August MacGregor

Celebrating Sensuality. Intended for mature audiences, 18 and over

Surprises and Surprises


I’m floating on cloud nine right now because my novel is on Amazon’s bestsellers of erotica for Kindle ebooks! This past week, Tara & Steve: A Tale of Swingers entered the top 100 list at #100, and it has fluctuated around the list. This morning, it reached #84! (The list is updated hourly, so the position will definitely keep changing.)

How the hell did this happen?

I haven’t written a blog post showcasing the book, and I’ve tweeted about it a couple of times. This was far from the strategy I’ve read that authors should do, in carpeting all available social media sites to get the word out about your book.

Because once the book was published on Amazon, I felt elated about finishing it — and then I went to work on another story. That’s been my mindset of late: not blogging and promoting as much on Twitter, but focusing more on crafting stories.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m delighted that something clicked with this book. It has easily out-sold my other two novels — Bavarian Beauty and An Eager Audience: A Cuckold Erotic Romance — as well as my various novellas and short stories.

Whatever the reason, I’ve been surprised to see my book among the list of bestsellers. To put it frankly, it’s a place I didn’t imagine being. I simply hoped people would buy my books and enjoy them. Enough to someday bring in an income where I could write full time.

Here’s the cover of the book:

Tara & Steve ebook cover

Another surprise is that my book isn’t selling thousands of copies a day to get on the bestseller list. The number is actually fewer than 60 a day — when you add in the Kindle Unlimited downloads to the actual sales.

I’m thrilled to sell that many. I certainly haven’t expected to sell thousands of books a day. That atmosphere belongs to E.L. James, whose Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy looks to be firmly in the top three slots of Amazon’s erotica bestseller list.

I have to mention one other surprise here, because I’ve been scratching my head about it for a while. Every day, the most popular post on my blog is How to Talk Dirty (and Romantic) in German. It’s caused me to ask the same question: How the hell did this happen? The post is from the two weeks of Octoberfest 2014, when I blogged every day about some of the landscape, music, food, and history of Bavaria — all to promote Bavarian Beauty. Out of those posts (and all my other posts), the one on talking dirty in German stands at the top of the heap.

Maybe the post’s popularity is due to a link at, where I got a few of the phrases. Maybe, maybe not. But while I can’t figure out the reason, I have to hope that people out there are using the list to do some sexy talking in German šŸ™‚

Until next time, meinen Lieblings!


Author: augustmacgregor

I'm a writer of erotica and romantic fiction.

19 thoughts on “Surprises and Surprises

  1. Congratulations dear! I am so happy for you, you deserve it. šŸ™‚

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  2. Congratulations ā¤ļø

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  3. Congrats šŸ™‚ That is so awesome.

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  4. Well done you šŸ™‚

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  5. Awesome!

    Isn’t it amazing how you sometimes deviate from the “received wisdom” and it just works?

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  6. Happy News šŸ™‚ Congratulations

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  7. How’d I miss this, Gus. Are you still beaming? Congratulations, my friend. This is fantastic news and I’m proud of you!! I have to read this new book….wow!

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    • Thanks for checking in, Auds. Yes, I’m still beaming like crazy. It’s wonderful to have so many people interested! And thank you for your kind words. As for you checking out the book, I would actually encourage you to read “Beltane” or “Eager Audience” before “Tara & Steve.” The first two books have a more complicated story. I’m proud of all of them, but more so with the first two. But you never know what clicks with people.

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  8. Congrats! It’s sooooo fantastic

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