It’s great to have Lily G Blunt visit with the launch of her latest book, You’re My Everything. She’s provided a guest post about the anthology and an excerpt, plus there’s a giveaway!
The stories in my new release hold a special place in my heart. I decided to collate these short stories into one anthology after the publisher of three of them folded last year. I put the task on hold at the time because I was still writing Love Times Five and wanted to concentrate on that novel.
Since January this year I have been reading through and re-editing these stories, adding bits here and there, but keeping each story mostly the same. The one I had to alter the most was Service with a Smile. The ‘head hopping’ I discovered in that one made me cringe. Hopefully now the story is told entirely from Terry’s point of view. It was originally written for a CockyBoys fanfiction competition using two of their ‘models’ as inspiration (Asher Hawke and Ty Roderick – hence Ash and Terry). I also changed the names of the characters in You Can’t Stop Loving Someone Just Like That.
Each time I read Happy Anniversary, Jasper I find myself with tears in my eyes. In fact, when I first published the story I was told I should have issued a ‘tissue warning’ with it. Yes, it is a sad story about true soulmates, but I wanted to express that love is love and that love somehow retains an eternal quality. The same thoughts lay behind Without You as well. That love is more than an earthly feeling.
Over the Rainbow was originally written for an anthology based on musicals. The Wizard of Oz was my inspiration for this. Dorian plays the role of Dorothy and Mr Leonard is the Cowardly Lion. It’s set in a British school where the teachers are preparing to act as characters from The Wizard of Oz in an end of term play. The Scarecrow and the Tin Man also feature and there’s a secondary love story here. Look out for references to the musical as you read!
My many walking holidays in Austria helped inspire Opposites Attract. The story is set in Saalbach, with its wonderful surrounding mountain paths and cable cars. I could picture the scenery as I was writing and I hope you can as you read this story.
If you’ve read any of these stories previously, I hope you give them another try. There’s something for everyone. Affection and romance, steam and sizzling bedroom action, glimpses of my weird and wonderful sense of humour, but most of all, the love and attraction between two men destined to be together.
YOU’RE MY EVERYTHING
A Collection of Contemporary Gay Romance Stories from Lily G Blunt.
Six love stories.
Some sweet, some steamy, and one or two will bring a tear to the eye.
Happy Anniversary, Jasper
As Nathan waits for Jasper in a restaurant to celebrate their tenth anniversary, he recollects their past and some of the passionate moments he has experienced with the love of his life.
A heartbreaking yet erotic tale of love, romance and destiny.
Over the Rainbow
Dorian has been cast as Dorothy in his school’s production of The Wizard of Oz.
Like his character, Dorian is about to discover whether dreams really do come true.
Chris and Andreas are opposites in character. Both fear the other wants to move on.
Can being stranded on a mountainside resolve the doubt that is threatening to tear them apart?
You Can’t Stop Loving Someone Just Like That
Despite being besotted for years with Jack, Corey finds himself falling in love with Pierre, a foreign exchange student, who is staying at his home over the summer vacation. Up to this point, Jack has shown no sign that he was gay or that he wanted Corey as anything other than a friend. It is only when he sees Corey and Pierre together that Jack wishes he had acted sooner.
Service with a Smile
Terry visits a men’s designer boutique, and Ash gives him service with a smile…
Jasper is struggling to move on with his life without Nathan by his side. If only he could touch his lover one more time…
EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT from HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, JASPER
JASPER AND I first became friends at school. He moved into the area when he was thirteen and, as he was shy, I took him under my wing to protect him from the school bullies. No one dared mess with Nathan Collins and his gang. We hit it off straight away and became best buddies within a matter of weeks. The other lads, especially Kieran and Jack, were pissed off at first, but what could they say? Jasper became part of our clique, and there was nothing they could do about it. Well, they could take a hike, but I knew they wouldn’t do that.
Sometimes, it would be a group of us hanging out, but more often, it became just the two of us. We completed our homework together in our bedrooms, spent weekends in the woods hiking, or camping out in the summer months. We did everything together. Hell, we even volunteered to sweep up the autumn leaves for our parents so we could spend an afternoon with each other. Nothing could separate us. We remained friends at school for the next five years. We didn’t want or need girlfriends. We never argued. We never fell out. We just wanted to spend time together.
