Sunday, November 2, 2014

Print Editions

In the age of e readers, I know that not everyone has one or has the desire to get one. I prefer print myself, but I do on occasion choose to read books on my Kindle. This post is basically a reminder to readers out there that I do have some works available in print.

All books currently in print are available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and The Book Depository.

Blurb: Bestselling novella combo: Beyond Friends, Under the Boss, and Apples to Oranges.

Blurb: A collection of seven hot and sexy man-on-man stories by author Xondra Day. - My Gay Zombie - The Best Gift - Just Upstairs - Cutter - Kissing Michael - Summer Surprise - Trick All stories are available separately in Ebook format.

Blurb: Twice in a lifetime? 

Craig isn't one for having friends. In fact, he's content being a loner until he meets new guy, Jason one summer's day. Jason is everything Craig isn't. Jason is handsome, athletic, and charismatic. But Jason also harbors a deep secret. Soon they form a fast friendship that changes into something much more. 

After an impromptu trip to visit Jason's estranged gay brother, Craig reveals Jason's dark secret and Jason vows to never see Craig again before he sends him away. Years pass and Craig moves on with his life. After a couple of bad relationships, he's done with dating and finding Mr. Right. 

But when an older and more mature Jason steps back into his life looking to hookup again, he can't help but wonder if there's still a spark waiting to be relit between them.

Blurb: Best friends make the best lovers? Indeed they do. 

There’s nothing more exciting than discovering that the person you already share everything with is the one you want sharing your bed. Join us for ten tales of sexy and decadent discoveries as these gloriously hot men find all the love, lust and orgasmic delight they could ever want—closer than they expected. 

10 Author Anthology: Squeezable by Penelope Rivers A Little Bendy by Erin M. Leaf Being Stupid by Sean Michael Quench by Xondra Day Coming Home by K. Williams Between Marriage and an Octopus by Rebecca Brochu Getting Wade by Shawn Lane Gypsy Psychics Can't Be Wrong by Giselle Renarde Jay's Addiction by Chrissie Lee Diamond: The Men of Rock Candy by Alex Bowman

Blurb: Print Combo(MMF)! Contains Eden's Garden and The Last Temptation of Eve.

Blurb: Print Combo(MMF)! Contains Menage on the Prairie and Our Dirty Little Secret.

Note: I'm hoping to see the Executive Assistant: Manlove Edition antho in print soon along with a soon to be self-published historical m/m that I am still working on. Also, the next installment in my Opposites series with Siren Publishing has been accepted for publication and will be out January 1, 2015. You can read about Ben's story then. 


Friday, September 26, 2014

Sweet Honesty(Opposites 2) Excerpt

Sweet Honesty which is the second installment in my Opposites series for Siren Publishing is now up on their site for pre-order. For those who read the first book this is Craig's story. I'm posting the story excerpt and blurb here, but for the adult except you can click the order link. Warning: Most likely not work safe as it's rather spicy! Enjoy!

Blurb: [Siren Classic ManLove: Erotic Alternative May-December Romance, M/M, HEA]

They hit it off from the start. As the chemistry between them starts to sizzle, they both realize they share common life goals even though in many ways they're opposites. 

When sudden tragedy strikes. Craig is forced to face his past. From tragedy comes a chance to do the very thing he's always wanted. When offered the family bakery business, Craig jumps at the opportunity and comes to the conclusion that all things are possible with lots of hard work, even if he is unsure about certain things. He turns to Glenn, who has a great head for business. Glenn becomes his rock. The future's looking bright. All things are possible with lots of hard work and the right man at his side.

Story Excerpt: “I’ve been thinking about you,” Glenn said.

“Have you?” Craig walked slowly along as they made their way across the vast expanse of Terrence’s property. The place really was beautiful. It was paradise in a swanky part of the city. Of course Terrence could afford it and more if he wanted it. It was a privilege that came along with immense wealth. “I haven’t had much time to think about anything. Heading back home is going to be a struggle. I have mixed feelings about it. I know facing the past isn’t going to be easy even with Dad no longer in the picture.” He felt bad that his dad had died. After all the crap that man had put him through, he was still Craig’s father. Like it or not, that did stand for something. Without that man, he wouldn’t be here. He wouldn’t have been born, plain and simple.

