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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.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

I Am Back!

 
First of all I would like to thank my wonderful guest bloggers for doing posts for me in my absence.  I hope each of my readers enjoyed these posts as much as I did.  I noticed the page views for my blog were way up, which leads me to believe you too enjoyed seeing guest posts.  I will see what I can do about having more in the future.
 
My vacation was great!  I took a trip down to Westport, WA where I had Bennett's Seafood at both their fancy sit down restaurant as the fish shack. They have the best clam chowder! I bought some Taffy, took in the sites and was on my way.  Then crossed the Columbia River over into Oregon.  While I was there I went through Astoria, which is one of my favorite places.  Now I want to watch The Goonies again, being this is where the movie was filmed.  Most of the day was spent in Seaside where I bought more Taffy at The Candyman (tons of flavors you would not find anywhere else).  I also bought a new jacket and frequented the many shops before taking off to my next destination. 


Tillamook cheese factory was not as good as the last time I went.  My breakfast was no where near the tastiness it was when I had it before.  Miniature golf was a blast, being we needed to do something between breakfast and getting ice cream (a must have if you visit the cheese factory).  The Air Museum was neat to see.  It is in one of the few remaining blimp hangers.  Unfortunately the museum is being forced out over the next year.
 
 
The drive down to Newport seemed so long and I was glad that we stopped in Lincoln to do some shopping before continuing down the coast.  Newport was wonderful as always.  We ate at the original Izzy's Pizza (yes, lots of food on this trip) and it was great!  The beach was a blast!  Cooper loves sand and was going crazy for it! 
 
 
We also stayed in Florence, did some shopping and played 3 rounds of miniature golf.  The highlight of the stay here was the ride out on the sand dunes.  My favorite part was our third round of golf.  We all had fun and our scores were within a couple points of each other.  I even managed a couple hole-in-one's!
 
 
The next stop was Crater Lake, which was breathtaking!  I took so many pictures.  The dogs even had an appreciation for the view.  Cooper any time that I would look away would bark at me to turn and look.  Although I feel took some great pictures, I also think they do not do this majestic view justice.

 

From here we made the LONG drive up to Mary Hill, which is right along the Columbia River.  We crossed back and forth between Washington state and Oregon state several times during our stay.  There is a replica of Stonehenge up the hill from where we stay.  It was nice getting to see what Stonehenge looked like when it was first built.  Someday I hope to go and see the original.

On our way to our final destination, we were in three states in one day (Oregon, Washington and Idaho), something each of us found cool.  We stayed a couple nights and spent an entire day at Silverwood Theme Park.  
 
 
Then it was off to home.  Although I have been home for a couple of days now, I am still trying to get unpacked, take care of many things that were waiting for my return and getting back into the swing of things.
 
As I see several people have noticed, I released Drifting prior to my vacation.  I was curious to see how well my new novel would do without any promo behind it.  Needless to say, it has been selling better than the previous ones have.  This has been exciting to me.  Over the next couple of weeks I will be doing a couple of guest blog spots, a few interviews and features.  I am going to be doing this gradually, to be sure I do not over do it.  I also hope to get back into the swing of writing and have the new book out sometime in the fall.
 
Thank you for the messages inquiring about how I am doing and letting me know what you think about the new book.  I am happy to read every bit of praise (as well as the criticism, though there has been little).
 

Monday, July 22, 2013

Guest Blogger: Jennifer Wilson


Hello, Jayson James Fans!!

It's a pleasure to be a guest on Jayson's blog, and a honor! You, dear reader, are probably wondering who I am. My name is Jenny, I'm from Connecticut, and I am a avid reader of romance novels of many different genres. But enough about me! Let's get to the main reason why I am writing this blog- to honor my good friend Jayson.

Months ago, I was browsing through Goodreads, just looking for another story to read (my "to be read" list is a mountain high!). I love coming of age romance novels, and I found Finding Our Way on the LGBT Young Adult Romance list. The cover caught my eye, and the blurb captured my interest enough to purchase it on my Kindle. I was not prepared of how much I was going to love the story! I was only halfway through the novel when I found Jayson on Facebook and messaged him about why I was enjoying it; his writing style made me feel like I knew Justin and Derrick personally. He responded back with how much I made his day with my message. Little did I know, a friendship was made that day. We frequently keep in touch and been each other's support, in good times and bad, and I can't be more thankful for his kindness and understanding.

