Today I am so pleased to welcome JJ Harper to Joyfully Jay. JJ has come to talk to us about her latest release, Asking for a Friend. She has also brought along a great giveaway. Please join me in giving her a big welcome!

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Exclusive Excerpt

I cringe at the lies they’re spreading and the hideous derogatory word, but I don’t have the time or the right to put them in their place. I’m not even surprised. These people are typically uneducated in anything to do with the LGBTQ+ community. As I pass through into the garden, I catch snippets of similar conversations. It’s enough to make me want to leave, taking all the staff with me. 

Then I see him.

Lando is talking to four people, two men, two women. His parents are standing a few feet away. The smiles pasted on their faces are the fakest I’ve ever seen. But the people with Lando are listening with intensity. Their smiles are genuine. I get closer. Lando is talking about his books, and the women are riveted. They’re gushing that they can’t believe they’re meeting the author of their favourite books.

Of course the pretty man is with him. Pride is pouring off him as he stands close to Lando, his hand resting on the laces that tie the corset at the base of his spine. I recognise him now as one of the people at the birthday night in The King’s Head. As if he senses I’m watching them, he looks straight at me. I see the moment he recognises me. His back stiffens as he slides his hand farther around Lando until he’s holding his hip.

A sure sign to tell me to fuck the right off.

Lando must notice the change in pretty boy because he halts his words and turns his head. Shit, he’s going to see me. I step back behind a huddle of guests around one of the many patio heaters, but I’m not quick enough. Lando lets out a little gasp. The shocked look on his face morphs quickly into indifference, and he picks up his conversation again.

I retreat to the kitchen, where Sharon is clearing the last of her utensils, packing them into large plastic containers and securing the lids. “Why do you look like you’ve seen a ghost?” she asks as I lean against one of the oak cabinets.

“It’s nothing. When is this party ever going to end?”

“You’ve done more than your duty tonight. Go home, Hesketh. You can blacklist the client on Monday.”

“I agree. I didn’t want to be here anyway. I’ll call you on Monday. Thanks, Sharon. As always, the food was amazing.”

We hug briefly. Then I head out of the kitchen and into the hallway. As I pass the stairs, someone stands up from the bottom step and into my path.

Lando glares at me, his hands on his hips. “What the fuck are you doing here?”


asking for a friend coverLando writes about romance for a living yet shuns it in his life.

After too many failed relationships, Lando Hardwick has enough. No more dates for him. His taste in men is abysmal. He always falls for the ones who are only looking for fun.

Hesketh Trent has stopped searching for a boyfriend. They only see him as a walking cash machine, only care what he can buy them. What has happened to romance, love?

Getting soaked by scolding coffee is the worst way to start the day, but hell’s bells, the man is divine. Even though the man ticks all his boxes, no way is Lando giving him his phone number. He’ll be like all the rest: one hot night and he kicks him out the door.

But Hesketh doesn’t give up so easily. The cute redhead with no brain-to-mouth filter intrigues him as no man has ever done.

A cat and mouse chase is on, with Lando as the mouse. Once Lando is caught, they can’t stay away from one another.

Until Hesketh makes a mistake.

Thank god for mutual friends who won’t give up on them and push them together when they’re both too stubborn to take the next step.

Asking For a Friend is a stand-alone MM novel with a group of sassy men, a larger-than-life ginger cat called Flanaghan, a stubborn writer, and a man who can plan events but not his own life.


jj harper avatarYou will normally find her in the living room—typing away—with her wayward puppy, Siddiqi. As a hopeless romantic, JJ dives into her stories, always falling in love with her men, making sure they get the happy-ever-after they deserve, even if they do have to work hard for it.

JJ lives in a small, very quiet, village in Lincolnshire, UK, with her husband and dog, and spends all day dreaming up stories full of really hot men.


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