Happy New Year

CRUISING FOR BAD BOYS…STARbooks Press

I just got my copy of CRUISING BOR BAD BOYS, published by STARbooks Press. This is the first time I’ve actually seen the cover, and I think it’s great.

The book was edited by Mickey Erlach, and my short story, “Happy New Year, Man,” is on page 109. This particular story is one of my own favorites because I wrote it in the second person, which is something I’m normally never brave enough to do. It took weeks to get it right. But I thought the storyline called for something different, and that’s why I did it this way.

This story, clearly, is not something the folks over at dearauthor.com will appreciate. It’s much too authentic and it hits a bit too close to certain realities that do not fall under the headline of the current definition of m/m romance. But I really don’t care, because I wrote the story to please my editor, Mickey, and the many fans of STARbooks Press 🙂 It is within the context of the entire collection, and in a way it is romantic, with respect to the authentic self-actualization of a gay male character. And, some gay male writers are still writing “stuff” like this for traditional publishers, even though it’s getting harder and harder to do these days.