Monday, November 22, 2021

TikTok BookTok TexasTok

#KirkusReviews: “A lush tangle of small-town life branches out in this engrossing collection of short stories.” #BookClub #BookTok #Texas #BookReview


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♬ original sound - SciFi Geek in Lubbock, Texas

The Acorn Stories is now at TikTok. Please also see Comedy and Drama with a Texas Twist.

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

YouTube: Saphire Top: Famous Belmont University Alumni

Even if they use a German pronunciation of my name, and even if Brad Paisley is a predicatable number one, I appreciate the honor of appearing in this list.

Saturday, October 16, 2021

A First Nation family protects the human home world

#BookTwt/#BookTok/#BookBloggers, the gay scifi eBook Taldra is free at Smashwords until 11/1/21. Please read and review. #BookTok #BookBloggers #Gay #PeopleOfColor #ComplexFemaleCharacters #IDIC


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Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Librarian with attitude.

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Monday, September 27, 2021

20th Anniversary of Dystopian Novel

Here's a new review of Degranon: A Science Fiction Adventure: “The 20th anniversary edition doesn’t shy away from message while delivering on a fast-moving and satisfying plot.” –Stars and Staffs.

Saturday, August 28, 2021

More Taldra News! #BookTok!

Look for Taldra and more of my books on #BookTok!

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Taldra: Two Science Fiction Adventures at Barnes & Noble. 8/23-10/01/21: half off the Barnes & Noble Nook edition eBook of Taldra at with coupon code BNPTALDRA50. It won’t work on the Smashwords edition, but you can go to the Smashwords site to save on that edition.

Taldra: Two Science Fiction Adventures at Amazon.

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Sunday, August 22, 2021

SciFi News

Taldra: Science Fiction Adventures is now available in two new paperback editions, featuring a new cover.

The Taldra novels focus on gay relationships, people of color, and powerful women.

In an alternate reality, Earth is Valchondria. The one-world government consists of Leader, the Supreme Science Council, and a police force called “the Maintainers.”

Degranon: A Science Fiction Adventure introduces the Iroquois scientist Taldra. One of her twin gay sons becomes trapped on the other side of a time portal while the other loses himself to the religious cult Degranon. Can they find their way back to each other before the Degrans destroy Valchondria?

In Sons of Taldra: A Science Fiction Adventure, alien shapeshifters and the secrets of the Maintainers threaten humanity. Taldra’s twin sons and their boyfriends rally to her side, along with a lesbian Maintainer. First published in 2016 as an eBook, Sons of Taldra now appears in this collection with a revised edition of Degranon.

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Twentieth Anniversary Edition of SciFi Adventure

I've released a revised, twentieth anniversary edition edition of Degranon for 2021. Nook and Smashwords. “The 20th anniversary edition doesn’t shy away from message while delivering on a fast-moving and satisfying plot.” –Stars and Staffs

Monday, July 05, 2021

Interview at The Literary Tribute

The Literary Tribune interviewed me for an article about my writing, which they've posted at their site with the title "Writing is an Important Part of Who I Am." Their site features poetry, short stories, interviews, book reviews, and English lessons.

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Free Twitter Promotion with BookClubPro

The site BookClubPro offers free book promotion on Twitter, using a form where the author fills in a tweet, an alternate tweet, and possibly some banners. Besides an easy start-up, it's also easy to replace the tweets, so the posts don't have to repeat without variation. Some of the writers also retweet each other.

Monday, June 21, 2021

Free or Discounted eBooks at eBookLingo

The site eBookLingo helps readers find free or discounted eBooks while helping authors promote their work. The main page includes featured authors, new releases, and more. Readers and writers can also sign up for a free account. It's easy to use and frequently updated. Their Twitter account also promotes the listed books. Find more reader and writer resources via the labels at the end of this post.

Sunday, June 13, 2021

BookTok Summer Reading


I’m really enjoying this one! #bookishya #booktoker #bookworm #bookstack

♬ Checkmate - Conan Gray

A newlywed struggles with mental health and job insecurity, but finds joy in her artwork and marriage.

A teacher faces bigotry in the small town he grew to love.

Swimming laps in a pool makes a young man reflect on his odd encounters.

Faustian legend receives a satirical update.

Those situations just hint at what readers can find in this collection of West Texas tales, set at the end of the twentieth century.

“Amazing and hard to put down.” –Kimmie Sue’s Book Review and More

“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

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Indie Story Geek

Readers and reviewers can learn about Sons of Taldra and other indie books at Indie Story Geek. From the site:

"Indie Story Geek is a place to highlight amazing indie books, whether they are self-published, web serials, or published by small presses. Since the reader experience can be so subjective, we’ve broken down the reading experience into eight different criteria using Kriti Khare’s system from Armed With a Book. Anyone can submit a story for review. When reviewers submit their review, they can optionally include a link back to their full review on their own blog."

