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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Review by: Marcia Carrington 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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Review by: CH Kelly 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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Review by: jenny sy 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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Review by: David Howells 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 a word search and replace one bear with a beer). Keep writing!
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Review by: Mari Adams on June 18, 2013 : (no rating)
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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Review by: CA Morgan on May 15, 2013 :
Excellent, well-written story. Love is a universal truth no matter who is involved.
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Review by: Don Casto on May 1, 2013 :
Very moving and powerful short story.
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Review by: Ingrid Foster 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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