Free stories! And more news on the Samhain backlist situation :)

BoyMeetsBoy (Copy) (3)Hey lovely people! I’m just popping by with news about a freebie over on Amazon this weekend. The Boy Meets Boy Meets Boy anthology of raunchy m/m/m shorts by myself and JL Merrow can be picked up for the grand total of nothing! Here’s the link:

http://mybook.to/BMBMB_JLM_JM

Samhain backlist:

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I’m also pleased to report that I’ve been working hard on the Samhain backlist reissues. At the moment the following three titles are available for immediate download:

How to Train Your Dom in Five Easy Steps

Screwing the System

The Hot Floor (with a bonus Christmas Hot Floor short included!)

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And the whole of The Bristol Collection is available for pre-order. Yay! You may also notice Scrap has a lovely new cover, courtesy of Lou Harper who designed the first two. I always wanted her to do Scrap, but by that point Samhain were saving money left, right and centre so bought their cover design mostly back in house. Which is how I ended up with a pretty boy in guyliner pretending to be Dare. The new cover Dare is much more what I have in mind for the character!

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I will eventually be putting most, if not all, of these books on sale at other retailers, but for now they’re all Amazon as it’s quickest and that’s where most of my sales are anyway. I’ll also be working on paperback editions of all the Samhain books too. Hopefully, those first three should be ready by the end of next week.

That’s all for the moment. I’ll be back with a more detailed update post at some point soon, I promise. There just aren’t enough hours in the day! Rest assured, though, the kids are wonderful, we’re all healthy and happy, and life is good 😀

Hope you’re all doing well.

Big hugs,

Jo x

 

 

9 books for 9 dollars: have I finally gone crazy?!

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Hey everyone, long time no blog post–sorry about that. Life with a toddler is more time-consuming than I remembered, and when he finally goes to sleep the last thing I want to do is stare at a computer screen.

However, life is good, even if I never find time and head space to write anymore. I make sure I do a bit of sewing to satisfy my creative urges, and the kids are wonderful. Oh, all right, Andy is lovely too–he took me to Madrid earlier this month for a combined Christmas and 40th Birthday present. Yep, I’m now 40. Go me!

Anyway, I’m here today to let you all know–if you hadn’t already heard–that Samhain Publishing have finally closed their doors, which has left me with nine books temporarily off the virtual bookshelves. I’ll be doing my best to get them all republished over the next nine months (hopefully faster than that), but first I need to raise some funds for the cover art. I’ll be buying the rights to my favourite covers from Samhain, and having a few redone, all of which costs money. Money which I don’t have right now.

Enter my very first crowdfunding campaign: yes, for just nine USD you can have all of my Samhain backlist when I republish them. That’s nine ebooks for nine dollars. How good is that?! Here are my estimated release dates:

  • March: How to Train Your Dom in Five Easy Steps
  • April: Screwing the System
  • May: The Hot Floor
  • June: Junk
  • July: Stuff
  • August: Scrap
  • September: Handle with Care
  • October: Barging In
  • November: Merry Gentlemen

Check out the Indiegogo campaign page for details of the other perks for different donation amounts. I’ll only be running this for thirty days, so even if it’s not for you, I’d be ever so grateful if you could pass the details on to anyone else you think might be interested.

Cheers lovely people!

Oh, and I’ve missed all you regular commenters. What’s been going on with all of you?

Big hugs,

Jo xxx

PS, Here’s some pics:

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Back to school!

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Yay, it’s September! Actually, I’m not really celebrating as I’m missing Andy and Daisy, but I have to admit it is nice to have a bit more time to myself during the days… while Gabriel is napping, at any rate (please don’t drop your nap, little man!)

So, I have a general catch up post so you can find out how I spent my summer. A fair bit of it was spent in getting Custom Fit ready for publication, but I made sure I took plenty of days off too. Basically, if the sun shone we made an effort to go out and do something. Sometimes that was just a walk in the countryside, but we did take a few day trips down to the seaside. There are so many gorgeous beaches we can drive to in less than two hours (only about 1 hr 20 mins in the case of Weymouth), and now that Gabriel is that little bit older, longer car journeys aren’t quite such an issue. Well, so long as we set off early enough. I don’t want to do another 9:30 trip to IKEA ever again (NIGHTMARE!!!).

This last weekend was also the UK Meet, held down in Southampton for the first time. I’ve got to say I think the organisers did an absolutely smashing job. I reckon this was the best Meet yet for covering all letters of the GLBTQ+ spectrum, there were some really interesting guest speakers taken from outside the world of romance fiction (yay!), and the entertainment at the Gala dinner was top-notch–particularly Ukulele Jam. Who’d have thought a bunch of people playing “good songs moderately well on tiny toy instruments” could be so funny?! Continue reading

Custom Fit guest blogging!

Hey Peeps, how’s things?!

I’ve spent a couple of lovely days at the seaside with my family, and am now back home and back to work. Kind of. I’ll probably get out in the sun this afternoon as it’s so beautiful!

Anyway, I’m doing a bit of guest blogging this week. Check out the following, if you’re interested in knowing more about the background to Custom Fit. All posts give you a chance to enter the giveaway for more of my books:

Sinfully Gay Romance: do clothes have a place in sex scenes? Are you a socks-on or socks-off kind of person?!

An exclusive (and NSFW) excerpt at Lillian Francis’ blog

Joyfully Jay: What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?

Lovely review at Diverse Reader

Lovely review by Helena Stone at The Way She Reads

There’s a couple more guest blogs coming up, so watch this space!

Ciao for now. I have to go and make swag for the UK Meet. Can’t believe it’s next weekend. Eek!!!

Big hugs,

Jo x

Custom Fit (Tailor Made book 2) is out now!

