gay fiction

New Release: "Second Chance" Gay Romance .99 E-Book

New Release: “Second Chance” Gay Romance .99 E-Book

Update: Just went live on Amazon, here.

The first book in the “Second Chance” series just went live and I’ll post the links I have. It will be available at all venues where e-books are sold eventually. It’s hard to pinpoint an Amazon release because the time it takes varies from book to book. But for now it’s definitely on Smashwords and Allromanceebooks.com.

For more information you can read previous posts here, and here, where I’ve shared the blurb and a fairly long excerpt. I think the most interesting part of writing this book was that it’s set for the most part in the year 1950 when life was very different for gay men. There is more innocence, especially with sexual content. And gay men were more guarded in those days, to the point of total denial.

Stay tuned for more new releases coming soon. I have about four books with publishers that haven’t been release yet, including one that’s over 117,000 words and another that’s a Christmas romance from the Glendora Hill series.

Review: My Hero by Max Vos

Review: My Hero by Max Vos

I would normally leave this kind of short review on Amazon and Goodreads, but I’m not sure anymore about their guidelines with respect to authors reviewing other authors in their genres. Even though none of my reviews have ever been removed from Amazon, I figured I would post it here on the blog instead of taking that chance. Authors are readers, too. Authors also read other authors within the same genre all time as well. We shop for books and sometimes we like to review them. There’s nothing wrong with that.

I heard about My Hero by Max Vos last week on social media, and I’ve read a few things by this author in the past and I’ve always enjoyed his work. So in full disclosure I did come to this book with a few set expectations. But I was pleasantly surprised in a different way this time.  This book seemed to have even more intimacy than past fiction I’ve read from the author. I love stories were fate seems to play a hidden role, and the clever way the two main characters came to know each other reminded me of past experiences I’ve had. I also like stories with football players who are typical jocks, and yet just a little bit different from the stereotypical jock.

The main characters, Johnny and Rich, meet up again after not seeing each other for a while.  (I also liked the fact that I could pronounce their names, remember their names, and that they had normal names.) Johnny is straight. Rich is gay. And the initial conflict begins when the two men find themselves in a situation that could be detrimental to Johnny’s reputation. Johnny, however, doesn’t seem as intimidated as he should be and comes off looking more interested than he probably should. This is also a quality of the story that I found highly realistic (and erotic) in the sense that these situations happen all the time and no one really knows about it. I’ve been listening to a similar story in real life recently, only with two middle aged men. My point is, without giving out spoilers, that it’s handled well and I could relate to it as a gay man, which I like to do when I’m reading gay fiction.

The book is sexy, and the sex does what it’s supposed to do: move the story forward, and help the characters grow. For me, that’s as plain and simple as good erotica gets. It’s emotional in some parts, and I found myself relating to the characters all over again. It’s a fast read, the character development continues throughout the book, and I found a few amusing/entertaining family situations, too. And it wasn’t as predictable as I thought it would be. I found myself surprised a few times when I least expected it. I would recommend this story without thinking twice, and I’ll most likely go back and read this one again down the line because the characters are already so memorable.

I purchased this book at Amazon. Here’s the link to the Amazon page. I still might leave the review there as a verified purchase eventually. If I do I’ll give it five stars.

Lady Gaga’s Bare Butt; M/M Review: See the Light by Cassandra Carr

Lady Gaga’s Bare Butt

For those of you who might be interested, there’s a link to an entertaining GIF with Lady Gaga’s bare butt.

Still dressed the seashell bra and thong underwear from her “Applause” performance that opened the evening’s show, the singer flashed her bare butt on camera, which she was shaking to the sweet sounds of JT.

This happened at the MTV VMAs while Justin Timberlake came out on stage.  I didn’t watch…her butt or the VMAs.

As a side note, while I’m sure there are a few people interested in seeing Lady Gaga’s bare ass, I think most of us would rather see Justin Timberlake’s.

