Julie Bozza


Ordinary people are extraordinary. We can all aspire to decency, generosity, respect, honesty – and the power of love (all kinds of love!) can help us grow into our best selves.

I write stories about ‘ordinary’ people finding their answers in themselves and each other. I write about friends and lovers, and the families we create for ourselves. I explore the depth and the meaning, the fun and the possibilities, in ‘everyday’ experiences and relationships. I believe that embodying these things is how we can live our lives more fully.

Creative works help us each find our own clarity and our own joy. Readers bring their hearts and souls to reading, just as authors bring their hearts and souls to writing – and together we make a whole.

I read books, lots of books, and watch films. I admire art, and love theatre and music. I try to be an awesome partner, sister, daughter, friend. I live an engaged and examined life. And I strive to write as honestly as I can.

I have lived in two countries – England and Australia – which has helped widen my perspective, and I have travelled as well. I love learning, and have completed courses in all kinds of things. My careers have been in Human Resources, and in eLearning and training, so there has always been a focus on my fellow human beings and on understanding, conveying, sharing information.

Knitting gives me some down time and the chance to craft something with my hands. Coffee gives me stimulation and a certain street cred. My favourite colour has segued from pure blue to dark purple, and seems to be segueing again to marine blues.

I think John Keats is the best person who has ever lived.

And that’s me! Julie Bozza. Quirky. Queer. Sincere.

Smashwords Interview

What are your five favorite books, and why?
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. An astonishingly well-crafted book about a young woman looking for a good solution to an impossible situation, and winning through almost despite herself. Elizabeth and Darcy's individual journeys are a very snug fit with two of my favourite tropes.

Possession by AS Byatt. A terrific pair of intertwining stories allow for the full gamut of triumph and tragedy. Absolutely gorgeous.

Cyteen by CJ Cherryh. An intriguing detailed look at personality, politics, morality, and who knows what beside. I find more to ponder every time I read this.

Amgalant by Bryn Hammond. She's my sister, I should say, but I'd love these books anyway. A vivid, funny and heartfelt tale of the life of Temujin, whom history knows as Genghis Khan, with a scope that effortlessly shifts from the intimate to the epic of the Steppe and beyond.

The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien. Another detailed wonderful epic. Are you sensing a pattern here? I first read this too early at 13, but then I came back to it a while later, and have re-read it countless times since. I have always been so very much in love with Aragorn, but for me Samwise is the real hero of this tale. Not a perfect book, I have concluded, but I love it unconditionally.
What do you read for pleasure?
I do love revisiting old favourites, though I don't often indulge myself thus. I mostly write male-male romance, and of course I very much enjoy reading in that genre, too. I love reading literary biographies - and, really, anything to do with the Romantics. Otherwise, I read quite widely, often non-fiction, depending on the necessary research for whatever I'm writing at the time, or merely on whim.
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Where to find Julie Bozza online

Where to buy in print


The Butterfly Hunter Trilogy
Dave Taylor is an Aussie tour guide specialising in trips through the Queensland Outback. In some ways, however, Dave himself feels lost. He has been alone this past year, since his childhood sweetheart Denise left him and married another man. Change comes via Dave’s latest rather unexpected client, Nicholas Goring, the youngest son of an English earl. Nicholas is on the hunt for an undiscovered species of butterfly, and has hired Dave to help guide his quest. Although the two men are from very different backgrounds, they become friends, and soon their relationship grows into something more. But how easy will it be for an Australian and an Englishman to find common ground?


