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Rainbow Snippets - November 21


Rainbow Snippets is a group for LGBTQ+ authors, readers, and bloggers to gather once a week to share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation (snippets are 6 sentences long–one for each colour in the Pride flag). You can find all the snippets by clicking here.

This week's Rainbow Snippets is from Deep Edge (Harrisburg Railers #3) written with V.L. Locey, out December 1.

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“I do not do jocks.”

“But you’re a jock.”

“Uh, no, no, I am not. I’m an artist. I don’t go skating around hitting people in the face with sticks. No, sorry, this sweet thing,” I motioned to myself, “does not do hockey players, footballers, baseballers, basketballers, or those men who run around with nets to catch balls in...

~♡~♡~♡~♡~♡~♡~

The Book - Out December 1

One man’s passion, another man’s lies. Can love fix even the darkest of hearts?

Trent Hanson is a figure skating phenom adored by millions around the world. His whole life has been dedicated to the sport he loves even when the sport - and his own family - have turned against him. From the playground to the Olympics to his parent’s living room, Trent has fought against bullies and homophobes to be the out and proud gay man he is. But the constant fighting has left Trent tired, lonely, and skittish. All those fears will have to be shelved though when he’s hired to spend the summer working with the Harrisburg Railers ice hockey team. Who would have guessed that the man fate has decided to pair him off with is Dieter Lehmann, all-around sex god and a man who seems to have everything to prove and doesn’t care who he hurts to get what he wants.

Dieter has spent too many years languishing in the minors, and a secret addiction to prescription painkillers means his career is in a downward spiral. His ex is blackmailing him, and he’s close to walking away from it all. But when he’s called up in the run for the Stanley Cup to cover injuries he has a taste of what it’s like playing in the NHL, and he realizes that a place on the Railers’ roster is what he wants more than anything. More than listening to his heart, and even more than caring for the infuriating figure skater who gets under his skin. When he crosses the line to get what he wants, he knows he has lost his way. He has to change, but is it too late for both his career and any chance he might have at love?

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Feature Friday - Sue Laybourn - Editing


Sue Laybourn is here to talk about editing for this week's Feature Friday. Welcome Sue...

Hug an editor today.

RJ asked if I would like to write a post about editing and editing stuff. Well, of course, I would. So here I am. Having been an editor for over 5 years, the temptation to babble is great. Instead, I’ll ask myself questions in attempt to keep verbiage at a minimum.

So, Sue. How did you get into editing?
It was a complete accident. I had a couple of books published with Totally Bound and I had been out of work for a few months. A dear friend suggested that I ask Totally Bound about editing vacancies. I did. They sent me tests. I did the tests. I passed.

What does your job involve? When I get a manuscript, it’s my job to polish it and make it the best that it can be. Apart from the normal things one would expect an editor to do, e.g. spelling, grammar, highlighting repetition, pet words (we all have them—and the favourite, by a long chalk is look), dangling modifiers, etc. I make sure I respect the author’s ‘voice’. A bull rider who left high school early isn’t going to speak or think in grammatically perfect English any more than an upper-class English toff is going to throw New York cabbie slang into every conversation. Voice is what sets one author apart from another. It’s their brand. It’s what makes readers snap up their books.

What do you like best about editing? The obvious glib answer is that my commute involves rolling down the stairs. The meatier answer is that editing is also about building a working partnership with an author. When an editor works with an author over a long period of time, they learn to recognise the weak spots, and consequently, learn how to help the author fix them. It is one of the most rewarding aspects of my job—to see an author grow and develop over time. To see their writing evolve and strengthen.

What do you like least about editing?
There’s nothing really. It is hard work. This was a mild bone of contention between me and my late husband. He felt that a ‘hard’ job was one that involved hours of backbreaking, physical labour. He didn’t understand that sitting at a computer and concentrating for hours at a time could be equally tiring. I also have a habit of setting myself a to-do list for the day and I tend not to stop until I’ve ticked off everything on the list, even if it feels as though my eyeballs are about to drop out and my brain is leaking through my ears.

Do you have any advice for new/ aspiring authors about working with editors? Do your research. Check your potential editor’s qualifications/experience. I don’t necessarily mean demanding to see their degree certificate (not all editors have English degrees). Have a look at books they’ve edited. Check the reviews. Read some sample pages. Talk to authors. Often the best way of finding an editor is by word of mouth. There’s a lot of us out there. If you find an editor who looks like a good fit for you, perhaps ask if they’d be happy to do a sample edit of a few pages to see if you’d work well together. Be wary. There are some charlatans out there. Really, recommendations are the best way to go.

Do you have any advice for aspiring editors?
Remember that editing is a partnership. Refrain from being too dictatorial. Make suggestions rather than give orders. Be tactful, be encouraging. And, unless you can back it up with solid references, don’t talk in absolutes. Most importantly, be supportive and kind.

If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch. I’m always happy to help, offer advice, listen.

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End Street Volume 3 - OUT NOW!

