June Newsletter – Good News at Last :)

Hi Everyone 🙂

If you’ve been following my saga, you’ll know that my health has sucked for a long time and that’s stopped me from getting much work done for the last couple of years.

Now, I don’t want to jinx anything, but during May I actually started to get back into a regular work pattern! I did at least a little bit of writing or editing every day for the entire month. It’s the first time I’ve done that since I was working on Axel’s Pup!

I’m not going to lie. It’s still slow going. I’m working in 15 to 30 minute blocks. But for the first time in a long time I feel like I’m making progress 🙂

So far, I’ve finished reworking a 20k novella called Sudden Surrender (previously called Elliot’s War and released as part of the Gaymes Anthology) for indi re-release as part of the How I Met My Master Collection. That will be coming out in August 2018.

I also fixed my problem story from last year – an all new 20k novella called Straight to Hell. That will come out in October 2018 and will be my first entirely new release in a long time!

I’m now working on work on Sticks and Stones – Kinky Cupid 3, which, all going to plan, will be another 20k-ish novella and coming out February 2019. (Once a Brat will also be re-released at the same time.)

After that I have a 40k vampire story all planned out.

Then, hopefully, I’ll be ready to tackle Bayden’s Alpha 🙂

While I’m here, thank you to everyone who hasn’t given up on me while the new releases have been slow to non-existent. I know I’m not the only one who has found it frustrating!

*Hugs*

Kim

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Kobo, Nook and Free Short Stories.

Hi Everyone,

I’ve been trying to add this info to my website for the last fortnight, but technical difficulties have taken over. Apologies for that.

All my books are out of Kindle Unlimited now. That means they can be available at other vendors 🙂

Everything indi is back up for sale on Nook. (With the exception of Axel’s Pup, which refuses to update – technical difficulties all around lately!)

I also finally have all my indi titles up for sale on Kobo.

Unlike most vendors, Kobo allows titles to be priced as free without any hoops to jump through, so I finally have a new home for the free short stories that haven’t been available since All Romance Ebooks closed down.

Another Six Months Later… and Tony’s Move are already uploaded. The other free short stories will go up soon-ish too 🙂

Hope the New Year is going well for Everyone!

*Hugs*

Kim Dare

New Beginings

56. With a Kiss (2nd Ed)

Hi Everyone!

Happy 2018!

Each year, at the same time of year, I find myself returning to the same books, movies and music.

Christmas is Terry Pratchett’s Hogfather, The Muppet Christmas Carol, Love Actually and White Christmas.

I do the same with titles I’ve written, dropping in to visit with old friends and refresh my memory. Last month it was The Gift. (I cry every time I re-read it, even though I wrote the damn thing and know beyond any doubt that there’s a happy ending!)

The book I tend to re-visit each January is With a Kiss. The book does start on New Years Eve, but it’s not really that that brings me back to it at this time of year.

It’s a book all about new beginnings and fresh starts. It’s a book about hope and re-invention. It’s about putting yourself back together after life breaks you.

This year, the book feels more relevant than ever.

For me, 2016 and 2017 feel like they were the equivalent of the dark years before the book starts – the period where Marcus was in a coma and Liam was trapped in his own living hell.

But, just like their lives changed when the new year came in, I really think that 2018 is going to be the turning point for so many of us.

The start of 2018 marks a new beginning for all of us. Hopefully we can all make the most of it.

Happy New Year Everyone!

P.S. I finally got With a Kiss onto Nook and Kobo as well as Amazon! Yay for crossing the first two items off my 2018 to do list 🙂

Looking Back and Moving Forward

Nine years ago today my first e-book was released!

It doesn’t feel like any time at all. Yet, I also can’t really remember a time before I was doing this.

I’m not going to go all the way back to 2008 in this post, but I am going to speak briefly about the last two years.

You haven’t seen me release any new work since 2015. There are reasons for this.

The short version is this: 2016 was the year my mind fell apart, and 2017 was the year I spent putting my mind back together.

I would have loved it if I’d managed to produce a great deal of new work alongside that, but it just wasn’t possible. Huge thanks go to the readers who supported the re-released titles that I issued during the last two years. It really meant a lot to me. The people who bought, read, reviewed those titles were a lifeline during a very difficult time.

During the last two years, alongside the couple of titles I managed to re-issue, I bounced back and forth between eight different projects – some re-writes of old titles, some entirely new projects. I didn’t finish seven of them, and the one I managed to complete was so poorly done it was unpublishable. Not ideal really.(Edited to clarifify – it was unpublishable in my own opinion, not because it was rejected by publishers – I intended to self-pub it.)

