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Title: One Thing Leads
Author: Jude Dunn
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson
Genre/Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Erotica, Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Romance
Dion Bellamy is twenty-seven and studying social work at the University of Chicago. He has lived with Kenji Okamura, a construction worker, for a year and a half. Dion loves Kenji and passionately hopes Kenji feels the same, but he has never said the three big words. Then Grayson Sinclair, Dion’s schoolmate and a vivacious, oversexed playboy, comes between them.
One step at a time, barely aware where his steps are leading, Dion descends the slippery slope into a life of depravity. First, Grayson ensures Kenji is out of the way. Then he entices Dion to go clubbing with him, gets Dion drunk and high, and then takes him to a sex club, where he films Dion giving blow jobs to multiple men. He threatens to put the video online unless Dion signs a contract to work as a prostitute. Though he hardly understands how he reached this point, Dion must now figure out how to escape his fate and save himself.
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Researching the sex-ring aspect of One Thing Leads.
One Thing Leads by Jude Dunn
Let’s face it, human trafficking is not a pretty topic. It’s filled with abuse and sadness and despair for the victims, and the perpetrators deserve nothing but our disdain, to put it mildly. So how did I research the topic in order to make this facet of One Thing Leads realistic? Well, there’s the Internet, of course, but the Internet is only a source of raw information. The more important thing is dealing with the human dimension.
Dion, the main character of One Thing Leads, leans on Grayson for support after his break-up with his lover. But Grayson is more—or less, perhaps—than a friend. He runs a gay brothel and wants to add Dion to his harem. He slowly seduces Dion while pretending to be supportive, leading him away from his intended life one step at a time until Dion shakes himself awake to find himself faced with the possibility of blackmail if he doesn’t sign a contract that commits him to what amounts to forced prostitution.
How does that feel? What goes through a person’s mind, his heart, even his physical body? The Internet gave me the details of the what and the how of such schemes as Grayson runs. But getting into Dion’s heart and mind took some deep thinking. Like many gay men, I’ve suffered some abuse at the hands of homophobes, though thankfully not lately. I took those experiences and conversations with others who’ve had it far worse than me and expanded and elaborated on them. To be honest it was hard going. I felt the need to shower to clean the scum off me after more than one writing session.
But Dion, though desperate, isn’t without help. At the heart of it, One Thing Leads is a love story about two men split apart who fight to find their way back to each other. And that made the muck I had to work through worth the effort. It may sound like a cliché, but overcoming obstacles to find love really is one of the greatest accomplishments any of us can achieve. One Thing Leads portrays that with heart and soul all the way to the end.
Below you’ll find a synopsis, a short bio of yours truly, and the requisite excerpt, freebies, and “buy me!” linkage. Click and enjoy.
About the Author:
I’m a southern boy. Well, “boy” may be a stretch. I’m sixty-one this year, but I still feel like I’m twenty-two and act like I’m nine-and-a-half. Grew up in north Alabama, smack-dab in the middle of the Bible belt.
I discovered I was attracted to boys at age fourteen. Twenty minutes after that, I found out that being gay was the unforgivable sin, not blaspheming the Holy Spirit, as my little Baptist church had taught me. So, as so many like me have always done, I hid from everyone, including and especially myself.
At age forty-nine I came out to myself, my wife, and my three wonderful children. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done and the best thing that ever happened to me.
I started writing shortly after discovering anime. There’s this thing called “fandoms,” you see—well, I know you probably know about that. I grew my skills slowly, feeding on the dribbles of praise and criticism my mailing lists provided. In 2011 I decided to try my hand at original fiction and found I have a talent for telling stories that touch people’s hearts and make them laugh. For me there’s no greater high in all the world. The next year I somehow screwed up the courage to submit to a publisher and was given a thumbs up. Now I’m happily sharing my tales with those who care to read them.
My day job is editing and engraving sacred music for a mainline publisher in Chicago, where I live with an antisocial cat who refuses to be named. I enjoy fine wines, jazz, and the darkest chocolate I can get my hands on.
I write in a variety of genres, from gay romance and erotica to science fiction and mainstream thrillers, each category under a different pseudonym. Jude Dunn is the one I use for gay romance. My work is sometimes subtle, sometimes fiery, but always brimming with characters who tackle their challenges with an unwavering love of life.
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoy your time here.
Author Contact: https://twitter.com/jude_dunn
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