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May 9th, 2013 at 2:36 am

 

Hi Everyone,

 

I'm not updating here anymore. Until I find a way to get the posts from my new blog to copy across to here, come say hi on the new blog, or on twitter!

New Blog

Twitter

 

*Hugs*

 

Kim Dare

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Blog and Twitter

March 27th, 2013 at 10:31 am

 

Hi everyone,

I'm on my way back to blogger. This one is driving me slowly around the twist. I'm forever missing comments and what not. So you can find the new posts over here: http://kimdare.blogspot.co.uk/ 

As and when I get feeds sorted, the posts from there should be copied over here, hopefully, maybe... If I do it right, lol.

I've also just set up a twitter account. Kim Dare was taken so I'm Kim Dare Author. Come say hi! And see the picture I'm writing a story about https://mobile.twitter.com/KimDareAuthor

*Hugs*

Kim

 

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Temporary Mark - Available Now!

March 25th, 2013 at 12:46 pm

Hi everyone,

It's taken me about four years, but the third book in the collared series is out now with Total-e-bound!

If you've read Bi Now, Gay Later, you might remember Mr Nolan. This is his story.

Click on the pic to find out more.

 

*Hugs* and thanks again to everyone for their support.

Kim

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Not sure what to call this post...

March 13th, 2013 at 6:04 am
 
Hi everyone,
 
I've been thinking about this blog post for a little while now, and I'm still not sure how to put things. Here goes anyway...
 
If you've been following this blog for a while, you might know that health-wise things aren't always so great for me. (I have ME / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome / Fibromyalgia.)
 
Every year around this time, I tend to stumble upon something that I think is going to make a huge difference and make me feel a lot better. It's almost a springtime tradition now.
 
Over the past few years I've convinced myself that different medications, lifestyle changes and routines will help. Sometimes they do help for a little while, possibly partly down to some sort of placebo effect - I get so desperate to believe something will help, I manage to kid myself into thinking it has - right up to the point where it all comes crashing down around my ears.
 
This year, things are a bit different. The side effects of the increasingly complex cocktail of medicines I've been taking to try to control my symptoms have become too much. My ability to deal with the day to day realities of publishing is at rock bottom and, while I love writing as much as ever, the energy just isn't there.
 
The last four or five months have been tricky for me when it comes to working with so many different publishers/editors/proof-readers etc. This isn't because they aren't all lovely, they are, but each editor and publisher has a different personal style and house style, and this affects everything from the kind of grammar they favour, right up to if they think the entire emotional arch in a story sucks.
 
As the brain-fog side of my condition has increased, I’ve become less capable of remembering which publisher/editor likes things done what way. At the same time, as the levels of medication have increased, I’ve become less confident in my own judgement regarding what makes a story successful on an emotional level.
 
Last month, it all came to a head and I ended up coming off all my medications in pretty quick succession (not recommended). It was the only way I felt I’d be able to put out stories that I had any faith in. While there are downsides, I think it has helped me to see some things a bit more clearly—both inside and outside individual stories.  
 
For a long time I've been saying that I need to move away from deadlines and decrease the number of projects I'm working on (but then someone asks me to do something, and I feel guilty about saying no, so I give in). But it's no longer a choice. If I want to keep writing (which I do!), I have to change things now.
 
So, publishing wise— over the last week I've bitten the bullet and contacted some of my publishers to withdraw quite a few of the books I’d had scheduled with them for release later this year. There are a few left pencilled in here and there—generally the shorter and least stressful to work on stories.
 
Which brings me on to the other half of the equation—Writing wise— there have been some difficult facts to face too.
 
Since the end of 2007, when I started writing seriously, I've written at least 1000 words a day, every day. It was my safety blanket. It was the one thing my lack of health couldn't take away from me. No matter what else I couldn't do - I always managed to do those words.
 
About two weeks ago, I admitted defeat and accepted that there are days when I can't do that anymore. I'll be honest— this scares the hell out of me. Accepting that I'm not well enough to write one day, opens the door to facing the same fact tomorrow, and the day after, and the day after.
 
Anyway…
 
Moving forward from here, I am going to keep writing— but I won't be able to put out the same number of words or stories that I have over the last few years. So, you might not see as many stories from me as I’d hoped you would, but there will be stories—even if I need to change the way I release them.
 
And, because this has been a pretty miserable post and it’s nicer to end on a high – Temporary Mark is now available for pre-order from Total-e-bound. (Yay!) Click on the pic to visit the TEB site.
 
