* Gertrude Stein * Sherwood Anderson * Science Fiction & Fantasy * Selected Poems eBook * Movies * Rainbow: Lubbock * Sons of Taldra * The Bible and Gays * Twitter * QueerRomance Ink * TikTok * BookBub * GoodReads * StoneWall Society * AuthorsDen * Blogger * YouTube * Pinterest * Instagram * AllAuthor * Read a funny and free eBook that revisits the West Texas setting of The Acorn Stories.

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Promote Your Original Characters and/or Favorite Characters on Twitter Thread

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Featured Author at The RedHead Notes Book Blog

I am the August 2022 featured author at The RedHead Notes #BookBlog, with a review of The Acorn Stories as well as an interview about my books and #IndiePublishing. Watch there for my upcoming guest blog post.

Blogger Jennie Griffin of The RedHead Notes Book Blog posted a review of The Acorn Stories, saying “Simolke shares life’s beautiful and humorous moments side by side with the devastating and painful ones, and the contrast is palpable.”

Sunday, August 14, 2022

Advice for Indie Writers and More in New Interview

In a new interview for The Redhead Notes book blog, Jennie Griffin asks me to share about my characters, The Acorn Stories, advice for indie authors, and much more. I enjoyed the interview, and you can find a lot more of interest at that blog.

Keywords: book promotion, book interviews, author interviews, book talk, book bloggers.

Saturday, August 06, 2022

The Acorn Stories Book Review at The RedHead Notes Book Blog

Blogger Jennie Griffin of The RedHead Notes Book Blog posted a review of The Acorn Stories, saying “Simolke shares life’s beautiful and humorous moments side by side with the devastating and painful ones, and the contrast is palpable.”

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Book blog recommends a book with diversity and Star Trek influences.

N. N. Light’s Book Heaven reviewed Sons of Taldra: A Science Fiction Adventure, giving it five out of five stars and calling it, “An explosive book that will mean different things to each reader. The familial love and romantic love that shine make it even a deeper read.”

The full review appears at N. N. Light’s Book Heaven.

Saturday, July 23, 2022

The Acorn Stories in Beach Reads Event

The Acorn Stories turns 25 next year, but right now it’s a Beach Reads Event pick. #beachread #shortstories. Details and #BookExcerpt:

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Bookstagram: Science Fiction Adventure/SciFi Read

N. N. Light's Book Heaven posted this image of Sons of Taldra: A Science Fiction Adventure on Instagram.

Alien shapeshifters have found the human world. Leader and her sons must stop the invasion. Maintainer Admiral Nil blames Leader for a series of tragedies and might pose an even greater threat than the changelings that want to feed on humanity.

One of Leader’s twin sons, Telius, simply wants to marry the man he loves. The other, Argen, struggles with the residual effects of a deadly drug addiction. The young men rally to Leader’s side as she faces humanity’s greatest threats.

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

Saturday, July 16, 2022

Beach Reads Bookish Event, July 18 – July 26, 2022.

Watch for The Acorn Stories and many more book spotlights in N. N. Light’s Beach Reads Bookish Event. Read details about all the books and enter the giveaway to win a $25 Amazon gift card. Links to the events will go live at the days and times given.

Schedule (All times are North America East Coast Time or EST) –

Monday 7/18

2 am – Regina Jeffers

4 am – Sharon Buchbinder (Bee)

6 am – Veronica Scott

8 am – Marilyn Baron

Tuesday 7/19

2 am – Sharon Buchbinder (Healed)

4 am – Allison Martine (dibs)

6 am – Virginia Barlow (Smores)

8 am – Tonya Penrose

Wednesday 7/20

2 am – Sharon Buchbinder (Imp)

4 am – Nancy Fraser

6 am – Penelope Marzec

8 am – N. Christine Samuelson

Thursday 7/21

2 am – Allison Martine (September)

4 am – Virginia Barlow (Witch)

6 am – Carol James (Captive)

8 am – Anne Krist/Jan Selbourne

Friday 7/22

2 am – Sharon Buchbinder (Charlotte)

4 am – Elizabeth John

6 am – Virginia Barlow (Wicked)

8 am – Jane Drager

Saturday 7/23

2 am – Laura Strickland

4 am – Duane Simolke

6 am – Carol James (Singing)

8 am – David Hochhalter

Giveaway details also appear at the event’s main page: N. N. Light’s Beach Reads Bookish Event.

a Rafflecopter giveaway #beachread #beachreads #beachyreads #summer #summertime #summerreads #summerreading #summer

Sunday, June 05, 2022

Sunday, May 29, 2022

A Touch of Death (The Outlands Pentalogy #1)

A Touch of Death (The Outlands Pentalogy #1)A Touch of Death by Rebecca Crunden
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Rebecca Crunden gives us a complex heroine in Catherine, raised in affluence while hearing a lifetime of lies about a dystopian society. A Touch of Death follows Catherine's journey into the Outlands with a man she despises: the brother of the man she loves. Along the way, we see the many ways the corrupt can justify cruelty, the eloquent can hide murder, and the heroic can defy everything. Crunden delivers a fast-paced narrative, propelled by action and conflicted emotions.

