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Palm Beach Stud; Hot Gay Couples/Brothers; Fred Karger Opens Up About Presidential Run

Palm Beach Stud

I think I’ve posted there are two more books in the Bad Boy Billionaire series, and this one, Palm Beach Stud, is next to the last. This one runs about 60,000 words and I found it hugely emotional to write. The last book in the series, Small Town Romance Writer, runs well over 100,000 words. I wanted it to be that long to end the series and to give readers that little something extra. And, just as important, the story line in that book seemed to call for more in-depth character study of the small town romance writer.

In any event, here’s the cover preview for Palm Beach Stud. I’ll post more tomorrow…a blurb and free excerpt. I think the release date is tomorrow, but it could be over the weekend. Once again, they did a killer job on this cover. The house in the background is exactly like the house in the book…the whole novel is set in Palm Beach, Florida. It really is one of the most beautiful places in the US.

Hot Gay Couples/Brothers

I have a gay brother in NY, and I’m always amazed at how people find that so interesting. It’s perfectly normal for us and we never think twice about it. But there’s this fascination about gay brothers sometimes, and this article is proof I’m not imagining things.

But can it always be the case that all of these couples are gay?

Surely they could just be vaguely affectionate brothers?

You can check out the photos of these “affectionate brothers” here. And I can promise you I have never posed for a photo with my brother like these.

Side note: Tony and I look nothing alike. And, not to be snarky, but we tend to shy away from gay couples who dress too much alike. We’re well past that stage where our biggest worry is what new matching shirts we’ll wear on Saturday night.

Fred Karger Opens Up About Presidential Run

The first line of the article to which I’m linking really frustrates me to the point of kicking something…”You may not be aware that Fred Karger ran for president in 2012.” During the last general election I posted endlessly about Fred Karger because I thought it was important for LGBT people to know about him from a historical POV. I also got frustrated when I saw the mainstream media reporting about RuPaul at political events and ignoring Fred Karger completely. Nothing against RuPaul, but I don’t take Ru very seriously when it comes to my own political standards and beliefs. As a gay man, RuPaul does not represent me. RuPaul is a wonderful entertainer I love, not a political leader.

In any event, Karger recently spoke out about why he ran for President, and his motives are interesting. He also answered a few questions about some of the obstacles he faced…many from within the LGBT community because he’s a Republican.

I was really hurt by the Victory Fund [an organization dedicated to supporting openly lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender candidates] and their lack of support. They treated me so poorly. I couldn’t see how the largest and most successful LGBT organization designed to support openly LGBT candidates would just completely sit out my campaign.
I was dismayed by the reaction I got, not just from Victory Fund, but a lot of the LGBT groups, because of my Republican Party registration. And I understand that, because nearly everything bad that has happened in our civil rights movement has come from Republicans. But I think a lot of the sophisticated people understood what I was doing, to hold the Republicans’ feet to the fire, to make them include an openly gay candidate.

I was often just as disappointed when I saw how little so many in the LGBT community cared, or even bothered to learn about Karger. He worked tirelessly for gay marriage, and he supported all the right LGBT causes. However, because of his Republican affiliation he was dismissed and ignored. You didn’t see that happen in the African American community. I personally know Republican African Americans who turned sides and supported President Obama simply because he was of African American descent. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen in the LGBT community. Even more interesting is the fact that Karger openly supported gay marriage. President Obama, at that time, either went blank on gay marriage or said he would leave it up to the states to decide. Which is exactly what he’s done and it’s why Tony and I are legally married in some states, but not in the state where we live.

You can read the full article here. It’s uplifting, inspiring, and it shows how sometimes a man will still go the distance in spite of popular opinion.

And he also made LGBT history.

New Book Cover: Fangsters; Hannah on "Girls" Gets E-book Deal; CBS Sunday Morning Barbie Porn

Here’s the preview cover for my new book, Fangsters, that’s being published with books on April 30th. I’ve posted about this here. And I’ll post more info with excerpts as I get it back in coming weeks. Here’s the book description:

When organized crime meets the underworld of the living dead, it creates endless possibilities for intrigue and passion. Combine that with a traditional old vampire clan from Sicily trying to mainstream with humans in northern New Jersey as business people, and it winds up becoming an adventure into darkness of epic proportions.

Anton Pagano is from an old Sicilian vampire clan that migrated to New Jersey in the late 1800’s. He lives in a mansion in northern New Jersey with his mom and dad, and he’s never had to worry about anything other than his wardrobe, his latest new car, and the secret love affair he’s been having for years with another vampire in his clan. At a glance, he looks and sounds just like anyone else between the ages of twenty-one and thirty years old.

But when Anton’s dad, the head of their clan, decides it’s time for Anton and his vampire cousin, Digger, to get into the family business, Anton’s not all the excited about it. Until he meets a sweet young human man named Leo on his first night at work. They wind up spending the rest of the night together, and then things get even more complicated when they bring Anton’s secret vampire lover into the picture a few weeks later.

After a bloody battle with werewolves, and the beginning of what Anton predicts will be an all-out war between two vampire clans in New Jersey, Anton and his secret vampire lover decide it’s time to consider turning Leo into a vampire so all three of them can be together for eternity. But thanks to fate, nothing is as simple as it looks, and they wind up doing the one thing they ever wanted to do to Leo as a last resort. 

Hannah on Girls Gets a Book Deal

I’ve made no secret of how much I love the TV show, Girls On reason I love it is because of how it focuses on “new adults” and how I’m a huge fan of the upcoming genre, new adult fiction.

I also like Hannah as a character. She’s annoying and adorable at the same time. She’s also smart, and trying to figure things out like so many young people her age.

