About kimdare

Bisexual submissive. Author of BDSM erotic romances. Most of my stories are Male/Male, and all of them feature lots of Kink, Love and a Happy Ending.

Happy New Year + Now Available to Pre-Order :)

Happy New Year Everyone!

2018 was the year where I finally managed to put bits of my brain back together well enough to resume writing regularly! So I feel like I’m starting 2019 in a much better position than where I started 2019.

I worked every single day for the last eight months of 2018 (after only managing 8 days in the first four months). I didn’t do a huge amount every day, but I did work consistently. In 2019, I’m hoping to maintain that, and to build on it.

2018 also saw the closure of Resplendence Publishing. I regained the rights to 24 of my titles at the end of the year. They will all eventually be release as indi titles, but it will take quite a bit of time to make that happen, so your patience is appreciated there.

Okay, the publication schedule for 2019…

The last two books in the Kinky Cupid series are not only firmly fixed in the schedule, they’re also now up for pre-order now on Amazon, Kobo, Barnes & Noble and Smashwords! (iBooks pre-order coming soon.)

They are both best read in sequence as part of the Kinky Cupid series (the previous titles being Once a Brat and Base Over Apex).

1st February – Sticks and Stones (Kinky Cupid 3)

15. Sticks and Stones

Sticks and Stones is an entirely new story featuring Dan, who appeared briefly in previous titles, and Mr Tomlinson, one of the owners of The Spread Eagle.

Here’s the blurb:

As the owner of The Spread Eagle, Mr Tomlinson has told himself that the only reason he keeps a watchful eye on his bartender, Dan, is because he doesn’t like his employees slacking off when they’re on the clock. What other interest could he have in Dan when they are both confirmed doms?

Finding out from the club’s resident brat, Bret, that Dan has switched in the past, opens up a whole new world of opportunities for Mr Tomlinson. And, discovering that Bret is trying to set Dan up with a dom who is completely unsuitable for him means that Mr Tomlinson has to act quickly.

But was everything Bret told Mr Tomlinson the truth? And, if Dan really is a switch, why has he been lying about that ever since he came to work at The Spread Eagle?

Pre-order links, excerpt and further details on my website here.

1st March – All the Gear (Kinky Cupid 4)

16. All the Gear

All the Gear is sort of a re-release and sort of not one. When I tried to update the story (originally titled All the Gear, No Idea), I found I would be better off re-writing it from almost scratch.

A few thousand words of the old version made it into the new version, everything else was built from a blank screen. The plot is similar, but has been expanded. McCormack’s character hasn’t changed, but Theo grew quite a bit. This version is also over 10,000 words longer (30k rather than 18k).

So, it’s kind of the same story, and kind of not.

Here’s the new blurb:

McCormack’s damned if he’ll be the next of Marcus’s friends to find himself set up by Bret, and as Valentine’s Day approaches, he’s especially wary. But, apparently, it’s not Bret’s plans for him he should be worried about.

When Mr Tomlinson asks McCormack for a favour, he finds himself going along with it, even though babysitting a novice who has all the gear, but no idea what to do with any of it, is the last thing he wants to do on Valentine’s night.

Theo is nothing like the experienced subs McCormack usually plays with, but he soon finds himself captivated by Theo’s clumsy yet earnest attempts to please him.

It really does seem like opposites attract, and everything is perfect—right up to the moment when McCormack discovers that one of his friends has a hidden agenda where Theo is concerned.

Pre-order links, excerpt and further details on my website here.

March should also see the paperback version of the Kinky Cupid series released, with all four titles in the series combined in one book.

The third ebook title of 2019 is Virgin Territory. It’s scheduled for release on 1st May, and will probably go up for pre-order in February.

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Virgin Territory is a re-release.

(It’s also the last title I need to re-release from those that were originally published by All Romance Ebooks before they imploded. Yay! Now I only need to finish doing the re-releases of titles I regained from Amber Quill, Resplendence Publishing and Riptide Publishing, lol!)

This one was tweaked and re-edited, but it wasn’t substantially extended from the original version. You can find the blurb and further info here.

In the second half of the year, I’m hoping to have another two or three titles go on sale.

One of those will be Bayden’s Alpha – the second book in the Werewolves & Dragons series after Axel’s Pup.

I’m in the process of writing this book at the moment. The original plan was for it to be about 120k, but it looks likely to end up being closer to 180k (the same length as Axel’s Pup).

