Category: Gay for Straight

M/M Romance in Fiction: The Scottish Duke; Straight Guys and Bro-Jobs; Caitlyn Jenner’s Conservative Politics

M/M Romance in Fiction: The Scottish Duke

Update: Since a few have asked, I figured I’d better explain it here. The Scottish Duke is really Book 5 in the series, however, it’s listed as Book 6. The reason for this is because the “Box Set,” which is books 1-4 in the Rainbow Detective series, is considered Book 5. It’s never come up before because I never did a box set before. There’s no way around it. I tried. So The Scottish Duke is listed as Book 6, but it’s actually Book 5. However, each book is considered a stand alone and they don’t have to be read in order. It helps, but it’s not mandatory. I didn’t do any cliff hangers in this series. 

This is book five in The Rainbow Detective Agency series, subtitled, The Scottish Duke. The subtitle is part of the story line but the book itself is NOT set in Scotland. It’s set in LA just like the rest of the Rainbow Detective books. The next book, Book 6, however, will be set in Provincetown. 

Here’s the blurb:

In this installment of The Rainbow Detective Agency, Blair and Proctor’s passionate relationship has moved forward to the point where they begin a small family and don’t even realize it. And that’s because they’re busy trying to solve the case of a well-known gay romance author, E. Q. Montana, who was so obsessed with Proctor he lined the walls of his unkempt West Hollywood apartment with Proctor’s photos. 

But E. Q. Montana wasn’t just any best-selling gay romance author. E. Q. had a few deep dark secrets and enemies of his own that Proctor and Blair have to figure out, one of which has to do with The Scottish Duke of Huntley. It’s a peculiar case of dangerous literary subterfuge, with sudden twists and vicious, ambitious authors, that has them both stumped emotionally and intellectually, and in the end Proctor’s worst nightmare comes true. 

And here’s a link to ARe.  It’s priced at 2.99 everywhere.

Here’s the Smashwords link. 

Amazon Link for Kindle Readers

It’s also in other places like Kobo, iTunes, and Barnes and Noble. I don’t always post link to those web sites because they aren’t the most popular. But if anyone ever has questions please e-mail me. My e-mail is on the side bar with my bio here on the blog.

It runs around 47,000 words which is about 3 thousand words less than what I normally do with a full length e-book, however, I did edit about six thousand words out during the final edits. I didn’t think all that needed to be there and I wanted the book to be tighter.

I also discussed a topic I normally don’t discuss in fiction: the m/m romance genre, people writing with pen names, and fictionalized authors who will stop at nothing to succeed. Of course it’s all exaggerated, but I think I touched on a few topics that might interest readers of the m/m romance genre. I see a lot of unfairness with good writers and it bothers me sometimes. That’s all. No spoilers. There’s also an important transgender character in the book and if I say anything else I’ll be giving away too much.

Straight Guys and Bro-Jobs

This is an advertorial, not a real article. It’s from Queerty.com. They do that a lot…advertorials…but they lead you to believe they are articles. I like to be clear about that up front. But it’s some of Queerty’s best cheesy, trashy clickbait and I think it’s an interesting topic…that no one thinks about often. It’s not something you’ll ever want to take seriously. But you might wonder a little when you’re finished reading it.  You might even smile and feel like tweeting something.

Here’s the cheese:

What is a “bro-job”?
In a nutshell, it’s when a straight guy gives another straight guy a blowie not in a meaningful sexual way but in a friendly, NSA, I’m-just-doing-you-a-little-favor, totally not gay sort of way. Or something.

You’re welcome. Don’t you love the way they phrase it…”blowie”

Here’s the link to the ever so dignified Queerty.  

Caitlyn Jenner’s Conservative Politics

Of course now that Caitlyn has gone through all the motions of coming out, in public, she’s starting to get some backlash from other trans people who don’t like her politics. It was bound to happen.

It surprised many when Caitlyn Jenner – in her final interview as Bruce – told Diane Saywer of ABC News that she is a Republican.

Since then, Jenner has emerged as probably the most famous transgender woman in the world and made clear her intention to do some good with her renewed fame.

On Sunday’s episode of the docu-series I Am Cait, Jenner found herself sounding very stereotypically Republican and at odds with a group of other transgender women while discussing the needs of their community during a road trip.

You can check out the rest here.

I think this falls into an even bigger category. The category of true tolerance. It seems these days that if anyone LGBTI goes against the norm and isn’t following the PC left wing liberal band wagon he or she is criticized for what they believe. I’ve seen it happen time and again. I’m a registered Democrat and even I get disgusted sometimes when I see the intolerance some people have for anyone who is different. I just don’t see how it’s possible to preach equality and tolerance and still remain so hooded and intolerant of an opposing view. In other words, I might not agree with anything Marco Rubio has to say but I’m willing to listen to him and I’m not willing to dismiss him. I have respect for him. And when I tell you I don’t agree with anything about that man, I’m not joking.  

