Welcome to Joyfully Jay! I started this blog because I love to read and wanted a place to share my thoughts with other readers and lovers of romance. I read primarily m/m romance so that is the main focus of Joyfully Jay, but we may occasionally throw some other stuff in as well. In addition to book reviews, I frequently host author guest posts, giveaways, and blog tours. I also periodically run theme weeks focusing on different tropes and on occasion write posts on various romance topics. So lots of fun stuff and we keep quite busy here!
So, a bit about me. I have a husband and two daughters that I adore and two cats who seem to rule the house. I have been an avid reader since I was a child and have loved romance for years. I typically read 3-5 books a week and I have a towering TBR pile that I will never conquer. In my off-line life I work part-time from home writing web content and trying to make English out of the stuff my IT department writes. Of course writing about romance is much more fun!
Let’s see… I love anything chocolate and peanut butter, and lately anything with caramel and sea salt. I am a big sweet and salty girl (I’ve been known to drink beer with m&ms but don’t tell anyone). I love the beach, love lazy days, and love to curl up with a good book.
I am thrilled that you stopped by and hope you like it here! Feel free to get in touch if you ever want to chat!
Sammy is a part time kindergarten teacher and a full time playwright. When not writing or directing children’s plays, she can be found curled up in her living room, Kindle in hand, with a dreamy faraway smile on her face.
Crissy is an ophthalmic assistant (that’s eyes) by day and a lover of m/m fiction by night. She owns two rescue dogs that spend the evening curled up to her while she reads. She’s an extraordinary aunt to her beautiful niece and energetic nephew. Most evenings you can find her curled up on the sofa with the dogs and her Kindle catching up on her out of control TBR list.
Kris is an avid reader, an obsessive knitter/crocheter, and a prolific daydreamer. Dividing her time between those tasks is a constant juggling act, and the day job certainly gets in the way. Her three cats believe she is only worthy of handing out food and pets, but the tropical fish seem to love her as she is. She is incredibly lucky to have been graced with a wonderfully supportive family. They don’t seem to mind too much when she’d rather spend her time with the beautiful men on the page. She dreams of one day being independently wealthy so she can spend her days with words, yarn, and a mint-condition 1967 Corvette.
Jason lives in small town Ontario, Canada with his partner of 19 years and two dachshunds. He spends most of his disposable income to feed his reading obsession and has perfected the art of reading while he walks on his breaks, much to everyone’s amazement. With an unhealthy number of humourous graphic t-shirts, he can be found with either with a paperback or his iPad in hand at any given time.
Michelle spends her days working as an editor valiantly trying to preserve the English language. As a former event planner and recipe developer with a professional pastry certification, she can plan and execute the perfect party and never goes anywhere empty handed as someone is always requesting their favorite dessert. She carves out time for spinning and weight training and has mastered the art of reading while on the treadmill.
Wendy shares her home with her husband, a dog, and 6 cats. Tired of fighting over control of the remote, Wendy took up reading as a hobby. That hobby turned into an obsession thanks to a little device called the ereader. She spends her days surrounded by real life, hot alpha-male heroes in her job as a public safety dispatcher. At night, she is usually found curled up in her favorite chair with her nose in her Kindle with her fantasy male heroes.
Sue works in a soul crushing civil service job, but she has a menagerie of cats, dogs, rats and guinea pigs that make it all worth while. Most evenings she can be found curled up with a good book, read in between chasing after the aforementioned menagerie. Her dream is to have a goat farm but no one will give her one and apparently you can’t just order them online. So for now, she enjoys the occasional road trip, hanging out with friends and family and reading as much as she can.
Veronica is a full-time scientist, full-time wife, and full-time mother to four sons. She reads to escape all that stress! It makes no sense why she reads a metric ton of M/M romance, but she thinks it’s the ambient testosterone saturating her brain. At least her dog is a girl.
Kenna is 45 years old and lives in Riverside, California with her husband, George, and their six feline fur babies. She loves to read, and has been reading MM romance almost exclusively for a little more than a year. She also enjoys horror novels (of the zombie and vampire sort), and police novels. Life is REALLY good if she can have an MM cop novel where the main characters fight off zombie vampires Living in Southern California gives her the chance to do two of her favorite things…visit the beach and the San Diego Zoo/SD Zoo’s Safari Park. Kenna is an aspiring author, and always has ideas and characters clamoring in her head at any given time. Getting them out is real chore sometimes, but someday soon, she hopes to realize her dream of being published.
Camille has a job as a Japanese interpreter/translator that is as rewarding as it is stressful. That said, her job does make her feel like something of a badass. Plus, who wouldn’t like knowing their college education is actually helping to pay the bills? Apart from work, she will occasionally draw (Gundam fan art and line art), often cook (anything with lime and coconut milk is a go), frequently hit the gym (so she has an excuse to hit the vending machine without guilt), and compulsively read M/M books (because once she realized that was A Thing, she got irrevocably hooked).
Kirsty is a mum, wife, author PA and prolific reader, though can easily be distracted by episodes of Sons of Anarchy or Game of Thrones. She is challenged daily by her two children – one of whom is Autistic – but tries to view each new experience as part of a learning curve. Kirsty lives in the county of Devon in the UK, right by the sea and counts herself lucky to have some supportive family members and awesome friends (though many of those live behind a laptop screen!).