When I began to consider this question I was a little unsure of how to get to a proper answer.

What it means to my family is that I am happy in what I am doing for a career. 

What it means to my friends is that I am happy in what I am doing for a career.

What it means to me is that FINALLY I am happy in what I am doing for a career.

Writing is something I have done all my life and I love it. It's just me.

Of course that makes no sense at all... I don't think it explains the motivation I have to write in this particular genre. So I thought back to WHY I write Gay Romantic Fiction specifically. 

If any of you read my blog from way back you will remember a post I made about Bromance. I can't even find it now... rofl... 

My first ever bromance (although I didn't realise it at the time) was a toss up between Battle Of The Planets and Famous Five (yes I know Dick and Julian were brothers). Then, still without realising, I moved on to various bromances up to where I first began writing, which was fan fiction for Battlestar Galactica (the original series), then of course onto the Jared/Jensen SPN stories.

What I like about bromances is what I want to write the most in my MM writing. The unselfish sacrifice, the strong men, the love that defies a label, the happy ever after. It makes me so mad when people imply that a gay man isn't allowed, or isn't capable of having, a happy ever after, or a romance, or even to experience an unselfish sacrifice made on their behalf.

So I guess what writing GLBTQ literature means to me is that it is in my heart to want to offer an escape from what people tell you that you can or can't have ... if that makes sense...

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See more people blogging by checking the master list at: Rainbow Book Reviews Blog at http://rainbowbookreviews.wordpress.com/2012/08/22/the-rainbow-book-reviews-blog-hop-is-here/

COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED...

Winner to be advised asap...

Win a PDF from my back catalogue or get one of my upcoming books free by simply commenting on this post. Competition closes Monday 27th August at midday GMT...

105 comments:

  1. I love that you write strong characters with spirit and over-abundance of love. I have not found a single character that I did not fall in love with.
    Yvette
    yratpatrol@aol.com

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    1. Thank you Yvette, you have always been one of my biggest supporters... {{{HUGS}}} RJ X

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  2. What can I say, your love of writing (GLBTQ) comes out in your characters and story lines.
    batchelorboy55@gmail.com

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    1. Thank you so much... glad it made sense... RJ XXXX

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  3. I love your writing and story lines. The characters are sexy and interesting. Thanks for your choice of career!

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    1. It kind of chose me... he he... I couldn't be happier... Hugs RJ XXXX

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  4. So I guess what writing GLBTQ literature means to me is that it is in my heart to want to offer an escape from what people tell you that you can or can't have ... if that makes sense...

    You have definitely done that for me. tmadamski(at)msn(dot)com

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    1. Awww Tina... thank you... RJ XXXXX

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  5. Battle of the Planets? pfft please! You need to watch G-Force or Gatchaman.....

    Battle of the Planets started out as "Science Ninja Team Gatchaman" and was all about a 5 member superhero team. The Americans got hold of it and called it G-Force and then by the time we got it over here they renamed it Battle of the Planets.

    I'd also like to point out that it was all based on earth and because so much was censored by the americans they had to fill the extra time with that annoying robot 7-Zark-7.

    I have the first season of Gatchaman if you want to watch it?

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    1. The robot WAS annoying...about as annoying as brother-in-laws... *sniggers*

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  6. As a newbie writer in the genre I am always asked this question by my friends and family. You have answered it perfectly! I always feel like I have to give an answer in 50 words or less and it never ends up that way Lol! You know how much I love your stories and the way are written. Thanks for this xx

    seymourjames@hotmail.com.au

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    1. Thank you Seymour... I never know what to say either... ROFL XXX

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  7. I love that picture of Jared and Jensen. :)

    Good perspective on bromances. I think it would be nice to see a few on television with a straight and gay character.

    Ryan (mslovelesswrites at gmail dot com)

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    1. OOhh yes... that would be cool... I do love me a nice bromance... XXXX

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  8. Being the "stalker" that I am (not!), I remember your post about bromance! XD
    Luckily, for us readers, you chose to be a M/M writer! :3
    aerithkanzaka@yahoo.it

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    1. *Arranges restraining order* ROFL... I love that you remember the article... xxxxxx

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  9. >>What it means to my family is that I am happy in what I am doing for a career.

    Does that mean you will stop pole dancing and stripping now?

