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I’m a Readaholic!
I’m almost ashamed to admit how much I read. I feel like I should start by saying, “Hi, I’m AKM Miles and I have to read.” I read while I watch TV, I read in the bathroom, I read at doctor’s offices, I read all the time. I can’t help it. I finish one and start another. I don’t need to wait in between books. One done, start another. I have so many favorite authors I’m not even going to try to list them.
I do try to email or message them to let them know I have loved their work and what it meant to me. I know how I feel when I get a message like that and feel that it could only make someone feel good.
I read when I should be writing. Now, therein lies the problem. I’ve got to finish one and start another and here I am, reading again. I need help. Seriously.
But, this is to thank all the readers who have let me know over the years how much certain books have meant to them, who have brightened my days by taking the time to let me know they like a certain character or story. This makes my writing something so much more special for me. Selling tons would be nice, but hearing from someone who likes my work makes it a very rewarding career.
I also want to thank all the authors whose books I devour like it’s forbidden fruit. I can’t get enough of the stories and the ideas and the romance and both the unpretentiousness and the grandeur of the great books that our genre has to offer. Some are small and simple and just touch your heart and some are grand and sweeping and take you away. All are appreciated.
I thank you all.
Title: Missing Soldier
Author: AKM Miles
Publisher: MLR Press
Publication Date: 05/21/2015
Cover Artist: Kris Jacen
Genre: M/M Romance
Without Soldier and Dillon, there would be no Scarcity Sanctuary, so what happens when Soldier is missing? Soldier is the head of the household, the provider, along with Dillon. But, Soldier is so much more. He’s the one who makes all the troubled boys who come through Scarcity feel safe, like they can take on a world that has treated them so badly. He gives everyone strength, love, and support. And if you think the boys from Scarcity are losing their minds over his absence, what about Dillon? Soldier is the other half of his soul. Where is Soldier?
Lord, give me strength…
“Yeah, baby?” he said, turning from the stove to Jaja.
“I know they’re gone to find Soldier and bring him home to us, but do you know where they are? I’m scared something bad will happen. What if they don’t find him or what if somebody mean gets them all?”
It broke Dillon’s heart that at his age, nearly seven, he was not at all surprised that there were so many bad people in the world.
“Come here, Jaja.”
“Jaja,” Jojo said from the doorway into the hall, “are you bothering Dillon again? I told you he misses Soldier as much as we do and it hurts him every time you ask him about it. You said you wouldn’t keep bugging him.” Jojo, the caretaker, stepped in as he chastised his twin.
“Jojo, come join us,” Dillon said. “I’d love to talk to both of you. You know how much I love Soldier and yes, I miss him so much. Jaja is right, a bunch of the guys went to try and find him. Officer Jansen and Detective Baber went with them. I’m as worried as you are and I understand that you have questions and I’m so sorry that I don’t have answers for you. We just have to be strong and be ready to welcome them all back when they get home. Okay?” That was as much as Dillon could say without bursting into sobs. He was holding it together because he had to, for all the little ones. They needed him to be a constant in your lives, especially in Soldier’s absence. He couldn’t break down.
Way down deep inside, Dillon wanted to go to their bedroom and crawl into their bed, hold Soldier’s pillow to his face and scream “Where are you?” ” Are you okay?” “Are you coming home to me?” “God, please come home to me!”
He couldn’t do that, so he took strength in being able to handle himself and take care of the boys who needed him now, more than ever. He could, he would do this.
Jaja looked at Jojo and they both nodded. They scrambled onto Dillon’s lap, each taking a shoulder, and they hugged him tightly. His arms wrapped around them both and he immediately had tears in his eyes.
“We’re going to all be strong together, Dillon. We’ll help you so much. Soldier is a strong man and he will come home to us. We have to believe that. We won’t bother you with questions all the time anymore, will we, Jaja?” Jojo asked his twin.
They had all caught on to how Jojo always included himself when he talked about doing better at something, instead of talking down to Jaja. He was the best brother.
“Dillon, can we go shopping and get stuff to make Soldier his favorite dinner? What’s his favorite dessert? We can make it a nice day when he comes home. We’ll help.” Jaja said.
“Good idea, Jaja. We’ll do that. Soldier loves brownies. We can make some and as soon as we know he’s coming we’ll start on some lasagna. He loves that and I’ll make lots because everyone will be here to see him. I’ll let you all help make the salad. So, that’s what we’ll do until we find out something from Ben. He’ll call us and tell us what’s going on.” Dillon believed in telling the truth to these kids, all the kids at Scarcity. It’s not like he had to hide the ugliness of the world from them. They’d lived it, all of them. Better they know what was going on around them.
About AKM Miles
I started writing in 2007, four years after I retired from teaching Special Education and then working as a sales rep for a friend’s gourmet food line. Writing hooked me and that, and photography, take up much of my time these days. I’m happy doing both.
I began my career with Torquere Press and have many books with them. I’ve written for Totally Bound, Silver, and MLR. I currently have about 30 books in circulation. I love what I do. Ideas come to me and the Notes app on my phone has titles like “Book idea”–“Second book idea”–“Another book idea” on it.
I’m always thinking about the one I’m working on with snippets of the next one in my head. I don’t write fast and I work on one at a time. I might have ideas for others, but I have to focus on the men of the hour, so to speak. I like character-driven stories. I think if you don’t love the characters, or have some kind of interest in them, then you don’t care about what happens to them. I’ve stopped reading books when I feel that I just don’t care about the lead characters.
I hope to continue doing this…is it a job when you love what you do? Anyway, I want to write for many, many more years as the ideas just keep coming. I hope you like my guys, their stories, and I can keep doing this for as long as these old eyes can see well enough to write.
Wanna know a secret? The first three letters of my name are initials of three friends who encouraged me to follow my dream. The last name? Well, I couldn’t use her name so I used her dog’s name, Miles.
You can follow me at https://akmmiles.wordpress.com
or write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,
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