FALLING FOR YOU
by Jennifer Patricia O’Keeffe, Adesanya, and Jae El Foster
GENRE: Romantic Comedy, Women’s Fiction, Chick Lit anthology
The Joys of Getting Pregnant or Sweet Little Angel from Hell by Jae El Foster
Toby has taken the best job – being paid to get a beautiful woman pregnant! Yet, things begin to turn sour between him and his new client when they keep running into each other at various places and get to see each other’s more ‘combative’ sides. While fuming over one such confrontation with the client, Toby is suddenly struck by a car and his world begins to change forever. He is given a business card that leads him to an abandoned warehouse where, once inside, he learns there is much more to this place than meets the eye. As Toby’s luck would have it, only his latest client can save him from what awaits him. What darkness lies within this old warehouse? What secret is his client hiding from him? Will this sudden adventure bring the two unlikely mates closer, or will it make Toby think twice about being her baby-maker? Find out the answers to these questions and more in this hilarious cutting edge tale of good versus evil!
EXCERPT from The Joys of Getting Pregnant or Sweet Little Angel from Hell by Jae El Foster
He stood outside the doors, trying to look in through the opening, but it appeared dark inside and he could see nothing.
“Hello?” he asked again, and still, he received no response. Finally, growing impatient, he pushed the doors open and allowed the rays of sunlight to brighten the interior.
For a building that had last served as a textile factory, what he saw seemed misleading. The sunlight brightened a long hallway that was lined with a red carpet and narrow wooden walls on either side.
Toby stepped inside and took two steps forward before turning around to the sound of the doors closing behind him. Now, with the sun blocked out, he was trapped in utter darkness.
“Okay,” he said, nervous and on guard as he turned in a circle. “Who’s there?”
At the end of the hallway, a single light flickered on, showing him that the hall ended with a turn to the right. Knowing he should just turn around and run, he decided against chickening out. He’d had such a bad run already that this adventure would either turn out better for him or just finish him all together. He knew one of those had to be the outcome, but the world was pissing him off and he was ready to face it, rather than hide from it.
Slowly, he walked toward the end of the hall and the flickering light that brightened it. There, he paused, looking down the right turn and seeing more of the same – nothingness through the darkness. Shaking off the nerves, he made the turn and continued.
Again, at the end of the hall, a light came on, this time illuminating a door. The door appeared to have a wooden frame with a frosted glass window. The window had writing on it, but from where he stood, he could not read it. So, with more timid steps, he approached it to read it.
“John Smith, Esquire,” read the lettering.
Although this made no sense to him – having an office and this sort of hallway in an old condemned factory – he was at least glad to see Mr. Smith’s name. That gave him a bit of confidence in that, perhaps, he had not fully had the wool pulled over his eyes.
Because of the frost glass, Toby could not see through the window to tell if anyone was inside or not, and so he knocked on the wooden portion of the door.
There was no answer. Of course there was no answer, he thought, shaking his head. It was Sunday. Even if this John Smith and his Chans Dyab Enterprises were real, they wouldn’t have been in this dark and abandoned building on a Sunday afternoon. Likely, the man was off golfing or playing a round or two of tennis. At least, that was what Toby thought rich business men did on their time off. Then again, he could have just been out hitting more people with his car.
As he turned to leave, the door clicked and opened just a few inches. The room seemed dark, but regardless of that, he pushed on the door and opened it fully. It illuminated as he stepped inside.
It was, indeed, an office. There was a grand mahogany desk with a chair that looked like it had cost Mr. Smith more than Toby’s baby juice had cost Roslyn. There was a tall file cabinet, two computers, and two guest chairs. A globe sat atop a bookshelf, and there was a window with the curtains closed at the far wall behind the desk. Although it was simply furnished, it felt posh – more executively exclusive than anywhere Toby had ever stepped into. It even smelled good.
The chair, he thought, looked too inviting. He looked around and behind him, ensuring no one else was in the room with him, and he walked to Mr. Smith’s chair, touching its soft warmth. Then, wondering what it would have felt like to have been a well-to-do businessman, he sat in the chair to get a feeling… to imagine his life being much better than it actually was.
The office door shut, securing him inside. Toby stood with a jolt of surprise.
Greetings, thank you for the interview! As I enjoy the list of questions, I’m only one in an anthology of authors and would like to keep the focus on the book as much as possible and not so much on me. I’ve answered a couple of the questions and have included a couple not on the list as well. If they don’t work and you have other questions toward the project itself that you’d like to ask, please do forward them my way and I’ll be happy to oblige. Much thanks! ~ Jae El
Question 1: When you start a new story, do you begin with a character or a plot?
Response: Usually the first thing to hit me is a title. It may be a tentative title, and it may never lead to a story, but the first thing that most often arrives is a working title. Most of the time, the title brings along with it the premise of the story – whether by the appearance of a character in my mind, or by a situation… or even an object. For instance, I’m drawn to antiques and creepy old houses. When I see something that strikes a chord in me, I can’t help but wonder what all it has seen and experienced over its time. Everything and anything is food for thought and possibly the bones of my next project.
Question 2: Is there a story that you’d like to tell but you think the world isn’t ready to receive?
