Winter’s Fire (Club Aegis #5) – latest news

At long last I can bring you a meaningful update on Winter’s Fire.

The book is currently with my beta readers, three lovely ladies who’ve agreed to take a look at the manuscript before it goes to my editor. I don’t have a specific release date yet, as I’m now dependent on receiving their feedback and making any necessary changes, and then the book goes to my editor.

If all goes smoothly, I hope to have the book available in December, but that depends on multiple factors, not all of which I can control.

Watch this space!

Winter’s Fire (Club Aegis #5) – an update

Just thought I’d give you a little update on Logan and Lucy’s story.

Things are finally moving. This is a tough one, and for the last few months, it’s been like trying to push a stationary boulder. At long last, I feel as if I’ve got some traction, and the boulder’s finally moving. Still a way from completing the first draft, and when I do, I have a feeling there’ll be a lot of darlings to kill before it goes for editing, but at last there’s light at the end of the tunnel.

I am so ready to get this book out there. I have a few more books in this series to write, and other projects I’d like to work on. This has taken up too much time already, and I offer you my heartfelt apology for making you wait so long for the next book in the Club Aegis series.

RT Booklovers Convention – Atlanta 2017

Well, I’m back, from what was one of the most enjoyable experiences ever, in spite of a bout of food poisoning.

First of all, the food poisoning. It was entirely self-inflicted, the night before I flew to Atlanta. In the early hours of departure day, I even contemplated cancelling the trip. However, I made it to the airport, and was met on the other side of the Atlantic by Becca Jameson and Cherie Nicholls (a fellow Brit), with whom I spent some pre-convention time, along with Lea Griffith and Susan Stoker. Thank you, ladies, for putting up with someone who could have been an extra on The Walking Dead, and for the enormous pleasure of your company!

The convention itself took place in the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Atlanta. What a hotel. Without doubt, the largest I have ever stayed in, and a fantastic venue for the convention, with plenty of space for all the workshops that took place. I attended as many as I could, but there were so many more I would have liked to attend, but for scheduling conflicts. I learned so much. There was even a demonstration in practical fighting techniques that can be used by our female characters. This was given by Rachel Rivers. Not only is Rachel a paranormal and romantic suspense author, she’s also a serving police officer, and she demonstrated a mind-blowing collection of moves to bring down the bad guys.

It’s all in the hips…

Would I go to another RT Booklovers Convention? Without doubt, yes, although I won’t be going to Reno next year, and for me, attendance the following year will depend on location. Some places are easier to get to than others, and for me, driving in the US is not an option. Having said all of that, I want to go back with the benefit of experience of my first RT, and fill in some more gaps in my knowledge and experience as a writer.

So, I only have one more thing to add, and that’s my thanks, to RT for organising this event, which is a mammoth undertaking, and to Becca, for taking such good care of me when I arrived in Atlanta. And last but by no means least, a huge thank you to all the readers who turned up and the ones who couldn’t, for reading our books and allowing us, as authors, to do what we love, which is tell our stories.

Thank you, all.

Club Latest

It struck me today that it was probably time I gave you an update on Club Aegis, and the latest book in the series.

The word count for Winter’s Fire is currently around 68k. I think the final word count will be around 90-95k, so still a way to go to finish the first draft. I now have a better handle on Logan and Lucy, so I’m going back over what I’ve already done.

Yes, I know – my writing method is stupidly inefficient, but that’s a work in progress too. Even though I have 6 books out already, I’m still honing my technique. I imagine I always will, because I find out about new productivity tools and try them out, and I’m learning more about story structure all the time.

So – Winter’s Fire. I don’t have a publication date yet, but you, my reader and friend, will get to meet another Royal Marine Commando who is a member of Aegis. Sean Malone came about when I saw a photo available for book covers, and I had to buy the rights for it. I had no story at the time, and even now, all I have is the start of one. I have no idea where it’s going. but Sean has a story that needs to be told, once he chooses to let me know what it is.

What I do know is the title of his story – Soul-Lost.  In the order of the stories, it’ll be after Sir Guy’s story, and Sir Guy’s story is the next one after Winter’s Fire.

