MM Romance Readership Survey: Results

The aim of this survey was to find out more about the demographics of people who are reading gay (MM) romance. Specifically there were questions about age, sexuality, and gender identity. I had a total of 2355 responses.

The sample is obviously skewed towards people who are active on social media as this is how the survey was primarily shared. However several authors also shared it in their newsletters in an attempt to reach some readers who might not be social media users.

I tried to make the answers as inclusive as possible by giving a range of gender and sexual identities for people to choose from. Inevitably there were some people who didn’t feel the choices reflected their identity. For that I apologise and I appreciated the feedback.

I will present the results here using pie charts created in Google Forms. I’m not a statistician so won’t be attempt to interpret them. But I hope that you find it interesting/informative.

Please note that in the gender/sexuality pies there are lots of tiny sections that aren’t labelled. These reflect identities chosen by a very small %, some of these are where people chose more than one option (which was the way the survey was set up) – for example gay and homoromantic, or straight and asexual. If you would like to see the full raw data I’ve made it public (it was all anonymous of course) so you can view that here.

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Age Pie Chart

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Gender Pie Chart

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Sexuality Pie Chart

 

Thanks to everyone who took part in the survey.

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Re-release Announcement: Nothing Serious is out and available on Kindle Unlimited

I’m happy to announce that Nothing Serious, my first ever published book, has just been re-released under my own publishing imprint, Jaybird Press, and is now available to buy at Amazon, or to borrow on Kindle Unlimited. It’s also now available in paperback for the first time.

Buy Links:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07FKYQY8T

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07FKYQY8T

http://mybook.to/NS_JayN

NothingSerious2018What happens when “nothing serious” turns into something more complicated?

Mark O’Brien is finally being honest with himself. His relationship with Rachel is over and he’s moving out of the home they’ve shared for six years. They get along, but he can’t fix a relationship when the person he’s with is the wrong gender.

Jamie Robertson, one of the removal men, is huge and ridiculously gorgeous, and Mark is smitten at first sight. When a cardboard box splits, revealing items of a personal nature that Mark never wanted anybody to see, he’s mortified. But it sparks the start of a beautiful friendship with benefits.

As Jamie initiates Mark into the joys of gay sex, the two men get increasingly close and “nothing serious” turns into something rather important to both of them. But communication isn’t their strong point. Will either man ever find the courage to be honest about his feelings?

Please note that although this edition has been re-edited for publication, there is no new or additional content.

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M/M Romance Readership Survey

Hi,
I’m running a short, very easy, anonymous survey because I want to find out more about the demographics of the people reading my work.

You can fill it in here – it will only take a couple of minutes at the most!
https://tinyurl.com/MMreadersurvey

Specifically the survey is asking about your gender and your sexual and/or romantic identity. People often ask about who is reading m/m romance and there wasn’t any up to date information that I could find.

Obviously it’s hard to reach all my readers. Not everyone is on social media, but I’m hoping that by sharing this in my newsletter it will reach some of you who aren’t connected on Twitter and Facebook.

If you’re interested I will eventually share the results on my blog. The survey is staying open for a couple of weeks to give me time to gather as much data as possible.

Authors – if you’re reading this and you write m/m romance please share this on your networks. If you’re able to share in newsletters to reach an even wider pool of readers that would be awesome.

If you’re at Euro Pride Con this weekend, please come and say hi to me 🙂

 

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New Release Announcement: Rainbow Place is out!

Hot off the press, I’m excited to announce that Rainbow Place (Rainbow Place #1) is out today!

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https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DMPDMTH
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07DMPDMTH
http://mybook.to/rainbowplace_JayN

Can Jason find the courage he needs to be the man Seb deserves?

When Seb Radcliffe relocates to a seaside town in Cornwall, he feels like a fish out of water. He misses queer spaces and the sense of community he enjoyed when he was living in the city, and decides to open an LGBT-friendly cafe-bar.

Jason Dunn is the builder Seb hires to help renovate the rundown space where the cafe will be housed. Jason is also gay, but unlike Seb, he’s deep in the closet. He’s never had a relationship with another man–only allowing himself the occasional hook up with guys who are prepared to be discreet.

The attraction between the two men is instant and impossible to ignore. But while Seb is out and proud, Jason is terrified of being exposed. With the grand opening of Rainbow Place approaching, tension is growing among some locals who object to Seb’s plans. When things escalate, Jason is forced to choose whether to hide in the shadows and let Seb down, or to openly support the man he’s fallen so hard for.

Although this book is part of a series, it has a satisfying happy ending and can be read as a standalone.

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Safe Place (Rainbow Place #2) should be out in August, but there is no cliffhanger as each book in the series will have new main characters.

This book is exclusive to Amazon and therefore available to borrow via Kindle Unlimited.

Thanks for following my news!

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Cover and Blurb Reveal: Rainbow Place

I’m excited to be able to reveal the cover and blurb for my next release, Rainbow Place (Rainbow Place #1).

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Can Jason find the courage he needs to be the man Seb deserves?

