Today I’ve got a snippet from my book 959 Brenton Street which will be out November 20th and is currently available for preOrder. (And isn’t the cover absolutely amazing? I love it!) This is from the very beginning.
“I’m sorry, Trent. This happens every year. We overbook the dorms, as so many people leave them within a month’s time. But until then we won’t have a place for you.”
I will not panic. Trent Farnsworth let out a slow breath. “All right. Well, do you have any suggestions for a room while I wait for my dorm to open up?”
His stomach tensed and his shoulders stiffened, but he forced himself to relax. If he hadn’t spent the last two years focused on not panicking, he might not have managed it. But after consistently denying who he was and acting like a completely different person for so long, he was used to not reacting to anything. At least not outwardly.
The woman on the other side of the glass pointed to his left. “Go down the hall to the apex, turn right, and go to the end. There’s a pegboard with all sorts of advertisements. There are always rooms for let on there. We’ll let you know when a dorm room becomes available.”
After a small pause as he considered how to phrase it, he asked, “How does the price compare?” If they cost much more than the dorms, he would not be able to afford them without getting a job, which he did not really want to do. His scholarships would pay for school, room, and board, but did not leave a tremendous amount of room for anything else.
“The apartments are more expensive, but if you can find a room for rent in a house, those tend to be a lot cheaper.”
“Thanks,” he said, managing a small smile. He turned and walked down the hall, past the other students who were anxiously trying to get things done the week before school started. Three thousand miles from home, Trent thought he planned everything to the nth degree. While he was on a mission for his church and was expected to spend twenty-four hours a day in service to it, he always managed to find an hour or two to do things he wanted to do—like apply to universities far from his parents.
Trent Farnsworth moves to Falcon Pointe to get as far away from his controlling family and religion as he can. While his conservative upbringing makes it hard for Trent to admit he’s gay, he accidentally outs himself in front of his four new roommates. None of the men living at 959 Brenton Street are what the world would consider normal, but all four accept him for who he is. He never expects to feel right at home in a loving discipline household. And when Trent falls for his much older landlord, Dr. Cory Venerin, he’s as surprised as anyone, but discovering Cory feels the same makes Trent realize he’s truly in the right place at the right time.
Until he tells his family he’s gay. His father uses any resource at his disposal to destroy him, including Trent’s love for Cory. As his father schemes to send Trent to a hospital whose sole purpose is to rip the gay out of him, Cory battles to save not only Trent—but also the possibility of a future together.