Robin Reardon Throwing Stones

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Throwing Stones

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What if you fell in love with a Pagan?
And what if you were both gay? What would happen next?

In this paranormal romance, something is drawing seventeen-year-old Jesse Bryce toward the community of Pagans who live in "the village," just outside his rural Oklahoma town. Maybe it's that he has a crush on Griffin Holyoke, a tall, dark-haired boy with a tree tattooed all up his back. Or maybe it's that the Pagans accept Jesse for who he is, unlike his family--or his church, where he hears that being gay is a sin.

  • After a man from the village is murdered while trying to prevent an assault on a girl from the town, Jesse's confusion at the town's unsympathetic reaction inspires him to set a mission for himself: to build a bridge of acceptance between the town and the village.
  • As Jesse defies his parents and continues to visit the village, he witnesses mysterious rituals that haunt him with their beauty and intensity. And he falls in love with one enigmatic, mercurial Pagan who opens his eyes to a whole new world.
This first-person story explores what can happen when we make conclusions about others based on too little information, or on the wrong information. Whether we're misunderstanding each others' religions or each others' sexual orientation, everyone benefits from learning the truth. And everyone benefits from forgiveness.

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From the Author :

Are you afraid of Pagans?

Throwing Stones is a bookthat might challenge readers on a couple of fronts. First, like all mybooks, it revolves around a gay teen and, yes, his love interest.Second? Well, although all my books include some aspect of religion orreligious practice -- either metaphorically or front-and-center -- thisone will present some readers with a new challenge.

My dentistloves my books (no, he's not gay; he just loves my books), and his staff members know it. Last time I was there, his bookkeeper asked me what Iwas working on now. I said, "I'm writing a story about a teen who wantsto reconcile his family and the people in his town with a group ofPagans who..." I stopped before I could finish my sentence, because hereyes had gone wide. Very wide. But not, I would have said, withinterest. It was the kind of surprise that borders on fear. The word"Pagans" shocked her.

I live in eastern Massachusetts, an areaknown for progressive attitudes and where I would have expected thatanyone I spoke to would perhaps be intrigued by the idea of a Pagancommunity. I did not expect fear.

Paganism is a world religion.Pagan worship and practice can take many different forms, as canChristianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism -- that is, as can any religion.Adherents might practice Wicca or they might not. They might see theircentral figure as The Goddess or they might not. They might belong to agrove (or parish) or they might not. They might take the eight annualsabbats, or holy days, very seriously, or they might not. In otherwords, Pagans are people, and Paganism is a belief system -- that is, areligion.

What Pagans are not is devil worshippers. In myresearch for the story, I couldn't find any evidence that Pagans evenacknowledge (let alone believe in) any concept that equates to theJudeo-Christian devil. What I found was an extremely diverse, autonomous collective of individual people whose credo, "An it harm none, do as ye will," is even more challenging to follow faithfully than the Christian Golden Rule ("Do unto others as you would have done to you."). ThePagan credo challenges members to understand others--as well asthemselves, for they are not to harm themselves, either -- as well aspossible before taking action, or they can't know what harm might bedone.

Throwing Stones throws one metaphorical stone right between the widened eyes of people who fear and condemn the "other," the"different," without making an effort to understand that other. Thishappens to Pagans. And it happens to gays. It needs to stop.

About the Author :

Robin Reardon is an inveterate observer of human nature, and her primary writing goal is to create stories about all kinds of people, some of whom happen to be gay or transgender--people whose destinies are not determined solely by their sexual orientation or identity. Her secondary writing goal is to introduce readers to concepts or information they might not know very much about. See the "Digging Deeper" sections on most of the individual book pages at robinreardon.com for links to background information and research done for the novels. Interests outside of writing include singing, nature photography, and the study of comparative religion. Robin writes in a butter yellow study with a view of the Boston, Massachusetts skyline.

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