What happens when two men are in very different places in their relationship?
Almost from the start of their relationship, Jonah was in love with Scott. Scott doesn’t share that same sentiment. Jonah finds out exact how Scott feels about him the hard way, when he sees Scott in a compromising position with someone else. How they react becomes the challenge two authors have set out to solve. Will there be forgiveness or misery as Jonah reacts to what Scott has done?
I’m going to start by saying I don’t think I’m the target audience for this story. Cheating is a huge no for me and I went in knowing it was the premise of the whole story by I read it anyway. As such, some of the things I disliked about the story in my initial notes are thrown out because of that prejudice against the stories to begin with. All of that said, I think it’s worth it to pick up this story.
I absolutely loved the concept where more than one author is given the same first chapter and then write their own story based on the set up. I’ve seen similar where more than one author gets the same prompt, but this is different and new. I like how each author took the beginning and made it their own as their story went on.
I truly think both stories needed more though. There wasn’t enough story for me to really connect with either character and get invested in the stories. Both had parts that needed expanding and fleshing out to make the stories better. Both stories together is around 70 pages. Sadly that’s not enough in even one story to get the emotions and healing across this topic needs.
I desperately hope they do this again. I want more authors to get involved too because I enjoy seeing how authors take an idea and make it their own. There are limitless ideas out there to take a first chapter and see where it takes their creativity. Maybe also let the authors spend the amount of words they need to get the story across. Hopefully making it long enough readers can connect with the characters and get involved in the story.
Three and a half
Today one of the authors stops by to give us a little background on the The Way Life Turns and where the idea comes from. As a reader I definitely celebrate the authors with Ms. Kelley and Ms. Heeley. Read and enjoy!
Celebrating Our Differences through Writing
I know most of you reading this right now love diversity in your books. You read M/M romance and LGBT+ related stories for a reason, after all. I am the same exact way. I love reading about people in general, regardless of how they look or how they love. I think it’s safe to say we all want to celebrate love in all its different forms and that, at its core is the reason why we read M/M romance. However, t’s not the diversity of the characters in our books that I’m talking about, but the differences of the authors who write them that we would like to celebrate. The Way Life Turns is our way to do that.
Just to clarify, we don’t care how an author looks. I don’t know about you, but I don’t read books because authors look a certain way or identifies themselves with a particular label. My only concerned is how well they tell a story. Every author tells a story differently, even if the characters and concept are the same.
How boring would it be if we all wrote the exact same way? We’d all read one book and that’s it. Amazon would go out of business. Or rather, they’d sell me the coffee I always buy instead of the books too. Barnes & Noble wouldn’t even exist. No libraries or eBook readers. Do you see the bleak world I’m painting here?
Authors’ differences are important to us all and often not celebrated enough. The Way Life Turns conception is simply a way to bring these differences to light.
He had his head down and didn’t lift it when he heard a horn beep. That was a common enough sound in the city and didn’t necessarily mean it was meant for him.
It wasn’t until he heard his name shouted that he looked up. Scott had the window down on the passenger’s side of the car.
“What are you doing, babe? Need a ride somewhere?” Scott asked.
Jonah hesitated. The only thing that was going through his mind was the picture of Scott with his condom-covered cock waving around like a damned flag as he tried to explain himself.
How were they supposed to come back from that? It seemed impossible to start dating again. If Jonah could erase what happened from his memory than he would, but it played like a fucking tape recorder in his mind and made him look at Scott differently now.
“Naw, I’d rather walk,” Jonah said. He watched as Scott’s window went up. He sighed and turned, walking away from his ex-whatever-the-hell-they-were. Ex-friend probably described them best. After all, they’d been friends for several years, from school years, before they decided to start dating. Why the hell they decided to date was anyone’s guess. Jonah was stupid to have even started something with Scott because now he’d lost one of his best friends just as he was starting to fall in love with him.
“Wait up, Babe,” Scott said from behind him, right before a car door slammed shut. He thought their little morning after encounter was finished. Seeing Scott so soon after what Jonah was starting to refer to as the incident was too soon.
Jonah stopped long enough for Scott to catch up with him.
“I was coming to your apartment to see you,” Scott said as he walked beside him. Scott held his hand out, silently asking Jonah if he could hold his hand. Jonah shook his head and shoved his hands even further in his pockets. Scott sighed.
“I wasn’t home.”
Scott didn’t say anything for the longest time. The silence was uncomfortable as they turned the corner toward the small café.
“I thought we could talk this morning. Clear up this mess we created,” Scott said as they got to the café.
“The mess you created, you mean.”
About The Authors:
I’ll show you mine, if you’ll show me yours… da da da da dum, author of MM romance
Serious I wanna know.
Living in Southwest Michigan, April resides with her husband and two kids. She has been an avid reader for several years. Ever since she wrote her first story at the age of ten, the characters in her head still won’t stop telling their stories. If April isn’t reading or writing, she can be found outside playing with the animals or taking a long walk in the woods.
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