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Welcome to the “BOUND’ED BY CHAINS” Blog Tour! @FRStepnowski @4WillsPub #RRBC

Please help me give Author, Forrest Stepnowski, a warm welcome here at Words To Captivate. Forrest is a fellow member of RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB  which I featured in a recent blog: A GREAT LITERARY COMMUNITY: #RRBC #RWISA. Forrest is on a blog tour with his book “BOUND’ED BY CHAINS” which is one of the ways that #T

Head shot of Author, Forrest Stepnowski

About the Book:

BOUND; The Lost Romanticism and Eroticism of Gay Men. Allow yourself to give in to your deepest fantasies, desires, and sensual dreams, BOUND is a collection of poetic works exploring the world of eroticism, romanticism, and fantasies of gay men of all ages. Walk through the mind inspired by fantasies, the hopes for romance, the desire to be swept off ones’ feet, and the longing to be touched through this anthology filled with lost romance and passionate memories. Escape into a world that allows you to be one with your desires, feel the heightened sensations and passion through random rendezvous and engagements.


Poetry Excerpt from Bound: The Lost Romanticism and Eroticism of Gay Men:

In the beginning…

I stare in the mirror for hours

looking at my aging face, my graying hair

Alone, lost in a world where I no longer fit in, nor am I desired

I live in the memory of what was once a handsome face

A beautiful body, a real sexual being

It started when I was the age of seventeen

The not quite so legal but young, dumb, and full…

You get the picture

I lived through endless sexual encounters

A sensual but conservative body, but unhinged in the sheets

Amidst the blue-green skies under a palm tree I lay

A soldier sat next to me and attempted to graze my leg

Confused and aroused

The life of a teen entrapped in a confused state of being

An innocent being, trapped in an adult world of unexplored seduction

I stare in the mirror for hours

looking at my aging face, my graying hair

Reduced to only the memories of my conquests and seductions

The temple of manhood with an internally trapped siren singing songs that lure the hungry and feed the thirsty

But now a relic trapped into the history of older gay men who remain silent in their insecurities


About the Author:

Forrest Robert Stepnowski is an advocate, a writer, a social worker, and a performance artist in the Pacific Northwest. He has been writing poetic works and prose for most of his life. He realized how important is to share his work with others who have dealt with similar pathways of self-hate, self-deprecation, and self-loathing in the hopes they find they are not alone, as well as help them realize they are not deviants, nor are they against “human nature.” They are part of a collective of misfit toys on an island where being different is beautiful. We all have a voice, and the world should hear it. Forrest is a proud member of Rave Reviews Book Club.


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"BOUND" Book Cover 

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To follow along with the rest of the tour, please visit the author’s tour page on the 4WillsPublishing site.  If you’d like to book your own blog tour and have your book promoted in similar grand fashion, please click HERE.  
Thanks for supporting this author and his work!

Author: John Fioravanti

I'm a retired History teacher (35 years), husband, father of three, grandfather of three. My wife, Anne, and I became business partners in December 2013 and launched our own publishing company, Fiora Books (, to publish my books. We have been married since 1973 and hope our joint business venture will be as successful as our marriage.

40 thoughts on “Welcome to the “BOUND’ED BY CHAINS” Blog Tour! @FRStepnowski @4WillsPub #RRBC”

  1. I think this a poem we can all relate to at that certain age. I loved the longing and youthful eyes gazing back, Forrest.
    Thanks for hosting, John!

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  2. What beautiful, heartfelt poetry! Thumbs up to both John and Forrest … and than you both for sharing this. We all need to live by the philosophy of “live and let live”. Life is hard enough without having to worry about how we are judged or perceived by others. Hugs to both John and Forrest!

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  3. How very moving this poem is. All of us who have faced the fear and uncertainty of living in a judgemental world feel and recognize this pain. Bound is on my TBR list. Thanks so much for hosting Forrest today, John.

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    1. Thanks for your personal take on Forrest’s poem, Rhani. Your words highlight the universality of the human condition regardless of sexual preference. I appreciate that you stopped by to support Forrest!

      Liked by 1 person

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