In our Spotlight: John Wiley’s Rooftops! (author guest post and giveaway)



Title: Rooftops
Author: John Wiley
Publisher: Wayward ink Publishing

Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words is happy to have John Wiley here today to talk about his latest release Rooftops and his sequel, Wake Me Up. Welcome, John. Can you tell us what inspired the story?

When I set out to write Rooftops, I never intended on making it into a series. However, after self-publishing it, I had several questions about when a sequel would be available, that people wanted to know what happened next. Revisiting these characters was hard for me to do. I don’t have a definite reason why this was, and I hope that when I revisit them in the third book I’ll find it easier to find their voices again than I did in the sequel, which will be called Wake Me Up.

The intent of this blog post is to tell you as much about the sequel as I can, without giving away anything that happens in Rooftops. Where Rooftops takes place between Ohio (I know the exact city, but for some reason have never come out and said exactly where in Ohio it takes place) and Los Angeles, Wake Me Up takes place between Los Angeles and New York City. The characters in Los Angeles deal with picking up the pieces of his/her/their lives after the events of Rooftops have occurred. There are issues of depression that are touched on, and I hope that I made those feelings of hopelessness come through in the story.

One of my favorite parts of the LA storyline in Wake Me Up is that it works to redeem a character from Rooftops that came off as a sort of villain. Personally, I like to believe that there is good to everyone, and that there are two sides to every story. I really hope that I have accomplished making this character feel human and that even though s/he made a mistake in Rooftops, s/he isn’t a bad person.

The NYC portion of the story follows two couples, and how the two relationships go in two different directions. Just because you think something is happily ever after doesn’t mean there won’t be a few hiccups along the way. Or maybe some happily ever after’s don’t last as long as others.

I know this is vague, I’m just trying my best to explain the story without giving anything away

Rooftops is more about finding out what your goals in life really are. Erick wanted money, Rhys wanted fame, and Joey wanted love. Wake Me Up is about what these characters do to achieve their dreams. And just because they think those are their goals in life, life could have other plans for them.

One of the things that I like in Wake Me Up, is that there is a twist that you (hopefully) don’t see coming, and that it ends on a bit of a cliffhanger, setting up the third book.


Its summer and three friends from Ohio graduate college, ready to start making their way in the real world.

Rhys; the eternal optimist who wants to be an actor and moves to Los Angeles.

Erick; the career man, seeking money and position who moves with him.

And Joey; the aspiring artist, who for the love of his girlfriend, Cheryl, stays behind in Ohio.

While attempting to follow their dreams each must face their share of personal and professional obstacles. Each is tested. Will they lose sight of themselves?

Will old friendships fall apart and new friendships form?

Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance, New Adult
Length: Novel

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About the author

JOHN WILEY is currently a barista that hates coffee, but is really good at making it. When not writing, he likes to expose his cat to as many Christmas movies as possible. Just like his life, his biography is a work in progress.


The Winner & Answers to November’s First Line’s Quiz : This Week’s Schedule at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words


november first line quiz


And the Results Are In…

It’s the 29th and that means its the last day of our contest.  So here are the answers to November’s First Line Quiz.  How well did you do even if you were  only playing along in your head?  And the winner of our contest and $10 Amazon gift card is Corey!  Congratulations, Corey.  Corey figured out 12 out of the 14 and blew me away.  Outstanding job.


How I loved this quiz.  The authors and books were amazing, and the first lines leading into the stories blew me away.  Read them out loud, the them reverberate, fill your mind with thoughts and feelings?  Did they do the job a first line was meant to do?  I think so.


  1. AND NOW, I will tell you of my plans to take over the Kingdom,” the evil wizard and total douchebag Lartin the Dark Leaf said with a cackle.   The Lightning Struck Heart, T.J. Klune. 2015
  2. A PERSISTENT, annoying sound kept infiltrating my mind. — Home Again, Cardeno, C.
  3. “I WONDERED if praying that she wouldn’t pull out of this episode made me a terrible son” –SECOND CHANCES , TA Webb
  4. “It was like those old Choose Your Own Adventure novels.” – Come Unto These Yellow Sands , Josh Lanyon
  5. “My father always told me, If I’m gone for three days, call the police.” – Gives Light, Rose Christo
  6. I didn’t like lying to my friends, but it was necessary.” – Easy Evenings, Mary Calmes
  7. Running naked through the woods was exactly what Dylan Green needed.” – Prickly By Nature,  Piper Vaughn and Kenzie Cade
  8. ON ANY GIVEN NIGHT, IN ANY CITY IN THE WORLD, SOMEBODY WILL DIE BEFORE SUNRISE and most of them will die alone. – The Beast Without, Christian Baines
  9. “IT WAS cold outside. It was really cold. Freezing cold.” – The Boy Who Came in From the Cold , B. G. Thomas
  10. “MUSIC was his companion.” – Brute, Kim Fielding
  11. “I was treated as a curiosity by this group of Irishmen.” – The Celestial, Barry Brennessel
  12. “BEFORE MY LIFE WENT SUDDENLY pear-shaped, and I slunk, tail tucked between my legs, into a shitty, crowded pub, I had been sober for three… almost four years.” –  The Complications of T,  Bey Deckard
  13. “Four o’clock in the morning wasn’t a good time to be thinking about torture.” –  Conscious Decisions of the Heart, John Wiltshire.
  14. “By nightfall, he was begging to die.” – The Druid Stone, Heidi Belleau;Violetta Vane


Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words decided to take on the commitment of reading and reviewing the Advent Calendar from Dreamspinner Press so we are tabling our December First Line Quiz until 2016.  Look for it to return in the new year.

We are still looking for more reviewers here at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words.  Love books?  Like to write reviews?  There’s no pressure and so many books to choose from. Send me an email and let’s talk!

Now for the up coming schedule at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words.


This Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

Sunday, November 29:

  • The Winner & Answers to November’s First Line’s Quiz : This Week’s Schedule at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
  • In the Spotlight: Rooftops by John Wiley‏ (Guest Blog and Giveaway)

Monday, November 30:

  • Early Bird Tour with Chris Owen/Tory Temple (excerpt and contest)
  • Book Release: Uniform: A Man in Uniform (release day giveaway)
  • Annabelle Jacobs ‘Magic & Mistletoe’ November 30th book blast
  • Home For the Holiday M/M Anthology Release Day Blast and Contest
  • Coffee Sip and Book Break with Professional Distance by Silvia Violet (excerpt and Giveaway)
  • A Mika Review: Breakaway by Avon Gale
  • A Stella Review: If I Were Fire by Heloise West

Tuesday, December 1:☃☃☃

  • In the Spotlight: Mia Kerick ‘Clean’ virtual tour and giveaway
  • A Coffee Sip and Book Break with Vanessa North’s Blueberry Boys (giveaway)
  • A Review Redux: Stella’s Review for Blueberry Boys by Vanessa North
  • In the  Paranormal Spotlight: Travels Through the Scarlet Equinox Anthology‏‏ (author interview and giveaway)
  • A MelanieM Review: Travels Through the Scarlet Equinox Anthology
  • A PaulB review: Deep Dive by Jeff Erno
  • A MelanieM Advent Review: Northern Lights by Asta Idonea (2015 Dreamspinner Sleigh Ride Advent Story)

Wednesday, December 2:

  • M. Leanne Phoenix ‘Covenant’ cover reveal and contest
  • Sawyer by A.D. Ellis tour and  giveaway
  • Spotlight Special: Jackie Nacht: ‘Hot on a Chipmunk’s Tail’ (excerpt and giveaway)
  • Tis the Season for Miracles and Love with Marie Sexton’s Winter Oranges (Riptide contest)
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Review:  Winter Oranges by Marie Sexton
  • A Paul B Review: Branding An Icy Heart (Wolves of Stone Ridge #32) by Charlie Richards
  • A MelanieM Advent Story Review: Fireworks and Resolutions by Leandra Dohlman

Thursday, December 3:

  • Coffee Sip and Book Break with Bitter Springs by Laura Stone (excerpt and contest)
  • Holiday Cheer Continues with Meg Bawden ‘My Secret Billionaire Santa’ (excerpt and  giveaway)
  • A Mika Review-Fish Sticks Friday by Rhys Ford
  • A BJ Review: Assimilation, Love, and Other Human Oddities (Claimings #2) by Lyn Gala
  • A MelanieM Review: Accidental Hero (Sanctuary #8) by RJ Scott
  • A MelanieM Advent Story Review: Leap Through Eternity by Sara Stark

Friday, December 4:

  • Cover Reveal for Red Dirt Christmas by N. R. Walker (contest)
  • A Holiday Book Spotlight for ‘A Christmas Kindness’ by Anna Lee (excerpt and giveaway)
  • Coffee Sip and Book Break with RJ Scott’s Bodyguard series book release and contest
  • A BJ Review: Watch Me Break You (Run This Town #1) by Avril Ashton
  • A Stella Review: GUYS WHO GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT by JL Merrow and Josepine Myles (anthology)
  • A MelanieM Advent Story Review: Christmas Miracles of a Recently Fallen Spruce by Brandon Witt

Saturday, December 5:

  • Head Into the Dark Zone with Forbidden by Scarlet Blackwell (excerpt and giveaway)
  • A MelanieM Advent Story Review: Whisper of Old Winds by George Seaton