Happy Saturday, peeps. Here is number three in the series of interviews with authors who have contributed stories to the Foolish Encounters anthology, which will be available from Wilde City Press on 1st April. Just click on the cover to be taken to the publisher’s website.
As usual with anthology interviews I am offering a small prize, so don’t forget to comment. The more often you comment the more bits of pape with your name on it go into my hat. I’m old school see – could be a pirate hat, a horned helmet, a Great War Tommy Atkins ‘tin titfer’ – it depends how I feel on the day. However I am prepared to take requests, if you have any preferences.
Anyhow I’ve kept my guest waiting long enough, so please join me in welcoming JC Jake Wallace.
Hi JC Jake.
What inspired you to write your story for the anthology?
I did a couple of prompts with the idea of what would happen if you tried to get someone’s attention and it went wrong. The first one involved a man who wanted to get a hot fireman’s attention so he climbed a tree and pretended he couldn’t get down. The second prompt was the one I chose to write about a skateboarder and a jogger.
Could you tell me a little about it?
Amateur skateboarder, Nicholas wants the attention of the hot jogger Quinn who he sees in the park every day. When nothing works he decides an impressive flip on his board is the thing he needs. Unfortunately that flip sends them both to the hospital. I’ve never written a story with a skateboarder before and had to do some research, but the focus of the story is on the evolving relationship between Nicholas and Quinn.
Here is the blurb:
Skateboarder Nicholas O’Brien’s sole focus is on perfecting his sport, yet a gorgeous jogger who continually ignores him tests that concentration daily. Boarding into the jogger’s path finally gets him Quinn Matthews’ attention along with the brush off. Quinn is adamant that no man will ever take advantage of him again. When Nicholas persists, Quinn finds he can’t resist the enigmatic boarder. Just as he falls for Nicholas, Quinn learns that Nicholas just may have had an agenda all along. Devastated, Quinn pulls away, leaving Nicholas alone and confused. Can they overcome their pain and shred the heart?
Could you please tell me about your other work?
I have three novels out that are paranormal of dark fantasy. Curiosity Killed Shaney, Dare to Love Forever and Diventando: The Vessel I also have a few free contemporary short stories out as well. I try to write book length contemporary but someone always ends up imbued with an ancient power or a vampire or possessed by an Incubus, lol.
What are you working on at the moment?
Currently, I am finishing a dark fantasy MPREG with demons and kidnappings, experimentation and slaves. This is my longest (over 90,000 words) and most complex story to date. I started this as a short story at the request of my friend, Raine O’Tierney who wanted an MPREG story about a tattooed gay man. Longest short story I ever wrote.
Also, I am working on my prompt from Goodreads annual Don’t Read in the Closet event. My prompt involves a recluse man who was scarred in a car accident and the rehabilitation therapist who takes the challenge to save him. Very angsty stuff. My specialty.
Please could we have an excerpt?
Nicholas’s gaze was jerky as he gazed out over the water. Quinn wondered if he was nervous. He took in Nicholas’s profile—the milky white skin, the barely noticeable freckles on his cheeks, the full red lips. He imagined their softness against his own lips, taking possession of him, owning him. But he needed to be strong. Never weak or needy or wanton. Never vulnerable again.
Nicholas looked to Quinn and the lusty gaze stole Quinn’s breath. There was a question in Nicholas’s eyes as he leaned closer, no doubt wondering if…
When their lips touched, Quinn couldn’t suppress his gasp. As if sensing Quinn’s hesitancy, Nicholas hovered, head tilted to the side, their lips brushing, but he ceased any other movement. Was he seeking permission to kiss him? A cold shudder raced down Quinn’s spine with the thoughts of hot tongues tangling in wet mouths. A sign was all Nicholas probably needed to go for it. Quinn closed his eyes and licked lightly across Nicholas’s bottom lip. The groaned response from Nicholas and the resulting crush of lips fueled his desire, raced his heart, and guided his hands to Nicholas’s hips, clutching, holding, wanting.
Nicholas grasped Quinn at the nape of his neck, controlling the kiss, eating at his lips, and devouring his whimpers. Nicholas pushed him higher, and Quinn’s cock throbbed in his dress pants, begging for any friction, any touch. Anything… everything. At that moment, his body belonged to Nicholas O’Brien, and he wanted whatever the man desired, wanted so much more than he could ever hope to have, could risk having again.
JC “Jake” Wallace started writing from a young age, but took a break for marriage, kids, and college (in that order). A few years ago, he rediscovered his passion and ventured out into the brave new world of publishing. He now has several novels and short stories published. At night and on the weekends, Jake writes about all things men, believing there is nothing hotter than two men finding and loving one another, whether for a night or forever. An avid reader of M/M romance, Jake loves a good twist of a plot, HEA, HFN, or tragic ending. He also writes what his bestie calls HUNK (Happy Until the Next Kidnapping). In his daytime hours, Jake works with individuals with autism and behavior problems. He is owned by a beautiful partner, three kids, two grandchildren, two dogs and one cat. He lives in the Adirondack Mountains in Northern NY.
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