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

Hello, friends and welcome back for another episode of WATCH NONNIE WRITE!  Today, though, Nonnie’s writing is not what’s going to entertain you.  Author, Forrest Stepnowski has dropped by to share an excerpt from his latest book…

 BOUND:  The Lost Romanticism and Eroticism of Gay Men.


I lie in solitude

Contemplating my want for love, to be touched

I always thought romance was a lost art form

I want someone to tell me they love me

I have learned that life is not promised

I have loved

I have lost

I have been hurt and deceived beyond my core

Am I pieces of a fragmented heart?

Am I a jigsaw puzzle that has many missing pieces?

I sit here now listening to music that is trapping my soul

Reminding me I am not a useless weed

I am more than a flower

I am a garden filled with vibrant colors

Greens, reds, violets, and yellows

I am worth love

I value kindness

I live for a peaceful world

My cravings you ask?

I desire the precious moments with my soulmate

I craved being held and reassured that I am safe in his arms

Emotionally, I want to make this fairytale thought a nonfiction adaptative screenplay

My cravings are romantic

My cravings are also sensual

I want to know what it is like to be touched and have that caress imprinted deep in my humanity

I want to wake up every morning knowing I am not shattered into pieces of a mirror

Nor the abstract image of a Picasso painting that doesn’t know who I am

I crave for human existence

Filled with compassion, passion, and romance

I crave human contact

Filled with warmth and security

I crave saying I do down an aisle with the love of my life

With a promise for a confident tomorrow

I crave honesty in his words and genuine care for others

With the contentment that my trust is sealed forever

I crave

BOUND Cover art (1)

Here’s the blurb…

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.

About the author:

Forrest headshot 2

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


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!


Friends, thank you again for dropping by in support of my guest today.  Please don’t leave without sharing a comment!


  1. Such a deep longing is expressed in this poem, Forrest. I love how you refer to yourself as a jigsaw puzzle with missing pieces. I so relate to that analogy! Thank you, Nonnie for hosting today!

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    • Thank you Jan. I try to write things in a way that both expresses how I was feeling or seeing things at the time, as well as in a way that is relatable to others. Trying to break down barriers/differences and show the commonalities if you will.

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  2. Forrest, you have come so far as a writer from those long ago poems that I read. I’m so glad that you continued to write, and allowed yourself the freedom to grow. 💕🌹💕
    Nonnie, thanks for hosting today.

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  3. John Fioravanti

    What I love about this poem, Craving, Forrest, is that it underlies the commonality of human nature and human needs. It matters not how we choose to satisfy those needs and I genuinely feel sorry for anyone who finds your beautiful poetry offensive or disconcerting. Your work reveals a beautiful soul. Thank you for sharing with us. Thanks for generously hosting Forrest today, Nonnie!

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    • John, thank you for your kind words. Your timing could not have been more perfect. I appreciate you!

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  4. D.L. Finn, Author

    I love this poem, Forrest. It connected with what is deep inside all of us, the need to be loved and to give love. Beautiful!
    Thanks for hosting, Nonnie:)

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  5. Your poetry is emotionally charged Forrest, coming straight from your heart. Well-penned! I am following your tour and enjoying your poems. Thank you for sharing a new poem everyday.

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    • Thank you Balroop. From one poet to another, I always appreciate your honesty and support. I appreciate your endless mentorship.

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    • Balroop, so glad you’re enjoying Forrest’s work! Thanks for dropping by to support!

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  6. I love the poem, Forrest! I think many of us can connect to the ideas of wanting to be loved and desired. 🙂

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    • Thank you Yvette. You have discovered the theme of “BOUND”. My poetry is inspired by my real life, however, human beings love the same way, whether LGBT, Heterosexual, etc.

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    • To love and be loved – what else could one ask for? Thanks for support Forrest, Yvette 🙂

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  7. Quite a tour, Forrest. Cravings is a poem that certainly inspires thinking. Thank you, Nonnie for hosting Forrest today.

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    • Thank you John. And you are correct. It was meant to make people think. Love and identity are linked, and cause us to pause. What I hope readers and my fellow authors is the fact that we all have experienced these emotional tides in one way or another. Thank you for your support and stopping by.

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    • Yes, Forrest’s tour is definitely a WOW! tour, John, but many are enjoying his message and his writing so that’s awesome!

      Thanks for supporting Forrest!

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  8. If I say I understand you, Forrest, I lie, but I can feel you. Thank you, Nonnie, for hosting.

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    • I think that we sometimes try to put people it categories and labels too much in our society. Joy, I appreciate your honesty, and your willingness to look outside of where your comfort zone is. I think when we allow ourselves to see things from a different point of view and empathetic light, we become to understand that the only difference we share is whom we love. We see lovr, passion, and heartbreak are the same. I believe God created us to be who we are. With that, I have found peace in my own acceptance.


    • Joy, if you can’t understand his message then I guess feeling it is the next best thing. Thanks for dropping by to support Forrest’s tour!

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  9. Nonnie,
    I am honored to be on “Watch Nonnie Write” today. Thank you for hosting Day 6 of the “BOUND’ED by CHAINS” tour. You are such a remarkable mentor and I am truly humbled.


    • Forrest, you’re an amazingly kind and generous individual and for those reasons, you have my support. So glad you’re enjoying your tour!

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