anthologies

Justin Bieber’s Little Monkey; New Release; Gay Fiction: "Pledges"

I know this might sound trivial with all the news happening these days, but these monkey stories have been popping up all week and I figured why not post about Justin Bieber’s little monkey.

From what I’ve been able to gather in simple searches, Justin Bieber has a cute little monkey he calls Mally…but it’s created somewhat of a controversy. When he entered Germany about a month ago and they found out about his little monkey they took one look at it, shook their heads, and quarantined it. I’m not sure how the rest transpired, but it seems Bieber has learned to live without his little monkey and now he’s ready to give it up altogether.

Bieber’s manager is now looking for a good home for Bieber’s little monkey:

“Would you happen to have any recommendations for places that Mally would be safe and thrive?” he wrote.

It does sound as if Bieber and his manager are working hard to make sure Mally is placed somewhere safe.

“We are very concerned that Mally is safe and placed in the best possible residence,” Braun wrote in his recent email. But a spokesman for German customs said they still have not received official instructions from Bieber or his management.

I would imagine it’s not an easy thing for a guy to do, even if he is as famous as Bieber. After all, it’s not everyday a guy decides to give up his monkey for good. But I’m sure he realizes that he’ll be much better off without it, and that it’s really the best thing for Mally to be placed where it will receive all the love and care it needs.

You can read more here.

Gay Fiction: “Pledges”

I just received my contributor copies of a new anthology collection that is filled with erotic short stories about “Pledges.” It’s a book from Cleis Press, and it was edited by Shane Allison. My story is titled, “It’s Not Hazing, It’s Brotherhood.” I also noticed a few names of gay male authors that have published with www.ravenousromance.com  and www.loveyoudivine.com …Barry Lowe and Gregory Norris.

The photo above shows the two copies I received, and I had a good time writing this one. I often feel…now more than ever before…these books released by publishers like Cleis Press keep me grounded and focused on what gay fiction is, and what it’s always been about. It’s the reason why I just agreed to do something with German publisher, Bruno Gmunder again early this summer. I enjoy a lot of the changes happening in gay fiction, but I also think it’s important to retain the basic fundamentals of gay fiction…whether it be romance or mystery or anything related…because of the cultural aspects.

One of the goals I’ve always worked for as a gay person is to garner the same brand of respect other minorities have managed to garner so I’m not the brunt of stereotypes. If that means we all have to be a little more PC, so be it. I could elaborate on that for pages and still have room to write more.

In any event, here’s a link to purchase “Pledges,” and here’s the book description.

Wrestling at the frat house, toga parties, plenty of pledge paddlings, and initiations of the sexy kind will have every man on campus lined up to join the fraternity of beautiful men who know how to have fun, especially with each other! Shane Allison, recipient of the Gaybie Award for his fine fiction in College Boys returns to the campus for another set of page-turning, arousing adventures featuring hunky undergrads getting it on. Ryan Field shows us that pledge sex is the best sex in “It’s Not Hazing, It’s Brotherhood.” Hot, sweaty sex ensues between a pledge and his handsome professor in Heidi Champa’s “Caught Red Handed.” There’s some major heat to the seat action going on in Logan Zachary’s “Spank You, Sir, Could I Have Another?” The lines of gay and straight get blurred in Pepper Espinoza’s, “On Restriction.” Barry Lowe has got something for the most loyal of butt connoisseur in “Spin the Bottom.” Two young pledges are put through a series of seedy challenges in Eric Del Carlo’s “Pecking Order.” Gregory Norris amazes with “Heaven Week.” Michael Bracken proves that you have to “give” some head to get ahead in “What a Rush.”

My List of Published Fiction: Part Three

Here’s the third and final post (for now…I really hate doing things like this) with a list of the books, stories, and novellas I’ve had pubbed over the years. I wish I could say that it’s absolutely exact. But unfortunately I have lost track of a few things and I’m certain I’ve left something out. If and when these things come to me, I’ll update accordingly. Some were only released in print, some go back to the 90’s, and some aren’t even listed on goodreads.

Here’s a link to Part Two, and a link to Part One.

