Please help me welcome Lisa Henry and JA Rock who've come bearing gifts and updating us about their characters and latest release The Boy Who Belonged available now at Loose Id. Make sure to leave a comment below to be entered to win an e-copy.
When Loose Id put out a call for Christmas-themed sequels, both J.A. Rock and I said, “We can do that!” Because apparently that’s our mantra. We don’t let little things like a complete lack of organis/zational skills slow us down any. And it was fun writing The Boy Who Belonged. I’d never written a sequel before -- J.A. has -- and it was really interesting to sit down and think about how our characters might be doing six months down the track.
Here are some things we never considered. At least not for more than a moment or two:
J.A.: Let’s be honest, we thought about some of them for more than a moment.
Lane: Becomes so shy that he literally turns invisible. Uses that to his advantage to become a superhero. Is gunned down by the Russian mob, but resurrects as a zombie. For some reason.
Derek: Takes a photograph of Belleview’s first ever Sharknado that becomes iconic. The world’s all like, “Guy Who Took the Picture of the Flag on Iwo Jima Who?”
Ferg: Gets his own reality TV show “Cookin’ With Ferg”. Beats Gordon Ramsay to death with a whisk. It takes eleven hours. Fox calls it “Must See TV”. Ferg wins an Emmy.
Brin: Discovers Mormonism and falls in love with the white shirt and black tie combo, as well as the opportunity to talk to strangers and ride his bike everywhere.
Doesn’t really talk to people about Jesus so much as gossip about the Kardashians and discuss the latest episode of The Walking Dead--which Brin has the weirdest feeling he saw Lane on, though that can’t possibly be...
But of course, we did none of those things. No, we packed our crazy away in a nice little box and tied it up with a ribbon that says “Enter at own risk”. Then we put it away for a while. We’re going to shake it up and take a peek in a few months, and see what’s happened to the contents. It will probably make the chaos of Dante’s Inferno look like a day at the beach.
J.A.: I actually just peeked at it. It has a weird growth.
So with our crazy packed neatly away, we had to be reasonable about the whole thing. Where would six months find Lane and Derek, apart from close to Christmas?
Has Lane gotten better? Maybe. He’s gained confidence in some things -- in his job at Taco Hub, in his studies at community college, and in his relationship with Derek. But it’s a precarious balancing act for Lane. It always has been, and with his first Christmas with Derek approaching and an unexpected summons from his mother in jail, Lane’s going to take a few steps backward before he can move forward again.
Derek has his own problems. He’s bringing in extra cash by taking Santa photos at the local mall, and -- I once worked in retail and I hated Christmas. The carols. God. They never stopped! So Derek has some Christmas stress going on, and he’s also becoming touchy as to how outsiders view his relationship with Lane. He’s Lane’s Dom, not his daddy.
And what about the unflappable Ferg and the incredibly flappable Brin? Well, lucky Ferg’s unflappable, because Brin is in good form.
In the meantime, a little bit of crazy did creep into The Boy Who Belonged. It’s called Mr. Zimmerman. He’s baaacck!
Twenty-one-year-old Lane Moredock finally has a normal life. Six months after he was wrongly made a suspect in his parents' ponzi scheme, he's settled down with his older boyfriend, Derek, and is working and attending school. But his happiness is threatened when his mother launches a Christmastime PR campaign to help appeal her prison sentence, and asks introverted Lane to be part of it.
Derek Fields has his hands full taking Santa photos, bird-sitting his sister's foul-mouthed macaw, and helping Lane prepare for a television interview neither of them wants him to do. As he eases Lane through his anxiety, he worries that Lane sees him as a caretaker rather than a boyfriend, and that their age difference really does matter. He and Lane compensate for the stress in their lives by taking their D/s relationship to new levels--a relationship that Lane's mother insists he should be ashamed of.
As Christmas draws nearer, the pressure builds. Pushy elves. Snarky subs. A bad fight. A parrot in peril. How the hell is Derek going to give Lane a perfect Christmas when the Moredock legacy threatens to pull them apart before the new year?
The Boy Who Belonged is out now from Loose Id.
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