Book Spotlight: A frank heart-to-heart with the men of Melissa Kendall’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
Please help us welcome author Melissa Kendall and her Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell heroes Patrick and Jason!
Melissa Kendall (MK): Today I’m sitting down with Jason and Patrick my two favourite loved up sergeants from my novella Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Howdy fella’s thank you for joining me.
Patrick: You’re welcome we’re always happy to speak with you.
MK: So why don’t we start with each of you telling the readers a little bit about who you are?
Jason: Well there’s not really much to tell. I’m a born and bred Texas boy always knew I was gonna join the army like my daddy and granddaddy before me.
Patrick: Yeah life was a little different for me. I grew up bounced from foster home to foster home. The military was really the only option career wise.
MK: Now those that have read a little about your story will know that you have been in a relationship for a long time. Was it love at first sight?
Patrick: *laughs*. For me it was definitely lust at first sight but I fought how I was feeling every step of the way. I was scared what might happen if I gave in to my feelings. *Looks lovingly at Jason*
Jason: It was very much the same for me. When I joined the military, it was with the full knowledge that I didn’t expect to be in a relationship because I knew I was attracted to men. Then I met Patrick and all my good intentions flew out the window.
MK: As military men, you must have had some troubles with your relationship?
Jason: I wouldn’t say troubles necessarily but it hasn’t always been easy.
Patrick: Yeah lots of long periods apart. But that is the normal for almost all relationships where one or both is in the military.
MK: Did you ever consider going your separate ways?
Jason: Even if we’d had to hide our relationship for the rest of our lives, we would have. *leans in and kisses Patrick*
MK: It is very obvious that you are deliriously in love. If you could only use two words to describe the other what would they be.
Jason: Wow that’s a hard one. I would say sexy and compassionate.
Patrick: Thanks babe, but you stole one of my answers. I would definitely say sexy too *winks at Jason* and tenacious.
MK: *looks at watch* Damn time is almost up but I do have one last question. Where do you see yourselves in five years time?
Patrick: Probably exactly where we are now, serving our country and enjoying being able to be together and not having to hide it.
Jason: Yeah and maybe we might think about adding to our family. *Winks at me.*
MK: Thanks so much for taking the time to talk to me.
When the daily paper brings news of the repeal of the military’s ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy, they think their prayers have finally been answered.
Yet things aren’t always as easy as they seem, with not everybody at work supportive of their lifestyle and even their parents skeptical.
Will they finally be able to be out and proud?
Read an excerpt
While I was making my morning coffee, the slam of the front door caught my attention. Moments later, my boyfriend, Patrick, came jogging into the kitchen.
“Did you see it?” he asked, holding up the day’s paper.
“Yeah, I saw it,” I replied, not quite as enthused.
“Well … aren’t you excited?”
“Not really.” I’d been expecting the day’s headline would eventually come. They’d been talking about it in one form or another for months.
“But, it means we won’t have to hide anymore.” Patrick looked so happy. I didn’t share his excitement. History had proven if something seemed too good to be true, it was.
Reticent to voice my opinion I hesitated but then spoke anyway. He needed to know the change wasn’t a solution to our problems.
“We will,” I said. “Do you honestly think when they find out we’re a couple they will let us continue to work together? That they won’t ship one of us off to God knows where.”
The smile on his face disappeared as the realization set in.
“Besides,” I continued. “They just passed the bill. I would think it is going to be at least another couple of months if not years before the army gets its act together.”
My mind filled with images of when Patrick came into my life.
We met our first day at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York. I was a Texan boy following in the footsteps of a long line of military men, Patrick a local New Yorker escaping a troubled life. Drawn to each other right away, it didn’t take long for us to become the best of friends. Only after we graduated from West Point did we both recognize our feelings were more than platonic.
Together, we shipped out to the 504th BFSB at Fort Hood. We bunked together for the first year, and everything was great, until one night about three months after we arrived, things changed.
About the author
She’s always loved to read and write and spent most of her teens scribbling poetry and short stories on any scrap of paper she could get her hands on. Over the years as daily life pressures got in the way she lost the passion for it. After her son was born, she discovered online books and her interest in writing was rekindled. It has been a large part of her life ever since.
She writes a little bit of everything but contemporary erotic romance is her favourite genre. Check out the links below for details on her other works.