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Always

by

Lily G. Blunt

Always I want to be with you,

Make believe with you,

Live in harmony…”

From the song Always by Erasure

Chapter One

For a split second, I thought I’d finally found him—the man of my dreams.

As he sat smiling with his friends, I took in his tousled copper hair. His emerald eyes glinted, lighting up his face, and his… jaw. Holy jawporn!

But as he moved and talked, I realized he was far too… what can I say?

His mannerisms were too effeminate for me.

He was definitely gay.

Very obviously gay.

Far too camp.

An out-and-out queen, in fact.

Not my type at all.

His hand movements and the way he flipped his head to the side and lifted up that chiseled jaw were just so flamboyant.

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Starting on Friday August 1, 2014, and each subsequent Friday, I am taking part in FREE FICTION FRIDAY

I will post a chapter each week of a multi-chaptered story and will also provide the link to other authors who are also participating that week.

The idea is authors will post their work on Fridays. Some will post every week, others whenever they can. There are no word limits and no mandatory prompts to follow.  The site will collect the links to everyone who is posting that week and create a free fiction post on the website.  People can stop by and see who’s posting and read a sample of what’s being offered and be able to click a link to read more.

We’re hoping to have a large diverse group, so all authors are welcome to join us. Anyone interested in joining can contact Grace – djserani@gmail.com or Andy – andrewqgordon@gmail.com.

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MY INTERVIEW BY TAYLIN CLAVELLI

 

MANY THANKS TO TAYLIN CLAVELLI AND FOR HER THOUGHT-PROVOKING QUESTIONS

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CHECK OUT THE INTERVIEW ON HER WEBSITE HERE

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Huge welcome to Lily G. Blunt, Author of Service With A Smile, a story in the Wayward Ink Publishing anthology Love, Loss, Laughter & Lust.

 

TC: Hi Lily, good to speak to you, I loved your book A Darker Shade Of Oxford Blue. Thank you for allowing me to interview you. Would you mind letting the readers know a little bit about yourself.

 

LGB: Hi,Taylin! Many thanks for asking me to be a guest here. We’ve known each other for a few years now, probably from the time I first wrote Oxford Blues.

 

TC:  Not gonna beat around the bush here, read your story and damn girl the pages almost burned under my fingers let alone my insides. It’s a short story, but it sure was smokin’. My jaw dropped right from the first page and only closed when I gulped at the imagery on the page. Totally awesome. Would you mind giving the readers a taste of what they’re in store for?

 

LGB: Mmm, thank you so much… It’s two hot guys in a changing room in a men’s designer boutique! It’s basically a sex scene. Not a lot of plot really!

 

Here’s an excerpt from the beginning of Service with a Smile:

 

Terry caught sight of his reflection in the shop window and smoothed down his wind-blown hair. He glanced up and down, slowly checking over his appearance. A smile grazed his mouth. Pleased he’d chosen a tight-fitting white T-shirt to exhibit his firm torso, his dark eyes shifted to the clothing displayed on the other side of the glass. A pale blue shirt instantly caught his eye, as did a cream-colored shirt with a dusky paisley print. He knew both would suit his tanned complexion.

Terry could certainly do with a new shirt for the party later that evening, but that wasn’t the reason he was standing in front of the designer boutique. A flutter of excitement rippled through his belly and down to his groin, making his cock throb in anticipation. It wasn’t the clothing that had this effect upon him, but the thought of a particular sales assistant inside the shop.

It was late on Saturday afternoon, and the shop would be closing within the next half hour. He didn’t have much time to make his move. Terry hoped he’d timed his entrance just right. Peering beyond the male mannequins poised in the window, he searched out his intended target.

Terry noticed two men about to leave so he moved toward the door.  As it opened, an old-fashioned bell jangled overhead and the two men left the premises. They offered him a genuine smile. One of them winked at Terry, who returned the gesture. Terry watched them head down the street, walking hand in hand, for a few seconds before crossing over the threshold. A smile spread across his handsome face because he now knew only one member of the staff remained to man the shop until it closed at half past five. The one guy he wanted the chance to be alone with. The one guy he lusted after. Ash.

