January 24, 2012

Have You Ever Had a Crush?

Please welcome Ms Julie Lynn Hayes!!

Good morning Gabrielle, nice to see you again! Thanks for inviting me to visit on your blog.
I’d like to start by asking a question of everyone, food for thought.

Have you ever had a crush on someone?
Of course you have, everyone has, at one time or another. Maybe lots of crushes. They’re fun, exciting. Make our hearts race and our blood sing. They make us come alive and keep us young!

It usually starts in grade school. You see a cute boy or girl and zing! An arrow straight to the heart. Suddenly he’s all  you can think about, his image fills your mind even when he’s not around. Even if you don’t know his name. Or, if you do, and you’ve never spoken to him because you’re invisible to him. None of that matters. What matters is that he’s the object of your crush, and that makes him the most important guy in the world. The guy of your dreams.

Do you tell anyone? Sometimes yes, sometimes no. You certainly don’t tell the boy in question, but your best friend? Of course! That’s something you share (unless it’s her boyfriend or brother, that’s another matter entirely). Something you bond over, giggle over, plot, moon, and dream over.  Because she probably has one too, so it becomes shared fodder for girl talk.

You plan romantic dates with Mr. Secret Love, and dream of being married, even before you  know what being married is all about. And you know he’ll be the best husband in the world and love you more than anyone has ever been loved before. Visions of a cute little house with a picket fence, or your own personal version thereof, fill your dreams. And you doodle his name all over your notebooks, preceded by Mrs.

Crushes can also be painful, especially if pulled into the light of day by cold-hearted peers. Sometimes it’s a friend who means well but has a big mouth. Or a sibling who’s read your diary and knows all—and tells it. Or the boyfriend/girlfriend of the object of your fantasies, who objects to your worship of someone they consider theirs. Or it can be by the crush himself, who laughs at the idea of even being with you. Yes, crushes can be painful.

When I was in seventh grade, I crushed on my science teacher, and fantasized about him 24/7. I dreamed about marrying him, and I even told people that the huge ring I wore was an engagement ring I’d gotten from him, caught up in my own fantasy. Needless to say, that didn’t happen. In fact, as I later learned long after I’d grown up and moved on, the object of my crush was and is gay. Figures, right?

So, what sort of crush is safe to have? One that won’t get you beat down by everyone around you?

Movie and book crushes, of course, pop to mind. I’ve crushed on so many actors it isn’t funny. Usually a lot older than me, at least while I was growing up. When I was twelve, it was Burt Lancaster. And Barnabas Collins, from Dark Shadows. James Mason. Richard Burton.  Count Dracula. But then I discovered a different kind of crushing, one which isn’t often admitted to.

Have you ever crushed on someone from history? An actual personage, someone who’s now left the stage for the next life, someone whom you fantasize about what it would have been like to love?

Oh yes, been there, done that.

I think I didn’t even realize my early crushes for what they were, men like Henry VIII and Napoleon Bonaparte. I just knew I couldn’t get enough of them, in fact or fiction. It wasn’t until I had an erotic dream about Napoleon that I realized it was something more than simple admiration.

Now I’ll freely admit that I have a huge crush on Cardinal Richelieu, so it’s not unexpected that I’d incorporate him into my writing somehow, which I’ve done with Captivations. Captivations is set in New Orleans, and it concerns two brothers who own a night club by that name. But these aren’t ordinary brothers—they’re vampires, one time protégées of Cardinal Richelieu. Now it’s the present day, and when Jillian Nichols arrives, sent by the Church to be their new daykeeper, all Hell breaks loose. This is a WIP, which began as a monthly series at a publisher who went under, so now I’m finishing it on my own and hope to release it this year.

The acorn doesn’t fall from the tree, as I discovered when I learned that my twenty-one year old daughter had  (or maybe still has)a crush on Benjamin Franklin. I shouldn’t have been surprised—her taste in men has generally run to guys that are too old for me!

A historical crush is safe because there are no jealous boyfriends or girlfriends around to get in the way, although I would advise withholding the information from siblings and most peers, for good measure, at least until you’re an adult. I love history as well, so imagining myself going back in time, to meet and talk with my historical crush—well, that’s a fantasy worthy of a novel.

