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It’s wide release day for my new LGBTQ historical novel, TESTIMONY, and I couldn’t be happier. That means you can find it at bookstores everywhere as well as at my publisher’s website.

Author Carter Sickels (The Prettiest Star) says Testimony is “vividly imagined” and “shines a light on queer lives that have been forgotten by history.”

I hope you’ll check it out! Here’s a little teaser to intrigue you:

History professor Gen Rider secures tenure at Baines College, a school for white women. A woman in a man’s field, Gen teaches “Negro” history, which has made her suspect with a powerful male colleague. Even while she’s celebrating her triumph, she’s also reeling from the break-up of a long-distance relationship with another woman—a romance she has tightly guarded, even from her straight female mentor.

As the fall semester dawns, a male instructor at the college is arrested for having sex with a man in a park. Homosexual panic envelops the college town, launching a “Know Your Neighbor” reporting campaign. The police investigation directly threatens Gen’s friend Fenton, the gay theater director at Baines. But Gen finds herself vulnerable, too, when someone leaves mysterious “gifts” for her, including a suggestive pulp novel and a romantic card.

As Gen tentatively embarks on a new relationship, a neighbor reports she’s seen Gen kissing a woman, and hearings into her morality catch her in a McCarthy-like web. With her private life under the microscope, Gen faces an agonizing choice: Which does she value more, the career she’s scraped to build against the odds, or her right to a private life?


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