Coming Soon: The Half Wolf, cover and blurb reveal

Hey folks

I’m excited to announce that I have a new novel coming later this month. The Half Wolf, my first original fiction shifter story, is due out on September 26th. I usually write contemporary so this was a fun change of pace for me. I really enjoying dabbling with the paranormal, and playing with tropes like mates and magical bonds and stuff.

If you decide to give it a go, I hope you’ll enjoy it. And if you like the sound of it, you can add it on Goodreads here:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36227588-the-half-wolf

 

eTheHalfWolf_FINALMate, family, pack, home… can Quinn and Kellan have it all?

Quinn grew up feeling out of place in the small town he calls home. Yearning for something he can’t name, he’s always felt different but never known why.

Kellan is part of a nomadic shifter pack. When they set up camp in the woods near Quinn’s town, the humans are unwelcoming and suspicious of the newcomers. The moment Kellan catches sight—and scent—of Quinn, he knows Quinn is special. But for the first time in his life, Kellan can’t trust his instincts. Quinn is human, and Kellan is a wolf shifter, so how can they ever be mates?

Their bond is instant and exhilarating. It breaks Quinn’s heart to know their relationship can only be temporary. Love isn’t enough when pack law forbids shifters to mate with humans. Tension explodes between pack and humans, and when Quinn discovers a shocking truth about himself that changes everything, he fears he’ll have to choose between the only life he’s ever known and the man he loves.

Length: 65.000 words approx
Cover art: Garrett Leigh

 

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Book pricing and entitlement on both sides of the reader/author fence

Recently there has been a lot of discussion about ebook prices in the circles I move in online. The gist of these discussions tends to be one of two things:

  • Readers complaining about ebooks being priced too high, and making statements like “I’d never spend X amount of dollars on a book that’s only Y pages!”
  • Authors complaining that nobody will buy their book that’s priced at X dollars anymore, because there are too many books priced at 99c and they can’t compete with that.

Readers complaining about how authors/publishers price their books come across as entitled, because nobody is forcing them to buy that book. If you don’t feel a certain book is good value for money, then you can give it a miss and buy something else.

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Amazon isn’t a magic money tree, sadly…

I’d like to point out that publishers or self-published authors don’t just pull a book out of their arse and stick it on Amazon. All publishers, and all reputable self-publishers invest a lot of time and money in publishing. Even on a tight budget, you’re looking at something in the region of $400-$600 minimum to publish a novel by the time you’ve paid an editor and a cover artist. Many authors and publishers struggle to cover those costs. The sad fact is that it’s getting increasingly difficult to do so, which is why we’ve seen many small to medium publishing houses go bust in the last few years.

FYI, Amazon’s royalty structure is such that authors/publishers only get 35% on a 99c book – so 35c of royalties per sale. Whereas books priced at $2.99+ get 70% royalties, so just over $2 per sale. That’s a huge difference when you look at those numbers against the production costs. This is the reason that many publishers and self pubbed authors don’t price below the $2.99 price point.

On the flip side, though, authors complaining that readers won’t pay X dollars for their latest novel also come across as entitled. Most readers are on a budget, and they get to choose how they spend their hard-earned cash. Berating readers for choosing cheaper books over yours is never going to bring you more sales, and only makes you look bad.

Authors don’t owe readers 99c ebooks, and readers don’t owe authors sales.

At the end of the day, authors/publishers can price their books however the hell they like, and readers choose whether to buy them or not.

However, the trend for slashing prices is a worrying one, because it’s unsustainable for romance publishing houses, and for full time self-published authors who have made writing their career. Soon there will be nothing left for romance readers to buy, other than 99c books that have been rushed out on a low budget by people looking to make a quick buck. And how many of them will be worth reading?

 

 

 

 

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Summer Heat goes wide, get 25% off via Payhip until Sep 10th.

Hey folks

Summer Heat is no longer in Amazon’s exclusive clutches and is now available via Smashwords and Payhip (and soon to be on Apple, Kobo, and B&N).

To celebrate its freedom I’m currently giving 25% off if you buy via Payhip. To take advantage of this offer, use the code sunshine at the checkout. You can get mobi and epub files via Payhip. The offer ends on Sunday the 10th of Sept.

https://payhip.com/b/9IZU

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/746796

Book details

SummerHeatA summer fling is an ideal cure for a broken heart. But when it’s with your best friend, things get complicated.

When Adam is dumped by his boyfriend, a week away at a beach resort seems like a great opportunity to get over his ex. Sun, sea, and no-strings sex will be just the boost he needs to move on with his life.

Adam’s best friend, Finn, agrees to accompany him at short notice. Finn’s had a crush on Adam for years, but is determined to put his feelings aside and be the perfect wingman in Adam’s time of crisis.

