The Preacher's Son
by Lisa Henry & J.A. Rock
Release Date: January 16, 2018
About The Preacher's Son
Jason Banning is a wreck. His leg’s been blown to hell in Afghanistan, his boyfriend just left him and took the dog, and now he’s back in his hometown of Pinehurst, Washington, a place that holds nothing but wretched memories…and Nathan Tull. Nathan Tull, whose life Jason ruined. Nathan Tull, who will never believe Jason did what he did for a greater good. Nathan Tull, whose reverend father runs the gay conversion therapy camp that Jason once sought to bring down—at any cost.
Nathan Tull is trying to live a quiet life. Four years ago, when Nate was a prospective student visiting UW, his world collapsed when senior Jason Banning slept with him, filmed it, and put the footage online. A painful public outing and a crisis of faith later, Nate has finally begun to heal. Cured of the “phantoms” that plagued him for years, he now has a girlfriend, a counselor job at his dad’s camp, and the constant, loving support of his father.
But when he learns Jason is back in town, his carefully constructed identity begins to crumble. As desperate to reconcile his love for God with his attraction to men as Jason is to make sense of the damage he’s done, Nate finds himself walking a dangerous line. On one side lies the righteous life he committed himself to in the wake of his public humiliation. On the other is the sin he committed with Jason Banning, and the phantoms that won’t let him be. But is there a path that can bridge those two worlds—where his faith and his identity as a gay man aren’t mutually exclusive?
And can he walk that path with the man who betrayed him?
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An Excerpt from The Preacher's Son
Nate closed the distance between them and sat on the end of Jason’s bed. He gestured to the comforter covering his leg. “Can I see it?”
Jason shrugged, and tugged the comforter off.
“Oh.” The word barely a breath.
The leg was a mess, from the thigh all the way down to the foot. What hadn’t been torn open by shrapnel had been carved up by surgeons. It was like the trunk of a gnarled, diseased tree. Thick ropes and knots of scar tissue. Hollowed-out places where the flesh had been gouged away. Divots and bumps where screws and wires had been inserted. Shattered bone replaced with steel and titanium.
“Gentlemen, we can rebuild him,” Jason said. “We have the technology.”
Nate laughed softly, reaching out to touch the whorl of angry scar tissue around Jason’s knee. His smile slowly faded. “I’m glad you came home. I’m glad you didn’t die over there.”
In this moment, Jason wanted nothing more than to be alive.
Lisa Henry likes to tell stories, mostly with hot guys and happily ever afters.
Lisa lives in tropical North Queensland, Australia. She doesn’t know why, because she hates the heat, but she suspects she’s too lazy to move. She spends half her time slaving away as a government minion, and the other half plotting her escape.
She attended university at sixteen, not because she was a child prodigy or anything, but because of a mix-up between international school systems early in life. She studied history and English, neither of them very thoroughly.
She shares her house with too many cats, a dog, a green tree frog that swims in the toilet, and as many possums as can break in every night. This is not how she imagined life as a grown-up.
J.A. Rock is the author of over twenty LGBTQ romance and suspense novels, as well as an occasional contributor to HuffPo Queer Voices. J.A.’s books have received Lambda Literary, INDIE, and EPIC Award nominations, and 24/7 was named one of the best books of 2016 by Kirkus Reviews.
J.A. lives in Chicago with an extremely judgmental dog, Professor Anne Studebaker.
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