Month: March 2014

Gay Sex Party; Magic Mike XXL; 7 Companies No to Gay Rights; Elton John to Marry

Magic Mike XXL

The sequel to the film Magic Mike is in the making and the title is Magic Mike XXL. It will begin shooting this fall.

Rumors of a sequel to Steven Soderbergh’s Magic Mike have been bubbling for some time now, bringing fans of the original into a tizzy when star Channing Tatum posted to his Facebook page a photo of himself supposedly at work on the script under the gaze of a bust of Matthew McConaughey. Confirmation of the project has now come at long last, along with news of the sequel’s vivid title, as The Playlist reports that Magic Mike XXL is indeed in the works, and will begin shooting in the fall.

When Magic Mike first came out I actually put off watching it because it didn’t sound like a film that would resonate with a gay men…or gay people in general. And when I finally saw it, I was right. I didn’t get too emotionally involved. But I can’t say I didn’t like it either. Tony despised it. He fell asleep. But I actually found it interesting to see straight men in situations like that where they are so vulnerable to the point of almost being lost.

I just hope this time there’s a little full frontal nudity. Seriously. The show’s about male strippers. More than half the people who will go to see it won’t be thinking about how deep and heartfelt it is. They’ll be looking for why this film is titled XXL.

You can read more here.

Seven Companies No to Gay Rights

Here’s a list of 7 companies who supposedly don’t support gay rights. A few you might already know. But one in particular interested me.

5. Purina If you don’t want your dollars to go to a company that isn’t exactly gay-friendly, then put down the Beggin’ Strips and Fancy Feast. Not only did Purina score a 45 out of a possible 100 on the Human Rights Campaign scale, but they also gave into the demands of the American Family Association. When asked to pull ads from Saturday Night Live because it was deemed “immoral,” Purina succumbed to the demand. Yes, this was years ago, but some things never change.

I don’t know how accurate that is. Sometimes these lists get exaggerated and sensationalized. However, it’s not like I would give my dogs anything Purina anyway.

You can read more here.

Gay Sex Party Nigeria

This is a really disturbing article because a gay man in Africa allegedly went to a gay sex party and afterwards reported the party to the police because the gay men at the sex party wouldn’t pay him. As a result, the gay men at the party were all stripped naked and beaten in public.

Five men were detained and taken to the town hall, where in front of a large crowd they were stripped naked and whipped.

When they couldn’t pay a fine, they were reported to the police. At this point a sixth alleged member of the group was also arrested.

You can read more here. I don’t know if the photo is the actual photo of the men who were beaten and stripped. But once again, it’s disturbing to see that a gay man would turn this way on other gay men. But I guess it’s something we see here in the US from time to time as well. As long as there’s shame attached to being gay this kind of thing will continue.

Elton John to Marry

I guess now that same sex marriage is legal in the UK Elton John and David Furnish have decided to marry. I actually didn’t know they’d never had a wedding ceremony. Evidently, they’ve been civil partners because civil unions were legal in the UK.

Celebrity gay couple Elton John and David Furnish are planning to get married, following suit of gay couples all over England and Wales who can now legally marry.

British music icon John, 67, and partner Furnish, 51, have been civil partners since December 2005, entering their civil partnership on the day the act was passed.

Before Tony and I were married last January, after 21 years together, I don’t think I would have thought there was much difference between civil unions and marriage. However, there’s a huge difference. It’s something hard to explain that hits on a more emotional level. And it hits when you least expect it.

You can read more here.


NYT: Best Writers Under 40; Readmill Shutters; How We Read/Share News

NYT Best Writers Under 40

This is just one more reason why I’m glad I stopped reading the NYT almost altogether about five years ago. The NYT and Guardian UK are claiming that the best writers are, indeed, under the age of 40. Guardian even titles its post: “Let’s Face It, After 40 You’re Past It.” And the NYT actually said: “They often compose their best and most lasting work when they are young,” among other things that will make most sane people cringe. So Randy Susan Meyers did a little research in an effort to disabuse these idiots at these publications and she came up with a list of 41 authors all over 40. Bravo!

I tried to resist writing this — especially after my plea against categorizing authors. Plus, so many of us hide our age in this world of never-get-old, unearthing this information, even in our Google-ized world, was difficult.

I can tell you from over 20 years experience that I don’t think it’s possible to tell when a writer is peaking. John Irving has been around since I studied his books in college and he wrote the best book of his career last year…In one Person…that won awards. Once again, yet one more reason to stay away from the NTY altogether. And many authors over 40 won’t even show you what they wrote before 40.

