Thursday, January 31, 2013

Big thank you...

Just wanted to give a big thank you to all of those that bought Perfect.  It made the best seller list at Dreamspinner, and for that...

*tackle hug to everyone!*

It means a lot, guys. :)


Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Wednesday Briefs

Welcome to the Wednesday Briefers flash group. The short stories have a maximum of a 1000 word count plus links at the bottom to the other flashers. The prompts for this week are:
"Anything you want, you got it..."  
or use: ferry, head, position,  

or "May I ask what you think..."  

or use an animal of some kind or use an accident  

or "When he/she said... I thought I would..."

I’m using: "May I ask what you think..."

All That He Desires #6
“May I ask just what the hell you thought you were doing by hanging up on me?” Miles snarled.

Jules ran his hands through his hair. Class was over and Miles had ambushed him outside. And yes, he was as mad as Jules figured he’d be. He really shouldn’t have been surprised. He’d called, but Miles hadn’t answered, which warned he was in full drama meltdown mode. Sighing, Jules buttoned up his coat. It was cold and getting late too. The stupid instructor had kept them over… of all days that stick in the mud had to keep them over, it would have to be today.

“I’m sorry, man. I should’ve call back, but I had things going on. Yeah, I was shocked when you told me they’re moving. That really knocked me for a loop, considering I’d just said something about it, but I shouldn’t have hung up. Or at least I should’ve call back. Look, don’t be mad, okay?”

“That’s it? That’s all you have to say?” Miles puffed on a cigarette, leaning against the side of the building. He yanked the collar of his coat up as a cool wind teased his hair. “You act like a jerk and all I get is this half-assed

“I said I was sorry. You want me to write it in blood or what?” Jules snapped. Oh God, oh God, he was running out of time, plus now he owed Miles another apology. He glanced up at the sky. The sun had set, the last brilliant displays of yellows, oranges, and purples sinking below the horizon. Night was on the way. He needed Miles to leave, dammit.

Jules shivered in his coat. Lovely, the damn wind was picking up. “Ah jeez, sorry! I didn’t mean to snap. It’s just—”

“You do know smoking is a dangerous habit, right? It can lead to all sorts of nasty things. You really should think about giving it up before it’s too late.”

Jules stiffened. Oh holy fuck, he knew that voice. It had whispered all sorts of things in his ear last night. Dreading what he’d see, he turned. Yup, there was a body, a real body, attached to the voice and dressed in a long black leather coat and a green scarf—just like before.

I’m fucked.

* * * *

Anslee stopped several feet from Jules and his friend. One human looked ready to pitch a fit and the other looked like he was ready to fall to the floor in a dead faint. He’d warned Jules he’d come for him when darkness covered the land. Of course, he hadn’t said where he’d show up, now had he?

Anslee held his hand out. “Shall we, Jules? I do believe I told you early this morning I’d come for you.”

“I-ah… I…”

“Well, shit, man!” Miles elbowed Jules, a grin on his face while he eyed Anslee. He ground out his cigarette. “No wonder you hung up on me. Why didn’t you just say something? I’d have definitely understood.”


“Whoo wee.” Miles winked at Jules. “Right then, I’m off. You two have fun. Give me a call when you can, dude, ‘cause, you know, you got some ‘splaining to do!” Miles thumped Jules on the back. “Don’t do anything I wouldn’t.”


“Jules?” Anslee raised an eyebrow at Jules, his hand still extended. “Come.”

Jules listened to Miles twitter at the word choice as he hurried off, and somehow found his hand in Anslee’s.

“Very good.” Anslee drew Jules closer. “My car is over there.”

“I-I-I…” Jules snapped his mouth closed. “Running would do me no good, would it?”

“None at all.”

“Are you going to hurt me?”

Anslee walked Jules to his sports car and opened the passenger door. “Hurt you? That’s the last thing I want to do you to, little one.”

“Then what the fuck do you want with me?” Jules slid in the car, the well-appointed leather seat holding him close. “Why are you hanging around me? How the hell did you even notice me?
What did I do to—?” Jules waved his hand at Anslee.

Anslee shut the door and walked to the driver’s side. Once in, he started the car, the engine growling to life. “What did you do to gain my attention? Nothing really. I happened to be passing by and felt your desperation, so I stopped. Buckle up, Jules. ”

Jules pulled the seat belt over his chest. “And?”