On February 2nd, Secret Blessings: Forbidden Two releases from Romance First Publishing. The year is 2056, twenty years after the Armageddon everyone had expected. The world has changed. The United States is now the Alliance of States, having taken control of Canada. And the church is more closely entwined with the government. Jerico James is young, handsome, rich and spoiled, but he’s gone too far and gotten in trouble with the law one time too many. Rather than being put into prison, though, he’s being sent to Sanctum, one of the government help centers whose business is to get the people of the A of S back on their feet. Sanctum is run by Father Sergio de Basco, who knows a lot of influential people When he picks up Jerico to bring him to Sanctum, Jerico falls into instant lust. Will he succeed in bedding the  handsome priest? And will he further succeed in evading incarceration at Sanctum?

Thanks for having me here, Gabrielle, it’s been great!

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Forbidden II: Secret Blessings

Jerico hadn’t expected his jailer to be someone as dark and sexy as Sergio, it’s just a shame he’s a priest. Will that put a damper on his desire to seduce the handsome man, maybe find a little fun in Sanctum? Perhaps before they arrive? Things happen on the road all the time, after all, delays occur. Maybe Sanctum won’t be as bad as he’d thought, not with the handsome priest to play with?
Maybe his coming to Sanctum will turn out to be something of a secret blessing in disguise? Assuming he ever arrives there.

“Do I get to know your name or do I just whistle for you when I want you?”Jerico smirked, his eyes running cheekily up and down the well-formed body of the other man. Normally, he wasn’t quite so blatant about making his interest in another male known, but there was just something about this good-looking man that was making him throw the rules of subtlety out the window. Not that he was inclined to follow anyone else’s rules, preferring to live by his own. Which was also why he was in the position that he now found himself in.
If Jerico thought he would rattle the newcomer’s cage with his blithe come-on, he was quickly disappointed, for the other man showed no response, either of disapproval or anticipation. In fact, Jerico thought he seemed amused, not quite the reaction he was going for.
“You can call me Sergio. Except on Sundays, of course. This yours?” Without waiting for an answer, he hefted one of Jerico’s suitcases, motioning for him to take the other, then turned and walked away.
Jerico stood there for a moment, gaping after him. And admiring the magnificent view encased in the cheap trousers. Man, this guy had an ass to die for. He would surely love to make a meal out of that. Even clothed, it was an awesome sight. What must it look like without such a hindrance? When he realized that he wasn’t being waited for, he grabbed the luggage and hurried after Sergio, catching up to him just as he reached the bus station exit.
“What do I call you on Sundays?” Jerico asked, intrigued in spite of himself.
Sergio turned and gave Jerico the full benefit of his beautiful smile. “Father Sergio.”
A lesser man would have been dismayed at the knowledge that this gorgeous man was a priest, as well as his jailer. A double taboo by anyone’s reckoning. But Jerico James was not any man. And he considered Sergio’s priesthood to be a challenge, rather than a problem. He wondered just how seriously the priest took his vows. Not of celibacy, of course, those were long since abandoned. The other ones. The ones that said thou shalt not commit sodomy. The vows with which the church had burdened their prelates, citing homosexuality as counterproductive and sinful.
Among Jerico and his circle of intimates these same vows were referred to as thou shalt not suck cock banns—a deliberate reference to the antiquated marriage announcements—and they paid homage to them every time they blew a priest in the sanctity of his church. It had become a badge of honor to bring a prelate to his knees for the glory of their cause.
Jerico followed Sergio from the building.  A battered white cargo van sat waiting for them at the curb. Emblazoned upon its side was the simple notation Sanctum in a modest dark blue script. Sergio pulled a key from his pants pocket and pressed a button, pulled the side door open and set the suitcase inside, motioning to Jerico to do the same. He went to close the door, but it hung up on the track, refusing to close.
“Here, let me help.” Before Sergio could respond, Jerico had stepped into the breach. He reached for the door handle, laying his hand atop the priest’s. He leaned in to use his own strength to jar the recalcitrant door into obedience. The two men were of similar height. Jerico found himself standing close enough to Sergio to be able to inhale him.  Whatever scent he was wearing, Jerico found it alluring, and his proximity to the handsome man was manifesting itself in his burgeoning erection.

