Wide Asleep (Tales from Ballena Beach)

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Arthur Blauefee promised to stay away from Jeremy Tyler forever. But when he learns that his troubled, heartbroken ex-lover has been seduced and swindled out of his inheritance, Arthur is off to the rescue.

After rekindling their passionate affair, the starry-eyed lovers learn that Jeremy’s plight has gone from terrible to worse. Not only has Jeremy been cheated out of his fortune, he’s been framed for murder. Desperate to clear Jeremy’s name, the pair travels to Greece in pursuit of the nefarious conman Lazzaro Sforza and enters a shady world of sex rings, designer drugs, and international intrigue.

Aided by the powerful hallucinogen Sueño Gris, Jeremy journeys into his past lives. Hopscotching through time, from the Civil War all the way back to the Roman Empire, Jeremy discovers that Lazzaro has betrayed him many times before. Can Arthur and Jeremy finally trump the scheming Lazzaro, or are they doomed to repeat their ill-fated pasts?

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"From the Author" is an excerpt from Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews, used with permission. Thank you Mark Wills!

Nick Nolan: Why did I write Wide Asleep? In addition to having left my two favorite characters from Strings Attached dangling at the end of Double Bound, I wanted to celebrate eternal love...especially the unlikely, star-crossed love that simmered between my characters Jeremy and Arthur.

But before I delve into that, here's some background on the new storyline: Wide Asleep is loosely based on Sleeping Beauty, which dates back to Perrault's 1697 work La Belle au Bois Dormant, about a king and a queen and their irresistible daughter La Belle, who becomes cursed to prick her hand on a spinning wheel's spindle and subsequently falls into a deathlike sleep--along with her hapless family, courtiers, and friends--for one hundred years before being awakened by the kiss from an equally irresistible prince. 

Although I've taken what many will consider to be unforgiveable liberties with La Belle au Bois Dormant, the core elements remain. However, my irresistible protagonist is gay hottie Jeremy Tyler, who learns that both he and kingly, über-daddy Arthur have been pricked by the 'spindle of death' many times, only to be reawakened--reincarnated, actually--in subsequent lifetimes along with their family, friends, and enemies (saucy Carlo, frigid Aunt Katharine, scheming Lazzaro, seductive Carmella, and tail-wagging Bingham), not unlike La Belle, her royal parents, and their entourage. And yes, there is kissing. Lots of kissing.

Sure, I use "past lives" as a plot device in Wide Asleep to keep the reader turning pages. But after I began researching the basic tenets of reincarnation--innate talents; predestined relationships; immortality of the soul, and so on--I started thinking of the well-worn fairy tale Sleeping Beauty as a covert, ahead-of-its-time, New Age past-life metaphor that had somehow escaped even the unerring eye of Shirley MacLaine.

During the hypnotic regressions in Wide Asleep, Jeremy discovers that Arthur and he lived together in one lifetime as a stoic Confederate captain and a cocky, orphaned soldier during the American Civil War, and even before that as members of the fierce (and exclusively homosexual) Greek warrior tribe known today as The Sacred Band of Thebes.

But the era looming largest in the dramas presently dogging the couple is back when Arthur lived as the Roman Emperor Hadrian, and Jeremy was his devoted lover, Antinous. Beautiful, doomed Antinous. They were truly a happy couple -- until Antinous mysteriously drowned...which brings me back to Wide Asleep: The various plots churn convincingly (or so I've been told) probably because of the very real mystery surrounding Antinous's death: Was it murder? Suicide? Ritual sacrifice, or just an unfortunate accident? Little is known, because in spite of Hadrian having been a writer and a poet he recorded very little regarding his catastrophic loss except, "Today Antinous fell into the Nile." Nothing more from him or anyone else...as if an Imperial gag order had been issued. And if not for reports that Hadrian "mourned like a woman for his beloved," one might suspect that the emperor had something to do with Antinous's demise, perhaps due to the growing scandal surrounding their relationship.

But Wide Asleep proposes a more probable motive behind the young man's drowning...
 
I hope you enjoy the story.
 
Nick Nolan

About the Author:

Luke Daniels has narrated over 250 audiobooks, has been the grateful recipient of thirteen AudioFile Earphones Awards, and has earned three Audie nominations. His background is in classical theater and film. Luke has performed at repertory theaters around the country, but now he resides in the Midwest with his pack.

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