Today I am so pleased to welcome Ava Olsen to Joyfully Jay. Ava has come to talk to us about a new release, Starboard. Ava has also brought along a great giveaway. Please join me in giving a big welcome!

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Exclusive Excerpt

I framed his serious-looking face in my hands, running my thumbs along his cheekbones and finally reaching down to give him a thorough kiss. He pulled me in tighter, taking control of my mouth, his tongue teasing mine. His deep, devouring kisses were everything I’d been missing. 

“I know what you were trying to say. And you are the sweetest man, do you know that?”

Max scoffed. “Hardly. Outside of sex, I’ve been told that I’m too intellectual, reserved…cold.” 

I felt his body tense beneath mine, but that wouldn’t do. Who would be so cruel as to say he’s cold? My heart pumped faster as anger over that comment and the desire to protect him warred inside me.

“You are anything but.” I kissed him again and when he tried to move his head, I held on tighter. “And I’m very happy that I’m here, right now, with you.”

“I am too,” Max replied quietly, his brown eyes holding mine in a gaze so potent my heart stuttered. 

This wasn’t supposed to happen. I knew Max was a safe person for me to explore my sexuality with, but I didn’t count on the swell of emotions he’d churned up. 

Suddenly I was thrown into the deep end of the ocean. I knew how to swim but I couldn’t see the shoreline. 

I had no idea where I was going.


starboard coverVoyagers, Book 2

Dylan: I’ve lived my adult life under the Hollywood spotlight, but no one really sees who I am. I’ve gone down the dark path of drinking my anxiety away, along with my career, but now I’m searching for the light again. My struggle to stay sober has me releasing long held secrets.

A contract to publish my autobiography means laying everything in the open. When I meet Max, my ghostwriter, I’m not sure how our collaboration is going to work. He’s a university professor from New York with more degrees than I can count and I’m a guy from West Texas that barely finished college. And he may be my ghostwriter, but Max is anything but invisible.

Intimate confessions lead to heightened emotions and an unexpected love that fills up all my empty places. I don’t know what the future holds, but I want Max to be a part of it.

I’m done hiding in plain sight. It’s time for this star to finally shine.


Max: I’m an established university professor and a celebrity ghostwriter. Why ghostwriting? Because it pays. And I need the money. My ex-husband likes to threaten me with legal battles over custody of our daughter and while he has family reserves, I don’t.

So I take a summer ghostwriting contract, a celebrity tell-all. I expect to meet another self-absorbed actor, but Dylan Aylmer doesn’t fit any pre-conceived mold. His eyes are so haunted that I can’t look away and now I’m curious to unlock all his secrets.

What I find is not only a man trying to mend his broken soul but a beautiful person that is so much more than outward appearances. I swore I’d never be vulnerable to heartache again, but Dylan has me breaking all my steadfast rules.

Am I chasing a shooting star, soon to be gone, or is our love the kind that shines forever?

Starboard is an opposites attract, collaborators to lovers, MM romance filled with heartfelt confessions, outdoor shower shenanigans and plenty of swoon. This is Book Two of the Voyagers’ series: one superyacht, four love stories that span the globe.


ava olsen avatarAva Olsen writes steamy and dreamy contemporary romances filled with heartwarming characters, cheeky banter, and swoony moments.




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