Jaycee Edward is fast becoming a favourite of ours here at Sinfully… So we are thrilled to welcome her on the start of her blog tour and the release day of her fabulously sweet and oh so charming, new novella… Dragons, and when I tell you she’s popped in to chat about sparkling penises… well, you’ll definitely want to read on. You can also check out our Macky’s review and there’s a giveaway!
Sparkling penis bookends
That’s going to be my answer when someone asks, “What gave you the idea for Dragons?” It’s the truth. That’s how it all started – with a Facebook conversation between friends about sparkling penis bookends.
One of my friends, Allison Hickman, made a set of sparkly, rhinestone-covered, penis bookends to be auctioned off at the 2014 GRL Cock Walk fundraiser. Apparently they were a big hit and several people asked if she’d make them a set. This, of course, is a conversation worthy of Facebook. Several friends chimed in and soon there was a very lively, mostly inappropriate thread full of sparking penis jokes.
I took part, although not as actively as some others. (You know who you are.) I actually left to run some errands and ended up being gone most of the day. When I came back home and logged onto Facebook, I had several notifications leading me to that thread. At some point in the conversation, someone had suggested we create an anthology – yes, a book – of “Sparkle Peen” stories. The authors were named and somehow I’d become one of them.
I managed to figure out who the ringleader was (Eileen Griffin – go figure) and contacted her. Exactly what am I supposed to do?
“Just write a short story. No rules. It just has to somehow have a ‘sparkle peen’ in it.”
I started writing it during NaNoWriMo. I don’t even remember what my original idea was, but somehow Joey and Will had a totally different story in mind. They completely hijacked my words and suddenly I was writing a much darker story than I originally intended, but it was one Joey wanted told, so I kept typing.
Once Joey took over, I started worrying how “Sparkle Peens” were ever going to fit, but he assured me we’d be okay and he was right. He made me wait ‘til the very end to show me, but he had it all figured out.
As it turned out, the anthology idea fizzled out, but I decided to take a chance and sub the story to Evernight as part of their Romance On The Go division and was tickled pink when they accepted. I hope you enjoy Dragons and give Joey a nod for taking what started out to be a silly story and turning it into something a little deeper.
Dragons by Jaycee Edward
Publisher ~ Evernight Publishing
Published ~ 15th April 2015
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance
A chance encounter in a hospital waiting room between twenty-two year old Will Messina and sixteen year old Josiah Pinkerton ends with a gift of a stuffed dragon off the hospital gift cart and a memory neither of them can shake.
Five years later, when a lonely, buttoned-up Will ventures into a gay club, he spots a pale, leather-clad specter with violet eyes tracking his every move. Will realizes he’s being watched by the grown version of the boy who’s haunted his thoughts for years.
Joey recognizes Will, but he’s no longer the sweet, brown-eyed boy worthy of Will’s attention. He’s damaged and defective and lives in a different world than Will now. When his childhood crush makes his way across the bar, Joey doesn’t have time to decide whether to be enchanted or dismayed because, unless he turns and runs, those worlds are about to collide.
Short, sweet and satisfying describes Dragons perfectly. Not the longest read; this gentle, emotionally affecting little tale packed a lot of heart and soul. Not every short story delivers on that front but this one actually brought tears to my eyes at more than one instance, and in a forty five page book I reckon that shows a true skill for not only good writing, but being able to tell a well-rounded story.
This is the second book by Jaycee I've read and loved. She has a way of connecting you to her characters and she gets the connection between them just right! From the word go I found myself captivated by Will and Josiah, and their sensitively portrayed love story.
Will is a lovely person; kind and thoughtful, whilst Josiah is a sweet but sad soul. You don't get a massive amount of backstory, that's not its true focus, but what you do get sets the scene for the continuation of their story, which takes place five years after they first encounter each other at the hospital, where sixteen year old Josiah is having treatments for cancer, and twenty two year old Will is volunteering.
There's something about this pretty, withdrawn teenager that tugs at Will's heart. An attraction of sorts but at this point more of an emotional pull that calls to him. The title comes from a purple, plush toy dragon that Will gifts Josiah during their short time together at the beginning of the novelette. An act of kindness that—as the following five years continue to throw curveballs at him—provides the one comfort in life he cherishes, until at the age of twenty one, he again meets the older guy he's never forgotten, and the fleeting connection they initially felt is given a chance to blossom into a healing process that is just a joy to witness.
The rest you can discover for yourselves, but it all pretty much takes place over one night as the two of them reconnect; leading to a gorgeous little epilogue that finishes it all off in such a way that you come away feeling content... with no doubts they'll live happily ever after together.
Hardly any sex apart from kisses, but still Ms Edwards manages to convey a tangible sensuality and chemistry that stops you from missing the general, obligatory bedroom antics. And honestly? I think if she had added them it would have totally taken away the gentle charm from this tender little offering. A lovely read and one I'd recommend when you've got an hour to spare and you can put your feet up, curl up in a chair with your kindle, a cup of coffee (or tea in my case), shut the world off for a while and just read!
Meet the Jaycee Edward
Jaycee Edward is no longer seventeen years old but don’t tell her that. She’s actually a tad older and lives in northeast Ohio with her handsome husband and one, big gorgeous dog. She has two grown stepdaughters and is proud to be the ultra-cool Nana to two amazingly incredible grand-teens. Jaycee loves pistol shooting and is has earned her Bar 7 Sharpshooter status in the Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program and hopes to someday reach the level of Expert Marksman. She is proud to be the token liberal at her gun range. Jaycee knows way too much about the inner workings of Walt Disney World and anything related to One Direction. She’d love to pull you into the rabbit hole with her. All you have to do is ask. Find her there or contact her through social media.
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