TITLE: The Journey of Jimini Renn
AUTHOR(s): April Kelley
PUBLISHING: May 10th -
COVER ARTIST: Nathan Ott
CATEGORY/TAG: M/M Dystopian Romance
HEAT LEVEL: 3
Buy Links: (Available on Amazon Kindle Unlimited)
In a world without surface water, Jimini Renn wants nothing more than to live inside the protective walls of Adam City for the rest of his life, but his little brother has other ideas.
As far as Jimini is concerned, Adam City has everything he needs. It has a well that provides much-needed water, food, and safety from the dangers of the outside world. When his bookworm of a brother leaves to chase waterfalls, Jimini must follow even though he knows it will probably mean his death. When the first person he meets on the outside pulls a gun on him, he’s proven right. No one who calls himself a slaver and has a gun has Jimini’s safety in mind, even if he is sexy. The journey Jimini expects isn’t the one he gets.
“I will not hurt you, sir,” Jimini said and tried to keep some of the fear out of his voice. He knew he was unsuccessful, though.
He moved the jug of water next to the man and tried to move away as quickly as possible, but the man grabbed his hand in such a tight grip Jimini couldn’t get away from him even if he tried. The man pulled him down and took the jug with his other hand. He held it out to Jimini. Jimini looked at the jug and then at the man, trying to figure out what the man wanted from him.
“Help me,” the man whispered, so lightly Jimini could barely hear it.
Jimini nodded, taking the jug from the man with his free hand. “Let go of my hand and I’ll prop you up so you can drink. In exchange, I ask that you do not shoot the gun again.”
The man still held on to him as if his life depended on it. Jimini sat the jug down beside him. He placed his hand on the man’s gently and tried to pry his fingers away one at a time. It was pointless. His grip tightened even more. Jimini sighed and started working around the restriction.
“Why?” The man croaked out when Jimini moved his body, so he was cradling the man’s head in his lap.
Jimini pushed the weight of the man up as best as he could and wriggled around until they both sat up. “I’m misunderstanding the question.” Jimini handed the jug back to the man. “Drink slowly, not a lot all at once.”
The man tipped the jug up and took a long drink, some spilling out of the corners of his mouth, not listening to Jimini’s words of caution at all. “Do you not understand my words?”
Jimini reached for the jug with one hand, the other bracing them both with a fist in the dirt. He took the jug and set it down beside them. “You need to go slow with it, let your body adjust to the water. Going from nothing to full could make you sick.”
The man was heavy against him, his long dark hair tickled Jimini’s face as it came to rest against his shoulder.
“Why are you helping me?” The man asked. His voice was deep, and he sounded better this time as if the water wetted his throat enough to speak clearly.
“Why wouldn’t I extend help?” Jimini asked.
Top 10 Bucket List items
1. I want to live in an RV for a year. Maybe go on a Journey across the country. Jimini Renn inspired me in this way.
2. I want to pet a monkey. I’ve seen them in zoos and stuff but never had the opportunity to spend significant time with an animal like that. Silly, I know, but… it’s a monkey. They’re cute!
3. Going to EuroPride. I really would love to meet some of the readers who are from Europe and Europride would be a great place to do that.
4. Go to every National Park in the United States, especially the Grand Canyon.
5. Finally meeting my reading buddies face to face. I have belonged to a reading group for over ten years now. It would be amazing if we could all get together someday. Smug Sluts UNITE!
6. I want to go to Australia. One of my very best friends lives there and I’d love to visit her.
7. Thirty years from now, I want to still be doing this. I love writing, more that I love to do anything else. If I can keep doing this for the rest of my life then I really want to. Thirty years seems like a long time right now, but it really isn’t when you get to the other end of that time period.
8. I want to go to Camden, New Jersey. Walt Whitman is buried there and he’s a favorite author of mine. I also want to visit Zora Neale Hurston’s grave. I’m just not sure where it is at the moment, but I’m sure a google search will educate me. I know Alice Walker went searching for it a few years ago and found it. If Alice can find than so can I.
9. I’d like to go on a writer’s retreat someday. They sound relaxing and being around other authors would be really cool. Although, we probably wouldn’t talk to each other much, just sit around and write in the same general space. Hopefully, I’ll get to go to one in November with a friend of mine and I can mark this one off the list.
10. Write 100 books in my life time.
There you have it. Top 10 bucket list. I think most of these I’ll be able to accomplish too.
Living in Southwest Michigan, April resides with her husband and two kids. She has been an avid reader for several years. Ever since she wrote her first story at the age of ten, the characters in her head still won't stop telling their stories. If April isn't reading or writing, she can be found outside playing with the animals or taking a long walk in the woods. If you wish to contact her, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please visit her website at authoraprilkelley.com