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Autism Awareness Blog Hop

Hi everyone,

So as you can guess from the banner, this year the theme for Rj’s Annual Autism Awareness blog hop is Animals.

I was thinking about what to write and I started thinking about all of the animals we’ve had in our family over the years. Currently we have the terror, aka our dog, but we’ve had a some usual and unusual animals in the past. Cat, Dog, Bird, Fish (caught and goldfish), Horse, Hedgehog, Blue-tongue Lizard, Monkey, Turtle…I think that’s it although I feel like I’m missing one…

I don’t know that I could live without at least one animal in the house, preferably a dog. To me, it’s a sad sort of quiet in the house when they’re not there. You come home and the happiness from your furbaby to see you is just so uplifting! They support you and love you unconditionally.

Which leads me to my fact: While autism is incurable, the right support at the right time can make an enormous difference to people’s lives.

I don’t think that support is limited to other human beings, animals can provide a different type of support that can been just as important.

I was doing a bit of reading and I came across this: “Children with autism may especially benefit from interacting with dogs, which can provide unconditional, nonjudgmental love and companionship.”

It’s not just dogs, there are many animals out there than can provide support, it’s just about finding the right fit for each individual.

 

There are lots of authors taking part in this autism awareness month so there’ll be lots of posts, lots and facts and a bunch of prizes (including from me). I’ve decided to have a little giveaway. I’ll put the names of anyone who comments on this post into random.org and the winner will receive a $10 Amazon Gift Card.

 

Let’s talk to RJ Jones!

Hello everyone, it’s that time again! What time you ask? Why, it’s time for food, drinks, and a chat with the wonderful RJ Jones!

Beany: Welcome back, RJ!

Since it’s hot, let’s start with some chilled cider. I suppose you can have wine if you want…
*places non-melty snacks down to munch on*

RJ: You can keep the cider. I’ll have the wine. Cheers.

Beany: So we’re celebrating the release of As the Sun Sets, book 3 in the Love for the Seasons series. What can you tell us about the story?

RJ: Scott was a paediatric oncologist but he burned out watching kids die. He ruined his relationship and almost his career. When an opportunity comes up to move to the coast and back into general medicine, he sees it as a lifeline. He’s alone, celibate, and hoping the seaside will give him his life back. But of course, it’s never that easy. Scott meets Ben, a red-headed nurse who has a lovely dog called Happy. Scott falls in love with Happy—and when you meet Happy, you’ll see why—and eventually Scott gives in to long-supressed lust and desire for Ben. To find out what happens and how Ben helps Scott over one of the biggest hurdles in his life, you’ll have to read the story 🙂

Beany: Now, I know you weren’t planning on writing Scott’s story, in fact I laughed when you told me you were writing it *remembers that moment fondly* Are you happy now that you wrote it?

RJ: Completely! When I realised Scott actually wasn’t the arsehole he was portrayed to be in the first book, I kinda fell in love with him a little. He’s got a past that messes with his mind. I think I have a thing for redeeming badboys.

Beany: With the series being titled Love for the Seasons, does that mean there will only be one more story left in the series?

RJ: Umm… it would be kinda silly if I only did three seasons so there will be a fourth.

Beany: Have you started working on the next book yet?

RJ: No. To be completely honest, I have no idea what’s going to happen. I know who one of the characters are, but not who his love interest is. I have no plot at this stage, but as with Scott’s story, it only takes one person to whisper what they want.

Beany: What else have you got in the pipeline for this year? Anything you can tell us about?

RJ:  I have written an Aussie story set in Uluru with a British backpacker and an Australian tour guide. It’s such a unique setting and I hope everyone enjoys my version of Australia. I’m excited for this one but it won’t be out till later in the year. I’m not giving anything else away 😛

Beany: I think that’s all the questions I have…for now *winks* Thanks for stopping by J

RJ: It’s been a pleasure, Beans, as always.

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Blurb:

A sea change could be just what the doctor ordered.

Doctor Scott Penney used to be a Paediatric Oncologist—until he burned out. Watching children suffer and die took its toll on his mental health. To cope, he used anonymous sex as an emotional crutch, thinking it was better than hitting the bottle. But that inevitably destroyed his relationship with the man he loved.

With his tail between his legs and a year’s worth of celibacy under his belt, Scott accepts a position as an Accident and Emergency consultant, leaving his career in oncology and London behind.

