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Trust the Focus--In Focus
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Trust the Focus--In Focus
In Focus Series, Book 1
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From the author of Anchor Me comes the first novel in the In Focus series...

With his college graduation gown expertly pitched into the trash, Justin Akron is ready for the road trip he planned with his best friend Landry— and ready for one last summer of escape from his mother's controlling grip. Climbing into the Winnebago his father left him, they set out across America in search of the sites his father had captured through the lens of his Nikon.

As an aspiring photographer, Justin can think of no better way to honor his father's memory than to scatter his ashes at the sites he held sacred. And there's no one Justin would rather share the experience with more than Landry.

But Justin knows he can't escape forever. Eventually he'll have to return home and join his mother's Senate campaign. Nor can he escape the truth of who he is, and the fact that he's in love with his out-and-proud travel companion.

Admitting what he wants could hurt his mother's conservative political career. But with every click of his shutter and every sprinkle of ash, Justin can't resist Landry's pull. And when the truth comes into focus, neither is prepared for the secrets the other is hiding.

Megan Erickson worked as a journalist covering real-life dramas before she decided she liked writing her own endings better and switched to fiction. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two kids and two cats. When she's not tapping away on her laptop, she's probably listening to the characters in her head who won't stop talking.
From the author of Anchor Me comes the first novel in the In Focus series...

With his college graduation gown expertly pitched into the trash, Justin Akron is ready for the road trip he planned with his best friend Landry— and ready for one last summer of escape from his mother's controlling grip. Climbing into the Winnebago his father left him, they set out across America in search of the sites his father had captured through the lens of his Nikon.

As an aspiring photographer, Justin can think of no better way to honor his father's memory than to scatter his ashes at the sites he held sacred. And there's no one Justin would rather share the experience with more than Landry.

But Justin knows he can't escape forever. Eventually he'll have to return home and join his mother's Senate campaign. Nor can he escape the truth of who he is, and the fact that he's in love with his out-and-proud travel companion.

Admitting what he wants could hurt his mother's conservative political career. But with every click of his shutter and every sprinkle of ash, Justin can't resist Landry's pull. And when the truth comes into focus, neither is prepared for the secrets the other is hiding.

Megan Erickson worked as a journalist covering real-life dramas before she decided she liked writing her own endings better and switched to fiction. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two kids and two cats. When she's not tapping away on her laptop, she's probably listening to the characters in her head who won't stop talking.
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    Chapter One

    More than a thousand graduation caps flew into the air behind me, but I was already walking down the aisle between the concrete bleachers. My sneakers scraped the macadam as I unzipped my graduation gown and slid it off my arms. I fisted it into a ball.

    Landry's lighter steps echoed off the bleachers behind me. He didn't call to me, or ask me to wait for my mom. He knew better.

    When I reached the entry gate, I stopped and turned, holding my gown between my hands. Then I went through my windup and pitched the gown—curveball grip—into the trash can.

    I wanted to spit on it. Then scrub my skin raw to wash off the stink of four years of undergraduate work in a major I detested while my mother's stiletto heel threatened to crush my windpipe.

    Landry stopped next to me and peered into the bin. My crumpled navy-blue gown lay among ketchup-covered French fries, dirty napkins, and a broken noisemaker. My right index finger twitched and I longed for the comforting grip of my camera. I'd take a picture of my gown in the trash can and label it "Justin's Feelings About His Undergraduate Degree."

    "Well, I was going to ask if you were sure you wanted to throw it out, but now I don't care, because I'm not digging in that trash can just so you have a souvenir." Lan grimaced and then gave himself a little shake in disgust. If he were stranded on a deserted island with only ketchup to eat, he'd starve. He hadn't touched it since he came down with a stomach flu in sixth grade while we were at the town fair. He'd thrown up a lot of hot dogs and a lot of ketchup. Sometimes the red stuff even made me queasy now.

    "Gown's right where I want it."

    "Jus—"

    "Let's just go, please?"

    I waited, because Lan had a habit of arguing every little point until I wanted to strangle him, but once I saw him nod, lips pursed, I knew I'd won this one. I should mark it on a calendar.

    The stadium was turning into chaos as relatives and students were finding each other. Laughing. Taking pictures. Congratulations hung in the air around me and I wanted to swat the words away.

    A couple of years ago, I wouldn't have hesitated to grab Landry's arm and pull him after me. Because we'd been best friends then. I guess we still were, sort of, but my hesitation showed the strain our relationship had taken toward the end of college. So instead, with a longing in my gut, I jerked my chin in the direction of the parking lot. He followed, his long strides matching mine as we cut through the swelling crowd and burst out into the parking lot.

    And that's when the freedom bubbled inside me, rumbling and growling and boiling, until I had to release the steam. So I did, right there in the middle of the stadium parking lot at Brackett University in California. I fisted my hands at my sides, arms straight, and screamed at the Saturday afternoon sun. I'm sure I looked like a lunatic. I felt like a lunatic. And I didn't care. Because I was a free lunatic.

    At least for the summer. I didn't want to think about the fall yet.

    Lan was smiling at me, the smile I liked, the big one that showed his crooked bottom-right incisor. The smile that brought out the deep creases around his mouth and wrinkled his forehead and made his dark-blue eyes glint.

    The smile I hadn't seen turned in my direction in way too long.

    The smile that socked me in the gut and brought me to my knees because he didn't know how badly I wanted that kiss I'd never taken.

    And probably never would.

    I smiled back just so he knew I wasn't possessed, and with that, he turned with a laugh and continued walking.

    His steps were sure and strong. I...

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