Second Chance: The Complete Series; Slut Shaming Selfie Gays; Channing Tatum and Alex Pettyfer Drama

Second Chance: The Complete Series

It’s been really busy around here since September with new releases and getting indie books into print, and we even managed to find the time to combine all of the Second Chance books in the series into one box set. When I say we I mean that I do all the writing but I do have tech help, editing help, and cover design help. I don’t want to mislead anyone, because I wouldn’t be able to do all that alone. I stick mainly to the writing.

Here’s the blurb from Amazon. 

It’s rare in life that anyone gets an opportunity for a do-over, especially when life doesn’t turn out as we’d planned. The Second Chance series focuses on the fantasy of second chances and getting the opportunity to do things over again…if that’s what someone wants to do. The choice is always there. Whether or not these diverse characters will change the course of their lives and take the second chance remains to be seen. 

In the first novella of the Second Chance series, an older gay man who has lived a closeted life for ninety-two years is presented with choices one last time. Who hasn’t wondered how things might have turned out if only they’d made one or two different choices in their lives? Who hasn’t contemplated what it would be like for the chance to do things all over again a different way, if only that were possible? 

In the second bonus novella from the “Second Chance” series titled, The Littlest Christmas Tree, an unhappy man trapped in a relationship so bad he isn’t even allowed a small Christmas tree is granted a second chance to go back in time and rethink the most pivotal choice he ever made. In doing this, he becomes one of the lucky few who can alter the outcome of his entire life. 

In the third installment of the Second Chance series by Ryan Field, His Only Choice, Lance has to figure out a way to deal with the fact that his partner, Davis, of twenty years will be traveling extensively in Asia and leaving him alone for long stretches at a time. So Lance plunges into making important changes to the small brick and mortar bookshop he owns in New York’s Hudson River Valley to keep it competitive with the rising popularity in e-books. He’s also trying to deal with turning forty years old and it’s not working out well. In order to fill the lonely hours when he’s not working, Lance joins a gym and meets a very young personal trainer named Sergio who makes him feel so young and desirable again he starts lying about his age and telling Sergio he’s only thirty-five years old. 

In the fourth installment of the Second Chance series, The Sweetest Apple, there are no guarantees and Matty could wind up reliving a loveless life and repeating the same mistakes all over again. It could also take a different turn, and this time Matty could alter his course. But will he know enough to take advantage of this before it’s too late?

And here’s the link. There’s even a new cover. I also opted into KU with this one because it’s a box set and you can get it for free if you’re a member.

Slut Shaming Selfie Gays

This article (and video) actually gets more involved than the title might suggest. From the narcissistic selfies we see on Instagram to the absolute porn they put on Twitter, it’s an interesting topic that’s not explored nearly enough. I know one guy in particular (and he’s not all that young) who has literally made a career out of taking provocative selfies and they aren’t just your ordinary selfies either. This dude has photo shop down to a science. When I say career I’m not joking. As I believe it to be true, this non-stop selfie concept from people like this is done because other people allegedly enjoy these photos so much. They post their selfies to make other people happy, at least that’s what they tell themselves. That’s almost a direct quote.

In any event, the article goes much deeper than selfies.  It’s talks about how we view sexuality in general which is a topic I try to get into here every now and then.

Expressing sexuality is so deeply personal, it’s perfectly natural there are going to be a million different ways of doing it, and yes, the line between healthy and unhealthy practices can get blurry. But all we can really do is focus on our own authentic sexuality — throwing others’ under the bus gets us nowhere.

You can check out the rest and see the video here. 

Channing Tatum and Alex Pettyfer Drama

Evidently, Tatum and Pettyfer don’t get along, and, Pettyfer is talking about it openly.

And it didn’t stop there. Apparently, Pettyfer was living with a friend of Tatum’s when he allegedly had an allergic reaction to the apartment and “couldn’t breathe” there.

He moved out, but didn’t remember not paying the last month’s rent due to a death in his family.

“All of a sudden I got a very negative email from Channing — rightfully so — saying, ‘Don’t f*ck my friends. You owe money. Pay the f*cking money. Don’t be a clown.’ And I really took that the wrong way, which I shouldn’t have, and emailed him back and said, ‘I’m in a real negative headspace and can you respect me for a moment and blah, blah, blah.’ And I got hounded through this time of grieving for money.”