Crisis at Christmas + Christmas Present
Price: Free! Words: 5,230. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2022 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Holiday, Fiction » Romance » LGBTQ+ » Gay
Oliver volunteers for Crisis at Christmas to help the homeless. The last thing he expects is that he'll meet someone.
A Death in Tombstone, A.T.
Price: Free! Words: 4,810. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2022 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical, Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
Clara Brown, a journalist in the mining boomtown of Tombstone, Arizona Territory, is mildly interested in a coroner's inquest - and intrigued that 'soiled dove' Kate Elder seems the only person who cares about the verdict. The two women shouldn't even acknowledge each other, but some things are far more important than the social niceties.
Queer Weird West Tales
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 115,900. Language: English. Published: August 31, 2022 . Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author, Fiction » Western
Frontiers have always attracted the Other - where they find that the Other is always already there. These 22 stories explore what happens when queer characters encounter weirdness on the edge of the worlds they know.
Jäger des verlorenen Schmetterlings
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 60,070. Language: German. Published: May 1, 2022 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » LGBTQ+ » Gay
Der australische Buschführer Dave Taylor hat die Aufgabe, einen einsamen Engländer auf der Suche nach einer unbekannten Schmetterlingsart zu eskortieren. Nicholas Goring ist jedoch kein gewöhnlicher Tourist, seine Suche ist alles andere als einfach, und es scheint, als wollten die Schmetterlinge nicht gefunden werden.
No Man's Land
Price: Free! Words: 3,840. Language: English. Published: November 7, 2021 . Categories: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom, Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Gay
Drew was born neither boy nor girl, but he was raised as a man, and now he is desperate to enlist in the Great War to prove himself. His lover, who fought in the Transvaal twelve years before, is just as desperate to dissuade him.
Writ in Blood
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 113,580. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2021 . Categories: Fiction » Western, Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Gay
Courage. Honor. Loyalty. All fine things, but they’ve led John Ringo to kill a man, and now he’s a mystery even to himself. Doc Holliday claims to have some insights, but Doc is too devoted to Wyatt Earp to spare much attention elsewhere. Which leaves Ringo prey to the distractions of a demon. If this creature abandons him, too, then his sanity is forfeit - and what will his life be worth then?
Love in Every Stitch
Price: Free! Words: 3,090. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Gay, Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
Jake lives high in the Wyoming Territory mountains, usually alone from one month to the next. Recently he’s had an unexpected guest – an Easterner named Edwin, who helps ensure Jake has supplies to survive the coming winter. As the evenings draw in, Jake works on knitting a blanket, adding a bit of love (and maybe magic) into every stitch, hoping to entice Edwin to join him under its warmth...
Rock Paper Water
Price: Free! Words: 4,080. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2019 . Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » LGBTQ+, Fiction » LGBTQ+ » General
Daniel and Aron are both 17 and go to the same school in Canberra. There the similarities end. But when their families meet at the Yadboro campsite, the two young men are expected to hang out together. They still don't have much in common, but their differences might be more interesting than either had anticipated...
A Night with the Knight of the Burning Pestle
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 39,300. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2019 . Categories: Fiction » Mashups, Fiction » LGBTQ+ » General
Dale is playing Rafe in a successful run of The Knight of the Burning Pestle. He's proud of his acting career - but Topher, who plays Jasper, thinks something is missing in Dale’s life. They’re not really friends, and Dale is wary of reprising the one night they were not-really-friends with benefits. But he's plagued by niggling doubts - and perhaps Beaumont already provided the answers he needs?
The Definitive Albert J. Sterne
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 230,270. Language: English. Published: April 16, 2019 . Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Gay
Albert Sterne, FBI forensics expert, is so obnoxious on the surface that no one bothers digging deeper. When he’s sent to Colorado to investigate the work of a serial killer, he encounters Special Agent Fletcher Ash and they reluctantly join forces to unravel the case. It’s only a matter of duty, though; it can’t be more, because Albert doesn’t do friendship – and he certainly doesn’t do love!
Mitch Rebecki Gets a Life
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 49,970. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2019 . Categories: Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Gay, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Investigative journalist Mitch Rebecki loves his job and loves New York. But when he makes an enemy of a crime boss, Mitch’s editor sends him out of harm’s way to Sydney. In exile and working on lifestyle pieces, Mitch is miserable. But he makes a friend or two, meets a man … and discovers that Australians do organized crime, too, in a small way. Soon he's in too deep on all counts ...
Homosapien ... A Fantasy About Pro Wrestling
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 66,900. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Gay
Patrick and David are friends who run a gay bookstore, and life seems simple enough until the day when unexpectedly he walks in – six feet tall, gorgeous and built like a dream. But Homosapien isn’t welcome in their world; he’s a professional wrestler, and everything he does is fake. So he can’t really be gay, can he, or interested in either one of them? Can they even trust a single word he says?
