Happy 7th Publishing Anniversary to Me & Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

On April 5, 2014 I published bi-erotica Taking Lance, the first book in the Taking Lance series. I’d never let anybody (outside of teachers during writing assignments way back when) read anything I’d ever written. During a terrifying moment, I sent the story to my best friend for her thoughts. I’d always written, had been writing short stories for as long as I could remember, but Taking Lance was different. It was written solely to get another book out of my head – a book I didn’t write. Taking Lance was nothing at all like that book but the character names were kind of similar. My best friend encouraged me to publish the story and here I am.

Since Taking Lance, I’ve published a lot of books, including the 7-book Willy the Kinky Elf series that ended in December. And while I may not publish a lot each year, I’m always writing something. At the moment, I’m going back and forth between 7 books I’m writing at the same time – 5 from one series and 2 from another.

To celebrate Taking Lance’s 7th birthday, I’m giving away a $10 Amazon gift card to one winner. To enter, follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter link below. The giveaway will run from April 5th to April 15th, with the winner being notified within 48 hours of the giveaway ending.

Unlike my other books, the Taking Lance series is bi-erotica, not strictly gay romance. Both Lance and Rick have sex with others on-page, sometimes even together. Once they become a true couple, they’re only with each other. It’s leading up to that when they aren’t.

If that’s not your thing, don’t read the series.

Thank you to every single person who has taken the time to read one of my books. You’re the reason I keep doing this and I appreciate every single one of you.

As always, thank you to my best friend in the world. Without you, my stories would still be hidden away. Much love, my friend. ?

Candi Kay

Note that my computer has died so I’m using my phone and Kindle Fire for pretty much everything. If you comment and it takes me a little while to approve it or respond back, that’s why.

 

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Updates, Life, and Smashword Sale & Freebies

How is it already March?

We’ve just gotten through one of the coldest winters on record for my area so I’ll be happy to see spring, even if my already bad allergies will get a lot worse.  My car is already covered in pollen. I won’t even get started on the crazy hurricane season we had last year.

I’ve been dealing with some health issues (not COVID) so I mostly disappeared from social media for the past few weeks. I’m a little better now so I wanted to pop in and let you all know I’m still alive and well. 🙂  I had planned to do a ‘good riddance 2020’ post – had even typed a lot of it a few weeks ago – but then 2021 rolled in and said, “Here, hold my beer.”

2021 didn’t get off to a good start. Here’s hoping the rest of it will fare much better.

Willy the Kinky Elf & His Bad-Ass Reindeer Series

As most of you know, the series ended with Santa Claus & His Unexpected Mate. Ending it was bittersweet. Normally when March rolls around I’m heavily involved in working on the next installment. It’s strange to not be writing about Willy’s shenanigans right now. I’m not going to lie. I miss the hell out of that naughty elf and the others in the North Pole.

After Luke the Hybrid Reindeer & His Vivacious Mate, I’d written (and made available for download) 2 short freebies that went with that book. One was a quickie Randy and Willy scene and the other was Doc and Andrea (the only M/F story in the Willy’s World universe). I’ve since written another one that goes with Santa and Drew’s story. It’s about Logan (Luke’s bio dad) finding his mate. I’ve not made that one available yet because I ran out of time in December. The story is written but it wasn’t edited fully.

I’ve not pushed the freebies much because when I did that in 2019 hardly anybody read them – or that’s what the download count at Book Funnel told me anyway. I will likely (in the coming week or so) post those stories (including Logan’s) on this site somewhere so the reader doesn’t have to be taken to somewhere else for it.

If you’re interested in the first 2, click the link above. It’ll take you to the page where you can download them. If you’ve not read the rest of the series (especially Luke and Micah’s book), you’ll be confused if you read the short stories.

There are no words for how truly appreciative I am to everyone who has read Santa Claus & His Unexpected Mate. In my almost 7 years of publishing I’ve never had a book do as well as the Willy the Kinky Elf finale.  Thank you to all who have read the series and to those who have been kind enough to share (publicly or privately) how much they truly enjoyed it. It means more than you can know.

Smashwords Read An Ebook Week – Now through March 13th

I’m going to throw this out there – I do not have all my books on Smashwords. In fact, I only have the first 5 of the Willy the Kinky Elf series and a few of my others on there.

Right now through March 13th (I think?) all of my books currently on Smashwords are either 50% off or free. The ones that are free are short stories The Guy In The Coffee Shop and (M/F erotica) My Son’s Girl & My Son’s Friends.

