Welcome to the official website of author Jayson James!

Finding Our Way Series Collection

Read the books that have made up this popular series!

Pieces of Us

Jesse is an average teenage boy making his way through living in 1988 with the help of his best friend, a girl named Dylan.

Read My Story…

As I share my experiences in "Tormented Discovery" with my best friend Ryan who continues the story in "Drifting."

T.E.D.

TIM is being bullied. ERIC is frustrated with life. DELSIN is gay and ready to come out.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Reviews, Fan Mail, Stroking and Covers

Pardon me, if I take a moment to share some of my excitement. This has been an exciting week for me as an author!

The last week has been exciting as far as reviews go. I’ve been delighted to see more being left with people liking my books. I’ve gotten some wonderful reviews on Tormented Discovery as well as Finding Our Way. I was just chatting with a friend tonight and sharing how I still get just as excited as when the first review was left. Not only because this helps peek others interest in my books, but it also provides me with valuable feedback. Of course, if you ask Jen, she is constantly on me about not paying any attention to reviews and just work on my writing. For once, I was focused on my writing and it was others who told me they’d seen them. I’ve been so happy seeing a review or two being left each day.

Emails are always enjoyable. There is a private bluntness and I suppose boldness from people in them. They are typically quite nice or down right cruel. Fortunately, I do not get many mean ones. It is always great to hear about who some one’s favorite character was or how they relate to one of them, favorite park of the book or how awesome my books are in general (one of my all-time favorites). Whether good or bad, it is always great to hear what people think of my writing.

Thank you so much for the feedback! Whether it be a review or message, I truly am grateful to have my books being read and written about. As every author does, I dream of making it big and be able to just write without working another job. Going on book tours, signing autographs and meeting fans thrills me. Thanks to social media, I’ve been able to meet fans online. It is great getting to chat with and meet individuals. This week I’ve actually had people contacting me and telling me they cannot wait for my new book! This was the coolest, having fans eager for more! Such a boost to my ego!
The answer to the question about the new book, is I honestly do not know when it will be released. I can/will tell you that it is about halfway written as of this evening. As promised, it will be out sometime in 2013.
Lastly, the Kindle book covers are being retired. They we be getting replaced over the next couple of days. I had a panel go through and the paperback cover looks more professional and was favored. I will be posting them under their individual book pages soon.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Giveaway's

I started a new giveaway today...

Book Buy & Review Giveaway



a Rafflecopter giveaway
As book reviews go up in numbers, so will the prizes!

 
I also wanted to let you know about this giveaway taking place at this wonderful book review website...

 
David Reviews - Young Adult book blog: First Giveaway!: This is my very first Giveaway on my blog! Yay! These are books that are either movies right now or being made into movies at this mome...
 

I hope everyone is having a great weekend!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

My Top 10 All-Time Favorite Gay Themed Movies

This is a post I have thought about doing for quite some time.  I think it might be the kick off to something I will do on a regular basis.  Before I get started, I would like to extend an invitation to you, please share with me your favorites.  If you do not have a top 10, share as many as you’d like.  Feeling shy?   Then email them to me.   Just as long as you share with me!  Don’t feel like you have to write up a whole big thing, because I know firsthand how daunting of a task this is.  Just titles will suffice.

These are my top 10 all-time favorite gay themed movies.  I posted this on Facebook awhile back and ever since then, I have thought back on the list of movies I’d chosen.  For better or worse, my list has not changed.  However, I wanted to write a little bit about why like each one of these movies.  I have included a brief description and the cover for reference.

 

10 – The Man I Love

This is a combination coming out and first love story. The swimmer and diver Lucard is interested in attractive Martin. The film follows the characters' coming out with all its difficulties, the bitter-sweet pleasures of first love and the dreadful moment when one comes down to reality and realizes that one's beloved friend has a hard way to go yet. The positive message the film tries to transmit is the somewhat common motto "Live each day of your life as if it were your last."

I like watching the struggle between these two characters, one who is unsure with himself and the other who is too sure with himself when it comes to being gay.  Watching these two work out their differences and not just simply falling in love, makes this a believable film to watch. 

 

9 – Defying Gravity


 
Griff wants to maintain just a superficial relationship with his all-gay boyfriend, who gets seriously wounded in a gay bashing.



