New World Launch! Kathleen Turner series by Tiffany Snow out now!

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We’re super-pleased to announce the first romantic suspense world launching on Kindle Worlds—the Kathleen Turner series by Tiffany Snow! With the popularity of our four romance worlds launched earlier this year, we couldn’t wait to bring fans another romance world to play in. And served with a side of suspense, this series has a love triangle just waiting for you to pen your own steamy angle.

“I can’t wait to see where Blane, Kade, and Kathleen will go and what new adventures they’ll find themselves in. Perhaps the trio that changed my life will change others’ lives as well.” — Tiffany Snow

Meet Kathleen Turner:

Kathleen Turner moved to Indianapolis looking for a new start. After ending up as a lowly runner at the prestigious law firm of Gage, Kirk and Trent, she didn’t expect to be caught between two men who changed her life—Blane Kirk and Kade Dennon. Add in some murder, intrigue, and high-profile cases, and Kathleen Turner is a heroine meant for a starring role in many more stories.

There is so much left to explore in the Kathleen Turner series world! Blane is now a prominent Senator, but his relationship with Branna—or any other woman—is an untold story. Does Blane get his happily-ever-after? Did Kade really retire from his job as an assassin? How was it for Kathleen, being married to the brother of her ex-fiancé? There are lots of questions with no answers…yet.

Now it’s in your hands to tell the story of what became of Blane, Kade, and Kathleen. Learn more about submitting your story here.

Tuesday’s Top Title! Gabe by Sky Corgan

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It’s Tuesday’s top title! Every Tuesday we’ll highlight one of our amazing Kindle Worlds’ titles that you won’t want to miss. This week’s title: Gabe by Sky Corgan!

USA Today bestselling author Sky Corgan has brought her signature steamy plot twists to H.M. Ward’s The Arrangement world. This bite-sized novella is the perfect side of spice for your lunch break or commute to work and has already earned 4.2 stars.

Set fifteen years prior to The Arrangement, Gabe tells the story of Miss Black’s hired goon, when he was still young and finding his place in the world. What he never knew is that it would lead him right to the doorstep of the call girl business in New York and a lifetime of employment as both a protector and a symbol of fear.

More about Gabe:

Thrust unexpectedly into a world he never thought he’d experience, Gabe’s origin with the call girl business is a bit too close to home.

Gabe runs a routine that seems unbreakable. Life is about making ends meet. That’s how it has always been for him and his sister. Until she’s introduced to broader possibilities. The only problem is that the call girl scene in New Jersey is run by an unscrupulous man who cares only about lining his pockets with money.

This story can be read without prior knowledge of The Arrangement, though some portions will be more enjoyable if you’re already familiar with H.M. Ward’s bestselling serial.

Learn more about Gabe here.

Jason Gurley’s Greatfall: The Complete Silo Novel is a story that can’t be missed!

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We can’t get enough of Jason Gurley’s Greatfall: The Complete Silo Novel and to showcase our enthusiasm, it’s only $2 for a limited time! Set in Hugh Howey’s extremely popular Silo Saga, we know we’re not the only ones excited. This full-length, end-of-the-world adventure is our most reviewed Kindle Worlds’ title, scoring 4.4 out of 5 stars!

And we’re not the only ones singing its praises:

“[He] will be a household name one day.” — Hugh Howey, New York Times bestselling author of Wool and Sand

“A glimpse into a beautiful mind … gripping and surreal. Jason Gurley creates worlds I deeply want to explore.” — Michael Bunker, author of Wick and The Letter

“Powerful, profound and personal … will leave you breathless.” — Ernie Lindsey, author of Sara’s Game and Upgrade

“Engrossing, consuming … put this down at your peril.” — Peter Cawdron, author of Feedback and Shadows

About Greatfall: The Complete Silo Novel:

Disconnected from the grid, Silo 23 appears to be dead and rotted from the inside, but Maya discovers a silo that is anything but deceased. Shut off from the outside world and other silos, Silo 23 has evolved into something unexpected, and something more horrifying than Maya could have anticipated.

Learn more about Jason Gurley and his other works here.

Warm Your Heart With The Wedding Scandal by Shelley Adina!

