The pony’s trotting this way!

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We’re currently editing the second book of The Copper Horse trilogy, and since we already have this wonderful cover by Alex Zappa, we couldn’t wait to share it with out readers :D In the second volume, Copper learns how to be a pony and starts to take pride in his role while Erik tests his loyalty over and over again. Tension between the master and his pet had never been so high :D

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1907, twenty years into the zombie Plague

After being kidnapped into slavery by a powerful crime family member – Erik Dal, Reuben is slowly adjusting to his new life. He is now Copper, Erik’s proud stallion, serving in any way his master might require – from pulling a cart, to pleasures in the bedroom. But his journey has only begun, and as he becomes increasingly attached to Erik, his devotion will be evaluated. From getting bred by another owner’s stallion to Erik marking him forever, each of Reuben’s decisions makes him more of a pet and less of a human.

Becoming Erik’s horse isn’t just about getting pampered, wearing hooves and tack, or providing the master with pleasure. It becomes a violent game of prize and punishment, but when Reuben understands he too has leverage – Erik’s attachment to him – he becomes an active player in the negotiations of his stay at the mansion. But with his master’s grand annual birthday party approaching, his loyalty will be tested like never before, and the tasks he is to perform might prove too much.

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Genre:  m/m erotic romance, bdsm

Themes: class differences, slavery, steampunk, alternative lifestyle, Victorian, master/servant, captivity, ponyplay, animalization, heavy kink, organized crime, violence, power play

Erotic content: explicit m/m erotic scenes (including ponyplay)

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We also got this amazing illustration of Copper by Mandartania. Check out her Tumblr :D Ah, love his ass i this picture ;p

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Big changes for ‘Guns n’ Boys’ :)

gunsnboys_book1Part1_450We have some big changes to announce about our upcoming book, ‘Guns n’ Boys’. Yes, book, not serial. We struggled with this decision for a while, but in the end it had to be made. It was hard to make this change just a month before publishing, but we have decided NOT to make ‘Guns n’ Boys’ a serial. There have been many options we kept pondering for this story simply because it’s so long. I won’t lie, it’s very sex heavy, a proper erotic romance where a lot of the communication between the characters is done in bed and through the way their sex life changes, so a serial, would divide that into smaller chunks. There’s a risk when a long book has a lot of sex that the scenes will become boring for the reader and that is the last thing we want, but with an intense story like Guns n’ Boys, cutting sex scenes simply wouldn’t work because of the way those interactions shape Dom and Seth’s relationship.

This will be a digression, but what I love about writing erotic romance is that sex isn’t always about just showing a hot scene, but it can convey so much more meaning. In Guns n’ Boys it is a reflection of Dom and Seth’s constant power struggle, a moment of vulnerability, a way to communicate when words fail. That’s why I hope that even without the story being a serial, each scene, sexual or not, will get to have its full impact.

Because the first book is almost 200,000 words on its own, we struggled to decide what to do with it from the very beginning. We didn’t want to just cut it and make it lots shorter, we felt all scenes that are in the book are vital to show both the mafia aspects and the growth of the relationship. I know some will disagree, but that’s the pleasure and burden of self-publishing – at the end of the day, the decision is ours, but at least we get to tell the story the way we want to. With the characters in GNB being so stubborn and problematic, giving them a quick route to love would be underwhelming for me as a reader, and I always try to write the books I would want to read.

Not only is a 200,000 word book unusual in our genre, it also creates a problem of pricing, since we don’t want our books to be too expensive, yet we can’t undervalue such a long book either. So at first we thought of just splitting it in half, with a nice, juicy cliffhanger in the middle, but we got burnt with readers unhappy about the cliffhanger in ‘Special Needs’. So bit by bit, the idea of doing a serial was growing on us. I like watching TV dramas and the idea of building tension and anticipation really speaks to me. But then, again, came the problem of pricing. We didn’t want to cash in on expensive episodes, nor be accused of that, but if we priced an episode at $0.99, Amazon would only give us 35% royalties, when between $2.99-9.99, it gives 70% royalties. That makes anything under $2.99 invalid. With 8 episodes, the whole season would cost 24$. So we tried to think of a way to sell a whole ‘season pass’ where a reader would pay upfront and get their episodes every two weeks as the season lasts. We couldn’t find a good system to do it without setting up a whole shop and dealing with a lot of extra hassle. So we came up with sending out Smashwords coupons to those who would follow the serial, so they could buy the episodes at $0.99. At Smashwords, we wouldn’t be losing out on royalties, as they have a flat rate. It was never the best of options, since a lot of people like to do their shopping at their preferred vendors and we’d be stuck with the $2.99 price everywhere else, and then only publish a compilation at the end of the season.

