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Flash Sale!

Today’s the day ladies all over the world get to pop the question to the men in their lives 😀 As I’m already married, I thought I’d celebrate this day of topsy-turvy lovin’ with a flash sale. For 29th February only, the following books are at least 40% off:

DOTS-cover-smaller-200x300 Flash Sale! Dom on the Side

Only $2.99 at Amazon | AllRomance

When a one-night stand makes Ryan Jessop a casual offer to introduce him to BDSM, he discovers in Jim a skilled Dominant. Sameer Farouk is the right guy at the wrong time, and as far as Ryan can tell, not kinky. Torn between them, Ryan must decide if he’s prepared to gamble everything on one man, or if he’d be better off with a vanilla boyfriend and a Dom on the side.

 


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The Slave

Only $2.99 at Amazon | AllRomance

Loving his master comes easily to Tam, having been a slave since he was twelve years old. His life is perfect, until the day he’s charged with purchasing his replacement. He wants to hate Kai for being his successor in their master’s bed. But it’s hard to hate a man who cries himself to sleep, flinches at the slightest touch, and blushes beautifully when he’s kissed.

 


 

DEAD-PAST-cover-200x300 Flash Sale! The Dead Past

Only $0.99 at Amazon | AllRomance

Puddledown, England, 1948. Hugo Wainwright has been denying his attraction to men his whole life. When he stumbles over a murdered body in the woods, the ensuing investigation throws him in with Tommy Granger, the police inspector’s prime suspect. Certain of Tommy’s innocence, Hugo vows to clear the name of the man he’s falling for, but Tommy has his own secrets; secrets with deadly consequences.

 

 

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Love is in the Air

Happy Valentine’s Day! It’s snowy here in the Midwest, so today AJ and I are staying indoors, working hard, and maybe catching last night’s episode of Black Sails later on. Hope wherever you are you’re warm and loved 😀

Despite not going anywhere three-dimensional today, I’m all over the place online. Check out the Spread the Love Giveaway over at DiverseReader to win books from 24 authors, including yours truly.

Between 8-10pm EST AJ and I are taking over the For the Love of Reading event on Facebook. It’s an AMA session with great giveaways, and it’s happening now. Jay Northcote, Brigham Vaughn, Helena Stone, Grein Murray, Kade Boehme, and N.R. Walker are also chatting through to 11pm EST, so be sure to drop in and say hi.

Finally, if giveaways aren’t your thing, all my books are 50% off over at ARe today only, including my brand new release, Dom on the Side.

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Release Day: Dom on the Side

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When a one-night stand makes Ryan Jessop a casual offer to introduce him to BDSM, he discovers in Jim a skilled Dominant. Sameer Farouk is the right guy at the wrong time, and as far as Ryan can tell, not kinky. Torn between them, Ryan must decide if he’s prepared to gamble everything on one man, or if he’d be better off with a vanilla boyfriend and a Dom on the side.

Available from Amazon USA, Amazon UK, iTunesAllRomanceEbooks, B&NSmashwords.

Coming soon in paperback.

Note: Dom on the Side is a prequel to the Blowing It series and can be read as a standalone.


 Make sure you check out the awesome book trailer by the super-talented Meredith King!

Blowing It is On #Sale

Yes, you heard that right. From Sunday 29th Nov through Tuesday 01st Dec, Blowing It will be available for the bargain price of $0.99 from Amazon and AllRomance. It’s a top-10 LGBT bestseller reviewers have called “hugely entertaining, wildly fun, and wickedly hot!” Grab your copy now!

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Owen Barnes never expected writing to make him rich, much less with a YA novel written for a bet. Being nominated for the Carnegie Medal, the most prestigious award a children’s author can win, is a dream come true. But Owen’s newfound fame comes at a price, and not just changing his surname to Black.

Gruff, gentle building surveyor Magnus Cassidy is the first man to catch Owen’s interest in almost two years. Owen’s agent, Max, might be trying to control his image, but Magnus sees the real Owen: the eyeliner, drainpipe jeans, and sexy underwear, not the Young Conservative in a tweed jacket Max is turning him into.

When a photo of Owen and Magnus appears online, just weeks before the Carnegie ceremony, Max starts damage limitation. Out and proud since he was fourteen, Owen isn’t going back into the closet without a fight, and he refuses to let his agent erase Magnus from his life. Encouraged by his friends, Owen lashes out, not realising his behaviour could hurt the man he’s doing it all for. Can Owen find a way to reconcile his public and private lives, or has he already blown it?

Contents: passive tops and slutty bottoms, bitchy best friends, bad jokes, sexy underwear, an excess of beards, and a smattering of angst. May contain nuts.

 

✭✩✭✩✭Praise for Blowing It✭✩✭✩✭:

 This book had me smiling, laughing and crying.

I laughed, smiled and enjoyed myself thoroughly.

You can’t go wrong with a Kate Aaron book, pick this one up and be ready to enjoy.

This is, without a doubt, one of the most enjoyable books I’ve read so far in 2015!

Kate Aaron spins a web with her words and getting caught in it is a pure pleasure.

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Bumps In The Road

a-bump-in-the-road-1519580-201x300 Bumps In The RoadThis is something of a confession. The last few months have been a bit of a mess for me. Visa stuff and family stuff and medical stuff, none of it very serious but all of it distracting, and my brain’s been turned to mush. I haven’t written much of anything since I finished Balls Up. I’ve got the sequel, Bottoms Up, all plotted out, but I’ve only got 15k written and it’s become increasingly clear in the past weeks that it isn’t right. There’s something missing and I can’t put my finger on what, but right now the book is sub-par. I’ve tried powering through but until I know what the problem is, I can’t fix it. So I’ve decided to pull up my big girl pants and made the difficult decision to shelve the book for the time being.

