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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.
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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
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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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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.
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:
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
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All of January 2021, take off 50% off the Taldra eBook at bn.com 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.
The Acorn Stories. “A lush tangle of small-town life branches out in this engrossing collection of short stories.” -Kirkus Reviews. * Excerpts from The Acorn Stories * The Individual Stories * Reading Group Questions * Historical Acorn, Texas * Book Trailer
The Acorn Gathering: Writers Uniting Against Cancer. Join the fight against cancer by purchasing this fundraising fiction collection, with stories by Jan Chandler, Shawna R. Van Arum, Huda Orfali, Timothy Morris Taylor, and Bill Wetzel. * Book Reviews * News and Authors * HD Book Trailer * Video: Fight Cancer * Excerpts from The Acorn Gathering * Free Story: Fat Diary: Humor
Degranon: A Science Fiction Adventure. An Iroquois family gets caught in a battle between two oppressive worlds. * Both Taldra Novels in One EBook * We’re Glad Our Son Is Gay * The Maintainers Arrive * Reading Group Questions * Glossary
Holding Me Together counters homophobia, promotes equality, and celebrates life! * Reactions to Homophobia * Home (Gay Romance) * Gay Pride Video (Editing) * The Bible and Gays * Elephant on an Opera Stage * Selected Poems eBook
Stein, Gender, Isolation and Industrialism: New Readings of Winesburg, Ohio examines the best-known work of the influential American writer, Sherwood Anderson.
Now That We’re Grown: A Gay Romance Short Story. Two gay men reunite after college as more than friends, but their past threatens their future together.