Prelude to Jack’s Magical Beanstalk & Sam’s Quandary Book 3

Jack's Magical Beanstalk V3

by Pablo Michaels

Prelude to Jack's Magical Beanstalk & Sam's Quandry - Pablo Michaels
Part of the Jack's Magical Beanstalk series:
Editions:Kindle - First edition: $ 1.99
Pages: 23

Jack’s Magical Beanstalk & Sam’s Quandary is the story of Jack and the Magical Beanstalk seen through Jack’s partner and lover’s eyes.

The story began when Jack’s future love interest, Sam watched him flee from the evil giant Master with his bag of gold coins. When they met they were infatuated with each other. Through Jack’s escapades with Master, Sam eventually followed Jack down the magical beanstalk to live with Jack but the beanstalk had to be cut down.

Subsequently, Sam was prevented from seeing his father and brothers. When Sam discovered his father’s illness, he conspired to plant a new magical beanstalk, having to do so secretly. Adam the farmhand had his suspicions and blackmailed Sam into a sexual fling to keep the secret.

Did Sam save his father from sickness? Did Jack follow his lover when the farm faces ruin?

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Pairings: MM
Heat Level: 3
Romantic Content: 4
Ending: Click here to reveal
Character Identities: Gay
Protagonist 1 Age: Varies During Story
Protagonist 2 Age: Varies During Story
Protagonist 3 Age: Varies During Story
Tropes: Alpha Character, Big Character / Little Character, Class Differences, Fairy Tales Revisited, Fated Mates / Soul Mates, Forbidden Love, Hero and the Great Quest, Love Triangle, Coming of Age, Cultural Differences, Out for You, Thrill of the Chase
Word Count: 7240
Setting: USA
Languages Available: English
Series Type: Same Universe / Various Characters

Once upon a time, two equally handsome young men lived on a prosperous farm. Sam and Jack were deeply in love and had devoted their lives to their relationship, their happiness, and the well-being of their parents, Jack’s mother, Lorene, and Sam’s father, Jason. But their widowed parents lived in different, far away worlds. Jack grew up on the farm, while Sam grew up high in a faraway land. They currently employed two loyal farmhands, Zeke and Adam, and had a prized cow, Pearly White that helped them survive through leaner times.


Sam and Jack fell in love years before when Sam lived in a land high above the clouds. In this different world, Sam lived with his father and brothers in a tribe inhabiting the forests, bordering a cobblestone road, leading to a majestic castle possessed by two giants, Master and his submissive servant, Slave. Often, Sam snuck into the castle to steal food for his family, especially when a member of his family became ill, the sickness usually Giant Fever. Although Slave gave morsels of food when Sam begged, Master delighted in feasting on humans like Sam. Sam developed his skill in running with exceptional speed to prevent being captured by the giants. Living naturally without clothes was a necessity to hastily flee them. Nudity, also enabled the people in his tribe to select their mates. It was only natural they went about their daily lives uninhibited and naked.

Sam first met Jack from a distance when Sam lurked in the background after getting food from Slave for his ailing father. Sam noticed a strange man who wore clothing, like the giants, but fleeing with Master’s bag of gold coins. Sam’s thought about this man he saw running for his life.

How strange. A man like me who wears cloths like the giants. There is something about that man I like. Where is he going? He’s definitely in a hurry to get away from Master. He must know that Master loves to eat us. That man must be adventurous to be bold enough to steal from this villain. I would like to meet him. Sam stared, and stared, and stared.

As Jack fled the pursuit of Master and Slave with the coins, he noticed Sam watching him from a distance. Their eyes locked with more interest than curiosity. Jack disappeared down through the ground, vanishing from Sam and the giants. Oh, no. Master has stopped chasing him. The man must have fallen off the ground into oblivion. That’s disappointing. I wonder where he was from. Sam thought the man had fallen off the edge of the world. So he returned to his family with food for his ailing father, thinking of the man who wore clothes. The clothed man left a deep impression in Sam’s mind, a rush of sensations breeding curiosity and desire.

Reviews: arica shupe on Hot Box Reviews blog wrote:

A short sexy read from Sam's point of view was full of ups and downs but the constant was his love for JackThis was a new and different take on this fairy tale that i haven't read before. A short sexy read from Sam's point of view was full of ups and downs but the constant was his love for Jack. The author really brings you in to see Sam's side of the story and how he saw his relationship with Jack and the characters surrounding them relationship. This m/m fairy tale captures your interest with the descriptions of all that goes on around Sam and Jack from the first to the last page.

stacey c. brown on wrote:

family lovers and friendships .
this is a prelude to the 1st and 2nd books which i have already read , but a brief recounting on the story until he goes up the beanstalk Sam and to his family . and the fact his family and him were cut off from him after book 1 . but now there is a second beanstalk that he can go back up to be with his family but can also come back down to be with jack to find out buy and read this book and books 1 and 2 . to see how Jack and Sam's story unfolds .

