Heads up for my French readers: Translations for the Housemates series.

I’m excited to announce that I’ve signed a contract with a French Publisher (MxM Bookmark), for the whole of the Housemates series so far. So this is up to and including Starting from Scratch.

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The aim is to get all five out in French by the end of 2018, with the first two books in the series being re-released in the spring.

This means that the current translation of Helping Hand (Main Tendue) will be pulled from bookseller sites sometime in the middle of May. It’s going to be re-translated by the publishers and the whole series will get new covers. So, if you want to get a copy of Main Tendue before it disappears for a while, you need to buy it soon!

Buy Links

Helping Hand_1_FINAL_FRENCHhttps://www.amazon.fr/dp/B01K8RRW7I

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01K8RRW7I

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/657609

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/main-tendue/id1143982224

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/main-tendue-jay-northcote/1124360802

 

 

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Cover and Blurb Reveal: Summer Heat

I’m excited to reveal the cover and blurb for my next book. Summer Heat.

Planned release date: Friday 9th of June
Cover art by Garrett Leigh at Black Jazz Design.

SummerHeat

A 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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I’m not taking preorders for this yet, but in the meantime you can add it on Goodreads if you like the sound of it 🙂

 

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Like a Lover is free this weekend

Like a Lover (Housemates #2) is free to download at Amazon this weekend.

Although it is part of the Housemates series, this story can be read as a standalone.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B014O4TCMY
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B014O4TCMY
Universal Amazon link: http://mybook.to/likealover_jayn

Find the whole series here:

http://tinyurl.com/housemates-JayN

Details:

LikeaLover_EBOOKJosh has a plan: get through uni with a good degree and no debts. Focused on his goals, he’s working as an escort to pay his way. He enjoys the no-strings sex and doesn’t have the time or inclination for a relationship. Falling in love definitely isn’t part of the deal–especially not with a client.

When Rupert meets Josh in a bar, he’s smitten on sight. He’s never paid for sex before, but when Josh propositions him, he can’t resist. He should have known one night would never be enough. Luckily for him, he has an inheritance to support his addiction to Josh, because his job in IT wouldn’t cover the cost.

With each appointment the lines get increasingly blurred. Something is developing between them that feels more like a relationship than a business transaction, but they come from different worlds and to go from client-and-escort to lovers seems impossible. If they want a future together, Josh and Rupert have a lot to overcome.

Please help spread the word 🙂

Have a great weekend!

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Autism Awareness Blog Hop and Giveaway

This is my post for RJ Scott’s annual Autism Awareness Blog Hop. The theme for this year’s blog hop is Animals.

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I’m going to start with a couple of facts about autism:

Autism greatly varies from person to person (no two people with autism are alike)

There are various comorbid conditions that often occur with ASD (autistic spectrum disorder). One of these is anxiety.

I have one child who has autism, and another who has ADHD — but who also shows some overlap with autistic traits (which isn’t unusual).

Both my children also have issues with anxiety, and I’ve always been very aware of how much our pets help them when they’re struggling.

We’re a cat household. When my kids were small we had an amazing, affectionate, cuddly ginger cat called George. George was my daughter’s security blanket when she didn’t want to go to bed on her own at night. Sometimes he was even her pillow. He was endlessly tolerant and they adored each other. His loss was a huge blow.

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After George, we acquired two new-to-us cats — one from a rescue centre and one we adopted from my sister when she moved abroad. These cats (Mr Pickles and Khan) are now a great source of comfort and company for my teenagers. Both my kids have a very special relationship with the cats, and they both say how calming it is to sit with a purring cat on your lap.

It’s hard to stay anxious when you have a cat who needs stroking 🙂

Giveaway

I’m giving away an ebook copy of Practice Makes Perfect. One of the main characters, Dev, doesn’t officially have ASD, but in my mind he had a lot of the traits when I was writing, and several readers who recognised that contacted me to ask if he had autism. So it seemed like an appropriate giveaway for this post.

To enter, just leave a comment below!

PracticeMakesPerfectGetting experience with the guy next door seems like a great idea—until the lines blur.

Dev, a geeky first year physics student, has zero sexual experience and he’s determined to change that ASAP. After a bad time in halls of residence, he’s starting the summer term with different housemates and a new plan of action.

Ewan lives in the house next door to Dev. He’s young, free and single, and isn’t looking to change that anytime soon. When awkward circumstances throw them together, Ewan offers to help Dev out in the bedroom in return for maths tutoring, and Dev jumps at the chance.

