Today I am very pleased to welcome author Sophie Bonaste to Joyfully Jay.  She is here to talk to us more about her new release, The Sacrifices We Make.  She has also brought a copy to give away to one lucky reader. Please join me in giving her a big welcome!

Have any of you ever fallen in love with a character? You know the ones I mean. The characters that stay with you long after the book is over. The one you wish you could meet in real life. I’m sure that you have. Most of us have. I know that as a reader I’ve found many characters over the years that I have fallen in love with.

Now that I’m an author, I have to admit seeing a whole new side of falling in love with characters. I have a special connection with all of the characters that I create. But I will admit that my main character Adam from my debut novel “The Sacrifices We Make” is one that will stick with me for years to come.

Adam Jameson is probably the most innocent seventeen-year old on the face of the Earth. Thanks to his upbringing, he is sweet, polite and has absolutely no sense of a world outside of his home. One might call him out of touch or naïve, but I believe he just hasn’t had the same experiences that most of us have had. This only adds to his innocent nature.

As the book progresses, Adam is faced with great challenges, which forces him to lose some of his innocence. But through it all, Adam stays true to his heart and remains the sweetheart that he was in the beginning of the book.

I will admit that I fell head over heels in love with Adam. How could I not? He’s just an innocent teen trying to find his place in the world. Something that I think many of us can relate to. And even though I love all my characters, Adam is very special to me. I hope that everyone who reads “The Sacrifices We Make” feels the same way about Adam that I do. Maybe he will even stick with you like he has with me.


the sacrifices we makeAdam Jameson has always felt like an outsider in his own home, where his parents’ constant efforts to instill religious fervor have instead filled him with fear. Most of the time, he just wants to stay out of everybody’s way.  But when Adam is forced to volunteer at a homeless shelter his senior year in high school, everything changes. He’s introduced to people who care about more than religion and, as a result, he starts to come out of his shell. For the first time in his life, Adam finds people that he wants to be around.

Mickey Stafford lives on the streets, a teen kicked out by his parents for being gay. He comes to the shelter for food and medical care, and after they literally run into each other, the two boys strike up a friendship. As Mickey introduces his new friend to the world he lives in, Adam starts to question everything: his parents, their religion, even his own beliefs. Once Mickey kisses him, Adam starts soul-searching and finds his heart, which is full of love for Mickey. But these two young men will have their love put to the test, as they face a future of uncertainty and fear.

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Sophie has brought a copy of The Sacrifices We Make to give away to one lucky reader. Just leave a comment at the end of the post to enter.  The contest closes on Saturday, November 2nd at 11:59 pm EST.

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