Thursday, June 30, 2022

Book Tour & Giveaway ~ Lead Your Team Toward a Better World by Dr. Lies Wouters

 



Management book / Leadership / Psychology

Date Published: May 10, 2022

Publisher:  Serapis Bey Publishing


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Drs Lies Wouters, international organizational psychologist, advisor, trainer and team coach, based in the Netherlands, introduces her unique Metaphor Map and Metaphor Model of Psychological Safety in this, her first book published in English. She shines a new light on how all leaders across the world can use specific learnt skills to create teams where people thrive, when they understand that it is up to them to create the circumstances where people feel motivated, have fun and grow. She explains the neurobiology of our behaviour and its impact on performance, collaboration, creativity, happiness, productivity and so much more. Backed by relevant science, comprehensive research, real life examples and practical exercises this book takes you step by step through the underlying processes in your brain and body to develop the skills that ensure high performance. She reveals the significance of applying these skills in the world and how we can all play an important role in making this world better, where not only teams, but everyone can thrive.


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his book is for leaders, either functional or disciplinary, who understand that they play an important role in the lives of their team members. Leaders who understand that it is up to them to create the circumstances where people feel motivated, have fun and grow. Leaders who are willing to learn how they can create these circumstances. Leaders who understand that it requires certain specific skills, which they may already have and other skills they need to develop. Leaders who are brave enough to reflect on where they are when it comes to those skills and who are willing to invest time, and maybe even money, in building them further. Are you that leader and can you accept help with how to achieve this? If so, keep reading.

You live and lead in turbulent times. While much is expected from you, the world you and your team live in is challenging to say the least. Worldly issues, such as: health; freedom; peace; equality; the environment; and sustainability, are all painfully present in our lives. Whether it is by direct impact, from family members or friends being impacted, or from the media bombarding you with messages that you are under threat. On top of all of these worldly issues, there are also the more personal ones happening that influence you and your colleagues.

In this book I explain how all these aspects impact your brain and because of that they also impact your performance, your collaboration, your creativity, your happiness and so much more. I explain how you can deal with these circumstances and what you can do to help yourself and the members in your team. This book provides you with concrete tips on how to have personal conversations with your team members that will impact their sense of safety and as a result, their motivation. I explain ways to have conversations with the team as a whole and how you can help them support each other. You will find both theory about which steps you have to take and which skills you will need. You will also find exercises that can help you build these skills. I share many examples from leaders who have been in my coaching and training sessions so you get an idea of what this theory looks like in real work environments.

After explaining the background of these steps, you will find the Psychological Safety Metaphor in Chapter 2, which you can use in conversations with your team. The metaphor has been used by hundreds of leaders who say it lowers the barrier for them and for their team members to have this conversation. Also, it helps the team members articulate where they are and what they need. In Chapter 3 and 4 we zoom into the science supporting these steps. You can read about the underlying processes in your brain and body that are supported by studies completed with functional MRIs and studies which test peoples’ saliva to understand what happens in the neurobiology. Also, the behaviour and the effects of this behaviour has been studied in psychology and I share the results of many studies that prove the connection between these steps and high performance. For each of the steps there is a separate chapter that digs deeper into that step. Each chapter offers more information, more examples and specific exercises about how to develop that skill. At the end of the book, you will find a chapter about how to use this skill in team workshops and a chapter about using the steps in coaching skills. I close with a chapter about the impact of these steps on the world and how we all play an important part in making this world better and more beautiful. Feel free to pick and choose the chapters that you find the most interesting and relevant for your own development.

Developing these skills will have a major impact on your life and on the lives of the people in your team. I want to say a big thank you also, to you for picking up this book. You reading this means that you take your leadership role seriously and you are ready to develop these skills. Whenever you reach to a place where you feel discouraged, as we all do sometimes, I invite you to reread Chapter 5, which contains practical exercises to support you when the going gets though.

Thank you for doing the work. I wish you a pleasant and inspiring learning journey with this book!