“I can’t imagine how it will be for you. You seem like you’re a strong person. I don’t know you that well. This is our third time meeting?”

“I think so.”

“This isn’t the right time to make a move on you. I’d never be that tacky. What I’m trying and wanting to say is that when you get back, I’d like to see you again. I want us to get to know each other better. That’s if you’re interested?”

“I’d like that.” Glenn was a nice guy. They did come from highly different backgrounds. One thing he didn’t want was to jump in bed with him right away. Not that Glenn wasn’t attractive, he was. For possibly the first time in his young life he wanted more than just a fling between the sheets. Something inside him had started to change. Maybe it was because he had witnessed what real love between two men was like seeing Danny and Terrence together? They’d made their relationship work despite the hardships between them. They didn’t allow anything or anybody to bring them down. He held the highest respect for both of them. “But I’m not sure how long I’ll be gone.” There were also things she had to take care of before leaving the city. Danny would look in on his apartment. He had a few plants that would require watering. That wasn’t a big deal. He’d have to take leave from work. He wasn’t sure how that would sit with his boss. If it came down to it, there were other places to work. Lots of places were hiring dancers.

“I’ll be here when you get back. Feel free to call or text me anytime. I’m a good listener.”

Craig couldn’t remember ever meeting a man like Glenn before. All of the guys that he’d been involved with one way or another in the past had been young and immature. Glenn wasn’t either. He wasn’t old. He guessed Glenn to be nearing forty give or take a few years. This man had direction in his life. And though they’d never spoken about finances, he had already guessed that Glenn also had a lot of money. “That’s good. I’ll do that when I get a chance. I’m leaving tomorrow. I want to attend the funeral. It will be awkward as hell, but I feel it’s the right thing to do. I’m pushing myself to go through with it.”

“At times we all have to do that. It isn’t easy doing things that we don’t like, but it can be good for the soul.”

This man was deep. Craig mulled over what Glenn had said. He agreed with him. Like it or not, some things had to be done. “I’m glad we met. You’re not like the guys I’ve had in my life.”

Glenn smiled warmly. They continued walking. “How so?”

“You’re mature.”

“As in old?” Glenn raised one brow as they came to a wooden bench. He motioned for them to sit.

“No, that’s totally not what I meant. Talking to you is different. So many times I feel like I’m alone in the world. Sure, I’ve talked with guys before, but it’s like they aren’t listening or interested in anything I have to say. You probably think I’m not making a lick of sense.”

“You make perfect sense. Maturity comes with experience, I like to think. I’ve lived a full life so far. I haven’t much to complain about. At times things have been extremely difficult, but you have to trudge on. Giving up was and still is never an option.”

“Sound words to live by.” Chatting with Glenn made him feel better. When he felt Glenn touch his thigh, he couldn’t help but return a wide grin at the man who was now staring directly at him. They kissed. It was unlike any kiss Craig had before. It was gentle and sweet. It left him feeling incredibly warm. This moment was one to remember. He’d never forget it.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

My Adventure in Self-publishing

A couple years ago my journey into self-publishing started with a novella  that I wrote that was a little outside the box. I submitted it to a couple of publishers. One rejected it on content, and the other wanted a major rewrite that would have taken the whole purpose of the story away. I sat on it for a while wondering what to do with it. After much thinking I thought about self-publishing it.

At first I think I went into it with blinders on. Many authors of m/m and erotic romance had already done quite well publishing their own work. There was a certain allure about it that drew me in. I think it was the control. I would decide on the cover, work with my husband with the edits and formatting, and release it when I felt it was ready to be placed out there. It was an experiment.

My husband helped me a lot. He's brutal when it comes to giving me honest feedback with my writing. He's computer savvy and formatting came pretty easily for him. I did seek out a cover artist who did a great job. She took my suggestions and it really was exactly what I wanted.

