Bloomington Gay Youth Chronicles

12 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 34 ratings

A Triumph of Will Summary

WWII. 1942. Will's brother is fighting the war in the Pacific, but Will is forced to remain behind. Will takes his brother's place in the academic world of Indiana University, where he meets two students and two soon-to-be-legendary men who will change his life forever.

Will thought he was the only boy attracted to other males, but when he sneaks into Professor Kinsey's marriage course he realizes his mistake. Will meets Ben, who he suspects is not unlike himself. When his suspicions are confirmed, the pair begins an awkward, halting relationship of self-discovery and love. Will is shocked that Negroes attend IU. He's leery and afraid of Adam, but becomes ashamed of his prejudice when he comes face-to-face with the discrimination Adam faces daily.

Together, Will, Adam, and a powerful ally join to subtly and surreptitiously integrate IU. But, just as changes for the better come, Will is faced with prejudice much closer to home, prejudice that can only be banished by tragedy.

A Triumph of Will is a story of friendship, ignorance, fear, and the power of knowledge and love to make the world a better place.

©2014 Mark A. Roeder (P)2016 Mark A. Roeder
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    • A Triumph of Will

    • By: Mark A. Roeder
    • Narrated by: Andrew Hornick
    • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 1

    WWII. 1942. Will's brother is fighting the war in the Pacific, but Will is forced to remain behind. Will takes his brother's place in the academic world of Indiana University, where he meets two students and two soon-to-be-legendary men who will change his life forever. Will thought he was the only boy attracted to other males, but when he sneaks into Professor Kinsey's marriage course he realizes his mistake. Will meets Ben, who he suspects is not unlike himself.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • A fascinating story. Shame about the narration

    • By Drew on 13-12-16

    Regular price: £19.39

    • Bloomington Boys: Nathan

    • By: Mark Roeder
    • Narrated by: Ollie Vandal
    • Length: 3 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      3 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1

    Nathan is eager to experience college life but misses his boyfriend back home. Sexy IU boys surround Nathan, but he's confident he can be true to Ethan. While Nathan has little trouble controlling his lust, the same cannot be said for one of his classmates. Trace is sexy, well built, and accustomed to getting who and what he wants. At first Trace is a minor annoyance, but the more Nathan rejects him the more Trace's desire for Nathan increases. Nathan's friends try to protect him, but Trace is relentless.

    Regular price: £14.49

    • Bloomington Boys: Scotty

    • By: Mark Roeder
    • Narrated by: Dominic Carlos
    • Length: 5 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 2
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      5 out of 5 stars 2
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    Attending Indiana University and dating Jeff Morgan has been Scotty Jackson's dream for two whole years, but Scotty arrives on campus only to discover that Jeff refuses to date him. Scotty turns disappointment to opportunity and devises a plan to date a new boy each week. Ryder is Scotty's incredibly hot lacrosse-jock roommate. He's hostile, dismissive, and rude, but there's a humorous edge to his caustic comments and superior attitude. Scotty holds his own in their ongoing battle of wits while he enjoys the scenery provided by his hunky roommate.

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    • Bloomington Boys: Brandon

    • By: Mark Roeder
    • Narrated by: Joe DiNozzi
    • Length: 3 hrs and 12 mins
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    So many beautiful and intelligent young women surround Brandon, he's overwhelmed, but he's truly shocked when he finds himself attracted to another guy for the first time in his life! Brandon has always been secure in his sexuality, but is he secure enough to test his boundaries with a guy? Can he learn to live side by side in a tiny dorm room with his classical-music-playing, opera-loving roommate? Can he help his closeted teammate come out into the light of day?

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    • Bloomington Boys: Devon

    • By: Mark Roeder
    • Narrated by: Zachary Carter
    • Length: 4 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Devon is determined to create a new life for himself as a freshman at Indiana University. He struggles to put his troubled past behind him and keep it from poisoning his new relationships. After a promising start Devon's resolve weakens, but he refuses give up his dream. The moment Devon meets Dorian Gray he knows his life will change forever. Dorian Gray is rich, charming, and the most beautiful young man Devon has ever beheld.

