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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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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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First (Book) Announcement of 2016…

So, here it is. My first book announcement of 2016, and it is;

I will be putting all my 100 pages or less stories, into one book. This complementation book will be available in the Summer time, and will include such books as;

  • Barking at the Moon
  • Ely, Jesse and Robin’s Guide to Asexuality
  • Moot
  • Teaching Techniques
  • Romeo and Julian
  • Sex Education
  • The Wedding Plan

So, stay tuned to see GET IT BEFORE IT GOES, sales on these individual books, before the release of RJ’s Short Stories!

 

R.J.

 

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Open the Book Design

Well, I told you all I had a big exciting announcement for early January, and well, it’s finally ready, so here it is.

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Towards the end of 2015,  I was beginning to feel a little lost, there was nothing really there for me, my new job wasn’t the most interesting thing in the world, and as everyone knows, I am taking a planned hiatus from my books, so I began to think about things I love doing, and I’ve always wanted to start my own business, so I did.

Open the Book Design is a cover design company for indie authors, Open the book is affordable, personal and effective. There is all kind of options for indie authors, and I, as an indie author myself of course know the importance of a great cover.

Visit our website; www.openthebookdesign.co.uk for more information.

R.J.

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The Wedding Plan is Coming Soon!

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Pre-Release, Re-Release, Release.

So, I will have a Pre-Release VERY soon!

Ryan and DanielGay Brigade: Ryan and Daniel will be available for Pre-Order on the 20th March.

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Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies has been re-released!
Amazon.co.uk  Amazon.com

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The Writing Plan will be released soon too!

R.J.

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My 2014…

So this is it, the end of 2014!

And this year has probably been my best for my writing! Starting the year with my very successful Free Valentines Sale, were 2,026 of my books were sold in the space of 24 hours! Which was amazing and really made me think 2014 is going to be my year!

This year I had 17 books published! Ranging from novels to Books in a Day!

And I even managed to write a story that went into none other than Brent Hartingers project (I know right!)

The ranking for my top 5 books this year is;

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Here’s to 2015!

R.J.

 

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The Day After Christmas Sale!

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Boxing Day (Day after Christmas) Sale! All books on Amazon.co.uk are 99p and on Amazon.com are €1.99!

Only until midnight tonight!

R.J.

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Boxing Day Sale!

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Boxing Day Sale (on selected books), all books are £0.99 for one day only! 26th December!

Books on Amazon.com are $1.99!

R.J.

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New Adult Books for 2015!

New Adult

New Adult Literature touches upon many themes and issues to reach the readership that falls in between the categories of young adult and adult fiction. Many themes covered in young adult fiction such as identity, sexuality, depression, suicide, drug abuse, alcohol abuse, familial struggles, bullying are also covered in new adult fiction, but the various issues that are dealt with in the category hold it separate. Some common examples of issues include: first jobs, starting college, wedding engagements and marriage, starting new families, friendships post-high school, military enlistment, financial independence, living away from home for the first time, empowerment, loss of innocence, fear of failure, and so many others. This category focuses heavily on life after an individual has become of legal age, and how one deals with the new beginnings of adulthood. Commonly, these themes and issues have been seen taking place post-high school in popular new adult fiction titles, but there are exceptions.

In the upcoming year I will be releasing a few New Adult books, as I’ve found myself reaching the New Adult age, so have my characters!

Coming in 2015!

All is Equal – Nathaniel and Owen couldn’t be more different if they’d tried so the fact their relationship has lasted almost four years has amazed everyone, but now Nathaniel wants to find out if their differences will course problems so he invites Owen on their annual family holiday to the Shetland Islands but what starts as two weeks of having fun and enjoying being together soon becomes the biggest test on their relationship yet.  (August 2015)

Twenty-Two Steps – There’s bad coming out’s then their Taylor’s coming out. The day he came out it threw his life into a downward spiral but now he’s ready to get back up again – or so he hopes. Enrolled into a Musical Theatre course (his secret desire) and going out and meeting new people again scares Taylor to some extent but whilst he’s re-facing the world he’s also helping his ten year old neighbour face Secondary School. Taylor begins to realise that the world may be a scary place but shying away isn’t going to get him anywhere and he’s also going to find that occasional person that he dislikes along the way. (August 2015)

On Tour – G3-EK are doing a UK tour with Kings Road, G3-EK are the ultimate fandom band whereas Kings Road couldn’t be more different, so what’s the reason they’re touring together? Well it’s got to be something to do with the guitarist of G3-EK dating the lead singer of Kings Road, but that’s a secret. (6th October 2015)

Vloggers – Calvin and Damian have been friends for 7 years and nothing more but that isn’t the case on their YouTube channel CD Player, driven by a fan comment Calvin and Damian keep up the act that they’re dating, but what happens when Calvin starts to date someone? And most importantly what happens when Damian begins having feelings for Calvin? (June 2015)

Until Next Time – Milo and Zander are just turning 18, Milo’s about to graduate High School whilst Zander’s finishing his final A-Level exams and both don’t really have a clue. Milo wants to be an artist but living in New York City he’s got as much chance as the next guy, he’s starting to think that he might end up working in Starbucks for the rest of his life. On top of his career crisis he also has to handle the challenge of coming out and telling people about his boyfriend Cody. Zander just wants to finish his exams with good marks, he’s not sure about University and is being pressured to apply for it as the deadline is getting closer. Zander begins to seriously considering going and joining his brother in New York to study writing but doesn’t quite have to heart to tell his friends or his mother’s. (December 2015)

R.J.

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