Month: August 2009

Ravenous Romance is Evolving…LGBT Characters in a PG rated Vampire Book

I was recently excited to see that ravenousromance.com is also beginning to publish a few PG rated romances as well as erotic romances. The site is evolving, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. One of the newest books is titled, LOVING DAYLIGHT. This is Malia Sutton’s first PG rated vampire love story on the ravenous web site. And though this isn’t a total LGBT book, there are two interesting gay characters in the story who evolve very nicely…I thought.
If you’re looking for serious erotica, or erotic romance, this probably isn’t the book for you. But if you’re looking for a romantic vampire love story that you can read at work, or leave out on your coffee table when kids are around, you won’t be disappointed with this one.

THE MILE HIGH CLUB…

I just saw eleven great reviews on amazon.com for a book I’m in, THE MILE HIGH CLUB. This book was edited by the talented Rachel Kramer Bussel, and I was thrilled and honored to be part of the experience.
And, the short story of mine, also called THE MILE HIGH CLUB, that is in the book, is also available as a separate e-book on ravenousromance.com, and other places where e-books are sold.

The travels of Elisa Rolle…

For those who don’t know, Elisa Rolle is an international book reviewer. She recently posted a few personal photos on her livejournal blog that I thought were amazing. And I wanted to re-post them here for people like me, who haven’t had a chance to get away this summer because they’ve been working too hard. And for people who love Italy as much as I do.

Here’s the link to the photo page: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/770301.html?view=2819069#t2819069

A Cure for Snoring?

Subject: CURE FOR SNORING

The guys were all at a deer camp. No one wanted to room with Bob, because he snored so badly. They decided it wasn’t fair to make one of them stay with him the whole time, so they voted to take turns.

The first guy slept with Bob and came to breakfast the next morning with his hair a mess and his eyes all bloodshot.They said, “Man, what happened to you?”He said, “Bob snored so loudly, I just sat up and watched him all night.”

The next night it was a different guy’s turn. In the morning, same thing–hair all standing up, eyes all bloodshot.They said, “Man, what happened to you? You look awful!” He said, ‘Man, that Bob shakes the roof with his snoring. I watched him all night.”

The third night was Fred’s turn. Fred was a tanned, older cowboy; a man’s man. The next morning he came to breakfast bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. “Good morning!” he said. They couldn’t believe it. They said, “Man, what happened?” He said, “Well, we got ready for bed. I went and tucked Bob into bed, patted him on the butt, and kissed him good night…

When they asked what happened, he said, “Bob sat up and watched me all night.”

Happy Release Day for SLEEPLESS IN SAN FRANCISCO…

Today is the release day for my new book, SLEEPLESS IN SAN FRANCISCO. As the title suggests, this is an GLBT twist on the old film, “Sleepless in Seattle.” But aside from the title and the fact that the story is set in San Francisco, there’s very little from the original movie in this book. And the synopsis below, which I think is very thorough, should give readers a good look at what’s inside. If you’re a fan of home improvement shows on TV, if your a fan of hot air balloons, and if you love romance with a happy ending, this book might be just what you’ve been looking for.

When young Noah Richardson sends an e-mail to the producers of the home renovation show “Dream Away,” he has no idea that the host of the show, Jonathan Haynes, will be intrigued and touched by his sad story. Noah, his father, and their black lab, Tucker, have recently relocated to San Francisco to start a fresh new life and heal their wounds. And their house is in dire need of renovation.

Jonathan Haynes is desperate to find an interesting house to film for the show. So he gets on a plane and flies to San Francisco the day after he reads Noah’s e-mail. But Jonathan soon finds out that Noah’s father, Ed, doesn’t know about Noah’s e-mail and he has to convince him to do the show. The fact that Ed and Jonathan wind up on the living room floor having passionate sex during their first meeting doesn’t help.

But Ed finally agrees to do the show. By the time construction begins, Ed and Jonathan can’t get enough of each other. They start having secret encounters to satisfy their desires, never realizing they are building a solid relationship at the same time.

Then a series of events takes control of their lives and changes them all forever. Ed’s not sure what to do. He’s in love with Jonathan, and he can’t get enough of Jonathan’s body. But he feels guilty about starting a new relationship with anyone. So he wrestles with the conflict and begs for a sign to help him decide what to do, which leads to a surprise ending that none of them could have predicted.

American Star II…Now in Paperback on Amazon.com

AMERICAN STAR II is now out in paperback on Amazon.com. This is a sequel to AMERICAN STAR, which was the first, in a series of books that revolves around the hit TV show, American Idol. These books are sexy, they are fun, and they have completely fictional story lines.

Now, just to be clear, because I don’t want anyone getting the wrong impression. Although I’m a fan of American Idol, both these books are only loosely based on the TV show. They are LGBT erotic romances, but they are also satirical, fictional love stories that are not based on anyone who is actually connected with American Idol. I wanted to explain this, because I hate the thought of anyone spending their hard earned money on a book they think is total fan fiction. It’s not. One romance reviewer compared AMERICAN STAR to fan fiction, but she either didn’t get the satire, or she didn’t read the book in full. Either way, I wanted to clear that up so people don’t get the wrong idea.

You have to be a devoted fan of something in order to write fan fiction. I said I was a fan of American Idol, but not enough of a fan to stand in line for hours waiting to audition, I wouldn’t miss a good dinner party to stay home and watch American Idol, and I’m certainly not enough of a fan to write a book about anyone or anything involved with the show. And, to be totally honest, I’ve never even bothered to vote for any of the contestants. I like the show, I think the people involved are talented and dedicated, but that’s as far as it goes.

I wrote the books because I know that millions of people in the LGBT community are fans of American Idol and I thought it would be interesting to take a satirical look at what could happen, from a pop culture point of view, with a show like American Idol. And in order to make it more interesting, I took at look at what might happen behind the scenes. There’s very little music in the books, and the plots don’t revolve around the singing. They revolve around the personal, intimate relationships.