“Poison” & “Poison II: Spring”

Coming to Amazon Kindle 12/24/2020.

Winter has arrived, and I come bearing news of three re-releases from my heyday as former pseud Jane Bled: “Poison,”  “Poison II” Spring,” and Naomi , the third installment in  The MASTER Series. Jane Bled has long since left the premises, but I remain in her stead. Her spirit is intact inasmuch as her bones are safely in my keeping. Since Autumn, I’ve only published works in my new name; it is my intention to keep J.B. buried, since I have outgrown her. May she rest in peace.

Though I tend to be tight-lipped about my reasons for writing what I do, I feel the need to share the preface found in the latest version of my mildly controversial erotic anti-romance “Poison.” Now I know everyone won’t enjoy my work, but it truly blows my mind to see this story on people’s shelves under “MM Romance.” No sarcasm meant: is that a joke?!

Continue reading “Holiday Releases: “Poison,” “Poison II: Spring,” & Naomi (MASTER, Book 3)”

“Primer” releases today on Kindle!

Free for Amazon Prime members.

I’m bustin’ out the Cook’s champagne (don’t judge—it’s going in the turkey my husband insists on preparing for Thanksgiving) to celebrate the release of my commissioned erotic short story “Primer.” Speaking of giving thanks, I’d be remiss if I didn’t give a shout-out to the folks who have added my stories on Goodreads, reviewed my works, or engaged in positive interactions with me since I restarted my writing career. I am thankful for your time and attention. Writing is one of my dearest loves, and sharing it with others brings me much satisfaction. That being said, I am also thankful for the health and safety of my family. As I prepare to introduce my baby-in-waiting to the world outside the womb, I am reminded that, despite the future’s daunting uncertainty, I can find reasons to smile. Reasons to savor moments of happiness. Reasons to keep growing, learning, and living. 

And now, I present to you…the book trailer for “Primer.” I’m rather pleased with my efforts. The biggest challenge I encountered was finding the appropriate background music within the limits of Windows Video Editor. Lo and behold, when I uploaded my trailer to YouTube, I realized I could have used one of the free music tracks the site offers. I’m curious—if you make book trailers, where do you find your soundtracks? I’m pretty anal about ensuring the timing of the music matches the flow of the images. It seems that effect may prove difficult to achieve if I assemble the trailer first and then match the royalty-free YouTube music with it upon uploading…or maybe there exists a key step that will simplify this. Anyway, I’d appreciate any advice on trailer-making. 

Scroll down past the description of “Primer” to view the trailer, or watch it on YouTube.


Cover image © Kuzmin Pavel

Release Date: 11/26/2020

Genres: Bisexual Erotica/Romance/Contemporary/Humor/Short Stories

Book description: Carmen is a sassy late-bloomer beleaguered by an increasingly monotonous existence and unrelieved sexual frustration. During an impulsive night on the town, she encounters Stefan, a darkly handsome, lyrics-quoting tech nerd. Exploring a potential hookup with Stefan might provide the inspiration Carmen requires to stop obsessing over a year-old one-night stand with temptress Yumi…especially if this seductive new suitor can satisfy her filthiest roleplay fantasies.

Warning: The following short story contains explicit sexual content, including student/teacher fetish, spanking, and f/f. Reader discretion is highly advised.

Read “Primer” on Kindle

In related news, I also made a book trailer for another new release: Luna, the second installment in my LGBTQ vampire series MASTER. You can read an excerpt on my blog. Luna releases on digital platforms worldwide and in paperback on Amazon 11/27/2020.

If you celebrate Thanksgiving, please have a safe and happy one. Cheers!

“Primer” Backstory

This tasty nugget of naughty student/teacher RP erotica began as a commission and took on a life of its own when I merged it with snippets of a lesbian romance simmering in the margins of my story scraps. I completed “Primer” last year; like a fine wine (or in this case, a wine that gets you uber-drunk), I let it breathe until I felt ready to share it. “Primer” marks my first foray into erotica told from the perspective of a female character. Up to this point, I had mainly stayed in my comfort zone, focusing on m/m relationships, but the person I created this commission for convinced me that it was high time to switch perspectives. As a result, I created a bisexual lead character: hot-to-trot, tongue-in-cheek college girl Carmen, who recounts (via unsent letters) her one-stand with gorgeous heartbreaker Yumi. Meanwhile, she meets hottie Stefan at a local bar, and feels an instant chemistry with him—especially when he offers to play the leading man in her student/teacher fetish fiction. With a sequel 1/3 of the way penned, it’s clear I’m not done with these characters yet. 😉

Story Word Count: 17,000

Genres: Erotica/Romance/Bisexual/Contemporary/Humor/Short Story

Warning: The following excerpt contains NSFW material, including strong language and allusions to sexual situations. Reader discretion is highly advised.

