Welcome to our Grand Finale celebrations for the amazing
In our final post, we're going to take a look at the Montana series, plus we'll have our Q&A with RJ. All the way at the bottom is one more chance to win one of RJ's books.
First up, Crooked Tree Ranch
When a cowboy, meets the guy from the city, he can't know how much things will change.
On the spur of the moment, with his life collapsing around him, Jay Sullivan answers an ad for a business manager with an expertise in marketing, on a dude ranch in Montana.
With his sister, Ashley, niece, Kirsten and nephew, Josh, in tow, he moves lock stock and barrel from New York to Montana to start a new life on Crooked Tree Ranch.
Foreman and part owner of the ranch, ex rodeo star Nathaniel 'Nate' Todd has been running the dude ranch, for five years ever since his mentor Marcus Allen became ill.
His brothers convince him that he needs to get an expert in to help the business grow. He knows things have to change and but when the new guy turns up, with a troubled family in tow - he just isn't prepared for how much.
This is a previously released title. It includes a new chapter and is re-edited with new cover art.
The problem was, tonight, even Josh was subdued. He picked at his spaghetti and pulled the rest apart on his plate. Josh was never quiet—he was life and laughter and a bundle of positive energy normally.
“What’s on your mind, buddy?” Jay asked softly. Josh raised his gaze to Jay. “Something happened at school,” he began.
“What?” Josh was happy at his school; he had a couple of friends and was enjoying playing mini basketball with them on every possible break. It didn’t help he was the shortest among his friends, but he still had fun.
“Derek told me some stuff and I told him it wasn’t true, but he said he’d read it.”
“You, and being momosecshal.”
“Homosexual,” Jay corrected instinctively.
“What did he say?”
“That the Bible said you shouldn’t want to kiss another boy and that if I ever tried to kiss him, he would thump me.” Ah. So it had happened. Jay wasn’t in the closet, but he didn’t make a song and dance about his sexuality either. Josh had met Jay’s last boyfriend, Mark. Hell, the two of them had even gotten along and Josh hadn’t said anything that suggested he thought it was odd, or different. So he considered his nephew and the fact that Josh was six. What did Jay need to say to be able to handle this one?
“Some people think that,” he began diplomatically.
“Bigots,” Kirsten interrupted. While he loved that Kirsten was so at ease with the world and the whole issue of equality, “bigots” probably wasn’t the right word to explain to Josh how people could be. Jay shot her a discouraging look. She very deliberately put the buds of her MP3 headphones in her ears and pointedly stared in the opposite direction. He continued.
“Anyway, some people think that, but I don’t agree. I think God wants you to love who you love.”
“So, if one day you loved a girl, that would be okay with you?” Josh asked curiously.
“If that happened,” Jay said. When hell freezes over. “It’s not going to happen, though. I like men.”
“I like Melanie in the next class. She smells nice and has really cool lunches. I don’t wanna kiss Derek. He picked his nose in assembly and everyone saw it.” Josh wrinkled his own nose. “So, yeah, can I have more water?” With that, the conversation was over. Josh accepted what Jay said and took it all in his stride. Jay had to admire the little guy—he was being raised by a goth teenage sister, a depressed mother, and a gay uncle.
Yay for the American nuclear family.
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Second in the series, The Rancher's Son
A man without memories, and the cop who never gave up hope.
When he wakes up in hospital, the victim of a brutal beating, John Doe, has no memories of who he is or who hurt him. The cops can find nothing to identify him and he can't remember anything to help... except the name Ethan and one recurring place from his dreams. Three words, and they're not much, but it's a start. Crooked Tree Ranch.
Cop, Ethan Allens has never stopped searching for his brother and his brother's best friend who vanished. When a report lands on Ethan's desk that may give new leads he jumps at the chance to follow them up. The man he finds isn't his brother, but it's someone who could maybe help him discover what happened ten years ago.
What neither man can know is that facing the very real demons of the past could very well destroy any kind of future they may think they have together.
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Third in the series, A Cowboy's Home
One burned and broken man finds his way home. Can he find peace in the arms of a man easy to love?
Justin made the ultimate sacrifice for his country, battling domestic terrorism, never the man he really was, using hate to avenge the death of his best friend. The friend he'd killed.
What he doesn’t count on is getting shot, and if he's going to die he wants it to be on Crooked Tree soil. Home.
Sam is as much a part of Crooked Tree as any of the families, and the offer to buy into the ranch is a dream come true. But falling for a hidden, secretive, injured man isn’t the way to keep his head in the game.
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And the most recent book, Snow In Montana
An actor in the closet, a sheriff in love, and memories that won’t stay hidden.
