Book Name: For Mac
Release Date: May 29, 2015
Pages or Words: 246 pages
Categories: Contemporary, Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Romance
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Blurb: Branson Farrell lost his parents when he was thirteen, and for the last ten years his brother, Mac, eight years his senior, has taken care of him. But Mac’s love came at a price. Both brothers were raised to believe being gay was completely unacceptable, and Branson has almost convinced himself he can be what Mac expects. When he looks at a man in a bar and Mac notices, Mac drags him off in horror.
Mac’s distress and disgust leads to a car accident that leaves Branson injured and Mac in a coma. Branson heals and stays at Mac’s bedside, but when Mac doesn’t recover, he is moved to a long-term care facility. There, Branson meets openly gay, confident, and attractive Liam Sullivan. Liam stirs feelings Branson thought he’d rid himself of, and to honor his brother, Branson fights tooth and nail against his attraction. When the cost of denying who he is becomes too high, Branson must battle a lifetime of hatred that’s been beaten into his body and mind to try for something of his own.
Guest Post by Brynn Stein
Why writing is a Form of Personal Therapy
I’m not sure writing is therapy per se, but it is certainly stress relief. Unfortunately, some of the stressors in my life tend to make an appearance in my stories. Usually in the form of homophobic characters. I live in an area that is particularly rampant with bigots masquerading as Christians. I work with many people who are quite outspoken against gay rights (and righst of other groups such as African Americans, Jews, single parents, unwed mothers, etc. The list goes on and on.) Any given day includes at least one standoff between me and one of the staff, usually the assistant who works in my classroom, whom I’ve dubbed “Narcissistic Bible-thumping Coworker” (or sometimes Voldemort). I have a blog focusing on some of those stories at https://brynnstein2.wordpress.com/category/tales-from-the-bible-belt/ if anyone is interested in more details so I’ll try not to get off track on those here.
It does help sometimes to be able to write characters like the ones I have to deal with, and then have the heroes of the book triumph over them. Most of the time those characters are background characters, though not always. In Living Again, Daniel’s Uncle Lawrence is modeled heavily on Coworker. (just the attitude, not identifying characteristics or anything).
But, sometimes, it’s actually more stressing to write about those kinds of characters, so it’s stress relieving to write characters and scenes where no one has to deal with that crap. Overall though, real life wins out and there is homophobia in most of my books somewhere, but just the act of writing something, anything, helps relax me, and that, in and of itself, is sometimes enough ‘therapy’ to get me through another day.
About the author:
I've always loved to write and wrote fan fiction before I even knew what it was called. When computers came along, with online communities and places to publish fan fiction, I wrote even more. Then a friend convinced me to try to have an altered version of an AU (alternate universe, meaning all but original) published. My manuscript was accepted and now I'm a 'published author'.