And now it’s time for me to get back to the coal face and start hitting the word count! Bye for now!

Golden Flogger Awards 2017 – Nomination

I am absolutely delighted to announce that Club Aegis 4: Passion’s Last Promise has been nominated in the Dominant Women & submissive men category of the Golden Flogger Awards 2017, as featured at the BDSM Writers Con, which is due to take place in New York from August 17 to August 20, 2017.

Readers are often more familiar with the D/s dynamic where the male takes the Dominant role – I know I was. Then I read a series of books that included a story where the main male character was the submissive. I will admit, I resisted reading that story for a long time, until I’d read every other book then available in that series. For completeness, I decided to read that book… and was blown away. It was an amazing story, with an unquestionably alpha hero who happened to be submissive, and it annihilated my preconceptions.

In the Club Aegis series, the second story, A Wanting Heart, features a second-chance romance, where Fiona and Ryan not only find each other again, they start an exploration of Dominance and submission. Both characters are new to BDSM and new to their respective roles as Dominant and submissive.

However, in Club Aegis 4: Passion’s Last Promise, Ros and Simon are both experienced in the lifestyle, and comfortable with who they are. Their story came about for two reasons: I wanted to write a story where a bodyguard and principal (the person being protected) fall in love, and one where the D/s dynamic was a less common combination. The latter dictated a female Dominant, so how to cast her? Should she be the bodyguard or the principal? Again, it seemed to me that having the female character as the bodyguard would be less common.

Ros Edwards was waiting in the wings. Her first appearance in the series was as a minor character mentioned in passing in Club Aegis 1: The Velvet Ribbon, with a follow-up appearance in person in Club Aegis 3: Love Is Danger. I thought she deserved a story of her own, and I then realised her potential for Passion’s Last Promise.

As a former officer in the Royal Military Police now working for a covert UK government security agency, she’s a strong, kick-ass woman in a male-dominated profession. When assigned to protect Simon Northwood, CEO and genius, she’s expecting a geek, but the man she meets is a challenge in more ways than one…

Closure of All Romance eBooks – Updated

31 Dec 2016 – Further to the post below, and having had time to talk to friends and sleep on it, I’ve decided to bring forward my decision to go exclusively with Amazon, for the next three months at any rate. What happens after that depends on how successful the experiment is. If you’ve previously purchased my books from other retailers, thank you very much for your support – it is very much appreciated. However, my decision is based on an analysis of all the sales data in my possession. There was only one realistic conclusion, and that was to give Amazon exclusivity a try.

And once again – if you’ve bought books from ARe, please, please, please do your best to download your purchases before the site goes dark tonight.

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If you’ve purchased eBooks from All Romance eBooks in the past, you’re probably already aware that the site will be closing at midnight (Central/US) on 31 December 2016. Emails came out from the CEO yesterday, 28 December, to inform customers, authors and publishers of the bad news.

If you haven’t already done so, please do what you can to secure your library as soon as possible, as once the above deadline passes, the site will no longer be available. If you have any outstanding credit on your account, in my personal opinion, you should try to use it up.

The proceeds of those sales will not make their way to the authors and publishers of the books you buy anyway, but the way I see it, you wouldn’t be able to use that credit elsewhere to support the authors, so you might as well benefit from it and use it while you can. Bear in mind, I’m not the only author to pull content from the site, so the choices available are likely to diminish quickly.

My books are still available through other websites: Kindle format through Amazon, and epub format through Apple, Kobo (and its associated websites) and Barnes & Noble. If you prefer a pdf, there is a link on the page for each book on my website, where you can buy a pdf version direct from me, along with Kindle- and epub-compatible files.

As yet, I haven’t decided what my sales strategy will be for the long term. I may decided to sell exclusively through Amazon, either for an initial 90 days and go wide after that, or pull everything from other retailers and remain exclusive to Amazon. I won’t make that decision until my next release, which is unlikely to be for a few months at least.

All that remains for me to do is wish you all the best for a very Happy New Year, in the hope that 2017 will be better for all of us.