29 Palms Second Chances is the second book in the gay fiction action romance series written by Stephen Hess. The desert power couple of Shane and Kyle were introduced in the first book of the series, 29 Palms. The first book was a top ten best seller on Amazon Kindle for LGBT Action Adventure titles. Another new adventure with Shane and Kyle titled 29 Palms: Tres Soles de Oro is in the works for an early 2023 release.


Stephen is also working on a new series of novels. AREA:98 is a scifi series set in the Pacific Northwest with a team that investigates strange happenings. The area around the majestic Mount Rainier had one of the first UFO sightings in the United States. It seems something is going on and Agent Elias Walters is in the center of these incidents.


A standalone novel set in high school marching band in the 1970’s will be coming soon. This story tells what happens when a new member joins the marching band only to have a medical condition that many of the members don’t understand while a tuba player finds that he is falling for this new guy and fights to keep him in the band.


Stephen is looking forward to returning to writing and producing video projects, while exploring new story ideas. He will continue to explore the sights of the mighty desert of Southern California that provide inspiration and new ideas upon the wide horizon!




Written by Stephen


29 Palms - A Novel

"The story for 29 Palms began as I was traveling on Interstate 10 and seeing the exit sign for 29 Palms. As a gay man, I'd been wanting to write a story that I would want to read, where characters are just gay and they don't have to come out. That is how this story evolved into an action romance with a growing relationship of two professionals not often seen in gay fiction." -- Stephen Hess



AREA:98 is about a small government agency that investigate strange occurrences in the Pacific Northwest. Team members, Elias Walters, once witnessed his boy friend disappear in the woods during a hike.Now he is brought into a life altering event that creates many questions. Elias and the AREA:98 team are on a path of discovery. This group must work together to find why Aliens are appearing and what they are after. This changes everything.


29 Palms: Second Chances

The adventures of the desert's power couple, Shane and Kyle continue in the second book of the 29 Palms series. Looking forward to a life out of the government service, the couple finds themselves helping friends face life threatening challenges by using the skills they have learned, while making their relationship stronger!


High School Stories - A Novel

An all new story from Stephen Hess, that tells the story of one tuba player's junior year in high school marching band. Set in the middle of the 1970's, a new member joins the Great White Tuba section. But he has a serious medical problem that challenges all the band members, while Sean discovers his truth. While based on Stephen's years in band, this is a funny, fictional tale of being a teenager on the way to being an adult.