Butterfly Hunter
Series: The Butterfly Hunter Trilogy. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 57,880. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Aussie bush guide Dave Taylor has the task of escorting a lone Englishman in quest of an unknown species of butterfly. However, Nicholas Goring is no ordinary tourist, his search is far from straightforward, and it seems the butterflies don’t want to be found. As Dave teaches Nicholas about survival in the Outback he discovers that he too has quite a bit to learn...
Of Dreams and Ceremonies
Series: The Butterfly Hunter Trilogy. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 46,100. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
It seemed like a great idea at the time... Aussie Dave Taylor followed Nicholas Goring to England, and they've become engaged. Now Dave has to cope with a mansion of family and servants, making wedding plans and visa applications, and wondering why on earth he’d want to wear a ‘mourning suit’. He’s not sure if it will prove any easier, but Dave would love to just skip ahead to the honeymoon...
The Butterfly Hunter Trilogy [Boxed Set]
Series: The Butterfly Hunter Trilogy. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 162,870. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Aussie tour guide Dave Taylor specialises in trips through the Queensland Outback - but Dave himself feels lost. Change comes via a rather unexpected client, Nicholas Goring, son of an English earl, who hires Dave to help in his hunt for an undiscovered species of butterfly. These two very different men become friends, and then more - before being forced to ask if they'll ever share common ground.
The Thousand Smiles of Nicholas Goring
Series: The Butterfly Hunter Trilogy. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 56,950. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Gay
Dave and Nicholas have been happily married for seven years now, but as an Australian prime minister once observed, “Life wasn’t meant to be easy.” A threat to their beloved waterhole forces Dave to try asserting unofficial custodianship of the Dreamtime site. A visit from Nicholas’s nephew Robin brings more drama. And there’s always the question of Nicholas’s health hanging over their heads.
A Threefold Cord
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 58,650. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Grae and his co–stars Chris and Ben have a chemistry. Certainly they are friends and Grae is tempted to ask for more … After the beautiful tart Chris has the temerity to turn him down, Grae settles into a loving relationship with the chivalrous Ben. But the idea of Chris never quite goes away – and when Chris suggests the three of them spend a night together, Grae glimpses an unlikely solution.
The ‘True Love’ Solution
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 46,230. Language: English. Published: March 7, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Jules Madigan loves his family and his job, but yearns for a Happy Ever After. He indulges in buying an old typewriter once used by his favourite romance author Ewan Byge - but realises he’s been defrauded. As a result, he makes friends with Police Constable Leonard Edgar - and with Ewan Byge Himself! But the course of True Love never did run smooth. Soon Jules is facing some harsh realities.
An English Heaven
Price: Free! Words: 1,530. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2017 . Categories: Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Gay, Fiction » Horror » Ghost
(5.00 from 1 review)
A muddy trench in France during the Great War wasn't the most auspicious place for Tom and Michael to reach an understanding of their own natures. A small, individual tragedy unfolds ... But then Tom discovers a place beyond, where he and other men like him are blessed with all that life denied them.
The Valley of the Shadow of Death
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 52,850. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2017 . Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Gay
Joshua Delaney and Carmine Angelo Trezini, cop and mobster, should have absolutely nothing in common. Yet, accidentally brought together, they rapidly became both lovers and allies against organized crime boss Matthew Picano. Of course, taking down a man like that was never going to be easy – but Josh has no idea of the scale of the sacrifice he will eventually be called upon to make.
The Apothecary's Garden
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 71,480. Language: English. Published: September 4, 2017 . Categories: Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Hilary Kent, a Londoner all his life, retires to Wiltshire when he inherits a tower surrounded by an overgrown physic garden – and that’s when graduate student Tom Laurence erupts into his life, convinced they can restore the ancient garden to its former glory. Hilary is perfectly content until, to his astonishment and confusion, it seems Tom’s affection for him is growing into something more …
Like Leaves to a Tree
Series: The Butterfly Hunter Trilogy. Price: Free! Words: 3,910. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Dave has made the most perfect plans for his first Valentine’s Day with Nicholas … but of course that’s when Sod’s Law kicks in, and everything that can go wrong does go wrong.
The Fine Point of His Soul
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 54,180. Language: English. Published: October 3, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Alternative history
Death follows in Adrian Hart's wake, yet he is feted by the best of society in Rome, and boldly dubs himself 'Iago'. Determined to avenge the loss of his unrequited love, Lt Andrew Sullivan asks the advice of Keats, poet and Shakespearian. Soon they are joined by the Shelleys and Lord Byron. But they can't even agree whether Hart is a man, the Devil, or Dionysius - let alone what to do about him.

