A Complement of Lovers

Before Masters&Johnson, each man had to figure out what normal was on his own. In this unusual love story set in the 1960s, a 25 yo questions his sexuality. He appears to enjoy a bevy of beautiful women, but his bravado masks a total lack of experience and a dogged adherence to an outmoded moral code.Then he meets a forward-thinking woman who holds all the answers, and everything changes for him. More
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About Don Schecter

I had an exciting career in communications with the National Security Agency in Maryland. Retired in San Antonio TX, now I travel and write fiction. My work has appeared in magazines, an anthology, and on internet sites. I've written five volumes of short stories dealing with the gay experience. HEIGHTS OF PASSION (2009), OUT OF THE BOX (2010), DISCOVERY OF FIRE (2011), LOVE WANTED, WILL TRAVEL (2012) and STILL YOUNG (2018). These are realistic stories, not intended as erotic fiction but listed under that heading because of their honesty. Sex happens because it's part of the plot, just as sex drives our lives. In 2019, I collaborated with a longtime Dutch friend, Jaap Cové, to produce REMEMBERED PLACES (2020). We had traveled the world in our full lives and certain stories recall their foreign, or local, settings. The longest tale is the true story of the man who gave the gay world The Spartacus Guide and the tortuous path he took rising to success only to tumble ignominiously from the heights.

I used my life experiences in a series of novels. A COMPLEMENT OF LOVERS, published in 2013, is a full-length novel that describes the romance of a young couple, Meg and Rodney, who try to make their own rules for living, but come into conflict with the conventional thinking of the 60s. THE ROAD TO FRANKFURT (2014) continues their struggle to adapt while maintaining their individuality. UNCOUPLED, the third novel in the series, was published by Smashwords in August 2015. It follows Meg and Rod through the mid-70s. The fourth in the series, NEVER PROMISE FOREVER was published in 2016. In CUSPS, volume 5 published 2018, Rodney accepts that he is gay, while his daughters are becoming young women, and the family must adjust to a new reality. I'm currently at work on the final volume in the series. Rod begins an open, live-in relationship, hoping that his daughters can adapt to two dads.

I hold degrees from Columbia University in both Arts and Engineering, and an Arts degree from Loyola University.

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About the Series: A Complement of Lovers
Life happens to two young people who are determined not to make the usual mistakes in love, marriage, and child-rearing. Starting with innocence in the 1960s (volume 1), growing through the 1970s (volume 4), Rod and Meg try to define their life paths, reacting as necessary to accommodate unexpected twists.

Each of the five novels stands on its own, but together, they form a narrative of a family coping with unexpected turns and changing moral codes.

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