Monday, June 06, 2016

Featured Guest Author: Kay Simone Author of The Aftermath. With Guest Post, Excerpt and Giveaway

The Aftermath

Please give a warm welcome to Kay Simone; a new author to Sinfully, who is visiting today with her recent release The Aftermath. In her guest post Kay poses the intriguing question…“Can a book really change your life?” Plus we have a tempting excerpt and a very generous 5 e-copy giveaway of The Aftermath from Kay, who would love to hear your thoughts on the subject!


Can a book really change your life?

In The Aftermath, one character has a transformative experience when he connects with a piece of literature. Daniel Rhodes finds himself taken off guard when he becomes engrossed in John Steinbeck’s East of Eden — and it changes the trajectory of his whole future.

I found myself so anxious writing this plotline. Would readers seriously buy the idea that reading a book or a poem could change one’s life so dramatically?

Since I’ve published, I have gotten my answer over and over again: without a doubt, yes!

So many readers have taken the time to tell me what Their Book was. Hearing these stories from my audience is absolutely one of the best things I get to do now on a daily basis.

I love to relive that first-ever experience of reading a book and feeling challenged, engaged, understood, and transformed.

A poem, “They Feed They Lion” by Philip Levine, changed my life — and here I was thinking that I was in the minority. (I’ll never be sure if I should chalk that na├»ve thought up to whiskey, lack of sleep, or some sort of special snowflake syndrome. Some questions are better left to the philosophers…)

Daniel’s book is East of Eden. For Wilson Morrow — the other main character in The Aftermath — it’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce.


Excerpt from The Aftermath

“We need to talk about that,” Will says. “Like adults.”

Daniel snorts softly, frowning.

“Yeah, that’s about two months overdue,” he says.

“OK, OK, shame me all you want,” Will says. “I’m a fucking dick and I did the wrong thing. I should’ve treated you like someone capable of making his own decisions. But I didn’t know you yet, Daniel.”

Daniel still hasn’t turned to face him. Will presses his hand into one of Daniel’s and he looks to Will, sees him smiling, and finally turns his body to face him. Will cups his hands around Daniel’s in a gesture that’s almost pleading.

Will wants to tell Daniel every little detail that now convinces him that Daniel is worth the risk.

Will wants to improvise an ode to the younger man right then and there, detailing everything he’d come to learn about Daniel Rhodes, his richness of thought that fascinated Will so much, his emotional maturity that Will knows the man doesn’t even realize he possesses, his ability to make leaps and bounds in logic that makes Will’s heart open up in a painful way that recalls every student that he’s ever wanted to succeed, the potential he sees in Daniel’s life, the vast dizzying array of opportunities in his future, the pleasure he feels every day at seeing Daniel realize more and more how smart he actually is.

He could write volumes, too, to Daniel’s physical form — Will is ready to admit that, at least to himself. It wouldn’t take long to produce a novella just outlining Daniel’s facial expressions, the lilt and fall of his brow as he works through a tricky thought in silence, the pout of lips that — in the cold weather — became ruddy even indoors. Later chapters could go further south, to the young man’s collarbones which, while fascinating, Will had only seen for the first time today, to the flat plane of his stomach which exists like a dreamt-of landscape in Will’s memory, the thatch of sparse hair below, the surprisingly strong hands threading through Will’s hair as he had knelt and worshiped Daniel’s body.

There’s so much he’d like to tell Daniel and there’s nowhere to begin. Daniel is staring at him. Waiting.

“I couldn’t even acknowledge you had a first name for the better part of two months,” Will admits.

“Yeah, I fuckin’ noticed,” Daniel says with a frown.

“Where do you go?” Daniel asks after a moment, obviously frustrated. “When you do that. You sit there like a statue for five minutes and then you come back with some lame comment about salami or saying my last name. It’s like you’re on another planet.”

“I’m coming up with brilliant shit to say,” Will says. “And then talking myself out of saying one word of it.”


 The Aftermath
Kay Simone

Aftermath - cover for sinfully

Published ~ 19th May 2016

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance

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What if you had to spend one year face-to-face with the biggest mistake of your life?

