A Love of War
A Novel  Set in Gettysburg
 at the Time of The American Civil War
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A Love of War
Louise Ripley
January 2017
60,000 Words
LGBTQ - Sweet Romance
Historical Fiction
Military - American Civil War
MLR Press, Albion New York
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At fifteen, Liam Ashley joins the Confederate Army in the Civil War to prove his manhood and forget a terrible childhood filled with abuse and punishment. He is unaware of his sexual orientation, or of his early suffering, but he knows he is different from the boys with whom he grew up. Liam joins J.E.B.Stuart's cavalry and Stuart becomes his commanding officer and Liam’s role model for what men ought to be. He admires Stuart’s manliness, his confident attitude and demeanor, and covets his long elegant boots and cavalry coat. Stuart is bewildered by Liam’s behaviour as Liam tries to provoke Stuart into the only kind of relationship with a man that Liam understands. Liam’s admiration for Stuart turns to a fierce desire for which he has no understanding or control.

A Love of War is a story that utilizes the passions and emotions of the York University Faculty Association Strike of 1997, to explore how minorities survive when they do not fit in, working with themes from my academic teaching and research both in Business, and in the School of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies. It was published in January 2017, by MLR Press of Albion, New York. That's not a vanity press; I sent it to MLR Press first from the list of LGBTQ publishers because their initials are the same as mine. I took it as a good omen and indeed it was! It also is available through Amazon, Kobo, and Nook books.

© 2017 M Louise Ripley