Cover Art by Meredith Russell

The Book

The Case Of The Purple Pearl

After failing in a quest to win the Fae Queen’s approval, Halstein is locked in a world of stone. Forced to remain a gargoyle he spends his days on Sam’s desk pining for his lost love.

Prince Idris’s lover went missing and was presumed dead. Alone, Idris lives a life away from court, starved of energy but unwilling to sleep in the room he once shared with his beloved.

Can Sam and Bob save these fated lovers before it's too late? And will Bob’s ultimate sacrifice be enough to free Hal from his prison?

The Case Of The Guilty Ghost

Bob is lost in grief, Sam is fighting for his life, and there is no middle ground. Can their love survive?

Bob is grieving over his brother’s sacrifice. Guilt-ridden and devastated, he buries himself in vampire mourning and pulls away from Sam.

Magic tears Sam from the vampire castle and he has to face new adversaries alone, when all he wants is Bob at his side.

Ettore is in the Aset Ka waiting room, next in line for the ceremony for his soul to be torn from his body. Aset Ka has other plans, and Ettore finds himself reunited with a lost love and fighting alongside his brother.

A forgotten past binds Theodore ‘Teddy’ McCurray Constantine III to Ettore, and with the curse tied to Ettore broken by his death, Teddy’s past returns to him with a vengeance.

A royal family in denial, a battle between gods, and long forgotten love leaves no time for Sam and Bob to take a breath. Is it too late to save the supernatural world?

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Excerpts


Reviews for The Case of the Purple Pearl

Love Bytes - "...his story didn’t turn out to be a ‘typical case’ like the previous books but quite a bit happened to move the character development of both Sam and Bob along."

Diverse Reader  "...Amber and RJ have one of the greatest series I ever read here. I’m so deeply enthralled and in it to win it with these folks!
The Case of the Purple Pearl is everything you look for in a mystery fantasy and so much more. Grab this whole series and hunker down. It’s amazing!"

Reviews for The Case of the Guilty Ghost

MM GoodBook Reviews "This story has danger, excitement, suspense, surprise and some pretty hot sexy time in this book and that is just a bit of what you will find. I can guarantee that this is one series you will fall in love with."

Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words  "...Then Amber Kell and RJ Scott threw in the marvelous Epilogue and brought things full circle. That was just delightful and left me smiling even more. I could walk away from the End Street Detective Agency happy and content."

Diverse Reader "We find out Teddy’s story, Ettore’s fate, and all the questions get answers; and I have to say, RJ and Amber really filled in the holes, gaps, and loose ends wonderfully. This very well might be my most favorite paranormal series out there. I want to go back and read them all again (and I am not a re-reader) because I want to see if I can pick up on the little things that in the end made all the difference. Each case Sam took on was vital to Sam’s purpose, his power, and ultimately his responsibility."

Hump Day Interview - Silvia Violet



It's Wednesday, it's Hump Day and time for another interview, this week we have Silvia Violet in the Hot Seat! 

Thank you for having me here today!

What book/s are you reading at present?

I’m currently reading Kris Ripper’s Gays of Our Lives and re-listening to Greg Tremblay’s narration of Rhys’ Ford’s Cole McGinnis series.

What 5 people, past or present would you have round for dinner?

Alexander Hamilton, Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Michelle Obama, and JK Rowling

Do you think that the cover plays an important part in the buying process?

Yes. Most of the time it’s a reader’s first impression. Many times I’ve read blurbs of books and bought them because the cover caught my attention.

What is your writing Kryptonite?

Plotting. I wish I could plot extensively but I’ve tried a zillion different methods and none of them have helped me give up my pantser ways.

Do you ever abandon a draft partly written and just move on? Do you keep a file of plot ideas?

I have never abandoned a story I’ve written more than a few scenes for, but I do have lots of plot ideas with notes (and sometimes a scene or two) in a file.

For your chance to win a backlist ebook from Silvia tell us, what are you reading at the moment? 

Three Under The Christmas Tree - Out December 5

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Ace and Gavin haven't had a threesome in far too long. When Ace meets the perfect guy to join them, he can't think of a better way to kick off the holiday season.

Jonathan is charmed by the sexy couple, and he quickly realizes that what started as a fling has the potential to be a whole lot more.

Gavin feels their connection just as strongly, but even after weeks of the three of them hanging out, he's afraid to suggest they turn their friends-with-benefits arrangement into a serious relationship.

The joy and shared experiences of the season have a way of making magic happen, if only all three men could find the courage to ask for what they want.

About Silvia

Silvia Violet writes fun, sexy stories that will leave you smiling and satisfied. She has a thing for characters who are in need of comfort and enjoys helping them surrender to love even when they doubt it exists. Silvia's stories include sizzling contemporaries, paranormals, and historicals. When she needs a break from listening to the voices in her head, she spends time baking, taking long walks, curling up with her favorite books, and spending time with her family.

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It's All About The Audio - Alex Jane's 'Tis The Season


It's All About The Christmas Audio this week is from the lovely Alex Jane, 'Tis The Season. 