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Smashwords book reviews by Julie Bozza

  • Imaginary Kings on May 19, 2012

    My sister Bryn Hammond has now published the second volume of her novel Amgalant, titled Tribal Brawls. And it is awesome. But you knew I was going to say that, didn't you? Because this is My Favourite Book Ever, and I find that it just gets better and better. To recap: Amgalant is a retelling in (eventually) three volumes of The Secret History of the Mongols, the story of the man we know today as Genghis Khan, but whom we meet as Temujin. This second volume continues with all the strengths of the first. It brings to vivid life this centuries-old story, this far-away country, and these fascinating people. With deft yet deep-delving touches it evokes their lives, their beliefs, their ways of thinking. It is full of respect and affection for the tribes, and yet it does not flinch from their realities. And it is full of the most wonderful humour. At the end of The Old Ideal, young Temujin had just been named Khan. Tribal Brawls picks up the story immediately: The first thing Temujin did when he came out of his clan meet was send an explanation to Jamuqa. Toghrul, the Hirai khan - not to mention Jamuqa's uncle and Yesugei's anda - publically supports Temujin in ringing terms so apt for this oral culture: The Mongols have been twenty years without a khan. Now is he your warm coat against the winter; unwrap him not. Now is he your neck-scarf of fur; discard him not. And of course Temujin counts on having his anda, his soul-brother Jamuqa at his side, just as his stalwart wife Borte stands by him. But all goes pear-shaped, and Temujin finds himself facing the master tactitian Jamuqa in battle. And so it goes. As might be understood from the title, there are battles a-plenty in this volume - and frankly, they are all of great interest. Each time we are clear about who's involved, and what's at stake, the necessary detail of terrain and armaments, strengths and weaknesses. But more than that, the tale of each is told in a different style, or with a different focus. No battle is other than unique. In between are beautifully drawn set-pieces, such as when Temujin and his crew try to mend matters with Sacha Chief and the Jorkimes. Instead, matters descend into a drunken stand-off, with the handsomest of Temujin's brothers put in charge of the giddy old Jorkimes aunts whom Temujin is holding hostage. He was a young singer, with a pale forelock in a curl, storm-grey eyes and the most fortunate face of the brothers; he flattered them and grew roguish; the tipsy Qorijin and Qo’orchin in their tilting hats emitted screams, but not for help. The attempt at peace-making goes pear-shaped, too, but with a great deal of laughter along the way. And then there are the moments when a message conveyed from Jamuqa in self-exile will touch Temujin or old Toghrul to the quick. Wells of emotion are tapped with a clarity that cannot fail to move you. Meanwhile, Temujin possesses exactly the right kind of fatherly pride. None of his sons were perfect, though roughly five of the daughters were. The Arthurian echoes now include the love and the tensions between Temujin, Jamuqa, and Borte. Temujin loves the other two deeply and truly, and they him, but even those relationships seem impossible to get right. One aspect of the whole that is always perfect, though, is the magnificent Hoelun, truly incredible enough to be the whetstone for Temujin, for Tchingis Khan. Grey and gnarled, she kept the rags of beauty and that sheer force of character that Temujin had whet himself against as a youngster. And the whole is told in the most amazing language, with echoes from Shakespeare or from Monty Python and the Holy Grail, or whatever is most apt to convey to us today what these people meant then. Or simply Bryn's own wonderful choices of words. I think that is his scouringly honest habit of mind. Isn't 'scouringly' just exquisite…? The latter parts of this book contain the most perfectly sublime prose I have ever read. If you think I might be even half-right and suspect that you might like Tribal Brawls, too, you can sample a fifth of it for free on Smashwords. I suspect you might find yourself wanting to devour the rest.
  • Against Walls on May 19, 2012