Moving forwards…

I’m aiming for 2018 to be the year where I go back to finishing what I start. That was one of the key things that made a difference for me when I first started writing seriously, which was about eleven years ago.

So, that means, from here on in, I can’t move on to a different writing project until I finish the one I’m on. No more hopping between different stories. I know that works for some writers, but it really doesn’t work for me.

Now, while my mental health is much better going into 2018, my physical health still sucks. This has led to a few decisions, some of which I know won’t be popular.

I’m not doing deadlines or posting dates when new books will come out way in advance. I really don’t know what I’ll be able to do from one day to the next, so planning ahead is kind of out of the question. I’ll say what I’m working on, but probably won’t be able to give you a release date for anything until I’ve finished my part of it and it’s gone off to my editors.

I’ve also decided to start back to work with some shorter, less complex stories before I tackle the big guys. Bayden’s Alpha and Albatross (which were both included among those eight stories I bounced between during the last two years), as well as other full length novels, will happen. However, I need to get my feet back under me and prove to myself that I’m still capable of writing something readable before I’m ready to tackle them.

I’m hoping that the readers who are waiting for Bayden’s Alpha and Albatross will consider looking at the shorter works I put out in the meantime.

Now that all that has been said…

The project I’m working on at the moment is called Sticks and Stones, which will be part three of the Kinky Cupid series. It follows on from Once a Brat and Base Over Apex, and features Dan who works behind the bar at The Spread Eagle. I expect it to be about 25k words and I have the first draft half written 🙂

And that’s it.

Nine years in and, despite a few wobbles along the way, I’m still here and not planning to quit any time soon.

I’ve met so many amazing people during the last nine years and I can’t wait to see what 2018 has in store for us all.

Hope everyone is enjoying whatever holidays they are celebrating this time of year!

*Hugs*

Kim Dare.

With a Kiss – New Edition!

Hi Everyone!

Sorry it’s been so long since I’ve posted here. Things have been a bit complicated health wise.

However, on to happier news – the new edition of With a Kiss is out now! It’s exclusive to Amazon for the time being, and can be read on Kindle Unlimited as well as being bought there 🙂

The new edition has been re-edited. While it hasn’t been substantially extended, there is one new section that I added to the middle of the story.

Here’s the gorgeous new cover by Kris Norris…

56. With a Kiss (2nd Ed)

Here’s the blurb…

When Liam Bates volunteered to visit lonely patients at his local hospital, he expected them to be able to talk back when he chatted to them. But, when he’s assigned to visit a comatose man, he soon finds himself spilling out his whole life story in an effort to fill the silence. It’s not long before the peace and comfort he finds in the man’s hospital room becomes Liam’s refuge from an increasingly hostile world.

Vampire Marcus Corrigan has been trapped inside his paralysed body for over three years, unable to communicate with anyone. The chatty young man who visits Marcus quickly captivates him, and Liam’s softly spoken words soon have him determined to rescue the boy from his current life, but, unable to move a muscle, all Marcus can actually do is lay there and listen.

There’s only one thing that can wake up Marcus. There’s only one thing that can save Liam’s sanity. Everything is about to change for them both, and it will change with a kiss.

Please Note: This is the second edition of this title. It has been tweaked and re-edited but the plot has not been changed.

You can read the first ten percent for free on Amazon here.

Any questions, feel free to ask in the comments 🙂

In other news…

I’m currently working on the next book in the Werewolves & Dragons series – Bayden’s Alpha. Progress on it hasn’t been as quick as I would have liked because, as I said, things have been complicated health wise. However, progress is being made and I will bring it out as soon as I can. More news when I have it 🙂

Axel’s Pup – Now in Audio!

Axel's Pup Audio

Hi Everyone!

Just a quick heads up – Axel’s Pup has just been released in audio book format!

The narrator is Chris Clog and the audio version was produced by Audible Studios 🙂

You can find it for sale on Audible. I think it will appear on a few other channels in due course.

This also seems to be a good moment to announce that, as of this week, I’m working on the next book in the Werewolves & Dragons series 🙂

Now, before anyone asks when it will come out, please bare in mind that it took me over a year to write and edit Axel’s Pup! The sequel won’t be done in a week or two!

