RJ Scott talks Dealing with Failure ~ Guest Blog, Excerpt, Spotlight, Giveaway

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Title: Dealing with Failure
Author: RJ Scott
Publisher: Love Lane Books
Cover Artist: Meredith Russell 

Guest Post:

Thank you so much for having me Brandilyn.

I received notification of a post from Writer Unboxed (Full article here – http://writerunboxed.com/2014/04/25/how-you-fail-determines-how-you-succeed/) talking about how you deal with failure and whether that may mean you later go on to succeed and it inspired this blog post.

In this post the the author suggests, “…[And that] the biggest risk is not in “only” selling 75 books, but in allowing a failure to become a conclusion, instead of a process toward success. And that the thing to be avoided at all costs is not low sales, but this internal narrative: “I only sold 75 books. I failed. I suppose I’m not a writer after all.” …”

My most saleable books are the contemporary books that I write. Things like my Texas series, and the Sanctuary series, Ellery Mountain, that kind of thing. My first ever book was a paranormal, Oracle, powers, and ancient energy, and gods, and of course the Oracle itself. I am still so damn proud of that book, and of other paranormal books I have written, like Gallows Tree (ghost story alongside the story of a guy running from abuse) and the Fire trilogy (Kian etc.).

I could turn around and say I ‘failed’ at writing paranormal, because the sales for these will never match the aforementioned contemporary titles. I don’t look at it as failure. I think, with the tenaciousness of a writer who has a story to tell, whether it sells or not, I wrote a sequel to Oracle, and two sequels to Kian.
The story just had to be put on paper, regardless of any thoughts I may have that book 1 failed.

As a writer, do sales figures affect what you write next? Or will you push ahead with a sequel just because your muse demands it?

Readers, are there particular writers you autobuy for their contemporary work but not their paranormal or indeed the other way around?


A rustling behind him caused him to turn sharply, and a familiar dizziness assailed him, causing him to grab at the nearest tree. Idiot. Startled by a squirrel or a badger or some other indigenous species at the age of twenty-six for god’s sake. He peered into the thicker part of the standing trees wondering what it was that had moved and focused in on a huffing, scratching weird kind of noise. He saw a flash of something, then he had a face full of something black and large and wet. He stepped back, twisted his foot on a tree root, and toppled to the ground.

“Jack! Stupid dog… Jack!”

Cody pushed the animal away, his hands going straight to his face as teeth came near, and he struggled to get in control of what was happening. The ground was wet beneath him, the leaves scrunching and scratching at his skin, and the animal, fucking huge thing, was on him, pawing him.

“Shit. I’m sorry. Jack, get the hell away—” The owner of the voice pulled the monster away from Cody, and as soon as he was free, Cody scrambled to move. Hands helped him stand, but Cody moved away as soon as he was vertical and steady. “I’m so sorry. Are you okay? Idiot dog is a bloody nuisance.”

Cody focused on the voice—clipped, British, and really damn apologetic. Still, it didn’t stop the temper inside him. What kind of person owned a killer dog and allowed it to attack people? He even opened his mouth with the express purpose of telling this man exactly what he thought, but as he did so, he looked down at the dog and, with a double take, back up to the piercing blue eyes filled with apology that stared at him. The man with the killer dog was wearing a woolen hat, a huge thick coat, and jeans that probably used to be blue but now looked mud colored.

“Your dog—” Cody started and glanced down at the muddy and very wet black Labrador that sat panting by the man’s feet. The animal didn’t look as scary now as it leaned into the man’s leg and looked up at him with an adoring doggy grin.

“I’m sorry. Genuinely sorry,” the stranger continued. “We don’t often find people walking this early in the fields. Are you okay?”

Mentally, Cody checked himself out. Physically, he was winded but fine; mentally, he was as embarrassed as it was possible to be. He even remembered letting out some kind of freaking girly shriek when the dog had landed on him. Jeez.

“I’m fine,” Cody said and turned on his heel to return back to the relative safety of his room.

“Sorry!” the guy called after him, but Cody simply lifted a hand and waved away the apology.

“It’s fine,” he said firmly. With his embarrassment and his aching butt filling every part of his thoughts that weren’t focused on sapphire eyes, he trudged back to The Ferrers’ Arms.


