VENTURA, Calif. /Send2Press Newswire/ — Joseph Coaler Productions ( today announced the publication of “Weeping Willow Volume One: Welcome to River Bend,” by Geoff Hoff and Steve Mancini, a novel comprised of the first fifteen installments of Hoff and Mancini’s on-line satirical soap opera of the same name, which has become a cult sensation among cyber serial fans and comedy enthusiasts.

“Weeping Willow” tells the story of Lee Harris, a mild mannered accountant, who is forced to exchange his monochromatic Chicago lifestyle for a vibrant attic on the other side of the rainbow when his wife falls in love with another man.

As Lee struggles to make sense of his new surroundings, and his new gay best friend Peter, co-authors Geoff and Steve banter, argue and comment on the action, juxtaposing Lee and Peter’s mismatched journey with a few antic pages from their own.

“If you’ve ever wondered how a gay man and a straight man could agree on everything from Dualit Toasters to Danny Bonaduce, this is the book for you,” said co-author Steve Mancini.

“There’s a lot of our relationship reflected in the book,” added co-author Geoff Hoff. “Beyond entertaining our readers, we’re hoping to let people see that gay guys and straight guys really aren’t all that different.”

“Weeping Willow” is available in hardcover (ISBN: 1420800485, $22.25) and paperback (ISBN: 1420800477, $13.50). The book can be purchased on,, or on the Joseph Coaler Productions website at

Steve Mancini and Geoff Hoff are a gay/straight writing team that has been collaborating for almost 7 years. Steve and Geoff met in 1998 while performing in “Tony Mack’s Swingin’ L.A.,” which won “Best Cabaret” in Los Angeles Magazine and was an L.A. Weekly “Comedy Pick of the Week.” Geoff and Steve formed Joseph Coaler Productions in 2000.

Future plans include a second volume of Weeping Willow, and their hopes for the series include a movie, a stage play, a television series, as well as a comic book.

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