In an episode last night, she gets an e-book deal and I thought it was interesting how they treated the subject of e-books on the show. For the mainstream, it’s obviously something so new the writers have to emphasize that it’s an “e-book” deal. When those of us who have been writing and reading e-books for so long now just call them books, not e-books.

It was also interesting…and entertaining…to see Hannah’s reaction when they told her she had a one month deadline for the e-book they wanted her to write.  I once had a three week dealine for a 60,000 word novel. Anyone who has ever worked in e-publishing can understand this.Your first instinct is to run. The next is to sit down and start writing, because publishing is NOT the slowest industry in the world anymore. Far from it.

CBS Sunday Morning Barbie Porn

I talked about how CBS Sunday morning was going to do a segment about erotic romance in the mainstream this past weekend. I did DVR it and I did watch.

Of course they did what the mainstream usually does: they made funny haha jokes that aren’t really funny, they use terms like “mommy porn” that make no sense to most of us, and they refer to erotic romance as porn instead of love stories with sex added into the storyline. (I proved, once and for all, an erotic romance can be a book without sex when I released “Chase of a Dream” in abridged and unabridged versions last year…with and without sex…and it didn’t change much about the storyline when the sex was removed.)

But overall, I found the CBS segment about erotic romance entertaining, especially when 76 year old author, Desiree Holt, gave Bill Geist a first hand example of how she uses physical props in order to get sex positions right in the sex scenes she’s writing.

In order to do this, Ms. Holt uses Barbie and Ken dolls. She claims it gives her a first hand account, up close, of the way real people might pose during various sexual acts. And CBS actually blurred out the heads of the dolls during a Holt demonstration. I’m not joking. It was highly amusing. Evidently, Barbie porn isn’t okay on TV, especially on Sunday morning.

I thought Desiree Holt was adorable and I thought she did a great job talking about erotic romance, considering how Bill Geist seemed to have a proverbial stick up his ass, and how he kept rolling his eyes. But he could have been joking around, too. The overall interview and segment wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it might be. And, of course, they had to mention Fifty Shades of Grey, once again, as the book that started everything and all about erotic romance. What can I say? I guess they honestly don’t know we’ve been writing books in this genre long before E.L. James jumped out of the Twilight fanfic pile. But you take what you can get, with a great big smile.

As a side note, although I did find the use of Barbie dolls as props entertaining, I have never actually used props like that for my own erotic romances. I draw from personal experience, thank you, and I’ve created my own positions many, many times.  

Cover: The Virgin Billionaire’s Little Angel…"Think Wild"

Here’s the newest cover for the last book in the Virgin Billionaire series, THE VIRGIN BILLIONAIRE’S LITTLE ANGEL.

The reason why I added “Think Wild” to the title of this post is because that’s a slogan for an ad campaign in the book that has an interesting twist. In fact, this slogan, “Think Wild,” changes Luis’s life in more ways than one. And I know, “Think Wild,” is not grammatically correct. But this time I was going for a catchy ad and I was thinking the way an ad writer would think, not like an author would think. “Think Wildly” doesn’t work, and frankly, it’s not very catchy.

There’s also a bareback sex scene. It’s been done responsibly and the characters all have actual test results and papers to prove they are all, indeed, without sexually transmitted diseases. It wasn’t easy to work this into the book in a natural way that made sense. But I wanted to do it for a few reasons. First, gay men enjoy this. Second, if they can’t enjoy it in real life they can enjoy the fantasy of it in books. Third, I think it’s relevant to the story and the characters involved. For me, the balance in m/m romance comes when a certain amount of reality is mixed with the absolute escapism. Because if it’s just absolute escapism it’s not going to be very interesting.

To balance out the bareback sex scenes, I also added something which I think is integral to the book. There are a few chapters that get heavily involved in HIV/AIDS, and just how serious it is when someone goes into full blown AIDS. I can’t say any more because I’d spoil it for readers. But I didn’t hold back this time, and most of what I wrote was loosely based on things I’ve personally witnessed since I was in my early twenties. In a way, I almost didn’t want to do this with m/m romance. I wasn’t sure I wanted to share these stories in a m/m romance. But I think the readers will “get” it, and I’m glad I decided to do it.

But this book isn’t just about wild adventures and bareback sex. Because it was the final book in the series I wanted to tie things up in a way that I’ve been hinting at throughout the entire series. No spoilers. But here’s a hint. It’s something that Luis has been dreaming about all his life. It’s probably the most emotional thing he’ll ever experience and has nothing to do with sex.

The book will be released tomorrow, and I’ll post more then with links that will lead to where the book can be purchased. I’d like to thank the cover artist at ravenous romance for coming up with something so simple and elegant this time. One thing I’m not fond of are those old time looking book covers. I like book covers to depict the time period in which we live now, not time periods from the past that look as if the artist was trying too hard to be “artistic and creative,” or worse, “deep and literary.”

New Release: The Gay Bachelor…

Here’s a sneak peak at my new upcoming release, The Gay Bachelor. This book is longer than most of my others, about 75,000 words. And it deals with falling in love and coming to terms with the past on different levels than I’ve written about before. It also deals with various aspects of being gay, which I’ve drawn from my very own personal experience.

And, for those of you who see the title and wonder, it has nothing to do with the TV show, The Bachelor. I’ve never even seen the straight version of The Bachelor, and don’t intend to any time soon. In this book everything leads up to the fictional TV show, The Gay Bachelor, with regard to auditions. But it stops before the TV season even begins.

As I said, this is a sneak preview and we’re still debating on whether or not to leave it as “The Bachelor,” or add the word “Gay.”