Today we shine the spotlight on Josephine Myles and
Einstein's Peep Show
Nerdy by day, naughty by night!
Nathan Wright has a secret life. During the day he’s a dedicated student, working hard for his maths degree. But times are tough, and in order to make ends meet by night he becomes “Einstein”, wooing punters with his online solo sex show. Still wounded by his last dysfunctional relationship, Nathan’s happy being single. But when his highest tipping client demands it, Einstein has to overcome his social awkwardness to rope in some extra help.
Party boy Rory Jones has never given his geeky neighbour a second glance, but he’s not one to turn down the offer of a free blow job, even when Nathan tells him it’s going online. Once on camera, Rory discovers his exhibitionist streak and the two of them are so hot together, the one-off becomes a regular gig.
But being neighbours with benefits isn’t without its challenges. Nathan’s client keeps wanting more, and he finds himself pushed into a role he’s not prepared for. Meanwhile Rory’s growing affection leaves him worried his ultra-rational lover won’t ever be able to share his emotions. If he and Nathan can’t find something more than great sex in common, they’ll be left with the square root of absolute zero.
From the e-book author's note:
Einstein’s Peep Show is the book I never thought I’d get written. Not because of some dramatic reason, like I had to plumb the depths of my soul to pull out a painful and traumatic story—I’m just not that kind of writer. But this is the first story I’ve written since having my second child, and it came after a year-long dry spell.
Okay, so I have every excuse for a dry spell, aka maternity leave. But I’ll admit, the idea of getting back to writing sexy fun stories when my life was awash with dirty nappies and constant nursing was a daunting one. It turns out babies aren’t just cockblockers in real life. Gabriel was just as good at cockblocking my fictional characters! Chronic sleep deprivation just isn’t conducive to writing erotic fiction. Not for me anyway.
But fortunately Gabriel eventually began sleeping through the night (thanks to a few nights of horrendous controlled crying) and my intellect and sanity returned. Well, possibly not my sanity. That went MIA several years ago, and I’m probably better off without it anyway. Don’t all writers need to be a little bit loopy? I mean, you have to actively nurture the voices in your head, not ignore them.
I got my final kick to start writing again at the 2015 UK Meet. I felt like a bit of a fraud being there as an author when I hadn’t written in almost a year, but it turned out that a weekend of hanging out with readers and writers was exactly what I needed to wake up my muse. People asked me what I was writing next, and I needed to say something so I trotted out the vaguely formed idea of a nerdy cam model and his neighbour. It needed work, but people seemed interested and so I hashed out a few titles over canapes. The original working title was Bugger My Neighbour, as suggested by Bruin Fisher. I knew it would never be published under that name, but it was fun to use while I mulled over the proper title.
I also met up with Rach at the UK Meet, who is one of the best people ever for brainstorming story ideas with. After a good session with her I had an idea of where I was headed with this story, and who the two main characters really were.
I had a provisional title, a plot and two characters. That’s all I needed to begin writing again. Just an hour a day while Gabriel was napping, but the word count soon started to climb and I feel like a real writer again rather than an imposter. I began gathering together my fabulous self-publishing team of cover artist (Lou Harper), content editor (JL Merrow), copy editor (Belea Keeney) and publicist (Rachel Maybury) and set deadlines for when I needed to get stuff to them.
And okay, I might not have met all those deadlines, but I’ve learnt an awful lot about how to schedule writing around the demands of a baby/toddler (in short, allow yourself at least twice as long as you think you’ll need) and luckily my team have all been wonderfully understanding. It probably helps that I’m paying them ;-)
So, almost five months after I started writing this novella, I’m finally in the position to hit “publish” and send it out to the world. Am I nervous? Yes, of course. No matter how long I’ve been doing this job, it’s still a scary and exhilarating moment. But I’m hoping Einstein’s Peep Show is the right kind of fun smutty romance to please both my existing readers and to pull in some new ones.
And whatever happens, I promise it won’t take me as long to get the next story out to you all.
I’m on a roll now… just so long as that little boy of mine keeps napping!
Josephine MylesFebruary 2016
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Take one emotionally and socially slightly stunted, slightly nerdy young man who's running an internet solo sex show to pay for this university education, studying maths. Relatively fresh out of a relationship with an abusive jerk, Nathan is quite happy being single, studying and attending classes during the day and putting on a show for cash at night. He doesn't have friends and doesn't go out, content to be on his own.
But then his highest-tipping online client wants him to perform on camera with someone else, and what better candidate than Nathan's neighbor Rory, who lives also by himself across the corridor.
Rory is about as opposite from Nathan as he can be - happy-go-lucky, partying when he can, working a job he likes okay as a warehouse shift manager, and not much aspiration to move up in the world. He reminded me of a big teddy bear with a huge, kind heart, and while he's described as super hot (by Nathan), he doesn't give the impression that he's all about looks.
Considering how short this book is, it surely packs a punch. As Nathan and Rory fumble their way through their first performance, and then additional ones, Rory starts to develop tender feelings for his neighbor that far surpass the neighborly relationship and move into romance. See, Rory is a cuddler. He doesn't mind getting off for show, but he isn't happy with having to go home right after the show is done.
And poor Nathan, full of self-doubt and unable to read between the lines, takes everything so very literal, to the point that Rory has to patiently explain himself. Repeatedly.
All of this is told in such fabulous Britspeak, and it warmed my cynical heart. I adore Jo's happy little stories. She picked a fantastic plotline for this one, something I haven't read before, and made it completely her own, in her own special way.
It's chockful of hilariously awkward situations (see Nathan and Rory talk about "knobs"), emotions, humor, and some snark, and sexy times full of giggles. But there's also a bit of heartache, and anger (on my side), when we find out how badly Nathan's been hurt before, and yet perseveres in going his own way.
A quick and fun read, perfect to devour during your lunch hour, I'd recommend this to anyone who loves a sweet M/M romance.
Fantastic, Jo. I can't wait to read more of yours.
** I received a free copy of this book from the author's publicist. A positive review was not promised in return. **
About the author:
English through and through, Josephine Myles is addicted to tea and busy cultivating a reputation for eccentricity. She writes gay erotica and romance, but finds the erotica keeps cuddling up to the romance, and the romance keeps corrupting the erotica. Jo blames her rebellious muse but he never listens to her anyway, no matter how much she threatens him with a big stick. She’s beginning to suspect he enjoys it.Jo publishes regularly with Samhain, and now has over ten novels and novellas under her belt. Her novel Stuff won the 2014 Rainbow Award for Best Bisexual Romance, and her novella Merry Gentlemen won the 2014 Rainbow Award for Best Gay Romantic Comedy. She has also been known to edit anthologies and self-publish on occasion, although she prefers to leave the “boring bits” of the ebook creation process to someone else. She loves to be busy, and is currently having fun trying to work out how she is going to fit in her love of writing, dressmaking and attending cabaret shows in fabulous clothing around the demands of a preteen with special needs and an energetic toddler.
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