I’m tentatively hoping for it to come out October 2019, but I can’t make any promises just yet.

The final one or two books for 2019 are still undecided. Maybe a new version of Mistletoe and Submission. Maybe a compilation of short stories. Maybe something else. I’ll decide once Bayden’s Alpha is finished 🙂

And that’s it!

Happy 2019 – I hope it will be a wonderful year for us all!

*Hugs*

Kim Dare

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10 Years Ago Today…

10 years ago today, my first title was published!

I’ve actually been published for a decade!

It’s incredible to think about how long it’s been, and how quickly it’s gone!

On the 8th of December 2008 my first e-book – The Gift – was released into the world by Total-e-Bound Publishing (who later became Totally Bound Publishing, and split their MM titles off into Pride Publishing).

The book was MM, BDSM, with some paranormal elements and lots of soppiness. (So, if I do have a brand, I think it’s fair to say that it existed right from that first title, lol.)

 

1. The Gift

If Charles prefers leather to tinsel, that’s okay. Nicky is still sure he can teach his master to love Christmas – with the aid of a perfect gift.

Just because Charles doesn’t see any point in making a fuss about Christmas, that doesn’t mean he can’t tolerate Nicky’s passion for tinsel and holly. He’s never forbidden his pet from enjoying any of his Christmas traditions and he thinks that’s enough.

Nicky has one ambition – to give his master a perfect Christmas. He’s willing to do anything to make that happen – even if it means taking risks and asking his master for special privileges – even if it means inviting a third man into their bed.

The Spirit of Christmas Past isn’t used to visiting Christmases that involve quite so much nudity, passion or kinky sex. Leading a dominant man like Charles through the Christmases isn’t easy – and keeping his eyes off the frequently naked Nicky is impossible. Still, all the spirit can do is enjoy the show – because his job is to bring lovers together and fade away inconspicuously. That’s the plan. However, if someone suddenly wants to thank him, who is he to say no?

 

It’s strange re-reading a book that you wrote so long ago. I know it’s far from perfect. If I was writing it now, I think I could do a better job. But, if my writing were no better now than it was then, it would mean that I’ve wasted a decade! And, if I’m honest, there’s one bit where I cry every time I re-read the story – so I’m going to hope that means I did something right in that bit of the story 🙂

It’s been a wild ten years, with over 100 titles published, from short stories to full length novels. There were years where I wrote at least two novellas a month, and years where I was too ill to write much at all.

Publishers have come and gone, as have distributors, formats, review sites and so many other things. The way many people see e-books has changed, so has the way people see BDSM and same-sex relationships.

But at the same time I think the important things have stayed the same. I still love writing the kind of books I write and believe that they are worth writing. I still love my characters and want to help them find their happy endings. I still love the readers and the writers who make up this little bit of the book-ish community. And I’m still incredibly grateful that I get to spend my time and make my living writing these books.

Huge hugs and thanks to everyone who has been with me along the way!

*Hugs Everyone*

Kim Dare

P.S. There wasn’t a blog post / newsletter at the start of this month because I haven’t really got a whole lot to report this month.

That’s one of the problems when you start writing a long novel. Months can go by with the only update being – yep, still working on the novel, lol.

But, for those who have asked – yes, I’m now deep into working on Bayden’s Alpha and it’s tentatively going okay so far 🙂

Resplendence Publishing Closing

Hi Everyone,

Just in case anyone missed my previous post about this…

Resplendence Publishing has recently announced they will be closing at the end of November 2018.

Please make sure you have backed up all titles purchased through their website before the end of November. While, as I understand it, you should still be able to access any titles you purchased through other vendors, I’d advise backing them up just in case.

I’ve listed all of my titles which will be affected below, to make it as easy as possible for you to check if you have them backed up. There are 39 altogether (including titles I’ve already regained the rights to / released new editions of).

New editions of all of the soon to be out-of-print titles will be released independently as quickly as possible, but it will take some time. Your patience is appreciated.

