Month: September 2009

New Release: WHEN HARRY MET SAL…


This is the release day for a new book, WHEN HARRY MET SAL. I’m posting a synopsis below, but I wanted to clarify what motivated me to write this book.

There was a time not too long ago when minority groups rarely ever had the chance to read a book, watch a TV show, or go to a movie where they could actually identify with the characters. At least not in the mainstream. In “old Hollywood,” Asian characters were portrayed in films by Caucasians made up to look like Asians. Black face was used all the time and no one ever got upset. And this pop culture fact of life was evident in the LGBT community. And it’s still evident. The LGBT characters I see or read about are always people who do not represent me or the LGBT people that I know, and they are usually written by people who know nothing about what it’s like to be LGBT.

There are a lot of good things being produced and written out there right now, especially in romance. But still, for the most part, I don’t think that there are enough characters out there that represent who we, the LGBT community, really are. And while the books I write are romance novels, with steamy scenes and happy endings, I also draw upon my own personal life experiences to create the characters and situations. I’m gay. I have been all my life and that’s how I’ll die. So I know what I’m talking about when it comes to being gay. I’m nothing like the characters on “Will and Grace,” and neither are any of my gay friends. I don’t have a fag hag, and neither do any of my friends. I could go on and on, but I’m sure you get the point.

So when I write books based on mainstream movie titles like “When Harry Met Sally,” what I’m really doing is making a strong statement that says I’d like to see a movie about WHEN HARRY MET SAL for a change instead of what I’ve been seeing for most of my life. This isn’t fan-fic. This is more like “what-if-fic.”

Synopsis

When Harry Beckham’s best friend asks him to drive her new, casual boyfriend, Sal Sorentino, from California to New York, Harry never expected they’d wind up as lovers their first night on the road. Harry just assumes that Sal is straight, and Harry already has a boyfriend of his own back in San Francisco.


But when Sal explains that he’s bisexual and that he’s extremely attracted to Harry, everything changes. Harry tries to resist the mutual attraction, but all it takes is one simple kiss and they both wind up having the best sex of their lives on a cross country road trip.

When they reach New York, they agree to go their separate ways and forget about each other. Harry becomes a well known designer who does national talk shows, and Sal becomes a professional poker player who lives in a mansion and owns a pet pig named Dolly. And by the time they meet up again seven years later, their lives have changed completely.

But that doesn’t stop the passionate physical connection between them from surfacing again. Though all the odds seem to be against them, their physical relationship evolves into mutual love and respect. And this unyielding love they feel for each other turns out to be stronger than anything they could have imagined.

Comment Moderation For a While…

Unfortunately, I had to start moderating comments. I have one of those sneaky little blog trolls with too much time and not enough balls to leave his or her name.

I hate losing anonymous comments on my blog. But due to the fact that this blog focuses heavily on LGBT content, and I’m an openly gay writer, I can’t say that I’m surprised. I was expecting it.

I’ll reopen the thread to everyone in a few weeks. And if the troll returns, I may even have a little fun.

A New Review for TAKE ME ALWAYS…

I’m posting this review for TAKE ME ALWAYS because this is one of those times that a reviewer picked up on all the things I had hoped someone would see while reading this book. Though it’s loosely based on “The Notebook,” in a large sense this is the “Gay Notebook” that was never written by anyone. The characters are loosely based on older gay couples that I’ve personally known who have had to deal with aging and nursing homes. These are men and women who have never been able to legally wed, but they’ve remained in love, committed to each other, and have remained with each other right to the very end.

But this book is still a romance with a happy ending. Which made it difficult to write at times. And in the end, even though life itself can be extremely difficult, love truly does conquer all.

A New Book is Being Released This Weekend, WHEN HARRY MET SAL

I’m not going to make this a long post. I’ll write more about this book next week. It hasn’t been released yet. But today I received the cover art and couldn’t wait to post something.
Here’s a fast plot description: Two complete strangers meet in San Francisco and wind up taking a cross country trip together. On the way to New York, they wind up having a passionate affair. When they reach New York, they go their separate ways. Then, a few years later, they hook up accidentally and begin where they loft off. One is a famous decorator to the stars, and the other is a rough professional poker player on the circuit. They are complete opposites in almost every way, except for the fact that they can’t help falling in love with each other.

Showing and Telling…

I hate linking to bloggers I don’t know well. I read this blog often, but I don’t know the author and he’s not a fan of my blog or my work. But when I see something absolutely perfect I like to share and I don’t give a damn about blog fans or anything else. Good stuff deserves credit. And this is fantastic.

Period.

I’m posting this link because I have a lot of book fans e-mailing me about what they are writing. And I always see the same mistakes when it comes to showing and telling. So here’s the link. It’s simple and easy to understand.

http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2009/09/showing-vs-telling.html

LGBT Classics…

Last week a blogging buddy, Eirik, sent an e-mail asking about LGBT books. He was interested in reading a few new books, and asked my opinion about some of the books I’ve read.

So I came up with a short list of older books that I personally think are classics in both LGBT literature and in the LGBT community as a whole. These books were written before there even was a a genre called LGBT. The genre used to be gay/lesbian…the B’s and T’s were either completely left out or they were considered part of the “group.” But as the genre has evolved, anyone who is informed now refers to it as LGBT.

These books are classics. There was a time, before the Internet, that books like these kept members of the very silent LGBT community sane. I’m not exaggerating on this either. Reading books like this helped LGBT men and women identify and come to terms. In many cases, it helped them accept who they are and showed them that there were other people out there just like them.

In many ways, and in many places, things haven’t changed all that much. It’s not all like we see it on TV and in Hollywood. It would be nice if it were, but it’s not. And books are still helping the LGBT community come to terms with who they are. Below are three that left long lasting impressions on me, as a gay man.

GIOVANNI’S ROOM James Baldwin

DANCER FROM THE DANCE by Andrew Holleran

THE FRONTRUNNER Patricia Nell Warren