I'd like to welcome Jayson James back to the blog
Thank you for hosting me on my first ever blog tour!
PIECES OF US
My name is Dylan Sterling. I am one of the main characters in Jayson James’ upcoming book Pieces of Us. With a name like Dylan, you might be inclined to think that I’m a boy, but let me assure you that I am a true 100% girl. It is also imperative that I share with you, the reader that I am only writing this so my best friend, Jesse will quit nagging me about doing a promo spot.
Let me share a little bit about myself. I love books. Ever since I was a little girl, I have loved to read. I always have a few books with me at all times. Nothing is worse than getting through a book and not having something else to read for me. Books give me a chance to let my mind wander off to another place. I am trying to rub my love of reading off on Jesse. Well so far, he’s just not that into it unless I read them to him. Which leads me to my other favorite past time, hanging out at the lake. The dock in particular. Sanders Lake is beautiful. Whether sitting or lying on the dock, dangling my feet it, it is mine and Jesse’s spot to be. Three to four months out of the year we spend a lot of time at or in the lake.
Set in the summer of 1988, pop culture is prevalent and life was different than it is today. Pieces of Us is about two best friends, Jesse Stetson and myself and the summer when our lives both changed. For me, after a series of dating I finally find a boyfriend, who is sweet, charming and an all-around nice guy. Yes, and as Jesse wants me to include he has a hot body. For Jesse, he is dealing with an internal turmoil that he is afraid to admit to himself and furthermore makes it impossible for him to share with anyone else. Lucky for him, he has me. I make sure to be there for him and try to help him as much as I can. We are like two peas in a pod. Being a teenager can suck a lot at times, but friends and boyfriends can make it a little easier.
A few interesting facts about Pieces of Us…
· All of the businesses named in the book were all quite popular and at their heyday during the time this book takes place, yet all of them are now out of business or were bought out by another company and the names changed. The exception to this are the places of business that are used in most of Jayson James’ other books.
· The font that is used on the front cover of the book is named Cooper. The name of the font wasn’t noticed until after it was determined to be used.
· All the movies and songs that are mentioned in this book were actual ones Jayson was interested in at the time. They were also cross-referenced to make sure the timing, dates and popularity were remembered correctly.
Be sure to keep a watch out for Pieces of Us, which will release on September20, 2014, which also happens to be Jayson James’ birthday!
Pieces of Us is available for preorder now from:
Amazon = http://amzn.com/B00MR1DCAA
Smashwords = https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/470080
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“Into the lake?”
“Into the lake.”
For Jesse Stetson, a boy who knows he is different and Dylan Sterling, Jesse’s best friend, Sander’s Lake has served as a sort of scrapbook for them with sentimental items being dropped into the lake from their dock after significant events in their lives.
Life in 1988 was different from today. A boy and a girl being best friends were uncommon. Not that Jesse or Dylan cared, they had each other and that’s all that mattered. Or so Jesse wished. While Dylan has been meeting and dating guys, Jesse has yet to find the same connection with a girl. The closest he’s come is Dylan, but she’s a girl and a friend not a girlfriend. Jesse is struggling with his feelings and trying his hardest to be normal.
Dylan and Jesse are growing up and possibly growing apart. Dylan has a new boyfriend and is now splitting her time between him and Jesse. To further complicate things, Jesse meets Orion, a new boy in town. Jesse knows that his feelings towards Orion must be wrong, yet it feels so right. Even if Orion feels about Jesse the same way that Jesse feels about him, should they act on their attraction?
This story is a journey of friendship and discovery, finding out who you are as a person, and then being okay with who you are.
Over 100 drawings were created, modified, merged, cropped and manipulated to create the cover for Pieces of Us. This by and far was the most labor-intensive cover on any of my books to date. I feel with how it turned out, it made all the work worthwhile.