But then we started getting feedback from some of our readers that the beginning, even when they like it, feels like a taster, isn’t enough. And in some ways, it’s true. It doesn’t yet let the reader get immersed in the world of Dom and Seth. So in the end, we decided to bite the bullet and do the first book in two big chunky parts after all. We hope it will be a better reader experience and with the two parts clearly being labeled ‘Book 1 Part 1’ and ‘Book 1 Part 2’, there won’t be any surprise about a cliffhanger. It will also allow us to price them fairly, in a way that doesn’t deter new readers. Because the two parts are integral to each other, we will also try to publish them close together. The first one, on the 11th of September 2014 and the second, at some point in the following October. We have plans for a Christmas special in December, and then book 2 will appear sometime in 2015. I won’t lie, there are a lot of books planned in this series and we’ll try to write fast, but it is a long journey with these guys. I want to take you on a rollercoaster that is their relationship and I hope you’ll enjoy the ride.

To those of you who have received ARCs, I will send you the extended version as soon as we have it wrapped up, so don’t worry. All I can say is – sorry for the hassle, but it’s for the good of the book. For those of you interested in reviewing ‘Guns n’ Boys Book 1 Part 1’ (especially on Amazon, it’s a pain in the neck to get reviews there) make sure you’ve read the warnings. If you’re fine with them and interested in getting an ARC copy at the beginning of September, let me know at kamerikan@gmail.com, I have a limited amount available.

I’m really curious of readers’ opinions. :) What do you prefer: A long story all at once or a serial?

- Kat

Road of No Return is out! :)

Tonight’s the night-or today’s the day, depending on where in the world you are :). We’re always happy to finalize a project and share it with readers, and Road of No Return is a book born out of need to write something we couldn’t find anywhere. We like stories about characters who are far from perfect, who don’t always make good decisions, and that’s exactly how Zak and Stitch are. We have a sequel planned for the future, but also a series of standalone biker books, which will also be published under the Sex and Mayhem banner.

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— Don’t talk to strangers. —

Zak. Tattoo artist. Independent. Doesn’t do relationships.

Stitch. Outlaw biker. Deep in the closet. Doesn’t share his property.

On the day of Stitch’s divorce, lust personified enters the biker bar he’s celebrating at. Tattooed all over, pierced, confident, and hot as hellfire, Zak is the bone Stitch has waited for life to throw him. All Stitch wants is a sniff, a taste, a lick. What follows instead is gluttony of the most carnal sort, and nothing will ever be the same. Forced to hide his new love affair from the whole world, Stitch juggles family, club life, and crime, but it’s only a matter of time until it becomes too hard.

Zak moves to Lake Valley in search of peace and quiet, but when he puts his hand into the jaws of a Hound of Valhalla, life gets all but simple. In order to be with Stitch, Zak’s biker wet dream, he has to crawl right back into the closet. As heated as the relationship is, the secrets, the hiding, the violence, jealousy, and conservative attitudes in the town rub Zak in all the wrong ways. When pretending he doesn’t know what his man does becomes impossible, Zak needs to decide if life with an outlaw biker is really what he wants.

As club life and the love affair collide, all that’s left in Zak and Stitch’s life is mayhem.

WARNING Contains adult content: a gritty storyline, sex, explicit language, violence and torture

POSSIBLE SPOILERS:

Themes: Outlaw Motorcycle Club, organized crime, homophobia, family issues, coming out, first gay relationship, tattoo, piercing

Genre: contemporary homoerotic dark romance

Length:  ~ 100,000 words (Standalone novel, no cliffhanger.)

