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…

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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

March Newsletter – Coming Soon and Explanations!

Hi Everyone,

I’m a bit late with the newsletter this month. Part of it was hard to write, so I did the mature, sensible thing, and put it off for as long as I could, lol.

Easy bits first:

I’ve reclaimed the rights to several of my titles which were previously published by Pride or Resplendence Publishing. These titles will be unavailable until such time as I manage to release indi versions.

The MM ones are mostly short stories, except for With a Kiss.

With a Kiss was the last novel I had left with a publisher. I’m hoping to bring out a new version later this year. It will be re-edited and possibly slightly extended.

The short stories will probably be compiled into an anthology and re-released in that format. Not sure on the time line for that.

I’ve also reclaimed the last of my stories that involve women. Since I haven’t brought any of those titles back out yet, at this point the only stories I have available are MM. Not sure what to do with the non-MM stories right now, but I’ll try to work something out.

Next topic – Current Work in Progress:

I said last month that I was going to work on one of two projects. I ended up working on a completely different one!

What Happens at the Hotel is a 20k word novella. It’s MM, BDSM. I’ve already got it drafted and partially edited. I’m hoping it will be able to come out quite soon – hopefully in May 🙂

When it comes out, it will be the first completely new work I’ve published in quite a while.

Which brings me to the part of the blog post I’ve been putting off. It’s become increasingly obvious that I need to offer everyone some sort of more complete explanation for why new work has been so slow appearing.

(I’ve mentioned some of this before, but I’ll recap some basics for those who haven’t read previous posts on the topic.)

I’ve had ME (sometimes referred to as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) and fybromyalgia for over two decades now. As a result of dealing with those conditions for so long, I also have issues with anxiety.

A little over two years ago, just as I was coming to the end of my work on Axel’s Pup, I tried a new medication that is supposed to help with the pain associated with fybromyalgia, as well as help with anxiety. I was in a pretty bad place health wise, so it seemed worth a try.

It did help in some ways. It also came with some pretty horrible side effects. I won’t bore you with the rest of them, but one of those side effects was that I found it very difficult to access that part of my brain where writing happens. The longer I was on the tablets the harder it was to write and it reached a point where it felt like that part of my brain was completely walled off – I’m not sure how else to describe it.

Although the medication helped a lot with pain and anxiety, not being able to write caused me to become severely depression. For quite a while I was in a very dark place. It became dangerous.

I ended up stopping the tablets last August. Gradually, as the medication left my system, I’ve been able to re-access the writing part of my brain. At first it was an intermittent process – the stories would come back for a day or two, then disappear. But, since last month it’s become a lot more consistent, which I why I’ve finally been able to write something new.

My brain is finally starting to work the way it should, or at least the way it does when not on medication. I’m not working as quickly as I would like, but I am hoping that I’ll have a few new stories published this year. They will probably be shorter works to start with, and I’ll build up to being able to produce full length novels again.

Unfortunately, it might still be a while before I’m able to work on big projects, like the next story in the Werewolves and Dragons series. But please trust that I am working my way towards being able to do that.

I understand that a lot of people are impatient to find out what comes next for Axel and Bayden, and that a lot of readers feel that there has already been far too long a delay between titles.

I love that people enjoyed their first book so much and that they are so invested in Axel and Bayden’s future. But, I promise you, that if I could have, I’d have published their next book months ago. I’m not refusing to publish the next part of their story because I don’t care about the characters or because I’m being bloody minded about it! The only reason it hasn’t been published is because I’ve been physically incapable of writing it.

As I said at the top of this post, I don’t find it easy to talk about some things. Explaining things about my health means I have to face facts myself about how bad my health (physical and mental) has been over the last few years. It also means facing the fact there will probably be people who won’t react well to what I have to say.

But, anyway, that part of the post is finally written now.

Have a fantastic March everyone!

*Hugs*

Kim Dare.

February Newsletter :)

Hi Everyone!

Quick round up of January to start us off…

One ebook came out – Instant Gratification. It’s a 23k word re-release of a previously published story called Yes!

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It’s the first book I’ve brought out since ARe imploded , so I’m trying out some new distribution channels for the first time.

Instant Gratification is now available on Amazon, Kobo, Nook, Payhip and Smashwords.

Audible Studios also released three more of my titles in ebook.

Base Over Apex, Worth Waiting For and Worth a Shot were all narrated by Joe Arden.

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Or, you can see the whole list of audio titles released so far here.

