Today I am so pleased to welcome Jaclyn Quinn to Joyfully Jay. Jaclyn has come to talk to us about her latest release, Drawn to You. She has also brought along a great giveaway. Please join me in giving her a big welcome!
Some people may find it weird that I always have family, chosen and blood, in my books. I’ve heard you should write what you know. Well, I know family.
I grew up in a house where there was always laughter. The food fights in my books? Yeah, they’re from experience. My sister, brother, and I show our love by insulting each other. I’d actually feel like there was something missing if we didn’t! It’s natural for me to incorporate things like that into my writing.
Then there’s my chosen family…not related by blood but just as important. Do you have those people you just click with? People who you can be completely yourself with? I’m an introvert to the core. It’s not easy to find people I can let my guard down around. I’ve found an incredible second family in these friends.
So, for my characters, I find it just as important to have people surround them with a love they’ve never known before. There’s nothing better to me than to write a character who doesn’t have that support system, but gradually, they begin to find it. They discover people who show them what family truly is. That’s what I love about writing the Taylors in all four of my books. They represent unconditional love, and they welcome people into their family with open arms.
And if they throw mashed potatoes at your head? Know it comes from a place of love!
Leaving his enormous family behind, native New Yorker, Elijah, decides to move to Brighton Pier for a fresh start. Being part of a large LGBTQ community and landing his dream job at Inkubus, a local tattoo shop, is too big of a draw for him to turn down. But just when he thinks his new life is going perfectly, he finds out his burgeoning relationship is nothing more than a friends-with-benefits arrangement to the man he was swiftly falling for. Suddenly, everything that felt so right to him feels all wrong, and he wonders if New York, with his family, is where he is meant to be after all.
Jake has worked hard for the life he’s made for himself in Brighton Pier. His life as a bachelor is pretty set in stone. Running his own business and spending time with his family and friends is enough for him, or so he’s convinced himself. Though he’s met a man he cares for, he’s adamant about keeping his single life as is. He has his reasons for not wanting to commit to the beautiful man he’s irrevocably drawn to. He just hopes their friends-with-benefits arrangement will be enough to keep Eli in his life.
When tragedy strikes, and Jake’s world is turned upside down, his instincts lead him to lean on the one person who’s become someone special, despite his best efforts to try and push him away. Eli—unable to turn Jake away when a loss so great takes the strong man to his knees—steps selflessly into the void in Jake’s life, regardless of the toll it takes on him. As both men struggle to deal with their own emotional turmoil, their lives veering off course, they grow inevitably closer as the days pass. But even so, they are still left wondering—can two people, drawn together by tragedy, turn a devastating situation into a fresh start? Or is it too late for a new beginning?
I have been an artist from a very young age. From drawing cartoon characters and evolving into portraits, making jewelry, photography, and now writing. I have an amazing support system in my family and friends and couldn’t be more grateful.
I live in central New Jersey, love summers at the Jersey Shore, rock music, wine, sexy men, and laughing a lot with my amazing friends and family. Sunday dinners at my parents’ house are crazy, hysterical and you can count on a movie quote…or ten…being thrown out. Insults between siblings is how we show our love for each other!
When I’m not creating, you can find me reading books from my favorite authors. I’m a hopeless romantic, starving for passionate characters and always craving that happy ending, whether in reading or in writing my own books.
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