Publisher: MLR Press
Length: 27,000 words approx.
A photographer with post-traumatic stress disorder falls for a comics artist on a wild New Zealand beach, but can he find true love when he feels so wounded by life?
Everything changed when the bomb exploded. Forty-five-year old, Alex Cox worked as an international photographer until a deadly explosion left him with post-traumatic stress disorder. Emotionally wounded, and desperate for a sense of safety, he's run all the way to wild and remote Kahawai Bay, New Zealand.
Under the worst possible circumstances, Alex meets Joe, a shy young comics artist. Joe lets Alex into his playful, gentle world of comics, and soon Alex is falling for him, hard. Alex longs for more. Joe is reticent. But is it shyness? Or does Joe not want a much older lover with 'issues'? Or is something else keeping them apart?
This is a tender and uplifting story about creativity, adversity, true love, and comics.
When you’re writing something the length of a novella, you don’t have a lot of room for fluff. Each word should count for something or lend itself to the overall story. Otherwise, by the time the reader gets to the end, they feel as if they’ve wasted their time.
Alex and Joe have each had to deal with very different traumatic events, which make them leery of becoming too involved with another person. Each must deal with their own issues in order to see what could potentially be right in front of them. There are a number of things at play in this story, from PTSD to age differences to emotional abuse. None of which are used for dramatic effect, but rather to tell you a little something about where the characters came from. This is a slow burn romance about the scars we can see and those we can’t.
They say good things come to those to wait. That is very true of Mended With Gold.
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Lee Welch wrote her first book aged seven (a pastiche of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe) and first had an idea for an m/m romance aged twelve. She loves books and comics, and when she’s not writing, she’ll probably be reading. Her favourite authors include Ursula Le Guin, Graham Greene, Linda Medley, Dylan Horrocks and KJ Charles. By day, Lee works as an editor and business communications adviser, mainly persuading people not to say ‘utilise’ when they mean ‘use’. Her job has led her to work in areas as diverse as mental health, nursing, accident prevention and the criminal justice sector.
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