TITLE: Reclaiming Hope
SERIES: Home for Hope #3
AUTHOR: Shell Taylor
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: L.C. Chase
LENGTH: 210 Pages
RELEASE DATE: October 14, 2016
BLURB: Sequel to Resurrecting Hope
Home for Hope: Book Three
Four years ago, Kollin Haverty’s best friend, Riley Meadows, dropped off the face of the earth. When he shows up out of the blue, armed with a flimsy excuse for disappearing and having nearly completed his transition from female to male, Kollin wants to pick up where they left off. But Riley’s unwillingness to be honest with Kollin prevents him from fully trusting Riley again. Despite Riley’s insecurities and Kollin’s abandonment issues, they quickly discover there’s something more than friendship between them.
When a ghost from Riley’s past unexpectedly appears with haunting memories in tow, Kollin’s anger about being lied to outweighs his desire to be the understanding boyfriend Riley needs. As Riley’s web of strategically withheld secrets begins to unravel, he must find the courage to pursue his own peace before he can move forward with Kollin, and Kollin must decide what’s more important—supporting his best friend or protecting himself.
Adam rolled his eyes to mimic her and then turned his attention toward Kollin. “Look who the cat dragged in.”
For some reason, Kollin’s heart fluttered. Waves of nervousness raced through his body as he tried to figure out why Adam thought he should know the stranger. He’d never told either of his parents about meeting the guy at the bookstore, and even if he had, Adam couldn’t have known he was the same person.
The man studied the ground, seemingly reluctant to look at Kollin, but Kollin knew he couldn’t identify him even if they were staring directly at one another.
Fortunately Adam saved him from further embarrassment. “I didn’t recognize Riley until he threatened to own me in Ping-Pong.”
Kollin sucked in a huge gulp of air. The nervous flutters, which had been nothing more than a curious enigma, ceased, and he suddenly felt as if a boulder had settled in the pit of his stomach.
He hadn’t spoken to Riley Meadows in over four years. When Kollin’s parents kicked him out, Riley had been the one who kept Kollin sane. He tethered him to reality when all he’d wanted was to escape inside himself. They’d kept in touch when Riley first went to college and somehow became even closer—until Riley seemingly dropped off the face of the earth. Phone calls, e-mails, texts… all unanswered. Kollin eventually took the hint and gave up.
Now Riley was back?
Character Interview with Kollin and Riley
Hi, everyone! First I want to thank My Fiction Nook for having me today. They asked for a character profile, and I thought it would be fun to have Kollin and Riley do these together… for one another. Sooo… Kollin will answer for Riley and Riley will answer for Kollin and we’ll see how many they get right! Aaaand go!
Kollin: Hey, everyone!
Riley: Hey, guys.
Kollin: Pep up, dude. This is supposed to be fun.
Riley: First of all, I am peppy. And second of all, you agreed to this for both of us so you’ll accept whatever version of peppy I offer.
Kollin: Okay, then. I guess I’ll start. First is name. That’s easy. Your name is Riley Meadows.
Riley: Yours is Kollin Langley.
Kollin: Yep. Okay, Age… you’re 23.
Riley: You’re 20.
Kollin: Rawr! I got me a cougar.
Riley: **rolls eyes**
Kollin: Okay, next is hometown. Easy peasy. Yours is Raleigh, North Carolina.
Riley: Nope… I was born in Tallahassee, Florida.
Kollin: What? You’re lying.
Riley: No I’m not. Lived there for about 4 months before my parents moved up here for my dad’s job.
Kollin: Well, shit.
Riley: **grins** You, however, were definitely born and raised in Cary, North Carolina.
Kollin: Yeah. Yeah. Okay, next is occupation. You’re a construction worker.
Riley: You’re a college student.
Kollin: Oooh, this is a fun one. Talents or skills. You’re pretty good at basketball. You make the best brownies ever. And you give head like a pro.
Kollin: **shrugs** You do.
Riley: First of all, that’s private. Second of all, how do you know how pros give head?
Kollin: … Righto. Moving along. Siblings… easy. You’re an only child.
Riley: **crosses arms over chest** I’m going to remember that pro comment later. You have a younger sister, Lizzie.
