Yes, Smashwords does not like crack..Buttcrack…

Yes, they really did object…

Dragon Master and the Witch
Book Cover for Dragon MAster and the Witch By TWScott

If that is not art I will eat it…. Good thing it is digital…

When I posted that blog about my cover art some were amazed that Smashwords would take issue with my witch in the lake.

It is sad that I had to do this to pacify the Puritans …

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No, witches don’t really melt when you get them in water.  Could you imagine if they did, there would be no witches, Well, no witches that you could stand to be around as they would stink the high heavens!

Yes, Witches enjoy a shower like the rest of the world.  Yes, some witches do have nice butts even though I admit that my cover art witch, is my creation…. Lol

My claim is that I was under the spell of the witches to create butt that is perfect from the bottom to the top…

I like Big Butts and I cannot lie… oops I digress 

I was thinking about a story regarding Francisco Goya when I got this from Smashwords.

Modified Goya Nude MAJA
modified by others and eventually me to look more natural.

This painting of his was so risqué that it was not seen in public.  He in fact never got to see his work on public display during his lifetime.

I love this painting, not so much for the Nude Maja but the incredible detail.

I did a study of fabric with my own nude and mine is crap compared to his.

Lady in Blue
Fabric Study 2000

I found Goya’s on line and took the liberty of doing a little touch-up.  Still this is a fabulous painting so much so that I may do one like it just to have it on my wall.  No, can’t sell a copy of someone’s painting but there is nothing wrong with doing it for yourself.

Often times we artist get into trouble when we do such things for pecuniary interests.  (Making money)

Copying his work however to learn, is perfectly acceptable.

I enjoy art immensely.  I could not resist touching up this painting by Goya.  I did it for two reasons really.

The first is the copy I found on the internet has been modified already from the original.  Second I came to know the painting as I can see his brush strokes.  The paint used is nothing like we have today.  Back in the day, they made their own paint and cadmium red or cadmium anything was toxic as hell.

While we think that we are safer today with our modern day paints and chemicals I would tell you that just because it is odorless does not mean that it is not toxic.  I still use very well ventilated areas for painting.  In the cooler months, I might very well go outside to paint.

Today with the IPad Pro and some good software, I can get my art fix with no chemicals.

Take a look at the Goya and then my fabric study and you will see what I mean.

I did this fifteen plus years ago so consider that when judging me … LOL

In other News, Perpetual Palpitation seems to be moving up the charts of books downloaded. 

If you are on this blog, and you are the one of those buying it, Thanks for that!

I look for trends and then try to analyze them.

Marketing 101 ….

For Some of you, it is already Monday Morning…On behalf of us still, on Sunday have a great and Super Week!

Much Love  -TW

Robots are going to rule us all!

Who is your e publishing site?

There are times that I just want to toss in the towel.

Do you ever feel that way?

By all accounts, I am a pretty fair artist.  I could post all kinds of paintings, but that is not my purpose, to boast.  My point in mentioning it is that what I do is really ART!

When I create a cover, it is art, not some thrown together miss mash of stuff.

Dragon Master and the Witch has on the cover a very tasteful nude.  I gave her a butt for our ages but never the less it is a drawing or painting if you will.  Nothing about it is salacious.

She has been swimming in the lake, and the birds are bringing her a towel.  I wanted to give the reader a taste of what is in this novel.

Now on top of this “painting” is a tiny dragon named Rex who is a scamp.  I went out of my way to give him the appearance of being a fun loving scamp.

On the left is the newer Smashwords cover.

On the right is the original “naughty” version FFS!

Published on Amazon, no problems they love it.

Released on Smashwords Holey Hannah, I have PORN on my cover!

I wonder if I should have draped her in all black cloth.   I thought about putting a fig leaf on her butt.

In advertising, the cover art is the sizzle.  You must have good art if you want to attract someone’s attention.  The goal is to entice them to pick up the novel and turn to the cover page.

“There must be No ButtCrack! Or wobbly bits etc .”

“Please re-do your cover and re-submit”  Oh and by the way we are not really fond of your paragraphs.  This is an automated machine telling you this so we cannot be more specific, just keep redoing it until the robot likes it.”