Comment below for a chance to win an ebook copy of Sanctum: Forbidden 1 AND Secret Blessings: Forbidden 2! Please remember your contact info!

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  1. Sounds intriguing. However, we Canadians would never surrender. We beat you back before, and would do so again. We'd offer friendship, and alliance, but respond favourably to hostile takeovers.
    Best wishes on your writing endeavours.

  2. That is supposed to be unfavourably. Something went screwy on this internet connection.

  3. Anonymous1/24/2012

    I noticed the books before and they looked interesting. Now I am definitely intrigued!

  4. Will admit was a tad nervous when there was mention of a priest, but this book sounds really intriguing and interesting. The excerpt captured my attention and left me wanting to know more.
    And WOOT! another new author to follow.


  5. The books sound good. I will go look them up. But I love what you had to say on crushes. It takes me back to Junior High School and High School.


  6. Totally know where you're coming from with regard to crushes..well, we all need our dreams don't we?
    The new book sounds intriguing and different from any I've read before.
    Great blog post. hugs xx

  7. Kat!: I like to believe it was a friendly takeover lol

    Yvette: Thanks! I hope you enjoy them!

    Kitana: Trust me, I'm totally avoiding the stereotypical priest as predator or pervert. Not the case at alL!

    Tiffany: Absolutely! It's how we learn to love, I think! As long as you can crush, your heart is alive, right? I've crushed on Gary Oldman for over 18 years lol

    SusieJ: Thanks for the kind words *hugs*

  8. Andrea1/24/2012

    I have had some insane crushes myself. Some of them paid off and others did not. The par important thing to learn is even if they make you feel bad you are worth it. Now the excerpt sounds great so I am going to buy the first one and read it.


  9. Andrea: I've had crushes that got me laughed at, and when it's by the object of your crush, ouch! But there is just something about being in love, no matter how long it lasts! Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoy the story!

  10. WOW!! Those look really good. Got my fingers crossed. I'll also be looking into some other of your books. It's good to get the names of new authors (to me that is) from authors that I already trust.


  11. Chris: Thanks for stopping by! I appreciate the comment!

  12. sounds interesting thanks for sharing a small part of this one..

  13. Anonymous1/24/2012

    Sounds so good, cant wait to read it. Gonna have to start reading more of your books.

  14. Thanks! I appreciate that!

  15. Fun post! There are lots of book heroes that I have drooled over and become obsessed with. I LOVE the sound of your new book with its great excerpt!

    joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

  16. Hm, This book sounds very interesting. :D
    Ah, yes... crushes... Mine was in middle school for a kid named Rene Tovar.. Saw him again in high school and my girly dreams of back then died away when I saw how much of an asshole he was. :/
    LOL... anyways, enjoyed the post!


  17. Anonymous1/24/2012

    I've read several of your stories before and enjoyed all of them. I look forward to reading this when I have some free time.

    Crushes...I had one that lasted two years and also took me two years to get over after we parted...


  18. Joder: Oh yes, book heroes. Besides Dracula, I loved Mr. Rochester from Jane Eyre, and Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights, even if he was damn moody lol

    Judi: Isn't that the truth? The crush is better than the reality!

    HB - That makes me happy to hear! Some crushes are difficult to get over, so true.

  19. I have lots of crushes as you know. I just love men and some good looking gals do it for me too.

    I had a few in HS but they didn't measure up t my celeb crushes.

    The book sounds great my friend.

  20. High school guys seldom measure up to celeb hotties lol

    Thanks, BL! <3

  21. That's was a most alluring excerpt. Win or not, this is going to the top of my to-read list.

    I wish all the best with your writing, Ms. Hayes!


  22. Oh,my goodness! *fans self* The visuals Jericho brings to mind... ;) Sounds like a great read!

    Stacy Wilson

    dragn_lady at yahoo dot com

  23. Susan: Thanks so much! I'm glad you enjoyed it!

    Stacy: If you want to know how Jerico appears to me, google Gabriel Aubrey - that is my Jerico :)

    Thanks for stopping by!

  24. Anonymous1/25/2012

    That sounds very nice :)

  25. Panalopy: Glad you liked it! Thanks for stopping by!


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