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.

Blogger "50 A Year" Review: Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey

I found a new blogger I love and the blog is titled “50 A Year.” What this means is she tackled 50 books last year, and has decided to do this all over again this year. I like blogs with themes like this, because I’ve always believed this is what personal blogging was intended to be in the first place when it first entered the arena. This one reminds me of a literary version of Julie Powell’s blog about Julia Child, where Powell took on the job of cooking everything from Child’s first cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, in 365 days.

In this case the blogger is taking on fiction in a year’s time, and she’s done an interesting review of the book Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey that’s an analysis of the novel Fifty Shades of Grey. It’s an interesting review to me because I wrote an essay for FWoFSoG and my piece was focused on how so many in the BDSM world did NOT accept the book very well…all for valid reasons that made sense to anyone in the BDSM lifestyle. Some were vehemently insulted. On the other hand, I also mentioned that I liked FSoG because it was written in a way that expresses common usage more than classic literary merit. I don’t know how else to put that either. And, I know very little about the BDSM lifestyle. Or at least I knew very little until FSoG hit the shelves.

The one thing FSoG has done is put BDSM out there in the mainstream for discussion. It’s so prominent now that my post before this one discussed the differences between rough sex and BDSM. And I never would have guessed I’d be writing a post like that a year ago. You can get there from here.   The only reason I wrote the post was to show that BDSM is, indeed, a lifestyle and an art form. And the book FWoFSoG wasn’t a book designed to praise the novel FSoG, but to analyze it and call out the strong points as well as the weak points.

But when all is said and done, FSoG appealed to the masses in ways that no book has done for a very long time. And I firmly believe this had a lot to do with the fact that the book wasn’t a literary masterpiece from an elitist POV. In any event, I don’t have the link right now, but FSoG did so well for the publisher the success trickled down to bonuses for editors who don’t make all that much money. And, I might ad, without blockbuster hits like FSoG in the publishing industry, there wouldn’t be enough money to publish those elitist literary books that are supposedly well-written and that win awards. If the publishing industry depended only on good taste, they’d be out of business in a year’s time. Think Snookie and “Gorilla Beach.”

But I digress. This is a great review with good insights. You can get there from here, and below is an excerpt from the review. I think it brings up some valid points and I recommend reading it, especially if you didn’t like FSoG. I have to agree with the reviewer, too. At first I didn’t think FSoG warranted that much analysis either. I really didn’t, and I hesitated a while before I agreed to do the essay for FWoFSoG. However, each essay is different, each is written from a different POV, and my essay talked about how so many other reviewers felt less than thrilled about the actual BDSM aspects. And this review talks about all this in more detail.

Second, another of the writers made the point that, however sexually liberating the book may be, it also encourages toxic relationships. Sure, you can have mind-blowing sex, but it comes hand in hand with stalking, emotional manipulation and a total lack of mutual respect.

Review: Switch Hitter by Alex Morgan & Jon Michaelsen

I was thrilled when the authors, Alex Morgan and Jon Michaelsen, asked me to read a pre-release copy of Switch Hitter for several reasons. One, I’ve been a fan of Jon Michaelsen’s LGBT fiction for a long time. And two because I’ve never read anything by Alex Morgan. I also recently finished Maya Angelou’s autobiography and that’s a tough act to follow, so to speak.

I read the digital version of Switch Hitter all in one sitting last night. But it is about one hundred pages long and it can be spread out over a period of time just as nicely. I just had the time last night, so I decided to read it in full, which isn’t something I normally do. From page one the main character, Jase Dockery, drew me into the story and kept me fascinated for the rest of the evening.

Jase is a professional baseball player who rides a motorcycle and tries to live slightly on the dangerous side. But I found him more cautious than wild at times…in spite of how much he seems to crave more excitement in his life. This is partly because his life is so complicated as a public figure, and partly because in order to satisfy his needs he has to figure out ways to trick his bodyguard into thinking he’s sleeping when he’s really out on the prowl. The extent to which some gay men are forced to hide the truth about themselves was handled in a normal and realistic way, and by no means did I ever feel it was contrived.