From there, I had the pleasure of reading an advanced copy of Drifting. I am so excited that it's finally been released! The last book to the Justin/Derrick series is not to be missed. The boys are in their first year of college, but what happens when you fall out of love? I won't spoil the story for you, but be prepared to laugh, cry (have some Kleenex handy), have your jaw drop, and have your heart so connected to the story that you won't put it down. There is a new character I guarantee you will love, along with some surprising past characters. Pick up Drifting if you haven't already!

Jayson has come a long way in his life, and his writing shows it. The future is limitless for you, my dear friend. You have wonderful talents and a good heart, and I'm blessed to know you. Keep writing, keep drawing, and always keep being you <3

And to all the fans, and to those that haven't read Jayson's novels yet: When you read a novel, and find yourself immersed into the lives and hearts of the characters, not only have you found a story that will stay with you for a long time, but you have found an author that has put his or her heart, sweat, and tears into a story meant for you to enjoy. I hope you find that and more with Jayson James's stories <3

Friday, July 12, 2013

Guest Blogger: David




Hey everyone, I am David from David-Reviews.com and today I am the honored guest post :D !

 

I suppose I should write a little something about myself. Well lets see....

 

I am 23 years old.

I am a Pisces so that means I am a dreamer.

I am gay.

I really enjoy the heat of summer.

Hate the cold of winter.

In my spare time I read and I love going to the movies.

I have a cat named Toast R. Strudel as in Toaster Strudels.

 

Please check out my blog sometime and don't hesitate to reach out to me. I'd love to get to know everyone. :)

 

 I figured I could do a quiz for you guys. It was a toss up between Do You Have Animal Magnetism or Are You a Flirt? I had a hard time choosing but I figured that probably everyone in the world knows if they are a flirt or not so that was out.

 

 

About the Quiz:

Animal Magnetism is one of the few attributes that cannot be learned: You either have it or you don't. It is feral, instinctive, and very basic. We are al animals, of course. However, some of us are more raw, earthier animals than others. Those who have animal magnetism have an innate sense of self-confidence fueled by an inner sense of untamed power, like that of a panther.

 

If you have an exceptional ability to captivate and influence people with your very presence, perhaps you have what no money can buy: animal magnetism.

 

 

 

So here are the rules:

  1. Read the statement.
  2. Write down how that statement applies to you. These are the options - Slightly like me, Moderately like me, or Very much like me. At the end of this I will tell you how to score yourself.

 

I will be writing my answers next to the statement so you know how I did.

 

Do You Have Animal Magnetism

 

  1. I am always dressed and  groomed to perfection-appearance is very important.

Very much like me

 

  1. I am a good storyteller; I use body language, wit, and emotion.

Very much like me

 

  1. Some people describe me as a rebel, dancing to the beat of a different drummer.

Moderately like me

 

  1. People come to me to talk.

Very much like me

 

  1. I have received the winning popular vote to an office or position at work or school.

Moderately like me

(One person at work hates me. Sad.)

 

  1. My presence overcomes the rough waters and smoothes the ruffled tail feathers of any group.

Very much like me

 

  1. It's normal for several members of the same/opposite sex to be vying for my attention at the same time.

Very much like me

 

  1. Everyone furtively checks me out when I enter a room.

Moderately like me

(According to my boyfriend)

 

  1. When I talk, others hang on my every word.

Moderately like me

 

  1. Coworkers and friends want to be on my side of an issue.

Very much like me

 

How to score yourself:

Give yourself 1 point for “slightly like me,.”

2 points for “moderately like me.”

3 points for “very much like me.”

 

10-15 points

We all have some magnetism, but perhaps your gifts lie in another direction. Maybe you are a more cognitive or intuitive person who leads with your head or your emotions-these are certainly traits that keep you headed in the right direction.