“And I presented you with an questionable opportunity that would solve your problemsthe winning lotto ticket.”

“Shit, that was you?”

“Yes. That’s what my kind does. We present an opportunity and wait to see what you humans do with it. But there’s always a catch. For example: a man loses his job, his car, and is about to lose his home. He robs a bank… and gets away with it, but loses the life, and the family he once had, because now he’s a wanted criminal.”


“If you take the opportunity offered, which you did, by the way, then my kind is free to pursue you. You yourself wondered about that very thing before you cashed the lotto ticket.”

Jules closed his eyes as they pulled on the main street. “So I doomed myself when I cashed it in?”

“Don’t think of it that way. Think of it as you opened yourself to opportunity… to me, in particular. ”

“Are you human? Good or bad? You called yourself a dark lord. Does that mean you’re… bad?”

“I am neither good nor bad. I’m called a dark lord because of my features—my dark hair and skin. I’m not human either, but you already knew that. I am √°imear—one of the dark lords of Opportunity, and you are mine.”

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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Welcome Sage Marlowe

Hey guys! Today I have Sage Marlowe visiting. She's an author I met through FB and yes, I've read some of her work... and loved the hell out of it! Like BDSM? Then you really need to check this series out. I read Re-Submission and loved it. LOL, now need to get book #1 and the upcoming release too.

When Characters Take the Reins

Hi all! I’m delighted to be a guest here today—thank you so much for stepping by!

My name is Sage Marlowe and I’m a multi-published author of gay erotic romance novels. I write stories about real men that face real problems. Usually this works quite well for me but so metimes, as an author, I face some real problems with my characters.


After seeing several couples and a triad on their way to happy endings, I've grown used to all kinds of behaviour from my characters. Some are the quiet kind, some are very noisy, some can't wait to tell me their story, some require a bit of coaxing. Characters are people who sometimes become friends. And sometimes, they just won't go away. The boys from my Sub-Series are such characters. It all started with Francis Hollister. When he first entered the scene in Sub-Mission, he was supposed to play just a minor support role as Pierce's brother and the proud owner of the BDSM club where the story is set. That was the plan. But Francis—France—being the scheming deviant he is, kept sneaking up on me again and again until eventually, he became a very important element in the story.


But that was not enough for him—oh no, far from it. By the time Sub-Mission was submitted and ready for release, he'd already charmed his way into my heart to the point where I just knew that I'd have to tell his story, too. Re-Submission was born.


My first thoughts about the book were to give France the perfect sub to complement the Dom in him, but once again, I found myself with characters who snatched the reins to the story right out of my hand and ran away with it. I'd planned to tell the story from France's point of view, or maybe from his partner, Shae's, but no. Before I knew it, a third guy entered the scene. Tyler. I remember the moment very well. My exact thought was "Oh, crap. What am I gonna do with him?" I had never intended to write a threesome, least of all in a story that was so clearly meant for two, a Dom and his sub. Tyler was persistent, though. Not only did he wriggle his pert butt into Francis' club and ultimately, into bed with Francis and Shae, no, he also took on the role of narrator which, I think, makes for a very interesting constellation. Their story is so interesting in fact, that Re-Submission was nominated Best BDSM Book of 2012 by Love Romance Café.


But that still wasn’t the end of it. When I finished Re-Submission, I knew there would be a follow-up on Tyler's story. I started writing that but then I got sidetracked—again. Noah from Sub-Mission stepped in along with his husband Pierce, and those two grabbed the story along with my mind and ran with it. There was no hope for resistance. I just had to write those two a sequel. At least they were kind enough to deliver the plot willingly. Very willingly, and oh, what a plot. I squirmed and cried and asked them if they were serious so many times. They took me through all the ups and downs of a long-term relationship, through the wear of raising a baby and the tear of mistrust, misunderstanding and jealousy. I cried for them and with them. I loved them for their devotion and hated them for their blindness and stupidity. They told me a story I hadn't expected in many ways and put me through quite an ordeal but it was well worth it. Sub-Culture is, for several reasons, one of my favourite and most personal books.


