Gloriously Unaware by Amy Lane – Guest Blog

Long and Short Reviews welcomes Amy Lane who is celebrating today’s release of String Boys.

Gloriously Unaware
Teenaged boys are rather glorious creatures (as are teenaged girls, but this is not that story!)

Today my son watched video games, went out and mowed the lawn, and, when asked to dress up for a family function, did the unthinkable and put on pants.

It was only after he attended the function—and spent the evening running around in circles with every kid there—that it occurred to him that he’d even want a shower.

Speaking of pants—he’s shot up six inches in the last six months, and every pair of pants he owns exposes a couple of acres of coltish ankle.

Three days ago he got an academic award for PE—which astounded his father and I because he appears to be made of ears and elbows, and was, in fact, mostly a thank you from his PE teacher for still cracking jokes after dragging his scrawny bottom in after running the mile. He was very proud of his medal, and his father and I are hopelessly, totally, amazingly proud and enamored of him.

He forgets to brush his teeth unless we post reminders on his phone.

Sometimes, he forgets to bring his phone to school.

I think that if we actually bought shoes with laces, he’d be completely lost. He knows how to tie shoes, but God, who has the time?

And the list of contradictions goes on and on and on. The kid can write a monologue and perform it in front of his peers, but when we ask him how he’s doing in school he gets this hunted look in his eyes and forgets to brain words. Go figure.

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But it’s not just my son who inspired me (although he’s plenty inspirational—believe me!) it’s pretty much every young man I’ve ever known, both as a teenager myself and as an adult.

Kids don’t just become men overnight—and they don’t grow in easy-to-measure increments, as smooth little clones of the businessmen or engineers or teachers they might someday become.

They grow in bulges and offshoots—exposing ankles and wrists, defying clothes and gravity as they go. Self-awareness is often the last thing to arrive—which is, in fact, one of the things that makes them so glorious.

Seth Arnold is just one example of how the awkward transition from boy to man can be a joy to witness, and a wonder to behold.

Seth Arnold learned at an early age that two things in life could make his soul soar—his violin and Kelly Cruz. In Seth’s uncertain childhood, the kindness of the Cruz family, especially Kelly and his brother, Matty, gave Seth the stability to make his violin sing with the purest sound and opened a world of possibility beyond his home in Sacramento.

Kelly Cruz has loved Seth forever, but he knows Seth’s talents shouldn’t be hidden, not when the world is waiting. Encouraging Seth to follow his music might break Kelly’s heart, but he is determined to see the violin set Seth’s soul free. When their world is devastated by a violent sexual assault and Matty’s prejudices turn him from a brother to an enemy, Seth and Kelly’s future becomes uncertain.

Seth can’t come home and Kelly can’t leave, but they are held together by a love that they clutch with both hands.

Seth and Kelly are young and the world is wide—the only thing they know for certain is they’ll follow their heartstrings to each other’s arms whenever time and fate allow. And pray that one day they can follow that string to forever… before it slices their hearts in two.

About the Author: Amy Lane lives in a crumbling crapmansion with a couple of growing children, a passel of furbabies, and a bemused spouse. She’s been nominated for a RITA, has won honorable mention for an Indiefab, and has a couple of Rainbow Awards to her name. She also has too damned much yarn, a penchant for action-adventure movies, and a need to know that somewhere in all the pain is a story of Wuv, Twu Wuv, which she continues to believe in to this day! She writes fantasy, urban fantasy, and gay romance–and if you accidentally make eye contact, she’ll bore you to tears with why those three genres go together. She’ll also tell you that sacrifices, large and small, are worth the urge to write.

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