New Release: An Invitation (short story)

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I’m just swinging by with (sort of) new release. Before you one-click, please note that An Invitation was previously included in the Juicy Bits anthology published by Dreamspinner Press!

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AnInvitation_coverV2.jpg“I should put you over my knee and spank you for teasing me…”

Jake’s new boss, Cal Mackenzie, is hotter than hell. Fortified by a little liquid bravery on a work night out, Jake makes his move and finds out that Cal is interested too. To Jake’s dismay, Cal makes it clear that nothing is going to happen as long as they work together. Fortunately for both of them, this is just a temp job and there’s only a week left in the contract.

Cal admonishes Jake to behave while he waits, but as the week drags on, Jake can’t resist flirting and teasing. When Friday finally arrives, Cal shows Jake what happens to people who can’t follow his rules. Jake learns a surprisingly enjoyable lesson over Cal’s knee—one that he won’t forget in a hurry.

Length: 5870 words
This short story was originally published in the Juicy Bits anthology from Dreamspinner Press. It has been re-edited but no major changes have been made.

Buy Links

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06XFKY2RJ
https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B06XFKY2RJ
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Throwback Thursday Giveaway: Passing Through

Passing Through is two years old this week, and I’m celebrating by giving away an ebook copy (see below).

Passing Through is still one of the books I’m most proud of. I wrote it during a really difficult time in my life, while my father was dying, and it was a very cathartic process.

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I wrote it in order to make sense of my feelings about death, and in particular how I come to terms with it as an atheist. I don’t believe in an afterlife, or a better place, but that doesn’t mean our lives don’t count for something. We live on in the people who love us, and through the things we teach people in our lifetime. The overwhelming message of Passing Through is to seize the day – don’t waste the chances that life offers.

It’s not a ‘typical’ Jay Northcote book I guess. Inevitably it’s a bit less lighthearted than usual, because it deals with themes of bereavment. But I hope that the eventual happy ending more than makes up for the angsty ride.

 

PassingThrough_FINALDon’t waste a chance at happiness…

Leo is a lonely workaholic with no time for romance in his life. His job in London takes all his energy and commitment. When he goes to Cornwall to stay with his terminally ill uncle, Edwin, love is the last thing Leo expects to find.

Tris lives in a cottage on Edwin’s land. Gay, but still half in the closet, he and Leo bond over their affection for Edwin, and the pull of attraction between them proves too strong to ignore. In Tris’s arms, in the wilds of Cornwall, Leo finds a peace he’d forgotten existed.

On his return to London, Leo finds himself grieving for more than just the loss of his uncle. When some unexpected news gives Leo the chance to return to Cornwall, he’s afraid it will be too late to rekindle things with Tris. But having learned much from his stay with his uncle, Leo doesn’t want to look back and wish he’d done things differently.

It’s time to seize the day—if it’s not already too late.

Length: 43,000 words
Cover art by Garrett Leigh

 

Buy Links:

Amazon.com
Amazon.co.uk

http://www.audible.com/pd/Fiction/Passing-Through-Audiobook/B0195LE4FG/

Giveaway

To enter to win an ebook copy of Passing Through, just leave me a comment below. Giveaway open till Wednesday 1st of March.

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Cover and Blurb Reveal: Starting from Scratch (Housemates #5)

Drum roll please…

Cover by the amazing Garrett Leigh at Black Jazz Design 🙂

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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.goodreads.com/book/show/34373132-starting-from-scratch

I don’t have a firm release date yet as it’s dependent on editing and proofing, but I’m hoping for late March or early April.

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Happy belated Valentine’s Day to my readers! Free Read in the Housemates universe.

Hi guys,

I’m sorry this is late. I wrote it for fun in my author Facebook group (Jay’s Playground) starting it on the 13th and intending to have it finished on V Day. But life had other ideas… so here it is, better late than never 🙂

Mac and Jez do Valentine’s Day (16th Feb 2017, Jaybird Press)

hh_vdayMac has essays to mark on Valentine’s Day, and Jez insists on keeping him company while he works. Jez promises not to distract him, but Mac knows it’s only a matter of time….