When Seb Radcliffe relocates to a seaside town in Cornwall, he feels like a fish out of water. He misses queer spaces and the sense of community he enjoyed when he was living in the city, and decides to open an LGBT-friendly cafe–bar.

Jason Dunn is the builder Seb hires to help renovate the rundown space where the cafe will be housed. Jason is also gay, but unlike Seb, he’s deep in the closet. He’s never had a relationship with another man—only allowing himself the occasional hook up with guys who are prepared to be discreet.

The attraction between the two men is instant and impossible to ignore. But while Seb is out and proud, Jason is terrified of being exposed. With the grand opening of Rainbow Place approaching, tension is growing among some locals who object to Seb’s plans. When things escalate, Jason is forced to choose whether to hide in the shadows and let Seb down, or to openly support the man he’s fallen so hard for.

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The gorgeous cover art is by Garrett Leigh. I think she’s done a perfect job of capturing the mood of this story. Rainbow Place is the first book in a new series. As with my Housemates series, each book will be a standalone with new main characters each time and a satisfying happy ending. There will definitely be no cliffhangers, I promise 🙂 I’m already writing Rainbow Place #2 so will be ready to release that in August if all goes according to plan.

Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40214260-rainbow-place

 

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Re-release announcement: The Little Things is on sale, and available on KU!

One of my earliest published books, The Little Things, has just been re-released. Previously published by Dreamspinner Press, the rights are now back with me so I’ve self-published it under my own imprint, Jaybird Press.

The book has been re-edited, but the only significant change is from American English into British English, and the new cover. There is no new or additional content.

To celebrate the re-release, The Little Things will be on sale for $2.99 until the end of May (the normal price will be $4.99). It’s also available to borrow on Kindle Unlimited for the first time and will be on there for 90 days.

Buy Links

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07D2VH5BK
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07D2VH5BK
Universal Amazon link: http://mybook.to/TLT2_JayN

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Cover art by Garrett Leigh

Sometimes it’s the little things in life that make you appreciate what you have.

There are lots of things that brighten Joel’s life. His three-year-old daughter Evie is one. His close relationship with her mother, his best friend from university, is another. Joel’s boyfriend, Dan, adds spice to his child-free nights, and Joel is pretty happy with how things are.

One cold and rainy night, everything changes. Joel’s life is turned upside-down when he becomes a full-time dad to Evie, and his previously carefree relationship with Dan cracks under the strain.

Meeting Liam, who acts as if getting hurt isn’t a foregone conclusion, shakes Joel to the core. Their attraction is mutual, and Liam makes no secret of how serious he is about Joel. But Joel is wary. He tells himself he’s keeping Liam at a distance for Evie’s sake, when really he’s protecting his own heart. Taking a chance on this new relationship with Liam may seem a small step—a little thing—but is it one Joel can take after losing so much already?

Please note that although this edition has been re-edited for publication, there is no new or additional content.

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New Audiobook Release: Watching and Wanting (Housemates 4)

Housemates4_Audible.jpgI’m happy to announce that Watching and Wanting is now available in Audiobook format. I had to find a new narrator, as sadly Mark Steadman is no longer doing narration work. But when Lewis Carter auditioned, I liked his voice for this series immediately. If you decide to give it  try, I hope you enjoy it!

The audiobook is available at Audible, Amazon, and Apple:

https://www.audible.com/pd/Fiction/Watching-and-Wanting-Audiobook/B07CNGM8N9

https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Erotica/Watching-and-Wanting-Audiobook/B07CNSCFVL

https://www.amazon.com/Watching-Wanting-Housemates-Book-4/dp/B07CNBDPNG/

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Watching-Wanting-Housemates-Book-4/dp/B07CNBD7RS/

https://itunes.apple.com/us/audiobook/watching-and-wanting-housemates-series-book-4-unabridged/id1377306961

You can listen to the audio sample here:

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Second Chance is out!

I’m excited to announce that Second Chance is now out, and available to buy or borrow at Amazon.

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Buy Links

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07C67ZCPW

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07C67ZCPW

mybook.to/secondchance_JayN

NB: This book is currently Amazon exclusive and available on Kindle Unlimited.

Everyone deserves a second chance.

Nate and his teenage daughter need a fresh start, so they move back to the village where he grew up. Nate’s transgender, and not used to disclosing his history, so it’s hard living where people knew him before. When Nate reconnects with Jack—his best friend from school and unrequited crush—his feelings return as strong as ever.

Jack’s returned home to get his life in order after an addiction to alcohol caused him to lose everything: his job, his driver’s licence, and nearly his life. He’s living with his parents, which is less than ideal, but rekindling his friendship with Nate—or Nat as Jack once knew him—is an unexpected benefit of being back home. Jack is amazed by Nate’s transformation, and can’t deny his attraction. Trying for more than friendship might ruin what they already have, but the chemistry between them is undeniable.

Doubting his feelings are reciprocated, Nate fears he’s risking heartbreak. Jack’s reluctance to tell his parents about their relationship only reinforces Nate’s misgivings. With both their hearts on the line and their happiness at stake, Jack needs to make things right, and Nate has to be prepared to give him a second chance.

