A reader commented Carlos practices socially engaged storytelling. Not preachy, but raising awareness of issues facing the GLBT community and humanity in general. These are tales grounded in real life, featuring gay men dealing with everyday concerns about family, friends, and relationships. Characters are men who tackle challenges instead of backing away from them. The author’s love of motorcycles and travel and his contempt for social injustice often play a central role in his stories.
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Richard Leonard Peterson wanted to fly for as long as he could recall. His father, an Air Force pilot, was the inspiration. When his parents died in a boating accident, Ritch moved to Washington, D.C. to live with his brother and his brother’s fathers. A month before turning eighteen, he becomes a cadet at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. If he can safely navigate the subsequent four years, he will be commissioned as an Air Force Second Lieutenant upon graduation
Colton Mann finding his boyfriend in bed with another man precipitated a chain of events that would change everything. He quits his job with a private equity firm, and with time on his hands, spends hours at the gym. A fortuitous meeting with a Greek musclehead may be the incentive he needs to get his life back on track. But first, he must deal with someone from his past.
Thiago Zeca Baravento, the son of an American woman and a first generation Brazilian father, rises above the expectations of many for a black man born and raised in the predominantly minority Washington, D.C. neighborhood of Anacostia. After graduating from Howard University with a doctorate in pharmacology, and looking to provide his son Fabricio with a good life, Thiago leaves the District of Columbia, promising to one day return to his hometown.
Brett Davenport and César Abelló escape the January cold of Washington for the warmth of Southern California. A potential real estate transaction serves as an excuse for a vacation in Los Angeles and a side trip to Napa. An entertainment attorney, a music mogul, a guesthouse owner, a celebrity interior designer, a movie star, a museum executive, and a couple of influencers combine to make the trip a memorable experience for the two affluent DILFs.
Countless stories have been told about the sinking of Atlantis. The island paradise first mentioned by Plato, has become a popular location in fiction and engendered countless expeditions to locate its remains. However, little has been written about the band of wolf lycan who lived there or what happened to them after the cataclysm. This is their tale.
US Army Ranger Sergeant Bradley Thomas Kennedy lost his legs when his vehicle hit an improvised explosive device. Ranger chronicles the first couple of years following the IED incident. Led by his best friend, CJ, The Squad rallies to support Brad's efforts to reintegrate into civilian life. Will he recover sufficiently from his physical and mental wounds to lead a fulfilling live? Will he get the girl in the end?
My friend, Owen Liston, an environmental attorney, has been making up stories for his young daughter since she was born. He recently allowed me to record a few and publish them. This is the second one in the series.
Liebe, a young girl living in the Florida Keys with her two fathers, helps clean a beach and in the process learns how dangerous plastic can be for the oceans and the animals who live in them.
Although my hope is the story will be read by or to children the same age as Liebe; I believe readers of all ages will enjoy it.
Antonio Martellini's a rising star in the family, having turned a dingy Brooklyn bowling alley into a hipster hot spot. When his grandfather asks him to lunch, Tony gets an offer he can't refuse. Can he pull the project off? Is he ready for prime time?
CJ, Owen, and their daughter, Liebe spend Christmas down under. They trade the December Washington DC cold for the warmth of Australia's Hunter Valley. Surrounded by vineyards and family, it should be a stress-free vacation. Unless something goes wrong.
Chipper Pereira, a senior at the University of Miami's Frost School of Music, has the opportunity to audition for a national talent show. Follow along as he interacts with celebrities and fellow contestants and discovers the music business has good and bad experiences.
My friend, Owen Liston, an environmental attorney, has been making up stories for his young daughter since she was born. He recently allowed me to record a few and publish them for everyone’s enjoyment. Here is the first one. Read it for your own enjoyment or share them with the youngsters in your life.
Liebe, a young girl living in the Florida Keys with her two fathers, encounters a dolphin in distress while fishing. When one of her fathers helps save the animal, they make a friend for life.
CJ Abelló and Owen Liston return from their honeymoon ready to tackle married life. CJ's last two years at Georgetown University are filled with family, friends, and adventure. The events carry the couple to new heights of happiness and depths of sadness. Their lives will never be the same afterward.