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Thank you to everybody who participated in my 3rd publishing anniversary celebration. Quite a few people took advantage of the books I gave away to celebrate. I look forward to seeing what I can get up to in the next 3 years. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Since then I’ve been battling the flu. I’m much better than I was even a week ago but I’m still not at 100%. I had planned to publish a different post this week but the flu thing kinda stopped that.

I don’t know what the weather is like in your part of the world but it’s quite warm where I am. It feels more like summer than spring, but that’s nothing new in the southern part of the United States.

With that being said, this post is nothing but eye candy, with the theme being water. One of the sexiest things in the world to me is a wet guy. He can be getting out of the shower or out of a pool or the ocean. It totally doesn’t matter as long as he’s wet. ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜‰ย You’ll see one of the photos that I’ve used a couple of times already – including on my anniversary post – but it’s fitting for this post too. And it’s hot so there is that as well. *grin*

I’ll be back in a few days with a Marrying Lance and Finding Alex update.

I hope everybody is doing well.

 

 

 

 

 

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‘Taking Lance’ Finale and Other Updates

Hello, all.

My apologies in advance for the annoying GIF at the bottom. I saw it and had to add it. ๐Ÿ™‚

Thank you to everyone who has already bought and read Just Friends. I didn’t think that story would ever be published but I’m glad it’s finally out in the world. Check out two awesome reviews I got for it – On Top Down Under Book Reviews and Cocky Reviews. Note that the one at Cocky Reviews is very NSFW. Don’t click the link if you don’t want to see very graphic sexual situations and nekkid men. ๐Ÿ˜‰

The past few weeks have been a little crazy for me but I wanted to give you guys a few updates.

Upcoming/Works-in-Progress –

Finding Alex (Taking Lance #4) – Publishing date TBD -I typed a draft for this post a few days ago. It said that I’d had almost 22,000 words written and that I was hoping to finish the first draft in the coming weeks. Since then I’ve written over 16,000 more words and officially typed THE END. At the moment the story is over 38,000 words. That will be cut drastically before it’s published.

Those of you who’ve followed me for any length of time know my issues with this story. It’s the finale to my very first series. I started and stopped it so many times in the past two and a half years I didn’t think I’d ever finish it. I don’t know if you can know the relief I’m feeling right now because there’s an official light at the end of the tunnel.

This is the final story in the series and I have no plans to ever add to it after this one is published. I could sit here and write about Rick and Lance all day long but I know when it’s time to say goodbye. Saying goodbye to these guys will sadden me but it will also be good for me. Without them I wouldn’t be publishing right now.

Also, there will be Rick and Lance’s wedding (untitled) quickie that I’ve decided to publish before Finding Alex. I’ve written around 2,000 words in that and I will likely stop it at around 5,000 or 6,000. Finding Alex will be published shortly after. The wedding also takes place in ‘Alex’ but from Dean’s point of view. It’s Dean’s instead of Alex’s because this is the chapter when Dean comes to terms with some pretty important things.

Something that could’ve been disastrous – I was a third of the way through the final chapter of Finding Alex when I hit save and the blue screen of death came up on my laptop. When it came back on I was unable to open the manuscript. I tried everything but no matter what I did it wouldn’t open and I was told that the file was corrupt. Thankfully I’m very anal about emailing my stories to myself at the end of each day, even if I so much as change only one line. I’d done this the night before so I didn’t lose the entire manuscript. I did, however, lose everything I had typed that morning in the final chapter and a few track changes I’d made. I couldn’t even be frustrated over having to recreate what I’d lost because I was so grateful that the entire story wasn’t gone. And with all I’ve gone through to get this story written it’s doubtful I would’ve even attempted to recreate it all. I believe I would’ve thrown my hands up, published Rick and Lance’s wedding, then walked away. I would’ve just added Alex and Dean’s story to that one but without as much detail. Thankfully it didn’t come down to that.

Oh, I can’t wait to reveal the cover. I think it’s my favorite in the series.

What you’ll need to know about Finding Alex before it’s published –

  • Together Alex and Dean bring others into their bed often. If you’ve read Saving Travis and Trusting Lance you already know this. There’s no jealousy or silliness as a result of it. It’s just part of their relationship.
  • Because they were already an established couple in the above-mentioned stories, I had to go back in time in order to tell their individual backstories. I hate flashbacks in books. I made a point in hopefully writing these where they aren’t annoying. I really hope so anyway.
  • All the others in the series could be read as standalones. I don’t think that will be the case with Finding Alex. In order to understand pretty much everything in the book you’ll have to know what let up to it.
  • Loose ends from the rest of the series will be tied up. Rick, Lance, Marc, Travis… everything.

More on Rick and Lance below.

Thank you On Top Down Under Book Reviews for allowing me to ‘borrow’ some of your visuals of my Taking Lance guys.ย 

#4 in the Willy the Kinky Elf world – Over 22,000 words written. I plan to stop between 25,000 and 30,000. It’s still untitled. Well, publicly anyway. I have a working title but I won’t announce it until closer to release date. This is Barry’s story. Those who read Blake the Rogue Reindeer & His Cocky Human and Evan the Virgin Reindeer & His Sexy Buck will remember Barry as Blake Simpson’s younger brother and Evan Vickers’ longtime best friend. I didn’t plan to have two “B” names back to back but I didn’t expect the amount of emails I’ve received asking me to write Barry’s story STAT either. ๐Ÿ˜€ His love interest is a character that was mentioned in passing during a specific Peppermint Whiskey episode in ‘Blake’. I hope you guys like it when it comes out in early November. I will likely put it up for pre-order in early October like I did Blake’s story. I might even do it a few weeks earlier than that. It depends on how I’m feeling about the story. I’ll update more throughout the year.

