Title: Young at Heart
By Kay Ellis
Devon Alexander is a wealthy successful businessman. The world is his oyster. In his work life he is decisive and in control. His private life is another matter.
There, he doesn’t know if he is coming or going in his on-off relationship with Jesse Young, an unemployed aspiring model half his age.
Can Devon and Jesse overcome the obstacles and outside influences standing in their way? Can they leave behind their own fear and mistrust? Or will they be their own worst enemies?
Guest Post – In Search of Inspiration
I’m often asked what inspires me and I find that such a difficult question to answer. I always think every story starts with a ‘What If’. It can be a scene in a television programme, an overheard conversation, someone walking at the side of the road when I’m driving and there’s a part of me goes … what if? What if that person did this? What if this had happened? What if they met this person? It kind of steamrollers from there.
I have a photo on my laptop of a very handsome man. I have no idea who he is but the moment I saw that photo I knew I had to use him as a character. I even knew what I wanted to call him. It was just a case of finding the right story to put him in.
It was the same with my favourite place in Wales, the village of Sully outside Cardiff. I thought Sully would be such a great name for a character.
Not so long back, I think my writing was probably rather tame. But then I had an audience of one – my mum! Then I read a little book called Fifty Shades of Grey, (purely to see what all the fuss was about, I swear!) and it gave me the confidence to write the way I really wanted to. I decided to stop being embarrassed and ashamed by sex scenes. So I stopped politely hinting that my characters might have done more than just hold hands and started showing them get down and dirty instead.
Around the same time, a television programme ran a competition to find a new ‘racey’ author. In a moment of madness, I sent something off and thought no more of it. So you can imagine my surprise when I finished in the top three! I had so much praise from people in the business, editors and authors such as (NAME DROPPING ALERT!) Jackie Collins and Victoria Fox. I think, for the first time, I gained a bit of belief in myself and it certainly encouraged me to keep writing.
The day of the final was the same day I heard a publisher had accepted my first short story and the rest – as they say – is history!
So much for a warm welcome. “I didn’t realize we had set a time.”
“Arthur prepared lunch,” Erica said, with a pointed look at her elegant wristwatch. “All gone to waste now, of course.”
“I’m sorry.” He was already regretting being there. It was always the same, Erica asking him to come out to the house just so she could give him a hard time. So she could moan about anything and everything and leave him feeling like a complete failure. “I slept in late.”
Devon looked at her sharply. “Actually, yes. Why do you ask?”
“No reason.” She smiled coolly. “Although Antonio did mention you were going to dinner last night. I thought maybe he introduced you to someone more….”
“More what, Mother?”
“Than Jesse, you mean? You’d rather I was with some chinless wonder, obsessed with money and material belongings? Because that’s all Antonio’s friends have to offer.”
She crossed the room to stand by the French window, staring out over the immaculately kept lawn, another of Arthur’s jobs. It was written all over her face. She knew who Antonio was setting him up with last night and she obviously approved. Maybe it had even been her suggestion.
“Have you seen him?”
He smiled softly, remembering the feel of Jesse’s body pressed against his. Throwing back his shoulders, he faced Erica defiantly. “I love him.”
“Oh, don’t be so stupid.” Erica snapped.
A stony silence filled the room as Arthur entered bearing a silver tray. He placed it on the glass coffee table and glanced warily from mother to son. Noting their icy expressions, he backed out of the room again without speaking. One of the reasons he made such a good butler was his unerring ability to keep his head down and mind his own business.
“Shall I pour?” Erica asked, reaching for the handle of the teapot.
“I mean it, Mother.” Devon was not about to let her ignore what he had said. “I love Jesse.”
“No.” Erica spoke so calmly it was chilling. “I won’t allow it.”
“You won’t allow it?” he echoed faintly. “Are you serious?”
Putting the teapot back on the tray with more force than was necessary, Erica glared at him coldly. “I put up with it when you decided you had no desire to be with a woman. I put up with the bitter disappointment of knowing you will never give me grandchildren. And I put up with the embarrassment of entertaining God only knows how many men you’ve dated, but not this time. This time, I will not put up with you keeping this boy in our lives. He’s scum, Devon, a dirty little gold-digger who’s only interested in your money. I won’t stand for it. I will do whatever it takes to stop him ruining your life.”
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About the author
Kay Ellis lives in rural Oxfordshire in the UK, where sheís mum to two beautiful daughters. From an early age, she has written stories, with a sole readership of one ñ her mum, Sylvia. In 2013, someone suggested Kay enter a competition on national television to find a new ëracey readsí author. Much to Kayís surprise, she made it to the final three, and although she didnít win, the high praise received for her work gave her the confidence to start submitting to publishers.
When not writing, Kay enjoys reading, eating out and the theatre.