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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Revised version of fantasy adventure now out.

Revised eBook, published 2018 on Kindle.

Sometimes, going home is the most dangerous adventure of all!

The Return of Innocence blends humor and romance with exciting fantasy action. Visit Theln, a planet of magic, dragons, nobility, and heroes. Sasha Varov was born into a noble home in the Thelni kingdom of Jaan, but Sasha’s father dared to oppose the king’s sorcerer, Wuhrlock. Sasha and her family became exiles on a desolate island.

At sixteen, Sasha left her island home to buy seeds in Jaan. She stumbled into a series of misadventures that ended with the death of Wuhrlock and made Sasha a legend, known as “Innocence.” Never mind that the legend barely resembled the truth, or that Sasha caught Wuhrlock in an unguarded moment. When Sasha returned for more seeds, the people of Jaan expected her to defeat a much more ruthless and powerful sorcerer.

I wrote the short story “The Return of Innocence” in 1983. With contributions by Toni Davis, I later developed it into a novel. As with all of my books, it includes gays and people of color.

Disclaimer: Admittedly, some of the readers who like my other works have no comment about this one, and one critic really tore apart the first edition. Still, I wanted to create a light-hearted and fun novel, and I enjoyed the adventure. Some reactions follow.


“This was a really fun fantasy book. I loved the world Simolke created, because it has the traditional ‘medieval’ sort of feel what with how it took place in villages where people bartered and traded, but it had many modern elements that I appreciated.” –Shawn C. Sproatt, author of The Misfit of Supernatural High (Supernatural High Series)

“As an avid Simolke reader, one way I judge a book is that I want to know more about the characters that are introduced to me. ‘The Return of Innocence’ is one of those books. (Duane, take the hint.)” –Joe Wright, for StoneWall Society

“In 'The Return of Innocence', Duane Simolke once again proves his writing mastery.” –Mark Kendrick, author of Stealing Some Time

“Not your typical swashbuckler.” –Bob Medak, for Allbooks Reviews

“An engrossingly successful story-teller.” –William Maltese, author of Beyond Machu


Friday, February 23, 2018

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Reviewers Wanted for Gay Science Fiction Novel

I need more reviews for my novel Degranon: A Science Fiction Adventure.

If you are interested, you can read the book for free via this link: Reading Deals: Degranon: A Science Fiction Adventure. Reading Deals is free to join, and they're hosting the book for reviews. They also have other books to review, as well as bargain-priced eBooks.

Sons of Taldra will be free for reviewers at Amazon on 3/15/18.

Thanks for visiting my blog!

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 sees her twin gay sons as the hope for Valchondria's future, but one of them becomes entangled in the cult of Degranon, while 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?

Keywords: gay scifi, queer scifi, diversity in science fiction, scifi adventures.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Book Review: "Empathetic presentation of an unusual group of small-town residents."

Read John H. Mandold's review of The Acorn Stories to see what he says about the Texas fiction collection.

From his bio at that site:

"John is a member, and former officer, of numerous professional, writer, and art associations, as well as an elected Regulator of SASS and a member of the Cowboy Fast Draw Association with numerous prizes in their competitions."

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Reader/Writer Resource: LenkasList.Com

LenkasList.Com is an online writing community that allows creatives to upload fiction, poetry, interviews, reviews, etc. Visitors can explore by genre, title, or author.

Read about The Acorn Stories at LenkasList.Com.

Monday, February 05, 2018

WordRefiner.Com Reviews West Texas Fiction Collection

Read the review of The Acorn Stories at WordRefiner.Com.

From the review:

"I found this wonderful collection of related short stories to be fully engaging! I was completely drawn into these true-to-life vignettes of a fictional small town."

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