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Guest Post: Scotty Cade for From a Jack to a King!


Happy Fourth of July to you!

One WIP! Two WIP’s! Three WIP’s a NOVEL!

Firstly, I’d like to thank Morgan and everyone over at Open Skye Book Reviews for allowing me to stop in today. I truly appreciate the support.

So…I’m supposed to be here to bring a little attention to my latest release “From a Jack to a King” but the blurb and excerpt will pretty much give you an overview of the novel, and I’ve done four blog spots so far with five or six more to come so instead of repeating myself regarding about the book, I’d like to touch upon something that is a constant question, not just for me, but for most of my fellow authors when we’re on panels or at conventions. Drum Roll Please!

Our writing process! For some it’s a concrete procedure but for me personally it’s fluid and constantly changing. It mostly depends on where I am in professional and personal life, my frame of mind at the time and how well the subject of the novel fits in with what’s happening in my life.

For example, I normally start out with character profiles so I can keep the character’s voices and personalities straight in my head until I get to know them better. Then I outline the novel. I wish I had a proven formula like many authors do, but I find that every time I try to stick to a formula (insert “A” here and “B” there) it never works out for me. In fact, as I became more experienced, I started plotting only so far on my outlines, just as far as it takes for the character’s voices to be loud and clear. And then I usually allow them to drive the story. I mean…I can outline the story the way I see it in my head, but as the characters develop, he or she may or may not characteristically do or say something that was determined so early on in the process. See what I mean? In most cases the general plot stays the same, but the way the characters react to that plot changes many time during the process.

Now when a story is loud and clear in my head and won’t leave me alone, I’ve been known to sit down and breeze through the manuscript in no time at all. No outline and no character profiles, just me and the keyboard. This is when writing is the most fun for me. Three recent examples of that is “Losing Faith,” “Only Forever” and “Someone to Kiss.” Those books got a hold of me and wouldn’t let go. I literally had no peace until I wrote “The End” on each of them. Odd! Isn’t it? But so fun at the same time.

And to make matters more complex, I usually start two to three WIP’s (works in progress) until I sit comfortably on one manuscript and go all the way. I’m not sure why really, but the best I can come up with is as I mentioned earlier, it has to be a good fit for me at the time. Now to be clear, I usually ALWAYS go back and finish the other WIP’s and they go on to be published, but only when my head and space are ready for that particular topic. Consequently, right now I have four WIP’s and I have no idea which one I’m going to tackle next. Stay tuned!

So that’s my process. Not so exciting is it?

Okay, so I’ll leave you here and let you read an excerpt of “From a Jack to a King.” But before I let you go, I’d like to know if when you are reading a novel and a character does something so “out of character” for them, does it throw you out of the story? Does it seem like a shoe that’s too tight? If so, I would say that particular author plots out his or her stories from beginning to end. If you post, you’ll automatically be entered into a drawing for an e-book of “From a Jack to a King.”

Thanks for spending the time with me and I wish you and yours a wonderful and relaxed 4th of July weekend.

Now here’s your excerpt and lot of other stuff about where to find me and my books, especially “From a Jack to a King.”


New York Times best-selling mystery writer Bay Whitman leads the life of a celebrity—at least on the surface. In public he’s self-assured and in control. Women hang on his every word, while men envy his confidence and swagger. But in reality, Bay is a loner. He’s shy and introverted, and his life consists of sitting in a dimly lit room writing his famous Jack Robbins mystery novels. His one vice—gambling. Winning an escort in a poker game will change Bay’s life in ways he never imagined.

Matthew “King” Slater is one of the hottest tickets in gay porn. He spends his days in front of the camera and his nights as a highly paid escort to the rich and famous. Deep down, he craves romance and a real connection, but his past makes it hard to separate the needs of his body from those of his heart. For now, it’s easier to think of sex as just a job. But while doing a shoot in Vegas, King is hired for a tryst at a famous hotel and casino, and his handsome client might blur the line between work and play.

