A broken man.
A man still grieving.
A young girl offered to the highest bidder.
A boy who refuses to let go.
A small town dying under the burdens of the times.
Something’s rotten in Centurion WY, something that smacks of hate crimes.
And despite appearances (the book cover) it’s definitely NOT a shifter tale.
What it is is a story of learning to trust, of friendship and betrayals, of overcoming the odds stacked so high it seems like an avalanche poised to bury you under the weight of burdens and sorrows and the evil that lurks in the most unexpected of places. It’s the story of men and women finding a way to do the right thing in a world that’s anything but right.
Marcus Colton buried his long-time lover and best friend three years ago. Lonely and still grieving, Marcus finds solace in protecting Petilune, a pretty girl with learning difficulties, who will surely become a victim of abuse and neglect without his help. But that doesn’t help him get through the long, dark nights.
When violence wracks the small community of Centurion WY, it’s easy to place blame on Petilune’s mysterious new boyfriend, Ojibwe teen Kit Golden Eagle. The case looks open and shut, but for Josiah and Marcus the facts simply don’t add up.
Something’s rotten in Centurion, something that smacks of a hate crime…
GENRE: gay fiction, mystery & suspense, action-adventure, western, romance
When Petilune, Marcus’ helper at the store, is witness to a nasty scene after services on Sunday, both Josh and Marcus want to speak to her about what she saw. They also want to know more about her mysterious boyfriend who acts more like a stalker than a beau.
Bouncing down the stairs two at a time, he raced to the front of the store to join Josh. He found him on the porch, leaning against the railing. The lights from the window fell on Josh’s bulk, casting a long shadow that extended far into the illuminated parking area. Marcus quickly scanned for vehicles but it appeared vacant.
Marcus said, “You look like you’ve seen a ghost.”
“Might have.” He looked in the window, then at Marcus. “I suspect Petilune’s gone missing, right?”
“Yeah. I think she overheard us talking about all the shit that went down. My guess is she went with the boyfriend, whoever the hell he is.”
Josh puckered his lips, his expression unreadable. When he spoke, worry creased the corners of his eyes, drawing his brows in tight. “She’s not with him.”
Marcus sucked air, surprised. “And you know this how?”
“I know because he was just here. And he hasn’t seen Petilune since you took her away from the fight scene.”
Marcus sputtered, “I’m sorry. Wait… what? Why didn’t you keep him here so we could talk to him?”
Josh held up the torchlight and hissed, “Because his fucking gun was bigger than mine.”
“Nya Rawlyns writes with an authenticity that gives voice to her characters, real people of the place. This is literary fiction that gathers elements of many genres but never falls into a pigeon hole of any of them. Her writing is beautiful but never gets in the way of the story she’s telling, and the story is about these people dealing with burgeoning affection, maybe love, danger, loss, and fear. In other words, real life, lived by real people. The book is a mystery with plenty of action and danger. It’s a slow-build love story that never shies away from erotic exploration, but it is not Romance, nor is it Erotica. It’s more.” ~~Rick, Amazon review
“The suspense and action kept me turning page after page trying to hurry and find out what happens next. Most excellent read!!!” ~~Dodie, Amazon review
THE EAGLE AND THE FOX, Narrated by NICK J. RUSSO