Month: April 2016

A Gay professional footballer

Research for my forthcoming romance story included watching clips of interviews with the few out gay footballers.

In this interview, Robbie Rogers talks about his life before and after coming out. About playing in an English Premiership Football club and for LA Galaxy. He is currently one of the few out gay professional soccer / football players in the world.

Robbie Rogers on before & after coming out as a Gay professional footballer

Preparation for reading smut aloud at Dirty Sexy Words

I’m standing in my kitchen reading sexy chapters aloud. Testing them for tonight. I’ll be reading at the erotica reading slam Dirty Sexy Words at Sh! in London.

I think I’m going to read the funny condom buying scene, Chapter 2, Hearts Apart.

But perhaps the last chapter of Hearts Apart seems appropriate because we’ll be in a women’s sex shop surrounded by sex toys and… if you’ve read that chapter you’ll know.

But there are 62,000 words of story before we get to the last chapter, so what are the key things the audience need to know when I introduce my book.

  1. It’s a story of first love between two young men, Aaron & Joe.
  2. Aaron’s a plumber. They discover long lost sex toys in people’s homes – look down the back of the radiator – is that a sock?
  3. Aaron is shy. Not comfortable voicing his thoughts about feelings and desires. As the reader we know what he’s thinking but he doesn’t talk with Joe.
  4. Joe is hung like a porn star. It’s relevant in this particular chapter.  It’s relevant in book 3 too, but you’ll have to wait a while for that.
  5. Aaron is averagely equipped in the penis department. I’ll tell the audience because I think there is some comic mileage in this fact, and making people laugh is my goal.

Back to my rehearsal.

 

Hearts Apart by H J Perry

My latest novella features more of Aaron and Joe who we met in Streets Apart.

myBook.to/HeartsApart

For pre-order it is at $0.99.

Blurb Streets Apart (bk1)
I’m Aaron. I’ve got a crush the size of Europe on Joe, who lives across the street, and when he’s around, I transform into a prize idiot.

The rest of the time I’m a trainee plumber, following my father and brothers into the construction industry. On Sundays, I transform into a player in the amateur football league. In all, a confident, well-adjusted guy. For a 20-year-old virgin who lives with his parents and falls apart over the boy not-quite next door.

Joe’s cute, sexy and fun. I know he’s fun because we used to play together as kids in the massive posh house that he lives in with his parents, the doctors. Now he’s at university, studying literature; we don’t see each other anymore.

How do I ask a guy for a date when I can’t string together a coherent sentence when he’s around, and I don’t even know if he’s gay?

And what’s more, no one knows I’m gay.

This is a feel-good romance about two young men who are crazy about each other and do lots of kissing, hand holding and taking their clothes off.

Blurb to Hearts Apart (bk2)

Joe’s the reason the word sexy was invented.

Four weeks ago, I’d never kissed a guy; now I’m dating Joe. We grew up on the same street, been friends forever. And I’ve had a crush on him for years before I plucked up the courage to let him know.
He’s my first everything!

Who keeps their boyfriend in the closet these days?

I want the world to know how much he means to me. The guys in the team—I play amateur football in the Working Men’s League. I’m an apprentice plumber but can’t imagine being out at work. No one gets fired for being gay any more, do they?

I’m a grown man.

I’m twenty, I drive, I have a job. A young man, it’s true, still got my own hair and teeth but definitely a six foot adult. But on the inside, I feel like a little boy who might have his toys taken away and be sent to his room. At times, I want to run to my bedroom and hide under my duvet for the rest of my life.

I’m going to come out, but not today, I can do it next week.

***An upbeat, first love, gay romance, coming out story. With very little angst (honestly, just a tiny smidgen) and a happy ending.***

***Can be read as a stand alone or directly following on from
Streets Apart ASIN: B01C4HOE44.***

streets hearts apart series