The Gallows Tree


Cody Garret is only just finding his way after an abusive relationship ended with his ex in prison. Coming to England to restore Mill Cottage is his way of running so he has time to heal. His goal is simple—hire a company to help make the mill cottage saleable then go back to the States.

What he doesn’t count on is meeting Sebastian Toulson-Brown, the brother of his contractor and the man who may be able to show him he can stop running.

But first Cody and Sebastian must deal with the ghosts of lost loves and the destinies that are woven into the story of the mill and the sycamore trees that stand on its land, one of which might be the gallows tree.

More information, excerpt and buy links – http://rjscottauthor.blogspot.co.uk/2011/11/wonderful-new-cover-art-received-for.html

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.
She can mostly be found reading — anything from thrillers to sci-fi to horror. However, her first real love will always be the world of romance. When writing her goal is to write stories with a heart of romance, a troubled road to reach happiness, and more than a hint of happily ever after.

Author Links:

Email: rj@rjscott.co.uk
Website: http://www.rjscott.co.uk

Buy Links

Love Lane Books
Amazon US
Amazon UK
All Romance eBooks


RJ Scott has kindly offered one lucky commenter a free book from her backlist or a first sight of a future book.

Contest will end 5 days from original posting date (or as stated on the Rafflecopter) at 8pm CDT. Must be 18 or older to enter, void where prohibited.

Farewell Giveaway
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.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

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30 thoughts on “RJ Scott talks Dealing with Failure ~ Guest Blog, Excerpt, Spotlight, Giveaway

  1. This book sounds really good. I read alot more paranormal books than I do contemporary, but I basically will read just about anything m/m. Thank you for the giveaway.


  2. I could be in a minority here 😉
    but I want more (RJ) paranormal, not shifters or vampires, they bore me, but my favourites are definitely the paranormals like the Fire books and the Fitzwarren books 😀


    And sci-fi too

  3. I admit, I have only read one of RJ’s books so far, a contemporary. But I love paranormal books more than I do contemporary. Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. If the author is an autobuy I usually buy whatever genre they write. I used buy a lot of Paranormal books but lately I’ve enjoyed contemporary books more. R J I’ll buy whatever you write.


  5. I always enjoying reading RJ’s books, one of my favourites at the moment is the Crocked Tree Ranch (a contemporary cowboy story) but I also have Oracle ready to ready which is a paranormal story so totally opposite to the cowboy story.

  6. I’m a huge fan of RJ’s contemporary stories but I do enjoy her paranormal books as well. I really liked Crooked Tree Ranch & Oracle but have not read read her Fire Trilogy yet.

  7. For me once an author achieves auto buy status I’ll buy whatever they write regardless of the genre. 🙂 Of course that doesn’t always mean I get to the end, but then for me that’s more to do with connecting in some way with the characters than the setting (and the mood I’m in at the time!)

  8. Thanks for the giveaway. Yes, there are certain authors I will automatically buy all of their series and usually one offs as well. I find that if I like one world they create, I usually like all the inhabitants of their worlds.

  9. I love both contemporaryand paranormal books so for auto-buy authors I will buy all they publish. Love RJ’s books and can’t wait to read more!

  10. Other way round. I don’t usually buy contemporary romances unless there’s a murder mystery, spies, some other kind of really strong additional plot, but I do buy paranormals, historicals, sci fi and all the other genre fiction that have a romance component. I loved the Gallows Tree and highly recommend the Fitzwarren Inheritance.

  11. I love RJ book’s, this one I haven’t read yet. I will be reading it soon.
    geetracy1170 (at) gmail (dot) com

  12. If I have good experience with a writer, I’m inclined to buy everything. I usually am swayed by plot description, not necessarily genre (though m/m helps!)…

  13. I’ve read several different series after she was the M/M Group’s Author of the Month. I have enjoyed each series and look for more to come.

  14. I have authors on auto buy but not because of the genre they write in. The genre isn’t as important as the ability to give me a decent read.

    If anyone hasn’t read The Gallows Tree yet and enjoyed the excerpt let me tell you it was an excellent story that I have actually reread a few times 😀 And yes he is one of the authors on my auto buy list (at least he is whilst the money lasts).

  15. Definitely an auto-buy author for me. My favorite book is Heart of Texas but my second favorite is Oracle. I wish there were more paranormal, scifi, etc books out there.

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