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Serial: Down the River – Chapter Seven

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I’m finally revisiting the characters from The River City Chronicles nine years after their original timeline. I’ll be running the series weekly here on my blog, and then will release it in book form at the end of the run. Hope you enjoy catching up with all your faves and all their new secrets! Today, Carmelina gets a bit of a surprise… < Read Chapter Six Join my email list to get my weekly newsletter with notifications of new chapters. Chapter SevenItalian Surprise Carmelina swept into Ragazzi like she owned the place, which was not far from the truth. She’d … Read more

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Point of View: I Am Not Alone

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A bit of a short column today because I’m still catching up from an absolutely amazing Sacramento Pride this weekend. It was our best sales event ever – but more than that, it was filled with readers who stopped by our booth, whose faces lit up with excitement at meeting local queer authors… us. It was a wonderful validation of what we do, and why we do it, something most of us are sorely lacking as we plug away in our writer caves. But beyond that, I realized how lucky I am to be surrounded by such a fantastic group … Read more

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Serial: Down the River – Chapter Six

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I’m finally revisiting the characters from The River City Chronicles nine years after their original timeline. I’ll be running the series weekly here on my blog, and then will release it in book form at the end of the run. Hope you enjoy catching up with all your faves and all their new secrets! Today, the bi high-school student is all grown up, and has a new crush, and an old flame too… < Read Chapter Five | Chapter Seven > Join my email list to get my weekly newsletter with notifications of new chapters. Chapter SixThat Was Then Marissa … Read more

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Point of View: The Birth of a Book Festival

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Yesterday, it finally happened. For years, I’ve been whispering in the ear of anyone who would listen. Sacramento needs its own book festival. We got so close in 2020, when my own group QSAC was ready to launch a queer book fest at a local arts center. And then Covid intervened and shut everything down. But still, the dream lingered, kept alive by a series of conversations with the library folks, readers and authors in our little Sacramento valley. I even spoke with the President of our local writer’s club about the idea, at a book reading at Ruby’s Books … Read more

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Author Spotlight: Grant Edward Miller

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Welcome to my weekly Author Spotlight. I’ve asked a bunch of my author friends to answer a set of interview questions, and to share their latest work. Today: Grant has authored many unpublished short stories and plays since he was a young boy, when he first realized he was different from those around him. The realization of his gay identity, experiences of alienation and bullying led him to immerse himself in his writing and science fiction in all its forms. Later in his adult life, Grant became aware of the lack of representation for gay men in science fiction resulting in … Read more

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Serial: Down the River – Chapter Five

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I’m finally revisiting the characters from The River City Chronicles nine years after their original timeline. I’ll be running the series weekly here on my blog, and then will release it in book form at the end of the run. Hope you enjoy catching up with all your faves and all their new secrets! Today, we check in on a writer, who loved and lost… < Read Chapter Four | Read Chapter Six > Join my email list to get my weekly newsletter with notifications of new chapters. Chapter FiveLoralei Ben pecked at the keyboard, willing the words to come. … Read more

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Point of View: It Matters What We Do, and that We Do It

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I recently saw a disturbing quote from Elon Musk (I know – is there any other kind?): “It’s hard to say exactly what that moment is, but there will come a point where no job is needed,” the tech billionaire said. “You can have a job if you want to have a job — sort of personal satisfaction — but the AI will be able to do everything.” I normally try to keep this column (and my life in general) a Musk-free zone, but I think he’s getting at something important here. We are moving into an era where it’s … Read more

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Author Spotlight: John Genest

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Welcome to my weekly Author Spotlight. I’ve asked a bunch of my author friends to answer a set of interview questions, and to share their latest work. Today: Connecticut native John Genest was weaned on stories of magic and fantasy. When he discovered at 19 there were people who still called themselves Witches and subscribed to a modern-day religion known as Wicca, he self-dedicated and came out of the ‘broom closet,’ then the other closet a couple of years later into the Bear subculture of hairy homosexuals. Twenty years later, he thought he had to write about it.  His first … Read more

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Review: Mountainroot – M.A.B. Wyman

Genre: Epic Fantasy LGBTQ+ Category: Gay Reviewer: Scott Get It On Amazon About The Book Rumors are swirling in the northlands about a curse in Westcliff. People are being driven mad by the touch of angry ghosts during the full moon, in a village already haunted by a brutal murder from decades ago. Growing up as an orphan, Genshai always expected his life would be the same as the other warriors of the abbey: learning the ways of the Iron Style, and training his mind and body toward Illumination. But, at the start of his fifteenth year the boy is … Read more

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Serial: Down the River – Chapter Four

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I’m finally revisiting the characters from The River City Chronicles nine years after their original timeline. I’ll be running the series weekly here on my blog, and then will release it in book form at the end of the run. Hope you enjoy catching up with all your faves and all their new secrets! The Ragazzi guys return… < Read Chapter Three | Read Chapter Five > Join my email list to get my weekly newsletter with notifications of new chapters. Chapter FourPapà and Babbo Diego Bellei laid out his ingredients with care across the wide marble countertop. Italian flour … Read more