Skyler Phoenix

Skyler Phoenix

Young love is never easy, but it's far more complicated than usual for Skyler.

Skyler finally had it all...

...but for the third time, the state had taken everything away from him.

It wasn't his fault, though, or was it?

If only he hadn't been so stupid...
If only he hadn't been so careless...
If only he hadn't fallen in love with his best friend, Cameron.

Now, sitting in the social worker's SUV, he stared at his new house and the strangers standing on the front steps. His life had been an uphill climb, and now he had to start over.


One day, he might call them family, but he had finally learned his lesson.
This time, Skyler wouldn't be stupid.
This time, Skyler wouldn't be careless.
And no matter what, he definitely, absolutely, wouldn't fall in love with another cute boy.

Skyler Phoenix is the first book of the Love Grows in Honest Places series.

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This book was previously published as THE CLIMB.

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About the Book
Series: Love Grows in Honest Places, Book 1
Genres: Inspirational, LGBT, Young Adult
Tags: Book Formatting, Cover Design
Publisher: Purple Spekter™ Press
Publication Year: 2016
Length: Complete Novel
List Price: 24.99
eBook Price: 6.99
Audiobook Price: 24.95
This story was amazing and evoked so many emotions: happiness, anger, sadness, empathy. I appreciate a writer who can take me on an emotional, vivid journey through a story. Thank you, Mr. Benoit-Ledoux. This book is proof that a well-written story can reach far beyond a predefined intended audience.
– Tina
I could immediately relate to the thoughts and actions of the main character, Skyler, as he struggled with reconciling his sexuality with his religion. Benoit-Ledoux realistically depicts the adverse effects that religion can have on sexuality while showing there is hope. By the end of the novel, I wanted to embrace Skyler for triumphing in an area where many still struggle.
– Chris H.
Reading this story was an emotional roller coaster of joy, indignation, sadness, and hope. No matter how you identify, we can all relate to aspects of Skyler's journey. From the butterflies of first love to the trials and tribulations of high school, 'Skyler Phoenix' reminds us that growing up is hard work. Benoit-Ledoux has crafted a truly beautiful story.
– Josh
Skyler Phoenix is an amazing book. As a straight guy with many gay friends, I thought I knew how difficult it was for them all to come out. This book helps paint a very vivid picture for the friends and family who need help understanding the difficulties that many people in the LGBT community are going through. In addition, this book serves as a great tool for those who are still waiting to come out, or are too afraid.
– Chris E.
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About the Author
Damien Benoit-Ledoux

Damien Benoit-Ledoux is an author and freelance editor. His mind is a magical and nerdy place where fantastic heroes defend amazing worlds from dangerous villains who run amuck in an epic struggle to take over the universe. Recently, the brightest and best from this colorful cast of characters have made their way into notes, plots, stories, and novels for you to read and enjoy.

Damien strongly believes the real world we live in should be a place where LGBTQ equality and respect are second nature and never questioned. When he's not working or spending time with his husband, their son, and their dog, Damien weaves this philosophy into the exciting lives of his characters and the fantastic space battles and romances they endure so they'll stop taking over his dreams at night.

And finally, he wants you to remember a very important thing: No matter how bad your day is at work, it’s always important to be grateful that you don’t work for a Sith Lord.

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