So, after a LONG hiatus from AQC and completely gutting and reworking the plot and rewriting the novel, J&J are ready for some critiques. My writer's group has the book...I'm handing you guys the synopsis, haha. As usual, rip it good, give me the good, the bad, and the ugly. So, without further ado, here's the rough draft of my synopsis:
JIMMY and JACOBY MORTENSEN met when Jacoby was in training to be an EMT. Jimmy had been beaten and raped after drinking himself nearly to death one night. A few years later, they married.
Through their marriage, they've talked about having children, but always agreed to wait until Jimmy was stable. That, and the process for them is expensive and involved: they have to find a surrogate and an egg donor or hope their surrogate will do artificial insemination.
Their search has finally begun and begins with a number of rejections, many of which are based on their being gay. But finally, NEBRASKAN'S FOR SURROGACY picks them up and the journey to having a child begins. With the backing of an agency they begin applying for grants that help with expenses, even though they've saved for this for years. They also begin the process of going through both psychological and medical evaluations.
One of Jacoby's biggest worries in this process is that Jimmy won't pass his psych eval. Jimmy spent six years as a med evac pilot in the California National Guard. When he returned from his last deployment, his parents disowned him and threw him out. Since then, he's struggled with depression and anxiety on top of alcoholism. But the discovery that he's not been taking his depression medication concerns Jacoby. He knows Jimmy prefers exercise to pills, but fears that won't be enough for them to be parents. He also wants Jimmy to quit smoking, but has to decide which battle to pick first.
Jimmy passes his medical evaluation with flying colors, although the doctor lectures him on smoking. But Dr. Mathias, Jimmy's trusted psych doc since his first trip through alcohol rehab, refuses to sign off on his evaluation. He makes it clear to Jimmy that, if he takes his medication as prescribed, he'll sign off, no problem. Faced with the reality that he won't become a dad without the pills he loathes, he agrees.
With their evaluations passed and out of the way, they begin interviewing candidates for surrogacy. After months of interviews, emails, and phone calls, they choose ESTELLE. She lives close to home and they love her personality. It doesn't hurt that her husband is cute, too. While they prepare to bring Estelle into their family, the search for an egg donor continues.
While the boys are searching or their surrogate, Jimmy's parents decide to make contact. He's been estranged from them for ten years and returns every letter they send, blocks them on social media, and ignores their phone calls and emails. His adoptive mother, ELEANOR, intervenes and tells his birth mother to back off, but to no avail. When his birth parents show up at work, trouble begins. During a meeting at a local park, Jimmy and his father come to blows and Jimmy is suspended from work.
Through the unexpected contact with his parents, Jimmy is reunited with his sister MIKAYLA. He learns that she, too, had a falling-out with their parents. She surprises him by offering to be their egg donor after he accidentally lets it slip that they haven't had any luck finding one. After much discussion, he and Jacoby agree to accept her offer.
With Mikayla and Estelle in place, things seem to fly and finally, implantation day arrives. Jacoby and Jimmy watch on a monitor as the embryo from the lab is implanted, then begin the long wait to find out if it took.
Once news of the pregnancy's stability is received, the guys start spreading the news. Then, nine months later, Estelle gives birth to their daughter ELIZA. Jimmy and Jacoby could not be happier as they start their new journey as parents.