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  10. great! you found your dream career! I definitely love this quote "So I guess what writing GLBTQ literature means to me is that it is in my heart to want to offer an escape from what people tell you that you can or can't have ... if that makes sense..." and I agree on "The unselfish sacrifice, the strong men, the love that defies a label, the happy ever after." =) we all love happy endings!

    jessica_klang(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. I ADORE happy endings... life is too dark with the promise of them... nods... xxxxx

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  11. I love m/m fiction and am loving this blog hop, and discovering new, to me, authors. Thanks for including me in the draw :-)

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  12. OMG i remember battle of the planets. that was my FAVE tv show as a child. as for the original BSG, its so tame compared to the re imagined series. i actually prefer the re imagined series and they even HAVE a gay character too which is cool.

    i also agree on the 'unselfish sacrifice, the strong men, the love defies a label' it is so true and i beleive it w/ my whole heart

    parisfan_ca@yahoo.com

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    1. I prefered the old BSG *stares in distance to remember Dick and Dirk* sighs... in that ball game... sighs again... *shows my age* rj xxxxx

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  13. I cam to your blog and instantly went "J2!" :D Doing what you love as a career is a wonderful feeling. I hope to gain more publishing credits of my own so that I can achieve that dream, too.

    kimberlyFDR@yahoo.com

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    1. J2!!!! How I started writing a few years ago... sighs *the boys* yum yum... RJ xxxx

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  14. You love to write and do it well!! Lucky me - I absolutly LOVE to read!! Thanks for all the Happy Endings - love your work
    cinders1964@hotmail.com

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    1. Thank you Cinders... Hugs Rj xxxxx

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  15. Your writing makes me happy, it gives me an escape from the reality of my day job. I am glad your happy as you being happy makes me VERY happy....please carry on.

    Josieb100@gmail.com

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    1. Hey you! Reading is my escape too... Hugs XXX

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  16. It's great to get paid for something you love doing.

    AvalieReads(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. I know... I am the luckiest person... I enjoy it so much... RJ xxxx

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  17. From my favorite bands to my favorite hockey teams, bromances make me very happy!

    vitajex(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. *LOVE* Bromance... sighs... Rj xxx

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  18. What your writing GLBTQ literature means to me is a plethora of great stories to entertain filled with characters that I can relate to. Growing up and only hearing about straight stories and trying to find some kind of idea as to what was going on in my ever crazy head was difficult. There wasn't that much available. And now there are stories out there that make me feel like I'm not alone. So thank you for writing GLBTQ literature! Especially such great ones!

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    1. Awww Jase... thank you ... this was a lovely message to receive... HUGS RJ XXXXX

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  19. Best bromance of all time: Kirk/Spock. *g*

    Great post.

    mslasha @ gmail.com

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    1. Original or new? Quinto/Pine... yum...

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  20. I like your reason for writing GBLT literature, it seems a good reason to me. I certainly enjoy reading it for similar reasons.

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    1. As do I.. I am an avid reader... HUGS XXXX

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  21. I am glad writing makes you happy because reading your stories does the same thing for me and it is a great way to escape. :) I am partial to your Texas series because that's where I'm from. ;)

    Lisa H
    lkbherring64(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. oohh... A texas girl... bet you can spot my geographical mistakes... ROFL... Hugs Rj xxxx

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  22. From on "Cowboy" writer to another and from one classic Battlestar Galactica fan to another: I'm so glad you write m/m!

    Zahra
    zahra.owens AT gmail DOT com

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    1. Classic BSG... Dick/Dirk... the basketball thing (Can't remember what it was called) was it Triad? Hmmm... goes to investigate...

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    2. p.s. I may just have fangirled you a little when you commented... just saying...

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  23. I also started off reading bromances (Magnum PI, Simon & Simon, Miami Vice, Stargate SG-1) and I still love the bromance parts of m/m stories almost as much as the romance parts.

    Your Texas series is on my to-read list, and I'm thinking I need to move them to the top. Those covers are marvellous! margec02 @ gmail. com

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    1. See I missed out on all those great MM written bromances... i was so late to finding them ... Daniel/Jack... sighs...

