Thinking out loud…

Or in the public view should, I guess, be a more accurate way of describing this post.

Back in November, I wrote a post about the decision I was trying to make about going wide with my next book, or making it exclusive to Amazon. My conclusion at that point was that I was going to go wide with Winter’s Fire (Club Aegis #5).

Winter’s Fire goes live on Tuesday 19 December 2017, and it will be on two sites only – Amazon and Apple. You can pre-order it there for 99c / 99p until release day. I guess I’ve fallen somewhere between Amazon exclusive and wide.

Time’s gone by, and I’ve read posts and articles here and there, written by authors far more successful than me, and once again, I’m on the fence. Another consideration I have is that I’m getting the series book covers updated – Winter’s Fire is the first to have the new format. That being the case, it’s almost like a complete new start for the series, and adding that into the mix has got me considering the question of distribution again.

I need to get my author name and brand out there. If people can access the books of an author who’s new to them for free via the Kindle Unlimited (KU) programme, that surely has to be a good option.

So, while my new book will be available on Apple on release day, it won’t be there for long. My current books are in KU until Christmas Day, when I’ll renew them for another 90 days. At that point, depending on how sales through Apple have gone, I’ll make the decision about removing it from Apple and putting it in KU. At the moment, I’m leaning towards doing that.

Winter’s Fire (Club Aegis #5) – now available for pre-order

FINALLY – I’m happy to announce that Winter’s Fire, the fifth book in the Club Aegis series, is now available for pre-order.

At present, it’s on Amazon and Apple iBooks, and during the pre-order period, until the publication date of 19 December 2017, you can get it for 99c/99p.

Unlike the other books in the series, Winter’s Fire isn’t initially available on Kindle Unlimited. However, I will be reviewing the situation with regard to sales through the Apple website, so this may change in due course.  The publishing world has been going through a lot of changes in recent years, and as an independent publisher, I have to look at all the options for optimising sales, because it’s those sales that’ll pay for the cover art for the next book, and pay for it to be edited.

Thank you for understanding, and for your support, and watch this space for further updates.

Boltcutters and BDSM…

Hot on the heels of Passion’s Last Promise, the latest addition to the Club Aegis series, I am happy to announce the release of Ask Me, a short read of just under 20k words.

I wrote this story for a boxed set of BDSM-themed romances. Unfortunately, the set isn’t going to be published now, which is why it’s ready so quickly after the latest Club Aegis story.

Elements of this story take their inspiration from my trip to the BDSM Writers Con in New York in 2015—the incident with the suitcase, for example. Yes, that happened to me—not once, but twice.

With about 40 minutes until the car arrived to take me to my departure airport at the start of the trip, I found that the lock on one of my two cases jammed. I don’t have boltcutters. I do have kitchen knives, so I sliced around the zip, and threw most of the case contents into a smaller case. I then checked the lock on the other suitcase—no problem, it worked fine.

It was a lovely, sunny drive to the airport. When I arrived, I decided to put my jacket in the larger suitcase, so I’d have one item fewer to carry.

The lock had jammed.

And that’s how I know that, if you ask nicely, when you get to your New York hotel at around 11pm, the wonderful receptionist will send a rather amused maintenance man up to your room, armed with an impressive set of…


It’s here! Passion’s Last Promise (Club Aegis 4)

With apologies for the huge delay, I am very pleased to announce that Passion’s Last Promise is now available for pre-order.

The publication date is 19 July 2016 – from now until 10 July, you can pre-order it for only 99c / 99p. On that date, it’ll go up to the normal price of $2.99 / £1.99.

It’s currently available on Amazon and All Romance eBooks, with Kobo and iBooks to follow.

You can also read the first chapter here.

Red Letter Day

Today’s the day for Club Aegis 2.5 – A Wanting Heart to go live. This is one of those days when the nerves really set in; until today, it’s been a case of writing, reading, revising and polishing, but today is the day when I start to find out if what I’ve done meets with your approval, if it’s entertained you, if you like the characters enough to want to read more about them and the other members of Club Aegis.

I do hope you enjoy this one. It’s shorter than the first two books in the series, but I do hope it’ll keep you going until Ros Edwards’ story is published later on this year. The initial draft is progressing well, but there’s still a fair way to go.

And if you do enjoy this book and the others in the Club Aegis series, please may I ask you if you would consider leaving a rating or maybe even a review at the website where you purchased it? The thoughts of you, our readers, are important to we writers, and I would love to know what you think.

Finally, to celebrate reaching the end of this particular road, and before I set off officially on the next one – having written a lot of Ros’ story concurrently with A Wanting Heart – I’m taking some time today to catch up with a good friend over afternoon tea. It’s a special treat for both of us, so it got me wondering…

What do you do for a special treat, or to celebrate a special occasion?

Happy Independence Day!

Although I’m British, I know that a lot of my readers are based in the US, so I would like to wish you all a very Happy Independence Day. I hope you all have a wonderful holiday weekend, and get to spend lots of time with the people you love.

This weekend is a celebration for me too – the next book in the Club Aegis series, A Wanting Heart, will be made available for pre-order over the weekend. As soon as I have all the links – because some vendor sites take a little longer than others – I’ll make the book page available. It’s a shorter read than the first two books because, in the case of Ryan and Fiona, they’ve already had a relationship, and this is the story of how they meet again, and what happens next.

Have a great time!