It’s just one day to go until this anthology from Love Lane Books is released so I thought I would invite some of the contributing authors to answer a few questions about their work.
My guest today is Jenny Blackburn. Welcome Jenny and thanks for answering my questions.
1. Please tell me a little about your story in the anthology
I have two stories in Love Lane Books’ Valentine Delights.
On call techie, Brady, doesn’t hesitate to leave his group’s annual Valentine gaming weekend for an out-of-hours job helping hot University student, Dale, with computer issues. A broken computer, he can handle. How will he handle a broken heart when the guy he has been crushing on seems to be hot for someone else?
It Feels Like
Sharing a table and witty banter with a sexy stranger in a crowded cafe could be the jump start Ben’s love life needs. Jesse ticks all his ‘dream man’ attributes, but sensible Ben refuses to risk his heart without careful consideration and vetting from trusted acquaintances. Jesse seems determined to change Ben’s mind and maybe his secret will tip the balance in his favour…
Bonus excerpt from It Feels Like:
“…The guys I normally flirt with would probably think The Odyssey was a bar name and They Came Like Swallows a porno.” His lips twitched and Ben couldn’t help but laugh.
“Would they think Anything by Cummings was a sex instruction video?” he joked.
“Yes, and The Catcher in the Rye a sex position.” They sniggered and received a look from the occupants of the table beside them.
“Of Human Bondage.” Ben leant forward to say in a quiet voice. Jesse leant toward him and he held his breath at the growing intimacy.
“Everything That Rises Must Converge.” Jesse wiggled his eyebrows for emphasis.
2. What’s the best Valentines Day gift you have given/received
Back in 2003 I was starting at a new evil day job and had this handsome man assigned to train me. He asked me out on Valentine’s day and 13 years later he is still my patient and understanding (read: long suffering) partner.
His gifts are always well received – last year he bought me a terabyte portable hard drive with ribbon tied around it. I was ecstatic and immediately started transferring my MM eBook collection to it. His return gift was peace and quiet for the day.
3. What else are you working on?
My head holds many universes of smexy guys interacting with each other in goose bump inducing ways. They come out to play in my dreams and interfere with my focus in my waking hours. Up to now I have only had time to scribble down a plot before the next story takes over and demands attention. My sister has endured many a dot point outline and demanded it be allowed to mature into a full story.
These short stories are the first step in sharing my boys with the world. My trouble is wading through all the contenders to select one deserving pair to write about next.
Born in Papua New Guinea, a proud descendant of the Manx and Vikings (with lashings of Irish, English and Scottish, a splash of French and a drop of American Indian) and bearer of a Scottish title; Jenny Blackburn insists she is a true blue Aussie. She is intrigued with labels and titles; specifically to prove she doesn’t fit them.
Jen learned storytelling at her father’s knee and soon had the job of telling her younger sister ‘calming bedtime stories to put her to sleep’ (cue hysterical laughter and sneaky parents enjoying the character voices and imaginative tales from their hiding spot around the corner).
Her mother thought Jen could be a successful lawyer (she is stubborn and argumentative) and everyone agreed she had a lively imagination (not fibbing; stretching the truth). Jen found she needs to read to survive and everything else invades her reading time.
She is currently squeezing into the role of Business Intelligence Analyst at her evil day job. She lives with her supportive (long suffering) partner and teenage daughter. And a mad budgie.
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Available now from Love Lane Books
A collection of short stories specially for Valentine’s Day including
Cupid’s Spark & It Feels Like… by Jenny Blackburn
Cupid in a Stroller by Avery Duran
Something beginning with ‘V’ by Alex Jane
Up in the Air by George Loveland
Wings of Love by A. Russo
Close your Eyes by Sue Brown
Sauce for the Goose a “Cambridge Fellow” short by Charlie Cochrane
Smack Happy a “With a Kick” short by Clare London
The Heart Outside a “Texas” short featuring Jack & Riley by RJ Scott