      And the covers? We are so lucky at Silver that we have the awesome Reese Dante who just creates beauty every time she works on one of my books... :) Hugs Rj xxxx

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    2. Yes, when I couldn't fine enough Daniel & Jack bromance stories is when I "converted" to Jack/Daniel (and to many other slash pairings thereafter! LOL).

      By the way, while I love your Texas series bookcovers, it is all the good reviews I have read about your writing which has put them on my to-read list. I got a bit embarrassed yesterday thinking that I might have implied it was solely the covers that drew me. Sorry! (g)

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  24. Love your books,thanks for the hop.

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  25. This blog hop is great! Thanks for participating, and thanks for writing stories I love. :)

    terrihawk66@yahoo.com

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  26. Thanks for joining in the blog hop! I've especially enjoyed your YA books. :-)
    madisonparklove@gmail.com

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    1. Thank you Madison, I really enjoyed writing them all... HUgs xxxx

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  27. Thanks a bunch for your post! I've had people tell me that bromances aren't real and don't really exist. I always ask why and 9 times out of 10 it's something along the lines of, oh, men don't do that. I must admit, I'm a bit snarky at times so I'll ask them how they know that. Have you asked all these guys you meet whether they have bromances? Do all guys just not have good friends? And since you don't think men are capable of having bromances, does that mean men in general can't have any type of close relationship with anyone, male or female? You should see the looks I get. I've yet to meet a guy who can answer that. The best was when I asked a guy that in front of his gf. The look on his face when she glared at him... So yes, bromances are real and important and yes, men are capable of them. Alright, rant over. Thanks for sharing RJ! And sorry for the rant.

    tiger-chick-1(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Bromance is definitely real... I say pffft to those people who don't see it... nods... Hugs Rj xxxxxx

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  28. Thanks for the insight RJ, and I hope soon no one will be told they can't have their HEA!
    And I love your "LOVE" series and really really wish *hint* there would be more and longer ones coming out yesterday...I mean very soon, it is always so hard to wait for Luke and Cam's stories.

    Doublemom2001(AT)googlemail(COM)

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    1. A new Love book? Well... it's in my list... he he ... thank you for your kind words... Hugs Rj xxxxx

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  29. It's great to be able to do what you love as a career and to bring so much enjoyment to others from your books. Thanks for participating in the blog hop.

    strive4bst(At) yahoo(Dot) com

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    1. I am the luckiest writer ever... i know i am, and i am so thankful... hugs xxxxx

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  30. "Can or cannot have", yes, that does make sense ^.^

    Erica
    eripike at gmail dot com

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    1. Glad it does to someone Erica... Hugs RJ XXXXX

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  31. Liked your comments! Like your books too.
    If all of us could do what we loved best the world would be a happier place i'm sure!
    Suze
    Littlesuze at hotmail dot com

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    1. Sighs, that is so true... HUGS RJ XXXX

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  32. Another author who started with fanfic? There seems to be quite a few of you around. :D Not that I'm complaining, just glad you also started to write "original" stories for our enjoyment. ;)

    (my email is in my profile)

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    1. It was my training ground, the place where I had unconditional support and encouragement. I thank my fanfic readers every day I write... Hugs RJ XXX

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  33. which was fan fiction for Battlestar Galactica (the original series)

    OMG! *runs over and squishes you like the long lost brain-twin you must be*

    Because the Celestial Dome! The Rising Star! THOSE TRIAD UNIFORMS. *grins madly*

    akasarahmadison at gmail dot com

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    1. Sighs... Dick/Dirk and Triad... don't get me started... both of them would *die for each other* instant bromance... sighs... hugs fellow Original BSG fan... x

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  34. Hi, RJ.

    I enjoyed your post; it was a great read. I look forward in reading your works.

    Thanks,
    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

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    1. Thank you hun... so pleased you enjoy... HUGS Rj xxxx

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  35. Hello, R.J.
    I first 'met' you when I read 'The Christmas Throwaway' a couple of Christmases back. I loved it, and the reason why is the touching writing, which I've found in everything else of yours I've read.
    I don't know why I haven't seen your blog before - it's stunning.
    Please add me to the draw,
    Sue

    corieltauviqueen at yahoo dot co dot uk

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    1. wow, thank you Sue... Reese Dante's art work makes it shine... HUGS RJ XXXXX

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  36. I love to escape into the pages of a sexy m/m story.

