I hate to admit it, but I have never really read a comic. Well… I take that back, I should have said, growing up, I never read comic. Um… well, I didn’t really read. It wasn’t until I was in the eighth grade that I got into reading. I started out with romance stories because that was what we had and comics just weren’t on my radar. As far as I know, no one in my family read them. I mean—I knew about them, of course. I just didn’t know the origin story of most of the heroes.
Now I follow a gay superhero online comic called The Young Protectors. It seems like superheroes are everywhere and I’m loving it. I’m getting my fix now that I’m older and enjoying every second of it. Since it’s new to me, I don’t know what the story lines are, so I’m excited to see what Hollywood comes up with. You know, because I watch them and don’t read them, for the most part.
Movies. That is my go to for superheroes. That and television shows. I love watching and it got me to thinking… why not write one? Not a comic, but a story. A romance. I had thought about it for a while when Pride had a submission call for an everyday type of hero. One that didn’t want the notoriety. The hero that didn’t want to hide behind a mask. He just wanted to go about his day and if he could help, he would.
So, I put my thinking cap on and talked to a friend. We brainstormed about powers. What would be fun, what would have consequences? What was something I could write about that would be fun, but a struggle. I finally decided I wanted to write about twins. Once I got to that point, I had to figure out if I wanted them to have the same power. I had already decided I wanted one to heal, but there had to be a downside. I mean—why wouldn’t he be all over the place fixing people? If it was me, I’d be in the hospital every day—all day. I would think most people would feel the same. So why wasn’t my guy on the news doing his best to heal the world?
Something else I had to think about is—should both guys be gay. In the end, I had two brothers with different powers. One was gay and one was straight. Once I got to that point, I had to find out who would stumble across my guys’ path to become a romantic interest. He’d have to be approved by both brothers, of course. My hero in this story is reluctant and fought all the way to the end, but he was no match for me and his soon to be partner. Or, his own twin. If you can’t help your twin out, what good are you?
If you could have a superpower, what would you want? Skies the limit!
Superpower—check. Worldwide fans? No thank you!
Kent Laine and his twin brother Jimmy have superpowers in a world where most people don’t believe. Sure, comic books and movies make it seem so entertaining, but for them it isn’t. The brothers were raised to keep their powers hidden. To only use them when it’s absolutely necessary.
The struggle is real for Kent. He can heal people, but at what cost to himself? He envies his brother’s ability to speak with animals. If only he’d been given a non-active gift because the urge to help everyone is always strong.
In walks Albert Ott. His sister is dying. Will Kent be able to let her die? Or will he help the man he is coming to love?
Publisher’s Note: This book has previously been released as part of the I Need A Hero anthology with Pride Publishing.
Jambrea wanted to be the youngest romance author published, but life impeded the dreams. She put her writing aside and went to college briefly, then enlisted in the Air Force. After serving in the military, she returned home to Indiana to start her family. A few years later, she discovered yahoo groups and book reviews. There was no turning back. She was bit by the writing bug.
She enjoys spending time with her son when not writing and loves to receive reader feedback. She’s addicted to the internet so feel free to email her anytime.