Cover image ©  Kuzmin Pavel


Continue reading “Excerpt: “Primer” (Erotica)”

As I gear up to release Luna, the second book in my LGBTQ vampire series MASTER, I’m grateful to have the expertise of inestimable editor Beth Dorward and the artistic vision of cover artist George Cotronis. Getting my feet wet with indie publishing via Reesdy hasn’t been easy, but I’m ultimately glad I decided to go this route. Sink or swim, I’m here for the long haul.

Today, I come bearing fruit from Luna (release date 11/27/2020). The following brand-new excerpt follows singer-cum-vampire Raiden as he pursues his next meal in Nagoya, Japan. What he doesn’t realize: someone else is simultaneously stalking him.

Genres: LGBTQ/Horror/Dark Fantasy/Paranormal/Contemporary

Warning: Allusions to drug abuse and violence. Reader discretion is advised.

Cover art by George Cotronis


Continue reading “Excerpt from Luna (MASTER, Book 2)”

“Phelia”

by R. N. Jayne

 

I’m having that nightmare again—the one where I’m lost in the woods. Only I’m not on dry land: I’m underwater. The forest grows tentacles. These wooden jellyfish have arms like boughs. They reach for me. Tangle my hair. Pull me down.

Drowning, I choke on my love’s name. 

***

Phelia’s trying on a headpiece for her dungeon mistress Halloween costume. She fiddles with the formidable crown of spikes. I wonder who she wants to repel with this getup. Maybe she wants to people to think she’s impenetrable.

It’s been seven months since my passing. I should be jealous, thinking of her in potential romantic relationships with others. I’m not. It’s only natural for her to move on. I’ve watched her grieve, curled up in the quilt I made last spring, rubbing the fading hand-embroidered squares against her lips like she could absorb them into the fabric of her skin. I’ve leaned in to kiss her, to be rebuffed by her defensive self-hug against an attack of goosebumps. She was reacting to the sudden drop of temperature my presence incurs. Perhaps.

I wish I could slip into Phelia’s music apps—I’d send her a playlist. This is what I’m feeling for you right now, I’d tell her. Nothing’s changed; except I miss you more. I don’t need a body to hold you. I’m gone, but I can’t leave.

She considers a matching necklace: choker-style, smaller spikes; but it will truncate her slim, strong dancer’s neck. I see the one I want her to try. It’s a deep orange pendant flecked with burgundy and cat’s eye yellow. I imagine it against her bronzed skin.

“Choose that one,” I murmur into her ear. “It will bring out your eyes.” Continue reading “Halloween Short Story: “Phelia””

Hallelujah!

The day has finally arrived: my LGBTQ vampire novella Crimson (MASTER, Book 1) has returned to digital shelves worldwide (and, for the first time, it’s available in paperback on Amazon). I seriously cannot believe I pulled off this book revival at nearly 29 weeks pregnant, but this proves I’m tougher than I think. Rawr.

Last night, I debuted a book trailer to whet your appetite. It’s my first time out of the gate creating a video teaser on my own. I’d love to hear your opinion on how I did with the limited, yet extraordinarily helpful, Microsoft Video Editor. I used a bunch of stock photos and combined them with original footage I took of my super-sexy-but-doesn’t-know-it husband. (Shh.) Fear not–I gave artistic credit where credit is due; all contributors are listed in the YouTube description section of the trailer.


Reminder: there’s currently a Goodreads Giveaway for the Kindle version of Crimson. On October 29, the giveaway will end, and 100 winners will receive their comped copy.

So far, 102 people have entered…and it’s only the first day! To say I’m ecstatic would be an understatement. My goal is to get Crimson as widely read as possible before the release of Luna (MASTER, Book 2) at the end of November (exact date TBD–I’ll make it official by the end of this month). 

Can’t wait to see if you’re a Goodreads Giveaway Winner to read Crimson? Sign up for my newsletter and receive a coupon for 50% off your purchase of Crimson from Smashwords. There are also deals available on Apple and Kobo (you get the eBook for $1.99 instead of $2.99, the current retail price).


Final thoughts

Self-promotion makes me feel like the following:

-a used car salesman

-one of the sharks from any corporate furniture store

-a self-loathing telemarketer

-The Devil

But hey! It’s a necessary evil, no? Still, I’m looking forward to getting back to writing this weekend in order prepare my final manuscript draft of Luna for my new editor (more on that later) by the 21st. There’s something uncomfortably pleasurable about working on a deadline…or maybe I’m just a sucker for pressure. Something to consider…

Anyway, have a splendid weekend! I’ll be hacking into pumpkins when I’m not pecking away at the keyboard. What’s your favorite Fall tradition? Mine is stealing my kids’ Halloween candy.


Until next time,

​R. N. Jayne