M/M Book Review: See the Light by Cassandra Carr

One of the reasons I don’t write book reviews often is because they take so long to write. So I’ve decided to post a few mini reviews every now and then. This one is about a book I read over the weekend titled, See the Light by Cassandra Carr. The book is considered M/M, it’s the only book I’ve ever read by this author, and you can find it here.

The main theme of the book revolves around two closeted hockey players, Jason and Patrick. While I do like M/M books with jock themes, I’m not always a fan of any book that talks about the sport more than the love story. In See the Light, I was not disappointed. The author mentioned enough about hockey as a sport to keep me involved in a plot that was about hockey, but didn’t bore me with too many hockey details that would have been irrelevant to the love story. I also found the way Carr handled the relationships and interactions between the hockey players to be short and sweet, but at the same time extremely real. In other words, closeted gay hockey players put up an invisible wall to keep themselves protected. Their lives depend on this. As a gay man I fully understand this, and Carr did a great job at portraying what it must really be like for closeted gay hockey players. Nothing seemed fake.

I also enjoyed the awkward way the two characters come together in the beginning, which is really about as awkward as these things get in real life for most gay men. I kept thinking as I was reading that these are really many of the things I’ve experienced as a gay man, which kept me turning each page to see what would happen next. The topic of top and bottom was also a part of the book, which I don’t see as often as I would like in M/M romances. This top and bottom issue, for lack of a better way to put it, is something so fundamentally important to any intimate gay relationship it can either make or break a gay couple on the first date. And, the top and bottom issue has nothing to do with gender power or politics. It’s something innate to gay men sexually speaking and has nothing to do with how they behave when they are not in intimate situations. Carr scored highly here, too.

This book is also erotic romance. And the erotic scenes were not only excellent, but real. I found them sexy, well executed from a tech POV, and superior in detail with an individual style. And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the way Carr wrote about Jason and Patrick acting as if they were sex maniacs at some points in the story. They do act that way, and any gay man knows why. Gay men don’t get a normal puberty like straight men. We are denied that and when we finally reach an age (that age varies with all gay men) where we realize we can act on our human sexual desires, we tend to over dramatize them both internally and externally to a certain extent. Half the time, just like the characters in this book I’m reviewing, we don’t even realize we are doing this.

The writing style of this book was neat and tight, without most of the usual issues I find horrifying in so many romance novels, gay or straight. The dialogue tags did not make me cringe, and the dialogue constantly moved the story forward. The only thing I noticed were a few too many similes, however, I’m not one of those readers who shun all similes. I “like” them and I don’t think they take the reader away from the story in this case at all. In fact, they add to the story in most cases. 

The ending was a little ambiguous, but the author has posted on Amazon that she will be writing a sequel to this book to tie things up. I don’t mind that. I like cliff hangers and I like knowing that I have something to which I can look forward. 

If I post this review on Amazon or Goodreads, I’ll give it five stars. If I were presumptuous enough to ever grade an author, I would give this book an A+. And I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in fiction that shows what it’s really like to be gay and closeted in a very straight, often unforgiving, world.

  

The Women Who Love to Love Gay Romance Anthology

This is one of those posts I write to keep track of my thoughts…in true fashion of a journal, which is what personal blogging was always intended to be in the first place. Although I veer off track sometimes and post about many things, I do like to keep certain posts for my own thoughts.

When I first thought about editing and publishing a book of short stories about women who love to love gay romance, I wasn’t sure how it would play out. Would anyone be interested in submitting a story to a book like this? Would authors be willing to write fiction that gets into personal feelings? These and many other questions ran through my mind and I didn’t take this book on lightly.

