Here's the thing. Aftermath was originally published in 2006, by a lovely little company called Forbidden Publications that, unfortunately, couldn't survive after the owner's health deteriorated. Eight years ago, (it's been HOW long?) the title was unique among M/M contemporaries. Now? Not so much. There are at least a dozen M/M titles that use "Aftermath" for the title, the series name, or as part of the title.
It was time to start fresh - new title, new cover, fresh eyes to read the story. We found some major issues with the original - almost as if I'd started out to write one set of characters and later decided on another. Yeah...not good. But with all the revisions and additions since the original publication, it's still the same story, still written because of the same impetus.
And it's still - even more unfortunately - relevant today. I wrote Aftermath as a reaction to something I overheard on the radio on some horrid talk show. "Men can't be raped," this dreadful waste of human space said. "If they're being so called raped, they're gay, and then it's not really rape, is it?"
I wish I was making this up. I also wish that this attitude, and all the the other myths about rape and rape survivors, male or female, would go away. We should have learned some things by now. Some of us have. As a society? Not so much.
New title or not, the reason for this story has not changed. This is one couple's journey back out of the dark:
Coming 9/13/14 from Mischief Corner Books
Victor and Cody have the American dream - a house, two cars, upwardly mobile income, and each other - but all is not well in paradise. Cody's trust in other people’s goodwill led to one recent assault. A few months later, a friend’s betrayal leads to another. Battered every waking moment by fear and shame, all his joyful creative energy transforms into brittle, aggressive lashing out.
Victor, wracked by guilt and shackled to a grueling, time-devouring career, must find a way to help Cody back from the darkness and to keep him safe from his self-destructive behavior. With the help of a common-sense therapist, some loyal friends and Cody's own impetuous nature, their recovery and their relationship might even stand a chance.