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March 20, 2018

Hump Day Interview, DJ Jamison

It’s Wednesday, it’s Hump Day, it’s D.J. Jamison’s turn in the Hot Seat…

What part of writing a book comes the hardest for you?

The middle. As a pantser, I usually have a strong beginning and a vision of the ending, but the journey between is a murky haze I have to navigate. I write a book lot like putting together a puzzle. I build some of the edges, I start adding pieces to the middle, filling in more and more holes until I have a complete picture.

What is your writing Kryptonite?

Outlining, unfortunately. I’ve tried a few times to plan more before writing, but I tend to lose excitement for the story if I nail down too many details. Initially, I’m channeling a character or a scene and just letting it take me somewhere. I have some major turning points to the story in mind, but I can’t GPS my stories. Which is kind of ironic, because I can’t live without GPS when driving somewhere!

What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?

It varies from book to book, but I have done both online research, as well as interviews. For example, I picked the brains of three different nurses when I started the Hearts and Health series, especially for Heart Trouble and Urgent Care, the two books that focused more on medical care. I tend to be more of a “research as you go” author, rather than dedicating hours to research before I start.

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

I absolutely believe it contributes to a buyer’s decision to click. That’s what makes it so agonizing! My husband has designed most of my covers, and in the very early days of publishing, I made some of my own. This adds to the challenge, because the cover is a very personal process for us. I keep daydreaming about hiring an outside designer, simply to relieve some of the angst at home, but I probably won’t do that until I start a new series.

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

Sadly, I’m not reading anything right now, which is unusual for me. I tend to average three or four books a week. I’m just kind of floundering in the wake of all the turmoil in our genre right now. I hope to soon snap out of it. As for what’s next: I’m looking forward to Annabeth Albert’s new release in her Uniforms series.

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Dr. Casper Rollins knows how to have fun. The love of his life, Kage Myers, lived every moment to the fullest before he died. Now, Casper goes skydiving, mountain-climbing or on other adrenaline-soaked adventures when he wants to feel closer to his lost love.

Medical director Eric Holtz is married to his work — so much so his husband left him. But when his niece shows up, pregnant and in need of an ally, Eric suddenly has family again. Unfortunately, her obstetrician, Casper Rollins, is sexy enough to turn Eric into a blushing adolescent.

What begins as a game to break Eric of his workaholic tendencies escalates into scorching sex and feelings that can’t be ignored. Casper never planned to give his heart to anyone other than Kage, and Eric won’t accept anything less.

If these two want a future, they’ll have to embrace the lesson Kage taught Casper long ago: You only live once.

About D.J

DJ Jamison worked in newsrooms for more than 10 years, which helped tremendously when she began her series centered on The Ashe Sentinel, a fictional small-town newspaper in Kansas. She lives in the Midwest with her husband, two sons and three glow-in-the-dark fish. 

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March 19, 2018

RJ Scott, Halligans, New YorkNew York, RJ ScottThis is the pub from Love Happens Anyway and the view from the front of the pub back to the tower.

Seeing something in real life that you have only seen in pictures is amazing. There are small things I could have added to the book about the fact the pub is just outside the ring of concrete blocks that surround the tower. Or the tour groups. Or the general quiet from everyone at the towers and the reflecting pools. Or the way the pub would have been covered in dust and people may have taken shelter in there.

Incredibly moving day. More to follow when I get home.


Halligans Bar Scene – Love Happens Anyway

Chapter 12


Ian was here first, I knew he would be, and he went behind the bar immediately to help me with the glasses, before turning his attention to wiping down the bar. I’d already done that; doubted it could get any cleaner, but I didn’t stop him. I think he’s as nervous about this re-opening as I am, just for very different reasons.

“She’s looking good,” he commented between wipes.

I took a moment to look around me, at the legacy my parents had left me and Sara. Halligans was no themed bar like the ones in Times Square I’d visited as research. Every plaque on the wall was real and donated over the twenty years that Halligans had been open. Up there, right near the bell that marked last call, was the plaque that the shift gave my mom after my dad died. Right next to my Uncle’s police patch.

In fact that whole area was like a shrine to what happened that day and every item in this place had meaning, from the pictures on the wall to every single cut and mark in the old wood.

The first contractor we’d hired said we should rip it all out, he lasted about ten seconds before I’d politely informed him that he really hadn’t read the brief. The second contractor employed former service guys, we hired him on the spot.

Because he knew. A former soldier, he knew in his heart the value of each piece of this bar, what it meant to us and what it meant to the people who used it, and the memories of so many years of success and loss polished into the old place.

And when I say old, it’s old. Built over a hundred years ago it was solid red brick and had lasted through war and terror, and never stopped serving. Somehow it had become a living monument to the men and women who serve, and Sara and I were part of that.

