Today I am so pleased to welcome D.J. Jamison to Joyfully Jay. D.J. has come to talk to us about her latest release, Bedside Manner (Hearts & Health #1). She has also brought along a great giveaway. Please join me in giving D.J. a big welcome!
Bedside Manner is my first real age-gap novel. I’ve written a couple of stories with smaller age differences: 7 or 8 years, for example. But in this novel, the gap is more of a chasm. About 18 years separate Dr. Paul Johnston and Zane Kavanaugh.
At least two readers of advance copies of the novel told me the large age gap made them nervous initially. They were worried it was going to turn into a “daddy” kink. They were relieved to discover that was not the case and that Zane and Paul worked as a couple despite their age differences.
I hope that even though Bedside Manner fits a “trope,” it also is much more than that to readers. Paul and Zane work together because emotionally they’re at the same maturity level. Paul is emotionally stunted by remaining in the closet so long. He knows very little about how to be with a man. Zane, meanwhile, is an old soul, aged by the homophobia of his family and the attack that sent him to the hospital. Years apart, they are nevertheless equal in some respects.
I never expected to write an age-gap novel. It’s not my first trope of choice as a reader. But sometimes, as an author, you have to let the story take shape how it wants. Both Paul and Zane appeared in my earlier book Heart Trouble as secondary characters, and I never suspected they would ever know each other, much less hook up on Zane’s sofa in a sloppy collision of lust and feelings.
What are your favorite tropes, and why do they speak to you? Comment below, and don’t forget to enter the Amazon giftcard giveaway!
Dr. Paul Johnston can’t get a set of dark, sombre eyes out of his head, and the timing couldn’t be worse.
The last thing he needs is to fall for a patient. Not now, when he’s been put on paid leave pending review of a formal complaint. One that most likely accuses him of sexual harassment or impropriety of some kind. It’s possible he let his newfound freedom as a divorced, out-of-the-closet gay man go to his head, but he’s certain — mostly — he didn’t do anything wrong. Now, he’s struggling to handle the reality that his job is in danger and the only guy he wants should be off-limits.
Zane Kavanaugh is floundering, and there’s only one man who soothes the storm inside him.
Reeling from an assault that landed him in the hospital and the painful estrangement from his family since coming out, Zane is trying to get his feet under him and find his independence. He moves in with a roommate and searches for a job, all while recovering from a fractured arm and cracked ribs. None of that hurts as much as the emotional damage he’s suffered. When he connects with Dr. Paul Johnston outside of the ER, he’s drawn to the man’s calm, collected manner. It doesn’t hurt that Paul’s lack of experience with men is sexy as hell, and so are his over-the-top responses when Zane gets his lips on him.
There’s no right time to fall in love.
Paul is afraid to start a relationship, and Zane can only handle so much more rejection. Will these two find their perfect moment, or will they realize you can’t choose when and how you fall in love? If Paul can’t take a risk, he may have to choose: the career he loves or the first man to capture his heart.
Bedside Manner is Book 1 of the Hearts & Health series. This is a spin-off series from the book Heart Trouble and includes characters from that novel, but it can be read as a standalone.
DJ Jamison worked in newsrooms for more than 10 years, which helped tremendously when she began her series centered on The Ashe Sentinel, a fictional small-town newspaper in Kansas. She lives in the Midwest with her husband, two sons and three glow-in-the-dark fish.
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