He might be Mr. Right, but their timing is all kinds of wrong…
Gideon Miller is done letting his heart do the thinking for him. Been there, done that, still has the emotional scars to prove it. Besides, he’s leaving Los Angeles soon. There’d be no point in starting up a new romance now. But when he meets the off-the-charts sexy, ex-military man next door, Gideon starts to question everything…
Isaiah Williams needs a fresh start. With his time in the Navy—and a painful, toxic relationship—behind him, he’s ready to start a new life. Now all he has to do is figure out how to keep his matchmaking mother out of his business…and how to not fall for his sweet, nerdy, and entirely too attractive neighbor…
They’re complete opposites with nothing but trust issues in common. Their timing? Terrible. And yet…none of that matters when they’re together. Will love be enough to get Gideon and Isaiah to happily ever after? Or are they destined to remain star-crossed?
“Gideon’s Wish, a standalone, steamy, lightly angsty, M/M contemporary romance, features a loveable, openly gay handyman and the not-so-openly gay alpha male of his dreams. HEA guaranteed. Download today and get ready to fall in love with your next favorite read.”
Release Date: Saturday, May 1 2021
Publisher: Cornbread Publishing
Cover Artist: Karrie Jax
Length: 364 pages
Genres: Romance MM
LGBTQ+ Identities: gay
Tropes: Opposites attract, Men in Uniform, Military, Soulmates, Family saga, Alpha male, Hurt to comfort, Hope to Healing
Keywords/Categories: Self-discovery, Wounded heart, Broken hearts, matchmaker, Handyman with skills, gay romance, mm romance, gay, romance, contemporary, opposites attract, military, family, alpha male, hurt comfort, giveaway, announcement, new release
How did you choose the topic for this book?
Gideon's Wish is one of those books that seemed to evolve over time and then morphed into something completely different than what it started out to be. Gideon was actually a main character in my next book, Hawthorne Manor. In this book he was Mr. Hawthorne's handyman. But, unlike in Gideon's Wish, he wasn’t HIV positive. Over the course of creating the story, Gideon revealed to me that he was HIV positive. Initially I struggled with incorporating this into the storyline because, as a gay man in my mid-fifties, I lived through the AIDS pandemic in the 80’s and 90’s. I lost many friends to the virus, witnessed the bigotry, and saw the marginalized health care and inequity from our government. During those years, every movie made, and every book published ended with the character with HIV dying. I just didn’t want to write that story. Only after carefully listening to Gideon, did I know his story was a Happy Ever After. I don’t know if I ever get to choose the topic, but more like, the topic chooses me.
What were your goals and intentions in this book, and how well do you feel you achieved them?
My goal is always first to entertain you. However, my intentions are to create something that causes you to pause for a moment and examine the world that I’ve taken you to, a world not too far off from reality. I want people to know that modern medicine has done a magnificent job of turning what was once a death sentence, to something someone can manage with medication, often few side effects and being able to live a healthier life. My goal is to tell a story that reflects real life, which is, that an HIV diagnosis may be a part of someone’s story, but it no longer defines their story. I feel this book is a timely reflection of that.
What was the hardest part of writing this book?
That my understanding of what I knew and believed about HIV was not today’s reality. I had to find people who were HIV positive and who were willing to share their experiences with me. I interviewed them to understand what it meant to live with an HIV positive diagnosis today. My friend Dean, the Program Director of HIV Services, at The Source LGBT+ Center was especially valuable because he served as my Sensitivity Reader for the project, ensuring I was not only knowledgeable on the matter, but was sensitive to those living with an HIV positive diagnosis.
What character gave you fits and fought against you? Did that character cause trouble because you weren’t listening and missed something important about them?
It was definitely Gideon. I am a writer who very much listens to my characters, but with Gideon, it was hard. This book is very much about emotions and feelings, from both main characters. But for Gideon, he’s a young adult and at times, he didn’t even know what he was feeling or why. I had to take a moment and examine what he was telling me, because it was often given from a naïve point of view. I needed Gideon to grow, to be successful in his arc in the book, and he did just that. I’ve often shared with people that I’m not making this stuff up. I am, but it’s the pen that tells their stories.
What are you working on now, and when can we expect it?
I always have several ‘cakes in the oven’. Unless the characters stop talking to me, my next release is Hawthorne Manor, set for release in May 2022. This story involves a cranky old man, a nosey housekeeper, and two men that can’t seem to keep their hands to themselves.
“Your dad and I are so proud of you and the work you’ve done on the house. I admit, I thought your dad was crazy to want to take the loan out to do this…But it really looks nice.”
He knew she was referring to the latest pictures he’d sent her. Although he’d spent every bit of the twenty grand from the home equity loan they’d taken out for the project, they saved so much money in labor by him doing the work himself.
Gideon groaned into the receiver. He hated talking money with her. It was always ‘we can’t afford that.’ “Well, I wanted to talk to you and Dad about the master bathroom. I was thinking we should redo the bathroom before we put it back up for rent. I can pay for it with the money I’m making, and…” The sound of a door closing caused Gideon to look over his shoulders, out the window, and into the carport that he and his neighbor, Daisy, shared.
Jesus! Gideon’s lower jaw dropped as he stared at the young man coming out of Daisy’s house holding a trash bag. Shirtless, his gorgeous brown chest muscles were like two rounded mountains.
As the guy walked across the carport, Gideon’s eyes traced down his picture-perfect six-pack abs to a tapered waist and strong thighs. He had the classic military hair cut, trimmed short all the way around except for the top of his head.
“Hold on! Your father’s walking in. Talk to him about that. I love you!”
“I love you, too,” he tried to say before she was gone. As he waited for his dad to get on the phone, Gideon now remembered Daisy saying last week that her son, Isaiah, was coming home and would be staying with her until he got on his feet. Was this who this gorgeous specimen of a man was?
Gideon’s gaze fell below the guy's waist. Holy shit! What the hell is that swinging in his black nylon gym shorts? Obviously, commando under the tight shorts, the sheer size of it sent blood flooding into Gideon’s own groin.
The man’s warm chestnut skin tone complimented his black hair and thin, neatly-trimmed mustache that dropped to his jaw line. If this was indeed Isaiah, he was way better-looking than his brothers and in great shape. He was all kinds of sexy.
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Bryan T. Clark is a hopeless, perpetual, unceasing, relentless, unremitting, persistent, interminable romantic. He is a voracious reader who is blessed with an innate love of writing and who, after over 30 years, remains madly in love with the man of his dreams. So, it is no surprise then, that his passion in life is writing captivating and engaging romantic dramas about men who love men. He is committed to bringing his readers stories of real life, with multicultural characters, riveting plots, and of course, what we all desire…ever-lasting love. A multi-published, Rainbow Award winning author and a 2x LAMBDA Literary Finalist, he is also a funny, loving, family-oriented, and a proud member of the LGBTQ community. He is the founder of Cornbread Publishing Inc. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Bryan and his husband of thirty-six years have made their home and life in the Central Valley of California.
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