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

 

New Privacy Policy, Some Personal Stuff, Playing Catch-Up

Privacy Policy

In accordance with GDPR, I have added a Privacy Policy to this site. It’s pretty straight-forward. I don’t share anything. I don’t repeat anything. I don’t want sites giving my info to spammers so I damn sure wouldn’t do it to you guys. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

Website Changes… Again

Notice the change in the way the site looks? My having to redo things on my website has become a habit – a very frustrating habit. I was out of town and received an email from a reader saying there was an error message every time they tried to access the site. I couldn’t find out what the deal was until I got home. My pics and media had been reset to the theme’s default pics and media. Thankfully I didn’t lose content this time, but I did have to go back and add visuals (header, background, my font preferences, etc.) And I had to put the menu and a few other things in order. I don’t know if this is a WordPress thing or a GoDaddy thing. Either way, I’m seriously tired of having to deal with my site acting up every few months. If it’s a GoDaddy thing I’ll be rethinking who hosts my site when it comes up for renewal in a few weeks. It takes several hours each time I have to redo those things. My time is limited so to say it angers me is an understatement.

Personal Stuff

Thank you to everybody who contacted me after my last post when I mentioned having a death in the family. The past two years have been difficult, to say the least. This particular death has truly hit home the fact that both of my sisters are gone. I wish I could go back in time to help them before it got to the point where they couldn’t be helped. I wish I could take all the pain my mother caused and make it all disappear. Mostly, I wish like hell I could have my sisters with me. I’ve not been allowed to mourn the loss of my last sister two years ago because I was too busy being the so-called perfect daughter to someone who never so much as said thank you.

We were taught at a very young age to keep things to ourselves. No matter how bad things may have gotten, or how down we were, we were told to put on that little happy face and pretend all was well. Unfortunately, that carried over into adulthood for me. When you’re so used to pretending like all is well people automatically believe it’s true. And honestly, it’s tiring pretending to be strong all the time.

I’ve never been a woe-is-me person and I’m not becoming one now so I’ll stop on that. Maybe someday I’ll write a longer blog post about this stuff. Maybe I won’t.Β  I went into it a little in this blog post under the personal section.

This and That, Willy, #5

I have done SO much traveling this year. I’ve literally been from one end of the country to the other since December 26th. It’s been nice, especially over the past few weeks when I’ve needed to escape things for awhile. Most of the traveling has been by car so I’ve been able to see a lot of things I wouldn’t have had I flown. While it’s been nice, I’m hoping to stay home for a little while to play catch-up with some things, mainly getting Finding Alex published and finishing the first draft of Willy, #5. I still need a title for that one. Hopefully it’ll come to me soon. I did something different with that particular book. I’ve written it in two sections. The first section isn’t complete but the second one (including Mrs. Claus’ Christmas party) is. Now I just need to combine the two and add what needs to be added to the first part, which isn’t much. It’ll all come together. I’ve not been in the right frame of mind to concentrate on it over the past few weeks or the first draft would’ve been completed already.

Memorial Day

If you’re American, Happy Memorial Day. The holiday is so commercialized these days and the true meaning of the holiday tends to get pushed to the side. We need to take the time to remember, to honor, those who fought and died for us. If you celebrate, be safe.

Alberto

I am right in the middle of where the first Tropical Storm (Alberto) of the season is headed. Hurricane season doesn’t start until June 1st but Alberto has other plans. πŸ™‚ We’ll likely just see a lot of rain and some wind. Hopefully it won’t be too bad. I think we’ll get the worst of it between Monday and Tuesday.

Excerpts

Starting (probably) next Friday I’ll be posting a weekly Flashback Friday post, which will have excerpts from already-published books and upcoming ones. This was suggested to me forever ago but time got away from me and it never happened. I suck at self-promo, as most of you are aware. πŸ™‚

Catching Up & Social Media

My apologies to everyone who has sent me Facebook and Twitter messages that I’ve yet to respond to. I’ve barely been on Facebook lately and I haven’t been on Twitter at all in quite awhile. I’m actually behind on everything. I’ll catch up with it all soon. Right now I just need to regroup a little.

