Eros – Free Through Valentine’s Day!

My Valentine’s Day story, Eros, is free through Valentine’s Day at Smashwords. If you’ve wanted to read it and haven’t, now’s your chance.

I’ve always been a fan of Greek mythology, Eros and Psyche’s story specifically. There’s something about long lost loves finding each other again. Of course I had to write my own version, only with two men instead of a man and woman.

The story is loosely based on the myth. I took a lot of liberties with it.

Eros and Sy are special to me for a variety of reasons. I hope you enjoy their story.

You can get it free here.

It’s only free on Smashwords, not any of the other e-tailers. If it doesn’t come up as free on the book page, enter the coupon under the price. I don’t use Smashwords very often so I’m not as familiar with how things work there as I am on other sites. If you have a problem let me know.

Note that Eros does NOT ‘screw around’ with others once he and Sy meet, as was inaccurately stated by someone awhile back. Once they meet, he only has eyes (and other parts… *grin*) for Sy.

Happy Valentine’s Day to those who celebrate. Happy Anniversary to the amazing man who chose to marry a much younger me many years ago. πŸ™‚

Blurb:

Eros is the god of love and lust. His only job on Earth is to bring couples together and shoot them with his magical arrows. If he occasionally hooks up with the guys first, what of it? He’s all about the lust thing, but love? Not hardly. Not after all the broken relationships he’s witnessed throughout his long, immortal life.Β 

After four assignments that he nearly blows because he’s quicker to shoot his load than his arrows, Aphrodite gives him a final chance to prove himself. If he fails, he could lose his privileged position among the gods and be eternally banished from the planet he calls home. Confident in his skills, he isn’t overly concerned. That is, until he hooks up with the guy he’s supposed to shoot for his do-or-die assignment. In the eons he’s spent on Earth, he’s never felt this way before. Does he risk losing everything he’s ever known? Or does he fulfill his duty and walk away from the only love he’s ever found?

 

Hello 2019!

I know, I’m super late on my end of the year/start of a new year post. I’ve spent the past month or so trying to play catch-up on some things I kind of let go in 2018. I had a lot of obligations that I had to step back from because of family issues. I’m trying hard to make up for that now that things are somewhat normal in my life.

I can’t believe it’s already 2019. I swear it feels like only yesterday when I was typing the end of 2017 post.

I published two books in 2018, Finding Alex and Dylan the Bad Boy Reindeer & His Virtuous Mate. Well, three if you count Taking Lance (The Complete Series) where I combined all the books into one edition. Ending the Taking Lance series was bittersweet, but it was long past time. I’m happy with how the series ended with Alex and Dean and being able to finally get Lance and Rick married. They were my first published guys so they’ll always be special to me.

Dylan the Bad Boy Reindeer & His Virtuous Mate was fun. I always have a great time revisiting Willy and the gang. I’ve already started book #6 and hope to have the first draft completed by April or May. The plan is to have it up for pre-order in late September or early October for a November 1st release date. I have a title and know exactly how the story will play out. It’s just taking the time to get it all written.

For those who have asked – and several have – no, the plan is NOT to end the series in 2019. Santa Claus will need to have his own book that will tie up a lot of loose ends. How #6 plays out will decide if Santa’s story will be in 2020 or if I’ll go another direction before he gets his. The only way the series will definitively end in 2020 is if the readers lose interest. I don’t want to be one of those authors who continues a series long past its expiration date. I’ve read a lot of those series. I don’t want to be ‘that girl’.Β 

Personal Stuff

In my real world I had to deal with a lot of stuff that pulled me away from pretty much everything. A lot of you know that I had a rough couple of years. 2016 until mid 2018 were difficult, to say the least. I lost my 2nd sister in 2016. My mother got sick literally the day of her funeral and gradually got worse as time went on. Very long story short, everything to do with her became my responsibility.

The constant being on call and being forced to listen to things I shouldn’t have had to listen to day in and day out took a toll on not just my emotional health but my physical health as well. Both my sisters were gone so I didn’t have them to turn to or to help take some of the load off. When I was forced to take a step back and focus on MY health, that didn’t go over so well.

My mom died in May.

Even now, several months later, I’m not sure how I feel. I suppose it’ll take awhile for me to finally get that I’m only responsible for me now. The holidays were a start but I’m missing my sisters that much more. That’s something I’ll have to deal with and I will. I have an amazing husband, 3 great sons, and a best friend who listens without judgment.

A lot of you have followed me from the beginning (almost 5 years, if you can believe that) so I wanted to let y’all know why I only published 2 original stories in 2018 when I have several in various stages of editing. I’ve had to take a step back to try to process some of what has happened in my life over the past couple of years. I can’t write my best stories if my brain is all over the place.