 
 
*Hugs*
 
Kim.
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March Already!

March 2nd, 2013 at 7:06 am
 
 
Hi Everyone!
 
Just a quick note for today, because I'm not quite up to the mark. (More on that topic when I can.)
 
This month, Temporary Mark will be coming out on pre-order (meaning you'll be able to buy it from the TEB website at a discount, and recieve it when it comes out on pre-release) and then on pre-release (meaning you'll be able to buy it at a lesser discount, and read it immediatly from the the TEB website) with Total-e-bound.
 
In the last month, I've submitted two other projects.
 
Better Than Sex is a Kinky Quickie coming out in May with Amber Allure.
 
The other one is still a secret. More on that when I can share.
 
The project I'm about to start work on is a series of extensions and re-writes on a previously completed series. This one should be... interesting. Not entirely sure if I'm looking forward to it or dreading it. Guess what? More on that when I can share too, lol.
 
Hope everyone has a great March!
 
*Hugs*
 
Kim.

 

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Giveaway Results

February 18th, 2013 at 3:20 pm

 

Hello :)

 

Huge thanks to everyone who joined my on my recent blog tour and on the various guest posts I've had going on.

 

The results for the giveaway are in! There are two winners. Each can choose three of my back list or coming soon titles. The only title that can't be picked is Once a Brat.

 

The winners are.........

 

Trix (with her comment on Coffee and Porn in the morning)

and

Emily (with her comment on Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews)

 

There's also a winner on A.B Gayle's blog - which she'll be releasing on the 19th February (sorry I couldn't reply to posts here - the blog just really doesn't seem to like me).

 

And keep your eye on M A Church's blog, she'll be announcing the winner there soon too.

 

I'm going to be away from the internet from 20th to 27th, so if you've won any of these giveaways and you get back to me tomorrow (UK time) I can send your choices through to you then. If you want to think about it for a while, just get back to me whenever you're ready - any choices that come through when I'm away, I'll send them through when I'm back online.

 

And that it for today I think. Have a wonderful week everyone!

 

*Hugs*

 

Kim.

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Bare Bum Bay!

February 12th, 2013 at 2:46 am

 

Hello everyone :)

 

You may or may not be following the Once a Brat tour, but I now bring another chance to discover more about a different book.

 

This time I'm talking about Vanilla Licks and the Sun, Sea and Submission series. I'm at the lovely M. A. Church's blog with a post and a give away.

 

Click on the pic to go and check it out...

 

 

Have a great Tuesday all,

 

*Hugs*

 

Kim

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The Once a Brat Blog Tour!

February 11th, 2013 at 10:58 am

 

 

I can't remember the last time I blogged this often. But, if you are so inclined you can read posts by me every day this week - or sometimes even twice in the same day!

My first ever solo blog tour is happen as we speak. It was organised by the lovely people at Riptide.

So, if you have a few free minutes, drop by on any of the posts through the week, and you'll be entered into a giveaway of backlist or coming soon titles. The more posts you comment on the more chances you'll have to win!

There's an interview, an exclusive excerpt and lots of info and background about how this story came into being.

If you're inclined to spread the word about the blog tour, you're welcome to post either the banner or the pic below :)

 

 

Stops for this tour:

February 11, 2013 - A.B. Gayle
 
February 11, 2013 - Joyfully Jay
 
February 12, 2013 - Cup O' Porn
 
February 13, 2013 - Scorching Book Reviews
 
February 13, 2013 - The Jeep Diva
 
February 14, 2013 - The Armchair Reader
 
February 15, 2013 - Mrs. Condit & Friends Read Books

 

 

Hope you're all having a great week.

For the first time in a long while I did all the writing and editing on my to do list last week. I'm aiming to make it two weeks in a row now - wish me luck!

 

*Hugs*

Kim.

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Once a Brat - Get it now!

February 9th, 2013 at 5:27 am

 

Hello again everyone,

Once a Brat is now available from Riptide Publishing.

It's MM, BDSM, Erotic Romance.

If you read the "I Blame Bret" stories, you may be interested to know that this is the story of how Bret and Marcus met. If you haven't read those titles, that's okay too. It can work as a stand alone.

Click on the pic to find out more about it.

 

 

*Hugs*

 

Kim Dare.

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Vanilla Licks - Early Release

February 6th, 2013 at 3:25 pm

 

Hi everyone!

 

Resplendence has just released Vanilla Licks - one week early.

 

Click on the cover to go to the Resplendence website, find out more, read an excerpt or buy the book.