I’m hoping that this one won’t take quite as long to write because, while it will be a full length novel (80k+), I don’t expect it to be quite as long as Axel’s Pup was. But still, patience will be required.

In case you missed it when I mentioned what the sequel will involve before…

The next book will be called Bayden’s Alpha and it will stay with Axel and Bayden as the world around them changes. Many of the secondary characters who were in Axel’s Pup will make appearances in the new story. There will also be lots of new characters joining them – many of them lupine characters.

And that’s it. Hope everyone is having a great April!

*Hugs*

Kim Dare

April News: Coming Soon, Not Coming Soon After All, and On Sale Now!

Hi Everyone,

I put off posting yesterday because, like so many people, I avoid the internet on April Fools’ Day. But it’s the second now and hopefully safe to post 🙂

First of all, I want to thank everyone for their comments and responses to last month’s news letter. I haven’t replied to most people yet, but please don’t think that’s because I don’t care or the messages weren’t appreciated.

Last month was an odd month for me, both professionally and emotionally. I kind of shut down and stopped communicating with anyone as the month went on, but I will catch up and reply as soon as I can.

Okay, so, you might remember I mentioned a novella last month – What Happens at the Hotel. After seven weeks, I finally got it to the point where I would usually send it off to my editor.

I’d had my doubts about if the story really worked well or not, and I’d tried to convince myself that they were all in my head. But, in the end, I got a second opinion off someone I can trust. For better or worse they agreed – it’s not a very good book. 

I put my all into writing it, but the finished thing really wasn’t my best work. It isn’t good enough to put out into the world. It won’t be going to editorial. It won’t be being published.

My reader’s first instinctive reaction after reading the novella was – “Well, it’s not Axel’s Pup, is it?”. And I think most readers would have reacted the same way. The novella didn’t have the depth, the development, or the emotion that Axel’s Pup had.

I can’t get that all those things into a novella right now. However, I really do want to get all those things into my stories as I move forward. So, I’ve come to realise that short novellas probably aren’t where my brain, or my heart, is at that moment.

Working on Axel’s Pup, as well as the Avians Novels and Pushing the Envelope, gave me room to really get inside characters lives and tell their whole story rather than just a snapshot of it. I want to keep doing that.

I’m trying to be philosophical about the novella being a dud, and to see the weeks I spent on What Happens at the Hotel as a necessary part of getting my head back into the game, so I can move forward with stories that will actually turn out to be worth publishing. Some days I’m better at being philosophical than others, lol.

Anyway, that’s the “Not Coming Soon After All” part of the newsletter done with. On to what is actually Coming Soon!

I’ve already told you that I got the rights to With a Kiss back from Resplendence Publishing. It’s the last novel that was tied up to a publisher.

I’ll be bringing a new indi edition out soon, probably in June. I really love Liam and Marcus and I’ve enjoyed reconnecting with them as I’ve worked my way through the book.

I already have a gorgeous new cover by Kris Norris…

56. With a Kiss (2nd Ed)

I should have done my part in re-editing it, and have ready to go off to formal editing in the next week or two.

Once it’s been sent off, I’ll be working on something new. I’d love to be able to confirm what that will be, but it’s still slightly up in the air and I’d rather not have to write another “actually that project didn’t work out” post any time soon. Fingers crossed I’ll have some more definite news for you by next month.

Onto the “On Sale Now” bit of the newsletter. As you might already know, I’ve been trying out Pushing the Envelope on Kindle Unlimited. As part of that system, I’m able to put the book on sale at a discounted price for a limited time. I don’t usually do big discounts, but I decided it was worth experimenting with before it comes off Kindle Unlimited.

For a limited time only, you can get Pushing the Envelope for almost 75% off! I didn’t actually intend for the discount to be quite that big, but get it while you can!

Amazon US link and Amazon UK link. (Sorry to people in other regions, those are the only ones they seem to offer the discount option in.)

One final thing before I leave you all in peace.

Social media isn’t my natural habitat at the best of times. Right now, my biggest priority is to get my fiction writing back on track. So you probably won’t see my on social media for a while, and I’m very unlikely to see anything you post, either. I’ll pop on to Twitter and Facebook if I have any news to share, but that will be it.

If you want to contact me, I’ll still be checking my e-mail every day and you’re very welcome to contact me there. I think I should still see anything you tag me in on social media, but there might be some delay. I hope everyone can understand.

And that’s it!

Have a fantastic April everyone!

*Hugs*

Kim Dare