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Today I am so pleased to welcome Derrick McClain to Joyfully Jay. Derrick McClain has come to share an exclusive excerpt from his audiobook, Learning to Love by Felice Stevens. Please join me in giving him a big welcome!


Happy Chanukah Everyone!

Just wanted to stop by and share an excerpt from my audiobook narration of Felice Stevens’ Learning to Love.

In this Joyfully Jay exclusive audio clip, we see Gideon making his “triumphant” return to NYC, ready to prove himself a success and secure Temple Sinai’s contract for his catering company to handle the big Chanukah dinner.


– Derrick McClain

P.S. If this story gets your mouth watering – for food, that is – there are recipes at the very end of the book – yes, the audio version includes them as well 🙂



Learning to LoveAfter 10 years away from home, bad boy caterer Gideon Marks has a lot to prove. Getting the holiday catering job at his childhood synagogue is the first step in demonstrating to everyone he didn’t turn out to be the failure they predicted. What he doesn’t count on is Rabbi Jonah Fine, his high school nemesis and secret crush, stirring up old feelings Gideon thought long gone and secrets he’s buried deep for years. An unexpectedly passionate encounter shocks Gideon, but he pushes Jonah away, convinced he isn’t good enough to be in a relationship and would never be accepted by Jonah’s father. But Jonah hangs tough – he won’t allow Gideon to hide or run away from life again. And when it comes to love, Gideon learns the most important lessons aren’t always taught in school.


Felice Stevens
The Author

I have always been a romantic at heart. I believe that while life is tough, there is always a happy ending around the corner, My characters have to work for it, however. Like life in NYC, nothing comes easy and that includes love, but getting there is oh so fun and oh so sexy.

I live in New York City with my husband and two children. My day begins with a lot of caffeine and ends with a glass (or two) of red wine. I practice law but daydream of a time when I can sit by a beach somewhere and write beautiful stories of men falling in love. Although there are bound to be a few bumps along the way, a Happily Ever After is always guaranteed.


Derrick McClain
The Audiobook Narrator

After eight years of professional and competitive public speaking and (live) oral interpretation of literature, Derrick has turned his powerful voice to the world of audiobooks.

While he enjoys reading, listening to, and narrating a wide variety of genres, he has a particular affinity and passion for romance novels of all types.

Derrick records in a professional quality studio at his home in Tallahassee, FL, where he enjoys the quiet North Florida lifestyle along with his husband Alex and their energetic but loving dogs, Hector & Ajax. He has previously lived in rural Pennsylvania as well as Orange County California, and has extensively traveled the United States, becoming familiar with a wide range of American accents and sub-cultures.

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