As I promised when I wrote the review for his book The Churning, Justin Edison…
Stay With Me is re release of the story, but it still remains every bit as sweet as it was before. Adele Lamb has kindly allowed me to write a post about the book and add her own words to it as well. I love this story very very much, so I urge you all to consider buying it as well. There is no chance of disappointment here. So I welcome Lily Adile to the blog and allow her to say her thing below
I am a Turkish mother and a wife who works as a nurse during the day and writes LGBTQ stories late at night, once the family have gone to bed. I studied in the UK and worked there for a few years before I moved to Australia where I finally settled down. I support Marriage Equality and stand by same sex parents because I believe all a child needs is a loving and protective home.
For me, an individual’s gender identity and expression are influenced by many factors including but not limited to, culture, religion, social restrictions, customs and beliefs…this makes one’s gender very diverse and fluid so my main focus in my stories are people who want to express themselves in the way they feel right for them and others.
I love writing multi-cultural stories of people from all backgrounds. The LGBTQ community is universal and exists in all countries and cultures. In some cultures, coming from an LGBTQ background is not easy and they are the people for whom I want to promote.
Curtis and Joseph are examples of real life characters that I want to write stories about…People who work hard and deal with whatever life throws at them. Joseph’s story is touching, bringing our focus to domestic violence issues and the difficulties a person can experience at home. Joseph is a young male who was physically abused by his father but the story is not just about that. It is also about how he finally gets the courage to move out of an abusive environment despite difficulties. Curtis represents kindness in humanity. He is a kind and loving bear who is generous enough to offer a place to stay for Joseph who is vulnerable.
It has been weeks since Curtis first saw the young waiter with the haunted eyes. No matter how often he went to the café to find the right opportunity to introduce himself, that moment simply did not come that quickly. Joseph was aware of the gentle giant who quietly came to have his lunch and then left day after day. Fearing his father’s wrath and under his ever watchful eyes, he made no moves nor overtures. Until one day when the other man approaches to him… Hope can turn to love… interracial love
A month had passed since Curtis had first seen the waiter. He wasn’t sure whether he should continue going to the café each day for lunch, because he hadn’t found the courage to approach the guy. He tried to look as though he only went there for the good food and not for the man himself. The waiter was certainly cute, but more than that drew Curtis in. The sadness that overlaid the sweetness caught his attention and held it. That was what kept him coming back again and again.
It made his heart heavy to think people might’ve noticed his behavior, and were thinking that he was creepy. Who wanted to be known as a creepy stalker-bear guy?
He prayed that he was being subtle, and hoped he wasn’t receiving any speculative looks from anyone. But he really had to make a decision soon—either strike up a conversation with the guy, or stop coming for lunch and torturing himself.
There he was, wiping a table for a couple of customers. He was wearing the same style of clothes as before. The jeans he wore looked old and frayed, but they hugged his cute little ass as he bent over and took a swipe at the table with a damp rag. When he stood up, it was obvious the shirt was as old as the jeans. It was thinned to nearly nothing from frequent laundering. It was so transparent, it could have been made of gauze, and Curtis could see the guy’s ribs.
Curtis didn’t even realize he stood stock-still, staring at the man, until his eyes caught the old man at the cashier’s desk, glaring at him with a clenched jaw. His deep frown made Curtis’s cheeks burn. He looked at his phone and checked for messages, but still furtively watched the waiter. He saw the expression he’d come to recognize as sadness, but this time, there was more to it. He looked like a man who’d lost all hope. He was also limping and dragged his feet at times.
Is he injured? Why does he look like he’s in despair? Fuck. What’s happening in his life? Curtis wondered if something bad had happened to him.
Tired of standing, he took a seat and switched his Kindle on.
That’s it. I’m going to talk to him today. Curtis made the decision as he rubbed his hand on his thigh, his appetite deserting him at the thought. I’ll wait until an opportunity arises. In the meantime, he went back to reading his Kindle.
“Excuse me, did you order the Teriyaki Chicken?” a hoarse voice asked.
“Oh, yes. That’s what I ordered. Thanks, and I’m so sorry for not waiting… I forgot. You know.” Curtis tried to look innocent as he stared at the man’s face. “Hey, are you okay? I noticed you’re limping?” Curtis asked to start his long-desired chat.
The man nodded. “Yes. I twisted my ankle yesterday.” His lips smiled, but his eyes were dull and red as if he’d been crying.
Who hurts him? Fuck, there’s something seriously wrong with this guy, Curtis thought with a heavy heart.
“Oh. Okay. Hope you’ll feel better soon.” Curtis smiled, rubbing his chest as if he was in pain.
When the waiter blushed at Curtis’s gaze, he felt a rush of heat all over his body, and his breathing picked up a notch. He thought the guy’s blush was a positive hint that he might also be aware of Curtis.
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Lily Adile works as a nurse by day and writes GLBT Romance by night. Lily’s focus in her GLBT stories are mere mortals because she believes that love is universal. Her mortal heroes and heroines are not rich, famous or incredibly handsome males with six pack bodies or stunning women… rather they are just everyday people who work hard and deal with whatever that life throws at them.
Lily believes that an individual’s gender identity and expression is influenced by many factors including but not limited to culture, religion, social restrictions, custom and beliefs…this makes one’s gender very diverse and fluid.
Lily is actively involved with Marriage Equality and stands by the same sex couples who want to have children.
Lily especially thanks her husband with all her heart for his endless patience, love and support. He is the love of her life and apple of her eye….he is the home she goes to at the end of a hard day at work.
Lily Adile was born in Ankara, Turkey and then worked in other countries. She visits her family in Turkey regularly and travels to Singapore to visit the other family members.