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Monday, January 15, 2018

Two Gay Geeks PodCast

I talked with Two Gay Geeks about Taldra, my writing, scifi, strong female characters, and gay representation.

From their blog:

Ben and Keith are The Two Gay Geeks behind TG Geeks Webcast, where our motto is “You name it, We talk about it.” ™

Our website is headquarters for our Webcast as well as articles and reviews on a variety of subjects. We cover all aspects of Geek-dom and Nerd-ery. As our motto implies, we talk about almost anything. We do tend to talk more on the Sci Fi, Comics, Film, Horror, and Genre, but we have been known to talk about Opera and Disneyland on occasion. We have become passionate about supporting Independent Creators whether that is film, comics, music, or authors we are always open to talking with creators of all types.

So, come along and join our wild ride to wherever we are going.

Monday, January 08, 2018

Friday, December 22, 2017

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Reviews of Small-Town Texas Book

  • “A lush tangle of small-town life branches out in this engrossing collection of short stories.” –Kirkus Reviews
  • “I found this book to be a perfect vacation companion.” –A. Chandler, #1 Amazon.Com reviewer
  • “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
Read the reviews at Kirkus Reviews, The Abstract, Amazon.Com, GoodReads, bn.com (2nd edition), and bn.com (1st edition).

Kindle Edition * Barnes & Noble Nook eBook * Excerpts from The Acorn Stories * The Individual Stories * Reading Group Questions * Historical Acorn, Texas

Book Trailer: West Texas Fiction Book Trailer 2: Texas

Monday, December 11, 2017

Tome Tender: Book Review: Taldra: Science Fiction Adventures by Duane Simolke

Tome Tender: Taldra: Science Fiction Adventures by Duane Simolke



"Edge-of-your-seat action, scenes that detail the turmoil and terror of an alien attack and an inside look at love and acceptance for humanity’s differences."

The Abstract reviews The Acorn Stories

"...a collection of short stories that use a small West Texas town as its backdrop. Each story shows a little something about the townspeople. I really liked how it all kind of intertwines too. While reading 'The Acorn Stories,' you really do feel like you are there. That is another plus for reading the collection."

Read more at The Abstract.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Stories that "packed a punch" for good reading

I found this book to be a perfect vacation companion. Filled with stories that "packed a punch" for good reading but were also short and often had some good humor spliced into the writing. -Chandler

Monday, November 20, 2017

AN INSPIRING, VIVID AND UNIQUE WORK

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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.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

The gay scifi, the Texas humor and drama, the poetry, or the nonfiction?

If you've read my books, which do you prefer, the gay scifi, the Texas humor and drama, the poetry, or the nonfiction? Join me on twitter to discuss. I'm currently writing new short stories and want feedback on what you've liked so far.