 

TC:Brilliant excerpt, dare I ask what the inspiration was behind it?

 

LGB: Ty Roderick and Asher Hawk from Cockyboys provided the initial inspiration for the story. At the time of writing the original story they hadn’t yet filmed a video together and this story arose out of my expectations for their future scene. Coincidentally, soon after I wrote my story, Helix Studios released a video featuring Jacob Dixon and Matthew Keading in a changing room in a sportswear shop. Several months later, after receiving a request to summit a story to one of Wayward Ink’s anthologies, I dusted the story down and added more to it, changing the names of the characters to Terry and Ash. 

 

TC: On your tumbler, there are some terrific pictures. They’re all beautiful and sensual – I could have stayed distracted for many an hour looking at them. If readers haven’t checked them out, click on the connection at the bottom of the interview – you won’t be disappointed.  How do you produce them?

 

LGB: I post to three different tumblrs. Two are what I call cute and sweet, mainly showing m/m loving, kisses and hugs. The other is NSFW and very graphic. I don’t produce the photographs. I just reblog them from tumblrs or post pics/videos from elsewhere. 

 

TC: How did you get into the whole production gig, from writing to producing videos?

 

LGB: To cut a long story short, via Twilight/Robert Pattinson, YouTube and Fanfiction. My first videos were made using Windows Movie Maker and were photographs of Rob set to music. I progressed to using clips from videos and movies at about the same time I discovered m/m fiction. So the writing, reading and video making merged into one and Bob (Boy on Boy) Loving was born!

 

TC: What’s the difference between producing your own book and working with a publisher?

 

LGB: If I self-publish, I pay an editor, but I format the text, create the cover and upload it all onto Amazon myself. It was a bit daunting the first time, but if I managed to sort through it all, anyone can. Overall, it takes less time than with a publisher, but then I have to do all the promotion myself.

 

TC: Having spoken to E.S. Skipper I see you are both a friend and a mentor to him. How did it make you feel when he got published?

 

LGB: I’m honoured he considers me to be his mentor. We have worked closely now for six months and I have helped him every step of the way. I was thrilled when his first submission we’d worked so hard on together was accepted for publication.  I was chatting to him on Facebook when he received the email telling him the news. It was one of the happiest days of my life. He was over the moon and couldn’t believe his story had been chosen.

 

TC: Coming next are some questions that I’m sure you’ve seen before, but I’m going to ask them anyway. Other than eventually being a famous author, what would your dream job be?

 

LGB: I’d love to visit many places and stay in breathtaking locations, so to be paid as a travel writer would be fabulous job.

 

TC: And, if you could travel anywhere in the world – where would you go, and what is it that attracts you there?

 

LGB: When I travel I like to walk a lot and explore the old towns and the landscape. I’ve wanted to go on a Baltic cruise for a few years now, also to Sorrento/Naples in Italy. I’ve dreamed of going to Bora Bora, but doubt if I ever will get there. And now I know E.S, Skipper, I’ve threatened to visit him one day in New Zealand. The scenery looks unpsoilt and beautiful and he’s promised me a guided tour.

 

TC: Awww that’s wonderful. I agree NZ is a beautiful place.

TC: In general, what inspires you?

 

LGB: To write? Usually a line from a song, an excerpt from a gay-themed scene/movie or just an idea of two guys together that pops into my mind while I’m pottering about. For example, in my WIP, I was inpired by the fiddler in QaF and included a violin playing character/love scene.

 

TC: On a similar note, who out there inspires you?

 

LGB:  No one person in particular. I admire authors who seem to write day in and day out and churn out excellent books. I don’t know how they do it and it’s something I aspire to. I’m lucky if I write for two or three hours a day.

 

TC: Is there a particular subject matter or genre you’d like to branch out into writing, or would you prefer to stay with contemporary romance?

