Trial Runs

by Janice Jarrell

Trial Runs - Janice Jarrell - Revolutionary Heart
Editions:Kindle: $ 0.99 USD
Size: 6.00 x 9.00 in
Pages: 195


In October of 2017 cocky, alpha-male Irishman, Colin Campbell, Sergeant in Charge of the Special Assault Unit of the University of Virginia Campus Police Force, was shot in the line of duty. The wound nearly cost Colin's his life and left him temporarily disabled, robbing him of the strength and athletic prowess which had always been a source of pride, leaving him bereft and humiliated.

His partner, Joshua Abrams, a Doctor of Psychology at the Rainier Clinic in Charlottesville, never once left his side. Thinking that they had survived their trial, he took Colin home, believing that their happiness was now assured.

But like many injured police officers, Colin subsequently withdrew from his partner. He shut Joshua out, leaving him to cope alone with the post-traumatic stress he suffered as a result of Colin's shooting. My novel Love's Trials tells the story of this painful and challenging time in Colin and Joshua's life.

The thirteen stories in this book, Trial Runs, are set in that novel's universe and within its time frame. Each story examines a different problem which Colin and Joshua faced during that challenging period in their lives. Some of the issues are deadly serious, some are simply the day-to-day snags which we all experience in the course of our lives, and some are downright hilarious. All demonstrate the love these two men share and the passion with which they live their lives together.

The stories are often hot, sexy, and contain explicit, adult content.

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From the story: "Guys Who Wear Glasses"

"Have I ever told you…," Colin began, his index finger moving slowly up and down the outside of Joshua's thigh.

"Colin," Joshua interrupted in a carefully tolerant voice, "honey, please, let me get through this report." He was sitting on the bed dressed in faded sweat pants and a t-shirt, rifling through a patient report that had been given to him to read and sign. Colin lay beside him, supposedly waiting for him to finish.

"… how fucking hot you look in your glasses?" Colin continued smoothly.


Joshua rolled his eyes and drew in a deep sigh, striving for calm. He looked down at Colin through his black, horn-rimmed spectacles. "Colin, could you just be patient for one more minute?" He went back to the papers piled on his lap.

Colin scooted closer to him. "Makes me want to jump you right here and now."

Joshua turned and peered down at his finance over the top of said glasses. "You don't say."

"I do say," Colin replied. "You’re hot. Extremely hot in fact."

"Well, maybe just curb your lust 'til I get through with this fucking report." He sighed out a breath and peered down at the papers.

"Curb my lust?" Colin complained.


"You told me to curb my lust!" Colin said in amazement, pulling himself into a seated position.

"I know. I'm sorry, babe. I just-,”

"Curb my lust?" Colin blurted. He plucked the report from Joshua’s fingers, ignored his protests, and tossed it onto the bedside table. “We now have a new rule.”

“Colin, babe, please just let me -,”

“No,” Colin said. He grabbed Joshua’s shoulders and spun them until Joshua was sprawled on top of his body. “I will not let you. I’m sick of seeing you work, particularly when you insist on wearing those glasses.” He peered up into Joshua’s eyes. “So here’s the rule. You get me hot, you have to pay the piper.”

Reviews:Macbandit on Amazon wrote:

I cannot even settle down and think where to begin on this review. This is one of the hardest I’ve ever worked on because this is just so good I don’t feel I can do it justice.

This author’s style reflects how much she likes the subject she writes. Colin and Joshua are meant to be together. What they go through is so emotional that more than once I found myself crying and laughing. I found this to be put together to see where they are at a ongoing point in time. It fits between the series and brings so much to the story. The series would have not been nearly as good without this. I love the other books and this author really knows how to put real life into the story. The ups and downs drew me in. The story flow is so constant that there is never a emotional down time reading this. My heart broke in more than one section. Letter from Dad, The Wrangler, Father and Sons, Chrismukkah, The Campus Cop and many other sections gripped me and I was so torn up that sometimes it was hard for me to continue without needing a break. The story was that intense. This has to be one of the best stories I’ve read in a long time. The relationship is so strong it is heartwarming. The emotions so high, like the Christmas ornaments, Jerry’s death and Joshua’s childhood that I feel a part of what was happening. The really sad part is it ended. I could just keep going on like I do with my friends and relatives. That’s how real this story feels. The sex is more than a little hot and described so believable. The relationships with the secondary characters enviable. The secondary characters so much a part of the stories. The covers for this series is exactly as I picture them. I can’t wait to read what’s next.

