RJ Scott: Bucket List

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When Andrew Craig dies, he leaves his brother Jason a list of places that he wanted to visit but couldn’t. Attending a school reunion, London, Stonehenge, these are all on the list and Jason is determined to cross everything off and work through his grief at the same time.

Closeted soap actor Mark Wesley is shocked when a blast from the past looks him up, and devastated when he realizes he will never have a chance to make things right.
Together Jason and Mark agree to work on the list. But what happens when Jason and Mark grow closer, when passion and even love begins to grow?

Was this what Andrew wanted to happen all along between his brother and his friend?

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About RJ: RJ Scott has been writing since age six, when she was made to stay in at lunchtime for an infraction involving cookies. She was told to write a story and two sides of paper about a trapped princess later, a lover of writing was born.

As an avid reader herself, she can be found reading anything from thrillers to sci-fi to horror. However, her first real true love will always be the world of romance where she takes cowboys, bodyguards, firemen and billionaires (to name a few) and writes dramatic and romantic stories of love and passion between these men.

With over sixty titles to her name and counting, she is the author of the award winning book, The Christmas Throwaway. She is also known for the Texas series charting the lives of Riley and Jack, and the Sanctuary series following the work of the Sanctuary Foundation and the people it protects.

Her goal is to write stories with a heart of romance, a troubled road to reach happiness, and most importantly, that hint of a happily ever after.

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Excerpt 
Jason pressed again. “What did he say, Mark? Tell me.”

Mark looked directly into his eyes, and their gaze held. Even in the chaos of music and lights, Mark was absolutely focused on Jason, and Jason could see the strength in the other man as he reined himself in. Tension turned to calm, and anger slid to patience.

“Nothing new, just the same shit he used to say to me at school.” The music stopped; someone had apparently decided the little standoff by the photo display needed an audience. This was probably what most of the attendees came for tonight, not to see Ted Krantz and Mark go head to head specifically, but to see more of the high school drama spill into adult life.

Jason lowered his voice and was aware of the flash of a cameras around them. He could see the headlines now. Soap Star in Face-off with High School Bully. “Mark, you need to leave it.”

“Seems to me that Andrew wanted me to right a wrong here,” Mark replied just as quietly.
“What if he didn’t? What if he just wanted you to show off your flashy car and your money and success and prove the bullies wrong that way?”
Mark tilted his head. “You really think that?”
“I don’t know,” Jason answered as truthfully as he could. He didn’t know what his brother had been thinking with these letters and instructions. He called the list his bucket list for others to complete, but Jason knew there was more to all of this. He just couldn’t get to the core of what it was.
“So Mr. B-lister, you have something to say to me?” Ted said snidely, smirking. He loved playing to an audience, and he looked around at some of them with that knowing grin.
Mark pulled himself straight, which still left him a couple inches short of Ted’s fleshy mass, and finally yanked his arm free of Jason’s hold. “Yep,” Mark began. “I have plenty to say.”

Review: Follow my Lead

Lisa

Title: Follow My Lead

Author: Lisa Worrall

Publisher: White Stiletto Press

Release Date: Jan. 13, 2015

Length:  75 pgs

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Blurb:

Hell hath no fury like a boyfriend scorned as sitcom star and comedian, CJ Edwards, finds out when his ex releases a sex tape he hadn’t even known was being filmed. Not to mention the headlines on every newstand accusing CJ of being an abusive alcoholic. His career in tatters, CJ’s agent manages to get CJ a spot on the Christmas special of Dancing with Stars in Your Eyes. Seeing it as a chance to possibly redeem himself, CJ accepts.

Lucien Moreau has been a dance professional on Dancing with Stars in Your Eyes for three years, and he loves it. Until the powers that be decide, in view of new marriage equality laws, the show’s Christmas special will include a gay couple. Finding out he is being partnered with CJ Edwards hits him like a fist to the gut. Six months ago his brother and sister-in-law were killed in an accident when their car was hit by a drunk driver. How the hell is he supposed to teach a man, not unlike the one who destroyed his family, to dance? 

