R.R. Brooks also let's know about the mechanisms in his novel, especially about sexuality in a young adult's life.
Justi the Gifted, an epic fantasy by R.R. Brooks, has just been published by LeoPublishing L.L.C. See Amazon, Barnes & Nobel, and your local bookstore.
A gift from a god can be good. But what if it is damaged?
Sex in a YA novel. Sexuality is of keen interest to the young characters of a Young Adult novel, including of the fantasy genre. So how such things are handled? In many ways that constitute a ladder with the rung at the bottom being longing (“I want sex”), followed by noticing (“He/she might be a possible partner”), then imagining (“What would it be like?”), then closeness (“This is a thrill”), then reciprocation (“He/she felt something”), then contact (“So that’s how a kiss feels”). There might even be consummation and consequencIn a YA novel, the penultimate “c” has to be implied.
In Megan Shepherd’s 2013 fantasy novel The Manman’s Daughter, seventeen-year-old Juliet does a lot of longing for the touchy-feely and senses a lot of possible encounters with two male characters. We only get to the closeness rung of the ladder.
In Justi the Gifted, Justi is attracted to Mercerio and vice versa. We skip the longing rung and start at noticing. Mercerio on first encounter notices “someone of approximately her own age, a handsome boy with a seriousness about him and the blondest hair she’d ever seen on a male. Especially intriguing was his height: he was taller than she. Similarly, Justi thinks of Mercerio on first sight, observing a face framed by long hair the color of pitch. Pretty, he thought. Maybe even beautiful. The pair’s romance rises to the reciprocation rung of the sex ladder.
But the highest rungs of consummation and consequence constitute an important plot element in Justi the Gifted. My hero is seduced by a young (and beautiful, of course) working girl who has been directed by dark forces. The two start at the consummation rung. My intent was to make what happened clear without graphic details. She pushed Justi back, kissed him, and fell on top of him. What happened next seemed a blur, a frantic disrobing and groping. Provani remained on top, guiding and controlling, and swiftly, he felt a great release. Done, leaving Justi somewhat innocent. In the end, he slept.