Cliff Key

Biography

Cliff is from a small town in Western Kentucky where he has built a life providing supports and services to those whom have intellectual and developmental disabilities. Aside the career that he loves and excels, his passion involves writing and living his life and continuing to learn and grow as a human being with his partner of twelve years, and two dogs, Rocky and Ricki. Cliff finds joy in providing others with an avenue of escape through realistic characters that are likeable and situations that are dangerous and full of suspense and real life drama. Cliff is a gay male that devotes his time to ensuring the lives of others are of the utmost quality and fighting for human equality.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
One of the very first books I read was he Oddkins by Dean Koontz. I loved this book so much that it made me want to become a children's author. His special brand of wit and character development is very inspiring to me.
How do you approach cover design?
Very carefully! The image and overall design must be a part of the flow of the book. It must make sense.
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Series

Books

Unencumbered Love
Series: Jason McClain, Prelude. Price: Free! Words: 108,570. Language: English. Published: September 20, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
(4.60 from 5 reviews)
Unencumbered Love is a romance mystery, and is the prelude to the Jason McClain mystery series. This book introduces you to Clay DeVero and Jason McClain, as well as a plethora of other characters as Clay searches for an unencumbered love. Bad things can and often does happen when the wrong one loves you right, but with the right mix of love and valor, a true love story can exist.

Cliff Key's tag cloud

betrayal    gay    love story    mystery    mystery romance   

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Smashwords book reviews by Cliff Key

  • Death is Only a Theoretical Concept on Sep. 27, 2014

    A good read. I am not normally into this genre of gay m/m fiction, but this read was great. The character development was somewhat confusing at times, but it was still a great read.
  • The Beach Bum on Sep. 28, 2014

    Lovely short story. Excellent read - hot chance encounter. :)
  • Daddy's Little Boy on Sep. 28, 2014

    Great read regarding a loving father's response to his only son's coming out. I wish more young men had this type of experience. Tristan, you have great potential - next, if you're up to writing more than short stories, try your hand at a novella. I am a new gay fiction author also - check out my full length novel - Unencumbered Love. I also added you as one of my favorite authors. Loved this short story.
  • Daddy's Little Boy on Sep. 28, 2014

    Great read regarding a loving father's response to his only son's coming out. I wish more young men had this type of experience. Tristan, you have great potential - next, if you're up to writing more than short stories, try your hand at a novella. I am a new gay fiction author also - check out my full length novel - Unencumbered Love. I also added you as one of my favorite authors. Loved this short story.
  • Conjuring the Shroud on Sep. 28, 2014

    This is a great short read. Thank you for sharing you fantasy with us. I loved how it felt so real with the fantasy embedded.
  • Words on Sep. 29, 2014

    Beautiful tale of lasting love.
  • Going Home on Oct. 02, 2014

    Oh, my. I downloaded this free read not knowing, outside the description, that it really was surrounding slavery in the modern world. I was taken aback at first with the genre; however, I read front to cover, even when I cringed at points. All of the emotions I felt during the read I attempted to mask; however, at points, it was as if I were a character in the story. This book is an excellent read. The characters are loveable and believable considering the circumstances to which they were exposed. Great read. 5 Stars! I am adding this author to my favorites. *I would love for this author to read my first full-length fiction/mystery - Unencumbered Love. Please leave reviews for your the authors who especially price their books for free, as it is the only compensation they seek. :)
  • Stay With Me on Oct. 20, 2014

    Tragic story. Very well articulated.
  • Unexpected Lee - Part 1 on Oct. 23, 2014

    A lovely story about a guy down on his luck who finds help in the form of a rich lawyer who becomes his friend. The development of the relationship is smooth. This is a great read for a debut novel.
  • Carte Blanche on Oct. 24, 2014

    This is a wonderful story. The author captures the inner turmoil of the mind of someone with agoraphobia and OCD. The romance is sweet and enduring. Wonderful!
  • Bromance to Romance on Oct. 27, 2014

    Wonderfully written story of an established bromance to romance.
  • Game On on Oct. 27, 2014

    Wonderful story and memorable characters. I have read it twice and changed to 5 stars!
  • The Subjunctive Mood on Oct. 28, 2014

    This really captures the inner dialogue of a person burnt out with a mood disorder. The romance was quick, but the well written inner conflict is great.
  • Man Oh Man! Writing Quality M/M Fiction on Oct. 29, 2014

    Mr. Lanyon, I am a huge fan of your art. You pull readers in with your impeccable ability to bring your characters to life. You characters are always well developed and believable. Your work has inspired me over the past couple of years - specifically, the Adrien (with an “e”) English series. This particular book I purchased because it was written by you and geared towards your fans and fellow authors who aspire to be even greater writers. I recently self-published my first M/M novel, and man, oh man, had I wished I’d known about this before. Although I think that I am a good writer, I aspire to continue to learn and grow, because none of us are perfect. The advice and “how to” were followed by strong examples that illustrated the topics in a manner that is comprehensible and fluid. Not only as a fan of yours, but as a writer, I thank you for all of your hard work in compiling this comprehensive reference for people like me. I would also like to thank all of your contributors. I will continue to use this wise purchase for all of my future projects.
  • Meet Me at the End of the World on Nov. 04, 2014

    Great storyline. Loved the MC development. The relationship is a bit confusing at times. Good read.
  • Shadows of Romance on Nov. 05, 2014

    I loved how fluid this book is to read. The author could use this hook and certainly make this full length. I love the story.
  • Back from the Edge on Oct. 14, 2015

    Lovely read. I would've like to have seen some midway point prior to the what appeared to me as a quick ending. Loved the story.
  • Elsie Street on April 17, 2016

    This is a lovely story. The characters are well developed and likable. I didn't care too much for Janine - she was too hypocritical, imagine that. The ending leaves great opportunity for a sequel. Excellent read, thanks for sharing it with us.
  • Just Imagine... on April 18, 2016

    Very interesting read.
  • A Boy Called Q on June 18, 2016

    This serves as a reminder that sexual identity and the repercussions of the emotional toll it can take on a person's psyche. Great read!
  • Tale of Two Boys: Love is Hard on June 18, 2016

    Great read. The character development was wonderfully done. Thanks for sharing your work!
  • Swimmer Boy on Nov. 01, 2016

    Fantastic! Excellent character development and believable story. I love the story line and it feels so small town America. I live in KY, and this felt like my high school experience. Loved it. Thank you for sharing for free.