July Newsletter – Audible, Envelopes and Sex :)

Hi Everyone!

For once I am at least vaguely ready for the new month!

I had two main aims for July:

Send Pushing the Envelope off to second proof

And

Send Better than Sex off to first proof.

Both jobs are now firmly ticked off my list🙂

July also saw the lovely Kris Norris complete four more gorgeous covers for me, but I’m trying to show some self control and not share them all at once, lol.

The only one of the four that I’ve posted up so far is. Better than Sex, which will come out in November this year🙂

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Also in July – As some of you may remember, I signed with a literary agent last summer. I’m represented by the fantastic Deidre from The Knight Agency, and she’s just sold the audio rights to six of my self pub titles to Audible!

Duck!, Magpie, Axel’s Pup, Worth Waiting For, Worth a Shot, and Base Over Apex will all be appearing in audio format in due course. Not sure what sort of time line there will be, or what order, or, well, anything at all, yet. The virtual ink is still damp, lol. I’ll let you know more when I know more🙂

Moving on to August – I’m a chapter and a half into writing Sticks and Stones – a Kinky Cupid novella that will come out next February. (I wrote the first chapter last November, but set it aside because I couldn’t get it to click. Touch wood, this time it seems more cooperative.) I’m hoping to finish writing and editing the story, and have it sent off to formal editorial by the end of this month.

I’ll also be preparing for Pushing the Envelope coming out for pre-order on September 1st🙂

And I think that’s it. Unless something dramatic needs to be shared in the meantime, I’ll see you all in September🙂

*Hugs*

Kim Dare

Coming Soon!

Hi Everyone,

It’s been ages, even by my standards!

I have this habit of putting things off until I finish the writing or editing project I’m working on. That was okay when I was focusing on short projects and working relatively quickly, but I think it’s going to have to change now, lol.

I expected my last editing project to take six weeks. It took six months, but it is now done!

Pushing the Envelope was previously available via fourteen instalments from Amber Allure. The new version is going to be self published. I’ve added two more sections, bringing the total up to 125,000 words. It will be released as one e-book – although it might be better to think of it more like a box set type deal.

It has a cover, by the lovely Kris Norris…

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And a release date!

It will go up for pre-order on September 1st, and become available to download about two weeks later.

I also have news on my plans after that, along with tentative release dates…

November 2016 – re-release of Better than Sex. Stand alone short story. Previously published by Amber Allure, now to be self published. I’m re-polishing it and tweaking the characters, but I don’t expect it to change dramatically.

February 2017 – Sticks and Stones (Kinky Cupid 3) and re-do of All the Gear (Kinky Cupid 4). Both short novellas. All the Gear was previously published by All romance Ebooks, now both will be self published. Sticks and Stones is all new. All the Gear will probably change quite a bit from the first version.

May 2017 – With a Kiss. Stand alone novel. It’s currently available with Resplendence Publishing, but I’ll be re-polishing it and bringing out a self pub version when I get the rights back. I don’t think it will change substantially, but I’m considering adding an extra scene at the end.

August 2017 – Sparkle (Avian Shifters 2.5). An all new short follow up to Magpie.

November 2017 – Albatross (Avian Shifters 3). An all new novel.

And I think that’s it for now🙂

Thank you to everyone for the birthday wishes on Facebook!

*Hugs*

Kim Dare

March will be a much better month than February was!

Hi Everyone,

If you’re wondering where February’s blog post went, I know how you feel. I wonder where February as a whole went! In my case it started with a virus, ended with a minor shoulder injury, and wasn’t much better in the middle, lol. Not a lot of work got done.

But, it’s March now, and I’m determined that March will be a much better month than February was!

Okay, down to business.

News –

It feels like very old news now, but back in January, the Goodreads MM Romance Group had it’s annual awards celebrations.

Axel’s Pup came second in Hurt/Comfort and first in BDSM! A huge thank you to everyone who nominated and voted for me – it probably goes without saying that I’m really chuffed.

In related news, as of this month, Axel’s Pup has been out for a whole year. It’s been better received than I ever imagined. More thanks for everyone who has bought, reviewed, recommended and generally supported the book. I still find it hard to wrap my mind around the fact that it’s gone down so well!

