ABOUT THE BOOK
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Michelangelo was roaming the boardwalk grieving the death of his twin brother six months earlier. The two men’s unexpected encounter forges a strong bond between the damaged and lonely men.
Inviting the homeless Bran to his place for some food and a shower, 25-year-old Michelangelo finds himself drawn to the younger man. Neither of the men is gay. But before long, their friendship morphs into something like love and takes them both by surprise.
And they have something else in common: The frat boys are out for revenge.
I was blown away by the fact that a genuine war hero was now homeless and wandering the boardwalk. I gave him a new duffel bag and some of the clothes I was planning to donate to charity and wished him luck. I always wished I could do more for him, and I never saw him again, but his story stuck with me. This experience formed the basis for Brandon in DAMAGED HEARTS.
I found a graphic artist online and described the story to her. Then I went online and found some stock photos of characters that fit the descriptions I had formed in my mind and let her loose. I was blown away at how great it turned out!
It was so bad when I found out what was going to happen to Brandon that I couldn't write for days because every time I sat down at the computer, I couldn't see the keyboard through the tears.
He ends up breaking the arm of one of the frat boys and for reasons he doesn't even know himself, he recorded the incident on his cell phone. A little later, he explains that he thought maybe he'd post it on Reddit to get someone to start a GoFundMe page for the kid, but he isn't really sure. When the cops release the video, it quickly goes viral, adding complications to both of their lives. As they try to figure out their feelings for each other, the frat boys are planning their revenge after having their lives ruined by the video.
Oh, and it's for people who need a good cry or two every now and then.
What one unique thing sets you apart from other writers in your genre?
Using this formula, I was able to tell a much broader story than is possible when the voices are limited to only the two main characters. It also allowed me to build tension and suspense while adding extra layers of the story.
Goodreads site: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48355135-damaged-hearts