Today I am so pleased to welcome Adara Wolfe to Joyfully Jay. Adara has come to talk to us about her latest release, False Feathers. She has also brought along a copy to give away. Please join me in giving her a big welcome!
Hello everybody! I’m Adara Wolf, and I’m so pleased to be able to share False Feathers. I had so much fun writing this one.
I’ve loved fairy tales and mythology for a long time now. Not just having been that generation that grew up on the Disney renaissance movies, but also reading fairy tales and mythology. I remember this beautiful fairy tale book my mother gave me, with had the Perrault versions of stories alongside gorgeous illustrations.
For False Feathers, I drew upon The Goose Girl, in which a young princess is forced to switch places with her servant. The narrative goes on and on about how terrible it is that the princess now has to, gasp, do work, and how her rescue hinges on how beautiful (and thus, clearly not a servant) she is. Fairy tales in general tend to focus on beauty as a sign of goodness, which is something I cannot agree with on a fundamental level.
I wanted to explore some of those themes with my reimagining—I had so little sympathy for the princess having to get her own glass of water, and admit I rolled my eyes when the narrative insisted her beauty gave her away. Learning a bit of humility isn’t a bad thing! And beauty alone doesn’t mean that you’re a good person!
… Not that I endorse the ways in which Aiden, my main character, ends up learning that humility and kindness. He’s in for a very rough ride! The hardships he goes through help him grow as a person, but the cost is fairly high… and kinky, and taboo.
I hope you all enjoy reading False Feathers as much as I enjoyed writing it!
(For a full list of spoilerful content warnings, check out my website.)
Aiden didn’t have time to collect his bearings before Owen kicked him in that direction. He ended up falling into the river again, and when he tried to get up, he got another kick.
“No, crawl over.”
Fuck. Aiden squeezed his eyes shut to stave off the tears. But he kept moving too, his hands and knees getting caught on the uneven riverbed. When he reached the rock he carefully leaned over it, only to hiss at how scalding hot it was. It had been sitting exposed in the sun and had absorbed all that heat. He had to lock his knees and lift his ass high to keep his cock from touching the rock.
“Perfect.” Owen stepped up close and slapped his ass. “Hands flat on that rock. I don’t want to see them moving at all.”
The skin on the palms of his hands felt like it was burning. Aiden tried to keep his chest off the hot stone, but Owen pushed his chest down flat.
“Fuck!” Aiden yelled. He hadn’t meant to. He hadn’t wanted to give Owen the satisfaction of seeing him react.
“Not so fun when the tables are turned, is it?” Owen asked, slapping Aiden’s ass again. “You ever thought about what I wanted, all those times you told me to wash you or dry you? Did you even once consider how you were inconveniencing me? Did you ask if I wanted to spend all my time in you and your mother’s company?”
Every statement was accompanied by another slap, first to one ass cheek then the other, speeding up and layering on top of each other until Aiden’s ass felt just as heated as his hands and chest.
Tears started to blur Aiden’s vision. He hadn’t known Owen wasn’t working for them willingly! He’d figured that Owen was always free to quit if he didn’t want their money.
Owen slowed down and rubbed a hand gently over the bruises he’d left. “I always thought you needed a spanking. Your pale skin looks good all red and blotchy. But I think something’s missing…” He trailed a finger down Aiden’s crack then pulled the cheeks apart to expose his hole to the air.
“Just get it over with!” Aiden demanded, trying desperately to keep his voice steady. “Fuck me already!”
Aiden has known for years that his mother arranged a marriage for him. He’s going to become somebody’s trophy husband, living it up in wealth with some rich European.
Until his mother informs him that his betrothed is a fae king. Now he has to travel through the faerie realm to honor the deal his mother made. It doesn’t help that the servant sent to guide him hates him, and Aiden’s body is a hot commodity in the fae realm. Aiden struggles to find a place for himself in this world, because everything he does seems to lead to pain and suffering for himself.
This can’t be the life intended for him. But in order to find happiness, he has to go through hell first.
This novel is a dark, kinky, m/m retelling of The Goose Girl. Be advised that the relationships are unhealthy and include possible triggering content. Read at your own discretion.
Adara writes almost exclusive m/m, but she has a fondness for bisexual protagonists. She enjoys a lot of darker themes, so you’ll see a lot of that in her works.
When Adara isn’t writing, she’s reading, painting, playing video games, and rescuing cats. She also enjoys learning about languages and other cultures.
If you’re ever curious about the kink content of her works, there are content notes for each story on the website. You can also find out more about her works and read some freebies there.
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