Bay’s visitor cleared his throat, which brought Bay back to reality somewhat. He couldn’t stop staring, but he attempted to speak. “How… can I help you?”
“Damn, you’re hot. Please tell me your name is Paul?”
Paul? “Ah. No. Sorry,” Bay said.
The man’s smile faded. “Shit.”
The stranger checked his cell phone, looked at the number on the door, and shook his head with a disgusted expression. “My apologies, man. Must have gotten stood up.”
Bay was about to close the door when it hit him. Paul. Paul Gilman. The escort. Oh shit!
“Wait!” he called out. “Did you have an appointment with Paul at midnight?”
The guy stopped and looked back quizzically. “As a matter of fact, I did. And if you’re not Paul… how did you know that?”
Bay nervously beckoned the guy back. “Because I won you in a poker game.”
One corner of the man’s mouth curled up into a little smile, and his eyes twinkled with mischief. He took a few steps back and resumed his position leaning against the wall. “Now did you? That’s funny. I didn’t realize I was transferrable.”
“Oh jeez.” Bay realized what he’d just said. “I’m so sorry, I’m talking about you like you’re a piece of meat or something.”
The guy laughed, and his entire face lit up. “Hell, I’m not offended. I’ve been referred to as a piece of meat on more than one occasion.”
Bay suddenly wished he was back in the safety of his New York apartment instead of standing in the hall of a Las Vegas hotel.
“So with whom do I have the pleasure of spending my next two hours? If I may ask?”
“Oh sorry. I’m Bay.” Bay stuck out his hand.
Bay nodded.
“Odd, but nice.”
“Thanks. It’s a family name,” Bay said. “Look, you don’t have to stay. The guy thought he had a winning hand, but I raised and he was out of money, so he offered you up to even the pot.”
Instead of accepting Bay’s hand, the guy folded his arms over his chest again, smiled, and looked Bay up and down. “And his loss is definitely my gain.”
Bay smiled weakly and warmth crawled up his face. “Yeah. No… I mean—” stammering a bit when he realized the man was actually flirting with him.
Bay withdrew his hand, and the man took a step toward him. “I’m King Slater.”
He was so close now, Bay could smell his spicy cologne. “Nice to meet you, King.” They locked eyes, and King seemed to be waiting for some sort of recognition. But his name didn’t ring a bell.
King appeared amused by Bay’s nervousness and discomfort. “I’ll show myself in,” he said, still smiling seductively at Bay.
Bay watched in amazement as King walked right past him.

Scotty Cade left Corporate America and twenty-five years of Marketing and Public Relations behind to buy an Inn & Restaurant on the island of Martha’s Vineyard with his partner of over twenty years. He started writing stories as soon as he could read, but just eight years ago for publication. With the Inn and restaurant now sold, you can find him in Greenville South Carolina where he and his husband are restoring a hundred-year-old house or in Charleston South Carolina on their boat simply hanging out. Being from the south and a lover of commitment and fidelity, all of his characters find their way to long healthy relationships, however long it takes them to get there. He believes that in the end, the boy should always get the boy.

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Release Day Review: The Night Owl and the Insomniac By j. leigh bailey

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A Shifter U Tale
Long nights lead to intrigue… and infatuation.
Chronically ill with a mysterious condition, Yusuf “Joey” Franke escapes his smothering family and doctors by moving halfway across the country to enroll in Cody College. Not long after arriving on campus, some of his symptoms disappear, only to be replaced by debilitating insomnia. Joey spends his nights wandering the halls of his dormitory and hanging out with gregarious and affable Owen, who works the night shift.
When he suddenly shifts from a sick college kid to a massive Asiatic lion, Joey discovers another side to Cody College—it’s a haven for shifters like himself… and like Owen, a part-time great horned owl. And being a shifter is hereditary, which means his parents have some explaining to do.
When Joey and Owen investigate, they discover more than they bargained for—a family deception, a dangerous enemy with international connections, and a love that might be too new to survive the backlash.