I’ve always said that writing keeps me sane. It does really. What better place to escape to when I’m having a bad day than to the crazy North Pole with kinky elves, hot reindeer, and Willy silliness? πŸ˜‰ That series is different. It pretty much writes itself. All others had to be put on hold.

My health is much better than it was. I’m slowly getting there emotionally.

Looking Ahead

2018 was spent with me traveling a lot. I’m hoping to do more in 2019.

I barely read anything in 2018. An avid reader, I’d never gone more than a few weeks without picking up a book. I’ve already read several just in the past few weeks and I have a lot on my Kindle that I’m eager to jump into.

I’ve already mentioned Willy the Kinky Elf, #6. It’s coming along nicely.

3 years ago I wrote a Christmas story that was never published. There was a title, a blurb, and even a cover. It was complete. It’s about a mall Santa and a mall elf. I’m a big fan of books with children in them, though I’d never written one before. This particular story has 5-year-old twins. The story wasn’t published because I was iffy about how I handled the twins’ mother. I hope to fix that and make it available for Christmas 2019.

This is NOT a Willy the Kinky Elf story. I hope when it’s published that the readers will go into it with an open mind and not compare it to that series. They’re not even remotely similar. No shifting reindeer or kinky elves in this one unless you count a kinky mall elf.

I’ll update later in the year.

Okay, what else?

I guess here is where I should mention how my beloved Alabama Crimson Tide suddenly forgot how to play football during the National Championship game against Clemson. Or maybe I’ll just leave it at that? πŸ˜‰

I hope everyone had a nice time during the holidays, and I hope the new year has started off great. Valentine’s Day will be here before we know it. Maybe someday I’ll finally write Cupid. Cupid won’t be a sequel to Eros, but it’ll be in the same world. Eros and Sy will have to make cameos because Eros kind of threw poor Cupid under the bus in his story.

I’ll be celebrating my 5th publishing anniversary in early April. I’m not sure what I’ll be doing to celebrate yet but I’ll keep you all updated. If you have any suggestions, shoot me a message.

Thank you to everyone who has stuck around, even when I’ve disappeared for awhile to handle personal stuff. I swear I have the best readers in the world.

Until next time,

Candi

P.S. The guy in the photos is Sergio Carvajal, my inspiration for Cole Crawford in ‘Dylan’. I’ve posted one photo in a previous blog post. I had to add more. Can you blame me? πŸ˜‰Β 

 

 

Merry Christmas!

To all who celebrate, I hope you have an amazing Christmas!

Thank you to everyone who has continued to embrace the Willy the Kinky Elf series. The reviews for Dylan the Bad Boy Reindeer & His Virtuous Mate have blown me away. I can’t express how much it means to me that you guys are enjoying the series. A lot of readers don’t like authors commenting on reviews or I would’ve thanked you all individually. I respect that. Just know that I’ve read them all and they mean more to me than you can know. To those just now starting the series, I hope you enjoy my crazy version of the North Pole. To those who have stuck with me since Willy #1, you guys rock.

I hope your holiday is nice and that there are no stressful moments with family members. Been there, done that. πŸ™‚ We’ll have lunch with my husband’s family and then a small get together at my house later. After, I’ll spend a nice evening with my husband. I’m looking forward to it.

I’ll pop back in soon with my end of the year post.

Side note: My website went a little nuts a few days ago and kinda screwed up a couple of the site’s plugins. If you subscribed to email alerts after around November 15th and wasn’t confirmed, can you let me know? I appreciate it.

Happy Holidays!

Candi

ReindeerSecrets.com, Crazy Christmas Story Giveaway, Willy, #6

ReindeerSecrets.com

ReindeerSecrets.com has a new home at WordPress. The Blogger site gave me fits from the minute it was created. I’d get one thing right and then something else would screw up with the html. Photos on the homepage would go from being straight and nice looking to being all over the place. I know enough about html to know I was doing it correctly so I couldn’t figure out what the deal was. I found out later that I wasn’t the only one having issues with it.

The new site is up and running. It’s obvious that I used the same theme that I used for this particular site because a lot of it looks similar. The main difference between that one and the Candi Kay one is that RS is strictly for Willy’s stuff and all things Christmas.

There will be all kinds of Willy things happening in the coming weeks. You can easily subscribe to email newsletters in the box on the bottom right of every page or post for updates.