The link above takes you to my Smashwords profile page where the books are listed.

The Hooper Lake Series (Upcoming)

The Hooper Lake series consists of 5 stories that take place during the same time period. Each one has new main characters and love interests, but they’re all linked – the stories, characters, etc. Each book focuses on an adopted adult son of Esther Hooper (who insists on being called Gran or Gran Es, even by her adopted sons). Esther is a character. Her only goal in life seems to be pushing her sons to get laid. If their getting laid leads to falling in love, even better. She has no filter but she has a heart of gold.

While there may be a little humor in each story, they all touch on serious topics as well. All 5 brothers have a past that brought them to Esther as teens. The years before Esther were not at all flowers and sunshine. Some were worse than others. Each book will start with a short prologue that gives the reader an idea of what they went through, though more will come out in their individual stories.

The first one is about Noah, the oldest of the 5 adopted brothers. Something life-altering from his past sets the stage for his story and that of the others. The brothers are (listed from oldest to youngest) Noah, Aiden, Matthew, and Elijah (Eli) and Ethan, who are identical twins.

These books will not be standalones.

If they’re not read in order they won’t make any sense. I’m more than halfway through writing all 5 books – I’m writing them all at the same time – so I’ve not yet decided if they’ll be published in one e-book edition or as individual stories. That will depend on the length of each one. Noah’s book (not yet finished) already has almost 52,000 words. I’m hoping to cap it at 60,000 and move on to finish Aiden’s story,  but that’s likely to change.

There will be more updates when I have them.

Upcoming Christmas Stories

Hopefully 2021 will have me publishing at least 2 new Christmas stories that I wanted to publish in 2020. It didn’t happen for a variety of reasons, one of which being that I didn’t want to take away from the finale of the Willy series. They take place in a small Vermont town during Christmastime. The first one is about Jacob and Owen. Jacob is the police chief of the small town who meets Owen, who’s just passing through. The second one is about Jacob’s brother (a doctor) and one of Owen’s relatives.

These two books will be published together in one e-book edition.

If you like kids, you should enjoy these books. Jacob’s nephew Jesse steals the show a few times. If you don’t like kids, you might want to pass on these when they’re released. Jesse’s not everywhere in Jacob and Owen’s story, but he’ll play a big part in Dustin’s because Dustin is his father.

The first story was written last year. The other one will be completed (hopefully) in the coming weeks.

As with the Hooper Lake series, I’ll post updates when they’re available.

Alabama Crimson Tide

If you know anything about me, you know I’m one of the biggest Alabama football fans in the world. I won’t go on and on about how awesome my team was this past year, but I will say this…. even with the pandemic, they killed it. I’ve never seen a team play like this one. I doubt there’s ever been one as good in the history of the program.

They won the championship the day before my birthday so you know I had a blast celebrating. I’m hoping the 2021 season is as good as 2020’s was. It was nice watching the haters (there are SO many Alabama haters) eat their words about us only ever playing ‘cupcake’ teams.

The Pandemic

I don’t know where to even start with the pandemic. The amount of new cases and deaths have dropped drastically in my state (Alabama). Honestly, I don’t know how. The only place I ever see people consistently wearing masks is at a specific grocery store and I’m not talking about Wal-Mart. I and my family wear them everywhere we go. I can’t tell you how many smartass comments I’ve gotten from anti-maskers because I cared enough about THEM to wear a mask in public.

Two of my sons had COVID. Both were serious but thankfully didn’t get bad enough for hospitalization. My youngest had it in late October and early November. He still can’t taste or smell. My oldest had it in January. He’s still feeling weak.

Today someone whose family I know well will be buried after suffering in the hospital for over six weeks before his body just couldn’t take it anymore. My heart breaks for all of them.

I want to scream when I hear someone say it’s not real or not that bad. There’s no rhyme nor reason when it comes to COVID. I’ve seen people who have all kinds of underlying conditions recover without a problem. But then I’ve seen others (like the man I mentioned above) who are perfectly healthy but end up dying from it.

Wear a mask. Get the vaccine if you can, when you can. If you don’t believe in wearing the masks, don’t be a jerk to those who do.

And please don’t @ me with political stuff or any of the ‘it’s not real’ nonsense. I won’t respond. Everybody has an opinion and I think I made mine pretty clear.

I avoid political stuff like the plague with everyone except those closest to me. It does me no good to go back and forth with people (usually total strangers) who want to argue. I refuse to allow myself to be dragged into something that will end up upsetting me. It’s just not worth it.

COVID is not a political thing. It’s a real disease.

