Emmitt at Love
I'm pleased to announce that final novel in my Raines Family Trilogy, Emmitt at Love, just appeared from All Things That Matter Press, the publisher of the first two books in the series. You can purchase your Kindle or paperback copy here!
I'm grateful for the hard and skillful efforts the folks at All Things That Matter have made in sharing my work with the public and for their ongoing belief in my work.
Raines in the Day
The second novel in my Raines Family Trilogy, Raines in the Day, was published in March 2021 by All Things That Matter Press. You can buy it in both Kindle and print editions on Amazon here. Both it and the trilogy's first volume work as standalone novels, so you don't have to read Men Without Hate first to enjoy Raines in the Day.
Men Without Hate
My novel Men Without Hate was also published by All Things That Matter Press. Men Without Hate centers on the journeys of two different men from the Raines family, who fight in two very different wars. You can buy it now on Amazon. Reader reviews are hugely appreciated—length doesn't matter, but review quantity counts in Amazon's search metrics.
Story publications: My story "East End" has been accepted by Sporting Classics and will appear sometime in 2024. Thanks to Sporting Classics for both a great magazine and their continuing support for my work!
My story "Andros" appeared in the magazine's May/June 2021 issue and my story "The Perfect Dove Field" in the July/August 2022 issue. An excerpt from Emmitt in Love, the third novel in the Raines trilogy, will appear later this year under the title "In the Fall."
Generous praise: Needless to say, I was over the moon to get the following praise for Men Without Hate from Nick Reynolds, the New York Times bestselling author of Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy: Ernest Hemingway’s Secret Adventures 1935-1961. Heartfelt thanks, Nick!
"For this military historian Gene Lee’s epic is riveting and true to life—whether he is describing what Confederate soldiers saw, said, and did in the minutes before Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg in 1863, or what it was like to be in a US Army artillery unit in the Philippines in 1944. With scenes as vivid as those in a Michael Shaara Civil War novel, or one of the great World War II novels about the Pacific—think Thin Red Line—Lee seizes and holds the reader’s attention as he guides his story through American history. He compels us to reflect about life motives like family, racism, and the aftereffects of war."
Anthology pieces: My essays are featured in two anthologies from Stories of You Press. The first piece, on the "seeds," sources and development of Men Without Hate, can be read in Stories of Inspiration: Historical Fiction Edition. I'm honored to be in the company of the forty or so accomplished authors from Britain, the US and Europe the editors have collected! In addition, my essay on the influence of "Papa" Hemingway on my life and writing appears in another Stories of You collection, this one called The Mentor That Matters.