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Social Media, Writer Resources, LGBTQ, and more

Please visit my social media accounts. I usually follow back, unless I think you're a bot or playing follow/unfollow games.

* Twitter * QueerRomance Ink * BookBub * GoodReads * StoneWall Society * AuthorsDen * Blogger * YouTube * AllAuthor *

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Blog Tour: Blood Worth by D.B. McKenzie

My second blog tour feature brings you Blood Worth by D.B. McKenzie, out today from Gurt Dog Press. Get ready for monsters and thrills in an urban fantasy that tackles bigotry and self-acceptance.

Content warnings: Violence, gore, homophobia, elements of racism, mental health issues


The pills only help if the monsters aren’t real. Sadly, Devon McKenzie figured that out a little too late.

Running from his homophobic father and a mental diagnosis he’s unwilling to accept, Devon finds himself in Sudbury where the people are friendly, the parks are quiet and a looming shadow cast by the local Centre taints the idyllic village life.

Unfortunately for Devon, the Centre is his only hope of maintaining his new-found freedom.

Selling his blood to an organization that no one seemed to truly know anything about wasn’t very high on his list of things to do but after signing a contract, Devon finds himself as bound to the Centre as the poor souls that came before him.

The contract promised money and security, it didn’t say a thing about dead donors, a mysterious shadow dog that was definitely a wolf, or the return of horrific visions that Devon thought he’d buried when he’d left the psychiatric institution that his parents had sent him to years ago.

As the Centre’s secrets continue to grow, Devon begins to realize that Sudbury isn’t the quaint little village he believed it to be. Monsters linger behind every gentle smile and the more Devon digs, the weaker his grip on his sanity becomes.

With another donor’s life hanging in the balance, Devon finds himself in a race against time to figure out what the Centre is truly hiding before it’s too late for all of them.

But the only truth that exists in the quiet town of Sudbury, is that what you see isn’t always what you get and a few drops of blood may be worth more than humanity could possibly imagine.


His final destination was Sudbury, a small village just east of the town of Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Sudbury boasted a population of just over 17,000 people, if the brochure at his motel was to be believed, but that was all Devon knew about the place. His ignorance didn’t bother him because if he didn’t know Sudbury, then chances were that his family wouldn’t know the place either, making the likelihood of him being found beyond slim.

Not that Devon thought any of his family would come looking, especially not his dad.

It had only been two days since he had packed what he could and fled before his dad woke from his alcohol-induced stupor, but Devon knew he wasn’t going to get his old life back.

Because two days ago, he’d still been living a lie.

Two days ago, he’d had a family and a home.

Two days ago, he’d been outed as gay.

A gust of cold air ripped him from his melancholy thoughts, prompting him to pick up his pace as he jammed his fingers into his pockets in an attempt to combat the chill.

There were few ways to make quick money in a new place like this one and Devon’s current destination was the only place that he was sure would accept him.

As if summoned, the building rose in the distance, a towering monolith set against the backdrop of the midday sun, right where the motel clerk had told him it would be. The Centre was all glass and gleaming white walls, a rose growing among the weeds of the older buildings around it. It spiraled heavenwards in an architectural design that many had labeled pretentious, but pretentious or not, it was Devon’s only hope of supporting himself.

The courtyard was empty, the benches bare, and there was no sight of another human—or even an animal—anywhere around. It was like a ghost town compared to the hustle and bustle that Devon had left behind at the motel.

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Thanks for stopping here on the blog tour! Please join me in following D.B. McKenzie on Twitter.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Featured Author at, March 23, 2021

I'm currently the featured author at Read my bio there. With book promotions appearing on their site and at Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, helps readers and writers find each other. They created the following image for my book Taldra.

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Small-town tales reviewed at RLWood.Rocks Book Reviews

“You’ll want to read every story to the very end of the book to grasp the concept of the interweaving relationships of these characters that at first glance appear to have no connection.” –RLWood.Rocks Book Reviews ScreenPlyStudios.Com provided the graphic that appears with the review.

Visit RLWood.Rocks Book Reviews to read the full review, find reviews of many other books, and read about the Dark Little Women Series.

Friday, March 12, 2021

New reviews of science fiction adventures

Taldra: Two Science Fiction 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.

“Creative and unique.” —R.L. Wood. Read this SciFi Book Review.

“I hope to see more by this author.” —Emily. Read this SciFi Book Review.

From an earlier review:

“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.” —Tome Tender. Read this SciFi Book Review.

