How many days has it been since we had a cover reveal? Four? Yeah, that seems plausible. Ready for another one? Those of you who are in my Facebook group have already seen it, but I have the cover for Around Seven (previously called Once Around Seven).
I often forget this story, I don’t know why because when I start to think about it I go a little ‘Ah, Oswald’ and yet it slips my mind.
It was first published in the Seasons of Love anthology from Beaten Track Publishing. We got this as a prompt:
And Oz does a lot of counting.
Really, I do love this story. I don’t know why I forget I’ve written it. The season is autumn, Oz is counting days, finger taps, minutes… There are five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes in a year, and those are all part of the season of love.
Ready to see the cover? I haven’t mentioned Joshua who is the one who fished Oz out of the river, but the man on the cover, that’s how I picture Joshua.
Oswald Sattle has been sleeping in his Toyota Camry for the last 273 days, the exact number of days since he discovered his fiancé cheating on him. Now, out of money and out of options, he’s on his way to Nortown. Aiden, an acquaintance from his past, has offered him a job opportunity he can’t turn down, no matter how much he’d like to.
Joshua Roth moved to Nortown four years ago, and he has everything he needs — a job, friends, peace and quiet. He’s not looking for a boyfriend; no one even knows he’s gay, and he’d like it to stay that way. Everything changes when he offers Oswald a place to stay, though.
Oswald looks like he wants to run away, and Josh finds himself suggesting things that will make him stay. All he wants is for Oswald to smile. Oswald doesn’t want to overstay his welcome, but nothing soothes his nerves like being with Joshua in his cabin.
How long can Oswald stay before it’s time to move on again? Can Joshua have Oswald staying with him without the whole town talking about them? Probably not, but does he care?
Contemporary M/M Romance: 23,995 words