RJ Jones’ Out Of The Blue
Gotta say I’m excited to read this book. Out of the Blue sounds like it’ll be interesting because an established couple goes through some problems. RJ joins me today for a fun interview, plus an excerpt you won’t find anywhere else. After the interview read all about the book and an exclusive excerpt that is sweet but makes you want to know what happens next. At the very bottom enter for a chance to win a copy of the book.
Amanda C. Stone: Good morning RJ! I’m so glad you could join me today.
RJ Jones: Hi Amanda, thanks for having me.
ACS: There is magically 25 hours in a day. What would you do with the extra hour?
RJJ: An extra hour a day? My first thought would be sleep or write, probably sleep. But realistically, I’d probably just hang out on social media, it’s such a time suck. Especially Tumblr – it’s like Facebook that allows porn.
ACS: Oh the time suck of Tumblr. It’s like a visual wikipedia where you search for something completely normal like “two guys hugging” and wind up down some rabbit hole and two hours later you’re tilting your head to the side wondering how THAT fits in THERE. Or is that just me? Who would you want to have as a stripper at your birthday party?
RJJ: Do I have to pick just one?
ACS: Yes ma’am, just one.
RJJ: Damn, tough choice. I’m not sure, but who ever it is better have some tattoos – preferably full sleeves.
ACS: Oh man I’m coming to your party. Tattooed men are so sexy. If you could snap your fingers and have an invention to do anything you want, what would you want it to do?
RJJ: Exercise for me, but I think someone already invented that, it’s called a treadmill. I’m not a lover of exercise, and I know I should do it purely from a health perspective, but if I could get the same health results from sitting on my backside, that’d be great.
ACS: I’d love to be able to burn calories reading. I’d be the skinniest girl around. If you were a candy bar what would you taste like?
RJJ: I’d like to say all the way sweet, but I don’t think you’ll get to the sweet part until you get to the middle, then it’s all soft and squishy.
ACS: Awww! Hooray for being sweet. Do you have a library card and know where it is?
RJJ: Yes and yes, although I don’t use it much as my local library doesn’t stock the books I like to read 😉
ACS: I’d love to see more libraries stocking LGBT romance, but that’s a topic for discussion another day. Thank you so much for stopping by. I loved having you!
RJJ: Thanks for having me! 🙂
When everything happens Out of the Blue…
Lt Cameron Cooper has been with the San Francisco Fire Department for fifteen years. He’s seen and dealt with a lot of horrifying situations. He’s always considered himself mentally tough, but when he attends a multi-vehicle accident and sees a dead boy with features remarkably similar to his long-time boyfriend, his mental health takes a hit.
All Jake Montgomery wants is to propose to his boyfriend on their ten-year anniversary. He’s already bought the perfect rings, but when Cameron struggles to look at him after a tragic accident, he has doubts about their future. Cam is withdrawing, and Jake doesn’t know why.
With heated arguments and cold shoulders, Cam and Jake’s life starts to fall apart. Just when Cam thinks he can overcome his issues and finally talk to Jake, memories from Jake’s past threaten to push them apart forever.
Our ten-year anniversary was Sunday, a couple of days after my conversation with Caroline, and I was scheduled for a day shift. After some begging and pleading and an eventual payoff, I swapped shifts with one of the other crew who needed the overtime.
I couldn’t let our anniversary go by without celebrating somehow, and since it was a Sunday, I packed our regular picnic basket, but with some gourmet food and champagne instead of the usual wine.
If the problems we had faced—and still faced—hadn’t happened, that would have been the day Jake proposed to me. It was a Jake thing to do. By unspoken agreement, neither of us acknowledged the significance of the day.
“I thought you were working today?” Jake asked as I picked him up from Caroline’s.
“Shift change.” For whatever reason, I didn’t want him to know the lengths I’d gone to to get the day off.
Jake raised an eyebrow in disbelief. I shrugged, pretending it was just another day.
I laid out the blanket underneath the large familiar oak we’d always come to and unpacked the food. Jake waved the bottle at me, raising his eyebrow once more. “Champagne?”
“Thought it would be a nice change.” I shrugged. Jake obviously didn’t buy it, but he didn’t say anything.
We talked as we ate, both of us continuing to pretend there was nothing special about the day, and once the food was finished and the champagne gone, we laid back on the blanket. The sun filtered through the leaves above us, and with every sway of the branches the light sparkled around us. It was mesmerizing and peaceful.
Lying on our backs, side by side, I felt the air shift around us. Jake wanted to talk about something, about what, though, I had no idea.
I started as a reader and eventually made the progression to reviewing. It wasn’t until two men pop into my thoughts, insisting on telling me their story that I started to write. It started with one scene. A hot and dirty one in the shower.
My initial thought was if I could write their scene then they’d shut up and allow me to concentrate on other aspects of my day. That shower scene was 3000 words long and three hours of work. But they didn’t shut up. They told me their entire story and I didn’t sleep for days. Sometimes I couldn’t keep up with what they were telling me and I had to keep a notebook by my bed.
Whilst I was writing their story a side character decided he needed his story told too. Then other characters followed suit.
You see the problem? If I ever want to sleep again then I need to write.
I’m a wife and a mother to two boys. Even my dog is a boy.
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