Today I am so pleased to welcome Lou Kelly to Joyfully Jay. Lou has come to talk to us about her latest release, Backup Plans. Please join me in giving her a big welcome!

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It’s Football Season – M/M Style

Hi everyone, 

Big thanks to Jay for hosting me! Joyfully Jay was one of the very first sites I sent my debut novel, The Edge of Control, to back in 2016! How has so much time passed so quickly? I’m thrilled to return with my new novel Backup Plans. (And stay tuned for the sequel, Starting Strong that will come out on November 1st!)

If I had to guess the three biggest questions readers would have for me, I’d suspect they might be these:

What took you so long?! 

To which, I can only say … life. I suspect a lot of you know what I mean. Anyone else know what it feels like to have your best laid plans washed away? But I never gave up, which brings me to the next question.

Why football?

I’ll admit, if I was looking at a list of Lou Kelly books, I wouldn’t necessarily follow up romantic suspense, bodyguard/rockstar romance, and a dark shifter novel with a football themed book … but what do they all have in common? Two sexy protagonists fighting the odds to come together. 

One of my two main characters, Kieran, is a character who never gives up even though life is stacked against him. To say he’s got issues would be like saying that the Rock has “a few” muscles. Kieran yearns for someone to love him unconditionally, and maybe, in his most secret moments, he’ll admit that he wouldn’t mind relinquishing control and letting someone else call the plays for a change. Enter Travis. He’s a small town sheriff who thrives on being in charge, but he’s also got a soft spot for broken creatures (thus his one-eyed cat and partially deaf, mostly blind, farting basset hound) because he was once broken, too. Backup Plans isn’t just about football. It’s also about resilience and finding the exact love you need, but never thought you’d find.

Do you watch football?

Yep. I watch football the way I read MM books. I’m always looking for interesting characters, cool storylines, intense drama, and yeah, let’s just go ahead and admit that tight ends are absolutely essential. 

Whether you’re a football fan, or simply a fan of sexy MM romances, I hope you’ll take a chance on Backup Plans! And if you do? I hope you have as much fun reading it as I had writing it.


Lou Kelly


backup plans coverKieran McKinney moved from being a third-string anonymous backup to being a starting quarterback for a brand new NFL franchise. It ought to be a dream-come-true, but with a mentally ill mother, a scheming political snake of a grandfather, a team that sees him as a poor substitution for the first-round draft pick they should have had, and fans that hate him, Kieran is ready to buckle under the stress.

Travis Harris is a small-town sheriff in rural Alabama who has been hiding his sexual identity from his conservative family for years. On the surface, he seems like the perfect catch. A smoking hot southern man who married his high school sweetheart and took up a job in law enforcement. But when his wife passed away, he was finally able to admit that while she’d been his best friend, she hadn’t been the lover he truly wanted. Now it’s been seven years since Rachel died and he still can’t reveal his true feelings to his football loving family.

When fate throws Kieran and Travis together, there doesn’t seem to be a chance in hell that they can make things work. Can two deeply closeted men overcome the obstacles their different world’s present? Or will they both resort to backup plans?

Backup Plans is an MM sports romance with a sexy Southern sheriff, an age gap romance, and hurt/comfort themes. This book can be read as a standalone novel, although there will be a sequel out in November. There is NO cliffhanger, no cheating, and one very steamy Thanksgiving.

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Lou Kelly loves a good romance. Having honed her skills as an author through a decade of writing and publishing, she discovered m/m fiction and fell in love. What does she like best? The slow burn.

“No insta-love for me. I adore a well-developed full-length novel with characters who are believable and sympathetic. My favorite relationships are the kind where suppressed desire sizzles with sexual tension struggling for release. Give me a strong Alpha male who has to fight for his mate, or enemies who are shocked when hate turns into love, or a mysterious stranger who doesn’t want his secrets revealed … I crave books that keep me up past my bedtime.”

When she isn’t writing, Lou Kelly loves to travel. Sadly, most of her traveling these days happens between the pages of books, but top on her wish list is a trip to Greece. Followed by New Zealand, Ireland, Scotland, and Iceland. *sigh* Someday she hopes to explore them all. Until then, you can find her reading!

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