WHERE TO PURCHASE
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/jayson-james
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
My name is Jayson James. I am an Indy author of several novels and novellas. I was born and have lived most of my life in Washington State. My interests beyond writing include drawing, reading a variety of books, watching movies and hanging out with his friends, family and dog. Besides an author, I am an artist. The cover art on every one of my published works are one of my own drawings. I take the drawing I do for each cover and then design the rest of the cover around it.
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1988 COMMENT QUESTION
What is your favorite romance movie from 1988?
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MORE BY JAYSON JAMES
How It Was Supposed To Be
Reese Kennicott and his family were living the carefree life of an upper middle class life. That was until one day when his father arrives home from work and shares the company he has worked for since he was Reese’s age has gone out of business. Adding to the stress of being out of work for the first time in the worst economic downturn the United States has ever faced. Hope comes in the form of a new job for Reese’s father. The downside is this job is across the country, forcing Reese to leave behind his friends and the life he’s always known.
Releasing Fall 2014.
Tim is being bullied. No one in high school wants to be known as a tattle-tale and to do so would only make things rougher for him. The repercussions would most likely make him an outcast, and without any friends.
Eric is frustrated with life. His parents are overbearing and if they ever knew the person he really was, they would throw him out of their house. His friends are not much better, they only like him when he is who they expect him to be.
Delsin is gay and ready to come out. Unfortunately, life at home is on the brink of falling apart with his parents constant fighting. Admitting the truth could bring his whole world crashing down around him.
Each of these three needs to decide whether the risks of being honest about who they are outweighs the importance of being true to themselves. This could mean ruining life as each of them knows it. Maybe it is better to remain miserable in order to play it safe. On the other hand, doing nothing doesn’t seem to working either.
Finding Our Way
Justin Parker and Derrick Wilson have been best friends since meeting back in middle school. Currently they are in their junior year at Chandler High School, and living the good life as teenagers. They have great girlfriends, plenty of close friends, their own cars, and parents who are well off. As nice as things might look to an outsider, something is missing from each of their lives.
Justin has become the invisible son in the midst of his parents failing marriage. In an effort to get his parent’s attention, Justin keeps getting into trouble. So far he has been able to get away with anything without facing any repercussions, while Derrick is feeling distant and tired of what he feels is a too “perfect family”. He just wants to have a normal social life and spend time with his friends without the pressures from his family to spend time with them. With blurring the lines of friendship in the process to realizing what was missing and discovering who they really are.
Justin and Derrick take turns narrating the story of their junior year in high school and all of the events that take place in their lives. Being a teenager can be tough. Being gay can be tougher. For Derrick and Justin they are both, and life cannot get any more complicated.
What happens when two best friends cross the boundaries of friendship? Will they be able to be happy together? Will they keep their secret?
Justin and Derrick have a secret that they revealed only to their closest friends. They are gay and are now a couple. The story of Justin and Derrick continues as they learn more about being a gay couple in their senior year of high school and the complications that arise from it. Some friends will have their backs while others simply stand on the sidelines. Other friends will be accepting and others will ridicule them.
Sometimes love is almost not enough to save a relationship and both Derrick and Justin begin to have their doubts as they watch relationships around them rise and fall. Justin and Derrick both want to have new experiences, new choices and make new friends, which leads to them questioning their own relationship. They soon discover that some of the people they consider friends have their own secrets, some darker than others. The couple begins to see how people react towards homosexuality and just how people want to deal with it and them.
Will Justin and Derrick be able to hold onto each other while their lives and secrets spiral around them?
Or will they decide to step back and give up on themselves and each other?
Or will they decide to step back and give up on themselves and each other?
What happens when the person you love is having doubts?
These two boyfriends have been through a lot. Best friends since childhood, fell in love in high school and thought they would be together forever. They stuck together even when their friends and family found out about their relationship. Struggling with challenge after challenge, they have finally made it to college and are living on their own. Living together is a whole new world and being open with their relationship is even more so.
Spending every day together as a couple they begin to learn about their differences. Things that never bothered them are now annoying traits driving a wedge between them. Can their relationship survive their differences? Can it handle new friends and new romances? Will they find their way together or will they drift apart?