If you’ve read the ‘Willy’ series you know there’s a theme in all of them. For ‘Willy’ it was love is love, regardless of who you are. With ‘Evan’ it was about adult bullying. In ‘Blake’ it was about addiction, redemption, and forgiveness. With ‘Barry’ the theme is domestic violence. While I won’t be making light of the subject in any way – just like I didn’t make light of adult bullying and addiction in the last two – I won’t be giving the reader page after page of details that take away from the lightness of the series as a whole. I’m doing my best to write it in a sensitive manner. Note that a majority of the domestic violence takes place off-page in the recent past. There are a couple of instances in the here and now but I’ll be leaving a lot to the reader’s imagination as far as what the character went through before.

That’s it as far as upcoming releases. I could go on about a few more but I won’t do that until I know for sure they’ll be published in the coming months.

I’m almost always writing something. The past couple of months I’ve tried to only focus on stories in the Taking Lance and the Willy the Kinky Elfย worlds. Once I get Barry’s story complete I’ll be able to concentrate on new stories. The ideas are always there – and I have dozens of unfinished stories hidden away – but these two have to be knocked out before I can really do right by others. One down, one to go. ๐Ÿ™‚

My 3rd publishing anniversary –

On April 5th I’ll be celebrating my 3rd publishing anniversary. I’m not sure what I’m going to do to celebrate yet. I really wish I had time to get Rick and Lance’s wedding story ready to go – that would be perfect considering they’re the guys who started it all for me – but I honestly don’t see that happening. Between traveling and an ongoing serious illness in my family time has simply gotten away from me.

I will, however, be publishing a quick excerpt from the wedding story. It’s already been written. I just need to add some finishing touches. This particular excerpt reads as its own mini-story so it doesn’t leave you hanging. Well, it might leave one of the characters hanging (*snort*) but not the readers. The excerpt will be added to my 3rd anniversary post on April 5th. You can expect to see the same scene in Rick and Lance’s wedding story later.

If I’m feeling good about it I may also add a quick excerpt from Finding Alex. I need to stress – and I’ll do it again in the actual post – that these excerpts will be unedited and will likely change slightly before the stories are actually published.

If you guys have any suggestions on what else to do to celebrate my 3rd, I’m all ears. I’m always open to doing a giveaway and will do one if the interest is there.

That’s about it for now. I hope everybody is doing well.

Until next time,

~Candi Kay

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Goodbye 2016

 

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and New Year. I’m still trying to recover from the craziness of the holidays. My husband is home for a few weeks after working out of state for awhile so I’m enjoying my time with him before he has to leave again.

Those of you who have been with me from the beginning know how I go sometimes weeks at a time without typing a blog post and then slam y’all with a long and wordy one. In my defense this is my end of the year and ‘what’s in store for 2017’ post so I can be forgiven for being long winded, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Before I get started on anything else I’m going to get the All Romance Ebooks thing out of the way.

  • Lori James, aka CEO of ARe, has screwed over every single author and publisher who had books on the site.
  • The authors were offered a ridiculous amount of ten cents on the dollar for royalties from books that were prepaid for – by you, the readers – during October, November, and December of 2016. Again, the books were paid for at the time of purchase. So, Lori James and All Romance is keeping every single dime of what you paid for books from the site with the exception of 10 cents on the dollar. Oh, and she’s keeping 100% of anything purchased between December 28th and when the site shut down at midnight New Year’s Eve. Our reports ended on the 27th and we have no idea how many books were sold between the time of her ‘closing’ announcement and when the site shut down. The authors who actually had publishing contracts with ARe (unlike those of us who self-published on there) have it worse. They’re flat out being blackmailed. Either give up the rights to ALL ROYALTIES for the 4th quarter of 2016 or risk having the authors’ books and rights tied up for years in bankruptcy court.
  • I did not agree to the bullshit offer of .10 on the dollar. That would’ve been saying it’s okay for her to steal from me and all the other authors and publishers.
  • My biggest selling platform was All Romance. The publishing interface was a pain but books were easily found on the site once they were published. I blogged a few weeks ago about all three of the ‘Willy’ books making the best seller list at the same time on there. On Amazon and the other e-tailers we’re (those who write in the genres I write in) all kinda lost among thousands of others.
  • We will likely never see a dime of our 4th quarter royalties but we’ll damn sure be fighting Lori James and All Romance. Nobody should get away with what she’s trying to pull.
  • Readers have lost thousands of dollars worth of books because of this so it’s not just affecting the authors. I’m one of those readers. Luckily I only lost a few but I’ve read where some have lost hundreds. I hope the readers also do what the authors are doing right now – fight her every step of the way. She took YOUR money and left you unable to access your library or use accumulated e-bucks. Don’t let it go. Like with the authors, you may never see a penny of your money, but I’d still fight like hell.

There’s a lot more all over the internet right now about the entire fiasco so I’ll stop on that before I really go off on a rant. I’m still very angry.

2016 ย –

I’m going to be blunt. 2016 sucked. Not the entire year, obviously, but a lot of it. There was so much death in 2016. I could type a long blog post just about all the celebrities we lost. I lost so much from my childhood and my teenage years. I’ve already written about Prince but there were so many others who left us in 2016. Glenn Frey, David Bowie, Carrie Fisher, Alan Thicke, Debbie Reynolds, George Michael… the list goes on. I was there watching George Michael during his Wham! days and I had the biggest crush on him at the time. That was sealed with the Faith video. It seemed like every other day someone else was dying.

