Down from the Dog Star by Daniel Glover
A Novel

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In his debut comic novel, Daniel Glover shows us what it's like to grow up gay in a small Southern town. Jackson K. Luden, spoiled, rich, handsome, is the last male heir of the ancient and mysterious Luden family, of Ludens Bend, Alabama. When his German Shepherd, Honey, dies of an undiagnosed illness, Jackie believes she has been poisoned. He finds a suspect, and although Jackie is in recovery in a twelve-step program, he disposes of the dog-killer by pushing him into a flaming, methane-smoke-filled sinkhole. With the authorities in hot pursuit, Jackie flees Quarter Pine, the family estate, for the Amazon rain forest. Here he becomes a medical missionary for the Gungari Indians, a tribe of elegant, nomadic cannibals. After many unusual adventures, he returned to Quarter Pine with a new lover in tow.

Some questions arise: How will Jerry Flem, Jackie's new lover, be received by the loving but tyrannical matriarch of Ludens Bend, Minerva Luden? Will the loutish town sheriff, Beebus McCloud, win the hand and heart of the faded Southern belle, Neva Jean Wulmothe, sister of Jackie's favorite cousin, the portly Junior Wulmothe, who lives in constant fear of the miniature blind albino goats that dwell in the deserted coal mines beneath Wulmothe Manor! Will the women of the local Third Church of God, Delivered, rescue their faltering church with their new project, the Eternal Life Cafe and Souvenir Shop for Jesus?

About the Author:

Mr. Glover, a third generation Alabamian, offers his first novel. When queried about education and previous literary efforts he said, "Education? Well, I got out of high school with my life. They finally invented a special diploma just to get rid of me. As far as other writing goes, nothing. I DID send a rather severe note to Nancy Reagan once explaining why 'Just Saying No' had never done a lot to help me stay clean and sober." Mr. Glover and his dog, Dinah, spend winters in Phoenix, AZ and summers at Quarter Pine Farm in central Alabama.


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Romance author Jayne Ann Krentz was born in Borrego Springs, California on March 28, 1948. She received a B.A. in history from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a Masters degree in library science from San Jose State University. Before becoming a full-time author, she worked as a librarian. Her novels include: Truth or Dare, All Night Long, and Copper Beach. She has written under seven different names: Jayne Bentley, Amanda Glass, Stephanie James, Jayne Taylor, Jayne Castle, Amanda Quick and Jayne Ann Krentz. Her first book, Gentle Pirate, was published in 1980 under the name Jayne Castle. She currently uses only three personas to represent her three specialties. She uses the name Jayne Ann Krentz for her contemporary pieces, Amanda Quick for her historical fiction pieces, and Jayne Castle for her futuristic pieces. She has received numerous awards for her work including the 1995 Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Trust Me, the 2004 Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Falling Awake, the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award, the Romantic Times Jane Austen Award, and the Susan Koppelman Award for Feminist Studies for Dangerous Men and Adventurous Women: Romance Writers on the Appeal of the Romance.
Published October 1, 1999 by River City Pub. 271 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Purporting to be a goofy collection of letters written by zany, aging gay man Jackie Luden to various friends and fellow participants of Narcotics Anonymous, this debut effort is less a novel than a collection of eccentric vignettes.

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