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“She Needs a Story!”
Once in a while, a seemingly minor character takes over an entire book. That happened to me in my male/male contemporary novel I Should Tell You. Drag queen Solara Flare—who uses her stage name and female pronouns despite identifying as male—was a secondary character in that book, but her sass, attitude, and obvious caring for main character Mitch captured my attention.
Apparently some readers felt the same way; in at least one review, the question of whether Solara would have her own story was brought up.
And now, she does have her own story. In Stepping Stone Not Doormat, we learn that Solara’s use of her stage name and female pronouns is an attempt to hide from Mason, an abusive ex-lover from whom she fled nearly a decade ago, when she relocated from Los Angeles to Boston.
We also learn that before the abusive relationship, Solara was in love with a man named Navon, who abandoned her when she was arrested for burglary and drug possession. But now, fifteen years after that relationship ended, Navon has found Solara. He comes to Boston bringing something Mason had kept after Solara’s escape—and asking Solara for another chance.
Mason is now dead, but Solara can’t forget what she went through with him. And she can’t help blaming Navon for it, because she wouldn’t have gotten involved with Mason if Navon hadn’t ended her relationship with him. But during Navon’s visit, they reconnect, and realize that although they’ve changed, their love for each other remains.
They just hope they can build something new from the ashes of their past. And I hope readers enjoy learning more about Solara.
Fifteen years ago in Los Angeles, a man named Charlie lost everything in his life to drug and burglary charges. Everything including his lover Navon, who was unable to accept Charlie’s actions.
Nine years ago, after building a drag career that included TV appearances and international travel, Charlie left his entire life behind to escape his abusive boyfriend Mason, and started anew in Boston as club queen Solara Flare. Going by stage name and female pronouns, Solara has taken every step possible to prevent Mason–or anyone else from her former life–from finding her.
Now, Navon has tracked Solara down in the wake of Mason’s death to return something Mason had kept, and to apologize for abandoning her after her arrest. Fifteen years hasn’t dulled their sexual attraction to each other, but the memories brought up by Navon’s appearance are almost more than Solara can stand. And no matter how much she wants to give Navon the second chance he asks for, Solara doesn’t know whether she can move beyond the past.
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