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From RITA award-winning and Christy finalist Shelley Adina comes this can’t-miss romance novella that will warm your heart this fall season. The Wedding Scandal takes place at the infamous Rose Chalet from Lucy Kevin’s bestselling Four Weddings and a Fiasco world and follows the story of a giveaway wedding and a runaway bride.

More about The Wedding Scandal:

Three days before their wedding, actor Drake Devlin tells his fiance Lynette that he’s given away the ceremony, flowers, catering—the entire wedding—to a needy couple as a publicity stunt for the Dare To Wish Foundation. This would have been fine if his next sentence hadn’t then ended their engagement. Determined to take her honeymoon alone to heal her broken heart, Lynette boards a plane for Venice.

Best man Grant Hiller is bound for Venice on the same flight, appalled that his friend treated the beautiful Lynette in such a shocking way. When she finds out he has nowhere to stay and invites him to share the gorgeous palazzo on the Grand Canal, he can’t resist the chance to get to know her better. He soon realizes just how special she is and how much he wants her in his life.

But scandal has followed them all the way to Italy and back to San Francisco. Will her past with Drake come between them forever? Or, will there be a wedding at the Rose Chalet after all?

Learn more about The Wedding Scandal here.

New World Launching! A.G. Riddle’s Atlantis world open now!

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We couldn’t be more excited to announce another sci-fi world launching in Kindle Worlds for you to explore—Atlantis: The Origin Mystery by A.G. Riddle. The first book in the trilogy, The Atlantis Gene, has ranked Riddle as one of the top sci-fi authors on Amazon and has a movie adaption in the works with CBS films. This creative and ingenious trilogy explores the history of human origins with an ancient conspiracy to control human evolution.

Scientific fact: 70,000 years ago, the human race almost went extinct. We survived and went on to conquer the globe, but no one knows how. Until now.

Welcome to Atlantis:

In a lab in Jakarta, Indonesia, Dr. Kate Warner has made the breakthrough of a lifetime: a cure for autism. But when two boys in her trial are abducted, she learns that her research is far more dangerous than she ever imagined. Her knowledge could hold the key to the next stage of human evolution and in the hands of an ancient conspiracy group, bring about the end of humanity as we know it. With a shadowy group pursuing her, Kate and a mysterious counterterrorism agent race to unravel a genetic mystery as old as the human race. Their journey takes them to the far corners of the Earth and beyond, where the secrets they find and the people they meet are never what they seem. In the end, they must face their demons and learn to trust each other to have any hope of survival.

Atlantis: The Origin Mystery is an expansive world that spans millions of years and a dozen planets. The tale blends real genetic research and the original Atlantis myth as told by Plato. The novels are a mix of thriller, science fiction, and adventure, which provide countless openings for authors to expand upon. Whether it’s a space opera, espionage thriller, historical mystery, or hard sci-fi adventure, there’s room for your tale within the Atlantis World

Learn more about submitting your story here.

Tuesday’s Top Title! Miss Black 2 by Krista Lakes

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It’s Tuesday’s top title! Every Tuesday we’ll highlight one of our amazing Kindle Worlds’ titles that you won’t want to miss. This week’s title: Miss Black 2 by Krista Lakes!

Krista Lakes has done it again! From the New York Times bestselling author of Saltwater Kisses comes her newest novella in Kindle Worlds, the follow-up to Miss Black. Set a decade before H.M. Ward’s The Arrangement world, this story is told from Miss Black’s point of view and details her tragic history with Sean Ferro and how she eventually became the Madam we all love to hate.

More about Miss Black 2:

Miss Black met the man of her dreams two days ago—the charming and devastatingly sexy Sean Ferro. However, he doesn’t know that she is actually an escort working for Miss White, the madam of New York.

When Miss Black shows up for an escort service Sean requested, he storms out, unable to bear the thought of his new girlfriend’s profession. But soon he’s back after coming to his senses and confesses his love to Miss Black.

But now events are conspiring to force the two apart once again. When a figure from Sean’s past threatens to expose Miss Black’s secret, will it drive them apart? Or, when Miss Black learns of Sean’s sexual appetites, will it be more than she can handle? And, if they can figure it all out, will Miss White let Miss Black quit her job so she can be together with Sean.

