Thursday, June 2, 2016

9 Ellora's Cave Titles Reverting Back To Me

It's a great day! After a long emotional rollercoaster ride with Ellora's Cave (Now renamed EC for Books)I received word last night that 9 of my books will be reverted back to me in July 2016.

Why did I want my books returned? Very simple. Regardless of how many times MANY, MANY authors have been called liars or accused of creating conspiracies, the truthful fact of the matter is, owed royalties for books that sold through this publisher were not being paid.

FACT. The last royalties I received were in Jan 2016 for books sold in March 2015, April 2015, May 2015 and June 2015.

FACT: No statements, no royalties have been seen since then. NOT ONE DIME.

FACT: Contracts EC wrote, EC issued and EC enforces clearly states that royalties shall be paid no later than 3 months after sale.

FACT: June 2015 to June 2016 is NOT 3 months. I don't care how hard you twist the numbers.

FACT: Simply because the principals of Ellora's Cave say they are paying their authors DOES NOT MAKE IT TRUE. They had the opportunity to prove this fact when they sued Dear Author for reporting what authors were claiming. EC took the case all the way up to discovery and settled before the books could be opened. Hmmm.....I'll leave it at that.

Here's the thing. I'm tired of being called a liar, whiner and misogynist by a party who is flat out withholding authors royalties(mostly female authors mind you) while she blames Amazon, authors and anyone or thing else she can for her poor business practices. (Could they even be unethical?)

I'm not even sure she understands what misogyny is. Let's take a look. The definition 1.

a person who dislikes, despises, or is strongly prejudiced against women.

synonyms: woman-hater; antifeminist, (male) chauvinist, sexist, hater; informalmale chauvinist pig
"he apparently deserved his reputation as a misogynist"

Now, a group of authors says, "HEY, we aren't being paid for the books we wrote. We signed a contract that says you pay us for every book sold. You aren't doing that."

Her response, "You're all misogynists." This from a person who publicly stated she hated romance authors, who the majority are women.

This company is cheating a majority of women authors, publicly doxing them, doing everything she/it can to financially hurt authors and she calls us misogynists. It's time for someone to take a look in the mirror.

And finally, for the that one author who steps out and calls us whiners for publicly stating we aren't being paid, Lady, you may have signed a contract giving EC all your money you've earned, but I didn't. I don't do business like that. If I did, I wouldn't be part owner of a successful business for the last 22 years. You my naïve, desperate, business ignorant fellow author need to return to the children's table and let the grownups deal with business issues. When the snake bites you in the ass, and it will, oh my dear, it will bite hard, you will look back and see you have burned your bridges and the help you need will be no where to be found.

My dealings with this publisher are not over. I still have titles drowning there, but this is a great start.

I want to thank my readers for their support. You can't begin to imagine how important you have been to me. THANK YOU!!!

What comes next? The plan is to rewrite, retitle and get some new book covers and self publish. I'm gun shy of publishers and contracts. Maybe down the road a company will prove trust worthy, who knows. Life lessons are hard and bruising, but important, and I have learned MUCH!

Please, please keep watch for upcoming releases and once again THANK YOU!!

All my appreciation,

Robin Leigh Miller

Monday, January 25, 2016

Fingers to Keyboard - Words to Screen

Well, thanks to the blizzard of 2016, which turned out to be a bust for me. (Not even a snowflake on the ground)I opened up my laptop and started writing. It's been a long time, and I didn't have a story fleshed out, but I let my fingers and brain do what they wanted to do and the next thing I knew five pages were written.

It felt good, no, it felt AMAZING! I'm angry with myself for letting a group of unprofessional, greedy people stifle my writing flow, but I'm past that now. The story I've started might be rough, but it's a start and that's exactly what I needed. What's that saying?
"You only fail if you don't try." Well, this chick is giving it a solid try.

Who knows if this will be a viable story, hopefully it will, but I can't wait to see where the twists and turns go.
The door has been unlocked, now I need to kick it down and let the world of fiction flow through.

Oh yeah, it feels AWESOME!

I hope everyone who was dumped on by the storm is making progress digging out.

Stay Safe and Happy Reading...

Friday, January 8, 2016

"Special Little Snowflakes"

I'd like to share a blog post with everyone. Excellently written and hits every point Ellora's Cave authors have been saying.

How many of you would wait this long to be paid for the work you did?

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

A Request

I have decided to join my fellow authors in requesting that no one purchase any of my Ellora's Cave books.

It breaks my heart that it has come to this but I'm left with no other options. I have worked hard on those books, months of work on each title and met all my contracted obligations. The contract terms have not been maintained by the publisher.

Money owed has not been received as per the contracts. They are in breach. This is a fact. I appreciate and thank all my readers who have purchased my books over the years.

I may never get my rights back to these books, I accept that. It hurts, but at this point I have no other option but to move on, hope and pray that some day I will be the rightful owner of my stories once again.

