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#Rainbow Snippets - December 17

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.

Sticking with the Christmas theme because, well, it's Christmas, this week's Snippet is from my recent release, Love Happens Anyway.


There were no kittens, I made those up, and the spider story. The word spider came about because when I’d been talking to my mom about Marcus and the kittens, a tiny spider had crawled over my notes.

I closed the notebook in which I had the names of five kittens with their various characteristics listed.

Mom wanted to meet Marcus, any night, any lunch, anytime.

Which sucked big hairy balls.

Because that was another thing I had made up.

There was no Marcus either.


The Book - OUT NOW

Hiring a boyfriend for Christmas; what can go wrong?

Derek is facing yet another Christmas where his life feels out of control. He has a new career that doesn’t feel like his, and parents who would just love to see him settled down. All he needs is a temporary buffer for the parties he has to attend, and for his parents to leave him alone. Enter, Luke.

Luke is twenty-thousand dollars short for the renovations on Halligans; his family’s bar in New York’s Financial District. A favor for a buddy has him agreeing to play the part of boyfriend to a guy with more money than sense.

But when the spirit of Christmas works its magic on the two men, and they begin to fall for each other, Derek runs scared, and Luke needs space.

It doesn’t matter what obstacles you throw in the way of love, or how much you run in the other direction, because, when you’re least expecting it, whether you want it or not, love happens anyway.

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Review Roundup!

It's been a busy few weeks with 3 new releases, here's a roundup of some of the reviews so far...

Texas Gift (Texas #8)

Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words - "Texas Gift is like sitting down on a couch with your family with their family albums and going through it with them as they tell you the stories from each picture, pointing out every loving detail with laughter, some sniffles and oh, so much joy. It fills your heart with happiness and a warm glow because you’ve made such a connection with these men and their family over the course of these stories that they feel real and part of you.
Now as RJ Scott closes the final chapter on Texas we get to see their whole story…what an amazing journey, what a marvelous gift. You’ve left me smiling and full of heartwarming memories. I’ll miss you."

Dog-Eared Daydreams - "Aside from the immediate Campbell-Hayes family, it was great catching up with everyone else who's part of the the extended family--from their respective parents, siblings, siblings-in-law, and nieces and nephews to those who have made the Double D Ranch their home as well and have managed to find love and peace along the way. I'm not entirely sure if this eighth and latest book spells the end for the Texas series, though I wouldn't be surprised since this had a feeling of poignancy to it. Whether Texas Gift is it for the Campbell-Hayeses, it's been a wonderful ride, with Riley and Jack not riding off into the sunset but watching every single one together from the D."

Embracing My Crazy "What I found most intriguing about this trip down the future is that through it all, Jack and Riley are still Jack and Riley, and we still love them as much as we ever had from the start. Although the two men have grown in their love for one another, they are still recognizable to the reader as the same men we fell in love with in book one.Another reason I loved and hated--not really, but you know what I mean--about this book is that with each chapter, there is a purposeful completion that lets us know its all ending. I felt the doors closing, sort of the way one feels when they're saying goodby to a loved one. You know its coming, you know its the end, you don't want to say goodbye, but you're so grateful you had a chance to be part of it all. That was what this last installment of the Heart of Texas series did for me. It allowed me to love them one last time, and say goodbye in a meaningful way to two men who allowed me to witness their love. Book 8 is truly a gift I am so grateful to have been given."

Deep Edge (Harrisburg Railers #3) with V.L. Locey

Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words - "...while you could think this is just an opposites attract story, it also includes much deeper, more serious layers that speak to addictions, recovery, and therapy. And does so in a realistic and even gritty manner at times. For tackling all that, plus the romance, and the continuing overall series arc and pulling them off to a grand effect? Deep Edge (Harrisburg Railers #3) by RJ Scott & VL Locey is a story that’s close to perfect. Truly with each story this series just keeps getting better and better."