List of Story Titles


Guys Who Wear Glasses: Joshua has work to do, but Colin isn’t having it. He’s too focused on how hot Joshua looks in his horn-rimmed spectacles.

Roleplay Cops and Robbers: Colin wants to test his new handcuffs and, well, things progress from there to a predictable ending.

The Most Beautiful Part of You: Getting shot leaves scars, both mental and physical. Colin can hide the mental scars, but the physical ones are tougher to conceal.

Letter From Dad: The last person Joshua wants to hear from is his abusive father. But when that day comes, Colin is a source of strength to both himself and his family.

The Wrangler: Colin has always worried about Joshua driving a Wrangler. He thinks it’s too small to keep Joshua safe in an accident. Turns out he’s right.

Come Covered Veggies: Colin, Joshua, David, and Nate are spending a long weekend at David’s cabin in the Virginia mountains. And the conversation turns... interesting.

Fathers and Sons: Colin and Joshua face the trial the eventually comes to all of us. That of losing a parent. But in Joshua’s case the issue is a lot more complex.

Chrismukkah: Joshua is Jewish and doesn’t ‘do’ Christmas. But he makes a secret visit to Colin’s mother to collect Christmas decorations from his childhood. He wants to surprise Colin by decorating their home with these childhood mementos but ends up being surprised himself when the reality of what he’s seeking touches his heart.

Chrismukkah Cookies: A collection of flash fiction stories about Colin and Joshua’s first Chrismukkah together. Each cookie is fun and delicious! Enjoy!

The Campus Cop: Being a police officer is highly dangerous work. Colin and Joshua know this better than most, but that truth is, once again, brought home to them in a way that shatters their hearts and draws them even closer together.

Nightmares: The after effects of traumatic injury come in many forms, both mental and physical. Colin and Joshua help each other understand and cope with one of the more disturbing symptoms of their on-going struggle with PTSD.

The Flirtation: A night out at McCafferty’s for Colin, Joshua and their four best friends turns into an evening filled with emotional repercussions. Would Colin actually flirt with another man right in front of Joshua’s eyes?

Candlelight Dinner: It’s been a rough few months, and Colin wants to make sure that his fiancé understands how deeply he appreciates all that Joshua does for him. And in typical Colin fashion, he pulls out all the stops.

About the Author

I’ve been writing gay romance since I was twelve years old, only back then it wasn’t called ‘gay romance’. In fact, it had no name at all. It was the fifty’s, and it was worth your life to admit to being gay, let alone confess to being a girl who constantly fantasized about relationships between gay men.

For the next twenty years I wrote slash fanfiction, mainly in the ‘Lord of the Rings’ fandom. Overall, I wrote over 337 stories, some as short as 100 words (a drabble) some as long as a series which was over 119,012 words. I enjoy writing my stories. I enjoyed the feedback I received from my readers. It was a creative release I’d been searching for my entire life and I blessed the Internet for leading me to this artistic oasis for my spirit.

But after a while it just wasn’t enough. Writing stories about other people’s characters begin to grow tiresome and repetitive. My first book, Love’s Legacy, began as an AU fanfiction story. I wrote my fandom characters in an alternative universe simply to try to extend my reach. But it fell flat.

Love’s Magic was my very first step into writing my own characters.

I hope you’ll read Love’s Magic. I hope you’ll meet David and Nate… Colin and Joshua. These dynamic, sexy, and totally adorable men carried me into a whole new world of love, romance, joy, and happily-ever-after’s. I hope they’ll do the same for you.

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