When everything was done, I uploaded the book to various sales sites. Sales were decent, but nothing that I would go around bragging about. This was a couple years ago and sales have trickled since then. It's selling, but not hitting the bestseller charts.

After that I published another novella that again was a little bit outside the box. I also published a couple of short stories. Surprisingly, it was the short stories that sold really well. I expected my longer work to sell better than the short stuff. Go figure!

The last thing I self-published was a collection of my short stories that initially I was only going to put into print to use for promo purposes such as giveaways. That also led to an e edition. All of those stories were already available for individual sale.

Did self-publishing meet my expectations? Yes and no. I honestly expected to do better. Do I blame self-publishing? No. My work seems to be hit or miss with readers. Some really like it while others really hate it. Everything I have written can be found on Amazon, All Romance, Barnes & Noble, and Bookstrand(Shameless Plug).

Do I have advice for anyone wanting to self-publish? Yes. But don't release your work until you're sure it's absolutely ready. Don't rush it. It's better to put out a quality product first rather than suffer terrible reviews telling you on how you should have got an editor. And get a decent cover. It really is worth paying a talented artist to do it for you unless you are good at it yourself like some are. This is the first thing readers will see when they come across your book. First impressions matter.

Will I self-publish again? Yes. I plan on self-publishing more short stories along with some other works that are longer including a MMF menage. Overall, I enjoy the process.


Sunday, July 27, 2014

Coming Soon: Sweet Honesty(Opposites 2)

I am pleased to announce that the second installment in my Opposites series with Siren Publishing will be released in early October. For those who read When You Least Expect It, this will be Craig's story. Craig was introduced as Danny's best friend. Sweet Honesty is set mostly in the small town where Craig grew up. An unexpected tragedy draws him back to his roots and that's all I am going to say about that *smiles*

If you haven't checked out the first novella in the series, it's available on Amazon, Bookstrand, and Barnes and Noble. 

When You Least Expect It blurb:  [Siren Allure ManLove: Erotic Alternative Romance, M/M, foot fetish, HEA]
Danny Lyon has never had much luck at romance. After a failed relationship drives him from his hometown, he finds his way into the city only to discover that life doesn't often turn out how you'd like.
Working at a strip club, The Treasure Chest certainly isn't his dream job, but it pays well. Everything is going along fine until he meets Terrence LeBrec, an older man who shows up one night out of the blue. Terrence is rich, laid back, and as the chemistry between them erupts, it also surprises Danny that he's attracted to a man who otherwise isn't his type.
Terrence only went to The Treasure Chest to pass away time. He never expected to meet anyone, but when Danny takes the stage, he's totally taken with the young man who he knows nothing about. He has to meet him. There's something definitely between them. Terrence can't deny it. They have a connection that he can't let go. One hookup leads him to want more.
It doesn't take a lot of time for Danny to realize how different their lives really are. Why would a guy like Terrence who has everything going for him be interested in a guy like him? It doesn't make sense. They come from different worlds—perhaps too different.
Will what brought them together tear them apart? They're opposites in every way possible. Will love conquer all?


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Series Highlight: Lust at First Sight Plus a Giveaway!

The Idea: I love reading about first time meeting between hot guys in m/m. I love that initial attraction they have when they first see and interact with each other. I think it's sexy and hot to be brutally honest. So when brainstorming one day, I thought about writing a series of shots about just that! Each installment is completely standalone. Each chronicles a couples first meeting and what comes after. You can use your imagination there! So far there are three short stories with more to come. This isn't instalove either. Not that I mind instalove. I think in the right story with right characters it works. This is lust first and foremost. The love comes later. 

Two people will win a copy of Nick & Matchim(Lust at First Sight 3). All you need to do is leave a comment with your email address so I can contact you. 

Check out the blurbs below for each. The series is available from Evernight Publishing, Amazon, Bookstrand, All Romance, and Barnes and Noble.

Sean & Toby: 

First time meetings can lead to many things, but when you meet the one guy you're automatically attracted to—the chemistry sizzles. Strangers or not, it doesn't matter. It's lust at first sight and anything's game...