    Cathy m
    Caity_mack@yahoo dot com

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  37. Loved your post. Thanks for participating in the Hop. Btw I used to love Enid Blyton, but her books are hard to come by in the States

    gisu29(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. My first real books were Enid Blyton... *heart*... I adored Famour Five, and the stories like *sea of adventure* with Philip and Jack (and Kiki the parrot!)... they are not very PC any more I guess... :( lots of gender stereotyping... thank God we now have fifty shades of grey to show us what being a woman should really be like... *rolls eyes*

      he he Rj xxxxx

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  38. Beng happy in what you're doing for a career. This is something I hope I can say someday.

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    1. It's liberating and I almost feel like it isnt really happening. Like I am going to wake up one day and not be a writer... :~

      RJ xxxx

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  39. Brandon Shire, for his entry, asked us to write what reading LGBT meant to us! For me, there is such a broad range of characters than sometimes exist in hetero lit, which is odd since I've met a range of people in real life! I have an opinion on that, but it is not applicable to this hop so I won't share it here, but the more I've read, the more characters I have fallen for, cheered for, cried for, and think about well after the book is done. I love it when a book makes me feel so much!
    RJ, you are one of my favorite authors, and pretty much all of your books bring out so much emotion in me! Thanks for being part of the hop, I've really enjoyed reading about my fave authors and their reasons behind the writing!

    diall(at)shaw(dot)come

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    1. Hello... Thank you so much for your comment... it made me smile... *goes to see Brandon's post*

      Hugs RJ XXX

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    2. The only catch to my post was typing my email wrong....it's actually diall(at)shaw(dot)ca
      And now I'm tracking back through all the posts again to correct them all...then I can get back to the reading portion of my day!!!

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  40. Thanks so much for participating in this hop! Thank you for your belief in a wonderful HEA! I feel like an epic blog stalker, especially after your 2nd anniversary, so thanks for all your posts!
    OceanAkers @ aol.com

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    1. Calls lawyer for restraining order... ROFL... JK... I am so pleased to have you here... Hugs Rj XXXXX

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  41. Loving this hop and a chance for an RJ Scott book? Woooo Hoooo!

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    1. He he Nancy... consider yourself added to the hat... RJ xxx

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  42. Hi RJ
    I enjoyed reading your post and I love your books especially "The Sanctuary" books.

    Please enter me for the Contest.

    ShirleyAnn@speakman40.freeserve.co.uk

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    1. Consider yourself entered and thank you for the kind words... Hugs RJ XXXX

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  43. Oh Supernatural *dreamy sigh*
    achbarrow(at)gmail(dot)com

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  44. I'm glad you are participating in the blog hop! I always enjoy your writing! :) So please throw my name in the hat to win :)

    Tabatha Hansen
    mmparanormalromance@gmail.com
    mmparanormalromance.wordpress.com

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  45. Wonderful post RJ the writer! Think I need to add RJ the reader as a friend on GR!
    seritzko AT verizon DOT net

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    1. I will be pleased to friend you back... hugs hard rjxxxx

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  46. I love your stories I havent found one yet where I haven't been sucked in and fell in love with characters

    Sarah S

    Sarahs7836(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. awwww, thank you Sarah... hugs rj xxxx

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  47. The Christmas Throwaway was one of my first m/m reads and still remains one of my favorites. I love your writing style and you have become an auto-buy for me :)

    varuca25(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thank you Valerie... I love that you enjoyed TCT... hugs rj xxxx

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  48. And what it means for m/m readers is that you're happy in your career.

    Lucky for us that you are since it means more for us to read. :)

    wildeeper=at=gmail=dot=com

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  49. Hi. RJ. Your answer is so close to mine. Love it and thanks for sharing. I'm a RJ Scott junkie, just so know. Enter me in the contest, please. Can't wait for the next Texas book.
    Hugs
    K-lee

    kleemoon66 at gmail dot com

    http://chaosinthemoonlight.blogspot.ca/2012/08/rainbow-book-reviews-blog-hop-august-24.html

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    1. You are so added... goes to read your blog post... hugs rj xxxxxx

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  50. Very nice post.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  51. Very nice post. I'm enjoying all the different answers everyone is giving to the same question. Thanks for participating :)

    penumbrareads(at)gmail(dot)com

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