I have a friend who is a college librarian and this past fall she and I had lunch and afterward, she took me on a tour of the library. I think it was that tour that got me thinking about Carlos.
I knew at that visit that I wanted to write a librarian character, but I didn’t want to go with a stereotype. I didn’t want him to be all about the job and be mousy and quiet. My friend is certainly none of those things. And she never shushes people at work. As I write more stories, it’s becoming more and more clear to me that a story doesn’t have just one beginning, but ideas and inspiration come from a number of sources and my head mixes them together like some sort of story blender. I think I’m just lucky that what comes out the other end is good and worth reading. At the very least it isn’t the story equivalent of some green gloppy shake that tastes like grass. I hope you like the result of this particular mixture.
Series: Standalone (Currently)
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: Mar 13 2018
Edition/Formats Available In: eBook & Print
Home, love, and possibilities he never imagined are waiting for Billy Joe to claim them. But first he needs to escape the horrors of his past.
A twisted act of cruelty and prejudice drives Billy Joe from his Mississippi home, and he makes it as far as Pennsylvania—where his car breaks down just as the year’s first snowstorm blows in. Fortunately, Carlos is there to lend a hand.
Carlos is no stranger to hardship. His family rejected him for being gay, but with determination, he put himself through school and became a librarian. Carlos sees the same willpower in Billy, and he wants to help Billy and his son succeed in a new life that is very different from the one they left behind. With his support, they start to adjust, and before long, both men want more than encouragement from each other. They want the chance for a future together, but their families have other ideas… and Billy’s will stop at nothing to get what they want.
“I wanted to ask. Is the dad you helped cute?”
And here Carlos had thought he’d managed to escape Angie’s matchmaking fanaticism… just once. She was the happiest person Carlos had ever known, and she wanted everyone to be as deliriously content as she was… whether they wanted it or not.
He groaned, trying to figure out how he could not answer without just hanging up.
Angie wasn’t going to let it go. “Just tell me!”
“Dang it. Yeah, he was cute, in a sort of clueless, scared rabbit sort of way. The guy is running from something. That’s pretty obvious, and there was fear written all over his face. I’m not sure what it was, but I think he looks the same way I did when I left Amarillo in the middle of the night. My cousin had threatened to kill me rather than have a maricón in his family.” Carlos swallowed hard as he remembered packing and getting out of town ahead of the lynch mob.
“That bad?” She whistled softly. “Just be careful and don’t get taken in.”
He rolled his eyes. She was a total mother hen. “I’ll be fine. It’s only for a night, and tomorrow he’ll probably be on his way.” He ended the call, making her promise again to let him know when she made it home okay.
His stomach rumbled, reminding him he hadn’t stopped to pick up something for dinner the way he originally had intended. He stared at the contents of his refrigerator and decided to reheat some pasta he’d made earlier in the week.
Carlos sat at his small table, eating his dinner. He was in no hurry, and a relaxing evening seemed in order. Once he was done, Carlos rinsed his dishes, headed to the sofa, and settled in to read.
Books were his passion, so he spent his spare time with them rather than the television. The wind rattled the windows, and even though the apartment was warm, the sound chilled him. He grabbed the blanket from off the back of the sofa and pulled it over him, making a nest before getting lost in the story of pirates and adventure on the high seas. Angie texted him that she was home just as he got back into the story.
Guest Post by Andrew Grey
Andrew grew up in western Michigan with a father who loved to tell stories and a mother who loved to read them. Since then he has lived throughout the country and traveled throughout the world. He has a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and works in information systems for a large corporation. Andrew’s hobbies include collecting antiques, gardening, and leaving his dirty dishes anywhere but in the sink (particularly when writing) He considers himself blessed with an accepting family, fantastic friends, and the world’s most supportive and loving partner. Andrew currently lives in beautiful, historic Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
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