When I submitted this story I knew I was taking a risk. The Next Call is not your conventional boy meets boy love story. Nothing about it is conventional. I’m just lucky that Dreamspinner are prepared to take chances with me and I appreciate it very much.
Who are you? What do you do? I am mum, author, employee, dog walker, chief slave and head cook, sister, friend, step-daughter, theology graduate, reader, shoulder if needed and taxi to the kids. Sometimes I’m one of those things, most times I’m multi-tasking. Most people are like that. We are all something or multiple somethings. Our identities change during the day depending on who or what we are dealing with.
I’ve missed out one identity. Bisexual. Not that it isn’t important. It’s just what I am, not what I do. But I can be bi and say it out loud. I won’t lose my job or my home by being honest. What’s happens when what you do prevents you being what you are. That’s the whole point of The Next Call. Mark’s anonymous caller is very aware of what he will lose by admitting he is gay. This is not restricted to people in the spotlight. Over the world LGBT people are incredibly vulnerable to others’ reactions to their news. They lose their families, their homes, their jobs, their lives.
I don’t take my freedom for granted. I am lucky.
On the blog tour I want to highlight the amazing work LGBT helplines and charities do for people who really need them. I’ve focused on the UK because that is where I live. Please take the time to look at their sites.
The Kaleidoscope Trust is a UK based charity working to uphold the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people internationally. They promote that the rights of all people should be respected equally, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
Title: The Next Call
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Christy Caughie
ISBN: 9781632166494 [ebook]
Length: 169 Pages
Release Date: Feb 4th, 2015
Mark Grayson volunteers for an LGBT helpline, the same one that helped him through his teenage years. One day he takes a call from “Ricky,” a suicidal man being forced into a marriage he doesn’t want. For weeks Mark talks to Ricky and provides support, but he’s frustrated by the lack of information Ricky provides and the decisions he’s making. In the meantime, Mark starts a relationship with another volunteer. Then tragedy strikes and Mark takes time away from the helpline, but when he comes back, Ricky is waiting. Mark realizes Ricky is stronger than before and their relationship changes, but Mark isn’t sure what their future holds if their relationship is destined to be at the end of the phone.
Sue Brown is owned by her dog and two children. When she isn’t following their orders, she can be found plotting at her laptop. In fact she hides so she can plot and has gotten expert at ignoring the orders.
Sue discovered M/M erotica at the time she woke up to find two men kissing on her favorite television series. The series was boring; the kissing was not. She may be late to the party, but she’s made up for it since, writing fan fiction until she was brave enough to venture out into the world of original fiction.
Sue Brown is giving away:
$20 Amazon Gift Card.
Paperback copy of Stolen Dreams
Ebook copies of Stolen Dreams & The Next Call
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