Month: November 2016

Stepbrothers In the Attic Release Day; Male Full Frontal Nudity In Films: Shared Rooms; Farewell America by Neal Gabler

Stepbrothers In the Attic Release Day

Stepbrothers In the Attic is a light parody of a well known story line. Of course the love and romance is my main focus in the book, but I also focused a little on how people treat gays, the shame associated with being gay, and gay reparation therapy.

I’ve posted about this book on several different occasions and you can read more about it here on this blog. However, I want to make it clear this is not a word for word recount of the original story line, and there is a huge surprise ending that I don’t think has ever been done before with this story.

At the links above, I’ve provided a few free excerpts and the back cover copy. I will post a few more excerpts toward the end of this week…all SFW.

I would imagine this one will be out in both paperback and e-book, but right now it’s only available as an e-book.


Male Full Frontal Nudity In Films: Shared Rooms

The other day I posted about a new gay movie, Shared Rooms. Well, I made a point of watching it and I wasn’t totally blown away. And that’s a shame because I was looking forward to it. I think it was partially funded through one of those crowdfunding web sites.

First, I didn’t finish watching it. I would have, but Tony hated it so much I couldn’t put him through that kind of torture. I honestly would have finished it. I didn’t think it was THAT bad, but he started to moan and it was just easier to turn it off.

I think the one thing about the movie that bothered us the most were the stereotypes, and not just one in particular. This movie covered all the proverbial bases. There’s the stereotype of the fussy effeminate gay couple who don’t like kids. There’s the stereotype of the hot butch muscle guys hooking up on apps and having sex. And there’s even the gay roommate stereotype. The film follows three different story lines that are supposed to come together in the end, and I kept hoping that at least one would get a little better, especially because I think the premise was based on how gay men find comfort in their friends during the holiday season.

But, there is full frontal nudity. Not much, but it’s there…a quick glimpse of meat and potatoes bouncing around. As I said I probably would have continued watching had it not been for Tony’s outbursts, and you might feel the same way I did. There’s a certain camp appeal to it that I liked, and I don’t think it was meant to be taken very seriously, so you might enjoy it if you keep that in mind.

Here’s another review about Shared Rooms that wasn’t as kind as I was.

Frankly, I think that review was a little harsh. I think some would enjoy Shared Rooms as long as they aren’t expecting too much.

Farewell America by Neal Gabler

The reason I’m posting about this is because I honestly don’t know how to comment on it. As most of you know I’m not very political. In fact, I despise politics. In this case, I think that only time will tell, and I want to come back and revisit this post and this piece sometime in the future.

America died on Nov. 8, 2016, not with a bang or a whimper, but at its own hand via electoral suicide. We the people chose a man who has shredded our values, our morals, our compassion, our tolerance, our decency, our sense of common purpose, our very identity — all the things that, however tenuously, made a nation out of a country.

I was only a kid when Ronald Reagan became President in 1980, however, I can still remember the most devastated claiming it was the end of days. Clearly, it wasn’t the end of days. America survived that election, and years later went on to elect the first non-white President in 2008.

In any event, it is an interesting read.  

You can read the piece in full here


A Possible Gay Utopia; Fidel Castro’s Horrific Record With Gays; Stephen Port Gets Life Term For Killing 4 Gay Men

A Possible Gay Utopia

Now this sounds like a fascinating discussion. It was an event held in LA that examined how LGBT people deal with sexual identity and community.

The workshop created a space for LGBTQ people to come together to reflect on their lives through storytelling, art-making, and play. Through this process, they generated innovative ideas on establishing long-term LGBTQ community values that could impact city planning in L.A., and beyond.

As the icebreaker, the participants were asked to “build your first childhood memory of being different” in 10 minutes by choosing from hundreds of small objects. This prompt helped participants re-create that “aha” moment in their lives that revealed that they were different from the rest of the children or youth around them.

You can read more here.

I think the most interesting part comes toward the end of the article. That’s when they talk about how most communities are designed for straight people. I’ve seen that happen right here in New Hope, PA. At one time, New Hope was an enclave for theater people, artists, writers, and anyone who fell under the umbrella of LGBT. Over the past 20 years it’s evolved into an expensive trendy little tourist town, with subdivisions and excellent schools, all geared toward heteronormative families. There are still a lot of gay people here, however, many older gays have moved to places like Palm Springs, CA or Wilton Manors, FL for obvious reasons. 

I think it’s all relative, especially when you consider the fact that most younger LGBT people are assimilating more as each day passes.