In Pettyfer’s defense, he seems to be taking full responsibility for his actions and you don’t see that very often. If  I had to take sides, I would be in Pettyfer’s corner because he was dealing with a death and the family and that trumps everything. Other than the fact that I cannot pronounce this guy’s name to save my life, he seems honest enough.

It also shows that a lot of these personalities we see all the time in Hollywood really don’t live the charmed lives we might imagine they do. 

You can read it in full here. The comments are brutal this time.

Channing Tatum Gay Baiting? Adam Joseph Gay Weatherman; Dan Osborne’s Bulge

Channing Tatum Gay Baiting?

Whether you prefer to call it gay baiting or queer baiting it’s all basically the same thing. It’s when they take two straight guys and put them in homoerotic situations, but never actually follow through with anything gay. The most interesting part about this, for me anyway, is that it actually does boost attention and interest. And when it happens on TV it usually boosts ratings for TV shows that would otherwise tank hugely.

In this link about Channing Tatum and Bear Grylls working together on Grylls’ TV show, Running Wild with Bear Grylls, they make some interesting comments about previous shows.

Bear Grylls is bound to have the highest ratings in primetime if he keeps this up.

The 40-year-old adventure show host made love to America’s television sets two weeks ago when he convinced Zac Efron to remove his shirt before strapping their half-naked bodies together. The pair rappelled down a jagged cliff into a body of water for some of the most homoerotic Sean Cody-esque programming we’ve ever seen.

Sean Cody produces adult all male entertainment films. You can find out more about that with a simple search.

Is this kind of entertainment exploitation? I’m not sure yet because I haven’t seen the show (I will). I know a lot of you are probably thinking I’m talking about something harmless now. Or, I’m being too sensitive. But I also know we’re not supposed to race bait, and I agree with that. And if I were a straight actor nowadays I’d watch out for this kind of trap. It just might stick with you. Oh, it’s funny and amusing to see “that gay shit” and some will be entertained and others will be quietly turned on. But at what expense down the line?

You can read more here.

Adam Joseph Gay Weatherman

When I spotted this story on social media this week I wasn’t going to post about it because I thought it was too localized to the Philadelphia region where I live. But now that I can link to it on a global level I think many will find it interesting. I also think the back story about Adam Joseph as a gay man is mentionable.

First, the Philadelphia local news market is a very family orientated business in the sense that most of us who’ve lived here and grown up here for most of our lives think of local news personalities as friends…or at least comfort zones. You don’t normally see local news personalities coming and going around here. When they get a job at a TV station they usually stick with it for life.

And openly gay weatherman, Adam Joseph, is one of them. He’s been doing the local weather report for an ABC affiliate station for as long as I can recall. Before him, I could tell you who did the weather, too. They really do stick with these jobs for life. In any event, Joseph recently came out in public, with a story about his husband and his newborn baby. For those of us who live in the Philadelphia area and who are gay, this wasn’t a huge surprise. The baby was, but not the gay part. 

Adam Joseph, the hunky meteorologist at 6ABC in Philadelphia, has grown his fan base by tenfold this week after coming out as a partnered gay man and beaming new father in one adorable Facebook post.

Reporting live from the hospital where they first held their newborn baby boy, Joseph says the couple is “ready to spoil him with unconditional love”:
As I said, this was no surprise to people who are gay in the Philadelphia region. You can read more here. I could post links that talk about Joseph being gay prior to his announcement. I’ve seen a few snarky articles. But I won’t because it doesn’t really matter now. I’m glad he came out and I hope he and his family live happily ever after.

In a way, I find this a little bittersweet, especially since so much is changing. We all knew it but wouldn’t say it aloud. I even feel guilty mentioning the earlier forum links and I know intellectually I shouldn’t feel that way. But when you’re raised to believe gay and shame are synonymous it’s a difficult habit to break…even for me.
 

Dan Osborne’s Bulge
In a much lighter story, this link will take you to Dan Osborne’s bulge. Or maybe it’s his VPL…his visible penis line. I’m never sure these days anymore. All I know is there’s a photo of him and his junk is ready to fall out of his pants.
British reality hunk Dan Osborne attended the premiere of The Expendables 3 in London Monday night, where he decided to walk the red carpet with a massive and obvious bulge, an entity large enough to qualify as his +1.
The photos below were shared on Twitter by an Irish fan last night, and then dutifully reported by our friends at Attitude. Next month, Dan will join them as the magazine’s new official fitness guru.
You can read more here, and see what has so many people talking. Maybe there’s a thing called Penis Baiting (smile).
 Cage James
By Ryan Field