hollywood and drugs

Relief for Haiti & New Release: VALLEY OF THE DUDES

First, I’m writing this in red not because it’s a link, but because it’s important. The people of Haiti need help, and they need it now. Here’s a link to a relief fund. Or go to any relief fund. Or just say a few prayers for them. Anything and everything helps right now. http://www.haitirelieffund.org/

VALLEY OF THE DUDES was just released today, and it’s longer than most of the m/m romances I’ve written for ravenousromance. I don’t remember exactly how long it is, but I think it’s somewhere between 60 and 65 thousand words. So with the sale now going on at full force at ravenousromance, it’s a great deal at $1.79.

I’ll post more about the book later. But here’s the back cover copy, which gives a pretty good idea of the storyline. In many ways, it follows some aspects of the plot of “Valley of the Dolls.” But because this story revolves around gay men, I had to make important changes that I hope readers will like. (Smile)

In this M/M adaptation of the classic novel Valley of the Dolls, an innocent young man named Rush Goodwin leaves behind his family, his longtime boyfriend, and the safety of his small New England town to find a new life that’s filled with glamour and excitement in New York City. Though he’s not sure exactly what he wants in life, he’s willing to take a few daring chances along the way to find out.

It doesn’t take long for him to make two new best friends, Cody and Anderson, who are just as young an innocent as he is when the story begins. The only difference between them and Rush is that they both have faithful partners and Rush is alone in New York. But that doesn’t last long. When Rush meets his new boss, handsome Lance Sharp, it’s love at first sight and the beginning of a turbulent relationship that is rarely without conflict.

While Rush and his friends are all moving forward and climbing their respective ladders of success, they each learn, in different ways, that nothing in life is perfect. Especially not the fame and fortune they thought they all wanted. And in order to deal with the stress of success, they all turn to drugs for comfort. And in time, this leads them all on a downward spiral that ruins their relationships and ultimately threatens their lives.

In the end, after suffering painful disappointments and serious setbacks that almost ruin him, Rush learns the true meaning of what life is all about for a gay man of his generation. And he does this without drugs and fame and fortune, with the help of true love and the one goal he never expected he could reach.