-cured silicone and cosmetic grade mica, and he is a beautiful boy. He has all the intimidating charm that our favorite Omegaverse Hero’s possess with overall size and a unique knot. Let me tell you, it was really hard not to open this boy when he arrived! He will come still sealed in his original packaging. You can find the shop where he was created below the shop logo–>
You are probably wondering by now how you get entered into the giveaway for this awesome package, right? Well, it’s easy! Take screenshots as you follow the instructions below! Winner will be announced on the 31st of October, so be sure to complete all steps before then!
- Follow Reticent Desire Publications on Facebook. Save a screenshot.
- Follow Reticent Desire Publications on Twitter. Save a screenshot.
- Sign up for Reticent Desire Publications’ newsletter. Save a screenshot.
- Send us all 3 screenshots here:
(International winners are welcome, but package will ship in normal mailing box, not the box shown in the images due to cost of shipping)
Auctioned Anthology – Exciting News!
Good afternoon everyone!
I am proud to tell you that today, on the release day of our first anthology, Auctioned: An Omegaverse Anthology, it has obtained best seller status not only in the United States, but in Australia and Canada as well. Congratulations to our authors, who have worked so hard for this! If you haven’t gotten your copy of this Omegaverse/Sci-Fi anthology yet, you can find it here –>
Auctioned – An Omegaverse Anthology
Happy Sunday everyone! Exciting news!
Reticent Desire Publications’s upcoming Sci-Fi/Omegaverse crossover anthology 𝗔𝘂𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗲𝗱 – 𝗔𝗻 𝗢𝗺𝗲𝗴𝗮𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗲 𝗔𝗻𝘁𝗵𝗼𝗹𝗼𝗴𝘆 is celebrating it’s cover reveal today as well as opening for pre-orders. It will be available in paperback as well, but be sure to get your copy, because it will only be here from April to July! —>
The book will be offered in ebook and paperback form, as well as available to borrow from Kindle Unlimited
𝐶𝑟𝑜𝑤𝑛 𝑗𝑒𝑤𝑒𝑙 𝑜𝑓 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑅𝑎𝑡ℎ𝑠𝑖𝑚𝑎 𝐸𝑚𝑝𝑖𝑟𝑒 . 𝐻𝑜𝑚𝑒 𝑡𝑜 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑓𝑖𝑛𝑒𝑠𝑡 𝑓𝑙𝑒𝑠ℎ 𝑚𝑎𝑟𝑘𝑒𝑡𝑠 𝑖𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑔𝑎𝑙𝑎𝑥𝑦.
𝑇𝑜 𝑏𝑒 𝑓𝑒𝑎𝑡𝑢𝑟𝑒𝑑 𝑖𝑛 𝑎 𝑚𝑎𝑟𝑘𝑒𝑡 𝑠𝑞𝑢𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑎𝑢𝑐𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑑𝑢𝑟𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑈𝑛𝑖𝑡𝑦 𝐹𝑒𝑠𝑡𝑖𝑣𝑎𝑙 𝑚𝑒𝑎𝑛𝑡 𝑜𝑛𝑙𝑦 𝑡ℎ𝑒 ℎ𝑖𝑔ℎ𝑒𝑠𝑡 𝑐𝑙𝑎𝑠𝑠 𝑜𝑓 𝑐𝑙𝑖𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑒𝑙𝑒 𝑤𝑜𝑢𝑙𝑑 ℎ𝑎𝑣𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑜𝑝𝑝𝑜𝑟𝑡𝑢𝑛𝑖𝑡𝑦 𝑡𝑜 𝑏𝑖𝑑.
𝐼𝑡 𝑤𝑎𝑠 𝑎 𝑟𝑒𝑎𝑠𝑠𝑢𝑟𝑎𝑛𝑐𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑚𝑒𝑎𝑛𝑡 𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑦 𝑙𝑖𝑡𝑡𝑙𝑒 𝑡𝑜 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑚𝑒𝑛, 𝑤𝑜𝑚𝑒𝑛, 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑎𝑙𝑖𝑒𝑛𝑠 𝑤ℎ𝑜 𝑤𝑒𝑟𝑒 𝑓𝑜𝑟𝑐𝑒𝑑 𝑜𝑛𝑡𝑜 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑠𝑡𝑎𝑔𝑒 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑚𝑎𝑑𝑒 𝑡𝑜 𝑙𝑖𝑠𝑡𝑒𝑛 𝑎𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑐𝑟𝑜𝑤𝑑 𝑑𝑒𝑐𝑖𝑑𝑒𝑑 ℎ𝑜𝑤 𝑚𝑢𝑐ℎ – 𝑜𝑟 𝑙𝑖𝑡𝑡𝑙𝑒 – 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑖𝑟 𝑙𝑖𝑣𝑒𝑠 𝑤𝑒𝑟𝑒 𝑤𝑜𝑟𝑡ℎ.