You can read the list of 41 who are over 40 here. And there’s an easier post with the list here…no ads.

Thank you, Randy Susan Meyers for spotting this and putting the list together.

And one thing is both ironic and for certain: the idiots who wrote these articles clearly have not reached their best moment in time.


Readmill Shutters

This is interesting because we’ve been seeing what we thought were other established online businesses shutter and close all month. Now Dropbox just acquired Readmill and is doing away with it.

“Readmill’s story ends here,” writes Henrik Berggren, co-founder & CEO of Readmill on the company blog. “Many challenges in the world of ebooks remain unsolved, and we failed to create a sustainable platform for reading. For this, we’re deeply sorry. We considered every option before making the difficult decision to end the product that brought us together.”

There’s more here.

You can read a full final letter from Readmill here.

For those who never heard of Readmill, here’s a good description from their web site.

I think we’re entering a new phase, and only the strongest will last. Hint to authors: if you haven’t already done this, you might want to look into indie publishing to have that back up plan if your publisher or small e-press doesn’t stick around. It would be a shame for an author with a following and a decent readership to be rendered helpless because a press couldn’t figure out how to survive. When you’re an author you’re in business for yourself. I know it’s nice to be part of a team of authors with a small e-press at times. But they only look at you as part of a team, not as an individual.

How We Read/Share News

This article talks about how Americans share news stories, and how often they do it.

 The graphic features new research that delves into American news consumption. According to the survey, 60 percent of Americans read or watch 3 to 10 news stories a day. The research also revealed that 56 percent of those surveyed still pay for a print news subscription and 68 percent of those people subscribe to a local newspaper.

I don’t know anything about the company that did this survey, but I have a feeling someone who owns stock in the print newspaper business. I could be wrong about that, but it doesn’t make sense to me on just a small scale. It states 60% still read newspapers. The only people I know who still read print newspapers are all over seventy. Many are computer illiterate. And just locally we’ve lost all our print newspapers completely and we can’t even get local news anymore unless we go online. And then there’s a cost factor. Newspapers aren’t cheap anymore; online news sources are in most cases free as of right now. So there’s something not right about this particular survey. I hope it wasn’t done at Shady Pines Rest Home.

But there are a few interesting things about sharing news. And I do think the TV stats are accurate. Most of us still do look to TV for news.

You can read more here.

Steve-O Is Naked; Bobby Cannavale Full Frontal Nude; Johnny Knoxville Sexiest Actor Alive

Steve-O Is Naked

This is one of those posts that fall under the category of male full frontal nudity in a general sense, and mainly because I find the double standards with regard to male vs. female full frontal interesting. More often than not female full frontal is done, where male full frontal seems so shocking and taboo. There are many social and cultural arguments that could be made about this it could be a text book. I even posted about how male full frontal was so shocking in Germany recently, but female full frontal seems to be almost normal. At least Steve-O of Jackass notoriety is helping to break some of the double standards, and without any reservations. And like him or not, he seems to do this with a good deal of humor.

Steve-O, aka Stephen Glover, is star of the hit MTV franchise JACKASS. Steve-O has also appeared on Dancing With The Stars and is currently the host of TruTV’s Killer Karaoke

You can view the photos here. I can’t post them for copyright reasons. And, keep in mind they are NSFW.

A lot of my more judgmental peers who don’t like sex, nudity, or anything erotic in books (or anything) won’t care for this. But I think the topic of male full frontal nudity in itself is something most people find interesting, and not always sexual in nature. Sometimes it’s funny. Other times it’s emotional. Unfortunately, you will always hear someone complain that there’s too much sex in books, movies, or on TV. But you’ll never hear anyone complain there’s not enough sex in books, movies, or TV because that’s considered taboo, too. Well, not around here (smile).

Bobby Cannavale Full Frontal Nude

When I posted about Bobby Cannavale’s full frontal nude scene back in 2012 I had no idea I would get so many e-mails about it…and continue to get them. Cannavale did the scene for Boardwalk Empire. And I remember watching it the night if first aired. It’s an interesting scene because Cannavale is very well endowed, very attractive, and the clip itself is nothing I’ve seen before on TV. But more than that, in like almost any erotic romance ever written this full frontal nude scene from an artistic POV added to the storyline, made the scene more realistic (and interesting), and started a discussion in more than one place about male full frontal nudity.

