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Entertainment : Books Last Updated: Dec 28th, 2006

The Return of Innocence: A Fantasy Adventure
May 12, 2006

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In this comical and magical novel, a young swordswoman learns that, sometimes, going home is the most dangerous adventure of all!

As with all books written or co-written by Duane Simolke, The Return of Innocence features a racially diverse cast, with both gay and nongay characters, as well as strong female role models. Shattering gender stereotypes and daring readers to guess what happens next, TROI gives the fantasy genre an exciting new heroine, Sasha Varov Ů also known as Innocence.

Duane Simolke lives in Lubbock, Texas, and has received three StoneWall Society Pride in the Arts Awards StoneWallSociety.Com. Besides writing for ThisWeekInTexas.Com, he has written the books The Acorn Stories, Degranon: A Science Fiction Adventure, Holding Me Together, and New Readings of Winesburg, Ohio. He also edited and co-wrote the spin-off The Acorn Gathering, a fund-raiser for cancer research.

A resident of Chester, Virginia, Toni Davis has written fan fiction, flash fiction, and much more, often with lesbian themes and characters. Simolke had written "The Return of Innocence" as a short story in 1983 and had tried repeatedly through the years to develop it into a novel before Ms. Davis joined him as a co-author. Though her own writing and other responsibilities would keep her from staying with the project, her work on TROI helped Simolke eventually finish it. Now The Return of Innocence is available to order from local and online bookstores around the world.

See http://DuaneSimolke.Com for an excerpt and more information.

The "Win With Twit" winner of the autographed copy of The Return of Innocence: A Fantasy Adventure is Linda Bauer.

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