The Virgin Manny–and Out of the Pool

The Virgin Manny

Sometimes family is a blessing and a curse. When Tino Robbins is roped into helping his sister deliver her premade Italian dinners when he should be studying for finals, he’s pretty sure it’s the latter! But one delivery might change everything.

Channing Lowell’s charmed life changes when his sister dies and leaves him her seven-year-old son. He’s committed to doing what’s best for Sammy… but he’s going to need a lot of help. When Tino lands on his porch, Channing is determined to recruit him to Team Sammy.

Tino plans to make his education count—even if that means avoiding a relationship—but as he falls harder and harder for his boss, he starts to wonder: Does he have to leave his newly forged family behind in order to live his promising tomorrow?

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Okay– so now that you’ve seen THAT (and it’s SO PRETTY! And out on January 1st!)  I’ll tell a quick story about little old ladies at the pool and run.

Yes–politics. They’re everywhere. But you still don’t expect little old ladies in a sometimes conservative area to trash talk Drumpf when you’re in the middle of a workout.

You appreciate them, but you don’t expect them.

In this case, we were talking we got ready to leave, and I mentioned what I did and what I wrote–and this woman just flowered.

She was so happy to be talking to a sympathetic person. Her grandson had come out to his family, and in her words, it was like he was a whole different kid. She said, “He should have known we’d love him and support him–but the fear. It was crippling.”

Yes. Yes it is.  And I’m sure her fear of rejection for being a staunch liberal were pretty harsh too–but she was out and proud and unafraid of who knew her opinion.

But Goddess was she glad to see someone else shared it–someone else believed in LGBTQ rights, and religious freedom, and that racial inequality needs to be addressed.

Someone in her neighborhood, even. Someone she knew.

We forget, sometimes, how much good there is in the world. Talking politics and LGBTQ rights with this woman reminded me that people of all ages fight the good fight.

Bless this woman–she really is all that’s good in the world.

Now back to writing Fish–cause it’s almost done!

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