Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Book Tour For Care Package by Jaxx Steele (Guest Post & Giveaway)


Before we get to Jaxx's post and the fun giveaway going on during this tour, I want to thank Goddess Fish Promotions for letting me be a part of this tour and to Jaxx Steele for taking the time out of a busy schedule to visit and talk about Care Package.

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That man’s Army

Hi everyone, Jaxx Steele here to give you my take on being gay in the military.  I will not divulge which branch I was in, but I will give you a small peek at what I experience. By no means is this blog meant to be a ‘military bashing’. This is only a retelling of my personal experiences.

During my time in I learned what all other soldiers learned: to tolerate horrible food, build my stamina, shoot a variety of cool guns and how to tune out when people yell in your face. I also learned to conceal my true nature and that was the hardest thing I ever had to do.

I went in knowing, of course, about the ‘don’t ask-don’t tell’ but being young and na├»ve I thought that if I did that I would be fine. I soon found out that that was not the case. If someone even said you were gay whether you were or not got you ostracized by your platoon. In front of the brass and the suits all was well, but down time was another story.

I was not the only gay man in my unit, but the straight men did out number us. Even those who called themselves your friends shunned afraid of being labeled the same and thus receiving the same treatment. I won’t go into detail on said treatment for fear that it that could cause a psychotic like episode that would leave my left eye twitching for days. I will just say it was reminiscent of a few distasteful scenes in Full Metal Jacket.

Time moved on and even emotional scars were healed. Although I eagerly scratched each day off my mental calendar I would not have changed my years in the service. The experience made me a stronger man today, mentally and physically. Even though the repeal of the DADT is on the books, I believe it will take time to affect the troops on the ground level of things. I hope it does, but I’m glad I’m on the outside watching this time.
 
Recently, I wrote a story about gays in the military called Care Package. Some may say writing it was somehow therapeutic, but I say it was pure fun. LOL!

Thanks for having me. This was fun, too.

Jaxx Steele…has left the building!

AUTHOR BIO:

I have been told by many female friends that I am the perfect man that women are looking for... if only I sought them and not men. After thinking about that statement for a while I came to like it and have taken it as my own. My writings are a combination of some things that I have learned over the years, good and bad, mixed up with a lot of imagination. I can only hope that you like what you read.

I was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, but I escaped and I now live in Indiana. My dream is to buy a house near the beach and write all day and make enough money to live off of. I spend most of my time working a nine to five and traveling, when I can, to new and wondrous places that I can incorporate in my stories (or that will at least spark ideas for me). I do have love in my life thanks to my life partner, Hou, and our cat, Judo, who graciously lets us live with him in his house. So, all in all, I have a full and happy life.

website: http://www.jaxxsteele.com 

FB fan page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jaxx-Steele/175209419218570

Jaxx blog: http://jaxxsteele.blogspot.com/

 
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BLURB:

First Sergeant Dwayne Roman was asked to leave his life as a soldier. After suffering three years with regret and loneliness, he had the chance to get back what an unjust law and self-serving people took from him.

EXCERPT:

"It is my duty as your commanding officer to—"

"No!"

Roman's mouth snapped shut. The passion in the other man's outburst stopped him in his tracks. The pain his words inflicted was evident on his face. That had not been his intention. All he wanted to do was make sure that they had a future where they were, and some sacrifices had to be made to ensure that.

"Private, you are dangerously close to being insubordinate with your tone."

Styles held the bridge of his nose as he took several deep breaths and blinked away obvious tears. Leaning forward, holding the chair for balance, his gaze was intense and his words were slow and deliberate.

"I want you to tell me that you don't want me. That you think it is best for us to be apart. Give me the order to leave you. I want to hear it from your lips, not read it off a piece of paper, and I will go and never bother you again," he finished, pointing at the door.

Roman left his chair as the request ran through his mind. Styles was obviously distraught over his decision. The look he landed on him seared his soul. Roman had to turn away from it. His sense of duty rose within him, in battle with what his heart felt. Private Styles' suggestion was exactly what he should do. He was a seasoned soldier in the United States Army. Protocol dictated nothing less, and so did the law of the land. 

Roman turned around. Styles stood waiting for his response. He was young, too young to have so much passion for Roman. His mouth was parted and his bottom lip quivered slightly. For more nights than he could count, Roman had stroked his cock thinking about that very mouth bringing him to completion instead of his hand. The brilliant blue eyes that stared back at him haunted his dreams nightly. Now they sparkled with distress and unshed tears. Seeing the anguish there was like a knife in his heart. He just wanted to ease Styles' pain. Knowing that he was the cause of that hurt was his undoing. He quickly closed the distance between them and slipped his hand behind his subordinate's head.

"God help me, but I cannot give that order," he said, then fused their mouths together.

buy link:  https://spsilverpublishing.com/product_book_info/glbt-bdsm-c-53_58/care-package-p-337

**********GIVEAWAY**********

This giveaway is for a promotional t-shirt, ink pen, and key chain.

  • For US & CANADA ONLY.  Winner will be chosen from among all comments made during the tour.  So the more stops (list of stops here) you make a comment at, the greater your odds of winning.
  • Make a comment below and make sure to include your email addy to make it easier to contact a winner.  
  • Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm on 9/16.

3 comments:

  1. What a great blog, Jaxx. I look forward to reading. Its on my TBR. :D

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  2. wow i like that one the guys are hunky wow
    and then i love to read and i re twitted
    and put it on my face book google one good luck with the book

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  3. I'm sorry you endured what you did in the Military even though it has made you stronger.But Care Package is definitely on my TRL.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

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