 

The bikers are coming on July 19th ;)

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Since we started watching Sons of Anarchy, it was clear that a biker book would eventually come along, but we had too many ongoing projects to commit time to it. But one day, we decided to write something short, hot, and relaxing. A little piece of erotica about a biker and a tattoo artist. And then, halfway through, we already knew we couldn’t leave it at that. The first draft of the novel was ready within the next three weeks, and now, the book is almost ready to join the few M/M outlaw biker books out there. We were very surprised when it turned out that while there’s plenty of MC books in the straight romance world,  reading material for the M/M reader is scarce. We now have a few ideas for a series of MC books, but unlike the straight series, it will not be focused on a single club – it simply wouldn’t make sense to have a large amount of gay/bi bikers in a club that wasn’t specifically for gay men. The first book is largely focused on themes of self-discovery, homophobia, and the need to belong. The book will be published on July 19th, 2014. 

— Don’t talk to strangers. —

 Zak. Tattoo artist. Independent. Doesn’t do relationships.

Stitch. Outlaw biker. Deep in the closet. Doesn’t share his property.

On the day of Stitch’s divorce, lust personified enters the biker bar he’s celebrating at. Tattooed all over, pierced, confident, and hot as hellfire, Zak is the bone Stitch has waited for life to throw him. All Stitch wants is a sniff, a taste, a lick. What follows instead is gluttony of the most carnal sort, and nothing will ever be the same. Forced to hide his new love affair from the whole world, Stitch juggles family, club life, and crime, but it’s only a matter of time until it becomes too hard.

Zak moves to Lake Valley in search of peace and quiet, but when he puts his hand into the jaws of a Hound of Valhalla, life gets all but simple. In order to be with Stitch, Zak’s biker wet dream, he has to crawl right back into the closet. As heated as the relationship is, the secrets, the hiding, the violence, jealousy, and conservative attitudes in the town rub Zak in all the wrong ways. When pretending he doesn’t know what his man does becomes impossible, Zak needs to decide if life with an outlaw biker is really what he wants.

As club life and the love affair collide, all that’s left in Zak and Stitch’s life is mayhem.

POSSIBLE SPOILERS:

Themes: Outlaw Motorcycle Club, organized crime, homophobia, family issues, coming out, first gay relationship, tattoo, piercing

Genre: contemporary homoerotic dark romance

Length:  ~ 100,000 words

Contains adult content: explicit language, violence, and sex

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We have also decided to offer the XXX’d series as a box set. It contains all the erotic stories about Dan and Kyle we have published so far, and the good news is that it allows the buyer to save 40% of the price of buying them individually.

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Guns n’ Boys – coming on September 11th, 2014

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We keep having release-themed posts recently, but Guns n’ Boys will only be available in about three months. It’s a long story, focused on a single couple, that we started writing 7 years ago. Now, after a thorough re-edit, we are ready to unleash it on the world ;) The main characters, Domenico and Seth are involved in the mafia, though in very different ways. We didn’t want to shy away from imagery of violence, abuse, and blood, but there will also be lots of scorching hot sexual chemistry. The first season of the serial will consist of eight episodes, about 20.000 words each. Individual instalments will be released every two weeks. The journey of Seth and Domenico will be a long one, and while we will break a lot of standard romance rules, but we can promise a satisfying conclusion at he end of the road.

We are proud to present the blurb ;)

— Love is sour like a Sicilian lemon. —


The Family is always right. 
The Family doesn’t forget. 
The Family pays for blood in blood. 

Domenico Acerbi grew up in the shade of Sicilian lemon trees ready to give his life for the Family. Ready to follow orders and exceed expectations. A proud man of honor.
When Seth, the younger son of the Don is kidnapped, it’s Domenico who is sent to get him back. The man he finds though, is not the boy he knew all those years ago. Lazy, annoying, spoiled, and as hot as a Sicilian summer.

Seth Villani wants nothing to do with the mafia. Unfortunately, he doesn’t get a say when the Family pulls him right back into its fold after his mother’s death. Thrown into a den of serpents otherwise known as the Villani Family, Seth has to find a way to navigate in the maze of lies. But when Domenico Acerbi, the most vicious snake of them all, sinks his fangs into Seth, the venom changes into an aphrodisiac that courses through Seth’s veins. 

