During the production stages for The King's Tale DSP was looking for submission for an anthology called Curious. It was aimed at getting women who were curious about m/m romance. I remember the first time I heard the term "slash" I was confused about what it meant. In my head I associated it with "snuff" so I thought "Well yeah! I'd never kill off one of my characters so I don't write slash!" Then I found out what it really meant, and I did become curious.
The first ever slash story I read was written for the La Femme Nikita fandom (where I was also writing het fanfic at the time). I'm talking the original version of this television show, with the hunky Roy DuPuis as Michael. I read this slash story, and it involved a shape-shifter. He/she was a man for Nikita, and a woman for Michael, until they all ended up in bed together and the shifter remained as a man. I was intrigued enough to search out other slash stories, and although I never wrote my own LFN slash, I began writing my own little stories that featured men.
So, when DSP was looking for these stories for Curious I decided to submit one of my King's Tale fanfics. :O Yes, I wrote fanfic for my own novel, is that crazy? It was a story about Lammas, and Marged was newly a member of the Lysnowydh clan. On Lammas night, Christopher and Dafydd included Marged in their feast of oysters, and somehow the three of them drifted back to the castle and slept together. Yes, I know, it sounds crazy now...but I had been curious about what it would be like, so I wrote it. Well, DSP was not crazy about the story...I guess it smelled like cheating, and in the end it's true...the love between Christopher and Dafydd is really way too strong for that kind of nonsense. But, they did suggest I re-work the story to omit Marged, and then it could be offered as a free companion story. The idea being that it would spark people to want to buy The King's Tale.
So now, four and a half years later, "The Magic of Lammas" is my all-time "bestselling" story. For four solid years it was on page one of the ARe Medieval bestsellers. A few months ago it dropped to page two, but it's roared back up to page one now. It's also on the bestseller list at DSP for their free-fiction category (the oldest story on that page). When I check my author account, it's shocking (to me anyway) how many copies are down-loaded.
I wonder if it does make people curious enough to then buy The King's Tale and The King's Heart? The only way I can judge it is that both books are still selling, so that's good, right? Like, it doesn't seem as though it's proportionate to the number of free downloads, but I'm not complaining!
On that note, I'm still posting The King's Heart WOW at Facebook. They changed the "embed post" feature, and I notice that all of them pretty much disappeared from this blog. There are links to them, but not a preview. I'm still noodling with my Wordpress account, but it's so confusing I haven't gotten very far yet. One of these days!