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Duane Simolke

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My writing spans genres, but my most popular books are Degranon: A Science Fiction Adventure and the West Texas fiction collection The Acorn Stories. I live in Lubbock, Texas.

Duane Simolke (pronounced “Dwain Smoky”). Education: Belmont University (B.A., ‘89, Nashville, TN), Hardin-Simmons University (M.A., ‘91, Abilene, TX), and Texas Tech University (Ph.D., ‘96, Lubbock, TX), all with a major in English.

Writing published in nightFire, Mesquite, Caprock Sun, Midwest Poetry Review, International Journal on World Peace, and many other publications.

Readers can order my books at local or online bookstores; libraries or bookstores can order them at Ingram Books or Baker and Taylor.

I'm writing a sequel to Degranon.

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Duane Simolke Sons of Taldra, the sequel to Degranon: A Science Fiction Adventure. The first several chapters are at Goodreads.
Average rating: 3.83 · 59 ratings · 11 reviews · 9 distinct works · Similar authors
Degranon: A Science Fiction...
3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 27 ratings — published 2002 — 7 editions
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The Acorn Stories: Written ...
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Fat Diary
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The Return of Innocence: A ...
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Holding Me Together
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Selected Poems
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Luis breaks up with his boyfriend and visits Berlin in this German import. He gets caught up in a twisting story of romance and mystery. Read my review at ThisWeekInTexas.
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Sons of Taldra: A Science Fiction Adventure (Gay & Lesbian)
7 chapters   —   updated May 28, 2014 02:18PM
Description: We thought the Naadloosh wouldn’t find us. We thought we could trust the Maintainers. We were wrong.
Elephant On An Opera Stage (Poetry)
1 chapters   —   updated Mar 17, 2013 04:24PM
Description: Awkwardness captured in an image. What else can you read into it? Let me know. A short poem.
Fat Diary (Humor)
1 chapters   —   updated Oct 03, 2012 09:26AM
Description: A West Texas librarian makes fun of herself and the other people in her town, while writing about her reasons for wanting to lose weight.
The Maintainers Arrive. (Gay & Lesbian)
1 chapters   —   updated Aug 03, 2011 11:08AM
Description: On the planet Valchondria, no illness exists, gay marriage is legal, and everyone is a person of color. However, a group called “the Maintainers” carefully monitors everyone’s speech, actions, and weight; the Maintainers also force so-called “colorsighted” people to hide their ability to see in color. In Chapter 1, we meet the brilliant scientist Taldra, initially known by the given name she hates: Lorfeltez.
Degranon: A Science Fiction Adventure Excerpt, Gay Son. (Gay & Lesbian)
1 chapters   —   updated Jul 22, 2010 10:44AM
Description: The following excerpt comes from the revised, second edition of my gay-themed novel Degranon: A Science Fiction Adventure.
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message 11: by L.C.

L.C. Hi, Duane! Thanks for the friendvite. :-)

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Duane Simolke Sangria, Thanks for the invite, and for adding my book.

Sangria Thanks for your friendship, Duane! :D

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Duane Simolke Thanks! My readers at GoodReads seem interested in Degranon, with 60 of them adding it to their To Read list.


Now one of them might win a copy!

AuthorIsland Hi Duane!!

Just wanted to let you know that your sci fi adventure DEGRANON is the www.AuthorIsland.com Book of the Day today!!

Thanks for offering up a copy to one of our lucky readers today!

AuthorIsland Now available: THE ACORN STORIES - Duane Simolke's award-winning tales transform a fictional West Texas town into a tapestry of human experiences - check it out at www.DuaneSimolke.blogspot.com

AuthorIsland Readers! Last day to get your name in the hat for Duane Simolke's sci fi adventure DEGRANON - check it out www.AuthorIslandTikiHut.blogspot.com !

AuthorIsland Happy Monday Duane!!

Thanks so much for being our special guest blogger this week - and thanks for offering up a copy of DEGRANON for one of our lucky readers this week!

This week at www.AuthorIslandTikiHut.blogspot.com , we welcome author Duane Simolke to the Tiki Hut to talk about his science fiction novel DEGRANON: A Science Fiction Adventure.

Majoring in English, Duane Simolke received degrees from Belmont University (B.A., 1989), Hardin-Simmons University (M.A., 1991), and Texas Tech University (Ph.D., 1996). His doctoral dissertation was on Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio. StoneWall Society gave Pride in the Arts literary awards to The Acorn Stories, Degranon, and Holding Me Together. AllBooks Reviews gave The Return of Innocence a Reviewers Choice Award.

Simolke also edited and co-wrote a fundraiser, The Acorn Gathering: Writers Uniting Against Cancer.

Learn more at www.duanesimolke.blogspot.com

WIN - Leave Duane a comment or question this week at the Authorisland Tiki Hut and your name goes in the hat for a free ebook of DEGRANON.

AuthorIsland Hi Duane!!

AuthorIsland.com is celebrating your anthlogy - THE ACORN GATHERING today - what a great cause!

Thank you for putting this together.

Anthology Edited By Duane Simolke Benefits American Cancer Society

The Acorn Gathering: Writers Uniting Against Cancer.

Author and editor Duane Simolke presents an unusual fiction collection. From a scandal-rocked town in West Texas to the Blackfeet Indian reservation in Montana, these short stories take readers to surprising places in America and the human heart!

Join the fight against cancer by purchasing this fundraiser by authors Jan Chandler, Huda Orfali, Duane Simolke, Timothy Morris Taylor, Shawna R. Van Arum, and Bill Wetzel. All author and editor royalties go to the American Cancer Society!

These stories range from gritty and controversial to gentle and touching. Starting with the West Texas setting from Duane Simolke's collection The Acorn Stories, this new anthology takes readers across several landscapes, during times of trouble, change, hope, and triumph. Edited by Duane Simolke.

Learn more at www.DuaneSimolke.blogspot.com

Leaundra Oye! Duane, thanks for the add. Take care...Leaundra

AuthorIsland Hi Duane!!!

Welcome to AuthorIsland.com - so glad to have you with us and to celebrate we're throwing you a Cyber Launch Party today for your fantasy adventure THE RETURN OF INNOCENCE over at www.CyberLaunchParty.blogspot.com!

Best of luck with the book and thanks so much for offering up a copy of it as a prize today!

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