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A.M. Leibowitz

A. M. Leibowitz is a queer spouse, parent, feminist, and book-lover falling somewhere on the Geek-Nerd Spectrum. They are a proud “halfie” Matzohrella stick (Yiddishe papa and Italian goyishe mama). They keep warm through the long, cold western New York winters by writing about life, relationships, hope, and happy-for-now endings. They are an occasional host for The BiCast, a podcast for the bi+ community, as well as doing bi+ advocacy work. In between noveling and their day job as a teacher, they blog coffee-fueled, quirky commentary on faith, culture, writing, books, and their family.

Contact Information:

Email Address: amyunchained@gmail.com


Books By A.M. Leibowitz

Stand-Alone Books

Word Count: Information not available

Character Identities: Bisexual, Gay, Straight

Summary: Phin Patterson is an educational consultant dissatisfied with his job and his life. On a mission to complete one last assignment before escaping his unfulfilling career and figure out what he wants, he accepts a commission from Donald Murdock at the New York State Education Department. Suddenly, he finds himself on his way to evaluate a tiny school in New York’s Southern Tier, not far from the town where he grew up. Now his only goal is to get in, do his job, and get out before anyone from his past remembers him. That turns out to be easier said than done. Dani Sloane, the sharp-witted administrative assistant to the principal, learns the truth about why Phin is really there. With the help of her friends, she sets out to unmask him and force the local board of education to stop the plans that could ruin their school. Discovering that her sometime-lover is an old business associate of Phin’s only complicates both the situation and their relationship. Meanwhile, Phin, who has committed himself to keeping his emotional distance, can’t resist the charm of the town and its residents—especially the school psychologist, who turns out to be an old friend he hasn’t seen in over twenty years. While Dani works to take him down and save her school, Phin wrestles with learning how to do the right thing, including telling the truth to the man with whom he’s already falling in love.

Lower Education - A.M. Leibowitz
Lower Education

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Pairing: M-F, M-M

November 1, 2014

Word Count: Information not available

Character Identities: Bisexual

Summary: Adam Lansing has always relied on his charm to get by. Sure, he’s starting over—new school, new graduate assistant position—but he knows he won’t have any trouble working his magic on anyone he chooses. Antonio "AJ" Mancuso is deep inside his own head. He's cool, calm, and confident. But despite all the friends around him, he often feels like he straddles two worlds. Is there anyone who could love him for everything that defines him—past and present? From the first time they meet, Adam is determined to get gorgeous AJ to notice him. But just as the heat is cranking up between them, Adam spots AJ with another man. Adam strikes back through a fling with an ex. But when he discovers the truth behind AJ's behavior, he realizes that his magic won't clean up for him this time.

An Act of Devotion - A.M. Leibowitz
An Act of Devotion

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Pairing: M-M

May 1, 2016

Word Count: 12200

Character Identities: Bisexual, Lesbian

Summary: In her teens, Jo spent a summer as a missionary in Chicago. After forty years, two divorces, and a daughter who won’t speak to her, a postcard arrives in the mail. Now Jo must decide if she wants to attend a reunion. Going means seeing the woman she once loved and finding out if all they had was one summer or if there’s a chance to start over. It also means facing the other women on her team. Maybe it’s time for Jo to reconcile all her broken relationships. (Part of Never Too Late - a collection of nine stories featuring LGBTQIA characters over the age of fifty)

Ashes & Alms - A.M. Leibowitz
Ashes & Alms

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Pairing: F-F

December 5, 2017

Word Count: 25,500

Character Identities: Bisexual, Genderqueer, Non Binary

Summary: The year is 1991, and Antonia “Toni” Moskowitz is caught in the middle, always having to pick a side. Whether it’s between her family’s two religions or in her relationships, she has choices to make. Does her heart belong to the outgoing boy with the lime-green nails or the girl in the black velvet skirt? Where does she fit in when both gender and gender roles feel confining? But learning who she is and who she wants to be with has a price. Every decision has consequences, especially when some kinds of love and expression are still taboo. Sometimes it’s hard to choose between being good and being right. Four seasons. Four kisses. One year to figure out what her heart wants.

Year of the Guilty Soul - A.M. Leibowitz
Year of the Guilty Soul

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Pairing: Includes NB

July 28, 2018

Word Count: Information not available

Character Identities: Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, Non Binary, Transgender

Summary: A collection of flash fiction on gender, sexuality, and marriage. Includes a sex manual with odd suggestions; a church that takes things a bit too literally; a men's breakfast gone horribly wrong; a difficult father-son phone call; a dull wedding; a board game no one wants to play; a boy's fight for a place on the cheer squad; a health education campaign; an unexpected twist to a relationship; and a chance meeting in the park.

