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Author Spotlight with Janice Jarrell.

February 18, 2019

 

 

 I am so pleased to have Janice Jarrell as my Author Spotlight today

 

I am going to showcase three of her books already published from her Revolutionary Hearts Series.

 

 

💕•.¸¸¸.•*´)💕•.¸¸¸.•*´)💕•.¸¸¸.•*´)LOVE'S MAGIC 💕•.¸¸¸.•*´)💕•.¸¸¸.•*´)💕•.¸¸¸.•*´)

 

 

Nate is a professor at the university, content with his life, his job, and his partner David. But when he jumps in to defend a student under attack and is injured himself, Nate becomes a leader in the campus movement to end sexual assault. When David doesn’t understand his militant reaction, Nate feels abandoned and betrayed, and begins to question their relationship.
David's love for Nate is deep and true, but he can’t support Nate’s confrontational stance, fearing that the consequences will destroy his career. Forced to choose between his love for Nate and his own sense of what’s right, David feels trapped in a hopeless impasse.
Colin, an Irish Sergeant in the campus police force, is a legend on campus. A fierce protector of assault victims, he is merciless in pursuit of their assailants. When he meets Joshua, a Title IX consultant, sparks fly, and their relationship quickly becomes passionate.
Joshua wants more from Colin, much more, but Colin clings to his independence, fighting against his feelings for the soft-spoken psychologist. When Colin’s past comes back to haunt him, an explosive quarrel sends Joshua home without a word. Will Colin care enough to seek him out?
It would take a miracle to resolve these issues and bring these men together. Love’s Magic is a gay romance featuring two couples, who will both find their HEA.

 

 

 

Nate lounged against the door to David Gardener's bathroom, frowning at
his lover's reflection in the mirror. "Jesus, he muttered, "I have got to get
you out of that brown suit! We really need to go shopping."
David spun on his heel, gaping in faked amazement. "You dissing my suit?
I'll have you know this suit is a classic!"
"In 1984 maybe. And what is that music?!"
"That, you musical neophyte, is Bruce Springsteen! You've never heard of
'The Boss'?"
Nate grinned and winked. "Before my time."
David threw him a look but did not respond to the jibe. His hazel eyes
changed to a deep emerald-green as he gazed at Nate’s shirtless chest,
feeling his mouth water in eager anticipation. Nate's pristine skin beckoned
his hands and quickened his heart rate. With a small moan he leaned forward
and captured Nate around the waist with one arm, drawing him tight against
his body. "Well," he muttered as he nibbled at the curve of Nate's neck, "I am
an old-fashioned kind of guy."
Nate wriggled in his arms. "Here now, what's this!" he protested, then
laughed and relented, winding his arms around David's neck. "This is nice,"
he murmured. "But as my mama used say, if we keep foolin' around this way
we're gonna' be late for school!"
David sighed, lost in the scent of Nate's skin, then leaned away from their
embrace. "Well, we can't have that," he said, turning back to the mirror. "I'd
lose my reputation as the stuffy history professor." He winked at Nate's
reflection in the mirror. "We'll continue this discussion later."
"Promises, promises," Nate replied, then waved and moved toward his
own bathroom.

 

 

 

AMAZON UNIVERSAL

 

 

 

 

 

💕•.¸¸¸.•*´)💕•.¸¸¸.•*´)💕•.¸¸¸.•*´)MAGIC SPELLS 💕•.¸¸¸.•*´)💕•.¸¸¸.•*´)💕•.¸¸¸.•*´)

 

 

 

Even after publishing Love's Magic I found myself unable to let go of Colin and Joshua. This dynamic couple insisted that they had more to say and they simply refused to be denied. I followed their voices and the result was this novella of short stories which follow Colin and Joshua from the time Love's Magic begins through its emotional and dramatic climax.
Magic Spells is a novella of twelve short stories featuring charismatic, freedom-loving Irish police Sergeant, Colin Campbell and quiet, Jewish psychologist, Joshua Abrams. It is a smoking hot glimpse into Colin and Joshua's romance, following their story from the time they first meet to the time of Love's Magic's dramatic climax. In this book you get an intimate and deeply personal glimpse into the thoughts and feelings of two intensely passionate and single-mindedly devoted men.
We watch them as their relationships grows, taking them from friendship to the ardent lovers they become by Love's Magic's end. I hope that the many readers who fell in love with this hot, sexy, amazing couple will appreciate having all their stories under one cover