Cover art by Garrett Leigh
67,000 words approx

If you decide to read it, I hope you’ll enjoy it. This story isn’t autobiographical but it’s very close to my heart.

Thanks for following my blog, and have a great weekend 🙂

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Starting from Scratch is FREE! 17-19 April

Hey guys

The fifth book in my popular Housemates series, Starting from Scratch is free to download for three days, from 17-19 of April.

I know many of you will have already got it when it was free for Transgender Day of Visibility recently, but if you missed it then, here’s another chance.

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

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

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

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Book Details

Starting over isn’t easy, but Ben is ready to live his life as the man he was always meant to be.

Ben is transgender and back at university after hormone treatment and chest surgery. His new housemates have no idea about his history and Ben would prefer to keep it that way. He’s starting from scratch and his life is finally on track, except in the romance department. The idea of dating guys as a guy is exhilarating but terrifying, because if Ben wants a boyfriend he’ll have to disclose his secret.

Sid is drawn to Ben from the moment they meet. He normally gets what he wants—in the short term at least. Ben’s guarded at first, and Sid’s not used to guys rejecting his advances. He eventually charms his way through Ben’s defences and helps Ben on his journey of sexual awakening.

It doesn’t matter to Sid that Ben is trans. He’s attracted to the whole person, and isn’t worried about what is—or isn’t—in Ben’s pants. They’re good together, and both of them are falling hard and fast, but Ben’s insecurities keep getting in the way. If Sid can convince Ben he’s committed, will Ben finally be able to put his heart on the line?

Although this book is part of the Housemates series, it has new main characters, a satisfying happy ending, and can be read as a standalone.

Length: 57,000 words approx.

If you’re able to help spread the word, that would be awesome. There is a post on my Facebook author page and a tweet for sharing if you wish.

Thank you for following my blog 🙂

 

 

 

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International Transgender Day of Visibility: Why Visibility Matters (and a free read from me this weekend)

Today is International Transgender Day of Visibility. It is a day for celebrating transgender people, raising awareness, and showing support for the trans community.

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What is visibility and why does it matter?

Visibility is defined in the Oxford Dictionary as: The state of being seen.

I’m speaking from a deeply personal perspective when I say that visibility and representation is enormously important. As a child of the 1970s, I grew up in the day before the Internet and social media. As a child, teen, and young adult I never saw anyone like me represented in the media.

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Therefore despite knowing as a child that I didn’t feel like a girl, I didn’t understand that this was something other people felt. I didn’t know there was a word for what I was, and I didn’t know that there was anything I could do about it. The only transgender representation I ever saw in the media was of trans women. Therefore it never occurred to me that it was possible for someone to be FTM (female to male) transgender.

It wasn’t until I ‘saw’ a male transgender character in a fanfiction story that I finally started to make sense of the underlying feeling of unease and wrongness that had been my constant companion throughout my life.

Visibility matters, because it helps transgender people work out who they are, and know that they are not alone. And of course visibility also helps cisgender people to understand trans people better, and know how to be good allies.

Visibility isn’t just about individuals

Visibility isn’t all about individual trans people sharing their stories. Advocates are important and do a huge amount for raising awareness. But it’s important to remember that many trans people don’t want to be visible in that way. They may value their privacy and not wish disclose their history, or they may not live in a place or a situation where it would be safe for them to do so.

Visibility is also about positive representations in the media, in art, in books, in movies, and TV shows. In the queer romance genre, we’re seeing a huge increase in the number of books featuring transgender characters, this is a wonderful thing. Keep them coming!

If you would like to know more about trans issues this link is a good starting point:

https://www.glaad.org/transgender/transfaq

If you’re questioning your own gender, you are not alone. Reach out, there are lots of people who will be willing to listen and help you find the resources and information that you need.

If you’d like to read a story with a transgender main character, my book, Starting from Scratch is free to download at Amazon this weekend. It’s part of a linked series but it can be read as a standalone because there are new main characters in each story.

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Starting over isn’t easy, but Ben is ready to live his life as the man he was always meant to be.

Ben is transgender and back at university after hormone treatment and chest surgery. His new housemates have no idea about his history and Ben would prefer to keep it that way. He’s starting from scratch and his life is finally on track, except in the romance department. The idea of dating guys as a guy is exhilarating but terrifying, because if Ben wants a boyfriend he’ll have to disclose his secret.

Sid is drawn to Ben from the moment they meet. He normally gets what he wants—in the short term at least. Ben’s guarded at first, and Sid’s not used to guys rejecting his advances. He eventually charms his way through Ben’s defences and helps Ben on his journey of sexual awakening.

It doesn’t matter to Sid that Ben is trans. He’s attracted to the whole person, and isn’t worried about what is—or isn’t—in Ben’s pants. They’re good together, and both of them are falling hard and fast, but Ben’s insecurities keep getting in the way. If Sid can convince Ben he’s committed, will Ben finally be able to put his heart on the line?

Although this book is part of the Housemates series, it has new main characters, a satisfying happy ending, and can be read as a standalone.

Length: 57,000 words approx.

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

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

http://mybook.to/SFS_JayN

 

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