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#TAA on Kindle Scout

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#RC

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One Year On…

So, my one year publishing holiday is coming very quickly to an end. I have just sent my first 2016 book to Kindle Scout, to be considered for a publishing contract, I will be informed in a few days of its campaign date, but, I’m more amazed that it has already been an year. 

Last year, I published On Tour and declared that my last for the next 365 days. I’m more impressed with the fact that I’ve kept to it. I started the year off with an intention, to reedit all my books (work in progress!), to rewrite Gay Brigade and Casey (bigger work in progress!), and to stop taking low starred reviews so harshly (COMPLETED!). Instead, I have decided on, and finished That Awkward Age, which will be released in November, I have started a 4-part drag series ‘The Rose Quartet’, which includes Rose, Jasmine, Cherry Blossom and Daisy and I came up with a completely new idea, the one that will be published this month Rainbow Connection. 

More information will follow for each of these books.

R.J

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#RC

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August 25, 2016 · 5:35 pm

Rainbow Connection

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So, I am over halfway with #RC and feel confident, now, that it will reach it’s publication date. So, it felt the appropriate time to do a cover reveal, and an explantion.

Rainbow Connection is a selection of 7-stories. The idea was first conceived from wanting to write a story without using sexuality labels. I simply wanted to write a love story without having to use the word gay, just like in straight stories where they never mention the word straight. I figured, whilst writing the first instalment of the story that I wanted to take it further, and removed all LGBTQA+ words from all of these stories, so, these stories are about 7 boys, some are in relationships, some aren’t, most of them like boys, they all have a journey to go on, and all attend a the same support group, Rainbow Connection.

 

R.J.

 

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#TAA Release Date!

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That Awkward Age
Release Date: 30th November 2016

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#MoreThanVisibility

I am definitely an ally of all members of the LGBTQA+ community, and have a mission to write about all combinations of sexualities and genders. 

So, here is a paragraph from my new book Rainbow Connection, this is from the mini story T* about Kieran and Riley. 
I’ve known Riley since I was in school, I may have been fourteen when we met, he had just moved to our sixth form, he was sixteen, almost seventeen, and had been forced to come to my class and tell us all about sixth form. That was the first time I met him, really, but, we both agree the actual first time I met him, I was fifteen, he was seventeen and we were at a party. I was trying to work out how much beer I could get away with drinking, and he’d surpassed my limit, we simply spoke to each other, I knew of him, there were many whispers around school of him, most of them intrigued me rather than scared me, and he definitely left an impression on me – from that day on, I knew I was going to go to our sixth form. We did actually become friends, but, at the time I was a fifteen year old girl. He sometimes was very conscious of that fact and kept our friendship reasonable at all times, when I turned sixteen and he was still seventeen he asked me out. I said yes. We’ve been together ever since, with no short term breaks, with no little tiffs, we’ve been together since that day when I was sixteen. I was going through a lot at that point in time, I mean, sure, I was going through all the cliché sixteen year old exam drama, but, I was also questioning a lot, and trying to figure a lot out, that summer was when I went on the pill, to stop my periods, I started to dress in bagger clothes and got my hair cut really short, I stopped shaving my legs almost in a protest and Riley was there for it all, near the end of the summer he had come over to my house, we’d been playing video games most of the day, but he told me he had something he wanted to talk to me about, he told me that he thought I was like him, he had been thinking it for a while, and had finally decided to bring it up. He explained it all too me, that afternoon in my living room, he explained who he was, he explained what dystopia was, he explained about the surgeries, the hormones, he told me everything, the next month I began identifying as a he, and requested others did so also, I started in sixth form as a male, and changed my name to Kieran, with help from Riley and a baby name website. Coming out to my parents was harder, but, Riley helped, Riley helped a lot. When I tell people how I figured it out, a lot of people question me, they state that I think I’m only this way because Riley is, and when we break up – which were so not going to do – I’ll go back to identifying as a girl, I know I won’t, I know that I am a boy called Kieran, and I know that because of many many things. 

RJ

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Casey Inspiration

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So, the rewrite of Casey is well underway, and if I say so myself, going quite well. This time we’re doing things differently.

First BIG change is the story will be told by Casey’s PoV instead of his boyfriend Mickey’s, that in itself has caused many alterations and research! I am excited by this change, as I love making Casey more 3D then he originally was, it’s interesting to see his family, his therapist, his T injections, everything that happens in the shadows and out of Mickey’s eye (well, sometimes at least).

I’ll add some background to Casey’s character; he is 18 and 5 months old, 4 months ago he was given the confirmation for his bottom surgery (he is very excited about this), he has had to move house to get the surgery, so his whole family moved closer to the hospital, and changed both Casey’s and his little sister Abi’s schools.

You find out a lot of Casey’s story throughout the book, regarding his coming out and his journey, but, you also learn everything first hand, along with his new boyfriend Mickey.

There has been plenty of inspiration for this book. I decided to rewrite it about a month ago, after giving it a reread and feeling I hadn’t done this book the justice it deserved. One of the first people to give me the inspiration to rewrite this book was Jo Banks, a friend and fellow author, he is being so open about his transition on Facebook that it blew me away, and reading about everything, watching the videos and keeping up with his updates, was part of the catalyst that made me think Casey needed to be rewrote.

The second inspiration is a more recent inspiration, that my editor put me onto. Alex Bertie and Jake Edwards, both are YouTubers and both are FTM, I have been watching their videos religiously for almost the last week. They’re both so inspirational in so many ways, whilst also being inspirational in the writing sense, they’re filling me with material to write and I am excited for it all.

I recommend you check these guys out, all are inspirational, whilst all being brave enough to put their transitions online;

Jo Banks – https://www.facebook.com/groups/913215802042774/?ref=ts&fref=ts
Alex Bertie – https://www.youtube.com/user/TheRealJazzBertie
Jake Edwards – https://www.youtube.com/user/JakeFTMagic
Alex + Jake – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLx16Df0NEQb2m_N0u-71UA

I don’t think Casey would be going as well as it is without these guys helping me, without knowing they are, although it is likely one will read this, HI!

I would love to send all 3 of them a completed version of the book when it is released, of course, hoping it is good enough! So, I’ll keep you up-to-date on that!

R.J.

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The transition of Casey

So, another announcement for you guys!

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So, upon review, this story is very, very short, and so shouldn’t be. So, I’m going to do a little rewrite, all of Mickey’s part will stay exactly the same, but, I will also be adding in Casey’s POV.

I may do it as a back-to-back story, rather than alternative PoV, Which may be better than swapping the view, so, stay tuned for more Casey news as it comes!

R.J.

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