Length: 100,000 words approx.
Cover Design: Sloan J Designs
Publisher: Gone Writing Publishing
When all seemed lost, the budding wordsmith is saved—in more than one sense—by Khalid Novak, a lifeguard at the lodge’s pool. Khalid is two years older, a bit more sophisticated, and the most incredibly alluring thing Dane has ever seen. The two young men find themselves joyously wound in a searing romance that teaches Dane that love can be wildly intense yet fleeting so one should revel in it when the discovery is made.
Can this summer romance survive the chill of autumn as well as the winds of time?
Ever start reading a story and think to yourself this reminds me of a movie, play, or even a song? That was my first impression of V.L. Locey’s book Shake The Stars. Not to say that this book was a copy by any means just had a similar feel to it. Honestly, the theme is what got my attention going with this story.
Picture it- you have just graduated high school and in the fall you will finally be leaving home for the first time and discovering the person you have always known you were but never felt comfortable being in the comfort of your parents’ house. Now imagine feeling guilty over your dream vacation that you have been saving and planning because you had to attend the family summer vacation in a place that once was cool back before you were even born. The Era in which things such as the internet and cell phones did not exist, and when the coolest people that had entertained at this lodging had been celebrities such as Don Rickles and Foster Brooks facts that Dane actually had to look up as his mother and father went on about how great this place was. His summer looked bleak and to top it off he would be sharing a tiny room with his brother who snored so loud that Dane was forced to take his mattress outside to get a good night's sleep.
Dane never had been the social outgoing type of person; writing is what he loved to do. So, to make the best of this god awful trip, he took to sitting outside and then it happened. He saw him in the water, watched as he laid his blanket down and prayed. Dane was fixated on that beautiful man. The one true person that could possibly make this vacation unforgettable.
Khalid Novak was used to the stares and rude remarks about his Muslim heritage. Not that it didn't bother him but he chooses to ignore the ignorance and work at the lodge until going back to complete his last two years of college. His life wasn't all that bad, after coming out as gay he lost some family, was ridiculed by his grandfather every chance he was around the man, but his loving parents supported him even if his sexuality went against some of the Muslim teachings. Khalid still kept a hold of his faith and after meeting Dane was opened to a committed relationship with him even after summer's end.
However, tragedy strikes making their newly found love tested not only with distance, time, lack of communication but trust. Soon the two part on the worst and most devastating of terms.
Present day ten years later fate brings them back together, both have matured and faced heartbreak and devastation in the last ten years. Whoever said that second chances were rainbows and butterflies? Regardless, of all the obstacles that challenged these two remarkable men the passion and determination within these two characters is what made this story both delightful and heartbreaking at times. An amazing read!
V.L. Locey loves worn jeans, yoga, belly laughs, walking, reading and writing lusty tales, Greek mythology, Torchwood and Dr. Who, the New York Rangers, comic books, and coffee. (Not necessarily in that order.) She shares her life with her husband, her daughter, one dog, two cats, a pair of geese, far too many chickens, and two steers.
When not writing spicy romances, she enjoys spending her day with her menagerie in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania with a cup of fresh java in one hand and a steamy romance novel in the other.
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