Fidel Castro’s Horrific Record With Gays

Over the past weekend I kept seeing idiot politicians praise Fidel Castro and I kept shaking my head. And I was hoping someone would write an article like this.

Fidel Castro was many things: a revolutionary, a communist, a garrulous orator. Amid the fawning encomia released upon his long-overdue death at the age of 90, it should never be forgotten that he was also an oppressor, torturer, and murderer of gay people. 

“We would never come to believe that a homosexual could embody the conditions and requirements of conduct that would enable us to consider him a true revolutionary, a true communist militant,” Castro told an interviewer in 1965. “A deviation of that nature clashes with the concept we have of what a militant communist should be.”

There’s more here. It goes on to talk about how Castro put gays in concentration camps, how Allen Ginsberg was kicked out of Cuba,  and how Castro quarantined all people with HIV in the 1980s. He was a tyrant. And when people like Jill Stein or Jimmy Carter  praise Castro, I have to wonder WTF is wrong with them. These facts about how Castro treated gays are easy to find with a simple search and you don’t have to take my word for it.  

Stephen Port Gets Life Term For Killing 4 Gay Men

Here’s more about Stephen Port, a UK man who met guys on hook up apps and then did despicable things to them.

The man, Stephen Port, who murdered at least four young men over 15 months and raped many more, was sentenced at the Central Criminal Court in London on Friday to life in prison, in a case that has appalled the country with its grisly details and raised serious questions about the quality of policing.
All of Mr. Port’s victims were gay and in their 20s. They all died from overdoses of the date-rape drug GHB, also known as G or liquid ecstasy.
You can read more here. It goes into a lot more detail about how questionably the police treated the case and how the families reacted.  
Port received a life sentence, which I personally think is too good for him.
Guys, be careful out there, especially with hook up apps. You can’t trust anyone.
 
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Cyber Monday Sale At All Romance E-books; Being Gay and Asexual; Shirtless French Farmers and More

Cyber Monday Sale At All Romance E-books

They’re having a Cyber Monday sale over at All Romance E-books on November 28, 2016, and all of my books with Riverdale Ave Books will be included. In fact, all of my books are on sale. I just checked. 

From my inbox…

Readers can access purchases via AllRomance.com, the ARe Android App, or the ARe iTunes App

Check them out for more details. 

If you’ve never shopped for e-books at All Romance, please check them out just for the sake of something new. It’s always been one of my favorite places for e-books.

Being Gay and Asexual


I have to admit that this one slightly stumps me. I’ve always thought a person was either gay or asexual, but not both. Evidently, this article I’m linking to challenges that.

I do believe that asexual falls under the umbrella of LGBT. I just don’t totally understand the concept of being gay and asexual. I understand them individually, of course. And there’s not much info out there.

In any event, this article is one of those meme things where people talk about being gay and asexual. Here’s one that does clarify things a little better, at least for me it does:

I’m basically a gay asexual. I am sexually attracted by a man’s body but that’s it. Not his part…

Unfortunately, the comments will not help much with this topic. They’re very rude and the jokes are not very funny. 

You can check the memes out here. And here’s a link to a forum where they discuss being gay and asexual. 

If you are gay and asexual, good for you. It doesn’t really matter if anyone (including me) understands it or not. It only matters that you understand it.

Shirtless French Farmers and More

Because sometimes you just need something lighter and not so serious…

In this 2017 calendar, photographer Fred Goudon sets his lingering lens on some stunningly handsome French farmers. Purchase it here.

You can check out a few more interesting things here, including a trailer for the upcoming NBC play, Hairspray Live…which I believe airs very soon in December.  

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70s Gay Subculture and Gay Semiotics; "Shared Rooms" New Gay Production; Aaron Rhodes’ Biggerst Turn Ons

70s Gay Subculture and Gay Semiotics

A photographer named Hal Fisher published a book in 1977 called Gay Semiotics, which focused on what it was like to be gay in San Francisco back then. I missed all that and I’ve always been curious about it. I only know what I’ve heard through older gay friends.

The most basic definition of semiotics is “the study of signs and symbols and their use or interpretation.” I studied a lot of this in a graduate course I took once called “Communications and Literature.” If you want to read more about semiotics for background info, you can check this out.

Here’s more about how semiotics played a role in 70s gay subculture.  It’s an excerpt from the book.

BLUE HANDKERCHIEF
Handkerchiefs signify behavioral tendencies through both color and placement. A blue handkerchief placed in the right hip pocket serves notice that the wearer desires to play the passive role during sexual intercourse. Conversely, a blue handkerchief placed in the left hip pocket indicates that the wearer will assume the active or traditional male role during sexual contact. The blue handkerchief is commonly used in the treatment of nasal congestion and in some cases holds no meaning in regard to sexual preferences.