This is such a feel good christmas story. Romance, love, and coming to terms with the past are key themes, and I love the extended family. Recommended

'Tis The Season - OUT NOW
Aaron has spent the past 10 months alone. When he meets a sad, yet strangely familiar man on a cold Halloween night, he impulsively invites him home. But the intimate connection they share lasts only until morning. Aaron wakes up alone - wracked with guilt and devastated to have lost his chance. Or so he thinks.

Thanksgiving brings Aaron another shot at happiness, but letting go of an old love and accepting a new one isn't as easy as everyone keeps telling him. And by the time Christmas Eve rolls around, it becomes clear that Aaron's not the only one struggling to let himself love again.

Christmas miracles are all well and good, but it's going to take more than the Holiday Spirit for Aaron to get his happy ever after.

A story of grief, sadness, and letting it go; and finding love when you least expect it.

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Weekly Round Up - November 19


Another week of NaNo over and my word count is now 37,000, I've finished Love Happens Anyway, started Winter Cowboy (Whisper Ridge, Wyoming #1) and am currently writing a Christmas short for a Rainbow Advent Calendar, more info on that below.

It's All About The Audio this week was about Texas Winter (Texas #2) and the first introduction to Hayley.

On Tuesday, Texas Gift (Texas #8) was released, it was a little early as those Amazon fairies were super quick, if you haven't grabbed your copy yet you can find all the information here along with some reviews.

A short story featuring the guys from Boy Banned went up for Amber Kell's Birthday Month over on her blog.

It was Sloan Johnson's turn in the Hump Day Hot Seat this week, there's still a chance to win a backlist ebook from Sloan here.

Rainbow Snippets this week was from The Case of the Cupid Curse (End Street #1), with Volume 3 coming out next week it was nice to revisit Sam and Bob.

From the 1st - 24th of December authors of GLBT+ fiction will be opening a door to a selection of festive stories to while away the winter days and get you in the Christmas spirit with the Rainbow Advent Calendar. You can find all the information here and join the Facebook group here

Hope you've all had a lovely weekend and are raring to go for next week! *hugs* RJ 

Have You Read? MM Christmas Romance - Zach from The Christmas Throwaway's Best Birthday Memory



I thought you might like to see a short birthday memory from Zach that I had written last year for Amber's birthday event...


Zach: 

My best birthday was when I turned nineteen. It seems like such a long time ago now but it was the best for so many reasons. The actual date of my birthday is the twenty-seventh of December, and yes, I do get some shared presents. Not from family, mostly from friends at the shelter I work at, but that is okay, because a lot of them don’t have much.

I remember when I didn’t have anything except the clothes on my back. I remember laying in the snow on Christmas eve, and dreaming of a Christmas that I’d never had. That was a bad Christmas, and my birthday was kind of lost. I mean, Ben tried, his whole family tried, but I wasn’t in a good place. When I turned eighteen I was still broken.

Does that make any sense?

When I turned nineteen though? That was different. Ben and I had been getting closer, moving slowly, and my birthday that year was when I got him to see that a six year age difference meant nothing when our hearts were so entwined. And now I sound like a girl. Or a song lyric.

You know, I don’t even remember what Ben gave me for my actual birthday, I was still on a high from what we’d done together. We’d started a real boyfriend type relationship and I guess what Ben gave me for my nineteenth birthday was something I never expected any years before.

He gave me the most precious gift I have ever had, besides the year my little sister was born.

He gave me his love.

He gave me his heart.

And I think that is just awesome. Don’t you?



Christmas is a time for giving - what do you do when no one gives a damn?

For Zachary Weston Christmas means sleeping on a churchyard bench in the freezing snow with nothing better in his future. Thrown out of his home for being gay, he is left without money or, it seems, anywhere to go. Until a stranger shows him that some people do give a lot more than a damn.

Ben Hamilton is a rookie cop in his small home town. He finds a young throwaway, fresh from the city, sleeping on a bench in the churchyard on a snowy Christmas Eve. Can he be the one to give Zachary his own Christmas miracle?

"....‘The Christmas Throwaway' is a charming, heart warming love story about second chances, overcoming obstacles, and the importance of a loving, supportive family. I'd highly recommend this book to anyone in the mood for a sweet story which will not only leave you feeling good, but will also remind you to count your blessings...."

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Translations

Jeté à la rue pour Noël (French)

Il miracolo di Natale (Italian)

Ein Weihnachtswunder (German)

El Chico Indigente en Navidad (Spanish)


#RainbowSnippets - November 18


Rainbow Snippets is a group for LGBTQ+ authors, readers, and bloggers to gather once a week to share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation (snippets are 6 sentences long–one for each colour in the Pride flag). You can find all the snippets by clicking here.

This week's snippet is from The Case of The Cupid Curse (End Street #1) written with Amber Kell. With Volume 3 releasing on November 22 here's a little reminder about where it all started.

