THE BEAR OF WINTER — new audiobook giveaway!

Grrreetings, BBB friends!

The Bears of Winter, front cover

The Bears of Winter, front cover

To celebrate the release in paper, digital, and audio formats of the new Bear Bones Books anthology in the Hot & Hairy Series: THE BEARS OF WINTER, edited by Jerry L. Wheeler, we’re giving away 5 complimentary Audible.com copies of the new Audiobook of THE BEARS OF WINTER, read by Roy Wells:

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~    Complete checkout, and start listening to the free copy of the book.

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Bear Bones Books given Rainbow honors

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Two Bear Bones Books titles – Jeff Mann’s Y/A novel, Cub, and Ron Suresha’s poetry anthology, Hibernation – and two Lethe Press books have been given Honorable Mentions in this year’s Rainbow Books Awards.

… an honorable mention means a judge gave a rate of 36 or above out of 40 to the book; an honorable mention doesn’t mean the book is automatically among the finalists, could be could be not, but it’s important to understand there are more than 500 books in the literary contests, all books are in the process of being read by the jury, but only half of them will go to finals.

Congratulations to all the authors!

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CUBA Cub audiobkGay Contemporary Romance
Cub by Jeff Mann

Publisher: Bear Bones Books
Amazon: Cub
Amazon Kindle: Cub

“Kind of a primer on learning to be okay with your queerness, in whatever form it takes. Crisp writing, strong sense of place, enjoyed its focus on less commonly depicted aspects of queerness.”

“I loved everything about this story: the rich portrait of main and supporting characters, the rural setting, the not so typical story and the fact that the author thought about gay teens different from slim twinks or muscled jocks. It was simply refreshing, not to mention – very well written. After all, every Bear was once a Cub.”

http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4440695.html

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Hibernation, front cover

Hibernation, front cover

Bisexual Poetry
Hibernation and Other Poems by Bear Bards, an anthology by Ron J. Suresha

Amazon: Hibernation and Other Poems by Bear Bards
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“This work, this anthology is a gem. Full of unexpected surprises and delightful sallies into wholly foreign realms. A delight, a bucolic frolic, an earnest journey, a vigorous climb up the mountain of our own understanding, and a foggy glimpse into the glade of our own souls where bears in all their myriad forms dance beneath the stars. By turns funny and poignant, wry and crass, it’s a pocketful of honey drizzled goodness. None of the poems in and of themselves is perfect, for all poems are only ever abandoned in despair of their achieving the greatness we first saw in a flash of inspiration…yet the sum of their individual flaws is, in a word, perfection.”

“Love, love, love this. So many authors, so many emotions, in fact, if I may, I’ll call this a rainbow of emotions. From the sublime to the thought provoking; from innocent to ‘don’t tell anyone you’re reading this book.’ It’s all there, and I was left wanting more only because of the quality of the writing. In my years as a Rainbow Award judge, I have never given a perfect score, until now.”

http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4445831.html

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In addition, two Lethe Press books were given an Honorable Mention.

Gay Anthology / Young Adult
Red Caps: New Fairy Tales for Out of the Ordinary Readers by Steve Berman

“Some writers can write “It was a clear blue sky.” Other writers can look at that same sky and carve a description out of fire and music. Steve Berman is one of those writers. The characters in the individual stories in Red Caps don’t just jump off the page; they dance. And as they dance around you, they spin their tale they pull back the curtain on a world you didn’t know existed. Quite simply reading this book is a transcendent experience. I expect great things from Mr. Berman.”

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Gay Contemporary General Fiction
The Genealogy of Understanding by Daniel M. Jaffe

“Every time I pick up a Lethe Press title, I know it will be outstanding. This book was no exception. A series of intricately connected short stories, each one a shining gem of human experience. The stories are beautifully written, imaginatively arranged, and spiritually and emotionally rich. A collection to be savored.”

Well done!

Now in Print: The Bears of Winter

The Bears of Winter, front cover

The Bears of Winter, front cover

Now in print!

Compelling tales of masculine love by an outstanding collection of authors to keep you as toasty as a bearskin rug.

