September 02, 2015

Wednesday Briefs: At Full Speed, #22

Welcome to Wednesday Briefs, where authors post free fiction of 1000 words or less each week. I used this prompt: “I’m counting flowers on the wall, what are you doing?”

At Full Speed, #22

Waiting for Bruce to finish tidying up tested Jake’s patience more than he thought it would. It probably didn’t help that he was becoming increasingly irritated at Bruce and himself. Of course he shouldn’t have had so many drinks, he was no idiot, but did Bruce have to act like he was his caretaker? He could take care of himself pretty well, thank you very much!
Jake whirled around, his tense shoulders pulled up to his ears. He needed to bring some distance between himself and Bruce.
“Jake, what do you think you’re doing?”
In his best conversational voice, though laced with venom, Jake replied, “I’m counting flowers on the wall, what are you doing?”
With his head held high, he strode away. His heart hammered painfully and the rushing of blood in his ears almost deafened him. He was nuts. Or in self-destructive mode. Whatever. He shouldn’t bait Bruce. After all, he couldn’t be completely sure Bruce would remain the same sane and compassionate man after he threw his temper around. And yet, he couldn’t stop himself. He wanted… needed so badly for Bruce to take the reins and spank him, he could barely breathe. Why couldn’t he just be normal?
Jake yelped when Bruce’s large hand clasped his neck and steered Jake to the sofa. Jake didn’t resist, not one single bit. He glanced at Bruce to assure himself Bruce hadn’t turned into another monster. Jake’s people-reading skills seriously sucked. Although they hadn’t with Bruce—so far at least.
Bruce guided him to his side, then wrapped an arm around Jake’s shoulder and pulled him close. Jake tucked his legs up and nestled against Bruce, tension slowly seeping out of him.
“If we were in the club, I’d say you were angling for a spanking,” Bruce said as he rubbed small circles with his thumb on Jake’s shoulder.
“What would you do if we were in the club?”
“I’d tan your hide since that’s what you obviously need.”
A shiver slithered down Jake’s spine. Need. Yes, everything in him screamed for that. To feel taken care of, but also to be shown the boundaries. As much as a spanking hurt, the floating afterward, the knowledge the slate had been cleared, that was what he needed.
He’d hoped again and again that he’d found partners who got him but to no avail. There’d always been a large sexual part to it. Or there had been a different kind of kink involved, and even though Jake craved the impact of a hand on his butt, he was in no way kink material. He’d never fit in anywhere or find someone who got him.
“Jake, I need you to communicate with me. I’ll even start, okay?” Bruce’s chest expanded as he released a long breath. He pulled on Jake’s legs until he could drape them over his lap. After pressing a firm kiss on Jake’s forehead, he continued, “I’m disappointed that you lied to me.”
Jake jerked in Bruce’s arms. “I didn’t lie to you!”
“Yes, you did. Every time I asked how you felt you said you were fine.”
“You’ve got a job with great responsibility and you need regular sleep to be fit for it. You don’t need to come running to your idiot boyfriend who can’t sleep because his big, buff boyfriend isn’t there to chase away the nightmares,” Jake muttered.
Bruce tugged his butt off the sofa and unhurriedly applied a well-aimed swat to Jake’s bottom, eliciting a surprised screech from him. “That was for the term idiot. And Jake? Believe me when I tell you that I can take care of you and do my job properly.”
“Okay.” That was it? That was all Bruce had meant with ‘talking’? Disappointment blossomed inside Jake’s chest. So there would be no spanking and he’d have no outlet for all the accumulated misery. Normal people wouldn’t have such a reaction. They’d deem this ‘talk’ sufficient and move on. But Jake?
“I still think you deserve a good spanking for all that drinking, but I’d rather do it when you’re sober.”
Jake peered up at Bruce, relief battling with apprehension. “I’m not that drunk.”
“You’re drunk enough, Jake. Would you like me to stay overnight? I’ve got to be up early, and that would mean you’d be up early too since I’d spank you before I went to work. Or I could come over after work tomorrow.”
“I’m not sure if that makes me sound like a loon but… I want you to stay overnight and sp-spank me before you go to work.”
“Then that’s what we’ll do.”


August 31, 2015

Pride Promotions presents: Reckless Hope (Letting Go #2) by J. Leigh Bailey

Author Name: j. leigh bailey

Book Name: Reckless Hope
Part of a series? If yes, can this book be read as a standalone? Yes, but can be read as a standalone

If a series, what is the series title? Letting Go

If series, what number is this book? Book2

Release Date: August 24, 2015

What's life without a little risk?
Or a lot of risk, if you're Sebastian Carlisle. He'll never live up to the legacy of his dead brother, so why try? Being the wild child in a family of stuck-up rich snobs suits him just fine.  
Until he meets Micah Burke, and everything changes. 
Micah's got too much going on for a relationship. Even if he could trust Sebastian, a distraction—a sexy, reckless distraction with a death wish—would only derail his carefully scheduled life. If it were just Micah, maybe that would be fine, but his mother and sister depend on him, and he can't let them down. Or at least that's what he tells himself. 
A hot moment leads to a hot night leads to a connection neither of them are ready for. And when a crisis hits Micah's family hard, Sebastian will have to shed his bad-boy image and decide whether he can be the man Micah needs—and Micah needs to decide whether he'll let him. 
Book two of Letting Go

