Monday, 30 May 2016

Review of Boy Banned by RJ Scott

Boy Banned by RJ Scott

When the only way to win is to hide who you are, how far are you prepared to go?
Reuben “Angel” Jacobs is one step away from giving it all up. Losing a place in the live finals of Sing UK almost kills him. He has no choice but to go home and work for the family business, even though it means giving up his dreams and proving his old bullies right.

Corey Dixon is a rocker at heart. Being on the spectrum means that making sense of other people’s ‘normal’ is hard in itself, let alone in the chaos of a high-powered competition. Singing is his safe space, the only way he can think through the noise in his head. Messing up his audition for the live shows means his journey is over, and it’s the worst day of his life.

The judges throw them a lifeline and create a boy band from the near-miss hopefuls. Angel, Corey, and three others are put together in a room and offered the chance to sing as a group. Agreeing to become part of the new band means Corey has to hide who he is and what Angel has come to mean to him.

Is winning worth the price Corey and Angel have to pay?

Buy Links: Amazon (US) | Amazon (UK) | All Romance | Smashwords 

Review: 5 stars

I don't often review but when I do it's usually because I've been thinking about the book, and this is one of them. I'm not going to recap on the plotline, because you can read that from other reviews. This is more about the writing itself. So first, the disclaimer.

Disclaimer: I work for RJ, but she doesn't expect a review from me. She also gets my honest opinion to her face!

Back to the review. My honest opinion is the book I think RJ should be writing more often. I've read three books of RJ's in quick succession. This one and The Rancher's Son are bloody brilliant. I liked the third one too, but it was a good read, not a great read. Boy Banned and The Rancher's Son kept me reading until the early hours of the morning.

We had an MM meeting recently and RJ mentioned something that had occurred to her from writing another genre. As MM authors we have a shorthand that comes from writing gay characters. For instance, if you write fanfiction, you know your audience will know and love the characters. You don't need to fill in the minutiae of their hair/eyes/where they live etc. Although we all write different books in MM, there is still an unconscious shorthand that maybe we don't realise exists until you move into another genre.

Boy Banned is a new release and I feel that it doesn't suffer from this shorthand. From Corey's reaction to the world around him, to the band's emotions as they go through the auditions and how the secondary characters are written, all the detail is there for the reader, and that made a difference to me. The romance was there between the two main characters, but the rest of the band and the competitors were just as vividly written. I was drawn into the world which I avoid like the plague in real life - I never watch reality TV shows. It didn't matter here.

RJ has an autistic son so when she writes about autistic characters you can see she is writing with lived experience. What struck me about Corey is that at no time did I feel sorry for him, he wasn't a tragic character. He is autistic and handles his life accordingly. 

It's more than a talent show romance. I invested in these characters. I give Boy Banned a well deserved 5 stars. 

Have you read The Rogue Wolf?


The Rogue Wolf

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The third in the Sapphire Ranch Wolves series, this is Zeke and Owen's story.

Will Owen submit, or will the lone wolf run?

Shifter Owen Pope is a bitter man, a lone wolf, banished by his pack for defying his Alpha. He survives day by day, working as a laborer, sometimes living for months as a wolf. On the borders of Sapphire Ranch, he catches a scent that calls to his wolf as he hunts.

Then he’s cornered, trapped with nowhere to go, and Owen realizes to his horror that the delicious scent belongs to the human pointing a gun right between Owen’s eyes.

He escapes, only to be confronted by two wolves, and his world is turned when he realizes one of them is a shifter from his former pack. Owen has so many questions but he’s not sure he’s going to like the answers.

Zeke is huge and fierce to his co-workers in the Cavalry, but he has one desire; to protect Owen and create a life together. Will Owen submit, or will the lone wolf run?
 




The Sapphire Ranch Wolves series
#1 The Last Wolf
#2 The Hidden Wolf
#3 The Rogue Wolf
#4 The Forgotten Wolf (to come 2016)
#5 The New Wolf (to come 2016)




Sunday, 29 May 2016

Island Counselor Blog Tour

I'm organising a small blog tour for my own book, Island Counselor. If you have a space and would be able and willing to host me, here is the link to the form.

