Book: Midlife Crisis
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Cover Artist: LC Chase
Publication Date: August 28, 2017
Length: 221 pages
Cam McGhee grew up like any other small-town Texas farm boy: he played football, went to church every Sunday, and married his high school sweetheart. But thirty-five years after he said "I do," Cam finds himself nursing a beer in a gay bar, thinking about what might have been.
Dave Montoya is confident, self-assured, and cautiously single. But when he meets shy, uncertain, and clearly-still-not-out Cam in a coffee shop in Austin, his reservations about getting seriously involved again disappear. Cam is everything he’s looking for in a partner . . . almost, anyway.
No matter how much Dave wants him, and how good they are together, Cam can't bring himself to openly embrace the life he was meant to live. After all, when his secret finally gets out, he faces the very real possibility of losing everything that kept him going for the first fifty years of his life, just like he’s feared for so long. But with a little faith—and a lot of love—his dream of living fully, truly, as himself might finally be within reach.
Often, when people think of a midlife crisis, the phrase is associated with drastic outward-facing changes. A change in career, a divorce…it has become associated with major upheaval that often arrives with an obvious bang. In this book, though, while the midlife crisis experienced by one of the main characters results in a big life change, for Cam McGhee the shift is much quieter than the stereotypes usually associated with this period.
Merriam-Webster defines “midlife crisis” as “a period of emotional turmoil in middle age characterized especially by a strong desire for change.” For Cam, the events of his life unfold in such a way that seem to allow him to experience a midlife crisis, in the first place. Writing about his journey made me wonder: if the circumstances of his life hadn’t freed him to explore the possibilities of what he deeply wanted, would he have ever gone through a midlife crisis?
In the end, I didn’t think so. In that sense, a part of me feels that perhaps his experience is not really a crisis in the way that it is frequently casually used. Despite its alignment with the dictionary definition of midlife crisis, Cam’s story is actually more like an awakening. Outward events affect him, rather than the other way around, and he uses those events as a springboard for making a change, embracing his whole self, and finding love.
If only all crises could end so well!
About the Author
Audra North is a contemporary romance author of more than twenty romances, including the Stanton Family series, the Hard Driving series, and the Pushing the Boundaries series. She is the owner and publisher of Pink Kayak Press, which focuses on the publication of diverse romance works. Winter Rain, a Pink Kayak Press anthology, won a gold medal in the 2015 Independent Publisher Awards.
Audra enjoys speaking to writing groups and at industry conferences. She is also an avid jogger and loves running marathons. She has three children and lives with her family outside of Boston.
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