Then there were the deaths in my personal life. In July I lost my sister and became an only child. How do you prepare for that? You don’t. Her death affected me deeply. Somehow, as I’ve blogged about before, I was able to use my writing to get through it. Blake the Rogue Reindeer & His Cocky Human was completed within days of my sister’s funeral. That world seriously saved me.

On December 12th I lost someone else who was very special to me. Life is so damn unfair. I just hope he found his magical and strange place and that his ‘Baker’ was waiting for him on the other side.

The quote on the left is from The Crow, one of my all-time favorite movies.

Then there’s the actual story, Blake the Rogue Reindeer & His Cocky Human. I love the story – seriously – and I love Blake and Seth and the others. However, there was a bit of drama going on behind the scenes as it was being published so I mostly disappeared from social media for a little while. I still somewhat promoted the book but I wasn’t all over the place. Thankfully, fans of the series helped me out in that regard.

For those who’ve asked, yes, Barry’s story will be the 4th in the series. I had no desire to have two ‘B’ titles back to back but Barry is wanting his story told so it will be. I’ve already written quite a bit of it already. For those who’ve not read ‘Blake’, Barry is Blake’s kid brother. I already know who his love interest will be but I’ll save that info until later in the year.

The Good Stuff From 2016 –

  • All 3 ‘Willy’ books made several bestseller lists. That’s super cool considering ‘Willy‘ย was published in 2014 and ‘Evan‘ in 2015.
  • Eros, Christopher, Trusting Lance, and ‘Blake‘ were published in 2016.
  • This website was created within weeks of the CandiKay.com domain being made available.
  • 2016 was my most successful as an author. When I published Taking Lance in April of 2014 I didn’t think 2 people outside of friends would be interested in what I had to say. I’m so glad I was wrong. I’ve published 12 as Candi Kay since then with a lot more planned in the future.
  • Evan the Virgin Reindeer & His Sexy Buck was nominated in Goodreads M/M Romance Group’s Readers Choice Awards in the Best Humorous category. I also discovered long after the fact that ‘Willy’ had been nominated for Best Paranormal in the 2015 awards. I wish I would’ve known about that. I’d love to have the ‘nominee’ badge.

A Look Ahead to 2017 –

  • I’ll be adding purchase buttons for all of my books on this site so you can buy directly from me securely. Links to other e-tailers will still be provided – Amazon, iTunes, B&N, etc. – but I’ve discovered over the past few days that some readers like to purchase directly from the author. I’ll need to shift a few things around on my homepage but it should all be set up soon.
  • No ‘Cupid’ this year as I ran out of time to get it completed. My plan is to publish it in January of 2018. After Eros threw poor Cupid under the bus in his story, Cupid needs to set the record straight. The poor guy. Unlike Eros, he believes in love and just wants that elusive happily-ever-after.
  • Just Friends, a friends to lovers story. I adore these guys and can’t wait to share them with you. It’s completed and I’m almost done with the editing. Expect it in the near future.
  • An Unlikely Romance, a not-quite-a-rent-boy-story. When you read it you’ll see what I mean. There’s a decade age difference and you all know one of my kinks is a substantial age difference between my main characters. ๐Ÿ™‚ This one is also completed and needs to go through the editing process.
  • Barry’s still untitled story, #4 in the Willy the Kinky Elf & His Bad-Ass Reindeer.
  • Finding Alex, #4 in the Taking Lance series. I swear I’m determined to wrap this series up in 2017. I’ll be sad to see it end – Rick and Lance were my firsts, after all – but it’s long past time for it to happen. Alex and Dean’s story will be told, Jenna and the other bad guys will have their loose ends tied up, Marc and Travis will work through what Travis went through in the park in Saving Travis, and most important of all? Rick and Lance will finally get married. Their wedding will also be written as a separate short from their POV – a freebie – for those who want just the wedding.
  • My Father’s Wife, a het erotica short that has been completed FOREVER. It’s been self-edited to death, the blurb has been written, and even the cover has been made. So, why hasn’t it been published? I honestly don’t know. Expect it to happen in the coming weeks.
  • Jace, College Encounters, #2. Also complete and needs to be edited. Nate, #3 in the series, is also complete.

I think that’s it. I probably missed something. If so, I’ll update throughout the year. I took a bit of a break from two things I love – reading and writing. Once ‘Blake’ was published I had to take a step back from everything. I’m determined to get back on track in 2017. I have lots of books from favorite authors lined up to read and more story ideas flowing through my head than I can keep up with. Both of those things are important because I’ve not felt up to either for a few months. I’m excited to see where I go in 2017. I’m excited to see where we all go in 2017.

To all of my readers, I appreciate you. To everyone who has so graciously pushed the Willy series over the past few weeks, I adore you. It means more than you can know that the series ‘that wasn’t supposed to be’ turned out to be enjoyed by so many. Most people don’t get my weird sense of humor so I love that you guys do.

I hope everyone came through the holidays unscathed and if you have resolutions, I wish you luck with them. I don’t do resolutions. My birthday is in early January so I always set goals based on that. I’m determined to complete them this year.

