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Sunday, October 21, 2018

Now That We’re Grown: A Gay Romance Short Story

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.

This gay romance short story will be available as an eBook in late 2019.

Keywords: Gay love, gay romance, MM, gay couples, LGBTQ, Latino, Hispanic, disability, living with disabilities, queer disabled, disabled gay, disabled representation, wheelchair, diversity, bullying, cyberbullying, short stories, fiction, eBooks.

Smashwords ISBN: 9780463769065.

Thursday, September 06, 2018

Free Read: Humor in a Small Town

Read about Fat Diary and other free or discounted eBooks at My Book Place.

Permafree!

In this free comedy eBook, a West Texas librarian makes fun of herself and the other people in her town, while writing about her reasons for wanting to lose weight.

Pamela Mae Willard must learn to love herself. Still, she can’t resist laughing about her problems, and about the adventures of the colorful characters in Acorn, Texas.

This irreverent, politically incorrect tale reveals a woman finding joy in life, no matter what happens to her and no matter who mistreats her.

This short story also appears in The Acorn Gathering. Some of its characters also appear in The Acorn Stories.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Read about Queer Books at Digital Book Girl

Tag Archives: "LGBTQ+ Featured lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender books in both fiction and non-fiction genres!" The Lady Chablis Quiz Book; The Covert Captain: Or, A Marriage of Equals; All Kinds of Tied Down; and more books. Read about them at the Digital Book Girl blog.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Looking back at queer collection Holding Me Together

My BookPlace.Net Featured Post: Holding Me Together.

, StoneWall Society Pride in the Arts Award. This anthology of essays and poems explores many social issues, while celebrating friendship, love, gay pride, and writing. This collection, quoted by many authors and Web masters, includes the multi-part essay “Reactions to Homophobia,” followed by poems and short essays on a variety of topics, such as writing, AIDS, religion, violence, family, friendship, and gay relationships.

Dann Hazel used “Reactions to Homophobia” as one of the resources for his book Witness: Gay and Lesbian Clergy Report from the Front. The Queensland Government’s Community Benefit Fund and PFLAG Brisbane used the same essay as a resource for the booklet Assisting Those Who Come Into Regular Contact with Lesbian and Gay Youth.

In a review appearing both at QMediaReviews.com and in EXP Magazine, SouthWest Edition, critic Shawn Revelle called the revised, second edition of Holding Me Together “an inspiring and timely collection of works.” Revelle went on to share details about the book, which he also referred to as “a worthwhile and life-affirming read.”

“In his exploration of what it is to be gay, Simolke manages to touch on a more fundamental truth: what it is to be human.” –Watchword.

“If I had a magic wand, I would put this book in the hands of all our gay or questioning youth.” –author, painter, dancer Copernicus again.

“Duane Simolke’s voice is gentle, reasoned, assured, but will leave you gasping for breath.” –author Ronald L. Donaghe.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Cancer fundraiser featured on book site

BookPlace made the cancer fundraiser The Acorn Gathering: Writers Uniting Against Cancer a featured post. BookPlace promotes books across genres. The Acorn Gathering is a collection of short stories, varying in length in tone and setting.

Sunday, August 05, 2018

Gay Flash Fiction: The Recruiter

Not for sensitive readers. Visit GayFlashFiction to read my short short The Recruiter, about a self-loathing closet case who uses social media and out-of-context Bible verses to find new followers.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

New Readings of Winesburg, Ohio Featured at Site MyBookPlace

MyBookPlace.Net Featured Post: New Readings of Winesburg, Ohio.

Ch. I: Introduction

Ch. II: Anderson And Stein: Symbiosis

Ch. III: Teachers Groping In The Dark

Ch. IV: Men And Women

Ch. V: “More Than Man Or Woman”

Ch. VI: Industrialism: The Machine In The Berry Field

Ch. VII: Conclusion: Closing The Book Of The Grotesque

Sunday, June 24, 2018

M/M Gay Story About Love and Loss at Gay Flash Fiction

My story Patchwork is now up at the Gay Flash Fiction website. That story involves a man looking back at the time he spent with his husband.

Gay Flash Fiction features “Very Short Fiction—Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, or Intersex themed.” Readers can find stories via the archive, the search engine, or a long list of thematic tags. Authors can submit their stories via the posted guidelines. The site also features editing tips, related links, and much more.

Alex Hogan, Michael Ampersant, and Nikolaos Thiwerspoon serve as editors. Visit their sites to read about their original works and some of the other authors they like.

Saturday, June 09, 2018

Momma Says: To Read or Not to Read: The Acorn Stories

Becky Baldridge reviewed The Acorn Stories at her book blog Momma Says: To Read or Not to Read. She describes her blog this way: "Read and review blog where I tell them like I read them, honestly and without pulling any punches. Request a Review today!" An excerpt from her review follows.

"The stories cover a bit of everything that small town life entails, from the don't know what you've got til it's gone romance to the dedicated teacher to nosy neighbors, etc. The point is these people could be anywhere in any small town, including your own."

Friday, June 08, 2018

Featured Author in Eli Summers's LGBTQ Pride 2018 Authors Showcase

Today, Kit Mallory (@kitkattus) and I are featured authors in Eli Summers's LGBTQ Pride 2018 Authors Showcase. In this month-long event, Eli helps readers get to know a diverse group of queer writers, learning about how and why they write their stories. Please visit often.