That’s all I’ll say about that.

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I think that about covers everything for now. For those who have asked about An Unlikely Romance: Brett & Casey, there’s something holding me back from publishing it. It’s been edited and ready to go for a couple of years but I feel like something is missing. When I figure out what it is – and fix it – I’ll hit publish on it. Note that the cover on the right is tentative. It may change slightly before it’s published.

I hope everybody is doing well. Thank you all again for making Santa and Drew’s story a success.

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend.

Until next time,

Candi

Happy Holidays!

What a year it’s been, huh? Geez. I’m sure I speak for everybody when I say that 2021 can’t get here fast enough.

I want to thank everyone who has taken the time to read Santa Claus & His Unexpected Mate, the final installment of the Willy the Kinky Elf & His Bad-Ass Reindeer series. It’s been a great ride and I’m beyond thrilled that so many readers have embraced my crazy version of the North Pole. Ending the series was bittersweet. I hated to say goodbye but I knew it was time. Don’t be surprised if I pop up in the coming years with short stories and updates from that world. I love these guys and I can’t imagine walking away permanently. And then there’s the fact that Willy the elf rarely shuts up in my head. 😉

Kazza of On Top Down Under Book Reviews added Santa Claus & His Unexpected Mate to her favorite books of 2020 list. How awesome is that? She’s been a huge supporter of my books since Taking Lance way back when. I’ll forever be grateful. Check out her list here. To be included with so many amazing authors and their amazing books means so much.

Also, you have to read/listen to her review of the book. You can do that here. She always has the best visuals. The Darth Vadar wearing a Santa hat one is perfect for Willy’s quote. I love it!

Something else that’s pretty awesome? Author KC Faelan asked me to do a follow-up interview for her website to the one I did last year. You can check out last year’s post here and the follow-up here. It’s always a pleasure stopping by and talking with KC. I can talk anybody’s ear off about my books, but it means much more when I’m discussing them with someone who’s read them, who knows the characters and the stories. She’s a fan of the series and knows all about Willy’s crazy world. 😉

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I’ve been bad this year about posting. Worse than usual, I mean. I think 2020 has been crazy for everybody. I’ve barely even promoted ‘Santa’. I’m truly blessed to have the amazing readers I have. If you’re new to the series, welcome! And I guess I should apologize in advance for Willy. 😉 If you’ve been with me from the beginning and are still hanging around, I adore you. Seriously.

There was never supposed to be more than one book. I’ve said this a million times but I’m saying it again… there’s no greater compliment to an author than to be asked for more. I love every single one of you.

Happy Holidays to all who celebrate! Here’s hoping for an amazing 2021!

I’ll be popping back in real soon with my end of 2020 post.

Until next time,

Candi

Freebie: Happy Anniversary to Me!

Every year on April 5th I celebrate my publishing anniversary. My first book, Taking Lance, was published April 5,2014 so I’m celebrating #6. Normally I do some type of contest for people to win one or more of my books. This year I’m making it easy.

To celebrate my 6th publishing anniversary, I’m giving away an e-book of the reader’s choice to anybody who asks for it. If it has been published by me, it’s available.

Tell me in the comments what book and what format you want it in. Don’t put your email in the public comments. You’ll be asked to list it privately in order to publish a comment. I’ll see it there.

If you don’t want to leave a comment, send me an email to candikayauthor@gmail.com or a private message on one of my social media accounts – Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest. If you do it that way, I will need you to privately give me the email address you want it sent to.

Disregard where Facebook says I have a 0% response rate on my author page. That’s far from the truth. I just don’t respond to messages asking for boob pics, offers to send me dick pics, or others who think that because I write erotica that I get turned on by anonymous pervs on the internet. 😉 If you prefer, you can request me as a friend on my other Facebook page and send me a PM there.

This giveaway will run through April 15th.

If your book choice is Luke the Hybrid Reindeer & His Vivacious Mate I’ll also send you two bonus stories from that book, Doc’s and Randy’s. Note that those stories won’t make a whole lot of sense if you’ve not read Luke.

Thank you to every single person who has read one of my books. I know I’m not as out there as some authors, so it means a lot knowing that I’m being read. Thank you for the past 6 past years. I appreciate every single one of you.

And a special thank you to my best friend who gave me the encouragement to finally put my words out there. She’ll forever be credited for every single book I publish.

You can find all my books on my Amazon page or here.

Please take care of yourselves during the pandemic. I live in a state that takes the ‘wait and see’ approach. Only on Friday did they finally decide to take things seriously. I fear for how many people were infected leading up to it. One of my sons works in the medical field so the fear for me is quite real, as it is for most people right now.

