Today I am so pleased to welcome Rhys Everly-Lawless to Joyfully Jay. Rhys has come as part of the Coastal Magic Convention Blog Tour to chat with us about some of his books. Please join me in giving him a big welcome!

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Hi everyone,

It’s a pleasure to be here and I’d like to thank Jay for inviting me over.

My name is Rhys and I write contemporary MM romance as Rhys Everly and queer urban fantasy romance as Rhys Lawless.

Today, I’d like to talk to you about my new series, Mayberry Protectors, which just had its fourth book released a few weeks ago.

Mayberry Protectors is a small town series, set in the fictional island of Mayberry Holm and centers around Wyatt Goodman, ex Navy SEAL commander as he resettles in his home after retirement, only to find out his beloved island is under the thumb of a crime syndicate.

Rhys Everly-Lawless CMC badgeWyatt puts out a call to all his men. He’ll provide them with a roof and a job in exchange for helping him keep his people safe.

The first to answer his call is Maddox in Forever Asher, the first book in the series.

Which is reduced for a limited time to just $0.99.

Each book in the series features a new SEAL as they relocate to Mayberry Holm and protect the locals from mishap, danger, and even themselves.

What can you expect to find in this series?

  • A close knit community that just won’t give up.
  • Fun, inclusive characters who are all desperate for love and peace.
  • Steamy situations
  • Some awakenings
  • Some insta-love
  • A healthy dose of funny, adorable and unique pets
  • A touch of suspense
  • Happily-ever-afters guaranteed.


Coastal Magic Convention is a casual reader weekend in Daytona Beach and takes place February 22-25, 2024. 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


“Girl trouble?” she asked.

I paused for a moment and then continued cutting.

“Hm… boy trouble?” she kept on.

I gave her a side glance and a huff escaped my mouth.

Autumn slapped her hand on the bar, leaning on it, and raised an eyebrow. “Spill it,” she commanded.

I opened my mouth to object but she wouldn’t have any of it.

“We’re going to be working together from now on. Very closely. So I can either make this a funfair for you, full of gossip, banter and support, or I can make your life a living hell of Autumnal stubbornness. I can be relentless. And I will win you over in the end, so just save us both the bother and spill your guts, Mr. Shepherd,” she said.

Well… when she put it that way.

“Fine,” I said and dropped the knife, turned my back to the bar, leaned against it and crossed my arms. “Ash is leaving in two days.”

“I know. He said. Why are you all Miserable Molly about it? Did you two…” she started, and wiggled those eyebrows of hers with naughty abandon.

“What? No. He’s my best friend. I’m just… I’m going to miss him.”

She sighed and slapped her forehead. “And I’m a big ass lesbian who hates men. Come on. We’re both lying here, so tell me.”


forever asher coverI kissed my best friend. And I liked it.

I’m at the lowest point of my life. Retiring from my SEAL team was not in my life plan.

Yet here I am, 30 years old, no wife, children or career. And now I have to start over while dealing with the after-effects of my last mission.

All in all, life can’t get more complicated.

Until it does.

Suddenly I’m turned on by Asher’s gay romance audiobooks and kissing him when he brings me a new furry friend.

Before I know it, I start dreaming of a life with him.

Have I had it wrong all this time?

Is Asher my soulmate? Is he the love of my life? Is he my forever Asher?

Welcome to Mayberry Holm, a small island in the Atlantic full of crime, secrets and happily-ever-afters, and the ex-Navy SEALs that come to deal with them all.


Rhys Everly-Lawless is a hopeless romantic who loves happily-ever-afters.

Which would explain why he loves writing them.

When he’s not passionately typing out his next book, you can find him cuddling his dog, feeding his husband, or taking long walks letting those plot bunnies breed ferociously in his head.

He writes contemporary gay romances as Rhys Everly and LGBTQ+ urban fantasy and paranormal romances as Rhys Lawless.

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