Today I am so pleased to welcome Declan Rhodes to Joyfully Jay. Declan has come to talk to us about his latest release, Timeless. He has also brought along a great giveaway. Please join me in giving a big welcome!

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Exclusive Excerpt

We were ragtag underdogs, toiling away in hockey’s minor leagues, just a step above a weekend beer league. Some of us held onto wild aspirations of future stardom, looking toward the distant, shining lights of the NHL. I was only 24, and I still had plenty of time. Others simply played for the love of the game and the adrenaline rushes that came with every shift, goal, and hard-fought win.

Practice was in full swing. Midway through our first drill, I dashed back to the locker room after I busted my skate lace tangling with our secret weapon, Tony “Bonesaw” McCronnick. I always kept extra laces in my locker.

As I entered the locker room, deafening silence replaced the rink’s controlled mayhem. For one brief moment, I sat on the bench and took a deep breath. 

Work had sucked, and I had to race too fast to the arena in my rad secondhand ’75 Camaro. I’d nearly crashed it at the fucking four-way stop just outside the arena.

After raking my fingers through my hair, I turned my head to open the locker. Out of the corner of my eye, a stranger appeared. His eyes were wide, like he’d walked into the wrong house.

He reached up to rub his eyes, trying to clear his vision. The stranger, maybe fifteen feet away, stood tense and stiff, head twisting back and forth, like a cornered animal.

Next, he stared at something in his hand. About the size of a deck of cards, it gave off a faint glow that sharpened the shadows cast by his cheekbones. A lost Trekkie clutching a faux tricorder? 

I cleared my throat to let him know I was nearby. When the stranger looked up, startled, he blinked and hunched slightly. His eyes, wide and searching, locked onto mine. Friend or foe?

Demanding my attention, his face was a magnet pulling my gaze toward him. The smooth, clean-shaven jawline, blond hair, striking cleft in his chin, and piercing blue eyes were a far cry the from the scruffy, unkempt hockey players I knew. As he looked at me, I knew there was a story waiting to be told.


timeless coverIn 2024, Dylan Mercer is the rising star of professional hockey, adored by fans and unmatched on the ice. Yet beneath the glitz of his burgeoning career lies a truth Dylan fears could derail everything: he’s gay in a world where he fears coming out could mean the end of his career. After a tough practice session, Dylan’s discovery of a pair of vintage skates in an old locker sends him spiraling back in time to 1980, just before the US Olympic hockey team’s “Miracle on Ice.”

Thrown into an era where the stakes for being himself are even higher, Dylan finds an unexpected ally and more in Nico Santoro, a fellow player with secrets of his own. In the shadow of history, Dylan and Nico forge a bond that defies time, facing down prejudice and fear with the strength found in each other.

As Dylan grapples with his return to the present, he faces an impossible choice: a past world that ultimately learns to love openly because of his and Nico’s courage, or the present where he’s one of the brightest future hockey stars.


declan rhodes avatarDeclan Rhodes is a gay hockey romance author who has written more than 40 novels. He also has published in the past as Grant C. Holland. He lives and works in the Upper Midwest where hockey is a birthright. Wisconsin is his home and the setting for many of his books. This is his fifth hockey romance novel and his first involving time travel.


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