Footballer Porn Surfaces; Seth Rogen’s Zac Efron Crush; Oh, Naughty Plagiarist

Irish Footballer Porn

A 25 year old Irish footballer is allegedly being bullied and abused online now because he did gay porn. Actually, he did a gay for pay film that can be found on a “well-known” web site where “straight” guys fake being gay for a gay audience.

Posted online last month on The Casting Room, a man that appears to be the athlete is interviewed discussing his sexual preferences.

The man, given the pseudonym of ‘Fergus’, is wearing a London GAA top – the same team the footballer plays for. He is then seen giving and receiving oral and anal sex.

The footballer, widely named on Twitter, has not made a comment on the video.

Dozens of people have sent the player homophobic messages, calling him a ‘sick fag’.

You can read more here.

I did a simple search and found this.

Some accepted his apparent decision to appear in a pornographic film, but many hurled abuse or made crude jokes, while some expressed concern for the young man’s well-being.

And this article mentions his name and goes into more detail. There’s also a photo.

Dozens of people have also left vile messages on his personal Twitter page abusing him for appearing in the film.

Of course the horrible way he’s been bullied and abused goes without saying. But I do find the web site where this whole straight guy fantasy thing happens interesting. We hear mixed messages about this all the time. We read research and hear “experts” talk about how gay men aren’t attracted to straight men, and yet there are web sites like this lurking around everywhere making tons of money on the straight guy fantasy. What am I missing here?

Seth Rogen’s Zac Efron Crush

This is interesting because it’s almost the exact opposite of what I just posted with the gay guy crush on the straight guy. Even though Seth Rogen and James Franco parody things in a gay way sometimes, as far as I know both are straight. Evidently, it’s not too far-fetched for a straight guy like Seth Rogen to have a man-crush on another straight guy like Zac Efron.

 ‘The first time I saw (Efron) with no shirt on, my first instinct was there was something wrong because he has so many bumps sticking out of his body!My body is like one big bump, and his is like 87 different little bumps that come together!’

Rogen added: ‘In the movie I make a joke, it’s like his whole body is like a giant arrow that points to his d–k!. It’s like someone designed the muscles to draw your eyes down from his gorgeous face and suddenly it’s like a Plinko game with your eyes.’

You can read more here, where there’s a clip of Rogen talking about this.

I actually think Rogen is big, strong, fuzzy, and adorable. And I’d choose him any day over Efron. In fact, in my latest release, The Preacher’s Husband, the preacher in the storyline reminds me of Rogen. I didn’t plan that, at least not consciously anyway.  

Oh, Naughty Plagiarist

I rarely link to this particular web site because I find it dated now. But not completely; just slightly. For a long time it was THE place to go when you had questions about a shady agent, editor, or publisher. It’s always been accurate and I think the intent has always been to help authors, not to hurt them. And although the post to which I’m linking now is just as articulate as any post they’ve ever done, I can’t help but wonder if all that time and energy could have been spent on something more current…something that we’re all dealing with now as authors, readers, and publishers.

In any event, the post talks about someone I’ve never heard of (and wouldn’t have heard of had it not been for this post) who allegedly has a long history of all kinds of shifty activity, from unethical literary agent practices to plagiarism in the worst (and most ridiculous) ways.

Based in Alabama, WordWorks is owned by Pamela Wray Biron, who provides “Expert and Innovative Content Solutions,” including editing, ghostwriting, graphic design, illustration, marketing, and web services. A veritable Renaissance woman. And, gosh, just look at Pamela’s clients! The US Justice Department! 20th Century Fox! The President of the United States! Check out the impressive names on Pamela’s Testimonials page! Steve Jobs! Bill Gates! Michael Eisner! Editorial and marketing staff from all the Big Five publishers!

There’s just one problem: most of the testimonials are plagiarized, and not just from Jodie Renner.

It’s a long post, and worth reading because it’s interesting to see how far someone will go. And I guess if something like this helps one or two people from getting scammed it was, indeed, worth the effort. I also don’t want anyone to get the impression I’m slamming this blogger. I’ll admit that I’ve become a little jaded on the topic of bad agents and posts like this because I’ve been so desensitized to these things over the years I can almost spot a fake 100% of the time at a glance. But, there are plenty of scammers out there now who aren’t acting as agents. They are gaming, they are aggressively promoting, and they are making the rest of us all look like veritable fools because we’re not doing the same things. And that’s the kind of thing I’d like to see on blogs like the one I’m linking to below because that’s the kind of thing that’s hurting us all the most.

You can read more here.