In Jase’s case, he joins a private “establishment” to satisfy both his physical needs and emotional needs. This one sentence from the book sums up his life:

“Jase knew fans would never accept his sexuality, nor understand his desire for authority and dominance.”

Without getting into spoilers, this need to be dominated by a strong man makes Jase even more cautious…almost as if he’s working overtime to protect all his secrets. But then he meets someone named “Cap” who is interested in protecting his own privacy, too, because Cap is the captain of a S.W.A.T. team. It’s an instant attraction for Jase and Cap and the story moves forward in an interesting way from there…with some highly intense, emotional erotic scenes that pay attention to detail that didn’t leave me wanting more. Once again, it didn’t feel contrived.

There are a few baseball focused scenes in the book, but just enough to promote the jock aspect of the story. Like most gay men, I like reading jock stories, but I don’t want those stories to be all about the sport. In this book, the baseball scenes don’t drag out like some sports themed books I’ve read before that tend to become self-indulgent. In other words, you get just as much as you need to know with regard to Jase and his circumstances as a jock.

From here, it’s hard for me to go into anymore detail without spoiling the story, so I’ll just add that Jase encounters a stalker, and this stalker winds up doing something to Jase that’s beyond everyone’s worst fear. At this point I knew I’d have to finish the book in one sitting just to find out what happened.

One of the most interesting things about this book is something I’ve discussed before, both here on the blog and in a recent publication I was in titled, “50 Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey.” The reason I’m mentioning this now is that I actually wrote about this issue with regard to BDSM in the book “50 Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey,” and never thought I’d wind up reading something like Switch Hitters that actually poses a good example of what my essay talked about. At the time I wrote my essay, I wish there had been a book like Switch Hitter for me to reference as an example.

One of the things I discovered while researching reviews and reader reaction to the BDSM book, Fifty Shades of Grey, was that readers who know about the BDSM lifestyle were put off by the fact that the BDSM scenes weren’t handled well. However, with Switch Hitters the BDSM scenes were not only handled well, the authors nailed one of the most difficult things anyone can do while writing BDSM erotica, and in a very clever way.

They did this by showing how Jase is into the BDSM lifestyle and how he does want it, but on his own terms and with the man of his choice. He doesn’t want to be forced into it against his own will. And in the scenes where Jase encounters his stalker and he does find himself forced into doing things he doesn’t want to do, the context of the BDSM scenes becomes something completely different for him. It’s different for the reader as well. I found myself loving the consensual BDSM scenes when Jase wanted them to happen, and I found myself cringing during the peculiar scenes when Jase was forced to do things against his own will. I honestly don’t think I’ve ever read a better example, in the same book, of the difference between consensual BDSM and non-consensual BDSM. This line below says it all:

“Jase, furious at his treatment and galled at the shapeless man on top of him, remained motionless. This was one action he could refrain from performing.”

This all creates a great deal of both suspense and emotion, with regard to how Jase views himself and his own private needs. And what is often an intense dichotomy, especially in the middle of the story, keeps the reader on the edge the entire time, wondering how things are going to turn out.

If I post this review on Amazon or GR, I’m giving it five stars. It’s sexy, romantic, authentic to gay fiction, and has all the erotic elements that move a good story forward. I don’t have all the product info right now, but I will update this post when I get it. The book will be available for purchase on April 19, 2013. You can follow author Jon Michaelsen here on facebook to keep up with his updates.

Update: Here’s a link to read more about Alex Morgan.

Harry Hamlin: Shameless; Review: River of Tears by Michele L. Montgomery

Before I get into my review of “River of Tears,” by Michele L. Montgomery, I wanted to mention something about actor Harry Hamlin who is now playing an interesting role on the TV show, “Shameless.”

Hamlin has been around for a while, and he’s starred in several projects that have gay themes. In “Shameless,” he plays the wealthy father of Steve/Jimmy, who is also having a down-low sexual relationship with Steve/Jimmy’s girlfriend’s younger brother, Ian. You can read more about “Shameless,” here. I find the way they handle the gay characters is superior to any of the network shows. They are just gay and they are there. You don’t see a lot of political nonsense, stereotypes, or trendy bullshit. In other words, they make gay normal without trying too hard to make it the NEW normal…pardon the shameless puns.

