GRL Blog Tour: RJ Scott – Finishing Your Reading + Excerpt & Giveaway!

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Finishing Your Reading

by RJ Scott

Thank you to Blogger Girls for hosting me today!

Getting to Chicago involves a 10 hour flight. Ten hours of sitting in the same place *boring*. I can’t sleep on planes, and there is a long gap to be filled between meals! I try reading, and I even had the cool thought I could write, but it just didn’t happen.

One thing that helped was the films on the small video player. Lots to choose from and at last I could start watching films that were on my *can I be bothered* list, and then stop them ten minutes in if I didn’t like them. Silver Linings Playbook was one of those films. It also meant I could re-watch films and fast forward them to the good bits. All the Chris Evans parts in Captain America, all the Chris Evans parts in Avengers Assemble (are you sensing a theme here?).

One thing I can’t bear to do is to give up on books. I think that if I am drawn to start a book, then I owe it to the author to finish it. Some books throw you into a story and you are gripped from page one, others are a slower burn. Some start with an established couple, some have the heroes not meeting until a third of the way in. Some are insta-love, some have love not even being mentioned until the last chapter. I want to give the author a chance to pull me in and I love the moment where the hook grabs me and hauls me in. I have only DNF’d (Did Not Finish) a handful of books.

Do you do that with books? How long do you give a book before it becomes a DNF. Do you give up on a books? Or, on the other hand do you have books you revisit and you know exactly where your favorite scenes are?


About A Reason To Stay

A Reason To Stay (Heroes #1)Sometimes the wars you need to fight are the ones you left at home…

When SEAL, Viktor Zavodny, left small town America for the Navy he made sure he never had a reason to return for anything other than visiting family. He wanted to see the world and fight for his country and nothing, or no one, was getting in his way. He fights hard, and plays harder, and a succession of men and women share his bed.

But a phone call from his sister has him using his thirty day down time to go home instead of enjoying his usual thirty nights of random sex and sleep.

What he finds is a mystery on the Green Mountains and the only man attempting to make sense of seemingly unrelated deaths. His childhood friend and first love… Lieutenant Aiden Coleman, Sheriff.

There were reasons Viktor left his home. Not least Aiden Coleman with his small town innocence and his dreams of forever. Now Adam and Viktor need to work together to save lives and prove there is a hero in all of us.

When it’s done, if they make it out alive, can Aiden persuade Viktor that he has a reason to stay? Maybe forever?

Available at: Love Lane Books, Amazon, All Romance eBooks & Smashwords

The sequel, Last Marine Standing, will be out October 8, 2014.


An Excerpt from A Reason To Stay

He scooted up so he was sitting on the pillows and watched, amused at the fact that the husband and wife team he had joined in with last night were getting hot and heavy right in front of him. She held out her hand, Anna or something. Viktor waved her away, and dismissing the need for a shower, he dressed and left the room.

“See you around, soldier!” the husband, Mark, shouted after him as he left the suburban middle-class home in Suffolk, Virginia.

“Sailor,” Viktor muttered. Then he pulled the front door shut and climbed into his Tahoe. The couple hadn’t been all that bright, but the husband was built just right for Viktor to get a hold of. Clearly they didn’t understand Viktor’s explanation of who he was when he was attempting to get the three-way. Typical.

He dialed his sister’s phone, and she picked up almost immediately.

“Viktor,” she stammered. Instantly Viktor was on high alert. He forced aside all possible worries and simply listened. “Ben had an accident, he’s in the hospital.”

“What happened? A car?”

“No. He was out on the mountain, found this morning. He’s unconscious, and he has a broken ankle, hypothermia, and a head injury.” She caught a sob. “What do I do? Why would he be out there?”

Viktor turned the key in the ignition and said nothing. On the mountain? That didn’t make sense.

“I’ll be there as soon as I can,” he said firmly. “Call me if anything changes.”

He didn’t want details. He just needed to get there.


About RJ Scott

RJ Scott has been writing since age six, when she was made to stay in at lunchtime for an infraction involving cookies. She was told to write a story and two sides of paper about a trapped princess later, a lover of writing was born.

As an avid reader herself, she can be found reading anything from thrillers to sci-fi to horror. However, her first real true love will always be the world of romance where she takes cowboys, bodyguards, firemen and billionaires (to name a few) and writes dramatic and romantic stories of love and passion between these men.

With over sixty titles to her name and counting, she is the author of the award winning book, The Christmas Throwaway.  She is also known for the Texas series charting the lives of Riley and Jack, and the Sanctuary series following the work of the Sanctuary Foundation and the people it protects.

Her goal is to write stories with a heart of romance, a troubled road to reach happiness, and most importantly, that hint of a happily ever after.

You can check out more about RJ on her Blog, Facebook, Twitter, Library Thing, Goodreads, Pinterest or email her at


As part of her GRL stop, RJ is offering up a chance to win a $10 gift card to either Amazon or All Romance eBooks! To enter, just click the link below!

