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The Poison Pen — Available Now!

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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 note, Tommy starts to panic. Can Hugo uncover the author, or will the veiled threats of an anonymous stranger drive him and Tommy apart?

Available from Amazon, AllRomance, and Smashwords.

Coming soon from B&N, iTunes, and in paperback.

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Coming 06 April – THE POISON PEN, Puddledown 3

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Spring, 1949.

All of Puddledown is excitedly preparing for the upcoming wedding of Helena Fairfax, the Viscount’s daughter, to Walter Evans, a farmer’s son. The unlikely love match is the talk of the town, but Hugo Wainwright and Tommy Granger are dealing with a distraction closer to home. Tommy’s family have announced their intention to visit.

Hugo wants nothing more than to impress his friend’s sister and mother, but Tommy’s brother-in-law, the Rev. Daniel Stone, makes it clear from the moment he arrives he has no time for Tommy. Hugo never considered himself a violent man, but Daniel’s constant dismissal of Tommy brings all his protective instincts to the surface.

Then the letters start arriving.

The community is torn apart as malicious notes are pushed through doors all over Puddledown, and when Hugo receives one, Tommy starts to panic. The police have no suspects, so it’s up to Hugo to expose the culprit before the wedding is ruined and Tommy’s family leave, perhaps never to return. Can he solve the mystery, or will the veiled threats of an anonymous stranger drive Hugo and Tommy apart forever?

Release date: 06 April 2015

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The Slave is on #Sale!

For three days only, The Slave is available for the bargain price of $0.99 on Amazon and AllRomance.* If you haven’t read it yet, now’s your chance!

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★☆★☆★ Reviews ★☆★☆★

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Blowing It — Release Day #mmromance

It’s here! Blowing It is now available from Amazon, AllRomanceEbooks, and Smashwords.

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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.

Word Count: 83,500

Coming soon to Barnes&Noble, iTunes, Scribd, and Oyster.


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BLOWING IT — Coming 23 Feb #mmromance

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Coming 23 February 2015

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.

Word Count: 83,000

Check out the official trailer on YouTube.


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A Little Respect

I’ve not done a publishing post in forever. It’s not really what I talk about anymore. However, given even the NYT is weighing in these days, why not?

Everyone seems to be talking about Kindle Unlimited, an “all you can eat” way of getting ebooks. For $10 a month, Amazon will provide unlimited access to a library of some 700,000 titles. As an author, I can participate in KU by granting Amazon exclusivity and accepting whatever they feel like paying me for that right.

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Release Day! Woo-hoo! #mmromance #lgbt

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 When Tam’s Master sent him to purchase a new slave, he never expected him to  return with Kai, an enemy soldier. At first both slaves are resistant to their changed circumstances, but as the three men grow closer, so too does the war raging around them.

The Slave is available now from  Amazon, iTunes, AllRomanceEbooks, Barnes&Noble, and Smashwords.

The Soldier is available now from Amazon, AllRomanceEbooks, and Smashwords. Coming soon to B&N and iTunes.

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★☆★☆★ Reviews ★☆★☆★

StraightNotNarrow: “Kate Aaron, without a doubt, has outdone herself! The Slave is a captivating tale.”

Literati Book Reviews: “From the first lines, I was enamored, intrigued, scared, hopeful… I was hooked.”

Sinfully Sexy: “Practically from the second Tam started to tell us his story I knew I was going to fall in love with this tale.”

Helena’s Heat: “This book is both incredibly hot and heartbreakingly tender.”

On Top Down Under: “Fantastic fantasy and sexy as sin, The Slave is just that little bit different and highly addictive.” (Link NSFW)

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Good News Day

I’ll start with something personal, The Dead Past is a Rainbow Award finalist! At only $0.99, why not check it out for yourself?

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From the honorable mentions: “I was immediately hooked by the old-style English but perfect writing style of this first book of probably a series which I am going to definitely follow,” and “The author drew me completely into the setting to the point I felt like I was there.”

Then there’s the national news… SCOTUS denying cert. to all seven same-sex marriage cases. It had been mooted as a possibility, but I never thought they’d take it. And finally, PA just voted to add LGBT and gender identity protections to their hate crime laws. Today I am mostly flailing around like a giddy fool. The tears of the haters taste delicious.


Stay tuned for release dates for my new trilogy, Free Men. The first two books are coming later this month! Don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter to get all the latest news (I promise: no spam, not ever) and some exclusive swag — coming soon!

 

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Coming October 2014 ~ Free Men

Proudly announcing the forthcoming release of a new trilogy: Free Men, an AU slaveworld menage. Below are the first two covers. The third novel, The Master, is remaining elusive for a little while longer.

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THE SLAVE

At twenty-seven, Tamelik has been a slave more than half his life, having witnessed his family being murdered in front of him when he was just a child. Naturally submissive, although with a petulant streak, he can’t help but fall in love with the master who treats him kindly.

Tam’s dreams come true when his mistress walks out, leaving her husband behind. For six glorious months, he and his master get to be together. Then Tam is ordered to purchase another slave.

He wants to hate Kai for being unruly and ungrateful. For being of the same race as the men who murdered his family. For being his eventual replacement 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.

