The Touch Of Hope



➼ [Reading] ➾ The Touch Of Hope By Brandon Shire ➱ – E17streets4all.co.uk Dear Author,I got tired of my dad using me as a punching bag, so I packed some clothes and left our apartment one day while he was at work Life is tough, but I learned that living on the streets is ev Dear Author,I got tired of my dad using me as a punching bag, so I packed some clothes and left our apartment one day while he was at work Life is tough, but I learned that living on the streets is even tougherWhen I thought things couldn t get much worse, Erik suddenly appeared The Touch Epub / before me, just like an angel Is this a dream or are the drugs making me hallucinate What is he running from Why won t he tell me about his past Can I trust him Photo Description Two slightly lanky, dark haired boys are embraced, one behind the other One boy has his hands inside the pockets of the hoodie of the boy in front of him This small gesture hints at an unfamiliar reassurance that he plans to make his intimacy than words will allowThis story was written as a part of the M M Romance Group s Love Has No Boundaries event Group members were asked to write a story prompt inspired by a photo of their choice Authors of the group selected a photo and prompt that spoke to them and wrote a short story.The Touch Of Hope

Great stories should not depend on gender or sexual preference of a character, but instead upon the strength of the characters and the honesty and urgency of the story Brandon Shire proves he understands the complexity of writing LGBT fiction from two very different viewpoints serious and smexy His serious fiction is written for The Touch Epub / those who enjoy a book which explores life s darker elements in aliterary form, while the smexy fiction is for those who enjoy a graphically erotic romanceRegardless of the differentiation above, Brandon writes for people who enjoy being challenged, and for those who strive to understand situations they don t typically encounter He pens raw, emotional stories about characters which readers will either love or love to hate Life and love are pretty damned special, but neither is always perfect Life can be painful, and real love hard to find Brandon s fiction is an exploration of the sometimes arduous search for happiness we all desire % of the proceeds from the sale of any of Brandon s book are donated to LGBT Youth charitiesLearnabout Brandon Shire and the LGBT Youth charities he supports at BrandonShire.

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    If you re looking for a CBR and CBZ reader as a part of the M M Romance Group s Love Has No Boundaries event Group members were asked to write a story prompt inspired by a photo of their choice Authors of the group selected a photo and prompt that spoke to them and wrote a short story."/>
  • ebook
  • 46 pages
  • The Touch Of Hope
  • Brandon Shire
  • English
  • 02 May 2018

10 thoughts on “The Touch Of Hope

  1. says:

    An interesting interpretation undermined by difficult transitions.This one possessed many fine elements of dramatic opportunity, yet was inordinately dominated by an oddly dissonant sex scene The rest was a series of hard knock life lessons as per early Gregg Araki films linked by clumsy, sharply veering transitions that explainedthan they showed and didn t always make sense.I was frustrated by stock characters and strange dialogical asides that pulled me out of the story usually right be An interesting interpretation undermined by difficult transitions.This one possessed many fine elements of dramatic opportunity, yet was inordinately dominated by an oddly dissonant sex scene The rest was a series of hard knock life lessons as per early Gregg Araki films linked by clumsy, sharply veering transitions that explainedthan they showed and didn t always make sense.I was frustrated by stock characters and strange dialogical asides that pulled me out of the story usually right before my cold, dead heart was about to soften in sympathetic suffering.And that s another thing The suffering.I m an emo motherfucker as previously discussed at length elsewhere but the kids in the picture that prompted this story are not like the ones I read about.PictureKids are affluent, clean, and vaguely wholesome in the way that well fed American kids whose mothers slavishly do their laundry for them can be wholesome They re standing in the middle of an open plan suburban high school, with someone s dowdy minivan visible in the background They re layered in post millennial accoutrement, from the fashionably disinterested shaggy haircuts to the can of fanta in one boy s hand never mind the hipster irony of his calculator wristwatch Or the graphic tee and hoodie which were both suspiciously immaculate, you ll note.PictureKids are having this awkward, mid motion embrace, captured by someone with a camera, and standing where anyone can see which maybe explains why fanta boy looks uncomfortable.Interesting.StoryKids Not so much A couple of filthy teen runaways squatting in a condemned house, for the most part.But my disappointment is not so much that the short story is so different from the prompt If this narrative were a voyage, it ended up pretty far from where that fresh n kleen picture began it I just wish I d been along for the whole trip instead of arriving just in time for the the smelly destination.The stuff in between would have been pretty compelling

  2. says:

    I LOST MY REVIEW MY LIFE IS A HUGE STINKING PIECE OF SHIT.I really don t understand why I deserve so much pain I just can t figure it out.I d written a fucking lot about this story, but now you get the short and pissed off version it started out sweet and beautiful and it ended up with the characters revealing their true nature as, respectively, an asshole and a doormat or withtechnical terms, a psycopath in the making and his perfect victim Let s not even mention the half assed extr I LOST MY REVIEW MY LIFE IS A HUGE STINKING PIECE OF SHIT.I really don t understand why I deserve so much pain I just can t figure it out.I d written a fucking lot about this story, but now you get the short and pissed off version it started out sweet and beautiful and it ended up with the characters revealing their true nature as, respectively, an asshole and a doormat or withtechnical terms, a psycopath in the making and his perfect victim Let s not even mention the half assed extremely rushed ending.Not happy with this.Also, a warning I believe you should know this before you start the story because it s an element that might bother some, but then you might want to read it without knowing anything, so here you go view spoiler Erik habitually takes some kind of non specified drugs and the problem is neither solved nor even mentioned hide spoiler You could say that this influenced his behaviour, but I believe he s just a piece of shit deep inside.Still, I kind of enjoyed this shrug

  3. says:

    Oh dear, what a touching, sad, heart wrenching yet somehow heartwarming and hopeful story Jonathan is 16 and ran away from his abusive father, he really isn t cut out to make it on the streets, good thing he runs into Erik.Erik takes him under his wing and helps him, but Erik has his own troubles and heartaches to deal with.Poor Erik, I can t tell you how sad I am for that child I will freely admit to sniffles and just wanting to scream at the injustice in the world that makes this story not a Oh dear, what a touching, sad, heart wrenching yet somehow heartwarming and hopeful story Jonathan is 16 and ran away from his abusive father, he really isn t cut out to make it on the streets, good thing he runs into Erik.Erik takes him under his wing and helps him, but Erik has his own troubles and heartaches to deal with.Poor Erik, I can t tell you how sad I am for that child I will freely admit to sniffles and just wanting to scream at the injustice in the world that makes this story not all that fictional, unfortunately.The prompt was wonderful and Brandon Shire wrote a wonderful story for it

  4. says:

    Sweet, raw, tender and hopeful.I had the privilege of beta reading this several weeks ago and have been anxiously waiting to get to talk about it I felt that Brandon Shire hit the perfect balance between tough reality and tender romance He kept the tone light and easy while addressing some pretty raw truths about gay youth, life on the streets and even mental illness and how it is, or isn t, handled in America.While it s true that most of the M M Romance Group readers won t be turned off by Sweet, raw, tender and hopeful.I had the privilege of beta reading this several weeks ago and have been anxiously waiting to get to talk about it I felt that Brandon Shire hit the perfect balance between tough reality and tender romance He kept the tone light and easy while addressing some pretty raw truths about gay youth, life on the streets and even mental illness and how it is, or isn t, handled in America.While it s true that most of the M M Romance Group readers won t be turned off by a street message , I think what has unfolded here has the potential to reach a wider audience Nicely done THE CHARACTERS Jonathan Adorable, inquisitive and shy His innocence isn t going to serve him well in his new life on the streets.Erik Street smart and life hardened he steps in just in time to save Jonathan You ll have to read to decide if his motivations are selfish or honorable He s cynical and jaded, but seems to need to care for a pure Jonathan THE WRITING As I said, Brandon hits a perfect tone for the prompt and for his readership as well This is a sweet, young love story with gritty, I want to look away elements There isn t anything here that will scare or jolt you, but you will be left feelingfeelings.I don t think I have anything critical to mention The story just works I like that Jonathan was a bit hesitant to trust Erik I suppose some may think he does trust Erik too easily though The mention of mental illness and it s relationship to homelessness is an additional consideration here In fact, there is a lot going on in this short story Which just leads to me wanting to know muchof Jonathan and Erik s story Thank you to Brandon Shire for letting me get an early glimpse of this story and thank you to the M M Romance Group and Love Has No Boundaries for running a wonderful contest

  5. says:

    I did enjoy this story, though there were things that didn t quite add up or weren t addressed fully, such as the drug use While much of the prompt was worked into the story, I had a hard time connecting the picture of two high school looking boys with the dirty street dwelling kids in the story The story itself was sad and sweet, but also a bit creepy Motives weren t always clear, but everything gets wrapped up quickly in the end The writing was smooth, but I felt this story would have bene I did enjoy this story, though there were things that didn t quite add up or weren t addressed fully, such as the drug use While much of the prompt was worked into the story, I had a hard time connecting the picture of two high school looking boys with the dirty street dwelling kids in the story The story itself was sad and sweet, but also a bit creepy Motives weren t always clear, but everything gets wrapped up quickly in the end The writing was smooth, but I felt this story would have benefited from a bitdetail

  6. says:

    What can I say about this LHNB event other than absolutely brilliant I ve read so many wonderful stories, and this is anotheralthough I love Brandon Shire s writing anyway 4.5 stars and This is the tale of Jonathan and Erik, Jonathan having been thrown out onto the street by his father, and Erik being his saviour Sad in parts, uplifting in others Recommended What can I say about this LHNB event other than absolutely brilliant I ve read so many wonderful stories, and this is anotheralthough I love Brandon Shire s writing anyway 4.5 stars and This is the tale of Jonathan and Erik, Jonathan having been thrown out onto the street by his father, and Erik being his saviour Sad in parts, uplifting in others Recommended

  7. says:

    Honestly if you asked me if I ever imagined what it felt like to walk a day in a teenagers shoes, a child betrayed by their family due to nothingthan who they are well, I would have told you I d have no clue until now.Choosing a life on the streets over the brutal hand of an abusive parent is a choice no teen should have to make Yet the sad reality is some do Many are battered and neglected when they should be cared for and protected, and often this abuse is due to nothingthan thei Honestly if you asked me if I ever imagined what it felt like to walk a day in a teenagers shoes, a child betrayed by their family due to nothingthan who they are well, I would have told you I d have no clue until now.Choosing a life on the streets over the brutal hand of an abusive parent is a choice no teen should have to make Yet the sad reality is some do Many are battered and neglected when they should be cared for and protected, and often this abuse is due to nothingthan their sexual orientation It makes my blood boil and my heart heavy, and I hang onto the thread of hope that saviors step in and rescue these abandoned souls.I slipped right into his worn pair of Vans and wandered the streets with the fear and bleakness that Jonathan shouldered I was anxious, nervous, and so very lost I clung to the hope that Erik delivered, and my heart beat a little faster under his care Watching the trust grow, the bonds form and the gift Jonathan willing gave Erik was tender and memorable.A brilliant story of two young men forced to grow up faster than life should permit, juggling the demands of survival and clutching to every shard of hope that swings their way 4realistically raw stars

  8. says:

    I am so happy this story is finally out for everyone to read and enjoy.It was my first time reading from the author and I truly like it.The story is center in two teenage boys, one that has been in the streets for a while and one that finds himself in that situation after coming out.The relationship, the protective side of Erik, the sadness of Jonathan at the realization that this is his life from now on.That protectiveness on one side and the need on the other made these two boys grow closer be I am so happy this story is finally out for everyone to read and enjoy.It was my first time reading from the author and I truly like it.The story is center in two teenage boys, one that has been in the streets for a while and one that finds himself in that situation after coming out.The relationship, the protective side of Erik, the sadness of Jonathan at the realization that this is his life from now on.That protectiveness on one side and the need on the other made these two boys grow closer become lovers and decide to stay together even when things take a turn for the worst

  9. says:

    It s a really good story about two homeless teens, but the sex scenes almost ruined it for me.

  10. says:

    I read this story without any expectations other than that it was a gay romance and I was as interested in having a good read as in reading something short so as to help me meet my 2015 Reading Challenege on Goodreads The beginning seemed a bit unlikely an eighteen year old homeless youth Erik dissuading another recently homeless sixteen year old Jonathan , whom he didn t know, from entering a police station to seek help However, as the story unfolded I was struck by the attention to deta I read this story without any expectations other than that it was a gay romance and I was as interested in having a good read as in reading something short so as to help me meet my 2015 Reading Challenege on Goodreads The beginning seemed a bit unlikely an eighteen year old homeless youth Erik dissuading another recently homeless sixteen year old Jonathan , whom he didn t know, from entering a police station to seek help However, as the story unfolded I was struck by the attention to detail about homeless life for young gay people in the US and how believable the characters seemed to be I wondered if there was an autobiographical dimension to the story but when I followed a link to the author s Web site at the end of the ebook, I learned that he supports an organisation called Lost n Found Youth , which is based in Atlanta, Georgia, and offers assistance to homeless LGBT people aged 13 to 25 there and farther afield It was shocking to read on the organisation s Web site that there are thought to be 750 LGBT homeless youth in Atlanta alone.In the story, Erik takes the younger teen who had run away from his physically abusive father under his wing, teaching him some of the tricks needed to survive on the streets and warning him about some of thedangerous aspects of homeless life Over time, they develop feelings for each other despite Jonathan s initial distrust and uncertainty so that it looks like they will end up having a relationship together But Erik says nothing about his past why is he homeless , goes out alone for hours during the day, and doesn t explain why a certain place is out of bounds to Jonathan Can Jonathan trust Erik enough to continue living with him and will Erik be able to confide his secrets to Jonathan This is a well written tale that is not only about how two young friends find each other but also offers a window on homeless life for gay youth The teenagers homelessness is depressing but their burgeoning relationship offers them hope for the future

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