This story can be read without prior knowledge of The Arrangement, though some portions will be more enjoyable if you’re already familiar with H.M. Ward’s bestselling serial.

Learn more about Miss Black 2 here.

Interview With Michelle Hazen, Kindle Worlds’ Author and Vampire Diaries Fan

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Author and Vampire Diaries fan Michelle Hazen has discovered breakout success publishing her Vampire Diaries fan fiction in Kindle Worlds. We had the opportunity to ask Michelle a few questions about her experience writing in Kindle Worlds, the craft of storytelling, and what’s next for her. Also, make sure to check out her latest The Vampire Diaries In Time We Trust trilogy: Trust in Darkness, Trust in Fire, and Trust in Betrayal.

What inspired you to write for The Vampire Diaries world?

I love the world, because vampires give us room for so much brutal suspense and exciting fight scenes, but they also give us a sense of history and time. Their immortal existence is a poignant reminder of what is important in life: what keeps you going year after decade after century. But for as much as I admire the universe of The Vampire Diaries, it’s the characters that have me fascinated. No one is ever completely good or completely evil, motivations and alliances shift, but there are incredibly strong bonds between the characters. You see powerful romantic love, but also intense friendship and family loyalty. It’s a very emotional show, with dizzying high points that create the perfect catalyst for fanfiction inspiration.

What will fans of The Vampire Diaries love about your books?

In my books, I stay true to the action-driven plots that keep the show crackling with tension, but I spend more time on the romantic moments between lovers, the close moments between friends. Also, The Vampire Diaries show was structured to center around cheerleader-gone-vampire Elena, but over time Damon—the bad boy with the heart of a kitten and the morals of Hannibal Lector—has emerged as the true fan favorite. All my stories revolve around Damon, in all of his impulsively violent, wise-cracking glory.

What inspired you to bring your The Vampire Diaries stories from fan sites to Kindle Worlds?

I was excited by the idea of reaching a wider audience. All those people that watch The Vampire Diaries but have never heard of fanfiction, who buy books on Amazon but have never visited a fan site. I think Kindle Worlds is a great way to reach out to people who are unfamiliar with fanfiction and say hey, if you like The Vampire Diaries show, here is a way to spend time with your favorite characters in scenarios that you wished had played out on your television screen. If you didn’t like a particular season, or you wanted to see a different couple get together, Kindle Worlds is the place to do it, and for cheaper prices than most books are sold for.

What has been the most surprising thing about writing for Kindle Worlds?

The support from Amazon. I have one self-published novel and I thought that publishing with Kindle Worlds would be very much the same lonely experience. But instead, Kindle Worlds is like the best parts of being self-published and having a publisher: you can get your finished manuscript to print in days instead of months, you can have total creative license over your plot, but you also get marketing support to get your books advertised in places where people can find them.

If you had to pick a motto or mantra, what would it be?

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage – Anais Nin

Every great hero/heroine should have ________________.

Contradictions. A completely consistent character is a boring character. One of my favorite things about writing Damon is that he is a seething mass of contradictions. He’s sweet and yet ruthless, loyal to some people and frighteningly amoral and vicious toward others. A character like that leaves you a lot of room to build a very complex, emotionally involving story around them.

What elements make up a good love story?

To write a great love story, you have to include something no one would expect, and also elements that are very familiar. You want your reader to smile at some point and be like, “Yes! I totally fought with my boyfriend about leaving the cupboards open!” and then you want them to be swept up in the ultraviolet emotions of falling in love, to the point where they forget to blink because they are so involved with what the characters are feeling. So the best romance novel is like the best real-life love story: it’s so intense, it feels like your first, even though it isn’t.  

What’s next for you and your writing?

I adore writing for Kindle Worlds, but I also like to create my own original fiction. Right now I have a post-apocalyptic trilogy that I’m querying to agents, the first book of which was awarded Quarter Finalist status in the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Contest. I also have a New Adult romance I’m hoping to query to agents within the next few months.

At this point, I’m wildly addicted to writing, and I’m so grateful that I can pursue a career in something I love so dearly, because honestly—obviously—even if it didn’t pay the bills, I’d just do it for free.