Seducing Kai has suddenly become more challenge than chore, and with his master’s encouragement, Tam finds himself falling for his new companion. Except… nobody can be in love with two people at once, can they?

soldier free men cover THE SOLDIER

Three months. That’s all it took for Kai to forsake freedom and learn to love his new life as pleasureslave to a wealthy Thirskan Underlord.

Finding himself surrounded by his own people once more, Kai should have been happy: relieved to be rescued from slavery, and out of the clutches of a man who was the sworn enemy of his people. Yet his people are not how he remembers them. Distrustful of Kai, and disgusted by his relationship with not one man but two, they make it abundantly clear he no longer fits in.

Beaten, starved, and tortured, when the chance comes to escape, Kai is barely strong enough to make the journey. Even if he succeeds, how could anybody ever love the thing he’s become in order to survive? His only hope is to save his companions, even if it means throwing himself on the mercy of the wife of the man he’s grown to love.


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Now Available — The Coward’s Way #mmromance

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Two months after the discovery of a murderer in their midst, life for the inhabitants of Puddledown has settled back to normal for everybody except Hugo Wainwright. Having accepted his feelings for groundskeeper Tommy Granger, for Hugo, everything has changed. 

Hugo wants nothing more than to make his friend happy, but the voices in his head won’t let him. If he can’t bring himself to tell Tommy he’s having nightmares about the evening the killer came for him, how can he possibly explain the panic he feels every time Tommy tries to take their fledgling relationship further? 

When the local Viscount’s daughter goes missing after a ball from which Hugo and Tommy were the only guests to leave early, suspicion falls firmly on them. But the police inspector isn’t the only one keeping a close eye on the cabin in the woods, and as the net closes, Hugo has a decision to make. Will he be brave, or will he take the coward’s way out? 

Available now from Amazon.


 

REMINDER: To celebrate the release of The Coward’s WayThe Dead Past is available for the bargain price of $0.99 for a limited time only. Available from Amazon.

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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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THE KISS – Collected Stories Anthology – Now Available!

I am more excited about this project that I cannot possibly say. Thirty bestselling authors (plus yours truly) have collaborated to produce an anthology of themed short stories – and we’re giving it away for FREE. From horror to thriller to romance to sci-fi to humour, there really is something in this 130,000-word collection for everybody.

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A kiss is a simple communication. It can also be an exchange, a betrayal, an assault, a promise, a hope…or it could be a goodbye. The intimacy of a kiss cannot be denied. Whether shared, stolen or simply dreamed of, its recipient will be affected. Thirty-one stories by authors from around the world will tease your imagination as you anticipate ‘The Kiss’ in each weird or wonderful tale.

Contributing Authors:

Kate Aaron, Saxon Andrew, Jacques Antoine, Alison Blake, E. B. Boggs, Shirley Bourget, Ben Cassidy, Jason Deas, Sharon Delarose, Meghan Ciana Doidge, Suzy Stewart Dubot, Corrie Fischer, Brandon Hale, Traci Tyne Hilton, Colleen Hoover, Mona Ingram, J. L. Jarvis, Elizabeth Jasper, Anna J. McIntyre, Jess Mountifield, C. A. Newsome, S. Patrick O’Connell, Suzie O’Connell, Jeanette Raleigh, J. R. C. Salter, Molly Snow, Holli Marie Spaulding, Cleve Sylcox, Robert Thomas, Chris Ward and George Wier.

Coming soon to Amazon, and all other major retailers.

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THE KISS – #Free Anthology, Coming Soon!

Yes, you heard that right. Look out everywhere for The Kiss, a collaborative anthology produced by some of the best (and bestselling!) authors around. It will be available on major platforms by the end of the month.

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From fantasy to thrillers, horror to romance, The Kiss is an eclectic collection of over thirty stories in multiple genres, all based on a single theme. There’s even a little bit of m/m in there. So, from first kisses to last kisses, the kiss of death and kissing the Blarney stone, look out for this great collection very, very soon!

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Censorship (Again) in Erotica

I’m sure by now you’ve all heard the news. A small shitstorm started in the UK about ‘obscene’ ebooks depicting underage sex, bestiality, (pseudo) incest and rape fantasies has grown in the last few days to an all-out war on indie books. Some genius apparently went to WH Smith’s online store (powered by Kobo) and typed in “daddy”. You can imagine the results.

In the last two or three days major retailers have responded with almost unprecedented enthusiasm. WH Smith shut down their entire ebook store; Kobo have pulled all self-published titles pending a review of each one, and Amazon have also started taking down books, sending authors cryptic non-compliance notices and allegedly removing copies of those titles from the Kindles of customers who have legitimately paid for them. If you click on the Kobo links for my own titles right now, you’ll find them ‘Not Currently Available’.

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The Magic Bullet; or, Why Don’t My Books Sell?

It’s question every author wants to know the answer to – Why aren’t my books selling?

Some people struggle to get any traction, some struggle to get recognition, and whatever we’re selling, we all want to sell more. I have spent two years now lurking and participating in the places where authors (indie or not) congregate and discuss sales and marketing. It’s a refrain I hear over and over.
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