Rainbow Snippets May 1 – Families That Hurt, Families That Heal
Hey all! I’m on a Wild and Precious Series high right now, with the third book, Sand-Man’s Family, coming out this week – May 4th.
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For this last snippet before Sand-Man’s Family releases, I thought I’d include one that speaks to the book’s tagline:
HAVING A FAMILY THAT HURTS. CHOOSING A FAMILY THAT HEALS.
In this scene, Sandy and his brother Connor have gone with Uncle Phineas and Cody to Jade’s house where they’ve hung out with Jade, his father Jack and uncle Pete, had whiskey and colcannon (a delicious Irish potato dish), and done some sing-alongs.
The fire crackled in the hearth, and Sandy felt an answering glow inside. It could have been from the whiskey, what little they’d been able to drink before that meanie Uncle Phinney cut him and Connor off. But Sandy suspected his happiness stemmed from being with people he loved. His cheeks ached from smiling so much. Then Jade caught his eye and sang to him, and he beamed some more. The contrast between this gathering and his chilly home scene couldn’t be more obvious.
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.
BUY LINK: SAND-MAN’S FAMILY