Author’s note

This is a short scene that fits into the Housemates series. It takes place during the timeline of book five but focuses on Mac and Jez who are the main characters in Helping Hand (Housemates #1). It can be read as a standalone without any spoilers, but you will probably enjoy it more if you already know Mac and Jez’s story.

I wrote this outtake as a Valentine’s Day gift for my loyal readers who kept asking for more of these guys!

Download for free here:

https://payhip.com/b/JP2X

If you haven’t already started on the Housemates series, now is a great time to dive in with book 5 coming soon. All of them can be read as standalones, but if you want to start at the beginning, Helping Hand comes first.

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La Loi de l’Attraction is out!

I’m excited to announce that La Loi de l’Attraction, the french translation of The Law of Attraction, is out today!

Published by Jaybird Press – Feb 13th 2017
Translated by Lily Karey
Cover art by Garrett Leigh

tloa_frenchLorsqu’une relation professionnelle devient personnelle, il est impossible de résister à la loi de l’attraction.

Alec Rowland est avocat de haut vol dans un cabinet de Londres et sa carrière est sa vie. Il n’a pas le temps pour une relation et sa sexualité est un secret bien gardé. Après avoir dragué un bel homme un vendredi soir, le monde d’Alec vacille sur ses fondations lorsque son coup d’un soir se montre au bureau le lundi matin – en tant que nouvel intérimaire de son équipe.

Ed Piper désespère de prouver sa valeur dans son nouvel emploi. La dernière chose dont il a besoin c’est d’être distrait par un coup de cœur pour son patron. Il est difficile d’ignorer l’attraction qu’il ressent, même si Alec est un connard ingrat.

Les deux hommes cherchent à maintenir une relation professionnelle, mais les tempéraments s’affrontent, les passions s’enflamment et bientôt, ils tombent éperdument amoureux. S’ils parviennent à trouver un moyen d’être ensemble, Alec devra se montrer honnête sur qui il est vraiment parce qu’Ed ne retournera dans le placard pour personne.

Buy Links

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https://www.amazon.fr/gp/product/B06X8ZDW3Y

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06X8ZDW3Y

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/703673

Apple/B&N/Kobo coming soon

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Monthly Update: February 2017

I know I usually keep my monthly update mostly writing/publishing focused. But today I’m adding an extra little happy dance at the start while I tell you that I started hormone therapy today. I’m now on T (testosterone) and am very excited/happy about that, so wanted to share it with you 🙂

So… back to business.

What’s new?

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Watching and Wanting (Housemates 4) came out in January. It’s the latest addition to the Housemates series, and follows the series theme of sexual discovery.

What’s next?

Next up from me will be an audio release I think. Practice Makes Perfect (Housemates 3) is currently in production. I’m hoping that will be out sometime in March.

Also hopefully in March I’ll be releasing the next Housemates book in ebook/paperback. I’ve been writing the first draft of Starting from Scratch (Housemates 5) all through January and am happy to report that it’s nearly finished. It features Ben and Sid who you meet briefly in book 4. Ben is a trans guy, although that’s not mentioned in book 4, but his journey is the focus for Starting from Scratch.

What’s in the pipeline?

I’ve contracted Mark Steadman to narrate Imperfect Harmony, so that will be out in audio later this year. I have another French translation in the pipeline, three more Italian translations, and two German translations.

I’m not sure what I will be writing next after Starting from Scratch – those of you who follow me will know I don’t plan very far ahead – but I have several ideas I’m kicking around and will see which one bites (I’m mixing my metaphors and I’m not sorry).

I also have a couple of short stories that I recently got the rights back to, and am trying to decide whether to publish them as they are or extend them. So I have plenty to keep me busy and out of trouble 😉

I think that’s all my news. Thank you for reading/following if you got this far.

 

 

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Release Announcement: Watching and Wanting (Housemates 4) is out!

It’s finally release day!

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Here are the links and details:

Links

NB: This book is currently Amazon exclusive

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

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

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

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Watching Jude’s cam show stirs desires Shawn’s always denied…

Shawn is adrift. Recently graduated, he’s stuck in a dead-end job that barely pays the bills. His girlfriend dumped him, his friends have moved on, and he’s still in Plymouth—going nowhere.