 

About the Author

Drs. Lies Wouters is an international positive psychology expert, work and organizational psychologist, advisor, trainer and team coach, based in the Netherlands. In addition to the comprehensive research, she has conducted about happiness and resilience, she assists organizations in the areas of: mental health; optimal functioning; motivation; and positive communication. Her mission is to contribute to reducing the number of burnouts in the Netherlands by helping to make people within organizations healthier and happier; and ensuring that they thrive in psychologically safe team environments. In 2018, she published her first book in Dutch, Hoe Dan (So Then How) together with a businesswoman who wrote about how she overcame life’s struggles. In their book, Lies responds to her explaining the psychological theories of what helped and why.

Lies is the founder of her own international business, OMG! which stands for tailor-made leadership and specializes in providing leadership training and coaching. For more than ten years, Lies and her team of fellow experts have been facilitating online and onsite leaders and professionals with business related workshops. Their work is underpinned by their professional knowledge that each individual is unique and each organization is unique. Thus, they only deliver custom work.

Lies is PhD student at the Open University in the Netherlands where she is researching the topic of psychological safety. The title “Drs” stands for doctorandus which is Latin for he/she/they who should become a doctor. Her first article about psychological safety will be published in the spring of 2022. When Lies is not pursuing her professional career and helping other people to thrive at work, she loves to spend time with her husband and two children. She enjoys being outside in nature at all times of the year. She also loves dancing and enjoying good, healthy food with family and friends.


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Book Tour & Giveaway ~ Pirate's Protectors - Sentinels of Savannah by Lisa Kessler

 

 


Pirate's Protector

Sentinels of Savannah Book 7

by Lisa Kessler

Genre: Paranormal Romance 

After two centuries as an immortal pirate, Duke Proctor figures he’s experienced pretty much everything. Which is exactly when he finds himself held at gunpoint…by a mermaid. But the exquisitely lush blonde—whose eyes are deeper than the sea—is here for a reason. Someone has stolen from her and she’s certain Duke is behind it.

Annika Mare knows for a fact that the Sea Dog’s crew has her comb. In the wrong hands, it places Annika under the control of whoever wields it. But the comb has been taken—and working with this unbelievably sexy 
human pirate to recover it poses an entirely different kind of threat.

Now these two immortals must find the thief, and fast. But there are other forces at work, bigger than Duke or Annika could possibly know. And a powerful artifact in the hands of evil isn’t nearly as dangerous as the sizzlingly-hot attraction that could engulf them both…


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Lisa Kessler is a Best Selling author of dark paranormal fiction. She's a two-time San Diego Book Award winner for Best Published Fantasy-Sci-fi-Horror and Best Published Romance. Her books have also won the PRISM award, the Award of Excellence, the National Excellence in Romantic Fiction Award, the Award of Merit from the Holt Medallion, and an International Digital Award for Best Paranormal.

Her short stories have been published in print anthologies and magazines, and her vampire story, Immortal Beloved, was a finalist for a Bram Stoker award.

When she's not writing, Lisa is a professional vocalist, and has performed with San Diego Opera as well as other musical theater companies in San Diego.


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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Book Blitz ~ Eve, Where Are You? - Confronting Toxic Practices Against the Advancement of Women by Nicole L Davis PhD

 

 

Confronting Toxic Practices Against the Advancement of Women

 

Christian Living, Women’s Issues

Date Published: November 24, 2020

 

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Without question, having competent women in leadership can certainly enhance the vitality of any organization. Sadly, too often women are not given equal opportunities and are left doubting their sense of self and their abilities.

In Eve, Where Are You?, Dr. Nicole Davis uniquely evaluates bias practices within one specific organization: the Christian church. You’ll learn why many women are discouraged, emotionally absent, leaving churches, or considering giving up religious pursuits altogether. Within these pages, Dr. Davis thoughtfully contemplates the scriptural significance of God’s creation of Eve; compares women’s leadership advances in the marketplace and church; and shares real-life stories and perceptions about women in leadership offered by present-day church leaders.

