Author: T.M. Smith
Genre: M/M Romance
Release Date: August 22, 2017
Taylor Langford’s world is torn apart when he is only thirteen years old—his parents killed, leaving him alone and orphaned. With no living relatives, he’d certainly be another statistic if not for the intervention of the policeman who found Taylor in the crawl space where his mother hid him that fateful night. Despite the tragedy and resulting anguish in his life, Taylor knows how lucky he is.
Frank Moore is a rookie with the Dallas Police Department when he and his partner answer a call in Devonshire, one of the city’s more affluent neighborhoods. They think the young boy in various pictures throughout the home has been kidnapped until they find him, shaken but alive. Officer Moore recognizes the pain in the kid’s eyes, having lost his own mother to cancer when he was just a boy. He steps in, making sure Taylor is placed with a loving foster family. Over the years, Frank becomes a permanent fixture in Taylor’s life.
A decade later, the case remains unsolved and the once gangly, uncertain teenager is now a college graduate who knows exactly what he wants. He’s coming home to the man that helped mold and shape his life, the man he’s loved for as long as he can remember, Frank Moore. But Taylor isn’t the only person returning to Dallas, and while Frank is distracted by his own conflicting feelings and the new bond growing between the two, the past creeps up on them, determined to finish what was started ten years earlier.
A note from the author…
I hope you enjoy Frank and Taylor’s story. It’s been a long road to get them settled, but I’m happy with where this story has taken them. When I started this book, the intent was to write a stand-alone story, but that has changed. Characters continually evolve throughout the writing process, and there are several characters in the book that want to tell their story. I’ve grown especially fond of Rory and I can’t wait to write his book, which will take us back to when he first joined the Bureau, and continue on to his happy ever after.
Please be advised: This is a May/December romance, and as in life, there are sexual situations that take place prior to the main characters finding their way to one another. This is not gratuitous; it is meant to show character growth and self-realization. There is absolutely no cheating.
Murder, Mystery and Suspense
I have always been a fan of murder mysteries and suspenseful stories in both print and on tv or the movies. My favorite channel is ID Discovery and all the various true crime stories they have. My favorite shows are things like Criminal Minds and Blue Bloods. There was a particular episode of Criminal Minds that somewhat inspired the story in Survivor. In the show, Rossi has this one case that has always haunted him. The parents were murdered, but the kids survived. He never found the killer, but kept tabs on the surviving children over the years. I really enjoyed this concept and decided I wanted to write something similar, which is how Survivor was born.
In Survivor, Frank is a rookie cop and is first on the scene the night Taylor’s parents are murdered and, recognizing the pain of the loss Taylor is feeling having lost his mother when he was still a boy, he not only keeps tabs on the kid, he finds foster parents for Taylor. My twist to the story is, ten years later these two men are navigating their ever evolving feelings for one another right about the time the killer decides he needs to come back for the one he missed.
This book was so much fun to write. I think there is always some level of suspense or tension in my books, maybe one day I’ll write a RomCom, but this one is a whole new level of suspense. I cannot wait to start the next book in this series, yes you read that right, series! Initially, Survivor was meant to be a one and done stand alone story. But as I created this world for Frank and Taylor, other characters made themselves known and now I HAVE to write their story as well.
I hope you enjoy reading Frank and Taylor’s story as much as I enjoyed writing it. Be sure you enter the giveaway via the rafflecopter below for a chance to win an amazing prize pack including a Kindle Fire 7 and an emoji sleeve to carry that precious cargo in!
A military brat born and raised at Ft. Benning Georgia; TM Smith is an avid reader, reviewer and writer. A Texas transplant, she now calls DFW her home. Most days she can be found curled up with a good book, or ticking away on her next novel.
Smith is a single mom of three disturbingly outspoken and decidedly different kids, one of which is Autistic. Besides her writing, she is passionate about Autism advocacy and LGBT rights. Because, seriously people, Love is Love!