Today I am so pleased to welcome E. Davies to Joyfully Jay. Ed has come to talk to us about his latest release, Flaunt. He has also brought along a great giveaway. Please join me in giving him a big welcome!
I’m not ready for this.
Nic’s mind whirled as he kept his distance from Kyle, eyeing the makeup strewn about the counter around him. Kyle was perched on the counter, holding up lip glosses and eyeing his skin tone, looking gleeful.
But Kyle had waited patiently all this time, and Nic had promised. There was absolutely no harm in trying it on, at least once, and seeing what happened. Nic had put on lipstick around the house a few times, but he felt dumb and wiped it off after an hour. He’d never worn it around other people.
He’d already gotten into the cute blouse and skinny legging-like jeans Kyle had suggested for him. What was one more step?
“Not even a little,” Nic laughed.
Kyle fondly smiled at him, then leaned in and tilted his chin up in an invitation for a kiss.
There’s no harm. Nic met him with a kiss, relaxing as Kyle’s hand ran down his arm and his fingers played with his fingers.
“You’re gorgeous,” Kyle told him softly. “Come on. Sit here.” He slid down from the counter and hoisted Nic up where he’d been.
Nic gasped and laughed at the sudden sensation of being hoisted.
“You like that?” Kyle winked, manhandling him around the counter a little just for show.
Nic laughed, but his cheeks were flushed. He could feel the heat burning around his skin. He really did. “Jerk.”
“I know.” Kyle winked, then held up a few tubes of gloss. “What do you like most?”
Nic swallowed hard and looked at the shades of pink. Objectively, he could recognize the differences— one had a cooler tone than the others, another had glitter that was hard to miss, and the third looked like a flat, more beige color. But on him? How the hell was he supposed to know what would look best? “I don’t…”
“I didn’t ask what you think will look good,” Kyle warned, anticipating his next words and waggling the tubes in his face. “Just what you like.”
“He’s waiting for me to ask, and I’m afraid.”
“I’m just one more gay guy here.”
Moving to the suburbs of L.A. was supposed to give Nic Montero a fresh start. After escaping his family, coming out as a gay trans man, and excelling in computer programming out of desperation to get financially stable or die, everything should be easy. But joining gay culture now, post-transition, feels impossible… until he runs into the force of nature that is Kyle. Everything Nic isn’t, Kyle embodies. Green hair, garters and cut-off shorts, sports jerseys, and all, brash Kyle is the most gorgeous man he’s ever laid eyes on, and he pulls Nic headlong into the center of his world. If only Nic felt like enough for a man like Kyle.
“One-night stands are my only option.”
Loud, loving, and too much for most men to handle, Kyle Everett catches eyes and occasionally scorn… even at his job at the local HIV charity, Plus. His days and nights are spent at work, his precious spare moments spent with his son, Kevin, when it’s his turn to co-parent, or his best friend, drag queen River. He only has money or time for cheap flings, but the lanky otter who walks into his life makes Kyle want to hold him for longer than a night. He knows what it’s like for Nic to be without a family, but he isn’t brave enough to let this man into his life… until his charity is targeted by bigots, and Nic’s there for him.
“I’ll stay with you if you’re brave enough to be you.”
Nic spent his twenties avoiding family and even his own femininity, but his yearning is impossible to ignore. Kyle’s used to flying solo, but Nic offers him safety and fills gaps in his life he never realized existed and now can’t stand. Living in close proximity, they can’t run from their attraction, but they’re each used to being rejected, with the emotional scars to prove it. Can two men who feel like they’re not enough and too much find something just right?
Flaunt is a steamy, stand-alone gay romance novel with a HEA ending and no cliffhanger.
Davies was proficient in real estate ad shorthand (the old-fashioned newspaper kind) by the age of nine. Growing up moving constantly taught him what people have in common, the ways relationships are formed, and the dangers of “miscellaneous” boxes.
As a teen, he tore through a stack of found romance novels, wishing someone had written similar for M/M, though he could never find anything at Chapters or the library. Just after graduating university in 2013, semi-out and clutching his English B.A. for dear life, he stumbled on an Amazon M/M short story. It was a whole new… phrase he dares not repeat for fear of lawyers. It shone and shimmered splendidly, though.
After failing forty times to avoid crafting happily-ever-after endings for steamy short stories, he plunged into romance novels and hasn’t looked back. As a young gay author whose formative gay fictional role models were characters punished for their sexuality, Ed prefers his stories lightly dramatic, full of optimism and hope.
Now out and proud, he writes full-time, goes on long nature walks, tries to fill his passport, drinks piña coladas on the beach, flees from cute guys, coos over fuzzy animals (especially bees), and is liable to tilt his head and click his tongue if you don’t use your turn signal.
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