 

16-35 points

Without a doubt, you have some animal magnetism. You are self-confident, a natural leader, and a powerful presence. You are focused and cunning, and you have the tenacity to achieve your goals.

 

26-30 points

(this is the one I got. Go me!)

You have that enchanting glow of animal magnetism that people are powerless to resist. No doubt you're a very effective communicator, you present yourself well, and are successful in most endeavors. It's likely you have many admirers and are quite popular. Others may perceive an edge to your personality.


Sunday, July 7, 2013

Guest Blogger: Christopher Waltz


Unexpected Endings

As a rule of writing, we generally have the whole ballgame planned out in our heads or on paper before actually putting our fingers to the keyboard. (Wow, did I just use a sports reference?) I personally spend weeks or even months planning out every detail of my stories before I actually start writing them.

And then that plan falls apart.

It never fails, really. We spend countless hours making sure our stories make perfect sense and that no detail is left out, but when it comes time to actually write, things just don’t work out. I find this part of the process like an uncomfortable breakup between myself and the original plan. “It’s not you, it’s me. Things just aren’t going the way I thought they would. I swear, I thought this would work out…”

But it doesn’t work out and we’re left with partial ideas floating around in our heads and maybe even sitting on our computer screens. We blankly stare at them, hoping the rest of the story will materialize all by itself, but it doesn’t. And even if we had an ending in mind from day one, chances are, that’s not the ending we’ll, well, end up with.

That’s where the unexpected endings come into play. I’ll openly admit I both love and hate the double-edged sword aspect of them. At first we’re so frustrated, as writers, because we knew exactly what would happen, how it would happen, and how we felt about it… And then it changes. But, of course, it changes for the better, or so we hope.

The truth of the matter is that no matter what ending we come up, we never know how our readers are going to feel about it until they read it. And putting it rather bluntly, it really only matters what they think, because they’re the people we’re writing for. Of course, some form of satisfaction comes from liking the endings ourselves, but we write it so other people will like it, enjoy it, and want to read more of the stories we need to tell.

So, we break up with our old endings, spend time brainstorming for new ones in what I can only pathetically describe as writer bars (I don’t know, just go with it; I’m trying to stick with the imagery here…), and then choose a new ending, or mate, we’re, at least for the time, pleased with.

Most recently, I went through this process with my novel, Ivy League. Way back in 2010, when I started drafting and writing the novel, I knew exactly how it was going it end. I wrote the novel, loving every second of it, but as I came closer and closer to ending, I knew something wasn’t right. I couldn’t end the story this way because, the more I thought about it, the more I felt ripped off by my own ending. And if I felt ripped off by it, how much worse would the people who read it feel?

So, I scrapped the ending, left Ivy League alone for a few days, and then wrote a new one. Of course, I’m not going to ruin that ending because I really want you to read the book, but I will say that the feedback I’ve gotten has been generally positive, though some people have asked why I didn’t write a happy ending for the story, to which I reply with a smile, “actually, I did.”

 

Where you can find me:

my blog is cpwaltz.blogspot.com
Ivy League can be purchased here:
http://www.amazon.com/Ivy-League-Christopher-Waltz/dp/1480162922/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1372308406&sr=8-1&keywords=ivy+league+waltz
and my twitter handle is @Christoph_Waltz
 
 

Monday, July 1, 2013

Guest Blogger: John H. Ames


Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions, John.

 

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

 

Sure. Well, my real name is Juan H. Alvarado and I was born in El Salvador, C.A. I currently live in Belize and my passions are writing, reading and spending time with the ones I love. I began writing in 2009 and after posting some of my work on an internet website and receiving positive feedback, I went on to write several full-length novels under my penname, John Henry Ames. My first completed series is the Surviving Elite High Saga which chronicles the life of a gay sixteen-year-old boy as he makes his way through life as an outcast in the shadows of an elite high school where he is tormented by two psychopathic bullies. 

 

What inspires your writing?

