TITLE: Resurrecting Hope
SERIES: Home for Hope #2
AUTHOR: Shell Taylor
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: L.C. Chase
LENGTH: 65,800 words
RELEASE DATE: December 25, 2015
BLURB: Adam Lancaster can’t imagine how his life could possibly get any better. He’s on the cusp of moving in with his boyfriend, Elijah Langley. Their charge, Kollin Haverty, finally has a loving, stable home environment, and Home for Hope is up and running, keeping over fifteen LGBT youth off the streets at night. One phone call from his birth mother, Jessica Lancaster, is all it takes to unravel Adam’s carefully constructed new life.
Informing Adam his grandfather has died, Jessica expresses remorse for abandoning Adam to the state and begs him for a chance to be part of his life again. Jessica’s true colors eventually shine through her façade, and Adam is devastated all over again when he discovers she is only using him to get her hands on the valuable inheritance his grandfather left him. Jessica’s betrayal forces Adam so far inside his own hell, not even Elijah or Kollin can keep him from abandoning all of his responsibilities and running away. Adam will have to dig deep to find the strength to confront his birth parents, heal once and for all, and earn back his place with his new family.
Thanks for having me! This scene is the first time Adam sees his birth mother in over twenty years. Enjoy!
Adam stopped by the kitchen on the way to his office to grab a bottle of water from the fridge. He eyed the box of doughnuts on the counter, plucked one out, and took a bite.
“What’s the good word, Chloe?” he asked through a mouthful of food as he walked toward his office.
She looked at him the way Adam assumed mothers everywhere did the first time their child did something utterly ridiculous—with a smile as equally full of love as it was amused pity. “Well, when you finish stuffing your face, you have a visitor. She didn’t want to pull you away from the kids, so she’s been waiting awhile.”
When Adam looked toward the chairs on the far side of the room, his jaw dropped and his water bottle slipped right out of his hands and clattered to the floor. Swallowing his food, Adam raked his gaze up and down the woman sitting in the waiting area. He wouldn’t have recognized his own mother if she hadn’t called him a few weeks before. What he remembered as long, curly red hair was now short and straight, though Adam could see the graying roots. She seemed thinner than he remembered, and her skin hung loosely off her cheekbones. Time hadn’t been kind to her, and Adam briefly wondered if the same fate awaited him.
“Adam?” Chloe asked. “Are you okay?”
Snapping his head toward Chloe, Adam closed his mouth. “Uh, yes. Sorry.”
Chloe nodded uncertainly and glanced at Adam’s mother, clearly unsure about what she should do. Meanwhile Adam’s mother sat in the chair, looking as if she didn’t know whether she should pause to open the door on her way out or simply make a hole in the window.
“Chloe,” Adam began, his voice calm and even. “This is Jessica Lancaster, my birth mother.”
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 rather than hatred and judgement, she tries her best to instill these same virtues in her rowdy kids. She just recently learned how to crochet to start bombarding new mothers with matching hats and booties. She is a huge Marvel fan and because of the superhero-plastered tees paired with jeans and Chucks has been told when helping out in her son’s classroom that she looks more like the students than a parent. Her favorite way to procrastinate is to binge watch entire seasons on Netflix. Best of all, she’s been married ten years to a man who’s turned out to be everything she never knew she needed.
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