by Slade James

What do lumberjacks do at a gay, clothing-optional campground during the off-season? Play with wood, of course.

It’s time for the Jackolympics, the camp’s annual wood-splitting competition. This year I’m more determined than ever to win because I’ve got skin in the game.

I fell in love with Gunner the first night I met him. Two and a half years later, I’m still deep in the friend zone. I can’t go another season without telling him how I feel.

The wager is: if I win, he has to go on a date with me.

The Uncut Wood is a 12,000-word short story prequel to the Bear Camp series, featuring friends to lovers, a cabin in the woods, and a kilt-wearing lumberjack. This story can be read as a standalone.


About the Author

One summer, not so long ago, Slade James started writing gay romance, turned fifty, and met the love his life. (In that order, in a matter of weeks!)

Slade and his partner, Stevie, live in a magical land in the American Southeast where three states converge. They call it “GeorBamaSee." They can be found playing disc golf in the parks, hiking in the mountains, kayaking in the creeks, and living in their own real life romance.

Slade is the author of the Bear Camp series: The Uncut Wood, Grumpy Bear

And Slade is also the host of : the MM Author Podcast — where we get to hear from the writers of our favorite LGBTQ fiction and their collaborators.

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