Sale: Just Jack by Meredith Russell

Just a reminder that Just Jack by Meredith Russell is on sale until December 27th.

Buylinks: Amazon (US) | Amazon (UK) | All Romance eBooks | Smashwords | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Apple iStore

Blurb: 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.

New Release: Forever in the Sun by RJ Scott and Meredith Russell

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Forever in the Sun (Sapphire Cay #6) by RJ Scott and Meredith Russell

Thank you for letting us invade your blog! As we were out of ideas we asked for questions and boy, did we get them… where RJ and Meredith go to war over cream teas.

Ann-Marie O’Callaghan What is your favourite cake?

RJ: I love simple sponge cake with fresh cream, or a victoria sponge with buttercream. Really, I’m all about the cream (said the actress to the bishop). I’m also partial to a nice battenburg which is marzipan wrapped about these cute oblong sponges… oh and at Easter Cadburys make these easter cakes with little chocolate eggs on them… *to die for…

M: Cake? Eesh. I have to say I’m not a huge cake eater. Not like cake-cake anyway. I generally prefer things like Brownies, Caramel Shortcakes and Scones, which rhymes with thrones 😛 and you have to put the jam on first. I don’t know if RJ agrees with me on that one or not. But cake-cake I love Christmas cake, so fruit cake when it’s all moist and full of alcohol, and I like the ends/sides of Birthday cake because I love marzipan and icing 🙂

RJ: Scones, for definite you have to put the jam on first. You need a solid base for the cream. I think the English could generate a civil war over what goes on first.

M: Do you put butter on as well? Butter, then jam, then cream 🙂

RJ: BUTTER! WTF… no… no butter with cream *horrified expression*

M: Mmmmm *happy face*

RJ: I might have to disown you now

M: Rude.

Jen Walter What don’t you ever want to write about together or separately?

RJ: I won’t write a historical, I think I am safe to say Meredith doesn’t either. Historical is a terrible pit of getting things wrong – which I would inevitably do. Meredith loves Sci Fi and fantasy and zombies and my work crosses hers with the action adventure side. Our ideas often mesh. Our next series is based around Cops, all hard and gritty and sexy…

M: What don’t I want to write? Oh. Yeah historical would be a thing I’d avoid really. I love period dramas on TV but to write one and getting the clothes and vocab and things like that right I think I’d get myself into a right mess.

RJ: So we agree on something then. No breeches ripping…

M: No, I’ll leave all that to those with the real oomph to research all that. Other things I don’t think I’ll ever write is cowboys. So I won’t be putting forward the idea of co-authoring a Texas: The Next Generation series with her lol. Again I do like Westerns, or used to, haven’t watched anything but the True Grit remake in a long time, but I don’t know, it’s not something I would go to when thinking of ideas, and certainly not cowboys in the past. My mind is full of fantasy stuff and action and horror. I am thinking of writing a book that has horses in, but it’s set in the UK and the present. Anything else I wouldn’t write? Hmm. BDSM/Erotica.

RJ: Oh yes, I forgot BDSM, I couldn’t do it justice and I stay away from it. About the closest to BDSM i have is Riley and Jack and the barn and their rope… and that is quite tame in a hot way 🙂

M: Ah the boys and their barn. I could probably handle a bit of hands tied to bed posts or running an ice cube over a guy’s chest, but anything beyond that I’m with RJ about not doing it justice, and would never want to disrespect anyone who is part of all that. Though saying that, I did write a short fanfiction once after seeing a picture of a ball gag that had a dildo attachment #truestory

RJ: I don’t remember that story. You need to send it to me…

M: *goes all embarrassed* Maybe later.

Release date: 14th August 2015

Buylinks: http://rjscottauthor.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/forever-in-sun-sapphire-cay-6-final.html

Book 1 – Follow The Sun
Book 2 – 
Under The Sun
Book 3 – 
Chase The Sun
Book 4 – 
Christmas In The Sun
Book 5 – 
Capture The Sun
Book 6 –
Forever In The Sun 

Blurb:
Feuding families, unearthed secrets, and a violent storm threatens the Cay. Will the idyllic island with her cast of characters make it through unscathed? It’s time for the circle to close on the story of Sapphire Cay, and on the men who have lived and found love on her beaches.

Join characters old and new as we celebrate Dylan and Lucas’s wedding and delve into the history of Sapphire Cay.

Connor and Shaun are directly related to Peter and Alfie, a couple whose clandestine lover affair was overshadowed by old prejudices and a world war. Shaun Jamieson is a writer, a romantic and needs to pen the story of the affair’s final secrets; Connor French’s family wants to stop Shaun.

When the two men step onto the sands of Sapphire Cay, they find more than just the secrets of an old love. They find hope and comfort in each other. But with the past hanging over them, can they ever have what Peter and Alfie could not? Or are they just as ill-fated as their ancestors?

