Rainbow Snippets 2-28 Bisexual Musings from Sand-Man’s Family
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There was a big conversation among romance authors yesterday about Bisexual Romance and what constitutes one. Easy answer: if someone is bisexual, then that is a bisexual romance. The Wild and Precious stories all have bisexual MCs of different varieties. One could consider Brent in Wild and Precious as bisexual, in that he’s only dated women before he tries out gay sex, and then decides he’s actually gay, as in his true preference is men. Cody, who appears in all three books, is bisexual through and through. He’s been with women and he’s been with men, and bisexual is how he identifies. In There You Are, he talks about the woman he was in love with, Eliza, before he started dating Brent, and then fell in love with Phineas. Sandy, Phineas’s nephew, is in the process of sorting out his sexuality and Sand-Man’s Family tells the story of his first sexual encounters — first with a girl, Brittany, and then with a boy, Jade, during his senior year in high school. This excerpt comes after those two occurrences.
Girls still attracted him. He played sports and joked with his fellow teammates about the cute cheerleaders. He’d planned to take Brittany to prom, and their parents had cast approving glances at them when they sat next to each other at Mass. But then he’d catch sight of Jade sashaying down the hall, and… it kind of fucked with Sandy’s head how much he still wanted him. Jade hadn’t approached him for an encore, though, much to his (secret) disappointment. Then he’d feel relief that he didn’t have to deal with anyone knowing. Brittany told him he was probably bisexual and to own it with pride.
When Sandy Nixon’s conservative Catholic parents discover he’s had sex before marriage, they are furious. But when he blurts out he’s bisexual, they go ballistic. After they threaten him with conversion therapy, Sandy does what many queer kids long to do—leaves his homophobic parents in the dust. He moves in with his Uncle Phineas and Phineas’s partner Cody in Portland, Oregon, and is finally safe to be himself. Sandy misses his siblings, though, and decides to visit his former home in Rockford for Thanksgiving. On the train, he runs into Jade Byrne.
As the only out gay kid in their Catholic high school, Jade had stared down homophobes while being fabulous in the school musicals. He’s crushed on Sandy for years. But he’s made sure never to show it, even after they had a one-time hookup, because Sandy’s the good Catholic kid, the altar boy, and the apparently straight athlete—all the things Jade isn’t. Traveling back to Rockford together sees the start of a month of adventures, a blossoming attraction, and a chance for Sandy to learn what it means to have a family that hurts and to choose a family that heals.
SAND-MAN’S FAMILY is due out from Dreamspinner Press in May/June 2016.
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