(Book 1 of the Haywire series)… What would you do if you took your family for a fun day at Universal Studios, watched your husband and son go on a ride, and when they return, they are completely different people? For Jack Connors, it’s a nightmare when he tries to convince park security, police, then hospital staff that the two people claiming to be his loved ones are indeed impostors. And worse, he has no proof. They are far from home, and the only photo in his wallet is that of the man and child from the ride. Something sinister is afoot, but Jack isn’t quite sure what… The man claiming to be his loving husband Dex is actually nicer than the real Dex. And his son Nicky, or rather the imposter child, is a lot less angsty than the original, but this kid is icy cold and somehow terrifying. What’s going on? Jack knows only one thing for sure-that his whole world has just gone haywire.
.They passed a slew of posters for Universal’s upcoming fall release, the vampire movie, Banpaia.
“There’s your campaign, sweetie,” Dex said, snapping a pic of one of the posters.
It had been one of the biggest joys for Jack, creating a successful, award-winning promotion for a movie about gay vampires in Little Tokyo. He’d managed to snag a marketing bonanza with a limited edition, prerelease graphic novel and billboards all over town saying, Banpaia is Coming.
Jack felt warm and squishy inside, proud of his work. He kept his arm around his son as they ventured into Old Mexico and a simulated flash flood. Nicky, however, took it in stride.
“Way cool!” he shrieked, water splattering his 3D glasses. When the kid finally got to the 3D portion of the tour—the breathtaking and utterly astonishing battle between King Kong and the dinosaurs from Jurassic Park, Nicky went into orbit.
“I want to go back on it,” he said as soon as the tour concluded. Dex was happy, too. He’d glimpsed Felicity Huffman, his favorite actress in the whole wide world, running past the bus tour, her hair in curlers. She’d waved to the crowd, and they waved right back.
“She’s working on a new TV series, which is kinda hush-hush,” the tour guide had said over the loudspeaker.
Nicky pulled at his fathers’ hands. “Come on. We have to go on The Mummy. Then we can come back and take the tour again.”
The line for The Mummy took thirty minutes. Dex left his family to queue, while he went to the locker room and stowed the backpack in one of the units. When he returned, he showed the park map to Jack and pointed out a special feature for the ride.
“Look, they’ve got this thing called Child Switch. We can take turns going on the ride with Nicky. They have a special holding area where one parent waits while the other one rides.”
“Sounds good,” Jack said. He’d hoped they could all ride together, but the attendant loading people onto the roller coaster said that they’d have a more comfortable ride with only two people in each set of seats.
Jack went first with Nicky, who loved it. He screamed and waved his arms in the air. He seemed fearless. The ride was over quickly. Jack traded places with Dex and stood in a freezing section to the left of the landing bay and waited for his family to return. He had the weirdest feeling…a pang of separation anxiety he couldn’t explain.
I worry too much. I have to relax. I have to stop thinking something will happen to Nicky. Millions of people take this ride, and they don’t fall out of the roller coaster. Dex loves Nicky. He’ll protect him.
He stood and waited, watching out for his husband and son. A family came to stand beside him, exchanging with him the tight smiles strangers always did. And then a man and a child approached him.
“Daddy, that was sooooo cool!” The little boy stared up at him.
At first, Jack thought the kid was talking to the people beside him. Then he realized the child was talking to him. He stared at the little boy. A lump started forming in his throat. The kid was dressed exactly like Nicky.
The man who stood with his hands resting on the child’s shoulders beamed at him. He was dressed exactly like Dex.
Except they weren’t Dex and Nicky.
“Who are you?” Jack asked. This was freaky. How could they be dressed exactly like his husband and son?
“It’s me,” the man said. He looked exasperated. “It’s me. Dex. Don’t you recognize me?”
“What’s wrong, Daddy?” the little boy asked, his round blue eyes staring up at Jack.
He wasn’t Nicky. No. No. No.
Jack began to scream.
The little boy began to cry.
And Jack’s world had just gone haywire…
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A. J. Llewellyn lives in California, but dreams of living in Hawaii. Frequent trips to all the islands, bags of Kona coffee in his fridge and a healthy collection of Hawaiian records keep this writer refueled. A. J. loves male/male erotica, has a passion for all animals—especially the dog, the cat and the turtle. A. J. believes that love is a song best sung out loud.
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D. J. Manly says, “I write not only for my own pleasure, but for the pleasure of my readers. I can’t remember a time in my life when I haven’t written and told stories. When I’m not writing, I’m dreaming about writing, doing something wild and adventurous, or trying to make the world a better and more open-minded place to live in. I adore beautiful men, and I know I’m not alone in this! Eroticism between consenting adults, in all its many forms, is the icing on the cake of life!”
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