 

It's a bit longer than the others in the Sun, Sea and Submission series, weighing in at about 28,000 words.

 

 

I will be back later in the week with more release news!

 

*Hugs*

 

Kim Dare

 

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February

February 1st, 2013 at 5:15 am
 
Hello all :)
 
December and January haven't been the best months for me health-wise, work-wise or stree-wise, so I'm really glad that February is here. This year can only get better from here on in!
 
There are two books due to come out this month.
 
If you are so inclined, you can pre-order Once a Brat here. You'll be entered into a Riptide giveaway if you buy it before it is actually on pre-release on their website. Pre-release is, I believe, from Friday 8th of February.
 
There will also be a week long blog tour for Once a Brat starting on the day it goes on general release - which will be Monday 11th of February. More to come on that once the details are finalised, but if you do follow and comment, there's a chance to win backlist or forthcoming titles.
 
Vanilla Licks now has its own page and blurb here.
 
There's a guest blog post about Vanilla Licks and the whole Sun, Sea and Submission series due to come out around the middle of the month. Yep, there'll be more details on that once it's finalised too.
 
This month I'll be submitting two projects - a short-ish one to Amber Allure - which will be the start of a new series there. The second one is a secret project. Guess what - details coming when it's finalised, lol. There may be a third one going off in March as well, but I can't give out details of that either!
 
Sometimes publishers don't make it easy to blog, lol.
 
What else should I be remembering to say to you?
 
Nothing comes to mind. But I will give a shout out to Secret Service - it was one of my earliest book releases and it officially turns four this month.
 
 
 
 
And that's it.
 
Check back when you can. It's going to be a busy month. You might find something exciting happening :)
 
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2013

January 24th, 2013 at 2:51 am
Hi Everyone :)
 
I had such big plans for blogging this year. I intended to post at least once a week and at the start of the year I had a big announcement post all ready to go, with every book I'll be releasing this year all nicely laid out.
 
Then publishing happened. Don't get me wrong, I love writing, and I'm incredibly greatful to be published, but sometimes working with a couple of different publishers, each of whom has their own way of doing things, their own time scales, their own editorial procedures and everything else can be a bit like tap dancing on quick sand. Just when I think I've got it nailed, I start to sink, lol.
 
My oh so finalised publishing schedule has gone through some huge re-writes since I first drew it up. There are still gaps there, waiting to be filled when I have permission to talk about different projects. But I've been putting off my post about this year until "tomorrow" for twenty four days in a row. (Update: Things have changed again, lol, so I've given up and cut the schedule down to what's coming out in the next three months. Only February - April are listed there now, but I promise I do have other things coming out during the rest of the year!)
 
I do at least have two projects I can tell you all about though.
 
Once a Brat isn't just coming soon, it's actually already available on pre-order! Click on my fantabulous new cover art to find out more.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I also have fantabous new cover art for Temporary Mark. Look out for pre-order links to that at some point in the near-ish future :) In the meantime, click to find out more.
 
 
 
 
 
 
There's one other project due to be released in the first four months of the year. This one won't be on pre-order anywhere, but since it's coming out in February, you won't have long to wait. Please don't click, there are still a few things to be finalised, so there's no link.
 
 
 
 
 
 
The only other thing I have to share is - try to check back soon. Hopefully I'll have permission to talk about another project very soon :)
 
In the meantime, if you're so inclined, you can see what I have pencilled in where by looking here.
 
Wishing you all a fantastic 2013.
 
*Hugs*
 
Kim.
 
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2013,

January 24th, 2013 at 2:51 am
Hi Everyone :)
 
I had such big plans for blogging this year. I intended to post at least once a week and at the start of the year I had a big announcement post all ready to go, with every book I'll be releasing this year all nicely laid out.
 
Then publishing happened. Don't get me wrong, I love writing, and I'm incredibly greatful to be published, but sometimes working with a couple of different publishers, each of whom has their own way of doing things, their own time scales, their own editorial procedures and everything else can be a bit like tap dancing on quick sand. Just when I think I've got it nailed, I start to sink, lol.
 
My oh so finalised publishing schedule has gone through some huge re-writes since I first drew it up. There are still gaps there, waiting to be filled when I have permission to talk about different projects. But I've been putting off my post about this year until "tomorrow" for twenty four days in a row.
 
I do at least have two projects I can tell you all about.
 
Once a Brat isn't just coming soon, it's actually already available on pre-order! Click on my fantabulous new cover art to find out more.
 