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"My name is Sam Enderson. How can I help you?"
Scowling over at him, she shook her head. "The guy here before never told you not to share your name did he?"
"The man here before was my uncle. No, he didn't tell me not to share my name."
She shook her head as it not understanding Sam's stupidity. "You never share your name with a witch unless you want her to do a spell."
Sam jerked in his sea, appalled at what he'd let through his front door.
"You're a witch?"

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The Book - OUT NOW

The Case of the Cupid Curse

Sam Enderson is a human detective who inherits a building from where his Uncle used to run a detective agency. He finds himself working for paranormal creatures despite his resolve to stick with humans only. To supplement his income as a new PI Sam rents out rooms in the large house.

Bob is a vampire and turns up on Sam's doorstep to rent a room. Sparks fly and Sam is attracted to the vampire despite himself.

Sam is cursed by a witch, and has two cases landing on his desk. Werewolves, annoying ghosts and a grumpy gargoyle are enough to Add captiondrive Sam mad. But somehow in amongst all of this he has to find a missing fae and a missing shifter child.

The Case of the Wicked Wolf

Naiads, humans, sirens and a challenge for Alpha make up the intricate story in the race to rescue the missing children.

Sam and Bob have more than just the case of one lost child to handle. Not only is Shelby Hartman missing, but other paranormal children have disappeared. The race to rescue the children is hampered by naiads, humans, sirens and a challenge for Alpha.

Hartman Hunter is desperate to find his daughter. He turns to the demon Danjal Naamah for help. The problem is that Danjal is the only person Hartman has ever loved—the man he let go for the sake of the pack…

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Texas Gift (Texas #8) Review Update


Love Bytes Reviews

"I remember the first time I read The Heart of Texas, and I thought this is the most ridiculous, unbelievable, over-the-top, made for television plot that I’ve ever read. I promptly bought the next two books (because that’s all that was released at the time) and I still drag them out to re-read every now and again. Of course, my collection has grown to include every new book in the series, a series that I believed ended with book #7. But I’m guessing that just like her readers, R.J. Scott has trouble letting go of Riley and Jack and their whole extended adopted family.

This is a series that needs to be read in order from the beginning. For readers who already love this series, well, I don’t need to sell this story to you. In fact, why are you even sitting here reading this review? You should already be over at Amazon (or whichever store you prefer) buying Texas Gift and indulging in the Campbell-Hayes family – just one last time."


"Synopsis: So I am going to admit, right here, didn’t read it at first. Seriously, this series is an auto-buy. The blurb was right to the point, not too many details but you know where this story is going.

Plot: I love the plot, it’s final part of the story and was full of twists and turns as Jack & Riley grew and as their family grew up too. The plot was around their family and how things change as everyone gets older. I’ll be doing a re-read of the whole series as soon as I can.

Main Characters: Let’s just say, I want my Jack. Riley and Jack are smoother, older and still as hot and sexy as ever.

Secondary Characters: Their children grow in this episode and they definitely added to the story. The other characters who have played a part in previous novels were more muted, the core family took centre stage and it was beautiful."


"Never read an RJ Scott book prior to work, where your makeup is fixed, and you’re about to start your day. Tears streamed from my eyes and down my cheeks at the eloquent story telling Ms. Scott bestowed upon us in Texas Gift.

The path Ms. Scott chose for each character fit the puzzle of life and completed it as a woven tapestry, each part dependent on each other, yet independent on its own.

Life does move forward, even in the books we know and love, and sadly everything ends at some point.

Thank you, Ms. Scott, for allowing your fans to become a part of the Campbell-Hayes family; to grow with them, cry with them, laugh with them. But more importantly, to love them."


"What is totally clear in the book, is the love between Jack and Riley, which only seems to get stronger the more years they are together. Add into this the love they have for their children, and this is one family that just keeps growing and growing.

The Texas series is one that I would highly recommend as a must buy. Once you start reading, you will not want to stop, so find a nice quiet place and be taken away into the land of Jack and Riley, and the rest of their family on the D."

Hump Day Interview - Sloan Johnson


It's Wednesday, it's Hump Day and it's Sloan Johnson's turn in the Hot Seat! 

What are you reading right now and what is next on your to-be-read list?

Right now, I'm getting ready to start Reawaken by Christina Lee. Who knows what'll be next. There are way too many books coming out this month that I want to read!

What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently?

It didn't happen directly to me, but I feel like this counts... my husband recently started a new job where he has to get dressed at 3am. Not wanting to wake me, he used to get dressed in the dark. That came to a screeching halt when he unknowingly went to work with a pair of my unmentionables dangling from the velcro on his pocket. Now, all of his coworkers (some of whom have become good friends) know what type of underwear I wear. The best part, he walked around for three hours before someone noticed and mentioned it to him, because the office staff comes in later than him.

We all have junk. List the items in your fridge you never use.

Four containers of cabbage soup, a bag of baby spinach, and a container of cashew milk

How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?

I don't have anything finished and unpublished because I get antsy to release as soon as I'm happy with a story. As for unfinished stories, I have at least six with significant word counts and who knows how many more that I've started but never kept writing.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?

