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Equal Rights Blog Hop;

Equal Rights Blog Hop

There’s a blog hop in celebration of the 4th of July today at Queertown Abbey and I’m contributing with a short post about my first experience in the LGBTI community. There will be prizes and much more, and I’m going to link to everything you’ll need to know. At the end of this post I’ll ask a question related to my post.

My first experience:

My first experience in the LGBTI community happened during my senior year in college. I went to Fairleigh Dickinson University in Florham Park, NJ, and even thought I was within minutes of New York City, I didn’t have any real contact with anything LGBTI related in a local sense. There’s always been a running joke that younger gay men put more miles on their cars than straight men because they tend to travel farther. And that’s exactly what I did.

I remember reading about a gay-friendly town in Pennsylvania called New Hope. I saw it mentioned in a magazine, with comments about how New Hope had always been considered a theater town. In the 1930’s and 40’s The Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope hosted many of the biggest Broadway Shows before they went to Broadway, and famous actors, performers, artists, and authors either lived in New Hope or went there often because it was so close to New York.

But it was the gay-friendly aspect that sparked my curiosity. So one Thursday night I left the comfort of FDU’s campus and venture out to New Hope to see what it was all about. It was about an hour’s drive, and right on the New Jersey/Pennsylvania border. The moment I crossed the little bridge into Pennsylvania I knew I’d found something interesting. The main section of town was adorable, with Victorian and Edwardian homes that had been turned into shops, and manicured to perfect. But I wasn’t shopping that night. I wanted to find out more about what it was like to be gay, so I drove to the outskirts of town where there was a little purple building with a sign that read, “The New Prelude.”

It was a gay nightclub/restaurant, with a large parking lot and in a rather remote section at the end of town. It was a Thursday night and there weren’t many people there, which I’d planned on purpose. I wasn’t ready for a busy night at the gay bar that first time. So I parked outside for a few minutes to see who was going inside, and to gather up the courage myself to go inside.

I waited for about twenty minutes in the car. I watched a few people arrive and walk through the front entrance in pairs or small groups. I wondered how they met, or how they found each other. I was coming from a world where I knew nothing at all about gay life or how gay people actually met. This was also the 1990’s and pre-internet age. The only connection to anything gay were old hard copy books like The Gay Yellow Pages.

In any event, I finally climbed out of my car and headed into the bar. The moment I stepped inside I felt as if I’d gone home. It’s a strange feeling to describe. It was the first time I’d ever actually felt that way. I didn’t feel the need to pretend anymore. I didn’t feel as if I had to put up invisible walls to protect myself. For the first time in my life I could be who I was without having to think too hard. And that night it had nothing to do with sex. It was all about community, emotion, feeling comfortable, and so many other emotions that were all knew to me.

Question: What is the name of the gay bar in my post?

To enter the giveaway blog visitors need to go to the blog hop page and enter the answer. It’s a rafflecopter giveaway and they will see there what they need to do to enter.

I hope I did this correctly. I’m sure most of you know more about it than I do.

Blog Hop: The Next Big Thing and The Vegas Shark

The Blog Hop in the title of this post, The Next Big Thing, has nothing to do with the size of body parts. It’s a chain of authors talking about the books on which they are currently working. From what I gather, it’s not genre specific and all kinds of authors are participating.

Unfortunately, I asked three different authors if they were interested and none got back to me. No problem. I understand that. We’re all busy and it’s understandable. But I decided to do it because things like this actually help me with the writing process. I often get ideas just by answering questions like this. And it came around at a good time for me because I’d finished my newest novel over the holidays and that broke my regular routine…which I hate doing…because of all the days off I had to take. I felt a little disconnected to this book, and the questions put things into perspective for me.

In any event, here are the questions and my answers. I’m linking back to Jon Michaelsen’s blog because he’s the one who tagged me and at least you’ll have somewhere else to go to read other questions and answers. And I’m not going to name the authors who didn’t get back because that would be a bitchy thing to do. And again, it’s no problem for those who didn’t reply to me. I do understand.

What is the working title of your book?

It’s tentatively titled, “The Vegas Shark.” I say tentatively because sometimes the publisher wants something else at the final hour and I’m usually in agreement with them.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

This particular book came from a brainstorming session with Ravenous Romance owner, Holly Schmidt. She asked if I’d like to write a new series on “Rakes,” and concentrate on modern day billionaire bad boys, and I loved the idea. Up until then I’d written a few not so nice characters, but never really any bad boys…the ones we all love to hate. So we came up with a list, and “The Vegas Shark” is the third book in the series.

What genre does your book fall under?

Gay Erotic Romance, or LGBT Erotica

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

That’s very simple. I consciously thought about two actors while writing the book. That doesn’t always happen, but in this case it did. The part of Treston, who is a sweet young male stripper, would be Matt Bomer. The bad boy billionaire-gambler-real-estate-tycoon, Chad Pratt, would be Brad Pitt. I’d also like to add that while I have openly written novels that were parodies of heterosexual romances like “Pretty Man”…I’ve always been up front about this, and I’ve never parodied anything LGBT like Brokeback Mountain or any Gay film and I never will do that…this novel is not a parody and it is not based on any film. I just kept picturing Brad Pitt as Chad Pratt. And the name Chad Pratt was not an accident.  And who wouldn’t want to fantasize about Matt Bomer and Brad Pitt falling in love?

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

A good-natured young gay man has had enough of all the bad boys he’s ever fallen in love with, until he finally meets the one bad boy he might be able to change.

Will your book be self-published?

No. It’s going to be published with, a small e-book publisher of erotic romance. 

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

About five weeks.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

I can’t compare it to any because I don’t read many books within my genre. Those I do read are usually recommended by authors I know or authors I’ve heard about.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

At first I hesitated about doing the bad boy series. It was also an eight book contracted series and I’ve reached a point where I don’t like to commit to that many books anymore. So it’s probably the last time I will ever commit to that many books at one time again with anyone. But I’d never written about really rotten, truly nasty men who don’t care about anyone but themselves. But then thought about it and figured it would be a great challenge. So I guess fear of the unknown was the inspiration. The interesting part about writing this series is the love and the relationship between the two main characters has to build slowly.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

It’s a scene where young Treston, the male stripper, shoots ping pong balls out of a very interesting part of his body: his ass. Not literally, but figuratively. It’s erotic romance; I had fun with it. I’m not going for a Pulitzer here, I’m not trying to write the great American novel, I’m not going for emotional cheese, and I’m not too grand to have a little fun. That’s what books for escapism should be about…for me. My character came up with this act in order to keep his male strip shows different. It’s sort of his, as they say in the play “Gypsy,” gimmick. And although it’s not the infamous burping dick I once wrote about in “American Star,” I’m sure it will piss off a few who don’t have a sense of humor. But I think most will smile.

Photo: This one is from, and I believe it’s Hoover Dam. I added it on purpose, because there’s a specific scene in “The Vegas Shark” that takes place at Lake Mead where the MC learns a good lesson about having sex in public places. No spoilers. Blog post about sex in public places to follow soon.