Up North | Crazy Joe

Spring Forest Up North

Next week, Crazy Joe will be released, so I thought we’d have us a little peek at Jonas and Abe.

I wrote this, quite quickly and carelessly. I’d been working on Black Bird for what felt like forever, and I just wanted to finish something – fast and painlessly. Write what you know, they say, so I made the characters teachers, and I wrote. I wrote, manically, and when I was done, I sent it to my beta readers.

They liked it, a lot, but... maybe it could be a little longer, maybe there could be a little more depth. At first, I wasn’t keen on doing the job needed to be done, but I didn’t want to publish it either if it didn’t feel complete. So I took a few days off, and then I dove back in.

I’m so glad I listened to my girls, and actually did the work, instead of just hurrying to get something completed.

Crazy Joe is a story about how a run-in with your past can upset your present, how maybe old crushes never die, and how to move past some of your regrets. It’s a 17k, contemporary, M/M romance and the main characters are Abe Cooper and Jonas Raghnall.

Abe Cooper Jonas Raghnall

You can pre-order Crazy Joe at JMS-Books and get 20% off.

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Crazy Joe

Abe Cooper is starting over. For fifteen years he’s lived the life that was expected of him, but not anymore. He’s packed up his things, bought himself a cabin in Northfield, and managed to secure a job at the local high school teaching gym and coaching the football team. But his new beginning didn’t include running into Crazy Joe on his first trip to the grocery store.

Jonas Raghnall has everything he needs—good friends and a job he loves. He’s worked hard to get over what happened sixteen years ago, but one run-in with his past and all the memories come flooding back. Seeing Abe Cooper, The Abe Cooper, sets everything out of balance.

Abe had pictured a fresh start with no ties to his past, but now that Jonas is there, he wants nothing more than to be close to the man who had butterflies filling his belly when he was in high school. Jonas doesn’t want to come face to face with his past, but if he sees Abe every day, it’s not really meeting up with your past, is it? It’s more like a date with your future.