One of the practical things I wanted to do with this book was give authors the time they needed to write and submit a story. That’s why I made the announcement in January and gave a deadline date of May. I didn’t want anyone to feel rushed, and this isn’t the kind of book that needs to be rushed. As far as I know, no one’s ever done a book that contained fiction all about women who love gay romance and actively participate in gay romance. If there is, I didn’t know about it. I do know there’s one non-fiction book about why women read gay romance. But this is something completely different. My book is about the women who read gay romance actually getting a chance to be part of gay romance…in fiction. And I’ve always believed that’s what fiction is all about…what if? It’s something that should take the reader away for a short time where he/she can dream and think and wonder.

And I’ve received some excellent submissions from these women authors. I’ll be honest. At first I was worried about that, too. I’ve done other anthologies and I haven’t loved every single story. It’s one of the reasons I haven’t done an anthology in a long time. But this time I’m amazed each time I start a new story and begin to edit it. The emotion is there, and so is the intimacy. The stories are sexy in different ways, and ways that I think are tasteful. Nothing is too over the top, so to speak. And the ways in which the authors approached the theme continues to surprise me.

I’m down to editing the next to the last story. Although I’ve read them all in raw form already, now that I’d editing them I’m getting a deeper appreciation as to why so many women love to love gay romance. I’m learning things I didn’t know, and these are things I want to know. And when I write my own next story or novel all of this will be something that helped me grow as a writer, too.

The Women Who Love to Love Gay Romance might even be released sooner than I thought it would. The stories that have been submitted don’t need too much editing because they’re all very neat and tight. And one thing I’ve learned as a writer is to never tamper too much with an author’s work while I’m editing. I’ve had that done to me far too many times to know how it frustrating it feels. And most of the time it was done to me it only took something away from one of my stories by an editor who didn’t know my readers as well as I know them.

So this book is moving along nicely, and I’ll post a release date soon. Contracts are ready to go out and I’ll be getting in touch with the authors very soon. And, a huge thanks once again to everyone who did submit to this book. I can’t tell you all how much I love these stories. 

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.”

New Gay Fiction by Jeffery Self: Openly Gay Actor

Update: Smashwords link

When I saw a press release in my inbox about a new novel written by openly gay actor, Jeffery Self, I knew I had to post something about it before the day was over. As those of you who read this blog may know, I’ve posted so many things about closeted gay actors in Hollywood over the years it would take too much time to link to them now in this post.

Jeffery Self is a young gay actor who has had parts in more than a few highly successful TV shows. One of the things he’s done that I recall was on Logo, titled, Jeffery and Cole Casserole. The fact that he’s adorable helps me remember even more, but I digress.

From Wiki: 

Jeffery & Cole Casserole is an American sketch comedy program that aired on Logo in 2009 and 2010. The show is written, directed and edited by real-life comedy duo Jeffery Self and Cole Escola. The series debuted on Logo on June 19, 2009, and was renewed for a second season, which premiered on July 9, 2010, also on Logo.[1] The show was canceled on March 17, 2011.

This is Jeffery’s bio from Huff Po:

Jeffery Self is an actor, writer, vlogger and lover of a lot of things (especially peanut butter and Oprah Winfrey). He co-created Jeffery and Cole Casserole on LOGO with friend Cole Escola. He has also appeared on other shows, including Hot in Cleveland, Shameless, Torchwood, 90210 and 30 Rock as Randy Lemon. He lives in Los Angeles and makes daily vlogs at jeffery-self.com. Follow him on Twitter @jefferyself.

With that said, he’s written a new novel titled, “50 Shades of Gay,” and I’ll post the press release below. I haven’t read it yet, but I plan to as soon as it’s released, and you’ll see why when you read the book description below in the PR. I don’t have any official purchase link yet, but I will try to get him to do an interview with me after the book is released.

From my inbox:

Feb. 20, 20013 – Magnus Books, an imprint of Riverdale Avenue Books, is pleased to announce the publication of 50 Shades of Gay by Jeffery Self, a well-known Hollywood actor/writer and comedian.

You may have seen Jeffery Self on Desperate Housewives, 90210, Hot in Cleveland, and in 30 Rock as Randy Lemon, Liz Lemon’s gay cousin. But you’ve not yet read his new erotic romance inspired by E.L. James’ international phenomenon, 50 Shades of Grey.