Crazy Christmas Story Giveaway & Willy the Kinky Elf #6 Update

I want to hear your craziest Christmas story. I don’t care if it’s real or if it comes strictly from your imagination. The crazier the better. Whoever gives me the best story will get one of Willy’s ‘Santa is a butt head!’ magnets, an e-book of their choice from my catalog (it doesn’t have to be from Willy’s World), plus an advanced copy of book #6 in the series (Luke the rent boy’s story) when it’s available. If the story is good enough, and if the winner allows it, I’ll let Willy tell the story in next year’s Willy the Kinky Elf installment. The winner will be credited not just in the front of the book but by Willy himself. It’ll also be posted on ReindeerSecrets.com and shared all over my social media platforms.

Think drunk uncles, insane in-laws, or pretty much anything you want to tell.

Everybody gets so stressed out during the holidays. A little humor goes a long way in taking some of that stress away, as Willy himself has tried to prove since his book came out in 2014.

Shoot me an email with your story to candikayauthor@gmail.com, at reindeersecrets@gmail.com, or via a Goodreads or Facebook message. You can send it via Twitter direct message, but fair warning – I’m not a big fan of Twitter DMs. I get so much unsolicited stuff sent to me on there I ignore it more than check it.

I’d originally said you could post the story on here, but honestly, I’d prefer them not be public until the winner is chosen.

Give it your best shot and the crazier the better.

Note that this giveaway was also posted here on Reindeer Secrets.

Check out the site if you get a minute. I’ve already listed info about next year’s ‘Willy’ installment. It’ll be updated throughout the year as the story is written. You can go directly to that page by clicking here. And guess what? I have a title! I know, right? I usually leave it until right before the book goes up for pre-order. Not this time. As soon Luke’s love interest popped in my head I had the title down. I won’t be announcing it for awhile yet but at least I can play around with covers earlier than normal.

I hope you’re all doing well. I’m riding high on an SEC Championship. My apologies to my Twitter followers who were inundated with tweets during the game. πŸ˜‰ #RollTide!

Thanks again to everyone who’s read Dylan the Bad Boy Reindeer & His Virtuous Mate.

Until next time,

Candi

 

Dylan the Bad Boy Reindeer, Crazy Christmas Story Giveaway, This and That

Hello, all.

I’ve been lacking on the blog posts lately. But that’s really nothing new, right? So of course when I take the time to do one it’s long. Sorry in advance!

FYI – the guy in the motorcycle pics below was my original inspiration for Randy the Chief Reindeer. I’ve shared the inspiration for Dylan and Cole (and a few of the others) but not Randy. This is the guy I see every single time I mention Randy in one of the books. The 2nd photo is actually what had me creating the character.

Winner & Crazy Christmas Story Giveaway

Congrats to AnnMarie who won my giveaway to celebrate On Top Down Under 6th’s anniversary! She chose Barry the Lonely Reindeer & His Bashful Elf as her winning book but Willy thought she should also have Dylan the Bad Boy Reindeer & His Virtuous Mate. πŸ™‚ She also won one of Willy’s ‘Santa is a butt head!’ magnets.

Congrats again to On Top Down Under Book Reviews, and thank you for the support given to me over the years.

I have one of the (above) magnets left. Whoever tells me the craziest Christmas story can have it. I want the good stuff – crazy relatives tripping over the tree, a drunken uncle – the crazier the better. If you don’t have a real story, make one up. Hey, I make up goofy Christmas stories all the time, so why the heck not? *grin* If the story is good enough, I’ll throw in an e-book of your choice from my catalog and I may even have Willy telling the story in next year’s installment – with the winner’s permission, of course.

Dylan the Bad Boy Reindeer & His Virtuous Mate

I can’t express how appreciative I am over the feedback I’ve received so far about Dylan the Bad Boy Reindeer & His Virtuous Mate. I always worry that maybe I’ve gone too far (re: Willy the elf) or maybe not far enough (there wasn’t as much Willy the elf in last year’s installment). Each book will continue to have new main characters and new love interests, but Willy will forever be a big part of each one because it’s his series. He started it all and he’s always going to butt into the business of all new players. I’ve received messages saying that he’s the most annoying character in the history of the world. And I’ve received messages saying he’s a favorite character. Regardless of which side you’re on, Willy has a good heart and only wants to help others maybe have what he and Chief Reindeer Randy have. If it takes a little Peppermint Whiskey and perviness, what of it? This is our Willy. πŸ˜‰

This year I did something I’d never done before. I wrote two specific scenes out of order to add to the final manuscript later. One of those scenes was a jewelry store scene with Willy. That was written before anything else. I knew how I wanted Dylan and Cole to officially meet and that was it. The other scene was what I’ve always referred to (to my editor) as the ‘Santa reveal scene’. That particular scene gave me the most trouble. It decided everything, as in how Dylan’s past family issues would be resolved. I admit to being concerned over how readers might feel about the direction the story had gone. I’m not giving away spoilers (and I hope others don’t either) but I wonder (still) what the reaction will be with me making jerky Santa Claus a somewhat decent guy. Not great, mind you, as Santa has always had an agenda. How it played out wasn’t even remotely what I had in mind when I started writing the story. Let’s just say that when I tried to write it the original way, Santa had other ideas and wouldn’t allow it. Other authors know exactly what I mean when I say the story took on a life of its own.