RED HANDKERCHIEF
Red handkerchiefs are used as signifiers for behavior that is often regarded as deviant or abnormal. A red handkerchief located in the right hip pocket implies that the wearer takes the passive role in anal/hand insertion. A red handkerchief placed in the left hip pocket suggests that the wearer plays the active role in anal/hand insertion. Red handkerchiefs are also employed in the treatment of nasal discharge and in some cases may have no significance in regard to sexual contact.

You can read more about this here, with photos. It’s fascinating material and it’s a huge part of gay history. They get into a great deal, including poppers. If you’re writing or reading gay erotic romance and you don’t know what poppers are, you really should enlighten yourself with this article.

The comments are even more fascinating.

“Shared Rooms” New Gay Production

Here’s a piece about a new gay production titled, Shared Rooms.

Shared Rooms, the latest holiday-themed production from writer-director Rob Williams (Make The Yuletide Gay, etc.) is out this week. The film unspools a trio of gay tales entirely shot in the gay Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles, including one that has earned notoriety on the LGBTQ film festival circuit.

I haven’t seen it so I can’t comment. There’s more here.

There’s a trailer that didn’t really do much for me. If you don’t like the characters in the trailer, it’s not much of an incentive to see the movie. Two people who already left comments seem to agree with me.

Aaron Rhodes’ Biggest Turn Ons

This is fairly harmless. It won’t change your life, but it’s entertaining in a, “like,” way that requires very little thought at all. And he is cute. I think it’s interesting that this is how some segments of gay culture have evolved as compared to the book I mentioned above, Gay Semiotics.

These are a few of Aaron Rhodes’ favorite things, as revealed in a new YouTube video. (Twin bro Austin’s away in Denver, so he’s going solo this time, m’kay?)

This one’s all about the video, which you can view here.

The comments are mixed. I still find it interesting that these people find any audience at all on the Internet…but they do.

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New Release and FREE Excerpts: Stepbrothers In the Attic; Russell Tovey Likes Being Gay; RIP Florence Henderson

New Release and FREE Excerpts: Stepbrothers In the Attic

This is my newest release titled, Stepbrothers In the Attic. I’ve posted a few things about it already…link below.

And this is the final cover reveal. Links to follow very soon.


If you click this link you’ll find more info about Stepbrothers In the Attic, plus free excerpts from the book. It’s just another link to this blog and SFW.

Russell Tovey Likes Being Gay

I think things like this inspire other gay men, especially those who are not out of the closet.

Russell Tovey has said he believes being gay is the best thing that has ever happened to him and his career.

The British star has spoken out against the idea that coming out can destroy an actor or actress.

There’s more here. The more that come out the easier it gets for everyone else. There is power in numbers. 

RIP Florence Henderson

Among many things, Florence Henderson was a huge supporter of the LGBT community.

Florence Henderson, one of the most beloved television moms in history, died on Thanksgiving at the age of 82 of heart failure.

Henderson had been seen just last month at a taping of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars in support of Maureen McCormick who played her daughter on the classic sitcom The Brady Bunch.

Of course Henderson was most commonly known for her role as the mom in The Brady Bunch. The father in that show was Robert Reed, who at the time was gay and in the closet.

Reed was gay but kept this fact private, fearing it would damage his career. In July 1954, Reed married fellow Northwestern student Marilyn Rosenberger.The couple had one daughter, Karen, before divorcing in 1959.

After his death, Reed’s Brady Bunch co-stars – most notably Barry Williams and Henderson – publicly acknowledged Reed’s sexual orientation, and admitted that most of the cast and crew of The Brady Bunch were aware, but they did not discuss it with Reed. Williams said, “Robert didn’t want to go there. I don’t think he talked about it with anyone. I just don’t think it was a discussion – period.”

According to the wiki link above, Reed died of “colon cancer complications due to HIV.” 

Henderson always supported Reed, too.

Reed was gay and early in the show’s run, Henderson put her foot down with a director who tried to mistreat the actor because of his sexuality.

There’s more about Florence Henderson here. Personally, I used to love to watch a talk show she did fairly recently on a cable channel. She was very good at everything she did. RIP

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Joe Jonas Thinks It’s "Kind of Funny" If You Think He’s Gay; UK Censoring Online Adult Entertainment

Joe Jonas Thinks It’s “Kind of Funny” If You Think He’s Gay

I see a lot of this lately and I don’t always get it. Evidently, sometimes people think Joe Jonas is gay and this is how he responded:

I don’t know the real answer to it. I don’t have an issue with it. I think it’s a compliment. I have a lot of gay fans. It’s not like it bothers me. Some people handle it differently, but at the end of the day, I’m cool with it and think it’s kind of funny. You have to learn to laugh; people are gonna create a story out of anything.

