The story behind the story…
When I decided to write a story with one MC positive, and one MC negative, I reached out to one of my very good friends who is the negative partner of fifteen plus year relationship. His husband is positive and was when they met. I met Jeffrey roughly six years ago at work and the two of us clicked right away. We affectionately refer to each other as “work hubs” and “work wifie”. Somewhere along the way he shared with me that his husband, Jerry, is positive. So, when it came time to write William and Beau’s story, I reached out and the guys were happy to share the pros and cons of living with HIV. Much like Beau, Jerry is HIV positive, has been for a long time and manages his status with diet and the proper medical care.
I felt the need to add the clinical aspect of living with HIV into the story as well. I didn’t think I would have done the characters, Jeffrey and Jerry, or anyone else out there living with HIV/AIDS justice if I just made the book just about the romance. Being a Certified Pharmacy Tech at my day job, I already knew the medical side of the virus. The reality, the life that is lived by people with the virus is where my guys came into play. Little things that I, and probably many of the people that will read the book, wasn’t aware of; like being cautious with kissing or blow jobs after you’ve brushed your teeth. Why? Because the gums can bleed. Never tear open a condom wrapper with your teeth. Why? Because you can tear the condom. Something as simple as a common cold that myself and the majority of people would simply take a day off work, take vitamin C and drink chicken broth and be all better the next day, can be devastating to someone that is HIV positive. Why? Their immune system is already compromised; it is weaker because of the virus.
Then I had to balance that aspect with lots of passion, some romance, and just a teensy bit of angst. When Beau first tells William about his status they spend their first night together sleeping in the same bed. When they wake up the next day, William just wants the guy he’s been ruthlessly pursuing for the past six months to just bang him already. But Beau refuses. He tells William that he will not add that level of intimacy to their relationship until William is fully aware of what having sex with someone that is HIV positive entails. I loved that I came up with this part of the book while writing. It shows other things they can safely do, Beau shares a couple of dos and don’ts with William, and they become closer without having actual sex and it’s really a beautiful scene.
With advances in medicine, it is possible to live a long and full life if you are HIV positive. I think the most famous or highly recognized Pos/Neg couple would be Matt Schiermeier and Cameron Earnheart . They’ve even done talk shows and such going into their relationship, how they make it work etc…
There is also a movement, much like the NOH8 campaign. ALDO fights AIDS. You can visit www.aldofightsaids.com for more info. And if you are a Twitter user, the hashtag is #FriendsFight
Now, everybody go grab your copy of Live for Love and fall in love with these two guys that were so much fun to write!
Beauregard Boudreaux is a native of New Orleans Louisiana, born and raised there, he never thought he would ever stray far from home. The untimely death of his first love left Beau lost, adrift, looking for a place as far away from the pain as possible. Initially, he came to New York to visit a friend, the city growing on him, so he decided to stay. His law degree comes in handy at the LGBT Center he runs, but his bar is his baby.William Richards grew up in Chicago, his family oddly normal and very accepting of his sexuality. Modeling paid the bills, gigs across the country as a model, male entertainer and a personal trainer giving him the opportunity to see the world. He hasn’t experienced loss or pain as Beau has, the common denominator between them is the loneliness. As All Cocks big, brooding bottom Connor, William has found friendship, family and an outlet for his craving to be more submissive than men of his size and stature usually are.
The two men are perfect for each other, their tastes and lives align and the writing seems to be on the wall. But Beau has a secret he shares with a choice few, a secret that not only threatens to keep them apart, it’s deadly. Determined to keep a wall between himself and William, Beau fights the attraction, pushes William away every time he steps closer. Can one man’s determination and strength be enough to tear down a wall that holds back decades of pain and darkness? And if he can, will either of them survive the flood?
Disclaimer: This book is the fictional story of a man living with HIV. I have put a lot of time and effort into presenting this story as true to fact as possible, without going into gory or gruesome detail. If this subject is a trigger for you, you may want to skip this read. But my hope is that you give Beau a chance to capture your heart as he has mine, and William’s.
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TM Smith is an avid reader, reviewer and writer. A Texas transplant, she now
calls DFW her home. Most days she can be found curled up with a good book, or
ticking away on her next novel.
decidedly different kids, one of which is Autistic. Besides her writing, she is
passionate about Autism advocacy and LGBT rights. Because, seriously people,
Love is Love!
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