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For this week's Author Showcase, we did something a little different and are looking at reviews posted by the many readers of the showcased stories. We first look at Promising Author Corvus' Mike and Winston, and then we have Author Dan Umbero's Burying the Past.


Let us know what you think of this format, and also - as we always need more reviewers, if you have time and the interest to write a review, let Renee Stevens or myself know!







College wasn't supposed to be a dull and solitary routine. Mike decides to break it. Against his better judgment, he meets Winston, a thirty-something man both married and closeted, and begins an unexpected journey of personal discovery, trials, and, perhaps, triumph.


Corvus has been a long-time member here at GA and has penned many different stories. Today we’re going to look at what some of his readers have to say about his story, “Mike and Winston.”


One reader says: I love your writing style- its captivating and to the point. Captivated me from beginning to end. In my opinion, that is a very good endorsement, but if you need more…


From another: Overall, i loved the whole concept and the twist almost at the end. I must say i was expecting another kind of ending. But hey, it was a good ride, though! Wait! There’s a twist towards the end? Wonder what it could be? Like me, you’ll just have to read to find out!


Those are just a couple of the reviews for this story. At nine chapters and nearly 40,000 words, this story is complete and is just waiting for more readers and reviewers! Those that have already reviewed it have given it a 5 star rating.


So, now that you’ve heard from some of Corvus’ readers, why not go ahead and take a look at his story and form your own opinion on it!






Burying the Past
Dan Umbero


A middle aged man returns to his childhood home to bury his father and confront the man from his past.


Dan Umbero has been a member of GA since May 2011. During that time, he has written and posted two stories on Gay Authors. One of his stories is rated five stars, but the other one is rated four stars by its readers. Today we are going to look at what his readers had to say about his story “Burying the Past.”


One reader wrote: This was a truly beautiful story, heartfelt, plausible and mature. Thank you so much, and I would love to read more. In my honest opinion, there are those stories that, despite having enjoyed the story, a reader is glad to see it end. I love to see author's that leave their readers wanting more!


Another had this to say: I really felt for these two men, and I think the ending is perfect. The only thing I'd add is that the switches between 1st and 3rd person are really jarring. But, wow, you had tears in my eyes in places. Awesome job! Despite the comments regarding the point of view switching, this reader still read to the end and anyone that can bring tears to the eyes of their reader is definitely worth checking out.


I’m definitely going to be adding this author to my reading list. The story is marked as complete and is a short story at just over 10K. Why not take a look and if you like this story, add a few reviews and maybe even add a like and help this author reach that magic 50 that will get them out of the mod queue!


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To be honest, I didn't like it much. I personally would rather have the reviews, but that's just me.... As a filler, sure, but an every week event.... *Silently submits more reviews...*

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Thanks for commenting Houdinii! As long as we have the reviews, we can use them, but we have to have them first!

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