I’ve been asked by more than one reader to give Santa his own story, especially after what comes to light in ‘Dylan’. Time will tell on that, I suppose. With the series being gay romance, his mate (if the fates allow him to have one) will be a male. We know he’s played around a bit with more than one guy. Remember Seth and Blake’s story? I know exactly how Santa’s story would play out, including Mrs. Claus’ role in it, but I think he needs another year or two of showing the world he’s not a complete tool (lol) before I attempt it. If I attempt it. There’s also some unfinished business between him and Dylan. Again, no spoilers, but ifΒ  you read the final chapter of Dylan the Bad Boy Reindeer & His Virtuous Mate you know exactly what I’m referring to.

Thank you again to everyone who has read not just ‘Dylan’ but the whole series up to now. I read all the reviews and all the private messages. As I’ve said many times over the years, I don’t get upset or angry over bad reviews. I’ve read my share of bad books and I damn sure don’t expect everybody to enjoy all of mine. But it really makes me feel special when somebody takes the time (whether it’s publicly or privately) to let me know how they feel about something I’ve written. I couldn’t describe that feeling if I tried.

I could’ve stopped writing in this world years ago and been content because I was proud of what I’d created. But when somebody tells me they’re excited over the next installment or sends me an email asking who the next main characters will be, that makes me want to go back into that world and keep writing. When I published my first story (Taking Lance) I didn’t think 5 people would read it or anything else I’d written. So when a reader tells me that they look forward to the next book in the Willy series every year, it truly gets to me. Really, thank you.

Oh, and be on the look out for a Randy and Willy sex scene. I’m almost done writing it and will put it up here and possibly on ReindeerSecrets.com as a freebie. I’ve been asked by more than one reader to show them getting down and dirty again. Who am I to say no? *snort*

Speaking of…. ReindeerSecrets.com is giving me fits with the html and has been for awhile. Because of this, I’ve not updated the site in quite some time. I was hoping to stick with Blogger but I may have to move it over to Word Press. At least if WP gives me problems, I know how to fix it. With Blogger, I’m at the mercy of Google.

This and That

I have been traveling all over the place. I’ve seriously only been home 8 days total in the past 8 or 9 weeks. I’m home now, thank goodness, but it’s been crazy. From Alabama to Colorado, to Savannah, home for 5 days, then back to Colorado and home again. I’ve been here for 3 days this time. All the traveling is in a car so we’ve been allowed to see a lot of the country. It’s been nice, but damn, I’m glad to be home. My husband will be leaving for Boston the Monday after Thanksgiving. I love traveling up there but he’ll be doing this one without me. I have to prepare for Christmas. Well, and I need a break. I’ve loved my time with him, and I normally wouldn’t say no to a road trip, but I’m physically and mentally exhausted. I need some ME time. All the editing and publishing, etc. for ‘Dylan’ was done while on the road. It was a challenge, to say the least.

Thanksgiving

To the Americans who celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope you enjoy it with your family and friends. No doubt lots of food will be eaten and lots of football watched. Enjoy your holiday and try to ignore any and all overbearing family members. I’m actually not stressing the holiday that much. For the first time ever, I don’t have to do anything I don’t want to do and I won’t be bullied to change up my plans to suit others. It’s a good feeling, to be honest. I’m even looking forward to Christmas when normally I’m dreading it. Not the holiday, mind you, but things I’ve always been forced to do. Not this year. This year it’s about my husband, sons and their significant others, and friends of theirs who usually stop by. I’m actually looking forward to it. I don’t remember a time in my life I’ve been able to say that and really mean it. I’ve looked forward to holidays but I’ve always had the other things going on that cut into my enjoyment.

Quick Note About NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month)

Every November I get a ton of messages asking if I’m participating in NaNoWriMo. The answer has always been no. I think it’s an awesome challenge. It’s just not for me because November the 1st is the day my final book of the year is always published. Leading up to November 1st my stress levels are through the roof as I prepare to have the story ready (editing, etc.). November 1st is the day I’m finally able to relax. I just can’t see me going from that to a monthly challenge that requires so much – not after I publish the latest Willy installment. I love seeing everybody’s progress with NaNoWriMo. Congrats to everyone who has taken it on. I’ll always cheer for you on the sidelines, even if I don’t participate. Maybe when the Willy series ends I’ll try. Until, then, I’m going to have to keep saying no.

