updates & upkeep

So, just gather together some stuff I’ve been meaning to actually announce for a while.

First up: I did a proper, official, pretty-looking version of Wintergreen for them as want it. That’ll be available to download from the issue of my newsletter, which I’m hoping to put out on Valentine’s Day but will inevitably and end up sending out some random Wednesday in April. So, yeah, sign up to the newsletter if that’s a thing you think you might want.  Apart from typo-swatting and fine-tuning, there isn’t a lot of difference between the shiny version and the version I posted on the blog a few months back. So if newsletters aren’t you thing you don’t have to worry about missing out.

Sorry I keep trying to force people to sign up for my newsletter all the time. It’s very sporadic but I quite enjoy writing it because it feels like a very opt-inny type of social media. And it means I have something to point at triumphantly when people are like, hey, why aren’t you doing any promo?

Secondly, the billionaire book that’s come out this year (end of April, I think) finally has an agreed title. At least, it’s up on Amazon so I assume it’s been agreed. I keep expecting someone to turn round and be all, “No, you can’t call your book How To Bang A Billionaire.” But it looks like I’ve got away with it.

How to Bang A Billionaire on Amazon UK 

How to Bang a Billionaire on Amazon US

Although I will add that the unadvertised advantage of calling your book How to Bang a Billionaire is that you will definitely be the first hit when searching under the title. Am marketing genius.

Thirdly, I mentioned this on Twitter but I haven’t said anything a more formal medium yet. I recently contracted a three-book series with Avon’s digital imprint. So that’s super super exciting. It’s a Regency-set, well, I was going to say trilogy but it’s not really a trilogy, more just a bunch of books with some connecting characters, anyway it’s a Regency-set one of those and it’s, um, m/f actually.

I’d be more concerned that this looked like a pretty serious branding detour except I like to think I’ve comprehensively established my brand as “all over the fucking place.” I’ve wanted to do historical for a while so this felt the right way to go. Although the books are m/f I still very much see them as an LGBTQ+ series in that at least one, occasionally both, of the protagonists are not normatively heterosexual. The first book has a bisexual hero, the second book as a demi-sexual hero, and the third book has a bisexual heroine and a heteroflexible hero. Although obviously it’s a bit hard to talk about sexuality in those sort of terms in a historical setting.

So, um, yeah, I hope you’ll enjoy those. They should be bawdy, rompy and queer as fuck. I’m also hoping to fulfil a dream I’ve had since I starting writing romance, which is to have a splendid frock-cover. I’d also like big swirly golden writing, but you can only dream so big.

And fourthly: Nicholas “Male Hawke from Dragon Age 2” Boulton’s audio-version of Glitterland is a finalist in the Audies which are like the Oscars of spoken word so … um. Wow. This feels weird beca
use it’s my book but Nick’s performance is kind of its own thing entirely. It was huge privilege to have him lend his talents to Glitterland. If you haven’t heard it, maybe you could hop over to Audible and check it out.

Buy from Audible.co.uk | Audible.com | iTunes

Social media wise, I’m still tweeting nonsense with the help of my social media person. I’ll continue updating the blog. There are still games in my board game collection that remain unreviewed, not to mention seasons and seasons of Star Trek so I like to think I’ll have content for a while. Someday I might even talk about writing but, honestly, I have way more to say about board games.

Another thing I’ve been thing I’ve doing, since rolling into 2017 weighed down by conspicuous consumption, is Finishing My Shit. Because I tend to be very busy, but do have a disposable income, I have an awkward habit of equating buying something with consuming it. So I’m now allowing myself any new shit until I’ve finished at least some of my old shit. I may blog about the old shit that I have finished. Because you can’t go wrong with a blog post about old shit.

Also: I have a newsletter. Did I mention the newsletter? *points at newsletter*

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66 Responses to updates & upkeep

  1. cmc says:

    A+ promo, all the whales.

  2. Kate says:


    Also known as: *is very excited*

    (I also STILL get a thrill when I highlight text on this site and THE HIGHLIGHT TURNS PURPLEY.)

    • As you know, we’re a big fan of purple around here. It’s in the prose, everywhere 😉

      And, yay! I’m so glad you’re excited. I’m pretty excited to, to be honest. I can’t wait to share all this stuff!

