“Exuberant, sensual and touching . . .” — Mark David Gerson, author of Sara’a Year and the Q’ntana Trilogy


Ice On Fire, sequel to The Rest of Our Lives

In this sequel to the Lambda Literary Award finalist The Rest of Our Lives, author Dan Stone returns to the enchanting romance between Colm McKenna and Aidan Gallagher, both elemental witches who have been falling in love throughout the course of history thanks to the magic of reincarnation. Aidan begins having visions of an odd woman with a child who may have answers to the missing pieces of their pasts. Even more challenging, both men find themselves responsible for their bloodline. That means children! Life for these two lovers is about to get interesting….

Ice On Fire:  The Test of Our Lives is available through all major distributors.  Electronic editions (including for Kindle) available   Published by Lethe Press .


Tricky Serum:  An Elixir of Poems by Dan Stone

“Be the drink you pour, the potent sip that keeps the dream dreaming.” — D.S. 

As suggested by the title, this first collection of published poems addresses the tricky prospect of elixirs–the quest for the substance of our dreams, the magic potion for fulfilling what we hold to be our fondest and often most elusive desires. The poems are intended to read as a progression, a journey through the process of seeking, finding, and relinquishing our convictions about what we need or want–from an “other” and from ourselves—about waking up or not, from some of the reams we dream about the only life we can save.

“The elixir that is Stone’s poetry is sublime as it sends out shards of beauty.” — Reviews by Amos Lassen

Tricky Serum is available in paperback through all major distributors.  Electronic versions are also available.  Published by Lethe Press, 2011.

In a prim, dry county
it can take a long, long time
to pop the taboos like corks
from sealed, verboten bottles.
There were laws against elixirs,
bans on spirits that weren’t holy.
We boycotted altered states,
suffered fools but frowned on mixers.

If I’ve bloomed it happened late.
Intoxication is a process;
it takes more than a willing priest,
a taste of blood to chase the lamb.
Sometimes salvation needs a savior
with a devil’s bloodshot eyes.
Sometimes it takes a few more shots
to start a revolution.

Ascended masters know
that man can’t live by bread alone.
Marriages call for toasts,
for turning water into wine,
and most apostles would approve
the recommended daily dose
of rich-robed, mystical Merlot
or serendipitous Chardonnay.

Thank God all gods will have their day
that grapes will ripen on the vine.
The Lord, it seems, has seen the light,
one flute of truth—that tricky serum—
exorcises inhibitions, even as it heals the soul,
and re-writes years of prohibition
with a single, heady draft,
one simple salutation—

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The Rest Of Our Lives:  A Novel

stone-the-rest-of-our-lives-200x300Colm McKenna has led a guarded life. Gifted with a wintry soul and a photographer’s eye, he can stop time as easily as he freezes water, or call down cold north winds.  He thinks he is alone and unique in the world. Then, seemingly by accident, he meets handsome writer Aidan Gallagher, his opposite, a young man who raises temperatures as easily as he quickens Colm’s heart.

In this lighthearted, gay romantic fantasy, can two male witches whose passion reincarnates century after century, find a way to express their love for each other again? Can this enchanting pair finally succeed after so many lifetimes?

“Fire and ice literally sizzle in this enticing page-turner that weaves past, present, and future into a story that proves love really does stand the test of time.”

— Suzanne Marie Calvin, Bewitching the Bachelor.

The Rest of Our Lives was born from my own lifelong love affair with romance and magic. In ways, I’m a typical Pisces dreamer, and the dream of an extraordinary, magical, enduring love is one I’ve been dreaming for as long as I can remember. As a gay man, I’m hungry for stories of love between men, particularly when they capture elements of my own experiences and dreams.  For details about the book, read my interview with the publisher, Steve Berman, in the inaugural issue of Icarus, a new magazine featuring the work of authors published by Lethe Press–or listen to my interview with Author and Creativity Coach Mark David Gerson on Blog Talk Radio.

The Rest of Our Lives is available through all major distributors.  Electronic editions (including for Kindle) available   Published by Lethe Press .

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  1. Hi.

    Thanks for the book. Pretty much exactly what I needed to find, probably when I needed it most.

    Well done. 🙂

  2. I happened to stlmbue onto this blog through some Google searching and link jumping. I’m amazed with what I’ve seen. There are so many things that I can use for resources, so I’m definitely bookmarking this.I’ve often found that poetry gets overlooked in the classroom because teachers are looking more to the other genres of fiction and non-fiction to prepare for standardized testing. I usually do a bit on poetry and poetry writing in the Spring because I’ve found the students don’t really know how fun it is. We do some acting with poetry and then we learn about writing different types and students produce many examples. This resource will be great to use for any of my students, but I can see it coming in very handy with my IEP and struggling students as well. Sometimes they have a hard time getting started or finding the right words to say so using something like this with them may help jump start their imagination so that they can transfer their ideas to paper more easily.

    • Thank you so much for this feedback. As a teacher myself, it is particularly gratifying to hear that you’ve found something of value here for your students and I can’t think of any more satisfying feedback for my work. It sounds like your students have a wonderful gift in your teaching. I wish you–and them–all the best!


  3. Hello Dan, I hope all is well. I have been waiting patiently for the sequel to The rest of our lives and lord knows I need something beautiful and amazing in my life right now. I hope the people at Lethe press are being supportive and making sure your many fans will have the sequel in their hands soon.

    • Thanks so much for your inquiry about a sequel to the novel. I will actually be sending the manuscript for the follow-up book to my publisher this week :-). And yes, Lethe is being very supportive! Stay tuned!

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