by Jerry Sacher
Publication Date: May 18, 2015
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Synopsis: Travis McAllan is one of America's top country music stars—loved by fans, he lives the dreamed-of life of a country boy who has made it. The lifestyle of a star, however, comes at a cost, and Travis keeps his sexuality a secret until he meets Geoff Randsell. The attraction is immediate and jolts Travis from his life of pretense. Geoff has a secret of his own—he’s in a rocky relationship, and he’s not impressed by Hollywood glitz. When he falls for Travis, Geoff is swept off his feet, and he is both dazzled by and apprehensive about the celebrity lifestyle of private planes, mansions, and travel. When a photographer sells a picture of Travis and Geoff to the tabloids, their courtship and private world comes under fire. Travis must risk his music career to be with the man he loves, and Geoff has to make the difficult choice to accept a life in the public eye. In the face of increasing pressure, Travis and Geoff must stay true to themselves to get to the altar and say “I do.”
“Where were you, Lu?” Geoff asked. “Our table is ready.”
“Take a look at this.” Lu pulled a magazine out of her purse and handed it to Geoff. The page was marked at an article titled “Travis McAllan – Gay?” There were pictures of him and Travis in his kitchen in each other’s arms, holding hands, and nearly undressed. “Did you know about his, Geoff?”
“No, but there were a couple of times we thought someone was hanging around the house.”
“You were just on the phone with Travis. Did he say anything?” Lu asked, but she was interrupted by the loud clamor of Goeff’s phone. It was an incoming call from Traivs. Geoff looked up from the screen and back at Lu.
“He probably knows now.”
Travis knew almost before Goeff. He had finished talking to him on the phone and was sitting on the back porch strumming his guitar when his brothers and Marc came outside, all speaking and gesturing at once.
Travis laid aside the guitar and stood up, holding out his hands. “Y’all sound like a bunch of hens. What’s the matter?”
“This is the matter!” Don spat, throwing a copy of People magazine’s Country Special at Travis’s feet. He picked it up and flipped through the photos of himself and Geoff. He closed it calmly and lifted his head to face the three men in front of him.
“They’re good pictures,” Travis said, folding up the magazine and dropping it next to his guitar.
About Jerry Sacher
Jerry Sacher currently lives in Chicago with his partner Dean and two cats in an apartment crammed with books.
He writes every day from the local coffee shop, his “office,” and when he’s not writing, his interests are San Francisco, the Titanic, and listening to records on an antique phonograph.