In any event, I find it interesting that Hamlin (who is straight, and very fine, indeed) is playing a part like this in “Shameless,” because of a former role he played in the older gay film, “Making Love.” I was only a kid at the time, but I remember the controversy this film created.

According to gay film historian Vito Russo‘s book The Celluloid Closet, straight critics found the film boring while gay critics, glad for any attention paid to the subject, praised it. Making Love opened strong at the box office its first week, but poor word of mouth led to a large drop-off in box office receipts the following week.

Of course the straight critics didn’t like it. Straight people can’t relate to gay films like this, and these reviews are living proof in black and white. It was one of the first gay films I’d ever seen, and one of the first gay love stories I’d ever seen as well. I loved it. I would even go so far as to say it gave me role models at a time when young gay men didn’t have any. As a side note, Hamlin was younger then and extremely attractive. Trust me, he’s aged very well. I think he’s just as hot today on “Shameless” as he was back then.

Review: River of Tears by Michele L. Montgomery

I’ve read and reviewed this author’s fiction a few times before on this blog, but in all cases, up until now, those books and stories have been M/M Romance. As a M/M Romance author Michele is clearly one of the straight women writing in the genre who really knows how to nail it and get it right. So when she sent me a pre-release copy of “River of Tears,” I was a little apprehensive about reading it because it wasn’t M/M Romance this time. If I had to classify RoT in a bookstore, I would probably put it on the Romantic Suspense section. It is mainstream, with straight main characters, and I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect. Authors hop genres all the time, but not all do it well.

In this case, I was nicely suprised. The one thing that is most difficult about writing a review for any of Michele’s books is that they are filled with suspense and surprises and I don’t want to give out any spoilers. In fact, while I’m reading, I sometimes think about how…or if…I’m going to review the book because every other page seems to bring a new surprise. So I will be careful here and I won’t give spoilers.

The central theme of the storyline revolves around Abby, a sweet young women, but just as strong and determined as she is sweet. Abby winds up falling in love with a guy, Caiden, who comes from one of the most insane families I think I have ever read about in my life. The mother-in-law, Joyce, pulls some of the worst things anyone in the history of time has ever pulled on a daughter-in-law. I sat there, with my e-reader, in the middle of the night just re-reading certain things to make sure I got them right.

The rest of the family isn’t much better either. There are siblings that make the worst families look tame. And the things they do to poor Caiden left me stunned. Also, throughout the book, Michele adds bits and pieces of back story that make them all even worse. The things that happened to Caiden alone in his childhood would make most detectives who deal with child abuse sick to their stomachs. But it’s done in a way that leaves you hoping for the best, not focusing on the doom and gloom.

And that’s because of Abby’s inner strength, a strength she often doesn’t even know she has herself. One thing leads to another, and Abby winds up on a quest…or mission…that consumes her entire life. She becomes determiend to save her life, her own family (she has three small kids), and will not stop until she gets answers. It’s been a long time since I’ve read about a character as strong or as tenacious as Abby. She does have support from her own family, which I found to be a nice relief in the book. I think she would have been strong enough to get her life back without all this support, but it was a nice touch to see the family dynamic there as well. I think most of us who are family oriented like these things in novels.

As a side note, the writing was excellent, the editing was articulate, and I didn’t see any of the mistakes I sometimes find in digital books. But even if there had been a few mistakes in formatting…which there weren’t…I would have liked the book just as much because of all the other elements that made it such a good read. The settings are places we would all love to visit someday. I like novels to take me away to different places and I think in this case, with so many serious topics happening, these wonderful settings provided a brief sense of relief at times. It showed me that Abby’s life isn’t all bad, and that she does have so much to fight for.

That’s about all I can do without giving out spoilers. Part of the fun with a book like this is to be suprised all the time. You won’t find a great deal of sex in this book, and yet at the same time I found Caiden both adorable and sexy even though there aren’t any sex scenes. He’s so vulerable and such a nice guy, you just want to protect him from all these vicious people in his life.

