I love introducing new authors. A.L. Lamb has her first standalone book out and I asked her to post on my blog. I hope you enjoy her story. You can pick up Stay With Me at Amazon.
Here is A.L. own words.
Publishing my story "Stay With Me" is a dream come true for me, and I cannot thank you enough because whenever I was disheartened and you encouraged me to keep writing.
I was deeply moved by your "A Southern Thing" series and I remember after reading the first three stories, I followed the news about GLBT community more carefully.
As you know I love the happy stories on "intergaycial" and regularly share their posts on Facebook. I also share and post the sad news from the media about how the gay community is marginalized as well. Reading these happy and sad events inspired me to write my story to show my support.
Joseph and Curtis in “Stay With Me” are dear to my heart because they also represent the neighbors from next door for me. I wanted to write the stories of people we pass on the street and write about these individuals loving someone with all their quirks, and humanness. Curtis is that person. He is slightly overweight, introvert and a little insecure about his body shape because of his previous experience. He worked hard and lived an honest life, whereas Joseph was a very unhappy waiter who feels despair about the life he is living. I wanted to dream a happy ending story for them.
Since the story is published, I had little sleep and keep sitting in front of my laptop to stare at my amazon page like it was the first time I saw it. It is an amazing experience!!! This weekend felt like another Xmas to me and I keep praying Santa (the readers) will give me wonderful and constructive reviews. :)
Thank you again for all your encouragement.
The Blurb: It has been weeks since Curtis first saw the young waiter with the haunted eyes. No matter how often he went to the café watching him and to find the right opportunity to introduce himself, that moment simply did not come. Joseph was aware of the gentle giant who quietly came to have his lunch and then left. Fearing his father’s wrath and under his ever watchful eyes, he made no moves nor overtures. Until one day…
Excerpt: “…Curtis noticed the cute waiter’s blushing cheeks, so he asked quietly, “Would you like to meet me for coffee one day?” He felt nervous and unsure, but at the same time was praying that the man would agree to meet him.
For a few moments, the waiter stood frozen with a “deer caught in the headlights” look in his eyes. He looked intently at Curtis’s face, then seemed to come to some kind of decision and nodded his head. “Yes, I would like that.” Curtis noticed the way the waiter turned quickly towards the old man, who was taking orders from a customer, before continuing, “I’ll be back,” and walking away…”
Make sure to get Stay With Me at Amazon.