The Bears of Winter

Hot & Hairy Fiction

Jerry L. Wheeler, editor

Though it may be chilly enough outside to see your breath, the sixteen fur-raising stories by an outstanding collection of authors in The Bears of Winter will keep you as toasty as a big furry guy on a bearskin rug in front of a blazing fireplace.

Bears don’t just hibernate in winter anymore. All year long you’ll find them in caves, surrounded by their smartphones, big-screen plasma TVs, and the latest in technology. Even so, they venture out in the cold and ice for food, fun, and romance, and the stories in this collection range far afield for their entertainment. And yours.

There are vampire bears, adventure bears, ice-harvesting bears, and Santa daddybears. Some are cute and cuddly, some will break your heart, and some will raise more than your spirits. But they’re all sexy, and they’re all between these covers. So come into our den and stay until Spring. Or longer.

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The Bear Bones Books imprint of Lethe Press proudly announces its 23rd title, The Bears of Winter, an anthology of Hot & Hairy Fiction edited by Jerry L. Wheeler with seventeen fur-raising stories by an outstanding collection of authors.

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[Adapted from the Introduction by Jerry L. Wheeler]

I like winter. I always have. Summer is too damn hot. Spring would be fine if I didn’t have allergies. Fall is a lovely time of renewal and beginnings for me personally, but winter is my favorite season. Especially as it relates to bears.

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Bears are not all about the buffet line (though it is important), and they come in all shapes, sizes, and colors with a palette of experiences as varied as any group of men.

Some of the bears in these pages are your basic bears: rough, gruff, hairy, and wonderful. They might happen to be vampires (Jeff Mann’s “Snow on Scrabble Creek”), furniture makers (Max Vos’s “Mountain Bear”), or ice harvesters (Dale Chase’s “Truckee”), but the basic bear attributes are there.

Other bears lurk between these covers as well. An old high school friend becomes a new prospect for the bear in ‘Nathan Burgoine’s “The Psychometry of Snow,” an experienced bear-hunter teaches a cub how to win a mate in R.W. Clinger’s nicely smart-assed “Warning: Don’t Feed the Bear,” Jeffrey Ricker puts a bear in space in “Snowblind,” and Xavier Axelson looks at ghost bears at the penitentiary in “Sleeping Bear.” Looking for bear adventure? Well, look no farther than Jay Neal’s sleeping bag saga, “Miles, of the Antarctic,” Hank Edwards’s futuristic “Thaw,” or the bear on the other end of a hot balloon ride in Philip Williams’s “World of Men,” not to mention the masked bear on the city bus in Nathan Sims’s “The Balaclava.”

Bear relationships? We have those covered as well, from the tentative courtship in Roscoe James’s “Feast of January,” to the aftermath of a breakup in Lewis DeSimone’s “The Bear in Winter,” to the truly devastated protagonist of Charlie Hopwood’s “Cold Comfort.”

And what would any book about bears and winter be without at least a couple of winking glances toward the holidays? Santa gets kidnapped in Frank Muse’s “Little Suzie,” and replaces Mrs. Claus with someone who makes more than a mean cup of hot chocolate in Daniel M. Jaffe’s “Romancing the Pole.”

So pull up a chair, light the fire, grab a mug of your favorite cold-weather drink and settle in for some marvelous beartales. Don’t forget the snacks: some little cheese nibblies, maybe some pretzels or pizza rolls or some of that roast beef left over from dinner or you could call out for some egg rolls or those little crab creamcheese thingies. A dish of nuts, some mini-candy bars, those apple tarts you brought home from the holiday office party, a candy cane or two. You know. Just a nosh.

But don’t forget to wipe your fingers before you turn the page.

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Contents:

Introduction: Why Winter?

