Please join us in welcoming author Ethan Stone today, on the tour for Confessions, the first book in the new Reno PD Case File series.
Forgiveness & Redemption
At the time I’m writing this I’ve been in the small town in Nevada I moved from three or so years ago for a couple weeks. There were several reasons why I made this trip but something unexpected happened—I found some redemption.
My daughter, her husband and my three wonderful, amazing grandkids live in Ely and visiting them was the biggest reason for this trip. But I have some friends here as well, including my ex-boyfriend. My ex and I had ended our relationship before I moved away but remained friends and we stayed so even after I moved to Oregon.
It’s an interesting thing being friends with a person you once loved and who broke your heart. I’d forgiven my ex for several things he did in our nearly eight year relationship but there were other things that I hadn’t quite managed to forgive him for. Things I didn’t think I’d ever be able to let go. I guess I liked carrying around lots of baggage.
For the first few days of my trip I only saw my ex once or twice and never for a long period of time. I wavered about spending much time with him because of the anger I had been hanging onto. The first weekend I was here I went on a camping trip with my daughter and her family. Yeah, camping with three kids ages seven, five and two! What was I thinking?
It ended being fun most of the time and because of the solitude (and lack of Internet access) I was able to do some heavy duty thinking. I’ve always had a thing for waterfalls and at the camping spot there was a small one that seemed to call to me.
I sat on the bridge that ran over the creek and just watched the water flow down the rocks for some time that first day. It was beautiful and calming and allowed me to let things go. Things I should’ve let go a long time ago such as things that had happened with my ex. I tossed rocks into the water and watched them float away pretending they were the baggage I’d been holding on to.
Something funny happened when I forgave him in my heart—I felt a sense of redemption. I’d redeemed parts of me I’d had blocked off. Sections of my heart and soul that had been dark were now mine to reclaim. Forgiving others isn’t just for the other person it’s about yourself. Not holding onto the negativity lifted a weight off of me and things that I was once unsure about are now clear.
In Confessions Rafe is a man who needs redemption because of the baggage he held onto. Thanks to stuff that happened in his younger years as well as an undercover assignment with the mob he has a lot of darkness in his soul. He’s been unable to deal with it thanks to PTSD and chose alcohol to dull his pain. When Rafe meets Leif Carson something changes for him. He sees a chance at a normal life but shit goes down before they can get too far in their relationship.
Just like me, Rafe has an epiphany, though his is far more dramatic than mine. Just like me, Rafe decides to focus on the future and not the past.
About the Book
Publisher: DSP Publications
Series: Reno PD: Book One
Length: 216 Pages
Purchase Links: DSP Publications || Amazon
Blurb: A serial killer known as the Confessor is kidnapping and torturing gay men, and Reno Police Department Evidence Technician Leif Carson is determined to catch him.
His personal life isn’t any less stressful. Despite being a virgin and having zero experience with men, he can’t stop thinking about his best friend’s ex, Rafe Castillo. Rafe is suffering from PTSD, but that doesn’t stop Leif from wanting to be with him.
Complete opposites, they’re an amazing fit once they do get together—until Rafe’s PTSD gets in the way and he walks away from the relationship before it has a chance to truly blossom. Even though he has intense feelings for the man, Leif has no choice but to let him go.
When the Confessor kidnaps Rafe, Leif does everything possible to locate him before he’s murdered. Rafe’s near-death experience changes him profoundly, but the danger isn’t over yet. Leif and Rafe will have to face pure evil together if they’re going to last.
About the Author
Romance on the Edge
Ethan Stone doesn’t write your typical boy meets boy stories. With a combination of love and suspense he makes his characters work hard for their HEAs. If they can survive what he puts them through, then they can survive anything. He enjoys Romance with an Edge.
Ethan has been reading mysteries and thrillers since he was young. He’s had a thing for guys in uniform for just as long. That may have influenced the stories he writes.
He’s a native Oregonian with two kids. One of whom has made him a grandfather three times over; even though he is way too young.