 

There are several factors that have influenced my novels:

 

  1. Life experiences. My work is not autobiographical, but my stories are inspired by my past experiences in life, especially in my high school life.
  2. Dreams. I’m heavily influenced by my dreams. I dream some crazy and bizarre things that I use as plots for my novels.
  3. Movies, music and novels. All of these have also influenced my writing. I love drawing inspiration from them.  

 

When did you start writing m/m romance? And why this genre?

 

Well, I love YA novels with a good jock/nerd theme. The first m/m romance that I read was A Better Place by Mark A. Roeder. That little novel has a jock/nerd theme, and I absolutely loved it. I researched for that genre and came across Dumb Jock by Jeff Erno. I fell in love with that novel almost immediately. That little work of fiction inspired me to write Surviving Elite High in 2010 and the rest is history.

 

Are you a full time author?

 

I wish, but I’m not. I sometimes don’t have enough time to read and worst, write. That’s why it takes me longer to complete a novel, but when I do, it’s worth the wait.

 

Who is your favorite author?

 

I would say the amazing J.K. Rowling. Who is not a fan of Harry Potter? No one. The first time I read a Harry Potter novel was back in 2003. That novel pulled me into a world that I had never seen or heard of before, leaving me wanting more. When the last novel came out, it blew my mind to the point that it made me sit down and write a novel of my own. I spent a few months writing, and the finish product was called Raven and Crow: a Chain of Memories.

 

Raven and Crow: a Chain of Memories tells the story of two guys who meet in high school and find out that they have more in common than they thought, since they share the same memories, dreams, and nightmares. Soon enough, they discover that they are unearthly beings from another world and that they are the incarnation of the beautiful Raven and the amazing Crow. You might be wondering two guys, the incarnation of a man and a woman? Not much of a Twilight novel, right? True, but let the story flow, and you'll see that not everything is quite what it seemed. I’m currently looking for the right publisher for this novel, but when I find it, I will let you know where to get it.  

 

How many books have you written so far?

 

I have three novels out right now.

 

1.    Surviving Elite HighSurviving Elite High tells the story of John Henry Ames, a sixteen-year-old boy from a small New Jersey town. John is humble, shy and studious. He lives as an outcast in the shadows of an elite high school where he is tormented by two psychopathic bullies.

 

On the verge of dropping out of school due to overdue payments, a teacher enrolls him in a tutoring program where he meets the school's star quarterback and hero, Nick Anthony Hawking. Since he was doing poorly in several subjects, Nick needs John's help to pass and graduate high school. But as John becomes closer to the jock, he develops a strong affection towards him even though Nick has a strong reputation of sleeping around with a lot of women.

 

Pretty soon, Nick becomes his friend and protector in school and their sincere friendship helps to bring out the best in each of them. Several tragedies, like a school shooting, threaten to change their young lives forever and leave them scar for life.

 

2.    Surviving Elite High: Senior Year - After a summer of love, hard work and cohabitation, Nick and John are beginning their senior year at Elite High. However, putting the memory of last year’s turbulent events at Elite High behind them proves harder than ever. Many mysterious notes begin to appear inside John’s locker, but something is definitely wrong since the writer of the notes is none other than Matthew Ward, the homicidal student who nearly killed John the previous year. Is Matthew now free to finish what he started?

 

As if that weren’t bad enough, a new girl at school has an obsession with Nick that makes her do terrible things, things that threaten to tear Nick and John apart at every twist and turn. Will Nick and John ever find happiness and stability together? Or will they end up going their separate ways?

 

All of these questions and more will be answered in part two of the Surviving Elite High Saga!

 

3.    Surviving Elite High: Loving James - Surviving a normal high school is hard enough. Surviving Elite High? Close to impossible! Not until you learn the difference between love and obsession.

 

Sixteen year old James Gordon has it all. He’s rich, studious, and bears quite a strong resemblance to Justin Bieber. So, what’s stopping him from being a normal kid in high school? The deadly jocks. They torment anyone who’s gay or possibly closeted, even though Nick Wild Hawk, star of the football team and the love of his life, John, came out to the whole school in previous years and made being gay at Elite High just another walk of life.