Warning: Don’t Feed the Bear by R.W. Clinger

Snow on Scrabble Creek by Jeff Mann

The Psychometry of Snow by ‘Nathan Burgoine

Little Suzie by Frank Muse

Snowblind by Jeffrey Ricker

Mountain Bear by Max Vos

Miles, of the Antarctic by Jay Neal

Sleeping Bear by Xavier Axelson

Feast of January by Roscoe Hudson

Romancing the Pole by Daniel M. Jaffe

Truckee by Dale Chase

The Bear in Winter by Lewis DeSimone

Thaw by Hank Edwards

World of Men by Philip Williams

Cold Comfort by Charles Hopwood

The Balaclava by Nathan Sims

Jerry L. Wheeler

Jerry L. Wheeler

About the Editor

Editor of the Lambda Literary Award finalist, Tented: Gay Erotic Tales from Under the Big Top (Lethe Press 2010), as well as Riding the Rails: Locomotive Lust and Carnal Cabooses, The Dirty Diner: Gay Erotica on the Menu, and Tricks of the Trade: Magical Gay Erotica for Bold Strokes Books, Jerry L. Wheeler’s first collection of short fiction, Strawberries and Other Erotic Fruits was released by Lethe Press in March 2012 and was a Lambda Literary Award finalist in 2013. His first novel, The Dead Book, is forthcoming from Lethe Press in 2015. Be sure to catch his book reviews on the web at Out in Print: Queer Book Reviews. If you’re in the market for his professional editing services, please check out Write and Shine.

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The Bears of Winter

Hot & Hairy Fiction

edited by Jerry L. Wheeler

Bear Bones Books / Lethe Press • November 1, 2013

Categories: Anthologies, Gay/Bi Men’s Erotica

Bear Bones Books / Lethe Press ~ November 2014   ~ 226 pp., 6 x 9 inches

Categories: Gay/Bi Men’s Fiction, M/M Romance, Anthologies

ISBN-10: 1-59021-269-1   ~   ISBN-13: 978-1-59021-269-X   ~   eISBN: 978-1-59021-488-6

Softcover: $20.00   ~   ebook: $9.99

268 pp., 6 x 9 inches • Paperback: $20.00 • eBook: $9.99
Distributed by: Baker & Taylor, Ingram, Smashwords. Also available in Kindle and all other electronic-book formats. Soon to be an audiobook on Audible.com.

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Now in Print: Summer of the Stag God

This summer, the Stag God returns in another fantastic tale!

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Summer of the Stag God
by J.C. Herneson
front cover
Bear Bones Books

The Bear Bones Books imprint of Lethe Press proudly announces the publication of its 22nd title, Summer of the Stag God, the second in the Stag God Chronicles series by author J.C. Herneson.

The erotic adventures continue in the land of Khernia, home of the Lord of the Seven Tines Ashlan. The enemies of Ashlan — with their forced oaths of celibacy and chastity — are desperate to wipe from the face of the earth the sensuous cult of the Stag God.
In “The Archon,” a young man is sent out into the wilderness, to find the cult, become one of its faithful under false pretenses and report back to the High Church’s Palace of Light.
“The Ancient Grove” sees Ashlan himself imperiled as the Lord Curate’s insidious plan to destroy all orcs and humans who dare worship the powerful Beast Gods is revealed.
Don’t miss this exciting sequel to the compelling Stag God story.
Order the book here from Amazon.

 Like Summer of the Stag God on its Facebook page here.

An excerpt from Summer of the Stag God:
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Beneath the pine trees, in a clearing redolent with the scent of pine resin, burnt in chunks from brass braziers hung from the strongest boughs, they came clad in dark clothing, wearing blankets like cloaks and moving cautiously.
The young man was stout, with broad shoulders and ample thighs. He still possessed a touch of baby fat to his face and soft, rounded buttocks, but the ample groin and dusting of light fur on his cheeks and chin told he was on the verge of adulthood. His lips were full and lush, his hair a reddish-copper mess atop his head and his blue eyes hidden by the blindfold.
Hands reached out to touch Mathis, to grope him, to caress him. One hand touched his shoulder, and slid down his back, over the slimming of his hips and the curve of his buttocks.
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JC Herneson

JC Herneson

Summer of the Stag God

by J.C. Herneson
Bear Bones Books / Lethe Press
ISBN: 978-1-59021-528-9 / 1-59021-528-1
228 pages ~ 9 x 6 inches