Ben Jenkins is a paediatric nurse who loves his seaside city, his job, and his faithful old Labrador, Happy. When he meets the new doctor, Ben falls for Scott’s kind-yet-reserved personality—not to mention his good looks. Scott is great with the children who come through the hospital, but Ben senses there’s more to Scott than meets the eye.

Scott tries to resist Ben’s sunny charm—Scott’s not boyfriend material, after all—but it’s impossible not to fall in love with the sad looking old dog and his charming owner. As Scott and Ben get closer and the weather heats up, tragedy strikes and Ben is left wondering how much of Scott’s history he actually knows.

For them to move forward, Ben must show Scott that no matter what happened in the past, a beautiful day can always start after the sun sets.

 

**This can be read as a standalone**

About the Author

RJ started as a reader and eventually made the progression to reviewing. It wasn’t until two men popped into her thoughts, insisting on telling her their story that she started to write. It started with one scene. A hot and dirty one in the shower.

RJ’s initial thought was if she could write their scene then they’d shut up and allow her to concentrate on other aspects of the day. That shower scene was 3000 words long and three hours of work.  But they didn’t shut up.  They told her their entire story and she didn’t sleep for days. Sometimes she couldn’t keep up with what they were telling her and she had to keep a notebook by the bed.

Whilst RJ was writing their story a side character decided he needed his story told too. Then other characters followed suit.

You see the problem? If RJ ever wants to sleep again then she needs to write.
RJ is a wife and a mother to two boys. Even her dog is a boy.
She is surrounded by males.

RJ writes emotionally charged, character driven romances. Her guys will always get their HEA, but it will never be easy.

Where to find me

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/robyn.j.jones.1711
Twitter – https://twitter.com/rjjonesauthor
Pinterest – https://www.pinterest.com/rjjonesauthor/
Website – http://rjjonesauthor.com
Email – rjjonesauthor@gmail.com
Amazon page – http://www.amazon.com/R.-J.-Jones

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Introducing Kindle Worlds – Plundered Chronicles

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Introducing Kindle Worlds – Plundered Chronicles
By: Alex Westmore

I am thrilled to be offering The Plundered Chronicles as the first LGBT Kindle World, and truly believe this community of brilliant writers has created some amazing stories for you to read.

Kindle Worlds are books by authors writing in same world created by another author. Each author writing in the world has some elements that are part of original world/stories and add their own characters or world.

This world couldn’t come at a better time – a time when it is vital our collective voices are heard, when we have the chance to hold hands and remind each other that we and our stories matter.

And what stories we have.

If you like steampunk, we have it. If you like undersea adventure we have that. If you are a fan of the Plundered Series, we have backstories as well as future plotlines. This is a world where everything is possible and anything is probable. Prepare to suspend your disbelief because this powerhouse of writers is serving up more than a yo, ho, ho, and a bottle of rum. They have worked tirelessly to create original and entertaining stories that will make you laugh, make you cry, make you wonder, and hopefully make you want to be a part of something fantastic.

I am honored that these writers took precious time away from their own characters to play with mine in a variety of genres, and set them sailing off into outerspace or into the faery realm. I am proud of the hard work each author has put into their plotline and I am very pleased with the fabulous quality of the writing.

And thanks for stopping by, matey. I know I speak for all of the writers here when I say we are glad you came and we are confident you will find yourself so immersed in our world, you’ll come back again and again as we create even more diverse stories for your reading pleasure.

So welcome to the exciting world of Quinn’s pirate adventure where words are sharper than knives and where bravery and courage are as important as breathing. No matter what genre you enjoy reading our world has something for everyone.

For more on Kindle Worlds –  Plundered Chronicles-   http://alexwestmore.net/pirates
and check out the video https://youtu.be/fYyDbofc-ZI

START WITH THE ORIGINAL SERIES BY ALEX WESTMORE

Book 1:  The Pirate’s Booty
Book 2:  Shiver her Timbers
Book 3:  Fire in the Hole
Book 4:  Cutthroat Crusades
… with more coming soon!

AND THEN KEEP EXPLORING!

