TITLE: Resurrecting Hope
SERIES: Home for Hope #2
AUTHOR: Shell Taylor
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: L.C. Chase
LENGTH: 65,800 words
RELEASE DATE: December 25, 2015
BLURB: Adam Lancaster can’t imagine how his life could possibly get any better. He’s on the cusp of moving in with his boyfriend, Elijah Langley. Their charge, Kollin Haverty, finally has a loving, stable home environment, and Home for Hope is up and running, keeping over fifteen LGBT youth off the streets at night. One phone call from his birth mother, Jessica Lancaster, is all it takes to unravel Adam’s carefully constructed new life.
Informing Adam his grandfather has died, Jessica expresses remorse for abandoning Adam to the state and begs him for a chance to be part of his life again. Jessica’s true colors eventually shine through her façade, and Adam is devastated all over again when he discovers she is only using him to get her hands on the valuable inheritance his grandfather left him. Jessica’s betrayal forces Adam so far inside his own hell, not even Elijah or Kollin can keep him from abandoning all of his responsibilities and running away. Adam will have to dig deep to find the strength to confront his birth parents, heal once and for all, and earn back his place with his new family.
Thanks for having me! This scene occurs a week or so after Adam’s birth mother first contacts him. He’s been moody and cantankerous for days and this is where he falls apart on himself. Enjoy!
Tears streaked down Adam’s face as he lay back on his bed, clutching Kelsey’s memory book to his chest. He let them fall and then curled up in a ball and ugly cried for all of the youth he couldn’t help. He cried for their parents, who would never know how amazing their children were because they refused to look past what made them different, and he cried for their brothers and sisters, who might never understand why their sibling couldn’t come home anymore.
Then he cried for himself—for the little boy who said good-bye to his parents too soon. For the boy who learned the hard way it wasn’t always okay to be yourself. For the teenager whose heart turned cold and bitter after years of being mistreated. For the teen who turned to violence to deal with all of his pent-up rage, and finally for the young man who picked himself up, dusted himself off, and got the help he needed to live again.
That was the man he wanted to be. That was the man Elijah Langley loved and the one he deserved. That was all Adam ever needed to be.
Shell Taylor is a full-time mother of three exuberant and loving kiddos and one fur baby, a tiny but fierce Yorkie-poo named Rocco. As a Christian who practices love, grace, and humility rather than hatred and judgement, she tries her best to instill these same virtues in her rowdy kids. She just recently learned how to crochet to start bombarding new mothers with matching hats and booties. She is a huge Marvel fan and because of the superhero-plastered tees paired with jeans and Chucks has been told when helping out in her son’s classroom that she looks more like the students than a parent. Her favorite way to procrastinate is to binge watch entire seasons on Netflix. Best of all, she’s been married ten years to a man who’s turned out to be everything she never knew she needed.
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