Now that I’ve told you so much about this series, why don’t you see for yourself what I had to deal with writing those books? If you’re new to this, please note that while each book stands alone, there is an overall story arc that is best enjoyed when reading the books in order of release (Sub-Mission, Re-Submission, Sub-Culture), so here they are in the correct order:



Sub-Mission by Sage Marlowe

MM contemporary erotic romance, BDSM / Novel

Heat level: Total-E-Melting

Published by Total-E-Bound Publishing


How far would you go to save the one you love?


Pierce Hollister is a down-to-earth businessman. Most of the time. His romantic side has him secretly dreaming of Mr Right, a family and happy ever after.

Noah Conway is a single father who doesn't believe in happy families anymore. When his daughter's life is at stake, he would sell his soul to save her but as a sadistic Dom takes an interest in him, he sells his body instead.

A shared session at a BDSM club leaves Pierce intrigued and soon he finds himself willing to do anything in his power to heal the wounds that life has left on Noah's soul. When he realises that the very thing Noah dreads the most might just be what he needs, Pierce sets out on a mission – but maybe it's just not in his power to save Noah.

Will Noah be able to battle the demons that haunt him and find the happy ever after Pierce has dreamed up for them?

Buy links

Also available in print!




Re-Submission by Sage Marlowe

MM contemporary erotic romance, BDSM / Novel

Heat level: Total-E-Melting

Published by: Total-E-Bound Publishing


Rubbing a toppy sub, a submissive Top and a Dom with attitude together is guaranteed to send sparks flying — but what will they ignite?


Meet Tyler Kane. Ballsy and headstrong, he's far from being the submissive type. Francis Hollister, Dom and proud owner of a BDSM club, couldn't agree more — and yet, as Tyler carelessly suggests a bet, Francis sees an opportunity arise and decides to take him up on it.

Soon Tyler finds himself in Francis' club and about to be trained as a sub. When Shae, the gorgeous Top Francis has assigned to teach him, doesn't appear to be quite as dominant as his role would lead to believe and Francis turns out to be a rather versatile Dom, Tyler sees a perfect match just waiting to be made happen. Too bad though that he's the only one who sees it. Or maybe he isn’t?

Curious to find out what happens when you rub a submissive Top, a toppy sub and a Dom with attitude together and what exactly the sparks from that explosive combination ignite, Tyler enlists the help of Pierce, Francis' brother, and his partner Noah, and sets out on a mission.

While Tyler's plan seems to work out astonishingly well, it seems that there's more than one man in the club who is pursuing a hidden agenda…

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Sub-Culture by Sage Marlowe

MM erotic romance / BDSM / contemporary, novel (sequel to Sub-Mission)

Published by Total-E-Bound

Heat rating: Total-e-melting


When life gets on top, delving into a sub-culture may be just what it takes to keep a sinking relationship afloat


Five years after the bumpy start to their relationship, Noah and Pierce have settled well into their lives as a happy couple. The arrival of a new child should have made their matrimonial bliss complete, but the strain of raising a baby and a teenager, combined with a lot of pressure in their jobs, is beginning to take its toll.

In the midst of what already is a potentially explosive situation, Noah’s younger brother Jonah comes to stay with them, forcing Noah to face the issues he still has regarding his homophobic parents and adding to the emotional pressure he is under.

When Noah starts behaving oddly and Pierce just can’t seem to put his jealousy to rest, the cracks in their relationship become too severe to ignore any longer. They struggle to keep their sinking love afloat but as Noah craves the comfort a certain sub-culture can offer, Pierce finds himself wondering just how far he is willing to step out of his own comfort zone to save their love. 

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Sub-Culture will also be available from most reputable distributors after January 28th, 2013  


About the author 

Sage is a multi-published author of gay erotic romance and loves taking romance to the edge. The edge of passion, the edge of pleasure, the edge of propriety.

Hopelessly in love with books from a very early age on, Sage has dreamt of writing one for years while working on the day job instead. It took a very persistent character in the company of a much-adored Muse to finally get the first novel going. The fact that this gorgeous guy was gay came as a bit of a surprise, but it explained a lot.

Ever since, Sage has been the willing slave to all the fascinating guys who just keep queuing up and want their stories told. This has resulted in several published books and countless manuscripts at various stages of completion, so there's always something to work on—preferably at night when the rest of the house is asleep.