Keep sending me messages and friend requests on social media. I love interacting with readers. You’re all so damn awesome. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

FYI on the above photos – the guy with the salt and pepper hair is my Alex inspiration and the long haired one is his love interest, Dean. I know I’ve posted them before but I think they’re worth seeing again, don’t you? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Until next time,

~Candi

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All Romance (ARe) Closing

I’m sure that by now you’re already aware of the fact that All Romance Ebooks will be shutting down at midnight on December 31st. The authors and readers were only given 3 days notice of this. That’s insulting enough but what’s really insulting is the joke of a payout they are offering the authors for 4th quarter royalties.

.10 on the dollar.

Yes, you read that right. For every dollar in royalties earned the authors will only get a dime. Readers have already paid full price for the books but every bit of that money, with the exception of a dime on each dollar, will be kept by the powers that be at ARe. Tell me, how is that fair? It’s not. Authors published books on the site believing we’d be paid what we’re rightfully owed. Readers purchased the books believing they were getting the product they paid for and that the authors would actually get paid for that book. It’s not our fault that they are having financial problems. We did our part in good faith. It’s not fair that we should be getting screwed over because of poor financial planning on their part.

The 4th quarter of 2016 has been my most successful since I started publishing in April of 2014, with a majority of those sales being on All Romance. So, I’m looking at losing quite a bit in royalties if I agree with the measly .10 on the dollar that they insultingly expect us to accept.

I won’t accept it and because I won’t I can likely kiss all my royalties for October, November, and December goodbye. They threw out bankruptcy if we don’t accept the crappy settlement offer so personally I don’t see me or any of the other authors getting any of the money owed to us.

There was no talk or even hints of All Romance shutting down. As recent as this week they were sending out advertising emails to authors and publishers trying to drum up advertising revenue for 2017. Are the authors and publishers who paid for advertising losing that money too? I’m going to guess yes because of the way all this has been handled.

I’m angry, as I’m sure you can probably tell.

All of my books have been removed from the ARe site. I chose to remove them early because it was made clear in the email sent to us that they considered the royalty period to have ended on December 27th. This is December 28th so I’m guessing any purchases made between now and the 31st will have all $$$ going to the site and not the authors who wrote the books.

With that being said –

If you’ve purchased any of my books on All Romance, and have been unable to download them, email me a copy of your purchase receipt for the book (s) and let me know what format you want and I’ll send the book to you. It’s not your fault the owners of ARe decided to screw everyone over and I damn sure wouldn’t want you to lose a book of mine that you rightfully paid for.

Send the receipt (s) to candikayauthor@gmail.com. I promise to get the book (s) to you as soon as I can.

I had typed an end of the year post but I’ll be holding off on publishing that for a few days. All of this with ARe hit all of a sudden and I’m still trying to deal, as I know a lot of other authors are as well.

I hope you all had a great Christmas. I’ll catch up with you soon. Promise. ๐Ÿ™‚

Until next time,

Candi

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Thank You!

 

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Thank you to everyone who helped make all three books in the ‘Willy the Kinky Elf’ world bestsellers on ARe over the Thanksgiving weekend. I’m always happy when one of my books gets that little bestseller star next to it at All Romance. For all three to get them at once means more than you all can know. Willy the Kinky Elf & His Bad-Ass Reindeer was originally published two years ago. Evan the Virgin Reindeer & His Sexy Buck was published one year ago. Both of those stories have done extremely well since Blake the Rogue Reindeer & His Cocky Human was published. Don’t get me wrong, the series has been wonderful for me and has developed quite a following since the first one was published. However, this past weekend blew me away. There are no words for what it means to me that you guys have embraced my crazy holiday world. I don’t know if you can imagine how it felt to see all three books at the top of the gay erotica homepage on ARe as bestsellers in that category. Of five books at the top of that page three were mine. I’m thrilled and thankful to every single person who has purchased the books.

If you celebrated Thanksgiving I hope you enjoyed your time with your family and friends. For the first time ever during a major holiday I was out of town. It was an exhausting trip but I really enjoyed my time away. I’m trying to play catch-up now.

I hope you’re all doing well.ย Thank you all again for making my Willy series a bestseller. I’m still pretty stoked over it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Until next time,

~Candi

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Thanksgiving, Football, Sale, This & That

 

I’ve gotten quite a few new followers – here and on social media – over the past few weeks so I want to say thank you! I’m not very good about typing blog posts, though I do try. 2016 has been a difficult year for me in the real world for a variety of reasons and that keeps me away from here as well. I won’t bore you with the details but reading my last blog post will give you a bit of an idea of what’s been going on in my life. I will say that 2017 can’t get here soon enough.

Hey, I published a book. ๐Ÿ™‚ ย I know, I know, I annoyed the heck out of you guys about Blake the Rogue Reindeer & His Cocky Human and then kinda disappeared on release day. While I already suck at self-promo, I do have a couple of valid excuses for not pushing the story more when it was officially released. There was a medical emergency with my mother Halloween night and then other issues arose in the following days that I’m still dealing with. I kinda feel like I’m in a fog, to be honest. I’ll be fine, but writing and reading – two things I’ve always done – have taken a backseat. I’m hoping to get back on track with everything soon.

