My daughter, who is attending a local college before moving on to a bigger school next year, came home late from class last fall, right about the time I was finishing the bones of the story that became Foreshock. Late? Try two a.m. ‘what were you thinking?’ late. I was relieved, of course, quickly followed by irate — was she transported to an alternate reality in which telephones don’t exist?!? — but I wasn’t aggravated long. You see, my daughter had been helping two of her friends. The couple had only moved into their first apartment the week before, but one of their neighbors (also a college student) had already threatened to hurt them if they didn’t get out. Immediately. Because they’re gay. Those kids were scared. And distraught. Their whole group of friends were. My daughter and the other LGBTQ kids from the college stayed to help those kids and give them whatever emotional support they could.
A lot of kids don’t have that support when the bullying starts, though. They feel alone, isolated, helpless. Hopeless. We see reports on the news of despondent kids taking their lives because of bullying, so often it’s heart-wrenching. My daughter’s friends had the emotional support from each other, but also from their families. What about the kids who don’t? What about kids who need a little more help and care?
That’s when I decided to walk the talk and donate my royalties from Foreshock to the Trevor Project — the only national charity that offers 24/7 suicide prevention and crisis intervention counseling to LGBTQ youth. The Trevor Project has fielded over 200,000 calls. That’s 200,000+ cries for help that were answered. The Trevor Project is making a difference. That’s something I can stand behind. That’s worth putting my money where my mouth is.
Sometimes the earth really does move.
Kyle Armentrout is every gay man’s fantasy in a tool belt, but he can’t even change a light bulb without injuring himself. Twice divorced and not long from the closet, he’s found his way into a fulfilling relationship at last, but he can’t quite escape the sense that he’s left his manhood behind in the process.
When Kyle’s latest DIY project slides into predictable disaster, his lover, Eric Mulholland, wants him to retire his Allen wrench and accept that he isn’t less of a man for loving Eric.
Then the fault lines of their relationship meet the fault lines of the 2011 Northeast earthquake, and the two lovers learn not just to stay on their feet when the ground shakes, but to actually treasure the tremble.
Kyle Armentrout is a guy who struggled to accept who he is, what he wants and who he loves. He’s fun. And funny. He’s still on shaky ground, though, and that makes Foreshock the right story to raise money for the Trevor Project. Kyle and Eric’s story is for everyone trying to find their feet.
If you think Foreshock sounds cool and the idea of sending a little coin to the Trevor Project floats your boat, PLEASE consider ordering through Riptide Publishing. The simple fact is the Trevor Project will receive 49 cents per copy from sales of the story from Riptide, while the donation will be substantially lower (on the order of 15 cents per copy) if purchased through vendors like Amazon or ARe. Please help me maximize the donation to the Trevor Project by ordering through Riptide.
Though my daughter has gotten a little better about getting word to me that listening to the police scanner need not occupy my o’dark thirty hours, the Princess still sucks at remembering to take (or recharge) her phone when she leaves the house. And God knows it’s a big bad world out there, especially for LGBTQ kids & young adults. So…who has ideas on how I can convince the girl to phone home? Brainwashing-by-ET-movie-marathon? Heinously pelt her with Reese’s Pieces when she’s late?
Comment below with your email address and your bit of parental guidance — or a THANK YOU to the Trevor Project for helping LGBTQ youth — to be entered into a random drawing for a $10 Amazon gift card!
Kari Gregg lives in the mountains of Wild and Wonderful West Virginia with her Wonderful husband and three very Wild children. Once Kari discovered the fabulous play land of erotic romances at RWA’s National Conference in 2009, the die was cast. Finally! A market for the smoking hot stories she loves!
When Kari’s not writing, she enjoys reading, coffee, zombie flicks, coffee, naked mud-wrestling (not really), and . . . coffee!
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