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Love Matters

A Different Kind of Family

by K G Follett

- A Different Kind of Family
Editions:Paperback: $ 10.99 USD
ISBN: 978-1718059320
Pages: 269

Brad Kelly thought his life was set. He had a handsome, sweet, younger lover, who brought with him a “ready-made” family. He and Ted were truly devoted to one another, and to their son, Jeremy. After the tragic loss of Brad’s first lover, Randy, his new family had given him hope for a bright and happy future once again. But what is it they say about the best laid plans?

Welcome to the third and final installment of A Different Kind of Family: The Trilogy. I have reworked my original story, dividing it into three free-standing books that address the different “eras” of Brad Kelly’s life. The first two installments, The Awakening, and A New Beginning, were published earlier. This final installment, Love Matters, brings Brad Kelly’s life to “the present time”.

You will notice that this installment is longer than the first two, because it covers what turns out to be a more complex period of Brad’s life. You will find – along with Brad – some surprise twists, both happy and sad, as he moves through middle age and approaches his senior years. This part of Brad’s life also sets up the premise for The Bears’ Den series, which delve into the lives of a number of the peripheral characters introduced in these books.

Brad Kelly finally gets the HEA ending that he deserves – just not quite the way he had expected. Happily, several of his loving and devoted family members get to share in his HEA ending as well. Because they all find that no matter what trials and tribulations they face in life, the most important thing to remember is that in the end, only love truly matters.

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Pairings: MM
Heat Level: 2
Romantic Content: 4
Ending: Click here to reveal
Character Identities: Bisexual, Gay
Protagonist 1 Age: Varies During Story
Protagonist 2 Age: Varies During Story
Protagonist 3 Age: Varies During Story
Tropes: Adopted Child, Age Difference, Coming Home, Coming Out Later in Life, Families/Raising Kids, Fated Mates / Soul Mates, Friends to Lovers, Interracial Relationship, Married Life, Queer Wedding
Word Count: 46540
Setting: Rockford, Illinois, Chicago, Key West, FL
Languages Available: English
Series Type: Continuous / Same Characters
Excerpt:

*** Prologue ***

MEMORIES

 

July, 2014:  Rockton, Illinois

 

Brad Kelly was in the bathroom, waking up and getting ready for “The Big Day” today.  As he brushed his teeth, he noticed a picture of himself with his second partner, Ted, and their son, Jeremy, standing in front of the Chicago skyline in 1994.  They had taken a trip to the Shedd Aquarium and Adler Planetarium to encourage the young boy’s interest in the ocean and space.

Brad and Ted had watched Jeremy grow from an energetic toddler to a curious young boy with an interest in helping sick animals and people.  He was precocious at times, and smart as a whip since he started talking – something he rarely stopped doing, even now.  He was Ted’s pride and joy, and would continue to be a source of pride and joy for Brad to this day.

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Brad wished that Ted could have seen his son all grown up into the amazing man he had become.  But again, the fates had other ideas.  Fortunately, young Ted’s foresight and concern for his son’s future helped Brad and Jeremy weather the storms they were about to face.  Again, Brad’s ever-growing family of friends would be there, helping him make it through this challenging time in his life.

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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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