𝑇ℎ𝑒 𝑚𝑜𝑠𝑡 𝑜𝑛𝑒 𝑐𝑜𝑢𝑙𝑑 ℎ𝑜𝑝𝑒 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝑤𝑎𝑠 𝑎 𝑚𝑒𝑟𝑐𝑖𝑓𝑢𝑙 𝑜𝑤𝑛𝑒𝑟.
𝐵𝑢𝑡 𝑤ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑖𝑓 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑦 𝑓𝑜𝑢𝑛𝑑 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑖𝑟 𝑚𝑎𝑡𝑒𝑠 𝑖𝑛𝑠𝑡𝑒𝑎𝑑?
𝑇ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑓𝑎𝑏𝑢𝑙𝑜𝑢𝑠 𝑔𝑟𝑜𝑢𝑝 𝑜𝑓 𝑎𝑢𝑡ℎ𝑜𝑟𝑠 ℎ𝑎𝑠 𝑗𝑜𝑖𝑛𝑒𝑑 𝑡𝑜𝑔𝑒𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑟 𝑡𝑜 𝑏𝑟𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑎𝑛 𝑂𝑚𝑒𝑔𝑎𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑠𝑒/𝑆𝑐𝑖-𝐹𝑖 𝑐𝑟𝑜𝑠𝑠𝑜𝑣𝑒𝑟 𝑎𝑛𝑡ℎ𝑜𝑙𝑜𝑔𝑦 𝑓𝑖𝑙𝑙𝑒𝑑 𝑡𝑜 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑏𝑟𝑖𝑚 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ 𝑎𝑙𝑙 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑑𝑎𝑟𝑘 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑛𝑎𝑢𝑔ℎ𝑡𝑦 𝑓𝑢𝑛 𝑦𝑜𝑢’𝑣𝑒 𝑐𝑜𝑚𝑒 𝑡𝑜 𝑒𝑥𝑝𝑒𝑐𝑡 𝑓𝑟𝑜𝑚 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑠𝑒 𝑔𝑒𝑛𝑟𝑒𝑠. 𝐴𝑙𝑙 𝑘𝑖𝑛𝑑𝑠 𝑜𝑓 𝑢𝑛𝑖𝑞𝑢𝑒 𝑟𝑒𝑙𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛𝑠ℎ𝑖𝑝𝑠 𝑏𝑒𝑡𝑤𝑒𝑒𝑛 𝑑𝑦𝑛𝑎𝑚𝑖𝑐𝑠 𝑐𝑎𝑛 𝑏𝑒 𝑓𝑜𝑢𝑛𝑑 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑛, 𝑎𝑠 𝑤𝑒𝑙𝑙 𝑎𝑠 𝑎 𝑣𝑎𝑟𝑖𝑒𝑡𝑦 𝑜𝑓 𝑜𝑟𝑖𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛𝑠. 𝑂𝑛𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑦 𝑎𝑙𝑙 ℎ𝑎𝑣𝑒 𝑖𝑛 𝑐𝑜𝑚𝑚𝑜𝑛? 𝑇ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝐴𝑙𝑝ℎ𝑎 𝑔𝑟𝑜𝑤𝑙.