Thanksgiving officially starts the holiday season in America. Normally I do a lot of baking and the family converges on my home. This, after going to the in-laws for lunch earlier in the day. This year will be different. My husband is working out of town so I won’t be doing the family thing at my house. My youngest has to work that day, which sucks, but we celebrated early with a nice lunch a few days ago. I’ll be traveling to see my husband and my two older sons for the holiday. If you all celebrate I hope you have a wonderful day with your family and friends.

iron_bowl_logoThe Saturday after is a big football game for my ‘Bama boys. We play our biggest rival, Auburn, and that’s always a nail biter. Those who’ve been with me from the beginning know I’m a huge Alabama Crimson Tide fan and this is my favorite time of the year. You’ve never experienced anything until you’ve experienced my state during the Alabama/Auburn game, also known as the Iron Bowl. We don’t watch college football in the South. We live college football in the South. The entire season is always a big event. It’s a good excuse to eat a bunch of junk food and have a few adult beverages. ๐Ÿ™‚ My drink of choice for this season is 1 part Creme de Banana, 1 part Malibu Rum, and 1 part pineapple juice. I found the recipe on Pinterest and I love it. I’m not a big drinker but I do have at least one of these during every Alabama game. Oh, and Alabama is the #1 team in the country right now. ๐Ÿ™‚

noh8The election –

I could devote an entire blog post on nothing but current events in America but I’m not. There are 3 subjects I refuse to discuss publicly and politics is one of them. If you’ve followed me at all you know my thoughts on equality. Hell, I write mostly gay romance. Since the election I’ve been dragged into conversations I didn’t want to be part of and even accused of being part of the final outcome simply because I live in the deep South. I’ve done blog posts in the past about the silly southern stereotype so I won’t do that here now. I will say this – not all southerners are racist and homophobic. I cheered right along with the rest of the world when same sex marriage became legal in the United States and typed a long blog post about it on my old Blogger site. I’m just as concerned as everyone else is over the outcome of the presidential election. That’s all I’ll say about that.

What else?

Congrats to Dre, who won the giveaway at On Top Down Under Book Reviews last month. Dre was one of my very first readers so I was thrilled that she was chosen as the winner. Congrats again to On Top Down Under on 4 years!

willy-butt-head-magnetI have a couple of magnets (pictured) from that giveaway left over that I need to figure out what to do with. I was thinking maybe doing my own giveaway here that will also be pushed on Twitter and Facebook. What do you guys think? Granted, some might not want a magnet of an elf mooning the camera, but those who’ve read the series just might. I have one on my fridge. ๐Ÿ˜‰ When I was ordering swag for that giveaway my best friend insisted I create something with a Willy butt head quote. If you’ve read the books you know that Willy calls people (mostly Santa Claus) that often. I had a blast creating it and I’ve been asked by some readers about making them available. So, why not a giveaway? I’ll decide the particulars and update on here when I get back in town next week.

I can’t end this without thanking everyone for reading Blake and Seth’s story. I know the season is still young but I’m in awe over the amount of pre-orders the story had and how many people have already read it. Not just ‘Blake’ but the first two in the series as well. When I wrote Willy the Kinky Elf & His Bad-Ass Reindeer I never dreamed that anyone would like my warped version of the North Pole. There are no words for how thrilled I am each time I get a message from someone saying they’ll never look at Santa and his elves and reindeer the same again. The true story of the North Pole had to be told by someone, right? ๐Ÿ˜€

To celebrate the official start of the holiday season, all three of the ‘Willy’ books will be half-price on Wednesday (the 23rd) and Thanksgiving day (the 24th) at All Romance Ebooks (ARe). The sale price will only be at ARe, not the other e-tailers. The links will not show the sale until Wednesday but I’ll be traveling that day and likely unable to promote at all until much later that evening or the next day.

That’s enough for now. I hope everyone is doing well and thank you also for the kind words I received after my last blog post. I have the best fans in the world.

Until next time,

~Candi

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Lots of Updates, Paperbacks, Eye Candy & a Bit of a Rant – NSFW-ish

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I know it’s been awhile since I’ve done a blog post after promising I’d do more. I’ll be covering a lot in this one so my apologies in advance for the length. I’ve added a bit of eye candy to help with that apology. *grin*

Thank You –

Sexy Guy #1 06062016I want to thank everyone who stopped by during my 2nd publishing anniversary celebration. A lot of you took advantage of the half-priced books at ARe and signed up for email alerts on my new site. I’ve also received good feedback on Trusting Lance (#3.5 in the Taking Lance series), a story written strictly to commemorate my 2nd anniversary. I also want to send a huge congrats to Casey, who won e-copies of Taking Lance and Keeping Lance during the giveaway hosted by On Top Down Under Book Reviews. And thank you to On Top Down Under for hosting it.

Paperbacks –

I have finally fought with CreateSpace and I’m now happy to offer paperbacks of most of my stories. At the moment only Taking Lance, Eros, Willy the Kinky Elf & His Bad-Ass Reindeer and Evan the Virgin Reindeer & His Sexy Buck are actually available for sale in paperback. The others (with the exception of The Guy in the Coffee Shop and My Son’s Girl & My Son’s Friends – both of which are much too short to be available in anything other than e-format) will go live on Amazon and the other sites when I’ve officially approved the paperback proofs. I’m waiting on quite a few to be delivered as I type this. Of the 8 I’ve been working on, I have to say I’m most proud of the two in the ‘Willy’ series, but mainly because they’re very bright colored and look fantastic (in my opinion) in paperback form.

Shower Guy GIFAnother thing about the paperbacks – if I used a snippet of your review on the back of any of them, I’ll send you a signed copy of the book if you want one.ย If some of your words are on there, you should have a copy, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰ Those I’ve used will be contacted by me at some point in regards to it. Of if you see the back of the book on Amazon and see your review, you’re more than welcome to contact me privately with your information. I’ve been off social media quite a bit over the past few weeks so I’m trying to play catch-up.