The concept of three best friends and two of them falling in love was so well done in this movie.  The fear and conflict these characters go through as they work to understand themselves and others around them is interesting.








8 – The Broken Hearts Club


In the palm-shaded oasis of West Hollywood, we meet Dennis, a promising photographer. As he prepares to celebrate his twenty-eighth birthday, he laments, ' I can't decide if my friends are the best or worst thing that ever happened to me.' The gang includes Benji, the punkish innocent with a penchant for gym bodies; Howie, the psychology grad student who thinks too much and lives too little; Cole, the charismatic actor who accidentally keeps stealing everybody's guy; Patrick, the cynical quipster, and Taylor, resident drama queen, who, until recently, prided himself on his long-term relationship. Providing sage advice and steady work is Jack, the beloved patriarch whose restaurant is a haven for them all. When tragedy strikes the group, their friendships are put to the test.

There are so many likable characters in this movie!  Just about every gay stereotype is represented and this is a group of friends I think anyone would appreciate having around.  I’ve always liked how good this movie makes me feel when I watch it.


7 – The Trip

When 19-year-old gay-rights activist Tommy and 24-year-old Alan first meet in 1973, they find themselves on the opposite sides of the political coin. Despite their many differences, they form a loving long-term relationship. In 1977, during Anita Bryant's crusade, an anti-gay book Alan wrote years before it gets published without his consent. The book destroys Tommy's credibility as a well-known activist, resulting in Tommy and Alan's break-up. Seven years later, Alan is given a second chance, a reunion with Tommy and the opportunity to set things right.

I like how these two meet and eventually fall in love, then they grow apart and keep finding their way back to each other.  The part with Allan and Tommy in the car reduces me to tears every time.



 

6 – Newcastle


“Newcastle” is a coming-of-age/family drama/surfing movie. 17-year old Jesse lives in the shadow of his older brother Victor's failure to become surfing's Next Big Thing. Even when he's in his natural habitat of magnificent surf breaks, his blue-collar future is brought home by the coal barges that constantly line his horizon. Jesse has the natural skills to surf his way out of this reality and onto the international circuit but can he overcome his equally natural ability to sabotage himself? A momentous weekend away with his mates that includes first love and tragedy leads him to discover what's really important, and also to the performance of a lifetime

I originally saw this movie because the guys on the cover looked hot.  The eye candy in the movie are all pleasant to watch… Especially during the surfing camp out they go on!  Although there is only one gay character in the movie, I have only seen it on gay category lists.  It is simply an enjoyable coming of age movie about two brothers who are completely different from one another.

 

5 – Beautiful Thing

In a suburb of London, young Jamie is escaping sport hours, to avoid being the victim of his comrades. Young Ste, his neighbor, is beaten by his father, and comes to sleep overnight. They discover new feelings, sleeping in the same bed.

This was the first gay themed movie I ever saw and loved.  So much of what these two boys experience and feel were feelings I was struggling with and coming to understand at the time.  I can remember wishing I would find someone like these two had found each other.




 
 

4 – Priscilla: Queen of the Desert

The usually menacing British actor Terence Stamp does a complete turnaround as Bernadette, an aging transsexual who tours the backwaters of Australia with her stage partners, Mitzi (Hugo Weaving) and Adam/Felicia (Guy Pearce). Their act, well-known in Sydney, involves wearing lots of makeup and gowns and lip-synching to records, but Bernadette is getting a bit tired of it all and is also haunted by the bizarre death of an old loved one. Nevertheless, when Mitzi and Felicia get an offer to perform in the remote town of Alice Springs at a casino, Bernadette decides to tag along. The threesome ventures into the outback with Priscilla, a lavender-colored school bus that doubles as dressing room and home on the road. Along the way, the act encounters any number of strange characters, as well as incidents of homophobia, while Bernadette becomes increasingly concerned about the path her life has taken.

I first heard of this movie after seeing "To Wong Foo..." and just as the person who suggested it thought, this was a much better movie!  The idea of three gay guys taking a road trip across country is amusing in itself.  Then throw in they are drag queens and it is a hell of an adventure.  Each of the characters are lovable and fun to watch.  Bernadette you can tell has done and seen everything and although now a woman, she can still hold her own.  Mitzi what keeps them together.  Adam either cracks me up or drives me nuts each time I watch this movie.  It is filled with bloody Abba songs that stick in my head long after the movie ends.


