Maggie Blackbird

Romancing Canada's Indigenous People

Book Hooks is a weekly meme hosted by Marketing for Romance Writers as part of the MFRW Authors Blog. Readers can jump from one author to another who share hooks from their current WIP (work in progress) or any previously published books.

For this week’s edition of Book Hooks, I give you a teaser from Blessed, book one in The Matawapit Family series, a m/m contemporary romance.

A mixed-blood Catholic seminarian struggles to discern his true calling: the priesthood or his ex-lover, a proud but damaged Ojibway man.

It’s been ten years since Emery Matawapit sinned, having succumbed to temptation for the one thing in his life that felt right, another man. In six months he’ll make a life-changing decision that will bar him from sexual relationships for the rest of his life.

Darryl Keejik has a decade-long chip on his shoulder, and he holds Emery’s father, the church deacon, responsible for what he’s suffered: the loss of his family and a chance at true love with Emery. No longer a powerless kid, Darryl has influence within the community—maybe more than the deacon, and he intends on using his new-found power to destroy Deacon Matawapit and the church.

Hoping to save the church, Emery races home. But stopping Darryl is harder than expected when their sizzling chemistry threatens to consume Emery. Now he is faced with the toughest decision of his life: please his devout parents and fulfill his call to the priesthood, or remain true to his heart and marry the man created for him.

Genre(s):  Multicultural, m/m contemporary romance, adult, LGBT, inspirational.
Heat Rating: 
Level 3
Publication Date: 
July 6, 2018
eXtasy Books


Emery slipped the rosary into his pocket. His knees rested on the cushioned kneeler, his calves and shoes stretching beneath the pew behind him.

When the parishioners had left after morning Mass, Father had set the Exposition of Christ on the altar. Resembling a golden star twinkling in the night sky, the monstrance housed the consecrated host transformed into God’s only Son.

As a child, Emery had found the vessel fascinating, his fingers itching to touch each golden spear circling the bread. In time, he’d polished the monstrance, had polished many sacred objects used to celebrate Christ.

I belong here.

The votive candles flickered. Statues of Mary the Blessed Mother and Joseph holding a young Jesus stood on each side of the sanctuary. A soft blue light shone down on the granite altar.

But in what capacity? Priest or layperson?

He’d assumed his service to the church was preparing him for the presbyterate.

Could he live without becoming a priest? His stomach flipped and flopped.

Could he live without Darryl? Emery’s heart clenched.

He clamped his wrapped fingers in front of him. If I don’t become a priest, I’ll fail you, Jesus. I’ll fail everyone. Even fail myself. But I love Darryl so much.


9 thoughts on “#MFRWHook – What Should I Do?

  1. tenajean says:

    Interesting dilemma the young man must decide. Kinda stuck between a rock and a hard place. Which way will he go? Thanks for sharing! Enjoyed your excerpt.


  2. daryldevore says:

    Your words depict his torment wonderfully

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Janet says:

    Sounds like a real dilemma. Very poignant

    Liked by 1 person

    1. TY. Glad you liked.


  4. Wow, Maggie — this is one doozy of a conflict!

    Sounds really excellent!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. TY, Lisabet. Glad you enjoyed.


  5. powerful metaphor for his dilemma – the knot in his stomach versus the clench in his heart.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. TY, Adriana. Glad you enjoyed.

      Liked by 1 person

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