Taking Lance Series is Now In Kindle Unlimited

This was actually done awhile back. The entire Taking Lance series is now in Kindle Unlimited, including Taking Lance (The Complete Series), a new edition that has all the books (and shorts) in one book. If you’ve been on the fence about reading the series, and you’re enrolled in KU, this is the best time to check it out. I hated pulling the books from other e-tailers but (as I’ve mentioned in the past), every other site had removed Book 1, leaving all the others. The only way to have the complete series up was to go exclusive to Amazon. I’m not a fan of the exclusivity, but this seemed to be my best option going forward.

The series is complete so unless I decide later to write a sex scene or two with Rick and Lance, you can get them all without missing anything.

Paperbacks, Possible Audio Books

All books that will be sold as paperbacks have been reformatted and will go back up for publication in the coming days. I want all the Willy paperbacks available before December. In 2019, I plan to get that particular series done in audio book format as well. I’ve held off until now but I believe it’s long past time. I’ve been asked for the audio books but have simply not had the time to do the research. These will be my first audio books so bear with me. I’ve also been approached about making them into graphic novels. That’s something I’ll have to think more on. I know absolutely zero about that so I’m not sure when or if that will happen.

I hope you’re all doing well. Thank you again to everybody who has read Dylan the Bad Boy Reindeer & His Virtuous Mate. I love how you guys enjoy my crazy world. Thank you for giving me the encouragement to keep going with it.

Until next time,

~Candi Kay

!!! Giveaway and Congrats !!!

A huge congrats to On Top Down Under Book Reviews for 6 years (6!). To help celebrate I popped in with a quick post about Dylan the Bad Boy Reindeer & His Virtuous Mate. I’m giving away an e-copy of one of the ‘Willy’ books (winner’s choice). Willy has also thrown in one of his ‘Santa is a butt head’ magnets for the winner. Not interested in Willy’s World? The winner can choose the full Taking Lance series (one e-edition) instead. It includes all the books in the series – 463 Kindle pages – including Being Karen, Trusting Lance and Marrying Lance. You can still have the Willy magnet even if you don’t choose a book from his world.

Check out the post and details here. While you’re there, say hello and check out the other amazing posts and giveaways going on. I’m beyond thankful for the support I’ve received from Kazza since I started my publishing journey. πŸ™‚

To enter the giveaway, click the above link and comment on the post. Don’t be shy. Really!

Just a little over a week and Dylan and Cole will unleashed into the world. πŸ™‚ It’s available for pre-order at this link.

If I’ve promised you an ARC, I’ve not forgotten about you. Due to extensive traveling, I’m behind on the final edits. They should be completed in the coming days.

I’ll catch up when I slow down a little. A HUGE thank you to everybody who has already pre-ordered ‘Dylan’. I can’t wait for you to meet these guys. And thanks again to On Top Down Under for hosting me.

Until next time,

Candi Kay

Dylan the Bad Boy Reindeer & His Virtuous Mate (Willy the Kinky Elf, #5) – Now Available for Pre-Order!

Now available for pre-order.

It’s almost Willy the kinky elf time again. Of course, Dylan the Bad Boy Reindeer & His Virtuous Mate is Dylan Davies and Cole Crawford’s story, but you know Willy. He’s insisting on being the center of attention – at least for a little while.

If you’ve read the series to now, you saw the hot reindeer (that would be Dylan) who escorted Mrs. Claus to last year’s Christmas party to make her hubby jealous. I think it was obvious to everybody in attendance that he most definitely didn’t want to be there. What you didn’t see was what happened after Santa and Mrs. Claus left the event. Dylan was in the process of sneaking out of the tent when he felt the intense feeling of being watched, and not just by the townspeople. After scanning the room, he made eye contact with another reindeer that almost had him making a fool of himself in front of all those people. Scared of what he was feeling, he bolted, not even knowing the reindeer’s name.

That other reindeer would be Cole Crawford, of course. πŸ™‚

In this installment you’ll see a much milder Santa Claus. As for his wife, well, you think she’s done bad things in the past? None of that can compare to what she’s been caught doing this time. Honestly, it’s something she may not be able to come back from. There are a lot of secrets that could destroy everything she knows if they come out.