And because I’ve not said this in awhile… please don’t add me to Facebook groups without my permission. I don’t know how many groups I’ve been added to this past week alone. Send me an invite, a PM, or even an email, but adding me to a group without my permission just makes me mad. It usually has me getting out of it, even if it’s something I might have been interested in before. I don’t tag anybody without their permission. I don’t add people to groups without their permission. I don’t send a dozen invites in one day to like the same Facebook page. I don’t send PMs spamming people with my book purchase links. Hell, I almost never send friend requests. I think it’s rude to just add people to something without asking them first. There are a couple of exceptions but those exceptions only apply to groups I’m a member of outside of Facebook.

I think that’s it for now. I hope you’re all doing well.

~Candi

Cocky! & A Few Quickie Updates

I’ve not posted in awhile so I wanted to pop in real quick before things get crazy in my life again.

4th Anniversary Giveaway

Congrats to Kelsy Kasey for winning my 4th publishing anniversary giveaway. She chose Eros, Christopher, Blake the Rogue Reindeer & His Cocky Human, and Just Friends as her winning books.

Finding Alex (Taking Lance, #4)

Finding Alex, that I swore I was about to publish, is still in draft on Amazon. I had a death in my family and have been unable to go back into it.Β  It’s complete. It’s just waiting on me to hit publish.

Willy, #5Β 

Willy the Kinky Elf #5 is a chapter or so from being done. It’s still untitled. I’ve been trying to come up with a title but I’ve had no luck so far. I really want it finalized so I can start working on the blurb and cover. I may be open to suggestions in the coming days or weeks if I don’t come up with one on my own. Two reindeer. One’s a ‘bad boy’ and the other is about as straight-laced as they come. Outside of the bedroom anyway. πŸ˜‰ Certain things come out that make everything Mrs. Claus has done to this point seem tame. Santa, on the other hand, has mellowed quite a bit. You’ll actually see his softer side in the latest installment. I’ve considered toning down some of Mrs. Claus’ antics. They’re pretty bad. I’ll see how I feel when I get closer to publication. Both Mr. and Mrs. Claus have secrets that come to light when Dylan (aka the bad boy) comes back into town.

COCKY!

Speaking of Willy’s World, I’m sure you’ve seen all the stuff about the word COCKY being trademarked recently. If not, Google it. What’s a guaranteed way to lose fans and all respect from other authors? Do what this author did. Willy, being as outspoken as he is, has decided that he wants to share his views on the whole cocky thing. We know that Willy is a naughty little elf and, well, it’s been awhile since he and Randy got naughty on-page. He’s got a lot to say about the cocky situation. πŸ˜‰ If I finish the story it’ll be a quickie and won’t take place during the holidays. I’ll update on that soon.

I kinda joke about it but I actually have a title with the word COCKY in it, Blake the Rogue Reindeer & His Cocky Human. It was published November 1st, 2016 – long before the trademark was issued. Should I be concerned? I don’t know really. The more I see on the whole situation the more baffled I get. I guess the number one question I have is why was a word – that’s been used tens of thousands of times in books and titles – allowed to be trademarked? It’s one of the most ridiculous things I’ve seen since I started publishing my books and I’ve seen some really ‘out there’ stuff. The author put a video out supposedly in defense of what she did. Instead of helping her cause it made her look like she was calling her readers stupid and she even went so far as to imply that stupid equals autism. The last part especially angered me, but that’s another blog post.

Enough about that.

Mother’s Day & Other

I think that’s it for now. I mentioned there being a death in my family. Honestly, I’m exhausted both mentally and physically. I need a few days to regroup. The weekend will be crazy busy with Mother’s Day and other plans and then some family members will be graduating from high school next week. Hopefully afterward I can take a much needed break for me. I’ve been going nonstop for the past week or so.

If you are a mom I hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day. If not, I hope you have an amazing weekend. πŸ™‚

Until next time,

Candi

Anniversary Giveaway, Reviews, This and That

Giveaway

If you haven’t entered yet, there’s still time to enter my 4th anniversary giveaway. It ends at midnight my time (central) on Sunday, April 15th. The winner will be chosen completely at random and contacted on Monday, the 16th. If I don’t hear back from the winner within a couple of days I’ll have to pick another one.