A spontaneous threesome with another guy forces Adam and Finn to confront their attraction to each other. Having a holiday fling together wasn’t part of the plan, and as their trip heats up, they soon realise that one night of fun won’t be enough for either of them.

The passion might be scorching, but their hearts and friendship are on the line. If their romance is going to survive the flight home, they have to be honest about what they want.

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Guest Release Announcement: Dirty Mind by Roe Horvat 99c today only!

Congrats to Roe Horvat on the new release!

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Blurb

Alexander Popescu is a university lecturer in a quiet German town. He’s a respectable man in his thirties who stays fit, has a decent career, travels alone—his only vice is an occasional greasy meal. And beer. And violent computer games. Nobody has to know about the other Alex—the acclaimed porn writer. His ingenious erotic fantasies earn him good money and keep his capricious mind harmlessly entertained.

When his young friend and protégé Christian transfers to Freiburg for medical school, Alex is overjoyed…and terrified that Christian will find out about Alex’s indecent alter ego. The time they spend together, as lovely as it is, could overturn Alex’s carefully balanced life. Suddenly, the writing is not good enough, his hair seems to be thinning, his careful hookups leave him unfulfilled, and his dreams are haunted by the innocent young man he’s vowed to protect.

However, Christian is not a boy anymore. He’s a grown man of twenty-one, clever and deadly attractive. And he’s hiding some secrets of his own.

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Book Buy Links:

Kindle: http://mybook.to/dirtymind_eb

Publisher: http://www.beatentrackpublishing.com/dirtymind

Paperback: http://beatentrackpublishing.com/shop/proddetail.php?prod=dirtymind

GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36086082-dirty-mind

 

Author bio

Roe was born in former Czechoslovakia and endured a miserable adolescence in the post-communist wasteland. Equipped with a dark sense of sarcasm, they left for Germany and later, Spain.
Finally, they settled in Sweden, where the weather is nasty but the freedom great. Roe works as a motion graphics artist, loves Jane Austen, Douglas Adams and everything in between, preferably by the fireplace with a strawberry daiquiri in hand. Roe writes contemporary romantic fiction—it conveniently balances out their real-life pragmatism.
When not hiding in the studio doing graphics, Roe can be found trolling cafés in Gothenburg, writing, and people-watching.

Get in touch with the Roe:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/roe.horvat.98

Website: https://www.roehorvat.com

Twitter: @roehorvat

 

Exclusive excerpt 

I stood fidgeting on the train station platform, jumping up and down like an excited Chihuahua, ready to piss myself from the same joy-horror cocktail I had been drowning in for the whole summer. Christian was coming to live in Freiburg. Fuck me.

The train was supposed to be on time. I was jittery and hated myself for it. I hopped on my toes and gave a heavy sigh.

It was overcast but warm. September weather in my south-western corner of Germany was still comfortable, if humid. On the opposite platform, another train rolled into life and was leaving slowly toward the Black Forest Mountains. I remembered the trip we took there last autumn when Christian had been visiting.

The sound of my hitching breath and thumps of my heart were drowned by the screech of the approaching train. I searched the seemingly infinite number of windows, but the steely gray carriages moved too fast for me to see inside until the machinery halted. A mass of bodies began flooding the platform. I was sweating under my flannel button-down. I’d dressed casual—even though the time I’d spend browsing my wardrobe to pull off that casual look was longer than a ball or the opera would have required. After staring at my clothes for an hour, I’d picked a fucking flannel shirt? What the…?

Just then, a flash of gold blinded me, and a warm body crashed into mine. The most delicious smell in the world hit my nostrils, and two gangly arms wrapped tightly around my neck.

“Alex!” he exhaled. I returned the hug, pushed my nose into his golden hair, and inhaled again. Like white roses dipped in honey, I kid you not. I kissed the top of his head chastely like I would a brother’s.

I would be the first to tell you I was a pig and a pervert. But not with this boy. Christian was innocent, trusting and important. He was the best person I knew, including my sister—and I loved my older sister. But he was good to the core. A pure soul. I fully intended to keep him that way.

Christian pulled back and grinned at me, all open and sincere and warm.

“Hi there, Squirrel,” I said. I had to clear my throat. I sounded all gravelly, hoarse. Moved. When was the last time I’d seen him? Six months ago? Too fucking long and not nearly long enough.

He kicked my sneaker lightly, annoyed by the nickname I still used.

