The following is a brief excerpt from my short novella, We’re Both Straight, Right?, which is coming out in June as part of the First Time for Everything daily dose at Dreamspinner Press. My story will be available for separate purchase at some point in June, but I don’t know if it will be on the 1st or a later date.
We’re Both Straight, Right? is my first published comedy, and it’s relatively raunchy, compared to the other stories I’ve had published.
BLURB — “We’re Both Straight, Right?” by Jamie Fessenden
Zack and Larry have been best friends since middle school and are now
college roommates. But when Larry hears that other guys they know are
getting paid to have gay sex on camera, he convinces Zack that they could
pick up some quick, easy cash by being in one of these films… together.
If Zack thinks making a gay porn film with his best friend is disturbing, he
is absolutely horrified when Larry proposes they “rehearse” for the film so
they won’t be nervous in front of the director. As the they fumble their way
through a checklist of sexual positions and acts, Zack finds himself seeing
Larry in an entirely new light—a very sexy new light, and possibly a
romantic one, as well. But does Larry feel the same? Or is this all for easy
EXCERPT — “We’re Both Straight, Right?” by Jamie Fessenden
“Did you bring your IDs?” Ed asked, spreading some papers out on a desk in the corner. When Zack and Larry produced their licenses, he looked them over and said, “All right. Please look over the release forms and sign them.”
“Our friend said we wouldn’t have to use our real names,” Zack said quickly.
“Do you mean ‘Alphonso’?” Ed asked, rolling his eyes. “Trust me, he signed his real name on the release form. You have to, in order for it to be legal. We never use last names in the credits, but there’s a line there for a pseudonym, if you’d like one.”
Larry went ahead and signed, only hesitating when he got to the pseudonym. “Hey, can I be Butch Cassidy?” He looked at Zack. “You can be the Sundance Kid.”
“You can be ‘Butch’,” Ed said, “but nobody is going to believe a straight guy with the name ‘Sundance’. Your friend can be ‘Robert’, if he likes. After Robert Redford?”
Larry seemed to like that idea, so that’s what Zack wrote down.
Ed signed the forms after they did and used a desktop scanner to print copies for them.
“Now, why don’t you two go have a seat on the couch, and we’ll begin?”
The couch? Already?
“Don’t you want to interview us?” Zack asked quickly.
“Are you and your debonair friend both anatomically male?”
Zack blinked at him. “Um… yes.”
“End of interview!” Ed exclaimed, clapping his hands together in delight. “You’re hired!
“Look, kid,” he added when Zack continued to stare at him, “I can already see that you’re exactly what we’re looking for—good-looking, straight-acting, and the right age to be both legal and in college. So, unless you’re changing your mind—”
“No!” Larry interrupted. “We’re good.”
“Then let’s make a movie!”