You can find all the giveaway details here.

Reviews

There’s something that has really been bugging me over the past few weeks but I wanted to wait until my publishing anniversary was over before bringing it up. Also, I’ve been doing a lot of traveling and have simply not had the time to go into it. And honestly, I didn’t want to come across as rude to those this is aimed at.

To be blunt, I don’t agree with buying reviews, nor do I agree with the practice of trading 5 stars for 5 stars with other authors. I know I’ve gone into this at length in the past but I think it’s important to do it again.

I’ll start with the 5 for 5 thing. I’m all about helping other authors. You want me to promote your book? I’ll promote your book all over the place. You want me to give you 5 stars without reading your book because that’s supposedly the norm between authors? Not happening.

And then I get to paying for reviews. When I see sites advertising for paid reviews I usually run the other way. Does the person getting paid actually like those books? Who knows? Maybe they do. Maybe they don’t. Either way, it’s not something I will ever support, much less be part of.

I’ve said this so many times I sound like a broken record… give me an honest 1-star review over a fake 5-star one any day. A 1-star Goodreads review helped my most popular series (Willy the Kinky Elf & His Bad-Ass Reindeer) get noticed. People wanted to know what was so “painfully bad” about the book so they checked it out.

So, why am I going into this again when I’ve done it so many times over the past 4 years?

Not that long ago, I got an email from someone offering their review services for a fee. This person probably thinks I’m a horrible person because I didn’t respond to the email. I didn’t respond because I wasn’t quite sure how to word my response. It’s something I feel so passionate about that I didn’t want to come across as a total bitch. Their website looks totally legit and the email sent to me was very kind. I’m not judging them in any way for what they do. I’m only, again, saying I’m not interested.

Enough about that.

Finding Alex, Willy, #5

I’ve been traveling almost nonstop for the past few weeks. I’ve only just gotten home a couple of days ago. I’m trying to play catch-up. I have 2 main writing goals right now – publishing Finding Alex (finally) and working on (still untitled) Willy, #5. ‘Alex’ is 55,000 words. Willy, #5, is (so far) 22,200. There are other stories that have been started and even more rattling in my brain. However, I can’t focus on any of those until the other two are complete. Or at least close to it in Willy, #5.

My writing has evolved over the past 4 years. I’ve consistently published mostly gay romance and/or erotica. The Taking Lance series is different. It doesn’t shy away from characters having sex with others while they’re working their way toward the one they’re meant to be with. I’ve not done that with my other books, contrary to the belief of one person who swears that Eros continued screwing around after Sy was introduced in Eros. He didn’t, by the way, but that’s another blog post. πŸ™‚

Because I’ve not had the main characters playing around with others in most of my other books, I’ve been iffy about the Taking Lance finale. Dumb on my part because even Rick and Lance have sex on-page with others until they finally commit to just each other. If you’re a fan of the Taking Lance series you’re aware of everything I just mentioned and likely expect it. If you’re a fan of my others (the Willy series, for example), you know none of that will be happening on-page in those.

Alex Langdon, like Rick, is bisexual. While Alex doesn’t actually have on-page sex with a woman like Rick does in Taking and Keeping, he is bi. He was married to a woman and had a very active sex life with her for many years until certain things came to light. Only then did he start hooking up with males. This is actually done while they’re still married so if cheating bugs you, you might want to avoid this one.

Cheating’s another thing I’ve never put in any of my gay romance books and it won’t be happening in the future.

For the record, Alex isn’t the only one in the marriage who’s unfaithful. He’s just more discreet until it gets to the point where he can’t be.

Alex and Dean bring in a third one time. This is the onlyΒ  on-page sex that’s not strictly between the two of them in the entire book.

On that note, I have to finish my (hopefully) final run-thru of Alex and then get back to working on the blurb.

I just love typing blurbs.

Said no author ever. πŸ™‚

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend. If you still want to enter the giveaway, you still have a little bit of time to get your entry in.

Until next time,

Candi