I like to outline so I know what's going on. Unfortunately, the more I plan, the louder my characters laugh at me. It's become a game to see how long it'll take the characters to flip the bird at my outline and do whatever they want. Sadly, they usually know better than me what's supposed to happen.

For your chance to win a backlist ebook from Sloan, list the items in your fridge you never use. Don't forget to check back to see if you've won! 

Inseparable - OUT December 1

Trevor and Gabe never knew life without the other. As only children, they grew up as close as brothers, but their love grew to something more. Something they couldn't talk about because their parents wouldn't understand.

Gabe is gay and unapologetic about his sexuality. He refuses to live his life in the shadows, but that doesn't mean he isn't harboring secrets.

Trevor is his parents’ miracle child and he doesn’t want to hurt them. Coming out, admitting he's in love with Gabe, could ruin everything.

Heading off to college was supposed to finally free them to be together, but nothing is as easy as it seems. Can they find a way to navigate this new world, living and loving openly?

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About Sloan

Sloan is a tattooed mom with a mohawk and two kids. She’s been kicked out of the PTA in two school districts and is no longer asked to help with fundraisers because she’s been known to lose herself with a good book and forget she has somewhere to be.

When she was three, her parents received their first call from the principal asking them to pick her up from school. Apparently, if you aren’t enrolled, you can’t attend classes, even in Kindergarten. The next week, she was in preschool and started plotting her first story soon after.

Later in life, her parents needed to do something to help their socially awkward, uncoordinated child come out of her shell and figured there was no better place than a bar on Wednesday nights. It’s a good thing they did because this is where she found her love of reading and writing. Who needs socialization when you can sit alone in your bedroom with a good book?

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Weihnachten in New York


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Ángel en una librería - coming soon


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Un Hiver au Texas - coming soon


Le passé de Riley revient le hanter, à la fois professionnellement et personnellement. 

Son frère décédé a laissé bien plus derrière lui que d’amers souvenirs auxquels Riley doit faire face. Le FBI se retrouve impliqué et soudain, c’est plus que son nom qui est sur la sellette. 

Jack est toujours là pour lui, mais jusqu’à quand son mari pourra-t-il se montrer compréhensif ? Surtout lorsque Riley découvre, lors de sa lune de miel tardive, qu’il a une fille de huit ans dont il ignorait l’existence…

Acheter


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Extrait


CHAPITRE UN 

Dates for the diary - November and December 2017

NOVEMBER


SHORT STORY 15th - For Amber Kell's birthday celebrations It's here!

RELEASE 22nd - End Street Volume 3 released to celebrate Amber Kell's birthday - including book 5, The Case of the Purple Pearl, and book 6, The Case of the Guilty Ghost link to page to follow

TRANSLATION 22nd - The French translation of Retrograde is
released
Retrograde - French

SALE 22nd - 30th End Street Vols 1 & 2  reduced in price
to $3.99
End Street

DECEMBER


AUDIO Date TBA - Texas Christmas in Audio released Texas Christmas

RELEASE 1st - Deep Edge (Harrisburg Railers Hockey #3) MM Hockey

RELEASE 6th - Love Happens Anyway Love Happens Anyway

SALE 1st - Changing Lines (Harrisburg Railers Hockey
#1) Bookbub promotion at 99c
MM Hockey

SALE 1st - First Season (Harrisburg Railers Hockey #2)
price reduction to $2.99
MM Hockey

SALE 1st - 31st - New York Christmas price reduction to $2.99 New York Christmas

SALE 1st - 31st - The Christmas Collection price reduction
to $2.99
Christmas Collection

SHORT STORY 6th - Alex Jane's Advent Calendar participation date
for short story - on this blog
Will appear on this blog on 6th

COMPETITION 4th -21st  - HUGE cross group competition with a
myriad of authors and the grand prize of a Kindle Paperwhite
Christmas multi-author Competition

TRANSLATION Texas Winter in French link to page to follow

TRANSLATION New York Christmas in German link to page to follow

TRANSLATION Angel in a Book Shop in Spanish link to page to follow



Rétrograde - 22 Novembre


Le copilote, Lachlan Donaghue se réveille à l’hôpital, survivant du crash du vol HA1710, avec des pertes de mémoire et le soupçon qu’il pourrait être responsable du tragique accident. Quand tout devient trop difficile, il est ramené chez lui pour se cacher, de retour dans la petite ville irlandaise dans laquelle il a grandi, dans la maison qu’il partageait autrefois avec Rory.

Rory Kendrick regarde les informations, suit chaque heure de la catastrophe se dérouler et sait que, d’une manière ou d’une autre, Lachlan est au milieu de tout cela. Ce qu’il ignore, c’est que Lachlan sera obligé de rentrer chez lui pour se cacher et guérir. Lachlan a besoin d’un ami, pas d’un amant, mais parfois, les lignes sont trop floues pour avoir un sens.

