A New Beginning

A Different Kind of Family

by K G Follett

A New Beginning - KG Follett - A Different Kind of Family
Part of the A Different Kind of Family series:
Editions:Paperback: $ 8.99
ISBN: 978-1717859075
Pages: 198

As Brad Kelly studied his face in the mirror, trying to wake up for “The Big Day” today, he noticed a picture he kept in the bathroom of himself, along with his first partner, Randy Ogden. The picture was taken over two and a half decades ago in front of this very house, when it was brand new. It was the day they moved in, and one of the happiest days of Brad’s life. It was supposed to be Brad’s and Randy’s home for decades to come. Little did Brad know at the time, but the fates had something quite different in mind. Brad’s life would soon be thrown into unexpected turmoil, and this house would become Brad’s sanctuary, away from the storms that were awaiting him. Thankfully his friends were fast becoming the “family” he needed to get him through. And when he comes out the other side, his family if far bigger and very different than he ever imagined it would be.

"A New Beginning" is the second installment of the A Different Kind of Family Trilogy. This time in Brad’s life mirrors what was happening in the 1990s as the LGBTQ community began to show it could produce “families” and be a productive part of society as a whole. More and more celebrities were coming out of the closet, and it became easier for gay couples to start families of their own. There were still complications – marriage equality was still decades away, and homophobia and persecution of gays continued. But overall, things were looking up for the LGBTQ community, just as they are in this part of Brad Kelly’s life.

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Pairings: MM
Heat Level: 2
Romantic Content: 4
Ending: Click here to reveal
Character Identities: Gay
Protagonist 1 Age: 36-45
Protagonist 2 Age: 18-25
Tropes: Adopted Child, Age Difference, Families/Raising Kids, Find Love and Come Out, First Time, Forbidden Love, Friends to Lovers, Gay for You / Straight to Gay, Office / Workplace Romance, Single Again, True Love
Word Count: 33100
Setting: Rockford, Illinois
Languages Available: English
Series Type: Continuous / Same Characters
Excerpt:

*** Prologue ***

MEMORIES

 

 

July, 2014:  Rockton, Illinois

 

As Brad Kelly studied his face in the mirror, trying to wake up for “The Big Day” today, he noticed a picture he kept in the bathroom of himself, along with his first partner, Randy Ogden.  The picture was taken over two and a half decades ago in front of this very house, when it was brand new.  It was the day they moved in, and one of the happiest days of Brad’s life.

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Randy’s promotion to Senior Architect at his firm allowed them to build this home, which he had designed especially for Brad.  It was large – two stories, and over three thousand square feet – with an exposed lower level, all looking over the Rock River on a wooded lot.  Randy had included so many special amenities and design features that their friends and families came to look at it as their home away from home.  It was supposed to be Brad’s and Randy’s home for decades to come.

Little did Brad know at the time, but the fates had something quite different in mind.  Brad’s life would soon be thrown into unexpected turmoil, and this house would become Brad’s sanctuary, away from the storms that were awaiting him.  Thankfully his friends – “The Group” as they had come to be known – were fast becoming the “family” he needed to get him through.

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About the Author

K G (Ken) Follett has lived in Rockford, Illinois for over thirty years.  Born in the Chicago area, he moved to Rockford after growing up in the suburbs and exurbs.  He graduated from Northern Illinois University in 1980, with a BS degree in business/marketing, and worked in the banking and marketing fields for over fifteen years.  After his move to “the Forest City”, he obtained his ADN from Rock Valley College in 1997, and began working as a Registered Nurse.  He now lives with and is happily married to his partner of nearly twenty years, Brent Cabrera.

Follett started writing the short story about a gay man named Brad Kelly the mid-1990s as an “escape” during a difficult time in his life.  (He had been told in school that he had a good “conversational” writing style, but never attempted anything beyond his school assignments.)  During the Clinton years, with the AIDS crisis still out of control, the term “family” was being hijacked by various socio-political groups to be used to “morally” bash LGBTQ and other alternative family structures.  Follett felt compelled to write something positive about being LGBTQ in modern “middle” America, and his original short story began to grow.  Hence the concept of A Different Kind of Family as a novel was born.

However, as the new millennium dawned, Follett put the story aside due to positive changes in his life.  The story lay forgotten for nearly two decades, until he rediscovered the unfinished manuscript in a file cabinet in his basement in early 2017.  Inspired by the ever-increasing numbers of gay romance novels he had been reading, and by numerous gay feature and short films he had watched on the internet, Follett decided to revisit Brad Kelly’s life in earnest.  He revamped his original concept and completed the book, publishing it that September.

Shortly thereafter, he realized he had grown attached to a number of peripheral characters in the novel, and he launched The Bears’ Den series of books devoted to them (Frankie & Josh:  The Faces of Love, Jacob Makes Three, and Transformations).  After publishing the third The Bear’s Den book in the spring of 2018, Follett revisited his original story.  He found that his characters still had more to tell about themselves.  Hence, A Different Kind of Family: The Trilogy was born, delving more deeply into the lives of Brad and his “family”.  He split the original novel in to three free-standing books, each covering a different “era” of Brad Kelly’s life.

More recently, Follett has been spreading his literary wings, with an historical fiction novel reviewing the early AIDS crisis of the 1980s and its effects on those who lived through it and those who are long-term survivors (Never Too Late).  His most recent publication was his first exploration of the Science Fiction genre with a gay twist.  It explores artificial intelligence and human emotions as well as time travel (Ganymede:  Time for Love).  His current project, Hello Again, is a gay romance novel with a bit of a paranormal twist.

In his books the author’s attempts to reclaim the terms “family” and “love” to be used legitimately for any kind of family structure in today’s society.  He also hopes to shed light on how LGBTQ life has improved over the past five decades, what challenges the LGBTQ community still faces, and what could be lost if we do not remain vigilant in these tumultuous times.


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