This is such a fun series! If you’re a shifter lover – like me! – you’ve already been enjoying this series. If you’re new… well, I’d say this is as good as any to start with – but maybe go to book one – at least…


In any case, book 2 was my favorite and I LOVED it – this had big shoes to fill and … it didn’t – but it was still real damn good! I loved the whole “I don’t know I’m a shifter” and though the “WTF? How did he not know…” factor was pretty high – the author did a pretty good job explaining.


I thought the romance was a bit weaker here (than in the other books), but the personal growth was bigger. The humor was pretty great, and all in all this was a good addition to a great series.


4.25 rounded to 4.5 of 5 stars


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Recent Release: Daniel by RJ Scott

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Daniel worked hard at college, using coping strategies to shut himself off from any situation that might hurt. But, persistent nightmares and fears for his future drive him to revisit the past. Now Legacy might be the only place to give him a chance at peace.

After the tragic loss of his parents, Corey is head of the family now, and the welfare of his three younger sisters are what matters the most. Corey is desperate to find Daniel, tell him the truth and somehow convince him to keep secrets. Even if this leads to heartbreak.

When the world crumbles around Corey, and Daniel is running scared, Legacy ranch is their only hope.

RJ Scott knows how to squeeze your heart until it’s aching. Daniel and Corey certainly put me through the wringer. To get the full background about Bar Five and the events that occurred there I recommend reading the other Legacy Ranch books. However if you read this as a stand-alone you can still get a good idea of what the boys went through there. Daniel is making the best of his life despite the nightmares and anxiety. Corey had the perfect family life ripped away from him. To get some answers he visits Daniel. This is the start of a slow building relationship where b of them need to come to terms with their feelings and trust one another. So many emotions. I couldn’t put the book down. I read it straight through. Wonderful way to end the series. So full of emotions but ultimately satisfying.

5 of stars out of 5

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Steamy Romance: Upending Tad Bundle: Volumes 1, 2, 3 by Kora Knight, narrated by Michael Pauley

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Volumes one, two, and three of the Upending Tad series.

Loser Takes All

Tad’s weekend started out like any other; hitting a college frat party with a handful of buddies. But just as the evening hits its peak, things get up-ended fast. Ditched by his drunken, trolling friends, Tad winds up getting hustled by three jocks playing poker. Now, he’s forced to pay his dues in the most outlandish of ways by spending an hour with his victors’ favorite flogger, Scott. But the guy’s tantalizing torture quickly proves to be the least of Tad’s worries and the kickoff to a night of raw, shocking lust. Experience the graphic, minute-by-minute account of that hour spent at the hands of Tad’s insatiable tormentor. Addicting chemistry lights the stage as Scott ignites Tad’s reluctant desires into a frenzy of forbidden need.

Test of Endurance

The last time Tad saw Scott, the ripped physical trainer left him with quite a lot to think about. At his wit’s end, he seeks Scott out, voluntarily, on his own terms. Will the completely different setting offer what he’s seeking; proof that their exchange’s unexpected turn was just a random mishap? Or will being in Scott’s presence suggest something different….

Sideline Submission

Round two with Scott hadn’t been what Tad expected, but it did end up providing a few important realizations. That crazy first encounter was definitely more than mere male hormones. Which meant he felt a true attraction to the guy. Something that explained his defenselessness against Scott’s smoldering charms. So Tad had resolved to cope with his findings the only logical way he knew how: purge the guy from his system by staying away for good. Unfortunately, that proved way more uncomfortable than he’d anticipated. So when Scott unexpectedly seeks him out, Tad’s too drained to fight his turmoil any longer. He agrees to hang out, not knowing Dom boy Max will end up part of the deal.

Story review:
College student, Tad loses a bet and has a choice of a broken limb or a flogging at the hands of a Dom – (some friends these guys are!). Anyway, Tad chooses the Dom and his world is ‘upended’ from that experience. Scott is a caring, engaging man; a personal trainer who also happens to be a Dom.
Tad has always thought he was straight, but his experiences with Scott changes all that. Books 1 through 3 follow Tad on his sexual awakening with BDSM and gay love with Scott as his very capable trainer. I know this aspect of the book would of fit nicely in a BDSM porn video on websites similar to The story is not BDSM heavy which I liked, (not a fan of BDSM in general, but a good story helps me deal). There is a lot of heart and hope for the 2 men to get their HEA (Tad struggled with being thought of as gay in the beginning).