I would recommend this book to anyone without thinking twice. I read it in three sittings, very late at night, but I would have loved to have had a chance to read it on one sitting if I’d had the time.

Purchase link from publisher’s web site, here.

Photo of Harry Hamlin, found here.

Idiot Stephen Marche Reviews "The New Normal"

I don’t know what world Stephen Marche lives in, but to here him talk about being gay these days we don’t have a single problem in the world. He’s says we’ve become commonplace and boring. And one reason why he doesn’t like the new TV show The New Normal is because he thinks the mainstream public has accepted gays to the point of becoming bored with them.

I post about how things have changed for the LGBT community all the time. I try to include those changes in my books all the time. But I also post about how many things haven’t changed all that much, all the time. Marche makes a few interesting points in his review that I can’t argue with, however, I don’t think they are important to the TV show The New Normal because we’re still fighting for the same things we were fighting for years ago. And until same sex marriage is legal on a federal level I don’t give damn what statistics say. I don’t care if the percentages have dropped to 20% approval of gay marriage in the US. The fact remains that it’s still illegal, we’re still getting screwed over, and TV shows like The New Normal don’t hide from these issues.

Is The New Normal my favorite show on TV? No. Is it something to which I can relate to 100%? No. But so far I haven’t found it boring and I do think that bringing up political topics like gay marriage is important because if it were up to our politicians…and I’m talking about both sides…we would never hear about gay marriage again. They just don’t like to discuss it, which is why I have little faith in any politician these days.

Marche says this:

The New Normal is a more or less shameless attempt to capitalize on the success of these previous shows. But the problem is that they have been so successful as to render the matter moot. You can almost see the writers straining to find gay stereotypes that still work in order to be able to explode them.
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The previous shows he’s talking about were the first attempts at creating LGBT themed TV shows. And it’s not like there were that many when you compare them to all the TV shows ever produced. Ellen and Will and Grace were great shows. And there are a few others like Modern Family. But I don’t think there have been enough to call TV shows with gay characters boring, and The New Normal is still something I would consider relevant and important to the LGBT community.

Are there stereotypes in The New Normal? Or course there are, and that’s because there are stereotypes everywhere we look, not only within the LGBT community, but in the mainstream as well. Wasn’t Archie Bunker a stereotype? Wasn’t his liberal son-in-law, Mike, a stereotype, too? I think it’s time to embrace a few of these stereotypes and accept them for what they are. There are effeminate gay men just as there are butch lesbians. And I don’t see anything wrong with creating characters that are based on reality.

This blew me away:

One of the (admittedly minor) consequences of this incipient political triumph is that gay people have become boring. Is it wrong for me to mourn the passing of the worldly gay friend as a type? A night out with gay friends used to be a guaranteed great night out. You’d see some stuff. You would have no choice but to dance. You might even try a drug you’d never tried before.

For your info, Mr. Marche, there have always been boring gay people. That’s right, it’s not something new. You just didn’t know we were there, is all. We weren’t all your “worldly gay friend.” We didn’t all take people out for a “great night” at the gay bar and show people some “stuff.” No, Mr Marche, that’s not how it worked then and it’s not how it works now. And most of all, Mr. Marche, we didn’t all hand out drugs to people who’d never tried them before. We’ve always been just as painfully boring as you are Mr. Marche, and TV shows like The New Normal tend to be larger than life for a reason. A segment of our community loves to party just like a segment of the mainstream straight community loves to party and do drugs and dance with their arms flying above their heads. But most of us are, and have always been, boring. And we’re proud of that.

The key word in The New Normal is not “normal” as Mr. Marche suggests. The key word here is “new,” because anything LGBT related is, in fact, still new to most of the mainstream viewing audience in America. It’s still new to the LGBT viewing audience. And I know this first hand, Mr. Marche, because I am a gay man and I’m still dealing with the same political and social issues I had to deal with twenty years ago. Issues that have always been played down in the mainstream. And even though The New Normal isn’t perfect, I’ll take what I can get for now and enjoy it as much as I can.

