Meet Nate Reese! Trying to save Love’s Magic!

Nate Reese was not pleased when he was sent to Charlottesville, Virginia to secure the services of Professor David Gardener as a consultant for a documentary film about the Revolutionary War. As an Associate Producer at Paramount Studios he had better things to do.

But at thirty-five Nate was growing tired. The frenzied Hollywood pace had taken a toll, and since he had fallen into the niche of documentary film development rather than the more visible genre of the big feature film, the upward slant of his career was less than dramatic. His time with David Gardener living the slower, more graceful pace of David’s life at the university had made him even more keenly aware of how chaotic his own existence had become. He loved the creative aspect of the work he did, but he longed for a more peaceful and meaningful lifestyle. Returning to Hollywood after their meeting only served to reinforce his unhappiness and increase his desire to return to Virginia… and David.

The time they’d shared in Virginia quickly became a treasured memory in Nate’s heart and each meeting which followed drew them closer together. When David asked him to take an Associate Professor’s position at the University of Virginia, and become his live-in partner, Nate happily agreed.

The idyllic life they share is shaken to the core when Nate is injured struggling to protect a student under attack. Traumatized by the incident, Nate seeks answers and resolution by becoming a leader of activist group called ‘End Assault’, a decision which David refuses to support.

Angry and confused by his reaction, Nate struggles to understand his partner’s decision but feels he has been betrayed and abandoned just when he needs David most.

Understanding that David’s steady, solid personality can easily transform into an obstinate, fearful refusal to face the facts, Nate tries, unsuccessfully, to keep his association with ‘End Assault’ from intruding on their lives. But David appears more focused on the damage Nate’s activism may do to his career than he does on Nate’s commitment to finding solutions to the university’s on-going problems. His refusal to heed David’s warning and leave the ‘End Assault’ movement eventually shatters their relationship, leaving both men alone and heartbroken.

Nate is committed to the militant path he’s chosen and David refuses to support his choice. Both men are right. Both men are stubborn. Both men remain desperately in love. Can they grow into a deeper acceptance of each other’s viewpoint and find Love’s Magic again?


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Meet David Gardener…

David Gardener found Love’s Magic late in life. Until then he stepped through his journey in an emotional daze, living by rules laid down by others and building his self-image around his career success as a University of Virginia Professor. His insecurities, developed in childhood through a cold, critical father, made faith in himself  hard to find. The kind of happiness offered by the incredibly handsome Associate Producer, Nathaniel Reese, seemed a hope beyond anything he deserved.

David was a man pursued by demons. His father’s critical voice echoed in his ears even years after the man’s death. But day by day Nate’s voice gently coaxed David forward, assuring him not only of his love but of David’s worthiness to be loved. David still struggled to find the self-acceptance he needed in order to release his fears. But Nate’s voice was now the guiding force in his life and David followed that voice toward the love and healing he now knows he deserves.

The years after David’s divorce were devoted to his career. The satisfaction he took from the success of his teaching strategies had helped distract him from the emptiness inside. But meeting Nate shone a bright light onto that emptiness making it impossible to ignore. Working up the courage to tell Nate exactly how he felt required months of soul-searching and reaching deep inside to find previously undiscovered courage. But when Nate agreed to move to Virginia as his partner David knew it was worth any struggle.

Nate saw in David the inner strength and steady, solid reliability he yearned to put at the center of his life, and their partnership proved to be everything Nate had hoped for. He excelled in the academic environment David provided and loved the slow, graceful rhythm of the life they shared. Both men were incredibly happy until Nate was attacked on the Tog in a brutal on-campus assault.

Nate coped with his trauma by joining an activist group devoted to changing university policy on such attacks, a group David is reluctant to support. Fearful that Nate’s activism will endanger his hard-won position as an Associate Professor at the university, he withdraws, refusing to participate in ‘End Assault’s’ upcoming Rally. Traumatized by how close he came to losing the only real happiness he’d ever known, David couldn’t bear any reminder of Nate’s attack and ‘End Assault’ makes it the central issue of their lives. Afraid of appearing weak in Nate’s eyes, David foolishly hides his real feelings which only serves to widen the gap between the two men until their once-idyllic life teeters on the brink of complete destruction.

Love’s Magic is almost lost and both men will be forced to acknowledge previously hidden flaws in their thinking before they can find that magic again. Will they choose to be right? Or will they choose to be happy?


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Meet Colin Campbell, Irish, Proud and Free!

What can I say about Colin? He flew out of my imagination full grown and as cocky as they come. Irish to the core of his soul, he’s been a Police Officer with the University of Virginia Campus Police force for ten years. He is the Sergeant in charge of the ‘Special Assault Unit’ and as the head of this unique department he deals with some of the most harrowing cases in Charlottesville.

On campus he’s a legend, known as much for his tender compassion toward victims for his iron-cold loathing of their attackers. He roars into campus trouble areas on his motorcycle, putting every student within earshot on notice. They’d be wise to cooperate and foolish to resist.

His professional life revolved around helping these victims, supporting them through their pain and despair, seeking justice for the crimes committed against them. His personal life consisted of one-night-stands and short term liaisons which allow no closeness what-so-ever. He’s handsome, arrogant, brilliant, and sings like an angel fallen straight from heaven. Fiercely protective of his independence and totally un-interested in romance, he is a poster boy for the hardcore bachelor existence.

The last thing he wanted, expected, or needed was a brown-eyed, studious, slow talking, Title IX consultant named Joshua Abrams who walked into his office and his life, turning everything he’d ever believed about love inside out.

I love Colin. I felt his confusion as he began to realize that Joshua had become more than just another casual sex partner. I felt his pain when the terrible memories which had created his emotional barriers began to awaken within him. And I felt his fears both of losing his freedom and of losing Joshua crushing him until his bright Irish spirit was nearly extinguished beneath the weight of the complex emotions warring within him.

He’s a complicated, intensely charismatic, deeply confused soul who both desperately needs Joshua’s love and desperately fears his surrender to it.

Watching him during his journey was both troubling and exhilarating. I so much wanted him to have his happy ending, but even I, the author, was unsure at times if he’d permit it to happen. I had to let him guide me, and there were moments when his fear nearly won out over his need for Joshua’s love.

I hope you’ll read ‘Love’s Magic’ and come to know Colin the way I do. I think if you do, you’ll love him too. He truly is unforgettable.

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