!!! 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

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

!!! 4 Book Anniversary Giveaway !!!

Congrats to Kelsy for winning the giveaway! For her winning books she chose Eros, Christopher, Just Friends, and Blake the Rogue Reindeer & His Cocky Human. Thank you to all who entered!

On April 5th, 2014, I published my first book, Taking Lance. Written in fun, I never expected it to see the light of day. Those who’ve followed me for awhile know the story. I’d been writing for decades but had never shown even one of my stories to anyone. Taking Lance was different because something had me sending it to my best friend. With her encouragement – and a lot of fear on my part – I published it. Here I am 15 books later with no intention of stopping anytime soon.

A lot has happened since April 5, 2014. I often cringe when I read some of my earlier stuff. There’s one scene in particular in Keeping Lance that I wish I could go back in time and remove completely. Don’t take that to mean that I’m not proud of what I’ve published. I am. I believe every author who has ever published anything wants to make changes later. For that reason, I don’t often reread my books once they’re put out into the world. There are times when I need to, obviously, like when I’m adding to a series and want to ensure I get specific details correct. But honestly, I prefer not to unless I have to. I’ve published 15 books to date. The only books I can go into without wanting to change every word are Eros and Willy the Kinky Elf & His Bad-Ass Reindeer (Willy, #1).

For at least 3 of the past 4 years I’ve been promising the finale, Finding Alex. What do you think of the (tentative) cover? The story was completed to my satisfaction well over a year ago. So, why isn’t it published? Nerves, I guess. It’s the final story of my very first series. It’s the first book I’ve written with an established couple. Not just any couple, but a couple who brings in thirds on occasion. There’s only one graphic sex scene in the book with another guy, but I know a lot of readers aren’t fans of that. Because Alex and Dean are an established couple, I had to take them back in time some in order to tell their story. I personally hate flashbacks in books. I wanted to make sure I did it right. All that’s left to do is formatting for publication and finalizing the blurb. Ending it all will be bittersweet. Rick and Lance were my firsts. It’s going to be really hard to say goodbye.

No doubt I’ll be feeling the same when it comes time to end the Willy the Kinky Elf series as well. Though, honestly, as much as Willy rambles in my brain, his world will likely go on for quite awhile longer. The elf is nuts. πŸ˜‰ Just wait until you see him in (still untitled) Willy #5. He gets into the ‘good stuff’ early. You know you love a character when they can keep you giggling. There’s a scene in the jewelry store that cracks me up every time I read it. Sometimes I have to force myself to remember that this is Dylan and Cole’s story, not Willy’s. But you know his nosy, matchmaking little self is going to be in the middle of it all. It wouldn’t be Willy otherwise.

Without my readers, there would be no Rick and Lance, or Willy and Randy, or any of the others. I can’t describe the feeling I get knowing people read my books. I didn’t expect 5 people (total) to read Taking Lance but it’s been going strong since I published it, along with my others. You guys have embraced my kooky worlds and that means more than you can know.

To celebrate year #4, I’m giving away 4 e-books – one for each year I’ve been publishing. 4 books of the winner’s choice from my catalog – OR – the entire Taking Lance series, including the finale when it’s published, Finding Alex.

To enter the giveaway, simply comment on this post, send me a message via here, my email, candikayauthor@gmail.com,Β Goodreads, one of my social media accounts – Facebook Personal, Facebook Author Page, Twitter – or share or retweet this post with the word ENTERED. I’ll pick the winner at random on Sunday, April 15th.

Thank you to every person who has read my books. You’re the reason I keep doing this. There are no words for how much I appreciate every single one of you.

To my best friend, as always, thank you for giving me the big push to publish Lance and for all of your encouragement since. And to my hubby, it goes without saying that I appreciate your support.

I look forward to seeing what happens in the coming years. There are always stories rattling around in my brain so I hope to continue writing for a long time yet.

~Candi