Today we’re pleased to welcome author Andrew Jericho, with an excerpt and giveaway of his book Hard Times. Enjoy this little teaser and his reasons for choosing to share it with you, and then be sure to click on the Rafflecopter widget below for a chance to win an e-copy of the book.
Thanks, Lisa, for having me as a guest at The Novel Approach! I’m looking forward to sharing Hard Times (Prison Masters 1) with your readers.
Hard Times is my first book with characters in the BDSM lifestyle. While edgier, it is filled with the same romance, passion, and eroticism readers have come to expect from my work. In keeping with those themes, I wanted to express that finding love is one of life’s most treasured gifts, even in the hard times. Making connections with those we love, whether through touch or words, can make a positive difference.
The excerpt I shared reflects the importance of love. The words are testaments to the dynamics of the relationships between the men. I’ve given Ace, Tyler, and Paul opportunities to express their POVs. In addition, each man developed individual relationships with each other, as well as the triad.
Hard Times was inspired by a photo I made during a walk-though of the old county detention center in my hometown. In the image, ‘Hard Times’ graffiti is visible on the ceiling above a top bunk. This picture was included in a journalistic article I wrote, documenting overcrowding and the deteriorating architectural structure of the jail. Since then, a new building has been constructed.
As the story progressed, I also recalled a visit to a maximum security prison. The facility, Tucker Unit, is located in southeast Arkansas. I renamed the prison in the book, Tuckerville Unit. It is loosely based on the Tucker facility. During my tour, the prisoners wore white scrubs. In addition, inmates had to walk near the walls and not cross painted lines on the floors. More research led me to discover, since 2009 one-hundred inmates are allowed to live in a dormitory cell block. These are prison workers. While I haven’t addressed detailed living arrangements in the book, I’ve shared factual situations. Except, Arkansas does not allow conjugal visits. The prison I created does. There was no other way to allow my characters’ stories to be told.
About the Book
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Heat Rating: Sextreme
Categories: Erotic Alternative Consensual BDSM, M/M/M, HEA
Length: 22k Words
Blurb: Ace Freeman is the president of Prison Masters, a BDSM club for gay males. He’s in love with cellmate Tyler Chase and guard Paul Ryder. Ace is Dominant, desiring to take both men as pets.
As an experienced sub, Tyler wants to give submission to two Masters. He slips an explicit drawing into Ace’s notebook. Later, he blurts out his affections for Paul. Tyler hopes his actions will gain collars from both men.
Underneath Paul’s shy and soft-spoken exterior lies a man who lives the BDSM lifestyle. Paul is a switch. The guard desires a Master who can fulfill his need for no limits, and a pet to dominate. However, Paul knows his desires for Ace and Tyler have the potential to cost his job.
A good Master cares for his pets. Ace believes that principle. Once a triad begins to form, Ace needs to find a way to ensure their love will survive even in the hard times.
Note: This book contains double anal penetration.
“Be quiet, Ace,” Tyler replied.
Ace flipped Tyler to his back. He searched his lover’s eyes. They were still clouded with hurt. “Be quiet, what? Because we’ve still got us to work on. The pain you’re feeling will eat you up. I ain’t letting that happen.”
“Good boy. I miss him, too. Keep asking myself how I’m gonna be a good Master to him locked up in here. I don’t have all the answers to the questions I see in your eyes. Remember trust, baby. Trust me.”
Ace pulled a blanket over their bodies. He brushed his nose against Tyler’s. Then, his lips skimmed over the young man’s forehead, trailing to his closed eyelids, and gliding the bridge of his nose. Sex was one thing. Affection was another. In Tuckerville Unit, human touch was the most important. Just knowing someone cared meant the difference between living and hanging one’s neck through a noose.
When Ace got to Tyler’s lips, he rubbed his thumb over the plump flesh. He used his thumb to part Tyler’s mouth. “I’m so sorry,” Ace said.
Tyler closed his eyes. “I still smell him. I taste him.”
“So can I.”
Ace pressed his lips to Tyler’s mouth. He gently moved against his lover’s flesh. Right now, all he cared about was giving Tyler affection. Ace’s tongue caressed the inside the Tyler’s mouth. He stroked along his partner’s jaw line. Ace’s lingual caress brushed over Tyler’s teeth. The young man’s mouth was warm.
“I love you.” Ace’s voice was a whisper.
“I love you, too.” Tyler smiled. “Feels good to be Ace Freeman’s collared pet. You know you’ve got other men in the club looking at you.”
“Yeah, I see them all the time. Some outside, too.”
“I’ve got what I want.”
“Me, too. I’m a very resourceful twink.”
“Really? You did come on to me. Though, I would have taken you eventually.”
About the Author
Andrew Jericho is a ManLove erotic romance author for Siren-BookStrand Publishing, LGBTQ rights activist, humanitarian, and freelance journalist/photographer. His books explore gay men in real situations of life and love. Andrew blends romance, passion, and eroticism into all of his characters.
Often, Andrew’s characters select themselves, as he provides them with their literary voice. Once a story develops, he’s compelled to see it through to completion. Andrew’s characters make sure of that fact. Love and eroticism are two very important and powerful emotions which drive not only his characters, but his style of writing, too.
Andrew is a gay transgender man, who lives with his partner, John Jericho, and family. When not writing expect to find him enjoying spending time with family, photography, eclectic tastes in music and the arts, and browsing the local library and art galleries. All of Andrew’s work can be found at: http://andrewjericho.com/.