Gay Couple Promises Fidelity in Third Installment of Handyman Series

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How do two gay men in the early 1980s keep a commitment amid the pressures of small town life and the birth of the AIDS crisis? This third novel about lovers, Ed and Rick, will make you believe that true love still exists.

As the AIDS crisis dawns in the early 1980s, two small town gay men make a commitment to one another. While a good deal of gay fiction focuses on sex, one author takes a closer look at what it means for two men to have a meaningful relationship. That author is Nick Poff, recently awarded the Gold medal in Gay/Lesbian fiction by ForeWord Magazine. In his third novel "The Handyman's Promise," Poff continues the tale of Ed Stephens and Rick Benton. (ISBN 9781434370549, Authorhouse, 2008).

Ed is a handyman in Porterfield, Indiana. Former mailman Rick is a real estate agent who is returning to Porterfield after time away to gather more experience in his new career. The two men are partners, determined to keep their relationship strong. But obstacles get in the way--time away from each other, small town homophobic mentalities, and then the dawn of the AIDS crisis.

Readers of "The Handyman's Dream" and the "The Handyman's Reality" have watched Rick and Ed date, then become a couple. The two men have gone from the euphoria of falling in love, to lovers' squabbles, and learning how to make their relationship work. Now in "The Handyman's Promise" they continue their lives as a married couple, in a time and place where the thought of two men being married is not even a remote possibility. Regardless, their love bonds them together. They are determined to see their relationship through the long-term.

Handyman Ed knows other people can be cavalier about their promises, but he will not make a promise he cannot keep. The commitment of Ed's relationship with Rick is refreshing in a genre where sex, drugs and dysfunction have often been the focus. With the help of a supporting cast of well-loved characters, Ed the Handyman shows that promises can be kept.

Nick Poff has stated he intended to write a trilogy of Handyman novels, but already fans are asking for more. His domestic emphasis, devoid of sensationalism and erotica, is a breath of fresh air in gay fiction. Poff's chronicling of the modern gay culture provides a new perspective from two committed small town men. Behind the story is the music soundtrack of the 1980s, so that the novel reads like romantic comedy films from that era. Anyone who loves a good romance, male or female, straight or gay, will love "The Handyman's Promise."

About the Author
Nick Poff is a life-long Hoosier. After a long career in radio broadcasting, he decided to pursue his first love: writing stories. Poff recently won ForeWord Magazine's Gold award in gay/lesbian fiction for his second novel, "The Handyman's Reality." He is becoming recognized as one of the most original and popular writers of gay fiction. Poff says he has been both gratified and humbled by the enthusiastic response to Ed and Rick, the heroes of The Handyman series.

"The Handyman's Promise" (ISBN 9781434370549, Authorhouse, 2008) can be purchased through local and online bookstores. For more information, visit Publicity contact: Review copies available upon request.

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