Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Good Evening, my dear Darklings.
The first couple of reviews of Aftermath are in... a bit mixed, which isn't terribly surprising. I love all my boys, but there are new characters knocking around the inside of my head, and it's definitely time to make room for them. Readers waited nearly TWO YEARS for Aftermath, which shocked me to realize. It hasn't felt like two years to me, although a heck of a lot of life stuff got in my way over the past eighteen months. Some of it so bad it rattled me to the core, but some of it so good I couldn't have dreamed it up in any of my imaginings.
The Dungeon crew won't disappear into oblivion - a few of them have already made an appearance in Nervous, my work-in-progress, so never fear, dear readers, you'll get to peek in on them now and again.
I'm struggling to find good books to read. I know, what's new, right? I've always been picky and hard to please as a reader, and I'm not sure what the deal is lately, but it's a struggle. If you check my 2017 reading list (right-hand tab) you'll see a ton of DNFs. I typically link to Goodreads, and sometimes I peruse reviews at that time, and it's always a surprise when I DNF something it seems like absolutely everyone in the world loved.
So either I'm a picky bitch, or it's possible my reading tastes are changing.
M/F romance can hardly hold my attention at all. But I've even touched on a couple of well-written M/M stories that have just been a "meh" and an eyeroll before I give up on them. There was one where I was 80% into the book, and realized I was bored out of my mind!
I know some readers push through to the end no matter what, but I don't have time for that. So there will be a lot of DNFs, I guess, and that's how that works.
So anyway. Here's a short list of the authors who are holding my attention lately....
JC Andrijeski (always and every book!)
James Osiris Baldwin's Alexi Sokolsky supernatural thriller series
Matthew Iden's Marty Singer mysteries
Kit Rocha's Beyond series
Alessandra Hazard's Straight Guys series (although some are a bit short)
Melissa F. Miller's Sasha McCandless legal thriller series
Lori Sjoberg's Grave series
Edmond Manning's Lost and Found Kings series
I'm testing and tasting outside my genre these days, to be sure, but the above at least always give me a "go to" read when I'm tired of being disappointed.
Perhaps it's my new and improved crazy, busy life.
Spring is here - which means more daylight and increased energy.
It may be time to sit back and just breathe...
Friday, February 24, 2017
Oh Happy Day!
Aftermath is FREE on Smashwords, right this minute!
The .mobi file looks lovely on my kindle, so let's hope the Amazon version is just as pretty when it becomes available in "up to 72 hours." (Amazon is a bit slower to go live than Smashwords).
Meanwhile, if you want to grab it for free, click THIS LINK
and at checkout enter coupon code RJ92K
This coupon is available until March 14, 2017
Or buy for $3.99 at Amazon HERE
Or buy for $3.99 at Amazon HERE
Whether you love it, hate it, or feel completely "meh" about it - please remember that reviews are always hugely appreciated!
Part I: Zach. All In. What will it take for Zach to submit to Dom Thomas? Only something sudden and shocking that rocks his stability. Because Dare’s the submissive one, right? Even if Thomas promised to take them both on, surely he didn’t mean it, not for real...
Part II: Doc. Somewhere In Between. Some new kid comes into the Dungeon asking for Doc by name, swearing up and down he’s a friend of Roman. He’s pretty enough, yeah? With his red-stained lips and eyes rimmed with liner, but something about his background check doesn’t sit right, and Doc’s too busy for trouble. Which is too bad, because Tristan is trouble with a capital T, and needs a Daddy more than anyone Doc has ever known. And everyone knows the reason they call Maddox “Doc” is because he likes to fix the weepy boys.
Part III: Jeff and Roman. Aftermath. Jeff’s nightmares are out of control, bondage still gives him panic attacks, and Roman’s starting to wonder if there’s something really wrong. What exactly is PTSD, and do Jeff’s symptoms fit the criteria? They’re both new to monogamy, and that part seems okay, but the constant battle to be kinky without throwing Jeff into a tailspin is exhausting. Jeff is still kinky in his head – his book sales prove that much, so maybe it’s time for Roman to explore what Jeff is writing about. After all, that’s what the creative Dom would do.
Nearly 100,000 words!
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Tentative Release February 2017
Tentative Release February 2017
The New Dungeon: Aftermath is nearly finished!
More than 100,000 words of kinky happiness!
There's a new format this time around, and I do hope you all, my Darklings, will find it satisfying.
Instead of filtering multiple story-lines and POV changes throughout the book, I've edited Aftermath to give you each complete tale, one at a time, in "parts" more than chapters (but don't worry, there are chapter and section breaks, too!).
All these guys are in wildly different relationship stages, with Dare, Zach, and Thomas in a maintenance stage, Doc and Tristan in a new relationship, and Roman and Jeff deepening their commitment to one another. Each story takes place in a similar bracket of time, but on edit, I discovered the jumping around from relationship to relationship was more distracting than tantalizing.
This is also a great lead-in to how I plan to develop the continuation of the series - erotic romances with new characters, exploring new kinds of kink, but with each book devoted primarily to one particular romance pairing.
I'm hoping the next book, Nervous, will also be released in 2017, but that is neither here nor there.
The New Dungeon: Aftermath
Zach: What will it take for Zach to submit to Dom Thomas? Only the loss of everything he's counted on for stability in his adult life. Because Dare's the submissive one, right? Even if Thomas promised to take them both on, have them both on their knees at his feet. Surely he didn't mean it, not for real...
Doc: Some new kid comes into the Dungeon asking for membership. And he's asking for Doc by name and swearing up and down that he's a friend of Roman. He's pretty enough, yeah? With his red-stained lips and eyes rimmed with make-up, but something about his background check doesn't sit right, and Doc's busy - no time for trouble. Which is too bad, because Tristan's trouble with a capital T, and needs a Daddy more than anyone Doc has ever known. And everyone knows the reason they call Maddox "Doc" is because he likes to fix the weepy boys.
Roman: Jeff's nightmares are out of control, bondage still gives him panic attacks, and Roman's starting to wonder if there's something really wrong. What exactly is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and do Jeff's symptoms fit the criteria? They're both new to monogamy, and that part seems okay, but the constant battle to be kinky without throwing Jeff into a tailspin is exhausting and not at all fun. And kink is supposed to be fun. Roman knows Jeff is still kinky in his head - his book sales are proving that much, so maybe it's time for Roman to explore what Jeff is writing about... and use it against him. That's what the creative Dom would do.
Secret, Secret: One of Jeff's most popular stories, included as a bonus read!
Take heart, my Darklings, it'll be here by the time you've recovered from the holidays. Or at least by the time I recover from the holidays (grin).