Domenico knows his life is about to change when he gets the order to train Seth up to the role of future Don. Seth isn’t made for it. He isn’t even made. But a man Domenico knows he would never have to fear might just be someone he’s always needed.

If Seth is doomed to follow in his father’s footsteps, he might as well enjoy himself—with the most intoxicating man he’s ever met. Maybe he can even fool himself into believing that Domenico isn’t a handsome sociopath who kills for a living. 

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Themes: Enemies to lovers, mafia, homophobia, assassin, organized crime

Genre: Homoerotic love story / crime thriller

Erotic content: Explicit gay sex, coercion

WARNING: Adult content. If you are easily offended, this book is not for you.
‘Guns n’ Boys’ is a gritty story of extreme violence, offensive language, abuse, and morally ambiguous protagonists. Behind the morbid facade, there is a splash of inappropriate dark humor, and a love story that will crawl under your skin.

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The Summer When It Snowed & Matt Power Lives!

Two new releases! :D An erotic ghost story set in an abandoned asylum and a fairy tale/fantasy novelette :)

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The year winter came back in the summer, Kirkor, the young son of a chieftain meets Alin, a man with eyes so blue they seem to melt the snow around him. That same night, Kirkor loses Alin to another man’s ruthless greed, but he is only a child, and no one believes his testimony. Years later, Kirkor is unjustly accused of plotting against the chieftain and banished from his home. Roaming through the forest, he finds shelter under a lone weeping willow. There is nothing extraordinary about the tree, but if so, why does its whisper seem so familiar?

Themes: Slavic, supernatural, pagan, dark ages, ancient, god, magic, witchcraft, myth, fairy, folklore, warrior, betrayal, shape-shifting

Genre: historical fantasy, fairytale

Erotic Content: m/m erotic scene

Length: ~14.000 words

Available on Allromance eBooks, Amazon, and Smashwords.

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—  Matt Powers lives to tell his story —

Matthew dreams of becoming a porn star. All he lacks is a proper porn name, but it becomes the least of his problems when his first professional shoot  gets interrupted by a series of freak accidents. With the crew desperate to get away, no one notices Matt’s absence, and he is left behind in an abandoned asylum in the woods, at the mercy of a spirit that has been bound to its cool walls for too long.

Genre: erotic horror

Themes:  mental hospital, ghosts, supernatural, conversion therapy, straitjacket, porn shoot, abandoned building

Erotic content: explicit m/m sexual scenes

Length:  ~8,100 words

Available on SmashwordsAllRomance eBooks, and Amazon.

New releases!

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Mr. Jaguar, the free novella written as part of the Love’s Landscapes event is now downloadable. The PDF version is available HERE, but for other formats, go to Allromance eBooks, Amazon, or Smashwords.

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We have also republished The Carnivorous Vegan with a new cover :)

Aiden is not only a vegan, but also into freeganism. Late at night, he often goes off to scavenge the bins of a local supermarket. Unfortunately, this is not his lucky night, and he falls prey to the worst predator of all–the store security guard. His crystal skull didn’t warn him about this! But was that a glimmer of attraction he saw in the guard’s eyes?

Available on Smashwords, Amazon, and Allromance eBooks.

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Coming soon as single releases are erotic horror Matt Powers Lives! and novelette The Summer When It Snowed.

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UK LGBTQ Fiction meet (and Bristol)

Bristol welcomed us with rain and cold, but our amazing airbnb place softened that blow.

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But even drenched, we managed to make use of the day and went to the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery. It’s relatively small but has an interesting collection of art and historical artifacts. And, of course, this amazing biplane in the main hall :)

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Thankfully, Wednesday was the only day it rained, and for the rest of our stay, the weather was perfect for sightseeing. We were walking everywhere, and this way, we got to see just how lovely the city is. Moving to Bristol is totally on the table now.

