Lynn Kelling on Bare ~ Guest Blog Rafflecopter Giveaway

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Title: Bare
Author: Lynn Kelling
Publisher: Forbidden Fiction
Cover Artist: Adapted by Soilnatine from photo © Mayer George at Shutterstock.
Genre: BDSM, Bisexual, Contemporary, Drama, Fiction, Gay, Gay Romance
Release Date: 11/15/2016

Blurb:

Ev Myers was looking for trouble when he signed up to do nude art modeling, but he wasn’t expecting this much trouble. All he’d wanted to do was rebel against the moral limits of his strict religious family and the PR requirements of his father’s senate seat. He saw how much bigger his world could be when Professor Adam Buchanan opened Ev to new passions and new experiences but when Ev’s family learned how far he had gone, they decided to resort to kidnapping and brainwashing to save their son from sin and scandal—even if it kills him. (M/M)

Toxic Masculinity

One of the main themes of my new novel, bare, is the questioning of what it means to be a man. Growing up, Ev Myers, the main character, had it hammered into him by his family, community and church that it was his job to “be a man”. In those contexts, there was no question what that meant. Ev was raised in an environment rich with toxic masculinity and rigid, repressed, outdated views on which behaviors and attitudes he was allowed to engage in. “Real men,” Ev was told, were sexually aggressive, straight, violent when necessary, unemotional, and strong. If he didn’t obey these restrictive rules, there was swift and brutal punishment in the form of emotional abuse, psychological and physical torture in the form of conversion therapy, and complete and permanent social ostracizing from his community.

As a child, Ev was too intimidated by the possible consequences of breaking the rules to look inward and question how he really feels about who he is and how he wants to act. But once Ev goes to college, and gets out from under the constant scrutiny, he begins to understand the world is a bigger, more inclusive and less cruel place than he was led to believe.

At first, Ev really does think he knows what it means to be a man. He isn’t happy about having to deny any impulse towards vulnerability, but almost twenty years of practice at pretending his way through life made him an expert at it.

It’s only in private, away from prying eyes, and in the recesses of his mind and heart, that he doubts his choices and role. That doubt isn’t enough to change his behavior in any significant way. It merely eats him up inside, adding a stubborn layer of misery to his days.

In bare, Ev takes a chance at being seen in new ways when he agrees to act as a nude model for painter and adjunct professor, Adam Buchanan. It’s not just his body being exposed, because Adam’s specific passion is in directly challenging the prevalent definitions of masculinity through his art and his muse. Once Ev becomes Adam’s muse, Ev’s preconceived notions that real men don’t fool around with other men, that real men aren’t gay, that real men don’t have names like Evelyn, that real men don’t show fear or weakness, are met head-on by Adam’s contrary opinions. But it’s not an argument Adam is looking for. He directs all challenges to Ev in the form of questions, testing Ev’s resolve to justify the beliefs of his oppressors, daring him to rethink all of his core beliefs and most aspects of his identity.

Adam wants Ev to see that men can be as vulnerable as they want. There is no limit. They can be beautiful, fragile, fractured, hurt, devastated, complicated, queer, and can break down all of the walls enclosing their gender if they so choose. Adam pushes Ev to explore his possibilities and documents Ev’s fight to resist, along with any sign of surrender, through photography, sketches and, of course, his paintings. The paintings are meant to be showcased in a gallery and offered up for sale. They’re intended to disperse into the world to continue challenging perceptions and to cause viewers to rethink their own notions of masculinity.

Ev doesn’t understand what he gets himself into with Adam, but the rarity of Adam’s devotion to his cause, his iron will in his quest to break Ev’s strawman identity down, and inspire him to rebuild himself in his true image, spurs on Ev’s damaged courage. The infectiousness of Adam’s faith and conviction in wanting only to set Ev free in his own mind is the light of hope and validation shining into the darkness of trauma.

There are consequences to flouting the rules. Even if someone dares to overcome the emotionally damaging confines of toxic masculinity, there will be plenty of onlookers ready and eager to tear into anyone blatantly disregarding the will of the Patriarchy. Ev knows he will fall victim to the system designed to shame free thinkers into submission if he does what Adam tempts him to do. He is forced to decide whether it’s a price he’s willing to pay and what is a more terrible fate—living in terror of what might be, or living in painful denial of his true self.

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About the Author

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Lynn Kelling began writing in order to tell stories that aren’t afraid of the dark, don’t hold anything back and always strive to be memorable, forging lasting attachments between character and reader. Her inspiration comes from taking a closer look at behaviors and ideas lurking at the fringes of life—basically anything that people may hesitate to speak of in mixed company, but everyone wonders about anyway. Her work is driven by the taboo in order to expose the humanity within it. Lynn is an artist, designer and lover of any form of creative self-expression that comes from a place of honesty and emotion, whether it’s body art or opera. She has had multiple novels published, has written over seventy works of erotic fiction of varying lengths, and always has several novels in progress.

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Sunday November 13:

  • To kick off the tour, The Blogger Girls have a character interview with Ev and Adam.

Monday November 14:

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Thursday November 17:

Friday November 18:

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

Brandilyn
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