Pages or Words: 67,000

Categories: M/M Romance, New Adult, Romance

“I thought I knew what kind of person you were.”
“Yeah, you made that pretty clear.”
Micah cringed, but kept going. “You take for granted everything I work my ass off to achieve. It’s easy for you. And now I know there’s more to you than that. I don’t understand your choices, or the need for an adrenaline rush you seem to have.” He held up a hand to keep Sebastian from saying anything. He scooted up, resting his back against the handlebars. “I don’t have to understand. It’s part of who you are.”
“Somehow I don’t think this discussion is heading in a direction I’m going to like.” Sebastian drew his knees to his chest and wrapped his arms around them.
“The thing is, you’re a bad influence on me.”
“I don’t—”
“You don’t even have to do anything. Take tonight, for instance.”
“I have a midterm tomorrow. I should be studying. Or even sleeping. Instead I’m here. I never have trouble doing what I’m supposed to do. Setting aside my ‘want tos’ to do my ‘have tos.’ Except around you.”
“I’m not trying to make your life harder. I’m just trying to be part of it.”
“That’s what I don’t get. You could have almost anyone. You could find someone a hell of a lot less complicated than me.”
“You may not believe it, but I don’t mind complications.”

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About the author:
j. leigh bailey is an office drone by day and the author of New Adult and Young Adult LGBT Romance by night. She can usually be found with her nose in a book or pressed up against her computer monitor. A book-a-day reading habit sometimes gets in the way of... well, everything...but some habits aren't worth breaking. She's been reading romance novels since she was ten years old. The last twenty years or so have not changed her voracious appetite for stories of romance, relationships and achieving that vitally important Happy Ever After. She's a firm believer that everyone, no matter their gender, age, sexual orientation or paranormal affiliation deserves a happy ending.

She wrote her first story at seven, which was, unbeknownst to her at the time, a charming piece of fan-fiction in which Superman battled (and defeated, of course) the nefarious X Luther. She was quite put out to be told, years later, that the character's name was actually Lex. Her second masterpiece should have been a best-seller, but the action-packed tale of rescuing her little brother from an alligator attack in the marshes of Florida collected dust for years under the bed instead of gaining critical acclaim.

Now she writes New Adult and Young Adult LGBT Romance novels about boys traversing the crazy world of love, relationships and acceptance.

Where to find the author:
Publisher: Carina Press
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Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing j. leigh bailey, author of Reckless Hope.

Hi, j. leigh, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.

Thank you so much for having me! I’m an office drone by day in the Chicagoland area, and by night I’m the author of New Adult and Young Adult LGBTQ romance. RECKLESS HOPE is the second book in my Letting Go series, and is an opposites attract story centered around two characters who have to overcome the stresses and disappointments of their past to build a happy relationship together. And, while doing this, they have to figure out who they are and, ultimately, what they want for their future.

1)      What genre is your book and what drew you to this genre?

RECKLESS HOPE is a contemporary New Adult gay romance. Basically, I love romance. I’ve been reading the genre since I was ten-years-old. And I go through genre phases. For a while I read any kind of historical. Then it was westerns. Then suspense. Then contemporary. Then paranormal. It didn’t take long for me to become obsessed with Male/Male romance when I discovered it existed. Gay romance has all of the same conflicts and trope found in traditional romance, and even a couple of tropes that are intrinsically same-sex, such as Gay for You or Out for You. I love that the characters still have to overcome obstacles to achieve their HEA, and in a same-sex pairing, there are additional conflict or considerations they can face. Social pressures and attitudes, legal/equality aspects, defining the relationship, etc. I find the extra complications compelling.

2)     How many days a week do you write?

I try to write at least four days a week, though it probably should be more. I work full time at the day job, so writing has to be squeezed in where I can. Also, I’m not a particularly fast writer, so I can’t bang out a few thousand words every time I sit at my computer. Really, though, I give myself a weekly word count goal (5,000), so the number of days a week I write is really determined by how much I manage to write on a given day. Sometimes it’s seven days a week, sometimes it’s three.

3)     On average, how long does it take to write a book?

As I mentioned above, I’m not particularly fast, but things move along the way they should, I can write a book in 4 to 6 months. Sometimes life gets in the way and it takes longer, but that’s my average rate.

4)     Do you have a trailer for your book? If yes, give us the link. If not, do you think you’d like to have one done at some point?

I don’t have a book trailer for any of my books, but I kind of wish I did. I don’t have the technical expertise to create one myself, and I’ve been busy with other things (like writing!) that I haven’t researched how to do it. I think book trailers are a lot of fun and a great alternative to some of the other traditional marketing avenues, but I haven’t tried it myself. Maybe if I had the right technology (I understand there are some great programs out there that make it fairly simple) and the know-how, I’d try it one of these days.

5)     If I could be a character in a book, I would be _______?

Anne Shirley from the Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery. I love her spirit, her loyalty, and her determination throughout the series. Growing up with Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, Diana Barry, and let’s not forget Gilbert Blythe, would have been so much fun. Even the setting is great. Because of these books, I have a deep desire to explore Prince Edward Island. I haven’t read the books in a long time, but they still stick with me. They renew my faith in the existence of kindred spirits and bosom buddies.


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Rafflecopter Prize: An eBook copy of Nobody’s Hero (Letting Go book 1) and an eBook copy of Reckless Hope