Excerpt:

The offices of the French Foundation, New York, June

 

“Your two o’clock is here, Mr. French.” Miriam’s voice floated in over the intercom. The abruptness of it startled Connor from his cost-benefits analysis and he knocked his coffee down, sloshing it onto the paperwork.

 

“God dammit,” he muttered under his breath. He couldn’t get the figures to balance and trying to find a missing ten-dollar transaction in among a million dollar bank account was screwing with his head. Where had three hours gone? He glanced sideways at his lunch. Or what was left of it. He was surprised he’d managed to actually eat at all because he certainly didn’t remember the food arriving or him even picking up the ham on rye. He had to get these reports done before the accounts department could sign off on them.

 

He pressed the button. “Give me two,” he said. Quickly he scooped the plate, with the remaining food, into his top drawer and straightened enough paperwork to look efficient. He didn’t recall the details of this two o’clock, just that it was someone with issues about the Foundation. Connor was used to answering all kind of questions, from students, politicians, kids to teachers and there was no one at this Foundation who knew what type of work they undertook as well as him. Apart from Miriam, who had been a PA at the Foundation longer than Connor had been alive. She knew where all the bodies were buried and Connor would be lost without her.

A knock on the door heralded the visitor’s arrival and Connor stood, brushing his shirt of crumbs as he called, “Come in.”

 

The door opened and Connor had to stop his mouth falling open. Gorgeous. Very nice. Tall, slim, dark hair, with added sexy smile and confidence in the way he walked in. Connor checked him out, couldn’t help it, he hadn’t seen anything this fine in a very long time. I need to get out more. From head to toe, his gaze finally focused back on the man’s face and embarrassment washed over him when the guy was looking at him with one eyebrow raised in question. So much for subtle. Well, at least he isn’t punching me to the floor.

 

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 seventy 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.

 

rj@rjscott.co.uk

www.rjscott.co.uk/

https://twitter.com/Rjscott_author

www.facebook.com/author.rjscott

www.librarything.com/author/scottrj

www.tumblr.com/blog/rjscott  (some NSFW (not safe for work) photos)

www.pinterest.com/rjscottauthor/

 

About Meredith

Meredith Russell lives in the heart of England. An avid fan of many story genres, she enjoys nothing less than a happy ending. She believes in heroes and romance and strives to reflect this in her writing. Sharing her imagination and passion for stories and characters is a dream Meredith is excited to turn into reality.

 

Website/blog:  http://www.meredithrussell.co.uk

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/meredithrussellauthor

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/MeredithRAuthor

Instagram: http://instagram.com/miss_meredith_r

Email:  meredithrussell666@gmail.com ​

 

Giveaway: Competition to win $15 Amazon/Are giftcard, and 2 further prizes of RJ Scott e-books – closes 28th August at 00:01 GMT (London)

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Sapphire Cay Bundle on Sale

To celebrate the release of Forever in the Sun, book 6 in the Sapphire Cay series, Love Lane is releasing books 1-3 as a special bundle. Normally retailing at $8.97 (3x$2.99), all three are bundled for $4.98. That’s 101 000 words and a 33% saving!

Amazon (US) | Amazon (UK) | All Romance  

 

Follow The Sun

Buy links, reviews and excerpts here

Dylan is a free spirit running from a life he doesn’t want, Lucas is a businessman killing himself slowly with long days and seven day weeks at work. When the workaholic meets the beach bum how can they see eye to eye, let alone fall in love? 


Sapphire Cay – such a romantic setting

Under The Sun

Buy links, reviews and excerpts here

When the over the top wedding planner Edward shows up and practically has an aneurysm, Jamie will either kill him or fall for him. How could anyone not love a slightly OCD, flamboyant wedding planner, who carries his diary near and dear to his heart and a hot stud of an ex-Marine?

Who can resist a hot marine and a sexy wedding planner finding love in a romantic settings?

Chase The Sun

Six years ago, Adam broke Scott’s heart, but now he’s back in Scott’s life and Scott is rightly suspicious. Is it a case of second chances? Or will history repeat itself?

The first step to loving Adam is to forgive him.

COMING 14th August, the final book in the series…

Will Lucas and Dylan’s happy ever after be able to weather the storm that is heading for Sapphire Cay?

Join characters old and new as we celebrate Dylan and Lucas’s wedding and delve into the history of Sapphire Cay.

Connor and Shaun are directly related to Peter and Alfie, a couple whose clandestine lover affair was overshadowed by old prejudices and a world war. Shaun Jamieson is a writer, a romantic and needs to pen the story of the affair’s final secrets; Connor French’s family wants to stop Shaun.

