Today I am so pleased to welcome Riley Long to Joyfully Jay. Riley has come to talk to us about their latest release, Kicking It with my Best Friend. They have also brought along a great giveaway. Please join me in giving Riley a big welcome!

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Exclusive Excerpt

Travis ran his fingers through his messy brown hair and grinned. “Mom reminded me the other night how, when we were eight, we spent all summer pretending to get married. Apparently, I told her my birthday party was our wedding reception.”

“Hmm.” I nodded and sipped my drink again. “Yeah, I vaguely remember that.”

“I think we wrote like a marriage contract or something, too. Do you remember that part? Saying if we were still single when we got old, we’d get married to each other?”

I grinned, warmth spreading throughout me as a plan formed in my mind. “That I remember very clearly. It was supposed to be when we turned thirty, which felt very adult at the time.” 

Travis laughed. “I don’t know that I feel very adult these days.”

“Agreed. Mom still treats me like a teenager some days.” 

“You probably deserve it.” He winked. “In fairness, I get the same treatment. At least you have a great job that probably pays big bucks. I’m a park ranger, for heaven’s sake. I’m not exactly rolling in the dough. Besides, adulting is pretty lonely when you live on your own.”

“Oh God, agreed. Even though I see my family pretty often, living alone isn’t as much fun as I thought it would be.” I thought about our situations for a few moments, an idea taking shape in my mind. I put my cup down and leaned forward. He was right—we were in very similar situations, and the answer to our problems seemed obvious. I took a deep breath, my stomach churning with nerves. It was a wild idea, but it might just work. “Okay, hear me out.”

He nodded in encouragement. “I’m listening.”

“What if we did it?”

Travis blinked at me and furrowed his brow. “Did what?”

“What if we got married? You know, for real.”


kicking it with my best friend coverOut and Kickin’, Book 3

A childhood pact changed everything.

I loved my life. Sleeping around. No commitments. But my mother kept prying into my love life, wanting to see me happily settled down.

The remedy seemed to magically reveal itself when I stumbled onto Travis, my childhood best friend, on a dating app. When we were in elementary school, we promised to marry each other if we were still single at thirty.

Reconnecting, I proposed we give the pact a real shot. To my surprise, Travis agrees. Somewhere in the midst of planning our wedding, the unthinkable happens. Our feelings for each other become… real.

As the day of our fake marriage grows near, how do I tell Travis I want the real thing and for him to be mine forever?


Riley long avatarRiley Long is an author of gay romances novels spanning many genres from contemporary to paranormal. They live a quiet life in Virginia, with their husband, son, and two very silly pit bulls.

They spend their evenings writing, reading, and watching bad television (or not so bad television).

For fun, Riley participates in NaNoWriMo, GISH, and reads with her book club, the BAMFs.

They like things with silly acronyms.

Riley can tell you two different stories about getting covered in dairy products for a hug.

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