 

LGB: I’m not into sci-fi although I wrote a Star Trek spoof awhile ago. So you never know, I might try my hand at anything. I’ve got a history degree and have contemplated writing a story set in the past, but with a bit of mythology thrown in so I don’t have to be totally accurate! I have a vague idea in the back of my mind for a children’s fantasy story set in Ancient Greece to make use of my years of knowledge from teaching this period of history.

 

TC: Cool, I love stories with an historical element.

TC: What about reading? Is there a specific genre you gravitate towards on the bookshelf?

 

LGB: I only read m/m romance and erotica these days and I’m currently making my way through the many books on my Kindle. I’ll never get done as I’m constantly adding to my library thanks to Amazon’s 1-click! Most of them are contemporary romance with a little angst thrown in and a lot of hot boy loving!

 

TC: What can we hope to see from you in the future?

 

LGB: Paint the Sky is my current WIP. I started planning it back in August and wrote much of it for NaNo. I’ve been re-working it ever since and am close to finishing now. It’s a story inspired by Van Gogh’s Starry Night painting and Don McLean’s Vincent. After that, I think I’ll focus on shorter stories and editing, plus E.S. Skipper and I are planning to write something together one day.

 

TC: You don’t have to answer this next question, but I’m curious. Returning to the anthology LLLL, and considering your work was in the Lust section: do you have a wish list of lustful situations and dare you tell us of any?

 

LGB: To watch or read or write? I’ll go for writing! One day, I’ll write a ménage à trois story. I considered it for Boys on Film and included a few threesome porn scenes, but my two main characters insisted they stayed as a couple, so my original plan for the story changed!

 

TC: From the UKGLBT Meet you were at recently, what did you find most useful and what are your best memories of it?

 

LGB: This was my second year at the Meet. Although the sessions are thought provoking and useful as a writer, I found meeting up with fellow authors and readers the most valuable. It was great to see so many people I recognized this year and to talk to people I’ve only chatted to on Facebook. My best memory…apart from meeting you, of course… watching the unicyclist bound by a straight jacket trying to get on to his unicycle with the help of three men from the audience. I don’t think I have laughed so much for a long time!

 

TC: OMG, yes I remember that, it was brilliant and hilarious. I have to admit, the male pole dancer doing the coke advert stuck in my mind. Damn, the abs on him – I don’t think I looked at his face!!!!

 

Huge, huge thanks to you Lily for your time and wonderful answers. It was an honour to meet you in Bristol after speaking to you so often over so many years. Many friendships were made during the meet and I am beyond happy that ours has continued.

 

Lily can be found at the following places: Go check her out.

 

THANKS ONCE AGAIN, TAYLIN

 

Love, Loss, Laughter and Lust – A Wayward Ink Publishing Anthology

Lily G. Blunt:

Review of LLLL

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LLLL-Final-COverWe’ve all loved. We’ve all laughed.

Sadly, we’ve also probably all known loss in one form or another.

And, yes, we at Wayward Ink are sure we’ve all experienced lust!

In Love, Loss, Laughter & Lust, you’ll experience one or more of the “L”s as we take you on a roller coaster of emotions.

Whether you like to sigh over the sweet, cry for the broken-hearted, enjoy a good laugh, or get a little hot and bothered, there’s something for everyone in this collection.

This book of short stories from Wayward Ink Publishing, is a new release, which I’ve been reading over the past week.  I picked up my (signed) copy at the UK GLBT Fiction Meet in Bristol earlier this month.  The book is divided into four sections – Love, Loss, Laughter and Lust – as per the title, and I have to admit that the first two had…

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ANTHOLOGY BLURB

We’ve all loved.We’ve all laughed.

Sadly, we’ve also probably all known loss in one form or another.

And, yes, we at Wayward Ink are sure we’ve all experienced lust!

In Love, Loss, Laughter & Lust, you’ll experience one or more of the “L”s as we take you on a roller coaster of emotions.

Whether you like to sigh over the sweet, cry for the broken-hearted, enjoy a good laugh, or get a little hot and bothered; there’s something for everyone in this collection.

