Jayson James, Self-Published

Jayson James Makes A Return Stop On The “T.E.D.” Tour, And He’s Offering A Giveaway!

It is nice to be back here today at The Novel Approach as a guest blogger again!

I thought I would share my new book, T.E.D. today. Unlike my previously released books, T.E.D. is not part of my previously published series. It is not much like anything I have released before. If the initial reviews are any indication, T.E.D. is going to be a hit.

As I get started, I thought I would answer the number one question people have had about the book, “How did you come up with the title?” As the extended title on the cover shows it literally stands for Tim, Eric and Delsin. When I began writing the book, I did not have a name, but I needed a way to identify it. All of my previous books and stories I have always come up with a title, however with T.E.D., I drew a blank each and every time I tried to think of a title. When I sought out help for a title, everyone kept on leaning towards using the letters, “T, E and D,” which was something I liked. At last, the decision was made to simply give it the title it ended up with.

The idea came about a few years ago. I jotted down some notes and pretty much left it in my head. The initial story was about a character that wrote these journal entries admitting the frequent abuse and bullying he was dealing with at school. He had a best friend who was a girl and although those around him thought they should be more than friends, the attraction was missing. This boy is labeled a “fag” although he is not gay. This one person in particular keeps on hounding him in hopes to win over his friend. This boy ends up killing himself. Then the story dealt with the struggles the best friend and the bully left behind experience.

Like all my previous published books, T.E.D. takes place in Chandler, Washington. The time this book takes place, for those who have read my series, is during the time Derrick, Justin, and gang are in middle school. There are a few characters that readers of my other books will recognize in T.E.D.

Something I often get emails about (and some critiques) is writing books that shift from each characters point of view. As with my previous three books, T.E.D. was a story I thought was better told from each characters’ perspective. Something I did different with T.E.D. was I put Eric and Delsin’s parts into third person. This I felt gave the story flow and let the reader gain a deeper insight to the events taking place around Tim’s journal entries.

The three guys T.E.D. focuses on I think are all flawed, yet likable characters. I wanted them to be real people that my readers could identify with, both emotionally and opinionative. Tim is to be blunt a pussy, yet a kid you feel sorry for and want to give him advice to on how to better his life. Eric is a character that is hiding out of fear of being discovered, so he picks on others to keep himself from being discovered. Delsin is supportive and does what he can, but is dealing with his own monsters and struggles. These three lives are intertwined, and they have an effect on each other for better or worse.

I hope the readers enjoy T.E.D. as much as I did writing the book. It is exciting to have a book out there that is outside of my popular series. It is my wish for my current readers to be pleased with the new characters and my new readers have an interest in reading my other books.
Thank you The Novel Approach Reviews for having me as a guest blogger today!

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BLURB: 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.


A.E. Via, A.J. Corza, GotYouCovrd, Hayden Thorne, Jay Northcote, Jayson James, Josephine Myles, Lynn Kelling, Sneak Peek, Susan Mac Nicol

Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

Hi again, everyone, I hope you’ve all a great week and quiet weekend filled with lots of great reading. Thanks for stopping by to see what we’ve got in store for you in the coming week. We’ve got some first time visitors to TNA headed our way, and are excited for the return of some old friends, so here’s what we have on tap:

MondayJay Northcote is our guest on her Not Just Friends Blog Tour, and she’s offering a giveaway of an e-copy of the book.

TuesdayHayden Thorne drops in to tell us about the re-release of her book Arabesque, and she’s offering an e-book giveaway.

WednesdayJosephine Myles comes calling on her Tailor Made Blog Tour today, so be sure to stay tuned for her visit.

And, the moment we’ve all been waiting for… Yes, A.J. Corza returns today with “Got You Covered” and a review of some great cover artwork.

ThursdaySusan Mac Nicol has a new release from Dreamspinner Press, Waiting for Rain, and she’ll be stopping by on her blog tour to talk a bit about the book.

FridayA.E. Via is our guest on her You Can See Me Blog Tour, and she’s offering a giveaway.

Saturday – The Absolute Write Blog Tour stops here, and there’ll be a giveaway of the anthology.

Jayson James is also back today to talk about his newest release, T.E.D., and to give away an e-copy of the book.

