…we're keeping our name but expanding our offerings!
Hi, we’re Lisa Henry and J.A. Rock, and we’re touring the m/m world with our latest release, BRANDON MILLS VERSUS THE V-CARD, available now from Loose Id. BRANDON is #2 in the PRESCOTT COLLEGE series, which started with MARK COOPER VERSUS AMERICA. We’ll be talking about virginity, dinosaurs, college, and more. We’ll also be giving away prizes and sharing blurbs and excerpts!
Thanks so much to Boys in Our Books for hosting us.
The Joy of (Awkward) Sex
My first time having sex was magical. I trembled and gasped and opened like a blossom and all that. I discovered untold pleasures and went from girl to woman in the space of a single breath. The angels sang, the stars wept, and the dude got down on one knee and proposed to me because I was his soul mate. Why else would we have been having sex?
Ok, seriously. The first time I had sex, it was to see what all the fuss was about. I spent most of the encounter wondering if there was any place still open where I could get a sandwich. The guy and I moved to different states a week later, and if we were soul mates, then the universe has a strange sense of humor. I think losing my virginity was, paradoxically, the best case that could have been made for abstinence.
Lisa and I suspect the first time is like that for a lot of people. When you’re young and nervous and not sure what to do with your hands and too self conscious to have honest, open conversations with your partner about what you like—assuming you even know what you like—the odds of having mind-blowing sex right out of the gate are long.
So when we wrote BRANDON MILLS VERSUS THE V-CARD, a novel about two college kids—one a klutzy nerd who still plays dinosaurs and one who can’t stand physical contact—we knew when we finally got these two in bed, things were going to be a bit…fumbly.
We’re sure some people’s first times are magical, and we certainly enjoy romances that feature sexy, graceful deflowerings. We just wanted to look at the flip side of the coin and try to capture the awkward, embarrassing, “is-it-in-yet?”-ness of our first times. Because who doesn’t want to make that stop on Memory Lane?
We hope that the cherry-popping scene in BMvtV-C is at least a little bit hot. We also hope it kinda makes you cringe. And laugh. Real life might not always be as steamy as romance. But for us as writers as well as for our characters, the way expectations clash with reality can lead to some unexpectedly fun, beautiful, and memorable moments.
Boys in our Books would like to offer one commenter on this post a chance to win ebook copies of both “Mark Cooper Versus America” AND “Bradon Mills Versus the V-Card”! Just leave your contact info in your comment, and we’ll draw a winner at random.
Smart, shy Prescott sophomore Brandon Mills is working hard to overcome his troubled past and be normal. With the help of his friends Mark and Deacon, and his brothers at Phi Sigma Kappa, he’s slowly coming out of his shell. But when he accidentally drenches a freshman in orange soda, he faces something he’s not ready for: a boy crushing on him.
Alex Kekoa pledges Phi Sig because it has everything he wants: a house full of nerds who won’t tease him for being smart, a dog, and Brandon Mills. Brandon is just the type of guy Alex needs to help fulfill his college ambition: losing his virginity. Except Alex doesn’t know that Brandon can’t stand to touch or be touched.
When Alex and Brandon are drafted onto the Phi Sig Academic Challenge team, their mutual attraction grows. If there’s anyone who can help Brandon discover it feels good to touch and kiss, maybe it’s klutzy Alex with his cute glasses and his dinosaur obsession. But as the competition–and their relationship–heats up, Alex’s determination not to die a virgin clashes with Brandon’s vow of lifelong celibacy, forcing them to examine what’s truly important to each of them about love.
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