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Monday, March 01, 2021

Watch for review of small-town short stories at the Traveling Book Review Project

The Acorn Stories review(s) will appear soon at The Traveling Book Review Project. Visit that site for details, to learn about more books, and to suggest other titles for review. Blurbs from reviews The Acorn Stories received elsewhere:

  • “A lush tangle of small-town life branches out in this engrossing collection of short stories.” –Kirkus Reviews
  • “Duane Simolke is one of our great American writers just ready to be recognized as such. He has the talent and the imagination and the humanity and the perspective to make each of our lives richer. Bravo!” –Grady Harp, Amazon Hall of Fame Reviewer
  • “I found this book to be a perfect vacation companion.” –A. Chandler, #1 Amazon.Com reviewer
  • “These highly believable settings and naturally developed characters could be anywhere in the nation.” —TMDGReviews
  • “I love the numerous small wins of the characters and the unexpected turns of luck.” –Billy O.
  • “Having spent quite a bit of time in Texas, I could see each character matching someone I know or have met in my time there.” –Noel D
  • “Amazing and hard to put down.” –Kimmie Sue’s Book Review and More
  • “Snapshots of the lives of people and their life-changing encounters that will leave lasting impressions on you.” –Michelle Williams
  • “Readers who enjoy immersive first person stories about small town life and the human condition will love this book.” –Purple
  • “The author demonstrates a healthy understanding of human nature.” –John H. Mangold
  • “Amazing and hard to put down.” –Kimmie Sue’s Book Review and More
  • “A talented, insightful author.” –E. Conley, Betty's Books
  • “The town is Acorn, Texas, and it is a representation of all of the tiny places, or wide places in the road that dot America.” –jonboy
  • “If you liked WINESBURG, OHIO . . . rejoice.” –Watchword
  • “By the time you have finished reading these tales of the people who inhabit the fictitious town of Acorn, Texas, population 21,001, you will have met some endearing as well as irritating characters, from the Mayor to the local would-be gigolo; from the busy-bodies to the business owners; from those who grew up in Acorn and have tried to escape the small town to those who have moved to Acorn to escape from the real world.” –Ronald L. Donaghe, author of Uncle Sean
  • “A well-crafted collection of short stories.” –L. L. Lee, author of Taxing Tallula
  • “It was a real pleasure to read about the fictional town of Acorn, Texas.” –Mark Kendrick, author of Desert Sons
  • “Simolke makes good use of his vivid imagination in creating credible dialogue and satirical images.” –Huda Orfali, author of Blue Fire
  • “There are people that you like, some that you can't wait to see if they get theirs.” –Joe Wright, StoneWall Society
  • “Each of Simolke's stories lets us look into the lives of some of the most interesting characters I have ever read about.” –Amos Lassen, Literary Pride
  • “When you finish, when you put the book aside, Acorn will still be with you.” –E. Carter Jones, author of Absence of Faith
  • “I highly recommend this book!” –Richard Carlson, author of Jeremy Grabowski's Crazy Summer in Stormville!
  • “…reminds us that nobody is perfect and that everyone is just trying to get by in life either it be by hurting others or by trying to change their life for the better.” —The Abstract

Sunday, February 28, 2021


My first time hosting a blog tour is for a book that comes out today, A CURE FOR HUMANITY, by A.L. Haringrey.


In every story, humans are the weaker species. They are defeated. They fall. They become cattle.

Of course, this is absurd.

In the real world, humans survive and conquer. They remain the dominant species.

For Gyldan Crawford, this is a blessing and a curse. Working for a man who sells tools to regulate vampires and werewolves means Gyldan can provide for his household. But, as the only human living in the house, his choice of profession has always been a sore point... until his friends decide to make use of his position to fight back.

Gyldan is forced to keep several plates spinning—one that makes him the perfect personal assistant to his boss, Albion Saint-Richter; one that supports his friends in taking down his employer; and one that keeps his intimate relationship with Albion a secret. He really doesn't have time for another plate to be added to his frantic performance. But when an unknown entity starts killing off Albion's competitors, the rumour mill starts churning: is the murderer a vampire, a werewolf, or a human?

