The House of Silence
by J.A. Jaken
Audiobook narrated by: Dan Calley
Genres: M/M Erotica, BDSM, Gothic, Suspense
(Content advisory: nonconsensual sex)
Volume 1: 8 hrs 35 min (90,000 words)
Volume 2: 8 hrs 16 min (88,000 words)
Exodus (Volume 1) summary:
The House of Silence is an elite male bordello catering to the obscenely rich. No matter how extreme or mundane the fantasy, the House is rumored to serve. Master Charon employs a group of versatile, beautiful young men, some lewd, some innocent, many with tragic pasts and hidden secrets of their own, who depend on him for safety. Each young man -- Vincent, Danny, Reiji, Tam and more -- brings his own history and his own fears to the House of Silence.
This unpredictable mix erupts when danger threatens. A powerful nobleman strikes out at Charon and his staff, seeking to destroy them all if he's not given what he wants: one of the boys to keep for his own.
Ricochet (Volume 2) summary:
The sanctuary of The House of Silence is shattered when an influential client presents Master Charon with an ultimatum: hand over Vincent, or he'll destroy the House. When Charon refuses, he is plunged into a nightmare of reprisals, forcing him and the boys who work for him to fight for their lives, their sanity, and their right to exist. Why are some powerful men willing to destroy the House of Silence to get hold of one male prostitute? What secret threatens the governments of two countries?
Charon, Phoebe - the head of security - and all the young men of the House of Silence will have to work together. They must tap into long-hidden resources and long-denied histories for their safety and survival. To thwart the forces aligning against them, they'll need to unlock the secrets buried deep in the House's past. How much is one man's life worth to them?
February 28, 2023
The audiobooks for books 1 and 2 in The House of Silence are completed and approved! Now it's just a matter of waiting for ACX to complete the QA process, and they'll be ready to go.
These books are a bit nontraditional in that they use sex as a means to tell the story, introducing the characters and their faults--and the growth they undergo throughout the course of the story--through various sexual encounters in addition to the more driving suspense/mystery-driven plot that carries the story forward. When I wrote the series, I wanted to try exploring a world with a kind of alternate sexual morality than our current one has, where sex is more common and shared freely among multiple partners:
Dan Calley has done such an incredible job of bringing these characters to life, giving them unique personalities and personas through his performance. I really feel the emotion in it, the excitement, the tension in the more plot-driven parts of it. There's a sense of gravity to it, and a sense of fun in the lighter parts that I really appreciate. I'm super excited to share the finished product with all of you.
Book 3 is planned for audiobook production as well, but how soon that happens will depend on how well books 1 and 2 perform. If only I had an infinite amount of funds to spend on these projects! ^_^
February 25, 2023
Recording for the second audiobook in The House of Silence series is finished! I'm going to give the files a listen over this weekend and then we'll be moving forward with publishing the first two audiobooks in the series. I'm so excited!!!
February 13, 2023
Recording for the first audiobook in The House of Silence series is finished! I have so much love for these characters, and Dan gave such an amazing performance for them. We're doing pickups this week, and then it's on to book 2.
February 10, 2023
Sharing the new graphic I made for The House of Silence because I was home sick yesterday and got bored. I also made some formatting updates to the series page on my website to make it pop a little more: bit.ly/HoSseries
No new updates on the audiobook yet, but it is in the works! *bounces happily*
February 7, 2023
Audiobook recording for The House of Silence series begins tomorrow! So far we've nailed down voices for over a dozen of the characters, and worked out pronunciations for various names and places. Dan is doing an absolutely amazing job capturing the characters with their unique personalities and speech patterns, and has been extremely patient with my requests for tweaks and changes as we go.
I absolutely adore Charon and his boys, and all of the various escapades (and sexcapades, heh) they get up to. I'm really looking forward to sharing the series in this new format, brought to life by Dan's incredible talent. It's so amazing to actually hear the voices of Reiji and Tam and Danny and dear, wounded Vincent. And Charon, of course, and Aburon and Ander and Brand and the rest..... I have so much love for this audiobook, and the first chapter hasn't even been recorded yet.
February 5, 2023
Dan Calley has agreed to narrate The House of Silence series in audiobook. I am super, SUPER excited about this! I've heard voice samples for most of the characters already, and they are absolutely amazing. Charon, Reiji, Tam, Danny, Vincent, Aburon, Ander, and the rest... it's such a thrill hearing them come to life like this. I can't wait to hear more!
January 24, 2023
The audiobook for His Whipping Boy has been released! You can grab a copy through Amazon Audible:
His Whipping Boy
by J.A. Jaken
Audiobook: 1 hour 32 minutes (15,500 words)
Narrated by: Dan Calley
Genre(s): Historical fantasy, M/M romance (with elements of BDSM)
Cedric de Breos was an average son from an average farmer’s family before he was chosen—by royal decree—to befriend Alain Tomolia, the solemn and enigmatic crown prince of Dunn. As Cedric dutifully pursues their strange friendship, he begins to suspect that Alain is haunted by a dark secret, one which has its roots sunk deep in the crown prince’s past. Cedric’s situation is complicated by the gradual realization that his intended purpose is not only to serve as companion to the crown prince but also as his surrogate in the whipping yard, taking the punishment for Alain’s misdeeds. Will Cedric find a way to come to terms with the resentment, pity, curiosity, and reluctant attraction he feels toward the crown prince, or will he allow the circumstances around them to command their fate?
January 16, 2023
Sharing the book trailer video I made for the upcoming release of His Whipping Boy in audiobook. Dan Calley has done an absolutely stunning job narrating it. There's so much depth and emotion in his performance for these characters. I'm absolutely thrilled with how it turned out.
January 7, 2023
Happy New Year, everyone! I've been struggling with some health issues over the past six months or so, but I'm starting to get back to my former routines now and I'm looking forward to returning my attention to my interrupted writing projects again. Writing brings so much joy and peace to my life, even if I never share it (although sharing it is a separate joy all on its own). It's been really difficult not having that support to lean on, but I can feel my muses gearing up now with the urge to start crafting new worlds and stories once again. It is a really good feeling.
So what does this newest year hold in store? I'm planning to move forward with the audiobook production of The Magician's Apprentice, which will be narrated by Dan Calley. I'm also intending to continue with my interrupted plans to start releasing some exclusive short stories for subscribers to my newsletter to enjoy, in thanks for their continued support of me and my writing. The most ambitious project I'm planning by far is a new novel titled The Demon Thief, which I'm really excited about because it entails some creative twists and ebook programming techniques that I haven't used in a novel before. I think you'll all be really surprised and intrigued by it, and will hopefully enjoy it very much. ❤️