In One Person by John Irving: Bi-Sexuality, LGBT, AIDS, and Sexual Suspects

The reason I titled this review of John Irving’s “In One Person” this way is because it is a book that encompasses all these things and more. It’s also about the way people live and die while trying to make sense of everything that happens along the way. In this novel, it’s about the life of Billy Abbott, a boy with a quirky mother, a cross-dressing grandfather, and an extended family that never seems to fully understand him. Part of his quest in life is to learn more about his father, a man he’s never met…and is never quite sure he ever will meet.

The beginning of the novel discusses Billy’s need to learn more about himself…about life…and he tries to do this by reading fiction. His Aunt Muriel gives him hand me down romance novels and when he reads the comments his angry female cousin made in the margins he learns more about her as well. I found cousin Gerry’s comments both entertaining and amusing for a variety of reasons, partly because most heroines in romance novels with covers that have women in long flowing gowns are usually self-congratulatory prigs:

“The Heroine was a self-congratulatory prig, who would never let her boyfriend touch her breasts…Gerry responded in the margin with: “I would rub your t–s RAW! Just try and stop me!”

One of the most interesting characters is Grandpa Harry. He’s an old Yankee lumberman who LOVES to put on his over-bearing wife’s dresses and act in school plays. I won’t give any spoilers here because there are a few surprises. But Grandpa Harry plays an important part in Billy’s life and is often the only voice of reason in his life.

It’s important to understand this novel takes place during a time when the word “Gay” didn’t even exist. Here’s an example of a conversation Billy has that discusses his attraction to “transvestites.” You also have to remember this is before we all became so politically correct.

“My attraction to transsexuals was pretty specific. (I’m sorry, but we didn’t use to say ‘transgender’…not until the eighties. Transvestites never did it for me, and the transsexuals had to be what they call ‘passable’…”

Of course this explanation of what attracts Billy as a bi-sexual is vital to the story with respect to how he managed to avoid being infected with the AIDS virus. If I go into more detail here I run the risk of another spoiler, so I’ll stop while I’m ahead. But I do want to say this one thing. This account of what actually happened during the height of the AIDS epidemic is the most accurate I have ever read in fiction. Irving either did a great deal of research, or he experienced all this for himself, because I know for a fact that he nailed it with perfection, from the Hickman catheter to PCP pneumonia. And if you are young and you are LGBT you should read this novel just for the historical facts. You won’t hear them anywhere else. I have over ninety published works out in the LGBT genre and I touch on these topics, but it’s not a place I want to go into detail about because it’s just too painful to revisit.

Billy’s relationship with Miss Frost, the town librarian, is unusual and yet believable. As a young adult, Billy’s not sure what he is or who he is. He’s not sure what Miss Frost is or who she is either. But he’s attracted to her and he discovers his love of reading through her. The beginning of his fascination with her begins at the public library and follows him for the rest of his life. As in all Irving novels, it’s detailed, quirky, and very civilized. But at the same time edges toward controversial because Miss Frost is a good deal older than Billy.

You can’t read an Irving novel without reading a few strong political statements. In this case, a few of those statements were made about the war in Vietnam. And they are issues gay men still deal with on a daily basis to this day.

“I’ll tell you when I might take seriously the idea of service to my country,” I began. “When local, state, and federal legislation, which currently criminalizes homosexual acts between consenting adults, is repealed; when the country’s archaic anti-sodomy laws are overturned; when psychiatrists stop diagnosing me and my friends as clinically abnormal, medically incompetent freaks in need of ‘rehabilitation’; when the media stops representing us as sissy, pansy, fairy, child-molesting PERVERTS!”

I’ve often complained about how gay men are treated by some women as pet poodles. But Irving takes it to a completely different level in this novel with one of his characters. To give anymore information would also spoil this part of the book. But giving this example won’t hurt.

“They find something they love about you…even if there’s just one thing they find endearing.”

