Gay Contemporary and Paranormal Romance

Friday, August 15, 2014

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Cover Reveal! Diventando: The Vessel

Here is another awesome cover by Trace Zaber at Amber Allure for my next release
Diventando: The Vessel due out on Sept. 7th! This story is an expanded version of
my weekly flash fiction featuring Owen and Turk.
 
  

Twenty-five-year-old Owen McIntyre is no stranger to the Grim Reaper. Diagnosed with leukemia at the age of fifteen, he's spent the last ten years slowly dying. With only two weeks before his next checkup, Owen’s body is already warning him that he may no longer be in remission. He’s tired of the countless rounds of chemo and the way his family coddles and protects him. To live and die on his own terms, Owen makes the most difficult decision of all: he decides to forego treatment. When he meets a lively college professor named Turk, conquering the man becomes part of his bucket list. But as Owen gets to know Turk, he starts to see him as more than a fling. It’s a luxury a dying man doesn’t have.

 
But what if suddenly everything Owen knew to be true was a web of lies and deceit—even his diagnosis of cancer? Suddenly taken hostage, tied to a bed and experimented on, Owen's nightmare of leukemia is a far cry from the horrors he will face. No longer able to trust anyone in his life, including Turk, Owen is alone and cut off from the world. He has to make the hard decision whether to trust those who have betrayed him, or die a lonely death. He must also decide if he can trust enough to love the man he’s come to care for deeply. With time running out, he’ll not only fight to live, but fight to want to live again, and even that might not be enough to save him from the evil that lurks inside.

 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Wednesday Briefs #15 and #16 The Hollow: Soul Seekers


Copyright 2014 JC Wallace
Each week a group of authors participate weekly in Wednesday Briefs Flash Fiction. Each installment is 500-1000 words long and is posted to our blogs each week. After you read the latest in my story, click on the link at the end to visit the other flashers.