In my last post about this I didn’t have any links to a clip. This time I do. This link below is simple to use, but you’ll have to turn off your content restriction for that particular web site. It’s simple to do. Just click the green box and the clip will appear. In this case I’m not sure it’s NSFW. This one falls under the category of something more artistic. At least I think so. I’m sure some would disagree.

You can get there from here.

Johnny Knoxville Sexiest Actor Alive

Also part of the Jackass fame and fortune is Johnny Knoxville, one of the most underestimated talents around. Knoxville is the creator of Jackass, and he’s done several films I’ve found hysterical…Bad Grandpa was the most recent I saw. To add to Knoxville’s list of credits, he’s been chosen again as Sexiest Actor Alive by Glam’Mag.

For the second year in a row 2013 and 2014

The magazine has released its annual list of the 100 men who made history hotter, and the honors go to exactly who you thought they would (if you keep up with celebrity news): Johnny Knoxville, the creator of Jackass. For the second year in a row, our gorgeous hottie beat out some other equally hot men for the number one spot! And we can’t say we disagree!

You won’t see me disagreeing with this any time soon. Though I don’t think Knoxville has ever done full frontal nudity I don’t think anyone would mind if he did do it. In the film, Bad Grandpa, which is a dark comedy with a deeper message filmed in real places with hidden cameras, it was both funny and hard to watch Knoxville play the role of an older man because he looked so damn hot in those kaki pants. And yet it was one of the most touching films I’ve seen in a long time because of the relationship between the two main characters.

You can read more here.

Photo Attribution here.

Steve-O Is Naked; Bobby Cannavale Full Frontal Nude; Johnny Knoxville Sexiest Actor Alive

Steve-O Is Naked

This is one of those posts that fall under the category of male full frontal nudity in a general sense, and mainly because I find the double standards with regard to male vs. female full frontal interesting. More often than not female full frontal is done, where male full frontal seems so shocking and taboo. There are many social and cultural arguments that could be made about this it could be a text book. I even posted about how male full frontal was so shocking in Germany recently, but female full frontal seems to be almost normal. At least Steve-O of Jackass notoriety is helping to break some of the double standards, and without any reservations. And like him or not, he seems to do this with a good deal of humor.

Steve-O, aka Stephen Glover, is star of the hit MTV franchise JACKASS. Steve-O has also appeared on Dancing With The Stars and is currently the host of TruTV’s Killer Karaoke

You can view the photos here. I can’t post them for copyright reasons. And, keep in mind they are NSFW.

A lot of my more judgmental peers who don’t like sex, nudity, or anything erotic in books (or anything) won’t care for this. But I think the topic of male full frontal nudity in itself is something most people find interesting, and not always sexual in nature. Sometimes it’s funny. Other times it’s emotional. Unfortunately, you will always hear someone complain that there’s too much sex in books, movies, or on TV. But you’ll never hear anyone complain there’s not enough sex in books, movies, or TV because that’s considered taboo, too. Well, not around here (smile).

Bobby Cannavale Full Frontal Nude

When I posted about Bobby Cannavale’s full frontal nude scene back in 2012 I had no idea I would get so many e-mails about it…and continue to get them. Cannavale did the scene for Boardwalk Empire. And I remember watching it the night if first aired. It’s an interesting scene because Cannavale is very well endowed, very attractive, and the clip itself is nothing I’ve seen before on TV. But more than that, in like almost any erotic romance ever written this full frontal nude scene from an artistic POV added to the storyline, made the scene more realistic (and interesting), and started a discussion in more than one place about male full frontal nudity.

In my last post about this I didn’t have any links to a clip. This time I do. This link below is simple to use, but you’ll have to turn off your content restriction for that particular web site. It’s simple to do. Just click the green box and the clip will appear. In this case I’m not sure it’s NSFW. This one falls under the category of something more artistic. At least I think so. I’m sure some would disagree.

You can get there from here.

Johnny Knoxville Sexiest Actor Alive

Also part of the Jackass fame and fortune is Johnny Knoxville, one of the most underestimated talents around. Knoxville is the creator of Jackass, and he’s done several films I’ve found hysterical…Bad Grandpa was the most recent I saw. To add to Knoxville’s list of credits, he’s been chosen again as Sexiest Actor Alive by Glam’Mag.