Works-in-Progress –

I’ve been working on the 3rd installment of ‘Willy’ for the past few weeks. This will be bad boy Blake’s story. I’m very happy with the story so far but things tend to change as time passes. I still have a little bit of time to work on it before the release date. I’m also still steadily working on Finding Alex (#4 in the Taking Lance series). Both of these books should be published by early November.

Also, I will be revamping and adding content to ReindeerSecrets.com in the coming weeks. If you’ve read the ‘Willy’ series, you know what I’m talking about. ๐Ÿ˜€ There’s been all kinds of naughty stuff going on in the North Pole during the off-season. RS, our resident gossip, is eager to spill.

Upcoming –

I have a new series that will also be published in the coming weeks. The series itself is titled College Encounters, with each story only being individually titled with the main character’s name. The first one is Christopher, so the title will be College Encounters: Christopher. I’ve already done the cover for that and #2 (title to be announced later). The cover model on the cover of Christopher’s… I have no words. I actually found the photo first (strictly by accident) and wrote the story completely around this guy. I can’t wait for you all to see him, um, the cover. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Each book will be centered around a fictional university. Not all books will be about college kids. The professors and other staff get in on the action too. These books will vary from gay romance and/or erotica to straight romance and/or erotica, to everything in between. If you don’t read in a specific genre, no biggie. These stories will only have the university and certain characters in common but can all be read as standalones.

Long Haired GuyThere’s another series that I’ve been writing – I’ve written 4 stories so far – that I’m trying to figure out what to do with. The first 3 are straight erotica but #4 is gay erotica. I’m really enjoying writing these books but I have to decide if I’ll be publishing them as Candi Kay or maybe use another pen name. Undecided at this point.

Another Christmas story that will be published (likely in early November) isย The Cute Elf and His Mall Santa. This has nothing AT ALL to do with the above-mentioned Willy series. It’s contemporary and is about a cute guy who does the elf thing at the local mall every holiday season. He ends up falling in lust and love with the newest mall Santa Claus. Santa (aka Sam) has a couple of rambunctious kids who also play a part. While it’s gay erotica, it’s more of a romance that centers quite a bit on family. This story was complete last year but something was bugging me about it so I didn’t publish it. It will definitely be out in time for the upcoming holiday season.

Then there are An Unlikely Romance and Just Friends. Both of these are gay erotic romance and were completed over a year ago. I’m determined to get them out there before 2016 is over.

I’m trying very hard to not bombard you folks with a bunch of stories at once but I’ve finally come to the conclusion that if I’m going to write them, I won’t be hiding them away any longer. Until 2 years this past April I wrote dozens of stories but kept them hidden. Those days are over. I’ve also discovered that a lot of my readers aren’t into certain things I write but are into some of my others. I want to keep y’all happy so I hope I always have something available that you’ll be interested in even if some of my others aren’t your thing.

Personal –

I also want to thank every single person who sent me private messages or emails thanking me for getting a little personal in regards to my devastation over the loss of Prince. I don’t put myself out there much, as I’m a very private person. However, I couldn’t let his passing go and say nothing. He was a very important part of my life and the post I wrote on the day of his death says that, I believe. I also got a couple of messages on Twitter about that post in recent days – since his cause of death has been made known – that were downright nasty.

So here I am getting personal again when I swore I’d keep personal stuff out of all things Candi Kay….

Nicest PeopleUnless you’ve been close to someone with an addiction, you have no right to judge one way or another. Do you honestly believe that people pick up that first drink or pill or whatever thinking, “Hmm… I’m choosing to get addicted to these things…”? Of course not! I’ve had 2 people very close to me in the real world who never in a million years would’ve chosen their addictions. It happened gradually. I lost one of them to that addiction and I’ll go to my grave wishing I could’ve done more. But I couldn’t, you see. I tried for years. At least this person knew they had a problem and tried very hard to overcome it. The other? Let’s just say that sadly I can see myself losing another person in my life because they’re convinced that because a doctor prescribes it then it’s okay.

By all means send me your thoughts on anything you like. However, don’t send me nasty messages expecting me to remain silent simply because I write and publish books. I keep silent on other things but I won’t when it comes to something I’m very close to. I didn’t know Prince outside of his music, but I know the horrors of addictions. I’ve seen the effects they have on people and those close to them. The worst day of my life was the day I lost someone whose addiction was bigger than them. I won’t sit back and read a slew of bullshit about how people with addictions are lazy or whatever. I will come back at you and it won’t be kind. This also applies to other things. If you’re homophobic, keep your thoughts to yourself. If you have hateful opinions about specific disorders, again, I’m not interested in what you have to say about it.

I don’t discuss politics with anyone outside of my very inner circle. I don’t discuss religion or any of the other things that are such hot topics for debate these days. I won’t go back and forth with anyone over those, regardless of how many times I’m pushed. Bring up the other stuff – mentioned in the above paragraphs – and I’ll gladly have a conversation with you. Just don’t get pissed off if you don’t like what I have to say.

I know I’m being harsh here, but if I posted screenshots of some of the things I’ve seen you’d understand why I’ve gotten angry over it all.

Enough of that.

Travis 6My New Site –

As I’ve said in other posts since this site went live, if you subscribe to email alerts for my posts I will send you a book of your choice – in whatever format you prefer. However, I have to be told what book and what format. Most have contacted me privately but some haven’t. I don’t believe in bugging readers so if you’ve subscribed – or plan to – let me know which book and what format, please. This applies to e-books only. Send me an email to CandiKayAuthor@gmail.com, a PM on Facebook, or on Goodreads.

