Are you afraid of Pagans?

My upcoming novel, Throwing Stones, is a book that might challenge readers on a couple of fronts. First, like all my books, it revolves around a gay teen and, yes, his love interest. Second? Well, although all my books include some aspect of religion or religious practice—either metaphorically or front-and-center—this one will present some readers with a new challenge.

My dentist loves my books (no, he's not gay; he just loves my books), and his staff members know it. Last time I was there, his bookkeeper asked me what I was working on now. I said, "I'm writing a story about a teen who wants to reconcile his family and the people in his town with a group of Pagans who..." I stopped before I could finish my sentence, because her eyes had gone wide. Very wide. But not, I would have said, with interest. It was the kind of surprise that borders on fear. The word "Pagans" shocked her.

Throwing Stones: Cover Reveal, Release Date!

Throwing Stones release date is in November, on Friday the 13th—very appropriate for the subject matter! In an upcoming post, I'll tell you how you can pre-order your copy.

In case you need a refresher for what it's about, the synopsis is in my last post. The story hangs on the differences between people and what choices we make in responding to those differences.