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Accidental Prophet

Accidental Prophet by Bud Gundy

“Seizes the reader’s attention like the final stroke of the doomsday clock…Bud Gundy imbues his story with a hurtling urgency…The writing is masterful and sagacious from first to last.”

- Kyle Thomas Smith, author of 85A and Cockloft: Scenes From a Gay Marriage

by Bud Gundy
action adventure, paranormal, urban fantasy, romance
Pre-order at Bold Strokes Books

Release Date  June 1, 2019

Intelligent, handsome, and struggling to make his rent, thirty-year-old Drew Morten loses his only meaningful relationship when his grandmother dies. A famous television anchor, Claudia Trenton leaves Drew the legacy of her secret memoir. From the fate of a vanished medieval prince to a top-secret NASA study about a mystifying space object, her unreported discoveries hum with wonder. 

But history merges with the present and upends Drew’s life when he has a terrifying revelation. Teaming up with a brilliant woman who receives the same vision and a handsome man whose arrival is either fortuitous or sinister, Drew follows the clues in his grandmother’s memoir and races against time to save the world from an apocalyptic nightmare about to be unleashed in downtown San Francisco.

As catastrophe looms, so does the question: Who, or what, is the real enemy?

Advance praise for Accidental Prophet:

To an age where Russian agents are now household names and dystopia is just a click away, comes a revelatory novel that seizes the reader’s attention like the final stroke of the doomsday clock. At first, Drew is just one more guy trying to find love and make ends meet, all while caring for his hospice-bound grandmother Claudia, in the Bay Area. After he lays Claudia to rest, however, Drew honors her wish to read her unpublished memoir of her days as a pioneering newswoman, only to find a prophecy embedded in its pages—a prophecy that Armageddon is nigh unless her grandson, the Accidental Prophet, can find his tribe and access the supernatural capacities they all share. Right away, the Visions start kicking in for Drew. Through sudden clairvoyance, he discovers that the Kremlin has trained a spy named Victor from boyhood to hack Silicon Valley and bring the nation and the world to ruin. He also discovers that his late-grandmother’s hospice nurse Tisha, a PhD candidate in physics, is also vested with these visions and shares Drew’s newly acquired powers to almost automatically heal from burns and all but a few other forms of injury. Along the way, he falls in love with an upwardly mobile techie named Tom, only to realize that Tom has a past whose implications could destroy more than just their love affair. Yet this rundown does not do justice to the immense complexity of the forces marshaling against the characters, nor the intricate webs that bind their fate. More impressive still is how Bud Gundy imbues his story with a hurtling urgency, all while setting it within a rich and subtle historical framework that spans from Medieval Brittany to 1970s New York to Harvey Milk-era San Francisco to the tech boom that could spell renaissance or ruin for our civilization. The writing is masterful and sagacious from first to last.

- Kyle Thomas Smith, author of 85A and Cockloft: Scenes From a Gay Marriage


Somewhere Over Lorain Road - Lambda Literary Award finalist

Somewhere Over Loraine Road by Bud Gundy

by Bud Gundy
mystery, suspense
Available at Bold Strokes Books

For more than forty years, the stain of horrific allegations against their father has haunted the Esker sons. When three little boys were murdered in 1975, their dad was suspected of the crimes. The immense strain of the unsolved case shattered the family, sending the brothers reeling into destinies of death, flight, and, in the case of Don Esker, shame-filled silence.

Years later, Don returns to the family home in North Homestead, Ohio, to help care for his dying father in his final months. His dad longs for the peace that will only come with clearing his name. If Don can find the killer, he can heal his family—and himself. His own redemption begins when he becomes romantically involved with Bruce, who joins the hunt and forces Don to confront the unthinkable answer they’ve uncovered. 

“★★★★★ – Highly recommended!”
-    Gay Book Reviews

“I was absolutely enthralled with the story from the opening paragraph until the final moments. Moving, gripping, and unforgettable.”
-    The Novel Approach Reviews

“While the chapters in the present kept me riveted to the unfolding mystery, the chapters in the past damn near broke my heart. The writing is impeccable and the plot enthralling.”
-    Love Bytes Reviews

“Every once in a while, a book comes along that grabs me in the first paragraph and does not let go even when I have finished reading it. I was totally mesmerized.”
-    Reviews by Amos Lassen

“This book, with its tight narration and unexpected turn of events, kept me glued to its pages until the very last one. It’s riveting – a page-turner, and masterfully written.”
-    My Fiction Nook

Praise for Somewhere Over Lorain Road

Horrific events in a small town set off a chain of aftershocks that rocks a community, and one family in particular, for the next forty years. This is a believable and engrossing story of a pre-teen child navigating a series of devastating family tragedies, and his much older-self trying to fit the pieces together.

But this story goes far beyond a simple murder mystery. It is also a story of rebuilding family relations, of gay-bashing, of coming out and becoming comfortable with your sexuality, and also a touching romance.

The author pulls all the stops out in this gripping story of love, tragedy and redemption, set against a backdrop of a murder investigation. An emotional roller coaster that will keep the reader guessing until the last, fully satisfying page.

There is beauty here as well, and wisdom. You come away from this book understanding yourself and humankind a little better, and a writer can’t do any better than that.

In the end, the author scores a five-star win with the best mystery novel I have read in years, because ultimately, I realized that the mystery the author is sharing is not the murders of a small town, but the mysteries of Life.

- Alan Chin, author of The Plain of Bitter Honey and Buddha’s Bad Boys