Finally, what I’ve been dying to tell you for the last month

My book’s getting published.

Wait, I feel like that doesn’t quite capture my level of enthusiasm.


Well, that’s better, but still….


Oooh, nicer.

In any case, here’s the details from the press release:

July 9, 2010

Press Release: New Title from Jeffrey Ricker

Bold Strokes Books is pleased to announce the acquisition of Jeffrey Ricker’s new novel, Detours, scheduled for release in 2011 from Bold Strokes Liberty Editions.

Detours – Coming in 2011

Joel Patterson should be happier than ever. He’s just returned from a two-week vacation in London, where he met Philip, who might be the man of his dreams. Instead, Joel’s heading to Maine for his mother’s funeral. He quits his job to fulfill one last request for his mother: unload his parents’ albatross of an RV by delivering it to an old family friend—in California.

Somehow, Joel’s high school “friend” Lincoln has invited himself along on the ride—and into Joel’s bed. The other person who’s invited herself along? The ghost of his mother, who still has plenty to say about her son’s judgment (or lack thereof). Joel has to get the RV to San Francisco, get rid of Lincoln, and get back to Philip. It would also make him feel better if he learned what’s keeping his mother tied to this earthly plane. However Joel manages it, the route is likely to be anything but straight.

About the Author

Jeffrey Ricker is a writer, editor, and graphic designer. A magna cum laude graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, his writing has appeared in the literary magazine Collective Fallout, the anthologies Paws and Reflect, Fool for Love: New Gay Fiction, and the forthcoming Blood Sacraments from Bold Strokes Books. Detours is his first novel. He lives with his partner, Michael, and two dogs in St. Louis, where he is currently publications editor at the Missouri Botanical Garden and is working on his second novel. Follow his blog at

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21 thoughts on “Finally, what I’ve been dying to tell you for the last month

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  2. Ohhhh MAN, am I happy for you! More happy than I have words to express my overwhelming joy. You’ve worked so hard and now comes your reward. Good for you Jeffy. Hugs from afar!

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  4. This is amazing, incredible, awesome and every other cliche adjective I can think of. So well deserved, I’ve always enjoyed your stories and can’t wait to buy this one. Are you officially the first WUTA-tonian to get a book deal? First I’m aware of anyway. So excited for you. Congrats.

  5. I LOVE the blurb, Mr. Ricker. It sounds fantastic. Because Radclyffe said at S&S that Amazon more or less bites, please let me know when this available at TLA or an indie store. I’ll be first in line. 🙂

  6. This sounds like a great story. If you ever tour and do book signings I hope you come to Boston. I’d love to read this and I’d love to get a signed copy 🙂

    • Absolutely! We’ve got family and friends near there, so I’m hoping I’ll have a chance to be in that area if I can find a bookstore that would be interested.

      • Oh, cool! Try Porter Square Books first. They’re a great independent bookstore and they get some great authors.

        If PSB won’t go for it (unlikely IMHO) then Harvard Books (unrelated to the university) would be a great alternative option.

        There used to be a gay bookstore downtown but I don’t know if it even still exists…

  7. And a fine read it is too. I feel like one of the cool kids for having the chance to sit through the readings of the work-in-progress now.

  8. Yay! There’s far too little good gay fiction out there. I can’t wait to add another good book to my library. Do I really have to wait until 2011? I need a book to take camping this weekend! 🙂

  9. Oh, and if you ever get to the Ann Arbor area to sign books at our town’s little LGBT bookstore, Common Language, be sure to let me know!

    • Thanks, Alan! I’m very lucky to know so many good GLBT authors–Rob Byrnes, Greg Herren, half of the Timothy James Beck collective, ‘Nathan Burgoine, and so many more–that I continue to have faith in the genre. And if I get up to Michigan, I’ll add that store to the list!

  10. Boo, this is fantastic news! More importantly, you’ve earned yourself a page on Wikipedia! Throw that hat high, gorl!

    Now where did you put that pre-order link?

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