June 21, 2014

Julie Lynn Hayes: Love, Loss, Laughter & Lust

Please welcome back my good friend Julie Lynn Hayes. She has a short story in the anthology Love, Loss, Laughter & Lust. Make sure to check out His Prince Wore Pink Stilettos. It's one of my favorite stories from Julie. :)

Coming of Age Stories...
Coming of age is a popular trope among writers of all genres. Perhaps because everyone goes through it at some point. (Although there are some people I wonder if they’ll ever grow up, but that’s a whole other story lol)
Coming of age evokes making that transition from childhood to young adulthood. To quote an old song from a movie titled To Sir With Love – “from crayons to perfume”. Coming of age makes us think of puberty, and our blossoming sexuality, whether straight or gay. It’s all new and exciting and awkward... and confusing as hell.
Sometimes coming of age can mean a loss of innocence, such as in Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird, where two siblings, Scout and Jem, grow up over the course of one unforgettable summer, and the harsh reality of growing up in Jim Crow Mississippi. Another wonderful story about coming of age is A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith. The main character is a poor girl named Francie Nolan, and the book details her life in long-ago Brooklyn, and the parents who did the best they could for her and her brother.
My story, “His Prince Wore Pink Stilettos” takes place in the 1970s, and is one young man’s journey to sexual awareness. Being gay then wasn’t very easy, and Michael is clueless when it comes to boys, because he’s sure he’s the only one like him. And how can he tell the boy who’s the object of his wet dreams how he feels?
Do you have any special memories of coming of age? I’d love to hear them!
This story was originally published by Dreamspinner Press a few years ago. It has been re-edited and the title slightly changed. I’m proud to have had it accepted by Wayward Ink for their Love, Loss, Laughter & Lust anthology. As the title implies, there is something for everyone in this book.
Thanks for having me here today!
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Love, Loss, Laughter & Lust

We’ve all loved.
We’ve all laughed.
Sadly, we’ve also probably all known loss in one form or another.
And, yes, we at Wayward Ink are sure we’ve all experienced lust!
In Love, Loss, Laughter & Lust, you'll experience one or more of the "L"s as we take you on a roller coaster of emotions.
Whether you like to sigh over the sweet, cry for the broken-hearted, enjoy a good laugh, or get a little hot and bothered; there's something for everyone in this collection. 
Buy link for Love, Loss, Laughter & Lust at Wayward Ink: http://www.waywardinkpublishing.com/product/love-loss-laughter-lust/


His Prince Wore Pink Stilettos
Julie Lynn Hayes
Wanted: one prince, ball optional…

Taylin Clavelli
What do you do when you become invisible to the love of your life?

Anyta Sunday
What if your fate is to lose the one you love and be doomed to live in a city of lost hearts?
Is it possible two dead hearts can see life again?

A Closed Door
Andrew Q. Gordon
Sometimes when you leave to find yourself, you've left the answer behind. 

Taylin Clavelli
Devastated by loss, Matthew sleepwalks through life, existing but not living.
Can someone rescue him from his waking nightmare and help him to live again?

Life According to Buddy
Lily Velden
Buddy is a penis on a mission...
Mission Objective: The Love Tunnel

Service with a Smile
Lily G. Blunt
Terry visits a men’s designer boutique, and Ash gives him service with a smile…

Hunter or Hunted?
Lily Velden
Any hunter worth his salt will tell you that in order to capture your prey, there are few simple rules you must follow…


Julie Lynn Hayes was reading at the age of two and writing by the age of nine and always wanted to be a writer when she grew up. Two marriages, five children, and more than forty years later, that is still her dream. She blames her younger daughters for introducing her to yaoi and the world of M/M love, a world which has captured her imagination and her heart and fueled her writing in ways she'd never dreamed of before. She especially loves stories of two men finding true love and happiness in one another's arms and is a great believer in the happily ever after. She lives in St. Louis with her daughter Sarah and two cats, loves books and movies, and hopes to be a world traveler some day. She enjoys crafts, such as crocheting and cross stitch, knitting and needlepoint and loves to cook. While working a temporary day job, she continues to write her books and stories and reviews, which she posts in various places on the internet. Her family thinks she is a bit off, but she doesn't mind. Marching to the beat of one's own drummer is a good thing, after all. Her published works can be found at Dreamspinner Press, Amber Quill Press, MuseitUp Publishing, Torquere Press, and eXtasy Books, and coming soon to Wayward Ink Publishing and Prizm Publishing. She has also begun to self-publish and is an editor at MuseitUp.

You can find her on her blog at http://julielynnhayes.blogspot.com, and you can contact her at tothemax.wolf@gmail.com.

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Twitter @Shelley_runyon