Every Wednesday, I put on my pimp clothes (zoot suits, feathered hats, platform shoes, and the like) and introduce you to something new and wonderful in the literary world. This week, I’m excited to shine a spotlight on Hard Times by Andrew Jericho.
"Hard Times (Prison Masters 1) was inspired by a photo I made during a walk-though of the old county detention center in my hometown. In the image, ‘Hard Times’ graffiti is visible on the ceiling above a top bunk. This picture was included in a journalistic article I wrote, documenting overcrowding and the deteriorating architectural structure of the jail. Since then, a new building has been constructed.
"As the story progressed, I also recalled a visit to a maximum security prison. The facility, Tucker Unit, is located in southeast Arkansas. I renamed the prison in the book, Tuckerville Unit. It is loosely based on the Tucker facility. During my tour, the prisoners wore white scrubs. In addition, inmates had to walk near the walls and not cross painted lines on the floors. More research led me to discover, since 2009 one-hundred inmates are allowed to live in a dormitory cell block. These are prison workers. While I haven't addressed detailed living arrangements in the book, I’ve shared factual situations. Except, Arkansas does not allow conjugal visits. The prison I created does. There was no other way to allow my characters’ stories to be told.
"Hard Times is my first book with characters in the BDSM lifestyle. While edgier, it is filled with the same romance, passion, and eroticism readers have come to expect from my work. In keeping with those themes, I wanted to express that finding love is one of life’s most treasured gifts, even in the hard times. Making connections with those we love, whether through touch or words, can make a positive difference."
Ace Freeman is the president of Prison Masters, a BDSM club for gay males. He’s in love with cellmate Tyler Chase and guard Paul Ryder. Ace is Dominant, desiring to take both men as pets.
As an experienced sub, Tyler wants to give submission to two Masters. He slips an explicit drawing into Ace’s notebook. Later, he blurts out his affections for Paul. Tyler hopes his actions will gain collars from both men.
Underneath Paul’s shy and soft-spoken exterior lies a man who lives the BDSM lifestyle. Paul is a switch. The guard desires a Master who can fulfill his need for no limits, and a pet to dominate. However, Paul knows his desires for Ace and Tyler have the potential to cost his job.
A good Master cares for his pets. Ace believes that principle. Once a triad begins to form, Ace needs to find a way to ensure their love will survive even in the hard times.
I’m a ManLove erotic romance author for Siren-BookStrand Publishing, LGBTQ rights activist, humanitarian, and freelance journalist/photographer. My books explore gay men in real situations of life and love. I blend romance, passion, and eroticism into all of my characters.
Often, my characters select themselves, as I provide them with their literary voice. Once a story develops, I’m compelled to see it through to completion. My characters make sure of that fact. Love and eroticism are two very important and powerful emotions which drive not only my characters, but my style of writing, too.
Also, be sure to check out my author page at BookStrand! It contains my author bio, profile, and all title available: Andrew Jericho at BookStrand.
Through my activism it is my desire to provide a voice for those fighting to maintain their humanity, civil liberties, civil rights, and human rights. We’re all one.
I’m a gay transgender man, who lives with my partner, John Jericho, and family. John, or Baby Doll, as I refer to him most times, is the inspiration for my Life With Baby Doll series. We have two children. When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my family, photography, eclectic tastes in music and the arts, and browsing the local library and art galleries.
I enjoy hearing from all of you, and look forward to your e-mails. Remember Love is Love…Period.