Baby, Think It Over
Kedon can't wait to go on the three week break from school. His parents are off on a vacation for two of them and he's going to have the entire house all to himself. Except he forgot about a school project. One that would be half of his science grade, a grade he needs in order to graduate. The project? The class needs to "partner up" and take a baby home.
Luckily, it's only one of those computerized things, and Kedon's convinced it's not really a physiological exercise in "The Effects of a Child on a Young Couple". He thinks it's a not so veiled attempt at sex education; as in scaring the hell out of the seniors into not having any. Thing is, most of the seniors are already eighteen years old. It’s going to fall pretty much on deaf ears.
And to top it off the great Tarell Alan has decided Kedon is going to be his "wife" for the project. But Kedon's not worried. Tarell did it to prove a point. He isn't really going to spend the whole three weeks helping Aedon to take care of a baby. Especially one that seems to cry all the time.
But Kedon turns out to be wrong. Now Kedon is on his feet constantly, walking a colicky baby and running from a horny daddy! What’s a boy to do?
Kedon ungracefully stumbled to his feet. “You… you can’t do that… Tarell…” Kedon heard the murmurs start up again, angry murmurs, pissed off murmurs, probably murmurs of how they were going to hunt Kedon down and rip out his heart. “I’m a guy! Pick a girl!” That got a roar of approval.
Tarell had never been one for words. Not that Kedon knew, of course. They did not run in the same circles at all, not a big surprise. But he had heard that Tarell was ‘super way cool’ and ‘totally awesome’ and part of that reason was he didn’t talk much.
Tarell used those powerful long legs to come down the aisle to Kedon’s desk, to where Kedon stood. But Kedon was not going to give the guy any ground. He would stay right here, thank you very much. Of course the god towered over him. Kedon was not tall by any standard, barely coming to Tarell’s shoulders, he had to bend his neck to look up into those silver eyes.
Tarell reached out with his right hand and snaked it around Kedon’s waist, that large hand landing at the small of his back, and pulled. Kedon had no choice but to obey, his eyes going wide. With his other hand Tarell reached up and grabbed a handful of Kedon’s hair at the back of his head. Pulling slightly, making Kedon know who was now in control, Tarell lowered his face toward Kedon.
Kedon was shocked but thought it had to be a joke, a karma thing for Kedon’s thoughts from earlier. He was also thinking, at this moment anyway, Tarell was simply going to whisper that same something in his ear as he had with that girl, maybe as testimony to how good this joke really was, the class was going to crack up at this for sure. Kedon would cover his mouth with his hand, bat his eyes and laugh as irritatingly as he could. He just hoped no one would take a picture since shit like that tended to end up in the wrong hands, like the school newspaper editor.
But Tarell did not dip to the side to whisper in Kedon’s ear. Instead he took Kedon’s lips into a fierce, deep kiss. Kedon heard the gasps and disappointed whines from the girls in the room. Had there been a guy version of those moans too? But there was a tongue wanting to gain entry and suddenly all other sound faded away. Kedon intended to put his hands up on Tarell’s chest, planned to push the guy away, he really, really did but instead he ended up gripping the front of Tarell’s shirt as Tarell pushed his tongue through Kedon’s lips and passed his clenched teeth and through every defense he had managed to build around himself where this man was concerned. Kedon melted. He felt Tarell’s grip tighten around him, pull him closer. He felt the heat of Tarell’s body enveloping his own, loved the very fact he was held in place while he was being devoured. The kiss seemed to go on forever and certainly not long enough but finally Tarell released his lips and pulled back his head a fraction of a space. He whispered into Kedon’s face.
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When did you write your first story and what was the inspiration for it?
I finished my first novel a long time ago. The inspiration was all of these stories I had in my head as I was growing up. In fact, originally, it centered on an imaginary friend. It’s honestly so old that a good portion of it was hand written. The working title is “The Third Journal” and is a paranormal about a man who can not only read minds but is able to place thoughts as well. (I have a woman who can do that in my next story, “The Door Keeper”, coming up) There is intrigue and murder and chase scenes and rescue scenes. I rediscovered it some time ago and updated it as I typed it into a computer, then sent it in to a number of agents. I never had any takers. It wasn’t M/M but honestly, it is pretty much set up as one, I just didn’t know it back then. It wouldn’t take much to change it into one now. I may do that someday.
