When Bryan Bauer left home in Prairie Village, Kansas at age 17 to escape from his homophobic parents, he intended to leave Kansas behind forever. He changed his name to Ryan Robertson, created a new life for himself as an independent and proud gay man, and vowed to look only forward, never backward.

A scandal in Kansas sets in motion a sequence of events that reunites Ryan with several people from his former life – some welcome, some not – forcing them to re-examine their pasts, confront their failures, and try to rebuild their lives and their relationships.

None of this upheaval will stop Ryan and his partner Aaron from building their relationship. Aaron takes Ryan to Ohio at Christmas to meet his parents, and Ryan surprises Aaron with a gift he’ll never forget.

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Karma Train from Kansas is available in paperback and most eBook formats.

Karma Train from Kansas is the fifth novel in the “Gay Tales for the New Millennium” series. It continues the engaging stories in Maybe Next Year; Instant Adult; Open Books, Closed Sets; and If I Seem Quiet…. It can be enjoyed with or without reading the previous books in the series.

Content Advisory: This book contains adult language and references to same-sex sexual activities, pornography, religious bigotry, and recreational drug abuse. It does not contain detailed sex scenes. If it were a movie, it would be rated R. This book may not be suitable for readers under 18.

5-Star Reviews for Karma Train from Kansas

“Hughes skillfully interlaces past and present, creating a captivating story that keeps readers hooked until the very end. The reappearance of characters from Ryan’s history ties past and present together, while new individuals are expertly fleshed out, enriching the narrative further. Within these pages, one finds a poignant exploration of sorrow, reconciliation, and joy. I also liked the easy-to-follow, linear timeline. … I can’t wait for the next book in the series, promising further insight into Ryan’s evolution into adulthood.”

“Hughes has a knack for imbuing his stock characters with enough internal conflict, insecurities, and humanity to make them come alive on the page. He writes about familial and fraternal relationships, both positive and negative, with tender astuteness, unafraid to look at the cracks and crevices, the darker sides of human foibles. And all the while, he does this with a fairly lighthearted and highly entertaining approach. … It’s an amalgam of gay male romance novel, gay pride manifesto, and sociopolitical examination. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.”

“Hughes masterfully weaves together a narrative that is both sensual and introspective, drawing readers into Ryan’s world with vivid prose and dynamic character development. Despite the initial allure of the opening chapters, which exude an undeniable eroticism, the novel transcends mere titillation to explore the complexities of human relationships and the power of redemption.

“In “Karma Train from Kansas,” Dave Hughes has crafted a poignant and thought-provoking novel that transcends the confines of genre. It is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the transformative power of love. With its captivating storytelling and richly drawn characters, this book is sure to leave a lasting impression on readers long after the final page has been turned.”

“I have read this series from the beginning and have thoroughly enjoyed it. I had high hopes for this one, too, and it did not disappoint! I love the intricate storytelling that really pulls me into the story and makes me feel like I am right there with the characters, with their triumphs, struggles, and everywhere in between.”

“Dave Hughes really knows how to spin a story. It was by far the best in his series. In Karma Train the universe brings a snarky retribution for someone’s past misdeeds. … I can guarantee you that once you read one of Dave Hughes’s books you will be hooked and, like me, be anxiously awaiting his next novel.”


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