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Title: Unrelenting Feelings
Author: April Kelley
Cover Artist: Carmen Waters
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance
Robyn Heath has made a pretty good life for himself away from Pickleville. He loves his job as a paramedic, has a best friend who he adores who also happens to be his partner at work, and he even gets laid every once in a while. Life couldn’t be better. Until the man who broke his heart comes back into town.
Caden Flynn has been gone for a long time. Five years fighting for his country has taken its toll and changed him in some fundamental ways. One thing he wants more than anything is to right the wrongs he’s caused Robyn. Robyn proves to have a very stubborn heart.
Top 5 favorite books growing up
When I was growing up I went to this small religious school. The school was so small it didn’t even have a library so we had to walk to the local library, which was just down the street. I remember my friends reading those sweet valley high books. There were like three hundred in the series or something like that. I hated those things and the weird drama that was created between girls and boys in high school or whatever grade the characters were supposed to be in. So while my friends had these tattered paperback copies of high school books, I was sneaking stuff by Stephen King and V. C. Andrews past my teacher. The librarian would wink at me and let me check out the books I chose.
- So the first story that was truly a favorite was a story in a collection put out by Stephen king called “Different Seasons”. While I loved every story in that series, “The Body” was my particular favorite. I read it a million times and still own the paperback. The poor thing has been taped back together more than once. For those that may not know, that story inspired the movie “Stand By Me”. Of course, I own the movie too.
- In high school, we had to read “Great Expectations” by Charles Dickens. This story still resonates with me to this day. I think because ultimately it’s a story about one boy’s acts of kindness towards people who weren’t so kind to him. It’s a good lesson in how people should act and I take that lesson seriously, living it as best as I can.
- I was introduced to Walt Whitman completely by accident. I was in English class and we were supposed to be reading a poem in our text book. I forget the poem now, but clearly that poem was boring to me. I was flipping through the pages and came to a Whitman poem. I remember thinking to myself, why don’t we read good stuff like this. I managed to find a copy of “Leaves of Grass” in my library. That book is also a book about living in the moment and not taking the little things for granted.
- The “Color Purple” by Alice Walker is another favorite. Of course I watched the movie before I read the book, that’s how I was introduced to the book in the first place. I think every girl should read that book. If you’ve read it then you’ll know why.
- I did not forget Dr. Seuss. “Oh, the Places You Will Go” is so beautifully written and sends such a clear message for readers of all ages. Dr. Seuss had a way of telling a story in the simplest of ways and still the message is clear.
So those are my five favorite books from my youth and why I love them. All of these books taught me valuable lessons that I take with me to this day. Now ask me what my favorite books are as an adult. That’s a very different list. wink, wink
Caden stopped breathing the instant he saw Robyn again. His Robby was so fucking pretty, just like he always had been. He had filled out slightly and his hair was styled differently, longer on top and shorter all the way around. Caden wanted to run his fingers through all those loose curls on top.
“I fucked up so hard, man,” he whispered to Brad, who still stood beside him. He watched as Jaron took Robyn’s elbow. They exchanged some words and then Jaron let Robyn go. Robyn went inside and it took everything in Caden not to follow, to make Robyn listen to him as he explained himself, even though there wasn’t a damn thing he could say without sounding like an asshole.
“Yeah, you did,” Brad said.
“He hates me, now.”
“He used to love you,” Brad pointed out.
“Well, he acts like he doesn’t even care now.”
“He cares. He’s trying not to though.” Brad looked at him, holding his gaze. “He slept in your room every time I would let him. I heard him cry on your pillow, Caden. When you stopped calling him, he would beg me to make you call him. Even after he moved with Neil and Owen, he still begged to talk to you. He would even call me specifically to ask after you until a couple years ago.”
“Why didn’t you tell me this before now?”
“My point is that you never asked about him. Not once.”
“You’re saying I didn’t care as much as he did.”
“I don’t know if you did or not. The undeniable fact is that man loved you with everything he had.”
“You’re saying I can’t fix it?”
“I don’t know if you should even try. My gut tells me you should let him go,” Brad said.
“I give up. I’m not talking to you anymore. You sound like Yoda and it’s driving me crazy. I need advice on Robyn not on how to use the force.” Caden started to fold his arms, but then winced at the pain it caused. He remembered the crushing force of the truck as it rolled over him, pinning his arm down. The worst part was turning his head to find Yarborough’s lifeless eyes next to him, the lower half of his body was gone. The vehicle had shifted, moved off its side and when it did Caden’s arm was freed. Not before crushing the bones and leaving a scar that ran from his bicep to just before his wrist.
Caden felt a hand on his back and turned to see Luis. “Thank god. I need advice and Brad is being cryptic.”
Luis shrugged. “You probably just need to pay attention to what he said.” Luis pounded him on the back. “Have fun. This is supposed to be a party. Now, where is Owen?”
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About the Author
Living in Southwest Michigan, April resides with her husband and two kids. She has been an avid reader for several years. Writing her first story at the age of ten, the characters in her head still won’t stop telling their stories. If April isn’t reading or writing she can be found outside playing with the animals or taking a long walk in the woods.
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.
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