Much Ado about Pirates by Falcon Storm
Sayyida by K’Anne Meinel
The House at Sea by R.J. Blain
The Time Parlay by Jill Cooper
The Girl Who Touched the Stars by M.D. Cooper
Falling for a Pirate by Meredith Bond
Shipwrecked by Kathryn Hickle
Steel, Steam & Immortality by Annathesa Nikola Darksbane
Bring Me the Horizon by Shei Darksbane
Skyblade’s Gambit by Robert Dahlen
Nebulous Rising: Inferno by Talia Carmichael

 

So I was re reading…

I was re reading the Preternatural Rescue Centre books by Ellen Cross over the weekend. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve read this series and I almost always start with Stealing Enchantments (#7)  then work my way backwards, before starting at the beginning and reading them in order.

So I thought I’d highlight the series especially since eXtasy books is having a massive sale at the moment. (25% off plus 10% in credits on all backlist books from October 20th – 31st!!!)

Here is the link to Ellen’s page – Ellen Cross

And the link to Preternatural Rescue Centre

Now I think I might go and re read the last few again…

Welcome RJ Jones!

Interview with RJ Jones

Hello everyone, please put your hands together and join me in welcoming the wonderful RJ Jones! *claps*

(btw – these questions are being drafted while I’m sleepy so this should be interesting)

Beany: Welcome RJ!

Since I’m writing these questions in the evening, lets skip the tea and coffee. *hands over glass of wine and gets cider for self as we sit in our jammies*

RJ:  Wine and PJ’s. Perfect night in. Cheers. 🙂

Beany: The last time you popped in we were celebrating the release of True Blue (Out of the Blue #3) and now we’re celebrating Blueprint (Out of the Blue #4).
So what can you tell us about this story?

RJ:  It’s Jet’s story! Finally! You wouldn’t believe the amount of people who have asked me when Jet’s story was coming, and to be honest, I have wanted to write his story as soon as he hit the page in Black & Bluhe. He’s such a lovable yet vulnerable character. *melts  I love him hard. Jet finally gets his HEA here but he has to grow first and with his identical twin, Gray always hovering, it’s a bit of a struggle. Okay, it’s a lot of a struggle. Luckily Ethan is the perfect match for Jet. Ethan is stable and dependable with a wealth of patience when it comes to the twins. I hope everyone loves Jet and Ethan as much as I do.

Beany: Last time you said Blueprint was going to be the last book in the series. You also mentioned that a couple more characters have come up but that if you wrote their stories, they wouldn’t be part of the Blue series. Any news about that?

RJ:  Not really. It’s still the same answer. I plan on Blueprint to finish the series, but there are a couple of characters (Andy from #3 and #4 and Ian from #4 who you’re yet to meet) who may get together. If they do, and that’s a big if, it will be a spin off.

Beany: Of all the books in the Blue series, which was your favourite to write and which character/s will you miss? And which character was your favourite?

RJ:  Jet was my favourite to write. He’s fun and quirky, yet vulnerable. He was an absolute joy to spend some time in his head. I’ll really miss him. Mason runs a close second, even though his story, True Blue, you don’t get his POV, but I enjoyed him regardless. He was a lot of fun.

Beany: Do you think you’ll ever visit the characters again later on? Even for a short story?

RJ:  Possibly. I have been thinking about a short Christmas piece, but it won’t be this year.

Beany: So now that Blueprint is done, are there any projects that you’re working on that you can tell us about?

RJ: I’m currently working on the third Love for the Season book, As the Sun Sets, which I plan on releasing early next year.  It’s set in Brighton in the UK and features Scott, a paediatric doctor and Rob, a children’s nurse. I won’t give you any more insight yet because it’s nowhere near finished. I’ve also got a short hot ménage in the works with not much plot. That’s been fun to write 🙂

Beany: I think that’s all the questions I have…for now *winks* Thanks for stopping by 🙂

RJ:  Thanks, Beans. Can I take the bottle?

Beany: Of course, I bought it specifically for you.

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Blurb

If only building the foundation for a lasting relationship was as easy as drafting the blueprint.

Jet Black doesn’t date. Even if he wanted a man beyond sex, his ever-watchful identical twin scares potential suitors away. Jet lives with his brother, but since Gray fell in love with Kris, Jet feels like a third wheel. Despite their bond, Jet knows he needs to move out and experience life for himself, whether Gray likes it or not.

After his father dies in a boating accident, Ethan Nichols is devastated. As the last survivor of his family, he realizes the need to put down roots. He leaves Australia and returns home to San Francisco and his old architectural firm. But there’s more to building a new life than simply moving house.

