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Re-release of Life Lessons short stories

April 18, 2017
As I’m updating old books, I decided to get a new cover and do a minor edit for “And to All a Good Night” – the free Life Lessons 1.5 short story. And I added the Valentine’s 1.8 story – “Getting It Right” in as well. Isn’t the new cover by Karrie Jax pretty?
This version is now available on Smashwords, (https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/69096) although it will take a little time for it to work through the system to AZ, B&N etc.

There is no new Mac and Tony story in here, if you’ve already read the two old ones. But if you haven’t, here’s a chance to check them out with a spiffy new look. These both come between Life Lessons and Breaking Cover. (And yes, someday I still hope to write about Mac and Tony with teen kids 🙂 But not this year.)

A re-release of The Rebuilding Year with a few edits and the old familiar cover is the next project.

Illuminating costs, building empathy

April 15, 2017

I’m back on Love Bytes Reviews today, blogging about the multifaceted costs of anti-LGBTQ prejudice in society. Our best books help readers understand, and empathize, by telling stories that matter to them.

http://lovebytesreviews.com/2017/04/15/shedding-light-on-the-costs/

Blogging about the definitions of Romance

February 16, 2017

guysadyoung I blogged on Love Bytes Reviews about the definitions we use to call a book “Romance” and about stretching those limits in M/M.

The Boundaries of Romance – http://lovebytesreviews.com/2017/02/15/the-boundaries-of-romance/

Temporary unavailability of The Rebuilding Year and more

February 11, 2017

JandR-TRY I’m sad to say that, after an attempted reorganization, Samhain Pubishing has announced that they will be closing their doors on Feb 28th 2017. All the books they publish, including The Rebuilding Year; Life, Some Assembly Required; and Sole Support will be withdrawn from sale at all distributors.

You can still buy Samhain books until the end of February, and there is a 50% off sale on their website. They have promised to remit royalties for all purchases, so hopefully, if they follow through, (unlike with ARe) the authors should not lose money if you buy now. (Although payments will be delayed as they complete the wrap up, so some authors may feel a pinch from that.) Personally, I would be happy for you to continue to buy my books through the month.

I hope to re-release these books in the future. I’m even thinking about an audio book for The Rebuilding Year – it might be a fun project, so if there’s a narrator you really want to hear doing John and Ryan, let me know.

Publishing is a tough business right now. The crash of ARe, leaving publishing houses with five-figure losses from unpaid royalties, didn’t help. I wrote before about ways to support authors and I want to re-emphasize denouncing piracy. Speak up when friends or family members are downloading music, images, or books, without paying for the commercial products. If we want art and creativity to continue to flourish, we must make sure we don’t support a culture of entitlement. I have already sent over 20 take-down notices for pirate sites with Rejoice, Dammit, my holiday story that came out less than 2 months ago. I don’t know if preventing piracy could have saved any of the several LGBTQ romance publishers who folded in the last year, but I do know that fighting massive theft losses should not be part of anyone’s business model.

Thanks to everyone who bought my books through Samhain – they have been one of my solid sources of income. Go forth and check out favorite authors, like Heidi Cullinan, Joanna Chambers, and K.J. Charles, and see if they are making suggestions about buying their books in this time of transition. If you own Samhain books in ebook form, it’s smart to back them up somewhere other than just your ereader, since the publisher will no longer be available for replacements. If your device crashes there is no guarantee that copies will still be in retailer archives to reload them. (Hopefully they will, but keeping a back-up of your books is always smart.)

This loss of another good publisher is sad (although not unexpected – their ability to come back from the mess of almost closing previously was always going to be a huge endeavor.) But the books and the writing and the publishing community will continue. Thanks to everyone who buys and supports all the good stories out there 🙂

Talking about Comfort Rereads

January 29, 2017

Today I begin a series of monthly posts on Prism Book Alliance. I’ll be “Outside the Margins” on the 29th of each month. This time, I’m talking about comfort rereads.

http://www.prismbookalliance.com/2017/01/comfort-rereads-outside-the-margins-with-kaje-harper/

How do we support the writers we love to read?

January 15, 2017

I’m blogging today on Love Bytes Reviews. The question is, how can we pull together and help our genre’s authors weather the storms of 2016’s closures and changes?

http://lovebytesreviews.com/2017/01/15/how-do-we-support-the-writers-we-love-to-read/

Thanks to readers, in the wake of All Romance Ebooks closing

January 5, 2017

rainbowthankyou I want to say a thank you to my readers. I’ve had several reach out to me, in the week since All Romance Ebooks closed, to tell me that they bought one of my books during October-Dec, when we authors are likely to see between 6% and 0% royalties from those sales. They’re sad that I don’t get their money, and want to help make it up to me somehow. ❤ ❤ ❤

THANK YOU for buying the books. Please do not feel worried or responsible for the loss someone else caused. And for everyone who bought “Rejoice, Dammit” there – it was in the top 5 M/M when things crashed – that’s great. It helped people see my cover; it helped put my name up there. I left my books live on ARe on purpose – in those last 3 days with no royalties – so readers with ebucks could find some active purchases and get value for their already-spent money. I MEANT for you to buy them, in that time and place, if you had credits to spend.

Some people have said they’re going to review more. And I love that – yes – you can reward authors who won’t see the money by reviewing or discussing the books you enjoyed. “Rejoice, Dammit” has more Amazon reviews than some of my previous full novels, showing how people are chipping in that way. ❤

But also don’t feel obligated. And don’t hesitate to post honest bad reviews, just because the money you paid in good faith won’t reach the author. We are all in this for the long haul, readers and writers. This loss hurts (some more than me) but the integrity of the community, the love of books, the mechanisms by which it all works, will go on, and adapt.

I am advising J. Scott Coatsworth on his for-profit project to set up a site for readers to find LGBTQ books with buy-links posted by the authors. To steer readers to the sites that pay more or safer royalties (like an author’s own Payhip) or to epub and pfd versions. I hope we will create a site useful to readers in their searches (because I used ARe for things like checking flame level on possible YA books, or checking word counts; Scott hopes to add features like that). And other sites are out there for finding free books, etc. Don’t forget that all the freebies from the Goodreads M/M Romance group that were for sale on ARe are on the M/M group’s own free download site in multiple formats, for instance.

(I would of course urge caution with new sites, particularly any taking money or offering to publish or sell-through to readers directly – I’m seeing a lot of opportunistic offers coming in to shell-shocked authors, with no security behind them. Don’t give money or the handling of money to anyone you don’t know well, without due research.)

Anyway, I just wanted to say thanks. Thanks also to the readers supporting authors who are going to Patreon, or readers still buying when authors have to take books off a sale price, or readers not complaining about us making any other move to get livable income from the job we love. You guys are the best, and the great stories will continue to come out, and we'll write and read all the books.