On to other news – not so positive this time. You may well have heard by now, that the publisher Amber Quill will be closing its doors at the end of this month. They were a fantastic publisher who were an absolute joy to work with.

While I’ve heard stories of other publishers who’ve closed down acting in unprofessional, or downright dishonest, ways at the end, I just want to say that nothing like that has happened with Amber Quill. Royalties were (and still are) being paid on time, e-mails are being answered, and they’ve done everything they can do to make any transitions as smooth and painless as possible for all their authors.

I had 17 titles published with Amber Quill. The 14 Pushing the Envelope stories have already been returned to me. The 3 Kinky Quickie stories are being returned to me at the end of March when they close down permanently.

The important bit: If you’ve bought any stories published by Amber Quill (by me or anyone else) please check and make sure you have back up copies, because it’s likely you won’t be able to access them after the publisher closes.

Okay – on to happier news. I’ve finally posted my re-edited version of Make a Wish up on All Romance E-books. It’s a free short story that follows on from Gay Like You. Just click on the cover below to find out more.

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And, from there, on to future plans!

I’m still working my way through Pushing the Envelope. I have two new stories to add and a bit more editing to do before it goes off to formal editing etc. It should be ready to be released this summer, all in one volume🙂

I’m still trying to stick to my resolution not to plan too far ahead, so I’m keeping my options open after this project.

And I think that’s all for now – here’s to March being a much better month than February was🙂

*Hugs*

Kim Dare

Happy 2016!

Hello🙂

It’s been a while since I posted last – far longer than I intended it to be, but that’s pretty much par for the course with me and blogging I’m afraid. I write so many posts in my head, and completely fail to type them into the computer!

In December in particular, I should have been around, telling you about Christmas books I’ve written in the past. And I should probably have done a post all about what I did during 2015 – especially since 2015 was a good year for me.

I didn’t do any of that. Mostly because I was busy taking stock in a different way. I took December off writing and editing (my first ever “holiday from writing”) and spent it thinking about where I am with my writing, what direction I want to go in next, and how best to get there.

I don’t have any huge dramatic conclusions to share. But I did make some decisions, which I hope will allow me to build on the improvements in my health from 2015, and ultimately produce more books.

I kind of expected to come out of December with a plan and a schedule for 2016. Instead I came out with the realisation that I’m going to do my dammedest to avoid planning and scheduling anything in advance.

One of the reasons I switched to self publishing is so that I don’t have to plan so far ahead or stick to deadlines. (Because, due to my energy levels being hugely unpredictable, plans and deadlines are stressful and impracticable for me.) However, habits are hard to break and I took the formal publishing mindset over to self pub with me. I gave myself just as many deadlines as publishers ever did.

So, in 2016, I’m going to make myself take one project at a time. I’ll pick my first project and do it to the very best of my ability. Then, when the first project is finished, I’ll pick my next project and do the same.

My first project for this year is the second edition of Pushing the Envelope. It was originally released in 14 parts. I’m going to tweak and re-edit it, as well as (probably) add two more parts.

The new edition will be released all in one ebook – kind of a series box set thing.

It will be released as and when it’s ready. No advanced scheduling, remember?

So, there we are.

2015 was a much better year than I expected – both health wise and professionally. It was hundreds of times better than 2014.

Here’s to hoping that 2016 will be an even better year for us all!

*Hugs*

Kim Dare

Magpie!

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The second draft of Magpie is now available!

You can find the e-book version on All Romance Ebooks, Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Here’s the blurb:

Everet has found his perfect place in the nest. As a raven, he’s ideally suited to his new role in the nest’s security flock. Some of the jobs it entails have been far more enjoyable than others, but when he’s called to retrieve a magpie, who’s got himself into trouble in a local human club, it becomes a truly life changing experience.

Magpie shifters have always been looked down on by other avians. Just as attracted to shiny things in their human bodies as they are in their avian forms, everyone knows they’ll do anything for money—and they’re not above stealing what they can’t get by more honest means.

Kane knows what being a magpie means, and he’s got the bruises to show for it. When Everet rescues him from his latest scrape, Kane knows better than to believe the raven will actually take an interest in him and his welfare, but it’s just possible that Everet is different to any other man Kane has ever met.