Also, if you send me a friend request on Facebook, let me know you’re one of my readers or subscribers or how you found me. I’ve gotten some REALLY strange requests lately so I’m being a bit more careful with who I accept and who I don’t. I spend more time on my personal Candi Kay page than I do my author one. If you’re not interested in friending me, there’s a follow button on both as well if you’re interested. I often post pics of nice eye candy. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Travis 5I accept everyone on Goodreads unless you’re underage. I’m not on there much, but I do get message alerts and friend requests via email. I always pop on there when I get those.

I will keep the promo going for a few weeks longer, as the site is barely 2 months old and I’ve kinda neglected it since it went live. This, of course, is bad really because I put a lot of work into the new site.

I think I’ve said enough for today. Sorry for not posting anything for awhile and then slamming you guys with a long one.

I hope everyone is doing well. Thanks to every person who has stuck around. Every single one of you is amazing.

Until next time,

~Candi Kay

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Trusting Lance (Taking Lance #3.5)

 

Trusting Lance takes place a few months after Saving Travis. Rick and Lance are planning their wedding and something has Rick spooked over the age difference between them. If you’ve read the stories before it you know that’s nothing new. ๐Ÿ™‚ Rick is worried that someday Lance will decide he wants a younger man. Lance has to prove to him that he plans to stick around for as long as Rick will have him.

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Lance Scott and Rick Preston have been to Hell and back. They’re now living happily as a couple and are in the process of planning a wedding. Everything is going well until Rick has a conversation with old friends that brings back old doubts and insecurities. Lance doesn’t care about their age difference but Rick is convinced that someday Lance will decide he wants someone closer to his own age. ย When Rick’s doubts start affecting the relationship he risks pushing Lance away and ruining everything they’ve worked so hard for. It’s up to Lance to prove to the man he loves that he plans to stick around for the long haul.

Trusting Lance is part 3.5 of the Taking Lance series. While it can be read as a standalone, the story and characters (both main and secondary) are important to the series as a whole.ย 

Approximately 15,000 words.

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Celebrating 2 Years of Publishing!

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A little over two years ago I wrote a short story that was never supposed to see the light of day. I’d been writing for as long as I could remember but I’d never shown any of my stories to anyone. Hell, my best friend in the world didn’t even know I wrote stories and I pretty much tell her everything. To be blunt, writing keeps me sane. I actually have a t-shirt that says that, by the way. ๐Ÿ™‚ If I’m down, I write. If I’m up, I write. If I’m in between? Well, you get the picture.

What inspired this particular story that I wrote almost two years ago was a bad book I’d just read. I had to get it out of my head. The only way to do that was to either jump into another book or write something of my own. I decided to write something of my own. That story turned out to be a bi-erotica short about a young man who hooks up with his mother’s husband. If you’ve not read Taking Lance, I have to say it’s not simply some older guy cheating on his wife with her son. There’s quite a bit more to it than that.

I mentioned to my friend that I wrote it. Of course, she asked to read it. I’d never allowed anyone to read anything I’d written before and here was someone asking – who I respected more than most? I was terrified at the thought of her seeing it. Thankfully, she persisted and I gave in. My writing had always been mine and mine alone, you know? She loved the story and pushed me to publish it.

It needs to be noted very strongly that my friend is not the type of person who’ll tell me what I want to hear. She’s very honest and will tell me in a heartbeat if something I’ve written isn’t my best work. And, she has… thank God! Authors need honesty and I’m blessed beyond measure to have that from her.

Fast-forward a few weeks and April 5th, 2014 came. That was the day. I was going to put myself out there and hope for the best… all because one person believed in me and said I was good enough. Oh, my husband has always supported me, but he’s not much of a reader. That one story has now become ten, with several more in the works. I’m even playing around with another pen name for different types of genres and sub-genres. If someone would’ve told me in March of 2014 this would be happening I’d have called them a liar.

I’m extremely happy to finally be able to live my dream. There are no words for how much I appreciate every single person who has taken the time to read one of my books. From the Lance world, to theย Willy the Kinky Elf world, to everything in between… you guys have shown me support from day one. I never dreamed anyone would actually read that short story two years ago. Not only have you read that (and my others) but you’ve asked me for more. That’s the greatest compliment an author can receive.

To celebrate my 2nd publishing anniversary, every book I’ve published to date, with the exception of my .99 stories – The Guy in the Coffee Shop, Being Karen, My Son’s Friends & My Son’s Girl, and Trusting Lance – will be marked down half-price at AllRomanceEbooks.com, or ARe, from April 5th through April 9th. This applies to every book I’ve published in the past two years, other than those mentioned. It’s not just the Taking Lance series.

My apologies for doing it solely on ARe, but Amazon is kind of difficult when it comes to having sales, as are the other e-tailers. I also wanted everyone to be able get the format of their choice (ePub, mobi or pdf). You can only get .mobi from Amazon.

Trusting Lance FINAL 800 x 1200Speaking of the Taking Lance series…

To celebrate my anniversary, I’ve written another story in the Taking Lanceย universe. It’s titled Trusting Lance and it takes place a few months after Saving Travis and two weeks before Rick and Lance are to be married. Rick’s old doubts and insecurities rear their ugly head about the age difference between him and Lance. What if Lance decides later that he wants somebody younger? It’s up to Lance to set things straight. All the characters from the others in the series (Marc, Travis, Dean, Alex, and there’s even a Karen and Aaron cameo) will make an appearance. It also opens the door for Finding Alex so I can finally get their story written and put the series to bed.