 
 
 
I also have fantabous new cover art for Temporary Mark. Look out for pre-order links to that at some point in the near-ish future :) In the meantime, click to find out more.
 
 
 
There's one other project due to be released in the first four months of the year. This one won't be on pre-order anywhere, but since it's coming out in February, you won't have long to wait. Please don't click, there are still a few things to be finalised, so there's no link.
 
 
 
The only other thing I have to share is - try to check back soon. Hopefully I'll have permission to talk about another project very soon :)
 
Wishing you all a fantastic 2013
 
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Merrry Everything!

December 24th, 2012 at 4:52 am
 
 
 
Hello everyone :)
 
Just a quick note to say that I hope everyone who celebrates anything has a good one.
 
And, in the spirit of sharing...
 
 
 
On the twelfth day of Christmas I hope that you'll recieve…
 
Twelve doms commanding,
 
Eleven subs a’ serving,
 
Ten lovers kissing,
 
Nine spanks a’ falling,
 
Eight hands caressing,
 
Seven sadists whipping,
 
Six ropes for binding,
 
Five ménages,
 
Four bondage cuffs,
 
Three leather masks,
 
Two nipple clamps,
 
And a collar to show that he loved me!
 
 
 
(Sorry, I blame festive insomnia, lol.)
 
*Hugs, cwtches and loves everyone*
 
Kim Dare
 
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In 2012 I read...

December 18th, 2012 at 2:32 am
Hi everyone,
 
For a long time after I started writing seriously I found that I didn't take any time out to read anything other than the stories I wrote. When I did pick up a book, it was almost always one I'd read before - a trusted old friend.
 
This year, one of my new years resolutions was to read at least 12 "new to me" books. Since I think I've started my last book for the year, I thought I'd share a bit about the books.
 
Three were true stories...
 
           
 
These were all a bit dry for me - probably because I'm not used to true story books. I learned something from each of them, but none of them made it onto a keeper shelf.

The second category will all have a forever place on my shelves. I've been catching up on my Terry Pratchett books.

              

My favourite was Nation - amazing young adult book, thoroughly recommended.

Since forever, there have been two Jane Austen books left on my to read list that I'd never got around to reading.

    

Emma was my favourite. Mr Knightly makes Mr Darcy look like a drama queen :) I also decided that it was about time for me to get to grips with another kind of classic.

                
 


My favourite was Mr Benson - John Preston is one of my new favourite people ever. I've been on a buying binge with his books ever since, but I'm pacing myself with reading them because he's not going to write anymore :(


Both rocked soooooo much. I stumbled on another new favourite author.


I know a little bit about the milder end of the OCD spectrum and she hit it spot on. I've got her second book on my to read list, but I'm a bit scared to read it, just in case it's not as good.

I've really enjoyed getting back into reading. I even bought an almost-nude to celebrate. (Haven't thought up an excuse for the others in my collection yet.)

And that's it for now. I'll be back with a writing round up and a Christmas post later in the month.

*Hugs*

Kim

 

 

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Oh Come All Ye Kinky - And December

December 1st, 2012 at 2:35 am

Hello everyone,

I feel like I should ask for a drum roll, not just because I have a new release, but because I am actually doing my month post on the first of the month.

One thing that somewhat dampens the "yay!" moment - pretty much the only thing I have going on in December is happening today. So I don't have that much to report, even if I am reporting it on the right day, lol.

On the other hand, what's happening today is really cool - and I have a few other bits of longer term news as well. Here we go...

 


 

Oh, Come All Ye Kinky is available today from Riptide Publishing. It's my first release with this publisher, so it's pretty exciting for me.

My story is MM, BDSM, erotic romance with a new year's theme. It's called His Very Last Chance.

If you've pre-ordered it, it's there now. If you haven't, feel free to buy it :) 20% of the proceeds are going to a great cause.

Click on the pic to find out lots more.

 

 

I'm also part of a blog tour for the anthology.

Click on the banner to find out where the posts will be when. (I wrote two and I took part in one other.)

 

 

If you're inclined to comment on the posts, it would be very cool.

 


 

In other news...

I've submitted Once a Brat - the third part of the I Blame Bret collection (or should that be the first part, since it's a prequel?) to Riptide publishing.

You can read the version of the blurb that I submitted with the story here.

This one was fun to write. Bret makes me smile.

 


 

Writing wise, I'm just coming to the end of the first draft of a story I'm writing for Total-e-bound. It's MM, BDSM, Contemporary. It's also the third story in the Collared series.

