Check out Bryan T. Clark. He is the owner of Cornbread Publishing and also known for “Writing Today’s Romance with a Twist”. If you are looking for M/M romance novels that cross the barriers of diversity and race, then Bryan T. Clark is your “go to” author.
His latest release “Come to the Oaks” is the tale of a forbidden romance—a love forged by two young men as they journey through a land that is tearing itself apart. This love story between, Ben and Tobias, is a must read. See the end of this article for the controversial, captivating cover and synopsis.
Name: Bryan T. Clark
Nickname: Big Bryan
Where do you live? Fresno, CA, USA
How do you identify? Gay
What has been your biggest struggle? Trust
What do you consider your greatest achievement? My 32 year marriage to my husband
What would you say to someone considering coming out of the closet? Do it. It’s kind of like ripping a band aid off. There will be pain, you may suffer loss, but in the end, you will find joy.
What are your hobbies? Traveling, especially if it involves a body of water. I have been to Thailand, Taiwan, Italy, Monaco, Germany, Costa Rica, Greece, Malta, France, Spain, and Mexico.
What color of the rainbow are you? Blue–The fifth color of the rainbow, which is in the middle of the rainbow. The sky and the ocean are blue.
What is your favorite TV show or movie? In Reality show, I am a reality TV junky.
Who is your favorite superhero? Dare Devil. He has been blind since he was a young boy. Because he is blind, his senses are heightened. At night, as a super hero, he fights crime on the streets of New York City. I even have him tattooed on my arm.
What do you do for work? I was a criminal investigator for twenty-seven years. I retired in 2015 to write full time.
Do you own a business? Yes, I am the founder and owner of Cornbread Publishing Inc.
What is your relationship status? Married
What have you learned about yourself since you came out? Everything! I came out at a very young age, so everything I’ve learned about myself has been after I came out.
What are your pet peeves? Liars and thieves
What is your favorite thing about you? That I want and desire to be a better person than I was yesterday.
Who has been the most influential person in your life? My parents and my In-Laws.
What advice would you give to your LGBT family? You really do get to pick your family!
What is your biggest strength? That I am forgiving
What is your biggest weakness? That I don’t trust
Do you have pets? My dog Nettie, a two-year-old Sheepadoodle
What is your favorite book? The Front Runner by Patricia Nell Warren. A love story between a running coach and his star athlete
Do you have any phobias? Mice and rats, and of course high places.
Who was your first crush? Can’t say his name, but he was on my swim team in high school. If it’s in print, you can never take it back.
What is your happiest memory? Impossible to reduce it to just one. I’ve been blessed in this lifetime.
If you had 24 hrs to live, what would you do? Gather my family for the last supper, and eat, and eat, and eat everything that I’ve been denied over the last 50 years.
In 1845, as America is drowning in its own racial conflict, in a time when forbidden love has to remain a secret, can two young men find love when one has everything to lose, and the other has nothing?
For Tobias, a young African man, life has ended before it began. Snatched abruptly from his homeland and enslaved into the Antebellum South, grand homes and majestic oak trees meant little to him. Now he is considered the property of other men, but his spirit would not be broken.
The awkward Benjamin Nathanael Lee lives a privileged life. His father owns the largest tobacco plantation south of the Mason Dixon line. Ben wants little to do with the harsh realities of running a plantation—that is, until he meets Tobias, the one person that changes everything for him.
Wealth, greed, and power brought them together. The same now threatens to separate them forever. The two men are on the verge of losing the one thing that matters: their love for one another. Against the odds, they steal off and embark on a journey to find freedom: the freedom to love one another and to live a life without the chains of slavery.
“This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.
In this historical M/M romance by Author Bryan T. Clark, love overcomes unimaginable obstacles for Tobias, a young African man sold as a slave to work on a Southern plantation, and Ben, the young son of the wealthy plantation owner. The author does an impeccable job of immersing the reader in the harshness and cruelty of America’s darkest era.”
Readers should be prepared to laugh, cry and hold their breath as they root for two young men of true grit and unwavering courage who sacrifice all for freedom and unconditional love.”
I highly recommend Come to the Oaks. – ND
“Bryan T. Clark creates a vivid picture of what life was like for slaves in 1845. This novel brings a mixture of emotions with its realism—rape, beatings, horrible living conditions and the inhuman treatment of slaves during a time when they should have been free. Ben and Tobias’s own actions caused tension to build, never knowing if they would be caught and what the consequences would be. I liked the contrast between Ben and Tobias, and I felt it really made the chemistry between them stronger. I had sort of mixed feelings, as it was sad that Tobias was taken from his family, but then there was hope for something good to happen when he meets Ben. As the author stated, this novel is not meant to depict actual events of slavery, but it does reflect the times and gives a better understanding of slavery in America. I believe the author met his goals. I was totally fascinated with this novel and hope to see more from him.” – Maryann at The Novel Approach