What a ride! Michael Pauley did a great job of portraying Scott and Tad.
I really enjoyed listening to Michael Pauley’s portrayal of Tad and Scott – they were just as I imagined when I read the books. He did a great job of conveying the MC’s emotions – Tad’s apprehension and Scott’s sexy confidence.
It’s such a well crafted story that, I will likely continue the series, despite the fact that I generally avoid BDSM-based stories.
Definitely a very good listen.

4.5 stars out of 5

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Cover Reveal and Giveaway: Caledonia Destiny by Lexi Ander!
Lexi Ander is revealing the cover for her new MM historical fantasy/paranormal book, Caledonia Destiny – due out on July 9th:

A twist of fate changed both their destinies.

The wyrbears, once a long-lived species, were being lost to the forest in their prime. A people borne of a curse, their abilities not a gift but something wrongly taken, they nonetheless live in harmony with their animal spirits. But over time the curse they lived under changed, mutated, and now what once was a refuge from the world when they became too weary is culling mathan in their prime.

Ewen mhic Friscalach, the leader of his peoples, lost his father too early and is now a widower with four children. The vow he made as a youth to break the curse afflicting wyrbears has been buried by grief and responsibility.

Roi mhic Alric, a priest of Cerridwen and seer, watched his fellow priests slaughtered and his temple desecrated. The only thing that kept him going the last three horror-filled years was the vision Cerridwen had granted him of his emancipation. If freedom came at the cost of his life, well, he was more than ready for the Otherworld.

A fated meeting upon a bloody field of battle. A wrong done long ago. Their choices could save a people… or send them into extinction. Either way, their love will be legend.

Caledonia Destiny started out as 31k short story that had a happy for now ending. Now, years later, I have rewritten and expanded the original to 111k.

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Lexi has always been an avid reader, and at a young age started reading (secretly) her mother’s romances (the ones she was told not to touch). She was the only teenager she knew of who would be grounded from reading. Later, with a pencil and a note book, she wrote her own stories and shared them with friends because she loved to see their reactions. A Texas transplant, Lexi now kicks her boots up in the Midwest with her Yankee husband and her eighty-pound puppies named after vacuum cleaners.

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Recent Release: Leaning into Forever by Lane Hayes

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Geordie de la Rosa is a legend among wine lovers in Napa Valley. His ultra-fabulous style paired with a penchant for leading impromptu sing-a-longs has made him a star attraction at Conrad Winery. Co-owning a well-respected winery was never Geordie’s aspiration but he likes the niche he’s made for himself. He won’t deny that his job and his friends have helped ease his heartache and grief after the death of his longtime partner.

Levi Yeager excels at the art of reinventing himself. He’s been a minor league baseball player, a college coach and now a restaurant owner. The problem is he doesn’t know anything about the food business. And when his chef quits unexpectedly, he’s afraid his new venture is doomed. But Levi isn’t a quitter. It may be the only thing he has in common with the beautiful, sassy man from the neighboring winery who agrees to help get his new business up and running. Neither man counts on their fast friendship or the wild attraction they feel for each other. However, they know they won’t stand a chance until they let go of the past and lean into forever

I’ve been waiting for Geordie’s story and I love it just as I knew I would. Geordie has been grieving over the loss of his long time love Mike for four years. Hers never considered that there could be anyone else to capture his heart until Levi. Levi is completely different from Mike. He is drawn towards Geordie. This is such a beautifully sweet romance about patience and learning to starting again. The way Geordie’s grief is so sensitively portrayed touched my heart. I truly believe that a loved one never truly leaves us but neither would they want to see us pining away forever. It was good to see Geordie’s vitality fierceness and humour come alive with Levi’s care and attention. Lane Hayes has written a book that’ll stay with me for a long time. The story takes you on highs and lows of emotions before giving you a happy ever after.