You’ve seen the photo that was the inspiration for Dylan’s character (above, right). I’ve put that pic up on several blog posts. Above left is my Cole. The funny thing is that I’d never seen this guy before until long after I’d completed the book. My friend sent me the photo and I knew the minute I looked at it that it was Cole. Isn’t he gorgeous? I couldn’t have found a better photo for him. His real name is Sergio Carvajal, as I discovered after extensive ‘research’. Yeah, we’ll go with research. *snort*

Note that as of now the book is only available for pre-order on Amazon. In the past when I put books up for pre-order on the other sites too much was shown in the previews before the publication date. I don’t like anybody seeing my dedication/shout out page until the day the book is actually published, which will be on November 1st like the others.

The pre-order link is here. Amazon is saying it’s 171 Kindle pages. That may or may not change before publication. The book is still in editing.

Blurb –

From the world of Willy the Kinky Elf & His Bad-Ass Reindeer.

The North Pole isn’t exactly as it appears in fairy tales. It has the elves and Santa and his reindeer, but Santa and Mrs. Claus aren’t the jolly couple the world believes them to be. Far from it, actually. The reindeer are all shape-shifters who transform into gorgeous beings in human form and are respected by all.

Reindeer Dylan is the ultimate bad boy – wearing leather, riding a motorcycle, having sex anytime he wants. Forced to run away as a teen, he’s had to fight for survival. Now twenty-five, Dylan lives in Mistletoe Hill, the one place in the North Pole that’s not eggnog and sugar cookies.

When Santa’s wife promises to share information about Dylan’s long-missing mother, he reluctantly escorts her to the annual Christmas party to make Santa jealous. What he doesn’t expect is to see a reindeer who’ll have him wanting something he’s never wanted before. Scared of what he’s feeling, he leaves, not even knowing the reindeer’s name.

Cole Crawford is one of the North Pole’s most respected citizens. Not one for random hookups, when he locks eyes with Mrs. Claus’ date at the party, he’s convinced he’s found his mate. But then the reindeer bolts, leaving Cole wondering if he’ll ever see him again.

When Mrs. Claus breaks her promise, Dylan contacts the Chief Reindeer and his elf for help locating his mother. Unfortunately, there are powerful people who’ll stop at nothing to ensure that certain secrets stay buried. Elf Willy just wants to play matchmaker and drink his Peppermint Whiskey. After witnessing the look between Dylan and Cole last Christmas, he makes it his elfly duty to bring them together.

Amazon

Taking Lance Changes, Some Personal Stuff

Thanks to all who have downloaded Finding Alex. I’m happy to finally have the Taking Lance series behind me. I’ll miss the guys but they all got their happily-ever-afters.

A few things in regards to the Taking Lance series…

I’m redoing all the paperbacks in that series and my other books. I’ve been unhappy with the way they were so I’m starting from scratch.

I’m working on combining the entire series into one edition. It’ll be available in both e-book and paperback in the coming weeks.

Now to something I’ve not wanted to do but it’s kind of necessary…

I’ve mentioned in the past how Barnes & Noble did an erotica sweep awhile back and removed a lot of authors’ books without any type of warning. A lot of mine were in that sweep so I just removed them all. Recently I discovered that Taking Lance (#1 in the series) has been removed from iBooks and all other e-tailers except Kobo, Smashwords, and Amazon. I’ve done everything imaginable to get it back on those sites but it’s not happening. The reasons are (and I’m quoting here), “The content is primarily of an erotic nature, intended to stir sexual desire,” and “Prohibited Explicit or Objectionable Content (Informational).”

I’m pulling the ‘Lance’ books from everywhere except Amazon. I hate doing it but it’s kind of senseless to have books two through four and not the one that actually starts the series. I’ve voiced my displeasure over Smashwords so taking them off there isn’t a chore. I get about a third of my sales from Kobo but not from the ‘Lance’ series. If they’re strictly on Amazon I’ll be putting them back in Kindle Unlimited.

This is ONLY the Taking Lance series. I’ll be leaving all my others on the sites they’re on now.

I absolutely despise the exclusivity of KDP Select (KU) but if they’re just going to be on Amazon I might as well enroll them again. I’ll see how things go for 90 days and take it from there.

Check out the new Keeping Lance cover. I’ve been wanting to change the cover for a long time. I’m liking the new one SO much better.

Willy, #5

Still no title. I’ve narrowed it down to three or four. It’s just deciding on which one. I know what word I want to use but it just doesn’t sound right in regards to the series. If you’ve followed me for any length of time you know that I go through this every year. πŸ™‚ And for the first time ever, I’m going back and forth between two covers. *bangs head*

It’ll all come together. It always does.