“Hello sweetheart,” Mom said from behind me, coming out of the kitchen with a tray of glasses.

I bent to kiss her. “Hey mom, how we doing?”

“Lester is fighting with Jimmy over the nachos again, but I sorted it.” I took the glasses from her and then pulled her into a hug. This had been her father’s place, and she’d taken it over when he died, thirty years ago. She’d been younger than I am now, but with her new husband by her side, they’d moved Halligans into the nineties and made it a success. When dad retired from being a Firefighter to work at the bar full time, the party had been huge. He hadn’t wanted to stop being a firefighter, the job was in his blood, the same as it is mine. but he’d made the decision to be with my mom, and they’d moved into the sprawling loft apartment above the bar with myself and Sara in tow.

And then, when I was thirteen the towers fell, and my dad ran the three blocks, telling my mom to close the doors, to stay safe.

He never came back.

I hugged her now, and Sara pushed herself in for our family hug.

“Dad would have been proud,” mom said, “of his kids and this place.”

That was all she needed to say, Sara and I knew that he’d be proud of us, we saw it in every hug and word of love from mom. We moved to the window, like we did every time we were together here, and looked up at the tip of the shining tower that dominated the financial district sky line now. Crystal and metal reached for the sky, and it was beautiful, I never tired of seeing it, thinking of my father and his brother, running into tower two, not knowing if they’d make it out, but convinced they were doing the right thing.

Thinking of you, I murmured softly, and my mom and Sara said their own thing, like we always did before we went back to work. Sara’s husband, Lester, was in the kitchen, Sara disappeared into there to help, the bar was clean and the beer was cold, and it was getting close to our two pm official opening. I didn’t expect crowds of people, cops, firefighter, paramedics, the type of people we attracted here, had all kinds of varying shifts and we wouldn’t have tourists in here on day one, the sign on the door was explicit for that.

But we would have family and friends of people we knew, and by the time it was ten minutes past two there were fifty people in the bar and it was noisy. I didn’t see Derek, but part of me never expected to see him. He’d said he would come, but I haven’t heard from him since our trip, and thought that actually this could well be a step too far.

I took a rest break, just to catch my breath, and it was on the way back that I caught sight of him, and my heart jumped. In jeans and a blue button down he had his back to me, but I knew it was him, and he was looking at our gallery of photos, a beer hanging loosely in one hand, the other pushed into his pocket. I’d recognize that man anyway, just from the way he held himself, the way his hair fell in loose waves at the back that just skimmed the shirt, and the way he was absolutely still.

I stepped closer. Should I interrupt him? The wall was pictures from that day, the side of Halligans thick with dust, the emptiness of the skyline behind it, the starkness of twisted metal, the badges of those friends who didn’t make it back. It was a spot where people could think, every much as the memorial which was only three blocks from here.

His whole body sighed, I don’t know how else to describe it, but he slumped a little and then drew himself tall, and I knew I could interrupt and talk to him now.

“Hey,” I said, and bumped elbows with him.

He smiled at me, a quick and sad smile. “Davers? You lost someone on 9/11?”

“My dad, and my uncle. Both served, my dad a firefighter like I became, my uncle a cop. They didn’t even think about not running toward the devastation.”

“It seems trite, but I’m so sorry for your loss,” he said, and leaned into me a little.

“Thank you.” I was used to giving that reply, and most of the time that ended the conversation but maybe Derek needed to talk about the morning everything changed for us all.

“We were thirteen,” Derek said, “both of us in school that morning.” He pulled his hand from his pocket and briefly touched mine, probably wondering how much the crowd knew about me. I appreciated the gesture, but laced my fingers; I didn’t have secrets as a serving firefighter and I didn’t have them now.

Apart from not telling my mom and sister how I got the last money that helped us across the finishing line.

“I think we all grew up so fast that day,” I said and his smile was reassuring that he agreed with my observation. I needed to change the subject because his eyes were bright with emotion. “What do you think of Halligans?” I asked and turned him away from the memorial wall.

“I love it, the concept of it, which isn’t a concept at all.” He smiled at me, “I love how each part of it has memories, and that there is history here. Was it your dad’s bar then, after he retired?”

“Mom and dad invested in the place, when he retired, and it was hard after he’d gone, but we all worked here as much as we could, and then last year a car took the corner a little too fast, took out the corner, made the whole building unstable, at the same time as…” I tapped my leg. “Y’know, so I invested, my sister and husband invested, we wanted to rebuild, revamp, all without destroying the feel of the place.”

“You get a lot of service guys in here?”

“All the time.”

“Then yeah, you’ve done it right, it’s a second home, a place to reflect, and talk, and create that other family we all need.”

He sounded sad but he got it. He didn’t see it as bricks and mortar, or a chance to make money, he understood that this place meant something.