𝐽𝑜𝑖𝑛 𝐿𝑒𝑎𝑛𝑛 𝑅𝑦𝑎𝑛𝑠, 𝑀𝑒𝑟𝑒𝑙 𝑃𝑖𝑒𝑟𝑐𝑒, 𝑅𝑎𝑒𝑣𝑦𝑛 𝐿𝑜𝑛𝑑𝑜𝑛, 𝐼𝑠𝑜𝑒𝑙𝑙𝑒𝑛, 𝐿.𝑃. 𝐷𝑖𝑙𝑙𝑜𝑛, 𝐸𝑚𝑚𝑎 𝑀𝑜𝑢𝑛𝑡𝑓𝑜𝑟𝑑, 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑉.𝑇. 𝐵𝑜𝑛𝑑𝑠 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝑎 𝑠𝑒𝑥𝑦 𝑟𝑖𝑑𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑟𝑜𝑢𝑔ℎ 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑙𝑖𝑣𝑒𝑠 𝑜𝑓 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑚𝑒𝑛, 𝑤𝑜𝑚𝑒𝑛, 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑎𝑙𝑖𝑒𝑛𝑠 𝑤ℎ𝑜 𝑝𝑎𝑠𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑟𝑜𝑢𝑔ℎ 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑅𝑎𝑡ℎ𝑠𝑖𝑚𝑎 𝐹𝑙𝑒𝑠ℎ 𝑀𝑎𝑟𝑘𝑒𝑡𝑠 – 𝐵𝑢𝑡 𝑑𝑜𝑛’𝑡 𝑤𝑎𝑖𝑡 𝑡𝑜𝑜 𝑙𝑜𝑛𝑔, 𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑎𝑛𝑡ℎ𝑜𝑙𝑜𝑔𝑦 𝑖𝑠 𝑜𝑛𝑙𝑦 𝑎𝑣𝑎𝑖𝑙𝑎𝑏𝑙𝑒 𝑢𝑛𝑡𝑖𝑙 𝐽𝑢𝑙𝑦 𝑜𝑓 2020!
𝑇ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑏𝑜𝑜𝑘 𝑖𝑠 𝑠𝑒𝑡 𝑖𝑛 𝑎 𝑤𝑜𝑟𝑙𝑑 𝑤ℎ𝑒𝑟𝑒 𝑐𝑟𝑖𝑚𝑖𝑛𝑎𝑙 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑞𝑢𝑒𝑠𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛𝑎𝑏𝑙𝑒 𝑏𝑒ℎ𝑎𝑣𝑖𝑜𝑟 𝑖𝑠 𝑝𝑟𝑒𝑣𝑎𝑙𝑒𝑛𝑡. 𝑇ℎ𝑒𝑟𝑒 𝑤𝑖𝑙𝑙 𝑏𝑒 𝑠𝑡𝑟𝑜𝑛𝑔 𝑙𝑎𝑛𝑔𝑢𝑎𝑔𝑒, 𝑣𝑖𝑜𝑙𝑒𝑛𝑐𝑒, 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑜𝑐𝑐𝑎𝑠𝑖𝑜𝑛𝑎𝑙 𝑠𝑐𝑒𝑛𝑒 𝑜𝑓 𝑎𝑠𝑠𝑎𝑢𝑙𝑡 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑚𝑎𝑦 𝑡𝑟𝑖𝑔𝑔𝑒𝑟 𝑠𝑜𝑚𝑒 𝑟𝑒𝑎𝑑𝑒𝑟𝑠. 𝑌𝑜𝑢 𝑚𝑎𝑦 𝑐𝑟𝑖𝑛𝑔𝑒, 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑚𝑎𝑦 𝑐𝑟𝑦, 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑚𝑎𝑦 𝑟𝑎𝑔𝑒, 𝑏𝑢𝑡 𝑖𝑓 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑐𝑎𝑛 𝑏𝑒𝑎𝑟 𝑡𝑜 𝑓𝑖𝑔ℎ𝑡 𝑡ℎ𝑟𝑜𝑢𝑔ℎ 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑑𝑎𝑟𝑘𝑛𝑒𝑠𝑠, 𝐻𝐸𝐴’𝑠 (𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝑚𝑜𝑠𝑡) 𝑤𝑎𝑖𝑡 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑜𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑜𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑟 𝑠𝑖𝑑𝑒. 𝑃𝑅𝑂𝐶𝐸𝐸𝐷 𝑊𝐼𝑇𝐻 𝐶𝐴𝑈𝑇𝐼𝑂𝑁. 𝑌𝑜𝑢 ℎ𝑎𝑣𝑒 𝑏𝑒𝑒𝑛 𝑤𝑎𝑟𝑛𝑒𝑑.
