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

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)

I’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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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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Cover and blurb reveal: Second Chance

I’m very excited to unveil the gorgeous cover for my next release, Second Chance, and also share the blurb with you.
The cover is designed by Garrett Leigh of Black Jazz Design.

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.
67,000 words approx
Release date: 20th of April 2018
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Happy Update: Starting from Scratch is now finally on KU along with the rest of the Housemates series.

It took over four weeks, countless emails and tweets to Amazon and KDP, and who knows what finally made the difference? But I’m very happy to report that Amazon have finally unfucked their shit, and as of today, Starting from Scratch is now available on Kindle Unlimited along with the rest of the Housemates series.

Catch up on all the Housemates via the links below:

Helping Hand (Housemates #1)

http://mybook.to/HelpingHand_JayN

Like a Lover (Housemates #2)

http://mybook.to/likealover_jayn

Practice Makes Perfect (Housemates #3)

http://mybook.to/PMP_JayN

Watching and Wanting (Housemates #4)

http://mybook.to/WAW_JayN

Starting from Scratch (Housemates #5)

http://mybook.to/SFS_JayN

Pretty in Pink (Housemates #6)

http://mybook.to/PIP_JayN

 

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An apology/explanation to my readers about why one book from my series is ‘missing’ on KU

I wanted to blog about this in the hopes of reaching readers who don’t necessarily see my social media grumblings. I’ve received several emails from readers about this, and I’m as frustrated as you are.
Starting from Scratch is supposed to be on Kindle Unlimited along with the rest of the Housemates series. It’s been nine days since I enrolled books 1-5. Books 1-4 are showing up just fine, but Starting from Scratch is still missing from KU, and Amazon have failed to fix the issue.
So, the upshot is that I’m left trying to promote a new release in a series that *should* all be available on KU… but isn’t. And my readers are left having to buy a book that they should be able to borrow if they want to be able to read my series in order.
Amazon are supposedly working on the issue but clearly with little success so far. I emailed Jeff Bezos directly and got a reply from one of his people to say that they’re looking into it as well as the usual KDP minions. But that was 4 days ago now and still nothing.
I would like to send a huge thank you to readers who have bought Starting from Scratch to read because they weren’t able to borrow it. Sales are up, so many of you are obviously buying it instead of borrowing. But you shouldn’t have to, so I’m annoyed on your behalf as well as mine.
Also I know it’s totally irrational, but it’s an unfortunate coincidence that the one book in the series Amazon is messing me around on is a transgender story. It’s extra galling, because it feels personal.
Anyway please keep your fingers crossed that Amazon fix the issue soon. I will be shouting from the rooftops when SFS is finally back on KU where it should be.
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Pretty in Pink (Housemates #6) is out today!

I’m very excited to announce that book 6 in my bestselling Housemates series, Pretty in Pink, is out today!
Buy Links
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079TS27XS
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B079TS27XS
Universal Amazon link: mybook.to/PIP_JayN
NB: This ebook is currently Amazon exclusive and available on Kindle Unlimited along with the rest of the series.

Ryan isn’t looking for a relationship with a guy—and Johnny isn’t looking for a relationship at all.
Ryan’s always been attracted to tall, leggy blondes—normally of the female variety. When Johnny catches his eye at a party, Ryan’s interest is piqued even though he’s never been with a guy before. The attraction is mutual, and the amazing night that follows opens Ryan’s eyes to his bisexuality.
Experience has taught Johnny that love hurts. Staying single is safer, and there’s no need for complicated relationships when hooking up is easy. When he moves in next door to Ryan, they’re both interested in picking up where they left off, and it seems like an ideal arrangement: convenient, mutually satisfying, and with no strings attached.
Despite their best intentions to keep things casual, they develop an emotional connection alongside the physical one. Both begin to want more from the relationship but are afraid to admit it. If they’re going to work things out, they need to start being honest—first with themselves, and then with each other.

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

Length: 58,000 words approx
Cover art: Garrett Leigh
Series link: http://tinyurl.com/housemates-JN

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Helping Hand is free, and the Housemates series is back on Kindle Unlimited!

With Pretty in Pink (Housemates #6) coming out on Wednesday, I’ve made book one of the series, Helping Hand, free this week (19-23rd of Feb) on Amazon. If you are new to the series, now’s the time to grab it and get reading!

Buy links

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B010EAQOKA

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B010EAQOKA

http://mybook.to/HelpingHand_JayN

I’ve also re-enrolled the whole of my bestselling Housemates series back into Kindle Unlimited, so they will be available to borrow for 90 days along with my new release, Pretty in Pink.
Series link:
http://tinyurl.com/housemates-JN

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