Do you have a writing schedule?
I do something for writing nearly every day. I might not actually write, it may be research, reading, or setting up a time line. Sometimes I actually have conversations with my MCs in my car on the way to or from my job in order to get a dialogue right or in order to understand where something is going. I honestly don’t have a schedule but I like the early morning hours best when no one is up yet, usually anywhere between four and five. That’s when I have about an hour or so of quiet. I am easily distracted so I need quiet. Okay, maybe not quiet. Alone time. Mowing the lawn or doing other kinds of mindless jobs where it’s difficult to be interrupted is when I do some of my best thinking, where I create a story line or solve problems. In fact, pretty much the whole story line for “Ice Dragon Tales” was “written” while I was mowing lawns.
How and what inspires you?
It’s all over the board for me. I sometimes get inspiration from pictures, movies, songs and shows. I certainly become inspired by other stories I read or sometimes even a real life situation. I have a special file on my computer where I write out those ideas to keep them for later. Sometimes they are just one or two sentences about an idea. Sometimes they are full blown synopses.
You said you haven’t always written M/M. What prompted you to write that genre?
I started reading Yaoi manga and fell in love with it. In fact, my file of ideas is called “Ideas for Mangas”. I first wanted to write (and/or draw) mangas. I started buying books on how to draw manga, started taking on-line courses. But then I entered this contest of writing a short story for publication with a youtube friend of my daughter’s. The prompt was to write a romance that was inspired by the internet. So, writing from a potentially awkward true situation, I wrote “Distant Thunder” which is an M/F romance. I had a blast writing it and found it far simpler to tell a story through words than through my haphazard drawings. After that, I decided to try my hand at writing M/M and the very next thing I wrote was “Until You”. I have never looked back.
Do you do a lot of research for your stories?
Like everyone would say to this question, I do as much as the story calls for. Sometimes little needs to be done. But sometimes I need to do a ton more. It truly depends on the story. Too often, I as go over editor notes, I find I should have done a lot more.
Let’s talk about “Baby, Think It Over”. How did you come up with this storyline?
Actually, it was a prompt from someone in a Live Journal group I belonged to. She had a dream about a school project just like this but in her dream both sets of parents were at a trendy little restaurant and the parents of the rich boy over heard the poor boy complain to his parents about the project and the fact the rich son chose this poor boy to be the “wife”. They chuckle to each other about it and reminisce a tiny bit about what happened when they met. That’s it. That’s pretty much all I got. It took some time but “Baby, Think It Over” was born (pun intended) from that. Interestingly and funny enough, even though I wrote that scene in, that particular scene did not make it into the book, my editor thought it was a distraction. LOL!
Here is the short little scene that didn’t make the cut:
At a table not too far away sat the Alan’s (parents of MC Tarell). They, too, wanted to check out the new restaurant, mainly because they owned it. But when they overheard their son’s name they couldn’t help but listen to the conversation. They both studied the young man at the other table. They chatted briefly about the hope that finally their stoic son may have taken an interest in something – or someone. Yes, they truly did want him to mingle among real people. They didn’t want him to feel he was privileged or above anyone and even though they had to ramp up security around him being at a public school, one of the main reasons they forced him to go was to gain an interest in something. Seems they were right to do it. If that interest was in this young man, so be it.
“It seems our son has caused a bit of stress for that young man,” the woman said, sipping her mint julep. Setting her glass down, she smiled, as she looked across the table into her husband’s eyes. “Hopefully Tarell doesn’t scare him away with all his enthusiasm. The Alan’s have been known to do that.”
The older man reached over and patted the hand of his wife, that classic smirk on his face. “If he does, my dear, I am sure Tarell will do the same thing I did and give chase.”
They both chuckled.
You talk about a Tamagotchi in your book. Where did that come from?
