Then Came Michael

LGBTQIA Fiction by Sailor Penniman ~

Galen had no idea a weekend trip during his senior year of high school would be the reason he escaped the people who murdered his parents. Years later, he just wants a life he can count on, and, miraculously, he has it. His job as a police officer has treated him well for eleven years and lets him work on his own terms. He’s happily married to an androgynously sexy woman. His best friend works on the force.

On the night he arrests a man in the park for vagrancy and throws him into the holding cell at the police station, his life begins to unravel. For one thing, even from behind bars, the man draws in Galen and intoxicates him into forgetting how to do his job. For another, after Galen releases the man, Galen’s troubles don’t end. He can’t get the man out of his head, and he has an even harder time keeping his distance from him. Soon, all he can think about is Michael.

With the night of the arrest behind them, Michael warms to Galen, who strangely came to Michael’s rescue just minutes after Michael was released from the police station’s lock-up with no charges filed. As their unexpected friendship grows, feelings Galen hasn’t experienced in years, ones he thought had been the youthful yearnings of a boy in need of friendship after tragedy had struck his family, awaken in Galen. But as the answers to Galen’s questions about his feelings become clear, Michael retreats. Will Galen give in to a longing for a man who doesn’t want to have anything to do with him and enter the fight of his life? Will the object of his affection, the man preoccupying his thoughts, fight with him…or against him?

Can Michael resist the man whose tragic history and quiet toughness have attracted him the way no other man has? Will he risk loving a man who may not be able to love him back?

City of Angels Romances are meant to be enjoyed as standalone reading experiences and can be read in any order. Read one or read them all! Set in Los Angeles, the men in these novellas and novels fall in love and break up and make up and discover themselves and their hearts and find ultimate true love downtown, in Hollywood, on the beach, on Sunset Boulevard, and anywhere in the City of Angels where their soulmate may be waiting.

A Darrow Publishing – Aequalitas book; 116 pages

Available in the Amazon Kindle Store here.

Kit No. 8MJ13345, A Memoir

Fiction by Denmark Elliott ~

Rosario P. spots her bus stop in the near distance and expects to arrive there a little before the bus does, but something sinister keeps her from getting on that bus.

Kit No. 8MJ13345, A Memoir is the account of what happened, of what happens to thousands of women and girls who never make it to their destination, sometimes in spirit, because something breaks them before they get to the next moment in their life, sometimes in body, because something ends them.

A Darrow Publishing – Juris short story; 10 pages ♠ | Trigger warning: This story may upset victims of sexual or domestic violence.

Available in the Amazon Kindle Store here.

Carry the One

LGBTQIA Fiction by Sailor Penniman ~

Tobias knows what it means to get kicked around. One bank took his home, the other, his car. After two hard years of barely hanging on, jobless, the former math teacher lives on Spring Street in downtown Los Angeles in a roomy tent fully outfitted with as many comforts as his last paycheck would provide. When Tobias encounters Arthur getting robbed and beaten by three thugs in Grand Park, he can’t help but come to the rescue, especially since Arthur seems newly homeless and dangerously clueless.

Arthur sees that night through a lens of drunkenness and can’t remember much of it. He is surprised the next morning when he awakens in the cozy tent of Tobias and learns Tobias saved him from a violent mugging and possibly a stint in County Jail for vagrancy. When Arthur, a lonely man who has longed for a real human connection for fifteen years, realizes that Tobias believes he has nowhere to go, Arthur continues the charade to be near Tobias. His clever scheme works, and Tobias allows Arthur to come closer than anyone ever has.

But Arthur harbors more than one secret, and after finding a clever way to remain in Tobias’s life, he digs a far deeper hole of deception without meaning to. Worse, he knows that if Tobias learns the truth, Arthur will lose all access to the man with whom he has fallen deeply in love. Can he keep the mystery hidden long enough to make Tobias love him, no matter what? Or will what started as innocent duplicity destroy the only love Arthur—and Tobias—have ever known?

