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Bended Knee by Rodney Ross

OUT NOW! Bended Knee by Rodney Ross

When restaurateur Hugh Neumann rebukes Oliver Nicholas’s very public proposal to his boyfriend during a Valentine’s Day dinner, the diverted Cupid’s arrow strikes Hugh not in the heart, but in the ass.

After a media storm of commentary, ironically pro and con, gains national steam, what Hugh begins to refer to as his personal “St. Valentine’s Day Massacre” begins to affect home life with his partner, Dominick Brodie.

Was Hugh’s overreaction pandering to his largely heterosexual clientele? Or did the incident trigger his own panic about same-sex marriage? Will the public scrutiny threaten his decade-long commitment to Dom?


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The Cool Part of His Pillow by Rodney Ross

OUT NOW! The Cool Part of His Pillow by Rodney Ross

The mid-40s are that time in a gay man’s life when his major paradigm shifts from sexy to Sansabelts. But when Barry Grooms’s partner of twenty years is killed on Barry’s forty-fifth birthday, his world doesn’t so much evolve as it does explode.

After navigating through the surreal conveyor belt of friends and family, he can’t eat another casserole or swallow much more advice on what constitutes grief. Still numb, he leaves his homestore and design business in the care of others as he escapes to Key West, then New York. There he gets a thankless new job working for a crazy lady in a poncho, then has too many drinks with a narcissistic Broadway actor. Next it’s a nude exercise class that redefines flop sweat, and from there he’s on to a relationship with a man twenty years his junior.

Yet no matter how great the retreat from the man he used to be, life’s gravity spins Barry back to the small town where he grew up for one more ironic twist that teaches him how to say goodbye with grace.


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