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Why I’ve Removed My Books From Google Play Books

I was going to wait until I started The Authorpreneur Podcast up for 2024, but I’ve had the flu for almost three weeks, and I’ve got mucus and breathing issues. No one wants to listen to that in their ears.

 

So, I’m sharing it with you here in the news section of my blog because I can’t wait, and I’m angry.

 

Last night, after two small glasses of rose, I was chatting with one of the kindest humans I know over Valentine’s Day dinner. The conversation quickly turned to Google and the new rounds of layoffs they’re planning.

 

Yes, you read that correctly—another round of layoffs.

 

By now, you must be thinking Google must be losing money. No, they had annual revenue of 305.63 billion U.S. dollars. Yes, it’s revenue, which means it’s the figure which you subtract costs from to determine net income.

 

Its parent company is Alphabet Inc., which made a profit of 43.464 billion U.S. Dollars in the quarter ending on the 30th of September 2024. Yes, their net income is declining year after year. The biggest dip was in 2020, but we’re talking billions of dollars of profit in spite of these dips.

 

But come off the grass. Is Google trying to tell us that 43 billion per quarter isn’t enough profit?

 

I’m tired of supporting this greed. Down the road, there’s probably a little old lady or family that can’t afford to turn on their stove or gas heating and here’s Google laying off workers because they made 0.39% less billions than last year.

 

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

 

Let’s spare a thought for Google’s employees, especially its engineers because that’s where most of the layoffs are happening.

 

Engineers who work for these tech giants have no life balance and, on top of that, now have to start another working year, wondering, “Is this the year I’ll be laid off?”

 

No one deserves to work under these conditions. It’s not okay. I’m now starting to see why Google removed “Don’t be evil” from its code of conduct. 

Concluding Thoughts

So, what does this mean for me? Before writing this ranty news update, I pulled my books—all five of them from Google Play Books. I’m sure they haven’t noticed or will miss me. But, I will not be returning them until Google starts treating all of their employees with a bit more respect nor will I be using Google Ads for Le Villain Book Covers.

 

I’m a little annoyed that I rely on Google search, but that’s the nature of the beast.

 

Thank you for reading, commenting and sharing with such enthusiasm.

 

Amelia

 

29 December 2023

Unfortunately, I’ve had to change the prices of my novels, novellas, and short stories so I can start making money from my writing. For quite some time, I’ve been giving away my books for free due to the pandemic. In light of that, the free pricing period for Suspicion has come to an end. As of today, the price will be as follows:

  • us$2.99
  • £2.49
  • €2.99

 

Also, Duplicity, book two in the James Lalonde Amateur Sleuth Mystery Series, has also been taken off its 99¢ promotion. The new pricing is as follows:

  • us$3.99
  • £3.49
  • €3.99

 

 The pricing has also been changed on my website shop, but there’s a discount if you sign up for my email list.

10 April 2023

I’m pleased to let you know that The Locked Room, a prequel novella to the James Lalonde Amateur Sleuth Mysteries, is now available in eBook on Amazon, Apple Books, Google Play, Barnes and Noble Nook, and Kobo.

 

Yay!

 

You can find the ebook in your favourite ebook retailer by clicking this link.

28 March 2023

This week I did a bit of experimentation with the pricing for Duplicity due to the current economic climate.

 

For a limited time only, Duplicity is on sale in all stores and directly through me for 99¢.

 

Click here to buy direct from me, or find Duplicity in your favourite online ebook retailer. 

 

22 February 2023

There’s no rest for the wicked!

 

While I wait for feedback from my beta reader and between rounds of edits with my line editor and proofreader, I’ve started writing the third book in the James Lalonde Amateur Sleuth Mystery Series. I’m really excited to write this story.

 

For those of you who are curious, in the third book, I’ll reveal who is behind the Lucy J knight pen name—a minor plot thread in Duplicity. And I bring back a character from Suspicion, much to James’s dismay.

 

Anyway, I need to get back to writing!

21 February 2023

Exciting news, I’ve finished writing my very first locked room mystery. What started out as a short story evolved into a novella-length work. The idea for The Locked Room came from a reference in Duplicity. In my book Duplicity, James Lalonde mentioned that he solved a murder at the bed and breakfast run by Professor Xavier Watson and his wife, Flora⏤The Locked Room, is the story about this murder.

 

Today, I’m sending The Locked Room off to a beta reader before sending it off to my line editor and proofreader.

 

I enjoyed writing this story, and I can’t wait to share this novella with you.

 

Spoiler alert: If you’ve signed up top my mailing list, you’ll get this novella for FREE.

28 November 2022

I’m pleased to let you know that the second James Lalonde Amateur Sleuth Mystery, Duplicity, is now available in eBook on Amazon, Apple Books, Google Play, Barnes and Noble Nook, and Kobo.

 

Yay!

 

You can find the ebook in your favourite ebook retailer by clicking this link

19 November 2022

Exciting News!

 

The ebook for Suspicion is currently FREE on all major ebook retailer platforms. So, be sure to get your copy so you can read it before Duplicity is released. So, click here to find the ebook in your favourite store.

 

And it’s currently sitting in the number two position in the top 100 free Crime Action Fiction chart on the Kindle Store.

 

Yay!

16 August 2022

While waiting to get Duplicity back from my editor, I have gotten back to writing the short story I mentioned in December.

