Today I am so pleased to welcome Kelly Jensen to Joyfully Jay. Kelly has come to talk to us about her latest release, Counting Down (Counting #2). She has also brought along a great tour wide giveaway. Please join me in giving her a big welcome!
The Hidden Something
I devoted an entire blog post to “The Hidden Something.” I called it “There’s Something About Henry.” Yes, I thought my title was very clever, but it’s a question that crops up again and again for Marc. What is it about Henry? What is that hidden something?
You’re going to have to read that post to see what I think it is, but Marc obviously has his own opinion. Marc always has an opinion. Here’s an excerpt where Marc starts to explore his thoughts, and then gets a little sidetracked.
For an entry into my giveaway, comment below with your answer to the following question: Who would you like to be stuck in a basement with? (Don’t forget to include your email address!)
Marc leaned out of the door. “Henry?”
He tried again from the bottom of the stairs. “Auttenberg!”
Footsteps, then a dark head poked around the corner. “What?”
“Get your ass down here. I want to try something.”
Henry descended the stairs at a cautious pace. “Now’s not really the time—”
“Not that.” His grin was automatic. “Not right this minute.”
“What makes you think I’m going to bottom for you, anyway?”
Marc shifted in place, caught between the urge to clench and thrust while standing still. He was face-to-face with Henry, meeting him eye to eye, because they were pretty much the same height and not that different physically. The idea of Henry under him appealed greatly. Being the one on the bottom, though…. He’d thought about it. Of course he had.
Leaning forward, he spoke near Henry’s ear. “Someone’s gotta show me what to do.”
Henry’s breath caught, held, and rushed back out. “Nothing like learning from doing.”
And there it was again, the hidden <em>something</em> that made Henry so fascinating. The way he refused to be cowed. The way he returned every poke with equal force.
Capturing Henry’s ear between his teeth, Marc nipped, then kissed. Henry’s skin tasted good. He didn’t use flowery soap or cologne, and the scent of his shampoo was oddly familiar. Not the same as Marc used, but something like it. Henry’s cheek moved past his, smooth and freshly shaven. Their lips met, mouths opening instantly. A moan built quickly in Marc’s throat. Again. Couldn’t he kiss Henry without voicing need?
No, he couldn’t.
Tongues tangling, the taste of Henry claiming him. The feel of Henry’s hands sliding beneath his coat. Marc forgot they were standing in a hall. Forgot the numbers ticking over in his head, counting down to midnight. Forgot whether he wanted to thrust or clench. Did both. Backed Henry into a wall and kissed him with a fevered intensity. Henry’s breath cooled his lips as their mouths moved and realigned, and quick pants echoed between soft moans and groans.
A gentle rock forward brought their hips together—groins connecting. Hardness to hardness. Marc reached down to trace the ridge beneath Henry’s fly. Henry caught his lip and bit it—gently. All of Marc’s breath left him in a rush.
Henry let go and stepped back. “The door….”
Marc nipped at Henry’s kiss-swollen lips. “Huh?”
“The door. We’re not watching the door.”
Whoops. Marc looked up and listened. For a second or two, he heard nothing but the pounding of his own heart and the swish of blood behind his ears. Leaning forward, he nosed Henry’s cheek. “I think that kiss was worth being trapped a little longer.”
It’s been a week since a Christmas Eve blizzard changed the course of Marcus Winnamore’s life. Plan A is now Plan B, and the first item on his new agenda is taking Henry Auttenberg on a date. They’ve been invited to a New Year’s Eve party, and Marc is counting down the hours until midnight… until he can kiss Henry in front of his colleagues and friends.
Things don’t quite work out to plan. Finding the elevator out of service, Marc and Henry check the stairs, only to choose the wrong door, and become locked in the basement. Close quarters once again make for close conversation, and as they explore every avenue of escape, they also explore the deepening attraction between them. For Marc, this isn’t an experiment. Will he still feel that way when he has to admit to someone other than Henry that he’s gay?
If aliens ever do land on Earth, Kelly will not be prepared, despite having read over a hundred stories of the apocalypse. Still, she will pack her precious books into a box and carry them with her as she strives to survive. It’s what bibliophiles do.
Kelly is the author of a number of novels, novellas and short stories, including the Chaos Station series, co-written with Jenn Burke. Some of what she writes is speculative in nature, but mostly it’s just about a guy losing his socks and/or burning dinner. Because life isn’t all conquering aliens and mountain peaks. Sometimes finding a happy ever after is all the adventure we need.
Every comment throughout Kelly’s tour counts as an entry in the giveaway. One winner will receive $15 (US or equivalent) to spend at the Dreamspinner Press store. Kelly would like you to comment below with your answer to the following question: Who would you like to be stuck in a basement with? The contest closes April 5th.
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