I am very happy to welcome back a friend of mine. Iyana Jenna is the author of the phenomenal Just A Little Unwell.
Today she is here to talk about two of her upcoming releases. So please give a warm welcome to Iyana Jenna…
A Granted Wish and Glowing Dim as an Ember by Iyana Jenna
It’s the first in my series of blogging in my ‘A Granted Wish’ Blog Tour (that now will also feature another story with the title of ‘Glowing Dim as an Ember’) and I’m so grateful for Jess Buffett for her willingness to host my on her blog. Here I want to talk a little bit about my stories.
A Granted Wish
Genre: M/M Young Adult
Word count: 1,600
Summary: Being told over and over that he is too young to have a girlfriend, or a boyfriend as the case may be, 15-year-old Cody sends a wish to whoever up there willing to grant it.
This is a story about ‘be careful what you wish for’ and I was inspired by the movie Blue Lagoon when I wrote it. Huh, you say? Yeah. 😀 That’s why I playfully dubbed it Blue Lagoon 2.You should read it to find out for yourself.
Kyle inches slowly, creeps in, and, stealing a quick glance towards the boy sitting next to him, he smiles. He looks down; can feel their fingers entwined together underneath their school bags. He loves seeing the blush on the other boy’s face, feel the slight tremor running through his hand–though from excitement or fear he knows not. They are inside the school bus after all.
He swallows his disappointment when Aiden pulls his hand back. Right. He tries not to show his feeling, looks up and sees the boy’s shy smile toward him, making him feel warm all over.
That’s exactly what he feels every time Aiden is around. In the classroom, at PE sessions, during breaks. He can’t wait. Can’t wait to see him again once he loses sight of him.
“Kyle? What are you doing out there? Get inside and change. Dinner’s ready.”
Startled, Kyle whirls around to find his dad standing at the doorway. He doesn’t realize he’s been standing at the gate, watching the bus that carries Aiden vanish round the corner at the end of the street.
Glowing Dim as an Ember
Genre: Young Adult
Word count: 2,700
Summary: 14 year-old Etienne keeps getting flashes of someone else’s memories. Dancing bears and painted wings are not exactly the things he meets every day especially since he is just a homeless boy living on the cold streets of Paris.
This story was inspired by a song Once Upon a December and the story of Anastasia, the lost princess from Russia. But it’s by no means a story of her as this one is a tale of the boy Etienne and another named Eric in the year of 1840 and before.
At first he thought he heard it from afar, the roar of a gun blaring, a voice screaming. Or perhaps it was a dream.
But someone was pounding at the door, and he leaped out of bed. Feet entangled in the blankets, he nearly toppled face first onto the floor when a pair of hands caught him and he gasped, panicked.
“You have to go. You have to go!”
His mother grabbed his boots and pulled them onto his feet, then snatched up his coat and put it on him; she pushed him urgently toward the window.
His room was on the second story and though the snow outside was thick and soft to cushion his fall, it was pitch black and he really didn’t want to stumble around, cold and with probably a sprained ankle as well.
“Go!” His mother was getting hysterical. “Anna is waiting outside. You will be safe.”