The Novel Approach welcomes author Annabelle Jacobs today on the Toy With Me/Secrets Anthology blog tour.
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Toy with Me is a short story about college boys and sexual exploration. It’s my contribution to The Secrets Collection—the third in the series—and was so much fun to write.
When I went to college, there were three girls on my course and thirty-seven boys. We all stayed in one building for the first year, and then I shared a house with three of the boys after that. It was such a great laugh, and writing about college-aged boys always reminds me of those times.
When he moves in with his new housemates, Aaron intends to tell them about his sexuality from the outset. But a large pink item of a personal nature, given as a joke, scuppers his plans and he misses his chance.
Fellow housemate Rob is out and proud. He guesses Aaron is gay, and when he finds Aaron’s other secret concealed in his sock drawer, he takes it upon himself to help Aaron out with a little sexual experimentation.
The Secrets Collection: The Secrets Collection are sexy short stories by four different authors. The stories are linked by the common theme of secrets.
June 4, 2015: Top Me Maybe? by Jay Northcote
June 12, 2015: Cheeky Hipster & Jocks by Posy Roberts
June 19, 2015: Toy With Me by Annabelle Jacobs
June 26, 2015: Vampire Wishes by Teegan Loy
Please visit Blanket Fort Press for full details on the other stories in the Secrets Collection
Excerpt: “Oi, Aaron?” Rob nudged him with his toe, startling him. He jolted upright, not realising he didn’t have hold of his beer properly, and promptly spilled it all over Rob’s feet. “Shit! Sorry.” He snatched the can from the bed before anymore could spill out and tried not to laugh at the grimace on Rob’s face.
He pulled at the toe of his sock, then glared up at Aaron when he sniggered. “Yeah, you look sorry. He peeled off both his socks, mopped up the bit that had gone on the quilt, then tossed them over by the door. “The least you can do is lend me a fresh pair, you fucker.” Aaron huffed. It wasn’t as though his room was cold. “Fine, whatever. But I’m not getting them for you.”
He paused the film and waved over at his chest of drawers. “Socks are in the top drawer. Help yourself.” Rob grunted something in reply that Aaron didn’t catch, and the bed dipped as he scooted to the edge and stood up. Aaron let his eyes fall shut, dozing as he waited for Rob to sit back down again. It wasn’t until he heard the scrape of the drawer opening that realisation kicked in. Oh fuck. His eyes snapped open. “Wait!”
An avid reader of fantasy herself for many years, Annabelle now spends her days writing her own stories. They’re usually either fantasy or paranormal fiction, because she loves building worlds filled with magical creatures, and creating stories full of action and adventure. Her characters may have a tough time of it—fighting enemies and adversity—but they always find love in the end.