For some reason, my brief didn't post so this week you get two for one! Enjoy!
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Two days in bed and Levi truly believed he’d be losing his mind faster than he’d expected. When Gia called Sunday morning, Levi begged for a speedy rescue. Another day at home with his mother and Levi wouldn’t be responsible for his actions.
After a brief argument with his mother, Levi was in Gia’s Honda and free from his prison and warden.
“You’re a life saver!” Levi exclaimed.
“If it wasn’t for my cousin’s wedding, I would have rescued you yesterday. Hey, do you know what you get when you put an ugly woman in a three-thousand dollar wedding dress? Yup, an ugly woman in a three-thousand dollar wedding dress. No amount of money was going to save that wreck of a woman. He’s definitely marrying her for the money,” Gia said, almost looking sad.
Levi held his side as he laughed through the stab of pain, but it was so worth it.
There first stop was Gia’s house. Her house was outside of Ticonderoga, on Lake Champlain, which bordered the east side of town. Since they’d become friends, Levi had spent so much time there that he’d taken over one of the many guest rooms as his own. Gia lived here with her father, Dario. but he often traveled for his business which had something to do with extraction and storage. Whatever that meant. Gia’s older sister, Claudia, was away at college in California and rarely came home. Gia’s mother had died before her father had moved them to Ticonderoga.
The house was an amazing modern log cabin with all of the amenities. Huge cook’s kitchen, large family room with massive floor to ceiling windows, a deck overlooking the lake, walk-in showers and, to top it off, a heated pool if the lake was too cold for a swim. It was definitely posh and paled Levi’s house immensely. But despite all of that, Levi came to Gia’s for the quiet and solitude.
Gia dragged Levi into the kitchen, which wasn’t necessary since his nose would have done the job for her. Homemade Italian spaghetti sauce simmered in a pot on the stove. The sauce took Gia’s dad three days to make and was enough to make Levi’s stomach sit up and beg.
“Tell me it’s done,” Levi demanded. His mouth watered as he drifted closer to the large metal pot on the six burner stove.
Gia gave Levi an evil smirk as she held a large spoon but remained silent.
“So help me God Gia if you brought me here to torture me then I will never speak to you about—”
“Gia, don’t tease Levi,” a deep voice said.
Dario walked into the kitchen, his dark gray hair slicked back. He had the classic Italian looks—long thin nose with the bump in the bridge, olive skin, bushy eyebrows, almond-shaped brown eyes, thin well-defined lips. Levi had to admit to a boy crush on Gia’s Dad when he’d first met him but now Dario was like a second father.
“Hey darling,” Dario said giving Gia a squeeze and kiss on her head.
“Hi, Papa,” she said he smile wide. Their family was highly affectionate and touchy feely. At first, it had freaked Levi out given that no one even hugged each other in his family. Gia explained that it was an Italian thing, well at least in her large extended family. When they all came to visit, they were always, hugging and kissing cheeks and sitting close. Once Levi had gotten used to the handsy lot, he had become more comfortable and even a little jealous of their openness.
Dario took the spoon from Gia. “Levi, how’re you doing? Gia tells me you hurt yourself when you fell into the lake? Did you realize it’s March?”
He gave Levi the cursory what-the-hell-were-you-thinking look. Yeah, that was the standard look Levi had gotten from everyone.
“Stupid accident. I’m doing much better.” He ducked his head to hide his embarrassment.
“Well, if you’re injured, you must eat,” he said pulling out a plate for Levi  who snorted. Every occasion was a reason to feed people in this household. You pass a test, you eat. You stub your toe, you eat. If it’s a day ending in “y”, you eat.
Dario piled the plate high with pasta and smothered it with thick, sauce laden with sausage, pork and chicken. Levi closed his mouth to stop any drool from escaping. He was damned sure that sauce could cure cancer.
“Manga,” Dario said in his boisterous, tenor voice and affectionately ruffled Levi’s hair. Levi grinned around a mouth full of pasta and sauce and gave a muffled, “Thank you.”
“How are your parents Levi?” Dario asked pouring himself a glass of red wine.
Levi swallowed his mouthful. “Good. Dad’s busy with surveys. Logan’s still working with him. Mom’s busy too but everyone is good.”
“Molto buono. That makes me happy to hear. And school? You studying hard?”
Dario raised his eyebrows in that expectant look parent give their kids that says, “the answer better be yes.”
“School is good,” he assured Dario.
“Keep it that way. “I have some work to do in my office. Gia, give Levi some bread.”
Gia rolled her eyes. After her father had left the kitchen she said, “Get your own fucking bread. I swear whenever you’re here you’re the prince of the house.”
Levi grinned around another mouthful of pasta and sauce, some dripping out of the corner of his mouth.
“Oh, a real prince,” she said and threw a towel at him and Levi wiped his chin.
“Are you sure you have to go to this thing at the college? Couldn’t you just skip it and we could hang out here or something?” Levi asked
“Nope, you will suffer the Annual Spring Icebreaker with me.” Gia had that stubborn set to her expression that told Levi no argument was going to change her mind.
Levi moaned. The annual Spring Icebreaker was a sort of thank-god-spring-is-here themed fair. Different groups at the college were doing their own tribute to Spring. Levi had repeatedly refused to attend, adamant about continuing his avoidance of all things school until tomorrow.
 “It’s going to be a blast. We can make fun of the theater geeks in their togas. They’re doing some crap from ancient Rome or something,” she said, scrunching her round face in disgust.
“Ugh,” Levi moaned again and shovel more pasta goodness into his mouth.
“Don’t whine. I’m going to get ready. Oh and when you’re done, would you go and see if my father has the envelope he wants me to drop off at the bank.”
“You mean go into his office?” Levi had never been in that office. It was off-limits to everyone, kind of like the bat cave.
