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New Book Shows There is Freedom from Homophobia and HIV Phobia

This Shadow Follows Me by author,
human rights activist Joseph McGinnis
is a heartfelt memoir and fictional story inspired on true events.

San Francisco, CA - June 27, 2011 - If a person cannot change the tortures in life, they must change the life around them. Composed from true life events and 10 years of perfecting this novel, This Shadow Follows Me, is a riveting fiction novel of Alec Andrews and the friends and family that faltered around him.

The fictional story begins with Alec Andrews at the death bed of his ex-boyfriend Troy who died from AIDS complications. Alec tries to tell his life story in hopes that he can make up for all that he could not tell Troy when he was alive. Alec's life story lurks with the self destruction of a family that drove him to crucify himself, in hopes they would be correct with their religious beliefs. From a homophobic family to a homophobic upbringing, Alec fights to find himself free from the illusions that capture him. The life of Alec Andrews is a survival story that will help the audience build strength in their own life challenges.

Alec is ultimately haunted by a dream where he took his own life. In the dream he killed himself, only to be told he would have to live his life over again without making the same mistakes, but not able to remember the previous mistakes to stop them from coming true. Will Alec and the ones around him find their way to claw out of the pain of the lives they create? Find out in this fictional and painfully honest memory of This Shadow Follows Me.

About the Author
Joseph McGinnis lives near San Francisco where he focuses on a career in internet advertising and fiction writing. Some of his first projects include short stories, monologues, novel writing, website writing, and news articles. This Shadow Follows Me is his first novel to hit the shelves in 2011. Joseph McGinnis has a historical background in social issues and works to bring people to understand equality for all minorities, especially gay and lesbian human rights issues. With an extensive background in HIV & AIDS support, Care Giving, LGBT support, gay activism, and as a supporter of HRC and ACLU, he fights everyday to bring equality through his novels and news articles.

For more information or to request a free review copy, members of the press can contact the author at This Shadow Follows Me is available for sale online at, Kindle, Apple IPad Books, Google Books, and through additional wholesale and retail channels worldwide.





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