Currently living in Chicago, I grew up in a small, rural farming community in mid-Michigan. Growing up there and with the help of wonderful parents, certain values were instilled. These values are still with me today—the sense of family and friends, sense of community, and the importance of love in one’s life. After high school, I was quick to get out on my own. There were college classes, different types of employment, and some location changes. Following a move to Dallas, my employment took on a more permanent focus. I was extremely fortunate to be hired by a (then) small Dallas-based airline. That was 1985, and I am proud to say that I am still employed by them. Having taken advantage of the company’s relocation policy, I resided in all four time zones at some point in my career, until I fell in love with and settled in Chicago. I have resided in Chicago for 12 years in the Lakeview neighborhood. Living in Chicago has afforded me many cultural opportunities to experience numerous diversities and interact with people from every part of the globe. My life is enriched with robust friends and a loving family.

Sweet
by Cameron Michaels
Price: $17.95
Paperback: 189 pages
ISBN: 978-1-61098-220-7

Jeffrey’s life is great. It is quiet, structured, and in a word—boring. He has good friends, a great job, and a nonexistent love life. That is all about to change with a lone bike ride and a chance meeting along the Chicago lakefront. Jeffrey’s life is instantly placed on the dating fast track and takes him a bit by surprise.
     Peter is a tall, extremely handsome, well-rounded, and grounded kind of guy—a self-employed, confident businessman who is shy and nonassertive when it comes to matters of the heart, until that day at the lake.
     Sweet is set in the city of Chicago. Peter and Jeffrey embark on a dating adventure filled with all the dating anxiety and high school giddiness. They are playful and quirky in their interaction. Once they calm down and allow things to take their natural course, they slip into an easy rhythm of being a couple. Their relationship is not without challenges and a stumbling block or two, but they manage to prevail.
     Yet there is one event they are not able to overcome, and Jeffrey is left standing alone again asking for answers.