Ever since Cambridge-bound Colin Lancaster secretly watched stable master Patrick Callahan mastering the groundskeeper, he’s longed for Patrick to do the same to him. When Patrick is caught with his pants down and threatened with death, Colin speaks up in his defense, announcing that he, too, is guilty of “the love that dare not speak its name.” Soon they’re both condemned as convicts and shipped off to the faraway prison colony of Australia.
Patrick learned long ago that love is a fairy tale and is determined that no one will scale the wall he’s built around his heart. Yet he’s inexorably drawn to the charismatic Colin despite his best efforts to keep him at bay. As their journey extends from the cramped and miserable depths of a prison ship to the vast, untamed Australian outback, Colin and Patrick must build new lives for themselves. They'll have to tame each other to find happiness in this wild new land.Thrilled to announce the release of my new novel, The Station, which is my first full-length historical. It's part of Loose Id's Coming Out Day Celebration. Most coming out stories I read are modern, and I wanted to explore the challenges – and rewards – of coming out in a different era. Even though it might be unplanned and have serious consequences, coming out can give you the freedom and life you always wanted. You may not be playing by society's rules (certainly not in the 1800s!), but by being yourself, you can find greater happiness than you ever thought possible.
Read an excerpt from The Station.