About a year ago I released Amor Prohibido, a novella set in Mexico about a very sad man at the end of his rope and the immortal spirit guide he falls in love with. This story was inspired by an open call from Amber Allure Press for novellas with a theme of “Postcards from Paradise.”
When I think of paradise, I think of Puerto Morelos.
So I wrote a story about Jabob who had just ended a very long-term abusive relationship and wasn’t sure where to go next, or whether he wanted to keep going at all. And Pakal, the man whose job it was to get Jacob on the path toward healing. I set the story in Puerto Morelos, Mexico, because it’s my favorite paradise location. And just the other day cleaning out my office, I found some pictures of the settings in the book that were so much fun to revisit:
One morning Jacob is doing yoga on the beach. Pakal comes along and they begin to talk, Pakal helps to heal an old injury in Jacob’s leg, and this is where they first begin to connect and care for each other.
The view from the square when Jacob and Pakal first have breakfast together.
The ruins at Tulum. This place is significant because it’s where Jacob and Pakal begin to give in to their attraction to each other. Later, visiting a cenote (a freshwater sinkhole you can swim in), the two engage in a little smexy PDA that irrevocably changes the course of both their lives.
More about Amor Prohibido:
Jacob Freehan has no job, no man, and no motivation. In pain both from ending a long-term abusive relationship and a severe back injury, he escapes to the sunny seaside town of Puerto Morelos, Mexico for a little yoga, a little R&R, and possibly a place to quietly end his own life.
Pakal is a centuries-old immortal Mayan spirit guide who has been charged with getting Jacob on the path toward healing. Romantic involvement with a spirit charge is strictly forbidden, and it has never been a problem…until now. Pakal sees something special in Jacob, but failure to keep a rapidly growing attraction at bay could result in Jacob losing his life and Pakal being condemned to the Underworld forever…
And I am off to GayRomLit, folks! See you real soon.