Jet and Ethan’s first encounter is brash and anonymous, but when Ethan moves across the hall, their lives become irrevocably linked. Jet is quirky and fun loving, while Ethan is rock steady and dependable. There’s no denying the passionate spark between them.

But Ethan is looking for a more solid foundation than Jet is ready to offer. Until Jet learns to spread his wings and trust Ethan with his darkest secrets, building a life together will be impossible.

**This can be read as a standalone, however it is best enjoyed reading the series in order as side characters play a major role.**

About the Author:

RJ started as a reader and eventually made the progression to reviewing. It wasn’t until two men popped into her thoughts, insisting on telling her their story that she started to write. It started with one scene. A hot and dirty one in the shower.

RJ’s initial thought was if she could write their scene then they’d shut up and allow her to concentrate on other aspects of the day. That shower scene was 3000 words long and three hours of work.  But they didn’t shut up.  They told her their entire story and she didn’t sleep for days.  Sometimes she couldn’t keep up with what they were telling her and she had to keep a notebook by the bed.

Whilst RJ was writing their story a side character decided he needed his story told too. Then other characters followed suit.

You see the problem? If RJ ever wants to sleep again then she needs to write.
RJ is a wife and a mother to two boys. Even her dog is a boy.
She is surrounded by males.

RJ writes emotionally charged, character driven romances. Her guys will always get their HEA, but it will never be easy.

Where to find me

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/robyn.j.jones.1711
Twitter – https://twitter.com/rjjonesauthor
Pinterest – https://www.pinterest.com/rjjonesauthor/
Website – http://rjjonesauthor.com
Email – rjjonesauthor@gmail.com
Amazon page – http://www.amazon.com/R.-J.-Jones

Giveaway:

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Engineering Love by Jackie Nacht is OUT!!!! And there’s a contest…

Engineering Love by Jackie Nacht is out now for early release at Rainbow Ninja Press!!! Yay!!!

It’ll be up for Pre Order at third party sites on the 12th of October and out for General Release on the 19th of October. But for the first week you can get it for $2.50 (from the 12th of October it’ll be $2.99).

EU Customers, you have a special link to go and buy it without paying the VAT (RNP will pay it).

Now, go and read it so you can help me bug Jackie for a sequel!!! *wink*

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Buy Links:

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Blurb:

When north meets south, sparks fly.

 

Adrian is a student from a northern college transferring to Georgia Tech. Used to seeing snowmobiles outnumbering the cars on campus, Adrian finds himself living in a state hotter than hell and feeling completely lost in the heart of Atlanta. A chance encounter introduces him to Davis who Adrian knows is trouble, but can’t help falling for.

Davis is the picture of big man on campus and oozes with confidence, at least until he meets Adrian.  Something about Adrian has Davis’s usual charm flying out of the window and everything goes from smooth to hell as Davis tries to make Adrian his own.

Between awkward dates, second-degree burns, study sessions, and snow, the two stumble their way into a relationship neither had planned. Will Davis give up the bachelor life to take a chance at a relationship with Adrian, or will he walk away from something special just to stick to his original plan?

Excerpt:

Ten minutes until kickoff and it was like every person in the student body had showed up. Adrian was squished next to Mark and a girl wearing glitter tattoos on her cheeks. She and her friend were taking selfies, and somehow, Adrian got tugged into one.

“What’s your name?” the girl hollered.

He leaned in, yelling, “Adrian.”

“Mara.” She smiled over at him.

“Mara!” a guy called from behind them, then he landed on Adrian’s back.

“Careful, Davis!” Mara yelled.

Bending over from the weight of the guy, Adrian would have face-planted into the person in front of him if it hadn’t been for Mark grabbing his shirt. The fucking game hadn’t started, and he was about to be on the injury list. And Adrian wasn’t even playing in the game!

“Whoa, whoa, whoa.” The guy on his back grabbed him and wrapped an arm around Adrian’s chest.

The person in front of him turned with a scowl on his face before he smirked at the man behind him and raised his hand. “Davis!”

Hands clapped over his head, and the damn bull in the china shop behind him still had his arm around Adrian.

The two chatted above him, and Adrian glanced over at Mark who was rolling his eyes. “That’s Davis.”

