October 8, 2012
Good morning and welcome to the release party, and last stop on the book tour for Aaron – a novel about a boy struggling desperately to right his world which was terribly altered by a horrific act of violence. I’m sorry the party got started a little late – I was at quite a different party last night (Hustlaball NYC) promoting the release and my work with Anteros Media.
Aaron is a pocket twink. At 5’6” with a small bone structure, and an extremely gentle nature, some would describe him as mousy or timid. Formerly a fierce debater, he has a lion’s heart and quick, wry wit, but the light in his eyes has all but gone out. Hidden under layers of fear and pain, the boy who once won soccer trophies and took his brothers trick-or-treating was almost unrecognizable. With that kind of image in my head, I needed to find a cover model who could convey not only beauty but an innate vulnerability. I wanted a boy that made me want to protect him from the world when I looked at him.
I found that model in adult model Jake Bass.
About the time I started my search, Jake Bass exploded onto the scene as Cockyboys.com’s newest exclusive. From the moment I saw those soulful eyes, and naked emotion, I saw him every time I closed my eyes to picture Aaron. He was Aaron. So, much like Trent Diesel and Parker Perry, I sent him a tweet to see if he was interested—and he was. Thankfully, so was Cockyboys.
Not long after I licensed the image from Cockyboys, I got to meet Jake Bass at the Black Party Expo in NYC while I was there for a signing at the Rainbow Book Fair. Just as adorable, charming, and sweet as he appeared online, he reinforced my desire to use his as the model for Aaron. Not only did I want the boy in the picture, but Jake Bass was someone I wanted to help promote, in whatever small way that I could.
I have several friends who are in the gay porn industry, so I have a lot of respect for what these boys do. To bare your body to the world for the entertainment and scrutiny of others takes a lot of courage. So, I introduce you to my Aaron, Jake Bass, and wish him every success and happiness life offers him.
Three signed copies of Aaron are up for grabs – make sure to enter the Goodreads giveaway by October 15th: http://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/33044-aaron
(Giveaway open to US residents only. If you’re outside of the US and would like a signed bookmark from Aaron, please request one from http://www.jpbarnaby.com/#bookmarks)
Want to see the rest of the stops on the tour?
Check out Aaron at Dreamspinner Press: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=3263