They work their way through Dev’s sex-to-do list, but what starts as a perfect no-strings arrangement gets more complicated as their feelings for each other begin to grow. If they’re going to turn their lessons in lovemaking into something more permanent, they need to work out how they feel about each other—before they get to the end of Dev’s list.

NB: Although this book is part of a series, it is a complete story with different main characters and can be read as a standalone.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01H7V027A

 

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Own Voices Have Many Voices

Since publishing Starting from Scratch, I’ve been blown away by the positive response from readers in the gay romance genre. Many of the people who have read and reviewed have told me it was their first trans story, which is great (and I hope they go on to read more of the trans stories that are out there).

I’ve also had a lot of comments from people who feel that the book has opened their eyes and given them some insight into the experience of a gay trans guy. While this may be true, I feel it’s important to point out that Ben’s story is only one trans narrative written by one trans author.

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For a start, Ben isn’t me (although I wish I was twenty-five again). Some of the things he thinks and feels are true for me, but some of them aren’t. At the time of writing Ben’s story, not all of what I wrote was from experience because I hadn’t even started T back then. It was based partly on experience, partly on research, and partly on my imagination.

Maybe this is stating the obvious… But all trans men are different, just like all people are different. While there is of course some overlap of experience, there is still a huge amount of diversity within the FTM community.

For example:

Dysphoria is different for everyone. It can be more social or more physical or a combination of both (or neither). Physical dysphoria can centre on different parts of our bodies, and that can change over time.

The process of transition is different. Some trans men take hormones, some don’t. Some have surgery/surgeries, some don’t.

Some trans men choose to disclose their trans status and be very open about it, others prefer not to tell people unless it’s absolutely necessary (so with a sexual partner, or in a medical situation where it’s relevant).

Not all trans men are gay 😉

etc…

So while I’m thrilled that readers have embraced Ben’s story — thank you! — please don’t assume that all trans guys will agree with everything Ben thinks/feels/does. And if you want to keep learning more about trans people, go forth and read more stories with trans characters. There are some great ones out there.

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startingfromscratchStarting 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.

Buy Links

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06Y3YVY82
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B06Y3YVY82
http://mybook.to/SFS_JayN

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All About the D: Writing M/M with a Trans Main Character (via Joyfully Jay)

I wrote a post for Joyfully Jay that I wanted to link to from here.

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“When I decided I wanted to write a book with a trans main character in it, I had a lot of worries about how some m/m readers might react. Let’s face it—a lot of m/m readers are here for the sex (at least in part). I’m not judging. I enjoy reading books where the sex is an important part of the relationship development, and if you’ve read any of my books you’ll know I like writing those stories too….”

Please visit Joyfully Jay to read the whole post.

startingfromscratchStarting 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.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06Y3YVY82
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B06Y3YVY82
http://mybook.to/SFS_JayN

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New audiobook release: Practice Makes Perfect (Housemates #3)

I’m very happy to announce that Practice Makes Perfect audiobook is now live!

Buy Links

Please note that if you buy the ebook on Amazon first, you’ll be able to get the audio version at a very reduced rate via Audible or Amazon.

http://www.audible.com/pd/Romance/Practice-Makes-Perfect-Audiobook/B06XR4B61T/

http://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Fiction/Practice-Makes-Perfect-Audiobook/B06XRLZ4TD/

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

It will follow on Apple soon.

Audio Sample

Blurb

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Getting experience with the guy next door seems like a great idea – until the lines blur.

Dev, a geeky first year physics student, has zero sexual experience and he’s determined to change that ASAP. After a bad time in halls of residence, he’s starting the summer term with different housemates and a new plan of action.

Ewan lives in the house next door to Dev. He’s young, free, and single, and isn’t looking to change that anytime soon. When awkward circumstances throw them together, Ewan offers to help Dev out in the bedroom in return for math tutoring, and Dev jumps at the chance.

They work their way through Dev’s sex to-do list, but what starts as a perfect no-strings arrangement gets more complicated as their feelings for each other begin to grow. If they’re going to turn their lessons in lovemaking into something more permanent, they need to work out how they feel about each other – before they get to the end of Dev’s list.

If you need to catch up on the whole series, you can find them all here.

And if you’re new to Audible you can sign up here and get your first book free with a monthly trial.

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