Today I am so pleased to welcome A.J. Sherwood and Jocelynn Drake to Joyfully Jay. A.J. and Jocelynn have come to talk to us about their new release, Origin. They have also brought along a great giveaway. Please join me in giving them a big welcome!

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How Sherwood & Drake Teamed Up – A Tall Tale by Jocelynn Drake

Once upon a time, there was this horrible thing called 2020.

There were toilet paper shortages, riots, protests, and everyone was binging some truly frightening TV shows.

It was the year that would never end.

But there were some bright points in that infamous year. Some talented authors were churning out a lot of really amazing books.

Near the beginning of the year, one of those authors – AJ Sherwood – attended a virtual conference that included Jocelynn Drake. On one of the panels, Jocelynn was waxing poetic about the joys of writing as part of a team. (Jocelynn had already spent the past five years writing as one half of Drake & Elliott.)

AJ and Jocelynn had talked quite a bit in the past, but while listening to Jocelynn on that panel, AJ got an evil idea.

You see, they liked each other’s writing style. AJ enjoyed Jocelynn’s assassins and vampires. Jocelynn adored her magical mystery-solving Jon and her Unholy Trifecta of assassin, thief, and hacker.

Shortly after the panel was over, AJ reached out to Jocelynn on messenger.

She might have said, “Hey, you wanna work together?”

Jocelynn might have said, “Yeah, that sounds like fun.”

AJ might have said, “You got any ideas for a series?”

Jocelynn might have said, “Well, I got this dragons and mage thing rattling around in my head.”

She might have said, “You son of a bitch, I’m in.”

And they lived happily ever after…

Clearly, I’m paraphrasing, and may be channeling a little Rick & Morty, but you get the idea.

Through our chats and mutual readings, we discovered that we have a similar writing style that would mesh well together, similar work ethic, and we like a lot of the same things—namely sexy adventures, snarky characters, and lots of laughs. Why not write a book or books together?

We looked at our calendars for the first opening we had and decided we’d starting writing in July. The first book was naturally rough as we learned to work together, but we had a lot of fun building this new world of dragons, mages, and magic.

ORIGIN, book 1 of the Scales ‘N’ Spells series, is now available. We are hard at work on BREATH, book 2, which should be out in December. We will also be releasing a “short story” at the start of 2021 called WISH.

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origin coverSpells n’ Scales, Book 1

Cameron wants to make it clear that he did not go into the festival to find a dragon mate.

Germany is supposed to be an escape. With a new mechanical engineering degree, a new job looming, and a whole life planned out that isn’t his, Germany seems like the best place to find himself.

So how does he end up discovering his lost magic heritage, running from bad guys with a secret agenda, and being adopted by the not-so-extinct Fire Dragon clan?

Cameron blames tall, dark, and sexy Alric, king of the Fire dragons. His fated mate. Because of course he is, and mates are meant to take the blame, right?

It may take a hot second, but as Cameron learns more about the scarred Alric and the life he’s landed in, Cameron realizes that perhaps this is where he’s meant to be, magic and mates and kidnapping and all.

Turns out coming to Germany wasn’t an escape but his awakening.


AJ Sherwood AJ Sherwood believes in happily ever afters, magic, dragons, good men, and dark chocolate. She often dreams at night of delectable men doing sexy things with each other. In between writing multiple books (often at the same time) she pets her cats, plays with her dogs, and attempts insane things like aerial yoga.

She currently resides in Tennessee with aforementioned cats, dogs, and her editor/best friend/sister/partner in crime.

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Jocelynn DrakeNew York Times Bestselling author Jocelynn Drake loves a good story, whether she is reading it or writing one of her own. Over the years, her stories have allowed her to explore space, talk to dragons, dodge bullets with assassins, hang with vampires, and fall in love again and again.

This former Kentucky girl has moved up, down, and across the U.S. with her husband. Recently, they’ve settled near the Rockies.

When she is not hammering away at her keyboard or curled up with a book, she can be found cuddling her cat Demona, walking her dog Ace, or playing video games. She loves Bruce Wayne, Ezio Auditore, travel, tattoos, explosions, and fast cars.

She is the author of the urban fantasy series: The Dark Days series and the Asylum Tales. She has just completed a gay romantic suspense series called The Exit Strategy about two assassins falling in love and trying to create a life together. Her newest project returns to her vampire roots with a MM paranormal romance series Lords of Discord.

With Rinda Elliott, she is one half of the Drake & Elliott writing team and has produced such series as Unbreakable Bonds, Ward Security, Pineapple Grove, and Weavers Circle.

With AJ Sherwood, she is journeying into a new MM paranormal romance series called Spells n’ Scales that is set to launch in September 2020.

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To celebrate the release of Origin, AJ & Jocelynn are giving away a US prize and an International prize!

  • US Winner – signed paperback copy of Origin and a swag bundle of an Origin bookmark & commissioned Origin art print/bookplate
  • International Winner – an ebook of Origin & a swag bundle of a Origin bookmark & commissioned Origin art print/bookplate (Bookplate will be signed)

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