Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (December 25, 2015)
Amazon: Resurrecting Hope (Home for Hope #2)
Amazon Kindle: Resurrecting Hope (Home for Hope #2)
BLURB: Adam Lancaster can’t imagine how his life could possibly get any better. He’s on the cusp of moving in with his boyfriend, Elijah Langley. Their charge, Kollin Haverty, finally has a loving, stable home environment, and Home for Hope is up and running, keeping over fifteen LGBT youth off the streets at night. One phone call from his birth mother, Jessica Lancaster, is all it takes to unravel Adam’s carefully constructed new life.
Informing Adam his grandfather has died, Jessica expresses remorse for abandoning Adam to the state and begs him for a chance to be part of his life again. Jessica’s true colors eventually shine through her façade, and Adam is devastated all over again when he discovers she is only using him to get her hands on the valuable inheritance his grandfather left him. Jessica’s betrayal forces Adam so far inside his own hell, not even Elijah or Kollin can keep him from abandoning all of his responsibilities and running away. Adam will have to dig deep to find the strength to confront his birth parents, heal once and for all, and earn back his place with his new family.
“Hey, Chloe,” Elijah said as he waltzed into the foyer. He carried two trays. “I brought you a sundae.”
“Oh. Thank you, Elijah,” Chloe said, her wide eyes darting between Adam and Jessica. “How thoughtful.”
“I try every now and then,” he said as he placed both trays on her desk, wriggled one of the cups out for her, and bent down to pick up Adam’s forgotten water bottle. “Did you drop this?” Elijah slid the bottle into Adam’s hand and allowed his fingers to linger against Adam’s. The grin he offered was solely reserved for Adam. Elijah hadn’t noticed Adam’s mother yet. His back had been to her since he walked in the door, but with that small smile, Elijah unknowingly bolstered Adam’s confidence. Adam smiled back.
“Thank you. Maybe Chloe can call someone out here to collect those. There’s someone you need to meet.” Elijah swiveled around to see Adam’s birth mother sitting in the corner. He closed the distance between them and held out his hand with all the confidence of a multimillionaire CEO.
“Hi, there. I’m Elijah Langley. It’s a pleasure to meet you.”
Terror written all over her face, Jessica stared at him for a moment and then looked toward Adam.
“This is Jessica… Lancaster.” Adam spoke quietly, but he knew Elijah heard because his entire body tensed. He could imagine the look on Elijah’s face, given the way Jessica quickly averted her eyes.
“Oh.” Elijah dropped his hand and returned to Adam’s side.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Shell Taylor is a full-time mother of three exuberant and loving kiddos and one fur baby, a tiny but fierce Yorkie-poo named Rocco. As a Christian who practices love, grace, and humility rather than hatred and judgement, she tries her best to instill these same virtues in her rowdy kids. She just recently learned how to crochet to start bombarding new mothers with matching hats and booties. She is a huge Marvel fan and because of the superhero-plastered tees paired with jeans and Chucks has been told when helping out in her son’s classroom that she looks more like the students than a parent. Her favorite way to procrastinate is to binge watch entire seasons on Netflix. Best of all, she’s been married ten years to a man who’s turned out to be everything she never knew she needed.
Thanks for having me! This is a fun little snippet between Kollin and Elijah where Elijah is teasing Kollin about the boy he likes. (Love me some Kollin!) Enjoy!
KOLLIN PROPPED his foot up on the dashboard of the eight-passenger van as Eli maneuvered into the light Durham traffic. He’d volunteered to ride up front with Eli to help keep him awake during the last leg of the trip. Kollin had talked Jase into going on the trip and felt guilty for abandoning him on the way back. They had a blast on the tour, but Jase passed out almost immediately against the window of the van with his jacket shoved beneath his cheek. His long, dark ringlets lay in disarray against his makeshift pillow, and his mouth hung slightly open. Kollin grinned when he saw Jase twitch in his sleep.
He’d just had his first date—and a successful one at that. He could still feel Jase’s fingers threading through his when Kollin finally grew a pair and grabbed his hand. Jase had squeezed his fingers and smiled shyly at Kollin.
Handholding equaled date. Right?
“What has you smiling?” Eli asked quietly. “Or should I say who?”
“Shut. Up,” Kollin answered, struggling to stifle his smile. The day before he’d done the one thing he swore he’d never ever do, and asked Eli for dating advice. Obviously he went to Adam first, but Adam vaguely shook his head and told him to ask someone else. Shocked, Kollin tried to remember a time Adam had ever turned him down—but he’d also been in a piss-ass mood ever since his mom called. Who the hell knew how long that would last? Patience didn’t exactly rank high on Kollin’s list of virtues. And since he felt like the only person at the center who’d barely even had a first kiss, he caved and asked Eli, who simply told him to man up and make a move.
“It’s easy,” he’d said.
Yeah, right. The damn butterflies in Kollin’s stomach would’ve argued otherwise, but he did it, and he had to admit he owed Eli a little credit.
Eli nudged Kollin’s elbow. “Looked like things were cozy between you two tonight.”
“Oh my gosh. Will you shut up? You’re going to wake him.”
“Yeah, right. He’s out like a light. Are you two going steady? Do they still call it going steady?”
Kollin buried his head in his hands and held back a laugh. “You’re so old. No. They don’t call it that. We’re only hanging out. Okay? Can we drop it now?”
“Sure thing, buddy,” Eli said, laughing. “What do you want to talk about? You’re supposed to be keeping me awake.”
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