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Free books... ONE DAY ONLY


FREE Books

📎📎 Did you know that today is the 131st anniversary of the Hole Puncher... *Thank you Google for telling me that*

Got me thinking about all those times I used a hole puncher and made the holes in the wrong place. When I started work way back in *mumbles date* a hole punch was a skill that had to be taught by ninja-puncher experts. The hole puncher was my nemesis.

📎📎 Also, Bodyguards Inc. and the *thing with the stapler*.
Which then, because it's release week for Texas 8 and I'm all excited made me think... *freebie*...

So, for TODAY ONLY I've made the 1st AND 2nd book in my Bodyguards series free and available here:

Bodyguards Inc 1 - https://instafreebie.com/free/vEUyL
Bodyguards Inc 2 - https://instafreebie.com/free/X0CDZ

Feel free to share the offer as it won't be around long!

Texas Gift (Texas #8)



A gift for every single reader needed to know what happened next for to Jack and Riley…

When Hayley arrived on the steps of the D, Riley and Jack knew life would never be the same. 

Told through Riley and Jack’s eyes, this is ten years in the life of their family and watching Hayley grow up, fall in love, and start her own life. Hurricanes, illness, babies, happiness, sadness, work, play, the barn, the office, horses, friends, enemies, and above all love.

Texas Series

Book 1 - The Heart of Texas
Book 2 - Texas Winter
Book 3 - Texas Heat
Book 4 - Texas Family
Book 5 - Texas Christmas
Book 6 - Texas Fall
Book 7 - Texas Wedding
Book 8 - Texas Gift

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Reviews - eBook

"It was the author’s gift to us, to let us catch up with a beloved family, the Campbell-Hayes. We, the readers, have had the privilege of watching the love bloom and grow between Riley and Jack. Then see that love expand as they added Hayley, Max and the twins, Lexie and Conner.

This story is an emotional one, with highs and lows. There are some scary moments and some bittersweet as well. You connect with every feeling the characters on the pages are going through. As always, this story is so well written. It was wonderful to see the rest of characters on the ranch and the extended family, to be able to catch up with them. It is, a one click, one sitting read." Laurie (Goodreads Reviewer) 

"Jack and Riley are a delight to read about. Being back with them and the rest of the Double D gang is like being wrapped in a snuggly duvet on a cold dark morning. It wraps you up in a warm hug and you don't want to leave.

As with the rest of the Texas series, Texas Gift sees Jack and Riley treading the path of life, love, marriage and parenting. There's ups, downs, health scares and not to mention plenty of barn action. I love the whole cast of Double D characters - Robbie, Liam, Eli, little Max but it's Riley and Jack that I adore. Their love is epic, one-in-a-lifetime and all consuming. They are such good guys - will do anything for their family, are generous to a fault and want to help others as much as they can. 

Thank you RJ for giving us Texas fans this wonderful gift xx" Jess (Goodreads Reviewer)   


Excerpt

Chapter One


Riley needed to apologize. Right now.

He’d fucked up big time, and he should have seen it coming, because everything he did went in cycles. He and Jack hadn’t argued in so long and maybe the tension that had been building inside Riley had needed an outlet; he’d provoked the argument. He’d pushed and prodded and sulked and shoved at Jack until Jack had snapped.

Not in loud, shouting temper, or anything like what Riley deserved. No, Jack had gone deathly quiet.

Absolutely. Utterly. Quiet.

Riley shouted at him, got everything out of his system, felt the weight of it all lessen by throwing it at Jack and what had happened? He’d stood there at first, confused, and then steadily calmer. Weirdly calmer.

They argued; no normal marriage went without arguments over things as important as the kids and as trivial as picking up wet towels. But they resolved things, Jack/Riley was a unit that worked. They sometimes bickered and teased, they shouted rarely, and on the odd occasion there would be sulking. Mostly from Riley. He considered it as thinking time but Jack just called him on his sulking like a child.

Their arguments always ended in love; talking, kissing, complete forgiveness that could only come when two people understood and loved each other.

This morning though, he’d made Connor cry, Lexie scowl, and Max hide under the table with Toby. Jack hadn't even stayed for that. The crying, scowling and hiding had happened after he’d left.

“Why are you shouting at Pappa!” Connor shouted back at Riley. “Stop shouting.” Then he’d started to cry, and Riley’s heart had broken into a million pieces. He’d sat between a crying Connor, and a sullen, angry Lexie and tried to explain that he had a bad headache and he didn’t mean to shout. For headache, read migraine, tight painful migraine that blurred his vision and made him feel sick. He’d taken meds and the sharp edges of the glass in his head were easing, but he couldn’t think straight. Connor stopped crying.

“You were so mean,” Lexie summarized, but she did give Riley a hug and kiss him on the forehead to make it all better.

Max on the other hand, while not angry with Riley and the shouting, was still under the kitchen table with Toby. The black lab, Riley’s black lab, was between Max and Riley in a protective furry wall.

“It’s okay Tobes, I got this,” Riley tried to fold all six-four of himself under the wood. He got caught on a bench, his neck burned, his stomach was in knots, but nothing was going to stop him from getting to Max. Toby did eventually move to one side but not too far. Toby may well have been Riley’s dog at the start, but he and Max were inseparable now.

