Days after an attempt to unleash demons upon the world has failed, three young men find themselves in the midst of new challenges. One must determine what it means to lead. One must face his past. One must discover who he really is. But there are forces still at play in the world which could undermine everything they hope to build and discover. Is the demon threat truly over?
This is Book 3 of The Trial. You can find book 1 "Shadow Honor" here:
In modern times, with the vampire population growing to massive numbers in the Chicago area, a program had to be set up in order to take care of the carnage left behind and continue the cover up that vampires actually exist. This is Gus Showalski's first night on the job. Is he ready to believe? Of has he gotten himself into a situation that he REALLY wasn't prepared for?
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.
Aria Graice has it all. Son of superstar parents, brother of a rising star, you tuber, fashion guru. Drew Chance is his new bodyguard, a former SAS special operative from a poor Welsh family. He despises everything Aria stands for - until he meets him, and his twin Amara. He realizes that wealth and privilege don't necessarily bring happiness. When a series of escalating threats put both boys in danger, with Amara's bodyguard nowhere in sight, Drew doesn't hesitate to jump in, but what exactly has he jumped in to? And why does an unexpected outburst from Amara leave him thinking all kinds of things that are so very, very wrong - aren't they?
A trio of skilled vampire raiders are going out to swindle a high stakes take from a deceased vampire, hoping to get by with a major score! However...is this the kind of heist that they expected to get away with? Or is there something 'else' going on behind the scenes?
Chandler Cross, a student at the Chicago Institute of Art, comes across someone new, one day. Someone very much in need of a mentor and a protector. The last thing Chandler ever thought he'd ever be was someone to be looked up to, but that is what he became. A guardian angel for a lost and broken boy, struggling as Chandler once struggled as a gay teen in a less than accepting world. How will he cope with this awesome responsibility now that he has Brandon . . .
Dave Crichton fled the city hoping to escape the memories of his dead wife and the life they shared. Now he's building new memories in King's Hope, a small town in East Texas, where he's met a young man who makes him think there might be another chance at happiness. But he'll soon learn that the memories he sought to avoid are filled with secrets that just might save the world. Because in addition to being a successful author, a widower, a loving son, and the most eligible bachelor in a tiny Texas hamlet, Dave is also humanity's only hope for survival in the coming war against the gods. He just doesn't know it yet.
Reflections of the past, realities of the present, and hopes for the future. These aren't prompts, and anything could wind up here, from poetry to monologues. It's all about words, and the forms they lead us to.
At an all boys' boarding school, closeted Elijah finds on his bed a strange love note. A small poem. It's not a very good poem, but apparently another boarder at the school is in love with him! On the other side of the paper is an amazingly detailed sketch of the four of them - Elijah and his friends Reggie, Tiger and Owen. When a second poem and sketch sets a recurring precedent, Elijah enlists the help of his friends as he becomes increasingly obsessed with finding whoever is leaving him these cryptic, artistic symbols of love.
This fictional story shows how people from different backgrounds can try to support others in a time of desperation, few real tales of homelessness have a happy ending.
It is written as a tribute to those who in the past and present have given and continue to give either time, money or other support to homeless shelters across the globe. Also in the hope that it will inspire others to do so in the future in whatever small way that they are able.