Pray the Gay Away (A Southern Thing #1), by Sara York
Today we’re focusing on Sara York’s newest book, Pray the Gay Away. First, we have a guest post by Sara featuring a bit about the background of Pray the Gay Away, an excerpt, and a giveaway. Then, in a separate post, we’ll share an interview with Sara and a review of the book. For now, we’ll turn things over to her.
From Sara York:
Fall 2013 two things happened. I met Kindle Alexander at GRL in Atlanta, and I was given some awesome titles of a few stories. Kindle is amazing, so amazing that one person couldn’t handle it all and she’s actually two, but writing under one name. Anyway, back to the story, Kindle Alexander wrote a little book called Double Full. I fell in love with Colt Michaels, so much so that when it came time to put a story to the title Pray The Gay Away, I was drawn to Colt and his story in Double Full. So it’s no mystery to me that in the broadest sense of the word, not copying at all, Pray The Gay Away is actually fan fiction of Double Full. Yes, I guess I can now say I fanfic.
Jack and Andrew have their own backstory and characterization, but I loved Kindle’s book, Double Full, so much that I took Colt and used him as the base to build my guy from. Colt was a good guy and I tried to make Jack true and pure, in other words a good guy.
If you’ve not picked up Double Full yet, I encourage you to take the plunge and get into the story, it’s so good. Maybe you won’t see the influence, but I felt it through writing Pray The Gay Away.
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Star football player, Jack Miller, had it all. The perfect family, looks, girls hanging on his every word, and the respect of most people in his town. But one thing was missing–a man to be his own.
When Andrew Collins showed up in small town, conservative Sweet, Georgia, he looked more scrawny mutt than high school senior. Andrew’s plan was to keep his head down and graduate high school, leaving his family behind to start his real life.
When he meets Andrew, Jack thinks he’s found heaven, but reality holds him in check until one night when his lips gently slide across Andrew’s and fireworks go off.
As lust and something a little deeper brings them together, compelling them to take chances, people start to notice. Then the unthinkable happens, and Jack’s parents find out he likes guys. The battle lines are drawn and they vow to pray the gay away.
After Jack finished chewing, he moaned and leaned his head back, closing his eyes. Andrew bit his cheek, wishing that things were different. He could last seven months, then he could move out. Actually he could technically move out now, but he wanted his diploma, and he didn’t have access to any money he’d saved. His parents kept that tied up tight, not allowing him access at all. When he graduated, they said they’d let him have some of the money but not all. He needed to find a way to get all of his money.
Jack cracked open an eye and smiled. “Hey, I have homework I have to get done. I’ll pick you up in the morning. School starts at seven thirty. I’ll be there at seven ten. That should give us enough time to get to school and you into your classes. You registered today, right?”
“Yeah, I did.”
“Cool,” Jack said.
“I don’t know that my parents will agree to it.”
“I’ll go in and talk to them.”
“That’s not necessary.” Andrew wanted to limit the contact his parents had to Jack. If they didn’t spend any time with him, they couldn’t ruin it. And once Jack found out he was gay, he was sure their friendship would be over.
Jack stood and tossed the trash, cleaning up for Andrew as well as himself. If things were different, he’d reach out and grab Jack’s hand, twining their fingers together. Instead, he waved at the girls as he pushed open the door. They both begged Jack to reconsider going to the dance. Jack smiled and shook his head no.
Andrew gave Jack his address and was quiet on the way to his house. He didn’t think of the place as home and probably never would. This was a temporary location, a road bump in his life. Both of his parents hated him, and in a way, he didn’t blame them. He’d screwed up everything, forcing them to leave their affluent neighborhood and move here to this tiny town where there were few decent restaurants and no theater.
Jack hopped out of the truck almost before he turned the engine off. Andrew was going to tell him to forget it, not to bother with picking him up in the morning, but the guy was halfway to his front door before Andrew could even exit the vehicle. Then the front door swung open and his dad stepped out. Andrew couldn’t help the pause in his step, or the dread that made the burger he’d just consumed threaten to come back to haunt him. The front porch light was on and Andrew tried to erase the fear from his face. It wasn’t working.
“Son, Jack, how is everything?” His dad sounded angry already. Andrew cringed and thought about ducking around the corner, hiding from everyone.
“Mr. Collins, I was stopping by to say that I’d pick Andrew up for school in the morning. I introduced him to some of the team and they wanted to say hi to him before classes.”
“Oh.” His dad glanced from Jack to Andrew then back to Jack. “I guess that would be okay.”
“Cool.” Jack spun and approached Andrew. “I’ll see you a little after seven.” Jack did a macho fist bump with him and headed to his truck.
Andrew wanted to turn and see if Jack looked back, but he wouldn’t dare, not with his dad standing on the porch and his mom glaring at them from the kitchen window. Since being caught kissing Steven, his parents didn’t trust him at all.
The engine roared to life as Andrew climbed the three steps to their house. His dad said nothing as he walked past and entered through the front door. Andrew went to his room and flopped down on his bed, knowing he couldn’t stay there for long, his parents would worry that he was masturbating or something else just as evil. Thoughts of Jack danced through his mind, but he pushed them away. He crawled out of his bed and went to his bathroom, pulling out the cleaning supplies. The door to his bedroom opened just after he sprayed his shower with cleaner. His mom stopped at the door to his bathroom.
“Oh, I didn’t think you were doing anything.”
“Idle hands are the Devil’s work.”
“Yes, yes they are. It’s good to see that you’ve connected with the right type of boy. I hear he’s taking you to school tomorrow. Will you need a ride home?”
“No, ma’am. He’ll bring me home after football practice.”
“Will you be trying out for the team?”
Andrew wanted to laugh in her face. Him on a football team? Surely she knew better, but he guessed she didn’t. He shook his head.
“No, ma’am. I’ll probably just meet everyone.”
“Good. That’s good.” She left his room and he slumped on the floor, waiting for the cleaner to chew away at the tile walls. Not that there was any dirt on them since he’d already cleaned them yesterday, but if his mom thought he was cleaning in his bathroom, she’d leave him alone, allowing him a few minutes peace from their incessant questions and concerned looks.
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Sara York Bio:
Writing is Sara York’s life. The stories fight to get out, often leaving her working on four or five books at once. She can’t help but write. Along with her writing addiction she has a coffee addiction. Some nights, the only reason she stops writing and goes to sleep is for the fresh brewed coffee in the morning. Sara enjoys writing twisted tales of passion, anger, and love with a good healthy dose of lust thrown in for fun.
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