The books that have been collecting dust for so long they have become stained from it
Daren Boothe's most significant secret centers on an unlikely object: a xylophone. That secret led him to develop his professional alter-ego, a sensual, androgynous dancer. When Dare begins his second (and considerably more wholesome) job playing clarinet in a polka band, he meets a young man who takes his grandmother out dancing. But Dare knows the man has his own secret.
Jonah Day immediately recognizes the clarinetist. Three years earlier they crossed paths in a therapist's office, but they both abandoned that route to mental health. Neither was ready then to open up about the psychological traumas that haunted them.
In an attempt to heal their wounds, Dare and Jonah turn to each other. Understanding and empathy come instantly, accompanied by ambivalence about their growing attraction. But the repercussions of victimization are many. Soon, the very experiences Dare and Jonah share threaten to drive them apart.
Xylophone by KZ Snow
First published 12th December 2012 by Dreamspinner Press
iBook, 112 pages
Pepper Jack dropped nimbly to his knees, legs spread, in front of the customer who’d motioned him over. For a moment, the man’s face disappeared within a coronal flare of gold and purple light.