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RB Bartels

Award-winning Texas author. Born and raised in the Lone Star State. Reading (and listening to audiobooks) is one of my favorite pastimes, especially gay romance. I live in the beautiful Texas Hill Country northwest of San Antonio with my precious little dog Missy. I'm retired, but I went back to work because I got bored. I am a widower (my husband of 20 years passed in 2004) who is surrounded by good friends and good times. I spend many hours laptop-in-lap working on my next book. I hope you enjoy the fruits of my labors.

My novel Red Truck (just published) placed third in the 27th annual writing contest of the San Antonio Writers Guild. My novel Husker (yet unpublished) placed second in the San Antonio Romance Authors Emma Merritt contest in 2016, and my novel Classmates (yet unpublished - due out Summer 2023) placed third in that same contest.

I have one published non-fiction book for which I was a co-author: "How the Internet of Things Is Changing Our Colleges, Our Classrooms, and Our Students" (Rowman & Littlefield, 2019), and one short story, "Use By", published in SoUneque magazine, Winter 2021 edition.

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Books By RB Bartels

Word Count: 95000

Character Identities: Gay

Summary: Sometimes…things aren’t always what they seem. For Trevor, being away from home for the first time was difficult enough. Add being gay and completely inexperienced and the difficulty jumps a notch. Top it off with being disowned by your family and being uncomfortable in new situations, and life seemed impossible. Then he saw the man of his dreams across a crowded restaurant, then he noticed the guy was with another man. Oh well…he’s keep looking. Then the attack happened. For Philip, recovering from a breakup was hard, and a good reason to swear off relationships. Counseling other LGBTQ individuals through their struggles was rewarding, but practicing what you preached was a challenge.  His eyes caught the most handsome man he’d ever seen across a crowded restaurant, but the guy disappeared.  Then he remembered his vow to remain unattached. Never did he expect a threat from years ago surfacing to plague him.

Red Truck - RB Bartles
Red Truck
Pairings: M-M
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