The Law of Radical Expressions - A. M. Leibowitz
The Law of Radical Expressions

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Pairing: F-F, M-F, M-M

October 15, 2014

Word Count: 27000

Character Identities: Bisexual, Gay, Non Binary

Summary: Seven stories about small, intimate moments of change. A boy meets a mer-person; six honest conversations; deciphering the meaning of a spray-painted mural; May-December love blossoms between two teachers; the meaning of kissing; a big, gay, fairy tale wedding; an interview that changes two men's lives.

Loose Change - SA.M. Leibowitz
Loose Change

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Pairing: M-M

June 1, 2020

Word Count: Information not available

Character Identities: Bisexual, Lesbian

Summary: Seven stories and poems about women: A teen helps her sister reconcile with her girlfriend; an attempt at baking something special; girls exploring first love; moments between mother and daughter; a ski trip gone wrong; a New Year’s wedding; a race car driver’s decision about her life.

What She Said - A.M. Leibowitz
What She Said

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Pairing: F-F

July 2, 2020

Word Count: Information not available

Character Identities: Bisexual, Gay, Non Binary, Pansexual

Summary: Seven stories, from tricks to treats: A man discovers the benefits of autumn cologne; a haunted Broadway-themed house; a witch in some trouble; Lucifer’s daughter has a surprise for dear old dad; a pair of pre-teens on an autumn treasure hunt; a costume party; and a broken down car, a thunderstorm, and a creepy mansion.

Fall Flavors - A.M. Leibowitz
Fall Flavors: Short Stories

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Pairing: M-F, M-M, M-NB

October 12, 2020

Word Count: Information not available

Character Identities: Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, Non Binary, Polyamorous

Summary: Six stories about the unexpected and unexplained at the holidays: Cold chills and hot soup, must be the flu; a strange boy, some red shoes, and a daring rescue in the snow; Santa’s son and his favorite elf; an after hours ballet lesson; less than ideal holiday preparations; shoes that deliver more than comfortable walking.

Snow Angels - A.M. Leibowitz
Snow Angels

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Pairing: F-F, M-F, M-M, M-NB

December 4, 2020

Word Count: Information not available

Character Identities: Bisexual

Summary: Heidi’s life may be a complicated balancing act between work, her kids, and a messy relationship with her ex. But all that is about to change when she proposes to her long-time girlfriend at the top of the hill during the annual Lilac Festival. What could be more romantic? When nothing about her day goes according to plan, and her proposal is rejected, Heidi is devastated. She confesses her one wish to a stranger on a park bench: to have the whole day over again. Little does she know, this will set her on an endless loop of reliving it, each time hoping for a different outcome. As Heidi replays the events, she confronts her own poor choices and actions. Now she must figure out how to make things right if she hopes to break the cycle and find true love before time runs out.

Every Time We Meet - A.M. Leibowitz
Every Time We Meet

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Pairing: F-F

May 1, 2021

Word Count: 119,000

Character Identities: Bisexual, Gay, Non Binary, Questioning

Summary: Luke works a job he hates and shares a dirty, small apartment with his roommate, barely making ends meet and envying the successes of his friends. When they all return for a wedding, Luke comes face to face with one of the people he left behind when he took off. Instead of the bitterness Luke expects, Connor invites him on a forty-day, cross-country trip. They travel the length of route I-90, following the last journey Connor’s father made from Boston to Seattle, recorded in a nearly incoherent memoir. The two of them meet hitchhikers, stowaways, and a collage of people all willing to help uncover the secrets of who Connor’s father was. Along the way, Luke’s hidden past catches up with him when it collides with Connor’s present. With the help of friends and strangers, both of them must learn what home and family mean before Luke runs away again.

Tree of Life - A.M. Leibowitz
Tree of Life

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Pairing: M-NB

May 31, 2022

Series: Faithfully Yours

Word Count: Information not available

Character Identities: Bisexual, Gay, Genderqueer

Summary: Following his father’s death, Micah Forbes believes he can finally put the family who rejected him and their religious bigotry behind him. In a cruel twist, his older brother calls to tell him he’s inherited their father’s abandoned vacation home. Micah discovers the house comes complete with a long list of repairs, boxes full of family secrets, and a handful of quirky neighbors. Despite not wanting to get in too deep, he can’t help the spark of interest stirred when the sexy redhead next door offers his help. Everything about the enigmatic Cat Rowland throws Micah off-balance, from his gender-bending sense of fashion to his handy repair skills to his deep spirituality. Before long, Micah is swept up by Cat and his friends, but Cat himself keeps his heart carefully protected. When Micah’s past and his present collide in a painful way, his self-destructive coping habits threaten to overwhelm him. To save himself, he needs to open his soul and let someone in. Cat has the key to unlock him, if he can let down his guard and trust his faith enough to catch Micah as he falls.