Thank you!

Buylinks: Ebook | Paperback

Logan is there for everyone, but who is there when he falls apart?

Counselor Logan Wilde has a successful therapy practice in London, but when a traumatic incident there leaves him suffering from PTSD, he takes refuge in his holiday cottage on the Isle of Wight, unable to face going back to work. Not that he’s allowed to relax. Logan’s time is taken up with helping Liam Owens, plus there’s Nick Brent, whom Logan discovers collapsed on the beach. Nick and Logan spend their time bickering with each other, but that doesn’t alter the attraction they feel.

Logan is forced to make some hard decisions about his future, which entails facing up to recent events. Only he’s not alone—Nick is with him. Unfortunately someone else makes a decision too, and now trouble is on its way to the Isle of Wight.

Have you Read - The Next Call?

Have you read... The Next Call?

Sometimes falling in love isn't as simple as meeting the right man.

Mark Grayson volunteers for an LGBT helpline, the same one that helped him through his teenage years. One day he takes a call from “Ricky,” a suicidal man being forced into a marriage he doesn't want. For weeks Mark talks to Ricky and provides support, but he’s frustrated by the lack of information Ricky provides and the decisions he’s making. In the meantime, Mark starts a relationship with another volunteer. Then tragedy strikes and Mark takes time away from the helpline, but when he comes back, Ricky is waiting. Mark realizes Ricky is stronger than before and their relationship changes, but Mark isn’t sure what their future holds if their relationship is destined to be at the end of the phone.

Saturday, 28 May 2016

London Comic Con

Yesterday, I went to London Comic Con with my daughter. I love my kid. I bought her two weekend tickets to Comic Con as her Christmas present, and she took me as a guest. I'm not good in crowds so we went early on Friday knowing there would be less people than the weekend. Still, there were plenty of cos-players and interesting people. It's an author's candy-ground for interest.

I wasn't that bothered about the celebs (sorry), but daughter got Nick Blood's autograph (Hunter from Agents of SHIELD) and he comes across as very friendly. She was going back today for more autographs but was unwell, so fingers crossed for tomorrow.

We investigated all the stalls - several times. Yes, my daughter is a happy shopper, her mother not so much. I bought these pictures to go up in the front room.



Island Counselor

Island Counselor

due out 20th June 2016

Buylinks: Ebook | Paperback

Logan is there for everyone, but who is there when he falls apart?

Counselor Logan Wilde has a successful therapy practice in London, but when a traumatic incident there leaves him suffering from PTSD, he takes refuge in his holiday cottage on the Isle of Wight, unable to face going back to work. Not that he’s allowed to relax. Logan’s time is taken up with helping Liam Owens, plus there’s Nick Brent, whom Logan discovers collapsed on the beach. Nick and Logan spend their time bickering with each other, but that doesn’t alter the attraction they feel.

Logan is forced to make some hard decisions about his future, which entails facing up to recent events. Only he’s not alone—Nick is with him. Unfortunately someone else makes a decision too, and now trouble is on its way to the Isle of Wight.


Friday, 20 May 2016

Island Counselor



I have a book out next month, and I have had the wonderful cover by L.C. Chase for weeks, but I've been a good little author and sat on it until the cover reveal. Ta da! Today is that day. Thank you to everyone who took part in the cover reveal.

The second Island Medics book, Island Counselor, releases on June 20, 2016. 


BLURB

Counselor Logan Wilde has a successful therapy practice in London, but when a traumatic incident there leaves him suffering from PTSD, he takes refuge in his holiday cottage on the Isle of Wight, unable to face going back to work. Not that he’s allowed to relax. Logan’s time is taken up with helping Liam Owens, plus there’s Nick Brent, whom Logan discovers collapsed on the beach. Nick and Logan spend their time bickering with each other, but that doesn’t alter the attraction they both feel.

Logan is forced to make some hard decisions about his future, which entails facing up to recent events, only he’s not alone—Nick is with him. Unfortunately, someone else makes a decision, too, and now trouble is on its way to the Isle of Wight.

The cover, teasers and a giveaway can be found over at these blogs.