Robin Barton on wrote:

Added Insight

Having read Jack's Magical Beanstalk, I wanted to read this prelude to find out answers.
I really enjoyed Jack's Magical Beanstalk. However it is always nice to find out what the other person in the story felt as events were going on.
Hearing Sam's point of view about the events helped add a different perspective to the story.

About the Author

Pablo Michaels disguised himself as a shy, friendly heterosexual during his adolescence, fantasizing other males. Like most writers he is essentially a loner. He was born gay. When he worked at the local public library in high school, he smuggled out adult fiction and non-fiction, discovering a disenchanted perception of gay life from the books discussing homosexuality. Growing up with domineering conversationalists in his family and among friends, he withdrew to express his life through words and fantasies. Falling in love with another man his first year in college, he followed him to another university to maintain their platonic love, while he continued in his in studies. When he had his first sexual encounter with another man, just before turning twenty-one, he exploded into gay life with lust and anger. He attempted to live his new life naturally, seeking love, ignoring the statistics of the books he had read on homosexuality in high school, and proving what he had read was wrong.
He wrote poetry and stories since third grade. When he turned twenty-one, he moved to San Francisco to work, write, and experience more of gay life. In the 1980's he wrote every chance he had, trying and failing miserably at publishing mainstream fiction. He published his first story, Reunion on the Trail in 1986 in a literary magazine. He devoted his life, while working full-time and part-time at another job in San Francisco in the 1980’s, to write and submit his stories, novels and poetry. He found his true voice for the craft in 1990 when he began an unfinished novel. “The Deer in the Forest”. This book is still unfinished. He diverts his nervous energy into perfecting the voices that drive him into this craft he loves. He believes god is present in all human beings, plants, nature and the universe, and if given the chance, they will speak to a true romanticist’s heart and soul, like it does to himself.

After writing plays, short stories, poetry, and two novels, he began writing gay genre fiction, since he had more knowledge and experience with the gay lifestyle. Trying to publish, he went to a library seminar hosted by two published authors. Inspired by the gay writer, Scott Kemble he connected with him on the internet site, The San Francisco Bay Area Literary Arts Newsletter and Review, which published four of Pablo's short stories.

Pablo’s first e-book, When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again, Hooray was published, in 2010. In 2012 he published his first novel, Catnip, Rosemary, Rage and Time.

Feverously writing since 2004, he published his first e-book, Pagan Knights of Cambria with Life of Riley Productions in London in 2010. A few months later, his mainstream story, When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again Hooray, was published with Life of Riley Productions also. In 2012 Pablo self-published his first novel, Catnip, Rosemary, Rage and Time. Pablo combined mystery and humor in this gay, erotic romance on a cruise. Also in 2012, his short story A Night at San Gregorio Beach in the anthology The Boys Club was published by Naughty Nights Press. He continued to write more episodes in his next novel, The Deer in the Forest. The plot spreads over several decades, about a man's attempts to adapt to the world he lives in as a gay man, all with love, heartache, history and survival at no cost.

His latest article, Why Gay Men Retire to Palm Springs, was published in the very popular online magazine. You can read the insightful article here.

Pablo retired in 2014 from gardening and landscaping to devote his energy to write fiction. As a gay man he wishes to promote his writing in the gay genre to help others understand the necessity for equal rights for LGBTQ people and comprehend that love between a man and a man, people of the same sex, is as natural as love between a man and a woman. Throughout his lifetime he has experienced the long battle of achieving acceptance. He has searched for a committed relationship with another man throughout his active gay life. He has loved his partner for twenty years. They were married legally in front of Harvey Milk's bust in the rotunda of San Francisco City Hall by a judge, in 2008. Although their marriage remained legal after the passage of Proposition 8, they continued to work to repeal DOMA and Prop. 8. Throughout his life he has attempted to live and practice peace as a process for living and changing the world.

His book, Blood, Sweat and Black Leather, a gay paranormal romance, was published by Yellow Silk Dreams in January 2015. His next book, Affairs of Men’s Hearts, published in May 2015 by Yellow Silk Dreams is an anthology of four stories connected by the themes of gay men seeking love with another man, from wishful thinking male to male romances to gay marriage. Jack and the Magical Beanstalk Book 1, is a gay adult fairy tale, published in November, 2015 by Yellow Silk Dreams. It is the first in the series, Jack’s Magical Beanstalk, based on the traditional fairy tale Jack and the Beanstalk And Jack’s Magical Beanstalk & the Jeweled Grotto Book 2, was published in September 2016 by Yellow Silk Dreams. Prelude to Jack’s Magical Beanstalk & Sam’s Quandary Book 3 was published in September 2016 by Yellow Silk Dreams. Pablo is currently writing Jack’s Magical Beanstalk & Sam’s Quandary Book 4 is the last book in the series.

When Pablo is not writing he loves to travel with his husband, garden in their yard, entertain with friends and neighbors, and go to the theater. They live on a quiet country street in the urban metropolis of the San Francisco Bay Area with their twelve year-old American Eskimo Husky, Bailey. They live openly as a gay couple without any inhibitions.

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