There were whispers, of course, but I ignored them. I knew there was nothing funny going on between us—we were best buddies. Jasper surprised me when he punched Kieran on the nose because of some snide comment he’d made. Luckily, Kieran didn’t snitch on Jasper to the headmaster. He claimed he’d bumped his nose during basketball training. However, there were no more mutterings about us from that day onwards.
We were seventeen before we had our first major disagreement. Jasper wanted to go out with a crowd of students to celebrate the end of the school year. I wanted the two of us to go to the cinema. Sulkily, I said I’d give the evening a miss. I could see he was cross with me, but he let it go without saying another word.
In the end, nearly everyone backed out for one reason or another, so it was just Jasper and Sean who planned to go alone to a pizza restaurant. I don’t know why I did it, but I decided to call another friend, Carlton, at the last minute to see if he wanted to go to the cinema with me. As luck would have it, Jasper and Sean decided to go to the cinema after their meal as well. I didn’t realise until much later that they were sitting about ten rows behind us all night.
After dropping Carlton off, I pulled into my driveway and saw Jasper waiting for me in his car. I could tell by his face he was seething but didn’t understand why. He got out and slammed the door shut before marching over to me.
“Did you have a good night?” He stared intently at me.
Puzzled, I said, “Yes, did you?”
He didn’t answer me as we made our way into my house. My parents were out, so we took some cans of soda from the fridge and headed to my room.
“So, Carlton’s your best buddy now, then?” His face settled into a nasty sneer. This was totally unlike Jasper.
“Err… no, I just went to see a movie with him. Anyway, you went out with Sean,” I hurled back at him. We were jealous, but at the time, we didn’t know what we were feeling.
I slammed the door. Jasper let out a sob, which startled me. Until that point, I thought he was angry with me. I’d never seen him cry before.
“Jasper, what’s the matter?” I moved nearer to him. He turned from me, shaking his head, and I assumed he was going to leave.
“Don’t go.” I reached out to him.
“Why? What do you care?”
Putting my hand on his shoulder, I eased him around and managed to pull him close. His head rested on my shoulder, and he held me against his body. We stayed like that for some time, neither of us saying anything or moving. It felt so good; I didn’t want him to pull away.
I felt a slight tickle on my neck at first, moving up towards my jaw before I realised what was happening. Jasper tilted his face towards mine. His lips brushed over my skin, leaving a seemingly scorching trail towards my mouth. He pulled back. His stormy blue eyes locked with mine, asking, pleading, questioning. I wasn’t sure exactly what he was asking, but I nodded, and his lips met mine hesitantly for a second or two. Pulling away slightly, he smiled before our lips connected again. This time it was for longer. It felt so right.
Jasper groaned. Our kiss deepened. The tip of his tongue sought entrance to my mouth, and I parted my lips to welcome him. My first kiss and one I will never forget. As our kissing became less awkward, our hands and hips moved, pulling each other closer. Soon we were panting. Our excitement rose as we crushed our bodies together.
We were interrupted by the return of my parents, and Jasper said he had to be going.
A restless night followed with me trying to understand what had happened between us. Fortunately, the next day was a Saturday. Jasper and I had previously arranged to spend the day hiking. He met me with a nervous grin when he said good morning in front of my parents.
We walked for the best part of an hour, talking about nothing of consequence, the atmosphere slightly awkward. When we reached our favourite resting point—an open and sunlit meadow—he pulled out a blanket from his rucksack, and we resumed our kissing from the previous night. We must have kissed and ground against one another for an hour at least. Our lips red and swollen by the time we parted, we eventually talked about how we felt for one another. We didn’t use the words gay, or love, or anything sentimental. We agreed we wanted to spend time alone like this and see what happened. It was nothing serious, we said.
But it was, of course. We spent nearly every waking moment together if we could arrange it, more so than normal. We had part-time jobs and different classes at school, which forced us apart, but we were like two magnets—always attracted to the other.
Opposites attract, we were taught in our physics lessons.
I had dark hair. His was lighter.
My eyes were green. His were blue.
I was outgoing. He was generally quiet and shy with other people.
I was always early. He was nearly always late.
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About the Author
Lily G. Blunt enjoys writing contemporary gay romance and paranormal stories. She loves to explore the relationship between two or more men and the intensity of their physical and emotional attraction. Angst often features in her stories as she feels this demonstrates the depth of feeling for each other. Lily is forever writing imaginary scenes and plots in her head, but only a few ever make it to the page.
She reviews for several blog sites and has recently launched Gay Book Promotions, an online book promotion service for authors of LGBT+ romance and fiction.
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