“Yes, Levi, the scary office.” She shook her head and left the kitchen. She would have made an excellent older sister with that wit and sarcasm.
Finishing up the pasta, Levi rinsed his plate and placed it in the dishwasher. Wandering down the hallway, he stopped at the thick, carved door to Dario’s office. Although he was always nice to Levi and had a smile for him, there was something commanding, formidable beneath the surface of Dario Alberici. He was a successful businessman, from Levi understood over the years from Gia. The way he held himself with confidence, controlled his environment, commanded others, Levi could see him crushing business opponents easily.
Levi knocked, the sound absorbed by the hard wood. After a moment, he knocked again louder, his knuckles stinging. Shit, he couldn’t hear anything through the door. He should wait for Dario to answer, but what if he was telling Levi to come in and Levi couldn’t hear him. Shit. One more knock and no answer.  Levi sucked in a breath reached for the handle. Slowly, he turned the knob and pushed open the door. “Dario?”
No answer so Levi peeked around the door. The office was large, decorated in the same light, modern style as the rest of the house. A large mahogany desk sat in the middle of the room facing the windows overlooking the lake. Best view in the house.
The room was empty. Levi was about to leave and find Gia when a noise to the right startled him. Along one wall was a large bookcase. Levi’s mouth dropped open when one section of the bookcase swung open like a door and Dario stepped out. When he saw Levi his brow furrowed.
“Levi?” The tone of his voice said he wanted an explanation.
“S-sorry Dario. Gia sent me here to get something...you wanted her to drop off. I knocked a few times but you didn’t...I didn’t think...I mean, I thought you didn’t hear me.” Fuck he sounded guilty.
Dario shut the bookcase and smiled slowly. “Alright.” He walked to the desk with a sideways glance at Levi. He picked up an envelope and slowly extended it across the desk. His expression was almost one daring Levi to come and get it. Levi stepped forward and reached for the envelope. When his fingers gripped the smooth paper and pulled, Dario didn’t release it. Levi raised his brows.
“Now, Levi. What you’ve seen here today is our little secret. Can I count on you to keep this to yourself?” The set of Dario’s jaw and the hardness in his dark eyes was enough to make Levi agree to anything, even liking girls.
“You mean the office?” Was it really that big of a secret?
Dario cracked a smile. “The bookcase, Levi. I have a room there where I store important papers. Papers that my competitors would like to get their hands on. Information others would not think twice about hurting someone I love to get their hands on. Which is why it’s a secret from everyone.” He raised his brows again in that Dario way. Levi knew who he meant by “everyone”Gia.
Why did he feel like he was getting some kind of warning? Paranoid much, Levi?
“Sure no problem, Dario.” Levi nodded vigorously. He just wanted out of the office.  
Dario released the envelope and Levi nodded and slipped from the office. Shit he felt like he’d been caught doing something wrong. Envelope in hand he went to find Gia and head to the Spring Icebreaker. Suddenly, he couldn’t get away from the house soon enough.
At the college, Levi followed Gia into the lounge where their usual group of friends had gathered. Actually, they were really Gia’s group of friends and Levi was merely a tag along. From an outsider’s perspective, Levi appeared a legitimate member however, he stayed on the fray and rarely hung out with the other members unless with Gia. The phrase, “alone in a crowded room,” was Levi’s anthem.
Levi sank tentatively into a chair next to Gia and closed his eyes briefly, trying to calm his shakiness. His ribs and his head ached. He was still on edge about being caught in Dario’s office, which was stupid. Dario was a nice guy. Maybe, he should have stayed home but then, he’d have to admit that his mother had been right. That would mean hell had finally frozen over.
Gia turned to Sarah Morgan and her boyfriend, Josh Finn who sat on a sofa and then frowned, “You know, Sarah, you will never meet anyone nice if you keep taking him out with you.”
Josh gave Gia the finger then finally cracked a smile. Gia had a way with people, even if it was an evil way. Yeah, Levi was jealous.
As they sat, the crowd streaming through the lounge toward the classrooms grew immensely. Levi’s claustrophobia and restlessness grew. The air was heavy and hot and hard to breathe. Levi rubbed his hands together in his lap. In his chest was a faint yet familiar tightening. Just breathe. Since the night he’d taken two of his pills, the anxiety had been on the low down. Now, he feared losing control in the crowd with no way to escape. Closing his eyes, he took several centering breaths, but the bandage around his torso constricted his lungs. When he opened his eyes, Levi spotted Noah making his way through the crowd toward him. Shit, Levi so couldn’t handle him right now.
Levi told Gia he’d be right back and squeezed through the crowd toward the men’s room. The closest bathroom had a long line so Levi headed toward the bathroom located downstairs, which meant he had to get through the crowded hallway. Not even a quarter of the way down the hall, Levi regretted the decision. The hallway was filled to capacity with crushing forms. Elbows poked at Levi from all angles. A surge from the crowd trapped him within a wall of bodies. Unable to breathe, the panic rose. He had to get out. Someone pushing to pass him, knocked into Levi, stealing his breath away with a sharp pain. Levi worked his way to the side of the hall and hugged the wall. Sweat broke out on his forehead and blood rushed in his ears. The exit was back near the lounge. He had to escape or he was sure he’d die.
Suddenly, pressure ripped into his skull killing off every bit of the fear. Grabbing at his head, Levi fought to keep from crumpling to the ground. Instead of slowly growing in intensity as in the past, his mind was slammed with a full on assault. Bodies continued to push past Levi sweeping him along with the crowd at their will. Fighting the crowd and the debilitating crushing of his brain, Levi turned to fight back in the opposite direction.
Have to get out of here!
 
