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!

Free Copy Here!homecoverfullrealsize

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

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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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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!

‘Tis the Season – Kindle Unlimited

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‘Tis the Season is now available on Kindle Unlimited.

Also, I’ve had some really nice blog reviews!

Bike Book Reviews 4stars “This book is a beautiful story of recovery and rediscovery…”

Books Laid Bare Boys 5stars “What a wonderful, heartwarming story of two men who need hope for a better future…”

Open Skye Book Reviews 4stars “Wow, this is NOT what I was expecting!…”

Alpha Book Club 4stars ” There is so much angst and push and pull, I wasn’t sure if these two would make it…”

Sexy Erotic Xciting 5stars‘Tis the Season brought a smile and a tear and the knowledge that good things are around the corner when we open ourselves to the holiday spirit…”

Rainbow Snippets – 22.10.16

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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 ‘Tis the Season which is finally out! You can find the blurb and buy links here.

Something a little risque. Except Aaron’s out of practice.

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When he turned finally, George was just staring, his lips parted and wet. Aaron instinctively drew his arms up to cover his chest, even though he was still wearing a t-shirt—he wasn’t brave enough to face him in just his boxers. He knew he wasn’t much to look at anymore. Not that he’d ever been much of a gym bunny but the last twelve months had seen him lapse to not much more than a couch potato.

Aaron cleared his throat to apologize, to tell George that they didn’t have to go through with it, maybe it was a mistake after all, but George took a step forward, coming so close, Aaron could feel breath on his cheek when George asked, “Can I kiss you? I—I really want to kiss you.”

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Rainbow Snippets – 08.10.16

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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.

Here we go! A new thing! I’m so nervous!
Aaron’s suddenly realizing that he might have overstepped his boundaries.

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“I understand if you don’t want to stay.”

The guy’s face fell. “Do—do you want me to go?”

“No! No, I didn’t mean…” Aaron hung his head and slumped down onto the couch, clutching the bottle in front of him like it could shield him from more embarrassment. “I didn’t ask you back here for—It’s just that…”

Slowly, the guy moved forward and sat down next to him. Not so close that they were touching but close enough. “If I thought for one minute that was the only reason you asked me to stay, I would have said no.” Aaron felt like the weight of disappointment that came with those words might crush him, until the guy added gently, “But I kinda hoped it might be part of the reason.”

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Out in a couple of weeks! x

Birthday Presents!!

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Win Signed Copies and Other Things because I’m a year older!!

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