In 50 Shades of Gay, a young celebrity blogger, Alex Kirby, interviews Taylor Grayson, a superstar leading man in Hollywood blockbuster films. Grayson also happens to be a closeted gay man with a passion for BDSM. When Grayson draws the younger man into his private orbit and initiates him into his sexual world, the younger man can tell that kinky sex has shielded Grayson from having a real emotional connection with another man. But he is head over heels in love with the older, powerful, gorgeous man who has selected him for the pleasures of submission. Ultimately, Alex decides to experiment with the power differential between them, and see if he can break through the armor that Grayson and his layers of Hollywood handlers have imprisoned him in.

The author joked about his inspiration for the book. “Ever since moving to Los Angeles I’ve been fascinated by two things: frozen yogurt and closeted movie stars. There’s something so sexy and mysterious about both. So I decided to write a book about one of them.”

May 11th Release: Cowboy Mike and Buddy Boy


I just received the final draft of “Cowboy Mike and Buddy Boy.” The release date will be May 11, 2012. It’s a short story e-book being released with Loveyoudivine.com. It’s gay fiction with a hint of romance. But I hate to classify anything I write anymore because someone else always does it for me. And I don’t mind this at all. Generally speaking: CMABB is gay, and it’s fiction. I’ll post more links when it’s released.

No spoilers, though. Here’s the blurb and a brief excerpt.

When Noah realizes he’s fallen in love with the wrong person, he decides to change his life and his circumstances. He vows he’ll never get involved with a cowboy or a married man again. But when Noah’s married cowboy, Mike, begs him not to leave, Mike explains that his marriage was over a long time ago and then he promises to do the right thing. Unfortunately, Mike’s wife finds out about Mike and Noah before Mike has a chance to tell her he wants a divorce. And, this all happens on Halloween night, when Noah meets Mike on his way home from a costume party. It’s the first time Noah’s ever done drag in his life and it’s only a joke. But Mike’s wife doesn’t find it funny when she catches Mike with his hand up Noah’s tight dress in the backseat of a car.

One autumn a few years back, there was an attractive, young man who began to wonder if his life was heading in the right direction. He had good reason to wonder. But he was having such a damn good time sneaking around with his married lover, he decided not to think about it…too much.

He was only 22 years old at the time, a recent college graduate with a degree in business, still working as a waiter in a small, rural town in Montana, waiting for his real life to begin. He was slim and lanky and muscle-toned, with a shock of dark brown hair that screened his forehead and thick tresses that always appeared slightly wind blown. Dark lashes framed his deep blue eyes and a dimple in his chin caused most people to glance at him twice. If someone didn’t know him well, they would have thought his bland taste in clothing wasn’t his best asset. He had an unadventurous style of dress, veering precariously close to parochial-school uniform.

He did deserve some credit in one area. Most guys his age, with his small-town background, would have settled for marrying their high-school sweetheart and ignoring their innate, natural urges with men. “It’s only a phase I’m going through,” they would have told themselves. “I’ll just get married, have a few kids, and I’ll stop thinking about guys sooner or later,” they would have rationalized. In spite of how much progress gay people had made in urban areas, in rural areas, gay life was still one of the top-ten taboos, and gay people still had limited options.

It never occurred to Noah to say that even once. He simply
could not help the way he felt about his married lover, Mike, and the things
they did when they met up on the sly. For that matter, he couldn’t help the
fact that he’d always been attracted to men, especially cowboys.

On the night Noah began to question where his life was going and the magnitude of sleeping around with a married man finally hit him, he was meeting Mike at the rest stop on the interstate. They met here often; it was safe and no one ever would have thought to look for them there. Mike was Noah’s first and only lover; a man who could curl Noah’s toes and make his eyes roll to the back of his head with the simple touch of one finger. When Mike held Noah in his arms, the world tilted on its side.