SundayLynn Kelling is our guest today on her Twin Ties Blog Tour, and she’s offering a giveaway.

And that does it for this week. Until next time, happy reading!

Jayson James

Jayson James Is “Drifting” In Today With A Giveaway

I am delighted to be here today as a guest blogger!

Today I am going to talk about my book Drifting. The idea for Drifting was something I’d had for quite some time and as I was finishing writing Finding Our Way, the idea for the book was fine tuned in my head. The premise for the story was something I had never seen done before. The books I’d always seen take two people and, through some sort of plot twists, they fall in love. What I wanted was a storyline that focused on what happens with these two people, essentially after the honeymoon period was over.

My editor insisted that I needed to write another book prior to the telling of this story, something that I agreed with, and set out to write Tormented Discovery. With there being two books out with Derrick and Justin center stage in them, readers got to know them and liked seeing the two of them together.

For Drifting, I wanted to do as I had done with the previous books and write a book where the reader could pick it up and read without ever needing to have read the previous books. Many people have told me that after reading Drifting, they were compelled to read the other two books but agreed that Drifting is a great book on its own. Like the previous books, the book is told from individual characters’ points of view.

Drifting takes a look at Derrick and Justin in college, out on their own together for the first time. They had transitioned from being best friends since middle school to being boyfriends. Life is going great for them, until one day they start looking at each other differently. They start with subtle annoyances that eventually work into both of them wishing the other person was someone completely different. This eventually leads to Derrick and Justin coming to an impasse of do they try and work out their differences, or do they break up. If they stay together, will they ever share the love they once had together, or will they be settling? If they are no longer boyfriends, will they be able to go back to being friends? Readers are able to see what each Derrick and Justin are thinking and feeling as they tell the story from each of their standpoints.

A new character, Ian, also has a storyline. Ian is someone that I have always wanted to put out there, I suppose in hopes of changing both gay and straight people’s perception of the typical gay. He is not skinny, good looking or anything like that. He struggles with his weight, self-esteem and is looking for someone to judge him on whom he is on the inside. Every scene I wrote with Ian relates to experiences I had back when I was heavier and trying to be part of the gay crowd.

Lastly, there is Ryan, about whom I received many emails from readers disappointed that I did not include his view when I had Hayden’s in the second book. It had always been my intention to wait for Ryan until the third book. Ryan is quiet and I wanted to give readers a chance to see what goes on beyond what he does not say.

I feel confident that readers, whether new or who’ve read any of the previous books, will enjoy the third chapter of the Finding Our Way Series. Since the first book, I have grown as both an author and cover artist, both of which I believe show in Drifting.

Thank you The Novel Approach Reviews for having me as a guest blogger today!

Here is how you can find out more about me and my books:

Website | Facebook | Twitter: @jaysonjamesbook | Amazon | Goodreads


Jayson James, Jena Wade, JL Merrow, Keira Andrews, Nikka Michaels, Sid Love, Sneak Peek, Stevie Gonzalez

Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

Welcome back, everyone, I hope you’ve had a fantastic week. We’ve got lots of great guests, giveaways, and reviews coming up in the week ahead and hope you’ll all stop in to see what each of our special guests has in store.

Here’s what’s on deck in the week ahead!

MondayJL Merrow drops in today on Riptide Publishing’s It’s All Geek to Me Blog Tour, and there’ll be a giveaway, too.

TuesdayJena Wade is here to talk a little bit about her new book Lumber & Law, and she’ll be giving away an e-copy of the book.

WednesdayKeira Andrews skates through on her Cold War Blog Tour to talk about the sport of figure skating, as well as offering a giveaway of the e-book.

ThursdayStevie Gonzalez stops in with exclusive excerpts from his series The Adventures of Astropilots Stern and Moreno, and he’s also offering an e-book giveaway of the first book, Framed on Titan.

FridaySid Love isn’t only a blog owner, but he’s also a published author now, and he’ll be our guest at TNA today to promote his Valentine’s Day romance, Holding on to Hope.

SaturdayNikka Michaels is back to promote her new release Room Service, so stay tuned for her visit.

SundayJayson James rounds out the week with a guest post about his newest book Drifting, and he’s also giving away an e-copy of the book.

Until next week, happy reading!