Last Year’s Leaves

by Emery C. Walters

Last Year's Leaves - Emery C. Walters
Editions:Paperback: $ 13.95
ISBN: 97811450556552
Size: 5.00 x 8.00 in
Pages: 368

 

(Intense but with humor and love) As a young boy, CAM is kidnapped by his stepfather, who runs a deadly child pornography ring. As CAM turns 18 in a windowless, locked basement room, the ring graduates to snuff films. Managing to escape as his own murder scene is being set up, CAM flounders through a snowstorm until a trucker finds him by the side of the road. Finally reunited with his grandfather, CAM remembers his real name: Kit. His adventures and misadventures are not yet over, and the horror of his years of abuse by faceless men continues to haunt him even as the pornography ring members seek to ensure that those memories are stilled ... forever. Can an unlikely group of family and friends save Kit's life and help him to heal?

Excerpt:

That had been his childhood’s end, stolen from him in one quick minute. That had been his adolescence, stolen from him before it even began. That had been his innocence stolen from him, one sordid event at a time, held prisoner in a basement storage room, and – here he blanked out his mind, or it shorted out on him, whichever. Now was now, and the past could bloody well stay the past. Here he was in a truck, oddly enough, so very similar to the one that had started it all; and appropriately, now would help him put an end to it.
Oh yeah, it would end. Cam had learned that he wasn’t the only boy they – ha! – “they!” had done this to, not the only one ruined. So far, the only one not killed, so far, the only one with enough inside information to put all those men in jail and their business – and pleasure – out of business.
Mel climbed back into the truck. He’d brought sandwiches and cokes. He smiled to see his passenger sitting up, awake.

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The boy had hazel eyes turning to green. His face was flushed and although he was trembling, he had a look on his face that Mel could just not label.
“You doing OK?” Mel asked.
Cam, having searched inside for his perseverance – his lifesaver, asked softly, “Do you have any paper? I have to write some things down.”

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About the Author

Emery C. Walters was born Carol Forde, a name he soon knew didn’t fit the boy inside. Transition was unknown back then; so he married and then bore and raised four children, mostly on his own. When his youngest child, his gay son, left the nest, Emery told Carol that she had to step aside, and he fully transitioned from female to male in 2001.

Emery worked in county government and as a college writing tutor before retiring and becoming a gentleman author. He and his wife Robyn, herself raised mistakenly as a boy, live on Maui where they combine snorkeling, scuba diving, and volunteer work with activities to boost LGBT rights and awareness.

Interested in the martial art of Ninjutsu, land and underwater photography, and writing, Emery can most often be found writing, reading, or sailing on his imaginary pirate ship.

Emery’s 2010 first novel, 'Last Year's Leaves' is an intense story of recovery from abuse, finding love, living through loss, and coming out whole. For all the intensity, the book is laced with his trademark humor. His recent publications include six other, less intense coming of age novels involving coming out and overcoming obstacles as well as two books of short stories, a collection of six novellas, a completely straight kids’ book, and about thirty eBooks and anthology stories. All are immensely humorous and filled with hope. Drystan the Dire, Emery’s Welsh pirate ancestor, shows up in his stories from time to time to help out and to annoy the bad guys.

Between them, the Walters have eight adult children, umpteen grandchildren, and three never-seen great grandchildren, none of whom can do a thing about the genetic material handed down to them - their gift to the future. So there.