Sage's characters often have a dramatic and sometimes traumatic past and need to battle some demons to be with the one they love. But don’t worry, they get quite a lot of naughty action along the way to keep them happy and there will always be a happy end! 


Contact and buy links  

Sage’s website & blog:

Twitter: @SageMarlowe

For all books published with Total-E-Bound, go to:

For all books published with Siren-BookStrand, go to:

Friday, January 25, 2013



 Hey guys! Thank you all for the wonderful birthday wishes! I hope everyone enjoyed the past three days. It's been a great day, for sure. :) And I got more good news today! The bookmarks and postcards I ordered came in today too! I was really worried they wouldn't. 
So, if you won, live in the US, and want to give me your mailing address, I'll send you a bookmark and a postcard. I'll be giving more out later too. ;) I'm really happy with them.

My answers to the questions are:

~I'm kinda iffy about beings walking among us, but there *are* things that can't be explained, you know? It sure made for an interesting concept though, lol.

~Oh God, I'd love to live under water, lol.

~And as far as cake goes... I'll pretty much bite anything that doesn't bite me first... cake-wise. LOL!
Now on the good stuff lol.

Congrats to the winners! Don't forget I have two bloghops coming in Feb too, so there will be more chances to win! I've sent out the emails to the winner.
Thanks again everyone. It sure made for a great birthday. :) Now I'm going to have some cake the kiddo got me, lol.

Final Day of the Perfect release/Birthday Bash!

Whoot! Whoot! And here we are! Day 3 of the giveaway and my birthday! Thank you guys for all the happy birthday wishes, y’all are the best. I tell you what, I’ve had a blast reading the comments. Thank you for answering! I love seeing what you guys think. :) It’s been a great three days.

Perfect has been released, and thanks to everyone that has already got a copy! If you have it now, I hope you enjoy the new version. It won’t be long before Pure will be out and the whole gang will be back, lol.


So, for the final day, let’s do this:

Did you know…

~My favorite color is red, but I’m fond of black, white, and pink. We have four cars here and two are while, one is red, and one is black, lol. Funny how that worked out. No, there is no pink car. Hahahahaha.


~I drink waaay too much Coke, but I have cut down lately. Actually, I’ve gotten on an ice kick, lol. I’ve been crushing ice up and eating it… like several cups a day. And I mean one of those big cups. No idea why, lol, but it’s help cut back on all the soda. Hey, did y'all notice... the cans are red! I like red, lol.


~My favorite meal is steak, potatoes, salad. My second would be spaghetti with garlic bread. I hate spinach, lol. To be honest, I’m not fond of veggies at all. Sad, huh? My favorite fruit is cherries. Gak, I can eat cherries straight from the jar, lol.

~I’m pretty easy-going and rarely will argue with someone, even if I know I’m right. *shrug* I don’t like confrontation and try to avoid it… right up the point I’m finally pushed too far, and I lose my temper. I don’t scream and yell…but yeah, there will be cussing, lol. It’s when I get very cold and short I’m truly furious. It doesn’t happen often. I’m more of a peace-keeper type, lol.

~I don’t watch much TV but I do like some shows. And my tastes run from Top Shot to Project Runway lol. Love me some scifi also. Oh, God, and football. I’m a football nut. During the season I don’t work on Sunday’s lol. I’m a Steelers fan as some of you may know.


~I love water, but being an Aquarius that shouldn’t be a surprise, lol. There’s a big pond in the backyard, plus we live in the country. Seriously, there’s nothing better than sitting on the back porch and watching the ducks. Speaking of which, there’s more wild animals here than you can shake a stick at, lol. And I love it. 


~My favorite author’s are: J.D. Robb, R.J. Ward, and Linda Howard. My favorite music is Rock, but I like the stuff from a while ago. Yes, I like Metallica (Enter Sandman), Ozzy (No More Tears) lol, is that ringing any bells??? And I could just go on, lol.

~I’m not much on traveling now because of my back. But I’ve been to just about every major city here in the US when I was a kid. LOL, my dad was a WW2 vet and there were these Reunions we attended every summer. At the time I didn’t know how lucky I was.  

So, on to the question… 

What kind of cake do you like?

Don’t forget those email addies when answering too! I’ll announce the winner later this evening.