Followed by this:

“Those things they DON’T love about you…those things they don’t even LIKE…well, guess what women do about THOSE things? They imagine they can CHANGE those things…THAT’S what women do! They imagine they can change you…”

I’ve read a few of the other reviews about this book and I’ve found them interesting. I have to agree this book is not a fast read and like all Irving novels it takes a while to get into. But I’ve also always appreciated that Irving’s novels take a long time to read because I want them to remain with me as long as possible. And every single aspect of this book is important to the overall story, and I’m glad I’m not the kind of reader who stops reading a book too soon. From bullying to AIDS, from classic gay literature to the paranormal, this novel takes the LGBT experience to a literary level with intensity, humor, and detail. And never in an offensive way.

Deer In The Headlights by Levi Johnston

In January I posted about reading Levi Johnston’s “Deer in the Headlights,” and I wanted to follow up with a short post about the book.

I’m giving it five stars and there’s a reason for this. It’s an easy read, it sounds honest enough, and I’m glad I got to read Levi’s side of the story. He seems like a simple, uncomplicated guy, and for him to take on the task of actually getting a book of his own out I think is commendable in itself. I don’t mean that in a snarky way either. I know how hard it is to write a book, and I’ve never even tackled a memoir. Most young guy Levi’s age don’t even read books let alone write them. For that alone he would have received at least four stars from me. And even if he had help with the book, he did it.

If Levi wanted to get his story out and show what he’s really like with this book, as opposed to what’s been written about him in the mainstream media and said by the Palin family, he succeeded. This post is not a knock against the Palin family. I’m not a political person (I don’t trust any politician.)But as I’ve said before, you don’t get to the position of becoming Governor of a state the size of Alaska…or any size for that matter…by being a simple girl with a simple dream. The Palin family, good old simple Todd included, are hardcore players and all that simple working man nonsense never passed with me. I could say the same thing about our current President, or anyone out there in a position of political power. It simply stands to reason. We aren’t talking about simple down home folk when it comes to winning in politics.

But I did find a certain amount of innocence in Levi’s book, where he was thrown, pardon the cliche, in with the wolves and they ate him up alive…or at least they tried. I believe his descriptions about certain family members. I like that I didn’t get a sense of bitterness either. After all he’s been through, he sounds as if he’s still basically a nice person who is willing to maintain a balance and give credit where it is due, which is more than most in his position would have done. In fact, I didn’t come away from the book thinking how terrible the Palin family is. I came away with the same thought I had before I started the book: these are complicated, powerful, ambitious people who know how to get what they want through determination and manipulation. I’m not being snarky about that either. Without ambitious people like Sarah and Todd Palin we wouldn’t get anything done.

I didn’t get the impression Levi was on the defensive, which is more than I can say about other books like this. Though I’m sure he could have sounded that way, it sounded more to me as if he came to terms with his situation and put an end to it with this book. Or, at the very least, he came to terms and showed us who he is. I could be wrong. I could be reading far more into this than I’m supposed to be reading. But I like to think that people write books like this to tell their stories, share their personal feelings, and let the world know who they are. I believe he did this in DITH and he did it well, too. I would recommend the book to anyone as well written, fast paced, and nicely executed. And I’m going to give it five stars because it deserves all that and more.

Links to My Guest Post on Pen Names @ Top 2 Bottom Reviews…

I’d like to mention a guest blog post I wrote for Top 2 Bottoms reviews. You can get there from here. I’ll be checking in and responding to comments throughout the day, and probably the week.

Top 2 Bottoms was also nice enough to review my historical, A YOUNG WIDOW’S PROMISE. You can check that out here.

Big thanks to Top 2 Bottoms for letting me write the guest post and for doing the review!! Writing in another genre isn’t easy, especially with a novella like A YOUNG WIDOW’S PROMISE that isn’t like anything I’ve had published in a long time.

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

This might be the shortest book review in history. But that’s because I want to make it simple for readers to decide whether or not they want to read Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson. And, Steve Jobs was the epitome of minimalism.

I enjoyed it. I gave it five stars on goodreads. But I also like/love all the techinical, business oriented information that was so detailed in the book.

In other words, if you’re looking for a book that talks about Steve Jobs’s personal life and his relationship with family and friends, this might not be the book for you.

But if you’re interested in reading about a man who made history and changed the world, you will, indeed, enjoy this book. I couldn’t stop reading it…especially the parts about how he changed publishing. In fact, I had a little too much fun reading those parts.

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