Twelve year old Jo and her mother are on the holiday of a lifetime in Nepal. Alone in the middle of nowhere they are attacked by Maoist rebels and left for dead. Injured, Jo is found by villagers, where she is cared for by a family with a daughter her age.
There are no secrets in these villages, and it's dangerous for the family to take in a foreigner at a time and in a place where the rebels are at their most powerful. And then it becomes more serious. Most of the Royal Family are assassinated. The new King is weak, and the Maoists become stronger.
Against all of this, Jo recovers, becomes for a while a Nepalese villager, and then, with the help of her newly adoptive family, undertakes the epic and dangerous journey to Kathmandu, contact with the outside world, and home.
It’s a story, not of super-heroes, but of real lives in difficult times.
Ending up in Liberty Park, in downtown Salt Lake City, he finds it filled with other homeless kids. His sheltered upbringing forces him to grow up quickly. Another street urchin, Gabriel, takes him under his wing, offering him his only glimpse of happiness during a heady, 24 hour period of time.
Saint Brig is a short story about a young gay man forced to grow up fast- too fast. Will Brig escape his tragic fate, or get lost in the shuffle of other forgotten youth, doomed to a life on the streets?
Fernando and Brig, virtual orphans who faced harsh realities as they grew into men. One was a street thug, sent into exile by his mother, while the other was disowned for being gay. Many would falter under these circumstances, but they chose to thrive.
Fernando- This handsome and wealthy older businessman grew up on the wrong side of the tracks, but through an iron will and determination to succeed, his business becomes the envy of his peers. When agonizing loneliness and tragedy strike, he’s forced to decide between following the same isolated path, or taking a chance on love with his handsome, yet vulnerable employee.
Brig- a loner tossed out by his conservative, religious family for his sexuality. Introspective, unable to see what he has to offer another man, his love of books almost fills the void in his heart. Content to live alone, afraid of being hurt, his attraction for his older boss becomes unbearable. Forced to make a decision about his future, will he find the happiness his heart desires with his wealthy, yet humble employer?
Making hard choices is second nature to these survivors, but now they must make the hardest choice of all- to overcome their fears, and open their hearts to one another.
This is a stand alone May/December romance with a HEA, no cliffhangers, and lots of feels.