 

 

 

 

 

Colin pulled him close and kissed him, his wet tongue sliding against the seam between
Joshua's soft, full lips, claiming entry, taking possession.
For the ten thousandth time, Joshua wished he were stronger, wished he knew how to fight
off the Colin's overwhelming allure. But the mere scent of his skin, spicy and clean like the scent
of nutmeg, was enough to take Joshua's breath away. There was no question of pulling away
when Colin got this close. He was only lucky they weren't in a public place, though he doubted it
would make much difference. The only way to avoid Colin was to avoid Colin. Once he was
within touching distance, the big Irishman had him and they both knew it.
"What's the matter, baby?" Colin asked, grinning his cocky grin and flashing his dimples.
"Oh, like you don't know," Joshua murmured, leaning back slightly from Colin's embrace.
Colin snickered and slid his tongue along Joshua's jaw and down his neck. Kissing
changed to licking, changed to sucking, changed to biting, and Joshua moaned as Colin's mouth
did what Colin's mouth always did—drove him half mad with desire.
"Dammit, Colin!" Joshua gasped, his arms locking tight around Colin's neck, pulling him
hard against his skin. Not wanting to let go, not ever wanting to let go. But that was the problem
wasn't it. He had to let go. There wasn't any other way to stay in Colin's life except to let Colin
go. Colin wouldn't tolerate anything else. Don't try to hang on to Colin or you'll never see him
again. He'd put up with anything except the slightest hint of intimacy or real connection.
But intimacy and real connection were exactly what Joshua craved. As good as their
lovemaking was, as wonderful as it felt, as much as Colin's presence filled his heart, Joshua was
still empty when it was over. He was left with a hollowness that he couldn't shake off, a
hollowness that only Colin's love could fill.

 

 

 

AMAZON UNIVERSAL

 

 

 

 

 

💕•.¸¸¸.•*´)💕•.¸¸¸.•*´)💕•.¸¸¸.•*´) LOVE'S TRIAL💕•.¸¸¸.•*´)💕•.¸¸¸.•*´)💕•.¸¸¸.•*´)

 

 

 

Colin and Joshua faced the most harrowing ordeal of their lives with love and courage. Believing they'd survived their trial, they looked forward to a future filled with happiness only to discover that the worst was yet to come. Sometimes surviving is the toughest trial of all.

After half a lifetime spent in short-term liaisons that allowed no intimacy, charismatic Irish police officer, Colin Campbell, found the love of his life. Dark-eyed, steady Joshua Abrams burned through Colin’s emotional barriers and taught him to look at life through new eyes, eyes that made room for the love and closeness he had always denied himself. Deeply in love and completely happy, their life together remains idyllic and their fiery passion for each other seems limitless.

They survive the Charlottesville 'Unite the Right' riots, though not without scars. But later that month Colin’s position with the campus police force places him in charge of an informant program designed to crack a dangerous drug ring. Fully aware of the risks, he swears to Joshua that he will oversee the program without becoming directly involved. But Colin's promise shatters when he becomes the only thing standing between a young Nigerian exchange student and a deadly drug lord.

Can be read as a standalone, but will have more meaning if you've also read Love's Magic which is where their relationship begins.

