Title: The Promise of Living
Genre: LGBT YA
THE PROMISE OF LIVING (a Young Adult novel complete at 60,000 words) is a heartbreaking coming of age novel of sixteen-year-old Ryan Colton and his quest for his own authenticity. Ryan works on the Hemer’s farm with his best friend Dave where, in a small, stifling New Hampshire town set in 1976, everyone knows everyone else’s business. Now Ryan does too when he has a series of premonitions that reveal the darker secrets of the townspeople. His gift becomes out of control when he foresees a murky murder and can't prevent its occurrence. The murder is followed by another tragedy over a gay teen and Ryan seeks the help of a gay male psychic to solve the mystery. With the older man's support, Ryan finally begins to accept his own personal feelings for Dave and his own power of being different in this world.