If there’s anything significant to add to the titles (like pen names), I’ll put it in parenthesis. I’ve also numbered everything to keep myself organized.

Self-Published works

90. Chase of a Lifetime (self-published by Ryan Field Press) link
91. Chase of a Dream (unabridged self-published by Ryan Field Press) link 
92. Chase of a Dream (abridged self-published by Ryan Field Press) link
93. A Sign From Heaven Above (self-pubbed by Ryan Field Press) link

Older Print Books

94. Unmasked (Anthology with Starbooks Press) link
95. The Mile High Club Plane Sex Stories (Anthology with Cleis Press) link
96. Surfer Boys (Anthology with Cleis Press) link
97. Backdraft Firemen Erotica (Anthology with Cleis Press) link  
98. College Boys (Anthology Cleis Press) link
99. Hard Hats link
100. Best Date Ever (Anthology with Alyson Publications) link
101. Best Gay Love Stories Summer Flings (Anthology) link
102. Cross-Dressing Erotic Stories (anthology by Rachel Kramer Bussell) link
103. Skater Boys (anthology) link
104. Best Gay Love Stories 2010 (anthology) link
105. Unmasked II (Anthology) link
106. Huddle (Anthology edited by Lori Perkins) link 
107. Ride Me Cowboy (Anthology by Starbooks Press) link
108. Unwrapped (Anthology Starbooks Press) link
109. Boys Caught in the Act link
110. Service with a Smile link
111. Cruising for Bad Boys link
112. Hot Jocks (Anthology by Richard Labonte) link
113. Slow Grind (Anthology with Alyson Books 2000) link
114. Ultimate Undies (Anthology by Rachel Kramer Bussell) link
115. Ultimate Gay Erotica 2007 link
116. Cruise Lines link
117. Fast Balls link
118. Treasure Trail link
119. Don’t Ask Don’t Tie Me Up link
120. Love At First Sting link

This is the most accurate list I can come up with to date. And, there are some short stories (not all) that were originally pubbed in some older print anthologies that have been re-released as stand alone short stories in digital format only (I don’t like to sign exclusives with print anthologies). I did this for several reasons. I wasn’t happy with the way they were first edited and released in the print books, I wanted to give readers a *cheaper* way to read digital short stories without having to buy an entire print anthology, and I wanted to separate the digital stories from the print books.

However, all the short stories in the ravenous romance digital anthologies are original and have never been pubbed as stand alone short stories anywhere else.

I haven’t mentioned European publishers or magazine works where I have been published because I’ve lost track of most of them and would have to really dig into the old hard copy files to find them. I also missed a few print books from Alyson (like the “My First Time” series). But I tend to think readers care more about future works (I know I do), so I’ll continue to update as new releases come out.

An Erotic Anthology Edited by Well Known Book Reviewer: Why I’m not Going to Read this Book

A new erotic anthology was just released. It was edited by a well known book reviewer and I’m dying to read it. The main reason I’m dying to read it is to see what this book reviewer enjoys about erotica. I’m especially interested because this anthology deals with BDSM erotica.

I’ve never been a fan of BDSM. Frankly, I’d rather look at nude photos of Joy Behar than be tied up, tortured, and gagged. It’s just not my thing, even thought I’m curious about it. I don’t write about it either and probably never will. But I’m not certain at this point. I respect those who do write BDSM, especially those who do it well.

But this isn’t the reason I’m not buying the book. Even though I’m fascinated to know what this book reviewer considers quality erotica…especially with regards to BDSM…there’s no way I’m paying $9.99 for an e-book. And certainly not an e-book that’s an anthology written by authors with whom I’m not familiar.

I paid full price for the Steve Jobs bio. I paid full price for THE HELP. And I read them both in digital format. But I think Steve Jobs is worth the price, not to mention a portion of that price went to a charity. I also think a hot mainstream novel like THE HELP is worth paying full price in digital format. But I don’t think a sub-genre erotic romance by authors I don’t know is worth $9.99.

I would have paid anything up to $6.00. I know that sounds silly. But I read a lot and I have to set limits on how much I’m going to spend. I’m up to four digital readers that includes my new tablet, not counting my iPhone, and I only read digital books now. People like me ARE the market publishers should be targeting right now.