An excerpt from the book:

Gyldan walked along the length of the display, his stomach churning as he beheld the collage of fear that papered the room. This was a war declaration against the majority, written with the bloodshed caused by a minority. A masterpiece of terror painted with a limited palette. Anyone who looked at this would assume the fourteen years of relative freedom for non-humans had been a bloodbath against humans. But Gyldan knew this was selective history at its finest, fuelled by human panic. There wasn’t a single mention of the blood spilt by humans against non-humans, of course. By this false account, humans had never lifted a violent hand against non-humans.

Genre: LGBTQIA+ Urban Fantasy

Content warnings: Gore, violence, fictional racism


Publisher Website: Gurt Dog Press



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This blog tour continues at The Library of Mirkwood. Watch here for information about my books, the arts, LGBTQ, and more. Thanks for stopping by, and please also visit A. L. Haringrey on Twitter.

Thursday, February 25, 2021

The Acorn Stories and More Reviewed at TMDG Reviews

Thanks TMDGReviews for this #BookReview of The Acorn Stories. #SmallTown #Texas #BookBlog Visit the site for details about how to suggest other books for a review.

Sunday, February 07, 2021

Sons of Taldra Reviewed at Doctor Who Online

“Refreshingly different, and at its beating heart is some much needed diversity that slots in effortlessly and with purpose.” –Sebastian J. Brook. Read the review at Doctor Who Online.

Nook eBook

Kindle eBook

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Monday, January 18, 2021

Excerpts From Texas Comedy/Drama at WattPad

From romantic comedy to razor-sharp satire to moments of quiet reflection, The Acorn Stories transform a fictional West Texas town into a tapestry of human experiences.

#drama #gay #humor #lubbockauthors #peopleofcolor #poc #satire #shortstories #strongwomen #texas #westtexas

Friday, January 01, 2021

Happy 2021!

Thanks for visiting my blog. Please take care of yourself this year, and please make time to say or do something kind for someone else.

I'm more active on Twitter than my blog posts, but please follow me both places.

All of January 2021, take off 50% off the Taldra eBook at with the coupon code BNPTALDRA50. That eBook contains both Taldra scifi novels, Degranon and Sons of Taldra. I'm going to focus this year on writing the spinoff from the Taldra novels.

Monday, December 21, 2020

Comedy/Drama Trailer on TV

A trailer for The Acorn Stories will begin appearing on television soon, starting with the following morning programs in Texas and California, January 4-8, 2021.

El Paso Watch on FOX 14 / El Paso.

ABC 7 Daybreak / Amarillo.

News Channel 6 This Morning / Wichita Falls / Lawton.

News Channel 3 in the Morning / Palm Springs.

From romantic comedy to razor-sharp satire to moments of quiet reflection, The Acorn Stories transform a fictional West Texas town into a tapestry of human experiences. “A lush tangle of small-town life branches out in this engrossing collection of short stories.” –Kirkus Reviews. “The ability to depict such a wide cross section of humanity, including details of each character’s breadth of knowledge and experience, takes a talented, insightful author, and Duane Simolke is such a writer.” –E. Conley, Betty’s Books.

Monday, December 07, 2020

Conclusion of Gay Romance Story

I just finished revising my gay romance story Now That We're Grown and posting it at WattPad.

Gavin Hernandez and Peter Montoya meet before high school. Gavin admires how Peter never complains about being gay or using a wheelchair. During their senior year, Gavin takes profile pictures of Peter in that chair, but the gesture of good will leads to online bullying and a painful final stretch of school. Best friends slowly drift apart.

After college, they reunite in Dallas as more than friends. Gavin now designs facilities for people with physical challenges. Peter looks for a job to match his business administration degree. The past might destroy their relationship, or their love might change their lives.

MM romance/gay romance. Contains bullying, threats, mild violence, and sexual references.

Saturday, December 05, 2020

''Wish for Tomorrow'' - Australia 2014 -

''Wish for Tomorrow'' - Australia 2014 - I liked the message, romance, and structure of this #GayFilm. It's a well-told story.