Early reviews of Jeff Mann’s novel, Salvation

Reviews of Jeff Mann’s novel, Salvation

Bob Lind, Echo Maqazine

Salvation by Jeff Mann, front cover

Salvation by Jeff Mann, front cover

In the final days of the American Civil War, young confederate soldier Ian Campbell and his lover Drew Conrad carefully make their way as far as they can from Ian’s company, where Drew was a Yankee prisoner and both boys suffered from the macho bigotry and hate directed at them. While they later hear that most of Ian’s company perished in a subsequent battle, they know, as deserters, they are still in significant danger from troops from either side, as well as local townspeople who label them cowards or degenerates. Thankfully, they meet a few people who help them with food and temporary lodging, but are just as liable to turn on them if they discover the reality of their relationship.”

This is a sequel to Mann’s earlier novel, “Purgatory,” and – although this can be read alone – I recommend you read the earlier novel first, for a better understanding of their emotional plight as this story unfolds. It is well written, with significant erotic content not inappropriate for the focus of the story on the couple. While this is a work of fiction, it is clear that Mann did quite a bit of research into the reality of the times, and it makes the book even that more enjoyable. A great effort, which I give it five stars out of five.

 

Reviews by Amos Lassen

There is something for everyone here—starting with Mann’s gorgeous prose and his character portrayal and development. I actually felt I was back there with Ian and Drew. Mann is a master at delivering emotion and seeing how much of the novel is about the war, we know that Mann has done serious research. And yes there are erotic scenes but what I found to be so beautiful is how the two react to each other. These kinds of scenes are difficult to write about the present so going back in time, it is that more difficult. As I stated previously, this is a sequel and it can be read and enjoyed on its own but to really get the full impact I recommend reading “Purgatory” first (but that is purely my opinion). More important is not to miss this beautiful book.

From the back cover:

The American Civil War still threatens to tear the nation in twain. Private Ian Campbell betrayed his company and his duty because he fell in love with a handsome Yankee prisoner-of-war, Drew Conrad. Both men are on the run, desperate to reach Campbell’s family home in West Virginia, which may have escaped the conflict unscathed and may offer them both peace and salvation from the cruelties and hatreds heightened by the war.

But the trek is dangerous. Both men are wounded, deserters, and their love for each other is viewed by so many as a crime against nature—hanging for any of these offenses threatens every moment they tarry to rest. They must rely on the kindness of strangers, but every household they enter seeking sanctuary for even a single night on a bed and scant provisions for hungry stomachs might betray them should the truth be discovered.

Purgatory Audiobook cover

Acclaimed author Jeff Mann’s sequel to his beloved historical novel Purgatory will instill in readers an ardent expectation over Privates Campbell and Conrad’s fate.

Order Salvation on Amazon

Order Purgatory on Amazon

Now in Print: Salvation, a novel by Jeff Mann

Bear Bones Books is pleased to announce the publication of its 21st title written by and for men of the worldwide Bear community.

Salvation

A novel of the Civil War

by Jeff Mann

”… fine celebration of queer history long left unsung.”  — Publishers Weekly

The American Civil War still threatens to tear the nation in twain. Private Ian Campbell betrayed his company and his duty because he fell in love with a handsome Yankee prisoner-of-war, Drew Conrad. Both men are on the run, desperate to reach Campbell’s family home in West Virginia, which may have escaped the conflict unscathed and may offer them both peace and salvation from the cruelties and hatreds heightened by the war.
But the trek is dangerous. Both men are wounded, deserters, and their love for each other is viewed by so many as a crime against nature hanging for any of these offenses threatens every moment they tarry to rest. They must rely on the kindness of strangers, but every household they enter seeking sanctuary for even a single night on a bed and scant provisions for hungry stomachs might betray them should the truth be discovered.
Acclaimed author Jeff Mann’s sequel to his bestselling historical novel Purgatory will instill in readers an ardent expectation over Privates Campbell and Conrad’s fate.

