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Title: Wide Open Spaces
Author: Renee Stevens
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Maria Fanning
Genre: Gay Fiction, Romance
Release Date: 08/31/2016


Devon fled Wyoming as soon as he turned eighteen, leaving behind his high school love, Levi. After six years in the big city, Devon returns to his hometown. Not much has changed, except that Levi is no longer in the closet. He’s also single and living his dream—managing the local wild horse population. Both of them are very interested in picking up where they left off, but Devon is no more ready to reveal his orientation than he was as a teenager.

No one is going to shove Levi back in the closet—not even Devon. For a relationship to work, they’ll have to put the past behind them and find the courage to face the future as who they really are—a couple in love. But Devon doesn’t know if he’s strong enough. Maybe Levi would be better off without him—and his hang-ups.

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Wyoming Fun Facts

Wide Open Spaces is part of Dreamspinner Press’ States of Love series, where each novella is set in a separate state. Wide Open Spaces is set in Wyoming. The name Wyoming comes from a Delaware Indian word, meaning “mountains and valleys alternating.” That is just one of the fun facts surrounding the state of Wyoming. Let’s look at some more!

  • When the Wyoming Territory was organized in 1869, Wyoming women became the first in the nation to obtain the right to vote.
  • For Bigfoot believers, Bigfoot has been allegedly sighted several times in Wyoming: Wind River Mountains, Yellowstone, Teton Forest, and Snow King Mountain near Jackson.
  • Cody, Wyoming is named after William “Buffalo Bill” Cody.
  • Wyoming has the lowest population of all 50 United States.
  • The horse on the Wyoming license plate has a name, “Old Steamboat.” It is named after a bronco that could not be ridden in the early 1900’s.
  • Wyoming was the first state to have a county public library.
  • In 1925 Mrs. Nellie Tayloe Ross became the first woman governor in the United States.
  • Harry Longabaugh became known as “the Sundance Kid” because he served a jail term for horse stealing in Sundance, Wyoming .
  • The Jackalope, is actually said to exist in Wyoming.  One of the rarest animals in the world (or a mythological creature depending on who you are), it is a cross between a now extinct pygmy-deer and a species of killer-rabbit.

And of course, all states have “laws” on the books that are no longer enforced or are thought to be ridiculous. Some of Wyoming’s are:

  • In Cheyenne, residents are not allowed to take showers on Wednesdays.
  • In Wyoming, you may not take a picture of a rabbit from January to April without an official permit.
  • In Jackson, Wyoming it is against the law to spit on the sidewalks or in the streets. Should you carry out this offense in front of a lady, you could be arrested and jailed for no more than three days and required to pay restitution to the woman.
  • It is against the law for junk dealers to transact business with anyone who is drunk.
  • An old law on the Wyoming books makes it illegal for women to stand within five feet of a bar while drinking.


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About the Author

Renee Stevens first started writing in her teens but didn’t get serious about being an author until her mid-twenties. Since then she’s written a number of contemporary stories, as well as delved into the paranormal. When not writing, or spending time in the outdoors, Renee can be usually be found working on in her capacity of admin and Anthology Coordinator.

Renee resides in Wyoming with her wonderfully supportive husband and a menagerie of four-legged critters. Making the most of the nearly constant negative temperatures and mounds of snow, Renee spends much of the winter months in hibernation with her laptop, the voices in her head keeping her company while her husband works. When she needs a break from writing, Renee takes to the sewing machine to design, and make, beautiful quilts.

When the snow finally disappears, usually around May or June, Renee can be found in the great-outdoors. She spends her time on the mountain, at the lake, and just anywhere that she can do some camping, take some photos, and ride the four-wheelers with her hubby. Once back at home, it’s back to writing.

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