Padme's Library - "Truth is, there is so many aspects of this story(and series) that made me smile, laugh, cry, frankly pretty much every emotion out there. I know I use the words a lot in my reviews but it doesn't make them any less true, Deep Edge will warm your heart from page one till the end.
They may not be characters you would meet every day but Scott and Locey present Dieter and Trent in a way that if you ran into them in the grocery store or the gas station you wouldn't look twice. In my opinion, creating characters that are definitely original and yet have that "every day" element to them takes talent and that is what you will find within the pages of Deep Edge and the Harrisburg Railers: talent and plenty of heart."

My Fiction Nook - "I loved Trent and Dieter’s story and as a couple they worked really, really well for me and while I know that the next book’s a new pairing…it’s Stan the big, adorable, teddy bear Russian Goalie for the Railers and I’m totally on board for Stan’s story and yes, I do have my fingers crossed for a peek or two at Trent and Dieter…these two worked hard for their HEA and I’d love to see more of these two.
This series just keeps getting better and better for me and I’m definitely looking forward to whatever comes next for the men of the Harrrisburg Railers and their partners…now, if I could just get my hands on a Railer’s hockey jersey…Go Railers!!!"

Love Happens Anyway 

The Novel Approach - "This short novel is the pinnacle of what a love story can be—sweet and sentimental, heartwarming and uplifting, with a touch of internal conflict for the couple to overcome without things tipping over into hysterics and melodrama. Add fake boyfriends to that—one of my favorite tropes—as well as an opposites attract element, and you have the heart and soul of romance in a smile inducing tale of two men who accidentally fall in love right in the midst of a business transaction.Family and friendship each play their roles in this book as well, and they do so effectively, adding depth and layers to both the narrative and the characters. Love Happens Anyway is a blatant play on the heartstrings, and makes no apologies for it. I loved it, believed in Derek and Luke’s happily-ever-after, and appreciated the emotional resonance woven throughout the story. This one’s an absolute keeper for future holiday re-reading."

Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words - "...what starts off as a familiar romantic storyline, RJ Scott deepens it, adding touch of poignancy and reality to a lovely heartwarming romance. I loved the couple and the family and friends that surrounded them.The holidays are a wonderful time to curl up in your favorite spot and read some wonderful holiday romances. Be sure to put Love Happens Anyway by RJ Scott on your list to read this holiday season."

My Fiction Nook - "Love Happens Anyway’ is an enchanting holiday story and while a lot of the issues stem from miscommunication it’s not intentional or surrounded by any over the top angst or drama and the icing on the Christmas cake for me in all of this was the ending…I loved the ending. It was sweet and filled with the joy of the holidays…definitely recommended for anyone wanting a sweet holiday story filled with fun, cheer and two sexy men who make the holiday just that much brighter."

Hump Day Interview - Jamie Fessenden

This week it's Jamie Fessenden's turn in the Hump Day Hot Seat, welcome Jamie...

What was the last gift you gave someone?

My husband hates receiving gifts, but this year he came home on our anniversary and wished me a happy anniversary, and I'd completely forgotten! I felt terrible, so the next night, I surprised him with something he really needed: a set of gunmetal-finish iron gaming dice. Yes. We are that geeky.

Do you have a character in your head that you have yet to write a story for?

Several. One that I've been wanting to write since college is an android who gets cross-wired with another android, so he can sense what the other will think and feel in different circumstances. This has the side-effect of making him care about another being for the first time since his creation.

Do you take a break from a first draft to get distance from it, dive right into editing, or edit as you write?

I edit as I write, or I find myself stuck. If I don't feel that the earlier parts are flowing smoothly, I can't go on. So I start the day by tweaking what I've written, the move on, sometimes going back to adjust things. By the time I reach the end of a novel, it's fairly polished. Not perfect, as my editor will testify, but in fairly good shape.