    My sister Bryn Hammond has published her first novel - or, to be more exact, the first volume of her novel Amgalant: The Old Ideal. And it is magnificent. Now you may think that I'm biased, and maybe I am - but the truth is that this is My Favourite Book Ever. Bryn knows that I wouldn't say that if I didn't mean it in the simplest and most straightforward of ways, and the rest of you will of course make up your own minds one way or the other. But I love this book, and the second volume as well (which will be available soon), and I am eagerly anticipating the third (which has yet to be written). Amgalant is a retelling of The Secret History of the Mongols, the story of the man we know today as Genghis Khan, but whom we meet as the lad Temujin. It is set, of course, some centuries ago in a country and among a people with whom most of us aren't familiar. And it brings the whole to such vivid life, it's as if it's all happening right here and now to us. Before we meet Temujin, we meet his parents, the chivalrous Yesugei and the marvellous Hoelun. It wasn't that Yesugei was harsh, but people found a sad eye from him very hard to stand. From what should have been inauspicious beginnings - he is moved to kidnap her - they come to love each other, and from that very first chapter I was in love with them, too. As I was with the novel. Bryn retells the story in ways so evocative, so full of human motivation, and always with such respect for human dignity, that we are moved to understand things that our modern world no longer condones. In this she reminds me of Patrick O'Brian and his skills in recreating ways of thinking that are in the past and rather foreign to us now - evoking them in such vividness and with such respect for all involved that we become involved, too. Hoelun was a queen in her court in her weather-battered great tent in the wilds; there she answered to no-one, and she flourished. Bryn recreates a whole world here, with its varied peoples and customs, beliefs and mores. It is large and vivid and whole. As detailed and as solid as today. In this she reminds me of Tolkien and his creation of an epic Middle-earth. The narrative is pungent with truth and ayrag. People, and boys the worst, are so much more intelligent than what comes out of their mouths. (I found myself salivating to drink ayrag, by the way, even while I wondered how anyone even could. I mean, whose idea was it to first try fermented mare's milk…? How desperate could they have been? But the characters love it, and now I can't help but love it, too. From a respectful distance.) And by no means is this novel all serious business! There is plenty of awesome humour, of the clever, quiet, wry, character-driven sort. The book had me laughing and chortling and burbling along, sometimes all at once. I'd give you an example here, but it's the sort of humour that belongs so much in context that I feel I should leave you to find it there. Oh, OK, one little snippet which won't need any backstory. Pardon my Chinese, lady. We don't have a Mongol word for what they are. Meanwhile, the story tells us about both whole peoples and the individuals who create history through their lives, their choices, their loves, their heartaches. There are Arthurian echoes, of a leader seeking to unite fractious tribes against a common enemy, endeavouring to create justice based on right rather than might, trying to deal well with both the big picture and the personal, and all the while searching for his definitive hat. Wisdoms, the sport of kings. Give Amgalant a try! You can sample up to half of it for free on Smashwords. You might not care for Temujin and his story after all, of course - but there's also a very real chance you might come to love him like I do.