Stories included:

  • Love

  • His Prince Wore Pink Stilettos by Julie Lynn Hayes
  • Invisible by Taylin Clavelli
  • Loss

  • Hearts by Anyta Sunday
  • A Closed Door by Andrew Q. Gordon
  • Sleepwalking by Taylin Clavelli
  • Laughter

  • Life According to Buddy by Lily Velden
  • Lust

  • Service with a Smile by Lily G. Blunt
  • Hunter or Hunted? by Lily Velden

Check out the book trailer I made for the anthology

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LOVE, LOSS, LAUGHTER AND LUST GIVEAWAY

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Interview with Taylin Clavelli

I’d like to welcome friend and fellow Wayward Ink Publishing author, Taylin Clavelli.

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Thank you for having me, it’s amazing to be here.

My pleasure, Taylin. Thank you for sharing a little about yourself.

 The prized possession you value above all others…

That would have to be my photo albums as they give a jump start to memories of people, places and events, many of which a person forgets over time. The photos are the physical possession, the memories they invoke are the prized possession.

 The unqualified regret you wish you could amend…

Hell, I’m far from perfect and have many regrets I wish I could amend. Too many to list them all and some have a bigger impact on my life than others. However, the one thing from primary school that still comes to mind, is during the days when animals were allowed in the classroom. I was an accident prone child and some baby chickens hatched and were being kept under heated lamp. While cuddling the chicks I managed to knock over the lamp and it broke. All the chicks were fine and all lived for a long time. But, I had to stay and give them warmth while the unhappy teacher replaced the lamp. I got a ton of stick from the other kids at the time and I regretted possibly causing the chickens any pain, and I regretted being clumsy. The whole thing scared the shit out of me cos, kids being kids, said I nearly killed the chicks and that had a big impact on me.

The temptation you wish you could resist…

Ohhhh, a loaded question. I’d put your readers to sleep if I listed them all, there is not one. I’ve been on the earth too long to have just one.

The book that holds everlasting resonance…

My Family and Other Animals, by Gerald Durrell. It is a book about the life of the conservationist Gerald Durrell. His antics and observations while growing up in Corfu. I absolutely adored the love the man had for animals. That love continued into adulthood where he founded the Durrell wildlife park in Jersey, which helps save species from extinction.

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I’ve never had the chance to visit, but would love to go there one day.

The priority activity if you were invisible for a day…

It would depend on where I was in the world when given the chance to be invisible. So many possibilities. Putting my finger on one, it would be to be to sneak onto the set of The Hobbit.

The film you can watch time and time again…

Oh easy, Star Wars. Despite being a lover of LOTR and The Hobbit, Star Wars I have grown up with and have literally watched it time and time again.

The person who influenced you the most…

My husband. When growing up you experience the will of your parents and peers. When I met my husband and all through our marriage, he has encouraged me to be my own person and to do what makes me happy. He questions me and makes me think outside the box, too. He’s a wonderful man.

The unlikely interest that engages your curiosity…

Martial arts, it engages more than my curiosity, I am a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo.

The poem that touches your soul…

‘Twas The Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore. I love the imagery of the poem, and there is something special in the air when you are outside on a cold winters evening and the snow is falling.

The event that altered the course of your life…

Getting made redundant. It set my life on a different course and during those months I moved from being a reader to having the time to become a writer.

 The song that means the most to you…

No one song can be named. Many songs out there touch me and make me stop what I am doing to listen to them. A huge portion have different meanings to me and invoke a range of thoughts. Knights in White Satin by the Moody Blues, In The Air Tonight by Phil Collins. Adam Lambert’s Trespassing. Pheonix by Fall Out Boy.

The happiest moment you will cherish forever…

The birth of my children.

The unfulfilled ambition that continues to haunt you…

Of course, Jersey, but on the whole, world travel. I’ve gone to many places, but there are soooo many still to visit. Being a LOTR and Hobbit fan New Zealand is high on the list, as is Brazil and Hawaii. I love the scenery in NZ, fell in love with it years ago. As for Brazil – I love how alive the place is.