Kollin: I don’t doubt that I’ll hear about it again. Next is relationship skills… You’re compassionate and a little shy so you’re good once you get to know someone.
Riley: You could talk to a brick wall, are too empathetic for your own good, and very forgiving.
Kollin: Thank you. **kicks Riley’s foot** You know I was teasing about that pro thing, right?
Riley: Yeah, I guess. You’re way more experienced than me though so I guess I got stupid for a second.
Kollin: You’re not allowed to talk about yourself like that, remember? **hands sheet to Riley** Okay, you go first on this next list.
Riley: **sighs** Height… I dunno. You’re five-nine, maybe?
Kollin: Awe, that’s sweet. I’m five-eight. And you’re a couple inches shorter so maybe five-six?
Riley: Close enough. Body type… you’re lean and athletic and you can feel free to skip me on this one.
Kollin: Not a chance. You’re lean but still muscular, especially in your chest and shoulders and sexy as fuck. Oops. Are we allowed to say fuck?
Riley: **raises eyebrows** Too late now. Race… that’s easy. We’re both Caucasian. Next is eye color. You have green eyes, but not dark green. Lighter. And brighter. Kinda like the sea.
Kollin: Wow. I feel bad just saying yours are brown. I dunno what to compare them to, though. The only thing I can think of that’s brown is poo. Why is that the only thing I can think of?
Riley: Ew, gross. Are you really comparing my eyes to poo?
Kollin: No! I’m trying really hard not to do that.
Riley: You’re really sucking this thing up. Hair color… yours is brown and at the moment has streaks of blue in it.
Kollin: Yours is dark brown but is dyed platinum blond.
Riley: sarcasm Yay, you got one right and managed not to insult me. Next is glasses or contacts, which is no for both of us. After that is distinguishing features. **Pauses and blushes** I can’t say what yours is.
Kollin: Ha! I can name yours. All of your facial piercings! I win that round. Why can’t you say what mine is?
Riley: Because it’s… private.
Kollin: OH… right. Yep. Moving on.
Riley: Next is what style do you dress in? You’re trendy most of the time.
Kollin: Why, thank you! You’re whatever you can find that’s only a little bit wrinkled and doesn’t smell like sawdust.
Riley: **snears at Kollin** Funny you should say that since the next one is your greatest flaw. At the moment I would say you’re just a little bit too honest.
Kollin: Hey, it’s not my fault you dress like a slob five days a week.
Riley: Well there’s no point in wearing nice clothes when they’re just going to get destroyed as soon as I wear them to work.
Kollin: Whatever you say, kemosabe. You’re greatest flaw is by far your low self-esteem. You can never see how amazing you are.
Riley: **huffs** It’s no wonder given how often you insult my choice of outfit.
Kollin: You know what I’m talking about. You’re an awesome person, inside and out, and you should be proud of that.
Riley: **blushes** Thank you. Next is your best quality. Again, I have to go with you’re extremely forgiving.
Kollin: I’d have to say yours is that you’re loyal.
Riley: Okay, your turn to go first again.
Kollin: **grabs paper back** Ugh… these next ones are hard.
Kollin: The first one is easy though. Education background. You graduated high school and went to one year of college.
Riley: You’re still in college.
Kollin: Indeed. Intelligence level. What the heck is that? Am I supposed to know you’re IQ? That’s dumb. Moving on… Mental illnesses… None for either of us unless you count stubbornness.
Riley: HA HA HA. You’re so funny.
Kollin: I know. This one is interesting. Your short term goals in life… if I had to guess, I’d say get your bottom surgery
Riley: Definitely. Yours is… graduate college?
Kollin: Can’t come soon enough. Next is long term goals. **studies Riley** I dunno. Mine for you is for you to just be happy and feel good about yourself.
Riley: I’ll take that. I think what you really want in life is to have a family and a job where you can make a difference.
Kollin: Works for me. Oooh. How do you see yourself? We’ve already decided not as good as you should.
Riley: Moving on please.
Kollin: You’re not going to like this one any better. How do you believe you are perceived by others?