As a conflict coach and resolutionist, Dr. Davis boldly addresses possible causal effects of toxic practices against women and then offers strategic solutions and guidance to both women and church organizations to facilitate reconciliation, creating opportunity for the church to regain influence and effectiveness in our culture.

Crisp, aggressive, and truthful, this study presents a call to action for women who want more, men who want more for women, and church organizations seeking to embrace internal transformation against gender bias in the Christian church. Also available in Spanish.


About the Author

Dr. Nicole Davis is a wife, mother, pastor, Christian life coach, social science researcher, and conflict resolution practioner, with over 20 years of professional experience. Her areas of research interest include gender inequality, organizational leadership, women empowerment, and family dynamics.

Dr. Davis believes there is a huge distinction between a woman’s calling, which is determined by God, and a church’s doctrine about the utilization of women, which is a cultural decision predominantly determined by men.

Dr. Davis advocates for churches of all denominations to begin having open dialogue about systemic oppression and alienation against women.  Those who show no regard for women’s callings or competency levels. Women need to be developed and commissioned to serve at the highest levels.

Dr. Davis examines the deep-rooted conflict concerning what God intended when He created Eve in the Garden of Eden. She asks poignant questions inviting women to explore how they see themselves based on God’s original plan for them.


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Sale Blitz ~ Heroes with Heat and Heart: A 9/11 Charity Anthology

 

Heroes with Heat and Heart: A 9/11 Charity Anthology
Publication date: September 1st 2021
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Heal your heart with stories of love and heroism!

In honor of the 20th anniversary of 9/11, some of your favorite romance authors joined forces to create a charity anthology to raise funds to honor the memories of the heroes we lost that day. Starting in September, every single dollar without exception goes to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum.

So grab a fan for some heat and tissues for some tears, and fall in love with the men and women first responders in this collection of heroic romances.

Featuring stories by
Carina Alyce
EmKay Connor
Karigan Hale
Lolo Paige
LC Taylor
Samantha Thomas

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TEMPTED by Carina Alyce

“You are a professional,” ER Clerk Cassie Odon reminded herself, wheeling her computer through the MetroGen ER. The wee morning hours of Thursday night shifts in the minor care pod were supposed to be slow.

The triage nurse at the front door was having a ball because her triage reasons became more outlandish as the night wore on.

Seriously, why were Fabio and Glen sharing a room? And what did “get checked out” mean? They couldn’t be too sick if they were in the minor care pod and not one of the two standard care pods. At nineteen and twenty-eight years old, they shouldn’t have been taking a ton of meds.

STD testing, perhaps?

No, the triage nurse’d have written ‘personal concern w/testing’ on that.

Object in the butt? While everyone said ‘they fell on it,’ it usually appeared as ‘OITB.’

Drunken sex accident? Ideally, they weren’t drunk. Drunk guys, regardless of their orientation, were obnoxious when she had to file their insurance.

She opened the door to Room 78 and understood triage’s note.

There sat two shirtless firefighters ‘getting checked out.’ Even better, she recognized one of them, who had been similarly naked during their last conversation.

And he looked fabulous naked . . .

BRAVE ENOUGH TO LOVE by EmKay Connor

Complete and total silence settled over the jewelry store. Donald peered from behind the counter. Mr. and Mrs. Park huddled together, wide-eyed with terror. Mikey stared down his arm, past his gun, to the damp red stain spreading over one side of my shirt. I struggled to breathe, paralyzed by disbelief and shock.

Thirteen years on the job without more than a black eye, dislocated shoulder, and concussion. Now, I was shot.

Katie.

My thoughts flew to my wife, waiting for me in Dr. Harding’s office, assuming the worst about my absence. If the building was being evacuated and she saw the S.W.A.T. ARV, would she try to check on me? Find out what was going on?

The thought of my wife learning I was one of the hostages and waiting to see if I’d make it out alive made me want to vomit.