Avian Shifters

Duck! (1st edition)
Magpie (1st edition)

Stand Alone Titles

With a Kiss (1st edition)

Thrown to the Lions Series

Ryland’s Sacrifice
Marrick’s Promise
Ellery’s Duty
Cameron’s Pride

Sex Sells Series

Sealing the Deal
Waking Up Naked
Learning the Ropes
Turning the Tables

Rawlings Men Series

Handcuffs and Leather
Handcuffs and Glory Holes
Handcuffs and Headlocks
Handcuffs and Trouble
Handcuffs and Spreader Bars
Handcuffs and Ball Gags
Handcuffs and Megabytes
Handcuffs and Pretty Things

Sun, Sea and Submission Series

Packing Leather
Obedient Slave
Naked Truth
Vanilla Licks
Masochist’s Choice
Seeking Something

The Whole A-Z Collection

Facing Fitz
Indulging Ivan
Melting Mr. Mowburrey
Admiring Anna
Obeying Olivia
Warning Wendy

Resplendence Gems

Not One Word
On This Day
Touching Wood
Squeaky Clean
Home Sweet Home
In the Blink of an Eye
Hard at Work
Camping It Up

Sorry again for any inconvenience this is causing.

*Hugs*

Kim Dare.

November Newsletter – Good News and Bad News

Hi Everyone!

Happy November!

October was an interesting month. Not using social media for the entire month was odd, but not as much of a challenge as I actually thought it would be. It certainly helped me get my brain back to a more even keel!

Moving forward, I’ll be checking in on social media every week or so, but I still won’t be on there a lot. So, the best way to contact me is either e-mail or a comment on this blog.

Okay, so – two big things for November…

First the good news…

Once a Brat (Kinky Cupid 1) is out and available now from Amazon, Kobo, Apple Books, Nook, Smashwords and Payhip.

14. Once a Brat

Experienced dominant Marcus has a stalker. On the plus side, the boy who follows him around every time he visits his local leather club is both gorgeous and a self-professed submissive. On the other hand the boy is also inexperienced, bratty and liable to drive Marcus insane within his constant chatter.

Bret fell head over heels with Marcus the moment he saw him. He’s willing to do whatever it takes to get Marcus’s attention and prove his own worth as a submissive. Just because he isn’t a traditional sub, that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have a lot to offer a dom who can handle his quirks.

When Marcus gives in and agrees to do a scene with Bret, sparks soon fly. But, will it be a case of once a brat, always a brat? 

Please note – This is the second edition of this title. The cover and publisher have changed, but the text has not been altered.

I know it’s a bit of an odd time of year to release a Valentine’s themed title, but I really wanted to get it back out before the third book in the series – Sticks and Stones – comes out next February.

And, on to the Bad News…

Resplendence Publishing have recently announced that they will be closing down.

If you have bought any titles directly from their website, please make sure you download and back up those titles by the end of November. After that date, you will not be able to access the library / bookshelf there. While this shouldn’t affect any titles you purchased through other retailers, I’d advise you to back them up too, just to be safe.

All the titles I published through Resplendence Publishing will be effected – 39 in all. (This includes their editions of titles which I have since reclaimed and re-released.) I’ve made a page with a list of these titles here, to make it as easy as possible for you to check.

As of December 1st, all the titles which I haven’t previously reclaimed and re-released will go out of print. I’ll get them tweaked, re-edited and back out as soon as I can, but it will probably take a while. Thank you for your understand and your patience.

While this will alter the order in which I intended to reclaim and re-issue titles from other publishers, it shouldn’t alter the timeline for my releasing new work. New books will be my first priority. Re-releases will fit in around them.

And I think that’s it for now 🙂

Hope you have an amazing November!

*Hugs*

Kim Dare

October Newsletter

Hi Everyone!

Happy October!

A few different things to update everyone on this month…

Expanded Distribution!

Also known as a posh way to say I finally have my ebooks up for sale on a few more websites 🙂

My indi titles are now all available on Amazon, Kobo, Barnes & Noble/Nook, Apple Books (which was called iTunes or iBooks until recently), Smashwords (plus the places Smashwords distributes to) and Payhip. Links to all the channels are on the individual book pages on my website.

The only ones left to add are the free ones, which I’ll be doing in between writing projects, as time allows.

Print books

Apologies if any of my print titles are showing as temporarily unavailable. Create Space (the people who used to produce my paper backs) have just merged with Amazon, and there are a few teething troubles. They will hopefully all be available again soon, along with the print version of With a Kiss.

Content Notes

I’ve been working on a project for a little while now, getting content notes for my stories written and posted on my website. It’s something that will always be something of an ongoing project, but I finally have the indi ones more or less done.