Sean's mundane job at a call center leads him to make some changes in his routine life. Getting fit is one of his goals and after joining a local gym, he meets cute and twinky Toby.

Toby nearly knocks the breath out of Sean with not only his cute looks, but also his wit and charm. Their attraction to each other is instant and Sean can't stop thinking about Toby and his perfect butt. 

Things quickly heat up between them, but Toby isn't who Sean thought he was. Looks can be very deceiving. There's another side to Toby's personality. Sean's definitely met his match!

Tyler & Marco: 

First time meetings can lead to many things, but when you meet the one guy you're automatically attracted to—the chemistry sizzles. Strangers or not, it doesn't matter. It's lust at first sight and anything's game...

Shy and socially awkward Tyler has been watching the construction site across from his house secretly lusting for the hot guys that work there, but when he finally comes face to face with the hot and sexy Italian, Marco, it's lust at first sight! Marco is everything Tyler has ever dreamed of in a man, and his complete opposite in every way possible.

Marco's life is all about hard work. From the moment he left home just after high school, he'd forged his own way in the world without ever knowing real love. But when he meets the cute guy who lives across the street from his work, he instantly feels something sizzling between them. But Marco isn't out and not sure if he's ready to tell the world he's gay, or even his own family.

Both guys yearn for something more in life and after a couple rounds of hot sex, and another chance meeting, they come to see that possibly there is something more between them than just lust.

Nick & Matchim:

First time meetings can lead to many things, but when you meet the one guy you're automatically attracted to—the chemistry sizzles. Strangers or not, it doesn't matter. It's lust at first sight and anything's game...

Stuck in a world full of cannibalistic corpses after a mysterious flu-like virus kills off the majority of the world's population, Nick Sparrow has learned to survive in a world where the dead outnumber the living.

Matchim Chase has been surviving on his own for the past couple of weeks. When he's suddenly surrounded by a horde of zombies, he's thankful to have a handsome stranger come to his rescue.

Holed up together in a motel room and subsequently in an abandoned house, the connection they form is instant. They find what they need in each other. In a world torn apart they come together sharing their pasts and hopes for the future. Living in the moment is all they have because tomorrow might never come.


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

What do you like in a romance?

Sitting at my computer today, I was thinking about plot-lines for future stories. I write pretty much everything(MM,MMM,MFM,MMF,MF). Like everyone, I have my likes and dislikes though which I have outlined below:

-Weak females/men. I really dislike female/male characters who only have one purpose in life which is to please their man.
-Alpha Assholes: To me there is a fine line between alpha and asshole. So many books cross that line into an area that makes me wonder why these women/men fall for these guys who treat them like crap. What is that all about?
-Great dialogue. If it's funny and witty, I love it. Flat and unrealistic is a turn off for me. 
-An author writing about something they know nothing about. It really does show at times.
-Strong independent woman/men.
-Good sex scenes. I admire any author that can write a sex scene that takes me into the story.
-Great dialogue. If it's funny and witty, I love it. Flat and unrealistic is a turn off for me. 
-Original plots. 

So, what are your likes and dislikes? What's hot for you as a reader? What's the current trends in romance? I admit to being bad for now keeping up with the what's what. I'm interested in knowing what you think. 


Sunday, June 22, 2014

Executive Assistant: Manlove Edition Giveaway

To celebrate the release of my story, Business or Pleasure in this great anthology, I'm giving away two e copies! All you need to do to enter is leave your email address in a comment. Also reviews are much appreciated. Thanks and good luck. The contest ends in one week.

Blurb: Unleash your naughty side with Evernight’s Executive Assistant: Manlove Edition anthology… 

These sizzling hot stories dare to explore the taboo world of office romance. From X-rated job interviews, controlling Doms, to the unprofessional use of office furniture—these seven stories have it all. 
Our bestselling authors are determined to make you squirm. You may never see the office the same way again!
Note: The anthology is one sale at Amazon, All Romance, Barnes & Noble, and Bookstrand for anyone who wants to purchase it.