The Dream On Series
Each story in this series features a different pair of MCs introduced in the prior book. Closets Are for Clothes features Mike and Wes as they deal with Mike’s journey to come out to his family. Dreams Are for Real features Marty and Larry. Marty is Mike’s uncle who was mentioned but not seen in Closets, and Larry is a very shy man whom outgoing Marty helps to emerge from his shell. Grudges Are for Losers features Trevor and Quinn, who were both side characters in Dreams, where Trevor was the jealous antagonist vying for Marty’s favor.
The second two stories are a work in progress. Release dates are pending, and titles are tentative.
These are comprehensively rewritten and reedited stories whose earlier editions were previously published both individually and in a collection. These earlier versions are no longer available.
Published in ebook formats at JMS Books, LLC on February 24, 2018
Published in print (trade paperback) format at JMS Books, LLC on February 28, 2018
The first edition was previously published under the name A Dream Come True at Torquere Press on February 25, 2009.
Mike’s life is carefully compartmentalized. He’s deep in the closet to his family back in Kansas, but lives life honestly and openly in Austin. He’s unnerved when Wes, his old university crush, turns up at his door in answer to a roommate advertisement, but quickly sees the potential…benefits of the arrangement. Wes has never doubted nor denied his sexuality. With the support of his family he’s an out and proud LGBT activist.
On the scale balancing his self-esteem on one side, and the love of his family on the other, Mike has to decide which weighs more. Is Mike being fair to his parents by not giving them the chance to know his real self? When the delicate balance of his life is disrupted, he decides he’s tired of living a lie. Will Wes understand his concerns, or will their fledgling relationship crumble under the strain of Mike’s uncertainty?
NOTE: Closets Are for Clothes is a from-the-ground-up comprehensively rewritten and reedited version of A Dream Come True (published by Addison at Torquere Press in February, 2009). While the theme of the original story is the same, and many important scenes will be recognizable, the way the characters deal with important events is handled differently than in the original story and much of the story’s backdrop and side characters have changed. Beyond converting the story from an alternating 3rd-person POV to being told entirely from Mike’s 1st-person POV, this is a significantly changed retelling of the story.
Book 2 – Dreams Are for Real – Featuring Larry & Marty
This story is a work in progress. The first edition was previously published under the name Another Dream at Torquere Press on July 8, 2009.
Marty & Larry is a comprehensively rewritten and reedited version of Another Dream.
When a shy, twenty-nine year old virgin erotica writer with a tool belt fetish crosses paths with an outgoing carpenter, the fireworks soar. Introverted Larry has an active imagination, and extroverted Marty is just the man to draw Larry out of his shell. Larry makes new friends and faces a jealous rival for Marty’s affections while helping Marty reevaluate an impulsive decision, made twenty years earlier. A scheme is hatched that rewinds the years of Marty’s life and takes the new lovers on a cross-country road trip together. From hot to humorous, their expedition is a journey of personal growth for Larry, an overdue resolution to Marty’s long-ago rash actions, and a trek down a path of self-discovery for both of them.
Larry worries about the motivations of his own feelings as he tries to gauge Marty’s. Marty is tired of the single life. He’s ready to settle down and has been looking for Mr. Right. Will their personality differences complement each other to make another dream come true, or will Larry’s insecurities keep him from seizing love?
Book 3 – Grudges Are for Losers – Featuring Trevor & Quinn
This story is a work in progress. The first edition was previously published under the name Dreaming of You at Smashwords on September 16, 2009.
Quinn & Trevor is a comprehensively rewritten and reedited version of Dreaming of You.
Trevor’s upset when the man he’s been chasing for years chooses another. He’d come to terms with losing Marty, but his hopes had been recently renewed and freshly dashed. While he’s trying to drown his sorrows, the man he considers to be the cause of his distress approaches him.
When Quinn startles Trevor with an insightful revelation, will Trevor be able to put aside their differences and give love another chance?
Original 1st Edition Covers
Original 2nd Edition Cover
A Dream Come True was nominated in The Rainbow Awards in 2009.