Daniel Rhodes is looking for an anonymous night of fun with his fake ID in the big city, an hour away from his tiny hometown in rural Washington.
“You play pool?” Daniel asks the stranger, eyeing him.
“Uh, yeah. I do,” the man says in a clipped, cocky way. “Do
you play pool?”
But when an intriguing stranger flirts with Daniel, he’s desperate not to lose the man’s attention. The man is smooth, older, and funny — dark and handsome with a physical presence that has Daniel’s blood running hot. Without thinking about it, Daniel starts hustling him.
“A little,” Daniel lies. “You up for a game?”
“You’re damned right I am.”

What starts as a simple con changes as their chemistry crackles. Daniel wants this tattooed stranger, and he’s willing to bend the rules to get him on his knees. The young hustler makes the bet of a lifetime — getting him exactly what he wants.
But the anonymous fun becomes a nightmare when Daniel meets the stranger in his hometown days later, thrown into a situation that leaves them no choice but to work together.
. . .
On the advice of his friends, perpetual loner Wilson Morrow has quit his job at a state university to accept an offer in the small town of Chewelah. The university is all he’s known since he escaped a turbulent childhood in Alabama, and Will spent his twenties forgetting the memories of what happened there.
But his fresh start in a new town is a disaster from the start... Because staring at him on the first day of his promising new job is the biggest mistake of his entire life: Daniel Rhodes. They both know that with a single word, Daniel could ruin Will’s whole career.
. . .
They want to hate each other for what they are and the dishonest way they met. But as they’re forced to work together, Daniel finds that Will is changing the way he views himself, literature, and the future before him. In the gregarious and hot-tempered Daniel, Will finds someone he cannot help but care about — but he knows that the best thing he can do for Daniel Rhodes is to leave him alone.
Try as they might, something bigger than themselves always pushes the two of them together.
Nothing stays the same for either man as they navigate the minefield of a love they must keep secret. For the first time in either man’s life, they begin to build rather than repair, to forge their own future instead of treading in a wake, and to create something more important than simple survival in the aftermath of a chance encounter.
(The Aftermath is an erotically-charged emotional romance with hurt/comfort, no cheating, and a happily ever after ending.)

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Meet Kay Simone

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Kay Simone is 31 and lives in Florida where she blogs, podcasts, and writes full time. In her past lives, Kay was editor in chief of a newspaper, managing editor of a lit mag, a librarian, a website voodoo expert, and a cupcake baker.

In 2014/15, she accidentally wrote a romance novel in her spare time (along with more short erotica than she’d care to acknowledge), which gained her a small but lovely readership.

After months of insomnia, countless bottles of whiskey, and much encouragement from readers, Simone made the plunge into the world of publishing short, erotic ebooks in December 2015 under the pan name “Kay Decker.” For more about these stories, visit

In April, she launched a separate pen name, Kay Simone, for long-format fiction.




“What was your first favorite book? Has a poem or novel ever changed your whole outlook on life?”

Kay is generously gifting five e-copies of The Aftermath in a format of your choice. In response to Kay’s question above, please leave a comment  (including your email address) for a chance to win.


Competition ends midnight (EST) 11th June 2016

::: And the winners are ……

kathy p, booksandmore, Suzy Webster, batchelorboy55 & Elle



  1. I'm not big on reading heavy stuff, mostly romance novels. There was a book by Erich Segal that left quite an impression with me (Acts of Faith) probably for the reason it being the author's sole book wasn't published in translated version in my country (I assumed it's due to the content which rather heavily touched on religions). That book gave me insights. Nothing tangible perhaps, but I'd like to think it change my way of thinking to be more accepting to differences. :)

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  2. There are several books which have deeply impressed me. As a kid, I remember loving White Fang by Jack London: I wanted to travel to Klondike and have adventures... On my teens I discovered the Lord of the Rings, by Tolkien. So I discovered there were different worlds to live adventures in... Later, writers like Herman Hesse (Siddharta) or Rabindranath Tagore have deeply influenced my way of seeing life.

    1. Hi booksandmore, congratulations ~ you are one of our lucky winners and will receive an ecopy of The Aftermath. An email is on it's way to you. Happy reading!

  3. The first book I remember connecting with is Little Women. Having 3 sisters I really related too.

    1. Hi Kathy, congratulations ~ you are one of our lucky winners and will receive an ecopy of The Aftermath. An email is on it's way to you. Happy reading!

