Update: 2016 Golden Crown Literary Society winner for Dramatic/General Fiction!GCLS logo


Debut novel!

It’s 2004, the year same-sex marriage becomes legal in Massachusetts, the year the Red Sox break the curse, the year everything changes for Meg Myers.

Meg is an animal control officer who doesn’t much like people and doesn’t believe wishes come true. She grew up in state care, bouncing between foster homes and her alcoholic mother. Left physically and emotionally scarred, she is guarded about her past and pessimistic about her future. So she focuses on her job and her dream of opening an animal shelter.

For Meg, it’s not about coming out. It’s about fitting in. No matter how smooth the coming out process, we still have to find our tribe, where we belong, whether friends, lovers, or a family. And we almost never find the love of our life on the first try. Neither does Meg.

Three women will rock Meg’s world. Pam and her foster daughter Violet. Gina, twin to Meg’s best friend Jeff. Samantha, the vet who shares an uncomfortable past with Meg.

Exploring mother-daughter bonds, loss and grief, and what defines friendship and gender, Wishbone is about finding security and love when you have been raised with neither.

Links:Rainbow Award Honorable Mention

2015 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention, Wishbone by Elaine Burnes: “LOVED from start to finish.  A lot of story packed into this one.  Loved all the characters, especially Meg and watching her grow. I really liked her relationship with Gina. Found this to be well written for a debut novel.”

Rainbow Hub review: “[A]s I made my way through chapter after chapter I often found myself weeping not just from sheer emotion of it all, but also because of the supreme prowess displayed by the author in her writing overall. The way Burnes captures the struggle of an abused and neglected child in the midst of a child-protective system so tragically flawed is handled with painstaking care and respect, as is her repeated treatment of queer issues such as homosexuality, bisexuality, and gender identity.”

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