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Monday, December 11, 2017
"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."
...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.
Friday, December 08, 2017
Sunday, November 26, 2017
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
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Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Saturday, August 19, 2017
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Thursday, August 03, 2017
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Thursday, June 29, 2017
Monday, June 26, 2017
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. “There are people that you like, some that you can’t wait to see if they get theirs.” –Joe Wright, StoneWall Society. “A well-crafted collection of short stories.” –L. L. Lee, author of Taxing Tallula.
Friday, May 26, 2017
Sunday, May 14, 2017
By Duane Simolke
Winner, Pride in the Arts Award
The brilliant scientist Taldra loves her twin gay sons and thinks of them as the hope for Valchondria’s future, but one of them becomes entangled in the cult of Degranon, and the other becomes stranded on the other side of a doorway through time. Can they find their way home and help Taldra save their world?
- “This is an incredible book about the human condition and how one person striving for the good can, in the end, be a source of change.” –Rainbow Reviews
- “So for those who want a thought provoking and fun sci-fi read, then I would highly recommend Degranon; so hover on over to the bookstore and check this one out.”—Blogger Girls
- “In Degranon, author Duane Simolke establishes his voice in gay genre writing by combining current concerns revolving around queer culture with a world of dimensional doorways, advanced technology, and distant planets.” –X-Factor, October 1, 2004 issue
- “It's a very good story.” –HomoMojo.Com and I Must Be Dreaming
- “A must read.” – Joe Wright, for StoneWall Society
- “A reminder of the danger of fanaticism.” –Mark Kendrick, author of Stealing Some Time
- “Duane Simolke's latest offering is a fascinating scifi excursion into a world as unique as his singular vision.” –Ronald L. Donaghe, author of Cinátis
- “I recommend DEGRANON for its exciting, well-constructed narrative, its often intriguing characters, and its wealth of ideas both political and philosophical.” –J. Clark
- “DEGRANON is sci-fi that warrants the attention of any serious aficionado, gay or straight, fascinated by alien worlds that mirror our own world.” –William Maltese, author of Beyond Machu
Though it takes place on other worlds, all the characters in this book are people we might call Native American, African American, Hispanic, Asian, or Middle Eastern. Some of them are also gay. Degranon deals with themes of diversity, censorship, and religious violence. It takes place in an alternate dimension, with some of our prejudices and other problems looked at from unusual angles. More importantly for most scifi fans, though, it delivers fast-paced action and constant twists.
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Saturday, May 06, 2017
Friday, May 05, 2017
Thursday, May 04, 2017
Set in an alternate reality, the Taldra novels focus on gays, people of color, and powerful women. Degranon: A Science Fiction Adventure flings an Iroquois family into a battle across time and space. In Sons of Taldra: A Science Fiction Adventure, alien shapeshifters and dark secrets threaten humanity. Both works appear in this specially priced eBook.
These novels take place in the present, in an alternate dimension. Valchondria (Earth) had advanced to space travel but then banned it and stopped advancing. Degranon was a Valchondrian colony, and part of the reason for the ban.
"A highly-imaginative sci-fi adventure. Simolke’s alternate universe hits all the right notes between the fantastic and the believable. There is a dizzying and impressive array of ideas that permeate this novel. Taldra is a great sci-fi read, especially for those who enjoy history and religion mixed in with technology. This is one story where all three blend seamlessly into one." Self-Publishing Review, ★★★★ Read the SciFi Book Review.
Keywords: gay marriage, love is love, LGBT, queer, POC, People of Color, Native American, Iroquois, Navajo, African American, Black, Hispanic, Latino, Latina, Asian, Middle Eastern, religion, faith, atheism, cults, diversity, DiversityInSFF, strong females, powerful women, women, alternate reality, space epic, romance, free speech, individuality, scifi, SyFy.
Saturday, April 15, 2017
The use of “vibrant” fits the blog, with its bright colors, reader-friendly layout, engaging interviews, and insight into science fiction and fantasy writing. Please read my Interview about Valchondria at Our Epic Worlds, but don’t stop there. Our Epic Worlds is a fun read and an interesting resource for readers and writers.
The Our Epic Worlds twitter account includes links to the latest posts.
Author M.L. Spencer manages Our Epic Worlds.
Sunday, April 09, 2017
Sunday, April 02, 2017
Saturday, March 25, 2017
In an alternate reality, an Iroquois woman and her twin gay sons battle shapeshifting aliens.
Keywords: Native American, African American, Middle Eastern, strong women, gay, lesbian, LGBT, queer, scifi, diversity, alternate reality, book club, book chat.
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Saturday, March 18, 2017
Small-town life is funnier and crazier than you imagined! These West Texas tales reveal the closely connected lives of rural eccentrics. “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.
Sunday, March 05, 2017
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Saturday, February 11, 2017
If he’s a scifi geek, send him this scene with a gay marriage proposal, from Sons of Taldra: A Science Fiction Adventure.
Saturday, February 04, 2017
Saturday, January 21, 2017
"we have always been here. we will always be here. this video is dedicated to all who’ve come before me and fought for our cause and those who now continue the fight. in dark and light times, let’s love forever. love, troye x"
Saturday, January 07, 2017
I'm currently writing a new short story, not based on any of my previous works. It's a gay romantic comedy set in Texas.
I'm also working on a revised version of The Return of Innocence: A Fantasy Adventure.
Please be good to yourself and others throughout the year!