Wednesday, February 5, 2014

These 3 words: Come guess for a prize.

Readers- I have started a game called 'These 3 words' for authors. It's easy any author who guest posts is subject to me picking 3 odd words they are required to use in their guest post.

(if you'd like to guest post be sure to click the guest post tab above and fill out the form.)

Today's author is taking it further and making it a guessing game for a giveaway prize.

I hand the post over to Iyana Jenna

Hi Decadent! Thank you so much for giving me the chance to be on your blog. I’d like to share with you and your readers my new release from JMS Books, Misunderstandings. I will talk about titles here, with your unique “These 3 Words.”


Before I talk about the titles of my releases and what’s behind them, I want to say how happy I am that it’s been almost a year since I first published my story, Just a Little Unwell. It was released in March last year, so in a month I will come full circle in this publishing thingy. I realize I still have a lot to learn and I hope my work in the future won’t be something you’d use as dung.

Songs inspire me a lot in giving titles. Just a Little Unwell is one of them, and others among my titles are This Isn’t Goodbye, Glowing Dim as an Ember, O Res Mirabilis, A Part of Me, and Release Me. I love listening to songs. So many times when I got stuck in writing, I’d listen to my playlist, and voila! Ideas came to me.

Films inspire me, too. What Lies Beneath is the most recent one. Someone pointed out to me that it came from a movie starred Harrison Ford. I’d say it may or it may not as I didn’t really think about that movie when I named my story. Then I found that a number of movies and books were titled the same. So, it’s not a problem, I guess.

What do you think about working titles? I have to say that I’ve never used ones because the titles I use in the beginning usually stick with me as well as with the story. I tried changing titles several times before I submitted some stories. Those stories were rejected. When I changed the titles back to their original ones and resubmitted the stories, they were accepted for publication. I don’t know if it’s superstitious, but it did happen.

Now, who wants ice cream to celebrate my new release?


Guess the 3 mystery words and win one copy of Misunderstandings! Please comment below with your guesses and email address. :D


GENRE: Contemporary • Erotic Romance • Fiction • Gay
LENGTH: 8,605 words


Being insecure isn’t good for Parker Williams’ image as an indie movie actor, but he can’t help it. He seems to forget that he snatched an Oscar from the one hit movie he made, and he keeps comparing himself with the success of his boyfriend Declan, who is a blockbuster star. Things get worse when Parker sees how close Declan is to his sexy costar, Ryan Dexter.

Parker thinks he’s no match for Ryan and leaves without confronting Declan. When he disappears, a worried Declan tries to contact him without result. Then he finds Parker’s cell phone, left behind at the house, and Declan doesn’t know what to do. Should he let Parker go and turn to Ryan for comfort? Is his relationship with Ryan only onscreen, or is there something more between the two leading men? Or is Parker really the star of Declan's heart?


Parker carefully positioned the box in the middle of the bed as if it were some kind of a precious treasure. Stepping back, tipping his head sideways, he gazed contemplatively at the box.

He had no clue as to what had made him think of buying this box of chocolates. At that moment Parker thought it would be a great idea to send it to Declan.

But now he wasn't so certain anymore.

What would be the meaning of the gift? How would Declan feel, receiving this? What would he think when he had it in his hands?

Sitting down on the bed, gaze on the deluxe pack with images of luscious-looking chocolates on it, Parker was bickering with himself. He wasn’t the one who should apologize (that was the message behind this gift, wasn’t it?). Declan was the one who cheated. Thus, he had to make the first move.

Yet, his heart reminded Parker that he’d turned away from Declan without giving him a chance to talk. Ryan coming to Declan’s house that night might not have meant anything. Parker shouldn’t not have fretted about the zealous way Ryan greeted Declan. Ryan had always been like that, hadn’t he?

The point wasn't who should ask for an apology. He who humbles himself before others, would emerge a noble man, was that not what the proverb said?

Parker drew out a blank card and a pen he'd bought from the hotel's souvenir shop. All right, so he would send the chocolates after all. The only question remaining was what he should write in the card. What did he actually want to say to Declan?

Would that be ...

I miss you. No. What if Declan never even thought twice about Parker’s leaving and had forgotten that he existed?

How about ...

I trust you.

No ... Parker just couldn’t write it. There were so many questions he wanted Declan to answer. It saddened Parker, though, to think that he couldn’t give his absolute trust to his lover.

I’m sorry.

Parker still thought he might’ve made a mistake leaving Declan like that. But -- he wasn’t the one cheating. He could never cheat on his boyfriend. He loved Declan too much. So ...

I love you. Yes. Parker was simply expressing his feelings and Declan was under no obligation to love him back. But would that statement sound like a pathetic plea?

Parker sighed dejectedly. Perhaps he should simply abandon this idea altogether. If only Declan would call him. Had Declan really thought things settled between them?


About the Author:

Iyana lives in Jakarta, a city famous for its traffic jams, a lot of cars and motorcycles, and people selling stuff on the roads. You can spend two hours on the road going to a place you can reach in half an hour in a normal situation. Thanks to the traffic jams, though, Iyana can come up with a lot of stories, mostly shorties, as she prefers to spend the time during her trips writing into her cell phone rather than sleeping.

Another thing Iyana loves is kitties. Right now she has five of them. Their names are Larva, Nyil, Cil, Mermood, and Horus. When she doesn’t write, she plays with them, or they would play with her when she writes.

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  1. Thanks for coming over Iyana! I love your post, specially how you used the words. LOL

    1. ROFL!

      To be honest, I didn't come up with the post until the last minute. :D The three words were cunning!

      Thank you so much, dear. Can't wait for the next visit!

  2. Is ice cream one of them?
    The title of my first book stuck (I came up with it over thirty years ago) but the other two didn't have any titles until my publisher made some suggestions.

    1. Umm, you got that one! Can you find two more? :D

      Yeah, giving titles is always tricky but so far I came up with them myself. This title, Misunderstandings, though, gave a problem to my publisher because it was too long to be put on the cover. :D

      Thank you, Alex!

  3. I'm probably wrong but, thingy, voila, superstitious. Gah I'm no good guessing things like this lol. Please include me in the giveaway. Thank you. :)

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    1. Whoop, sorry, Not the two other than ice cream, and the three above are not them, either. Please try again! :D

  5. playlist, circle, dung, publication, ice cream lol...

    1. Wow, thank you for your guesses. Three of the words in this answer of yours is correct. :D

      Thank you for playing!

    2. And I think we have the winner! \o/


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