It’s actually a true story. Not the smashing it and burning it part, but the rest is true.
If you could trade places with one of your characters, who would it be and why?
Tarell. He has the world at his fingertips and on its knees.
If you could travel forward or backward in time, where would you go and why?
Backward. I would love to see my dad and my sister again. Get another hug, another conversation, get another “I love you” in.
If you could be a fly on the wall during an intimate encounter between two characters, not your own, who would they be?
As I said before, I started out with Yaoi and I have two sets of “favorite characters”. One is Asami and Aki of the Finder series and the other is Ewon and Mookyul of Totally Captivated. Talk about dominant and submissive! Would love to be front and center in either one of those hot bedrooms!
Do you tell people that you are an author of M/M?
Honestly, that’s a tough one. Even if I didn’t write M/M I am not sure how much I would share with people I know. What I say right now, if it comes up, is I write Romance. That’s it. I let them draw their own conclusions. But to tell you the truth, I am still, to this day, pretty much in the closet. I am not brave.
What does your family think of your writing?
I think they are proud. I don’t talk about it much. I mention some things, like when “Forgetting Yesterday” was doing very well on Amazon, or last week when I was having a Facebook party for “Chase and Capture”. My husband has problems with it so it makes it hard to share anything, including my little successes. However, I have to admit, he is getting a little better. My mom and sisters accept it even though it is pretty foreign to them. But I think they know how happy I am writing. They know how long I have wanted to be a real author. So are happy for me. Only one of my daughter’s “knows” and she is totally supportive. She truly has been my rock. She has read some of my work and loves it, not just the content but the actual writing which means a lot to me. She is a social media fanatic with wild dreams of her own of being able to support herself through her youtube channel.
Tell us about your current work in progress and what you’ve got planned for the future.
I just finished my first “paxe” with a number of other authors called “The Door Keeper” about a group of paranormal misfit police officers charged with keeping Minneapolis/St. Paul safe from vampires and other bad things. After that, I am not sure. I have that book, “Distant Thunder”, yet to be republished. But I might want to expand on it, actually put a little heat into it. There is a sequel to “Until You” that needs work, but it’s done. Other than that I have some things started like “Ghost Wolf Chronicles” about a wolf shifter who can turn invisible and vows to stop a killer. There is also another paranormal right now called “The Boy Next Door” about a man hiding from a past that will not leave him alone who meets a man who just might be willing to fight by his side. But I think I will tackle a book that my sister wrote. She passed away at twenty-six but before she did she took a bunch of notebooks and wrote out this long synopsis of an M/F story that I would love to get published and into print for my mom for Christmas this year. It’s about a woman who falls in love with a hockey player and I know it’s the story she would have liked herself to be the star in if she had lived. So I think I want to do that.
Do you have any advice for all the aspiring writers out there?
I heard it said everyone has a story to tell. And just like anything else, everyone has their own unique needs and desires and ways of doing things. What works for me will only sound laughable to someone else. So just write and love what you write. I say love it because there will always be those people out there who will hate what you do, ridicule and insult your talent and courage. Believe me, it really takes courage to put your heart and soul into a story and then put it out there to let the general public rip it to shreds. I have found there are people out there who are not kind. It’s one of the reasons I love happy endings like I do. I ultimately want people to be happy. Me included.
About the author:
Hurri Cosmo lives in Minnesota where she holds tight to the idea that there, where it’s cold a good part of the year, she won’t age as fast. Yep, she avoids the truth as much as she avoids mirrors. But one of the reasons she loves writing is reality doesn’t always offer up a “happily ever after” and being able to take control of that is a powerful lure. Being a happy ending junkie, writing just makes them easier to find. Oh, she doesn’t mind “real life” and she does try to at least keep it in mind when she writes her stories, but she truly loves creating a wonderful couple, knowing they will fall in love and have their HEA. Every - single - time. And, of course, that is exactly the reason she loves reading this genre, too. Give her a glass of red wine, some dark chocolate, and her computer, whether she is reading or writing, and she will entertain herself for hours. The fact she actually gets paid to do it is Snickers bars on the frosting on the cake.
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