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Sleeping With the Enemy

I did a thing I swore I’d never do: I’ve put some of my eggs entirely in Amazon’s basket. For the next three months, you can read the Puddledown Mysteries trilogy with your Kindle Unlimited subscription.

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Set in small town England in the aftermath of WWII, this series of non-explicit cozy mysteries opens with The Dead Past, Runner Up in the 2014 Rainbow Awards for Best Gay Historical Romance.

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The Dead Past Puddledown Mysteries Book One

21 April 2014 | Novel | 50000 | Historical-MM

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.

The Coward’s Way Puddledown Mysteries Book Two

11 August 2014 | Novella | 45000 | Historical-MM

Hugo Wainwright thought life in Puddledown had returned to normal, following the discovery of a murderer two months earlier. Then the Viscount’s daughter goes missing, and more than one person is keeping a close eye on Tommy Granger’s cabin in the woods. As the net closes, Hugo has a decision to make: will he be brave, or will he take the coward’s way out?

The Poison Pen Puddledown Mysteries, Book Three

05 April 2015 | Novella | 43000 | Historical-MM

There’s a crisis in Puddledown. Weeks before the wedding of Helena Fairfax and Walter Evans, a malicious poison pen writer is wreaking havoc. Closer to home, Hugo Wainwright has his own troubles–Tommy Granger’s family are visiting. When Hugo receives a malicious note, Tommy starts to panic. Can Hugo uncover the author, or will the veiled threats of an anonymous stranger drive him and Tommy apart?

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You Don’t Owe Me A Review

Save-an-author-225x300 You Don't Owe Me A ReviewIt’s been a fact since before I was published that authors these days love reviews. It’s another fact that readers love to leave reviews — sites like Goodreads have created an entire reviewer industry out of ordinary, everyday readers. No longer do you need a doctorate in literature in order to bestow your lofty opinion from the hallowed pages of the Times Literary Supplement. These days, anyone with an internet connection can review whatever they read, however they like. Continue reading →

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. Continue reading →

Just Do It!

Imagine the situation. You’ve got authors desperate for reviews on one hand, and review bloggers desperate for new books on the other. You’d think they’d talk to each other, right?

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Wrong. Only this week I saw a bunch of m/m bloggers talking on Facebook about how nervous they got approaching authors to request review copies of their work. Most, it seems, have had a bad experience with at least one author who called them freeloaders and told them to go away. Then again, a week doesn’t go by I don’t see authors afraid to approach bloggers for fear of being rejected. It seems a silly situation for all parties to be in.

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