    2. thanks Macky! I can't wait to read this book! Love this blog, have found so many great authors and books!

  4. The first book I read that sparked my imagination was when I was nine and had an accident I was off school for 6 weeks so my teacher gave me a copy of the Hobbit to read, so began my reading bug.

  5. I think my early influences were Enid Blyton's Famous Five, the Heidi books - Little Women was in there too, Day of the Triffids (probably through school)
    I do like the sound pf this one, good luck Kay

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    1. Hi Suzi, congratulations ~ you are one of our lucky winners and will receive an ecopy of The Aftermath. An email is on it's way to you. Happy reading!

  6. Tahn by L.A. Kelly effected me immensely. I was sucked into the story immediately as a teen. Read it in one day, then read it over again the next. I'm still not entirely sure what about this story gets me so hard every time, but it's still a dear favorite.


  7. i always loved to read anything by judy blume..cant remember my first book but loved her ever since i read hers

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  8. The first books I remember connecting with were the Little House books. I read them over & over. There's not one particular book I can say changed my outlook on life, but reading slash fanfic changed my reading habits forever. And the way I view the world has changed now. I try my best to be a better ally & advocate as well as donate to LGBT causes when I can.

    1. Sorry, forgot my email too.

  9. My first favorite book (and still one of my favorites) was The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. My third grade teacher read it to our class over the course of the school year (this was way back in the 1970s), and it immediately became a favorite. I've never had a poem or novel change my whole outlook on life least not yet.

  10. My first favorite that I can remember is The Little Engine That Could. I tried to be just like that engine.
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  11. I was a voracious reader as a child but there were a couple of series that I read and reread. I loved the My Friend Flicka series and The Anne of Green Gables series. :-)

  12. I would have to say my first favorite book was The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. After I finished it I went out back to where my Dad was building something and I sat thee and recounted the story to him in vivid detail. I think I was actually hoarse that night.

  13. I grew up an avid reader, Aussie authors like Mavis Thorpe Clark, Ivan Southall, Colin Thiele, as well plenty of US & UK writers across every genre. I can't point to one, so here are a few number ones.
    1. Colin Thiele, Storm Boy, I walked the Coorong where this is set, with my father several times living and breathing the story.
    1. Joan Lindsay, Picnic at Hanging Rock. I had to get parental permission to borrow this from the public library as it was considered an adult book (I think I was 14 at the time)
    1. James Michener, Hawai'i. In the age of epic novels this one stands out, again loved visiting Hawai'i and Vanuatu where some of his Tales of the South Pacific were set.
    1. Numbers by John Rechy, I kept hiding the university library copy where I worked to devour its words of men who I wanted to be.
    1. The Front Runner, Patricia Nell Warren. When I came out there was a lot of reading to catch up on, this remains one of few which is re-read (ever Olympic year) and the tears still flow.
    1. Loaded (re-titled Heads Up for the movie) Christos Tsiolkas, as the first Australian setting of a gay story I had read.
    1. Geoffrrey Knight's, Pearl Trilogy, because it is set in Darwin & the Top End, my country, and he did it well.
    No way does this diminsh an endless list of #1s for their joy, empowerment and passion.

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    2. Hi batchelorboy55, congratulations ~ you are one of our lucky winners and will receive an ecopy of The Aftermath. An email is on it's way to you. Happy reading!

  14. I always loved the Enid Blyton adventure books. I'm not adventurous myself though.


  15. I've read so many books in my (short lifetime so far. That I can't remember what my first book was. The first book I think that made me aware of there being more in a particular situation was The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare. My sister told me to read it when I eight.

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  16. HMS Ulysses by Alistair MacLean was the first book that I re-read multiple times...think I started reading him when I was 11 or 12.


  17. Hi Kay, welcome to Sinfully!
    This story looks really interesting. I can't wait for a chance to read it.
    I guess the book that changed my life was The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas, just because it gave me the love of reading when I was still a pre-teen ;-)

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    1. Hi Elle, congratulations ~ you are one of our lucky winners and will receive an ecopy of The Aftermath. An email is on it's way to you. Happy reading!