Hey everyone! I want to welcome Jon Keys to my blog today. He’s going to be talking about his new release, Showstring.
Hello Denise! Thanks so much for letting me visit. But this is Ben, not Jon. I took over Jon’s blog hop. I had so much fun at the first interview that I talked Jon into letting me do them all. It really didn’t take too much to convince him though, Jon’s kind of an old softie at heart. I promised him I’d stay on top of things. I think he’s hiding somewhere with the A/C cranked writing something new. I told him we could go horseback riding, but he didn’t seem too interested. I’ll get him talked into it though.
In Showstring Jayden told the story of how the two of us met. At least his version. It’s coming out as part of the Rode Hard anthology from Torquere Press. It’s kinda different since we met at the fair. But it’s still a cool story. Jayden is a city kid with a big heart but a lot to learn about life.
This is the last of the blog hops, so I thought I’d share my perfect guy with you. He’d be a good guy, someone who makes you feel good to be with. I wouldn’t ever need to worry about someone having my back. They’d need to have a sense of humor. Yup, a sense of humor is really important. It’s good to be able to laugh at stuff.
My type? Well Jayden is pretty close to everything I like in a guy. He’s tall and slender, which I like. The curly blond hair is a big turn on too. His skin is really light and I love it when we are all tangled together. It’s also cute when he gets embarrassed, his cheeks get so freakin’ red. Yeah, Jayden is way hot.
So pretty simple, cute blond with a sense of humor. LOL! Well Jon is motioning for me to wrap it up, so thanks again and I hope everyone enjoys Showstring.
~ Ben ~
Jayden Laine has spent his life in the city, dreaming of cowboys and cattle ranches. He looks forward to each fall when his life is
exchanged for his dreams when the state fair opens.
This year when he steps into the barns he’s greeted by the sights he’s come to see, and one additional sight of Ben Ramos fighting to move a two-thousand pound bull that’s decided he doesn’t want to move. What happens next starts a juggernaut of emotions in Jayden that turn his world upside down. Now all he has to do is reevaluate his entire life and decide who to believe. And he has only a few days to do it.
Stepping into the barns from the bright sunshine, I paused for a moment to let my eyes adjust. The earthy scent of cattle merged with the sweet odor of hay and the sharp bite of pine shavings to play across my senses while I waited. I lost myself in this world each fall during the state fair. It always took a little sneaking around so my father didn’t know how I was spending my time. If he figured out my desire for cowboys hadn’t changed, he’d send me off for treatment again, or worse. But this was my time to dream I was normal, to pretend I didn’t know I was damaged.
Locking my guilt away, I moved down the aisle, determined to allow myself a few moments of peace. The neat rows of cattle lying contentedly on immaculately groomed beds of wood chips revived the world I lost myself in each time I could. While forming an important part of my fantasy life, the cattle intimidated me. They were huge, but I still dreamed of working with them.
“Sorry, excuse me.”
Startled I glanced up to find myself in the way of a guy who looked only a few years older than me, leading a massive black animal. Scrambling out of the, the heat of my clumsy embarrassment burned across my face. “Sorry. I wasn’t paying attention.”
The tanned cowboy gave me a bright smile. “If it wasn’t for old fat ass Norman here, it wouldn’t be a problem. But he doesn’t like to be led. So taking him out is a chore.”
He planted his worn boots against the walkway and heaved at the lead rope. The animal took one slow step and stopped again. Exasperation filled the guy’s face. “Holy crap! I’d so make you into hamburger if you weren’t the best bull we’ve had in a while.”
Jon Keys’ earliest memories revolve around books; with the first ones he can recall reading himself being “The Warlord of Mars” and anything with Tarzan. (The local library wasn’t particularly up to date.) But as puberty set in he started sneaking his mother’s romance magazines and added the world of romance and erotica to his mix of science fiction, fantasy, and comic books.
A voracious reader for almost half a century, Jon has only recently begun creating his own flights of fiction for the entertainment of others. Born in the Southwest and now living in the Midwest, Jon has worked as a ranch hand, teacher, computer tech, roughneck, designer, retail clerk, welder, artist, and, yes, pool boy; with interests ranging from kayaking and hunting to painting and cooking, he draws from a wide range of life experiences to create written works that draw the reader in and wrap them in a good story.