I would like to thank RJ Scott for stopping by PBA today to talk about her latest release Ellery 7 – The Agent and the Model. It is not secret that I love just about everything RJ Scott writes, so needless to say I was ecstatic when she agreed to guest!
In September 2012 I attended a writers retreat thingamy for an author I used to be with in a beautiful place in Tennessee. There I met Amber Kell and Carol Lynne for the first time, and Tennessee became the place where they encouraged me to spread my wings. I’d only ever been with one publisher before and the idea that anyone else wanted me was something that didn’t sit very easily with this Brit.
Anyway, armed with encouragement—and not a small amount of excitement—I sat down and imagined a series of six books, six couples with lives that interconnected. I knew I wanted to write the first book about two first responders who in one way or another saved each other. Also I wanted to set the whole series in the mountains of Tennessee.
Book 1 was The Fireman and the Cop, and I sent the book, plus the idea of the series, to Totally Bound. I was so pleased when they said yes they wanted it, and with a couple of months book 1 was out and live.
At just over 30,000 words it was a new departure for me, a series each one 30-35k where I decided they would be delivered pretty regularly (one a month). Book 1 flowed, book 2 flowed and became The Teacher and The Soldier, Book 3 was The Carpenter and The Actor, followed by The Doctor and the Bad Boy, and it was all still flowing even to The Paramedic and the Writer. I loved my Ellery books, but book 6 was a hard one to write. Writing my SEAL with PTSD was the kind of story that rips you inside when you write it. I found myself in tears so many times when I was writing the pain that the character was going through.
Who could a man with PTSD talk to if he struggled talking to friends and counsellors? I threw it open to my group of FB friends—and my editor Erika—and they suggested that he may talk to someone who listens without judgement – a barman. Perfect. I had my foil for the tortured hero. Avery, my barman, listened and said things in the right places, and most of all he told Travis he loved him but that he would under no circumstances back down or leave. This is my favourite of the series.
And now we have The Agent and the Model. Book 7 is Mikey’s story and came completely out of the blue.
See, this was supposed to be just six books. But… Mikey was hurt so badly in book 5, and I sent him off to the City for a wonderful new life, but what if memories of the horrific hate crime he was a victim of made his new life one that was fragile and open to hurt? When Alex, the man he loves, proves to Mikey that all he is seen as is a helpless victim he decides he needs to go home to Ellery and confront ghosts and make peace.
Which is very difficult when Alex follows him.
I hope you enjoy Ellery 7, The Agent and the Model. I loved writing it, even though it was a really hard one to write. Poor Mikey.
HUGS, Rj xxxx
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.
Where to find RJ
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RJ Scott has graciously agreed to give one lucky PBA commenter a free book from her backlist or a first sight of a future book.
Giveaway ends 24 Jan 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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