Censored Krystal

Statement from Claire Lalique regarding the banning of SHATTERED KRYSTAL from Amazon.
I awoke this morning with my publisher telling me Amazon banned my book because “its content was in violation of their content guidelines”. I wanted to burst into tears.
I don’t know what that means to have Amazon ban my book.
What I do know is that my book is extremely personal to me.
SHATTERED KRYSTAL is my first book, my debut novel. Each word in it was chosen specifically. I believed that particular word at that place in the story was best suited to convey the emotion and gravity necessary for the reader to be caught up in the events portrayed.
I am devastated that this book isn’t on Amazon. I buy from Amazon. I made the decision to publish exclusively on Amazon. I wanted to publish on Amazon. Why would they ban my book? There are far more explicit books than mine on Amazon.
It seems to me that Amazon is treating erotic writers unfairly. It is after all a category or genre that they publish. Other erotic writers have been told that their book will continue to be banned unless all explicit sex or violence is completely removed. This seemingly random banning of erotic books seemed to have started in January 2011. In no other genre have I found this erratic behavior by Amazon censors.
I chose to write erotic romance. By definition it is explicit sexually. I chose that genre because I wanted to write about a very broken person who was healed by love. Erotica seemed to most easily fit that story line. It’s true my book has a (single) rape. It is that event that causes my heroine to be broken. It was written as a horrific act perpetuated by evil men. It wasn’t glorified or made to seem acceptable. This subject has been used in many wonderful books that are considered classical literature.
So finally, my last thoughts, I am sorry Amazon readers are not able to buy my book. I felt when I wrote it, that it made a statement about how resilient women can be, especially if they have love behind them, even if it was couched in erotic book language. I think all you Amazon readers would have liked it, but for now it can only be gotten on Smashwords.
I hope my friends and readers would share this and request their friends to share with a request for their friends to share and so forth and so forth. Amazon must realize that readers will not accept this behavior from them.
This is where you can buy my book for 99 cents.


Today, dark erotica author Nikki Sloane has released a statement regarding her new release, Sordid. Followers of this blog will know that I gave Sordid one of the rare five star reviews for its sheer brilliance, highly erotic and dark nature. Frankly, it is one of the best books I have ever had the pleasure of reading, something which has given me a wild and intense book hangover that I’m still not over.


I will not paraphrase Nikki’s statement, as I feel it is important for you to fully understand the struggle and impact this has had. Instead, it is here in its entirety:

I hate to write this post. I try very hard to remain positive and not complain when things go awry, but this is me fighting back tears.

As some of you may be aware, Amazon (KDP) flagged my dark erotic romance, Sordid, effectively making the book invisible on their site. When I petitioned Amazon about this, Sordid was released from the adult dungeon. Relief was short-lived. Days later, the book was banned and all preorders canceled. Amazon is the largest ebook retailer and it’s where the vast majority of my readers get their books. The decision left me gutted.

The alert I received stated I had violated their content policy. I was shocked. With dozens of ARCs already in the hands of early readers, the response for the book has been nothing short of amazing. So why does Amazon feel the book is unfit for sale? It’s tame in comparison to other titles in the genre.

While fielding concerns from my readers about their canceled preorders, my publicist and I pressed KDP through emails and phone calls, asking for clarification on what the content was so I could correct it. Ultimately, the supervisor we spoke with was adamant that KDP could not and would never elaborate, and if I had any scenes of explicit sex or violence, I had to remove them completely. Since it’s an erotic romance, I made whatever adjustments I could without impacting the overall story, and reuploaded. Six hours later Sordid was rejected.

Amazon wants to censor my book. They’ve made it clear that Sordid will not be made available for purchase as is.

There are no other changes I can make without compromising the entire story. Because of this, I’ve been left with no other alternative but to not publish my book on Amazon.

Did I sleep at all last night as I wrestled with this decision? Nope.

Did the realization that readers can’t purchase my book on their preferred retailer make me physically ill? Sure did.

Will my sales take a huge blow? Absolutely. But the idea of sacrificing my work to fit inside someone else’s judgment is so much worse. I know that I have smart readers who can decide for themselves what to read.

If you’d like to purchase my book, it will be available at all other major retailers: iBooks, Nook, Kobo, and Google, starting May 29th. If you want to purchase the title for your Kindle or in paperback, please know I am working on that, and hope to have a solution prior to release day.

Thank you so much to everyone for your support over the past two weeks. I’ve had people reach out to tell me they loved the book or wish me luck, and this kept me pushing forward when I wanted to quit.

I’d like to ask a favor. I was a naïve author who wanted to publish her first dark romance, and have learned so much in the process. There’s a lot I would do differently had I known what I do now. Please help SHARE this post so it may save another author a ton of heartache.

#SordidUncensored #BannedIsTheNewBlack
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Some of you may or may not know that when I am not reading and reviewing books, I am a staunch supporter, campaigner and occasional writer in support of free speech and against censorship. I am a free speech absolutist. I try not to mix politics and reading, but really there are occasions, such as this, in which I find myself unable to take a back seat and fully separate them.

One person will make very little difference, I know, but from now on, I will only be making purchases through their website if I truly have no other choice, and I urge you to do the same.


What Amazon has done by banning Sordid is censorship, and I am disgusted. I probably shouldn’t be surprised, judging from their track record, and yet I am. What Amazon has decided is that we, adults, are unable to make decisions about what to read for ourselves. There is a clear warning on retail sites for the book about its dark content: people will not buy it and not realise its subject matter. Especially because its title is Sordid. Amazon has taken the choice away from us as to what we are mature enough and emotionally able to read. It is treating us like children, and this is highly insulting and infantalising.

I have one thing to say.

Piss off, Amazon.

You can support Nikki and purchase Sordid from the following places:

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