3 – Trick

“Trick” is a shy musical comedy composer searches in vain for someplace to bed down with a sexy go-go dancer in this sweet-natured romantic comedy set in Manhattan. College student Gabriel wants to compose musical comedies; Katherine, his muse and confidante, wants to star in his productions. On the way home from the bar, Gabriel notices Mark, one of the dancers from the club, catnapping in the subway. One mumble-mouthed come-on later, the men attempt to consummate their attraction to one another at Gabriel's tiny apartment, only to find themselves frustrated by pets, roommates, and a visit from Katherine. The couple's attempt to find a suitable boudoir leads them from one location to another; along the way, they discover that their attraction might extend beyond a single afternoon's ardor.

I love how Mark and Gabriel spend the whole evening trying to find a spot where they can hook-up and along the way get to know each other.  The part in the diner where they hold hands puts a smile on my face and gets my heart racing every time. It is neat seeing two very different people interested in each other and getting to know each other until they fall in love.


2 – All Over The Guy

"All Over The Guy" is a contemporary romantic comedy about the quest to find the "one" when "the one" doesn't know he's the "one." It explores the unlikely pairing of two 20-somethings thrown together by their respective best friends in hopes of igniting their own romance. They do everything they can to NOT fall in love, but finally they overcome the dysfunction of their parents and surrender to their hearts.

I love watching Eli and Tom run hot and cold together throughout this movie.  They seems well matched and then they seem like they have nothing in common.  Eli is a sweet likable guy and time is flawed, but my favorite character.  There best friends falling in love keeps Eli and Tom being pushed to be together.  I love the concept of this movie and how it unfolds.  Not only is this movie great, but it has many songs I enjoyed in it!  Unfortunately, there is no soundtrack, but you can find a list of the songs from the movie online.
 

1 – Shelter

Love brings together two men who aren't sure where to fit a relationship into their lives in this romantic drama. Living in the oceanfront working-class community of San Pedro, Zach (Trevor Wright) is a young man in his early twenties who has been forced into the role of emotional anchor for his dysfunctional family; his mother his dead, his father is too ill to work, his sister Jeannie (Tina Holmes) is too busy partying to look after her five-year-old son Cody (Jackson Wurth), and Zach is the only one with the wherewithal to hold down a job and keep the rent paid. He's sacrificed his dream of attending CalArts in order to help Jeannie raise Cody. Between cooking at a diner and looking after Cody, Zach has little in the way of spare time, but as often as he can he heads to the beach to indulge his passion for surfing. While hanging out with his surfing buddy Gabe (Ross Thomas), Zach meets Gabe's brother, the struggling homosexual writer Shaun (Brad Rowe), who has taken a break from Tinseltown while rebounding from a dysfunctional relationship. Shaun goes surfing with Zach one day, and the two discover they're powerfully attracted to one another, and a flirtation turns into a love affair. As Shaun has to explain to his girlfriend why he no longer wants to be with her, Zach tries to make Jeannie and his father understand why he's come out of the closet.

Something about Zach struggling with his feelings and Shaun being patient as he figures out what he wants that I love. Their relationship is not perfect, but they are both there for each other.  Each time I watch this movie I am reminded that there is someone special out there for all of us.  Shaun is so good with Cody, taking him in just as Zach had.  The idea of an artist and a writer falling in love I think is such a wonderful thing!  This movie does have a soundtrack to buy the great songs in it.



Monday, February 18, 2013

St. Patricks Day Giveaway Event

There will be a new featured author each day all month long, with a chance to enter and win free stuff daily!  Click on the image below to check it out!


Friday, February 15, 2013

Writing, Reviews & Coming Out

Although I am feeling tired and exhausted, I have an overwhelming need to do a blog post tonight.   My desire to write again finally returned and I started to work again on my next book.   I had the outline done and I have been adding notes, but I decided it was best (okay several people suggested) that it was better not to force it and wait until the story was flowing.   Derrick and Justin have been popping into my head a lot this past week and it felt good to write about them again.
 
Lisa Markson Lisa Markson shared this on my author pagea short while back at my request seeing her post it in a group we are both part of.  I like how it is worded.
 

