Rainbow Snippets – 05.11.17

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Just sneaking this one in…

If you’re new to Rainbow Snippets, it’s a Facebook group where authors of LGBTQ fiction post a six-sentence snippet of a WIP, a published story, or a recommendation, every weekend. You can see all the snippets here.

Today…a little late for Halloween but…

The bizarreness of the circumstances didn’t really hit Aaron until they were almost at the diner. Here he was, on the way to drink coffee with some guy he’d accosted in the street. The fact that it was Halloween didn’t help matters much. They walked together in silence, respectable distance apart, listening to the tinny jingle of mechanical skeleton laughter and occasional pumping bass from the parade of houses and stores they passed. It was late enough that the younger trick or treaters were safely tucked up in bed and only the older contingent, fueled by alcohol rather than candy, roamed the streets.
When they were almost run down by a bewildering crowd comprised of sexy nurses, unimaginative toga wearers, surprisingly convincing zombies, and what appeared to be the Easter Bunny, Aaron chanced a look over at his companion. And found himself looking straight into those gray eyes again. He could feel the flush of heat in his own cheeks as clearly as he caught the blush on the stranger next to him before they swiftly looked back down at their feet.

If you’d like to hear Michael’s fantastic narration you can find it on Audible.

Or you can read it yourself here – AmazonPayhip

‘Tis the Season Audio Book

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The ‘Tis the Season audio book has just gone live!

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Monday Flash Fic – Cold

I don’t get the yearning to do Flash Fic often but this morning…well…I couldn’t help myself.

You can check out the other responses to the prompt over on Monday Flash Fic.

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“Aren’t you cold?”

“No.” He tipped his head back to look at me, his smile still crooked even upside down, and those eyes still impossibly blue, glinting like polished steel in the dappled light. “Maybe.”

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Too lazy to blog…

So, I made this when I was tired and full of cold. I thought about tidying it up—trying to be sensible and not looking like I’ve been dragged through a hedge backwards after not sleeping for a week, or maybe just brushing my hair—but then I thought…meh…might as well start as I mean to go on. I’m a rambling mess most of the time, no reason I should try to be someone I’m not. I will try to get a stand to stop that camera wiggle though for next time.

Anyway…

***The newsletter mentioned should be coming out at about 8pm (GMT+1) tonight. Keep your eyes peeled!

Rainbow Snippets – 02.09.17

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If you’re new to Rainbow Snippets, it’s a Facebook group where authors of LGBTQ fiction post a six-sentence snippet of a WIP, a published story, or a recommendation, every weekend. You can see all the snippets here.

This week’s snippet is from Longing for Shelter. A little Jacob, Caleb and Thaddeus for your weekend ♥

Jacob watched them, an empty, aching hole opening up inside him. He was perhaps the only one who truly knew the difference between the broken, lost Alpha who had settled in this small community all those years ago—alone and isolated from everyone—, and the man that sat in front of him now—a father, a husband, the man who had built this house and built a family from nothing. Jacob’s heart ached. “I can’t believe they would treat you that way. Especially after all these years.”
Caleb smiled. He rocked Thaddeus one more time then kissed his hair and set him down on the ground. The snuffling boy waddled over to Jacob and collapsed in his lap. Caleb watched Jacob pick Thaddeus up and cradle him against his chest, saying, “You’re a good hearted soul, Jacob, so you expect everyone to be the same. You shouldn’t take it personally. I know I won’t.”

Rainbow Snippets – 27.08.17

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This is just a quickie to say WHOOHOO!

If you’re new to Rainbow Snippets, it’s a Facebook group where authors of LGBTQ fiction post a six-sentence snippet of a WIP, a published story, or a recommendation, every weekend. You can see all the snippets here.

This week’s snippet is from Longing for Shelter OUT NOW…well, on Payhip anyway. Amazon and B&N coming soon.
In which Ephraim and Seth have a heart-to-heart as only two teenage boys can.

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“What about you? You sure talk like you’ve made someone’s bed bang the wall.”
“Not a bed.” Seth grimaced, especially when he saw Ephraim’s scandalized expression and felt the heat rising in his own cheeks. “I mean, I’ve had kisses and more than kisses, much more but—I haven’t—I mean I haven’t done—that. Other stuff. Just not…”
To his surprise, Ephraim simply nodded and said, “Good,” and added quietly, “Means you have something to offer your mate. When you find him.”
Seth nodded shyly, but then looked up, his head tilted. “What makes you think my mate would be a man?”
Ephraim laughed. “You’re not as subtle as you think, city boy.”

Cover Reveal – Longing for Shelter

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Coming Soon (no, really, for sure this time)

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Rainbow Snippets – 16.07.17

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I’ve been shockingly lax at doing these lately. But I made it today!

