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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.”

Reading Through the Newest Galleys: Pledges with Cleis Press

For those who might not know, I think the best way to explain galleys in publishing is that they are the final edits…the last chance to look something over and make small changes…before a book goes to print for publication. I do this with everything, including my own self-pubbed books before they are launched as e-books. I actually have my own galleys for my self-pubbed books. It’s those last minute details that sometimes make a huge difference.

In this case, I’m reading the galley for an upcoming book by Cleis Press I’m in. The title is “Pledges,” and it’s a collection of short erotic gay fiction about frat boys. I think I’ve posted about this one before, and I will post again on the publication date, but I wanted to post a little something now in case I forget. I get so used to things moving faster with digital publishing that some of the things I truly enjoy the most slip by unnoticed.

And being a part of books like this one is, and always has been, one of the things I enjoy most about being a writer. It’s also one the few remaining things I cling to as publishing makes so many constant changes and I’m forced to change with it. With books like these you aren’t going to see aggressive authors from small start up e-presses go for the kill with all kinds of annoying things they *think* will help promote their books. The audience for books like this is out there, it will always be out there, and the best kind of promotion for books like this is to talk about it, give product descriptions, and let the reader decide on whether or not they want to buy it and read it. In other words, no one has to go through hoops, click like on Amazon, give fake ratings with multiple fake identities on Goodreads, and talk about the new love of their life to garner devotion on other social media. It’s really about as plain and simple as it gets, and I’ve always considered myself very lucky to have been a part of the older publishing process that really worked hard to cater more to readers than they did to try and sell books to them like snake oil salesmen. It’s also why I tend to fall short in the self-promotion department with my own books.

This book is also what I consider classic gay erotica…or what’s left of gay erotica in these changing times when so many gay authors are growing disillusioned. Each writer writes about something erotic that deals with “pledges,” and each writer handles the topic differently. I’ve read a few of the stories already and I think readers are going to enjoy it. I didn’t read all the stories, though. I focused mainly on my own so that I have something to look forward to reading when I get my author copies. And that’s something else I have to admit I miss more than anything about old publishing. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve embraced digital and I wouldn’t part with my e-reader for anything. But seeing that book you’re in, in print, in hard copy, is a feeling I just can’t explain. And as much as I love digital books, the feeling just isn’t the same.

At the bottom of this post is part of the introduction from Editor, Shane Allison, who is an underestimated and highly amazing gay author.

I will post an excerpt from my story when the book is released. The back story to this is that I wrote a novel with a pen name about a year ago and the editor with that publisher decided to cut 10,000 words from the novel. That had never happened to me before, and I hope it never happens again either. I smiled and took it like a professional, and I’m glad I did. Because the ten thousand words they cut I re-worked and turned into a short story for this book. I liked it too much to just let it crash and burn. And it is original and has never been published anywhere else before.


As I read over these hot new stories of pledge erotica, it took

me back to my days of being a twentysomething, when I used

school and studying as an excuse to be lazy, when

student was scribbled in a box when being asked what one’s occupation was



on a job application. I’ve been out of school for nine years now

but having the luxury of living in a college town where there’s

never a shortage of smoking-hot college boys, I am constantly

reminded of what I’m missing, especially during rush week when


an all-new crop of twinks set out to pledge their chosen frat.


Calls for Submission: Gay Erotica

I’m posting this because it’s a public call for submissions over at Erotica Writers and Readers Association. I just submitted a short story and I’ve always liked working this this particular editor at Cleis Press, Shane Allison. I’ve been in his anthologies before and I’ve always been thrilled with the end results. One in particular was titled, “Backdraft.”

These anthologies are good places to build publishing credits for those who are starting out. And unless you’re going the self-publishing route, we all have to start out somewhere. I have over 90 published works out and I’m not too grand to submit to something like this. I still enjoy doing it now as much as I did fifteen years ago.

Here’s a link to the “Hot Pledges” call. And here’s another for an anthology about “Steam Baths.”