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Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Release Boost ~ Salvation: A Dark Twisted Love Triangle Romance by Skye Turner

 


Title: Salvation: A Dark Twisted Love Triangle Romance
Author: Skye Turner

Dark Romance, Love Triangle

 


My heart belongs to two men.
They are darkness and light personified.
I know I must choose.
One is my curse. He says I’m his salvation. The other loves me just as fiercely.
Things aren’t always black and white.
Am I strong enough to follow my heart when my head scream that I can’t have it both ways?
What price am I willing to pay?

**Salvation, A Dark Twisted Love Triangle Romance is a dark romance with a love triangle. One woman is intimately involved with two men. Dark and delicate topics are covered. This book contains violence, strong language, and explicit sexual encounters. Reader discretion is advised.

*Salvation, A Dark Twisted Love Triangle Romance was formerly titled His Only Salvation. It has been revised, reformatted, and rebranded.

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Skye Turner is an avid reader and an editor turned International Bestselling Author of Sexy Adult Romance across the board! (See her book list at the beginning of this novel for her abundance of titles!)

She has recently expanded her writing capabilities and is writing Paranormal Adult Romance as Sloane Nicole. Her Bewitching Bayou PNR Series is called L’Amour Bayou with the first book being Antoinette’s Fall.

She attended Southeastern Louisiana University and Louisiana State University where she majored in Mass Communications, centering her studies in Journalism. Unfortunately, life intervened and she never finished her studies.

She lives in small town Louisiana with her husband, two children, and far too many rescued fur babies.

When she's not chained to her laptop pounding out sexy stories she can usually be found playing ‘Supermom’, reading, gardening (playing in the dirt), listening to music and dancing like a fool, cooking, baking, crafting, or spending time with those most important to her.

She loves to incorporate pieces of her home state of Louisiana into her writing.

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Release Day Blitz ~ Heads on Fire by Elora Nicole Ramirez

 

Head on Fire by Elora Nicole Ramirez is out now! Check out the gorgeous new release and be sure to grab your copy today!

Title: Heads on Fire

Author: Elora Nicole Ramirez

Genre: Contemporary Romance

About Heads on Fire:

Nova Scofield isn’t looking for anything serious. She’s not looking for anything at all, actually. Still recovering after walking away from her narcissistic fiancĂ© weeks before their wedding, she is happily focused on her floral shop, Wild Flora. But then Jax Stratford walks into the shop and Nova suddenly remembers what it’s like to feel the gravitational pull of chemistry. For one night, she allows herself the freedom of letting her desire lead her. The only problem is Jax isn’t a one night stand — he’s a potential business partner. Despite her best judgment, she agrees to a date and finds herself falling head over heels. But Nova’s ex refuses to let go — he keeps showing up and threatening to take over the flower shop she built with her best friend — making it impossible for Nova to move on from their relationship and the control he had over her. To make matters worse, history surfaces and her ex shares something with her, making it seem Jax has kept the truth from her this entire time. Will she give into the heat she feels with Jax? Or will everything she’s worked for turn to ash?

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Hey, welcome to Wild Flora — let me know if you need anything.” I put my hand up to shield the glare and see a man standing in front of me. The large shadow has turned into solid muscle and I lose my train of thought for a moment. I inhale quickly. He is quite literally the most beautiful human I’ve ever seen. His eyes are an emerald green and they’re staring at me. He’s staring at me.