Riley: **rolls his eyes** You think everyone thinks you’re awesome.
Kollin: I am awesome.
Riley: And so modest, too.
Kollin: Thank you. You on the other hand, think people either don’t notice you or that you’re just another nice guy. Someone who gets easily lost in the crowd.
Riley: **Squirms in his chair**
Kollin: But you don’t realize how much people respect you. Not only for what you’ve accomplished but because of how you treat everyone with respect and do so much to help others.
Riley: S’not true. I’m just like everyone else.
Kollin: **shakes head** No, you’re not. Not even close.
Riley: **Grabs the question sheet** Next question. Are you ruled by emotion or logic? Uh, easy. You have some common sense, but you’re ruled by emotion. You’re a sucker for a good story.
Kollin: Yeah, lucky for you. And same goes for you when you’re talking about yourself. For everyone else you’re incredibly logical.
Riley: These questions suck.
Kollin: They definitely aren’t easy.
Riley: Let’s skip down to these questions.
Kollin: Okay… Are you an introvert or an extrovert. Easy… you’re definitely an introvert.
Riley: And you’re definitely an extrovert.
Kollin: How do you deal with anger? Welp… with me you give the silent treatment until you explode. With others you internalize it until you can’t take it anymore and then speak to them about it in an adult manner.
Riley: Wow, Koll. Don’t hold back.
Kollin: **shrugs** The people wanna know what the people wanna know. What motivates you? …. I actually don’t think I know this one.
Riley: Really? Yours is easy. A sense of making something better motivates you. If it’s not going to make something or someone better, you couldn’t give two shits about it.
Kollin: Hmph. I like that. Why does it feel like you’re doing a better job on this than I am?
Riley: Because I am. What frightens you? Easy. Spiders.
Kollin: They have way too many legs and some of them can fly, okay?
Riley: So you’ve told me. Many, many times.
Kollin: Well, you’re scared of possums.
Riley: WHY DO THEY PLAY DEAD? THAT’S JUST WRONG AND YOU KNOW IT.
Kollin: Right. That’s logical. So, next is what makes you happy? Hot fudge sundaes.
Riley: Wrong. It’s you. Or it was you before you made me suffer through all these questions.
Kollin: Awe. That was sweet. Same answer for me.
Riley: I’m supposed to answer for you.
Kollin: Then maybe you should’ve instead of taking the time to bitch about something.
Riley: **rolls eyes** Next.
Kollin: Are you judgmental? Hell no for either of us. Generous or stingy? Eh… you’re generous with things you have that you believe are valuable but you don’t already recognize what those things are.
Riley: Gee, I wonder why I’m not having a fabulous time hearing my boyfriend pick me apart…And everyone knows you’re generous.
Kollin: I love you. I don’t think I’ve said anything bad. You just don’t like it when I tell everyone that you don’t realize your worth. That just means you’re modest. Look at me. I’m an asshole. I know I’m always and bragged about it not five minutes ago.
Riley: Don’t do that.
Kolliin: Do what?
Riley: Make me love you when I’m trying to be mad at you.
Kollin: **grins** But it’s my favorite thing to do.
Riley: Can we be done with these?
Kollin: Sounds good to me. I’m hungry anyway.
Riley: Oooh. Yeah we should go to that new subs place off Wright.
Kollin: Yes. Plan accepted. Okay, then. We’ll see you guys later! Thanks for stopping by.
I hope My Fiction Nook is okay with the liberties I took for this. I’m a terrible author and don’t complete character profiles before I start writing so doing this in interview form helped me get back into their heads after all these months! It was a lot of fun for me so I hope you enjoyed it!
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Shell Taylor is a full-time mother of three exuberant and loving kiddos and one fur baby, a tiny but fierce Yorkie-poo named Rocco. As a Christian who practices love, grace, and humility, she tries her best to instill these same virtues in her rowdy kids. She is a huge fan of Marvel comics and will never stop loving Harry Potter (Hufflepuff pride, baby!) When Shell isn’t writing, she can be found binge watching Netflix or volunteering at her church and childrens’ school. Shell considers herself blessed to have married a strong, supportive man who works hard to allow her to continue to follow her dreams.
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