New Orleans, LA, USA – December 16, 2019 – With the ongoing success of romance-driven novels as “Damaged Hearts,” a debut novel by Jan St. Marcus, it’s only natural that readers want to find those that inspire and capture their attention from the beginning. “Damaged Hearts” won’t let you down. The book is the brainchild of author Jan St. Marcus and is currently available on Amazon. When asked about the challenges of writing the novel, St. Marcus says, “The biggest struggle I had was just how emotional I got while writing certain parts and figuring out the story. In my writing process, I never start with a detailed outline — I start with a couple of characters and then observe what they say and what they do and write it down. I honestly don’t know where some of the ideas come from — they just happen. Anyway, as I was writing, a couple of things happened that completely took me by surprise, and I just started crying. I developed a very close relationship with the characters, and when these tragic things happened to them, I was right there with them and I couldn’t help but get emotional.”
ABOUT THE BOOK
“Damaged Hearts” is about a 19-year-old military veteran Brandon Hawkins who is attacked on Venice Beach by a gang of frat boys, he is saved by Michaelangelo Curtis, a passerby.Michelangelo was roaming the boardwalk grieving the death of his twin brother six months earlier. The two men’s unexpected encounter forges a strong bond between the damaged and lonely men.Inviting his new friend, the homeless Bran, to his place for some food and a shower, a 25-year-old Michelangelo finds himself drawn to the younger man. Neither of the men is gay, but before long, their friendship morphs into something like love and takes them both by surprise.And they have something else in common — the frat boys are out for revenge.
Early reviews for “Damaged Hearts” have been raving about it. One reviewer wrote, “You will smile with joy and cry over the cruelty, but there is a happily ever after at the end!”
Another reviewer said, “Wow! What an incredible book; I read it straight through without putting it down (except for 1/2 hour to recharge my Kindle!) This book was different from the typical M/M romances I read where boy meets boy, they fall in lust then love, and they overcome whatever minor obstacles they have to get to their happily ever after. I wasn’t sure at first if I would like it, and I’m so glad I was wrong! Yes, it’s a romance, but it’s so much more as well. This is a story of love and friendship. There’s love, excitement, tearful moments, and exhilarating moments. By having more POVs than just the two MCs, it also shows how one decision in your life can affect so many others.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jan St. Marcus is a professional photographer in the Washington DC area where he grew up. He spent many years traveling the world in the Air Force and then worked in the corporate world. When he landed in Southern California, he lived on the Boardwalk in Venice Beach and was astounded at the myriad of people who lived, worked, and visited there. After the death of his brother, he moved back to the DC area and decided to pursue his artistic side after decades in the corporate world.