Oh shit. I try and gather words but the most I can do is lick my lips as he pushes dark waves of hair out of his eyes and looks at me and says, “hi.” Jesus Christ. He grins then, a dimple appearing in his left cheek. I scratch at my throat, unable to process what’s happening internally: it feels like lightning. What was that song about lightning in a bottle? It feels like that pinging around my insides. I am mortified but can’t stop staring so I don’t know what to do except get him out of the store and never see him again. “Oh. Um. Hi. Can I get you something? Or did you already order?” He walks up to the counter and the lightning turns into fireworks in my veins. I try and grab a few breaths but they come out as whisps. I’m definitely going to need a drag from my inhaler after this. He raises an eyebrow and I look away. Sweet baby Jesus this man is a walking pregnancy threat. Nope. No. Immediately no. I take my index finger and push the nail into the fleshy side of my thumb, bringing me back to reality. We’re not doing this, Nova. He opens his mouth to answer, but we’re interrupted. “Hey, I’m going to grab some coff—” Gabi walks out from the back and takes one look at my face and freezes. She wrinkles her brow, trying to decipher what’s happening, when the man turns around and smiles at her. Her eyes widen and she returns the smile, the change in expression happening so quickly he doesn’t even notice. When he turns back to me she mouths WOW before motioning drinking and pointing to the door. “I’m grabbing coffee. Do you want anything?” I glance again at our visitor and hold up my hand. “Just a minute. Sorry.” He shrugs and leans against the counter, crossing his arms. I see his biceps flex under his grey hoodie and I dart my eyes away again, completely flustered. My toes curl in my Doc Martens and Gabi’s lips curl just a hair as she sees me flustered over this customer. It’s been a while since I’ve had a visceral reaction to someone. I straighten my shoulders, remembering again what happened the last time I felt this way — five years of narcissistic abuse and all I got out of it are the therapy appointments I still have booked in my Calendar. Just remembering this is enough to have me relaxing a little. But wait. Did I feel this with Corey? I don’t know if I did. “Um, yeah. My usual,” I call to Gabi and she nods in understanding as she wraps a scarf around her neck. “Triple shot iced mocha with coconut milk coming right up — be back soon.” The bell signals her exit and I drum my fingernails on the counter. “Sorry about that — were you picking something up or just looking around?” He looks back at me and smiles. “I ordered something yesterday.” He motions to the door Gabi just walked through. “Pretty sure I spoke with her about what I wanted. It’s an order for Jax?” I swallow, keeping my face even. Of course. Despite my resolve to not entertain the attraction, my heart sinks. Of course he’s picking up the apology bouquet. He has fuck boi written all over his pristine white sneakers. I refuse to react but I can feel the way my body immediately cools toward him and I know he has to see the shift as well. I clear my throat and try and summon some southern niceties back into my tone. “Jax you said?” I turn and open the cooler, pulling the vase out and placing it in between us, reading the order card Gabi wrote yesterday. “A blended rose bouquet — not just roses, can be a bit different and not necessarily romantic…” I pause for a moment with the last phrase, confusion crossing my face. I blink it away and push the vase forward. “Colors requested were pale pink and red? My notes say you already paid so you’re good to go.” “Wow. This is perfect,” he says, admiring the arrangement. “She nailed it.” He looks back at me and smiles again, this time the corner of his eyes wrinkling in amusement. “Will you tell her thank you when she gets back?” My lips curl under for a fraction of a second and I shrug. “Sure.” He turns to leave then, balancing the vase in his arm as he pushes the door open with his shoulder and looks at me again with a wave. “Have a good one.” I watch as his retreating figure pulls his keys out of his pocket and opens the passenger door of an Audi. I drop my head in my hands and groan. I am so….so very single.

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Elora Ramirez has always been a word girl.   It started when she was four, when she taught herself how to read and write as a way to entertain herself while her grandmother kicked and danced in aerobics class. She cut her teeth on books from Dr. Seuss and writing anywhere she could find the space — including her Fischer Price kitchenette, the pages of picture books, and Highlights Magazines.   She's matured a bit since then, now choosing to write in the margins of her books and on the mirrors of her bathroom ideas and thoughts surrounding story and what makes us human. By day she leads a team at a tech company, waking up before the sun rises to get in her love for words before stepping into her role of helping others see the plot line of their own story under development.   Intuition and beauty get her through the day, as well as her chef-husband and their little lion son. Curious Obsession is her fourth novel.  

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Release Blitz ~ Bad Match - An Arizona Rattlesnakes Novel by Pippa Green

 

 

Title: Bad Match (Arizona Rattlesnakes Book 2)
Author: Pippa Green
Genre: Sports Romance
Editor: Kerry Genova
Publication Date: June 28th, 2022
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Blurb:

That sexy blonde flirting with me at the nightclub is everything I want and everything I can’t have.