This & That & Personal Stuff

It’s almost the middle of August (already!) and I don’t feel like I’ve accomplished much in 2018 so far. I’ve published one book, Finding Alex, but I’ve not written anything original in awhile. Granted, I’ve been slowly working on Willy, #5, but it was completed months ago with the exception of a couple of sex scenes and minor holiday details. It’s hard to write Christmasy stuff when it feels like it’s 100-plus degrees outside. πŸ™‚

I don’t think I’ve read a book that wasn’t mine since January. I’m normally a huge reader so to not read in that amount of time is highly unusual for me. I’m obviously not focusing constantly on my writing or more than one book would’ve been published (or at least written) this year. I have about a dozen completed stories that I could do final self-edits on right now and have them out in a week or two. It’s just not happening. It’s frustrating because my whole life there have been two things to help me escape and that’s reading and writing.

The last couple of years, as I’ve said many times, have been rough. My husband is the only person on this planet who even has a clue of what I’ve had to deal with. As a result, my ADHD has been off the charts. I get antsy and I have a hard time sitting still for long periods of time or concentrating. My brain is all over the place. If you have ADHD you know exactly what I’m talking about. If not, imagine the feeling of dozens of things going on in your head at once 24/7. I’ve conditioned myself over the years to compartmentalize some of those things so it’s not as bad. I’ve not been able to do that for the past few months. The first half of the year I was dealing with my mom’s issues. Now that I can take a deep breath and start taking care of myself I’m having a hard time doing it.

I also have episodes of hyper focus, another symptom of my ADHD. The hyper focus for me is much worse than the scattered feeling. With the hyper focus I get fixated on one thing. No matter what I’m doing or who I’m with, that one thing is front and center. Until I accomplish whatever task it is, it literally controls my life. That’s not me being dramatic. It’s my fact.

I hear a lot of people go on about how ADHD and ADD aren’t real. I’d love for those people to live in my brain for 30 minutes.

All this is nothing new as I’ve been dealing with ADHD my whole life. It’s just lasted longer this go ’round than in years past.

Enough of that.

I hope you all have a great weekend. I’ll update on the ‘Lance’ stuff again soon.

Until next time,

Candi

P.S. Please don’t send me nasty messages about the ADHD memes. I’m not making light of it. I live it every day of my life. And (re: the 2nd meme), I’ve never in my life felt like an idiot over it. It’s simply part of who I am.

 

Flashback Friday #1: Taking Lance (Part 1)

Taking Lance (#1) is .99 at Smashwords until the end of July! You can find the link here.

Special Note: All books in the Taking Lance series will be combined into one large edition in the coming months, a few weeks after the finale, Finding Alex, is published.

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For my first Flashback Friday I thought I’d go back to where it all began. Taking Lance was my first published story.

The first in the series, it introduces the reader to Rick Preston and Lance Scott. If you’re not a fan of substantial age differences in books, main characters having sex with others on-page, or stepparent and stepchild relationships, this won’t be for you. It is bi-erotica and Rick is openly bisexual and has sex with both males and females on-page.

A special thanks to Kazza at On Top Down Under for allowing me to steal the Lance photo. πŸ˜‰ Check out her NSFW review.

The excerpt is NSFW and pure erotica. I guess you can say that this is the scene that sets things up for Rick and Lance later. πŸ˜‰

 

Blurb –

Forty-year-old Rick, who is bisexual, had to marry a woman or lose a large inheritance from his homophobic father. The marriage is loveless and practically sexless, but he plans to stick it out just long enough to collect his cash. Horny and frustrated, that changes when Rick meets his wife’s eighteen-year-old son, Lance.

Rick and Lance’s story is continued in Keeping Lance, part 2 of the series.

Excerpt –

I wait until Jenna is asleep and quietly make my way to the outside of Lance’s bedroom door. The door that is conveniently cracked open a few inches. Lance is sitting on the side of the bed facing me, though he’s not aware of that fact. His pants and underwear are at his ankles and Mandy, fully dressed, is on her knees with her back to me, taking his hard cock in and out of her mouth. Her hands are stroking the few inches of his dick that won’t fit. From where I’m standing, I can tell his cock is at least seven inches, and thick. His hands are in her long hair and his eyes are closed as he slowly fucks her mouth, moaning, his hips lifting off the bed with each forward thrust of his dick.

I don’t stop to think. All I can see is Lance’s cock going in and out of Mandy’s wet mouth and I know I have to have my own relief right then. I’ve been so horny since he started living under my roof and I know I can’t let this moment go to waste. Before I realize what I’m doing, I’m pushing the door open a little more and my pants are unzipped and my aching cock is in my hand. I’ve been leaking precum since I watched Lance and Mandy in the car. There is more than enough lubrication for me to stroke myself as I watch Lance getting a blow job from his new girlfriend.

