I would like to thank RJ Scott for taking the time to talk to us about Book 1 in her Heroes series, A Reason to Stay. Check out Caroline’s review. There is also a giveaway, so stay tuned for that.
Guest Post – A Reason to Stay
I saw a post on Writer’s Unboxed with the intriguing title *HowTo Make Someone Hate Reading*. The full article is here: http://writerunboxed.com/2014/04/08/how-to-make-somebody-hate-reading/
My first instinct was to think – that isn’t possible is it? I mean, you’re either born a reader or you’re not. I thank my Dad for the active taking me to the library part of my education, but my mum reads as well, so I inherited two reader’s genes. Other people are just, whatever their upbringing, the kind who likes to read.
So this article blames the education system. The fact we are given books with no relevance to anything we know now, and are asked to analyse what the author may have been suggesting in the text. I recall an image whereby a teacher is attempting to show that an author was building a depressive surrounding because the curtains (drapes) were blue, whereas, the artist suggests the curtains are blue because the author liked that colour.
My daughter is sitting A Levels and one of her A levels is English Literature. I have never seen such a group of intensely depressing books in my life, Streetcar Named Desire, Dollshouse and something else I forget the name of. This is on top of other depressing books that she has already completed work on. Is the late teenage years the best time to be shoving all the old fashioned hopelessness at a stressed student?
And who is to say that how I read a book is the wrong way? Maybe I look at the blue curtains being a harbinger of doom, maybe I just like the fact that they are pretty. Is either one wrong?
What if you are laughed at at school for *not getting it* just because Shakespeare’s language leaves you cold? What if you never really understood the shadows beneath the words that everyone else seemed to understand instinctively.
Would that turn you off reading? Or can you push past the teaching and relearn the love for the books you really want to read? Do you feel like you can’t have an opinion on a book you have read because in the past your opinions have been labelled as wrong?
From the Publisher:
When SEAL, Viktor Zavodny, left small town America for the Navy he made sure he never had a reason to return. He wanted to see the world and fight for his country and nothing, or no one, was getting in his way. He fights hard, and plays harder, and a succession of men and women share his bed.
But a phone call from his sister has him using his thirty day down time to go home instead of enjoying his usual thirty nights of random sex and sleep.
What he finds is a mystery on the Green Mountains and the only man attempting to make sense of seemingly unrelated deaths. His childhood friend and first love… Lieutenant Aiden Coleman, Sheriff.
There were reasons Viktor left his home. Not least Aiden Coleman with his small town innocence and his dreams of forever. Now Adam and Viktor need to work together to save lives and prove there is a hero in all of us.
When it’s done, if they make it out alive, can Aiden persuade Viktor that he has a reason to stay? Maybe forever?
About the Author
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 50 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 Scott has graciously agreed to give one lucky commenter a free book from her backlist or a first sight of a future book.
Giveaway ends 14 May 2014 @11:59pm. 18 or older, void where prohibited, etc
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
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