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Please be aware that the only way to enter the giveaway is to click the Rafflecopter link above. Any comments on this post will not count towards entering the giveaway unless otherwise stated but are still welcome anyway.

Good luck!

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25 thoughts on “GRL Blog Tour: RJ Scott – Finishing Your Reading + Excerpt & Giveaway!

  1. Sarina Feuerbach

    Great excerpt, thanks for the giveaway!

  2. Debra E

    There are very few books that I have DNF’d, I really try not to, but when I do it’s usually around the 1/3 point if. I definitely have favorite scenes from books and when I am stuck waiting somewhere unexpectedly I can get right to them on my phone.

  3. jenf27

    I also rarely DNF finish a book because I vet what I read pretty heavily, relying on reviews if it is a new-to-me author. There are so many great books to read and only limited time for me to read… If I do bag it with a book, I generally give it about 20% or so, unless there is something that triggers me right away.

    Thanks for the post and contest.

  4. Serena S.

    I always try to read a book until the end. But sometimes happens that the content has things that are not my cup of tea (menage or heavy BDSM) and I wasn’t aware of because they was no warning. Of course I have books I revisit, those’re my favorite ones.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. Cornelia

    Not sure about Devin not in post.

  6. Ditto on the Devin comment. I didn’t find that in the post either.
    I have 2 books I DNR’d one was a Stephen King book and I didn’t finish because it scared the crap outta me. LOL! the 2nd I wont mention because it was just plain awful…from the wirting to the editing to the plot. I never have finished that book. hahaha I have quite a few “comfort” rereads….always good for whatever ails you. 🙂 I have one book I reread every Sunday without fail and it is my all time fave book….It is an gay/mm romance and I adore it! :0

    thanks for the post and for the chance at a great prize!

    your fan,

  7. Lisa

    I don’t have any books that I DNF. There have been a few that took much longer to read because I had trouble getting into the story, but I don’t like giving up. I guess I’m just stubborn. 🙂 I have many favorite books, but I don’t revisit them that often. Probably because my TBR pile is so big and I always have new stories to read. 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway!

  8. BabyBarlow

    I cannot read all the pages of a book. I read tons of reviews before buying it one or after someone else good opinion. I’ve particular taste even for my TBL so…
    Thank you for the giveaway.

  9. Barbra

    Lately I’ve DNF’d quite a few books, although I tell myself that I’ll finish them someday. Maybe. 🙂

  10. Shirley Ann Speakman

    I rarely have a DNF I will read a book until the end and then decide if I’ve wasted my time reading it. I have read books that have started really badly but then halfway through the book suddenly starts getting interesting.


  11. rarely….but my latest one wasn’t that long ago

  12. JenCW

    I’ve only DNF’d one book. I got it free from Amazon and it was so slow, boring, and I didn’t care about the characters at all.

  13. Rod B

    I’ve nevr DNF’d a book but I came close on a top selling m/m romance from this year that I won a free copy of. The book had lots of great reviews & supposedly featured hot alpha male cops, but the men acted like women & don’t get me started on the ridiculous foursome at the end of the book. What a steaming pile of crap!

  14. Antonia

    I’ve only DNF’d a couple of books. I have this compulsion to finish books that I start and I rarely give up. Sometimes I will put something aside for a little while and come back to it, though.

  15. Penumbra

    Yes, I have DNF books. If they irritate me enough, or bore me, I won’t finish them.

  16. Waxapplelover

    Rarely do I have a DNF book. I try to read through even when it’s so sad I’m bawling or so suspenseful I almost want to read a spoiler. Only when it is truly not my cup of tea do I set it aside. Sometimes I come back when I’m in the mood to retry. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  17. Thank you for the giveaway!

    I very rarely DNF books. I usually try to finish a book when I start it and there have been times when I have to set aside a book and come back to it later (months really). I can count on one hand the number of books I haven’t managed to finish.

  18. Alex

    In my case it would be impossible not to finish a book. I like to read about it throught reviews and bloggers: bloggers are like a lifesaver to me.
    Thank you for the awesome giveaway.

  19. Lisa G

    I don’t very often, but if I get to 50% and still can’t connect to the book or characters I will give up. Can’t wait for Last Marine Standing – love the cover!

  20. Ardent Ereader

    I occasionally DNF a book, usually I take a break, read something else and then try to come back to the book.

  21. Very rarely do I don’t finish a book. For me not to finish it really has to be pretty terrible.

  22. I have a few books that I have not finished, but more books that I go back to read again and a few that read but probably would not bother to read again. I usually try to go back to the unfinished book and attempt to read it again, unless something about it really distressed me or something I really did not want to read any more.

    Thank you for the giveaway and I am looking forward to your new books 🙂

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