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Saturday, August 2, 2014

Welcome Jayson James to the blog!


Thank you Jake for having me as a guest!

Today I would like to share with you something very exciting and been in the long time coming. At last, I finally have covers for the Finding Our Way Series books.  Sure, they have been out for almost three years now and they’ve all had covers on them.  Just not covers I have been all too thrilled about on them.

When I put out my first book the cover, itself seemed to be more daunting than the editing process was.  I had an image that I’d drawn and knew what I wanted the title to be and of course my name on it.  I used the paint program and messed around with the adding the image and the text until I had it all fitting on what I thought was a book cover.  Then I went to upload it and found the dimensions were wrong and a long story short, I went through several headaches and starting from scratch until I was able to come up with a halfway decent book cover.

I eventually found a template that I was able to put my cover image into and make it look all nice and professional. It worked and they looked rather good.  Being the protectionist I am they were not good enough for me.  Thus, I always wanted to change the covers.

What has always been clear is people love the artwork.  When I published, I was so nervous about sharing my artwork.  So much so, I almost did not put it onto the cover.  I have reviewed more emails praising, asking about and complimenting my cover art than anything from readers.  Even when I have talked about changing the covers, my friends, readers or anyone else has always made a plea for me to keep my artwork on the books.  I decided over a year ago that no matter what the images for each cover was going to stay the same. 

Although I have been busily painting the cover for my new book, Pieces of Us coming out at the end of summer, dealing with edits and a schedule so crazy my head is spinning some days, I had an idea for what I wanted to do with the covers of my series.  Without further ado, here are the new covers beside the old.

 

 

Finding Our Way

Justin Parker and Derrick Wilson have been best friends since meeting back in middle school. Currently they are in their junior year at Chandler High School, and living the good life as teenagers. They have great girlfriends, plenty of close friends, their own cars, and parents who are well off. As nice as things might look to an outsider, something is missing from each of their lives.

Justin has become the invisible son in the midst of his parents failing marriage. In an effort to get his parent’s attention, Justin keeps getting into trouble. So far he has been able to get away with anything without facing any repercussions, while Derrick is feeling distant and tired of what he feels is a too “perfect family”. He just wants to have a normal social life and spend time with his friends without the pressures from his family to spend time with them. With blurring the lines of friendship in the process to realizing what was missing and discovering who they really are.

Justin and Derrick take turns narrating the story of their junior year in high school and all of the events that take place in their lives. Being a teenager can be tough. Being gay can be tougher. For Derrick and Justin they are both, and life cannot get any more complicated.

What happens when two best friends cross the boundaries of friendship? Will they be able to be happy together? Will they keep their secret?

 

 

Tormented Discovery

Justin and Derrick have a secret that they revealed only to their closest friends. They are gay and are now a couple. The story of Justin and Derrick continues as they learn more about being a gay couple in their senior year of high school and the complications that arise from it. Some friends will have their backs while others simply stand on the sidelines. Other friends will be accepting and others will ridicule them.

Sometimes love is almost not enough to save a relationship and both Derrick and Justin begin to have their doubts as they watch relationships around them rise and fall. Justin and Derrick both want to have new experiences, new choices and make new friends, which leads to them questioning their own relationship. They soon discover that some of the people they consider friends have their own secrets, some darker than others. The couple begins to see how people react towards homosexuality and just how people want to deal with it and them.

Will Justin and Derrick be able to hold onto each other while their lives and secrets spiral around them?
Or will they decide to step back and give up on themselves and each other?

 

 

Drifting

What happens when the person you love is having doubts?

These two boyfriends have been through a lot. Best friends since childhood, fell in love in high school and thought they would be together forever. They stuck together even when their friends and family found out about their relationship. Struggling with challenge after challenge, they have finally made it to college and are living on their own. Living together is a whole new world and being open with their relationship is even more so.

Spending every day together as a couple they begin to learn about their differences. Things that never bothered them are now annoying traits driving a wedge between them. Can their relationship survive their differences? Can it handle new friends and new romances? Will they find their way together or will they drift apart?

 

I appreciate you taking the time to share in my excitement!  I hope you enjoy the new covers and more so, I hope you enjoy the books!

Thanks again, [Blogger] for having me as a guest today!

 

A Little About Me (Jayson James)

For as long as I can remember, I dreamt of becoming a published author someday.   Though I was not sure what genre I wanted to write, I knew I liked to write and tell stories.  Throughout the years, I have written various stories and shared them with my friends.  A novel I had an overwhelming urge to write exactly a year ago would make this dream come true.   When I am not writing, I enjoy drawing, reading, watching movies and socializing.

For more information about me, please visit my website: www.jaysonjamesbooks.blogspot.com

To purchase my books, please visit Amazon: http://amzn.com/e/B009FQAR44