If you’re new to Rainbow Snippets, it’s a Facebook group where authors of LGBTQ fiction post a six-sentence snippet of a WIP, a published story, or a recommendation, every weekend. You can see all the snippets here.

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One Year Anniversary – Home Is Where You Are

5stars Today marks a year since my first novel was published. 5stars

It took a lot of encouragement from a lot of people to get me to push that publish button. I’ll be ever grateful to them and all the people who have supported me since.
To mark the occasion I’m giving away Home Is Where You Are on Instafreebie for the day.
You don’t have to sign up to anything, I just hope you enjoy the read. I’ll close the giveaway tonight before I go to bed. Enjoy!

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Rainbow Snippets – 23.04.17

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A little late to the party but at least I remembered this week.
If you’re new to Rainbow Snippets, it’s a Facebook group where authors of LGBTQ fiction post a six-sentence snippet of a WIP, a published story, or a recommendation, every weekend. You can see all the snippets here.

This week’s snippet is from Gazes Into You. And if you like it, you can find buy links over here.

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“Get in.” John opened his mouth to protest but Jason held up his finger. “I am in pain and I’m cranky—and I need you. Get in.”

John stood still for a moment. Jason could see the conflict playing out on his face. He was sure that John was going to refuse and insist on sleeping in the office. Instead, John slipped out of his jeans and slipped under the sheets. He looked so awkward getting into his own bed that Jason actually felt a little sorry for him, especially when John tried his best to lie down without touching Jason.

Autism Awareness Month 2017 – RJ Scott’s Blog Hop

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When I saw RJ had picked the theme of animals for this year’s Autism blog hop, my first thought was actually feeling a little sorry for you guys. Coz I when I hear animals, I think dogs. Because dogs are one of my special interests* Which means I figured I would end up blathering on about dogs to you for ages…and ages and ages and ages.

So in an effort not to bore y’all to death and for this blog post to not go on forever I was trying to think about how I could narrow it down. Which isn’t easy. But then I was thinking about when I went for a diagnostic meeting with a specialist about my ASD and I mentioned I had a dog and the doctor seemed almost relieved and very enthusiastic about it. I was telling her how I found it much easier to relate to dogs than people and she told me that wasn’t uncommon amongst people on the spectrum.

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Love Your Pet Day

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Today is the most glorious of days.

It’s Love Your Pet Day!

Like I need any excuse.

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Random Acts of Kindness Day

Photo by Jennifer Richardson. Via Unsplash.

Today is Random Acts of Kindness Day.

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Be My Valentine

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Happy Valentines Day! If you haven’t already seen it, I’ve written a short Valentines story over on RJ Scott’s blog as part of her Valentines Guest Post Thing (I believe that’s the technical term).

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My Reads – January ’17

Please bear in mind that I’m not a reviewer.
This is just a list of what I read and what I thought about it.
My personal opinions will undoubtedly differ from yours,
and they’re no reflection on the authors or their work, simply my own thoughts.
Links go to Amazon but books are available from multiple sources.
I try to buy direct from the publisher where I can.
Five Stars are given to those books that I wanted to start reading again the moment they ended.
Always happy to receive recommendations in the comments.

Mi Alma – Dale Cameron Lowry …one of the free reads I picked up at the Big Gay Fiction Giveaway. Short and sweet and sexy. Didn’t knock me out but there are some nice lines, warm backstory, likable characters and all well written. If you fancy a quickie, you won’t go wrong with this. 3.5

Half Broke: a Veterans Affairs Story – A.E. Wasp ….One of the free reads I picked up at the Big Gay Fiction Giveaway.
Upfront I’ll say that this is written in first-person-present, which I have a hard time reading, so my experience is probably influenced a little by that as I couldn’t immerse myself in the story. I liked this, though it didn’t wow me. It’s a quickie so there’s not much time to fall in love with the characters, especially as they had rich, interesting backstories and personalities that could easily have filled a full-length novel. The story itself is good. 3.5*

Rainbow Snippets – 05.02.17

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I know, I haven’t done one of these in an age, but here we go…
If you’re new to Rainbow Snippets, it’s a Facebook group where authors of LGBTQ fiction post a six-sentence snippet of a WIP, a published story, or a recommendation, every weekend. You can see all the snippets here.

This week’s snippet is from my current WIP which will be out soonish depending how the current round of major rewrites go : ) Cover reveal coming soon.

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“He’d been aware of the voice at first. There were some vague memories of a light shining in his eyes, someone asking him questions, then falling back into unconsciousness. But alongside that was a sense of someone being there, talking, not necessarily being able to hang on to the meaning of the words but the sound was a comfort.

