What if you woke up and realized your whole life has been a lie? For Jack, hiding from the truth is a way of life. Ashamed of who he is, the fear of discovery keeps him locked in a dead-end life with little hope of finding the forever love and the family he longs for. Then the phone rings, and he is thrust into a world different from all he’s known. He discovers his true origins, and the roots of a new kind of family where he can finally belong. Now he must choose between staying on the safe path and hiding from who he is, or risking it all and fully embracing the man he was destined to be. Can he do it afraid?
Andy is a deeply closeted priest who has lived his life denying his sexuality. But after a rogue night with Marcus, indulging in long buried temptations, Andy can no longer ignore the truth about who he is. Can he come to terms with his sexuality without abandoning his faith? Will Marcus stick around while Andy learns what it means to be a gay Catholic?
What if you hated yourself for being gay? What if you wanted to keep it locked away inside of you forever? Ethan is living the experience of that awful realization and hoping to one day overcome it. But what about a new friend by the name of Drew? If you think it's hard keeping your feelings a secret...imagine what it must be like for someone 'exposed'.
Two strangers meet for the first time. The mutual attraction between them is undeniable. However, will this connection blossom into a full blown love affair, or will the emotional baggage within them tears them apart.
Join them on a journey to discover that love is not all about sweets and honey, but full of efforts, compromises, acceptance, betrayal, hatred, truths and lies.
Cam Martin seems like your typical teenager. Having just turned 13, Cam decides to write about his life. A journal full of the stories to remember everything by. As he starts walking the long path of self discovery, things get more complicated.
Who is he? What are these feelings he's having? And why does it all seem centered on Nate?
Short stories are definitely not my strong suit, and this attempt soon became a continuous story inspired by the challenge of First Line prompts. Constructive criticism and kind encouragement are more than welcome.
Denial is a lonely path. Lack of honesty is divisive. And self-loathing is a destructive force that's difficult to overcome. 'Dissonance' is a tale that centers around Ben Mansfield and Travis Cooper: two characters from very different backgrounds who, after a chance meeting one night, must learn to face the discordant elements that have fractured their lives and prevented them from finding love and acceptance - especially within themselves.
*A snippet of a larger concept that I've tinkered around with and may return to down the road.*
Matt Donovan realizes that his relationship with Charlie isn't the secret he thought it was. Others within in his small fishing community are opening their eyes to his reality, including his one true crush, the outspoken, gruff-around-the-edges Jake Kowalczyk, who himself begins to discover that his feelings for Matt go beyond a platonic friendship after Matt almost dies.
After a huge row between his twin brother and their father, Russell’s mother sends him off to stay with her cousin in Europe, with no explanation. Reluctantly, the shy nineteen-year-old faces the issues which have kept him in his brother’s shadow for the past five years. It’s a twisted path of denial, anguish and unexpected joy, as Russell struggles to deal with long buried emotions and hopes.
Blake has a wish. He wants someone for himself. Someone who sees him... really sees him. Living his life in the background was understandable; at least he'd forever told himself so. But, he was changing. His entire family was living their fairy tale lives. Didn't he deserve a chance to do the same?
There is a defining moment in everyone’s life when he or she suddenly realizes who they are. Sometimes it can be a welcoming revelation, other times it can be disheartening. Zac Barnes’s moment comes when he first looks into the brown eyes of Adrian Lewis. How will their lives be affected if Zac choses Door Number 3?
At what point do you give up? Ryan spent half the semester 'studying' with Brady, the star hockey player at his new school, when Brady suddenly blindsides him in the park one day, changing their relationship forever. Ryan knows he's falling in love with the other teen, but there comes a point where he may have to draw the line and decide what's best for his heart.