Title: Semper Fi
Genre: Historical m/m romance
Author Name: Keira Andrews
Book heat level (based on movie ratings G, PG, PG13, R): R
The war is over. The battle for love has just begun.
As Marines, Cal and Jim depended on each other to survive bloodshed and despair in the Pacific. Relieved to put the horrors of war behind him, Jim went home to his apple orchard and a quiet life with his wife and children. Knowing Jim could never return his forbidden feelings, Cal hoped time and an ocean between them would dull the yearning for his best friend.
But when Jim's wife dies, Cal returns to help. He doesn't know a thing about apple farming—or children—but he's determined to be there for Jim, even as the painful torch he carries blazes back to life. Jim is grateful for his friend's support as he struggles with buried emotions and dark wartime memories. Then Jim begins to see Cal in a new light, and their relationship deepens in ways neither expected. Can they build a life together as a family and find happiness in a world that would condemn them?
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About the Character
Name: Cal Cunningham
Birthplace: New York City
Profession: Former banker and newbie apple farmer
Ethnicity/Species (if not human): Caucasian
Describe his/her body build, skin tone, height and weight. Include any unique features such as dimples, freckles, or scars: Around 6 feet, 200 lbs. Lean and muscular. Dark eyes and dark, thick hair. Dimples.
Who is the significant other in your character's life?
Best friend Jim Bennett is definitely Cal's significant other, but their relationship has always been platonic, much to Cal's anguish.
How does your hero dress?
He's in a WWII Marine uniform in the flashbacks to the war, and at the orchard he wears jeans or khakis with button-front work shirts or T-shirts.
How educated is this character? Is he book smart, self-taught, widely-experienced?
Cal is a Princeton grad, and is very intelligent. He could have easily had an officer's commission in the war, but joined the Marines to rebel against his father.
Does he scrape by, live comfortably, live extravagantly?
He's very wealthy, but is content living a simple life at the orchard with Jim.
What special skills does your character rely on?
Probably his people skills. Cal's charismatic and funny, and is a smooth talker.
What is your character's family like?
Oy vey. His parents are rather cold, and he isn't close to his much-younger sister. He's clashed with his father—and his father's expectations—his whole life.
Does he have children?
No, and when Cal moves to the orchard to help Jim, he has no experience dealing with children. Eight-year-old Sophie isn't as easily charmed by Cal as most people, and he has to learn how to deal with the complexity of kids.
Can your hero keep a secret? If not, why not? If yes, why?
Definitely! He's kept his deep love and attraction for Jim secret since their days at boot camp.
After writing for years yet never really finding the right inspiration, Keira discovered her voice in gay romance, which has become a passion. She writes contemporary, historical, fantasy and paranormal fiction, and—although she loves delicious angst along the way—Keira firmly believes in happy endings. For as Oscar Wilde once said, "The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what Fiction means." You can find out more about Keira and her books at her website, and on Facebook and Twitter.
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