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The Foxhole Court
Neil Josten knows signing with the Palmetto State Foxes is a fatal mistake. After eight years on the run he ought to have better survival instincts, but one of his new teammates is a friend from his old life. Neil left him once; he can't walk away a second time. The longer he stays the faster his past catches up with him, but maybe Neil's finally found someone and something worth fighting for.
Today I want to introduce you to a project of mine: The Foxhole Court, book 1 of the All for the Game trilogy. It's part sports fiction, part new adult (for those of you who don't ascribe to the 'new adult' genre, let's say it's young adult coming of age). You could call The Foxhole Court a lot of things: ridiculous and unrealistic to name a few, self-indulgent if we're all being more honest. Above all else, though, it is a labor of (psychotic, obsessive) love.
The Foxhole Court is about 17 years old. It started as a comic back in high school, shoddy pictures on lined pages. In the beginning Neil was a transfer student to a Japanese high school and all I wanted was to write a "manga" about gay athletes. Back in those days I thought the hardest thing I would do was rewrite the Foxes as American team. I grieved for weeks when I renamed all the characters with Western names.
Over the years it's become a different sort of monster: something too personal, something too desperate maybe, but something I don't regret for an instant. A lot of the credit goes to the readers at the original Courting Madness journal who tolerated and reread and encouraged the story as it went through years and years of rewrites. Long after I took it off the site (first because I wanted to publish it, then in prolonged frustration that it would never be a marketable story) my friends would stop by and ask if the story was still alive somewhere. They believed in it, and by doing so they let me believe in it.
Today I'm finally letting go. You can now find The Foxhole Court free at Smashwords. If you have the time, please consider reading it. I'd love to know what you think. If you have any problems locating the file, please make sure the Smashwords' Adult Filter is turned off. There isn't explicit content in the story in a sexual sense, but there are dark themes.