Today I am so pleased to welcome Sam Burns to Joyfully Jay. Sam has come to talk to us about her latest release, Wolf Lost (The Wolves of Kismet #1). She has also brought along a great giveaway. Please join me in giving Sam a big welcome!


A logline is something every writer—at least every writer I know—struggles to come up with. We’ve written fifty, or seventy, or a hundred thousand words, and our PR specialist asks us to boil all that down into one sentence. We’re never sure whether it’s impossible or insulting, but still, we sit down and hack away, spending hours and sometimes days on that one sentence.

In the end, it’s both simpler and more difficult than we think it is.

For Wolf Lost, I might spend four hours coming up with something like, “Runaway omega Sawyer runs into ex–Green Beret alpha Dez in Kismet Colorado, and together they relearn what it means to live life on their own terms.”

Sounds simple, right?

I propose we all try our hand at a romance logline in reverse. Don’t write a book and then slave over a logline you’ll never be quite happy with. Write the logline, and if you’re so inclined, worry about the book later. Or heck, make your life’s logline.

All you need is:

(2) names

(2) adjectives

(2) job descriptions

(1) location


(1) goal

Then you lay it out thusly:

adjective job name meets adjective job name in location, and together they goal.

So in my very own story, we have:

Names: Sam and Mr. Burns

Adjectives: Angry and patient

Jobs: Writer and enabler

Location: Iowa

Goal: move to the ocean


Angry writer Sam meets patient enabler Mr. Burns in Iowa, and together they move to the ocean.

How about you?


An omega on the run.

An alpha fractured.

Sawyer Holt can’t go home. The Alpha who has replaced his father wants to use him as a tool to cement his political power, and Sawyer isn’t interested in marrying his father’s murderer.

Dez Sullivan’s leg may never heal from his last mission in Afghanistan, but he’s getting used to that. What he can’t adapt to are the nightmares and the tremor in his hand that the doctors insist is all in his head. Next to that, being a brand new werewolf seems easy, until Sawyer Holt blows into his life. The omega activates his burgeoning wolf instincts in a new way, and they threaten to overwhelm his common sense.

Both men are in Colorado searching for a new start, a new pack, and the safety they’ve lost. Their meeting is pure Kismet.


Sam Burns wrote her first fantasy epic with her best friend when she was ten. Like almost any epic fiction written by a ten year old, it was awful. She likes to think she’s improved since then, if only because she has better handwriting now.

If she’s not writing, she’s almost certainly either reading or lost down a Wikipedia rabbit hole while pretending to research for a novel.


Sam has brought a great giveaway for her tour. Just follow the Rafflecopter below to enter. 

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