I wanted to make them as easily findable as possible for those who want them, but not put them where people who consider them spoilers will trip over them – so they’re all grouped together on a dedicated page. There’s a link on each book page on my website, and I’ve updated each of the book files to put a link in them too.

While it’s never possible to cover every single topic someone might want to be warned about, I’ve tried to cover the main ones effectively. So – references to sexual violence, intimate partner violence, drug use, self harm, secondary character death etc.

I’ve made them as detailed as felt possible, noting where the content is on or off page, or where it’s a reference to something in the character’s past. It would be fair to say there are significant spoilers all over the place.

The books I’ve made content notes for are – Axel’s Pup, With a Kiss, Duck, Celebrate, Magpie, Worth Waiting For, Worth a Shot.

For what it’s worth, I think they make my stories sound a lot darker than they really are. They are mostly just a mixture of kinky and soppy.

Hopefully they will help where they can help and be ignored by everyone else 🙂

Here’s the Content Notes Page.

Social Media

I’m trying to change the way I use social media. The first step in that is going to be a complete social media detox. So, I’ll be taking a complete break from social media during October.

I’m also trying to speed up and get more writing done, so hopefully those two things will work well together 🙂

If you’d like to get in touch with me, I’ll still be reachable via e-mail, and I’ll still see the comments posted to this blog. However, it’s really unlikely I’ll see anything anyone says to me on Facebook (both page and profile), Twitter, Messenger or Pintrest.

Sorry in advance if it looks like I’m ignoring any one, that’s really not my intention!

New Releases

My last new release, for those who were on holidays at the end of August / beginning of September and might have missed it, was Straight to Hell. It’s a MM, BDSM, Erotic Romance Novella. Thank you to everyone who has read and reviewed so far!

The next release is the second edition of Once a Brat, which will come out at the start of November.

Works in Progress

I’m working hard to finish the new version of All the Gear. That should go off to my lovely editor some time this month.

Next up is Bayden’s Alpha. By the end of the month, this book will finally have my complete attention.

It probably wouldn’t be entirely truthful to say that Bayden’s Alpha is coming *soon*, since it’s a long book and will take quite some time to write, but it is now properly in the works 🙂

And that’s it – Hope everyone has a great October!

*Hugs*

Kim Dare

Straight to Hell – Available Now!

Hi Everyone!

Straight to Hell is available now from Amazon, Kobo, Nook, iTunes, Payhip and Smashwords.

It’s Male/Male, BDSM, erotic romance and work colleagues to lovers, with a straight guy who turns out not to be all that straight 🙂

It’s the first book in the Heart and Handcuffs Collection, but all the titles stand alone and feature different couples.

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Here’s the blurb:

A straight man and a gay man walk into a hotel room… It could be the start of a bad joke or the beginning of their hottest fantasy.

Michael is gay, out, and proud. He’s also been in love with his straight work-colleague, Simon, for months. When a business trip finds them sharing a hotel room, Michael expects it to be nothing more than mildly frustrating. But, apparently, Simon has other plans.

Michael knows that agreeing to a no-strings hook up with a straight guy is a bad idea. He knows he’s being taken advantage of. And he knows he should say no, because if he doesn’t, the whole trip is going to go straight to hell.

You can also read an excerpt on my website.

Hope everyone’s having a great September so far!

*Hugs*

Kim.

Straight to Hell – Pre-Order Now!

Hi Everyone!

Straight to Hell will be officially out on 3rd of September, and it’s available for pre-order now on Amazon, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords.

It’s my first completely new release in a long time, so I really hope you’ll like it!

It’s a Male/Male, BDSM, erotic romance novella. It’s the first in the Hearts and Handcuffs collection, but the stories are only linked by theme so they will all be able to be read individually and in any order.

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Here’s the blurb:

​A straight man and a gay man walk into a hotel room… It could be the start of a bad joke or the beginning of their hottest fantasy.

Michael is gay, out, and proud. He’s also been in love with his straight work-colleague, Simon, for months. When a business trip finds them sharing a hotel room, Michael expects it to be nothing more than mildly frustrating. But, apparently, Simon has other plans.

Michael knows that agreeing to a no-strings hook up with a straight guy is a bad idea. He knows he’s being taken advantage of. And he knows he should say no, because if he doesn’t, the whole trip is going to go straight to hell.

And, if you’d like to read an excerpt, you can find one on my website here.

Hope August is being kind to you all!

*Hugs*

Kim