I love this novel and it is special to me in a lot of ways. It's also the novel I'll be coming out to my family as a GLBT romance author with. They'll know everything. No more secrets, no more hiding, no more pretending I watch TV all day and don't sit here and write my heart out every single day. I'm terrified, but at the same time I'm looking forward to that moment when there won't be any more lies. I wanted to tell my dad so often about my writing because it is something I absolutely love and it was hard to keep that part of myself away from him.
But I was afraid of being rejected by him and now I'm afraid to be rejected by my grandparents. My mom knows that I write, but this will be the first thing I'll be giving her to read. This needs to be done and I think Weathering the Storm is the perfect novel to do it with. I just have to think positive and hope for the best. And, as my guy said yesterday, if they don't love me after finding out that I write about people falling in love, then I don't need them anyway and they don't deserve me.
Here's the blurb for Weathering the Storm
Robbie’s dad has always been hard on Robbie and his brothers, but when their mom dies on Robbie’s sixteenth birthday, he becomes downright abusive. Robbie doesn't understand why his dad is so mean to him or why his brothers resent him for their mom's accident, but he desperately tries to hide the bruises. On top of that, after his dad's horse training jobs run out, he moves them to Colorado to their uncle's ranch in the mountains.
At Uncle Caleb's cabin he meets Sam, a boy whose family also lives on the property. Finally he has a real friend who shares his love of horses, but Sam is black and openly gay. Both traits incur Robbie’s father’s rage. When his dad attacks Robbie in front of Uncle Caleb for standing up for Sam and himself, all of their secrets are thrown out into the open and Robbie's life is changed forever.