Custom Fit_medWoohoo! Happy release day to me! And to Andrew and Felix too, who get more than their fair share of “releases” during this smutty gay romantic comedy novella 😉

I’m actually posting this from the seaside, as you have to take your chances to get away in England whenever the weather is good. In an ideal world I wouldn’t have planned it for a release day, but at least it will stop me obsessively checking my Amazon rankings :)

So, here are the buy links:
Amazon |Smashwords | Kobo | Nook | All Romance eBooks

Its $2.99, and don’t forget that Tailor Made is now $0.99, so if you’re new to the series you can pick up both books for less than $4.00! Or less than £3.50 on Amazon UK :)

Right, I’m off to build a sandcastle with my kids, then scoff an ice cream, possibly while paddling in the sea #bliss

Happy reading, peeps!

Jo x

Custom Fit up for pre-order!

Custom Fit_medIt’s only available at Smashwords so far, but the other retailers will follow at some point. And best of all, you only have to wait till Tuesday 23rd to get your mitts on the book itself!

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/658863

Also, I’ve been busy putting together a paperback of Tailor Made, which is now available on Createspace, and will be out on Amazon soon! I’ll have copies on me at the UK Meet, so let me know if you want to reserve one 😀

https://www.createspace.com/6495270

That’s all for now, folks, as I have to pick up the kids from my mum’s. And then collapse in a puddle because it’s so hot!

Jo xx

Quick update: the Tailor Made series

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Hey Peeps, how’s things? I’ve been busy as a very busy thing, getting the Tailor Made series all ship-shape. Here are a few of the things I’ve been up to:

  • Editing Custom Fit – the first round of edits are now with my editor. Phew! On target for release on 23rd August.
  • Updating the Tailor Made ebook – I’ve uploaded a new version to most distribution channels (still working on Smashwords) with updated front and end matter. I’ve also permanently reduced the price to a bargain $0.99/£0.99. Woohoo!
  • Promoting the series – I’ve written one post for the blog tour already, and I’m signed up for a promo spot on the Discover Hot Romances Facebook page. If you’re interested in erotic romance, authors are there most days promoting their books and doing giveaways. My spot to chat will be on 23rd August (Custom Fit release day!) and I’ll be about from 9-10pm (BST), or 3-4pm EST if you’re over the pond. Do come and say hello if you’re about. I’ll post a reminder closer to the time.
  • Creating a Tailor Made paperback – this is currently in progress, and I’m just waiting for the cover files. I should definitely have copies for sale at the UK Meet, and fingers crossed, I might manage to get Custom Fit ready for then too. Here’s hoping 😀

Right, that’s about it. Oh yes, I’m also working on some swag for the UK Meet. Exciting stuff!

Now off to make the most of a sunny day and lie around doing very little…

Big hugs,

Jo x

Out today–diving headfirst into love in By Quarry Lake!

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That’s right, By Quarry Lake is now available to buy! Currently for sale at Smashwords and All Romance eBooks, with the Amazon version hitting the virtual shelves by the end of the day (hopefully). And it’s only $0.99/£0.99!

Some of you probably already own this novelette as it first appeared three years ago in the Summer Lovin’ anthology (which is well worth a read what with those other superb stories by Lou Harper, JL Merrow, Clare London and Chrissy Munder), but for anyone who doesn’t, here’s your chance! It’s a sweet, coming out, first time story… but not so sweet that there isn’t some hot man on man loving going on (hey, this is one of my stories, what do you expect?!)

Want the blurb? Of course you do…

Still waters run deep…

Tommy’s been away from his home in rural Somerset for three years. Long enough to sort out who he is, and to get over the feelings of confusion and shame that blighted his lifelong friendship with farmer’s boy Rob. He’s out and proud, now—and he’s coming home to claim back what he lost.

Rob’s the one who stayed behind, working on the farm with little time for a social life. With Tommy coming back into his world, he could have a lot to gain—and everything to lose.

He’s going to have to take a leap of faith. Straight into the ice-cold waters of Quarry Lake.

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Hope all of you are having a wonderful summer! I spent yesterday at Forest School with the rest of my family (so much fun!) and tomorrow I’m taking Daisy to see Matilda the Musical in the West End. So excited! Will write a proper blog post with all my news soon, I promise.

Big hugs,

Jo xxx

Half price books and a brand spanking new cover!

Blooming Marvellous coverTailor Made cover - art by Lou HarperGot some news today! Fancy getting your mitts on Tailor Made and Blooming Marvellous for half the usual price? Of course you do! Then you’d better head on over to Smashwords and use the code SSW50 at checkout for 50% off!  (Offer good through July 31, 2016)

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And if you’d like to get a look at Lou Harper’s gorgeous cover for my novelette, By Quarry Lake, you’ll find the cover reveal over on Sinfully Gay Romance Reviews 😀

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What’s even better, is you can pre-order your copy on Smashwords right now!

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/650037

Okay, that’s all for now, folks. Better run a bath for the kids before they destroy the living room… Oh, my glamorous life! 😛

Jo x

Yoohoo! I’m back! Major catch-up post.

Hey Peeps, I keep promising you a proper catch-up post, so here it is :)

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The kids are doing great. Gabriel is really starting to talk now, and he’s a delightful little boy. Seriously, he cut four teeth last week and even with all that going on, he was pretty well-behaved and sweet. Now the teething pains are over he’s an angel. Albeit one who says “Bum!” a lot…

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Daisy has been crowned the Queen of Selfies at school, and you can see why as she takes loads whenever she gets her mitts on my phone!

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Andy and I are doing fabulously too. Really happy here in our new home, and even happier that Andy will starting work in a new school in September, cutting about an hour and half off his daily commute. More time with me and the kids, yay!

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The Boom-chicka-wah-wah Bungalow

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