When the two men step onto the sands of Sapphire Cay, they find more than just the secrets of an old love. They find hope and comfort in each other. But with the past hanging over them, can they ever have what Peter and Alfie could not? Or are they just as ill-fated as their ancestors?

With feuding families, unearthed secrets, and a violent storm that threatens the Cay, will the idyllic island with her cast of characters make it through unscathed? It’s time for the circle to close on the story of Sapphire Cay, and on the men who have lived and found love on her beaches.

 

EARLY DOWNLOAD: SEX AND COCKTAILS BY MEREDITH RUSSELL

Blurb:

Cocktails make a one-night stand seem like a good idea, but Daniel and Ty discover one night is harder to walk away from than they think.

Daniel Rawlings is happy with his nine-to-five life in Chicago. He has an office job, a mortgage and he’s about to turn thirty. He’s happy—or so he thinks. During the last night of a sun-filled vacation in Miami, he meets wild-haired, free-spirited Ty. With the help of some summery cocktails, Daniel and Ty embark on a passionate one-night stand, though neither man really wants it to be just one night.

The thousand miles between cities may make their relationship harder than either man could have imagined. When Ty visits Daniel in Chicago, they grow closer, and Daniel realizes the two of them could be so much more than just the sex and cocktails of Miami. As their time together draws to a close once again, Daniel and Ty have a decision to make. Is what they have when they’re together worth the heartache of saying goodbye over and over again?

Publisher’s Note: This book was previously published elsewhere. It has been revised and re-edited for release with Totally Bound Publishing.

Sex and Cocktails is available for early download now at Totally Bound

 

 

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.

Buy Links

Amazon (US) | Amazon (UK) | All Romance  | Smashwords

RJ Scott Day: The Origins of Love Lane Books

One of the most prolific and successful gay romance authors is R.J. Scott. Today is her day on ukgayromance and I asked her to write a blog on why she set up Love Lane Books.

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At the end of 2012 I found myself in the situation where I was getting back my rights to twenty or so books and suddenly I was self-publishing for real. I set myself up with a company name for accounts purposes and it was easy to come up with the name of the company.

When I was little I went to a school in a town in Essex and it was down a road called Love Lane Road. The school became known locally as Love Lane School, and that name has stuck with me even though I left the school at the age of ten.

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The idea of there being a road to love is kind of apt for the kind of books I write as well, and so Love Lane Books was born.

So that is the name, what about the company itself? Love Lane books started out just as vehicle for my books but I then added my co-written books with Diane Adams and Meredith Russell when they too were released by the publishers. When Diane received back the rights to her Making of a Man series Love Lane offered to publish them, along with her new writing which has been super successful.

Diane is currently writing a book each quarter for Love Lane, and we are also publishing a new book from Meredith Russell. Chris Quinton and I are writing a new series which will be published through Love Lane, and plans are afoot where Amber Kell and I writing a series set around a Fire House in Atlanta.

Love Lane have Erika Orrick as our editor in chief, and have recently contracted three translators to undertake translations to French, Italian and Spanish. Our resident cover artist is the uber talented Meredith Russell who consistently creates stunning cover art.

Love Lane is certainly not looking to become a publisher like the big names, but a small corner where Love Lane can produce beautiful romantic fiction from friends is my space and I like sitting in it!

RJ’s hubby and I are Directors of the company and have recently decided to consider taking on new authors. At the moment it would be invitation only to existing authors, but we may have a call later this Spring that I am considering. So watch this space…

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Review: Saving Mr Fox by Meredith Russell

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Saving Mr Fox by Meredith Russell

 

Review by Aurore Rose

How can you hope to find love if you cannot love yourself?

Eric Fox is an actor faced with his most difficult role yet—being himself. Seven years ago, on the way to his high school prom, an accident drove him from the arms of his young love, CJ. Eric ran away to LA, and CJ was left to pick up the pieces of his broken heart and broken life.

CJ is one of the most selfless characters I’ve come across in awhile. At first he sees Eric as nothing more a means to what he needs for his center. Thinking that having an actor around would give him publicity for the safe haven he built for kids, he agrees to let Eric volunteer there. As time goes by he sees how much Eric is broken and then it becomes important for him to be there for Eric, putting his own feelings aside. What he thought would be closure, ended up being much, much more.

Eric blames himself for what happens when they were teenagers, add to the guilt that he left the man he loved broken and alone when he fled. Wanting to numb his guilt and his heart, he starts to party too hard. He drowns his sorrows with alcohol. Forced to go into rehab or get away from it all and recuperate at his parent’s home, he doesn’t want to leave the house in case of running into CJ. He doesn’t know how well that meeting would go over. Guilt has kept him away for all of these years, he knows there is nothing left between him and the man he loved since he was a teenager.

This is a good read. You will definitely be pulling for these two.

I give this book 4 stars