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Title: Boy Banned
Author: RJ Scott
Publisher: Love Lane Books
Cover Artist: Meredith Russell
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance
Release Date: 05/27/2016
When the only way to win is to hide who you are, how far are you prepared to go?
Reuben “Angel” Jacobs is one step away from giving it all up. Losing a place in the live finals of Sing UK almost kills him. He has no choice but to go home and work for the family business, even though it means giving up his dreams and proving his old bullies right.
Corey Dixon is a rocker at heart. Being on the spectrum means that making sense of other people’s ‘normal’ is hard in itself, let alone in the chaos of a high-powered competition. Singing is his safe space, the only way he can think through the noise in his head. Messing up his audition for the live shows means his journey is over, and it’s the worst day of his life.
The judges throw them a lifeline and create a boy band from the near-miss hopefuls. Angel, Corey, and three others are put together in a room and offered the chance to sing as a group. Agreeing to become part of the new band means Corey has to hide who he is and what Angel has come to mean to him.
Is winning worth the price Corey and Angel have to pay?
We are here today to talk about Boy Banned. What can you tell us about it?
Boy Banned is the story of Corey and Angel, thrown together on a TV talent singing show, and told that they need to work with three other to form a boy band. Given they’d entered as individual artists and with all different levels of ability, this is a pretty big ask.
Please tell us more about our main characters.
Angel has two older brothers, and a father who are all builders and decorators. He doesn’t exactly fit in and this competition is his last chance to make something of himself. Corey is a loner, with a brain that sees things a little differently to other people. He convinces Angel that there can’t be two gay members of a boy band, that it just isn’t done. Doesn’t stop him holding Angel close whenever things get bad. When management agree with the fact that one of them needs to start dating one of the other acts, it’s Corey who takes the fall. Their relationship is banned, their journey in the competition is convoluted and hard, and to top it all they fall in love.
What do you want to tell those who may be new to the series (if applicable)?
This is a standalone book from RJ Scott
What about Boy Banned makes you the proudest?
That somehow, when I began to write, Corey became more of a bady rocker type, he slowly shows that he has issues with scents, and touch, and has an incredibly blunt way of talking. This is the first adult ASD character I have written, even though I never set out to write him that way. I’m very proud of the way he came to me fully fleshed out.
What is next for these characters? Is there more to this series? If so who will we hear from next?
There isn’t another book planned in the series… but I do wonder about Scott and Toby… just saying…
If you could give one piece of advice to aspiring writers, what would it be?
Just write. All the time. Even if you have subbed something, keep writing while you wait. Just. Write. And love what you write. J
What is the nicest thing a reader has said to you in a review, email, in person, or on social media?
That one of my books is the reason they now read MM. This is usually either The Christmas Throwaway, or The Heart of Texas. I am blown away every time someone says that to me, and I feel immensely proud.
What one story made you lose sleep as a kid?
Not a story as such, but the whole concept of Spontaneous Human Combustion. I used to lie awake and feel very scared of the idea of just going up in smoke. Also, dinosaurs. I used to watch the Saturday morning black and white horror movies from Japan, Godzilla, or stone age men battling dinosaurs. Scary stuff. So, I guess, horror is not my thing… LOL
Do you read your reviews, and if so do they influence the way you write the next book at all?
I read all the reviews that I am sent, and you’d be a fool not to listen to what they say. If someone reviews you, even if it’s a 4, and they say I didn’t connect with X, then I go back and analyse why. I learn from every review, what people like and don’t like. J
I don’t, however, spend a lot of time on Goodreads. LOL
How important are secondary characters to your story telling? Do you actively try to have women characters in your M/M to balance the male focus of the MCs?
So important. If you pick up an RJ Scott book you will know that there will be secondary characters that support the main characters. You can say a lot about one of your MCs through how they interact with their friends, or family, or those in need. I think secondary characters are vital J
If you could be one of your characters who would you be and why?
I would be related to Jack and Riley, because I want to live on the ranch and have them looking out for me. I guess I quite fancy being Hayley. LOL
If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why?
