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

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Exclusive Excerpt

When Raylee entered the room, he could feel the tension in the air. Daruss stood at the window. Jude was sleeping.

Raylee stopped inside the door. “Should I go?”

“No.” Daruss never turned from the window. “He actually likes you.”

Raylee glanced at the machine. “Did he fall asleep or pass out again?”

“It was more like last time.” Jude had been in and out. The fact he didn’t remember coming to was what concerned Raylee the most. But his vitals were normal beyond the occasional spike when Daruss had made him angry.

Raylee stepped up to Jude’s bedside, pulling the covers around him. Jude seemed peaceful as he slept. It hadn’t been the case when he’d been under before. It was a welcome change.

His blond hair was messy. Raylee smoothed it out, but it didn’t seem to make a difference. Jude’s hair was thick and the color of sunshine-kissed gold.

“He’s gorgeous.” Raylee could see why Daruss was attracted to him. Raylee was too. 

Jude had a softness about him when he slept that wasn’t there when he was awake. He had been through a lot. The beating was the latest thing. His hard shell had taken years to form. Maybe it had always been difficult for Jude. Things didn’t come easy for everyone. Raylee understood that in theory. But he’d never met anyone like Jude before.

“Yes, he is.” Daruss turned from the window, folding his arms across his chest and leaning against it. “You like him back, I take it.”

Raylee smiled and nodded. “I’d like to be his friend.”

Daruss raised his eyebrows. “Just his friend?”

Raylee frowned. “I know he flirted with me, but it was harmless. I won’t come between you.”

“Jude meant to flirt. He’s deliberate in most things he does.” Daruss shook his head. “I don’t know where I stand with him.”

Raylee didn’t like the dynamic. He wasn’t sure where he fit in and that left him feeling a little insecure. It wasn’t something he was used to. But if he took himself out of the equation, at least for the time being, he thought maybe he’d be able to help.

“I think you do know where you stand with him. You just don’t like where that is.” Raylee suspected Daruss was very good at complicating things. He needed someone to untangle the mess he’d made. If that had to be Raylee, then so be it. 

Daruss had an expression he seemed to reserve just for Raylee. It was unclear what it meant but Raylee thought it might be a mix of admiration and surprise. “You’re a smart boy, aren’t you?”

Raylee shrugged and sat on the side of the bed next to Jude. “Maybe you’re not that complicated. You just like to think you are.”

Daruss unfolded his arms and crooked a finger at Raylee.


daruss coverDragon Skull MC Daddies, Book 1

One is his enemy. The other is his fated mate. Daruss has never had so much to fight for.

Dragon shifter Daruss Oyen has everything to lose. After a rival club starts a war over territory, Daruss is there to fight for the family he’s found. But everything changes after he falls in love with a snarky human named Jude, who happens to be the rival club’s spy.

While he’s determined to keep Dragon Skull MC together and somehow get his boy back, he meets his fated mate along the way. Daruss wonders if a sweet and innocent college graduate could ever go for bad boy biker like him.

But when Jude and Raylee are threatened, Daruss and the Dragon Skulls will have to win the fight if they’re going to make it out alive.

Daruss is the first novel in the Dragon Skulls MC Daddies. This steamy Paranormal Romance features a dragon shifter Daddy who’s even more dangerous with his biker family by his side, a sassy human who’s lived a hard life and will do anything to protect a sweet guy like his Daddy’s fated mate, and an innocent college grad who know nothing about bad boys and Daddies. If you like a lot of sexy time between a Daddy and his boys with a happily ever after and danger thrown in, then you’ll love this spicy romance.


april kelley avatarApril Kelley writes LGBTQ+ Romance. Her works include The Journey of Jimini Renn, a Rainbow Awards finalist, Whispers of Home, the Saint Lakes series, and over thirty more. Since writing her first story at ten, the characters in her head still won’t stop telling their stories. If April isn’t reading or writing, you can find her playing with her cats. She also loves hiking. Her cats are leash trained so they go with her wherever she goes.



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