Exit Plans for Teenage Freaks
Being the kid abducted by old Ms. Easton when he was four permanently set Cole’s status to freak. At seventeen, his exit plan is simple: make it through the last few weeks of high school with his grades up and his head down.
When he pushes through the front door of the school and finds himself eighty kilometers away holding the door of a museum he was just thinking about, Cole faces facts: he’s either more deluded than old Ms. Easton, or he just teleported.
Now every door is an accident waiting to happen—especially when Cole thinks about Malik, who, it turns out, has a glass door on his shower. When he starts seeing the same creepy people over his shoulder, no matter how far he’s gone, crushes become the least of his worries. They want him to stop, and they’ll go to any length to make it happen.
Cole is running out of luck, excuses, and places to hide.
Time for a new exit plan.
This YA Novel is available in e-format or paperback now from Bold Strokes Books; Check out your local store via Indiebound.org, Bookshop.org, or wherever queer books are sold, via Books2Read. Edited by Jerry L. Wheeler, and cover art by Inkspiral Design.
(Content Warnings: Discussions of ableism (audism); Mention of amisia; Bullying; Kidnapping)
“Hope Echoes” (included in Three Left Turns to Nowhere)
Three strangers heading to a convention in Toronto are stranded in rural Ontario, where a small town with a subtle kind of magic leads each to discover what he’s been searching for.
Ed Sinclair and his friends get stuck in Hopewell after their car breaks down. It’s snark at first sight when he meets local mechanic Lyn, but while they’re getting under each other’s skin, the town might show them a way into one another’s hearts.
Rome Epstein is out and proud and clueless about love. He’s hosting a giant scavenger hunt at the convention, but ends up in Hopewell. When the town starts leaving him clues for its own scavenger hunt, he discovers a boy who could be the prize he’s been searching for.
Fielding Roy has a gift for seeing the past. His trip to reunite with friends hits an unexpected stop in Hopewell, but a long-lost love letter and two local boys give him a chance to do more than watch the past. This time, Fielding might be able to fix the present.
This trio of YA novellas from Bold Strokes Books is now available through your local brick-and-mortar or e-tailer of choice via Books2Read. My novella is “Hope Echoes,” the third in the anthology. Edited by Jerry L. Wheeler, and cover art by Inkspiral Design.
(Content Warnings for “Hope Echoes”: Previous death of a family members (off-page); Heart Attack of family member (survived); Missing/uncertain status of a family member in the military; Panic attack).