The Last Boyfriend by J. S. Cooper; New Adult Fiction; Wild Animals Lurking

The Last Boyfriend by J. S. Cooper New Adult Fiction

While I was perusing the interwebz this weekend for new adult fiction I stumbled across a very interesting author, J. S. Cooper, who has written a book titled, The Last Boyfriend. In fact, it’s next on my TBR list for a variety of reasons, one of which is the spectacular cover.

If you have not checked out her facebook page, I highly urge you to do so. She seems like a nice person, with an honest voice, and her updates are very informative. In fact, there are several you’ll love.

She’s also giving away a new mini iPad in a promotional event you can read more about on FB, too. As I said, I highly encourage you to check her out. At the very least you get a chance to win a mini iPad, which is my own particular reading device choice of the moment right now.

From facebook:

Want to win an iPad Mini or a swag pack from The Last Husband? Then click below to enter my rafflecopter! Don’t forget to like, share and comment on this post!!

The Last Husband is the sequel to the New York Times and USA TODAY Bestseller The Last Boyfriend. 
Here’s a link to the promotional event, and here’s one to her fan page.  And this is a link to where you can find her book, The Last Boyfriend, on Amazon.

Wild Animals Lurking

This seems to be the summer for wild animals lurking for food and mischief…in Bucks County, PA that is. And I don’t think it’s just isolated to Bucks County or Pennsylvania because good friends in Princeton, which is about forty-five minutes away, have told me they’ve spotted a few bears there, too. And, I would imagine there are plenty of other places where wild animals have been spotted.

Another black bear has been spotted in Solebury Township (Bucks County).
Last Saturday evening around 7 o’clock, the black bear was spotted down by the Delaware River, near Armitage and River Road.

You can read more here.

I run anywhere from three to five miles every single morning along the Delaware Canal in New Hope, which is about a five minute drive from my home in New Hope. Trust me, I’m aware of things like this at all times. I never assume anything and I make sure I’m prepared for everything. And I’ve learned the best approach with any wild animal is to stop, stand still, and don’t make any sudden moves. If you stand still and ignore them, the odds are they’ll continue on without incident. But if you get aggressive, they are going to attack you and it’s not going to be pretty.

Here are a few things to know when approached by a wild animal (or any wild creature anywhere, as the case may be). I think this one is of particular importance…with bears, of course.

Understand the bear’s motivations. A little bear psychology can go a long way—your response to an attack should be shaped by the bear’s motivations. First, if a bear appears to be stalking you (disappearing and reappearing, for example), or if a bear attacks at night, it most likely sees you as food, and any attack will be predatory. If you surprise a bear on the trail, if the bear has cubs, or if the bear is eating from or protecting a carcass, the bear will most likely be acting in self-defense.






Book Review: Domino by Jill Elaine Hughes

When I first started to read Domino by Jill Elaine Hughes I figured I knew what I would be getting because I’ve read a few of her other published works from e-publishers. I liked her work before and I’ve always considered her clean, tight writing style to be the ultimate antithisis of what so many others do in the romance genre. To read a style like this is an editor’s dream come true. That’s just my personal taste. In other words, I like romance and erotica written as neatly and tightly as The Help.

The book is being promoted on Amazon as “A New Adult erotic BDSM thriller.” And I’ve recently begun to read more NA books and BDSM content. I’ve become a fan of the NA genre, and what the genre represents to fiction in a general sense. And even though I’ve seen some who would like to compare NA to the old “chick lit” I don’t think that’s the case because New Adult targets a different audience, many of whom would never have read chick lit in a million years. When I think of NA I think of the TV show “Girls” not “Sex in the City.” I did NOT care for SitC, however I love “Girls.” There’s a reality factor that is current and valid.

And in Domino, I found this to be true in the very beginning when we get inside the main character’s head and we hear all of her thoughts. It made me feel closer to her, and in many ways I could relate to her on levels I didn’t expect. I think a lot of people could relate to her circumstances…or at least imagine them. But I don’t want to give out spoilers so I’ll tread with care here.

The book is highly erotic, and it does have BDSM scenes. Though I’m far from an expert on the lifestyle, I am learning more through fiction and I found the scenes in Domino far more authentic than other things I’ve read that claim to be BDSM books but never get into anything more than a little spank and paddle. My point is that if you’re looking for erotica with BDSM you won’t be disappointed with this book. In the same respect, and I’ve begun to mention this in all my reviews of erotic romance, if the erotic scenes were toned down or removed the storyline in Domino would still be able to stand on its own. That’s an important factor for me with all erotica nowadays.

And this storyline is filled with intrigue, suspense, and it keeps you turning each page wondering what will happen next. This aspect, I think, gave the book a more fictional feel and took me out of the real world for a while and allowed me to experience things I would never normally experience in real life. I think it’s that combination of reality and fiction that I liked the most about this book. And I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone else who enjoys erotica like this.

