Today I am so pleased to welcome Emerson Beckett and Rheland Richmond to Joyfully Jay. The authors have come to talk to us about their latest release, The Linebacker. They have also brought along a great giveaway. Please join me in giving them a big welcome!

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Exclusive Excerpt

Warm lips touched my forehead. The smell of his aftershave was so familiar to me. Just one sniff and I was a goner. 

“I think I love you,” I blurted.

I felt Cole’s smile against my forehead as he chuckled. “Only think?”

I sighed and lifted my right hand to touch his face. But somehow, it ended up on his shoulder. “No. I know I do. No fucking injury head is going to make me forget how much I love you. You’re stamped on my brain.” That didn’t sound right in my head.

He gently nuzzled his face next to my cheek. I’d always loved the closeness with him. It was comforting and calmed my nerves. 

“Cole,” I whispered to him.


“Do you think you could kiss me?”

He hesitated for a moment, then kissed my forehead. 

I opened my eyes to look at him. “Thank you, but I need to feel your lips on mine.”

When he looked into my eyes, there seemed to be some doubt lingering there, and that was confusing. So I tried to reach for his face again. My right hand finally reached the side of his head. At least that was closer. 

Cole turned into my touch as he focused on me. “Kiss me. I can’t pick up my head to do it. It’s gotta be you. And with tongue, like you always do.”

The smile that crept across his face pushed away all the doubt in his eyes. “This bossy side is kinda hot,” he said, “but no tongue.”

“Killjoy,” I muttered as his lips met mine. I sighed at the familiar touch of his warm, wet mouth on mine. His lips were right where they needed to be. On mine.

Cole pulled back before I was ready, but held my hand on his face, allowing me to soak in his touch. Our eyes locked on one another.

“I love you.” 

“I know,” I said. “I feel it every time you’re close to me.”


the linebacker coverPortland Protectors- EHM Security Series,
Book 2

Is it wrong for me to want the world to know I’m in love with Patrick Griffin and have been since we were eight-years-old?

Patrick Griffin

I hurt him. I didn’t mean to.

Now he’s gone, and I deserve it.

As a linebacker in the NFL, I’ve never found the right time to come out of the closet. Not even when I promised Cole I would.

But now, with Cole’s band, Fallen Angel, in the spotlight along with my team, the pressure is mounting. Everyone thinks we’re just best friends, but the weight of my secret is tearing us apart.

And it just might be too late to save us when I can.

Cole Bradley

Is it wrong for me to want the world to know I’m in love with Patrick Griffin and have been since we were eight-years-old?

He is the love of my life, but it’s been years of waiting and excuses.

All our friends, even his teammates, have a public life. So why can’t we?

He promised it would be different in Portland.

But then he tells yet another reporter he’s single. I need a break. It’s perfect timing since our band is heading out on tour.

I don’t know if I can live without him. But I don’t think I can do forever in the closet.

It’s always been Patrick for me, but is it too much to ask for the world to know he’s mine too?

The Linebacker is a secret romance and childhood best friends-to-lovers MM Romance. It is book two in the Portland Protectors-EHM Security Series and the eleventh book in the Package Deal World.

To maximize reader enjoyment, it is highly recommended to read the other books in the Package Deal Series, as well as book one, The Rockstar. Series reading order can be found at the beginning of each book.

Content Warning: Referenced off the page homophobic violence toward an off the page character, and an automobile accident.


emerson beckett bioEmerson Beckett is an avid sports fan and lover of M/M romance books, Emerson loves her new career as an author. It gets even better when she can combine the two. Emerson is the co-author of The Package Deal Series and The Portland Protectors: EHM Security Series with Rheland Richmond. The We Could Do This Duet is her first solo project.

Emerson lives in North Carolina and has been married to the same man for 34 years. She is the mother of three beautiful adults, one of whom is completely responsible for her addiction to MM Romance.

Emerson is now mom to an Australian Shepherd, four cats, and a cute bunny rabbit.

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rheland richmand logoFor as long as she can remember, Rheland’s had her nose stuck in a book, getting lost in the world of someone else’s creation (She still does). Her love for writing came from her love for reading. She could never have one without the other.

Writing has always been a hobby and a cathartic experience for her. There are many stories lost to the never to be completed or published pile but needed to be written at the time.

She’s just a girl that loved stories so much she decided to write hers.

Rheland would love to hear from her readers and learn more about y’all. So if you get a chance… Get in touch.

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