Sequel to Priceless
The Gods: Book Two
~Release date January 23rd from DSP. book trailer for Perfect


Jaded billionaire Jeff Mayfield loves only what his money and power can buy, but the Fates have plans for him. First a player in Jeff’s casino hits a huge jackpot and things turn hectic. Then, in the middle of the chaos, Jeff lays eyes on the unbelievably sexy Cam Smith—Cupid in his human form.

Seized by lust, Jeff makes a move, only to find himself on the receiving end of a blistering wave of sexual intent. Cam disassembles Jeff’s self-image and puts it back together upside down. But Jeff isn’t the only one struggling with control. Cam’s alter ego is Jealousy, and if he loses his composure, the consequences will be deadly.



Jeff returned to the office and was reading over reports while he waited for night. Zygi was with him. After reading the same paragraph for the third time, he gave up and slammed the report down.


“I hate to do this, but I want you to run Cam.” Jeff leaned his head back against the leather chair. “I have a meeting to attend. I’ll check back with you after it’s over.”

“That may not be enough time.”

“You can give me what you got.”

“This thing’s getting serious, huh?”

“Yes, it is. He may be the one, Zygi. I feel like a heel doing this, but….”

“After Brad, I think it’s a good idea.” Zygi settled a hip against Jeff’s desk.

“Maybe. I’m almost scared to see what, if anything, you find. And it doesn’t seem I’m the only one with a love interest. What about Cam’s friend—Mo? Do you think he’ll come to you?”

“I don’t know. I’m going to give him a few days. If he doesn’t show up here, I’ll go after him.”

“Well, that sounds… vaguely threatening.” Jeff grinned as he poured himself a drink.

Zygi grunted. “I wanted him to come to me, but he may be too shy. But that’s okay too. If Cam checks out, I may enlist his help.”

“Poor guy doesn’t stand a chance.” Jeff chuckled as he gathered up the papers he needed for his meeting. “But take it slow. Mo seems really unsure of himself. Plus you are a big dude and a bit intimidating.”

“Big, hairy, and scary.” Zygi rolled his eyes. “Isn’t that what Garrett said all those months ago when Randy ran away?”

“Huh, yeah. I’d forgotten that. Okay, I’ve got to go to that stupid meeting. I’ll check back with you in a couple of hours.” Jeff stood staring off into space, not moving.

“What’s up?”

“Oh, just remembering something else Garrett said.”


“He said that since he had fallen to Cupid’s arrow, you and I would be next. I told him I was happy being a playboy bachelor and fully intended to stay that way for a long, long time. Looks like I’ve changed my mind.”

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Day Two of the Perfect Giveaway/Birthday Bash

Hey everyone! It’s day two of the Perfect giveaway/birthday bash.

Yesterday I focused on Cupid, the little imp. Today it’s my turn, lol. Well, sorta. So, let’s do this…today I’m going to let some of my characters ask ME things… about anything, lol. Should be interesting!

So, come on in and have some cake! Ohhhh, I just love cake. I mean really, it should be its own food group, lol.

Dale (The Harvest): Hey M! I’ve always wondered, what’s your middle name?

M: Marie. It’s a family name. The youngest kiddo’s middle name is Marie also. It’s been passed down for a long time. The hubby and I had her name picked even before we had a name for our son, lol. We named him while I was giving birth. *snort* Honest to God, that’s the truth, lol.

Keyno (The Harvest): What did you base my species on?

M: Oh man, lol. Well, contrary to what some think, it wasn’t the Thunder Cats. Actually, I’m a huge scifi fan, and, well, I’d been watching Star Gate: Atlantis. The Ta’Narians are based on the…wraith. *smirk* Bet several of y’all just fell out in a dead faint, huh? LOL. That’s what the Ta’Narians started off as, then feline characteristics took over. But that’s where Keyno’s white hair and eyes came from.

Shawn (Nighttime Wishes): What’s your favorite color? I’m curious because several of your covers have blue in them.

M: *laugh* It just worked out that way. Red is actually my favorite color. Even my car is red.

Bryan (Nighttime Dreams): Ha! Better question than our covers, Shawn, is why tentacles??? Where the hell did that come from, M? Not that I’m complaining, mind you.

M: *blush* I’ve told this before, lol. Y’all’s story came from an anthology I was going to sub for and changed my mind at the last minute. There was just too much for a 20K word limit. Thus, tentacle porn was added to what I’ve written about, lol.