Jude is a student living in the same shared house. Out and proud, he’s everything Shawn’s been running from since he hit puberty. When Shawn discovers Jude works as a cam boy, he can’t resist the urge to watch one of his shows. It makes Shawn want things that scare him, yet his fascination forces him to confront his attraction.

Keen to explore his bicurious side, Shawn suggests they do a show together. Jude agrees, and things get complicated—and kinky—fast. But Jude isn’t looking to get involved with someone so deep in the closet. If Shawn’s going to get what he wants, he needs to find the courage to stop hiding from himself and be honest about who he is.

Length: 52,000 words approx
Cover art by Garrett Leigh

Excerpt

Back in the living room, he threw himself into his armchair again. The TV was on, showing an old episode of Prison Break, but Shawn wasn’t paying attention to it. Sunk in a black hole of despondency, he gazed surreptitiously around the room at his housemates instead.

Jude, one of the new guys who’d moved in last month, sat in a corner of one of the sofas doing something on his phone, his dark curly head bending low and the glow of the screen lighting up his angular features. Shawn wondered what he was doing—probably hooking up on Grindr or something.

That twist of discomfort flared in his gut again. He knew he shouldn’t care. It was none of his business, but the idea that Jude might be planning some hook-up with some random guy lodged in his consciousness like a stone in a shoe. Maybe it was just because Shawn was single again and would have to get back to hooking up if he wanted any action. The idea of being back on Tinder wasn’t as appealing as it should be.

Shawn turned his attention to the other sickeningly happy couple in the room. Ewan wasn’t technically one of Shawn’s housemates. He lived next door, but he might as well have moved in for the amount of time he spent there with Dev. Ewan had his arm around Dev, and as Shawn watched, he turned his ginger head and murmured something in Dev’s ear. Dev turned to look at him and they exchanged a soft smile. Then Dev pressed a kiss to Ewan’s lips, which lingered long enough to make Shawn uncomfortable.

Irrational anger bubbled up, spilling out of his mouth before he could hold the words back. “For fuck’s sake. Can’t you save that for your room?”

Dev pulled away quickly, his cheeks flaming. “Sorry,” he muttered.

Ewan glared at Shawn. “What’s your problem?”

Shawn shrugged and glared back. “I just don’t need to see it, that’s all.”

“Well, the television’s over there, so stop fucking looking at us if you don’t like it. It was just a kiss. It’s not like we’re blowing each other on the sofa or anything. Jesus.”

“Ugh. And thank you for that mental image.” Shawn did a mock shudder.

“Whoa, Shawn. What the hell’s wrong with you tonight?”

Jez’s voice cut through Shawn’s drunken, angry haze, and he realised that all eyes in the room were on him. He caught Jude’s gaze, curious and assessing, and flushed at the unwanted attention.

“You should be used to it by now,” Jez continued. “You’ve lived with me and Mac long enough. And I’ve totally caught you groping Beth on the sofa before. You don’t get a free pass for living room shenanigans just because you’re the only straight couple in the house since Dani moved out.”

That was the spark that ignited Shawn’s anger past the point of no return. “Yeah? Well, maybe I’m just tired of being surrounded by all the gay in here. I never signed up for this when we moved in together.” He stood, sloshing beer out of his nearly full bottle and onto the carpet. “I don’t have to like it.”

“Feel free to find somewhere else to live, then.”

Even Jez, who was rarely moved to anger, sounded pissed now.

“Yeah. Maybe I will.” Shawn stormed to the door, careful not to ruin his exit by walking into the coffee table again. “Oh, and for your information? Me and Beth split up today, so we won’t be the token straight couple any more.”

He slammed the door behind him and stomped up the stairs to his room on the first floor. He slammed that door too, but it didn’t make him feel any better. After throwing himself down on the bed, he clutched his pillow and let harsh sobs of fury burst out of him until the red mist receded and shame and guilt crept in to fill the place where his anger had been.

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