Title: Brass & Keys
Series: Freshman Beginning
Author: Russell Soots
Cover Artist: Creative Minds/Sid Love
Length: 266 Pages
Release Date: October 15, 2015
Blurb: Having recently broken up with his sleazeball of an ex, recent high school grad Keldon Stonebridge is a handsome guy who’s optimistic about the possibilities of the summer ahead in his beautiful hometown of Asheville, NC. He intends to fill his days working, playing his saxophone whom he calls his baby, sipping green iced tea and hanging out with friends. He’s far less optimistic about a summer romance. But then he meets the very handsome Tyler Lawrence. A fellow musician and recent high school grad himself, Tyler also enjoys losing himself in his music and conspicuously avoids speaking about his own ex at all costs. The two quickly fall in love and achieve a bond that truly transcends love and music. It’s a bond that will be greatly tested by loyalty, tragedy and more.
Just as he was about to get up and make his way to the small private bathroom that was conveniently connected to his bedroom, he spotted something that made him stop. A black metal framed picture sat on the corner of his cluttered, mahogany nightstand by his bed. He promptly ceased his stroking. His breathing quickly resumed a normal pace. He picked up the picture and held it tenderly in his hands. It was a photo of him and a guy of Asian descent holding each other close as they both grinned wildly. A perfect picture that captured one of the many perfect moments during that time. A sad smile spread across his face and replaced the lust induced one of just a few moments before. His fingers made slow, caressing and sweeping circles across the image. “I still miss you.”, he gently whispered. His eyes watered up. Several quiet, reflective moments went by before he finally snapped out of it. He forced a deep exhale and wiped his eyes. Alright Tyler , he lectured to himself, it’s time to stop indulging in the past and embrace the present . Take things nice and slow just like his old man had said. With one last nostalgic glance at the picture, he gently set it down.
Living in central North Carolina, Russell thoroughly enjoys all of the great amenities of the state he’s called home his entire life. He can typically be found assisting a friend with their small business, writing in coffeehouses, enjoying meals, movies, museums and more with friends as well as fully enjoying the great wonder of life itself.
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