Grand Adventures: Water Under The Bridge
On September 1, 2011, TJ Klune wrote, “…it’s not about the ending, it’s about the journey…” in a review of Eric Arvin’s Woke Up in a Strange Place. With those words, two men began a journey of love and invited us to ride along. TJ and Eric have shared so much with us: their wonderful books, their smiles, their humor, their lives, and their inspiring devotion to each other. In December of 2013, their journey took a detour when Eric was taken to the emergency room. He survived the surgery to remove a cavernous hemangioma from his brain stem, but the challenges TJ and Eric face are far from over.
The authors in this anthology donated their talent as a way to support Eric’s continued recovery, to help bring strength to TJ, and to show both of them just how much love surrounds them. Grand Adventures is a diverse range of stories about the journey of love. We’re going on some grand adventures for a great cause. Thank you for joining us.
One hundred percent of the income from this volume goes directly to TJ and Eric.
Foreword by S.A. McAuley
An Unexpected Thing by John Amory
The Twinkie Ignition by J.E. Birk
When Friendship Becomes More by Sophie Bonaste
Isle of Waiting by Sue Brown
The Jogger by KC Burn
Holding Court by Cardeno C.
For Dear Life by Mary Calmes
Under the Full Moon by Ellis Carrington
Stripped by Shae Connor (2nd Edition)
That Place Across the Hall by C.C. Dado
Mistaken MD by Phoenix Emrys
Cops and Comix by Rhys Ford
Last First Kiss by LE Franks
Tomorrow by John Goode
From Fantasy to Friends by CR Guiliano
Witness Protected by Dawn Kimberly Johnson
Water Under the Bridge by Mia Kerick
A Gentle Shove of Human Kindness by Amy Lane
Air (Roads #1.75 million) by Garrett Leigh
An Atheist and a Yoga Instructor Walk into a Bar by Rowan McAllister
Stalking 101 by Moria McCain
Simple Desires by Tempeste O’Riley
Object of Care by Zahra Owens
Kid Confusion by Madison Parker
Fall Train by Jaime Samms
The Exhibition by Andrea Speed
What You Will by Tinnean
Prologue by Brandon Witt
Water Under The Bridge, was my contribution to this book. More of Ben and Timmy’s story.
Six months after their reunion in Not Broken, Just Bent, Ben Wells and Timmy Norton finally have the chance to take the vacation they missed in high school. Family problems have led Tim back to some of his old ways, partying too much and distancing himself from Ben, but Ben hopes he can show Timmy he’s loved and supported before it’s too late.
The cleansing virtues of the water below pulled hard at my heart so I pulled over onto the shoulder of the road.
“What’s here?” Timmy looked around at the woods outside the car. I unbuckled my seatbelt and turned to face him. “We are, Timmy.” Timmy tilted his head and looked at me curiously, but he didn’t say anything. “Come on. Let’s get out.” Timmy was the kind of guy who didn’t question the small things too much, so he nodded and unbuckled. I looked over at him before I opened my door, and I felt a surge of desire so strong that I wanted to pull him to me right there in the car. But something told me I needed to stretch out on the cool damp ground with the man I loved, in this peaceful woodsy setting where we could hear the rush of the river so close to us.
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