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

I just went back and counted. I have twenty-two stories in progress, at the moment. Some are nearly done. Some may never be completed. But I keep them all in DropBox, and drag old ones when new ones are finished. And of course I'm adding to it all the time. I've never had trouble coming up with ideas (*knock on wood*). My problem has always been finishing.

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

It's hard to say how long, because usually I decide to write about things I've been interested in for a while, so I've already read several books on the subject. I tend to start writing, and research as I need to learn things. Sometimes this slows me down, but often I'll realize that, say, the exact flavor and texture of Icelandic "thunder bread" isn't critical to the scene, so I'll bookmark it with a note in Word and move on to write the rest of the scene. Sometimes, as I've learned more about something, it makes it necessary to rework the scene. I had to rewrite the airport scene in A Viking for Yule three times, as I looked at maps of the airport and spoke with a friend who'd been through it. Another point: Google Maps is your friend. It's amazing what you can learn about the layout and look of a strange location through Street View.

For your chance to win A Cop For Christmas, answer this question...what's your favourite thing about the festive season? 

A Viking For Yule - OUT NOW

Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK

After Sam's grandfather nearly died in a blizzard one year ago, Sam has panic attacks in snow storms. So where does his friend Jackie propose they spend the holidays, as the last stop on their trip around the world?

Iceland. Of course.

But there's more in Iceland than snow. When Arnar, a handsome Icelandic man, offers to escort Sam on a several-day tour of the beautiful countryside, they soon find themselves drawn to each other. But Arnar is firmly rooted in his native soil, and Sam has to return to the US in a week to care for his ailing grandfather.

Suddenly, yule can’t last nearly long enough.

NOTE: Though this novel includes characters from "A Cop for Christmas," it is a standalone adventure. It isn’t necessary to read "A Cop for Christmas" first.

Jamie Fessenden is an author of gay fiction in many genres. Most involve romance, because he believes everyone deserves to find love, but after that anything goes: contemporary, science fiction, historical, paranormal, mystery, or whatever else strikes his fantasy.

Jamie set out to be a writer in junior high school. He published a couple short pieces in his high school’s literary magazine and had another story place in the top 100 in a national contest, but it wasn’t until he met his partner, Erich, almost twenty years later, that he began writing again in earnest. With Erich alternately inspiring and goading him, Jamie wrote several screenplays and directed a few of them as micro-budget independent films. He then began writing novels and published his first novella in 2010.

After nine years together, Jamie and Erich have married and purchased a house together in the wilds of Raymond, New Hampshire, where there are no street lights, turkeys and deer wander through their yard, and coyotes serenade them on a nightly basis.

Jamie recently left his “day job” as a tech support analyst to be a full-time writer.

QRFFC Group Hop

Dates for Group Hop

These are the individual competitions that are now closed but don't forget to grab the *letter* from each post for the big Kindle Paper White competition!

 December 4 - Rj Scott posting in N.r. Walker group. 
December 5 - NR Walker posting in Posy Roberts group
 December 6 - Posy Roberts posting in Davina Jamison group
 December 7 - Davina Jamison posting in Keira Andrews group.
 December 8 - Keira Andrews posting in Jay Northcote group

Live individual competitions ...

December 11 - Jay Northcote posting in Leta Blake group - closes 15 December

 A $5 Amazon giftcard at Amazon.com,
 An audio code for one of my books (valid at Audible.com)
 Your choice of an ebook from my backlist.


December 12 - Leta Blake posting in Garrett Leigh group - closes 16 December

 A $5 Amazon giftcard at Amazon.com,
 Training Season
 Pictures of You
 Will & Patrick Wake Up Married, Episodes 1-6

December 13 - Garrett Leigh posting in Annabelle Jacobs group - closes 17 December


December 14 - Annabelle Jacobs posting in A.m. Arthur group - closes 18 December

Your choice of 2 ebooks from my backlist
$10 Amazon gift card


Still to come...