In the meantime, please, think twice about purchasing MY BOOKS from a publisher who refuses to pay the author or honor the contract they've issued.

I do hope when I create another story you will once again take a chance on a little known author.

Again, thank you for your support.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

No, I didn't disappear from the face of the earth.

It's been a while since I've posted on my blog, or even written anything. I regret that. I miss it, the writing, the interacting with readers and other authors. I miss it all. 2014 was a horrible year personally, so I needed 2015 to regroup and recover.

In July of 2014 my wonderful husband suffered a heart attack. At the young age of 47, it hit out of no where. The heart attack was scary enough, but when the doctors sat me down and told me they didn't know why it happened, terror struck. How could doctor's not know what caused a heart attack. Well, they knew how it happened, his artery contracted with a spasm and cut the blood flow off to his heart. I've never heard of this so the fear really kicked in. After several rounds of tests he was finally diagnosed with myopericarditis. A virus that struck his heart. Though a virus in the heart is rare, a heart attack from it is even more rare. We were faced with months of uncertainty. How badly damaged was his heart. Would he be able to continue working. How would our lives change?

In the end, and after months of recovery, he's doing well. Very well. His heart is stronger and with some adjustments to our lives, he's going be okay. A scare like that changes a person, causes them to reevaluate what's important in life. Work is necessary, but so is spending more time with our growing children. That's what we're doing.

So, when 2015 rolled around, I figured we got through the worst of what life could throw at us. Not so. Life had other plans. At the end of January 2015 my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. After the initial shock, we stiffened our spines and gathered around her and got her through the last 11 months of surgery, chemo, radiation, and she is still under going drug infusions, but her prognosis is great. So, yeah, we finally did get through what life threw at us.

Now, about my writing. I didn't want this. I truly didn't. I've been patient and hoping that some small breath of a miracle would happen, but it hasn't. When a contract has been breached and you're told "Yeah, so, sue us." you lose faith. You lose faith in the publishing world. I worked hard on my stories and deserve to be paid what my contracts states. That hasn't happened. 10 months without a royalty payment is enough.

It hurts me deep down to ask this, but it's the only active thing I can do to get me closer to getting my rights back.

Please, don't buy any of my Ellora's Cave books. I'm not sure what's happening with the money, but I do know I'm not receiving my royalties and my rights are being held hostage. Regardless of what you've heard, the authors aren't lying about this. We aren't bad apples trying to create trouble. We're authors wanting the money we earned from writing and promoting our stories.

I'm hoping to do some self publishing if I can get the guidance I need to follow the process. All I want to do is write and tell my stories, and it's time I do that. I've come to the understanding that I won't be paid, and my rights to my books are more than likely lost forever, so it's time to move forward.

I hope to post more as the stories start to roll free. My goal is to publish at least one story in 2016. I'd be grateful for any good vibes sent my way to accomplish this.

I hope everyone has a great Christmas and an awesome New Year!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Sneak Peek of "Let's Ride"

“You’ll pull the trigger too soon. I’ve been loaded and ready for months, just twitching to take aim at you.”

“Then get us somewhere fast before I decide to take you behind the wheel.”

Hot lust punched him in the gut. He reached down, put his hand over hers and pressed it harder against his erection. “You sure you’re ready?” They didn’t have far to go before they reached the road. He wanted to give her a chance to back out.

“Weston, if you don’t pull this truck over soon, I’m going to get naked and sit myself right down in your lap. You won’t have a choice but to pull over and every hillbilly on this road is going to know what’s happening in here.”

Part of him didn’t mind that thought. Her straddling him, riding him, those breasts that had been taunting him for the past few months right there in his face. Fuck yeah, he could do that. The other part didn’t want anyone seeing her naked, not even a peek.
“Open the glove box, honey. Get me out a condom.” He released her hand. She opened the glove box and chuckled.

As she pulled out the large box he nearly blushed. Okay, so he wanted to be prepared when the time came. The road came into sight. He slowed, turned off and eased up behind some trees. The truck had barely stopped before Vicki opened the door and bailed out. She ran to the back, climbed up in the bed and knocked on the window.

“What are you waiting for, country boy?”

Let's Ride, available now at Ellora's Cave

Sunday, May 26, 2013

"Let's Ride" Is Speeding Your Way!

In the mood for a hot, fun, read? I've got just the story for you.

Let's Ride is the latest release from Robby Mills and it's coming May 29 from Ellora's Cave.

This short story features a good ole country boy and a hot little lady out for an evening of romance. So our hero West has to dodge a few bullets, outrun the cops and duck a sledgehammer-sized fist. Saucy little Vicki makes it all worth his while.

Click on the title above to go to the buy page. Once there, click on the magnifying glass at the corner of the cover and then once again, click on the excerpt link for a sneak peek.

Everyone needs a little excitement in their lives. Oh, and even though this story is released under the EC Men's Line, trust me, women will love it.

Happy thoughts brings happy results!