Caught in the Crossfire

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Two boys at bible camp. One forbidden love.

That’s the dilemma Jonathan Cooper faces when he goes away to Spirit Lake Bible Camp, situated along Minnesota’s rugged North Shore, for a summer of fun. He is expecting Mosquito bites, bonfires with s’mores, and photography classes with Simon, his favorite counselor who always helps him see life in perfect focus.

What he isn’t expecting is Ian McGuire, a new camper who openly argues against phrases like Pray the Gay Away. Ian is certain of many things, including what could happen between them if only Jonathan could surrender to his feelings.

Jonathan, however, tosses in a storm of indecision between his belief in God and his inability to stay away from Ian. When a real storm hits and Ian is lost in it, Jonathan is forced to make a public decision that changes his life.


Published by Bold Strokes Books

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Winner, Emerging Writer Award, The Saints and Sinners Literary Festival, 2014


“Juliann Rich has written a coming of age story that is at once bittersweet, fun, and sexy, capturing the complex layers of angst and joy that teens encounter when caught between wanting to be accepted and being true to who they are.”

~ Alex Sanchez, author of RAINBOW BOYS and THE GOD BOX 

“CAUGHT IN THE CROSSFIRE speaks to those of us who know what it’s like to search for ourselves, then turn away when we’re not sure what we see.”

~ Kirstin Cronn-Mills, author of BEAUTIFUL MUSIC FOR UGLY CHILDREN 

“This much-needed story doesn’t shy away from tough questions and tense scenes–but tackles them head-on with humor, sensuality and hope.”

~ Rachel Gold, author of BEING EMILY and JUST GIRLS