1. The Aro and Ace of Romance with Guest Author Gwen Tolios Maccabee and Marccella 46:55

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Dinners are a time to catch up on the goings on in our family and friends’ lives. It’s also a time when parents ask their single-adult children all those questions no one wants to hear. Are you dating anyone yet? When are you going to settle down and have children? Have you even tried looking for the right guy/girl? This can drive many of us crazy, especially if you’re not into the opposite sex. And to make things worse, your best friend blurts out, “Oh, we’ve been dating for a while now.” This is exactly what Monica did to her best friend, Lisa, in Gwen Tolios’s queer romance, Returning to You.

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Maccabee is a husband of 19 yrs, father of two boys, Army vet, voice actor, writer, and podcast co-host of Beyond the Pen. Growing up in the theater and working as a voice actor, script analysis has been a critical skill he's been perfecting over the years. This skill has allowed him to look past what the author wants you to see and discover the truth between the words and the printed paper. Every story is unique, and so are the authors.

Marccella, a self-proclaimed bookworm, is an advocate for authors and their unique voices. Since learning to read at aged 6, Marccella could be found in the library with her nose in a good book. As an avid reader, Marccella recognized that there was untapped potential in the author community and was decidedly committed to creating valuable spaces to have conversations with writers of all genres. As a result, Marccella united with Maccabee (her brother from another mother) to further her vision of expanding the reach of authors and their audience.