Lets Talk About Image and Font Licensing
Written by Merel Pierce
Good morning everyone! Today, I want to talk to you about something that is very important.
Image and Font Licensing
Whether you are creating promo images or covers for your books, most of those fonts, images and effects that you gather online to use are subject to licensing agreements. If you do not properly follow those licensing stipulations, there could be legal repercussions.
Let me start by saying this first. If you take anything away from this blog, let it be this – Nothing is free, and if you assume it is, you might be putting yourself at risk.
I’m not trying to scare you. Most of us have shared images we found online that we liked with others on social media. Should you always credit the photographer/artist/model when you can, or say where you found it? Yes. Do we? No, not always. But there is a big difference between sharing an image you like, and using an image you like for the purposes of promotion or sale.
If you want to cover your butt, always source your images and fonts from reputable stock sites. There are plenty of them out there.
Will it cost you money? Sometimes, yes.
Remember, you are using the creative product of another person. Would you expect an artist to paint you something for free? Or a photographer to do a full set of photographs to your specifications without charging? No. No you wouldn’t.
The people who create these images, fonts, and photoshop effects are trying to support themselves with their work. By uploading through stock sites, they receive a commission each time their product is downloaded and used by members. Generally, that commission is pretty small, so every penny counts.
So how does this work?
Most stock sites offer subscriptions to their clients. This means you can download a certain number of products per month, for a monthly or annual rate. Most also feature a buy as you need it option, where you can purchase individual items without having a subscription.
It is important to note, that just because you have a subscription to that particular service and can download an image or font style, it does not mean you have the right to use it any way you choose.
Most sites offer a standard license, and an extended license option. These vary from site to site, and sometimes even from image to image on any one site. It is very important to compare the two licenses and decide which is right for you. Most items default to a standard license, and give the option of choosing an extended option on the items page.
Below is a small portion of a comparison between standard and extended licenses for Depositphotos. It’s an extensive and detailed list, telling you exactly what you can and can’t do with that image, or how many times it can be used/viewed under that license.
Being careful to consider these options and choose the best suited one for you is important. You need to protect yourself, and your work, and having a lawsuit filed or being forced to pull a book down from publications because you didn’t have permission to use the artwork on the cover can be devastating.
It’s very, very worth the investment.
Even if an image says copyright free, free to use, it’s still your job to trace that image and make certain that it truly is available for you to use in the manner you wish. There are a lot of shady characters on the internet who steal images and repost them without permission of the original artist.
Keep track of where you get each image/font/etc (I keep mine in separate folders, for each site I’ve gotten them from). The sites themselves will keep track of your licensing agreements, but it’s not a bad idea to keep a folder of them yourself on your computer. Keep any discussions/contact info you have with ‘artists’ or ‘site admins’ that you may contact when inquiring about the usage rights of products on small or individual sites. If you are hiring someone to make a cover for you, request information about where they obtain their images and what licensing is attached to the image. Most of all? If you aren’t sure? Don’t use that item.
Remember, the people who create those images, fonts, and effects are just like you and me… They are trying to build their dream. Don’t try to cut corners or save money at their expense. <3
Below, you will find a list of reputable stock sites you can use 😀 There are many more, but just be sure to do your research!
Big things are happening…
We hope this blog post finds you well.
Things are crazy busy over here at RDP, and we are working hard to bring you more awesome reading material!
Right now, we are in the last stages of preparing Isoellen’s first book – ‘Choosing her Alpha’ – for publication. We hope to have it out before the end of the year.
We are also organizing an Omegaverse anthology with a dark romance theme, which will probably hit the first part of the new year, if we’re lucky 😀
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Our First Blog Post
Hello everyone! We’ve finally gotten around to starting our blog!
Exciting things are happening at Reticent Desire Publications!
Merel Pierce has followed up the release of her first book, ‘The Sacred Omegas Book One – December’ with a sweeter Omegaverse novella titled ‘Yes, Alpha : His Willing Omega Book 1’
Ana B. Starr also released her first book, a Sci-Fi Omegaverse novel titled ‘Omega of Sathion’, to rave reviews.
Recently, we also added Isoellen to our budding family. We hope that you’ll be able to enjoy her first release soon!
Please visit our Authors pages for links to their social media accounts.
We will have more updates for you soon!
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