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In a Heartbeat

By Markus Harwood-Jones

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Series: Lorimer Real Love

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Set in a small BC town, this is not a typical LGBTQ+ romance. Seventeen-year-old Lucien has a supportive family and community in Toronto but wants to make a new start somewhere nobody knows him. Going to stay with his aunt in Vernon, BC, presents challenges to fitting in — he is not comfortable with his hockey-watching, hard-partying cousins or the other kids at school. Eventually, Lucien finds a community of creative teens and meets the mysterious Alder. As Lucien finds out who Alder really is, he is able to find what is worthy of love in himself. Focusing on romance and speaking one’s truth rather than issues of gender identity, this story is a tender, light-hearted tale of finding love in unexpected places.

Two people just have a way of finding each other

Lucien has always felt lonely, even though he lives in a big city. Desperate to be somewhere no one knows him, Lucien decides to spend his last semester of school in a small town — somewhere he can get a fresh start. The last thing he expects is to make friends and, even scarier, find someone he’s interested in. Alder seems interested in him, too, but when Lucien starts to hear rumours about Alder’s past, he wonders if finding love is too good to be true.

MARKUS HARWOOD-JONES is a visual artist and author. He has self-published several works of non-fiction short stories and zine collections. He is also the author of the Lorimer Real Love teen romances Just Julian, Romeo for Real, We Three and Confessions of a Teenage Drag King. Markus lives in Toronto, Ontario.

This brief read with a simplified style intended for reluctant and struggling teen readers, provides much-needed queer representation for this format.

- Kirkus Reviews

Every teenager could identify with the need or want to start afresh where no one knows you, especially after a life-changing experience. Nonetheless, young LGBTQ+ youth will easily be able to see themselves reflected within the story.

- Sarah Wethered CM Review of Materials

"This story isn’t just about teen romance, but also gives subtle insights into the angst of many trans kids...Harwood-Jones has done a great job of characterizing the real emotions and anxieties of trans teens...This is a wonderfully hopeful story, and I can’t wait to put a copy in my junior high classroom library."

- Jen Bragg Wayves Magazine

MARKUS HARWOOD-JONES is a writer, visual artist and documentary filmmaker. He has self-published the short story collections Confessions of a Teenage Transsexual Whore and Everything & All at Once. His feature film Mosaic tells the story of his journey across Canada and the United States to learn more about the trans community. He is author of the Lorimer Real Love teen romances Just Julian, Romeo for Real, We Three and Confessions of a Teenage Drag King. Markus lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 168 pages
Publication Date: 24th August 2021
ISBN: 9781459416277
Format: 7.5in x 5.25in

Binding: Hardback, 168 pages
Publication Date: 1st January 2022
ISBN: 9781459416291
Format: 7.5in x 5.25in

Binding: Electronic book text
Publication Date: 24th August 2021
ISBN: 9781459416284
Format: EPUB

BISAC Code:, YAF031000, YAF052040, YAF058040, YAF058150
Imprint: Lorimer

Interest age: From 13 To 18
Fry Reading Level [grade]: 3.9
Lexile Reading Level: HL530L


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