December 15 - A.M Arthur posting in Annabeth Albert group.

December 18 - Annabeth Albert posting in Amber Kell group.

December 19 - Amber Kell posting in Sloan Johnson group.

December 20 - Sloan Johnson posting in Eli Easton group.

December 21 - Eli Easton posting in RJ Scott group.

Join all the groups here to participate:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It's All About The "Christmas" Audio - The Christmas Throwaway

Rachel here, I've taken over It's All About The Audio this week as I'm listening to The Christmas Throwaway on audio for the first time (shock horror, I know, first time!) 

I'd been saving TCT for this week when I knew I'd be feeling suitably festive, I've read this book tons of times, it's one of my favourite Christmas re-reads and listening to it takes it to a completely different level. As always with Sean Crisden the narration is spot on :)

Because I'm feeling in the gift giving mood, I'm offering a chance to win the audio of The Christmas Throwaway, all you need to do is answer this question..What's your favourite festive audiobook?

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?

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And here's a short birthday memory from Zach that RJ wrote for one of Amber Kell's Birthday events. Zach's Best Birthday Memory.

Weekly Roundup - December 10

It's been another busy weekend at RJ central, Christmas preparations are well underway and today, we had snow! Here's what else has been going on this week...

The French translation of of Texas Winter, Un Hiver au Texas, was released on Monday. That's the 11th book I've had translated into French, you can find the list here. 

I talked a little about The Christmas Throwaway and The Heart Of Texas and how they were complete game changers for me on Tuesday, see what I had to say here.

It was the official release of Love Happens Anyway on Wednesday, a book that started off as a short story and ended up being my Christmas book this year.

George Loveland also popped in on Wednesday and took his turn in the Hump Day Hot Seat and talked about his new release, On The Third Kiss.

The Queer Romance Freebie & Fan Club Group Hop started Monday, if you've missed the first few posts not to worry, you can go grab the letters posted so far and still be in for a chance  to win the grand prize of a Kindle Paperwhite.

Another fabulous event this year is the Rainbow Advent Calendar, new stories every day in December from some great authors.

The Feature Friday guest was the wonderful Elin Gregory who talked about the pitfalls of writing historicals.

Ángel en una librería, the Spanish translation of Angel In a Bookshop was released on Friday, you can find the information on it here along with my other Spanish translation.

Changing Lines (Harrisburg Railers #1) is still only 99 pennies for one more day celebrating the release of Deep Edge (Harrisburg Railers #3).

And finally, the #RainbowSnippets yesterday was from Texas Christmas (Texas #5) which came out in Audio recently. 

Hope you've all had a wonderful week *hugs* RJ

My Christmas & Wintery Stories

❅Oh the weather outside is frightful, But the fire is so delightful, And since we've no place to go, let's all curl up with a Christmas book!❅

The Christmas Throwaway

The Christmas Throwaway, was my first Christmas themed book. Written as a short story for someone who was poorly in J2 fan fiction, I extended it from two thousand short words to over forty and so Ben and Zach were created.

The book, a story of a young man thrown out of his house at Christmas for being gay, did really surprisingly well. It was All Romance's best selling book of 2010 and also spent a lot of time in the top 300 of all romance novels on Amazon. It's now available in Audio and has been translated into Spanish, Italian, French and now German. I love this little book that could so much.

New York Christmas

Awwww, my boys in New York. I loved writing this book.

It started life as a J2 fanfiction twelve days of Christmas type short story.

When I rewrote it I wanted to keep that idea of the days before Christmas, although of course the book starts just before Thanksgiving and ends in the New Year.

There is also a free short story following on, available at Amber Kell's blog here

Angel In A Bookshop

The story of an angel and a man set in a book shop. I mean, how could I not enjoy writing this, it had a bookshop, a man with wings, and an angsty sad hero. Win/Win.