 
It wasn’t until I was a published author that I realized how not only how important it is the author to get reviews.  These help drive book sales.  I know often I check to see what others have written about a book or product (such as a banana slicer on Amazon a friend of mine kept posting about) to see what they thought of something.   Although I think I am a [f---ing] horrible reviewer, I have committed myself to go through and leave a review for every Indie author I have read.
 
 
Robbie Rogers came out today via his blog.  To be honest, I’d never heard of him prior to today.  A news story popped up on MSN about “soccer star comes out gay and retires.”   I clicked in the link to read the story and thought he was a handsome guy and he’d have no problem getting a boyfriend.  Then as I read further in the article there was a comment made about how the only other soccer player to come out, killed himself years later, which bugged me was included.  I ended up doing a web search and finding Robbie’s blog and as I read it touched my heart.   He was on the back of my mind today, because I admire the courage it took him to do what he did and I admire him for doing it.
 
 
 


Monday, February 11, 2013

John H. Ames and Suge Acid Hawk Bring You Their Next Best Things




Please be sure to check out these wonderful and talented writers blog posts, this Wednesday, February 13, 2013:

John H. Ames, the author of Surviing Elite High, a book that I cannot wait to read.

Suge Acid Hawk, a great writer, whom I've had the pleasure to read.




Thank you Cody Kennedy for your post, reminding me to do this!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

The Next Best Thing




Author Will Parkinson was kind enough to tag me in the NEXT BIG THING Blog Hop.    This means I will be answering ten questions about whatever my next "big thing" is and then I tag other authors who perpetuate cycle to continue. 




 



The honeymoon period is over for Derrick and Justin.   Now in their second year of college they are experiencing what happens when you are no longer in love with the one you love.  Derrick feels that Justin has gotten too wild while Justin finds Derrick to be too boring.  It seems like overnight they go from being happily in love to being utterly annoyed with each other.   Deciding whether or not things can be worked or if it is time to move on finds Justin and Derrick in situations they’d never considered before.

Drifting will be the last book in the Finding Our Way Series.  Although I have no plans to write another book in the series, I am quite fond of these characters so do not be surprised if you see any of them pop up in another story


1: What is the working title of your novel?
Drifting
Although it is a sequel to Tormented Discovery (Finding Our Way Series, Book 3), the book will be written as a standalone as the previous books were.

2: Where did the idea for the novel come from?
This story has been a long time coming.  After writing Finding Our Way, I had an idea for another book with Derrick and Justin in college.  My friend and editor thought it would be too much of a jump to go from the character’s junior year in high school to their second year in college and suggested I write a book in between.  I thought I would sit down and write the book with the characters in college and then go back to write the middle book later.  I left some unanswered questions in Finding Our Way that I would then be able to include as part of whatever storyline I thought up.

For years, I have had a character in my mind by the name of Ian, who is a heavy-set gay guy.  I’d always wanted to do a story from his perspective.  When I wrote my short story Summer Escape I was going to use him in it, but decided he did not fit in with the direction I was taking the story.   I had a scene I wrote where this skinny, attractive guy at a dance club tells him that he’s too fat to be gay, which I really wanted to use.    As I was developing Drifting I discovered how well Ian would fit in with the direction I was going to take with the characters from my previous two books so I look forward to getting to know Ian better.

3: What is the genre of the novel?
m/m fiction, m/m romance, m/m relationships

4: Which actors would you choose to play the characters in a movie rendition of the novel?


Derrick Wilson = Keir Gilchrist




Justin Parker = Josh Hutcherson



Hayden Clifton = Johnny Simmons



Ryan Rosales = Asher Book



Tyler and Tyson Hensley (the twins) = Alexander Ludwig
 


5: What is a one-sentence synopsis of the novel?

Falling in love is easy, it is staying together that is the hard part.
 

6: Will the novel be self-published, published by a publisher, or represented by an agency?

Self-Published through CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing
 

7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

6 months (so far)

8: What other novels would you compare this story to within your genre?

Something Like Summer by Jay Bell
A Better Place by Mark Roeder

9: Who or what inspired you to write this novel?

I’d read Martin Wilson’s What They Always Tell Us after walking by it at the library and the cover catching my attention.   Months after I finished reading it, I kept finding myself inspired to write my first book.  I was inspired to write Finding Our Way because I’d always had in the back of my mind writing a story about two best friends who fall in love.  Just as I wished Martin Wilson would write a sequel to his book, I had all these ideas for Derrick and Justin’s relationship down the road.