You can read more about Domino here, on Amazon. It’s .99 e-book, which is a huge bargain considering what others are charging for books similar to this one. I read the digital version, on my iPhone.

2012 Rainbow Awards; The Scarlet Letter LGBT Webzine; And Not so New New Adult Fiction

I’ve been meaning to post something about the 2012 Rainbow Awards for a while now. At this point, submissions are closed and it’s getting down to the wire, so to speak. The jury is working on the books they were assigned, and there’s a cover contest going on right now over at Elisa Rolle’s blog. For those who don’t know, Elisa is a huge fan of all LGBT books, she’s been reviewing and blogging about them for a long time now, and she orchestrated “The Rainbow Awards” to give back to the LGBT reading and writing community. She also adds an international flair because she’s based in Italy.

Here’s a post from Elisa’s blog about the evolution of the Rainbow Awards I found interesting. Take into consideration that Elisa writes and speaks English well, and that when she writes her native language is Italian.

You can also check out her blog to find some excellent photos from her travels and the gay images she’s been collecting for years.

So, Aleksandr Voinov (vashtan) asked if I was able to estimate what was the Rainbow Awards’s evolution from 2009 to today, 2012… and being the maniac I’m, I saved all my spreadsheet and so of course I can.

Here are some number for your enjoyment:

This next link will lead you to The Scarlet Letter, which is a webzine geared toward all things LGBT fiction. From what I gather, author Michele Montgomery helped originate this and it’s fairly new.

This magazine contains posts, fiction, and artwork of a homoerotic nature and is intended for an audience 18 years of age and older. If you are under the age of 18, please do not proceed any further and leave this site NOW.
You’ll find guest posts from authors who write LGBT fiction, book reviews to help you select which LGBT books you want to read, and a few interesting articles about LGBT fiction geared toward both the reading and writing community. In other words, there’s something for everyone here. And all the bases seem to be covered.
I found this post about blood banks and HIV fascinating because it’s not fiction related. I didn’t know this was happening.
 It happens every so often; the Red Cross put an appeal out for blood donations as their supplies are low. ‘Roll up your sleeves and help saves lives!’ That’s the basic message as they try and rally people to do just that. After all, the cases of people needing blood far outweigh the amount of donations coming in. It’s a similar situation across the world. The Red Cross needs donations desperately.
I don’t donate blood. My husband doesn’t donate blood. Why? Because gay men are forbidden to donate to the Red Cross.
And, here’s an interesting…and current…link to a web site called “Fiction Writing Tools Words of Inspiration.” This post gets into the “New Adult” genre I’ve been talking about for a while now. It’s an interesting post and it gets into some of the more current discussions about new adult. Personally, I don’t agree with all of them…on a very small scale. I think there’s room to spread the age of new adult to between eighteen and thirty years old, especially nowadays with so many new adults going right into grad school from undergrad school. Most people these days aren’t starting their adult lives until they reach their mid-late twenties, so it’s important to “keep up” with what’s going on with respect to social changes.
Just as YA is fiction about discovering who you are as a person, NA is fiction about building your own life as an actual adult. As older teen readers discover the joy of the upper level Young Adult genres, the New Adult—demand may increase.
Eighteen to Twenty-five protagonists are surprisingly rare; in a panel on YA literature at Harvard’s 2008 Vericon, City of Bones author talked about pitching her novel, then about twenty-somethings, as adult fiction.
I just think it’s an interesting concept for a genre. And it’s an age group I’ve been writing about in gay fiction for most of my life, so I’m not sure how all this is so new. You can’t write gay erotica with teens…at least I don’t. You write erotic romance about gay men in their prime (unless you’re into older daddy stories), which are the new adult ages. As I said, not so new for me. But I am glad there’s now a label for it, and that people are now finally starting to realize there is a market for this age group.
You also have to take into consideration, if you’re a romance or erotic romance reader or writer, this post comes from a non-erotica POV. But there’s no reason why the same concept of new adult cannot be applied to romance, erotic romance, and erotica. In fact, most of us have been DOING this all along.
The photo above is from my own collection. I love the freebie photos on the web, but most tend to be painfully dull.  

The New Adult Fiction Line at St. Martin’s Press…And My New Adult Fiction

A few years ago St. Martin’s Press had a New Adult fiction contest and I lost track of what happened. But I didn’t lose track of the New Adult genre.Here’s what New Adult Fiction is, for those who don’t know. And no, it’s not unrated adult oriented material.

According to St Martin’s Press, they fit in a new, previously-unidentified genre called ‘New Adult’. JJ from St Martin’s Press explains that, ‘New Adult [fiction] is about young adulthood, when you are an adult but have not established your life as one (career, family, what-have-you)’.

I heard about New Adult even before this announcement from SMP and started working on short erotic stories with new adult characters. Although I didn’t classify them all up front this way because I wasn’t sure readers would get it, I have more than a few out there hiding in disguise. There’s always a plan.