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We chose to visit Brunel’s SS Great Britain, and we loved it – so much inspiration right there! At the start of the tour, we went underneath the fake seawater (which was thick glass covered by a layer of water) to see the underside of the vessel – this is the place where its size is easiest to grasp. We then saw an exhibition about the history of the ship, only to board the ship itself. A visitor can choose between a variety of audio guides, some of which focus on first class passengers, others on technical details, etc. We were surprised at the cramped space in the cabins, even in first class, and the whole interior is designed to give the visitor a reasonably good picture of the life on board.  The attraction is reasonable price-wise, and so is the museum store. Definitely worth checking out :)

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We had to take an extra large suitcase to Bristol to accommodate our swag, but we’re very happy with it – took us three evenings to get it done, but it was lots of fun, especially that out friends agreed to help us :) The ‘sample box’ goes with our book from the UK met memory stick, which is Stung.

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The meet was just as amazing as the previous ones we attended. We’ll never stop being in awe of just how much work goes into organizing an event like that. People you meet are more important that the venue, but God, was this venue gorgeous :D On Saturday, we started reconnecting with people we know over coffee and cookies. It’s been great to talk to writers and readers who share similar interests. The numerous tea breaks allowed that, but I think we had the most fruitful discussion during the buffet of banter. We sat at the co-writing table but throughout the hour-long session, we switched topics. I didn’t think this particular subject would be interesting to readers, but in the end, we did have mixed company, and I think it served the discussion. High fives to everyone who participated :D

We loved the entertainment at the Saturday dinner, especially the Songbirds Choir Cardiff - we’re both very sensitive to music so the performance squeezed some wetness out of our eyes ;D Overall, the meet was a great opportunity to reconnect with old friends and meet new amazing people. We already miss everyone!

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Mr. Jaguar – a free contemporary novella :)

We’re happy to finally tell you about the project we’ve been working on for the Love’s Landscapes event :) We first planned to write a short story, but we fell in love with the characters, and Mr. Jaguar expanded to a total of 33.000 words. It’s now available on the pages of the Goodreads M/M Romance Group, and in a few days will be downloadable from the Don’t Read in the Closet website.

READ MR. JAGUAR

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— One day you’ll be pumping my gas —

Mike Miller’s life has gone to shit. The formerly popular high school quarterback now works at a gas station in the middle of nowhere. The last thing he needs is meeting the guy he used to bully at school and seeing him all sorts of polished up. James is now the proud owner of an amazing silver Jaguar and a self-made millionaire. It seems that the day couldn’t get any worse for Mike, but James ‘Lovelace’ Austin might just turn out to be his golden ticket out of the job he hates.

When James Austin meets Mike Miller, his high school crush and tormentor all in one, working at an old, dirty gas station, it feels as if the stars have finally aligned in his favor. He wants to finally get his revenge on the guy, but when Mike turns out to be gay, the whole afternoon takes a turn for the surreal. Instead of just humiliating Mike at his workplace, James decides to hire him for a weekend at a conference he’s attending. A hot guy by his side is the only accessory James needs to rub his success in the faces of his frenemies.

Only problem is, a gay Mike Miller might be too much of a blast from the past than James ever expected. If James wants his nerdy heart safe from the hunky jock, he needs to keep Mike at arms length. The task would be a lot easier if Mike wasn’t unashamedly hitting on James. Or is it just James’s money Mike is after?

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Themes: cinderfella, enemies to lovers, escort, bullying, jock/nerd, mechanic, millionaire, old flame, high school crush

Genre: contemporary m/m romance

Erotic content: explicit m/m sex scenes

Length: ~ 33.000 words

 

Easter eggies! :D (Psst, and freebie book!)

We decided to have some fun for Easter and made eggs with our book characters :) Having them in our heads is like having them live with us, so making these little guys was hilarious fun.

Behold! Erik and Copper from The Copper Horse, carting around Bylondon

Next up were Liam and Ryan from Special Needs, on a romantic date at a restaurant, where Liam surprises Ryan with a pizza! :) (Yes, Ryan is wearing his merman tail)

But then Liam broke up with Ryan and it was so sad, we had to eat Ryan soon after :(

So sad.

Psst! As a special Easter gift, we’re giving away An Onanist’s Journey to Reclaiming his Seed You can get it on Smashwords for free with the code UD89E until April 22nd :)

Have fun and Happy Easter! :))