Never taking my eyes off of Lance’s dick as it moves in and out of Mandy’s mouth, I start to stroke my cock, my hand twisting at the head with each upward stroke. Making a fist, I fuck my hand quickly, my eyes never leaving the sexy boy in front of me. I must have moaned, or the wet sounds coming from the door alerted Lance to my presence, because he opens his eyes and looks right at me, my cock jacking my hand the whole time. I almost stop and back out of the room but I am right there and I can’t force myself to move. The look on his face registers surprise at first, but then he surprises me by moaning louder and fucking Mandy’s face harder and faster, his eyes never leaving mine. That’s all it takes for me to cum hard in my fist with a quiet groan, Lance watching me the whole time. When I put my hand to my mouth and lick off my release, he jerks forward, and with a loud groan, cums down Mandy’s throat.

Knowing it is time to take my leave, I back away from the door, with one last look at Lance. His softening cock is now lying on his thigh and Mandy is moving to stand. His eyes never leave mine until I am completely out of his sight.

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Sale & Freebies, Independence Day, This & That

Hello, all.

I hope you’re all doing well. My husband has been home for the past few weeks so I’ve taken a step back from everything. It’s rare to have this much time with him so I’m taking advantage of it, as I’m sure you all can understand. I’m also still dealing with a death in my family. Hopefully things will clear up a bit in my life so I can try to get back to normal. Or as normal as I can be anyway. πŸ™‚

Sale and Freebies

Smashwords is having a sale through July. The few books I have on the site are either on sale for half price or free. I don’t have the last 2 Willy the Kinky Elf books on there or Marrying Lance. I’m not the biggest fan of Smashwords, to be honest, so the site has not been a priority when I’ve published new books. Maybe someday I’ll add the others. Undecided at this point.

Below are the books on sale or free and the Smashwords links:

Just Friends – .99

Eros – .99

Willy the Kinky Elf & His Bad-Ass Reindeer (#1) – .99

Evan the Virgin Reindeer & His Sexy Buck (#2) – $1.25

The Guy in the Coffee Shop – Free

My Son’s Girl & My Son’s Friends – Two Erotic Shorts (M/F Erotica) – Free

Taking Lance (#1) – .99

Keeping Lance (#2) – $1.50

Being Karen (#2.5) – Free

Saving TravisΒ  (#3) – $1.50

Trusting Lance (#3.5) – Free

 

Willy the Kinky Elf #5

Still no title for the upcoming installment.

Dylan the Bad Boy Reindeer & His ????? Mate

I wrote a blog post about it here.

I’m still open to suggestions. I won’t have to get serious about the title for a few weeks but I’d like to have that squared away soon so I can get the cover and blurb completed.

 

Independence Day

If you’re American I hope you had a nice and safe 4th of July. My husband grilled steaks and we just hung out together at home. My oldest son’s birthday was on the 3rd so we did most of our celebrating then.

I’ve seen a lot of anti-American posts and memes lately by actual Americans. I understand being frustrated and angry over the current administration and the damage it continues to do. However, I’m not letting our president or anybody else take away from my love for my country. I’ll always be proud to be an American and there’s nothing Trump or anybody else can do to take that away from me.

Along with most of you, I’m not happy with the way things areΒ  right now and I worry daily about what will happen next. That makes me want to work to get these people out of office so that maybe, just maybe, the U.S. will be a place we can all be proud of again.Β I refuse to be ashamed of being an American or waving the flag. A lot of people died for that flag. It’s bad enough I have to see so much anti-American stuff from those outside of the United States. Be anti-Trump. Be anti this administration. Be vocal and fight like hell to stop him before he causes more damage. But don’t hate your country because of the idiot in charge of it.

That’s all I’m going to say about that and I won’t be debating it with anybody, regardless of who you are. I try so hard to publicly stay out of all things political and I usually do. This will likely be my only exception.

 

Flashback Friday

A few weeks ago I mentioned doing Flashback Friday posts with excerpts from my books. I have a bunch of them ready to go but I didn’t want to start the weekly thing until I slowed down a little.

I also plan to add excerpts from upcoming stories. Those will be Tuesday Teasers and will either start the same week as the Flashback Fridays or I may alternate weeks. I’m not sure yet. I don’t want to overload you guys with posts.

 

This and That

The next few days will be spent getting a lot of stuff done around my house. My husband will be going back to work out of state this weekend so we need to do it all while we can. This is the longest he’s been home in quite awhile so it’ll be sad, as it always is, when he leaves again. But it also means that I’ll probably be traveling again in a few weeks. I always enjoy that.

Until next time,

Candi