A Worthy Man

A Worthy Man

(The Men of Halfway House #5)

A story of two men and the boundless love that forever changed them.

RELEASE DATE: May 2, 2017

Vannguard Shaw has spent the last ten years serving a life sentence and adjusting to the ache of solitude. He accepts his fate, a sacrifice for the only man he ever loved and the one person who saw beyond his rough edges.

Drayton grew up with a trust fund and pre-planned future, but an unexpected encounter one night forces him to abandon everything and start from scratch. He is now a self-made man and developer of one of the most sought after electric exotic automobiles in the world with a fortune greater than that of his birthright. Yet, he’d surrender it all—again—for the only man who’s still ever-present in his heart.

After a decade and entirely too much distance between them, Vann is suddenly released back into a world that has been nothing but cruel. Drayton never lost hope they would once again reunite and pick up where they left off, but Vann’s stubborn nature and repeated encounters with a heartbreaking world prove to be a challenge.

Vann needs to tap into his fighting spirit’s reservoir of strength and hope life doesn’t punish him for taking a chance. Only then will he realize his own value and feel worthy enough to finally have Drayton’s heart. And their chance at forever.

Main Characters: Drayton and Vann
Release date:
 May 2, 2017
Series: The Men of Halfway House
No. in series: 5; can be read as a stand alone
Category: Contemporary Gay Romance
Word Count:  124,300 words
Formats available: e-book and print

Photographer: Eric McKinney of 6:12 Photography

Drayton first appears in book 3, A Restored Man. Vann is first mentioned in book 4, A Mended Man.

4/11/2017 update:

Cover reveal today. (this book page will be updated after today)

Exclusive cover reveal: ‘A Worthy Man’ by Jaime Reese

4/4/2017 update:

Story is out of edits and in my proofer’s hands. So I feel a heck of a lot more comfortable announcing the release date now. 😀
Cover reveal is confirmed/scheduled for April 11th.

3/14/2017 update:

Knee deep in second round of edits. 🙂  Cover/blurb reveal will be in April.

2/14/2017 update:

Final read through complete. I had to add a few things here and there. Final word count (before edits) is now at 121K.

2/09/2017 update:

I’m officially in love with Vann and Dray.
Right now, the word count is over the 117K word count (before edits). I’m doing the final read through before sending it off to my editor. Once she has it in her hands and does a first pass, I can narrow down a release date.

1/29/2017 update:

I’m over 100K. *sigh* I was shooting to have this one be just under that mark, but I’m a little over, clocking in right now at about 106K. Good new is, I’m almost finished. 🙂  Just a few finishing touches and a final read and trim before I send it off to my editor so she can work her magic. Once I’m in edits and get a little feedback, then I’ll have a better handle on planning a release date. At this point, I missed the first window of time I had discussed with my editor. But I wasn’t ready at that point and the story wasn’t “there” yet. So, I’ve got another date in mind for release, but it all depends on how much tweaking is needed while in edits.

1/3/2017 update:

I’m up to 90K. You know that feeling when you’re close to the finish line and you can see it?  I’m there. YAY.
I’ve spoken with my editor to discuss timeframe/expectations and establish a deadline for the release I want. Now I’ve got my deadline. I’m crossing my fingers I can hit the deadline without issue. And if I can hit that date, then I’m hoping the first round of edits are smooth. I will keep you all posted on progress.

10/30 update

Overall tone/mood of the story… it has some angst, of course. I don’t think I can write without breaking my guys down a little. But on the angst meter, I’d say is waaaay less than Aidan’s book (thankfully), but a tiny bit more than Cole’s. So somewhere in between in a good estimate. And the angst declines as the story progresses.

It’s moving along well. I’m currently at 70K. I’m at about the 2/3 mark. Yay! Progress.

I’ve stated above 2017 as a release date. To narrow it down a little bit more, I’m shooting for a release before summer. I know that’s still a big window of time, but hey, I just reduced that window by 6 months. 😛

And just in case you’re wondering…I’m truly loving these guys.

Coming Soon.
Coming Soon. *hides*

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