Then there were flashes. Indistinct, blurred, and then clearer. A man sitting close to him, an old battered book in his hands, reading aloud into the unnaturally sterile air of the small room they then seemed to occupy. Sometimes, Jason would open his eyes and the man would be sleeping, bunched up in the too small chair, chin resting on his chest or lolling against his shoulder; still enough that Jason could let his eyes trace every line on his face, committing each detail to memory in the quiet of the afternoon or dark night, until his eyelids got so heavy they’d closed even though he fought to stay awake.”

My Reads – The rest of 2016

Please bear in mind that I’m not a reviewer.
This is just a list of what I read and what I thought about it.
My personal opinions will undoubtedly differ from yours,
and they’re no reflection on the authors or their work, simply my own thoughts.
Links go to Amazon but books are available from multiple sources.
I try to buy direct from the publisher where I can.
Five Stars are given to those books that I wanted to start reading again the moment they ended.
Always happy to receive recommendations in the comments.

Yeah, I suck.
And on two counts, too.

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Love Bytes Book of the Year Poll

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Holy Moly! Home Is Where You Are made it through to the 2016 Book of the Year Poll on Love Bytes Reviews. Which is amazing!

It was properly gobsmacking to make it through the weekly and monthly rounds, so to see Caleb and Jacob’s story up with all those other fantastic books at the end of the year is kinda crazy.

Obviously, if you would like to vote, that would be lovely. You can click Here, but mostly, I just wanted to say thank you.

Thank you to everyone who has bought, read and reviewed any of my books in 2016, thank you to everyone at Love Bytes who have been so supportive of my new venture, and thank you to everyone who voted for Home last year.

You guys are the best.

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The “All Romance Books” Situation

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If you haven’t already heard, All Romance Books is closing its doors as of 31st December 2016. Unfortunately, they appear to be scarpering out the back with authors’ and readers’ money. Authors are being offer 10¢ on the dollar for royalties from the last quarter, and nothing from the day before they emailed us about the closure, and readers credit is gone along with any money they’ve paid for pre-sales, plus the site keeps crashing so they can’t download the books they have bought and paid for. The whole thing stinks. Especially, as they’re still selling books for which the authors will receive no payment!

I had to admit to feeling so sad when I first heard about this, and I had a bit of a cry when I downloaded my sales reports this morning, but mostly I’m just steaming, fucking mad at this point even though I’ve gotten off lightly compare to some. I’m going to lose about $100, which isn’t a huge amount but, my god, I need it right now. Things could have been much, much worse. They say everything happens for a reason, and although I’ve been cussing my neck injury for making it hard to write and missing my deadline for Longing for Shelter, I think I would have been devastated if I had gone ahead and published in December.

Still, the issue going forward is primarily cleaning up this mess, and giving readers who don’t want to use Amazon a way of buying books.

So…

If you have bought any of my books from ARe and can’t download them in time, send me a screenshot of your bookshelf or the receipt from ARe and I’ll send you a replacement file.

If you don’t want to buy from Amazon, my first choice would be for you to buy from Payhip – here. You can use Paypal (credit card and Stripe, I think), they pay directly to me as soon as you’ve bought your book, and you can get PDF, Epub and Mobi files. If you want a different kind of file, just let me know and I’ll try to get that uploaded too, if it’s possible. You can also get 25% off if you share a tweet or something social media-ish. It may be that this distributor goes bad for some reason in the future but for now, these are my go-to-guys.
Lily Blunt has kindly made a list of authors who also use the service – here.

Amazon are still there (as somebody pointed out, if they go under then the world will be on fire so it won’t matter) and if you’d like to leave a review, that’s a really helpful place to leave one. ‘Tis the Season will stay on KU for now…I’m planning on doing a second edition, then putting it on Payhip. I’ll keep you posted about that.

Anyway…I hope this helps a bit. Let’s just hope that 2017 brings less of this and more fun! Lawd knows, we need some of that x

Big Gay Fiction Giveaway 2016

How would you like to read novels, novellas, shorts and samples from over 80 authors for free?

Well, you can do just that this week with the Big Gay Fiction Giveaway.

Running until the 27th November, the giveaway has something for everyone — sports, shifters, crime, menage, family, comedy, historical…you name it. Clicking on the book (or books…I may have clicked quite a few already) will take you to Instafreebie, where all you do is sign up to the author’s newsletter, pick which format you’d like and the free book will be delivered to you.

It’s a brilliant way to discover new authors, and nab some stories that you might already have your eye on. Stocking up for the winter months ahead is always a good idea. Plus, they’re free so it’s the perfect opportunity!

You can peruse the books here – www.michaeljensen.com/free-books/

I’m offering Home Is Where You Are if you don’t already have it.

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Happy shopping!

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