New world launching! Hugh Howey’s Sand is open now!

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We’re pleased to announce a new sci-fi world launching on Kindle WorldsSand Saga by the formidable Hugh Howey! With the enthusiasm around Howey’s Silo Saga world based on his New York Times bestselling WOOL series, we couldn’t wait to team up again to offer fans another world to explore. But unlike WOOL which focuses on a dystopian world under totalitarian rule, Sand Saga is an exploration of lawlessness.

Here is a land ignored. Here is a people left to fend for themselves.

Welcome to Sand Saga:

West of No Man’s Land and east of the Stony Mountains is a godforsaken land covered in misery and sand. The people on this scrap of earth survive only by donning suits that allow them to dive deep into the dunes to recover scraps from a forgotten age. They have assembled a new and fragile society on the shifting sands. A land of lawlessness, of pirates and gangs, of Lords with brief and nasty reigns. The nearest city is Springston, with its great wall that holds back the westerly winds. South is Low-Pub. And north, the legendary and forgotten town of Danvar. Anyone who leaves this world is never heard from again, but maybe that’s because they’d just as soon forget they were ever there.  

There is much left to explore in the world of Sand Saga! Whether you tell the story of its vast prehistory, follow one of the siblings in a side adventure, or write a tale set in the newly discovered Danvar, your imagination is the limit.

Learn more about submitting your story here.

Tuesday’s Top Title! Dirty Work by Tom Pinchuk

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It’s Tuesday’s top title! Every Tuesday we’ll highlight one of our amazing Kindle Worlds’ titles that you won’t want to miss. This week’s title: Dirty Work by Tom Pinchuk!

Comics creator and screenwriter Tom Pinchuk has brought his ingenious imagination and signature humor to the G.I. Joe world. Released only two short weeks ago, this Kindle Worlds’ novella has already earned 5 stars, making it clear that we’re not the only ones excited about Pinchuk’s foray into prose.

More about Dirty Work:

Masterminds. Commandos. Joes and Vipers. Everybody deals with horrible bosses sooner or later.

When Cobra Commander makes a move to take over an island palace (Why? No reason aside from Serpentor’s nonsensical order), G.I. Joe must respond, no matter how small the operation. So, with all other Joes engaged, this unpleasant task falls to an injured Alpine and the ever-ornery Beach Head. Somehow, they’ve go to take the palace back with no gear, no support, and no respect.

It’d be just another workday, if the palace didn’t turn out to be full of unlucky janitors on the wrong shift. Now, what looked like business as usual has become a dire hostage rescue—one that will teach these Joes a harsh lesson about the most important part of the job.

Learn more about Dirty Work here

Wednesday World of Romance: Secrets by Monique DuBois

Welcome to our Wednesday World of Romance! Every Wednesday we’ll bring you a can’t-miss romance that will surely have you falling in love. This week’s title: Secrets by Monique DuBois!

From Monique DuBois, bestselling author of the Curvy Girl Erotic Romance series, comes this steamy new story out in H.M. Ward’s The Arrangement world. Already earning 4.9 stars, Secrets features canon series favorites Sean Ferro, Avery Stanz, and Miss Black and can be read separately from The Arrangement series, though we’re pretty sure you’ve already read each one.

More about Secrets:

Jasmine wants to fall in love but knows she never will. That kind of luck doesn’t happen to a girl like her—a girl from a hardscrabble past and a heart that’s grown a protective shell.

When Jasmine arrives in New York for her cousin Amber’s funeral, she hopes to leave the past behind and start a whole new life. She meets Avery Stanz, her cousin’s former roommate, who provides a reference to Miss Black, the imposing madam who runs a high-class escort agency. Soon, Jasmine is propelled into a whole new life of money, glamour, and no-strings-attached sex—or so she thinks.

What she doesn’t expect is to meet a sexy stranger who intrigues her, confounds her, and makes her feel things she’s never felt before. Unfortunately, she discovers he’s been keeping a secret that can either make or break their relationship. Will she follow her heart and give him a second chance? Or, will their pasts prevent them from finding the true love they both deserve?

Learn more about Secrets here.