February 23rd, 2017

Winter Duet

Welcome RJ Jones - As The Sun Sets

A big welcome today to RJ Jones as part of her blog tour for As The Sun Sets.

Judging a book by its cover (or reviews)
I’m so guilty of this.

People all the time say don’t judge a book by its cover. Hell, I’ve told my kids the same thing, and I try not to. I really do. But a poorly designed cover is less likely to catch my eye. Yes, I’m a bit shallow. If the blurb is interesting, then I’ll look at the reviews, which I don’t normally do as I like to go into a book without any preconceived ideas.

I read a one star review once for a well-known author’s work before I started reading, and throughout the book I had these negative comments playing in my head. It completely ruined the story for me and I dnf’d it. I kept wondering if I hadn’t read that review would I have liked the story? Sadly, I’ll never know because I can’t for the life of me remember which book it was. I wish I could because I’d love to give it another go.

So, back to covers. Yes I’ve read books that have terrible covers and I’m happy to report that some of them have been great reads. As a self-published author, I know the strain of budgeting. We fork over money for editing, promo, covers etc, without knowing if our book will sell. Sometimes we don’t make enough in sales to recoup our costs, and unfortunately I’m no master in marketing so I can’t help there.

I’m trying. I’m looking at some covers and have been able to shrug off the poor artwork, knowing that if it’s a self-pubbed author, they probably don’t have the budget for such luxuries as a professional cover artist. I’m more likely to give the book a go if it’s an indie author. I know the struggle. However, if it’s through a traditional publisher, I’m less lenient in my judgment.

I’d love to hear some stories about covers or reviews that may have sent you packing, but turned out to be one of your favourites.

A sea change could be just what the doctor ordered.

Doctor Scott Penney used to be a Paediatric Oncologist—until he burned out. Watching children suffer and die took its toll on his mental health. To cope, he used anonymous sex as an emotional crutch, thinking it was better than hitting the bottle. But that inevitably destroyed his relationship with the man he loved.

With his tail between his legs and a year’s worth of celibacy under his belt, Scott accepts a position as an Accident and Emergency consultant, leaving his career in oncology and London behind.

Ben Jenkins is a paediatric nurse who loves his seaside city, his job, and his faithful old Labrador, Happy. When he meets the new doctor, Ben falls for Scott’s kind-yet-reserved personality—not to mention his good looks. Scott is great with the children who come through the hospital, but Ben senses there’s more to Scott than meets the eye.

Scott tries to resist Ben’s sunny charm—Scott’s not boyfriend material, after all—but it’s impossible not to fall in love with the sad looking old dog and his charming owner. As Scott and Ben get closer and the weather heats up, tragedy strikes and Ben is left wondering how much of Scott’s history he actually knows.

For them to move forward, Ben must show Scott that no matter what happened in the past, a beautiful day can always start after the sun sets.

**This can be read as a standalone**

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34118374-as-the-sun-sets
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06X6CR87L
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RJ Jones

RJ started as a reader and eventually made the progression to reviewing. It wasn't until two men popped into her thoughts, insisting on telling her their story that she started to write. It started with one scene. A hot and dirty one in the shower.

RJ's initial thought was if she could write their scene then they'd shut up and allow her to concentrate on other aspects of the day. That shower scene was 3000 words long and three hours of work. But they didn't shut up. They told her their entire story and she didn't sleep for days. Sometimes she couldn't keep up with what they were telling her and she had to keep a notebook by the bed.

Whilst RJ was writing their story a side character decided he needed his story told too. Then other characters followed suit.

You see the problem? If RJ ever wants to sleep again then she needs to write.

RJ is a wife and a mother to two boys. Even her dog is a boy.

She is surrounded by males.

RJ writes emotionally charged, character driven romances. Her guys will always get their HEA, but it will never be easy.

Where to find me

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Email - rjjonesauthor@gmail.com
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