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For decades, ultra-liberal Windfield College has been a thorn in the side of Northern Virginia's hidebound elite. When a teaching position unexpectedly becomes available, the school hires a former male graduate - now a transsexual woman named Nickie Farrell - as an assistant professor of English. Hoping to find peace, Nickie keeps her secret under wraps until ambitious lesbian student reporter Cinda Vanderhart outs her. And Cinda has noticed something else: both Nickie and a young townie waiter named Collie Skinner have a genetic quirk which causes their eyes to be different colors. Convinced that the similarity is no coincidence, Cinda begins an investigation to discover the connection between them.

Meanwhile, in a death-bed confession as she succumbs to years of brutality at the hands of her disgraced cop husband, Collie's mother Luanne reveals that his birth resulted from an illicit affair she had with a long-vanished Windfield college senior named Nick Farrington. Shattered by his mother's death, Collie turns for comfort to Robin Thompson, a gentle-hearted Christian co-worker at the upper-crust Foxton Arms restaurant. As Nickie is stalked by a pair of homicidal sociopaths, Robin finds herself entangled not only in Cinda's investigative machinations but also a murderous plot by former U.S Ambassador and tycoon Eamon Douglass to eradicate the hated college with a suicide detonation of a Cesium 137 dirty bomb. Lives and secrets hang in the balance until everything comes to a head on the morning of Windfield's annual spring picnic: April Fools Day.

Filled with richly-drawn characters and building to a stunning climax, She's My Dad is a story about the destructiveness of hate, the power of love, and the redemptive triumph of good over evil.

Like her title character Nickie Farrell, Iolanthe Woulff is a transsexual woman. A sixty-year-old Princeton-educated English major, she lives in Palm Springs, CA, where for several years she wrote a column in a local magazine about the challenges of gender transition. As the eldest child of author Herman Wouk, storytelling has always been dear to Ms. Woulff's heart. Her hope is that besides providing a suspenseful read, SHE'S MY DAD will help to dispel some of the widespread misconceptions about transsexual people.

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“Who needs acid when you’ve got memories like mine?” 

Take Turgenev's 'First Love', turn Vladimir into a girl and Pyotr Vasilyevich into Zinaida's father. Throw in a one way expedition to Mars made into a TV reality show and add a brain-frying orgasm suicide pill. Next add a sprinkling of porn, the advice of a well hung Oxford don, a thief with a camcorder, and a murder trial. Finally set the whole lot to David Bowie's 'Heathen' and you're about done. Stick the events in the year 2024 and have them stewed over by an aged bisexual fifty years beyond that. 

'Spaceman Daddy' is a semi-erotic exploration of sex and sexuality, love and death. Julia looks back at a life defined by her tragic first love when she was a history undergraduate at Oxford. Unable to believe her girlfriend's fantastic beliefs about her father, confused by her own sexuality and infidelities, drugs and a world possessed by a space expedition reality show called One Way, Julia decides to exile herself to her own new 'planet' in America. After twelve years of displacement working the San Pornando Valley, she is persuaded by her ex male lover, Dr. Jeremy Bantham, to return to confront the incredible. 

This adult novel examines the interplay between the privacy of sexuality and social acceptance. It looks at incest and voyeurism without flinching, in order to expose the anatomy of male and female sexualities and sexual politics, cultural norms and queerness. Where do we draw the lines and why? 

"History is a narrative only because things that happened are most easily recalled in sequence. No one remembers the whole thing, just the next day and the next and another day. Nudge, nudge, nudge. Time on a conveyor belt. Sure. Then my mum made some tea. We sat down. We talked about Emma. I got upset. I stood up. I said I was leaving. I mean, really leaving. Blah, blah, blah. One thing follows another and before you know it you're on the final page of the final book of You." 

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Also by Daniel D Watkins:

The Malcotte Worms, Book 1 The Malcotte Worms Trilogy
Malcotte Hall, Book 2, The Malcotte Worms Trilogy

Book 4 in the Promised Valley series

Promised Valley Peace is the fourth and last novel in Ron Fritsch’s allegorical Promised Valley series. The conspirators and their allies from the first three novels give up on the gods, whose existence many of them doubt, and discover how to use horses in warfare. They prepare to employ them in a last battle to bring the prehistoric enemy hunters and farmers together as one people in a "new kingdom” and end warfare between them forever. Individuals who partner with persons of the same gender are once again in the front lines, risking their lives for their peoples.

"It’s the story’s prehistoric setting that provides the basis for the intellectual question which binds the Promised Valley books together: ‘Could civilization and history, with their countless heaven-sanctioned wars and genocides, have begun differently?’ With that as his touchstone, Fritsch thoughtfully and compassionately offers answers through the story and its characters. 

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Other books in the Promised Valley series:
Promised Valley Rebellion
Promised Valley War
Promised Valley Conspiracy