When everything happens Out of the Blue…
Lt Cameron Cooper has been with the San Francisco Fire Department for fifteen years. He’s seen and dealt with a lot of horrifying situations. He’s always considered himself mentally tough, but when he attends a multi-vehicle accident and sees a dead boy with features remarkably similar to his long-time boyfriend, his mental health takes a hit.
All Jake Montgomery wants is to propose to his boyfriend on their ten-year anniversary. He’s already bought the perfect rings, but when Cameron struggles to look at him after a tragic accident, he has doubts about their future. Cam is withdrawing, and Jake doesn’t know why.
With heated arguments and cold shoulders, Cam and Jake’s life starts to fall apart. Just when Cam thinks he can overcome his issues and finally talk to Jake, memories from Jake’s past threaten to push them apart forever.
Renae: Welcome, RJ, and congratulations on your first book.
RJ: Thanks Renae, it’s a bit nerve wracking, isn’t it? I’m starting to feel a bit sick.
Renae: Tell us, where did the spark of idea come from for this book?
RJ: The spark was more of a roaring bushfire that came out of the blue ß excuse the pun. I was thinking about a scene a friend of mine was having trouble with at the same time as watching a movie staring someone called Jake. I had the entire scene jump into head and it became extremely distracting, to the point that I knew I had to write it down or get nothing else done. I remember thinking ‘this must be what authors go through.’ I didn’t sleep properly for about four days as Cam and Jake moved past that first scene and told me their entire story. I couldn’t shut them up.
Renae: This is you first book. Have you been a long time reader of M/M?
RJ: I’ve been reading MM for a few years now. I tried going back to MF a few times because I thought I should, but they just didn’t do it for me anymore. MM all the way.
RJ: Without a doubt it’s a tough job. They don’t just put out fires, but they attend car accidents, factory explosions and any number of emergency situations. You have to be physically fit to cope with the demands on the body, but they need a certain mentally to be able to deal with the things they would see.
Is there support within the department? Yes, from the research I did there is extensive help but there is also an old boys club where you don’t show anyone how hard it is to deal. Top that mentally with a bunch of hard arse, tough-as-nails blokes and it would be hard to ask for the help you need.
Renae: And what about Jake? What does he do?
RJ: Jake recently got a promotion to Senior Financial Analyst. I know, pretty boring right? But with Cam being a firefighter and having all the excitement, Jake needs to do something a little more mundane.
Renae: 10 years is a long time to be together. Do you think that Cameron and Jake’s extensive shared past helped or hindered them when this problem came up.
RJ: The problem with Cam and Jake is they’re quite complacent within their relationship. They haven’t had any major bust ups or arguments. Sure they bicker like most couples, but they’ve never had a serious issue or fight before, so when the accident happens and Cam starts to withdraw, they don’t know how to deal with it.
Renae: We don’t know anything about you as a writer, so I just have to make sure – is this book HEA?
RJ: I can’t imagine any of my stories not having a HEA, or a strong HFN at the least. Everyone deserves happiness. But yes, Cam and Jake get their HEA, eventually.
Renae: I understand that you plan for this book to be one of a series? Can you tell us a little about that?
RJ: The second book just needs a couple of touch ups before I send it to my editor and I hope to release it some time mid year, maybe July. I’ve started the third but another WIP pushed in line: some characters can be so stubborn. All books in the series will be standalone but side characters will make an appearance. There may even be a wedding in book #3. *grin*
Renae: Was this book a long time coming?
RJ: I started writing this in April last year. I don’t know if that’s a long time or not when it comes to writing novels. I know some people take years, some take only a number of weeks. It feels like a long time to me anyway.
Renae: Where can people buy it?
RJ: It’s available at Amazon, All Romance and Smashwords. Other retailers will follow soon. *grin*
All Romance eBooks: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-outoftheblue-1720958-145.html
GR’s link - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23668630-out-of-the-blue
Renae: Where can people contact you?
RJ: Best way to contact me is through my email at firstname.lastname@example.org or:
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Renae: Thank you for coming and talking with us today. Good luck on the release and I hope to see you back here for the next one.
RJ: Thanks for having me <3. I’ll buy the coffee next time.