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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

The town is Acorn, Texas, and it is a...... review gif

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.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Interview with Writer/Reader WebSite AllAuthor

My AllAuthor interview about #writing, #scifi, #Texas, social media, coming out, & more. https://allauthor.com/interview/duanesimolke/ #Amwriting #BookReview #Books #Reviews #Authors #GreatReads #Writer #Quotes #Fiction #Reading #Kindle #Promo #eBook

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Ask David: What to Read Next: Gay SciFi

Book: Taldra - Science Fiction Adventures by Duane Simolke Book, Gay Marriage, LGBT, Queer SciFi, Iroquois, Strong Women, Native American, Diversity Science Fiction, People of Color, SciFi Racial Diversity, Alien Invasions, LGBT Science Fiction

Ask David: What to Read Next: Texas

Ask David: What to Read Next: The Acorn Stories Book, Small-Town, West Texas, Texans, Texas Humor, Funny, Lubbock Texas, Satire, Gay Texans, Gay Texas, Deaf, Short Stories

Saturday, August 19, 2017

For Readers and Writers: The MineEye Online Bookstore

The MineEye Online Bookstore presents detailed eBook information, organized by a community of artists, writers, and musicians. A long list of categories makes searching easier, and MineEye actively promotes the individual works on various social media platforms.

From their portal page:

"MineEye is an online bookstore with a unique vision. We connect writers with their audience in a friendlier, more up-close manner than you have seen before. Borne out of a collective of authors, poets and musicians, we nurture great talent and give our readers a chance to connect with new and exciting writers. Start exploring our store and download a new book today!"

Taldra: Science Fiction Adventures at MineEye.

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Publishers Weekly

Read about #Batman, #TheAcornStories, #TheGlassCastle, #BruceCampbell, and more in the July 31, 2017 issue of Publishers Weekly.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Science Fiction Book Review: Read About "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.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Fire and Ice: Free or Discounted Books, by Genre

Fire and Ice: "Over the years we've featured hundreds of books, so readers of all genres will be able to find new authors and e-books to read!"

Monday, June 26, 2017

$1.99 Fiction Feature and Author Interview: The Acorn Stories by Duane Simolke

$1.99 Fiction Feature and Author Interview: The Acorn Stories by Duane Simolke. An interview and excerpt at Fire and Ice Books. I also discuss Degranon and more of my work.

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.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Degranon: A Science Fiction Adventure.

Degranon: A Science Fiction Adventure
By Duane Simolke
Winner, Pride in the Arts Award
On the planet Valchondria, no illness exists, gay marriage is legal, and everyone is a person of color. However, a group called “the Maintainers” carefully monitors everyone’s speech, actions, and weight; the Maintainers also force so-called “colorsighted” people to hide their ability to see in color.

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 CinĂ¡tis
  • “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

New! Revised third edition eBook released in 2016. Nook and Kindle.

Both Taldra #SciFi Adventure Novels in One EBook.

Join the Degranon discussions at Goodreads, Shelfari, and Black Caviar Book Club.

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.

Excerpt: We’re Glad Our Son Is Gay.

Excerpt: The Maintainers Arrive.

Degranon: Reading Group Questions.

Book Trailer 1, Book Trailer 2, Book Trailer 3.

Degranon: A Science Fiction Adventure discussed in Encyclopedia of Contemporary LGBTQ Literature of the United States.

A glossary for Degranon and its upcoming sequel, Sons of Taldra.

Sons of Taldra: GoodReads Preview, Book Teaser/Spoiler Alert, Writing a Novel.

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Saturday, May 06, 2017

Featured Web Site: StopHomophobia.Com

StopHomophobia.Com is a site dedicated to educating LGBT people, their allies, and everyone else about the damages of homophobia. It features many resources, such as related history, coming out, gay myths, how to combat prejudice, and how to prevent such problems as suicide and domestic violence.

It’s a vast site with many ways to get involved. Readers can find many more resources, and some inspiring pics, via Twitter: WipeHomophobia and Facebook: STOP-Homophobia.com.

Please also see Holding Me Together and Reactions to Homophobia.

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Taldra: Science Fiction Adventures with Diversity

Taldra: #SciFi Adventures

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

Featured Blog: Science Fiction/Fantasy Exploration with Our Epic Worlds.

Our Epic Worlds, from the “About” page: “blog devoted to the vibrant universe of speculative fiction, dedicated to the art and craft of world-building. We intend to publish engaging author interviews and articles about the vibrant worlds our favorite characters inhabit, rage against, and defend against apocalypse.”

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

Featured Website: Books 4 Dozens Book Promotion Service

http://BOOKS4DOZENS.COM: "#Books 4 Dozens is an online book shop platform created purely to promote the ebooks of indie authors." Free and paid resources for book promotion, as well as ways for readers to find more titles. Their basic promo is free and includes multiple shares across several social media platforms. Follow them at https://twitter.com/books4_dozens. I've already tried it for one of my books. After approval, the posts quickly began appearing. 

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Talk About Diversity-Themed Science Fiction

Join the discussion about Sons of Taldra: A Science Fiction Adventure at Goodreads.

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

#17 in List of Famous Alumni of Belmont University

Nashville, Tennessee: I'm #17 in a List of Famous Alumni of Belmont University, after Brad Paisley, Kimberley Locke, Minnie Pearl, Levi Kreis, etc.! I'm only #74 in a list of Famous People Named Duane or Dwayne. Dwayne Johnson is # 1, of course.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Texas Book Featured on booksofmonthclub.com

Read about The Acorn Stories at BooksOfMonthClub.Com.

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.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

M/M Gay Valentine’s Day Idea: Sharing a Romantic Poem.

Send or read that man this gay love poem from Holding Me Together and Selected Poems. Spoon away your holiday!

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

Bielfield - Blow My Mind. Fun Dance Music!

"Music video by Bielfield performing Blow My Mind. (C) 2016 Sony Music. Entertainment Australia Pty Ltd."

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Gay-Themed Music Video: Troye Sivan - HEAVEN ft. Betty Who. LGBT.

"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

Something old & something new in 2017

Happy New Year!

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!