Passing on Faith - A.M. Leibowitz
Passing on Faith

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Pairing: M-M, Includes NB

November 1, 2015

Word Count: Information not available

Character Identities: Bisexual, Gay, Genderqueer

Summary: Following a brutal attack that left him nearly dead, Becket “Cat” Rowland is a mess inside and out. To cope with the trauma and with his view of himself that he’s nothing but an empty shell, he’s taken three vows: simplicity, chastity, and silence. His once colorful, trendy, and often feminine wardrobe has been replaced with jeans and t-shirts, and he’s sworn off men. He locks himself away from the world, using the memorized prayers of his childhood as his only speech. Cat is lost to himself and everyone around him until another hospitalization introduces him to nurse David Simms. David takes Cat’s silence in stride, caring for him without pushing and slowly building Cat’s trust. As their love grows, Cat begins to let go of his vows one by one, only holding onto the silence. Despite how far he’s come, the severity of Cat’s panic attacks threaten to undo everything David has built with him. Cat’s only hope is to break the final vow and tell the truth about the night of his attack. When David fails to keep a promise he made to be there for him, Cat has to stand on his own and prove to himself he’s strong enough to survive.

Walking by Faith - A.M. Leibowitz
Walking by Faith

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Pairing: M-M, Includes NB

November 1, 2016

Word Count: Information not available

Character Identities: Bisexual, Gay, Genderqueer, Lesbian, Polyamorous, Straight, Transgender

Summary: From Christmas to Easter and from childhood through the end of life, here are ten interconnected stories revolving around one couple and the people who love them. These are tales of friendship, family, sensuality, and all the intimate moments that make them who they are, together and apart. The stories fill in the gaps before and around the events in the other novels in the Passing on Faith series. Included: A youth embraces his identity; two women build a life together; a former rebellious teen finds her way; a pair of lovers explore each other's bodies and minds; a man copes with loss and grief.

Leaps of Faith - A.M. Leibowitz
Leaps of Faith

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Pairing: F-F, M-F, M-M, M-M-F, Includes NB

July 12, 2017

Word Count: Information not available

Character Identities: Bisexual, Transgender

Summary: It’s been three years since Micah’s spouse, Cat, passed away at the age of thirty-six. In the process of cleaning his house, Micah discovers a series of letters Cat hid before he died, in which he made one request: that Micah empty his life of Cat as a way of moving on. Micah has been able to work through his sorrow, but he’s unable to fulfill Cat’s last wish. He can’t see a way past his loneliness despite all the caring people around him. Enter two new friendships. Jude, Micah’s vivacious new coworker, brings joy back into his life. But she has a big secret about her family, and the truth will rock Micah’s understanding of who she is. Chris, the new minister at Cat’s former church, intrigues Micah. Unlike Jude, Chris is an open book, from his musings on theology to his work as a trans advocate and activist. His gentle manner and deep faith become safe space for Micah to open up about his loss. Through them, Micah becomes involved with the town’s new community center, where he offers a creative writing class. Using Cat’s detailed letters, he fictionalizes their love story to share with his students. In doing so, he at last begins to sort through his complicated grief. Micah learns he doesn’t have to erase his life with Cat in order to make new memories. He may even be falling for Chris, despite their vastly different spiritual views. With a little help from family and friends, Micah will need to open his heart to love completely again.

Keeping the Faith - A.M. Leibowitz
Keeping the Faith

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Pairing: M-M

November 1, 2017

Word Count: Information not available

Character Identities: Aromantic, Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, Non Binary, Polyamorous, Straight, Transgender

Summary: Two stories about found family and the power of hope. In Light One Candle, five groups of strangers are all facing painful, frustrating and disappointing holidays. A chance meeting offers them the opportunity to help each other heal. In Advent-ure, these same strangers reunite for a common cause, widening their circle with extended friends and family. This time, they're bringing hope to others.