Jordan Darby is known as the King of Christmas. The star of eight made-for-TV Christmas movies, the leading man who always gets his girl. Filming at Crooked Tree Ranch in Montana, in the ice and snow, Jordan is fighting to make a go of his new company and dealing with fears of exposure over one huge secret. After all, who the hell would buy into him being a romantic straight lead if rumors about him being gay were proven to be true?
Sheriff Ryan Carter is advising on the new movie being made at Crooked Tree. He hoped this would be one day of work and nothing more. Until, that is, he meets the hero. But while Jordan is sexy, he’s also very much stuck in the closet—everything that Ryan doesn’t need in his life. And then lust becomes part of the equation, and Ryan’s quiet life is thrown into turmoil.
Their story unfolds against the chaos that overtakes the ranch, with Adam regaining memories that terrify him and make him look at Justin differently, and Justin leaving the ranch to make things right. Only through trusting in love and friendship can Justin and Adam learn to look to the future instead of letting the past destroy everything. But will they ever see clearly enough to do that?
Ryan went back to reading, the only sound his steady breathing and the tap of his finger on the mousepad to scroll down. From this position, Jordan got free rein to stare. Ryan’s profile was just as sexy as seeing him face to face.
Which of course got him thinking about Ryan naked because that was exactly how his brain was working right now.
And that wasn’t a good idea.
So, he sipped more wine and considered what to do with himself while he waited. He pulled out his cell phone, but even the visual evidence of emails waiting didn’t have him opening it to check. He placed it on the table next to the wine and instead leaned back into the cushions and relaxed.
This was nice, this downtime. The first he’d had in a long time.
He closed his eyes and centered his thoughts, pushing back the embarrassment and slight anxiety about someone reading his script.
“Hang on.” Ryan’s voice sounded loud in the otherwise quiet room.
Jordan opened his eyes and saw Ryan looking right at him. “What?”
“This is a gay romance. Two men. Together. Christmas.”
“Yeah.” Jordan dipped his gaze, unaccountably shy and not knowing what to say.
“The network would show this?”
Jordan shrugged, but spoke with conviction, from the heart. This was his project, his baby. “I’m going to work on it, start sowing the seed, maybe five years down the line. I don’t know. I’d just like something for the guys out there who think there isn’t romance for us, to show them there’s magic in romance and Christmas for everyone.”
“Shit,” Ryan groaned, low in his throat.
“What? Is it bad?”
Ryan shook his head, but he closed the computer and very carefully placed it on the table. “You can’t say things like that, with all that feeling and purpose.”
“Sorry?” Jordan was alarmed. Ryan looked all tense, as if Jordan had just done something very wrong.
And then Ryan moved.
Smoothly he took the glass from Jordan, put it down, and kind of loomed over him. Then with a soft curse, he kissed Jordan with absolute purpose, tongue tracing the seam of Jordan’s lips until he opened his mouth and took as much as he could.
All too soon the kisses were deep and somehow—God knows how—they were lying awkwardly side by side on the sofa, and Ryan had his hands on Jordan’s ass, and he scooped him around until Jordan lay sprawled on top of him.
“We doing this?” Ryan asked.
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Our Q&A with RJ Scott:
What inspires you? What gets you writing?
Life, pictures, music, art, words, the sky, memories… everything inspires me ☺ And as to getting me writing? I couldn’t not write ☺
What's your writing process? Seat of your pants, lots of sticky notes, complex spreadsheets?
I am a seat of your pants writer. I have character notes, and most of the time I have cover art to inspire me, but other than that I never have any idea where a story will go.
Which character from your books is your favorite, and why?
I love Corey Dixon, the character on the autistic spectrum I wrote in Boy Banned. I am also a HUGE Riley Campbell-Hayes fan ☺
Which character is your least favorite, and why?
None of my heroes are guys I can hate. The most difficult character I ever had to write was probably Adam in The Rancher’s Son, because he was so broken and lost, and I wanted to fix him so badly, but I couldn’t because amnesia doesn’t work that way.
If you could go back into one of your books and change one thing, what would that be? And why?
I couldn’t do this. Once a book is written I couldn’t go back and change it. The characters I wrote were the ones that spoke to me at the time. Does that make sense?
What's next for you? What amazing book are you working on?
The book I am writing at the moment is an MF book, The Heart, which is book 2 in my Ice Hockey series. Then I am on to writing Gabriel, which is book 2 in my Legacy series (Legacy is an offshoot from my Texas series). Out soon is Ghost, which is Sanctuary book 9.
Anything else you'd like to share with your readers?
Anything else I want to share with my readers? I love you all for taking the time out of your lives to read my stories. I love the emails you send me, the messages on Facebook, the tweets, and most of all the unwavering support. Hugs you all, tightly.
Thanks for celebrating with us all month. We hope you found a few new books to put on your never-ending TBR, and enjoyed learning more about this fabulous author. Join us again next week for our kick-off celebrations in honor of our February author of the month!
Until then, happy reading!