For the second year in a row 2013 and 2014

The magazine has released its annual list of the 100 men who made history hotter, and the honors go to exactly who you thought they would (if you keep up with celebrity news): Johnny Knoxville, the creator of Jackass. For the second year in a row, our gorgeous hottie beat out some other equally hot men for the number one spot! And we can’t say we disagree!

You won’t see me disagreeing with this any time soon. Though I don’t think Knoxville has ever done full frontal nudity I don’t think anyone would mind if he did do it. In the film, Bad Grandpa, which is a dark comedy with a deeper message filmed in real places with hidden cameras, it was both funny and hard to watch Knoxville play the role of an older man because he looked so damn hot in those kaki pants. And yet it was one of the most touching films I’ve seen in a long time because of the relationship between the two main characters.

You can read more here.

Photo Attribution here.

Wedding Remarks Beth Robinson; Gay Marriage Ban Ends in England, Wales

Wedding Remarks: Beth Robinson

I received an e-mail last night from Jeff Kaufman in LA who is producing the upcoming marriage documentary about Vermont, The State of Marriage. While going through transcripts he came across the remarks Vermont Supreme Court Justice Beth Robinson made at our wedding in Vermont last January. I’ve already posted about what an honor it was to have Judge Robinson perform the ceremony, but I didn’t have her exact remarks until now. It’s interesting how I actually do recall them, in detail, at the time she made them.

 Ryan and Tony, we celebrate your enduring love. What brings you here today is a deeply personal commitment, but it’s also more than that.  This isn’t only a commitment ceremony, it’s a legal marriage.  I appreciate your thanks to me personally for my role in this, but understand that you and I join together in thanking so many hundreds of thousands of people who have worked so hard including, I’m quite sure, yourselves in bringing us to the place we are today.  Thanks to their perseverance, the hopes you had in the past are reality today.  I’m reminded of the saying, “The personal is political.”  The love you two share is profoundly personal.  The law is willingness to recognize and protect that love is profoundly political.  You’ve acknowledged the work people have done to get us here, but I want to acknowledge the impact that the two of you have had just by being you, by being a committed, loving couple for so many years, seeing each other through the most unimaginable difficult times, modeling the love and steadfastness that everyone has to understand.  It is a model for us all.

The example you have set has made this moment as inevitable as all of the protests in the street and the lobbying in the legislature.  So I thank you for that.  I’m honored to celebrate you Tony and Ryan, to celebrate your individuality, who you are as a couple and who you will continue to be as husbands.  All of us know that you are deeply in love, but beyond the warmth and the glow, the excitement and the romance, what is love really?  Real love is caring as much about the welfare and happiness of your partner, as about your own.  Real love is not possessive or jealous, it is liberating.  It sets you free to become your best self. Real love is not total absorption in each other.  It’s looking outward in the same direction together.  Love makes burdens lighter because you divide them.  It makes joys more intense because you share them.  It makes you stronger so that you can reach out and become involved with life in ways you dared not risk alone.

Gay Marriage Ban Ends in England, Wales

The gay marriage ban in England and Wales ended today at midnight. There were civil unions there, but many decided to have midnight weddings and celebrate the many wonderful things associated with the fact that they are now able to legally marry. 

The change is largely being taken in stride, with little rancor from opponents and a sense from supporters that same-sex marriage was long overdue. Britain had already allowed gay couples to adopt children, and gay service members are permitted to serve openly in the military.

Unlike in the United States and other countries that have been roiled by debates over gay rights, marriage equality has overwhelming support here, and was passed by a comfortable majority in Parliament in July.

You can read more here.

When I post things like this I often think of this blog as a personal journal and that one day I’ll look back and read all these things again. As of this date, in the US Tony and I are legally married in only the US states where LGBTI marriage is recognized. However, we happen to live in Pennsylvania, where we pay taxes and own property, where LGBTI marriage is NOT yet legal. One mile away in New Jersey, we are legally married.




Photo above are the actual flowers from our wedding in Vermont, dried and arranged differently two months later.

Gay Mormon Son; NYT Angers Bisexuals; Morning Joe Snit

Gay Mormon Son

When I read this fascinating conversation between Rich Valenza and Mormon mom, Wendy Williams Montgomery, I couldn’t help sharing it here on the blog. Valenza of RaiseAChild spoke in-depth with Williams Montgomery about her gay son, and about what happened after she found out he was gay. She was aware of what was happening in his life, enough to know there was something wrong, and she did what any good parent would have done…including me…she read his journal.