City of Angels Romances are meant to be enjoyed as standalone reading experiences and can be read in any order. Read one or read them all! Set in Los Angeles, the men in these novellas and novels fall in love and break up and make up and discover themselves and their hearts and find ultimate true love downtown, in Hollywood, on the beach, on Sunset Boulevard, and anywhere in the City of Angels where their soulmate may be waiting.

A Darrow Publishing – Aequalitas book; 189 pages

Available in the Amazon Kindle Store here.

The Memo

A Poem by Denmark Elliott ~

But when was then
That they read the words
Of the scavenger birds
Who circled over the lynched
And waited on the pinched?

Denmark Elliott asks who got The Memo in this examination of tolerance and acceptance through free verse.

A Darrow Publishing – Juris poem; 11 (Kindle) pages ♠

Available in the Amazon Kindle Store here.


Wake Not the Hangman

Historical Fiction by Deborah Leigh  ~

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“…palpable atmosphere and…seat-gripping suspense scenes. Energetic and spirited storytelling make this…an entertaining read.” – Kirkus Reviews

“…thrilling…. Engaging from the start, Leigh pushes the story forward with exciting force, particularly with her crisp, clean sentences that shine with vivid detail. With great perception, Leigh masterfully develops her characters…with honest reflective writing…. Heartbreaking, nerve-wracking, and triumphant at times, Wake Not the Hangman is a deeply satisfying novel.” – San Francisco Book Review

“…a fast-paced read with a lot of action…” – Apex Reviews

A “Notable 100” Novel for 2015 – Shelf Unbound Magazine

“Leigh’s Wake Not the Hangman is a piece of historical fiction that draws from a number of unfortunate realities that were quite prevalent in the 19th Century—specifically virulent racism and sexism as they existed within a family structure and in the community.” – University course syllabus

A Darrow Publishing – Juris book; 312 pages

Available in the Amazon Kindle Store here. | Available on Amazon in paperback here. | Available in bookstores using ISBN ~ 978-0-692-44768-0.


Make Wake Not the Hangman your next book club pick!

Explore issues of family, domestic violence, non-familial bonding, teen’s in need of role models, criminal justice, human rights, and love as a lifeline.

Looking for a jumping off point for your book club discussion? Take a look at the author’s READER’S GUIDE, which is also available at the end of the e-book and at the back of the print edition, for convenience and easy access when your book club members gather to discuss the book. ♠

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The Ugly Post

LGBTQIA Fiction by Sailor Penniman ~

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A love story that will grab you and  not let you go until you know how it ends.

Charlie  and Bryce have been together seven  years. They don’t have it all, but they have  all they want–each other and the  only relationship that’s ever meant  anything to them. The week they met, they  didn’t flirt with seduction  to see what would happen. They fell in love and  proved it the only way  they knew how. They’ve never been apart since that first  tumble into  life as lovers, playful partners, best friends, and soul mates.

Charlie has no reason to believe arriving home ahead of  Bryce on a random  Monday night will change everything between them. But when  Charlie logs onto a computer he shares with Bryce, he stumbles into the  devastating truth about their relationship.

Or  does he? Charlie is sure he’s discovered a secret Bryce  has kept for  seven years, but Bryce swears Charlie is wrong. Blindsided by  lies,mistrust, and shattered faith, the two are swallowed into a vortex  spinning so fast, it tears them apart. Can they reveal the fiction in  the truth  and find their way back to each other, or will the  black-and-white portrait one  man’s words paint destroy them forever?

For  fans of stories where you’re the fly on the wall watching two people who love  each other madly “go through it”.

City of Angels Romances are meant to be enjoyed as standalone reading experiences and can be read in any order. Read one or  read them all! Set in Los Angeles, the men in these novellas and novels fall in love and break up and make up and discover themselves and their hearts and find ultimate true love downtown, in Hollywood, on the beach, on Sunset Boulevard, and anywhere in the City of Angels where their soulmate may be waiting.

A Darrow Publishing – Aequalitas book; 86 pages

Available in the Amazon Kindle Store here. | Available on Amazon in paperback here. | Available in bookstores using ISBN ~ 978-0-9993487-0-3.