Today I am so pleased to welcome CF White to Joyfully Jay. CF has come to talk to us about her Responsible Adult trilogy. Please join me in giving her a big welcome!
Responsible Adult: The Serial
Thank you to Joyfully Jay for allowing me to take over the blog today and tell you all about my Responsible Adult trilogy.
The final book in this very dear to me serial, Reformed, is out today, completing the re release of the three books that make up Responsible Adult. So no waiting around on dreaded cliffs, you can binge read from today!
Originally published back in 2017 by Pride Publishing, Misdemeanor, Hard Time and Reformed were my debut series of books. I’ve since had the rights reverted to me and have learned an enormous amount since then, so I gave them a bit of a makeover, a brush up, extensive editing and added new content to make for an epic reading experience.
As one reviewer said:
“Micky will worm his way into your emotions without you even realising it. As for Flynn, well, I dare you to deny him entrance to your heart.”
So what’s it about?
Responsible Adult is a gritty, raw and heart wrenching series following ex-juvenile delinquent Micky O’Neill as he tries to better his life for the safety of his little brother. Brought up on the wrong side of town by the wrong sort of people, Micky is a bad boy trying to do good when, after tragedy, he becomes the sole carer to little Flynn. Flynn isn’t any ordinary kid, though. He’s quite special. He has a rare genetic condition called Williams Syndrome which not only affects his health and his learning abilities, but also gives him the most wonderful personality by making him overly social and a deliriously happy ray of sunshine in an otherwise bleak world. As Micky says himself:
“He’s an eternal child. Sees the world like it should be in a fairytale. Everything is bright. Everything is beautiful. And everyone is his friend. It’s a real shame that life isn’t like that, ‘cause a world full of Flynn’s is the one I wanna live in.”
Micky’s made a set of rules since becoming sole carer to Flynn in order to protect him from harm and the authorities that tail his every move. Micky knows he’s not the ideal candidate to bring up a kid. Brother or not. So he’s thrown his deadbeat dad out of the house, keeping his head down and not allowing anyone else into his life.
That all changes when he takes a job at the local supermarket and meets his boss, Dan.
Once bitten, twice shy, Dan, has sailed through life and is now managing grocery in a supermarket, which is a million miles away from his dream of becoming a teacher. When he hires Micky, his life changes irrevocably. His instant attraction is skin deep at first. He’s got the body of a boxer, a chiselled jawline to die for, and a ridiculously sexy dragon tattoo etched down his inside torso that has Dan salivating and lusting after him like a dog on heat. Micky is Dan’s ultimate fantasy man, and he develops an inconvenient crush, not only because Micky is younger than him by a fair few years but Dan’s also his boss. But as Dan gets to know him, chipping away at Micky’s self-confessed layers, Dan falls hard and fast for the man hidden beneath the façade.
Responsible Adult follows Micky and Dan as they embark on an unlikely romance where outside forces are against them at every turn. It’s a true-to-life tale about growing up, taking responsibility for your actions, and learning to love unconditionally.
As Pride Publishing said on its original release: “So amazingly gritty and raw, it flays you.”
The series is exceptionally dear to my heart. I wrote these some time ago when I was coming to terms with becoming a SEN parent myself. I have a Flynn. My little boy was born with Williams Syndrome and I had to put him in a book simply because his personality is so unique. WS is a rare genetic disorder that can affect anyone. It’s characterised by medical problems, including cardiovascular disease, developmental delays and learning difficulties. But they also share one amazing attribute—they are all exceptionally friendly and upbeat. They are pure joy personified. They don’t see evil or bad or strangers. Everyone, to them, are their friend. This can lead to exceptional vulnerability, which I’ve struggled as a parent to come to terms with and all that fear, all that joy, and all that worry is right there in Micky.
I hope that you’ll give these books a chance. You can read all three in KU right now and they will follow in Audio very soon. In true MM romance fashion, it is a coming-of-age New Adult series with Coming Out and Hurt/Comfort tropes throughout.
“I miss you, Dimples.”
Dan exhaled. Which probably sounded like a hurricane down the phone. Micky chuckled and whether that was at Dan’s reaction or at his vulnerability, he wasn’t sure. Whatever reason, Dan yearned for him.
“I miss you, too, fy ddraig.” He curled a hand around the wooden pillar and squeezed, regardless of the splinters it could cause to his palm. “Real bad.”
“I’m going to get better, Dan. I promise.”
Dan blinked. Micky was slurring, or that could have been the added distance and crackle of signal going in and out of range.
“What do you mean?”
“I’m a shit boyfriend. I know I am. When I get back, I’m going to be better. I swear to fucking God, when Flynn gets outta here, I’m gonna get my head screwed on.”
Dan stumbled forward down the front step, attempting to get a better range of signal. Micky’s voice was garbled and not just because he was pouring his heart out.
“Micky, baby.” Dan sat on one of the wooden benches, resting his elbows on his knees. He shook. He didn’t like the way Micky was talking.
“And, y’know, screw you good and proper.”
Dan laughed, but it was drowned out by the raucous one that wafted from the open pub door when a man popped out to light up a cigarette. Dan stood and fumbled away from the entrance to the edge of the car park.
“Where are you?” Micky asked.
Dan winced. He glanced back at the Old Red Lion. He should tell the truth. But something in Micky’s voice made him twist and bundle farther into the darkened valley.
“At home,” he lied. “Putting the rubbish out.”
Dan closed his eyes. There was a pause the other end of the line and Dan’s hand shook as he held the phone to his ear.
“I love you, Dan. I do. And I’m sorry.”
“Get home, Micky.” Dan trotted faster down the valley, heading toward home, not bothering to go back for the jacket he’d left on the pub chair. “Bring Flynn home. And we’ll talk it all out.” He practically ran the rest of the way. “I love you, too.”
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Reformed (Responsible Adult #3)
Someone has to be responsible.
Micky O’Neill and Dan Peters now live in Wales, bringing up Micky’s disabled little brother away from small-minded Heathwood and close to Micky’s deceased mother’s family.
Things are fine…until Dan begins his dream career as an English teacher at the local school and Micky, main caregiver to Flynn, is isolated in a village that only serves to remind him of his mother’s absence.
With Flynn’s health deteriorating and his needs becoming more complex, everything is tested to its limits and Dan seeks solace in a friendship with a fellow teacher, sending Micky into further turmoil.
After an accusation is leveled against Micky and it seems he’s slipping back into his old ways, he and Dan are torn asunder. To repair the rift, both have to accept responsibility—for life.
Brought up in a relatively small town in Hertfordshire, C F White managed to do what most other residents try to do and fail—leave.
Studying at a West London university, she realised there was a whole city out there waiting to be discovered, so, much like Dick Whittington before her, she never made it back home and still endlessly search for the streets paved with gold, slowly coming to the realisation they’re mostly paved with chewing gum. And the odd bit of graffiti. And those little circles of yellow spray paint where the council point out the pot holes to someone who is supposedly meant to fix them instead of staring at them vacantly whilst holding a polystyrene cup of watered-down coffee.
She eventually moved West to East along that vast District Line and settled for pie and mash, cockles and winkles and a bit of Knees Up Mother Brown to live in the East End of London; securing a job and creating a life, a home and a family.
After her second son was born with a rare disability, C F White’s life changed and brought pen back to paper having written stories as a child but never the confidence to show them to the world. Now, having embarked on this writing journey, she can’t stop. So strap in, it’s going to be a bumpy ride.
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