 

 

As he walked toward his cubicle the following morning Colin was hailed by
his supervising lieutenant. "Colin! Got a minute?"
Colin hesitated, then waved in response. "Coming!" He dumped his leather
jacket before striding down the hallway.
"What's up?" he asked as he stepped into his lieutenant's office, then
stopped. Two plainclothes Charlottesville detectives were seated in front of
the desk. Colin knew both men and nodded in greeting, but his stomach
tightened at the sight of them and image the of Joshua's dark eyes, haunted
with worry, flashed in his mind.
"Colin, you know Detectives Nash and Becker?"
"I do. Hey, Shannon," he said reaching to shake the man's hand. "Ellis," he
said as he shook the hand of the second officer. "How you guys doing?" He
fell into the nearest chair and looked at the two men expectantly. "What's
up? he repeated.
"Colin, we need your help," Detective Nash told him, leaning across the
table. "I know you're aware that there's a serious drug problem on this
campus. We're currently developing an operation that will shut down one of
its major providers for good."
"What's the subject's name?" Colin asked.
"Richard Lund is the head of the operation, but we're currently focused on
his second in command, a guy named Carr McManus. We've already arrested
five people who were involved in this operation, but they're small potatoes.
McManus is Lund's chief distributor. If we can put him out of commission
it'll put a huge crimp in his ability to do business at the university."
"I've heard of McManus," Colin said. "He had student's working for him."
"Yeah," Becker replied. "Two of the five we already nabbed were students
who were distributing. Unfortunately, we couldn't make a case against him at
the same time."
Colin shook his head and muttered under his breath. "Stupid!" His eyes
shot to Lenny, then swiveled back to the two officers. "What do you want
from me?"

 

 

 

AMAZON UNIVERSAL

 

 

 

INTERVIEW WITH JANICE JARRELL 

 

Q: Can you share with us a typical day in the life of Janice Jarrell?

 

A: You bet! Get up at around 6 AM and grab my morning coffee. I check my Facebook group, Instagram and email to see if anything’s cooking, and usually leave some kind of morning message for my group… drinking copious amounts of coffee as I do so. I do a Leslie Sansone workout (Walking), shower, and get dressed.

The rest of the day can be a lot of things. Some of it pretty mundane, shopping, clean my apartment, maybe call my kids and grandkids. Boring!

I spend several hours every day either writing or editing things I’ve already written. I don’t have a specific number of words that I make myself write every day. I write what I want for as long as I want. I want to enjoy the process, not pressure myself to meet some arbitrary word count.

I’m a big-time game player and have three gaming systems so I usually spend some time playing whichever game I’m currently hooked on. I make dinner later in the afternoon and my best friend (who also happens to be my editor) comes over every night to help me eat it. We watch a couple hours of TV together, then she goes home. I may watch a little TV… I’m addicted to Star Trek, helps me unwind. So I might watch some Star Trek before going to bed.

 

Q: What inspired you to write the Revolutionary Hearts Series?

 

A: That’s… complicated. I’ve been writing slash fanfiction for most of my life. I have nearly four hundred stories published on Archive of our Own under the username Rakshi. I enjoyed writing my stories. I enjoyed the feedback I received from my readers. It was a creative release I’d been searching for my entire life and I blessed the Internet for leading me to this artistic oasis for my spirit.

But after a while it just wasn’t enough. Writing stories about other people’s characters begin to grow tiresome and repetitive. My first book, Love’s Legacy, began as an AU fanfiction story. I wrote my fandom characters in an alternative universe simply to try to extend my reach. But it fell flat.

Love’s Legacy is the story of how David Gardener and Nate Reese met and fell in love. I actually went so far as to publish it on Amazon. But it just wasn’t good enough, and eventually I withdrew the book from publication. I was still writing fanfiction and it showed. I was writing with someone else’s voice.

Love’s Magic was my very first step into writing my own characters. David and Nate are still there but they are now fully realized individuals rather than existing as a reflection of someone else’s thoughts. Colin and Josh sprang from my brain like a fiery eruption and immediately captivated my soul. Of all my characters, those two are the ones who most completely reflect my ability to step forth as a creative author, freed from any ties to the work of another.

I chose to write about assault on a major American university because the subject is a very personal one for me. Maybe it was therapeutic. But I know it’s a subject that called to me and I’m so very glad I followed that call. Love’s Magic talks about sexual and criminal assault and the kind of damage it does to every single person involved on every single level. This is supposed to be a gay romance novel and I was, frankly, worried about scaring people off with that kind of introduction.

