Inspired by classic short stories like O. Henry’s “Gift of the Magi” and Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery,” I wanted to come up with my own contemporary parable about love and sacrifice, one that would resonate for LGBT readership. As a result, I wrote “Saving Face.” You can get it now from JMS Books website. The following paragraph is a brief description of this winter solstice story.

Jasper and Owen have been partnered for seven years, with an unwavering dedication to one another; however, their life together has been anything but ideal. Though Jasper, heir to a fortune, has sufficient assets to support them both, he is physically deformed. Owen is financially dependent on him but also protective of his beloved Jasper in every possible way. As they attempt to conduct their lives in a dignified manner, fate intervenes in the guise of an occult shop. There, Owen purchases an enchanted Solstice gift for Jasper, completely unaware that it will change their lives forever.