Today I am so pleased to welcome Davidson King to Joyfully Jay. Davidson has come to talk to us about her latest release, Hurt Me Not. She has also brought along a great giveaway. Please join me in giving her a big welcome!


The Story Behind Hurt Me Not’s Evolution

I am a huge fan of urban fantasy. I’ve read it for many…many years. I always wanted to write it, but nothing ever spoke to me in a way I felt I could do it justice. Then my life changed. 

A couple of years ago my son went for a routine physical and blood workup before heading back to college for his second year. Like I said, totally routine. The following morning, we received a call from his doctor asking my son (his name is Jack) a million questions: Did he have unexplained bruising, how was he feeling, any bleeding. It was jarring. 

The doctor finally explained all of Jack’s counts were dangerously low…in short, he was crashing, and what was scarier was that he felt absolutely fine.

That was how we found ourselves in the emergency room and what we hoped would be an overnight turned into a forever change.

Now, Milo in this story isn’t the same age my son was when this happened and there’s a reason for that. When Jack was discharged and told he had to come in every other day for blood work and to try infusions and all sorts of treatments it was a soul sucking experience. 

One day as we sat in the infusion room (You should note my son was nineteen at this time and they had him in pediatric hematology and oncology) he was sitting there, and we were looking at the little kids. Kids getting infusions for many different kinds of battles on their bodies. 

There was this one little boy, not older than four. The nurse was giving him shots and he wasn’t even flinching. I wanted to be impressed, but instead I felt sad he was likely so used to it. Then another day there was a kid around ten screaming. He hurt so bad, and Jack was broken listening to him.

Jack had been stuck with so many needles at this point, had a bone marrow biopsy, just a lot. He said they all hurt, and it was hard to watch him in any type of pain. Listening to that other boy cry I wished there was a way I could make it not hurt.

That was the moment Finch’s voice started whispering in my ear. Every moment, every day the story expanded. A fae in a human world with the magic to take pain away…what a dream that would be.

This story grew and grew and the next thing I knew I was bringing pen to paper and creating a world where I wished miracles like Finch existed. 

I’m not a widow like Easton (or I suppose he’d be a widower) but writing him dealing with his son’s illness was very much taken from my own heart. The worry Tru had for her brother was worry Jack’s siblings had.

The magic and the fae world and the drama there…that was knitted into this story. When I typed the end, it felt as if I could breathe. It didn’t fix the illness or make Finch real but it was a story created from a horrible experience. One we are still fighting. 

An idea doesn’t always blossom from good memories or wonderful times…sometimes that flower has to break through cement, in a dark alley, where the sun does not touch. But when it does it’s not only beautiful, it’s strong. And that for me is what Hurt Me Not was all about. Breaking through the darkness and being the desperately needed light.


hurt me not coverAs a lieutenant at the Fool’s Pass Fire Department and a single father, Easton Kooper’s life revolves around his children. When he receives an urgent call from his son’s doctor, it upends Easton’s world. Suddenly, barreling into a burning building sounds like a piece of cake. With no idea of what to do or where to turn, he’s never felt more lost. And then in walks the answer he didn’t know he needed: a gorgeous fae with an angelic smile, bearing grand promises to turn the Kooper family’s life right side up again.

Finch knows the rules: don’t fall in love with a human. That’s always been simple enough to follow—at least until the Kooper family. Despite his best efforts, Finch grows attached to Easton and his children…attached enough that he’s tempted to turn his back on the fae and their laws completely.

Before long, the pair must brace themselves as both their worlds seek to destroy them. When the darkness crashes down, it’ll take every ounce of defiance and magic Finch has to keep the Koopers safe. Faced with immovable magic and unspeakable danger, is there really any way Finch and Easton’s love can prevail?
Fighting it is hopeless, but embracing it could mean ruin for them all.


davidson king logoDavidson King, always had a hope that someday her daydreams would become real-life stories. As a child, you would often find her in her own world, thinking up the most insane situations. It may have taken her awhile, but she made her dream come true with her first published work, Snow Falling.

She managed to wrangle herself a husband who matched her crazy and they hatched three wonderful children.

If you were to ask her what gave her the courage to finally publish, she’d tell you it was her amazing family and friends. Support is vital in all things and when you’re afraid of your dreams, it will be your cheering section that will lift you up.


Davidson has brought a copy of Hurt Me Not to give away to one lucky reader. Just leave a comment at the end of the post to enter. The contest ends on Friday, May 17th at 11:59 pm ET.


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