  3. Shelby R. says:

    This is the best thing I’ve seen all day. (Also…YOU HAVE A NEWSLETTER??? 🙂 )

  4. oh, but the cover. *needs a moment*
    *checks newsletter subscription status again*
    *waits patiently*

  5. Ellie says:

    While I love the How to Bang a Billionaire title, I wonder where the cover is 🙂
    *is greedy and impatient*

  6. Gillian says:

    Wow, this blog post was chock full of information. If only you had a newsletter where you could update us on the regular…

    Also, How To Bang A Billionaire? Best. Title. Ever.

  7. Kimbogre says:

    omg How to Bang a Bilionaire I’m dying. <3 I'm also waiting for what will undoubtedly be a fabulous frock.

  8. Darla says:

    So thrilled to read this post! Just pre-ordered HOW TO BANG A BILLIONAIRE! And beyond thrilled to hear about your Regency set–YAY!

  9. Rachel says:

    Wait….you have a newsletter!?

    How to Bang a Billionaire. WINNER. Now I am even more excited about it!! And I very much hope you get frocks and swirly gold print and all the things.

  10. EmmaT says:

    Love updates posts! Good luck not buying NEW shit while you finish OLD shit. *closes door to craft room where old shit gathers dust next to sparky new…you get the point). Clappy hands for new books!!!

  11. Kimberly Curington says:

    You won my heart at “I’d be more concerned that this looked like a pretty serious branding detour except I like to think I’ve comprehensively established my brand as “all over the fucking place.” (Actually, it was ages ago when I read Glitterland, but whatever!) I admire your finishing shit resolve. *also hides new craft supplies that came in today and are now piled with the old ones*

    • Hehehe, thank you 🙂 I’m always super touched that readers are willing to follow me from genre-to-genre. I mean, obviously not every book is going to appeal to the same degree, and there’ll probably be some that don’t work for some people, but that’s still a lot of trust. And I’m grateful.

      Also I’m not sure it’s quite so bad to keep investing in new craft supplies *enables*. The only issue with me buying books and not reading them is that I’m just not doing anything. At least if you buy new craft supplies you’re still crafting 😉

  12. Pam/Peejakers says:

    Yaay! Congrats for, y’know, everything!I have been (non-forcibly!) signed up for your newsletter for a while now, so I’ll just sit back & wait for Wintergreen, the prettied-up version How to Bang a Billionaire” is the *best* title! And I can’tell wait for you to finally get your frock cover!❤ Aww, I hope you get the swirly golden writing too often! *hugs* Oh! And heteroflexible, I haven’the heard that before, I like that!

    • Thank you – Wintergreen is on its way, despite some link-related incompetence on my part.

      And thank you for the kind words.

      I can dream of gold writing 😉

    • Pam/Peejakers says:

      Ack, look at all my weird typos!
      “hope you get the swirly golden writing too OFTEN”?! Lol! (Omg, & that lol almost turned into “Lola”!)

      You can really tell I wrote that on my new phone 😛 Now I get to go “stupid autocorrect!” like everyone else in the world 😀

  13. Antonella says:

    Thank you for the news! I guarantee that many readers like sporadic newsletters. I’ve just unsuscribed an author who was sending lots of newsletters.

    I’m looking forward to the new book. In the meantime I’ve pre-ordered it from http://www.amazon.de/How-Bang-Billionaire-Arden-Ives/dp/1455571326/?ref_=nav_ya_signin&amp;
    which might be interesting for people on the continent not wanting to pay shipping costs. The same applies to amazon.fr or .it.

    Be well!

    • Eeep. I just accidentally sent two newsletters in a row because of link-related incompetence.

      But, yes, I personally love receiving author newsletters every few months. So I try to keep to think of schedule otherwise it’s just … spammy and who has that much news anyway?

      Actually I think JCP sends one out weekly but they’re short and awesome so I don’t care. Usual rules don’t apply to JCP 🙂

      I will try to include more of the European-based Amazons in future 🙂 After all, Brexit does not apply to books!

    • Thanks for posting it could be pre-ordered. I just got it on Zon.com, here: https://goo.gl/PK97Zr Best Billionaire title ever. Will be best Billionaire romance, ever.

  14. Suzy says:

    Can someone remind me if Alexis has a newsletter? I can’t seem to recall.

    But seriously! Kudos on BILLIONAIRE BANGAGE! The slight detail of a plum velvet jacket can’t seem to leave my brain, so I will most definitely be checking this out. And the newsletter.