I spent those two weeks doing nothing but reading everything that I could get my hands on and trying to figure out the best ways to help him. I wanted, when he came out to us, for that to be only love and only support and a really beautiful experience for him and not a horrible, terrifying, scary thing like it is for so many kids. I just wanted him to be surrounded by nothing but love from his parents.

You can read the entire conversation here.

It’s very inspiring to see how she put her son first above everything else.

NYT Angers Bisexuals

There was a piece in the NYT about bisexuality that some bisexuals believe fell short on the most important issues bisexuals face and instead focused on the more sensationalized aspects of bisexuality.

the overall focus was on genitalia, bisexual curiosity and what occurs behind closed doors, instead of the much more pressing social, economic, psychological and cultural issues that affect bisexuals nationwide. Considering the fact that every five, 10, 20 years a new article arises that harps on the so-called “trendiness” of bisexuality as it pertains to bedroom routines, perhaps this shouldn’t be surprising. But it’s beyond time for us to move past this fascination to get to what really matters.

This doesn’t surprise me. I saw a discussion on Twitter the other night about the topic of journalists at publications like the NYT falling short in almost everything these days. In many cases if it’s not sensationalism about questionable healthcare issues it’s just poor grammar. In other cases it’s putting a slant on the news to make it what they want and to sway public opinion. The trouble with the latter is that’s not how it works with all of their readers. And when they try to pull that on some they wind up losing readers who won’t go back.

You can read more here.


Morning Joe Snit

I have to admit that I’m not a fan of TV news show, “Morning Joe,” because I think it’s always been biased, it doesn’t hand out the facts, and Joe Scarborough is full of crap. It’s why I haven’t turned on anything MSNBC related in years now. (if you look at the ratings I’m not the only one.) But I have to admit that MSNBC did something right when they gave air space to Mika Brzezinski, because this morning she actually said what many of us have been thinking, and it put Scarborough in a snit.

She calls out her co-host for his ratings-driven speculative theories about the Malaysian missing plane by pulling the focus back onto *real* news and facts the public needs to hear. But also…

You can read more here, with a clip of the incident.

You’ll also see how a straight privileged man treats a strong woman with patronizing comments and condescending gestures. He told her to “calm down.” I wonder if he would have said that to a male co-host. Or better, Barbara Walters.

Of course it still won’t get me…and millions of others…back to MSNBC or Morning Joe. They’d have to get rid of Joe Scarborough and hand the reins over to Brzezinski for that to happen and call it Morning Mika. Right now, I prefer Robin Meade.

MA State Rep. HIV+; Sally Field’s Gay Son; FREE Gay Excerpt Friday Sexual Transitioning

MA State Rep. HIV+

I think this is groundbreaking for several reasons. Massachusetts State Representative  Carl Sciortino recently disclosed he’s living with HIV, he resigned from office, and will soon be heading the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts.

‘As a gay man living with HIV, I am honored to lead one of the country’s oldest and most effective organizations in the battle against this disease which has raged on over 30 years,’ Sciortino said in a statement.

He mentions a few of his plans, which includes lowering HIV diagnosis rates.

But I think one of the least discussed aspects of this announcement is that he actually disclosed his HIV status in public. There’s been a long standing unspoken rule within the gay community that anyone who is HIV positive is mentioned with whispers and rarely does anyone ever talk about it openly. I will do a much longer in-depth post on this in the future from experiences I’ve personally had.

You can read more here.

Sally Field’s Gay Son

Although Sally  and I are not related at all (smile), this is interesting because Tony and I recently watched a Barbra Streisand concert on PBS where Streisand’s openly gay son, Jason Gould, sang a song with her. Gould came out at the age of 21. According to this Gould was diagnosed as HIV+ in 2003. (He’s very good, and the PBS special was actually very good…and I think most people who come to this blog know I’m not normally a huge fan of the torch song thing.) I think when we see high profile celebrities speak openly about *anything* LGBT related it helps people who haven’t come out…or are thinking about coming out.

Sally Field, best known for her title role in the 1960’s television series The Flying Nun, has written about her experiences raising a gay son along two straight sons in a letter aimed at bolstering support for the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) efforts to stop state legislatures passing laws that legalize discrimination against LGBTI people.

You can read more here. Field has always been active with social and political issues, and usually does it with grace.