 

However, even though the jocks have bullied James nonstop and made his life a living hell, he can’t help but fantasize about the king of the jocks, Nathan Parker. Nathan is rugged, straight and the most popular guy in school. When fate intercepts and places James and Nathan under the same roof, James’ torture really begins. And yet, through it all, James hopes that that his steadfast love for Nathan will change the jock into a lover rather than an abuser. Unless a certain hot, loyal, guy in the background can find a way to show James he is really, truly loved, and has been for a long time. Before it’s too late.

 

Surviving Elite High: Loving James is the third part of the Surviving Elite High Saga which features one the most famous and loved characters in the series, Jacob Ashmore.

 

What is the most frequently asked question by the fans?

 

Will there be more books in the Surviving Elite High Saga? Yes. Right now, I’m working on a possible plot for Rick Sanders, a minor character in the Surviving Elite High Saga. I also want to write a third for Nick and John. Wish me luck guys!

 

What are you working on now?

 

I’m working on several novels right now:

 
  1. Part two of Raven and Crow known as Raven and Crow: Dark Horizon.
  2. The not so unrealistic detailed account of how my best friend and I swap bodies for a short period of time. Swapatize for short.
  3. Spirit Indestructible.
  4. And The Lake View Psychopath.

 

The last three novels in the list above are three short stories that can stand alone, but together, they make up a long one. So, if you like short novels, you will enjoy each one of them to their fullest, but if you like long ones, the three will please you. However, I will have the three novels out as one like my very own compilation of short stories.

 

What is your suggestion or piece of advice to new and upcoming writers?

 

Never give up. If you want to be a writer, know that the journey will be long, tedious, and hard. But remember that classic Lao Tzu quote, 'a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step'. You'll get there eventually. Just keep a positive mind and attitude and aim for the stars, because you might just end up on the moon.


 
Where can we find you on the Internet?

 

Oh my God! On several places:
    1. http://jhabooks.webs.com/
    2. https://www.facebook.com/JohnHenryAmes
    3. https://www.facebook.com/AuthorJohnHAmes
    4. http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5820153.John_H_Ames
    5. https://twitter.com/JohnHenryAmes

 

 
Could you please share your favorite excerpt from your novels with us?

 

Sure! Enjoy!

 
 

Surviving Elite High

 

            Matthew stared down at me like a raging bull on the loose. He stepped toward me in a very threatening manner. "Why the fuck did you hit me for?" I had to get away from them and fast. I crawled down the hallway, but Matthew grabbed my legs and spun me around. With a single tug, he pulled me under his feet. I was scared now. Matthew looked deranged. He bent down and grabbed me by the collar of my shirt, lifting me into the air and slamming me into a nearby wall. A malicious smile developed on his face. "I'm going to fucking kill you, you little piece of shit."

            "Let's fuck him up, Matt," Jacob suggested with a mischievous smile. "I bet a homo like him would love to get fucked by two jocks. We can fuck him in the locker room, and no one will hear a thing."

            My heart dropped to the bottom of my stomach, rendering me sick. I couldn't believe what Jacob suggested. They had always made sexual comments, but never that filthy or nasty. Matthew's smile grew as Jacob's idea settled in.

            "Please—"

            "Shut the fuck up, you little fag!" Matthew slammed me against the wall again.

            "Put him the fuck down!"

            It was Nick; he stood a few feet away from us. I immediately thanked God because his presence guaranteed my safety from Matthew and Jacob. Anyone's presence, as a matter of fact.

 
 
 

Surviving Elite High: Senior Year

 

            I’d just finished taping the “Congratulations, Nick!” banner above the sofa when I heard a small noise coming from my bedroom. I glanced at the clock on my wall. It was four-thirty. Maybe Emily was there, using the bathroom. After all, she had a spare key and had come here to leave off the decorations. “Emily? Are you in there?”

            No one answered, but there was a rustling noise coming from inside. I went to the bedroom and opened the door. My eyes quickly fell on Emily who lay on the floor, sobbing, her cries muffled by a white cloth gag, her hands and feet bound. My heart lurched. “Emily!”

            I immediately ran to her and pulled the gag out.

            “Behind you, John!”

