Today I am so pleased to welcome Sam Burns to Joyfully Jay. Sam has come to talk to us as part of the Coastal Magic Convention Blog Tour to chat more about her latest release, Lightning Born. Please join me in giving her a big welcome!

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Hello! I’m Sam Burns, and I’m sort of here to talk about second chances.

First, in the form of my recent release, Lightning Born, a book about a young man who lost all hope and ultimately his life, but now has a second chance at a happy ending, and he’s going to grab it with both hands, woe be to anyone who tries to stop him.

Second, there’s Coastal Magic ( Not that a lovely Daytona Beach resort with a magical book convention needs a second chance, but this coming year is my second chance to go. See, I was supposed to be there this February, but thanks to you-know-what, it was cancelled and only happened online. But the lovely organizer and convention queen Jennifer has invited me back for next year, and come hell or high water (okay, maybe not high water, since it really is right on the beach) I’m gonna be there!

I hope for the chance to meet a bunch of Jay’s lovely readers there as well!

Coastal Magic Convention is a casual reader weekend in Daytona Beach and takes place February 23-26, 2023. You can check out the website at if you want to learn a little more about the event. And if you are interested in signing up and joining us a the beach, you can register here

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He wakes with fire in his veins, and at first, that pain is all he knows. He is born of obsession, magic, and the storm raging above his creator’s laboratory.

They tell him that his name is Davidson, or Davy Dearest, the beloved of the doctor who brought him back to life.

He cannot speak when he wakes, but the doctor doesn’t seem to mind. Perhaps because it keeps him from saying that he doesn’t remember a life before waking up. Keeps him from saying that he doesn’t feel anything but fear for the doctor. But the doctor’s assistant, Gio, seems to understand. He’s always there to help, to reteach the things Davidson has forgotten with patience and kindness.

But if he really is Davy, love of the doctor’s life, then why is he drawn more and more to the kind, quiet Gio? As clues from Davy Dearest’s life start to pile up, the picture they paint is more grim than he could have imagined, and it sets Davidson and Gio on a dangerous path to freedom and redemption.

Lightning Born is an MM horror retelling of Frankenstein; Or, The Modern Prometheus, as part of the collaboration Monsters & Mayhem: An MM Horror Collection, adapting some of your favorite classic horror stories with an MM romance twist. It contains themes darker than the average Sam Burns book, including suicide, so take care and keep that in mind before you dive in!


Sam lives in the Midwest with husband and cat, which is even less exciting than it sounds, so she’s not sure why you’re still reading this.

She specializes in LGBTQIA+ fiction, usually with a romantic element. There’s sometimes intrigue and violence, usually a little sex, and almost always some swearing in her work. Her writing is light and happy, though, so if you’re looking for a dark gritty reality, you’ve come to the wrong author.