I was fearful of triggering pain and extreme emotional reactions from victims of these crimes if I spoke too openly of the on-campus assault which is the central issue in Love’s Magic, though the book isn’t graphic, not in any way. What IS discussed are the many ways human beings respond when this kind of horrific situation suddenly becomes part of their life. And almost none of the principals in this novel are women. They’re all men who have been deeply affected by various forms of assault either as a victim or as one who is close to a victim and suffers from the subsequent guilt and emotional distress.

The two couples in Love’s Magic all are deeply involved in assaults which happen on the University of Virginia campus. Some are involved more directly than other, but ALL in ways that affect both their own ability to move forward in their lives and to believe in the relationship which they thought would sustain them.

A lot of one’s inner nature is revealed when facing a traumatic event like this one. Sometimes what’s revealed is an inner courage and determination that the person didn’t know they possessed. Sometimes what’s revealed is a fear so overwhelming that everything which one previously trusted is shattered beyond recall. Sometimes what’s revealed are the deeply buried secrets which have twisted inside us for decades, totally dominating our lives while never once being acknowledged, not even to yourself.

I wrote Love’s Magic to give a voice to all those people who have suffered this kind of trauma and who have had no voice or were afraid to use their voice. Love’s Magic talks about the life of two gay couples who live and work in Charlottesville, VA for the University of Virginia. It explores their reactions to an assault which takes place on the university campus.

A reader recently commented that writing a book which featured TWO unique gay couples seemed like dangerous territory for a first-time novelist. In fact, that one aspect of Love’s Magic has drawn more attention than any other from both readers and reviewers, which rather surprised me.

I can only say this. As someone who has been an assault victim I felt the subject needed discussion. And since I was attempting to offer as many viewpoints as possible on how victims and the persons close to them experience and deal with such a dreadful ordeal, I needed the perspective of both my couples in order to best explore the full range of possibilities. And I need the perspective of both my couples to adequately express my own feelings of anger and helplessness.

The four main characters in Love’s magic had to deal with assault and abuse, each in their own way. And no one of them handles it quite the way the others do. Each of these four men are stumbling toward their own healing and eventually share the best of what they’ve learned along the way with the other three. I needed every single one of these men in order to tell the story that needed to be told.

Each of them saw the issue from a different perspective as many of us do. But before they could find the healing they needed they each had to learn to see it through each other’s eyes. And their path to understanding was rife with misunderstandings… not to mention knock down drag out fights.

 

Q: Can you tell us what you are working on at the moment?

 

A: I’m working on two books. The first is Love’s Glory, book three in the Revolutionary Heart series. It follows Colin and Joshua’s story after the difficulties they experience in Love’s Trials.

I gave those boys a very hard time in Love’s Trials. They both suffered terribly, had to fight their way through a lot of very challenging problems in order to hold on to the relationship they cherished. I wrote Love’s Glory to let them have a good time. It speaks about the beauty of love, the happiness of love, the glory of love. I let them revel in each other and in the love they share. Not a lot of huge problems. Not a lot of stress. Just happiness, fun, a wedding, a honeymoon in Ireland, and a lot of joyful, sweaty, intense lovemaking.

The second work is called Trial Runs. And as Magic Spells was a novella of short stories from the Love’s Magic universe, Trial Runs will be a novella of short stories from the Love’s Trials universe. I hope to write at least twelve stories to include in that novealla.

 

Q: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?

 

A: I honestly wouldn’t know how to evaluate my writing style. If anything… it’s more stream of consciousness than anything else. I just sit down and write whatever the characters are telling me to write.

As far as challenging goes, my biggest challenge at times is finding new, inventive, original, and INTERESTING ways to write sex scenes. I mean, I LOVE writing them. But there are only so many ways for two human bodies to connect. My challenge is always to reach beyond the physical and describe not only what they’re feeling in their bodies… but what they’re experiencing on an emotional and even spiritual level. Sometimes it IS a challenge. But one I enjoy meeting.

 

Q: In your opinion what is the best thing about this series for you?

 

A: This series explores what takes place within the human psyche when faced with the kind of challenges that can destroy both lives and relationships. I have to dig deep within myself and within the characters I love to come up with honest answers. I have to bring them, and myself, face to face with problems that do not flow from external sources but from within their own ego, pride and fear. And I have to help them see that being happy is often not the same thing as being right. And I think that one life lesson is the most wonderful thing this series has to offer.