Salvation by Jeff Mann, front cover

Salvation by Jeff Mann, front cover

SALVATION

a novel by Jeff Mann

Order the book from Amazon now!

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Bear Bones Books / Lethe Press • August 1, 2014

Categories: Gay/Bi Men’s Fiction, Civil War fiction, Novels

ISBN-10: 1-59021-40644 • ISBN-13: 978-1-59021-406-0

290 pages, 6 x 9 inches • Paperback: $18.00

Distributed by: Baker & Taylor, Ingram

Available from Amazon.com, BN.com, or order at your local bookseller.

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Interview with BBB author Jeff Mann

An excerpt from the 06/20/2014 interview with Bear Bones Books author Jeff Mann

A  Very Romantic Mann

by A.B. Gayle

Jeff Mann

Jeff Mann

My guest today is West Virginian author and poet, Jeff Mann.

Thanks for agreeing to be in my hotseat, Jeff. In some ways you make interviewing you easy because you have written so many great essays which cover most aspects of your life: “Edge: Travels of an Appalachian Leather Bear”, “Binding the god: ursine essays from the mountain south”, both available from Lethe Press and one published by Ohio University Press,  “Loving Mountains, Loving Men.” But for those who haven’t read them, hopefully this interview will encapsulate who you are and what you write! However, I strongly urge people to read the above collections if they want to know more.

You describe yourself as being: a gay poet, into leather, vampires, paganism, and very thankful not to be normal, not to be average. You are also a proud Appalachian and an even prouder Bear.

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Binding the God, by Jeff Mann, front cover

Binding the God, by Jeff Mann, front cover

AB: Why do you like bears and being a bear?

JM: Since I hit puberty, I’ve been attracted to those great gifts of the god-sent chemical, testosterone:  the mammalian secondary sex characteristics of mature men.  Even when I’m lusting after men much younger than me, it’s what makes them look like men, not boys, that catches my eye.  “The Holy Trinity of Beards, Body Hair, and Brawn,” as I call those traits in one of my essay collections, Binding the God.  I’m a lover of what’s wild and what’s strong, so I’m attracted to beards and body hair because they’re physical reminders of the wild animals we are, and I’m attracted to brawn because it’s the embodiment of strength.

Bears also tend to resemble the country boys I grew up around, the kind of men I was first attracted to as I grew up in southern West Virginia, the kind of men I patterned my style of masculinity after, and the kind of men I still most powerfully desire.  In Binding the God, I tell the story of how John and I went to a San Francisco bear bar, the Lone Star, and John pointed out how most of the guys there looked like they were from West Virginia.

AB: Do you ever wonder or despair about what is going to happen to these twinks (or boys) who have been admired and identified only by their cuteness?

JM: I had a friend in college—a former friend, I should emphasize, for we fell out nearly two decades ago—who was a charming twink with many admirers.  Now he’s around fifty-eight, I’d gauge.  I doubt that aging has been any fun for him.  As much as I complain about aging, at least the concept of “Daddybear” gives me a way to feel desirable.  Thank God for men with Daddy fetishes.

AB: Why can’t some readers accept difference? Is it because they project into the characters’ heads and everything relates to them instead of stepping into someone else’s shoes?

JM: Good question.  For many of us who love to read, there are two types of books that especially enrich us:  those books that we can strongly relate to because we have much in common with the characters, and those books that give us glimpses of lives very different from ours.  For instance, I love Denise Giardina’s novels about the West Virginia coalfields, Storming Heaven and The Unquiet Earth, because they’re about mountain people and I’m a mountain person, but I also enjoy teaching the fiction of Zora Neale Hurston, because it focuses on black women in Florida.  From Hurston, I’m able to learn how folks different from me lived their lives, at the same time that I’m discovering how much I have in common with those characters on deeper levels than race, region, or socioeconomic position.

