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

This is Blog Tour Day 3

Title: “Bounded by Chains” Tour

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:


Questions We Cannot Answer


Have you ever run into a friend at the park or in a mall?

You noticed they are saddened and distraught about the world around them

Then they ask, “Do you believe in god?”

Dumbfounded and puzzled, you are only ably to reply with a quick and overly simplistic, “yes”

Of course, to make things more contemplative that very same friend has to go further with this question

I am trapped in the religiosity of my past and upbringing

You know what I mean when you are asked “How do you know?

Is there really a God?

And what do they look like?

Is it the great goddess of the moonlight, mother earth?

Is it the father Abraham and his son he almost sacrificed like a lamb in the fields waiting for a wolf to pounce and devour him?

Is it the Buddha we are told where you meditate for the hopes of enlightenment and in some cultures, rub the pseudo statue of Buddha himself striving to gain good luck?

Let’s say this friend is a homosexual

You know, gay, queer, lesbian, faggot, dyke, I’m sure you used these words to identify someone who was different natured once or twice in your lifetime

There is the question about “God’s Love” and all of its blessings and unconditional contentment

However, if you were plagued with “the gay”, most religious factions around the world, you have a different identity, you are a monster, deviant, non-human

What about the lost soul of someone with mental illness?

They look at you vacant and unable to catch the world that is seemingly spinning to fast from them

No matter how fast they run after their dreams or happiness, they say you are guaranteed, only if this world of make believe and…




Ever look into their eyes and see darkness or pain and release tears behind a smile to mask their misery or reclusive spirit?

With a cryptic sigh, I watch the world crumble around us, but see a world that is ever changing with new light, hope, and healing energy


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.


Social Media Links:

Website/Blog: https://www.forresttakesajourney.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/forrestrobertstepnowski

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/frstepnowski

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/forreststepnowski


Amazon Purchase Links:





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!

About Shirley Harris-Slaughter

I love old buildings and history. That's why I ended up writing about the history that surrounded me all of my life - "Our Lady of Victory, the Saga of an African-American Catholic Community." Plus our church had closed and the school is torn down, so I felt it was imperative that we preserve the history or it would be lost forever.
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16 Responses to Welcome to the “BOUND’ED BY CHAINS” Blog Tour! @FRStepnowski @4WillsPub #RRBC

  1. Wendy Scott says:

    Forrest, your poems reflect your truth – thanks for sharing.


  2. beemweeks says:

    Best wishes to you, Forrest.

    Thanks for hosting, Shirley. Great show of support.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Rhani D'Chae says:

    Forrest, I love your work, and I’m enjoying this tour.
    Thanks for hosting, Shirley.

    Liked by 2 people

  4. Hi, Forrest, I do believe that God exists. I mean, God, and not those other entities that people regard as their gods. Thank you, Shirley, for hosting!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. D.L. Finn, Author says:

    What a insightful post, Forrest! Yes. I do see this when I look into their eyes. That hidden pain and confusion. And yes there is always hope that we can choose instead.

    Thanks for hosting, Shirley.

    Liked by 2 people

  6. balroop2013 says:

    This excerpt is packed with emotions. Superb writing Forrest. Thank you for hosting, Shirley.

    Liked by 2 people

  7. Jan Sikes says:

    Another incredibly poignant post from Forrest. There is a lot of raw honesty in this piece. Can we all read it and declare we never did any of the things Forrest lists? This is beautiful writing! Thank you for sharing, Shirley!

    Liked by 2 people

  8. Hope you’re having a blast, Forrest!

    Nice blog, Shirley 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

  9. Thank you Shirley! What a wonderful sneak peek into Day 3! Thank you for hosting. Miriam, thank you for stopping by as well!


  10. Shirley Harris-Slaughter says:

    It is my pleasure to have you at my stop on the third day of your tour. Make yourself st home and enjoy.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. It’s good to see Forrest and his book Bound. Excellent excerpt. Thank you for hosting, Shirley.

    Liked by 2 people

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