I became fond of this new genre because all new adults are sexually active…if not at their peaks sexually…and I write erotica and erotic romance. And new adults are of legal age to do anything they want. I think the first time I came out and stated I was working on a New Adult story was last Christmas with the release of THE COMPUTER TUTOR. I’ve written others after that with New Adult characters, but I didn’t go into detail because the genre is so new I didn’t want to go into overkill.

Agent Kristin Nelson talks about New Adult here with regard to how much sex will be in New Adult fiction.

But back to the original Arizona question that started this entry. How much sex is going to be allowed in the romance?

Well, this new line at SMP is not a romance imprint per se—which is what I think that participant thought it might be. They are more a line for publishing smart, upmarket fiction for this target audience where sex and relationships are simply part of the question. In other words, it’s not so much about the happily-ever-after, which is the focus for a romance, nor is it about the sex—explicit or otherwise. It’s more about the story that will speak to older teens and twenty-somethings. Think Emily Giffin’s SOMETHING BORROWED, Curtis Sittenfeld’s PREP, Nick Hornby’s SLAM, and even GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING in some respects.

That post was written in 2009. Since then New Adult TV shows like “Girls,” which I posted about here before, too, (somewhere…I can’t find the link) have come into the picture and changed the scenery a little. This show has been described as the better, updated version of “Sex in the City,” because it has New Adult characters. These characters aren’t bopping around Manhattan in designer shoes. These people are living in Brooklyn trying to figure out how to pay the rent. The realism is so much better it makes SATC look stupid. And there’s plenty of sex…far more than the trite tidbits allowed in SATC. In fact, Hannah can be a very naughty little girl at times and people seem to love it. I nearly fell off my sofa when her boyfriend peed on her in the shower…ON TV. I CAN’T GET AWAY WITH THAT IN EROTIC ROMANCE! There are a few things about “Girls” I wasn’t in love with, especially their treatment of gay characters. But overall I think it’s an excellent example on TV as to what New Adult authors are going to try in New Adult fiction in the future.

I’ve not only been doing New Adult for a while, I’m going to continue to focus on the genre as much as I can. The lines drawn between gay and straight aren’t as vivid with this age group. And I might not always write these things in the form of erotica. I’m finding this new generation of New Adults to be a very interesting crowd and the material to write is endless. I even went there with Jim Darling, the main character in “Chase of a Lifetime,” with regard to him just graduating from Princeton and not knowing what to do with his life…and making tons of mistakes along the way. And Jim’s best friend Cain Mayfield, who I bring back in the upcoming sequel, is the perfect New Adult character fresh out of college and trying to get his life together.

The only area where I find it difficult to focus is the erotica part. So many in publishing frown…actually they sneer…at erotica in any form it’s hard to be taken seriously. If you write erotica you are classified in erotica forever and nothing else matters. But with my next release on Amazon I’m going to rectify this for everyone. It’s an experiment I’ve been working on that I hope will recitfy some of the things erotic authors have been dealing with forever. Because I’m self-publishing this I have the freedom and control to do this…a publisher would never go fot it. But I trust readers now more than ever and I think they’ll understand. And I will post about this experiment I’m doing very soon. I have no idea how it will be received, but so far it’s working out well in the editorial stage. My only big decision is how to release it.

New Adult Fiction: The Computer Tutor

I don’t have a cover yet. If I did, I’d share it. But I posted the generic photo above because there is a basket full of Christmas puppies in this novella. I had to add the puppies to balance all the sex in the book. There’s enough to make a certain book reviewer shudder and cross her legs again. You can read more about that below in the blurb.

But I did just get the edits for this new Christmas Novella, THE COMPUTER TUTOR.

I will continue to post about it as I go through the long editing process. Something of interest might be that I’m calling this New Adult Erotic Fiction. I’m growing fond of New Adult fiction across the board, and I’m going to be writing more of it myself in the future. I’ll also be working well into the night many nights in the upcoming week on this novella so this story will be out by December.

I’d like to see THE COMPUTER TUTOR out by Thanksgiving weekend. But I can’t promise that. There’s a lot of time and effort that goes into putting out a novella like this and it also involves a great deal of collaboration.

And I love my editors at, Janet and Dalia, and I’d rather they take their time and do what they have to do to help me get this book out as a quality e-book.

For the first time in young Drew’s life, he can’t wait to go home for the holidays as an adult instead of a college kid. He’s just started a new job, working as a veterinarian at a 24 hour emergency care clinic. But his boss at the animal clinic tells him he has to work Christmas Eve and a good part of Christmas Day because the other ER vet broke her leg. Then it starts to snow on Christmas Eve and Drew’s assistant asks if she can go home to set up gifts for her children, leaving him all alone in the clinic with two older dogs who are recuperating from surgery. Drew is bored out of his mind, feeling sorry for himself because he’s all alone on Christmas. But it all changes fast when a handsome young man with black hair storms into the clinic with a basket full of newborn puppies in his arms and he begs Drew to save the mother’s life.

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