 

My former captain’s younger sister-in -law is a trouble-making spit fire with a heart of gold. But as everyone in the Arizona Rattlesnakes knows - she’s part of the family and you don’t mess with family. That’s just one of the rules.

 

Unlike me, Sasha Wilcox thinks rules are made to be broken. She cares about school and getting my attention, and she’s doing an excellent job of that. I can’t seem to stay away from her and she can’t seem to stay away from trouble. Which means neither can I.

 

As the only Australian player in the NHL, I have a lot at stake. My family back home is relying on me and so is my hockey family. If I give into temptation with Sasha, then we’re both going to be in a world of trouble…but only if anyone finds out.

 

The two of us are a bad match, no doubt about it. Yet being with her feels so good. We’re skating on thin ice and I have no idea how we can get through the mess we’ve created and be together.




Pippa Green is the joint pen name for a USA Today bestselling author duo blending their uniquely sweet and sensual styles for romcom novels that delight and enchant readers. They share a love of romance, dirty jokes, and beach vacations (must include cocktails and chocolate). If they are ever together on the same side of the world, watch out! Talk about trouble. Their first published book, Lucky Shot, kicks off a fantastically steamy series following the Single Dad Hockey Players club and select members of the Minnesota Raiders team. Each book is designed to “knock your ass on the ice” and melt your heart along the way.

 

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Audio Blitz ~ To Be A Fae Guardian - Written by Tricia Copeland & Narrated by Jillian Yetter

 

  

Title: To Be a Fae Guardian
Author: Tricia Copeland
Genre: YA Fantasy/Fairies
Editor: Jo Michaels, Indie Books Gone Wild
Cover Designer: Elanor Lloyd-Jones, Shower of Schmidt Designs
Narrator: Jillian Yetter
Audio Publisher: The Audio Flow, LLC
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She may be the only fae standing between her realm and the evil lurking below. Will Titania be given the power she needs?

 

Titania defeats a group of creatures threatening to colonize Middle Earth. In ending them she broke not one but two edicts of the High Council. But justice may fall on the only person holding the key to her ability to defend the fae.

 

The evil spirits manifesting the terrorists lurk below, lying in wait to strike again. With loss of a much-needed ally, she lacks freedom to learn what the realm may be facing. Worse yet, many, even some most trusted compatriots, distance themselves from the reckless Queen she’s painted to be.

 

Her power shackled and left alone, Titania loses faith in her once clear path.

 

Can she find her footing in time to save them all from eternal darkness?

 

To Be a Fae Guardian is the second book in the Realm Chronicles series, continuing a magical journey into the realm of Middle Earth. If you like dauntless heroines, you’ll love Tricia Copeland’s gripping fantasy.

 

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An avid runner and Georgia native, Tricia now lives with her family and four-legged friends in Colorado. She believes that magic infuses every aspect of our lives, whether it is the magic of falling in love, discovering a new passion, a beautiful sunset, or a book that transports us to another world. You can find all her titles from contemporary romance and fantasy, to dystopian fiction at www.triciacopeland.com.

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Blog Tour ~ This Time for Always by Andrew Grey

 



Title: This Time for Always
Author: Andrew Grey
Series: Standalone
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: June 21, 2022
Edition/Formats Available In: eBook & Print
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Police officer Finnigan Pettaprin’s life is his job. He’s driven to be the best, always. Past relationships have largely been heartbreaking, so he keeps to himself. The last thing he expects is for a near-disastrous car chase through town to bring him in contact with Mark, the one who got away.

Mark Wallace hasn’t had the best luck in life. He managed to get out of Chicago with his freedom and his son, Lonnie, and needs help. Finn is the one friend he knows he can count on for a temporary place to stay, and possibly more. He’s hoping for a new start in a new town with a new job, but with his parents threatening to try to take his son, nothing is easy.
Finn takes Mark in and helps him get his life back on track. Along the way, the two men grow closer as they realize that what they both have always wanted is now in reach. But the intersection of Mark’s past and a string of local robberies threatens to upend the small family they are just starting to build and could give Mark’s parents the ammunition they need to destroy everything.