American Star II

It’s American Idol Time Again…Go Ellen Degeneres

I’m posting a link to amazon for people who don’t read e-books. AMERICAN STAR is out in print paperback, or digital format now. It’s a funny, satirical lgbt novel about what might happen behind the scenes of American Idol. I wrote this book long before there was a contestant like Adam Lambert, and a judge like Ellen Degeneres. And though the storyline is revolves around a TV show just like American Idol, what happens behind the scenes is a lot more fun than what goes on in front of the cameras.

There’s also a second novel in this series, AMERICAN STAR II, which has just as much lgbt fun as the first book. And, on Amazon, you can read the first section of the book and I’ve posted another free sample below that I thought was funny.

Then Emma stood up to clear the dinner plates and said, “I’ll start getting dessert ready. I made a huge batch of chocolate chip cookies late last night.”


Larry and Brian smiled, and that’s because they hadn’t tasted her butter cookies. Terrence gulped and stared down at his lap, hoping she’d tried a little harder to follow the recipe this time.
When she placed the cookies in the middle of the table, he waited for Brian and Larry to taste them first. They looked okay: perfect little rounds, with ridges and small dots of chocolate. But when Brian put one in his mouth and started to chew, he sat back for a moment and pressed his palm to his chest. Then he reached for a glass of water to wash it down. Larry was next. He was smiling when he put the entire cookie into his mouth, but the minute his taste buds kicked in his eyes widened and the corners of his lips turned down. Terrence had to look away; he focused on a large window at the far end of the room so he couldn’t see the defeated expression on Larry’s face.
Emma returned to the table with a pot of coffee. “How are they?” she asked. “I decided to add a few extra ingredients on my own.”
“What did you add?” Larry asked. Then he swallowed some water.
“Cracked peppercorns and cottage cheese,” she said. “I used the cottage cheese instead of butter to keep the calories down, and I figured if they could add salt in the original recipe, I may as well add some pepper, too, for extra flavor. You know, that spicy-sweet thing.” She smiled and smoothed out her skirt. Then she handed one to Terrence and said, “Here, have one.”
“I’m allergic,” he said. “I’m allergic to cottage cheese. I’m glad you mentioned that.” He’d never been allergic to anything in his life, but he wasn’t going to eat cottage cheese, peppercorn, chocolate chip cookies.

A New Cover for AMERICAN STAR

I noticed that they gave my book AMERICAN STAR II, a new cover. The transition hasn’t been complete yet and there are still old covers floating around, so I figured I’d put both up here to show the differences. The older one is on the left, and the newer one on the right.
This book is a romance, with a man and a woman, and a very happy ending. But it has a strong LGBT sub-plot, too. And the BT part of LGBT is where the focus lies. It’s also loosely based on the TV show, “American Idol.” All of my characters are fictional, and none are even loosely based on actual “American Idol” contestants. And yet one of the characters is almost identical to Adam Lambert. This was an accident. When I wrote the book, long before last season’s “American Idol” began, I had no idea there would ever be a contestnt like Adam Lambert on “American Idol.”
It’s interesting how these things happen by accident. I know other writers who say the same things happen to them. They write things that eventually come true. I wish I could predict lottery numbers this way.

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.