It was a total blast revisiting Rick and Lance. It’s been awhile since I’ve given them their own story and I loved being inside their heads (and, um, bedroom) again. I’ll be sad to see them go when I close out the series in a few months but everything must come to an end. I hope you’ve enjoyed their ride as much as I have.

On Top Down Under Book Reviews is hosting a new release/anniversary giveaway from Tuesday, April 5th through Sunday, April 10th. I will be giving away the first two e-books in the Taking Lance series – Taking Lance and Keeping Lance.ย You can find all the info about the series here.

Pop in, say hi, and leave a comment for a chance to discover where it all began. I send my huge thanks to On Top Down Under for the continued support.

Note that Taking Lance and Keeping Lance are bi-erotic romance.

Thank You GIFTo my best friend in the world – I love you dearly and will forever credit you for every single story I publish. You have no idea how much I appreciate your friendship, support, and that big push I needed two years ago – and continue to get daily.

To my husband –ย You may not understand it but you damn sure support it. I couldn’t do this without you. I love you.

To everyone who reads my books – Again, there are no words for how much I appreciate every single one of you. Thank you for becoming part of my world. You’re the reason I keep doing what I do… what I love.

I hope you’ll celebrate my publishing anniversary with me. As you can see, I’ve officially made my new website live. What better day than on my publishing anniversary? I’m eager to know what you guys think. Can you tell I like red? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Also, if you subscribe to this site via email (see bottom of page for instructions) I’ll send you an e-book of your choice from my catalog. I just need to know what book and what format. You can let me know at the bottom of this post in comments (you don’t have to publicly list your email address… I’ll have it when you subscribe) what book and what e-format and I’ll send it your way. Or you can shoot me an email to candikayauthor@gmail.com. I promise not to spam you, and your email addresses and info will never be made public.ย Free Book

If you don’t get a subscription email within a few minutes, don’t forget to check your spam folder.

Also, if you don’t follow me on social media and want to, the links are below as well. I spend a lot of time on Pinterestย looking at pretty things. ๐Ÿ˜‰

My Blogger site will remain active but any future posts will be reminders of this one.

Another thing that has to be noted is that I often publish photos and GIFs that would not be considered safe for work. If you’re under eighteen or offended in any way by nudity this won’t be the website for you.

Until next time,

~Candi Kay

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Welcome!

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Welcome to my new site!

For those who have followed me for the past couple of years, thank you! Without you I wouldn’t be doing what I love. You’ve read my books and have been kind enough to follow me on social media.

A few months ago I blogged on my other site – here – about wanting to revamp my site. I’d gotten lax with updating and the blog was looking kind of pitiful. Every time I attempted to make a change here and there I’d get frustrated. While Blogger was great for me when I first started, I’ve been wanting to switch over to WordPress for quite sometime. I held off for a variety of reasons, one of which was that I didn’t want to go to the work of creating a new website if I didn’t have the domain that I wanted.

For two years I checked on and off to see if CandiKay.com was available. It wasn’t. That is, until very recently. I couldn’t buy it fast enough. Fast-forward a few days and I was searching stock photo sites trying to find the perfect cover image. Thousands of images later, I stumbled on the one at the top of the page (the red one). I knew it was perfect. It’s sexy, yet not overly revealing. During all those searches I never looked for anything that wasn’t red. Did you guys notice how everything on the Blogger site was red, other than some of the book covers? Yeah, I’m a bit obsessed with the color and I always have been. ๐Ÿ™‚

This site is a major work in progress. I have been involved with three WordPress sites but I’ve never created one from scratch… until now. I’m literally learning as I go so my apologies if things are a bit weird sometimes. I hope to have all the quirks out of the way soon.

If you follow me on Blogger, I hope you’ll follow me here as well. I will keep that site up and active but I won’t be publishing any future blog posts on there, with the exception of occasional posts reminding folks I’ve moved.

To follow me here, fill out the boxes under “Subscribe” at the bottom of the home page and follow the instructions. I will never spam anyone and you’ll only receive an email when I publish a post on here. There should be easy unsubscribe instructions sent to you in email if you no longer wish to follow me. Trust me, I won’t be offended. I promise not to overload your inbox. ๐Ÿ™‚ If you don’t get an email for confirmation of the follow within a few minutes check your spam folder.

Everyone who subscribes to email alerts from this site will receive an e-book of their choice from my catalog – if they want. I’ve published 10 stories to date, ranging from bi-erotica, to gay erotic/romance, to heterosexual erotica. Hopefully there’s something in there you’re interested in. Just let me know in comments at the bottom of this post which book and what e-format and I’ll send it your way. No need to leave your email address. I’ll have it when you subscribe. Or if you’d prefer, shoot me an email to candikayauthor@gmail.com with your preference. Don’t forget to tell me which book and what format!

Had someone told me two years ago that I’d have 10 books published in April 2016 I’d have called them a liar. I wouldn’t be doing what I do without my amazing readers and some special people outside of social media. And, of course, my wonderful husband and family. One of those ‘special people’ is the reason I put my first story out and has been my biggest supporter from day one. I wouldn’t be here without her. She gave me the push I needed. I will forever credit her for every single story I publish.

Thank you all for being along on my crazy ride. I’m still learning as I go here but I’m living my dream and doing what I’ve always wanted to. I appreciate every single one of you more than you can know.

Let me know what you think of the new site, will you? I’d love to know your thoughts and/or suggestions.

~Candi

 

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