You know, it’s probably because I’m in touch with my feminine side. Look, I love fashion; I love to dress well. I love certain things like that. And I have a lot of gay friends, as well, so that could probably point them in that direction. But again, the gay community is something that is close to my heart, so I don’t mind. Hey, if they wanna think I’m gay, it’s fun.”

Funny?

Here’s the rest.

Someone in the comments said this:

 drsmithnj 
 
He thinks it’s fun? I’m not an accessory. He doesn’t get to demean me like I’m a piece of luggage.

UK Censoring Online Adult Entertainment

If this is true, it might be the beginning of more online censorship. And it’s something to worry about.

It’s looking like UK Internet scavengers will soon be unable to access any website depicting “non-conventional sex acts,” according to The Guardian. 

Part of the Digital Economy Bill, a proposal currently going through parliament, will force all internet service providers to block any entertainment that wouldn’t receive certification for commercial sale from the British Board of Film Classification.

Here are some of the things considered “non-conventional.”

 Attitiude reports there’s no definitive list of these sex acts, but it will likely include spanking or whipping, urination, vaginal ejaculation, sex in public, and “any form of sexual penetration into an orifice which exceeds the so-called ‘four-finger’ rule.

You can read the rest here.

 
 

PRESS RELEASE: Riverdale Ave Books Thanksgiving Sale

PRESS RELEASE: Riverdale Ave Books Thanksgiving Sale

I figured this deserves a post of its own. From my inbox…


Riverdale Avenue Books to Offer Dysfunctional Family Thanksgiving Day Sale on MILF, DILF, and Stepbrothers Books
New York, New York – November 21, 2016 Spend this Thanksgiving with your favorite dysfunctional family with the help of Riverdale Avenue Books. The innovative hybrid is offering 50% off of all MILF, DILF, and Stepbrother titles to kick off the holiday season.
“We know how crazy your family can get during Thanksgiving, so we wanted to offer our readers a great discount and a laugh,” said Publisher, Lori Perkins. “Our readers love MILFS, DILFS and stepbrothers, and I know they rather be with them over their own dysfunctional families.”
Each book has a unique code for the 50% discount that can be redeemed on riverdaleavebooks.com. The tiles and discount codes include:
·         Happy MILF Day, edited by Lori Perkins – MILFTG2016  
·         Happy DILF Day, edited by Lori Perkins – DILFTG2016
·         Her Stepbrothers’ Demands, by Trinity Blacio – HSDTG2016  
·         Her Stepbrothers are Aliens, by Trinity Blacio – HSAATG2016  
·         Her Stepbrothers are Blood Suckers, by Trinity Blacio – HSABSTG2016  
·         Her Stepbrothers are Angels, by Trinity Blacio – HSAATG2016
·         Her Stepbrothers are Demons, by Trinity Blacio – HSADMTG2016
·         Her Stepbrothers are Dragons, by Trinity Blacio – HSADRTG2016  
·         Her Stepbrothers are Werewolves, by Trinity Blacio – HSAWTG2016  
·         Her Stepbrothers are Saber Tooth Tigers, by Trinity Blacio – HSASTTTG2016  
·         Her Stepbrothers Christmas Gift, by Rachel Kenley – HSCGTG2016  
·         Her Beastly Stepbrother, by Rachel Kenley – HBSTG2016  
·         Her Frozen Stepbrother, by Rachel Kenley – HFSTG2016  
·         Stepbrothers in the Attic, by Ryan Field – SITATG2016  
About Riverdale Avenue Books
Riverdale Avenue Books is an award winning, innovative hybrid publisher at the leading edge of the changes in the publishing industry.  We publish e-books, print, and audio books under 10 imprints: Desire, an erotica/erotic romance imprint; Riverdale/Magnus the award-winning imprint of LGBT titles; Popfeaturing pop culture titles; Afraid,a horror line; SFF, a science fiction fantasy line; Truth, an erotic memoir line; Dagger, a mystery thriller imprint; Sports and Gaming featuring sports and gaming titles; and VerVe featuring lifestyle titles. Started in 2012 by industry veteran Lori Perkins, Riverdale is a full service publisher, with a foreign rights and film agency department.  Visit us at www.RiverdaleAveBooks.com.