Season of Lights - A.M. Leibowitz
Season of Lights

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Pairing: F-F, M-F, M-M, M-NB, M-M-F

December 14, 2020

Series: Notes from Boston

Word Count: Information not available

Character Identities: Bisexual, Gay

Summary: Nate Kingsley is a master at messing up. Out of jealousy, he outed his best friend in a public and embarrassing way. Now he’s doing his best to make up for his crimes, but it’s left him empty and frustrated, unfulfilled even by his career as an opera singer and creative director. He enters an unsatisfying relationship he keeps hidden from his closest friends. When that ends on a disappointing note, he seeks solace in his crush on one of the drag queens performing at his favorite club. Izzy Kaplan is an EMT by day, a drag queen named TaTa Latke by night. He hasn’t been in a relationship since his divorce from his wife, despite the best efforts of his mothers and his work partner. He avoids their suggestions in favor of attending the opera alone to see the gorgeous baritone who’s caught his eye. He knows it’s just a fantasy, but it’s easier than starting over. A charity performance to benefit a local youth shelter and clinic puts them in each other’s lives in an unexpected way. They begin to emerge from their relationship disasters, slowly building trust. But unknown to themselves or each other, they are facing separate health crises that might be enough to send them both running the opposite way. It will take drawing on the love and strength of their friends and families to bring them back together again. Notes from Boston is a series about four friends navigating the ups and downs of life, relationships, and their music careers in the historic city. Book Two follows Nate in the aftermath of Trevor Davidson’s messy coming out as a bisexual Christian singer in Notes From Boston #1: Anthem.

Nightsong - A.M. Leibowitz
Nightsong

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Pairing: M-M

May 1, 2017

Word Count: Information not available

Character Identities: Bisexual, Gay

Summary: Jamie Cosgrove is doing his best to recover from a break-up after years with an abusive boyfriend. All his usual coping strategies have failed, and he’s fallen back on things that make him feel safe: drumming, food, and his friend Trevor. The trouble is, two of those are still secrets, even from those closest to him. Cian Toomey has it all. He has loving relationships with his partners and a fulfilling, creative career. The one thing he’s missing is someone to go home to at night. When sudden changes occur at one of his jobs, he’s faced with a choice to find something new or move in with his partners in a different city. Well-meaning but pushy friends seem to think Cian and Jamie are the answers to each other’s prayers. They couldn’t disagree more. A series of random events thrusts them into each other’s lives, and they find they have more in common than they thought. But when all of Jamie’s carefully constructed walls crumble at once, both of them will have to depend on the support of their friends and family to strengthen their fragile bond.

Drumbeat - A.M. Leibowitz
Drumbeat

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Pairing: M-M, 4+ or Other

September 1, 2018

Word Count: 93000

Character Identities: Aromantic, Bisexual, Pansexual, Polyamorous, Transgender

Summary: When it comes to love, Mack Whitman prefers to limit it to writing songs and poetry. Aromantic, he’s content to have quality friendships and people who sometimes also share his bed. He’s never considered himself the jealous type. But when he sees everyone in his life, from his best friends to his occasional partners, moving toward more settled lives, it leaves him frustrated, disappointed, and worried he’ll be left behind. Amelia Roberts doesn’t care about the genders of her partners as long as she follows her one rule: Don’t ever fall in love. It’s worked out well for her, since that’s a line she knows she’ll never cross with Mack. He’s as happy as she is to keep things as they are. The only trouble with her philosophy is that she didn’t count on meeting the one person who might change her mind. Jomari O’Brien’s supportive family made it smooth for him to transition several years ago. Since then, he’s been in and out of love, and other people’s beds, plenty of times, and he has no regrets. Each one is a small part of a larger symphony. Becoming involved with two people at once is a more complicated harmony, but it’s one he’s willing to learn as long as they are. Their individual melodies become discordant as they struggle to make them fit together. But if all three can learn to play with each other instead of against, they may yet hit all the right notes.

Minuet - A.M. Liebowitz
Minuet

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Pairing: M-F, M-M, M-M-F

September 1, 2019

Word Count: Information not available

Character Identities: Aromantic, Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, Non Binary, Polyamorous, Straight, Transgender

Summary: Two stories about found family and the power of hope. In Light One Candle, five groups of strangers are all facing painful, frustrating and disappointing holidays. A chance meeting offers them the opportunity to help each other heal. In Advent-ure, these same strangers reunite for a common cause, widening their circle with extended friends and family. This time, they're bringing hope to others.

Season of Lights - A.M. Leibowitz
Season of Lights

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Pairing: F-F, M-F, M-M, M-NB, M-M-F

December 14, 2020