Monday, March 01, 2021

Watch for review of small-town short stories at the Traveling Book Review Project

The Acorn Stories review(s) will appear soon at The Traveling Book Review Project. Visit that site for details, to learn about more books, and to suggest other titles for review. Blurbs from reviews The Acorn Stories received elsewhere:

  • “A lush tangle of small-town life branches out in this engrossing collection of short stories.” –Kirkus Reviews
  • “Duane Simolke is one of our great American writers just ready to be recognized as such. He has the talent and the imagination and the humanity and the perspective to make each of our lives richer. Bravo!” –Grady Harp, Amazon Hall of Fame Reviewer
  • “I found this book to be a perfect vacation companion.” –A. Chandler, #1 Amazon.Com reviewer
  • “These highly believable settings and naturally developed characters could be anywhere in the nation.” —TMDGReviews
  • “I love the numerous small wins of the characters and the unexpected turns of luck.” –Billy O.
  • “Having spent quite a bit of time in Texas, I could see each character matching someone I know or have met in my time there.” –Noel D
  • “Amazing and hard to put down.” –Kimmie Sue’s Book Review and More
  • “Snapshots of the lives of people and their life-changing encounters that will leave lasting impressions on you.” –Michelle Williams
  • “Readers who enjoy immersive first person stories about small town life and the human condition will love this book.” –Purple
  • “The author demonstrates a healthy understanding of human nature.” –John H. Mangold
  • “Amazing and hard to put down.” –Kimmie Sue’s Book Review and More
  • “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

Sunday, February 28, 2021


My first time hosting a blog tour is for a book that comes out today, A CURE FOR HUMANITY, by A.L. Haringrey.


In every story, humans are the weaker species. They are defeated. They fall. They become cattle.

Of course, this is absurd.

In the real world, humans survive and conquer. They remain the dominant species.

For Gyldan Crawford, this is a blessing and a curse. Working for a man who sells tools to regulate vampires and werewolves means Gyldan can provide for his household. But, as the only human living in the house, his choice of profession has always been a sore point... until his friends decide to make use of his position to fight back.

Gyldan is forced to keep several plates spinning—one that makes him the perfect personal assistant to his boss, Albion Saint-Richter; one that supports his friends in taking down his employer; and one that keeps his intimate relationship with Albion a secret. He really doesn't have time for another plate to be added to his frantic performance. But when an unknown entity starts killing off Albion's competitors, the rumour mill starts churning: is the murderer a vampire, a werewolf, or a human?

An excerpt from the book:

Gyldan walked along the length of the display, his stomach churning as he beheld the collage of fear that papered the room. This was a war declaration against the majority, written with the bloodshed caused by a minority. A masterpiece of terror painted with a limited palette. Anyone who looked at this would assume the fourteen years of relative freedom for non-humans had been a bloodbath against humans. But Gyldan knew this was selective history at its finest, fuelled by human panic. There wasn’t a single mention of the blood spilt by humans against non-humans, of course. By this false account, humans had never lifted a violent hand against non-humans.

Genre: LGBTQIA+ Urban Fantasy

Content warnings: Gore, violence, fictional racism


Publisher Website: Gurt Dog Press



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This blog tour continues at The Library of Mirkwood. Watch here for information about my books, the arts, LGBTQ, and more. Thanks for stopping by, and please also visit A. L. Haringrey on Twitter.

Thursday, February 25, 2021

The Acorn Stories and More Reviewed at TMDG Reviews

Thanks TMDGReviews for this #BookReview of The Acorn Stories. #SmallTown #Texas #BookBlog Visit the site for details about how to suggest other books for a review.

Sunday, February 07, 2021

Sons of Taldra Reviewed at Doctor Who Online

“Refreshingly different, and at its beating heart is some much needed diversity that slots in effortlessly and with purpose.” –Sebastian J. Brook. Read the review at Doctor Who Online.

Nook eBook

Kindle eBook

Smashwords eBook

Monday, January 18, 2021

Excerpts From Texas Comedy/Drama at WattPad

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.

#drama #gay #humor #lubbockauthors #peopleofcolor #poc #satire #shortstories #strongwomen #texas #westtexas

Friday, January 01, 2021

Happy 2021!

Thanks for visiting my blog. Please take care of yourself this year, and please make time to say or do something kind for someone else.

I'm more active on Twitter than my blog posts, but please follow me both places.

All of January 2021, take off 50% off the Taldra eBook at with the coupon code BNPTALDRA50. That eBook contains both Taldra scifi novels, Degranon and Sons of Taldra. I'm going to focus this year on writing the spinoff from the Taldra novels.