Oh yeah, because that explained everything. It’s Davis so it’s natural to start chatting it up with Adrian snuggled right in. Boundaries, people, boundaries. Apparently, tackle-boy Davis seemed to know everyone since people all around shouted his name. Adrian felt Davis’s deep chuckle and wondered why the hell he was still being held by him.

Adrian turned and glanced over his shoulder, then kind of wished he hadn’t. Davis was laughing while talking to the guy Adrian almost fell into before. Davis was hot… like hotter than Atlanta. Black hair and a five o’clock shadow around a strong jaw. Built enough to belong on the football field and damn, and he had light ice-blue eyes. Adrian had an urge to reach out and touch Davis’s face to make sure he was fucking real. The only thing that detracted from the model-perfect looks was a small scar on his bottom lip, which Adrian thought was sexy as hell. The white line bisected plump full lips, which made Adrian want to kiss it. And he shouldn’t be thinking that.

With a small twist of his arm, Adrian was free of Davis. He glanced back at him.

“Don’t trample the newb, Davis,” Luke hollered from down the row.

Davis’s blue eyes glinted in the noonday sun, and a crooked smile appeared on his face. Adrian felt like prey in the presence of a predator, trapped by a sea of fifty-five thousand people.

And there’s a contest!!!

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Orlando

I have been trying to think of what to say about what happened on the 12th and even now, five days later, I’m still at a loss. I have opened numerous Word documents to try and come up with something, but all I end up doing is staring at a blank document.

This act of terror and hate crime is a nightmare. So many lives have been lost and even more are hurting because of one person’s hate.

I cannot comprehend the amount of hate in someone’s heart to be able to do something so horrible. And to see comments and statements applauding the act? It’s mindboggling. What is wrong with people? How are they not appalled by this?!

But what I’m seeing more is the outpouring of love. Authors and some publishers have teamed up together to put together anthologies with the proceeds going to the families affected by the Pulse Nightclub Shooting.

People from all around the world have donated to help the families. As I’m typing this post, almost $5.1million has been raised through the gofundme page, all in four days.

It shows that despite the hate, there is also love in the world. Love will conquer the hate. Those that have tragically lost their lives will not be forgotten.

Love is Love is Love is.

 

To donate to the families affected by the Pulse Nightclub Shooting click: https://www.gofundme.com/PulseVictimsFund

Grief hotline: http://www.allianceofhope.org

 

Pib’s Dragon – Third Party Pre Order

Pib’s Dragon is up for pre order on third party sites!

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Amazon

Please note – Amazon wouldn’t let me put the price lower so please contact them to say that you’ve seen it cheaper elsewhere so that they can reduce the cost.

If you don’t want to wait until the 10th, it’s up for early release at Rainbow Ninja Press (EU Customers click here)

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A dragon is about to find out what happens when a cat discovers his cave of shiny treasures.

After nine years, Pib is finally free from his contract with the newly wed prince. Slipping out in the middle of the night to avoid getting stuck in another contract, Pib shifts into his cat and makes his way home to the little village he foolishly left, hoping his best friend Wil still lives there.

Dray is bored. His services as a princess-guarding dragon are no longer needed and even his gold and jewels are unable to cheer him up. His mood changes quickly when he catches someone in his treasure cave, and it starts a series of events that change his life forever.

When the two finally meet, sparks fly, but Dray will have to move quickly if he’s to save his cat after Pib gets kidnapped.

Pib’s Dragon is out now!

Pib’s Dragon kicks off the multi author series – Twisted Fairy Tales.

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Blurb:

A dragon is about to find out what happens when a cat discovers his cave of shiny treasures.

After nine years, Pib is finally free from his contract with the newly wed prince. Slipping out in the middle of the night to avoid getting stuck in another contract, Pib shifts into his cat and makes his way home to the little village he foolishly left, hoping his best friend Wil still lives there.

Dray is bored. His services as a princess-guarding dragon are no longer needed and even his gold and jewels are unable to cheer him up. His mood changes quickly when he catches someone in his treasure cave, and it starts a series of events that change his life forever.

When the two finally meet, sparks fly, but Dray will have to move quickly if he’s to save his cat after Pib gets kidnapped.

Buy Links:

Rainbow Ninja Press
Rainbow Ninja Press – EU Customers

It’ll be up on third party sites for pre order next week, general release will be the 10th of June.

And there’s a contest to win a copy!

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