The Novel Approach is pleased to welcome author Jessie G. on The Protector blog tour. Enjoy Jessie’s guest post, then be sure to enter for a chance to win some great prizes. The details are below.
As a mother of boys, one who is gay and one who is straight, I have had the condom speech more times than I can count. They’re adults and I still get in the whole “I hope you’re being safe” line when they start talking about their relationships. That’s the reality of the world we live in today. But is it the fiction world we live in?
Condoms are a hot topic in fiction, with some believing it’s the author’s responsibility to depict sexy sex as safe sex. Is this true? I don’t believe I’m a role model and I really don’t believe the people who read my books are stupid. No one is going to read my series and think that’s the way life, relationships or sex work in the real world. It’s fantasy, my fantasy, where all the guys are hot, dangerous, sexual beings who push the boundaries in every way.
In Past Hurts, my MCs do have a brief discussion on condom use. In For A Reason, my MCs transition from condom use to going bare without an on page discussion, but there is the general feeling that they must have had it off page. However, in The Protector there is a scene that’s going to have some people throwing up the yellow flag. Not only did I chose to write a bareback scene, it’s done without any discussion, implied or otherwise. An executive decision so to speak. I had my reasons, it comes on the heels of a very powerful scene and the connection between the characters needed to make a statement. One of love and trust and…I could go on, but this isn’t about spoilers.
Truth…safe sex is sexy. In your real life I hope you practice it, talk about it and make informed decisions that are right for you and your partner. Another truth…I write fiction and if you view me as a role model, then look to me as an example of someone who believed in her dream and never lost sight of her goal to be a published author. Beyond that, if you’re looking for a role model, I’m going to disappoint you. I have my own issues with the definitions of propriety, morality, religion, politics, right, wrong, left, right…honestly, I’m a train wreck.
Be true to yourself. I’ll be true to myself. That doesn’t mean when our paths cross there should be animosity between us. In fact, accepting each other’s differing beliefs should make for stronger connections. Accepting, not adopting. But then, that’s just my belief and it might be a little skewed.
Blurb: There was a time when Master Saul Alvarez filled his days fighting and his nights teaching willing subs the pleasure of his whip. His compassionate understanding of the masochist mind makes him the most sought after professional sadist in the Miami BDSM community. Neither role invites long term relationships, but he’s comfortable with his solitary existence until he is charged with guarding Durango’s prized whore. One look into those terror filled eyes has him vowing to risk it all to save the beautiful man.
Javier Escardo had been praying for death, but never expected the stone cold killer he got in response. One glimpse into those sinful eyes reveals not only the promise of retribution, but a reason to live. Eight years later, free and mostly sane, Javier is determined to take what belongs to him. Saul’s heart. Through hell and back, through layers of pain and shifting realities, that one truth has remained firm. His protector needs saving and he can’t do it alone.
Hidden beneath the public persona, Kyle Jensen is a man who craves to be invisible without being insignificant. He longs to find a Master who will see his need to be taken over without abusing him and a lover who will care about him beyond the sexual games. It isn’t until he encounters the smoldering combination of Saul and Javier that he realizes it was never supposed to be just one partner at all.
Can two battered hearts be mended by the love of a third? Kyle becomes the light to their darkness, and he’s willing to risk his heart for theirs, but when the past threatens Saul, will Javier’s sacrifice destroy them all?
About the Author: Like many readers, the dream of being a writer has been with me a long time. After three decades of trying, I’d begun to doubt. Thanks to social media, I followed my favorite authors hoping to glean some words of wisdom as I pounded out half-formed ideas with alarming regularity. Two repetitive themes emerged: To be a great writer you must read a lot and your butt must be in the chair every day like it’s a job. The more you write, the easier it will be to write and the better you will be at writing. I took that advice to heart and write every day. With two published books and counting, it’s been amazing to have made this dream my reality.
I am a firm believer in marriage equality, love at first sight, power dynamics and happily ever after. I’m a lover of strong secondary characters and series filled with families, biological or chosen. All are themes you’ll find throughout my books.
There are two ways to win in Jessie G.’s giveaway
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