Thank you, Danielle, for hosting me on Romance Book Junkies today. I really appreciate the opportunity to give your readers a sneak peek at my new romance novella, The Possibilities of Amy, and to share a little background about the story.
Since The Possibilities of Amy was published, I’m often been asked if there is any special secret to writing from a man’s viewpoint. Well, in fact, there is. And while it has nothing to do with self-hypnosis, mind-altering elixirs, shape-shifting rituals, or demonic possession, it is a process . . .
I call it temporary trans-gendering—sliding into the disposition, temperament, and perspective of a male identity. Does it hurt? So far, I’ve suffered no permanent damage, although I do often wonder about possible and lingering after-effects—when did her little butt get so cute?
Yes, my expeditions into the male psyche have definitely made me more curious—about a lot of things. And on those occasions when I’ve journeyed into the very heart of Penis Town, I’ve had some frighteningly rational glimpses into the male spirit. (And yes, that did hurt.) But I’ve decided the advantages outweigh the risk. Writing from that unique masculine mindset provides me with the opportunity to make the subtle and sometimes not-so-subtle distinctions between otherwise gender-bound ideologies. Often misunderstood, usually irrational, and definitely exclusionary, they take physical form as fraternal organizations, male bonding rituals, and shared sexual conquests—their testosterone-charged alliance to the “greater male” evidenced by old cardboard boxes that overflow with past issues of Playboy and Cigar Aficionado.
Bottom line, even though I’m female, my goal is to write with a convincing and authentic voice, persuading the reader to suspend their belief about author gender while avoiding that all-too-common trap of an androgynous translation.
And that’s why writing “Amy” from the male perspective was so important to me—because the story is based on a personal experience, and I wanted to tell his side of it. Not only to be fair, but because he deserved to be heard.
“Dave? The air is getting cold.”
I pulled the speaker inside and rolled up the window, letting the glass pinch the cord. I glanced up at the screen, not because I cared about the movie, but to confirm the plot was still unresolved, that there was still time to hold her, caress her, to compress an entire lifetime together into a few fleeting minutes.
I slowly ran my fingers up and down her arms. I wasn’t expecting a response, but she set her hands over mine and pulled them up to her face, giving my thumb a playful bite. Maybe she was trying to recover, to distance herself from an uncertain future. Could revealing the truth have changed the way she thought of me? Had I become a diversion, something to take her mind off her problems? Perhaps under the circumstances, it’s all I could be.
Her teeth had barely left my thumb when she began to slowly separate the fingers of my left hand, softly nibbling at each fingertip.
Suddenly, all first date pretense was gone, the awkward hesitation unnecessary. I turned my head just enough to kiss her cheek, feeling the muscles in her face contracting into a smile.
She leaned back, leaving the wet streak of her tongue as she playfully flicked the edge of my ear. She licked her lips and opened them slightly, moving her mouth closer to mine.
It was a light kiss, served to me like a question, begging for an answer.
She twisted her body, turning to face me. I opened my arms, waiting for her to resettle. Instead, she pushed back, staring at me with an intense gaze, as if searching my face for something familiar under the reflected layers of colored movie shadow. I wondered if I reminded her of someone from her past, and she was struggling to bring long forgotten details back into the here and now.
I pulled her face to mine and tasted the inside of her mouth. She returned my kiss with surprising passion, her tongue probing, sliding, exploring. Unlike my fantasy lover—reserved, yet submissive—the real Amy was driven with passion and need, initiating a torrent of wet, saturated kisses.
She slowly writhed against me, her hands gliding along my shoulders and across my chest. I slid my hands lower, across her butt and down the backs of her thighs, the sensations of my skin against hers no longer distinguishable as individual and specific areas of contact. She was everywhere, and I would not let her separate from me.
Amy is the ultimate trophy girl—gorgeous face, killer body, and a vivacious personality. But there’s something else about her, something that makes her even more special. Amy is new. A transfer student from out of state, she’s starting her senior year without knowing a soul. And that means she’s up for grabs, available.
Infatuated from the first moment he sees her, David is determined to meet Amy, and if fates are willing, to spend the rest of his life with her. But his shyness prevent him from approaching her-until his friends devise a contest to determine who will be the first to prove their manhood by seducing her.
Jaye Frances is the author of the new romance novella, The Possibilities of Amy, and the paranormal-occult romance book The Kure, the first novel in The Kure series. She is also a featured columnist for the NUSA SUN magazine. Born in the Midwest, Jaye readily admits that her life’s destination has been the result of an open mind and a curiosity about all things irreverent. When she’s not consumed by her writing, Jaye enjoys cooking, traveling to all places tropical and “beachy” and taking pictures—lots of pictures—many of which find their way to her website. Her upcoming books include The Cruise - All That Glitters, a humorous take on a shipboard romance, scheduled for a May 2012 release, and Journeys From Above and Below the Belt, a collection of adult fiction novellas and short stories, scheduled for a Summer 2012 release. Jaye lives on the central gulf coast of Florida, sharing her home with one husband, six computers, four cameras, and several hundred pairs of shoes. For more information, visit Jaye’s website at www.jayefrances.com, or Jaye’s Blog at http://blog.jayefrances.com
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