This story starts in June of 2003. The invasion of Iraq is over, George Bush has landed on the aircraft carrier and proclaimed "Mission Accomplished", and the insurgency has yet to begin. Some may think America is at the height of its power.
Meanwhile, in the CAP world:
JJ and Will, both in doomed relationships that seem to be working. Will they unravel, and if they do, who is behind it?
When the brain fails, the heart is often the one that picks up the pieces. Tyson is suicidal, angry and so, so lonely. After an attempt on his own life, he faces brief hospitalisation in the Acute Inpatient Unit with other teenagers. The staff are wonderful and his treatment team goes above and beyond to provide help and support, but what he needs most is a friend. He finds Vladimir, a boy who battles schizophrenia and psychotic episodes. He's perfect.
Jimbo is serving his final year as a counselor at Camp Falls. He has just graduated from high school and will enter University in the fall. Everything is going smoothly until a troop arrives without a Scout Master. Jimbo is assigned to the role and meets Mason, a scout having his first experience at Camp Falls. The frisson between the two leads to a them entering a partnership. The challenges of Scout Camp, their parents and larger forces shape who they are as a couple.
Growing up in a small town, Tyler's life had always felt like one struggle after another. When he befriends a young father of two, he finds that he may not be the only one who feels lost and alone. With a little hope and good friends, maybe they can find their way again.
Brian, a successful VP of Technology, meets a young man during a vacation in New Orleans. After a brief affair, Brian returns to Boston, only to discover that the young man now has an entry-level position at his company. which makes things very complicated.
Events on a small New England college campus, following an exceptional one. Gil Andrus and his husband, Pete Sordan, follow through.
Chapters will be added Monday and Friday, and the book should finish towards the end of September.
Note: this book shares roots and occasionally overlaps with my other book, Quabbin, which is also set in Waldron, Massachusetts, though in a national clothing company. But they're different books. And Don Burris, from The Pendleton Omens, reappears.
The insecure Honey comes across his mate during a sporadic outing with his cousin. What's an Omega to do when his mate doesn't want him? Contrarily, Regan is an Omega trying to take charge of his life. What will he do when his mate's stubbornness matches his own? (Side Story in the same Crossing the Moon Universe!)
Ryan isn't a singer so why is he added to the band after they had released their first album as the new up and coming boy band of the year? Jasper is certain this is all a publicity stunt by their manager, why else would someone so inappropriate for the position, get placed in with them? While three members of the band are happy to accept this change, Jasper challenges the manager and when their personal situations end up on headlines creating drama, it becomes clear that they are all being manipulated. Jasper finds himself becoming protective of Ryan and developing feelings he didn’t expect towards the sweet and gentle man.
Brandon works for a company that sells point of sale equipment in the IT department. His life has been on hold since his husband and their daughter died, but now there is Hal in Sales and Isaac from across the hall. How, exactly, do you make a family?
Devon fled Wyoming as soon as he turned eighteen, leaving behind his high school love, Levi. After six years, Devon returns to his hometown. Not much has changed, except that Levi is no longer in the closet. He’s also single and living his dream—managing the local wild horse population. Both of them are interested in picking up where they left off, but Devon is no more ready to reveal his orientation than he was as a teenager. No one is going to shove Levi back in the closet—not even Devon. For a relationship to work, they’ll have to put the past behind them and find the courage to face the future as who they really are—a couple in love.