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March 18, 2018

It's All About The Audio, Audiobooks, RJ Scott, Romance

It’s all about the audio this week is from Eli Easton, I love the Howl at The Moon Series and this is where it all started in book one, How To Howl At The Moon, narrated by Matthew Shaw.

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Sheriff Lance Beaufort is not going to let trouble into his town, no sir. Tucked away in the California mountains, Mad Creek has secrets to keep, like the fact that half the town consists of “quickened” – dogs who have gained the ability to become human. Descended on both sides from Border Collies, Lance is as alert a guardian as they come.

Tim Weston is looking for a safe haven. After learning that his boss patented all of Tim’s work on vegetable hybrids in his own name, Tim quit his old job. A client offers him use of her cabin in Mad Creek, and Tim sees a chance for a new start. But the shy gardener has a way of fumbling and sounding like a liar around strangers, particularly gorgeous alpha men like Sheriff Beaufort.

Lance’s hackles are definitely raised by the lanky young stranger. He’s concerned about marijuana growers moving into Mad Creek, and he’s not satisfied with the boy’s story. Lance decides a bit of undercover work is called for. When Tim hits a beautiful black collie with his car and adopts the dog, its love at first sight for both Tim and Lance’s inner dog. Pretending to be a pet is about to get Sheriff Beaufort in very hot water.


My Top Ten Favorite M/M Romances – Eli Easton

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Published on March 18, 2018 18:40 • 2 views

March 17, 2018

RJ Scott, MM Romance, Rainbow Snippets,

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.

The snippet this week is from Boy Banned (picked by Rachel as RJ is off swanning it in the States

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March 14, 2018

Ice Dragons Series

Il Codice

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Che cosa faresti se qualcuno provasse a distruggere tutto ciò che ami?

Alex Simard, capitano della squadra di hockey degli Ice Dragons, non esita un solo istante a salvare una bambina da una macchina in fiamme. E non si sente un eroe perché pensa che chiunque al suo posto avrebbe fatto lo stesso. Tuttavia, giornalisti invadenti, problemi fisici, pessimi risultati sportivi e russi litigiosi metteranno a dura prova il suo equilibrio. Guidare la sua squadra alla conquista della Stanley Cup è la sua priorità; innamorarsi l’ultimo dei suoi pensieri.

Jo Glivens, aspirante vigile del fuoco, non si aspetta certo di innamorarsi di un giocatore di hockey. La carriera è tutto per lei, e al momento non c’è posto per un uomo nella sua vita. Ma là fuori c’è qualcuno che si è messo a piazzare bombe e a distruggere vite e, quando il pericolo minaccerà da vicino tutto ciò che ama, sarà costretta a fare una scelta. 

Per entrambi, l’amore sarà un prezioso imprevisto da proteggere con le unghie e con i denti.
The Heart, Ice Dragons, Hockey Romance, Il cuore, RJ Scott

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March 12, 2018

Keira Andrews, Kidnapped By The Pirate, MM Romance, Gay RomanceKidnapped By The Pirate – Keira Andrews

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Will a virgin captive surrender to this pirate’s sinful touch?

Nathaniel Bainbridge is used to hiding, whether it’s concealing his struggles with reading or his forbidden desire for men. Under the thumb of his controlling father, the governor of Primrose Isle, he’s sailing to the fledging colony, where he’ll surrender to a respectable marriage for his family’s financial gain. Then pirates strike and he’s kidnapped for ransom by the Sea Hawk, a legendary villain of the New World.

Bitter and jaded, Hawk harbors futile dreams of leaving the sea for a quiet life, but men like him don’t deserve peace. He has a score to settle with Nathaniel’s father—the very man whose treachery forced him into piracy—and he’s sure Nathaniel is just as contemptible.

Yet as days pass in close quarters, Nathaniel’s feisty spirit and alluring innocence beguile and bewitch. Although Hawk knows he must keep his distance, the desire to teach Nathaniel the pleasure men can share grows uncontrollable. It’s not as though Hawk would ever feel anything for him besides lust…

Nathaniel realizes the fearsome Sea Hawk’s reputation is largely invented, and he sees the lonely man beneath the myth, willingly surrendering to his captor body and soul. As a pirate’s prisoner, he is finally free to be his true self. The crew has been promised the ransom Nathaniel will bring, yet as danger mounts and the time nears to give him up, Hawk’s biggest battle could be with his own heart.

This May-December gay romance from Keira Andrews features classic tropes including: a tough alpha pirate too afraid to love, a plucky virgin captive half his age, enemies to lovers, first-time sexual discovery, and of course a happy ending.

My Review: Loved it so much. A proper swashbuckling romance that I couldn’t put down. It reminded me of all the things I love about romance. A solid story, compelling characters, and a couple of bad guys we can all hate. Highly recommended! 5*


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Published on March 12, 2018 11:45 • 14 views

March 10, 2018

Heroes 1 A Reason To Stay RJ Scott MM Romance Author Action Adventure SEALs A Reason To Stay (Heroes #1) On sale until March 23! 

