The Envelope

Rated 4.43/5 based on 7 reviews
A tropical storm is battering Bennett Bay, a small town on Florida’s Gulf coast. Tony’s trying to close a sale on a house. The commission on this property will be a life changer but it just isn’t going to happen. He fights his way home through the storm to find a mysterious envelope waiting for him. Will it add more misery to a bad day or will it be a ticket to move on? More
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About Stephen del Mar

Stephen del Mar is a fresh voice in Southern Gay Fiction. His Bennett Bay collection of books and stories explore life in that unique corner of the American South known as Florida. He also writes fantasy and science-fiction. Del Mar lives in the Tampa Bay region of Florida and enjoys Key Lime Pie and mango margaritas, but not at the same time. He also finds constantly barking Chihuahuas nearly as distracting to the writing process as Facebook and Twitter, but don’t tell his housemate.

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Marcia Carrington reviewed on Nov. 16, 2016

This is a thoughtful, emotional short story with some great scenes, well set up by the author for maximum impact. The last quarter of the narrative, while different in tone to the story beforehand, makes sense in terms of the protagonist and his mindset.
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CH Kelly reviewed on Jan. 27, 2014

An emotional, heart tugging tale of loss and loving. Anyone that has suffered the loss of a loved one will be drawn into Tony's pain. I look forward to future works of this promising author.
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jenny sy reviewed on Oct. 27, 2013

I think the ending was too abrupt. I finished the book fully expecting a sequel of some sort. There's little dramatization on the characters' part - this happened, and Character A felt like this, then conversation with Character B. The book feels rushed and I felt it could have gone deeper.
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David Howells reviewed on Aug. 9, 2013

Very impressive. I've tried gay-theme fiction before but never clicked with it. This story helped me cross whatever boundary or barrier existed. This story is paced well, reveals needed truths in a timely manner, has great emotional impact, very good characters. (One glitch...do a word search and replace one bear with a beer). Keep writing!
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Mari Adams reviewed on June 18, 2013
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A good story, but it could have used more descriptives and cohesion. Some grammatical and punctuation errors, and the characters felt flat.
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CA Morgan reviewed on May 15, 2013

Excellent, well-written story. Love is a universal truth no matter who is involved.
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Don Casto reviewed on May 1, 2013

Very moving and powerful short story.
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Ingrid Foster reviewed on April 28, 2013

What an amazing and poignant story, I have tears in my eyes. Thank you so much, Stephen Harvey, for writing this. Absolutely beautiful, deeply touching. You definitely have a gift, Stephen, an absolute gift.
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