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Bitten Fruit Books & Media is the brainchild of, and is owned by, Dianna Hardy. It began in 2010 as a creative venture to publish original and exciting works of poetry and Mind, Body, Spirit titles, and in 2011 we moved into fiction which ultimately became imprint Satin Smoke Press, set up just for Dianna's books.

We are a micro press that explores the darker (or less acceptable) side of life and love through stories, and believe that doing so can heal wounds and bridge gaps. Our books touch on an array of unconventional relationships and societal taboos. We don't shy away from uncomfortable topics, but we do wrap them up in a coat of supernatural fantasy - starring witches, demons, angels, werewolves and more - which makes the dark a little easier to traverse. 

See our submissions page for when we intend to open once more for submissions.

Previous publications (now out-of-print):

  • Working with Crystals and Stones (Insights series) | ISBN 9780956719232
  • Working with Fairies and Elementals (Insights series) | ISBN 9780956719249
  • Bites, by Ninfa Hayes (eBook and paperback) | ISBN 9780956719256
  • Nannies, Inc., by Ninfa Hayes (eBook only)


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Our eBooks and paperbacks may not be reproduced, or reprinted without permission. Our eBooks (available through various online retailers) are DRM free - this does not mean that you can share them outside of a permitted lending programme. They are protected by copyright, and sharing without the author's / publisher's permission is illegal. Please help to support independent authors and publishers by purchasing your own download of ​any eBook that you like. Thank you.


A Word About Piracy

Besides the fact that book piracy is illegal, if you download a pirated copy of a book you are not guaranteed to get the best format, the latest version, or even the complete story. If a book of ours is not stated as free on our Smashwords page, it should not be offered for free anywhere else, and if it is, you are looking at a pirated copy. Authors do not get paid when you pirate their books - they are only ever paid when a book is sold, and independently published authors (and many commercially published authors, too) do not get advances or any upfront payment for writing their books. Actual book sales are their only source of income from writing. Please consider all of this before you decide to illegally download a book. Thank you.


A Publisher Statement About Bestseller Lists

"Every publisher has their own guidelines about what constitutes a 'bestseller' to them. In our case, we consider one of our books to be a bestseller when it has hit the Top 100 of a notable chart. Notable, to us, means a category in which a lot of books reside: Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi, etc (not 'Ancient Historical Romance' or 'Short Stories about Gardening'). Fantasy, Romance and Sci-Fi are HUGE categories in Kindle and iBooks alike, and it's not easy to reach a Top 100 position among all the other books there. If said book has reached the Top 100 in one of those charts in countries other than the publisher's home country, that makes it an International Bestseller. If this occurs only in the Fantasy category, it's an International Fantasy Bestseller. If in more than one category, we take out the 'Fantasy'. And YES, we consider eBook sales to have EQUAL VALUE to paperback sales. This is 2015. The digital age is well upon us. Millions of eBooks sell every year - it would be irrational to discount that. If any of our books ever manage to hit one of the more famous bestseller lists, like New York Times or USA Today, we would state that on the publication, but that is not our aim. Our aim is to produce well written, unique books that are edgy, easy to read, and still make you think. Anything else achieved is a bonus."

Satin Smoke Press, 3rd July, 2015

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