Tormented Discovery

About the Book


Justin and Derrick have a secret that they revealed only to their closest friends.   They are gay and are now a couple.  The story of Justin and Derrick continues as they learn more about being a gay couple in their senior year of high school and the complications that arise from it.   Some friends will have their backs while others simply stand on the sidelines.  Other friends will be accepting and others will ridicule them.

Sometimes love is almost not enough to save a relationship and both Derrick and Justin begin to have their doubts as they watch relationships around them rise and fall.  Justin and Derrick both want to have new experiences, new choices and make new friends, which leads to them questioning their own relationship.  They soon discover that some of the people they consider friends have their own secrets, some darker than others.  The couple begins to see how people react towards homosexuality and just how people want to deal with it and them.

Will Justin and  Derrick be able to hold onto each other while their lives and secrets spiral around them?
Or will they decide to step back and give up on themselves and each other?

Note: Although it is a sequel to Finding Our Way, Tormented Discovery has been written as a stand-alone book.

Memorable Quotes

“Calm down dumb and dumber we will wait until you guys are all drunk and passed out before having a sausage festival.”  --  Derrick Wilson  to the twins.

"Oh no!”  “Oh yes”  -- Derrick Wilson and Justin Parker to each other.
"Before I met Justin I did not realize how shy and lonely I actually was. Over the years having Justin in my life had meant so much to me. I could not imagine my life without him. I am sure anyone who spends any time with us, thinks we are total opposites. You know what they say about opposites? I am a firm believer in this theory. Justin and I definitely attract. When we went from being best friends to boyfriends, it felt so right. I love Justin so much." – Derrick Wilson

Ryan (speaking to Hayden while massaging his back): "Society sucks. It should not matter what others think, if we are fine with it. Still we both have to concern ourselves with what others might see and think."  -- Ryan Rosales to Hayden while massaging his back.

"I knew my distrust with him stemmed from my own insecurities and trust issues. I was making a conscious effort to try and share with Kristian. Something in me made me want to remain guarded to some extent. I wished that I could blame this distrust on Justin's obvious dislike of him. The truth was it had nothing to do with him. As distant as I sometimes felt from the guys in our group, there was something about them that made me feel they were more trustworthy than Kristian."  -- Derrick Wilson about Kristian.

"Believe me, I wish I could give you what you want. I have thought about it so many times, but I can't just do it. Maybe I could pretend for a while, but then I wouldn't be being honest with you. We have always been honest with each other."  -- Hayden Clifton speaking to Ryan.

Music Playlist

Below are the songs I listened to while writing Tormented Discovery. For the most part, the songs are listed in order of frequency.

“Sober” – Pink

“As Long As You Love Me” – Justin Bieber
“I Just Wanna Run” – The Downtown Fiction
“S&M” – Rihanna
“Scream” – Usher
“Whistle” – Flo Rida
“TItaniam” – David Guetta (featuring Sia)
“So What” – Pink
“Tongue Tied” -- Grouplove
“Firework” – Katy Perry
“Don’t Trust Me (Amended)” – 3OH!3
“Too Close” – Alex Clare
“Starships” – Nicki Minaj
“Born This Way” – Lady Gaga

“Glad You Came” – The Wanted
“DJ Got Us Falling IN Love” –Usher (featuring PItbull)
“Call Me Maybe” – Carly Rae Jepson
“Right Round” – Flo Rida
“Don’t You Forget About Me” – Simple Minds

Original Cover
This was the cover artwork used from December 2013 until July 2014.

Original Cover Art

This is the original cover art concept drawing.

The initial idea was to make it look like the picture like the one Justin was having trouble drawing in the book.  Although the sketch was a good idea, it was decided to not bother drawing in the faces.  The idea of Justin holding onto Derrick was really liked and through a couple more drawings the cover image you see on the published book was created.

This is the original Kindle version cover - never published.

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