So a couple of weeks ago, I released my free short story Two Thousand Pounds Per Square Inch – part of the Russel Middlebrook Series, but also part of The Real Story Safe Sex Project, my new project devoted to fighting HIV/AIDS and promoting safe sex among gay and bi guys.
Some of the feedback I got was that my intentions were good, but it needed something more.
So I did what many writers do whenever they’re criticized: I decided to add more sex!
Truthfully, I’ve always been kind of reluctant to go too deeply into Russel Middlebrook’s sex life. The books in the Russel Middlebrook Series have more of a sweetly romantic vibe than an outright sexy one. And I’m basically sort of a “fade to black” kind of guy anyway.
But after adding the sex scenes to this short story, I thought: No, this is good! This is part of exactly what I’m trying to do with this project. I want to help make it okay for gay and bi guys to talk more openly about safe sex. I’d be a hypocrite if I didn’t do that too.
Plus, sex sells, right? So why not use it to sell safe sex for a change?
Truthfully, it also gave me a chance to revisit Russel’s relationships with Kevin, Web, and Otto a little bit. I learned things I didn’t know.
Anyway, I’ve uploaded the new short story to Amazon (and all other platforms). It’s still free, so check out the links below. (Keep in mind that the story is very sexually explicit. If this isn’t your thing, please keep away.)
Oh, and if you like the new story (and agree with my message), I’d appreciate a kind word or two on Amazon or GoodReads, and maybe a reTweet on Twitter. Why not help spread the word?
Update 1/28/14: So far about 25 of your favorite authors and/or filmmakers have volunteered to contribute stories or videos to this effort (and more are coming each day!). Check back here to see the results of their work. And if you’d like to join them, we’d love to have you, so contact me!