As promised yesterday, today I have author Iyana Jenna here on my blog. It's an absolute pleasure to welcome Iyana back, and she's kindly agreed to share an excerpt from her latest release How Long Will I Love You, which is availablenow.
Blurb It might look weird for a musician to *fangirl* another
musician, but Ed Finley didn’t give a damn. He adored and had a crush on singer
and pianist, Gavin O’Malley—to the point of sticking O’Malley’s pin-ups all
over the walls of his room. Ed thought his dream had come true when he was
scheduled to perform together with his idol on stage. Gavin O’Malley thought Ed was okay when they ended up being
together that night. The night meant everything to Ed, while it was only
another one-night stand for Gavin. Ed decides to stay away while Gavin, after rejecting Ed,
couldn’t stop thinking about the other man. Will Gavin get a chance to tell Ed
his true feelings?
Excerpt As soon as he got to L.A., Ed realized the mistake he’d
made. Everything reminded him of Gavin, especially the invites to small jam
sessions and dinners with fellow artists. He’d tried to avoid them all, but
Nina, his assistant, kept reminding him not to miss those occasions. “Don’t you see that I’m a human being, too? I’m tired,
okay?” Instead of answering, Nina squinted at him before she
thrust an envelope at him. “What’s that?” Suspicion crept into his heart. “A live awards ceremony. Music awards. Next week.” “Oh.” He took the invitation and looked at the card. It was
a national show and it was going to be aired live on a major channel. It was a
big deal. He glanced back at Nina. “Am I a nominee or something?” That was
impossible. He’d have found out right away if he was nominated in a category.
“Or am I going to present an award? How did you get this invitation?” Nina knew
very well this wasn’t his type of thing. She chuckled softly. The traitor. “Relax. I didn’t have to kiss someone’s ass or get down on
my knees for this. You’re an online phenomenon, Ed. They knew they’d get more
publicity if they had you at their show.” Ed wasn’t particularly afraid of what Nina would do if she
wanted something, though he did worry about her sometimes. She’d do anything to
get the things she wanted. But this was going to be a huge event with hundreds
of celebrities. It was harmless. Safe. Even if Ed saw him there, he
could easily slip away and hide. He sighed. “All right. I’ll go.” “Yay. I’ll RSVP.” Ed rolled his eyes as he turned his back on a delighted
Nina, who was already on the phone. The invitation ruined the plan he’d made. Without Nina’s
knowledge, he’d made a reservation to rent a cabin on a vineyard resort he
often went to in Northern California. He needed fresh air and a place to clear
his head. He’d thought being in L.A. would help, but the feeling that he could
run into Gavin in any corner of the city kept haunting him. The shame—Ed could
not get rid of it. He was lucky Gavin hadn’t talked to a tabloid about how Ed
Finley literally threw himself at him and thought he had a chance to be Gavin
O’Malley’s boyfriend. A week or so on the vineyard would do him good. Too bad Ed
had to postpone it now. He took a shuddering breath and cooked up another plan.
The minute he left the award show, he would be on his way to escape to
Nina walked ahead of Ed on the red carpet. He smiled
inwardly at the sight of her—a diminutive figure, yet looking confident and
ready to take any action Ed needed her to. Tonight she was lit up in her small,
bright red dress with her golden hair tied up into a small chignon. She was
pretty, Ed would give her that. He wouldn’t mind having her as his girlfriend
if he liked girls. As it was, Ed didn’t mind taking her as his date tonight,
though she might have minded if he’d insisted on going in his shirt
and jeans. “Ed!” Ed jerked his head up. “Yeah?” He had been unaware of
zoning out for a second there. Nina gestured at him impatiently, so he headed toward her.
She was standing near the velvet railing with a man on the other side of it who
had a microphone in his hand. “Hi,” greeted Ed. “How’re you doing?” “Can you believe it? Louis Montague from the blog Louis’
Notes, himself! He wants to talk to you, Ed.” Nina sounded too chirpy for his
liking, and his eyes narrowed in suspicion because the girl knew him well. He
turned back to the man and offered his hand. Louis accepted and shook it hard. “Ed Finley. It’s so great to finally see you.” “Hi, Louis. Glad to see you too. I hope you like my songs.” “Like your songs? I love them. They’re brilliant, man.” “Come on.” Ed felt positively embarrassed. After all this
time, he still couldn’t believe people actually listened to his work. He looked
around and cursed silently when he found that Nina had disappeared. “I’m serious. They’re emotional and fans really relate to them.
I can’t stop listening to them. What’s coming up next from you?” “Um.” Ed scratched his head, then promptly removed his
wandering fingers. He’d spent more time than was necessary trying to tame his
red curls, and he knew Nina would scold him for ruining them. “I write songs
every night or between shows. I can’t stop the ideas from coming into my head.
They keep bugging me until I write them down.” “Sounds so easy for you.” “Oh no, not at all. They’re raw ideas and thoughts. Mostly
I still have to find the right tune for them, not to mention the lyrics and the
music arrangements. Half of the raw ideas I have had have ended up in the
garbage bin. Only half became full songs and just one or two of them get to be
produced.” Ed thought he heard Louis mutter something. “Excuse me?” Louis shook his head. “Nah. Just—if I tried to write songs,
they would all get dumped.” Ed snickered. “You don’t know that. You should try writing
someday if you get an interesting idea.” “I’d rather listen to yours, thanks.” Louis smiled widely.
“So are you going to present an award tonight?” “No. I’ll just sit tight and sweet in the audience. My
pretty Nina did a good job finding me a place in there. She—” Ed waved sideways
and stopped short. He gaped and his breathing became erratic. He hadn’t
expected anyone to be standing next to him, to be so close to him, like…like… “Hi, Ed.”
Thanks so much for sharing Iyana. All the best with your new release!
Iyana writes M/M short stories and novellas. Her works have been
published by Evernight Publishing, JMS Books, Books to Go Now, Torquere
Press, Bitten Press, Leap of Faith Publishing, Breathless Press, and Alfie
Dog Fiction. Iyana lives in Jakarta, a city famous for its traffic jams,
a lot of cars and motorcycles, and people selling stuff on the roads. You can
spend two hours on the road going to a place you can reach in half an hour in a
normal situation. Thanks to the traffic jams, though, Iyana can come up with a
lot of stories, mostly shorties, as she prefers to spend the time during her
trips writing into her cell phone rather than sleeping.
Another thing Iyana loves is kitties. Right now
she has three of them. Their names are Cil, Horus, and Betsy, and one kitten.
When she doesn’t write, she plays with them, or they would play with her when
You can connect with Iyana Jenna on any of the following links.
So, it would appear to have taken me until the 22nd of January to wish you all a happy 2015... but let's not pretend you expected anything different from me! Still, I offer my apologies.
I hope you all enjoyed the Holidays, no matter how you spent them, and I hope those January blues haven't set in. And if they have remember, spring will soon be here! In theory!
January has been a strange month for me. I've spent most of it in my study, writing. It's where I like to be and what I like to do, but the amount of deadlines (self-imposed and otherwise) that I'm currently working to is a little bit daunting.
Still, I'm really looking forward to 2015. I hope to have some great, new material coming to an eReader near you very soon, not to mention some exciting guest bloggers dropping by to chat about the wonderful world of MM we all love so much.
Speaking of, tune in to this blog tomorrow for a special visit from author Iyana Jenna.