“It’s so great to see you! I can’t believe I’m finally here. Let’s get rid of my bags, and we’ll go out. But we have to hit IKEA first. I don’t even have a bed. Then you must show me the town again. Last time I was here, we barely managed a dinner. Those weekends are too short, you know? My classes start on Tuesday, so we have the whole Friday to Monday. There is this orientation thing on Monday, but I don’t have to go since I’m officially a third-year student. The pub in the Studentensiedlung is, like, five minutes away from my dorm room—I can take one guest with me. We have to check the place out.” And there he went, spilling out all his vibrant happiness.

As usual, I was smiling like a fool and couldn’t stop. Christian had this effect on me. The world seemed brighter, a hopeful place.

“Have you eaten anything?”

“Just a sandwich. I’m beat. I got up at four-thirty, and then I was too keyed up to sleep on the train. One latte, and I’ll be fine. And pizza? I’d kill for a pizza.”

His bright blue eyes were shining. Christian was here to stay.

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New German Translation: Helfende Hand (Helping Hand)

I’m very excited to announce that I have a new German translation out today! Helfende Hand is the translation of Helping Hand. Although it’s the first part of the Housemates series, the book can definitely be read and enjoyed as a standalone.

Huge thanks to Betti for translating, and to Jutta Grobleben for proof reading.

Published by Jaybird Press
Translated by Betti Gefecht

Helping Hand_1_FINAL_GERMANSich in seinen heterosexuellen Freund zu verlieben, kann nur böse enden. Es sei denn, es besteht die Möglichkeit, dass er dasselbe empfindet.

Jez Fielding und James MacKenzie – „Big Mac“ für seine Freunde – sind in ihrem zweiten Jahr an der Uni. Nachdem sie im ersten Jahr zu viel gefeiert haben, wollen sie sich nun zusammenreißen und schließen sie einen Pakt: während ihre Mitbewohner jedes Wochenende losziehen und sich betrinken, bleiben Jez und Mac zuhause, um Geld zu sparen und sich aufs Lernen zu konzentrieren.

Als Jez den Vorschlag macht, zusammen Pornos anzuschauen, erwartet er eigentlich nicht, dass Mac zustimmt. Eins führt zum anderen, und schon bald entpuppt sich ihre Vereinbarung als recht handgreiflich. Aber sich in seinen heterosexuellen Freund zu verlieben, kann nur böse enden. Es sei denn, es besteht die Möglichkeit, dass er dasselbe empfindet.

„Helfende Hand“ ist Teil einer zusammenhängenden Buchreihe, kann aber als in sich geschlossene Geschichte gelesen und genossen werden.

Buy Links:

https://www.amazon.de/dp/B07575WDX5

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/745200

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Tops Down Bottoms Up is out today!

Buy Links

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074TVDMFQ

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B074TVDMFQ

Universal Amazon link: http://mybook.to/TDBU_JayN

This title will be Amazon exclusive for 90 days from release, and is available on Kindle Unlimited

Details

TDBU_FINALWill Rowan’s festival fling with sexy dancer Seth lead to something more permanent?

Rowan is stuck at a folk festival helping out a mate, and it really isn’t his scene. The yoga and singing workshops are bad enough, but morris dancing is the final straw. Bearded men with beer guts prancing around wearing bells—who wants to watch that?

All Rowan’s preconceptions are shattered when he meets Seth—a morris dancer, and the stuff Rowan’s fantasies are made of. Seth persuades Rowan to come to a dancing workshop, and Rowan’s willing to do whatever it takes to get to know Seth better. The attraction is mutual, and a lesson filled with innuendo and flirting leads to an incredible night together.

When Rowan arrives home, he’s gutted to find that Seth has given him the wrong phone number. Assuming Seth did it on purpose, Rowan resolves to forget about him. But fate—and friends—conspire to get them back together. Will they manage to stay in step this time around?

Length: 23,000 words approx.
Cover art by Garrett Leigh
NB: A much shorter version of this story was originally published in the Not Quite Shakespeare Anthology by Dreamspinner Press. This version has been revised and extended. Almost half of it is new content.

 

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Watching and Wanting & Starting from Scratch – now available at all major booksellers

Watching and Wanting, and Starting from Scratch are now available at non-Amazon retailers for the first time. So if you prefer to buy elsewhere, or like ePubs rather than Mobi files, now is your chance to get them!

Watching and Wanting Buy Links

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https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MT9PQBR

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01MT9PQBR

Universal Amazon link: http://mybook.to/WAW_JayN

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/736862

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/watching-and-wanting/id1262668852?mt=11

https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/watching-and-wanting

Starting from Scratch Buy Links

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https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06Y3YVY82

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B06Y3YVY82

Universal Amazon link: http://mybook.to/SFS_JayN

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/736864

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/starting-from-scratch/id1262668797?mt=11

https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/starting-from-scratch-13

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