5 of stars out of 5

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A Tour/Guest Post/Blitz

The Night Owl and the Insomniac by j leigh bailey Guest Post and Giveaway!

I’d like to start with a big “Thank you!” to Morgan for having me here today to celebrate the July 3 release of The Night Owl and the Insomniac, the third book in my Shifter U paranormal series. Shifter U is what the local paranormal population in Cody, Wyoming call Cody College because of the large number of, well, shifters.
One of my favorite parts of writing a shifter series, especially when I get to play with an assortment of different kinds of shifters, is the research. With each book I get to learn little (and big!) things about different animals. In The Night Owl and the Insomniac, the main character, Joey, discovers that not only do shapeshifters exist, but that he is one. Turns out the mysterious autoimmune disease he’d been fighting for years was really his inner Asiatic lion trying to get out. Asiatic lions are really cool animals.
The Asiatic lion, a subspecies that split from the African lions about 100,000 years ago, once roamed across Asia and the Middle East. They were hunted nearly to extinction, and now they are an at-risk species whose last remaining members live in the Gir Forest in India, in a heavily-protected reserve. Once down to barely a handful of cats, they are a wildlife conservation success story—still at-risk, but now with a population of a several hundred rather than dozens. They are the only wild lions that live outside of Africa.
Here are some interesting facts about the Asiatic lions:
1. They are found only in the Gir Forests of Gujarat, India. There is no other place int eh world where a wild population exists. However, because of the success of conservation efforts, they are out-growing their location, which is causing trouble both for the human and the lion populations. Translocation efforts are being discussed to relocate portions of the lion populations.
2. They walk on their tip-toes! Their heels do not touch the ground when they walk.
3. They’re smaller than their African lion cousins—adults ranging in weight from 300-500 pounds. The males also have shorter manes, larger tail tufts, and more prominent ears.
4. Belly folds! Asiatic lions have a very unique longitudinal fold of skin that runs along their belly that is absent from African lions.
5. Social females, solitary males—Lions are the only wild cats that live in groups (called prides). However, unlike African lions, a male Asiatic lion does not live with the females and cubs except during mating season.

So, just for fun, if you could shift into an animal, what would you shift into and why?

**GIVEAWAY** I’ll be giving away a digital copy of Stalking Buffalo Bill or Chasing Thunderbird to a random commenter who shares with me, if you could be a shapeshifter, what kind would you be (and why!). Giveaway will close on July 15.


A Shifter U Tale
Long nights lead to intrigue… and infatuation.
Chronically ill with a mysterious condition, Yusuf “Joey” Franke escapes his smothering family and doctors by moving halfway across the country to enroll in Cody College. Not long after arriving on campus, some of his symptoms disappear, only to be replaced by debilitating insomnia. Joey spends his nights wandering the halls of his dormitory and hanging out with gregarious and affable Owen, who works the night shift.
When he suddenly shifts from a sick college kid to a massive Asiatic lion, Joey discovers another side to Cody College—it’s a haven for shifters like himself… and like Owen, a part-time great horned owl. And being a shifter is hereditary, which means his parents have some explaining to do.
When Joey and Owen investigate, they discover more than they bargained for—a family deception, a dangerous enemy with international connections, and a love that might be too new to survive the backlash.