 

To rejig your memory, the short story will be a locked-room mystery set in a beautiful English Manor House. And, it’s a tie-in story with Duplicity. You won’t have to read Duplicity to appreciate it and vice-versa, but the event in the short story is referenced in Duplicity. This story will be a part of the James Lalonde Universe, and I will make it available to my James Lalonde insider email list when it’s finished, or you can buy it as a stand-alone short story.

 

So, if you want a free story, make sure you sign up. In the meantime, you’ll get a free copy of The Lawn.

29 July 2022

I’m pleased to let you know that the third edition of the first James Lalonde Mystery, Suspicion is now available in eBook on Amazon, Apple Books, Google Play, Barnes and Noble Nook, and Kobo. 

 

Yay!

 

 You can find the ebook in your favourite ebook retailer by clicking this link.

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I’m Amelia. I write under the pen name A. D. Hay, and I’m the author of The Lawn, Suspicion, Duplicity, and The Candidate. I’m the host of the Mystery Novel Nerd Podcast. Right now, I’m writing a locked-room mystery featuring James Lalonde. When I’m not writing or hosting my podcast, I love to travel around Europe with my husband, drink tea, and eat pizza.

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A Body is on the Lawn, and a Killer is on the Loose

 

When Will Thatcher, doesn’t show up for work, James Lalonde is forced to attend an afternoon tea with Alistair Carmichael in his place. The lovely autumn afternoon tea comes to an abrupt end when a body turns up on the lawn of the Carmichael Estate with strange markings on his neck.

 

But, something is missing, a priceless painting is off the wall. However, it’s no ordinary painting, it’s a Van Gogh purchased in an auction a few months ago. After discovering fresh tracks, most likely left by the murderer James realises the murder is still in the estate.

 

Can James figure out who the thief and murderer are before he or Alistair is next?

 

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A Murdered Judge. A Dark Secret Silenced.

 

Rookie reporter James Lalonde is bored. And, he isn’t a journalist. He’s an all-round dogs-body, to editor-in-chief, Rhys Kelly. But, his luck has finally changed. After eavesdropping in on the morning editorial meeting, James learns he has his first-ever story. There’s one catch. If the story gets too complicated, it will be taken away from him and given to another journalist with more experience. Sure it’s a boring interview with the soon-to-be sworn-in magistrate, Albert Harrington, but it finally gets him out of his six-month slump as an editorial research assistant.

 

The following day, James turns up to his interview with Albert to discover a trail of blood smeared through Albert’s house, an empty safe, the murder weapon on the floor, but no body. Detective Anwar Khan turns up at the crime scene, puts two and two together, and believes James murdered the controversial magistrate. Can James clear his name and write his first-ever story before his editor takes it away from him?

 

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Excalibur is Missing. A Killer is on the Loose. One Reporter is Determined to Uncover the Truth.

 

James has a nose for trouble. But that’s nothing new. This time, things are different–his life is on the line. James is the chief editor of a small newspaper. It’s hardly captivating work. He’s bored. But all of that is about to change.

 

Late one evening, he returns home to discover his long-time girlfriend and journalist, Valentine, has left. Early the next morning, James fails to reallocate her assigned story. To avoid blank space in the culture section and losing his job, he decides to write the story on the local museum’s latest acquisition, Excalibur. But, there’s one thing he didn’t count on–Excalibur is missing, and a dead body is at the crime scene.

 

If you love gripping cloak-and-dagger mysteries with twists and turns, then you’ll love this first instalment in the James Lalonde Amateur Sleuth Mystery series. Get it now.

 

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A Murdered Professor. A Priceless Manuscript Stolen.

 

Moments after James discovers a secret code on the pages of the manuscript, a hooded figure murders a professor and steals the manuscript from Oxford University.

 

While James is receiving medical attention, he discovers a secret about his past that he was never supposed to know. Instead of staying on bed rest, James decides to leave town and uncover the truth. But, the police put a hold on his passport, believing he organised the murder and theft. Before James leaves for New York, he must investigate the truth behind the lab break-in. As his investigation digs deeper, James discovers everyone has means, motive, opportunity and something to hide.

 

With an endless list of possible suspects, James must clear his name, find the manuscript, and identify the murderer before they strike again.

 

Duplicity is the second novel in A D Hay’s gripping amateur sleuth mystery series. If you like cloak and dagger mysteries filled with twists and turns, you’ll love this instalment from the series.

 

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One Locked Room. A Dead Body. Five Suspects

 

It’s the opening of Clovervale Hall, an exquisite bed-and-breakfast in Oxfordshire, owned and operated by Professor Xavier Watson and his wife, Flora. And James Lalonde can’t believe his luck—he gets an all-expenses paid trip.

 

And he gets to write a story about the opening of the bed-and-breakfast for the Northampton Tribune. It’s going to be the easiest weekend of his life. Unfortunately, the weather is scorching hot, and a cyclonic storm sets in, trapping him and the guests inside the manor house.

 

But, there’s one thing he didn’t count on—a killer is on the loose, roaming the halls of Clovervale Hall. While cyclonic weather conditions rage on outside, James hunts down the killer. Lurking behind every corner, he discovers secrets and lies. But his investigations haven’t gone unnoticed. The killer has a watchful eye on James.

 

Can James solve the murder before the bodies start to pile up?

 

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What I’m Writing!

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I’ve decided to add an extra book between the second book and the start of the byline series, where James arrives in New York. Book Three will be set in a 24-hour period in London. This novel will be available in ebook on all major ebook retailers by the end of 2023. And the paperback editions soon after. I will be making this novel available for free to my James Lalonde Insiders reader club. You can become an insider here.

 

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