This is my story. It’s a slow burn though.
Title: Mending The Broken in Ashton
Genre: Romance/General fiction (LGBT)
Blurb: Mentally ill high school teacher Charlie Brooks tries not to let an unpleasant childhood define him. While trying to save his pupils from ending up like him, more nightmares rear their ugly head. His reputation doesn’t do him any favors, as he’s been branded too peculiar, too skinny and too strange to fit in. He fears he is destined to wither away among the crippling loneliness that follows him like a shadow, and that ultimately, he cannot be saved.
For those like him, it seems impossible to find hope in small, conservative Ashton. However, hope does arrive in the form of a fellow colleague named Oliver, who is patient, caring and kind with him. But before he can appreciate that hope, Charlie spirals down into severe mental illness. Charlie and Oliver’s paths are set to intertwine and become fraught with challenges that will tempt them to take the easy way out. In particular, the denial and stigma surrounding the love he feels for his friend crushes Charlie from the inside.