Please Note: This book is best read in order as part of the Avian Shifters series. The previous stories are Duck! and Celebrate.

Please also note: This is the second edition of this title. It has been tweaked and re-edited, but the story hasn’t changed.

If you aren’t sure if you’re interested in it or not, you can read the first chapter on All Romance E-books or you can read the first 10% as a sample on Amazon.

The print version has just been finalised. It should be showing up for sale soon🙂

Time to Celebrate!

Hi Everyone!

Happy November! So much happy news!

Axel’s Pup has received an honourable mention in the Rainbow Awards. (Final results will come out in December.)

Celebrate is up for sale!

I haven’t posted much about it – I don’t think anyone has even seen a blurb before today! It’s a short story follow up to Duck! Here are the details…

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Blurb:

It’s not easy learning how to be a swan, but Ori Jones has worked hard to embrace a role that still doesn’t come entirely naturally to him. Now, almost a year after his first full shift, he finally feels as if he is making a difference at the Anderson nest.

Ori’s happier than he’d ever been, until a few words from his master, Raynard, suddenly bring all of Ori’s old fears rushing back to the surface.

The nest’s elders want to have a party for Ori’s birthday, but Ori can’t see any reason to celebrate in it being a year since he reached his avian maturity. After all, what’s the use in learning to be a good swan when Raynard never wanted a swan in the first place?

It’s about 9000 words, is priced at $0.99.

You can get it on Amazon and All Romance E-books. (Barnes & Noble link will show up soon.)

Also, the second edition of Magpie has gone up to pre-order!

If you were around when the first edition came out, then please bear in mind that this one has been tweaked and re-edited, but the story hasn’t been altered or extended.

Here are the details:

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Blurb:

Everet has found his perfect place in the nest. As a raven, he’s ideally suited to his new role in the nest’s security flock. Some of the jobs it entails have been far more enjoyable than others, but when he’s called to retrieve a magpie, who’s got himself into trouble in a local human club, it becomes a truly life changing experience.

Magpie shifters have always been looked down on by other avians. Just as attracted to shiny things in their human bodies as they are in their avian forms, everyone knows they’ll do anything for money—and they’re not above stealing what they can’t get by more honest means.

Kane knows what being a magpie means, and he’s got the bruises to show for it. When Everet rescues him from his latest scrape, Kane knows better than to believe the raven will actually take an interest in him and his welfare, but it’s just possible that Everet is different to any other man Kane has ever met.

It’s 80,000 words long and priced at $4.99.

You can pre-order it now, and it will release on November 14th.

It’s on Amazon and All Romance E-books. (Barnes & Noble doesn’t allow for indi pre-orders.)

That’s it for now🙂

*Hugs*

Kim.

Release dates for November and a new release!

Hi everyone!

I have two announcements today.

First is that I finally have set release dates for Magpie and Celebrate.

Celebrate will release on November 1st.

Magpie will go up for pre-order on the first, and release for real on the 14th November.

My second announcement is that an amazing friend of mine – Bronwyn Green – has just released her first ever BDSM MM story! Bronwyn was the first friend I made when I was first accepted for publication way back in 2008 – I love her to bits🙂

Here’s the cover by the lovely Kris Norris.

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The blurb:

Ten years ago, Morgan Weaver walked away from everything he loved—his burgeoning career as a composer, his cello, and his best friend, James. Family obligations and guilt keep him tied to a job he hates, and his dreams have collected even more dust than his instrument. 

James Shepherd was left reeling when Morgan abandoned not only their dreams of writing and performing together, but their friendship. James forged on to become an internationally known musician, but he’s always felt Morgan’s loss and has never been able to shake the feeling that he’s responsible for the other man’s choice to leave everything behind. 

A simple request from Morgan’s sister brings the men together in a way neither of them expected, and long-denied desire bubbles to the surface overwhelming them both. Knowing it’s only temporary, Morgan finds himself lost in a haze of submission, finally able to experience being at James’ mercy and determined to enjoy it while it lasts. James, however, has other plans and is equally determined to show Morgan he can have all he’s ever wanted—including what they have together.

And the buy link:

Out of Sync is available now. You can read an excerpt and buy a copy on Amazon here.