First love is a powerful thing, and that’s something I really wanted to capture the essence of when I wrote Written In The Stars. Sam is young, he’s a virgin, he’s never seen the world outside of his home town before his family kicked him out. But first love doesn’t have to be a fleeting thing, either. First love can become a lifelong partnership, as long as the couple can grow together. Sam and Tom have a lot of danger to face and they know they may not live to see forever... but that doesn’t stop them from trying to build something permanent and lasting while the world around them crumbles.
When I wrote Written In The Stars I was reading a lot of news articles about gay marriage and the divisions it was causing here in the United States. I wondered what might happen if in the future, red states and blue states not only held differing views on gay rights and other issues, but took those views to a point where they led to war. That idea became the basis for the Culture Wars series. The second book in the series, Written In The Snow, is due out later this year, and my short stories New World Rising, Weeping Willow and Last Chance are all set at differing times in the same universe.
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Here’s an excerpt from Written In The Stars, available now at All Romance, Amazon and Smashwords for $3.99:
The year is 2243. Mankind has reached for the stars, creating colonies on Titan and the cold, distant Nereid. Where man goes, war follows, and now two factions warring on Earth have taken their cultural and religious war into space in hopes of dominating Earth’s global government, the Assembly.
On one side stands the Moral League, a loose grouping of religious nations and moral conservatives whose aim is to destroy the Freedom Alliance, a group of progressive nations who they claim are leading the human race towards destruction. Rejected by his family for his homosexuality, Samuel Walden finds himself joining the Alliance’s Space Force. Posted to the fleet’s flagship, the Northampton, Sam meets the ship’s crew officer, Major Tom Averay, and the two embark on a relationship that will change their lives. Love, war, humanity, friendship, sacrifice and death weave through this action-packed romantic novel. Will Sam and Tom work out their feelings in the midst of darkness and uncertainty? Will the Alliance survive against crushing odds to preserve the human rights it stands for?
Sam wrapped his arm around Tom and pulled him close. “I love you so much,” Sam whispered, afraid to break the spell of their lovemaking. Tom could see tears in his eyes and smiled, kissing Sam.
“I love you too,” Tom whispered.
Sam sat up and rolled off the bed, walking over to the giant window and looking out at the sea of stars. Tom followed, putting his hands on Sam’s shoulders as they both stood there naked.
Sam put his hand on the glass. “I feel like I could move the world,” he said, his voice laced with emotion. “Like I have the power of a god.”
Tom leaned in and kissed his neck. “If you did, what would you do with it?”
Sam paused momentarily. “I would wipe the Moral League from the face of the Earth,” he said. “I’d end this war and go back to San Francisco with you, where we could watch the new world begin together. We’d see the sights and drink in the splendor of a free world.”
Tom smiled sadly. “I wish you did have such power,” he said. “Sadly, it’s just afterglow. We’re just humans, and the only power we have to win this war comes with putting our lives on the line.”
“I know,” Sam said. “But everything seems so beautiful right now, so... so perfect. I just want to stay with you in this moment forever.”
“You’d get bored,” Tom said, smiling as he held Sam in his arms, listening to his heartbeat slowing as they looked out at the infinite universe.
“With you at my side? Never.” Sam said. “I’m tired of fighting, of losing people. If we could shut out the war and just stay here together...”
“The war needs us,” Tom said. “The world won’t free itself. The Moral League gains ground day by day.”
“I know,” Sam said. “But it’s so nice to stand here and feel at peace. To be one with the stars, the universe and you.” He turned to Tom, who leaned in and kissed him.
“I won’t let them transfer you,” Tom said. “I’ll fight the Admiral. I’ll take him to a military hearing. I won’t let them take you away from me.”
“Thanks,” Sam said, and for the first time he believed that nothing would ever separate them.