I’m self-publishing a new, slightly-futuristic erotic romance series called The Tau Cetus Chronicles, in which police agents and Beautiful Dolls sex robots are primary characters. The first book in the series is titled Programmed To Please.
Here’s the premise:
Tau Cetus police agent Jai Turner is being sent undercover as a Beautiful Dolls sex robot in order to bring down the planet’s most notorious arms dealer, Marque Callex. The police have never been able to get close to Callex, and Jai’s assignment is to use the famous Beautiful Dolls sex techniques to satisfy Marque, and to coax information out of him on his illicit weapons dealings – information that will lead to his conviction.
Notoriously reclusive arms dealer Marque Callex only accepted an invitation from Beautiful Dolls because with his deadly line of work – and the dangerous secrets he’s keeping – he can’t afford to let a real woman into his life. But neither Jai nor Marque are what they seem, and their week together has consequences neither expect.
Book two in the series is titled Programmed To Protect, and features Jai’s partner, Leith Wyatt. It will be available hopefully in late January, and was inspired by a fan who read Programmed To Please and begged for a sequel telling Leith’s story! Since he’s such a noble character, I was thrilled to give him a happily-ever-after of his own, even if it does come with a very unique twist.
There will definitely be a third installment in the series, and who knows? If the books do well, I may decide to stay in my Tau Cetus world for a while – there are certainly enough interesting characters there! That’s the beauty of self-publishing… I can get instant feedback on whether readers are buying/enjoying the series, and, depending on the response, I can either continue to write about this alien world that's much like our own, or move on to my next idea.
Self-publishing has exploded in the last few years. It gives authors complete control over their work, and allows both first-time and traditionally published writers to give free rein to their creativity, and hopefully find readers who’ll love their stories. As with any book, though, you have to give a self-pubbed title the best foundation you can – a great cover and hopefully a good storyline.
What do you think? Have I created an attention-grabbing cover for Programmed To Please? Is my premise interesting enough to entice a reader to want to read the story? Are these elements important?
Let me know what you think!