Today I am so pleased to welcome Skylar M. Cates to Joyfully Jay. Skylar has come to talk to us about her latest release, Almost You, and the Sunshine and Happiness series makeover. She has also brought along a great giveaway. Please join me in giving her a big welcome!


Hello there, Skylar here.

I’m thrilled to share the makeover for my series Sunshine and Happiness! It includes a sale on all 4 of the original books, some awesome new covers, and my upcoming new release in this world.

Often, folks ask me what inspired a book or series, and sometimes I don’t know the answer, lol. But for the Sunshine and Happiness series, I did have a specific reason for writing it.

Inspiration Behind the Series: 

I started writing this series after a friend was involved in a hit-and-run. He’d been training for a charity marathon. As I visited him, I was helpless. All I could do was witness his trauma. I asked these questions: Why did this happen? Why to such a good guy? The same questions many folks more intelligent than me have asked throughout time. So, without answers, I put my emotions into writing a fictional world exploring these themes. I often write when I feel overwhelmed, and it helps. I wanted a group of guys who deeply loved each other and who stood by each other no matter what, even beyond grief and loss.

I gave each guy his hard-earned HEA, but please read the content warning for any triggers on the individual books in the collection. There are different levels of angst with many twists and turns. Revisiting this series has been like looking at an old family photo. The series was emotional to relaunch, and I hope you enjoy the stories.


He’s beautiful, kind, hurting…and a ghost.


I have no memories, no name. This new world is strange, and I’m afraid. Christopher is the only thing that makes any sense. Christopher might be gruff, but I sense he’s a kind teddy bear underneath.

Hiring him to help me recover my memories allows me to keep him close and feel less alone. Now the unexpected is happening…I’m falling for him.

Even a ghost deserves a happily ever after.


Being a medium, I’m more comfortable with the world of ghosts. Raised in foster care, I’m not close to many. And my love life? It’s never been exciting.

Until him.

He’s gorgeous as hell, but I’m straight. Aren’t I?

My overwhelming desire for him is new and confusing, considering the only person I’ve been with is my ex-wife.
Crushing on a hot mess of a ghost isn’t in my plans.

Yet I can’t seem to stay away…

Almost You features ghost kink, amnesia, Bi-awakening, voyeurism, sensory play, size difference, hurt/comfort, spicy channeling, and mutual pining.

This is a story for the Sunshine and Happiness series. “Ghost” needed to be happy, so I went out on a limb and told his story. The rest of the series is not paranormal.

Almost You can be read before or after the other books. It can be read as a standalone.

Buy Link: Amazon


Skylar M. Cates loves a good romance. She’s happy to drink coffee, curl up with a good book, and not move all day. Most days, however, Skylar is chasing after her family or rescue dogs. Her bestselling novels feature strong emotions and swoon-worthy men. Some of her favorite tropes are hurt/comfort, friends to lovers, scandal, sexual awakening, redemption, single dads, mental health representation, and enemies to lovers. Actually, Skylar loves all the tropes and hates to pick only one. Her contemporary stories are full of sweet and spicy moments with a definite HEA.

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Skylar has brought a choice of one book in the Sunshine and Happiness series to give away to five lucky readers. Just leave a comment at the end of the post to enter. The contest ends on Tuesday, July 16th at 11:59 pm ET.

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