Today I am so pleased to welcome Suki Fleet to Joyfully Jay. Suki has come to share an exclusive excerpt from her latest release, The Glass House. She has also brought along a copy to give away. Please join me in giving her a big welcome!
“What do you see?” he asked.
You, I thought as I stared at him, at his eyelashes—thick as the tips of the paint brushes we’d used in for oil work in art, and so dark as they lay against his flushed cheeks—at his mouth that I knew tasted somewhere between peppermint tea and chocolate. I felt myself growing hard again—even though we’d just spent the last fifteen minutes in a sweet, sticky haze of kissing and stroking, and when I’d come it had felt so fucking intense and endless I thought I might have snapped something inside.
But Thomas meant what did the music make me see? And my answer was nothing.
Rave wasn’t really my thing at all. Dance music made my head ache.
I think he could sense my disquiet as he opened his eyes and flicked the switch on the record player so the music went off.
“That bad, huh?” He picked the record up and held it out to me. “Want to just melt it?” He grinned.
When Thomas had first suggested we do the vinyl sculpting he used to do with his dad, I’d felt terrible. All I could think about was that horrible evening when he’d first invited me over to his house and I’d twisted his kindness into something awful and out of shape.
I still didn’t feel too good about it. I wanted to make it better.
At seventeen, Sasha is a little lost and a lot lonely. He craves friendship and love, but although he’s outwardly confident, his self-destructive tendencies cause problems, and he pushes people away. Making sculptures out of the broken glass he collects is the only thing that brings him any peace, but it’s not enough, and every day he feels himself dying a little more inside. Until he meets Thomas.
Thomas is shy but sure of himself in a way Sasha can’t understand. He makes it his mission to prove to Sasha that he is worthy of love and doesn’t give up even when Sasha hurts him. Little by little Sasha begins to trust Thomas. And when Sasha is forced to confront his past, he realizes accepting the love Thomas gives him is the only way to push back the darkness.
Suki Fleet grew up on a boat and as a small child spent a lot of time travelling at sea with her family. She has always wanted to be a writer. As a kid she told ghost stories to scare people, but stories about romance were the ones that inspired her to sit down and write. She doesn’t think she’ll ever stop writing them.
Her novel This is Not a Love Story won Best Gay Debut in the 2014 Rainbow Awards.
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