Thursday, June 10, 2010
Twists And Turns In Fiction And June 11 Release Party For FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH
I like twists and turns in stories. Have you ever read THE MONKEY'S PAW? It's a creepy little tale about a husband and wife who come upon an ugly, magical, shriveled up old monkey's paw that grants three wishes. The husband is very wary of the thing but his wife wants her wishes so she wishes for lots of money. They soon get that money - as an insurance pay-out when their son dies in an accident. Grief-stricken, the woman grabs the monkey's paw and prepares to make another wish but her husband tries unsuccessfully to talk her out of it. She wishes for her son to come back to her alive and then hides the monkey's paw from her husband so he can't make the third wish. Frantic, he searches their closets and dresser drawers as this misshapen figure walks up the street to their house. He's still looking when that person makes his way up their walkway. Finally, when he knocks at the door the husband finds the monkey's paw and wishes the person to go away. When the wife opens the door, there is no one there.
That story scared the holy bejesus out of me when I first read it in junior high school and it has always affected my writing. My latest short erotic m/m story FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH is full of its own twists and turns, albeit none that are horrifying like in THE MONKEY'S PAW. If you like stories with a twist, I'm the writer for you.
My release date for FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH is tomorrow, June 11. I'm hosting a release chat in the Midnight Seductions group from noon until 6 EST. I'll also hold a contest and the lucky winner gets a free copy of the story. I hope to see you there.
Buy this story from Romance Divine starting June 11, 2010.
Come to a release chat for this story at the Midnight Seductions Yahoo group on June 11 from noon EST to 6 pm EST. Don't miss my chat day at Beth Wylde's Yahoo group on June 24, where I will host another contest. The lucky winner gets a free copy of FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH.
Here is info, a blurb, and an excerpt from FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH:
Title: Fountain of Youth
Release Date: 11 June 2010
Author: Elizabeth Black
Length: 5,197 words 28 pp (PDF)
Category: Erotic, Paranormal, Fantasy, Gay, Male-Male
What if you could have a do-over; a second chance at love and romance with the object of your heart’s desire? Sixty-eight year old housewife Syd eyes her strapping young gardener, Evan, and dreams of… What would “you” wish for? Careful, sometimes wishes do come true, but it might not always be exactly what you want. Syd finds romance, and changes, when she discovers a secret Fountain of Youth.
Sydney stood in her kitchen, eyeing up Evan's strong form as he drank a glass of water. Sweat rolled down his neck onto his broad chest. Sleek yet muscular, Sydney could not help but admire the strong yet subdued beauty of the man who stood so close—yet so far. Years of tending to her garden formed those muscular biceps and flat stomach. If only I were young and pretty again, young enough and pretty enough to attract a beautiful man like Evan.
"Thanks for the water, Syd. Working in your garden always makes me break out in a sweat."
"How long do you think you'll be today?" She didn't want him to leave; she could watch his lovely body at work all day long. What would his arms feel like wrapped around me as we lay in my bed? Stop daydreaming, Syd. You're too old for daydreams.
"Probably another four or five hours. I'm planting fresh irises and feeding the Yoshino cherry trees. You'll love the irises. I found delicate blue ones that were forced only a couple of weeks ago."
"Don't overwork yourself."
"You're so kind to me. No danger of overwork, Syd, I like to tend your garden. It's very relaxing, but I need to get back to work now. Is there anything in particular you'd like me to do?"
Yes, I want you to make love to me. But she couldn't dare ask him to do such a thing. Watching Evan at work made every nerve in her body tingle with arousal, but there was little release unless she took care of herself. Her husband Walt lost interest in sex several years ago, leaving Sydney a very frustrated woman. In turn, she lost interest in him, and had grown accustomed to her passionless marriage, leaving her to fantasize about other men for many years. I'm only sixty-eight; too young to give up on sex. If only Evan could sweep her up in his arms for real as often as he did in her fantasies.