Blog Tour ★★Jonathan's Promise (Jonathan Trilogy #2) by Hans M Hirschi feat. a Special Guest Post
TITLE: Jonathan’s Promise
SERIES: Jonathan Trilogy: Book Two
AUTHOR: Hans M. Hirschi
First of all, thank you for hosting the book tour for Jonathan’s Promise today, and thanks for the opportunity to guest blog. I really appreciate it.
No, I don’t write romance novels. Love and romance are never the core of my stories. Yet what
is life without love? Just an if, really. So yes, even in my gay fiction, love always plays a role,
and while it may not be the lead role, it’s an important aspect of life, and it is what we, the
members of the LGBT community have in common with those on the ‘outside’…
Love isn’t always easy though, and one of the topics I wanted to explore in this story was that of
“what if?” in a relationship. What if one of the partners became sick, disabled. Would you stick
by your partner? Would the disabled partner want you to remain at your side? The inspiration for
this came from two authors I know (not saying any names, but you probably know who). They
faced this conundrum, and I just couldn’t shake it. Naturally, as a married man, I also wonder
how I would react in a similar scenario. A few years ago, my husband woke up completely
paralyzed, from the neck down. Luckily, he regained mobility after a few days, but trust me, it
was a real shock to my system. To care for someone tetraplegic for decades? Wow! I also
followed my parents and my mom’s Alzheimer’s. My dad went from being a full time successful
architect to full time nurse at the age of sixty-eight, and nursed mom until she no longer could
live at home, six months before she suddenly passed away.
I wanted to explore this in fiction, yet I had no idea how. I never do. I have an idea, and then my
characters tell me what they see, feel, experience. In this particular case, I let them take the two
sides of the argument, theoretically and practically, because, after all, what is love? True love?
Is it let your loved one go? Is it to stick by his side?
Am I the wiser after having written the book? Will you be? I can’t say, but I know what I would
want me to do if I were in that situation again. I’ll keep that to myself, because I think I’ve
learned a lot from seeing both sides. For better or worse is not as simple as you’d like to have it,
and I think both sides make great arguments. I hope you’ll agree when you’ve read the book.
PUBLISHER: Beaten Track Publishing
COVER ARTIST: Natasha Snow
LENGTH: 214 Pages
RELEASE DATE: March 31, 2016
Jonathan made Dan a promise - a promise that will
affect the remainder of his life. But what does he have left
to live for?
When their grandson Parker and his fiancé Cody move in
with him, the three of them embark on a journey to shed
light on Dan's roots.
A heart-warming sequel to Jonathan's Hope, Jonathan's
Promise deals with aging and the ultimate consequences of
wedding vows. Are we entitled to a second shot at
happiness? When is 'for worse' too much to handle?
In this trilogy:
Jonathan's Hope (Book 1)
Jonathan's Promise (Book 2)
Jonathan's Legacy (Book 3)
“Yes, Hon, what is it?”
“I know. Just rest. You need your strength for tomorrow.”
“I’m not sure I want to...”
“What do you mean?”
“I’m just not sure it’s worth it, Jon...” Dan started to cough. Jonathan rose from his chair at his
husband’s bedside to offer him some water, gently lifting and holding Dan’s head while he took down
the cool, soothing liquid.
When the coughing eased, Dan patted Jonathan’s hand. He waited until Jonathan was seated before he
spoke further. “Thanks. I’m old, hon. And I’m tired. I’ve lived a long and rich life, and you know what
the doctor said. There’s only a very small chance the surgery will help. The tumor’s already
metastasized, and even with chemo I’ll die sooner rather than later. Maybe it’s better to just get it
Jonathan began to cry, tumbling forward in his despair. His head came to a rest on his husband’s chest.
They’d been a couple for so many years―six decades. How would he go on without Dan’s strength? How
could he survive without the man who’d saved his life?
“Hon, don’t worry about me. I need you now, probably more than ever. I need to know you’ll stay
strong for the kids. They need you.”
Dan’s words began to slur and his eyes closed. Even talking took so much effort. When he was sure Dan
was asleep, Jonathan left their bedroom and went downstairs, out to the back patio, where he left the
crisp, fresh fall air to dry the tears on his face. He was tired, too. Dan’s cancer had come back. They’d
thought he’d beaten it, but the last screening showed the dark shadows in his bones and his lungs.
After three years of clear results, it had come completely out of the blue, and the doctor said that it
had also spread to other areas of the body.
That was just a few days ago, and Dan had accepted the news with equanimity. He had made peace
with himself and the world around him when the cancer had first been diagnosed in his prostate. Back
then, there was still a sparkle in Dan’s eyes, a determination to fight this, a will to survive. But at
ninety years of age, Dan was tired, and Jonathan knew―or rather he felt―that his husband was done.
And he understood, but that did not diminish the pain, the despair. Yes, he’d be strong for the kids,
the grandkids, but who’d look after him? Who’d make sure he survived?
I’m an author. I write books. I write about things that are important to me: family, parenting, children, our environment, our world. Contemporary, fresh fiction with happy endings. It’s what I like to read myself. I write because I don’t have a choice. There are so many stories in my head, constantly forming, constantly trying to get out. Feel free to have a look on the other pages to learn more, listen to me narrate from those stories, and – if you like what you see or hear – follow the links to buy the books. I’d greatly appreciate that, as this is how I try to make my living.
I’m an author. But I’m also a forty something male who clings to the illusion of still being twenty-seven, despite my body’s daily reminders to the contrary. I’m married to the most amazing man, and together we have a beautiful son, Sascha. I consider myself a citizen of the world, having lived on two continents and traveled extensively through another three. I have friends all over the world. When I’m not writing, I like to do public speaking or training (where I have my professional background) to actually earn some real bill-paying money. Not sure this author thing is ever going to get me there…
Winner’s Prize: $50 Amazon GC
Runner Up Prize: 5 e-copies of Jonathan’s Promise (Book 2) / Jonathan’s Hope (Book 1) –- Winner’s Choice
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