Stay inside and away from people. Follow all the guidelines, including social distancing. I’ve seen so many people complaining. I’d rather be inconvenienced some that end up in the hospital or worse.

Until next time,

Candi

P.S. For those wondering where I’ve been… I spent almost 9 months out of 2019 traveling. During that time, I was focusing on publishing Luke the Hybrid Reindeer & His Vivacious Mate and Kane the Fake Elf & His Sexy Mall Santa. When I got home, and after the books were published, I took a step back from everything. I’m back writing again and happy to report that the 7th and final book of the Willy the Kinky Elf & His Bad-Ass Reindeer series (that would be Santa’s) is only a chapter or so from being complete. It will be published November 1st, 2020.

Luke the Hybrid Reindeer & Kane the Fake Elf & His Sexy Mall Santa Now Live!

Luke the Hybrid Reindeer & His Vivacious Elf (Willy the Kinky Elf & His Bad-Ass Reindeer, #6) and Kane the Fake Elf & His Sexy Mall Santa are both live!

I hope you enjoy reading about Luke and Micah and Kane and Sam! Keep reading after THE END of ‘Luke’ for info on two free bonus scenes.

More e-tailer links will be added as they become available.

Luke the Hybrid Reindeer & His Vivacious Elf (Willy the Kinky Elf & His Bad-Ass Reindeer, #6)

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. The reindeer are all shape-shifters who transform into gorgeous beings in human form and are respected by all.

Luke has always known he was different. He’s never fit in with the reindeer or the elves. When long-buried secrets come to light, he has no choice but to run. Forced to hide or risk his brother being caught in the crossfire, he does what he has to do to survive. He stays hidden well until the one moment he makes the mistake of letting his guard down.

Micah Matthews is one of the most loved nurses in the North Pole. He’s funny, cute, and good at his job. When the big man himself requests Micah as a private nurse for a special patient, he agrees without hesitation. What he doesn’t expect is to find his mate in the process. Micah knows it would be all kinds of wrong to stay as Luke’s nurse once he discovers the truth, but is walking away even an option? What if the attacker somehow manages to find him and finish what he started?

Between a matchmaking elf and Santa Claus actually being nice, Luke is convinced he’s been dropped into the Twilight Zone. Throw in some Peppermint Whiskey, a super-hot nurse, and a younger brother who may or may not have the hots for Santa, and Luke knows his life will never be the same again.

256 Kindle pages.

Amazon | Apple Books | Kobo

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Kane the Fake Elf & His Sexy Mall Santa

Blurb –

Kane’s been one of Santa’s little helpers for five years and has always enjoyed his part-time holiday gig playing an elf. Well, until he meets the newest mall Santa Claus anyway. Sam Clausen is thirty to Kane’s twenty-two, but that doesn’t stop Kane from wanting to be Sam’s Ho! Ho! Ho! One glance at the man outside the costume and it’s instant lust. Unfortunately, while Sam is great with children, he’s a grumpy Santa to Kane. Everything changes when Sam witnesses Kane’s elfy-self making a certain little boy giggle.

When Kane discovers that the man he’s been lusting after has five-year-old twins, his fantasies fly off with Santa’s reindeer. He refuses to be Sam’s secret fling if he’s taken, and he has no desire to become an instant daddy to somebody’s children.

Will Kane give in when Sam makes his interest known? Or will he run away without seeing what could happen with Sam and his little family?

Tags: Christmas, Children, Contemporary, Family, Older Man/Younger Man, Romance, Short Story

76 Kindle pages.

Amazon | Apple Books | Kobo | Smashwords

Luke the Hybrid Reindeer (Willy the Kinky Elf, #6) and Eating Disorders

You saw that title and thought, what the heck does Willy’s World have to do with eating disorders?

Luke, the main character in Luke the Hybrid Reindeer & His Vivacious Elf, has battled anorexia on and off since he was a teenager.

When readers pick up this series they expect Willy and his craziness. Each story has a theme outside of Willy as well. I’ve covered love is love, adult bullying, addiction and redemption, domestic violence, and child abuse.

And now we get to Luke, whose story I (unfortunately) understand too well.

Forgive me for getting personal, but here goes…

I was fifteen when my eating disorder started. I was having problems with my knee and given a cortisone shot. My weight, that had always been in the mid-nineties or so, got up to 103. No biggie, right? I knew as soon as I got off the meds I’d go back down to my (already too thin) normal weight. I have ADHD and have always been rush, rush about everything, so that played a part as well. I also should stress that I’m barely an inch over five-feet tall.