This is no reflection on the editor of the book I’m talking about, or the authors who contributed to the BDSM anthology. I know from my own experience as an author they have no control over how digital books are priced. But I do wish publishers would pay closer attention to the buying habits of people who read e-books. We have lines. And sometimes, no matter how much we want to read a book, we aren’t willing to cross those lines.

Thanks For the E-mails…

I just wanted to write a quick thank you post for the e-mails I’ve received about FIELD OF DREAMS. As I’ve stated, I was a little hesitant about doing an anthology like this, because I’m so fond of reading individual short story e-books myself.

But so far I’ve had so many nice e-mails from readers I’m glad we did this book. I’d also like to thank Lori Perkins. She’s been asking me about this for over a year now and I kept putting it off to write novels. It took about a year to get it all together. For some reason I can’t explain, the short story process takes longer for me than writing a full length novel. But I’m glad I finally focuesed on it and got it out there.

I’m also working on something interesting right now. I can’t go into details about it at this point, but it’s something I normally don’t do because it’s very intimidating for me. All I can say right now is that it’s something I wrote six years ago and put on a back shelf. It’s been in the back of my mind all this time and I finally decided to take it out and rewrite it. I’ll post more about this in the future.

And, there’s a new short story coming out titled, ANOTHER REGULAR BUD. This isn’t actually a series with the same characters as A REGULAR BUD. But the theme is the same. A REGULAR BUD has never stopped selling…to my complete surprise…and I figured that if readers like it I might as well write something else with the same theme.

Call For Submission…Build Some Publishing Credits

For those authors looking to get into fiction, submitting a short story for an anthology is a great place to start. I started writing short stories for lgbt publishers almost twenty years ago and it’s always been a good experience for me.

There’s an interesting call for submission here. If I had the time, I’d be submitting something myself.

It’s also a way to build publishing credits that may lead to a full length novel. I know so many authors who want to be the next Amanda Hocking…but Amanda Hocking put in her time, too. And the query system with agents works okay at best these days. So don’t pass up a good opportunity to write and take charge of your own career. And if this isn’t your genre, look for another that suits your talents and needs better.

Sex and Taxes

It’s that time of year again. I heard this morning on the radio we have until Monday to get the taxes in because it’s Emancipation Day in Washington, DC. How this holiday thing works, I don’t know. It’s only a holiday in Washington. But at least it gives people a few extra days.

And if you’re in the mood for something to read that blends well with taxes, this anthology might be perfect. I have a short story in there, and I know a few of the other authors as well.

Nothing is more boring than computing how much you owe the government. In honor of this grueling annual task, we’ve brought together 9 sizzling hot tales of wicked ways to distract an accountant or conduct your own special audit with the IRS.

After reading about these vampire accountants (yes, you read that right) and tax cheats on who cheat on their wives, doing your taxes will take on a whole new meaning.

This anthology includes stories by:

Jen Bluekissed
Lisa Lane
Ryan Field
Hobert Glasse
Peter Sheehan
Eve Carpenter
Bryce Wood
Rachel Kenley
Jamaica Layne

SURFER BOYS…Carmel-by-the-Sea

I just read an e-mail from the well known mystery writer and lambda finalst, Neil Plakcy, about a new review for his anthology, SURFER BOYS. Neil is also Winner of the 2009 Left Coast Crime/Hawaii Five-O Award (best police procedural).

I also have a short story in this book that takes place in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California.

Carmel is one of my favorite places. It’s calm, quiet, and the most pet friendly town in the world (I have two dogs and love to take them everywhere.) And when I heard there was a new anthology being published about surfers, I decided to submit something about Carmel with a surfing theme.

And, this book, without a doubt, turned out to be one of my own all time favorites. When Neil Plakcy puts together an anthology, he doesn’t just collect stories and arrange them into a book. He takes his time and edits to perfection. We went back and forth more than once about changes and revises to my story, and each time I learned something new. He’s not more than a good editor and writer. He’s a great teacher, too. I follow him on twitter (he may or may not know this) and I even learn from him there while he’s tweeting about his own edits.

Thanks Neil…this review is well deserved. I know how hard you worked on this book.