How much impact can someone have on your life if you’ve never met them face to face?
In this electronic age of E-mails, electronic publishing, and social networks, quite a lot.
Through his emails, stories and blog, author Patric Michael has touched numerous hearts, minds and lives from the start of his career and further as he now takes us along on his journey to battle cancer.
Along the way, Patric shows us a side of life that not many truly see-- how we are all a part of something larger than just ourselves, and how we are each touched by others for the betterment of all.
Now, those that have been touched by Patric and his words have joined together to give something back, to him and to us all through something he values highly – words.
In this compilation, gay short stories, poems, and anecdotes combined with excerpts from Patric's blog and a few entertaining, educational group posts reveal, and celebrate, the man who has touched so many hearts and minds.
This collection, sometimes erotic, sometimes irreverent, and always poignant, is a gift from all our hearts to celebrate Patric and give strength (and a little levity) to others. The price reflects this; no one is receiving royalties or payment from the sales. Use it to celebrate life, celebrate words, and possibly inspire someone who needs it.
Hank is a study in contrast: he lives for the rush of climbing and cutting trees almost as much as he loves the peace he finds exploring the mountains he calls home. Scott’s attraction to Hank is immediate and mind-blowing, and it’s what Scott has always wanted: to know what it’s like to love someone he can’t live without.
Scott needs to know if Hank’s true feelings will be a roar of passion or simply a quiet friendship, one that doesn’t match Scott’s devotion. But it may be too late... Scott simply can’t help himself from falling hard for Hank.
Alistair McInnis lives with his older sister, Abigail, and her deaf son, Jared. Alistair left his job as an editor to take care of his nephew when Abigail divorced and enrolled in law school to provide a better future for Jared. But Abigail is falling in love with the policeman next door, and Jared won’t need Alistair forever.
While working with the station house to oversee the rebuilding of a play castle burned down by vandals, Ben meets and falls for Alistair. Can Ben learn what it means to be accepted for who he is? Can Alistair accept that life comes with no guarantees? They soon find happiness is a fine mingling of hanging on and letting go.
Having uprooted himself, Behr Kincaid settles in a small town, thousands of kilometers from everything and everyone he's ever known. And with good reason, because he wasn’t born with that name. Behr always knew his brother was a criminal, but when Maurizio killed Behr's husband of ten years, Behr gave up the life he had in order to see justice served. Despite his new identity, Behr knows the inevitable showdown will come when Maurizio tracks him down.
As Sal gets to know Behr, he realizes the man is lying about more than his name. While Behr wonders if there's room for the truth, Sal wants to know who he's falling in love with and must decide if it can lead to anything but a broken heart.
Carson Oliver used to be the man everyone recognized and wanted, But when the top-rated DIY program he hosted was canceled in the late 90s, he sought comfort in food... lots of food. While he owns a landscaping business and family farm, he doesn’t think life has much more to offer than working and taking care of his ailing mother. When he meets Doug, the attraction is immediate. It is aided by an important role Carson once played in Doug and Paul's lives—one Carson doesn't remember but they've never forgotten.
When Carson doesn’t believe anyone can possibly want him the way he is, Doug sets out to prove him wrong. With the assistance of his enthusiastic brother, Carson’s unrestrained mother, and her crazy cat, Doug just might get the job done.
In the six years since Jerry, David, and William first welcomed Billie and Cory into their home, a lot has changed in their lives. William has fallen in love, Cory has graduated and is engaged, and Jerry is as irascible as ever. David, however, is struggling. He worries about William and Cory, about how he and Jerry will deal with their house becoming an empty nest, and about his aging parents.
Then circumstances conspire to give David more concrete worries: Jerry finds a potentially cancerous lump, William’s first experience with love is in jeopardy because he has two dads, and David’s long-lost mother shows up, wanting to reconcile with him. Amidst the drama of a heartbroken sixteen-year-old, a husband facing a medical crisis, and an impending wedding, David will learn that life should be lived to the fullest—and that each of us is endowed with roots and wings.
Derek is a musician who tours the country with his band. He’s an ex-cop, was married once, and has the bitter ex-wife and two spoiled children to prove it. He's finally living his dream, and that includes bedding all the groupies who think he’s every bit as good as his music. He doesn’t worry much about the future, until he meets Jimmy.
The two men begin a long-distance romance, sneaking weekends here and there, until a tragedy forces them to realize they might lose the only thing they both want—a future together. Now, they’re asking for everything heaven will allow.
When Anders meets Ron Goldberg, the father of a favored former student, Anders learns something that he’s never known about him. And when some very unsettling news about Leighton comes to light, Anders finds comfort and solace in Ron’s arms. Soon Anders is faced with a tough decision: go back to his husband or live the life he’s always dreamed of, but with a different man.
It's been almost a year since William lost his parents and left the only life he knew for a new home in Canada. But now there's nothing William loves more than being with his two new dads. His uncle Jerry McKenzie adopted him and then married David Loewenberger, and William is learning what it means to be part of a family.
But despite all the love and care the two men lavish on him, William is still lonely. It isn't until he meets Cory, a high school student who is helping coach his soccer team, that William begins to think about what it would be like to have a brother. Little does he know that he might just get his wish, but first William will learn some very important lessons about love and loss.
Although they are worlds apart in careers and interests, mutual fear and desperation rushes Duncan and Barkley into romance. But neither man has taken the time to really know the other, believing instead that what one needs, the other can provide. And then, when Barkley finds out that Duncan is planning to write his biography, he assumes Duncan is just like so many others: seeking only to benefit from his fame. How can a romance that started out so wrong-footed survive after such a blow?