Response: No one should ever be ready for the stories I have to tell. I work increasingly hard to create unusual books that are not expected of me, and at the same time, I like to be relevant. I push limits with my writing, and from time to time, I push buttons with it too. In recent years, I’ve incorporated more humor into what I write than I used to, but that’s only because I’m older now and realize that life is something you have to laugh at, or else you might just cry. Yet, everything I pen has a lesson and a deeper meaning than what’s on the surface. No one is ever ready to be told the things they need to hear, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t hear them. In my story ‘The Joys of Getting Pregnant’ or ‘Sweet Little Angel from Hell’ from the Falling for You anthology, the lesson is blatant, but for it to be learned, one must read the story. Yes, I know… everyone loves a spoiler!
Question 3: Who is your favorite horror villain and why?
Response: I have always been fond of Norman Bates. A momma’s boy suffering from an intense case of split-personality disorder – one of which is his serial killing helicopter mother – is pure terror. Norman, himself, was a boy that never got to grow up. Even though Norman dies shortly into author Robert Bloch’s sequel ‘Psycho II,’ Anthony Perkins helped keep the character alive for film fans with a few sequels, one of which includes a good deal of Norman’s back story. While the film franchise received a somewhat tasteless reboot with a Vince Vaughn Norman and an Anne Heche Marion Crane, ‘Bates Motel’ helped make Norman Bates a household name again through television, offering a modern look at the character and some interesting twists and turns in his story. Still, Norman Bates has always remained the same – a killer who kills from fear and necessity, all beckoned by Mother. I would be interested in seeing a prequel to ‘Bates Motel.’ Little ‘Young Sheldon’ would make a fantastic young Norman Bates.
Question 4: Where did the idea for ‘The Joys of Getting Pregnant’ or ‘Sweet Little Angel from Hell’ come from?
Response: This story is all because of my editor, the fabulous Jean Watkins. We planned and plotted the premise of the anthology and what we hoped for the cover together. Then, the call for submissions went out and I needed to write my inclusion. My anthology submissions for her have been more comedic, action-packed, or scary than erotic – something that I once wrote very well. So, when I asked her what she wanted for this story, she told me to give her something ‘hot.’ I tried to give her precisely what she asked for and began ‘The Joys of Getting Pregnant,’ about a young man who acts as the sperm donor for a woman trying to have a baby. The two fall in love, have a baby, and live happily ever after. Of course, that was the plan, but it’s not really what happened. Somewhere along the way, things took a comedic, dark turn, and the story melded into ‘Sweet Little Angel from Hell.’ Don’t blame me; blame the muses. Either way, it ended up being a hilarious dark romance that is exceptionally perfect for the Halloween season, and I’m quite proud of it.
Question 5: Tell us about your protagonist.
Response: Toby is your average twenty-something guy living in the city, working too many jobs, and still struggling to pay his bills. He takes a job as a sperm donor because he needs the money, and because he loves beautiful girls. Like most guys his age, Toby immediately becomes infatuated with this new, mysterious woman – and yes, she prefers the old fashioned way of getting pregnant. Problems arise when the two learn they have clashing personalities, and when his client’s father comes into the picture. Toby is a guy who, despite the threats in front of him, stands his ground the best he can. He’s stupid, and he’s brave, and he’s the type of man who will do anything it takes to keep the woman of his dreams by his side.
Question 6: What’s it like ‘sharing the stage’ with the other writers in the anthology?
Response: I am the last story in the book, and I follow two great female authors – Jennifer Patricia O’Keeffe and Adesanya. This is the third anthology that I’ve been included in with Jennifer, and my second with Adesanya. Jennifer is fresh in the field and is a wonderful romantic comedy and chick lit author. Her stories are pg-13 and are amazingly funny and heartwarming. I’ve known Adesanya for over half of my life. She and I go way back. Adesanya writes everything under the sun, and she does it well. She and I have written together many times in the past, and we’ve often borrowed one another’s characters – always respectfully. Aside from my significant other, no one knows me better than Adesanya, so writing together is a natural flow for us. When Adesanya, Jennifer and I get to be in an anthology together, the readers definitely know they are in for something special. All of our offerings for the Falling for You anthology are very different in content, but we are all deeply imbedded into our craft, so you know we’ve given you the best we’ve got.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Jae El Foster is an author with whom you question going to bed with at night, but you dare to venture beneath the sheets with him anyway. As the venture concludes, you are perhaps romanced by it, or perhaps you are frightened by it. Don’t worry, because you are always satisfied by it. Despite the title or genre of the book, Jae El sets out to please you with climatic and unexpected conclusions that will make you tremble with emotion. Hop aboard the Jae El train and give it a good ride.
Additional Releases from Jae El Foster
Where the Demon Is
Shaded Whisperings: Forever
Shaded Whisperings: Playing St. Nick
Kings & Queens (DCL Anthology)
Enchanted Fairy Tales (DCL Anthology)
The Greatest Gift of All
Visit Jae El Foster online at
Buy Link: https://www.amazon.com/Falling-You-Jennifer-Patricia-OKeeffe-ebook/dp/B07VDLWKZ6/ref=sr_1_4
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