Guest Post – Grace R. Duncan – Overcoming Fear


Four things I learned in the re-release of Overcoming Fear

I hope Jana doesn’t mind that I went with four things instead of five, but hey, Overcoming Fear is a short story! We’ll go with that, right? 😉

It’s harder to edit an old story than I expected it to be. When I thought about rereleasing Overcoming Fear, it never occurred to me that it would be even remotely difficult to go back through it, tweak it and get it ready for publication. But five minutes in, I found myself second-guessing pretty much everything! It took a lot of effort to keep myself from completely rewriting the whole thing—the exact opposite of what I was trying to do—and simply focus on editing.

It’s intimidating when you’ve been out of the loop for so long. This is more about the release/publicity side of things, but I found myself super-nervous just asking people for help with promo and cover reveals. It felt a little like I had forgotten what the publication process was even like. Oops?

There is a ridiculous number of phrases particular to a US region and anyone outside of those seems to think you’re batshit when you try to explain them. Overcoming Fear uses a phrase I remember hearing for as long I’ve lived—“Hello the house (”—though I have no idea where I learned it. It was just something I’d remembered as a way people announced their presence back before doorbells were a thing. I figured that since people didn’t get normal visitors anymore in the Pandemus world, then they weren’t likely to feel safe just knocking on a door. Thus, “Hello the house” seemed like a reasonable option. When I originally published OF, at least one of the editors had never heard of it and this time, at least two of my proofreaders hadn’t heard of it. I ended up having to link to a video ( for the editor to not question me.

Memory only goes so far when finding the setting. Google maps is a godsend for this. I grew up in the area that Healing and Overcoming Fear were set in. I spent my high school around the lake Mark and Duncan end up on. Yet, despite very clear pictures in my head, it took an astounding amount of time to remember where any of that stuff was. I still ended up having to take generous liberty with the area, and next time, I think I’ll just not count on my memory.

Thanks again to Jana for giving me some space today! You can find Overcoming Fear at Amazon and it is also available on Kindle Unlimited.


noh8About Grace:

Grace Duncan grew up with a wild imagination. She told stories from an early age – many of which got her into trouble. Eventually, she learned to channel that imagination into less troublesome areas, including fanfiction, which is what has led her to writing male/male erotica.

A gypsy in her own right, Grace has lived all over the United States. She has currently set up camp in East Texas with her husband and children – both the human and furry kind.

As one of those rare creatures who loves research, Grace can get lost for hours on the internet, reading up on any number of strange and different topics. She can also be found writing fanfiction, reading fantasy, crime, suspense, romance and other erotica or even dabbling in art.

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Rainbow Snippets

I’m so not ready for the semester to start. It’s going to be a horribly sad semester, knowing a good chunk of us are gone or will be by the end of the year. It’s already killing my creativity.

I’m picking up with These Haunted Hills right where I left off with Brendan ghost hunting with Josh and Cassia and Josh thinking about asking Brendan out. However….

But he couldn’t just say that. If Brendan didn’t feel the same way he’d embarrass himself and potentially lose this time with Brendan. Worse, he’d end up feeling like he tried to take advantage of an emotionally fragile man. He simply couldn’t do that and reality sucked.

“Think we’ve done enough?” he called to Cassia, not sure why he wanted to end it now because what came next might be awkward. If Brendan wanted to look at the evidence now, he wouldn’t get home until very late and Josh wasn’t sure he wanted Brendan driving the poorly marked country roads, most of which were unlit, while exhausted.

If you’d like to play along, Rainbow Snippets is a Facebook community where we post up 6 sentences of one of our LGBT stories every Saturday. It’s been fun and you can find it here. Be sure to check out all the offers! It’s been a great supportive group!

Rainbow Snippet

I’m back after a couple weeks. Ireland and Wales were wonderful and the creative bank has been refilled. I’m grateful for that because the new semester will be starting and it will be a hard year at work.

I’m continuing with These Haunted Hills. We’re picking up right where we left off a while back, Josh and Cassia are taking Brendan out for his first official ghost hunt at the Stuart Opera House.

Thoughts of wrapping himself around that slender body edged into Josh’s consciousness. Maybe he should pretend to be working before things got very hard and very awkward. He’d probably die from mortification if he got caught and Cassia would never let him forget it. Brendan would know it was because of him and might fire him on the spot. Josh sighed softly. It might have been easier all around if Brendan had been a celebrity asshole. Josh would have had no problems doing his job then without any concerns about finding the man attractive. As it was, he wanted to ditch Cass and take Brendan out on a proper date somewhere, no ghosts involved.

If you’d like to play along, Rainbow Snippets is a Facebook community where we post up 6 sentences of one of our LGBT stories every Saturday. It’s been fun and you can find it here. Be sure to check out all the offers! It’s been a great supportive group!