Rainbow Detective Agency Book 2
Here’s the second book in the The Rainbow Detective Agency Series. It was released late Friday and I didn’t want to post anything until it went live. I still don’t have all the links, but will share as I get each one.
The book is a stand alone, and this time, with this series, I’m labeling each book in sequence so readers know the order in which they were written. Here’s the cover, blurb, and links. You can read a sample at each web site, and I will do a free sample from the middle of the book soon.
In this second installment of The Rainbow Detective Agency, gay private detectives, Proctor Gamble and Blair Huntingdon, have settled into a routine that seems to work for them. Although they are still arguing, they are also still making love and their relationship is always moving forward.
When they meet Alonzo Albertini, an attractive young man from Tuscany who claims to be an Italian fairy with magical powers, Proctor refuses to take him as a client. He thinks Alonzo is unstable and it would be unethical. But Blair argues the point that they shouldn’t judge Alonzo and he insists on taking the case anyway.
Proctor finally agrees and they wind up getting involved in a dangerous situation that involves a dead body, a rare priceless chalice that was allegedly stolen from the Vatican, and a client who believes he’s being chased by an old order of evil magicians. Along the way, they experience a few interesting erotic events, one of which happens in a bathhouse with four hot young men.
But is there really something magical about Alonzo, and will Proctor and Blair be able to help keep him from harm? Or for that matter, will Proctor and Blair figure out a way to solve the case and overcome the stress it puts on their relationship?
Fifty Shades of Grey Not so Gay
I’ve posted a few times this week about ridiculous advertorials the people promoting the film, Fifty Shades of Grey, have been placing in gay publications in order to nab the gay audience in very shabby passive aggressive homophobic ways. Well, here’s an article I do agree with because it shows not only how Fifty Shades of Grey wouldn’t work with gay characters, but also how the entire BDSM theme of the book is way off target all the way around. In fact, it’s so way off target I’ve never met a person into the BDSM lifetstyle that supports it…gay or straight.
In any event, this is true, and from what I gather the same thing applies to straight people into BDSM:
In 50 Shades, Christian Grey’s penchant for being a total dom is chalked up to an abusive childhood. Once he has Ana, he eventually realizes he doesn’t need that dynamic to satisfy him any longer. Makes for a good story, sure. But in the gay world, even kinky sex isn’t always so serious. Sure, we’ve got daddy issues just like anyone else, but sometimes sex is just sex. We tend to not get so heady about it.
It’s a good article, it’s short and sweet, and it shows how there is little to the book or movie that is in any way related to gay culture. You can read it in full here.
Southern States and STDs
According to this article, southern states like Louisiana have the highest STD rates. Actually, I did some grad work once for about six months in Spartanburg, SC, and I remember there being a high STD rate at the time, too. Of course in my case it was hearsay, but I do remember being extremely careful and not taking anything for granted.
In fact, the South is leading the nation in new cases sexually transmitted diseases, according to the report, which is based on 2013 numbers. Eight of the 11 states with the highest rates of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis were located in the Southeast. (The CDC didn’t include new stats for HIV/AIDS.) Researchers believe bans on comprehensive sex education plus lack of funding for STD testing are fueling the southern dominance of new infections.
Close to 20 million new infections are reported in the U.S. every year. But that’s only a tiny fraction of existing cases. The actual number is probably closer to 110 million. Many people (90 million to be precise) either don’t realize they’re infected or don’t seek medical help.