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When SEAL, Viktor Zavodny, left small town America for the Navy he made sure he never had a reason to return for anything other than visiting family. He wanted to see the world and fight for his country and nothing, or no one, was getting in his way. He fights hard, and plays harder, and a succession of men and women share his bed.

But a phone call from his sister has him using his thirty day down time to go home instead of enjoying his usual thirty nights of random sex and sleep.

What he finds is a mystery on the Green Mountains and the only man attempting to make sense of seemingly unrelated deaths. His childhood friend and first love… Lieutenant Aiden Coleman, Sheriff.

There were reasons Viktor left his home. Not least Aiden Coleman with his small town innocence and his dreams of forever. Now Adam and Viktor need to work together to save lives and prove there is a hero in all of us.

When it’s done, if they make it out alive, can Aiden persuade Viktor that he has a reason to stay? Maybe forever?

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Published on March 10, 2018 17:10 • 23 views

RJ Scott, MM Romance, Rainbow Snippets,

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 weekend is the Angels and Sirens book signing in Pittsburgh and my first real life meeting with my co-author V.L. Locey so it seems fitting that this week’s Rainbow Snippet is from our first book together, Changing Lines (Harrisburg Railers #1).


Mads blinked… then leaned in to press his lips to mine. It was a chaste kiss, but it nearly knocked me backward off the bench. His lips were soft but firm, like he was determined there would be no tongues. As soon as my brain touched on tongues, he sprang up from the bench as if he’d sat on a hornet. I heard him kick over his glass of water, but that was the last of my concerns.

“That was not supposed to happen,” he coughed as he aimed himself at my door.


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The Rowe Brothers are famous hockey hotshots, but as the youngest of the trio, Tennant has always had to play against his brothers’ reputations. To get out of their shadows, and against their advice, he accepts a trade to the Harrisburg Railers, where he runs into Jared Madsen. Mads is an old family friend and his brother’s one-time teammate. Mads is Tennant’s new coach. And Mads is the sexiest thing he’s ever laid eyes on.

Jared Madsen’s hockey career was cut short by a fault in his heart, but coaching keeps him close to the game. When Ten is traded to the team, his carefully organized world is thrown into chaos. Nine years his junior and his best friend’s brother, he knows Ten is strictly off-limits, but as soon as he sees Ten’s moves, on and off the ice, he knows that his heart could get him into trouble again.

Can Tennant show Jared that age is just a number, and that love is all that matters?



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#RainbowSnippets February 24


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March 3, 2018

RJ Scott, MM Romance, Rainbow Snippets,

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.

My snippet this week is another one from Winter Cowboy, Whisper Ridge Wyoming #1, my latest release…


“I loved you,” he said, and just those three words rocked my world.

“What the hell?” I’d heard what he said, but maybe I’d misunderstood.

“I loved you for a very long time, from when I was twelve, and I know I was only nineteen when we ended up together, but I knew you were it for me.”


“No, you have to listen to me. I never stopped.” He reached out and pressed a hand to my chest. “I know there’s no chance for us now, that there’s been no chance for a long time, but I want you to know that whatever happens now, I never stopped.”


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Micah Lennox left Whisper Ridge after promising the man he loved that he would never return. But with his sister’s life was in danger, the only way he knows to keep her and his nephew safe is to go home. Spending winter in Wyoming, when he’d promised never to return, opens too many old wounds, but he’s on the run from justice which can’t be far behind, and this is his last chance at redemption.

After a hostage situation leaves Doctor Daniel Sheridan struggling with PTSD, he returns to Whisper Ridge. Joining his dad in family practice is a balm to soothe his exhausted soul, and somehow, he finds a peace he can live with. That is until he meets Micah in a frozen graveyard, and the years of anger and feelings of betrayal boiling inside him, erupt.

Two broken men fight and scratch for their lives and that of their families, and somehow, in the middle of it all, they find each other.

Is it possible that love can be rekindled and become a forever to believe in?


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Whisper Ridge, Wyoming, book 1 – Winter Cowboy


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March 1, 2018

Ask the authors RJ SCOTT MM romance, gay romance

How do you get your cover art?

How do you decide what images you want on a cover?

Do you have An idea in mind when you write?

Have you ever had to change descriptions to accommodate cover images?

Oh my, this is a HARD question…;Meredith Russell does all my cover art and we have worked together for what must be 10 years now. We met when she did banners for my fan fiction like WAY BACK… she knows what I like, she’s an author so she has a solid feel for characters, and we always have cover art BEFORE I start writing. This is lucky, in that I can write to the inspiration, and is only possible because I self publish all my writing now. She helps me find *men* which sounds way better than it is

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