Publisher: MLR Press
Length: 27,000 words approx.
A photographer with post-traumatic stress disorder falls for a comics artist on a wild New Zealand beach, but can he find true love when he feels so wounded by life?
Everything changed when the bomb exploded. Forty-five-year old, Alex Cox worked as an international photographer until a deadly explosion left him with post-traumatic stress disorder. Emotionally wounded, and desperate for a sense of safety, he's run all the way to wild and remote Kahawai Bay, New Zealand.
Under the worst possible circumstances, Alex meets Joe, a shy young comics artist. Joe lets Alex into his playful, gentle world of comics, and soon Alex is falling for him, hard. Alex longs for more. Joe is reticent. But is it shyness? Or does Joe not want a much older lover with 'issues'? Or is something else keeping them apart?
This is a tender and uplifting story about creativity, adversity, true love, and comics.
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Lee Welch wrote her first book aged seven (a pastiche of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe) and first had an idea for an m/m romance aged twelve. She loves books and comics, and when she’s not writing, she’ll probably be reading. Her favourite authors include Ursula Le Guin, Graham Greene, Linda Medley, Dylan Horrocks and KJ Charles. By day, Lee works as an editor and business communications adviser, mainly persuading people not to say ‘utilise’ when they mean ‘use’. Her job has led her to work in areas as diverse as mental health, nursing, accident prevention and the criminal justice sector.
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Having dealt with PTSD myself, it is easy to relate to Alex. The flashbacks... the nightmares... the feeling of being suffocated. I understand it all. I'm not saying that people who have no experience with PTSD will have a problem with Alex and his situation. It just makes him more real to me.
I found myself wanting to read the comics that Joe has written. There's no doubt from the descriptions that I'd enjoy reading them. Perhaps Ms. Welch could either post them on her website/facebook page or maybe even publish a small "catalog" of sorts with them in it.
I also wanted to reach out to the vulnerable Joe, hold him in my arms and be there for him always, no matter who, what, where, when, why and how. No matter his past or present.
I sincerely hope to read more of Alex and Joe.
Mended With Gold is absolutely 5-star material and deserves a spot on everybody's bookshelf/Kindle/Nook/eReader/PC.