“If you can’t get anywhere with our meat grinder please contact one of our many people who charge very little to format your manuscript so the meat grinder will not eat it. ”

“Hey Smashwords, find some folks who will not only format it but edit it for a reasonable cost and you might have something.”

Ideally, I would like an editor who would work on my manuscripts and his or her remuneration would be so much of the profit into perpetuity.  That would have them put some more skin into the game and oh by the way if they are good, make a ton of bucks on our work.

I think they call that an agent… lol

Is it any wonder why most of my stuff is on Amazon?

What are your experiences?

Do you have an e-pub site that you are happy with?

Oh for the love of an agent or publisher.  “Here, take my latest manuscript and make millions with it!”

I did not have this much trouble getting published in magazines.

Oh well, that is my Friday night rant!

What are you doing this weekend?

If you are an author or writer, what are you working on?

Please think about supporting us, independent authors.

Much Love -TW

Voices From the Past

Was it fate or magic that put the two on a collision course.

Married to a mommas boy, Jennifer decides she has had enough.  Twenty odd years of putting up with supporting her husband, and now his mother was too far.  Just wanting to go away for a few days without his mother tagging along; was a non-starter.

After the final argument, she leaves the house.  Filing for divorce, She soon finds her way to the States as a correspondent for her magazine.  Leaving the editing desk, she was now on an adventure.  Covering the Texas state fair; she bumps into a cowboy spilling his beer.  Harold bit his tongue wanting to take the mousy haired Brit to task when she smiled at him disarming him as she began to speak.

Was it fate or magic that put the two on a collision course.

Voices from the Past is a story about magic, romance, and love but not what you might expect.

Old meets new in this modern day tale of witchcraft, magic, and love.

Voices from the Past has been a good seller thus far, tell me what you think.

Much Love -TW

Hole In time

Just when you think you have it figured out, physics changes.

Sitting next to folks at lunch or the local Starbucks I noticed that many of you read.

Carving out a slice of time from your hectic day to take a small mental vacation, I came up with this series for you Sci-Fi buffs

Episode 1 through 9 are on Amazon Kindle Unlimited meaning you can probably read them for free.

The Pilot episode is on your standard Amazon, Apple, Barns and Nobles and so on.  Since it is the pilot and pulls the story together, for marketing sake, it needed to be widely distributed.

The series took about six months or so to create, the feedback has been awesome and the readership rather robust.   If you are one of them, Thanks so much!

Ben and his crew of the Brooking haul cargo from one stop to another while traversing the galaxy. After picking up some rare mineral on Treglia, a planet in the outer reaches of the universe, things take unpredictable twist and turns.

We meet earth’s early ancestors as well as ancient Martians as we float through each episode.

Ben finds himself the last human male alive on a ship full of women.  Does the race die off or does Ben and his crew think outside the box?

These are all lunchtime reads so let me know what you think!

The artwork was created on an IPad Pro, with different art software currently available on Itunes.
The story is a product of an overactive imagination always asking “what if” and Red Bull!

While there, check out my other novels.  Currently, I am working on a novel with Dragons, Witches, Shamans, Pirates, and Sirens  …

Naughty Novels

Wherever you find love you should hang on to it!

Perpetual Palpitation 

As I stated in an earlier blog, I have tried my hand at a few stories with adult content.

The reasons are many but suffice it to say, I enjoy books with a story, a plot and hopefully an unpredictable trope or two.

I recently noticed an uptick in sales of Perpetual Palpitation.

If you have read this book, Thanks so much!

Perpetual Palpitation or forever and heartbeats   One could and should interpret this to Love Always.

After a brutal divorce, instigated by his wife of many years, Ben decided he must change his course in life.  Spending his early years starting and building a mega-business, he had no time for himself and certainly no time for his young family.  Not even aware that his daughter was not really his, Ben buries himself in his work until one day he is served with divorce papers.

Selling the company per the divorce decree, Ben takes his half of their fortune, packs his car with some clothes and his laptop; and leaves California in his rearview mirror.  With no destination in mind, he only heads east.

Several days later Ben ends up on Amelia Island; he simply ran out of road away from his past.

Finding a beach house to rent, he pulls out his laptop and seeks to do that which he has always dreamt of, writing a book much like the Sherlock Holmes novels he loved as a young person.

Ideas whirl around in his head as he decides to take in some of the local culture.

