We are happy to welcome Amy Lane, to talk about her new book Bobby Green.
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Vern Roberts couldn’t wait to turn eighteen and get the hell out of Dogpatch, California. But city living is expensive, and he’s damned desperate when Dex from Johnnies spots him bussing tables.
As “Bobby,” he’s a natural at gay porn. Soon he’s surrounded by hot guys and sex for the taking, but it’s not just his girlfriend back in Dogpatch—or her blackmailing brother—that keeps him from taking it. It’s the sweet guy who held the lights for his first solo scene, who showed him decency, kindness, and a smile.
Reg Williams likes to think he’s too stupid to realize what a shitty hand life dealt him, but Bobby knows better. What Reg lacks in family, opportunity, education, and money, he makes up for in heart. One fumbling step at a time, they connect, not just in their hearts but in their bodies, where sex that’s not on camera, casual, or meaningless, becomes the most important thing in the world.
But Reg is hampered by an inescapable family burden, and he and Bobby will never fly unless he can find a way to manage it. Can he break the painful link to his unrealized childhood and grow into the love Bobby wants to give?
✦✦✦Guest Post~Amy Lane✦✦✦
It All Started With Socks?
People get confused—I know they do, but I don’t know what else to say. It’s really how Johnnies started.
See, my love (if not my ability) of knitting is fairly well known. I’m a sucker for a good pattern, and a playful pun, and one year, for one of the free events for GoodReads, somebody submitted a picture of a very pretty, very built young man, putting a sock on his foot on a big white bed.
It was charming and flirty and hey, the kid was naked and there was knitting!
I was in!
I wrote a very cute, very fluffy 3,000 words about a kid who was supposed to housesit for his sister and her gorgeous roommate, and got a little naughty on the roommate’s bed. He fell asleep wearing his crush’s hand-knit socks and a smile.
I sent it to my publisher for shits and giggles, and she told me to add another 20,000 words to it so it could make me money.
Well, yeah. I’d just recently realized I was going to be writing for a living and free original creations weren’t as easy to put out as they had been when I had a day job, so I took that moment, that adorable rom-com bit, and added some substance.
Now Donnie and Alejandro were the main couple in the original 3,000 word Super Sock Man—and they were as adorable in the WAY extended version as they had been in the super short 3k. But Donnie had been nineteen in the short, and since it was supposed to end HEA, I realized that maybe he needed to have other options beside just older, enigmatic man-whore, Yandro. It wasn’t fair that Yandro got all the experience, right?
So that’s when I wrote Chase. In Super Sock Man, the one you purchase, not the free version, Chase is Donnie’s best friend—and he doesn’t treat Donnie well. He takes Donnie’s attentions—and his handjobs–but he never gives anything back. And he tells Donnie it’s because he’s not gay, when Donnie can tell that’s not true.
In the end, of course, Donnie ends up with a guy who’s not closeted and not a prick and not an unholy mess—but it begged the question.
What happened with Chase? He hadn’t been a complete prick—just closed off and troubled and obviously hurt. Didn’t he deserve some peace?
Well, a whole lot of other things were happening at the time—but I’d always wanted to write a series set in gay-for-pay, and when it came time to break open the page, I made a discovery.
Chase, the troubled asshole/hurt friend in Super Sock Man had an entire other story to tell. And that’s when Chase in Shadow really begins.
Of course, there were guys in Chase in Shadow that were just like Chase! They started out as peripheral characters, people Chase knew in the context of his new job, but it turns out, they had their own story to tell. Bobby Green is the fifth book, and there’s even more new characters in this book that prove the world of Johnnies, of pretty boys and troubled hearts, might have a few more chapters left.
If you’re already a fan of Johnnies, I think you’ll like Bobby—he’s the big farm kid with the ginormous dick, and he does okay. If you haven’t read Johnnies, there’s a couple of places to start. Chase in Shadow is the obvious place—it’s the first full book. Dex in Blue happens simultaneously with Chase in Shadow and although it gives a few spoilers, for some it’s a gentler introduction to this world.
But if you’re one of those people who likes reading the first thing first, always?
Super Sock Man is the way to go—and be sure to appreciate those socks. I designed the pattern myself—it’s even in the book!