 

Review:

I really LOVED this story. I will assume I know where the author received their inspiration from for this story. I would have to agree, I wish it were more like this book.

It sometimes takes forever to build a career, it only takes one word or one sex tape to ruin it. Poor CJ, I actually felt sorry for him. He finally catches a break after being falsely accused of being an abusive drunk, he never hit anyone, when his bad luck makes a bad first impression.

My first impression of Lucien was a judgemental, uptight Brit. I quickly learned the reason for that and he grew on me. Actually he’s pretty nice once he decides he’s going to like you.

I’m not sure what to say about this story. You sometimes have these books that you really love but you really can’t explain why. This is one of them. I love all of Lisa Worrall’s books that I have read so far, including this one. It was written well, the characters were developed well. It made me laugh out loud. I don’t remember crying which is good in my opinion. I don’t like to cry.

I highly recommend this book, it was a fun read.  I’m glad I had the chance to read it. I give this book 5 stars.

Aurore Rose

 

Meredith Russell: Just Jack

ukgayromance sends a huge get well soon to Meredith, who was involved in a nasty car accident on Monday. So glad you’re home now.

When the line between fairy tales and magic, and the real world become blurred, can love really conquer anything?

Leo Marsh is having a bad day. He just caught his boyfriend cheating on him, and not for the first time, then he falls, quite literally, for a man who has to be too good to be true….

When Leo slips and falls on some ice in front of Jack, Jack sees something all too familiar in Leo’s eyes. For over fifty years, Jack has existed in a solitary life of ice and bitterness. Just like Leo, he was betrayed by a man he loved, and swore no one would ever break his heart again: he gave up on love, and it seemed love had given up on him.

But if by fate or magic, Jack and Leo find their paths crossing for a second time, and with a little guidance from friends, dare to take a chance on each other. The problem is, Jack isn’t the charming and uncomplicated guy Leo thinks he is. When Jack gave away his ability to love, he became something else, someone cold and unloving. He became Jack Frost.

As Jack and Leo get closer, Jack is left torn and confused. Jack yearns for anything that reminds him of his humanity, but the truth is, he feels nothing, not warmth, not love, and he knows he might never be able to love Leo the way he deserves to be loved.

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Russell T. Davies Does CBT.

Author T.J.Masters reviews T.V’s Cucumber, Banana and Tofu

Did the title grab your attention? Did it trigger your curiosity? Did it need to? British TV viewers would need to have been living on another planet for the last few weeks and months not to have known that two great events were scheduled for last week. Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall and Russell T. Davies’s Cucumber, Banana, Tofu triad (CBT) were both much heralded and widely anticipated because both writers sit at the very peak of their different genres. Ms Mantel is the queen of Tudor monarchy and all its dramas. Russell T. Davies (RTD) is the ‘queen’ of all things gay on tv. That said however, I would now argue that CBT is a lot more than just gay tv.

Sixteen years ago RTD brought us the iconic series Queer As Folk. We were introduced to a collection of bright young things chasing each other around the Manchester gay scene. They all had soulless, aggressive, non-committal sex but the writing was brilliant and it changed forever, the way that gay life was presented on tv.

After that, Russell waved his creative magic wand over the old BBC Dr Who, added Torchwood and gave birth to a hugely successful global franchise. Clearly the ability to produce tv magic bestows great power on the writer. How else could he then have persuaded network bosses to take on three new series with heavy sexual content and broadcast them at consecutive times, across three different channels on Thursday night’s for eight weeks? Well he did and it happened and it was wonderful.

In the same way that Ms Mantel is an able chronicler of the Tudor period, so RTD is an expert chronicler of gay life and lifestyle. Not just the lifestyle as it has evolved since Queer as Folk (QAF), not just a timeline into the early twenty-first century, but a deeper look at how we grow and age alongside it. In QAF we related to the characters. Who didn’t have moments of envy over Stuart or want to be him? We also cringed at his behaviour and at times wanted to punch him.