FREE Gay Excerpt Friday Sexual Transitioning

I posted about my upcoming short that will be released by German publisher, Bruno Gmunder, yesterday. It’s a short sequel to my erotic romance, Fangsters: Clan of the Jersey Boys, and if I don’t post something about it now I might forget about it. Shorts tend to get lost in the proverbial shuffle sometimes…and they are actually my favorite forms of fiction, both reading and writing. The title is Sexual Transitioning. And it is subject to changes I might not be aware of because the publisher edits this one, not me. This is the raw version. A word of warning, though. If you haven’t read the novel, Fangsters, there might be a spoiler in this story. For those who have read Fangsters, I think this will only add to the original story line. 

The night Anton and Digger decided to turn Leo would haunt Anton throughout eternity. He hadn’t wanted to turn him that soon. He’d wanted to think about it and talk it over with Leo to see if he was ready to become a vampire. Of course Digger, always the bad boy careless one, shrugged and laughed it off. Digger acted on impulse and made all his decisions without taking consequences into consideration. He’d wanted to turn Leo much earlier and Anton had been the one who had refused.

            Anton hadn’t expected to fall in love with Digger and Leo at the same time. He knew Digger and Leo hadn’t expected they would fall in love with each other, and with him. The concept of three so completely different men loving each other this way could only be described as complicated at best under normal circumstances. But when two of the lovers were vampires it went beyond complicated and veered into pure unabashed confusion.

            The night they were on their way home from the nightclub where Leo had just won first prize for having the best ass in the gay bar changed their three-way relationship forever. If that truck hadn’t come from nowhere, or if Leo hadn’t walked into the middle of the street without looking, there would have been time to talk and plan and organize the future in a more coherent way. Leo would have had time to adjust to the idea being a vampire and maybe his transition wouldn’t have been so intense and violent.

            There were nights after the accident, after they’d turned Leo, where Anton and Digger would talk about what had happened and shake their heads. Digger remembered it differently than Anton. He didn’t remember the exact details. Maybe he hadn’t been paying attention, which Anton knew wouldn’t have been unusual. Digger didn’t even remember Leo in the middle of the street dying, with his leg severed, losing so much blood he could barely speak. But Anton would never forget that night, not a single detail. If he closed his eyes, he could still see Leo look up at him and say, “I love you guys. I think I’m dying, Anton. I don’t think I’m going to live.” Anton would never forget when Leo begged him and said, “Hold me tighter, Anton. Don’t let me go. I love you both so much. Hold me. I’m so scared. I can’t feel my leg anymore.” Nothing in Anton’s mortal or immortal life had ever left such an impact on him.

            Of course Digger didn’t remember it happening the same way. No matter how many times Anton would disabuse Digger’s convoluted recollections, Digger would reply the same way. He claimed there was no way Leo could have spoken those words or said those things with his leg severed that way. Digger would look at Anton and say, “I should know. It couldn’t have happened that way. I worked in the emergency room in a hospital when I took that summer off one year. I saw how humans deal with pain, and I know there’s no way Leo could have been that conscious in that condition and said those things. It’s just not realistic. No sane person would believe it.”

            Anton usually let Digger get away with a lot, but not this. He wouldn’t back down. “I don’t fucking care where you worked one summer, or what the fuck you did in an emergency room. I was there, man. I held Leo in my arms and I heard him speaking to me, begging me. He knew he was dying. He did say those things.”

            Digger wouldn’t agree, but he would back down and change the subject with a dismissive tone. Perhaps because he knew he couldn’t win, or perhaps because he knew Anton needed to rationalize his motives for turning Leo that night. And it’s not that Anton had any regrets about what he’d done at the moment. He’d agreed to turn Leo at that moment to keep him from dying and to save his leg and he’d been prepared to deal with the consequences. It’s just that Anton never in his wildest dreams thought the transition from human to vampire would be so intense.

            After they turned Leo right there in the middle of the street, they brought him back to Digger’s apartment in Newark. They figured he would be safe there. Anton had to deal with some family business for his dad the following night, but Digger could stay with Leo to make sure he didn’t get into trouble until Anton returned. Newly turned vampires often have different reactions. Some are calm and slide right into their new immortal lives without a hitch. Some can be moody and won’t speak for days. Others can be nasty and all they want is to make the first fresh kill and suck human blood. Anton once saw a newly turned vampire crawl into a hole in the ground and refuse to come out for months. He drank the blood of voles and moles. It was always different with each human turned, and no one could predict the outcome. In Leo’s case, Anton didn’t think there was much to be worried about because Leo had been such a sweet, tender, kind human.