Dr. Stein, a world famous heart surgeon, is also part of the culture that Ben runs into in a pub.  She is there because she lost one of her patients to greed and unjust laws.  Fate plays a role as the two become inseparable over time.

Dr. Stein has a dark secret which pushes Ben to the limits of his prudish ways.  Adjusting to who they are together, Ben and Juliet weave the tapestry of modern-day life into a story that will live for the ages.

This novel is an adult novel, but there is much more story than naughtiness.  Taking many out of their comfort zone and adding all sorts of twist and turns into the story, you might not be able to predict where it will end up.

The characters will tell you the story in their words.  My keen wit and sense of humor will hopefully entertain you.

Check out Perpetual Palpitation and let me know what you think.

The cover art is a combination of an oil painting that I did years ago, and some digital magic.

Much Love -TW

Is Pornography a bad thing?

When you cannot tell the difference between fantasy and reality, you are in trouble. 

I have become confused over the years as many things are now lumped together or synonymous with the word “porn.”

  • Food Porn
  • Library Porn
  • And of course erotic porn.

If we can agree that pornography can be interpreted as an extreme of something, then we can continue on to the main topic.

In the sense that too much of anything is bad, we can quickly come to a consensus that porn in the sense of “too much,” is probably not good.

What I want to address however are the different kinds of erotic pornography.

Why do people look at or partake in porn in the first place?

Fantasy vs. reality.

In our daily lives, we live in our world of work, school or home life.  During our waking hours, we do what we must do to stay on task or to be on purpose for who or what we are.  Life can get pretty mundane.  Several days a week we get up and do our thing.  When we come home, we have another “thing” to do which is usually boring or at least mundane.  Many of us might read for an escape, or most will sit in front of the TV and live their lives vicariously through football or dancing with the stars or some reality tv show, where we become the star of the show.

How many lazy boy quarterbacks have you seen, or perhaps you are one.  We scream at the TV when a bad call is made, and we just don’t care that they cannot hear us.  Monday morning we visit with our cohorts and talk smack about the lousy calls and then reluctantly engage in our task of shuffling papers, or writing code or whatever it is that you do.  That is a reality.

Before the Internet, Pornography was relatively mild, somewhat limited to truck stops, bookstores or adult bookstores, and of course, the ever popular Playboy which I would argue was really not porn.  Hustler was porn and the first to show parts of the female anatomy that one could claim had nothing to do with artistic value.

Along came an easy way to exploit people through the internet.

“Yes women are objectified but let’s face it, unless they are forced to do it by some sex trafficker, they do it to themselves.”  The porn industry is huge.  Like drugs, there is a demand for it.  If there is a demand; no matter how illegal it becomes, there will be a source.

I wrote about marketing earlier, and sex sells. Why?  Why does sex sell?

If you go to the beach no matter your gender, look at the people who are attractive in your opinion.  Now try and take care to notice where your eyes go.  If you are a man most probably your eyes will immediately go to the parts of her body that are covered by cloth, and your brain will fill in the blanks.

If you are a woman and you see some man that interests you; if you are honest with yourself, after looking at his face or smile and abs, your eyes will check out the bulge in shorts, or his behind.

I write a lot about nudists in my books because people fascinate me.  If you are wearing a bikini, you will notice the looks from men and might have an urge to say “hey, my eyes are up here.”

The simple facts are that he or you are following your program. 

When a person sees someone that is sexually stimulating to them the reward center of the brain releases chemicals that start the process of procreation.

The whole process could take hours or months to complete but make no mistake, it is a chemically induced process.  When sex is involved, again, chemicals control the process from flirtation to pillow talk.  Orgasm releases feel-good chemistry in the brain as well as chemicals that shut off the desire for more sex in the man until he recharges.  Hence the stupor and sleep following sex.

Those chemicals or the reward of their release is what pushes us for some private time with the internet and some appliance, or at least a little digital exercise of the non-electronic kind if we are single.  I would argue that it is probably healthy and if not taken to an extreme, not a bad thing.

Realizing that we are designed for procreation now let’s go back to the pornography question.

Anyone on the internet of any age can get all the porn that they want.

Let that sink in for a moment.  Your five year old can stumble across it.