  15. Sophie says:

    I am beyond excited for How to Bang a Billionaire. (I was drinking water when I read the title for the first time. That was a bad idea.) I’m also excited to see what you do with your LGBTQ regency trilogy, and would preorder them all in a heartbeat. I wish you the best frock covers ever, and, like Ellie, am impatient to see the cover for HTBAB.

    And congrats to you and Nick on Glitterland being an Audie finalist! It’s an amazing book, and his performance was likewise “amazin'”. I was listening to the scene where Ash gets his tattoo on a plane yesterday, and kept snorting with laughter and alarming my neighbors.

    • Oh gosh, thank you. I’m really excited about all these books. I, err, just have to finishing writing them now. But, yeah, I’m really lucky I get to do all this fun stuff 🙂

      All billionaire books have the same cover. And I very much believe in inhabiting my trope/genre – so I’m fully expecting a generic man being moody in a suit 🙂

      Nick’s Glitterland completely blows my mind. I know that’s a weird thing to say about your own book, but that’s his performance. And he’s amazing. I can’t believe I got to have one my books read by him. Eeee.

      • Dammit, AH, I resisted before, but now I MUST PROTEST! I have 2 Billionaire books sans Tuxguy covers. Women having a *moment* on them. Well, you do see his hands.

        And besides, most of the time they are barely wearing the suit. For which we who love XY pecs and abs are grateful.

  16. Lotta says:

    Nicholas Boulton’s narration of Glitterland is a thing of beauty. Honestly, I could listen to him read a phone book. And I really like your newsletter, so thanks for all the links 🙂 Also, that title is gold! So looking forward to reading the book attached to it.

  17. Annie Crow says:

    Not usually into the whole billionaire thing but I will read ANYTHING of yours. Very excited about the regency series. Any reason you can discuss publicly about switching publishers?

    Signed up for the newsletter, natch.

    Good luck with finishing old shit. Not easy to do, I am involved in an epic struggle with that myself. But good luck.

    • I actually really enjoy the billionaire + person subgenre, so I had a lot of fun writing the books. I very much appreciate the vote of confidence but I would say they’re very much within their trope, if that makes sense.

      I wouldn’t say I’ve switched publishers so much as started working with more than one. Most authors do to be honest – and if the closure of Samhain teaches us anything, it probably has something to do with eggs and baskets 🙂

      And thank you for signing up for the newsletter 😉

  18. araminta says:

    This is all very exciting news. I’m a little confused about the newsletter though- I’ve re-signed up because I don’t think I’ve received a newsletter since last October. Is this right or did I miss a post about signing up for the new and shiny version?
    I’m off to order How To Bang A Billionaire now – I love that title so much!!!

    • Oh, it’s always been the same newsletter, I think. But I do send them out pretty irregularly – so last October seems about right, since that would have been around the release date of Pansies. And by ‘around the release date’ I mean … a month or so after. Cough. Because I am useless.

  19. araminta says:

    I’ve just been on to Amazon but only the paperback is showing up. Do you have any idea when the kindle version will be available to pre-order?

  20. Bungalow Barbara says:

    Looking forward to How to Bang a Billionaire – not a big fan of billionaire romance but a big fan of your writing! And yes, I’d love to see some “queer m/f” too. I was looking at some of the lists I keep about the romance series I’ve read, and noticed that many of them are pretty predictable as to pairings. It’s going to be “all of a kind.” And in my experience (admittedly it was a long time ago), when you’re part of a group of young, mostly single, queer & often bisexual people, well…things get much more interesting. So please keep being “all over the place!”

  21. Bungalow Barbara says:

    Oh, and P.S. – love the idea of the frock-cover – can it have a ladies’ frock and a man’s frock coat too? How about some great hats? And the gold swirly letters. Gotta have the gold swirly letters….
    Hey, let’s dream big — maybe someday you’ll have a cover where your name is in a BIGGER FONT than the title! (Because when you’ve become a REALLY BIG NAME in romance then … you get a BIG NAME on the cover. Right?)

  22. Sissy says:

    Congratulations on Glitterland Audie nomination, as well as Pansies for the Lambda! So glad to see your work continues to get the recognition it deserves. I’m looking forward to more Audible books, as well as your new book in April.

    Best wishes always.

  23. Deb says:

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