Cucumber airs on Channel 4 and in some ways it is a follow-up story to QAF. The central character is the 46 year old Henry who will resonate deeply with many of us of a certain age. Gay middle age has never been so well portrayed on tv and if your only reference is the very witty ‘Vicious’ then prepare to have your opinions turned on their heads. As I watched the first episode I found myself jumping between wanting to give Henry an understanding hug and wanting to tip him into Canal Street’s famous waterway!

That first episode set the scene with Henry and his partner of nine years, Lance, having reached a crossroads in their comfortable but sexless relationship. Suddenly this was no longer just an outrageous gay story, it was the tale of any middle aged couple coming to terms, or not, with the autumn of their time together. The shock effect and the rampant penis innuendo of the opening scenes had drawn us in, but now RTD’s brilliance revealed itself and we were faced with the stories of stumbling relationships, fickle love, beauty, age and the mixed blessing that is sex leading to both happiness and misery.

I look forward to Henry’s story developing over the coming weeks.

Straight after Cucumber we change channels to E4 where Banana is shown as a set of eight individual portraits of some of the secondary characters from the Cucumber series. First up was wild child Dean who bounced through Cucumber, notably waving his chastity-locked tackle at anyone who stood still long enough for him to drop his trousers. Like everyone in these tales the young actor gave an inspired performance and we can look forward to seeing a lot more of him throughout the Cucumber series. There he is one corner of the unlikely three-way flat share with Henry and the beautiful, bisexual, nymphomaniac Freddie.

It is a measure of RTD’s great skill as a writer that he has written eight powerful portraits of very diverse characters and each seen from their own point of view.  I can’t wait to see episode two of Banana where he writes as a lonely young lesbian.

If you are not drained of all emotional energy after this unrelenting two hours, then it is time to switch to the on-demand channel 4OD for Tofu. This is a web-based, factual series presented as a guide to sex. Not just gay sex but straight, trans, black, white, young or old and everything in between.

The images will titillate us and we will love or hate the characters. I firmly believe that the well written stories will stay with us a lot longer than the giggles. Once again RTD has given us a game changing pallet of great stories and memorable characters. It frustrates the hell out of me that the people who need to watch this are the very ones who will avoid it. For those of us who do watch it all, Thursday nights will never be the same again.

For writers who struggle with the patience which our craft demands. I read one powerful anecdote about RTD and Cucumber. Apparently the final words from Henry at the end of the series were written by Russell some ten years ago. All he needed was the right character to deliver those words and now I can’t wait to hear what he says.

T.J. Masters

Writer of m/m romance and BDSM stories.

Full details can be found at

http://www.tjmasters.com

Taking the Gardener

Mourning the sudden loss of his parents in a car crash, experienced Dom Eric Broderick escapes London society and his high-pressure law firm and retreats to Glebe House in Pittlesburne, a small village in Buckinghamshire. He tours the nearby woods and the charming village, but it’s really the guesthouse’s garden he’s taken with—or, rather, the gardener.

Tom Bestwick maintains the grounds of Glebe House for his fiancée and does odd jobs around the village. With little experience outside Pittlesburne, Tom finds fulfillment through his true passions, rugby and art. He has just one unrealized desire—one the guesthouse’s new occupant would be happy to help him with.

Late one night, while walking through the garden to clear his mood, Eric spies Tom enjoying a BDSM video starring two men. Having a sub to train might just help Eric forget his troubles, but as their feelings deepen, the real world intrudes. Eric can give Tom everything, but not until Tom decides where he’s meant to be.

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KJ Charles: How Authors Should Help Reviewers Write Reviews*

*They shouldn’t.

This post is on Love Bytes. It caught my eye and as KJ is one of my favourite bloggers I’ve linked it here.

Thirdly: … Okay, don’t get me wrong here, I love talking to readers. I enabled the question facility on Goodreads as soon as I could. I do frequent ‘ask me anything’ sessions in my Facebook chat group, usually while stuck on train platforms. It’s an amazing, fascinating and usually fun experience to hear how other people interact with my work. But do I want everyone who wasn’t impressed to come and tell me about it? There isn’t a no big enough.