“Max, buddy?” he began, and Max at least looked up at him for a split second. “You okay?”

“M’okay,” Max said. “You’re noisy.”

At least he wasn’t rocking, or stimming. He was just sitting with his dog in his favorite place under the kitchen table.

“Is everything okay?” Carol said from behind him. He scrambled back and brushed himself off. “Riley?”

“I shouted,” Riley explained simply.

“At the kids?” Carol asked, aghast, as if that was the ultimate sin in her eyes. Which, to be fair, it was in Riley’s as well. He and Jack didn’t shout, they cajoled, and bargained, and ran a happy house. Most of the time, anyway. Just not this morning.

“No, at Jack.”

“Is Max okay?” she peered under the table and smiled at Max. He adored her, the kids all loved their nanny, probably quite a bit more than they loved their dad today.

“He seems fine.” Riley peered out of the window at where Jack had gone. The damage had been done, but Connie and Lexie were chatting to each other, Max was with Carol and he needed to go and make things right with Jack.

“I think we’re okay in here,” Carol said, “Go find Jack.”

Riley shot her a grateful glance, and as he left the kitchen he heard Lexie telling Carol that her Pappa had a headache and that she’d kissed it better. When he closed the door it was just him and the ranch and finding Jack. It didn’t take him long; he was outside their barn, looking up at the siding, with his feet apart and his arms crossed over his chest.

Riley inhaled the fresh morning air and pulled back his shoulders. He could do this; he could ignore the pain in his head now it had lessened a little, he could push back the nausea, and he could go and apologize to Jack for being a fucking idiot.

“I’m sorry,” he murmured, coming to a stop next to Jack, only a few inches separating their arms. Jack didn’t move.

“It’s okay.” Although it didn’t sound okay at all. Okay was one of those words that meant nothing in the context of an argument, it was a word that plastered over cracks in a relationship. Okay was quiet and tight-lipped silences and Riley recalled okay from when he was a kid.

He hated okay.

“It’s not okay, I have a headache and I didn’t mean any of what I said.”

“You didn’t mean to say that life would be easier if you didn’t have to listen to me?” Jack’s voice was low and serious, and Riley winced.

“You were saying too much, and I couldn’t think.”

Their discussion had started in the bedroom.

“I asked if you’d made an appointment to see someone about the headaches.”

“I know—”

“And why you were limping again—”

“Jack—”

“And why you weren’t sleeping, and why you spent so much time at the office, and why the fuck have we not used the barn in over a month?”

The barn wasn’t just the barn, it was a euphemism for sex. They hadn't been together in a month, over a month now. How did Riley explain that he’d been at the office, sometimes with the blinds shut, closing out the light, sleeping? How did he explain he didn’t want to see a doctor because the headaches scared him? And how the hell did he tell Jack he was limping because every single one of his muscles hurt, because he was tired, because it was all too much?

“Jack, I’m sorry.”

“You’re not, Riley, because you won’t listen to me.” Jack pointed at the barn. “I’m thinking we turn this into a games room for the kids.”

Riley gripped Jack’s arm. “No, what the hell?” His tension fled and in its place was panic. This was their space. Sometimes they came out here to talk, to hide away from the world, but it was also the one place they had the hottest sex he’d ever experienced. He wanted that again, but he was so tired, every time he turned over in bed his neck hurt, and his head pounded, and his leg ached, and he was fucking tired of it all. “Jack, I’m sorry, don’t…”

Jack turned to face him, and his expression wasn’t angry. “Either you go to the doctor, right here, right now, or I start clearing the place for a pool table.” He looked deadly serious, and Riley couldn’t tell if this was an empty threat. Then Jack softened, cradled his face and pressed a kiss to his forehead. “Riley, please.”

Just those two words pierced the fear in Riley, he couldn’t stop the pain, or the threat of being sick, or not sleeping, but whatever was wrong, Jack would be there for him.

“I’m scared,” Riley murmured.

Jack gathered him close. “You think I’m not?”

“Please don’t,” Riley said against Jack’s neck. His words sounded slurred and fear made him sway. What the hell? “Please don’t let me chase you away.”

“I won’t.”

And that was the last thing he heard as his world went to black.




It's All About The Audio! - Texas Winter (Texas #2)


More Texas this week, only a couple of days until the release of Texas Gift (Texas #8) and we're featuring Texas Winter today, where we get to meet Hayley for the first time. 

The Book

Riley’s past comes back to haunt him both professionally and personally.

His dead brother left more than just bitter memories for Riley to deal with. The FBI get involved and suddenly it is more than his good name that is on the line. Jack is always there for him but how much more can Riley’s husband reasonably be able to understand?

Especially when Riley finds out on his delayed honeymoon that he has a eight year old daughter he never knew existed…

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Audio Excerpt of Texas Winter

 

Narrator Bio

Sean Crisden is a multitalented actor and an AudioFileEarphones Award–winning narrator who has recorded audiobooks in almost every genre, from science fiction to romance. He has also voiced characters in numerous video games, such as the award-winning ShadowGun, and appeared in many commercials and films, including The Last Airbender. A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Sean now resides in Phoenix, Arizona.