            Someone slammed the door close. Every hair on my body stood on end as I spun around and came face to face with my worst nightmare.

            Matthew Ward.

            He wore a filthy orange jumpsuit with his name across the chest and waved a gun at me. A creepy smile spread across his demonic and psychopathic face. He stood in front of the door and blocked my only way to safety. “I’m back, John, and I’m here to kill you.”

 
 

Surviving Elite High: Loving James

 

            “Wait!” Nathan said. “What are you guys doing?”

            Daniel quickly stripped down to his white undies. “Well, what do you think, Nate? We’re going to turn this bitch into a man. Stop acting like a fool. You pretty much enjoyed the last time we made Rick into a man.”

            My heart felt like it was replaced with a giant stone. My terror mounted. I curled up into fetal position, in too much pain even to try escape from them. When Aaron stood in front of me naked and hard, I realized what they had done to Rick. That’s why he’d changed overnight. They raped him. Oh my God. I was about to suffer the same fate!

            “But that was Rick,” Nate stammered, one hand out as if to defend me, “he was asking for it.”

            “Aww. Isn’t that cute?” Louis teased, shoving down his boxers. “Nate cares about his baby brother.”

            “Fuck you! No I don’t.”

            “Then prove it.” Daniel pointed at me and stepped aside.

            Nathan crossed over to me.

            “Good. Nathan’s still a man.”

            “Nathan! Please!” I begged him. My cries did not stop him. In a swift second, Nathan flipped me over and exposed my butt cheeks. “Nathan, stop it. Please! Don’t do it, Nathan. Don’t! Please.” I squeezed my eyes shut. Some corner of my terrified self was in utter disbelief. I was begging not to be gang raped.

 

(WIP) Raven and Crow: a Chain of Memories

 

            The two cloaked figures appeared out of thin air, running up the narrow, moonlit pathway and in the direction of what appeared to be an abandoned old house by the edge of a cliff. The decrepit wooden structure stood there frozen in time as the wind blew from side to side, shaking its shingle from left to right. The moonlight shone over its face and revealed the dense vegetation and corroded old paint that was once fresh and vibrant. Without warning, the two figures froze, silently listening to the sounds of the night with their chests heaving from the running. Now, the air stood still and everything else went silent. Something was terribly wrong.

            The taller of the two looked down on his companion. “Do you hear anything?”

            “No.” She whispered shaking her head and looking around. “I can't even hear the wind. They must be near. We’ve got to keep going.”

            He nodded, but did not elaborate on her words. The mysterious figures continued running up the hill while they inspected their surroundings. A rocky cliff side bordered the pathway on the left and a low-growing meadow on the right. The meadow also served as the entrance to a dark and thick forest. The two teens kept running until they arrived at the footsteps of the old and abandoned house. As they stood there, hand in hand, a strange eerie sensation made its way up their spines, embracing them in a cold hug. At once, they turned to the forest behind them. Their jaws dropped open while their eyes widened. Several gleaming red eyes appeared under the cover of the night and among the darkness of the trees.

            “Crow!” cried the woman, turning to face him. “They found us. There must be at least three dozens of them and she’s not home.”

            Crow looked down at her, a tear rolling down his right cheek. All of a sudden, he gently held her face and kissed her good bye, savoring her lips for one last time. Crow held her inside his arms, doing his best to protect her from what was to come. In an instant, a thick fog descended on the grounds around them and out of nowhere, dozens of cloaked creatures slowly hovered towards them. The air became icy cold and breathing was close to impossible. All of a sudden, the creatures froze in midair and focused their attention on the two lovers in front of them that were now shaking in fear. In a swift second, they lifted their long arms and revealed a long scythe with a crystal blue orb attached at top of the staff. When the blue orbs changed to dark red, the unearthly beings were ready for the kill. While they glided towards the duo, the hooded creatures took aim at them, getting ready to strike. Without warning, a white shadow stepped in the middle of the attack and that was quickly followed by a massive explosion that obscured the scenery and brightened the dark and cold night. Two screams echoed and slowly faded as the darkness took over once again.

 
Thank you for taking time out, John.

 

No! Thank you for having me here today!