Instead, I’m turning my attention to a couple of characters who are speaking to me: Ryan and Sameer. I’m plotting a prequel to the Blowing It series right now, with them at the helm. This will be my first time writing full-on contemporary BDSM, so it’s going to be an interesting challenge, and I hope I can do it justice. (I’d better, or there will be a queue to lynch me, with AJ at the head!)

noah-1-1486926-638x423-300x199 Bumps In The RoadAs of now, the book is untitled, but I’m hoping all that will change in the next couple of months. I’m aiming to release in November, but I’ll be keeping the blog updated with progress so I should have more information soon.

I’d like to thank everyone who’s following the series and apologise to anyone I’ve disappointed with this announcement, but I promise there will be a third Owen and Magnus book. Their story isn’t done yet, it’s just percolating a little longer than anticipated.

For now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a whole plethora of research to do….

Balls Up Charity Donation Update

When I published Balls Up exactly one month ago today, I pledged 10% of the first three months’ profits to Orchid, a UK-based male-specific cancer charity. That figure currently stands at a little over £200 ($310US). There’s still two months to go, and I’m hoping to give a whole lot more before the end!

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Testicular Cancer: Some Facts

Testicular cancer is extremely rare, affecting only 1% of men (an average of 2,300 men are diagnosed in the UK each year). Despite this, and because it disproportionately affects young men (15-49), it is the third biggest killer of young adult males, following accidents and suicide.

Even so, it is not often a killer. In the UK, ten-year survival rates are over 98%. The biggest factor which affects survival is early diagnosis.

The most common symptom of testicular cancer is a pea-sized lump appearing on a testicle. However, only 4% of lumps are cancerous. Other symptoms include:

  • A dull ache or sharp pain in the testicles or scrotum, which may come and go
  • A feeling of heaviness in the scrotum
  • A sudden collection of fluid in the scrotum (hydrocele)
  • Fatigue
  • A general feeling of being unwell

The most important thing any of us can do to reduce the number of unnecessary deaths from this cancer is raise awareness of the symptoms. Speak to your children, partners, and friends, and the next time you see a pair of balls, give ’em a grope. You might just save a life.

KDP Select and the Myth of “The Pot”

So we all know by now that Amazon is changing their payment scheme for Select borrows from a flat-rate payment triggered at 10% read, to a payment per page. They’ve delivered a laughable example of $0.10/page for this new system, which comes into effect next month. I think we all know it’s going to end up being something less than a cent per page when it actually happens, with the old payment of around $1.30 per read being the top-end of payouts for a full-length novel.

Plenty of people have already written about this change, but I want to talk about the entire payment model, premised on a “pot” of money set aside each month for payment to be made from. Allegedly this pot comes from the $9.99 monthly subscription from people enrolled in Kindle Unlimited.

Except it doesn’t.

From day one, Amazon has topped up the pot from its other coffers. They’ve added undisclosed amounts to account for paying a full, fixed amount to large publishers as well as providing incentive bonuses to Select’s top performing authors. Everybody else believes they get a share of what’s left after Amazon has cherry picked those it wants to pay more.

But let’s think about that share. It sounds good, telling people they’re going to “earn” an equal amount of a large sum of money. Each month is almost like winning the lottery. But how do we know that anything is equal?

Amazon says the pot comes from subscriptions. How many subscribers do they have? They won’t say.

Amazon says authors earn a share based on the total number of books borrowed. How many books is that? Amazon won’t say.

Amazon now says they’ll pay based on pages. How many pages are read in an average month? They won’t say. How many readers skim enough to trigger a borrow but don’t read past maybe the first quarter of a book? Amazon won’t say.

Don’t be disillusioned, they know all of this. They know, or can very accurately predict, how many books, how many pages, how many subscribers there will be in a month.

And isn’t it curious how the value of a borrow never seems to fluctuate much?

Select is Amazon’s way of eradicating list prices and 70% royalties they never wanted to offer to begin with. When you sign up, you’re agreeing to let Amazon pay you whatever they want, and trusting them to play fair. Do you think $1.30 on a $5.99 listed title is fair? Because I don’t.

Select authors rely on Amazon’s word that there is a pot and that it’s divvied equally. I would dispute both those claims. Amazon knows what it’s going to pay month on month for Select borrows. The minute fluctuations of a few cents a month are all part of the illusion. The pot is an illusion, a golden carrot dangling before its stable of authors. You hear there are millions up for grabs and like any gambler you buy a ticket. Then, when you don’t get millions, Amazon tells you it’s because you didn’t earn it. It’s all your fault, and nothing to do with the fact they paid out a couple of hundred five figure “bonuses” before they even thought about paying you. It’s nothing to do with the fact they put best sellers like the Hunger Games books in KU and had to pay the publishers the full sale price, however many of the borrows you got.

Amazon could tell us tomorrow what they’re going to pay for July, because they already know. Look beyond the talk of subscribers and pots and equal shares. Open your eyes. Amazon holds all the cards, they have all the data, and they know what they need to put into the pot each month to trigger a price per borrow (soon per page) that they’re happy paying out. All the mythical pot does is distract authors from the fact Amazon has already determined exactly how much they’re worth.

Anniversary Giveaway Winners

Thanks everyone for entering! I used random.org to select five subscribers from my newsletter to win one of my backlist titles of their choice. The winners are:

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Bev S.

Carl M.

Jade C.

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All the winners have been notified. If you want to be in with a chance to win more books, keep up to date with my releases, and grab some free swag, sign up now!