Genre: YA contemporary
Word count: 80,000
Dumbest thing to do when you meet the girl of your dreams? Introduce her to the boy of HER dreams.
Adam has loved his best friend Brynna for years. He’s brave enough to sit with her in the hospital after multiple heart surgeries, but too chicken to confess his true feelings. When hot new quarterback Beckett makes a play for Brynna’s heart, Adam, the unwitting matchmaker, fears he’s missed his chance to be with her.
This is no love triangle. Brynna loves one of the boys. She is in love with the other. Adam and Beckett each sit on the fence, teetering back and forth between friendship and enmity.
The fight to share Brynna’s life comes to a head on a snowy Ohio night. One boy would give up his life in order to save Brynna; the other would give up his future to be with her. This is the night Adam and Beckett must finally decide: Friends or enemies? It is the night that changes everything.
LAVENDER BOYS alternates in points of view between main characters Adam and Beckett. Its humor and heartache are reminiscent of Gayle Forman's If I Stay and Jandy Nelson’s The Sky is Everywhere.
This story is from my heart – literally. As a teen, I had cardiac surgery and experienced all the drama of life and love in the hospital. Now I am a nationwide in-demand speaker and writer for the American Heart Association and numerous non-profit organizations. I have been filmed for a reality pilot episode which will be presented to networks in the spring. I have recently been interviewed for a single episode spot on a nationally syndicated television show. I am a current SCBWI member.
I love her.
There it is.
Right in the middle of the bulletin board on the wall of Coach’s office.
In plain view.
The one about me.
I can’t help reading it every time I see it. Just like I do with every newspaper article about me.
But…she doesn’t love me.
Not the way I want her to love me.
It pains me to lie in bed with her.
So close – touching her, loving her.
Knowing we are just friends. Best of friends. Forever friends. Nothing but friends.
God she smells good.
Brynna rolls over and her long copper hair slides across my arm. I resist the urge to run my fingers through it. I could if I wanted. She doesn’t mind. She actually likes it when I play with her hair. But today, I can’t. There are days when I must control my urges. There are days when I can’t control my desires. On those days, I don’t want to touch her…because I WANT to touch her. Today is one of those days.
Brynna and I are lying on my bed.
Watching the worst supposed-to-be-scary-but-is-not-at-all-scary movie ever made.
Lying next to her is magnificent. It is also complete torture. Self-inflicted torture. Obviously, I am a masochist because I enjoy putting myself in these types of situations. Here I am with her, so close I can feel her body parts against mine. Everyone knows being this close to a beautiful girl will eventually drive even the most restrained eighteen year old boy batshit crazy with hormonal desire.