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#RC

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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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#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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#ValentinesDaySale2016

  
2016’s Valentines Day Sale 

I decided to go for unconventional love stories his year. 

We, first have Released, with the long-overdue relationship of Jason and Jacob. A common story of a 19 year old wanting to start his own life, move out his parents house and persuade his career as a Drag Queen. 

Followed by Casey, the new boy at school instantly catches Mickey’s eye, and a relationship quickly develops, but, so does Casey’s secret. 

Then, The Wedding Plan, Harry and Oliver are authors, who plan everything, except for one of the most important day of their life, their wedding day. 

And finally, Stanley Street the story of Kevin, the 24 year old virgin, who finds the love of his life, in teacher Tom. 
Teaching Techniques will be FREE from the 14th Feb to the 18th!

R.J.

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I was having a chat with a friend.

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And it was about Caitlyn Jenner, like most of the population, it was about her recent comment to the lovely Ellen.

Of course, I have to state, I do not agree with her statement, and I think it’s terrible, but what interested me was my friends reaction which was ‘But she’s part of LGBT, she has to accept it’ and I thought, God I wish that was true.

I understand why she thought that, like, I do get it, but sometimes I feel it couldn’t be further than the truth if we tried.

Being asexual, I have witnessed this, other members of the LGBTQA+ community not accepting my sexuality as valid which really sucks, because I accept theirs, but unfortunately it doesn’t work like that. It intrigues, and I think saddens me at the same time, because how can someone who’s gone through being different and coming out, shun someone else for being different and coming out. It’s as hard for both people, whether they are gay, bisexual, trans*, asexual, pansexual, or whatever they may be.

We don’t need to be hating on each other, we need to be supporting, but I also think we’re a long way, away from that.

R.J.

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#DesiretoKiss

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Well, I am just bubbling with excitement and anticipation. It has been a long two years, but we finally got there.

I, in December 2013, had my heart set on starting a project. A project that showed what it was like to walk in someone else’s shoes. I called in any friend that had ever said to me ‘I want to publish a book’, anew I made it so. I found a word. A word that could spark so much inspiration, so much different inspiration.

Ask yourself, what story would you write from “An overwhelming desire to kiss.”

The creation began in January 2014. We all met up, ordered pizza and we began an epic brainstorm. We were mere 18 year olds when the project began (well, one was 19). And we worked on this project for months straight, we worked alone, then met and updated on our progress, although the update on progress became meeting up to eat pizza, drink coffee, laugh. Only about 40% of the time did we actually talk about the book. But we still continued to work.

It hasn’t been without its difficulties, life did get in the way. With us all still completing years in college and university, we had to work out how to create our characters and also revise enough to actually complete our education. But, we still managed to do it.

We managed to create five people; 17 year old Robert, 18 year old Isabelle, 21 year old Caleb, 16 year old Ellie and 18 year old Dom.

Each with their own story to tell, each with their own overwhelming desire to kiss.

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Casey’s almost here!

So it’s come, Casey’s release date!

Casey will be published on the 20th November on Transgender Remembrance Day

You can pre-order Casey now (on Kindle) UK   US

But you’ll be able to buy the Paperback on the 20th November!

 

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When Mickey lays eyes on Casey for the first time he can’t help but feel something towards him, his hair, his clothes, his face, his eyes everything makes Mickey just want to get to know him more and when he does he falls for him instantly, they’re relationship takes off quickly and neither can quite understand why but when Casey tells Mickey that he is transsexual and he’s going in for his operation in just under two months, Mickey is quickly thrown into something he knows nothing about but will he stick by Casey for the next two months? And thereafter?

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Basorexia Here we Come!

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How Exciting! Basorexia has come on leaps and bounds since it’s start in January, of course it won’t be available until December/January but hey why not start a bit of excitement!

Basorexia is a collection of stories of four teenagers struggle with understanding their desire for an other.
Robert is 17 and finally discovering what’ll make his life complete.
Ellie is 15, leaving school and finally leaving her old self behind.
Isabelle is 18 and is finally seeing the world out of rose tint.
Dom is 18 and struggling to understand his feelings for the guy who sits across the class.

It’s finally come the day Charlotte can become who he truly wants to be. But it can’t be as easy as that, he first needs to tell someone and that scares him, but he knows it’s what he needs to do.
Ellie is a product of her environment conditioned by her mother’s hyper obsession with feminine beauty, Ellie doesn’t know where she fits in, and is desperate to find out, she finds her feet in a library where she also finds an older guy who makes her feel things she never felt before.
Isabelle sees the world through rose tint, in her world everything is perfect to her until a night out that goes wrong which sets off the harsh alarm clock that is life and soon enough she finds out just actually what matters.
Dominic has an opportunity to escape the life he resents, but can he take it? Held back by a surprise encounter with a new love interest and having trouble facing his true feelings what will he do?


For Basorexia I asked 3 people who I knew quite well to help me write a story, one of them I’d collabed with before, one I’d tried to collab with time and time again but we never quite got far and one I knew wanted to finish a story and I wanted to give them all the opportunity to do so.

Basorexia like everything began as a idea, just a day in December sat in Burger King writing ideas down on a receipt then it formed, everyone was asked and everyone said yes, the meetings started quickly afterwards, we’d come to my house order 4 for £5 pizza and we’d begin to plan, very soon our characters became more than characters they became people, people who we discussed as if they were nothing less, people we hated at times, people we felt sorry for, people we didn’t want to say goodbye to.

Over the time the four of us have bonded as a team as well, we’ve gotten closer without really knowing it, we can laugh and joke around then get to work and it’s not hard work it’s fun.

R.J.

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