It's been two years since Hank Ballam and Scott Alan fell in love, moved in together, and started building their life. Hank has kept his promise to his boss—and Scott’s brother—Brian, proving he can be both his adrenaline-seeking self and a good worker. While Hank enjoys being Brian's right-hand man, nothing gives him more pleasure than going home to Scott every night. But then a major announcement gets Hank thinking about the family he left behind, and he wonders if there is any hope of including them in his new life with Scott.
Seeing Hank's turmoil, Scott quietly reaches out to his lover's family—without telling Hank. Scott is overjoyed when Hank’s sister seems receptive, but the reunion doesn't go as planned, leaving Scott to wonder if he’s unleashed a series of events that might take Hank from him forever.
He loves his new job as a computer programmer and keeps busy on weekends performing at a drag club with his best friend, Aiden. It’s there that he meets shy, chivalrous Oscar, the owner of the club and, just maybe, the love of Noah’s life. But everything turns upside down when a specter from his former life moves in next door. Noah will have to face his fears and discover the truth about his ordeal if he wants to move past it once and for all and face the future with Oscar at his side.
Es ist fast ein Jahr her, dass William seine Eltern verloren und sein altes Leben hinter sich gelassen hat, um in seine neue Heimat Kanada zu ziehen. Jetzt liebt William nichts so sehr, wie mit seinen beiden neuen Dads zusammen zu sein. Sein Onkel Jerry hat ihn adoptiert und David Loewenberger geheiratet und William erfährt endlich, wie es ist, Teil einer Familie zu sein.
Doch obwohl die beiden Männer ihn mit Liebe und Fürsorge überschütten, ist William einsam. Erst als er Cory trifft, einen Schüler der High School und Trainerassistent in Williams Fußballteam, fängt William an, sich nach einem Bruder zu sehnen. Er ahnt nicht, dass sein Wunsch tatsächlich in Erfüllung gehen könnte. Doch zuerst muss William einige wichtige Lektionen über die Liebe und das Leben lernen.
Pero entonces conoce a David Loewenberger, el nuevo maestro con el cual William se encariña, y comienza a ver que existe la posibilidad de que ambos creen una familia: una familia para reemplazar la que William perdió, una familia que David jamás creyó encontrar... una familia que Jerry jamás se imaginó que querría.
Artiste asocial et solitaire, Jerry McKenzie se contente parfaitement de monter à cheval et de travailler dans son atelier, sans voir personne. Ce n’est pas une vie pour un enfant, alors quand il apprend qu’il a été désigné comme tuteur de son neveu orphelin, il panique. Il n’a aucune idée de comment s’occuper d’un enfant et n’est pas certain de pouvoir offrir à William l’amour et l’affection dont il a profondément besoin.
Puis Jerry fait la connaissance de David Loewenberger, un nouveau professeur auquel William s’attache immédiatement. Il commence alors à comprendre qu’ensemble ils pourraient former une famille : une famille qui remplacerait celle que William a perdu, une famille que David ne songeait plus trouver... une famille que Jerry n’avait jamais cru désirer.
Jerry McKenzie è un artista solitario e antisociale, abbastanza soddisfatto di cavalcare i suoi cavalli e lavorare nel suo studio, standosene da solo. Non è il tipo di vita adatto a un bambino e, quando Jerry scopre che è stato nominato tutore del nipote orfano, è preso dal panico. Non sa cosa fare con un bambino e non è sicuro di poter dare a William l’affetto e l’amore di cui il ragazzo ha disperatamente bisogno.
Poi Jerry incontra David Loewenberger, il nuovo insegnante a cui William si affeziona immediatamente, e incomincia a vedere come loro potrebbero formare una famiglia: una famiglia in sostituzione di quella che William ha perduto, una famiglia che David aveva rinunciato a trovare... una famiglia che Jerry non aveva mai saputo di volere.
Le encanta su nuevo trabajo como programador, y se mantiene ocupado los fines de semana actuando como drag queen con su mejor amigo, Aiden. Allí es donde conoce al tímido y caballeroso Óscar, el dueño del bar donde actúa y, quizás, el amor de su vida. Pero su camino se pone patas arriba de nuevo cuando un fantasma del pasado se muda a su edificio.
Noa tendrá que enfrentarse a sus miedos y descubrir la verdad para poder superarlo y así por fin afrontar el futuro con Óscar a su lado.
Ha transcurrido un año desde que William perdió a sus padres y dejó la vida que conocía por un nuevo hogar en Canadá. No hay nada que el pequeño adore más que estar con sus dos nuevos padres. Su tío Jerry McKenzie lo adoptó y se casó con David Loewenberger, por lo que William está aprendiendo lo que significa ser parte de una familia.
A pesar del amor y cuidados que los dos hombres le brindan, William se siente solo. Cuando conoce a Cory, un estudiante de instituto que ayuda a su entrenador de fútbol, comienza a entender lo que sería tener un hermano. No sospecha que su sueño podría hacerse realidad, aunque primero tendrá que aprender una lección muy importante sobre el amor y las pérdidas.
Hank est un véritable paradoxe : il vit pour l'excitation de l'escalade et de l'élagage des arbres presque autant qu'il aime la paix qu'il trouve à explorer les montagnes qu'il considère comme étant sa maison. L'attraction de Scott pour Hank est immédiate et époustouflante, et représente ce qu’il a toujours voulu : savoir ce qu'était que d'aimer quelqu'un sans lequel on ne pouvait pas vivre.
Scott a besoin de savoir si les sentiments de Hank se transformeront en un grand éclat de passion, ou simplement une amitié calme, ce qui ne correspond pas à ce qu'il ressent. Mais il peut être déjà trop tard ... Scott ne peut tout simplement pas s'empêcher de tomber pour Hank.