Finding Joy— Is a contemporary M/M full length novel set in Ethiopia.
American relief worker Desta Joy Walker reluctantly arrives in Ethiopia on his thirtieth birthday. He’s looking to heal a broken heart and to make peace with the place where his father died. When Desta meets Elias Fikru, the driver who will be taking him all around the country, he realizes this place may have a lot more to offer than he expected. As he falls for Elias and for the beauty and mystery of Ethiopia, he realizes finding his own happiness may be worth the cost of breaking his mother’s heart.
Elias Fikru is almost out of time. He has three months to make a decision that could change his life. He’s just not ready to leave his homeland. When Elias meets Desta, he begins to want things that he never envisioned for himself. Driving around the castles of Gondar and the magnificent Great Rift Valley, he rediscovers his country through Desta’s eyes. For the first time in his life, Elias feels emboldened to fight for his future. But when his family discovers his secret, the happiness that seemed finally within his grasp, begins to slip away.
A group of native New Yorkers who have recently relocated to Dallas for different reasons, meet through an online MeetUp event. The GEC follows them as they fall in love, build bonds, and learn to love their new Southern hometown.