You'd be forgiven for thinking this series would never be continued, because it's been forever since I published any part of it. But, I am happy to report that all that will change next April.

I've also pencilled in the fourth installment with TEB, an MF BDSM for October.

The first two stories - Turquoise and Leather and Imperial Topaz are behind the links, if you want to take a peek.

On a similar note, I've also pencilled in another story with TEB for 2013. The first part of a new MM BDSM vampire series will come out with them in July.

 


 

My next first draft will be for a new project I've just agreed to take part in. This one is hush-hush, but it does mean I've got another release date pencilled in for 2013 - this time in May.

(Considering I promised myself not to pencil in anything after the end of 2012, I'm doing pretty good so far, right?)

 


 

That's it for today, I'll be back with a couple of posts to round off the year during this month. Until then...

 

*Hugs*

 

Kim Dare.

 

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Turning the Tables - Available Now + other news

November 23rd, 2012 at 3:26 am
Hello everyone,
 
Slightly later than planned (this post not the release) I'm very pleased to announce that Turning the Tables is now available from Resplendence Publishing.
 
It's MM, BDSM and the final installment in the Sex Sells series. It will make more sense if you've read the other stories in the series first.
 
It's taken quite a while for this series to be completed.Sealing the Deal was actually the first story I ever sent to Resplendence, way back in the mists of time, so I'm really chuffed to see it put to bed, as it were.
 
Just click on the covers to find out more about each book.
 

 
Sex Sells
 

 
 
 
 
 

 

In unrelated news, TEB is running two different offers at two different times...

 

    

 


 

Chris from stumbling over chaos has a give away running for the Oh, Come All Ye Kinky Anthology...

(If you've pre-ordered it, I'm happy to replace my copy with a backlist or future title.)

 

 


 

You can also drop by Hearts on Fire reviews and comment for a chance to win an e-book of your choice. That's here.

 


 

I think that's it for now. I am planning a series of posts as an end of year round up, so I should be around a bit more over the next few weeks - that's the plan anyway.

*Hugs*

Kim.

 

 

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Middle-ish of November...

November 18th, 2012 at 3:54 am

 

Hello everyone,

This was supposed to be a start of November post. I am so behind, both in terms of blogging and everything else, it's more than a little bit ridicilous.

I'm trying out a new system which I hope will get me back on track and out of the doldrums that I've been stuck in for most of this year.

Anyway, I now have a little bit of everything to report, so here goes...

 


 

Learning the Ropes is now finalised and expected to come out next Wednesday as scheduled. You can find the blurb by clicking on the cover below....

 

 


 

As you may remember, I have a story coming out in a Riptide anthology. I have a cover to share. If you click on it, you can go to the publishers website, read about all the stories that are included, read excerpts and even pre-order it!

 

 


 

Vanilla Licks has a cover now. It also has a new release date on February 13th 2013 (The change was requested by me, not the publisher.)

 

 

 


 

And, last but not least. I have just signed a contract with Riptide for another story!

Once a Brat is a prequal to the two I Blame Bret stories previously published by All Romance E-books as their Perfect Strangers series.

If you've ever wondered how Bret and Marcus got together, you'll have a chance to find out on February 11th 2013! If you've never heard of Marcus and Bret you can find out about them in the two books below.

 

    

 


 

I think that's about it for now. I'll be back on Wednesday with a buy link for Turning the Tables.

*Hugs*

Kim.

 

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Pushing the Envelope

October 15th, 2012 at 11:31 am
 
Hello everyone,
 
I never did get around to a proper start of the month post, so it's probably best to stay tuned for random updates as and when they're posted, lol.
 
The big news of the day is that the entire Pushing the Envelope series is now available from Amber Allure.
 
Based on number of titles, it's the longest series I've written to date. It's also one that needs to be read in order, if you want it to make any kind of sense.
 
You can get all the titles, read excerpts and get discounts on the recommended retail price here.
 
Also, rumour has it that the entire series will be available in one print volume very soon.
 
 

 

Pushing the Envelope

 

 
 
 
        
 
         
 
        
 
    
 
 
 

 

 

Enjoy the rest of the month everyone :)
 
*Hugs*
 
Kim.

 

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Magpie!

October 3rd, 2012 at 8:40 am
 
 
Hi everyone,
 
I'll be back along in the near future to turn this into a proper "this is what's happening this month" post.
 
But, for now, I just wanted to say that after nine months, two pushed back release dates and lots of interim projects Magpie is finally out!
 
Click on the cover to find out more...
 
 
*Hugs*
 
Kim.
 
 
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