Sunday, June 5, 2016

S.E.X. Interview & Review~ Boy Banned ~ RJ Scott

When the only way to win is to hide who you are, how far are you prepared to go?

Reuben “Angel” Jacobs is one step away from giving it all up. Losing a place in the live finals of Sing UK almost kills him. He has no choice but to go home and work for the family business, even though it means giving up his dreams and proving his old bullies right.

Corey Dixon is a rocker at heart. Being on the spectrum means that making sense of other people’s ‘normal’ is hard in itself, let alone in the chaos of a high-powered competition. Singing is his safe space, the only way he can think through the noise in his head. Messing up his audition for the live shows means his journey is over, and it’s the worst day of his life.

The judges throw them a lifeline and create a boy band from the near-miss hopefuls. Angel, Corey, and three others are put together in a room and offered the chance to sing as a group. Agreeing to become part of the new band means Corey has to hide who he is and what Angel has come to mean to him.

Is winning worth the price Corey and Angel have to pay?

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There are times in life when a person can honestly say that a book touches their life. Boy Banned by R.J. Scott was such a book. The book reminded of ~ which came first, the chicken or the egg”. So, in saying that…which came first, the characters or their attributes. 

Ms. Scott delivered such a touching and heartwarming story that I don’t believe the question need fully be answered. The flawless writing facilitated a beautifully written tale of young men attempting to make it into the world of music and oh wait…one of them happened to have Asperger Syndrome.

Corey, Angel and the rest of the Wildcard musical group jumped off the pages as I read their story. Their three-dimensional characterization lent itself to their understanding of each other and of the connection between reader and character.

Whether you personally know someone who is on the spectrum or not, Ms. Scott’s writing talent enabled the “state of mind” to flow through the pages inviting us into Corey’s world and the importance of Angel in his life.

Corey and Angel were a beautiful couple who found each other in the most unlikely place~ Sing UK. Angel treated Corey like he was spun glass, cherishing him for everything he brought to the table.

The secondary characters added depth and understanding to the tale and demonstrated the spirit of resolve and hard work.
Boy Banned is a book not to be missed.
Book provided by author/publisher in exchange for an honest review

Definte S.E.X.
A five handcuff review

What inspired you to write your first book?
I watched a show called Supernatural (I’m sure no one has ever heard of it – LMAO), and wrote over a million words of fan fiction, and then I spoke to an author, Chris Quinton, who said I should give it a try. I haven’t looked back since. J

How much real life do you put into or influences your books?
Real life is in all my books, in the way my characters respond to certain situations, in their frailties and their strengths, and the kind of morals they have. When people say ‘write what you know’ I don’t think that means *you can’t write vampires because you don’t know them* or *you are a woman therefore you can’t write gay*. I think it means that you have to write from your heart, and I feel that is what I do.

When choosing the title for your book(s) do you have a process or do you wing it?
When I chose the guy for the front of my last Bodyguards Inc book, I took one look at him and said he had the most perfectly kissable lips. Seriously plump and nommy. So, I decided my other hero was a guy who really liked kissing. Hero one with the lips was called Alex, and therefore the book was called Kissing Alex. I tend to have titles ready for the cover art, and I generally have the cover art done before I write a novel, so you can see that in some parts here the book is informed by the title itself.

Do your travel to research for your book(s)?
I have scenes set in towns I have visited. For example, Gallows Tree, is set in a local village to me, Passenham. I also set a scene in Accidental Hero, and one in The Rancher’s Son, all based in Chicago. I want to write something based in Seattle after I visit in October. I travel a lot in my head using Google earth J

Do you have theme songs for your characters or even the entire book?
I don’t generally have theme songs, although for Boy Banned this is different and I have an entire song list. The biggest song in the book is Kings and Queens by 30 Seconds to Mars, which is the song that the band in the book absolutely rock in auditions.

How would you describe yourself using only five words?
Bookworm | emotional | mum | cuddly | loyal

Do you have any guilty pleasures?

Chocolate. OMG Chocolate… oh and wine… the odd glass of wine here and there… oh and superhero movies and TV shows… and the cinema… and reading with wine… and reading with chocolate and wine…

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  1. Thank you so much for this wonderful review... HUGS XXXX

  2. This book was just wonderful; I loved it!