My mother pushed me to step on the scale. Her exact words to me (as she laughed) were, “You’re getting fat.”

Mom and I never had the best relationship. My sisters and I were criticized at every turn. I, being the youngest of the three, was blamed for the destruction of her and my dad’s marriage simply because I’d been born a female instead of male. Apparently, I was the ‘last chance, save the marriage’ baby. My dad always wanted a boy and already had two girls, so…

To be blunt, until my mother died last year I wasn’t treated well, yet I was expected to wait on her hand and foot. It was especially hard after I lost my sisters and I was her only living child.

All that is a story I won’t go into, but suffice it to say that her, “You’re getting fat,” that was said in glee (seriously) was a huge turning point for me. I started seeing myself as overweight so I started cutting back on anything and everything with calories. What Luke consumed during his worst moments was exactly what I had day in and day out – lots of black coffee, a lot of water, and a 230 calorie candy bar.

At my worst I was 83 pounds, severely anemic, always dizzy, dry heaving constantly because I barely put anything into my body, and passing out daily. Like Luke, I had an amazing teacher who went above my mother’s head and pushed for me to get help. He risked his job to do so because he was a good man. When my mother finally took me to the doctor it was done simply to prevent Child Services from stepping in, not out of concern for my health.

I wasn’t allowed to speak. I wasn’t allowed to tell anyone what I was going through. All questions were asked of my mother, not me – you know, the patient. I was forced (unlike Luke) to have test after unnecessary test run on me for stomach issues.  I did have an ulcer but that wasn’t what was causing my rapid weight loss. When a nurse in the doctor’s office pushed for why I wasn’t eating, Mom said the same thing Luke’s mother says, only with sister instead of brother, “She’s jealous of her older sister. She’s doing this for attention.”

I loved my older sister, but she was the favorite. Everybody knew this because my (divorced) parents were quick to tell everybody that.

Both of my sisters are gone now. My middle sister was treated as bad as I was. Well, worse in some ways.

It was that same older sister who showed up at our house out of the blue with her new husband who finally got me help. She’d not seen me in a few weeks and she caught me walking out after a shower in a thin tank top, shorts, and a towel on my head. You could literally see my ribs. She freaked, my brother-in-law freaked, Mom got yelled at for ‘watching me kill myself and doing nothing about it’ and I was in a doctor’s office – without my mother – the next day. I wasn’t allowed to go home before I was sent straight to the hospital for an inpatient stay.

The sister who I was ‘supposedly’ jealous of literally saved my life.

I was finally getting the help I needed, but that didn’t stop my mom. She threatened me if I dared speak with a social worker or anybody else in authority. If I did, I was to lie and say I ate fine and WAS doing it for attention because I WAS jealous of my sister. I may have resented being constantly told my sister was better than me, but that wasn’t what started my ED. I never said any of that but I wasn’t overly cooperative when questions were asked. I was terrified of my mother.

Since then I’ve battled on and off. I met my husband during a relapse three years later. He’s watched me pass out in restaurants and at concerts. He’s held me as I’ve lain on the floor of the bathroom praying I won’t faint. After my sons came and got older, he taught them what to look for if he wasn’t around. That’s the worst of it for me as an adult. My kids were literally told what to watch for. That breaks my heart to this day and they’re all grown now.

I’m a lot better now, but the mindset never truly goes away. I still remember every comment made to me about my weight over the years, especially during my teen years. I’ve not spoken to a family friend since I was eighteen because she said, “Oh! You’ve put on quite a few pounds since I saw you last. You know, with your mother being overweight…” Rude on her part, yes, but something I should’ve gotten over already. For the record, I was 98 pounds when she said that.

The comments are never forgotten. The people saying them may long forget but the person they say them to won’t.

With that being said, if you know someone who’s suffering, LISTEN. Don’t judge. Don’t say you know how they feel unless you’ve experienced it yourself. Don’t tell them to get over it already. And for God’s sake, never, EVER say, “Just eat.” Oh, and this one was always fun (not) – “I know you’re supposedly sick and all, but shouldn’t you cut back before you gain too much?”

You’d be surprised how insensitive some people can be.

If you know somebody who’s suffering, reach out. They may say they’re doing fine but they’re not. When they look in a mirror they don’t see what you see when you look at them. They see an overweight person who could lose a few more pounds. At my worst, I would gain one and lose three. It was a pattern.