On to my plans for February…

I have a flash fic follow up to Instant Gratification called Delayed Gratification. That will show up as part of RJ Scott’s Valentine Event. There will be a giveaway on the blog at the same time 🙂

In the background, I’ll be working on my next release.

It will either be the next story in the How I Met My Master collection – a story called Sudden Surrender, which is a reworking of a previously released title that was originally called Elliot’s War.

Or, it will be Sticks and Stones, which is the next story in the Kinky Cupid series and which is completely new. It all depends how well my brain is willing to work with my plans 🙂

Have a good month, everyone!

*Hugs*

Kim.

Instant Gratification – Available Now!

Hi Everyone,

I had this marked down as my February release, but I decided to get it out before the Valentine’s rush, so you can find it on Amazon now 🙂

It’s been uploaded to Nook / Barnes and Noble too, but hasn’t gone live there yet.

This is the second edition of this title. It was originally released as part of the Friction Anthology, and as a stand alone story called Yes!

It’s been re-worked to become part of the How I Met My Master collection, but it hasn’t been significantly extended. (I think it might have gone from 20 to 23k, but it’s extra detail rather than extra scenes.) So please check if you have the old title before you buy.

The new edition has a new cover, by the very lovely Kris Norris…

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Here’s the blurb:

Frustration has never been one of Alex’s kinks. Neither has self-denial, or saying no to men he’d really like to have sex with. So, he’s not quite sure how he ended up in this mess.

The bet had sounded so simple when he first heard it. All he needs to do is say no to everything Stephen offers him for the next twelve hours. How hard could that possibly be? Despite the fact that Stephen is the kind of guy Alex would love to say yes to, for vanilla at least, Alex is confident he’s going to win the bet no trouble at all.

He remains confident, right up until the moment the bet begins and he finds himself in more trouble than he ever thought possible. Then, the only thing Alex is sure about is that twelve hours is an incredibly long time for a man to have to resist temptation, especially if that man has been used to instant gratification.

And here’s a little taster:

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Audio Releases and Kindle Unlimited :)

Two announcements today!

Base Over Apex has made it into audio. It’s narrated by Joe Arden, and produced by Audible Studios. You can find it on the Audible website here:

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I’ve also decided that it’s time to see how Kindle Unlimited will work for a few of my titles. I’m starting with Pushing the Envelope.

For the next three months, subscribers to Kindle Unlimited will be able to read it as part of their subscription. It will also be available for sale on Amazon as usual, but it won’t be available on any other distributor websites (such as Nook).

Click on the pic to go to the Amazon page 🙂

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That’s it for now, but, if all goes to plan, I might be back next week brining my February release out a little bit early 🙂

*Hugs*

Kim Dare

 

Avians in Audio!

Hi Everyone,

As I’ve so often had to say before – I’m really sorry it’s been so long since I’ve posted any updates here.

It’s been a combination of not a lot to say because I haven’t been able to get much done, along with quite a bit of inconsistency about what I’ve felt up to working on, so not a lot to say about what I’m doing either. Every time I start a post saying I’m working on one thing, I end up working on something else before I’ve even hit the button to post it, lol.

But I actually have news today – and it’s good news!

Duck! and Magpie have just been released in audio by Audible Studios!

I sold the audio rights to six books to them a little while ago, but I wasn’t expecting them to come out so soon, so it’s been a bit of a surprise, but a good one 🙂

I’ve made a concious decision not to listen to audio versions of my own books, because I think having a narrator’s version of a character’s voice, competing with the version of the character’s voice that already exists inside my head, will make it harder for me to keep on writing the characters in future titles.

However, I do have it on good authority that the narrator for Duck! and Magpie – Rod M. Maskew – is amazing!

Here are the links to each book on Audible 🙂

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The other audio books that Audible Studios have the rights to are Axel’s Pup, Worth Waiting For, Worth a Shot, and Base Over Apex. Not sure when they will release them, but I’ll let you know as and when I get the info 🙂

Briefly, before I go – in other news:

I’ve recently finished a re-working of a short novella called Yes! The original version came out with Totally Bound a few years ago, both as a stand alone and in the Friction Anthology, but I have the rights back now and will be bringing a new version of it out in the first quarter of 2017.

Yes! has gone off to editorial, and I’ve ordered the cover, so it’s all going to plan there.

Hope everyone is having a fantastic December and enjoying all the holidays 🙂

*Hugs*

Kim.