STRW Flash Fiction Contest and This Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words




STRW Flash Fiction Contest


As the deadline for the end of our flash fiction contest approaches, there’s still plenty of time to get your entries in.  Flash fiction or micro fiction is just, that a tiny story.  It can be in any genre, any trope, and for this contest and always for this blog, it must be LGBTQIA.

Even a short time ago, I would never have thought we would be entering the sort of political times, rough waters nationally that seem to be ahead of us. Maybe I’m wrong but I think we find ourselves moving along a scale of emotions, ranging from disbelief to shock to horror to anger and anywhere in-between.

Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words tries to stay away from politics and concentrates on books (although with subject matter those can intertwine).  But this may be a time when an overlap occurs.

Need to give voice to your emotions?  Write about it and send it in.  We are going to be running our entries here for everyone to read. Story rights remain with the authors.  We are still awarding gift certificates to the first 5 entries.  Our deadline is still November 30th at midnight EST.    All flash fiction should be sent to  You are only limited by your imagination and the fact that you should be 18 years of age or older. Open to everyone! Now get writing.


We have a wonderful week ahead of us, filled with great tours and giveaways.  We are reviewing several audiobooks and many new books getting released just this week, some I’m sure you’ve had on your  TBR list.

Its also the start of the holiday season so more and more holiday stories will be making appearances here.  This week we having Barb the Zany Old Lady reviewing A Christmas Hex by Jordan L. Hawk and Stella reviewing Merry Christmas, Mr Miggles by Eli Easton to launch our holiday reviews.  Starting December 1, Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words will be reviewing the Dreamspinner Press Advent stories as we did last year but more on that later.

For now,for those Americans, living in the U.S. and expats abroad, have a wonderful Thanksgiving.  Be safe,  be happy, and many wonderful books to you!


This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words


Sunday, November 20:

  • STRW Flash Fiction Contest
  • This Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
  • Release Blitz  Tour – A Family For Christmas by Jay Northcote

Monday, November 21:

  • Juliann Rich’s Gravity – Virtual Book Tour (giveaway)
  • In the Spotlight: Andrew Grey on Writing and his release The Playmaker (Dreamspinner Author Guest Blog)
  • Love Mythology & Romance? Check out Labyrinth by Alex Beecroft (giveaway)
  • Release Day Blitz  for Tow Trucks & New Year’s Kisses by Lila Leigh Hunter (giveaway)
  • A Lila Release Day Review: Built for Pleasure by Thursday Euclid
  • A Melanie Release Day Review:  The Straight Boyfriend from Renae Kaye
  • A Stella Review: Tow Trucks & New Year’s Kisses by Lila Leigh Hunter

Tuesday, November 22:

  • Riptide Publishing Tour and Giveaway: Just Drive by L.A. Witt
  • In the Audiobook Spotlight:  How to Deal by T.M Smith and Narrated by Joel Leslie (tour and giveaway)
  • A MelanieM Audiobook Release Day Review:How to Deal by T.M Smith and Narrated by Joel Leslie
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Review: A Christmas Hex (Hexworld #2.5) by Jordan L. Hawk
  • A Paul B Review: Beautiful Goodbyes (The Connelly Chronicles #2) by N.J. Nielsen
  • An Ali Audiobook Review: A Kind of Romance (A Kind of Stories #2) by Lane Hayes and Seth Clayton (Narrator)

Wednesday, November 23:

  • Tricia Owens  on “The Bucket List” and Writing (guest post)
  • An Alisa Audiobook Review: THE NAKED PRINCE AND OTHER FAIRY TALES by Joe Cosentino and narrated by Joel Leslie
  • A Caryn Release Day Review: All the Way to Shore by CJane Ellliot
  • A Lila Release Day Review: The Soldati Prince by Charlie Cochet
  • A MelanieM Review: Ghost Ship (Mahu #10) by Neil S. Plakcy

Thursday, November 24 (Happy Thanksgiving to those in the US and abroad):

  • Release Blitz and Giveaway for Sue Brown’s Alpha Barman
  • Release Blitz and Giveaway for The Copper Horse: Love & The Copper Horse Box Set by KA Merikan
  • Eli Easton Author Guest spot on  Merry Christmas, Mr. Miggles
  • An Ali Review Sunset on Turtle Lake by Carol Lynn
  • An Ali Audiobook Review: Save of the Game (Scoring Chances #2) by Avon Gale and Scott R. Smith (Narrator)
  • A Stella Review: Merry Christmas, Mr. Miggles by Eli Easton

Friday, November 25:

  • In the Spotlight: Checking It Twice (The Carlisles #3) by Meg Harding (guest blog and giveaway)
  • Dreamspinner Press Author Guest Post: Built for Pleasure by Thursday Euclid
  • Secrets in My Scowl by AE Via – Guest Blog for Dreamspinner Press
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Release Day Review: Open Hearts by Logan Meredith
  • A Lila Review: Secrets in My Scowl by AE Via
  • An Ali Release Day Review: Summer Lessons (Winter Ball #2) by Amy Lane

Saturday, November 26:

  • NineStar Press Blog Tour – Stone and Shell by Lloyd A. Meeker
  • A Stella Review:  Stone and Shell by Lloyd A. Meeker
  • In The Spotlight: Santa Baby by Heidi Cullinan (author interview & giveaway)
  • A MelanieM Review: Santa Baby (Minnesota Christmas # 4) by Heidi Cullinan


‘Tis The Season for A Family For Christmas by Jay Northcote (release day tour )


A Family For Christmas – Jay Northcote

Author: Jay Northcote
Cover Design: Garrett Leigh
Release: November 18
Length: 45,000 words
Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Zac never had a family of his own, but Rudy has enough to share.

Shy, inexperienced Rudy has a crush on Zac from the moment his new colleague walks through the door. On an office night out before Christmas, Rudy finds the courage to make a move, and they form a tentative bond. When he discovers Zac will be alone at Christmas, he invites Zac to come home with him.

Zac prefers to keep people at arm’s length. Yet when Rudy offers him a family Christmas it’s impossible to resist. With no parents of his own, Zac is pleasantly surprised to be welcomed by Rudy’s. The only drawback is that everyone assumes they’re a couple. Unwilling to disappoint Rudy’s mum and make Christmas awkward, they decide not to deny it.

It’s not a chore for Zac to pose as Rudy’s boyfriend, but the pretence makes him want things that scare him—things like a real relationship with Rudy. Zac’s suffered enough rejection in his life already and is afraid to risk his heart. If he can get over his past rejection and let Rudy inside his armour, he might get more for Christmas than he ever imagined.



Author Bio

Jay lives just outside Bristol in the West of England. He comes from a family of writers, but always used to believe that the gene for fiction writing had passed him by. He spent years only ever writing emails, articles, or website content.

One day, Jay decided to try and write a short story—just to see if he could—and found it rather addictive. He hasn’t stopped writing since.

Jay writes contemporary romance about men who fall in love with other men. He has five books published by Dreamspinner Press, and also self-publishes under the imprint Jaybird Press. Many of his books are now available as audiobooks.

Jay is transgender and was formerly known as she/her.