Innocence, my second novel, releases in four weeks and it’s up on the Dreamspinner coming soon page now 🙂
It’s written in the same style as This is Not a Love Story, but although it’s angsty/hurt/comfort it’s nowhere near as bleak. It’s a coming of age story, and it’s not only about loss of innocence but also about how people can retain their innocence–their love and trust and wonder–despite what life throws at them. I think innocence and wonder are beautiful things 🙂
At eighteen, Christopher is restless and longs for something he cannot name. His mother vanished when he was very small, and after spending more than ten years travelling on the rivers and canals, drifting between towns and schools with mostly only his dad and brother, Jay, for company, he is desperate to escape that claustrophobic existence. When they return to settle in Arlow, a town they haven’t been back to in over a decade, everything changes.
Malachi has given up on love. He lost his heart when he lost his innocence. Now, at twenty-nine, he just exists—getting drunk, fixing cars, and playing the music he loves.
When their paths cross one night at a gypsy camp, Christopher thinks he’s found what he’s been looking for, but Malachi is afraid. He’s afraid their love will destroy everything Christopher has ever known. They are ghosts from each other’s pasts, and if Malachi’s secrets are revealed, more than just innocence will be lost in their wake.
Pre order from Dreamspinner Press here.