Of all my short stories Jacked was the most difficult to write, primarily because it didn’t involve lady parts. But I fell in love with the cover image and triple pun title (the guy is jacked, they are lumberjacks, and they jack each other off).
Two lumberjacks, John and Duncan, can’t continue work with protester Skyler chained to a tree. Skyler has a taste for lusty lumberjack cock, and confesses his desire to see John dominate Duncan. But are these macho men willing to do what it takes to persuade Skyler to abandon the hardwood for their hard wood?
Something I was told very early on was that if you are writing a m/m story you need to have a man on the cover. You’d think that straight women, who are the vast majority of erotica purchasers, would prefer to look at male bodies. Certainly in romance novels it’s common for men to be alone on the covers. But for whatever reason the convention in erotica seems to be that man on the cover (unaccompanied by a woman) = gay sex.
Jacked has the opposite problem of Poker Party Gang Bang, which saw a lot of sample downloads but comparatively few purchases. Only a few people have read the sample of Jacked, but almost all of them have bought the book.
I assume that most people saw the cover and figured that there would be gay sex. Those who weren’t interested didn’t bother clicking and those who were interested were really interested.
Another lesson from Jacked was that when there are three men I have to be really careful with the pronouns. A lot of the editing involved making it clear who was sucking whose cock.