Cub, a novel by Jeff Mann, front cover

Cub, a novel by Jeff Mann, front cover

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Read the long, complete interview at:

http://www.abgayle.com/my-blog—reviews–interviews/a-very-romantic-mann

Purgatory Audiobook cover

Purgatory Audiobook cover

Bear Limericks by Ralph Seligman-Courtois

Ralph Seligman-Courtois was inspired by Hibernation and Other Poems by Bear Bards to contribute the following bear limericks, which he read at the Bear Bards reading during the Saints + Sinners literary festival in New Orleans in May 2014:

 

Hibernation, front cover

Hibernation, front cover

One day the cops stopped a gay bear.

They said it was because he was bare.

The bear said: “Not true!”

“And I’ll prove it to you”

“For I’m totally covered in hair!”

 

A sleuth is a gathering of bears,Where they settle all their affairs.

They discuss how they feel,

And prepare a grand meal.

And decide to combine various lairs.

 

A bear can be rough as can be,

Full of brawn and muscle is he.

His fur may be stinky,

But he still lifts his pinky,

while sipping his oolong tea.

 

Just ‘cause a bear is hirsute,

You shouldn’t think him a brute.

He might be as smitten,

By a sweet furry kitten,

As hearing a concert of flute.

— Ralph Seligman-Courtois
Thanks for sharing your poetry, Ralph!
Four poems copyright © Ralph Seligman-Courtois

Rave reviews of Jeff Mann’s novel, Cub

More rave reviews of Jeff Mann’s novel, Cub

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Cub, by Jeff Mann

Jeff Mann has written a book that is compulsively readable, … It triumphs in its presentation of characters that are so downright scarce in literature that I’m tempted to say this is the only instance. …

The book feels like more of a snapshot – the tensions of the bullying or family’s reactions are present but not particularly concentrated on – but Travis and Mike’s romance feels real and exciting. The passion is thrilling – both emotionally and sexually …

An excellent addition to my collection of gay lit, and given the, er, vividness of the sex scenes in the book, I might have to go take a gander at some of Mann’s explicitly erotica books. For research purposes, you understand.

Read the complete review at:
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Cub by Jeff Mann ~ Review by Leisa

A most delightful and original book cover, plus a marvelous young adult story …
cub cover

My Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Jeff Mann’s Cub is a charming young adult novel … Cub is such an unusual delight, and the cover art is absolutely priceless.  Mann has written a book that young gay men who may feel they don’t “fit in” with popular gay culture can read and and enjoy. … I adored reading Cub.  I highly recommend Jeff Mann’s Cub – read it, and you will adore it too!

Read the complete review at:

http://www.prismbookalliance.com/2014/03/4-5-for-cub-by-jeff-mann-review-by-leisa/

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Chelsea Station Magazine

Cub by Jeff Mann, Reviewed by Keith Glaeske

[A] brilliant coming-of-age novel retells Travis’ life during the final year of high school, … This book is important for several reasons. … even among the expanding number of GLBT coming-of-age novels, Cub fills a very real gap. Moreover, Cub challenges the assumption that homosexuals exist only in urban areas, only belong to a certain class, and speak/act/dress only in a specific way. … a sensual feast. … a story well worth reading: GLBT people may be more visible now than during the ostensible setting of this novel (the early 1990s), but seldom are they presented in such a multi-faceted, complex way. Cub is for anyone who has ever felt the outsider—in short, for everybody.

Read the complete review at:

http://www.chelseastationmagazine.com/2014/03/cub-by-jeff-mann.html

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Cub by Jeff Mann
Reviewed by Angel Curtis

Finally, a young-adult romance that features Bears and their friends. Travis has, with the aid of his now-off-to-college friends, come out. Living on the West Virginia farm that is a part of him, he dreams of finding his one true love. But wait! Travis is no ordinary country boy. He is a Wiccan leather bear who is going to be true to himself, no matter what. Travis meets Mike; they fall for each other and then have to learn one of life’s meanest lessons together. Cub is another great read by Jeff Mann and another beautifully designed book by Bear Bones Books.

http://www.outsmartmagazine.com/2014/03/cub/

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update: 5/27/14

Great news! Cub will soon be out on audiobook!

CUBA Cub audiobk

Cub

a novel by Jeff Mann

on Audible.com

read by Geoff Moonen

Estimated Length: 7.8 hours