That and the chance to get to know some complicated, intense, intelligent, and very sexy men.

 

Q: Who does your beautiful covers?

 

A:  I did the cover for Love’s Magic and Magic Spells. The cover for Love’s Trials was created by Robin E. Vuchnich - Creative Director | Proprietor  mycustombookcover.com.

She’s an amazingly creative lady.

 

 

 

I’ve been writing gay romance since I was twelve years old, only back then it wasn’t called ‘gay romance’. In fact, it had no name at all. It was the fifty’s, and it was worth your life to admit to being gay, let alone confess to being a girl who constantly fantasized about relationships between gay men. Hell, I didn’t even know what a homosexual was. I lived on a farm out in the sticks in a tiny Michigan village and I’d never, to my knowledge, even heard the word. I just knew I loved the thought of boy on boy romance. I just knew that there was something hot going on between Tom Corbett and his Space Cadets and all those guys on ‘Combat’.

Naïve as I was, I still recognized that I’d better not say anything to anyone about my weird-ass proclivities. And I didn’t. For many, many years I scribbled out my ‘gay romance’ fantasies then immediately ripped them up. For many, many years. I believed there had to be something wrong with me to be so obsessively fascinated by the idea of men loving men.

Fast forward to 1999 and the dawning of the Internet. I still hadn’t shared my love for gay romance with another living soul, and I remained convinced that there had to be something wrong with me because of my passion for gay love. I knew no one else, at that time, who shared my passion for gay passion.

Imagine my surprise when I discovered Kirk/Spock slash! I had, of course, known there was a passionate romantic link between those two. Who didn’t? But discovering the slash community, beginning with the Kirk/Spock fandom, was like a lightning strike to my mind and heart. My god! There were other women who felt as I did! And not only were they were actively writing the kind of stories I’d been ripping up for years, they were admired for doing so!

For the next twenty years I wrote slash fanfiction, mainly in the ‘Lord of the Rings’ fandom. Overall, I wrote over 337 stories, some as short as 100 words (a drabble) some as long as a series which was over 119,012 words. I enjoy writing my stories. I enjoyed the feedback I received from my readers. It was a creative release I’d been searching for my entire life and I blessed the Internet for leading me to this artistic oasis for my spirit.

But after a while it just wasn’t enough. Writing stories about other people’s characters begin to grow tiresome and repetitive. My first book, Love’s Legacy, began as an AU fanfiction story. I wrote my fandom characters in an alternative universe simply to try to extend my reach. But it fell flat.

Love’s Legacy is the story of how David Gardener and Nate Reese met and fell in love. I actually went so far as to publish it on Amazon. But it just wasn’t good enough, and eventually I withdrew the book from publication. I was still writing fanfiction and it showed. I was writing with someone else’s voice.

Love’s Magic was my very first step into writing my own characters. David and Nate are still there but they are now fully realized individuals rather than existing as a reflection of someone else’s thoughts. Colin and Josh sprang from my brain like a fiery eruption and immediately captivated my soul. Of all my characters, those two are the ones who most completely reflect my ability to step forth as a creative author, freed from any ties to the work of another.

I will always be grateful the slash fanfiction community for nurturing the budding author until she was ready to blossom into a fully realized novelist. It’s been an amazing thing to watch the gay community’s growth over these past twenty years. My own journey has echoed theirs in many ways, and I’m grateful to all those gay activists who fought to give the gay community the rights and privileges they always deserved.

And I’m grateful to the gay romance community, readers, authors, publishers and promoters, who are making these, my retirement years, the most creative ones of my life.

I hope you’ll read Love’s Magic. I hope you’ll meet David and Nate… Colin and Joshua. These dynamic, sexy, and totally adorable men carried me into a whole new world of love, romance, joy, and happily-ever-after’s. I hope they’ll do the same for you.

 

 

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I would like to thank Janice Jarrell for being my Author Spotlight today and wish her good luck with her wonderful series Revolutionary Hearts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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