Turning In

content tags: contemporary, celebrity, romance, sapphic sexual content, LGBT issues, defining family.

Brenna Lanigan and Cassidy Hyland (and their boys) were introduced in the novels TURNING POINT and TURN FOR HOME. Now enjoy a collection of short stories with a glimpse of what comes after the end of their roles on Time Trails as they build love and family in small moments. Available in ebook Kindle and paperback.

Turning In (2023)

Publisher: Acquitted Books (Supposed Crimes LLC)

eBook ISBN: 978-1-952150-90-6
print ISBN: 978-1-952150-40-1

 The End of the Beginning Brenna and Cassidy film the final scenes of their Time Trails series and enjoy time together with their castmates and alone in their trailers.

Becoming Family Cassidy and Brenna spend domestic time at home with their sons between dinner, a family game night, and bedtime.

Family Functions Cassidy and Brenna visit Cassidy’s home to collect some of her and Ryan’s things and Ranger gets into trouble at the neighbors, leading to a need to reassure Ryan.

Galway Getaway The combined Hyland and Lanigan families take a vacation trip to Ireland before Brenna has to report for filming of an on-location movie.

Handling the Holidays Cassidy and Brenna navigate the holiday programs at Ryan’s elementary school and then James’ high school before the entire family goes camping in northern California with new friends.

The Premiere Cassidy is Brenna’s plus-one at the small venue premiering the Irish film she worked on and they mix and mingle with the movie’s other cast and the director. 



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Principal shooting for the series finale of Time Trails, which would air on the network as a two-hour movie event, had reached its last day. After so many years with the same people and the recent upheaval in her personal life, Brenna Lanigan was unsurprised that she felt, to put it mildly, emotionally wrecked watching the crew move swiftly around her to reset for what would be her final scene as Commander Susan Jakes. She resisted the urge to brush her fingers through her auburn hair which had been sprayed carefully moments ago by Angel from the studio’s makeup team.

She sensed movement to her right. Turning her head, her gaze followed Cassidy Hyland as the blonde woman stepped up and onto her mark on the Vortex dais. Though she was relieved to see the woman and wanted to speak, Brenna hesitated when she fully took in the other woman’s costume and makeup. The makeup team had given Cassidy a roughed-up appearance with gray smudges around her eyes and cheeks. A thin line slashed across her cheek, marks of a pitched struggle Cassidy’s character, Chris Hansen, had endured just before she was found. Her uniform too had been ‘distressed’ and strategically torn.

Brenna had been off camera but present when those fight scenes were shot three days earlier. And even though she knew it was special effects and a storyline, the sight of the ‘battered’ woman reminded her of Cassidy’s too real recent hospital stay.

Swallowing down her reactions even as she felt her hand flexing with the memory of cradling Cassidy on the floor of her trailer, Brenna lifted her gaze to the other woman’s face where she found a reassuring smile.

“Hey,” Cassidy said, blue eyes light and full lips lifted at both corners. “I’m fine, you know.”

Of course her lover recognized her mood, Brenna fretted and tried again to neutralize her expression. “Makeup’s pretty convincing.”

“Marks,” sounded somewhere behind her and she watched Cassidy roll her shoulders and shift her weight from one foot to the other.

“Hug then a kiss, right?” Brenna asked. They’d rehearsed the scene’s final moment both ways.

“Yes. I’m looking forward to it.” After adjusting her blonde hair, which hung in a messy and haphazard bun, Cassidy placed her hands behind her back. Her head lifted and her blue gaze found Brenna’s once more. She gave a tight nod without a smile, but her eyes were so warm. Brenna felt her cheeks heat and her stomach flutter in response.

We’re really going to do this, she thought. Finally.

Movement to her left made them both jump, still reluctant to be caught in their real feelings. Their co-star Sean took his place next to Brenna at the console controls. “Hi,” the blond man said.

“Hey,” she replied.

“You didn’t have to stop smiling. Everyone here knows you love her,” he said. Then he dipped his head toward the cameramen. “And very shortly the proof will be on tape so everyone out there will know it, too.”

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