Book Title: Dancing in the Blue Room
Author and Publisher: J.R. Sargent
Cover Artist: Kevin Rylands
Release Date: May 23, 2023
Genre: Contemporary M/M Romance
Tropes: Forbidden love
Heat Rating: 2 flames
Length: 60 000 words/ 264 pages
It is a standalone story and does not end on a cliffhanger.
A humorous, heartfelt, and tragic story, navigating the unrelenting friendship between two teenage boys coming of age in the rural south.
A fifteen-year-old Kentucky boy nicknamed “Rabbit” must keep a secret. If mama finds out she is gonna kill him.
Dancing in the Blue Room, written in dual timelines by J.R. Sargent, embraces the unrelenting friendship between two teenage boys nicknamed Shorty and Rabbit. Set in rural Kentucky during the fabulous fifties, but not so fabulous for gay people, this heartfelt humorous and tragic story is personified by the allure of hot rod cars, jitterbug dancing, daredevil flying, and teenage sex. Navigating the boys’ journey through the coming-of-age years will stir the embers of baby boomers and enlighten generation Z to the carefree innocent times of bobby socks and rock and roll.
The bus was already there. I found a place about halfway back with nobody close, so I took it. I was wantin’ to sit next to the window and look outside and think a little. Think about Gail and how pretty she was and if she was really going to show up and what we were going to do. And spending time with Clay and maybe taking a ride in his 1935 Ford. I loved the rumble seat and the sound of that V8 engine when he shifted gears and tried to burn rubber. Then I wondered what he was going to think about me really getting serious with Gail. He and I had made plans about learning to fly, and he knew all about airplanes— at least more than I did. I had always dreamed about learning to fly. He seemed to know about almost everything and how to build everything and fix everything, and we both liked the same things. I didn’t want to mess that up.
About the Author
Born in Kentucky, this is a debut novel for the author. In 2015, he produced, directed, and scripted a film that was accepted into the Short Film Corner at the Cannes Film Festival. He has lived in Los Angeles, taken writing classes, attended UCLA film school and is a member of the Screen Actors Guild. Currently he is researching a second novel.
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