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Title: Angel In A Book Shop
Author: RJ Scott
Publisher: Love Lane Books
Cover Artist: Meredith Russell
Genre/Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Fiction, Gay, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance
What happens when a broken man has to trust in the impossible?
Chapter One is an antique book shop and is the last tangible thing Josh and his mom have left of his dad. Nestled in a quiet square a few steps from London’s St Pauls Cathedral, it is boarded up with whitewashed windows and no new stock. The place is a sad reminder of loss and it has to go, but destroying a business that has been in his family for generations is not a role Josh is looking forward to.
Michael is the owner of Arts Desire, the shop next door. With his rainbow pride mugs and his sunny positive outlook he is the complete opposite to what Joshua thinks he needs in his life.
But, when Josh and Michael become friends, Josh learns that finding true love starts with making big decisions, and that everyone deserves their own Christmas miracle sometimes.
RJ Scott talks about some of her favourite childhood Christmas Memories
Childhood Christmas Memories:
Crepe Paper always brings back memories. A couple days before Christmas mum and dad would remove all the ornaments and so on from our large sideboard and then would put down swathes of this soft crinkly paper in all different colours. Then on top of that would go Christmas nuts and sweets and some decorations. This to a young kid was Christmas heaven!
When we woke up in the morning we would have a pillow case at the end of the bed, normally with a Rupert annual and bits and pieces from Avon like talc (brits will get that). We still do this for our kids and even more special is that Matt still believes in Santa.
Christmas TV was a highpoint in our house when I was a kid, not so much now. We only had a couple TV channels and there was always the afternoon film (after the Queen’s speech). I remember the excitement when one of the channels showed Star Wars. Then there was Morecombe and Wise, The Bond film, and The Coronations Street Christmas episode. Oh and which brit here recalls Angie being served the divorce papers by Den? ROFL.
What is your best Christmas memory from childhood?
Words made their way through the fog of his panic, and he held on to them like he always did.
“Are you okay? Josh? Joshua? Can you hold my hand? Sit down, Josh, give the phone to me. I’ll get some water. Wait here.”
Josh knew he was sitting down, he felt steady, but his breathing was erratic and the room spun wildly around him. Michael was there, strong hands holding him, encouraging him to sip water. Then, excruciatingly slowly, he began to calm. Inch by inch his muscles relaxed and his thoughts became less scrambled and messy and more focused, until at last he had enough wherewithal to realise what had happened.
Then came the embarrassment. It consumed him and he knew he was scarlet. “Shit,” he muttered.
“Do you need anything?” Michael asked from right next to him.
Josh had so many answers to that loaded question. He needed forgiveness and hope, and to be honest and not to be scared, but the guy from the shop next door wasn’t a therapist or someone who had been alongside him on this journey. He was just a traveller who happened to be on Josh’s road at this moment in time. “I need to be alone,” he said softly. He wouldn’t look up to see Michael and the inevitable pity in the other man’s brown eyes. He’d seen enough disappointment from other people to last him a lifetime.
“Are you sure?” Michael asked. “Should we call a doctor?”
Josh pressed a hand to his temple. “Just a migraine,” he explained. He’d found that blaming everything on migraines gave the shitfest in his head some kind of socially acceptable veneer. People could have migraines and not be suffering from anxiety or depression. Strangers understood migraines.
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 sixty 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.
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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