When you read about Luke just know that his story was written from someone who’s been there. A lot of details were switched around and/or fictionalized for his particular story, but not the severity of the issue.

If you’re suffering and need someone to talk to – someone who understands – please reach out to me. If not me, somebody else. I promise anything you say will be kept between us. Shoot me an email to candikayauthor@gmail.com. I had nobody when I was a scared fifteen-year-old girl. Looking back, I know having someone to talk to who simply understood would’ve done wonders in my recovery.

My mother went to her grave denying I ever had any type of problem. I spent every day until then being told constantly that I was fat, that my husband would leave me if I gained any weight, etc. Lord, I could go on, but I won’t.

I hope you all enjoy Luke the Hybrid Reindeer & His Vivacious Elf. You’ve all embraced my crazy North Pole and I’ll forever be grateful.

As for Willy, well, he’s more over the top this year than normal so be prepared. He takes his crudeness to a new level. Every time I tried to tone him down he just got worse.

I’ll pop back in when ‘Luke’ goes live on November 1st, as well as with a post on another November 1st release, Kane the Fake Elf & His Sexy Mall Santa, both of which are available for pre-order now.

Until next time,

Candi Kay

P.S. I don’t suggest looking up memes about this topic. A majority of them infuriated me. Apparently, eating disorders are a big joke to some? Just… wow.

Pre-Orders: Willy the Kinky Elf, #6, Giveaway & Excerpt, and Kane the Fake Elf & His Sexy Mall Santa

I want to thank everyone who has checked out An Unlikely Romance – Ben & Mason. That was such a fun book to write. I’m thrilled with the feedback I’ve received. Brett and Casey’s story will be published after the first of the year, along with new College Encounters stories.

Now to what’s upcoming –

Luke the Hybrid Reindeer & His Vivacious Elf

I’ll start with the 2019 installment of the Willy the Kinky Elf & His Bad-Ass Reindeer series.

You might remember Luke from Dylan’s story last year. He was a rent boy Dylan prevented from getting shaken down by a rough john early in the book. Luke gave up tricking several months ago, but he’s still in hiding in Mistletoe Hill. The reasons for that will be told throughout his book. Micah, a hot nurse, is his love interest. Micah is also Willy’s first cousin so you get a chance to find out where Willy got his, well, Willy-ness. That would be from his mother, who I simply adored writing.

The secret left hanging last year is answered in the second chapter of ‘Luke’ so no waiting until the end of yet another book.

Expect quite a bit of Willy and his silliness in this installment. I should probably go ahead and apologize in advance, but Willy is Willy. That elf doesn’t like being censored. 😉

It should be noted strongly that if you’ve not read the series up to now the characters and their stories will likely not make much sense. In other words, this can not be read as a standalone. While Luke and Micah will definitely get their HEA, it will also lead in to the series finale next year, Santa’s story. Santa’s story has already taken shape and if I had the time I’d be writing the heck out of it right now. I’m hoping I can get to it soon.

You can check out an exclusive excerpt at On Top Down Under Book Reviews now to help celebrate their 7th anniversary. The excerpt gives the reader a glimpse of Luke and Micah’s very first meeting. There are also a couple of Willy quotes.

Check it out and leave a comment on my On Top Down Under post for a chance to win your choice of 2 of my e-books. Just click the above link to get there. Also, check out the other anniversary posts and giveaways and give them a shout out for 7 great years.

You can pre-order Luke the Hybrid Reindeer & His Vivacious Elf at Amazon here, and add it on Goodreads here.

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. The reindeer are all shape-shifters who transform into gorgeous beings in human form and are respected by all.

Luke has always known he was different. He’s never fit in with the reindeer or the elves. When long-buried secrets come to light, he has no choice but to run. Forced to hide or risk his brother being caught in the crossfire, he does what he has to do to survive. He stays hidden well until the one moment he makes the mistake of letting his guard down.

Micah Matthews is one of the most loved nurses in the North Pole. He’s funny, cute, and good at his job. When the big man himself requests Micah as a private nurse for a special patient, he agrees without hesitation. What he doesn’t expect is to find his mate in the process. Micah knows it would be all kinds of wrong to stay as Luke’s nurse once he discovers the truth, but is walking away even an option? What if the attacker somehow manages to find him and finish what he started?

Between a matchmaking elf and Santa Claus actually being nice, Luke is convinced he’s been dropped into the Twilight Zone. Throw in some Peppermint Whiskey, a super-hot nurse, and a younger brother who may or may not have the hots for Santa, and Luke knows his life will never be the same again.

