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)

Tailor Made | Blooming Marvellous

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 :)

Family

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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UK Meet book orders – get them in now!

Hi everyone! I know I promised you all a proper catch-up post next–and there is one coming, I promise–but first I need to get on with a bit of preparation for the UK Meet in September. Not sure how many of you this will apply to, but wanted to make sure you got the opportunity if you’re attending this year :)

Are you going? And if so, would you be interested in getting a signed copy of any of my very fine paperbacks, for an absolute bargain price? Of course you would! *fingers crossed*

Anyway, I need to put in a book order so if you’d like any of the following, please let me know. For anyone who orders/buys more than one book, I’ll be giving you an extra-special gift (details to follow, once I’ve got them all ironed out). All books come with a personalised message, written just for you. My inspiration knows no bounds 😛

Right, here are the titles I’ll be getting in stock:

Barging In
Handle With Care
The Hot Floor
Screwing the System
How to Train Your Dom
Junk
Stuff
Scrap
Blooming Marvellous

Just leave a comment to place your order, or get in contact via email. Please feel free to share this post if you know anyone who might be interested!

Hope to see some of you in September,

Big love,

Jo xxx

New book out today! Me and JL do the Brit Boys thing again.

TrulyMadlyBoys 433x650Yep, it’s time for you all to get your hands on Truly, Madly, Boys: the latest book in the Mad About the Brit Boys anthology series–woohoo!

This time Jamie and I have gathered together four of our contemporary male/male erotic romance short stories, and I can honestly say I think this anthology is the best of the bunch. It contains a couple of my stories written back in 2010, along with a couple from Jamie. I’m particularly thrilled about this release as it contains one of the short stories I’m most proud of writing. Up until now “Without Words” was buried in a multi-author anthology from Xcite, that as far as I could tell never sold more than a hundred or so copies. It’s such a buzz to be able to get this story out in front of readers again.

JL Merrow’s contributions to this anthology are superb, too. Her opening story, “Epiphany”, was one of the very first I ever read by her and it made a huge impression on me when I was starting out writing. I reckon the rest of you will love it too :)

Anyway, you can get your mitts on a copy for the bargain price of $0.99/£0.99 over on Amazon here: http://mybook.to/trulymadlyboys

Happy reading, peeps!

Jo xx

PS, I’ll be back with a catch-up post about what I’ve been up to soon, I promise! The house move all got a bit hectic and I had to step away from social media for a bit, but things are settling down now. We’re all safe, happy and healthy, though. Hope you’re all doing well too xxxx

The light at the end of the (cluttered) tunnel

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I think anyone who’s read Junk will know that decluttering is something very much on my mind. I blame my dad who’s a major hoarder (although kept under control by my mum who isn’t), and who has passed on his hoarding tendencies to all three of his daughters.

I’m actually doing much better than either of my sisters in terms of resisting clutter and object accumulation, thanks in a large part to reading the wonderful The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying by Marie Kondo. Yes, the Japanese lady might be quite bonkers, but a lot of what she advocates really resonates with me. I’ve been increasingly asking myself whether my possessions are actually bringing me joy, and most of the time the answer is a resounding NO!!! I’m now finding it much easier to let go of broken things I’m never really going to get fixed, and the things people have given me that I’ve felt guilty about wanting to get rid of. I really don’t need stuff around the place making me feel guilty.

I still have a long way to go as having a baby and moving house got in the way of my complete house overhaul–in particular I need to go through all my crafting stuff and my boxes of sentimental things. Mostly my old school work and Daisy’s drawings.

So, decluttering might be an ongoing process but I think it’s going pretty well. However, the area I’ve really fallen down in is my admin organisation. I’m nowhere near as bad as I was before the major konmari paperwork purge, but I’ve been feeling increasingly stressed by all the things I have to remember (house stuff, family stuff, writing stuff, etc) and not really able to rely on any of my existing organisational systems. The Pomodoro Technique has helped me get more work done in short bursts of time, and I’m loving the Trello app for organising some of my plans (sewing plans, mainly), but I still haven’t found the answer.

Until now, I think.

Thanks to a chance link in a blog post I was reading, I found my way to David Allen’s Getting Things Done. Now, I’m not generally a fan of reading “business” books as they can be so dry, but the subtitle really caught my attention: “How to achieve stress-free productivity”.

Yes! I need this. I’m pretty productive at the moment, all things considered, but as I’ve tried to work more I’ve been finding my stress levels rising. Some of you probably remember my application of the pomodoro technique before Christmas. I got two draft manuscripts written in record time, but by the end I was totally stressed out and spent the next month coming down with one illness after another. Also, I hadn’t even really considered how I was going to get those books edited and published, all of which takes huge amounts of time and energy.

Somewhere along the line I lost track of planning.

So, I’ve been reading Allen’s book and so far everything has resonated with me. There’s nothing particularly new here–you just use methods you’re probably already using to some degree–but what’s different is the strategy behind it. You make sure you capture all your ideas the moment you have them so you don’t have to rely on your short term memory, but you have to capture them in a way that you trust yourself to monitor and review. This is where I’ve been going wrong. Making notes but never looking at them again. Losing lists. Having lists in too many different places. Saving things I should be getting rid of, and so on…

So for the next couple of weeks I’m getting my admin in order, then moving house, and I’m going to worry about getting Custom Fit edited after that. Expect to see it in June. Probably.

You know what, I’m feeling more energised and happy than I have done in months. Years, perhaps. Woohoo!

Anyone else here decluttering or getting organised? Do you have any good tips or links?