Your early recollections of writing fiction…

Red, lots of red. Pages of red. Most of it saying, paint a picture with your words, pointing out my habits and literary no no’s. Oh and the differences between English/English and American/English. That and sitting before a blank screen with an idea in my head thinking, oh shit, where do I start?

The way you would spend your fantasy 24 hours, with no travel restrictions…

I’m also taking a Star Trek attitude here and believing I have portable beaming capacity, a universal translator, and the ability to breathe anywhere. Not going near time travel.

In that case, I would start off in Jersey, before a whistle stop tour of Australia and New Zealand. Then I’d dive onto a reef in the sea – don’t care which one. Then spend a huge chunk of time in Egypt at the Cairo Museum, The Pyramids, Valley of the Kings, Abydos, Karnak, Alexandria, Abu Simbel, Philae. I’d then beam out to the moon so that I could see the earth and stars clearly with my own eyes and not through glass. I’d finish the day at Disney EPCOT with a trip around the Geosphere and firework display.

The pet hate that makes your hackles rise…

When people as you a question then don’t stick around to hear the answer.

The figure from history you would most like to buy a pie and a pint…

Rameses The Great. I saw his mummy at the Cairo Museum. For me, there was still a presence about him that spanned time. It was enough to make me query life after death.

The piece of wisdom you would pass onto a child…

While it is admirable to want to change the world, learn how it works before you get in and make the changes.

The treasured item you lost and wish you could have again…

Nothing physical comes to mind. But I would love to regain the magic of Christmas, and the innocence of still believing in Santa.

The crime you would commit knowing you could get away with it…

Castrate child abusers.

The philosophy that underpins your life…

Let people be who they were meant to be, love who they want to love, and live the life that is right for them – without judgement. A person can have their own thoughts and beliefs, but they shouldn’t be forced onto another unless willing to engage in discussion and hear an alternative point of view. More to the point understand there is more than one point of view and it’s okay.

Please be aware that I am female, therefore all these answers could be different next week. J

The plug…

Three short stories in the Bollocks! And Love, Loss, Laughter and Lust anthologies from Wayward Ink Publishing.

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PARTY PARTY PARTY!!!!

And to celebrate the release on 20th June, you’re invited to join the release day party. It will run for 24 hours to allow all the authors in the anthology a chance to spend time chatting with readers and fans.  I will be there on Friday evening UK time. There will be giveaways throughout the day, so stop by and join in the festivities.

Click here to join the party

Dakota Skies – out September 2014.

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Check out Taylin Clavelli’s Website

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 MANY THANKS, TAYLIN.

I WISH YOU SUCCESS WITH ALL YOUR WRITING PROJECTS.

 

LOVE, LOSS, LAUGHTER AND LUST GIVEAWAY

In addition to the prizes that will be given away as part of the release party,

WAYWARD INK PUBLISHING

has created a general giveaway that runs until July 4th, 2014. 

ENTER THE RAFFLECOPTER DRAW HERE

 

 

 

 

 

All the Ls: Love, Loss, Laughter, Lust… and Lily

Lily G. Blunt:

Check out my post on Anna Butler’s blog.

Originally posted on Anna Butler:

I’m delighted to welcome author Lily Blunt to the blog today. Lily’s an amazingly creative person, who hasn’t only been writing away busily and publishing in anthologies, one of which is being published tomorrow by Wayward Ink Press, but has also been making the promotional videos for Wayward Ink to support the anthologies’ release. I am stunned by how talented and skilled she is, and so glad she agreed to come along to tell us about the anthology, her story and how you can join the launch party tomorrow and win stunning prizes.

Check out that video.  I know whose advice I’m going to be asking as Shield gets published…

Over to you, Lily!

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Many thanks for inviting me to write a post for your blog, Anna.

My short story, Service with a Smile, will appear in the Lust section of Wayward Ink‘s second anthology, Love, Loss, Laughter…

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