Approximately 88,500 words.

Kane the Fake Elf & His Sexy Mall Santa

Kane and Sam’s story was originally written the same holiday season of the first Willy book. I wasn’t happy with it so I held off on publishing. After changing up a few things I’m finally happy with the story.

Kane the Fake Elf & His Sexy Mall Santa is NOT part of Willy’s World. This is a brand new contemporary story with absolutely nothing to do with Willy and his gang of elves and shifting reindeer.

Kane is a mall elf and Sam is the new fake Santa. They don’t exactly get off to a good start. That changes when Kane meets Sam’s five-year-old twins, Emma and Elliott.

So, what to expect?

Kids, family, and an epilogue so sappy and sweet I still get misty-eyed when I read it. 🙂 A lot of people don’t like kids in books and I totally respect that. If you’re one of them, I suggest staying far, far away from this book. It’s all about Emma and Elliott and Sam and Kane working toward building a small family together.

There’s also an age difference between Sam and Kane, with almost 8 years between them.

I hope you’ll check it out when it’s published on November 1st. You can pre-order it from Amazon here and add it to Goodreads here.

Blurb –

Kane’s been one of Santa’s little helpers for five years and has always enjoyed his part-time holiday gig playing an elf. Well, until he meets the newest mall Santa Claus anyway. Sam Clausen is thirty to Kane’s twenty-two, but that doesn’t stop Kane from wanting to be Sam’s Ho! Ho! Ho! One glance at the man outside the costume and it’s instant lust. Unfortunately, while Sam is great with children, he’s a grumpy Santa to Kane. Everything changes when Sam witnesses Kane’s elfy-self making a certain little boy giggle.

When Kane discovers that the man he’s been lusting after has five-year-old twins, his fantasies fly off with Santa’s reindeer. He refuses to be Sam’s secret fling if he’s taken, and he has no desire to become an instant daddy to somebody’s children.

Will Kane give in when Sam makes his interest known? Or will he run away without seeing what could happen with Sam and his little family?

Tags: Christmas, Children, Contemporary, Family, Older Man/Younger Man, Romance, Short Story 

Approximately 26,000 words.

New Release! An Unlikely Romance – Ben & Mason

After dragging my feet for way too long I finally hit publish on An Unlikely Romance – Ben & Mason.

What to expect?

Two forty-somethings who don’t do relationships.

Matchmaking adult children.

A serious case of insta-love.

Approximately 32,500 words or 101 Kindle pages.

This is one of those stories where the reader knows pretty much right off what Ben and Mason don’t. It wasn’t written to be mysterious in that regard. Told in alternating first-person points of view – as I’m usually known to write – it tells the story of two forty-something men who meet in a bar and start a no-strings sexual relationship. Things happen really fast as both Ben and Mason go from swearing off relationships to wanting one pretty badly. Unfortunately, doubts creep in when they discover that they actually have a connection that has nothing at all to do with sex.

I hope you enjoy Ben and Mason’s story. If you check it out,  I hope you’ll let me know what you think.

Purchase links will be updated (below) as it goes live on more e-tailers.

Also, note to my followers –

When I add the book on here (to my book pages) you might receive another email. My apologies in advance for that.

Blurb –

The last thing Ben and Mason want is a relationship. Both in their forties, they’re content hooking up with random guys in between the demands of their jobs and family. When they meet in a bar, there’s an instant attraction. It doesn’t take long before they’re coming up with the perfect arrangement – no names, no details, no strings. The sex is good and neither man has to worry about silly emotions getting involved.

What starts out simple becomes anything but when one of their dates ends abruptly and they forget to schedule their next meeting or even exchange info. Suddenly Ben and Mason are finding themselves wanting a lot more than anonymous sex in a cheap motel room.

Convinced they’ll never see each other again, fate finds a way in the form of crazy work schedules, an upcoming wedding, and adult children who have been trying to hook up their dads for months.

An Unlikely Romance – Ben and Mason is a story about two men in their forties who find everything they want but didn’t even know they were looking for. Part of the An Unlikely Romance series, it’s a complete standalone with no details linking it to other books in the series. The only commonality is that all couples come together under unusual circumstances.

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Smashwords Sale, Updates, This & That

Hi, everyone.

Ben & Mason Update

At the end of June I published an update about an upcoming story, An Unlikely Romance: Ben & Mason. I had planned to have it released shortly after, but a few things happening in the real world caused it to be delayed.