Jason (Shadows in the Night): You made me a cougar shifter. Keyno has cat-like features. Then there is Taz, another alien with cat-like features, but different than Keyno’s. Seems to me you like cats. Am I right?

M: Absolutely, but I’m allergic to them. However, that didn’t keep us from adopting Kitty-Kitty a little over a year ago when he showed up Halloween night, lol. Well, he adopted us. He’s my writing buddy now, and I don’t think I could do without him.

Chip (Shadows in the Night): What’s your favorite holiday?

M: That’s easy: Halloween. When the kids were little, I’d go all out. The whole house was done up. When I worked, I’d dressed up as a black cat too. The kids in my class loved it, lol.

Chaus (Into the Darkness): Speaking of Halloween, do you like vampires more than other creatures? I believe I’m the third vampire you’ve written.

M: *snort* Not at all. I love all my nonhuman guys, lol. It just happens you’re the meanest, lol.

Dale (The Harvest): Come on, M. That picture wasn’t the one you first picked out! Show the one you had originally… you chicken, lol.

M: Okay fine! There! *big grin*

Well, after that, how about we save some of the Q&A for tomorrow too. LOL! On to the question!

~The question for today is: I’ve written about a lot of different type of characters that live in a lot of different places. But… where would *you guys* want to live? Under water, the country, the big city, on another planet? Hit me with some places, lol!~ 

Don’t forget those email addies when answering too! Here’s the blurb and a short excerpt from Perfect...  

What happens when a human by the name of Jeff Mayfield inadvertently lays a monster challenge on the God of Love… one that Cupid can’t resist? Jeff is willful, stubborn, and egotistical… and, best of all, doesn’t think love is something he needs in his life.

Can Jeff be…

Sequel to Priceless
The Gods: Book Two book trailer for Perfect


Jaded billionaire Jeff Mayfield loves only what his money and power can buy, but the Fates have plans for him. First a player in Jeff’s casino hits a huge jackpot and things turn hectic. Then, in the middle of the chaos, Jeff lays eyes on the unbelievably sexy Cam Smith—Cupid in his human form.

Seized by lust, Jeff makes a move, only to find himself on the receiving end of a blistering wave of sexual intent. Cam disassembles Jeff’s self-image and puts it back together upside down. But Jeff isn’t the only one struggling with control. Cam’s alter ego is Jealousy, and if he loses his composure, the consequences will be deadly. 

“So, what is he, or who is he? Cam, I mean.”

Mo took a deep breath. “He wanted to be the one to tell you, Jeff. He’s Cupid, God of Love. He’s had his eye on you since he first saw Randy and Garrett. And no, he didn’t make them fall in love, any more than he made you fall in love. He didn’t use his arrows on any of you. You are his mate, his one true love. And believe me, Zeus isn’t happy with this situation, or with him. He’s not happy with either of us, actually.”

“Zeus…? He’s the… the….”

“God of all the gods.”

Jeff rested his head against the steering wheel. “Okay, right, god of all the gods. Can I say I’m a bit over-fucking-whelmed right now?”

“Now would be as good a time as any.”

Jeff sat back in his seat, rubbing his hands. He hadn’t realized what a tight grip he’d had on the wheel. “So, what has Zeus got up his ass about this?”

Mo frowned. “Up his ass? He’s not gay as far as I know, Jeff. But that’s not to say he hasn’t—”

“Oh my sweet baby Jesus.” Jeff had forgotten that Mo took everything literally. “Why is he not happy with this situation?”

“Ah.” Morpheus snorted. “You’re human. The gods don’t care all that much for humans. Plus, you are not immortal. We are.”


“Nicely put. There’s more, and this is the hardest. Cupid stands for love, right? That’s what the mythology says, and it’s true. He has arrows that can make people fall in love or fall in hate. But what most humans don’t know is that there are two different sides of Cupid. You saw a bit of the other side earlier.”

“What do you mean?”

“That there is a dark side of love: obsession and jealousy. The other side of Cupid is Jealousy, the green-eyed monster that drives people to do horrible, destructive things. Jeff, I’ve seen Jealousy once, and he’s scary. You have to believe in your love for Cam. You need to keep talking, keep explaining what happened—while I stand guard.”

“Stand guard?”

“Jealousy truly is a monster.”