RJ Scott stops by to discuss A Reason to Stay with Giveaway!

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.

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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.


Buy Links:

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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



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27 thoughts on “RJ Scott stops by to discuss A Reason to Stay with Giveaway!

  1. She’s twelve. For a while I read to her we got through Harry Potter 1 and through Percy Jackson 1. Her teachers gave her books that were appropriate for her age group. She read the Hunger Games 1 & 2 I wasn’t so sure about this cause it has a bittersweet ending. Then there is technology. She would rather watch Netflix or play a game then read. When she’s bored she wants to do something go somewhere spend money. None of these were an option for me. My first books were adventure and action or going out to play and make my own adventure. Then I was assigned A Tale of Two Cities and romance grabbed me and wouldn’t let me go. Everything today is so fast. On The Trevor Project they estimate that young people might spend twenty minutes on a site then move on to the next thing that grabs their attention. You can’t do that with a book. Pictures are everywhere it’s rare to have to build inside your imagination. Can people today even do that? Sorry didn’t mean to write another article I’ll go away now. Thanks for the space.

  2. I think I am one of the born readers. Neither my mom or dad read much, but my great aunt was a book hoarder and avid reader like me so it must be in the genes.

  3. I must be lucky! The books I read in school were great (other than Shakespeare) and the library was always a go-to for me when I was growing up. As a matter of fact, I am the one who got my mom hooked on romance novels (after years of drek literature she had to read in university) which has led to her discovering many new authors and genres. Yay reading!

  4. When I was younger I enjoyed reading, but then I went a few years where I read very little. One of the reasons was we weren’t allowed to choose what we read in school. I remember having to pick from the books that were already there and most of them I had already read or they just didn’t interest me. So I do believe school can influence reading. 🙂

  5. I can’t remember a time when I was not reading. I always looked forward to the day when it was time to place an order for Scholastic books. Then waiting for the order to arrive at school.

  6. I must be a born reader as well. Neither one of my parents graduated high school–but growing up it was common to walk into the living room and see most of the family reading. One thing though, after my return to school for my master’s degree, it took a while to start reading again. Same thing after getting my teacher’s credentials. So, yes, it is plausible that schools wipe out reading for some people.

  7. Wow! This book sounds fantastic! I need to keep an eye out for it when it gets released! Thanks for the giveaway!

  8. When I was growing up, I was tease a lot for reading, because I have a mild case of ADD, and normally, can not sit still to read for a long period of time. I felt in love with the book “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott that was assign at school, and I could not really put it down. Not all books are boring, and should not be judge by its cover. Books help me to lost myself in its story, and not have to focus on my problems. Great post R.J.!

  9. I was the only one in my family (5 kids) who was a big reader – and I went on to get an English degree and read all those “heavy” books. Now, I read what I want. And both my kids LOVE to read. On their free time they read what they want. I think you learn something from whatever you read. I know I do. I can see how school can take the joy out of reading, especially now with so much emphasis on standardized testing. My kids (in the USA) spend several weeks each year just taking standardized tests and they are still in K-12 grades.

    Thanks for the post and giveaway! The new book sounds quite interesting.

  10. I can totally see why people learn to hate reading. Someone asked me the other day what my favorite “classic” book was. Uhhh… I suppose Jim Butcher doesn’t count? I had a hard time coming up with an answer, because most of the classics I’ve read (or been forced to read) over the years… I didn’t really like. Emma? Meh. 1984? Please, God, no. Animal Farm? AAAHHH!! I did like The Virginian, but that’s not too popular in highschools. Probably because of the the bleeped out language. 😀

  11. I was a born reader and my girls have inherited my reading genes – our bookshelves are overflowing so am thankful that two of us own Kindles. I’m a huge fan of RJ’s books – I have most but not all so would love a chance at winning a copy of one of her books.

  12. I’m thankful that I was already a prolific reader before I got to high school. I HATED my English classes, and they probably would have turned me off of reading altogether if I hadn’t already known that I loved it. Instead, they turned me off of literature classes, any kind of analysis, and so-called literary fiction. Even 20-ish years later, I still don’t like writing reviews. I’m perfectly happy sticking with my genre fiction and rating it, rather than reviewing it.

  13. I have always been a big reader and now that ebooks are here, it’s even better, more books to get! Ans no storage isues!!

  14. I’ve always been a reader but ever since I got an iPad, I’ve been reading so much more. The convenience of having your entire library of books in your hand in incredible. Thanks for the giveaway!

  15. I’ve always read a lot but I have to admit, some of the books we were required to read in school were horribly boring. I plowed my way through but there was no enjoyment. Luckily, it didn’t have any effect on my love of reading but if the purpose of required reading is to get someone to enjoy books, it’s a fail.

  16. I’ve always been a big reader and it’s all I had in my childhood. My sister was a big reader and as a child she use to take me and my other sibling with her to the library. Most of if not all my childhood was spent with my nose in a book.

  17. I started to love reading when I was in the 6th grade. I would read anything I could get my hands on. I would borrow books from friends and family. I love to read romance books and I read them for the HEA or at least the HFN endings. One thing that will turn me off of an author is if they kill of the hero or heroine of a book that I’m reading.
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  18. I started reading at an early age, my mam, grandma and aunts are all avid readers as are my 4 girls. I got my 1st library card at the age of 4. From there i’ve never stopped reading.
    I have hundreds of print books and even more e-books. I have a serious addiction when it comes to books.

  19. I was always more interesting in the maths and sciences in school, but after my grandfather pasted away when I was 11, my brother and I were given his book collection. That’s when I really started reading; Louis L’Amour was my first favorite author! When I was in college I volunteered at the public library and really started branching out more.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  20. What an interesting guest post. Not what I was expecting at all.

    I didn’t realise that they still had kids reading the classics in school. Of course, I hated the reading them back when I “had” to but now that I’m an adult I’m often surprised at how much I retained. I’ve even re-read a few that I never would have read as an adult, by choice, if I hadn’t been required to in school.

    That being said, school is a brutal place and I am so grieved to see how cruel children are to each other. It seems to be so much worse now than it was when I graduated and I’m only 33. At times I fear for my children and the changes they will see. Teachers have the potential to make such a huge impact on their students and the tone that the teacher sets in class will either make or break a student’s year.

    I had to laugh a bit at the end when you asked the question about having an opinion because I have an opinion about everything! I don’t mind being wrong, or having a different opinion than someone else. What really bothers me is when people are disrespectful of others just because they don’t agree. It’s okay to be wrong or different as long as you’re nice…. and that’s MY opinion on the matter. 😀

    P.S. I love to read and can’t imagine ever hating it.

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