For years I’ve been dealing with carpal tunnel. About three weeks ago it went beyond the occasional aches and pains to something a bit more severe in my left hand. I’ll spare you all the details, but suffice it to say that I’ve not been able to do much typing because of the pain. I’m much better now, but there were a couple of weeks that I had a difficult time even logging on to my computer. I’m working on the final edits and hope to have it published in the very near future.

I’ve also gone back into Willy the Kinky Elf #6 and should have the first draft finalized very soon.

I’m still traveling (with another quick back and forth cross country trip happening this week – flying there, driving back) so that slows me down a little as well. Throw in having visitors over the past week or so and I’ve pretty much been all over the place.

Smashwords Sale

The sale of my books on Smashwords is still happening. All (with the exception of the .99 ones) are half-price throughout the month of July. You can check out my Smashwords profile here. If you read any of the books I hope you’ll let me know what you think. 🙂

BookFunnel

I recently set up an account at BookFunnel so I can offer freebies on occasion, and possibly finally get it set up where new subscribers automatically get a free book instead of having to contact me with the book of their choice. I’ll update when I figure it out.

Instagram

I’m now on Instagram. I have absolutely no clue what I’m doing, so that’s another thing I’m trying to learn. I’m always on Twitter and available via other social media sites and gmail. Pinterest has started removing pins again so I’m trying to be careful on there these days. Not that I’ve posted anything bad or too revealing, but the Pinterest Prude Police have been out in full force recently. The last thing I had reported was something I’d sent via private message on there. Not sure how it was reported considering it was my best friend I sent it to. And trust me when I say that what I sent her was mild compared to others we’ve sent back and forth. 😉 I’m assuming that whoever posted the pic originally was tagged and it had them tagging me as well. Who knows? I learned a long time ago not to question the way Pinterest works. It does no good.

I think that’s it for now. I have a million things to do before our next little travel adventure in a couple of days. I should probably stop procrastinating and get it done.

Until next time,

Candi

 

Upcoming Release: An Unlikely Romance – Ben & Mason

 

I have been working a lot on upcoming releases. Some are stories written way back when that were never published. Some are brand new. I almost never just work on one story at a time. While that’s really good sometimes because it keeps me from getting bored, it’s also kind of bad because of my ADHD brain that has me bouncing from one to another. I finally took a step back to just focus on one until it’s published and then I’ll go back to the others.

The first one is An Unlikely Romance – Ben & Mason. This is actually the 2nd story written in the ‘An Unlikely Romance’ series but I’m publishing it first. I’m able to switch them up because characters and settings aren’t linked in any way. All main characters in each book will come together under unusual circumstances. There’s also a bit of insta-love happening in the first 2 books, along with well-meaning relatives who try to do some matchmaking. They’re not, however, set in the same towns or have any characters in common.

Ben & Mason came to be when I was on Amazon a few weeks ago trying to find books to read with older characters – as in, not twenty-somethings. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about the younger characters too (hello! I write them often), but sometimes I want to step outside of that and find characters who are a little older. I was shocked to discover that there are only a select few available. Oh, there are tons with older men and women who hook up with younger ones (most of what I write, actually) but not many with both characters being in their forties or older. Before I even found a book to buy, Mason and Ben’s story was running through my head.

At the moment, it’s around 30,000 words. That may or may not change before it’s published. The blurb (below) is subject to change slightly.

I hope to publish it within the next week or so.

This is my first new non-Willy the Kinky Elf or Taking Lance story in quite some time, so I’m eager to put it out there. I hope you guys enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

I’ll update here and everywhere else closer to publication date.

Blurb –

Ben and Mason don’t do relationships. While everybody else believes they should settle down now that they’re in their forties, both men are quite content hooking up with random guys in between the demands of their jobs and families.

When they meet in a bar, there’s an instant attraction. It doesn’t take long before they’re coming up with the perfect arrangement – no names, no details, no strings. The sex is good and neither man has to worry about silly emotions getting involved.

What starts out simple becomes anything but when one of their dates ends suddenly and they forget to schedule their next meeting or even exchange names. Now Ben and Mason are finding themselves wanting a lot more than anonymous sex in a cheap motel room.

Convinced they’ll never see each other again, fate finds a way in the form of crazy work schedules, an upcoming wedding, and adult children who have been trying to hook up their dads for months.

An Unlikely Romance – Ben and Mason is a story about two men in their early forties who find everything they want but didn’t even know they were looking for. Part of the An Unlikely Romance series, it’s a complete standalone with no details linking it to other books in the series. The only commonality is that all couples come together under unusual circumstances.