Today I am so pleased to welcome Leta Blake to Joyfully Jay. Leta has come to talk to us about her release, Pictures of You. She has also brought along a great giveaway. Please join me in giving her a big welcome!

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Exclusive Excerpt

Renée called out, “Bring me the naughty boy. He needs a whipping.”

The crowd cheered. Apparently, this part was a house favorite.

Adam’s head stuck out from behind the curtain, face flushed and his hair kind of wild. He blinked against the spotlight and seemed to search the room, but from the way he was squinting, I didn’t think he could really see anything.

“Get out here,” Renée yelled, and Adam stepped through the curtains wearing a white robe and dragging a chair behind him. He continued to scan the audience until Renée grabbed his arm and pointed at me. “There he is. I told you he’d be okay.”

Adam’s face broke into a relieved grin when he saw me.

Renée took the chair and placed it in the middle of the stage, talking the whole time about how Adam was fresh meat, a little virgin boy, and all kinds of similar statements—whether to be funny, inflame, or incite, I wasn’t sure.

I didn’t feel too good. The alcohol seemed to be turning in my stomach, but I was emboldened enough to give Adam a long once-over. That’s when I realized he didn’t have any pants on—his ankles and feet were bare beneath the white material. But it wasn’t until Renée took him over her knee and lifted up the back of his robe that I realized he didn’t have anything on under there.

Adam was tall. To position his ass properly, he had to sprawl far over Renée’s legs, and his head and hands rested on the ground. He managed to turn and look at me, grinning a little before a loud crack sounded through the room. Adam’s eyes went wide and he jerked.

“That’s for being bad. The next is for being dirty.”


Adam’s face went a little slack, and I gripped the glass in my hand hard, wincing for him.

“This is for being easy.”


Adam looked over at me, eyes glazed and his cheeks flushed. I realized he was getting turned on, and my own body responded to the expression on his face. Unfortunately, feeling sweaty, sick, and turned on all at once wasn’t really a good combination.

“This is for being pretty.”


“This is for being gay.”


It really was a perverted little show. Nearly everyone in the room seemed to get off on the spankings, and the reasons given for them. Each new item Renée listed was met with ever-increasing screams of approval.

“And this is for liking it up the ass!”


Adam jerked hard, and his face crumpled a little. I wondered if he’d had an orgasm or if he finally couldn’t take any more of the pain. My stomach churned, and the room became overly loud with the roaring appreciation of the crowd when Renée announced Adam had been sufficiently punished.

When he struggled up from her lap, I noticed he was breathing hard, and he beamed down at her with a silly expression. He waved at the crowd and then blew a kiss to me before rushing behind the curtain.

I stood, making my way toward the bar to wait for him. I felt clammy and verging on really sick as my legs went wobbly. I wanted to go home. I clutched at the edge of the bar when I felt my knees give out. Strong hands grabbed me, and I panicked, remembering what Krista had said about the bathroom. I struggled a little, but that brought vomit into my mouth, and I didn’t know what to do. Then I recognized the voice. It was Barry.

“Easy, kiddo. Told her you shouldn’t be drinking. She never listens.”

Barry guided me toward the steps, calling out to someone behind him. “Tell the naughty boy I took this one outside. He’s gonna be sick.” I didn’t want to go anywhere without Adam, but Barry had a grip on me. “If you puke in here, I swear to God—” I continued to struggle despite the vomit surging in my throat until he said, “You come with me, or I’ll pick you up and carry you out of here, do you understand?”

The cooler night air did wonders for me, and I collapsed down to sit on the curb without throwing up. I buried my face in my hands, tucking down over my knees, squeezing my eyes shut.

Barry put his hand on my head. “It’ll be all right, kid.”

I kept my eyes closed, fighting the nausea. My thoughts focused solely on the repetition of don’t throw up. Don’t throw up. Don’t throw up. My heart pounded dully, and my head throbbed.

“Is he okay?” Adam dropped down next to me, and I calmed under the soothing pressure of his hand on my back.

“He drank too much,” Barry said. “He’d probably feel better if he just went ahead and puked.”

“No,” I moaned.

“It’s okay, Peter.” Adam rubbed circles on my back. I sneaked a glance and noticed he had his jeans and T-shirt back on. “Thanks, Barry. I’ve got him now. I’m just going to take him home.”


pictures of you cover’90s Coming of Age, Book 1

Growing up gay is hard enough, but in Knoxville, Tennessee, it’s even harder. Peter Mandel is an 18-year-old private school senior who’s passionate about photography and bent on keeping his homosexuality a secret from everyone. Enter Adam Algedi, a charming, worldly guy who doesn’t do labels, but does want to do Peter.

Barely able to believe gorgeous Adam would want him, Peter is swept away on a journey of first love and intimate discovery. But as the web of lies he and Adam are weaving grows tangled, can Peter find the confidence to do the right thing? And will his crush on Daniel, a college acquaintance, put him on a different path?

Join Peter in the first book of this three-part coming of age series as he struggles to love and be loved, and to grow into a gay man worthy of his own respect.

Leta Blake’s ’90s Coming of Age series is a must-read for fans of New Adult Romance and coming-of-age fiction.

This series by Leta Blake is gay Coming-of-Age Romance.


leta blake avatarAuthor of the bestselling book Smoky Mountain Dreams and the fan favorite Training Season, Leta Blake’s educational and professional background is in psychology and finance, respectively. However, her passion has always been for writing. She enjoys crafting romance stories and exploring the psyches of made up people. At home in the Southern U.S., Leta works hard at achieving balance between her day job, her writing, and her family.

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