By A.J. Llewellyn
Like most writers, my ideas come from actual life happenings. Last year, I attended a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner and one of my friends was late. Keren is an emergency room nurse and arrived to tell us a breathless tale about a couple rushed in after suffering a head-on collision. The woman had been going down on the man who, lost control of the moving vehicle and swerved into an oncoming lane and crashed.
In the ensuing catastrophe, the woman giving head severed the man’s penis with her teeth.
In the emergency room, Keren and the others worked to save the couple. The penis was still lodged in the woman’s throat.
Keren never thought about the couple’s relationship, she only worked to save them. She and her crew did so. The man’s penis was reattached and all was good…until out in the waiting room a woman approached her.
It was the man’s wife!
Keren described the woman’s complete breakdown as she learned how her husband suffered such an unusual injury. Keren never found out what happened…but I came up with my own conclusion in a gay twist on this story.
Having been cheated on myself several years ago, I took it hard. It was fun to re-examine those early emotions in hindsight. I, like Teddy, became obsessed with the other man. With the internet being what it is, it’s easy to follow someone on Twitter or Facebook (back then MySpace was the hot social networking site) and I found out things about my lover that I never knew…
Kaleidoscope has been described by a couple of reviewers as “unconventional” because my character, Teddy, goes through great anguish on discovering the truth of his husband’s affair…then becomes obsessed with finding out the truth about the ‘other man’ in Auguste’s life.
But Kaleidoscope is part of the Amber Pax collection in a series entitled The French Connection. To my mind, telling unconventional stories is part of a romance writer’s job. Besides, being a story set in Paris, it gives the writer the opportunity to explore the themes of love, second chances and…how life really is like a kaleidoscope.
Here is the blurb:
Teddy Bardin married Auguste, whom he thought was the man of his dreams, and to start a new life with his husband, he moved from New York to Paris, the city of light. Now, on a rainy afternoon, a life-shattering telephone call arrives, and Teddy learns that Auguste has been in a car accident.
After racing to the hospital to visit his stricken husband, Teddy is in for another emotional shock—listed among Auguste’s injuries is a nearly severed penis. It comes as an even bigger surprise when Teddy learns that Auguste was with another man who was orally pleasuring him at the moment of impact. And that’s only the beginning in a series of heartbreaking discoveries.
Teddy quickly comes to realize he must make some tough decisions about his future, especially about his marriage and unfaithful husband…and also his growing obsession with Pierre, the other important man in Auguste’s life…
I hope you get the chance to read and enjoy Kaleidoscope, one of my favorite stories! I love Teddy and Pierre and miss writing about them.