excerpt one: The Definitive Albert J. Sterne

An excerpt from the Prologue (New Orleans, October 1971) for this novel. Albert goes looking for sex.

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“You looking to party?” the young man asked.

When Albert drew off his dark glasses, his companion politely followed suit, tucking his own into the back pocket of his jeans. Albert considered the figure before him, stepping to one side for the full effect of the late-setting sun’s illumination: male, of primarily Hispanic background; eighteen or perhaps nineteen, which was getting old to be on the game; one-seventy, an inch taller than Albert; light brown and dark brown. Further than that: undernourished, and had been for months if not years; clothes old and torn, though fairly clean and assembled with a harmony of color; eyes too bright; demeanor anxious, assessing. Some might have considered the haunted expression romantic, those who thought fey meant something more whimsical than the tragedy of ‘fated to die’. But Albert was instead drawn by the spark of intelligent curiosity.

“If party is a euphemism for having sex,” Albert said, “then, yes, I do want to. Frankly, I have no idea why else I’d be approaching you.”

“Well, I don’t do cops.” Though he continued to hold Albert’s gaze in what seemed a challenge, rather than turn away.

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excerpt two: The Definitive Albert J Sterne

An excerpt from the story “The Rending of Cloth” (New York City, October 1952). The child Albert grieves for his murdered parents.

Microsoft Office clipartAlbert’s early childhood was mostly vague impressions. The love between his parents, and their love for Albert, was strong and constant and inviolate. But none of them were ever very demonstrative, there were never any displays of sentiment. The love was simply there as the foundation of everything they did, all the choices they made, the way they kept company only with each other, the scrupulous care taken to ensure that Albert had everything he needed to grow into everything he could be.

There were hazy moments he could remember. Albert, curled up in his father’s lap, listening to Rebecca’s calm voice tell the story of an old friend, long dead; Miles as rapt as the boy. The three of them being polite at some obscure relative’s afternoon tea, then mischievously sharing their boredom with each other through grimaces and raised eyebrows behind the woman’s back – they had gone home and read all evening, happy in their shared silence. Both of his parents a little giddy, someone having talked them into the indulgence of a fine restaurant on their twelfth wedding anniversary, dressing in their usual dull clothes – but Miles had bought Rebecca a silk scarf. The dark green of it picked out the reddish tint to her brown hair, which she left loose for once. Her eyes had glowed.

Late that night, she clutched the scarf in her dead hand and wouldn’t let it go.

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About my heat levels

I have assigned heat levels to my novels and stories, as detailed below.

Please note that these apply only to my content. If my story is part of an anthology, then the other stories in that volume may be significantly hotter or cooler!

Heat Levels

0: Not relevant to this content.

1: No sex scenes; sex scenes happen off the page; and/or there are no details given.

2: Some sex scenes, which ‘fade to black’; and/or the descriptions are sensual and suggestive (rather than graphic).

3: Some sex scenes, which happen on the page; and/or the descriptions are sensual but also graphic and direct.

4: Frequent sex scenes; sex scenes happen on the page; and/or the descriptions are explicit.

5: A strong focus on sex scenes; sex scenes happen on the page; the descriptions are particularly explicit; and/or there is subject matter that some readers may consider objectionable.

About Julie Bozza

Ordinary people are extraordinary. We can all aspire to decency, generosity, respect, honesty – and the power of love (all kinds of love!) can help us grow into our best selves.

I write stories about ‘ordinary’ people finding their answers in themselves and each other. I write about friends and lovers, and the families we create for ourselves. I explore the depth and the meaning, the fun and the possibilities, in ‘everyday’ experiences and relationships. I believe that embodying these things is how we can live our lives more fully.

Creative works help us each find our own clarity and our own joy. Readers bring their hearts and souls to reading, just as authors bring their hearts and souls to writing – and together we make a whole.

I read books, lots of books, and watch films. I admire art, and love theatre and music. I try to be an awesome partner, sister, daughter, friend. I live an engaged and examined life. And I strive to write as honestly as I can.

I have lived in two countries – England and Australia – which has helped widen my perspective, and I have travelled as well. I love learning, and have completed courses in all kinds of things. My careers have been in Human Resources, and in eLearning and training, so there has always been a focus on my fellow human beings and on understanding, conveying, sharing information.

Knitting gives me some down time and the chance to craft something with my hands. Coffee gives me stimulation and a certain street cred. My favourite colour has segued from pure blue to dark purple, and seems to be segueing again to marine blues.

I think John Keats is the best person who has ever lived.

And that’s me! Julie Bozza. Quirky. Queer. Sincere.


Transformative Works Statement

TRANSFORMATIVE WORKS ARE GREAT! MAKE ALL THE THINGS! \O/

If you are so inspired, please feel free to use my original or transformative works in your own transformative works, whatever they may be. I would appreciate credit and a link back to my work, but I won’t insist. I would also like to be informed, and to have the opportunity to share the love with you, but again I won’t insist. Do as you wish or as you will!

On a broader philosophical level, while I appreciate a mutual courtesy and respect, I feel rather strongly that one of the fundamental aspects of transformative works is that no permission is needed from the original creator, whether their work is professional or fannish, in the public domain or otherwise. Get in there and have fun!

P.S. If it needs saying, transformative works (see Fanlore) are completely distinct from plagiarism (see Wikipedia and Fanlore). And I do not support or condone plagiarism.


If you would like to contact me, you can use a Comment form on any page or post, or feel free to email me: info@juliebozza.com.

And if you would like to know more … here’s more!

  • An interview I did with Australian Authors.
  • A podcast I did with Angie at TWAM Nation.
  • An interview I did with Divine Magazine.
  • The Saturday Historical Novelist Interview with Christoph Fischer.
  • A blog post on “Writing What I Know” as Featured Guest Author on Sinfully Gay Romance Book Reviews.
  • An interview about Butterfly Hunter among other things on Prism Book Alliance.
  • Charlie Cochrane interviews me about Mitch Rebecki Gets a Life and other matters – and also here about The Thousand Smiles of Nicholas Goring.
  • A Quintette of Questions asked by the wonderful Narrelle Harris – and a second Quintette, this time focusing on The Thousand Smiles of Nicholas Goring.
  • The combined results of many awesome conversations I’ve had with fellow writer AB Gayle.
  • An interview I did with Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews when Of Dreams and Ceremonies was being released.
  • An interview I did with the UK Gay Romance blog.
  • An interview I did with the Boys In Our Books blog, for their Authors as Readers feature.
  • An interview I did on Smashwords.
  • An article on me by Rainbow eBooks for their Feel Good Friday feature.
  • The full interview I did with Rainbow eBooks for the above article, now posted on Queer Town Abbey.

Other things I’m particularly proud of:

  • Nomination in the M/M Romance Group Member’s Choice Awards 2013 on Goodreads, in the category Favorite All-Time M/M Author.
  • Nomination in the M/M Romance Group Member’s Choice Awards 2014 on Goodreads, in the category Favorite All-Time M/M Author.

fiction by Julie Bozza