The power to read minds. That has to be the best superpower because then you would know what people wanted from you.
Do you remember a character talking about a particular food and it made you want to eat it RIGHTNOW? and if yes, what was it?
I think the worst one was writing barbecues scenes in my Texas series… I love a good steak, and the idea of sitting on the DD drinking wine and eating steak cooked by Jack and Josh… heaven…
Favorite lollipop flavor and which character in a fave book would you like to see suck on that sucker?
Strawberry – and it has to be Alex (from Kissing Alex) because he has the most gorgeous sexy lips… sighs…
What are you reading right now and what is next on your to-be-read list?
I am not reading anything at the moment… because I finished LineMates this morning, and I have yet to select my next book… LOL… probably another hockey romance because I am mainlining those at the moment J
Rapid Fire Time
- Batman or Superman? Superman
- Salt or Pepper? Pepper
- Neville or Ron? Ron
- Pickup Truck or Sedan? Uhmm… what is a sedan?
- Hawaii or Colorado? Colorado
- Ice Skating or Ice Hockey? Can I have both, but hockey FTW I guess overall…
- Underwear and socks: folded in the drawer or tossed? folded
- Boxers or Briefs? Jersey boxers that are snug… no flappy boxers…
- Cut or uncut? Uncut
- cinnamon or maple? Maple
- Tropical island or snow covered mountain cabin? Snow covered mountain cabin
- West Wing or Friday Night Lights? – hasn’t watched either…
- Larry or Sterek? Sterek
- Favorite Color? Red
- Australia or England? England, of course
- Tardis or DeLorean? Tardis
- Light saber or a Sonic screwdriver? Light Saber
- Favorite meal? Egg Bacon and Chips
- roller skates or ice skates? Ice Skates
- Spring or Fall? Fall
- Tennant or Smith? Tennant
- Read or writing? Writing
- first pet and name? Black Lab, Kim
- Favorite beverage? Wine
- Kirk or Picard? Picard
What are you working on? What is next?
I’m currently working on Montana book 3, the sequel to The Rancher’s Son. The title is A Cowboys Home, and was pulled forward from an October release date due to reader pressure… I love it J
Angel couldn’t get used to someone else playing with his hair. When he sat in front of the mirror, his hair framed his face, the longer lengths on top flat on his head, covering the short sides. He looked about twelve and wriggled uncomfortably.
“Stop moving,” the woman with her hands in his hair ordered. That was pretty much all she’d said to him as she deftly got his hair up in the trademark spiky look he favored, following a photo in her folder.
Toby’s red hair was cut close to his head, DK’s a classic short style all over, and Scott sported heavy front layers.
And then it was Corey’s turn.
Corey slipped into the chair, and Angel couldn’t help but stare. Corey’s soft layers were like silk. Angel knew that because he’d buried his fingers in that hair when they kissed. The woman turned to Corey’s page in her folder and peered at the photo.
With smooth movements she pulled product through his hair giving it the characteristic Corey look, and as she worked, Angel watched Corey’s expression in the mirror. At first he looked panicked, but then he met Angel’s eyes and didn’t falter in his stare, and she continued. The more his hair was touched, the more he became Corey the Rocker.
They filmed some short one-word answers to interviews, posed for photos for what the producer called an “introduction montage.”
And then there was nothing else for them to do but wait.
About the Author
My 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’ve has been writing since age six, when I was made to stay in at lunchtime for an infraction involving cookies and the mixing bowl. You can’t tell a six year old not to lick the bowl!
I 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 myself, I can be found reading anything from thrillers to sci-fi to horror. However, my first real true love will always be the world of romance. I love my cowboys, bodyguards, firemen and billionaires (to name a few) and love to write dramatic and romantic stories of love and passion between these men. (Yum)
With over 90 titles to my name and counting, I am the author of the award winning book, The Christmas Throwaway, which was All Romance Ebooks best selling title of 2010.
I’m 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.
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