Audio Reviews

Open Skye Reviews

"More fantastic drama!"

And the drama continues!! Jack and Riley are back! They’re married and still in love but the hits keep comin’!

Without telling all the secrets, I can tell you that there are: marriages, babies, a shooting, the FBI, and even more – all in this relatively short story!

If you enjoyed book one, you’ll love seeing what these guys have gotten into now, and if you haven’t read book one, this will not make any sense ;)!

I love that the relationship is never in jeopardy, and that with each new dramatic event the two men grow closer. I also loved seeing the more “family” side of Riley. The smexy times are hot! I love how they keep score as to which person’s turn it is to top! Super funny and sexy, too.

I think I enjoyed this even more as an audiobook – Sean Crisden gives this that extra layer of emotion to really draw you into the story. His voices and characterizations are just as good as book one and I think this is the best way to enjoy this series!

Audible Reviewer

...it was a fun listen, fits in well with the series so far, and is a little bit like a bag of chips...you only mean to eat a few, but the next thing you know, you look down and the bag is gone.

I absolutely LOVE Sean's voice for Jack. I listened to this in one sitting, and enjoyed it all. Anyone who loves the series should grab the audio - Sean is wonderful.


Weekly Round-Up - November 12


It's nearing the end of week two of NaNo and I'm still on track, 33,850 words written so far, you can find out a little about NaNo here along with what I'm writing this month.

Winners of the ARC Giveaway for Texas Gift (Texas #8) are Alec Dunmore and Angela VR. Congratulations!

It's All About The Audio on Monday was The Heart of Texas (Texas #1) Narrated by the wonderful Sean Crisden.

On Tuesday the Italian translation of The Code (Ice Dragons #1), Il Codice, was released and has some fabulous reviews.

Wednesday it was Hump Day Interview time and this week Kay Berrisford stopped by. There's still a couple of days left to enter the giveaway to win a $15 gift card so head over to the post and answer the question.

The first Feature Friday guest was Joanna Chambers, she came to talk about her recent audio release, Beguiled (Enlightenment #2) a series I love and can't wait to listen to this. She's also got a Christmas Anthology out in a couple of weeks.

Amber Kell is back with a new release, Pursuing Peter (Moon Pack #16), details and an excerpt can be found here.

Rainbow Snippets this week was from Texas Gift (Texas #8) and another sneak peek as to what's going down at the Double D. Texas Gift is out in just 3 days!!

The Queer Romance Freebie Fan Club are having a HUGE Christmas Group Hop, with giveaways at each stop and the chance to win a Kindle Paperwhite, find out about it here.

Hope you've all had a great weekend. *hugs* RJ <3


Competition News for 4-21 December


Want the chance to win a daily prize from participating authors, and enter to win a Kindle Paperwhite for Christmas?

    

From 4 - 21 December the authors of the Queer Romance Freebie Fan Club are running a huge group-hop in the lead up to Christmas!

    

Each author's group will carry a clue to the main prize, but also offer prizes of their own, like e-books, gift cards and swag. Our authors will be popping into each other's groups, so you'll want to be at every stop to make sure you don't miss your favorites!

    

In my giveaway you could win a signed paperback, giftcard or a selection of e-books!

    

Here are the authors taking part and the groups you need to be in to collect the clues... Also, a link to the Freebie fan club if you're not already a member and getting loads of freebies and prizes from us already!

GOOD LUCK & 'Is it Christmas yet?'

RJ X

Queer Romance Freebie Fan Club - https://www.facebook.com/groups/queerromance/

 December 4 - N.r. Walker - https://www.facebook.com/groups/524674590970385/

December 5 - Posy Roberts - https://www.facebook.com/groups/PosysLabyrinth/

December 6 - DJ Jamison - https://www.facebook.com/groups/DJandCompany/

 December 7 - Keira Andrews - https://www.facebook.com/groups/1584923925093809/

 December 8 - Jay Northcote - https://www.facebook.com/groups/1444191399172292/

 December 11 - Leta Blake - https://www.facebook.com/groups/576447302455141/

 December 12 - Garrett Leigh - https://www.facebook.com/groups/garrettsden/

 December 13 - Annabelle Jacobs - https://www.facebook.com/groups/798663446914946/

December 14 - A.m. Arthur - https://www.facebook.com/groups/300209733646247/

December 15 - Annabeth Albert - https://www.facebook.com/groups/annabethsangels/

 December 18 - Amber Kell - https://www.facebook.com/groups/AmbersAwesomeFans/

 December 19 - Sloan Johnson - https://www.facebook.com/groups/sloansrangers/

December 20 - Eli Easton - https://www.facebook.com/groups/164054884188096/

 December 21 - RJ Scott - https://www.facebook.com/groups/Rjscott/



GOOD LUCK!!!!