Camouflage by Jon Keys
Cover Artist L.C. Chase
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Also in Dreamspinner Press paperback
Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words is happy to host Jon Keys today as he talks about his characters in his latest release, Camouflage. Welcome, Jon!
Thanks so much for letting me visit on the release of my newest novel, Camouflage. This is my first contemporary story in a few years and after months of polishing, and help from the great editors at Dreamspinner Press, I’m thrilled with the final version.
I thought you would be interested in more of Luke’s background. Our cowboy has lived on the same ranch for most of his life and inherited it when his grandparents passed away five or six years ago. His parents died in a tragic automobile wreck when he was a toddler. He was so young his grandparents became the people he thought of as his parents. He’d also told them he was gay while he was a senior in high school. They were surprised. He didn’t act the way they imagined. He was so involved with his sports, and his livestock. But they adjusted to the idea and became his biggest supporters.
Chris, who has been his friend since they were toddlers, was the first person he came out to. It wasn’t a surprise to her though. He had stammered and stuttered through ten minutes of false starts before he’d got out “I’m gay”. Chris’s response? “Well yeah. So what? I wasn’t looking to date you.” They had the same interests, roping, livestock, things like that. But they had each other’s back, regardless.
Luke had a crush on one of his classmates in college too. He had it bad. Blake was about the same height as Luke, but without the muscles from wrestling. He always wore Wranglers that were tight enough to leave little to the imagination. His short blond hair and deep tan got Matt’s motor running. He crushed on Blake for several years and was the source of a lot of fantasies. But the reality was Blake belonged to a church with very narrow view of same-sex relationships. When they were juniors, Blake married a girl from his hometown and they drifted apart.
So there are a few more details about Luke, and more insight into how he got where he was. I hope you enjoy the story of Luke and Nash’s relationship.
Nash Gallo and Luke Meyers seem like complete opposites on the surface. Nash is a city boy from Atlanta, while Luke is a rancher from rural Oklahoma. Nash is covered in tattoos and piercings, while Luke is self-conscious about his muscular, hairy body. Luke doesn’t have much sexual experience with other men, while Nash has plenty to go around.
But both men are lonely, and neither of them has ever been in love.
They also both have secrets. For Luke, it’s his shame over an affair with a local closeted and married man, something Nash accepts. Will Luke be as tolerant of what Nash is hiding—his job as a prostitute back in Georgia?
A week-long vacation on Luke’s ranch and the idyllic landscapes surrounding it gives both men the chance to relax and explore the attraction growing between them. But can the budding relationship survive secrets and small-town prejudices? As they search for the place where their lives might intersect, Nash and Luke risk far worse than broken hearts.
Jon Keys’ earliest memories revolve around books; with the first ones he can recall reading himself being “The Warlord of Mars” and anything with Tarzan. (The local library wasn’t particularly up to date.) But as puberty set in he started sneaking his mother’s romance magazines and added the world of romance and erotica to his mix of science fiction, fantasy, Native American, westerns and comic books.
A voracious reader for almost half a century, Jon has only recently begun creating his own flights of fiction for the entertainment of others. Born in the Southwest and now living in the Midwest, Jon has worked as a ranch hand, teacher, computer tech, roughneck, designer, retail clerk, welder, artist, and, yes, pool boy; with interests ranging from kayaking and hunting to painting and cooking, he draws from a wide range of life experiences to create written works that draw the reader in and wrap them in a good story.
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