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Bright (The House On Glass Beach book #2)

"Bright" is the story of of the trials and tribulations of a gay couple in Idaho who aspire to have children with the help of their close friend Natalie Mattheis (Tammy's cousin from "Crush").

Born to Christian missionaries, Reardon "Monty" Montgomery is a rebellious twenty-nine year old with a bad case of the Peter Pan syndrome and a not-so-small drinking problem. On his own since age fifteen, he's lived in Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and many other places since his parents left him with family in Indiana. After a horrible tragedy that cuts the lives of his young cousins short, Monty runs away and discovers a preference for life without ties or strings. After his latest flame dumps him, he decides to hit the road for the fun and frills of Vegas, but instead he crashes his van into the Snake River outside the blink-and-you'll-miss-it town of Bannock Valley, Idaho and ends up being rescued by twenty-three year old Walter Yarbro and his older sister, Kendall.

When he wakes up in hospital with a broken foot and wounded pride, Monty meets Walter, a shy homebody who, because of a farming accident several years prior, suffered severe infections that left him partially blind and suffering with congestive heart failure...and the rest is history. Monty and Walter are an unlikely and outlandish pairing, an out-and-proud gypsy and an abruptly-awakened farm boy. They couldn't be more opposite if they put it in special order. But their love is immediate and intense, a genie that won't stay in its bottle.

But even after Walter bails Monty out of jail and offers him a home and a new life, along with a marriage proposal, Monty can't quell his wanderlust, nor his ingrained insecurities. Afraid above all things that even smell like committment, Monty runs from Walter, but he can't stay away for long.

Worried about the repercussions from his deeply religious stepmother Helena, whose approval and love he once longed for, Walter marries Monty in secret, and while Helena believes they are only friends, they become gay activists and travel to San Francisco for the Pride Parade. There, they fatefully meet Natalie Mattheis, who agrees to help them build a family, posing as Walter's "girlfriend," to keep Helena's suspicions at bay.

What follows will prove to be a grueling journey for all three friends. Their first two attempts at parenthood end in tragedy. Anguished by the terrible turn of events, Monty slips back into alcoholism, Walter's health deteriorates, and Natalie begins to fall in love with Walter.

RAVES for BRIGHT:

"A wonderfully real chronicle of the ups and downs of love and marriage...a truly frightening look at the damage done by human "termites" ...a story of survival, warmed with hope and human dignity, but chilled with the reality of evil, a much more convincing "horror" story than any paranormal scare-fest can conjure up."
Rebecca Baron, The Boise Bookiee, October 6, 2013

"An unforgettable story of love and courage in the face of adversity...intricate, intimate and suspenseful...Bright is a story of two achingly lovely men, inside and out, and their struggle to understand the love that binds them together so fiercely."
Patsy Moran, Lycos Inc., Oct. 18, 2013

"9.5 of 10 stars..."
Mario Legaspi, San Francisco, Nov. 13, 2013

"Poetic...a complicated universe within one family..."
Naomi Gomes, Goodreads, Nov. 24, 2013

"A very inspirational romance about two young men and their long journey from attraction to love to marriage to family."
Therese, Austria, Dec. 18, 2013

"A sprawling and captivating m/m romance..."
Michelle MacIsaac, Goodreads, Jan. 15, 2014

, "Amazingly sweet and amazingly brutal..."
Sonia, Goodreads, Feb.18, 2014

"Beautiful and messy, like life! A romantic thriller of a different kind..."
LeafLitterLady, May 6, 2014

"5 stars! This author absolutely knows how to push the right buttons..."
Anon Jordana, May 22, 2014

"It left me feeling a little sad in a happy way...Or happy in a sad way?"
Bonny Knox, Lycos, Inc. June 27, 2014

"5 stars"
freeze, Goodreads, Aug. 12, 2014

"The relationship between Monty and Walter...is what I love about m-m fiction. And as with Crush, it isn't empty or shallow or relying upon raunchy descriptions. It's just sweetly dirty enough...it's done in such a guileless fashion that you almost cry tears of joy and pleasure..."
Heidi Rose, Goodreads, Jan. 17, 2015

"Laura Susan Johnson just became an auto buy author for me, I will continue to read anything she writes, even if it's about vultures..."
Ada, Goodreads, Feb. 20, 2015

"Like nothing I have ever read before...a wonderful and sexy journey of life, love, growth and happiness."
Dawn, Goodreads, Mar. 6, 2015

Links

Beaten Track Publishing Original Book Trailer (2012)

Author's Youtube Channel Bright: The Love Story of Monty & Walter

Goodreads.com Reviews Bright Dream Playlist/Soundtrack Author Interview

Bright on Pintrest Laura Susan Johnson on Twitter Bright on Facebook
Monty's Facebook Walter's Facebook

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