10: What else about your book might pique a reader’s interest?
Along with new people, many of the “side” characters will make an appearance.

Look for The Next Big Thing blog posts from these authors on or before Wednesday, February 13th.  Happy reading!

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Goodreads Votes


Please vote for me on Goodreads if you haven’t already.   I have links to click on below and the current rankings for each of my books (Updated 02/07/13).  Thank you for your vote!   

I am going to put in everyone’s names at the end of the month and draw one for a cool prize!    I’ll put your name in for each category and book you vote for!


LGBT Youth Literature
http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/15354.LGBT_Youth_Literature#17290632
Finding Our Way #2
Tormented Discovery #3


Best 'Unknown' LGBTQ Books for Teens
http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/5864.Best_Unknown_LGBTQ_Books_for_Teens#17290632
Finding Our Way #4
Tormented Discovery #3


LGBT Young Adult (YA) Literature
http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/15647.LGBT_Young_Adult_YA_Literature#17290632
Finding Our Way #6
Tormented Discovery #4

Best GLBT books for teens
http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/1702.Best_GLBT_books_for_teens#17290632
Finding Our Way #27
Tormented Discovery #17

Indie Authors Everybody Should Read
http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/25972.Indie_Authors_Everybody_Should_Read#17290632
Finding Our Way #64
Tormented Discovery #40

LGBT for YA
http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/3392.LGBT_for_YA?format=html&page=1
Finding Our Way #18
Tormented Discovery #30


 Thanks again for your vote!   

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Not Running WIth Scissors

This morning I posted to my Facebook the status update of "Read, write, draw or run with scissors? I'm trying what to do this gloomy, foggy mornng."  So far I have done a little bit of reading today (of Jame's Patterson's Zoo) and quite a bit of drawing.  In talking with a couple of friends, who get to see my artwork they have been trying to encourage me to share my artwork on my website.  I've been toying with the idea, thinking about putting it under Extras (so it isn't right out in the open) or just sharing ever so often on Facebook as I have been trying out.

While I make up my mind, here is a drawing I did this afternoon:

Friday, February 1, 2013

Things That Have Me Smiling Tonight


With the help of instructions from Drop Down Menu Guide and Random Juvament, chilling out and taking things step-by-step I finally have drop down menus for my website. This is something I wanted so badly for so long. I almost did not have a site because I was not able to have this to begin with. Thanks to my buddy Dave's advice, I've been making gradual changes over time. As I have made time, I have been working through and literally learning trough trial and error how to edit HTML coding. Although it still confuses the hell out of me, I keep trying it out.

This change has opened up for me to make several of the other adjustments I have wanted to make since starting my website up. I am so excited right now! I thought for sure I was going to have to beg someone to mess around to accomplish this big step. Especially last night around midnight when I completely messed up my page code. After taking a deep breath (and swearing a whole bunch) I went through and double-checked each step of the way. Then when I was ready to give up and call Dave to beg him to fix my mess up, I finally figured it out. Okay, enough with the nerdy stuff.

Something else that keeps floating into my mind this week is a movie I watched last weekend called The Paperboy. The movie itself was quite interesting, but it was the opening scene, along with a couple of others that have been on my mind. I have never been a fan of tighty-whities, but seeing them on Zac Efron... Wow! Anyone who really knows me is well aware I've always had a thing for Zac. From the first time I'd seen him, in High School Musical, there has just been something about him. That being said, I have a feeling I am going to have to see The Lucky One, which in spite of knowing he gets down to a pair of black boxer briefs was not enough to interest me in seeing it. Maybe, as with The Paperboy, I will be pleasantly surprised.

Before the Red Bull Maria gave me this afternoon wears off, I wanted to write about this great short story my friend Suge shared with me this week. Although the story itself I suppose was a bit dismal and depressing, it was writing in such a style the kept me reading further to see what was going to happen next. Not only was it a great piece of writing, but it also snapped me out of the funk I think I was getting into with reading and writing. I found it opening up my mind to ideas I have not thought about in awhile as well as gave me some new ones. Suge was delighted when I shared with her if I write this weekend, it will be a short story, being I have been doing poorly at not just letting my ideas slide.