Jay Mountney

Biography

Jay is a writer who enjoys exploring themes including m/m romance, culture clash and coming of age, often through fantasy. She reads voraciously and her website/blog contains regular reviews. She lives in the north west of England in a seventeenth century cottage with erratic access to phone signals and internet.

Smashwords Interview

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I have always loved writing. I have stories whirling around my brain, and enjoy sharing them with other people. I know from social media that my friends, at least, like my stories, so it seems worthwhile to share them more widely. That feeling of connection, when the story from my mind resonates with a reader, is the greatest joy.
What is your writing process?
The outline or basic plot arc rolls through my mind like a film. I interview the main members of the 'cast' to find out more about them. I research things like names and locations. Then I plunge into the story, retelling the 'film' and dealing with details as they arise. I usually have more than one book in progress at a time, so if I can't get the next section of a story straight in my head I just turn to another work. My brain normally organises everything so that when I return, I can forge ahead. I always re-read the last chapter I wrote before starting a new one. I use grammar and spell check features before I close my work so that proof reading in the end won't be quite as onerous. I work from A to Z; I can't write sections that are not in sequence because that would interfere with the 'film' quality of the experience.
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Where to find Jay Mountney online

Series

The Skilled Investigators
A fantasy detective series featuring a young female elf and her training as an investigator. Genef has help from her dragon, her brother and her mentor.
The Scroll
Price: $2.99 USD.
The Market
Price: $2.99 USD.
The Crown
Price: $2.99 USD.
The Road
Price: $2.99 USD.
The River
Price: $2.99 USD.
Living Fae
A story of modern fae living in the Cheshire countryside. The narrator, Harlequin, is a bisexual male fairy in his twenties. He presents a journal about himself and his extended family.
Growing Up Fae
Price: $2.99 USD.
Flying Free
Price: $2.99 USD.
On The Edge
Price: $2.99 USD.

Books

The Virgin and the Unicorn
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 57,020. Language: British English. Published: August 28, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Fantasy » General
After an arranged marriage in a Regency-style universe, can the hard-working prince and his foreign husband find wedded bliss? Does the princess really need a unicorn horn? There's only one explicit sex scene but discussions of sex and emotion are only suitable for adult readers. A full novel explorimg culture clash, social expectations, and mythical creatures that are all too real.
The River
Series: The Skilled Investigators. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 67,100. Language: British English. Published: August 21, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
The final volume of the series sees Genef as a full Investigator and Scratch with his own case in Stoneyhill. Meanwhile, will Rath and Fel find the ending they both deserve?
On The Edge
Series: Living Fae. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 68,380. Language: British English. Published: January 7, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
The final volume in the fantasy romance series Living Fae. We get updates on all the main characters, people leave the Edge but others arrive and meanwhile the love between Harlequin and Yarrow is stronger than ever.
The Road
Series: The Skilled Investigators. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 71,070. Language: British English. Published: November 9, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Genef and Rath are sent undercover to the human kingdom of Norveria where there are murders and abductions to solve.. Scratch stays in touch from the elvish side of the border. The Investigators make friends with human Officers and experience prejudice against elves. Scratch visits his family in the mountains and helps in the final solution of the case.
Beating Hearts
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 13,470. Language: British English. Published: October 19, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica
Three short stories and two flashfics, all with magical or supernatural elements and all with a focus on mm romance.
Flying Free
Series: Living Fae. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 71,600. Language: British English. Published: June 24, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
This volume, narrated by Harlequin who remains mostly in the background with Yarrow, tells the stories of Harlequin’s siblings. There’s romance for Cobweb, Columbine and Peasblossom, a holiday for Moth, and improvement for Willow after his father’s curse. There are cats, kittens, unicorns, and foreign travel. Wherever the fae go, you can join them, flying free.
Silver Chains
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,700. Language: British English. Published: February 21, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
A middle-aged country lawyer seeks a partner via online chatrooms. He finds the man of his dreams but the course of romance is not smooth because of family problems.
Tales from Tara - volume 2 in the series Living Fae
Series: Living Fae. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 40,830. Language: British English. Published: December 17, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Tales from Tara concerns the periods Harlequin and Yarrow each spend on guard duty at the royal palace in Eire, with further chapters about the lives and loves of some of the fae they meet there. Life in underground Tara is quite unlike life on Alderley Edge, but is equally filled with magic, romance and unicorns.
The Lantern. Volume 4 of The Skilled Investigators.
Series: The Skilled Investigators. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 67,180. Language: British English. Published: December 8, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
In the fourth book of the Skilled Investigators series, Genef and Rath head for the coastal village, Cave, where Rath grew up, to investigate some suspicious deaths.
Growing Up Fae
Series: Living Fae. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 83,160. Language: British English. Published: April 22, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
A fairy journal narrating the saga of a fae group in Cheshire, UK. The diarist, Harlequin, shares his experiences, love affairs and family crises.
The Crown
Series: The Skilled Investigators. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 74,430. Language: British English. Published: January 9, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Coming of age
Book 3 of The Skilled Investigators. Genef must follow the trail of the missing crown to The Ice Country, accompanied by Scratch, her dragon, and Rath, her mentor. Can they find the crown, solve murders and kidnappings, survive the bitter cold and return safely to Lonis and Fel? A perfect mid-winter read with snow, icicles and chills galore!
The Market
Series: The Skilled Investigators. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 61,430. Language: British English. Published: February 26, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Book 2 of The Skilled Investigators. Genef, having solved her first case as an investigator, is sent on an overseas mission by the king. Her brother and her dragon accompany her but there are crimes and conspiracies that endanger both Fel and Scratch. Can Genef solve the mysteries and get everyone safely back to Lonis?
The Scroll
Series: The Skilled Investigators. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 80,550. Language: British English. Published: April 6, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Volume 1 of The Skilled Investigators, a fantasy detective series.
Three Legends
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 4,920. Language: British English. Published: November 25, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
A retelling of a Northumbrian legend, a look at how legends are born, and a modern legend based around a popular saying. Three very short stories that explore legends with a focus on m/m romance.
Lord of Shalott
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 15,560. Language: British English. Published: November 25, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
What if Tennyson's Lady of Shalott was in fact a lord? An m/m retelling of the legend with a very different outcome.
Silkskin and the Forest Dwellers
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 18,050. Language: English. Published: June 10, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Fantasy » General
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
An m/m retelling of a fairy tale in which the princess is a prince and the setting is a fantasy version of mediaeval Africa.

Smashwords book reviews by Jay Mountney

  • In Search of Saints on Aug. 30, 2012

    This is a lovely story, with well-researched location details and just enough mystery and myth to add to the suspense without detracting from or overwhelming the romance theme. The characters are totally believable, and the romance is satisfying. I have only one complaint - the book isn't long enough!
  • Half Moon Chambers on Dec. 05, 2012

    This is a lovely story. The location - Tyneside, in north east England - is one I know well and the author brings it vividly to life. The descriptions of the paintings done by one of the characters are also detailed and enchanting. The psychology of the 'heroes' and of addiction is deftly explored and the plot is gripping. This is an m/m romance but it is so much more. The characters really live, and engage our sympathy, and there is so much of interest surrounding the events that the reader feels part of the scene, and the sex, whilst erotic, never overshadows the story. Recommended.