University Press of Florida, the official press of Florida’s thirteen member university system, included my memoir, Hydrangeas, in a 2012 print anthology titled Homegrown in Florida. I’m especially proud of this achievement, since stories by Carl Hiassen, Tom Petty, Zora Thurston, and Bill McKeen are also included in the book. My story chronicles my life as an eleven-year-old in St. Petersburg, FL, when my sister and I had to live with my grandparents, after our mother became mentally ill. This was a difficult time for me, and writing the memoir wasn’t easy. But I am quite proud of the result and I hope people will enjoy reading about life in St. Petersburg in 1962, through a child’s eyes.
Prizm Division of Torquere Press has published my novel, Josef Jaeger, set in the early days of Nazi Germany. This is a 100,000 word book aimed at Young Adult readers, but it’s suitable for mature readers as well.
Here’s what one reviewer had to say about Josef Jaeger:
“The accuracy of detail brings 1933 Germany alive for the reader, and the motley crew of characters add human faces to the names we’ve read about in our history books. Those interested in historical fiction, particularly young adult stories or romances, will thoroughly enjoy this book as much as I did.”
Josef Jaeger won first place in the Young Adult category of the 2010 Excellence Awards competition sponsored by the Rainbow Writers section of the Romance Writers of America. And Josef Jaeger is now on the shelf in the Library of Congress:
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“I don’t think I’ve ever compared a book with two of my most treasured past reads, but Tyler Buckspan recalls the feelings aroused in me by Stephen King’s novella, The Body, better known to most of you as the film Stand By Me. More particularly, however, I would actually hold this lengthy novella to the standard set by Harper Lee in her masterpiece, To Kill A Mockingbird.”
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The American Library Association’s Rainbow Project selected Tyler Buckspan for its 2014 “recommended reading” list for LGBTQ young adults, one of twenty-one novels selected for this honor. Now Tyler Buckspan is on the shelf at many public libraries throughout the U.S. and Canada, including the Seattle and Toronto Public Libraries.
After Prizm Books folded in 2016, NineStar Press published a second edition of Tyler Buckspan. It has been completely revised. A purchase link for this book can be found on the home page of this website.
Troubling Tales from Florida
“Florida. The very name brings to mind coconut palms and theme parks. It’s a land of sunshine, sugar-sand beaches, and glittering hotels, a perpetual vacation for all those fortunate enough to live there. Or is it? Florida has a dark side most visitors never see. In mysterious places, far from the Interstate highway’s hum, nefarious souls commit trickery, assault, and even murder. Folks aren’t always who they seem to be, and the innocent sometimes fall victim to the heartless, the depraved, and the mentally disturbed. ‘Troubling Tales from Florida’ offers six short stories and a novella, ‘Man-O-War Cay’. These narratives will chill your spine and haunt your dreams, long after you’ve put this anthology down.”
Kevin Corrigan and Me
In June 2017 NineStar Press released my New Adult novel, Kevin Corrigan and Me. The story takes place in the mid-1960’s and is loosely based on events occurring over an 18-month period when I was in my mid-teens. Here’s the book’s summary:
“Ever since their boyhood days, fifteen-year-old Jesse has craved something more than friendship from Kevin Corrigan. Athletic, handsome and cocky, Kevin doesn’t seem approachable. But when Kevin spends a summer at Jesse’s family’s beach home, an affair ignites between them, one so intense it engulfs both boys in an emotional tug of war neither wants to give up on.”
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Becoming Andy Hunsinger
“Eighteen year-old Nate Ziegler has problems. A dead boy’s ghost dwells in the crawl space above Nate’s walk-in closet; the ghost won’t leave Nate alone. Nate’s cross-country teammate is a neo-Nazi astrology freak; he wants to recruit Nate as his disciple. Nate’s new boyfriend is an emotional mess; he’s a victim of physical and psychological abuse. And Nate’s parents don’t even know Nate is gay. How will he deal with it all?”
This is a long book, 357 pages total. Here’s a buy link for it:
Dodging a Pearl
“Brad Schroeder is a trial lawyer with a taste for cocaine and prostitutes. An arrest costs Brad his marriage, his job, and his Winter Park address. Now, he’s starting a law practice in working class Cocoa Beach, attending NA meetings, and trying to raise his HIV-positive son. Can Brad beat his addictions and rebuild his life? Can Angela Stabile, a fellow addict and divorce lawyer, help Brad regain his confidence? Facing a devious adversary, will Brad prevail in a lawsuit he has filed on his son’s behalf? Most importantly, can he redeem himself in his doubting son’s eyes?”
A large portion of this book involves the HIV epidemic that swept through the U.S. hemophilia population during the 1980’s, and the litigation that ensued thereafter. As a civil trial lawyer, I was heavily involved in that litigation, and I witnessed first-hand the devastation among by boys and men with hemophilia as they and their families attempted to deal with the ravages of AIDS.
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In addition to the above, I publish erotica pieces — short fiction and novels — under a pseudonym. I do this because I don’t want the children in my family, or my friends’ kids, finding this material when they Google Uncle Jere’s name on the Internet. If you have a burning desire to read my erotic stories, send me an e-mail and I’ll provide you with my pseudonym. I have published over twenty short stories, several anthologies, and five novels, under my pseudonym. My publishers include Cleis Press, Noble Romance Publishing, Bold Strokes Books, and Torquere Press, to name a few.