Today I am so pleased to welcome R.J. Scott to Joyfully Jay. R.J. has come to talk to us about her latest release,  Retrograde, the first book in the Flight HA1710 series. She has also brought along a great giveaway. Please join me in giving R.J. a big welcome!


Moments that changed my life – Princess Di , 9/11, 7/7

The idea of one event changing a person’s life is not a new one. Most films, books, in fact all stories, have some kind of moment where the path of a life changes. This could be a big event, like a loss (or a gain!) or it could be something small, like taking a different bus home! I was watching something on the TV, I don’t even know what but I am sure it was one of those *disaster* shows, like one about plane crashes. What I do recall is turning to hubby and saying I wanted to write a book about what happened after an event, how it impacted the lives of people who were involved, or who observed. Not just one person in the middle of it, but more than one story.

Then I had the inspiration of asking other authors to write a story in the same vein, all based around characters impacted by a plane crash in Ireland and Flight HA1710 was born.

So, it got me thinking about the events that have shaped my life, and in the Retrograde blog tour I will talk about some of them. Don’t forget there is a competition as well to win a $15 giftcard and free books. Tell us about an event, big or small, after the post!

I remember exactly where I was when I heard about Princess Di, when I heard about the planes, and when I heard about the bombings on the tube. These are my Kennedy moments. They were brutal and sudden and they did change my life in their own ways. I was caught up in the hysteria of grief around Diana, it seemed to me the entire nation was caught up in it as well, and I wasn’t even a real big royalist. 9/11 needs no explanation, but the horror of it, the sudden enormity of it was enough to have all of us questioning our place in the world, our safety, our futures. And 7/7, which is what we call the London Underground bombings, was just as brutal, just as shocking.

How did it change my life? Made me less certain in my own world, made me question things. And I hate the Underground (but that has been the same since the Kings Cross Fire. All of them made me hold my family closer.

What are your memories of these events? What are your Kennedy moments?


RetrogradeCo-Pilot Lachlan Donaghue wakes up in hospital, a survivor of the crash of Flight HA1710, with memory loss and the suspicion that he could be at fault for the tragic accident. When everything becomes too much he goes home to hide, back to the small Scottish town he grew up in and to his family home.

Rory Kendrick watches the news, sees every hour of the disaster unfold but never thinks that Lachlan was in the middle of it all. Or that his friend will be forced to come back home to hide and to heal. What Lachlan needs is a friend, not a lover, but sometimes the lines are just too blurred to make any sense.


RJ ScottRJ Scott has been writing since age six, when she was made to stay in at lunchtime for an infraction involving cookies. She was told to write a story and two sides of paper about a trapped princess later, a lover of writing was born.

As an avid reader herself, she can be found reading anything from thrillers to sci-fi to horror. However, her first real true love will always be the world of romance where she takes cowboys, bodyguards, firemen and billionaires (to name a few) and writes dramatic and romantic stories of love and passion between these men.

With over seventy titles to her name and counting, she is the author of the award winning book, The Christmas Throwaway. She is also known for the Texas series charting the lives of Riley and Jack, and the Sanctuary series following the work of the Sanctuary Foundation and the people it protects.

Her goal is to write stories with a heart of romance, a troubled road to reach happiness, and most importantly, that hint of a happily ever after.


RJ has brought a $15 gift card to Amazon or ARE give away to one lucky reader on her tour. Just follow the Rafflectoper link below to enter. 

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