It was based loosely on a short I wrote for Dreamspinner way back in 2010 (a bit, not much really, it was supposed to but it kind of grew like topsy and became something else).

The short story I had written was my first ever accepted work for publishing and it HAD to be extended and become something else.

Texas Winter (Texas #2)

The book that was never supposed to be written...  Did you know The Heart Of Texas was supposed to be a stand alone? ROFL... I couldn't leave it though and so Texas winter was born.

Snow doesn't fall a lot in Texas but this story centers around a freak one-day snowfall. Add in a daughter Riley didn't know he had and the Campbell-Hayes have their first real Christmas.

Christmas In The Sun

The Sapphire Cay series came to an end with book 6.

I loved writing this series with my very close friend Meredith Russell and we had to give the boys a Christmas book in 2013.

We bought back a wedding planner with OCD decorating tendencies and his sexy Marine, Lucas and Dylan and a stray dog, and gave all of our boys a Christmas Day they wouldn't forget.

Deefur and the Great Mistletoe Incident

A free short story Christmas gift

This was part of a huge Christmas Anthology that I pulled together in 2013 featuring some 25 new authors. It is the sequel to Deefur The Dog, featuring a Manny, a widower, a sweet child, and of course a Great Dane called Deefur.

Jesse's Christmas

This was my second Christmas themed book and spent some time with an old publisher before I was lucky enough to get it back. As soon as I got it back I doubled it in size!

The story of someone who doesn't really like Christmas landing in a town that won an award for best Christmas Town made me smile the entire time I was writing it.

I couldn't fail to love Gabriel who showed Jesse what Christmas could be about and how it is possible to love again.

The Journal of Sanctuary One

(Sanctuary book 6)

Jake and Sean, with their love/hate relationship stuck in a cabin in the middle of nowhere for Christmas. Of course the Bullen storyline features but mostly this is me ticking ALL of my Christmas boxes.

Two men, a cabin, stranded, anger, hate, love, sex and gratuitous use of a running machine. Sighs. I loved writing this book.

The Road To Frosty Hollow

I love the concept of a road trip, particularly when you fall in love on that journey. Add in two men who have known each other a very long time and this is a story written with Meredith Russell that ticks all the boxes for a Christmas Romance.

Snow & Secrets (Stanford Creek #3)

One of my favourite storylines in a romance book at Christmas is the idea of a snowy cabin, enforced isolation, and two men falling in love.

Snow, secrets, some danger, one hot tub, Christmas decorations, and family.

Texas Christmas (Texas #5)

Writing the Texas series was a labour of love, and I had to put in a Christmas story for Jack, Riley, and their extended family.

There is of course drama with the Campbell-Hayes, including a terrifying car trip home with the Christmas Tree. Add in the boy's new family and this ends up being a very interesting Christmas for them all.

The Case of the Sinful Santa

End Street Detective Agency Book 4, written with Amber Kell

How could we not explore the idea of a Klaus family in this series of books featuring vampires, demons, angels, dragons and one kind of human, along with a cast of many other paranormals?

In this book we explored what it must be like born into the Klaus family but not wanting to be a Santa... And and of course, we introduced our very own Angel just to shake things up.

Snow In Montana (Montana #4)

The fourth story in the Montana series is a look at Justin and Adam, alongside a whole new romance between a B list actor and a Sheriff.

I love Christmas movies, and this novel is set against the March backdrop for filming *Snow In Montana* starring The King Of Christmas (TM) Jordan Darby. Meeting Ryan Carter, the local sheriff, is way too tempting for Jordan. How long can he stay in the closet?

Love Happens Anyway 

This is what happens when...

a) Alex Jane asks authors to write a short story for an Advent Calendar and i have this idea about.... things...

b) Becky Condit on a discussion about what is awesome about MM, says she loves the phrase *Love Happens Anyway*

Well, you see, what happens is that A CHRISTMAS BOOK is born (because you know how much I like Christmas!