It was like someone shone a spotlight on the grass and walkway in front of Matthison Hall. Every blade of grass, every ant inching along the sidewalk came into clear focus. I could see everything. Lines were cleaner, sharper, colors truer than ever before. Shadows didn’t fuzz the focus in the least.
I turned toward Owen, Anxious Girl, and Cocky Boy and immediately wished my vision were not suddenly so acute. Their faces were pale, and Owen looked on with wide-eyed shock. Anxious Girl, a slim blonde with a long ponytail, looked ready to faint from horror or panic. I recognized Cocky Boy from lunch the other day. He’d been sitting next to that Jonah dude. He didn’t look so cocky now. In fact he stumbled back when I swung my head in his direction, and he tripped on the sidewalk much like I had earlier. He landed on his ass, then crab-walked until his back came up against brick façade of the dormitory.
I took a step toward him, or tried to. My legs didn’t seem to know how to follow the directions from my head. Like intent and muscle control no longer worked together. My limbs lost all strength, and I collapsed into a heap on the grass.
Owen lunged forward as if to help me out, then jerked back, apparently thinking better of it.
I shook my head to try to clear it. Which is when I caught a glimpse of a reflection in the glass of the main entrance.
Holy shit. There really was a lion—or something that looked a bit lionish—on campus. It sprawled in the grass like an awkward house cat that had just slipped on polished marble floors.
I tried to push myself up so I could run, get away. Even as I did it, the lion-thing stood from its sprawl.
I hollered.
It yowled.
I sidled to the left.
It matched me, stumbling step for stumbling step.
And that’s when I finally understood. I had passed out and was stuck in some kind of demented dreamscape. Either the stress of independence or the trauma of the pain I’d experienced had landed me in this nightmare. I went to pinch myself awake, but the claws at the end of my paw—holy crap, I had paws! And claws!
“Yusuf?” Owen took a cautious step forward, holding his hand out.
“Are you crazy?” Cocky Boy whisper shouted.
The tone grated, but more than that, I didn’t like the accusation against Owen. I snarled. I seriously snarled at someone. The sound ripped through the tension, ratcheting up the alarm in the air.
Owen moved back, placing himself in front of Anxious Girl. He gestured behind him, indicating Cocky Boy should back up. “Hey, Gene?” He barely moved his mouth and clearly tried to keep his voice soothing, but the apprehension dulled the effect a bit. “I need you to go to the front desk. There’s an emergency locker beneath the counter. The code is 5-5-6-3-2.”
“Code?” Cocky Boy asked weakly.
“5-5-6-3-2,” Owen repeated. “There’s a tranquilizer rifle for emergencies. Bring it and the packet of shifter tranquilizer darts.”
“On it.”
“You’re going to shoot him?” Anxious Girl asked.
Oh hell. He’s going to shoot me?
“I’m going to knock him out so he doesn’t hurt himself or anyone else.”
My fight-or-flight instincts were at war. I wanted to run, to get away from this psychotic situation. Even if it was a hallucination or some kind of coma-induced dream, I knew I didn’t want to be here, not like this. But I was too scared to run, and a soul-deep protective instinct had me ready to defend myself against… whatever the hell this was. I paced in a looping figure-eight pattern, wanting to run, unable to leave.
“What’s wrong with him?”
Owen shook his head. “I’m not sure. I don’t think he knows what’s going on.”
He had that right. I had no idea what was going on. I had a tail. A fucking tail!
Movement in the reflection caught my attention. Cocky Boy—er, Gene—rushed out carrying some kind of rifle-shaped gun.
That was all it took for the flight combatants to defeat the fighter soldiers in my inner battle. I spun, crouched, and sprang away. It didn’t matter that I thought this was some messed-up dream. It didn’t matter that I had no idea where I was going. It didn’t matter that I didn’t know how to survive as some kind of animallike creature. I had to flee, to escape. So I ran.
For about three seconds.
A muffled pop sounded, quickly followed by a stinging pinch at my haunch. Then, three strides later, my knees—were they still called knees on a lionlike creature?—buckled. Two seconds later, I was out.

Author Bio

j leigh bailey is an office drone by day and the author of Young Adult and New Adult LGBT Romance by night. She can usually be found with her nose in a book or pressed up against her computer monitor. A book-a-day reading habit sometimes gets in the way of… well, everything…but some habits aren’t worth breaking. She’s been reading romance novels since she was ten years old. The last twenty years or so have not changed her voracious appetite for stories of romance, relationships and achieving that vitally important Happy Ever After. She’s a firm believer that everyone, no matter their gender, age, sexual orientation or paranormal affiliation deserves a happy ending. For upcoming releases and appearances information, sign up for her newsletter at



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