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Friday, May 13, 2022

New SciFi Artwork: General Sydra, Woman Warrior

General Sydra, one of the Maintainers in Sons of Taldra. I won this free commission from O. P. Holden’s Project Octavian group by signing up for their weekly mailing list. Other scifi writers who want to do the same should sign up right away.

From O. P. Holden: “We’re putting together an anthology of short stories with a team of talented artists, writers, and editors, and currently open to submissions. We’re also looking for potential beta-readers interested in grading and critiquing short stories before they’re released for publication.” Read more details at Manga Raiders.

Picture description: A Black woman in her late thirties, with a weapon over one hand. She wears the gray and black uniform of a Maintainer in Sons of Taldra: A Science Fiction Adventure.

In Sons of Taldra, the Maintainers are the judges, juries, police, and military of the human home world. Some of them are violent, corrupt, or power-hungry, but Sydra only wants to help and protect people.

Please read the Sons of Taldra review at Doctor Who Online and please follow O. P. Holden on Twitter.

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

#QueerSciFi Pride: An Updated List of Taldra Links.

@duanesimolke In Taldra, a #FirstNation family protects the human home world. #BookTok #sciencefictiondoublefeature #ScienceFiction #SciFi #Native #NativeAmerican ♬ original sound - BookTok and SciFi Geek 🌈

Taldra: Two Science Fiction Adventures at Barnes & Noble (print and eBook).

Taldra: Two Science Fiction Adventures at Amazon (print and eBook).

Taldra: Two Science Fiction Adventures at Smashwords.

Feed My Reads Interview with Taldra.

Taldra Discussion in Two Gay Geeks Webcast.

Instagram Book Promotion: Taldra.

Instagram @caty.books: Taldra.

BookPromotions BookTok: Taldra.

BookTok: My Taldra Video.

BookTok: My Meet Taldra Video.

“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.

“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.

“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 this SciFi Book Review.

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.

Winner, StoneWall Society Pride in the Arts Award.

“A thought provoking and fun sci-fi read.” —Blogger Girls

In Sons of Taldra: A Science Fiction Adventure, alien shapeshifters and dark secrets threaten humanity.

“The most intriguing aspect of the story is controlled by emotion as relatable characters grow and brave it all together, selflessly helping each other.” —Enas Reviews

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.

Monday, March 28, 2022

New SciFi Trailer

This new trailer for Sons of Taldra: A Science Adventure evokes the book cover.

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

Saturday, March 19, 2022

Featured Free Writer Resource: SelfPublist.Com

Self-Publist.Com provides free book promotion and book services promotion. A bot also randomly generates tweets about the books at the Self-Publist Twitter account. Details about how to submit your book or service information appear at the site, along with forums and more.

The landing page says, “Welcome to SelfPubList, a resource where you can list your self-published books for free! For those of you that offer services for authors, there’s plenty for you here too. Create a profile, list your services and contact details and engage with the writing community.”

Adam Matlow created the site. He’s also a beta reader and the author of the science fiction novels Fractured and Dark Sentinel.

Please also visit my SelfPublist.Com profile. Thanks for stopping by DuaneSimolke.Com!

Thursday, March 17, 2022

SciFi in March

I'm enjoying Superman and Lois, The Flash, Star Trek: Discovery, and Star Trek: Picard, while wanting to see Halo's premiere.

@duanesimolke #lgbtqpride #gayscifi #queerbook @duanesimolke Free at Smashwords.Com until March 28. #gaygeek ♬ I'm Gay - Scott Thompson & Joe Sealy
Limited time offer for a free science fiction read at Smashwords.

Tuesday, March 01, 2022

Interview with Texas Artist Becky Blake

Feed My Reads provided a character interview of Becky Blake, one of the residents of my fictional West Texas town Acorn. Becky appears in some of the tales in The Acorn Stories.

Read the full interview, and read about more books, at Feed My Reads: Main Character Interview with Duane Simolke and The Acorn Stories.

Saturday, February 19, 2022

Featured BookBlog: FeedMyReads

FeedMyReads provides readers and writers with a platform that encourages interaction via the blog and social media. Instead of just giving their elevator pitches, writers share their writing or creative processes through character interviews or one of many other thought-provoking approaches. Readers can share short or long book reviews or find new works that pique their interest.

Read about The Acorn Stories at FeedMyReads and watch there for interviews with my characters.

Find more reader and writer resources via the labels below this blog entry.

Saturday, January 15, 2022

2022 Queer Indie Awards

What an honor to receive a nomination for the 2022 Queer Indie Awards! After all these years of writing inclusive stories where the LGBTQ characters aren't just sidekicks, jokes, or victims, it's great to still see my writing recognized. Thanks! I'm nominated in the QueerLit Fiction/Nonfiction category.