Young folks see this type of stuff and have no idea how to process it.  Once in puberty, they have the desire; it is built in.  Now they have many of the questions answered as they can watch all of it that they want.

Desire and mystery removed, now they just need a willing partner.  Will babies be made or diseases spread, probably!

Pornography is not real life.  Not many pizza men will ring you up looking to trade sex for pizza.  If they do it could be a whole new franchise opportunity.

Young folks have no idea about such things and get screwed up ideas about sex and how it works because of what they might see.

Sex for most of us comes with commitment and emotional investment.  Without it, you might as well date a corpse.

Morality is under attack by what we see in the world today, and few voices are saying, hold on there cowboy, that is not the way that it works.  With the family unit in disarray, too many teen parents are being made, and abortion is probably not the answer.

What about you and I, we are adults, is porn a good thing or a bad thing?

If you find yourself dating your Hitachi more than a real person, it is probably a bad thing.

The problem with porn is that it leads people to fantasize about certain things which are just crazy if you think about it.  In Denise and Trisha’s adventure, I write about rich people who pay these girls to perform acts on one another in front of a webcam to fulfill their fantasy’s.  They are Dom’s in every sense of the word, but since it is over the internet and the location and identity of each of them are hidden, they can live out their fantasy remotely.

I discovered the underbelly of the internet from one of my Twitter followers who is on a site called My Free Cams.  Checking out that site, the story wrote itself.  Over a thousand “models” at any given time are working their audience for tips.  They are providing a type of prostitution where no contact is made other than through the mouse or keyboard.

Since the writing of that book, I have learned of several other services that provide the same thing.  This means that there are thousands of young ladies out there making money from their bedroom’s entertaining people for tips.

“I am not judging them.”

If they are consenting adults and make an informed decision to do this, it is their choice.  These girls are also from many different countries.  I would love to crawl around in their heads to see what if anything they get out of it.  Is it titillating in some way?

My issue with this site and some like it is that anyone can log in and see whatever they are doing.  While they tell you if you are under 18 to go away, they are not exactly asking for id.  Are there girls on this or other sites who are being forced to do this?  Possibly. Could the models be under 18?  Good question…

Is porn a bad thing?

Porn is a thing, as my novels are a thing.  If you read Denise and Trisha’s adventure, I paint pictures in your head that could be pornography.  I am assured that my novel is not smutty but in a 50 Shades kind of way, it is certainly titillating.

I got a kick out of a couple that I know.  She was fussing at her husband for looking at too much Cinemax or internet porn while she read smutty books.  Holier than thou much?  It is the same damned thing!

I would argue that books like mine or 50 shades are better as your imagination will probably paint a better picture than some person who day in and day out has sex for a living.  That is why I have always felt the book version was better than the movie.

When you cannot tell the difference between fantasy and reality, you are in trouble.  These teachers who are sleeping with students have crossed the line, and one has to wonder what did they put into their heads?

Mental health will be the next big need in this country and probably others as we change the dynamics of who we are.

When I was speaking of nudist earlier, if you have ever tried it, the awkwardness is gone in seconds, and soon the genitalia or what have you is like a knee or elbow.  Most people look better with clothes on, and I think that is why fewer women are nudist.  Women more than men seem to care about what they look like and you get into this whole body shaming argument.  We come in all shapes and sizes, and there is a huge difference between pornography and nudity.  As an artist, I love the human form in all of its shapes and sizes.

I have this vivid memory of a man on a beach wearing a speedo.  Speedos’ in the states are out of style and have been.  The man himself had a scar from his neck, down around his belly button into his speedo and down one leg.  He must have weighed easily 350 pounds.  I smiled when I saw him and thought, “good for you!”

He survived some rather traumatic surgery or had one hell of a birthmark, and he felt sexy in that speedo.  Who am I to judge him for how he is dressed.  That speedo helped him to feel better about himself, and he might very easily be a super nice guy!

I must say that there is a time and a place for all things under heaven.  If that sounds blasphemous, I will caution you to judge not.  He knew you before you were formed and knew everything that you would ever do and created you anyway.  That is my story, and I am sticking to it.

Currently, I am working on a book about witches, warlocks, dragons, and pirates!  Twelve thousand words into it and I am loving it.  Taking a break to write about this subject was important.  One of my readers asked what I thought about pornography.  Now you know!

Much Love -TW