Sunday, October 12, 2014


LGBT MONTH Featured Books: Caught in a Crossfire, Searching for Grace, and Taking a Stand by Juliann Rich

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Two boys at bible camp. One forbidden love. 

That’s the dilemma Jonathan Cooper faces when he goes away to Spirit Lake Bible Camp, situated along Minnesota’s rugged north shore, for a summer of fun. He is expecting mosquito bites, bonfires with s’mores, and photography classes with Simon, his favorite counselor who always helps him see life in perfect focus.

What he isn’t expecting is Ian McGuire, a new camper who openly argues against phrases like pray the gay away. Ian is certain of many things, including what could happen between them if only Jonathan could surrender to his feelings.

Jonathan, however, tosses in a storm of indecision between his belief in God and his inability to stay away from Ian. When a real storm hits and Ian is lost in it, Jonathan is forced to make a public decision that changes his life.

Title: Caught in the Crossfire
Author(s): Juliann Rich

First it's a rumor.  Then it's a fact.  And then it's on.  Camp is over and Jonathan Cooper returns home.  To life with his mother whose silence is worse than anything she could his varsity soccer teammates at East Bay Christian the growing rumors about what he did with a boy last summer at bible camp.

All the important lines blur. Between truth and lies. Between friends and enemies. Between reality and illusion. 
Just when Jonathan feels the most alone, help arrives from the unlikeliest of sources: Frances “Sketch” Mallory, the weird girl from his art class, and her equally eccentric friend, Mason. For a short while, thanks to Sketch and Mason, life is almost survivable. Then Ian McGuire comes to town on the night of the homecoming dance and tensions explode. Fists fly, blood flows, and Jonathan—powerless to stop it—does the only thing he believes might save them all: he prays for God’s grace.

Title: Searching for Grace
Author(s): Juliann Rich
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There’s a time for justice. Then there’s a time for taking the stand.
And Jonathan Cooper knows exactly what time it is.
It is time to tip the scales of justice in favor of his boyfriend, Ian McGuire, who is facing the charge of Assault and Battery.

 It is time to lie. To his parents, who think he’s on a ski trip with Pete Mitchell when he’s really in Madison searching for one person willing to testify on Ian’s behalf. To Ian’s parents, who have erased Ian from their lives. Even to himself. Because admitting his feelings for Mason Kellerman isn’t an option.

It is also time to face the truth. That Jonathan may have gone all the way to Madison for nothing. That he may be powerless to save Ian from a guilty verdict. That whether he likes it or not, it is time for him to TAKE THE STAND.

Title: Taking the Stand
Author(s): Juliann Rich
Average Stars (from Goodreads): 0.00 (Anticipated release date: April, 2015)