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    • A Boy Toy for Christmas

    • By: Mark A. Roeder
    • Narrated by: Roy Wells
    • Length: 4 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
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      2.5 out of 5 stars 5
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    Chauncey Cadbury is rich, young, and appears to have it all, but lives under the shadow of his family. He wants only to live his life in his adopted hometown of Bloomington, Indiana, but his domineering grandfather will not let him be. Desperate to get his grandfather off his back, Chauncey devises a plan to so shock his family that they'll never want to see him again.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Really struggled to get into this linear story

    • By Culwen on 02-12-16

    Regular price: £14.09

    • Hate at First Sight

    • By: Mark A. Roeder
    • Narrated by: Bryant Sullivan
    • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
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    Jared is determined to earn the center forward spot on his new soccer team, but he faces fiercer competition than expected. Mark is taller and stronger, and his prowess on the field is unmatched. Worse, his cocky, smug attitude makes Jared want to punch him in the face. A battle begins that both Jared and Mark are determined to win. Jared despises his nemesis, but fate pushes them together, and Jared learns there is more behind Mark's hostility than he guessed.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Surprisingly good ,

    • By matthew on 20-02-17

    Regular price: £18.79

    • Boy Trouble

    • By: Mark A. Roeder
    • Narrated by: Robert G. Davis
    • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 7
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      4 out of 5 stars 7

    Percy DeForest Spock has a successful writing career, a new boyfriend, and is just settling into life in Bloomington, Indiana when a knock at the door turns his world upside down. Waiting on the other side is Caspian, his 15-year-old, Goth nephew. Caspian has just lost his parents, his home, and his been ripped away from the only life he has ever known. Can the mismatched pair make a new life together or are they doomed from the start?

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • A simple children's book narrated by a robot

    • By Culwen on 30-07-18

    Regular price: £18.29

    • The New Bad Ass in Town

    • By: Mark A. Roeder
    • Narrated by: Joe DiNozzi
    • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
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      2.5 out of 5 stars 2
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    Brayden has a bad attitude and a temper to match. Caspian has his own rep to protect and can't decide if Brayden is friend or foe. The decision is made for him when Brayden attacks Dylan, a stereotypically gay boy who is known for being too aggressive in his pursuit of young men. Caspian steps in to save Dylan and so begins a mutual distrust between Caspian and Brayden that repeatedly threatens to come to blows. Despite being nearly bashed by Brayden, Dylan won't back off.

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    • The Picture of Dorian Gray: A Gay Novel

    • By: Mark A Roeder
    • Narrated by: Lou Petrella
    • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The Picture of Dorian Gray is Oscar Wilde’s classic tale set in modern times and told as he would have done…had he dared. It is a dark and twisted story filled with moral decline, depravity, sex, and ruthless blackmail. This story is not a mere retelling of Wilde’s tale, but strikes out in new directions, taking the listener on an unpredictable journey with an unknown destination.  

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    • Bloomington Boys: Casper

    • By: Mark Roeder
    • Narrated by: Shane Vincent
    • Length: 4 hrs and 23 mins
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    Casper has waited two years to join his boyfriend at Indiana University, but reality is different from his dreams. Brendan is a junior and a star on the football team. Between school, football practices, and games, he has little time for Casper. Casper’s loneliness is alleviated by meeting a homeless boy named Aiden, who soon becomes more than a friend. Casper begins to carve out a life for himself at IU, but Brendan is never far from his thoughts.

    Regular price: £13.79

    • Bloomington Boys: Elijah

    • By: Mark Roeder
    • Narrated by: Bryant Sullivan
    • Length: 4 hrs and 55 mins
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    Elijah is the youngest and smallest of the Gaylord brothers and is the last of the family football dynasty. He earns a spot on the Indiana University team, but has doubts about his abilities and feels like a boy among men. Elijah has stood in the shadow of his brothers his entire life. He’s worked long and hard to match their achievements, but he may finally have taken on more than he can handle.

    Regular price: £13.79