If you’re interested in a receiving a PDF version of my novel, King of Cats
, about a closeted gay rock musician living on New York’s Lower East Side, just drop me a line with your e-mail address (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Please note this is NOT an EPUB file so it is not compatible with digital reading devices. And be warned, KoC is not your typical self-published HEA M/M romance novel. It’s pretty heavy and downbeat.
But hey…it’s free! Why not give it a shot?
It would be great to get feedback or a review.
Greetings, everyone. I’d like to tell you all about a new, very humorous historical novel entitled A Hundred Little Lies by Jon Wilson. It’s about a gay shopkeeper in the sleepy little town of Bodey Colorado who is raising his rambunctious 8-year-old daughter and trying to keep his colorful past a secret. Victor J. Banis has graciously given the book his endorsement: “Charming, witty, and intensely romantic, this is an outstanding debut novel from a writer to be watched.”
FOOL FOR LOVE - An Anthology Of New Gay Fiction
Edited by Timothy J. Lambert and R. D. Cochrane
Published February 10, 2009 -- Cleis Press
As a kid I was always a fan of short stories. They were like little treasures you could read in a single sitting. Sometimes a bit of sci-fi, or a mystery or something humorous. You could pick and choose, and the best writers like O. Henry and Bradbury always left you coming back for more.
Unfortunately for me in gay short story genre, fiction, love and romance have become synonymous with quickie M/M erotica as more and more one-handed anthologies have crowded out real gay fiction on the book store shelves. Now, I'm no prude and I readily admit that many a lurid pulp paperback served as my fantasy handbook when I was first coming out. But admit it, once you've got the basics down the stories become the same old same old. How many pages of hot, pulsing sex does a book really need?
So these days I approach all gay books labeled love or romance with extreme caution. So when started reading FOOL FOR LOVE, I was pleased to discover real two-handed fiction, love and romance ... sixteen stories to be exact written by both established gay writers and some equally exciting new talent. The anthology is edited by Timothy J. Lambert and R. D. (Becky) Cochrane who are half of the Timothy James Beck writing team responsible for several outstanding gay novels. And they have selected the stories for their anthology with care and high standards.
FOOL FOR LOVE is about love. Gay love. Love lost. Love found. Love searched for. And love dreamed about.
Where to find love is the theme of several of the stories. David Puterbaugh's Kama finds and delivers it in a Thai restaurant in THAI ANGEL. It hits Felice Picano's hero like a ton of concrete in GRATITUDE. Jeffrey Ricker's dog walker finds it AT THE END OF THE LEASH and Rob Byrnes on a blind date at HAPPY HOUR AT CAFE JONES.
How the hero finds love is considered in Shawn Anniston's MATCHMAKER where he's living with two lesbians and a baby, in Trebor Healey's TRUNK where he's searching for salvation in New Orleans, or in Joel Derfner's DE ANIMA where he's busy knitting while his lover is at a cure-a-homo conference.
Others show that love has no age limits moving from teens in Josh Helmin's LIKE NO ONE'S WATCHING and Rob Williams' PARTY PLANNING to seniors in Andrew Holleran's TWO KINDS OF RAPTURE.
The question of falling for your future boss is at hand in Brandon M. Long's A VIEW. In LOVE TAPS Mark G. Harris wonders if the romance is over when your lover puts coat hangers in your bed. While Greg Herren's EVERYONE SAYS I'LL FORGET IN TIME considers finding love after losing it. And 'Nathan Burgoine's exploration of what you'd do for love is sure leave you misty eyed in his moving HEART.
Finally Paul Lisicky offers his observations on love in TWO TALES, and John H. Roush contemplates love on heaven's doorstep in ANGELS, WHAT YOU MUST HEAR ON HIGH.
Sixteen first class examples of new gay fiction on a common theme of LOVE, sixteen little treasures that will have you craving more from their authors. That's what has earned this volume a place on my bookshelf between the O. Henrys and the Bradburys. *****
I just got the new Manny Files novel, and I'm looking forward to reading it, but the mention of the Drama! series in the new TLA catalog I got today has me wondering what it's like and what are some other GLBT YA/kidlit books that are good reads.
Like, are there any YA supernatural-themed novels with a queer protagonist? Or other lighthearted, fun reads like the Manny Files novels. Or just plain good YA/kidlit with a GLBT focus.
I read a lot. Much of what I read are LGBT novels. Some of it is downright dreadful, but since I’m selective I tend enjoy most of what I choose, but every now and then I stumble across something that’s just so special that I’m compelled to share.
The last time I was this
excited about something was Ginn Hales’s Wicked Gentlemen
. My latest love object is entirely different, but no less enchanting. Behind the cut is my review of Mike Kaspar’s debut novel, Before I Lose My Style
. If you’re looking for something funny, warm and well written, with a host of fascinating characters, you should definitely
check this one out:( Before I Lose My Style ReviewCollapse )ETA:
link to publisher's website here: http://spunkybooks.com/
I have a small collection of gay fiction/erotica and they are in boxes. Anyone interested in buying some? I'm really busy right now but eventually, if there's interest, that will encourage me to take pictures of the covers and set a price to them.
Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez just came out
after her first book, "Dirty Girls Social Club" featured a lot of gay and bisexual women. Her second book, "Dirty Girls on Top" is a fantastic follow up to the first. If you haven't read either of these books, you should check them out at your local book store. There's also a free download of "Dirty Girls on Top" audiobook.
One of my favorite quotes from her interview is when she talks about coming out: "I should say I never faced it with my dad, who, when I told him what I was, hugged me and said, “the greatest secret in humanity is that inside every person is a gay person."
Among the many writers who I recently shared oxygen and square-footage with at this year's Saints & Sinners Literary Festival
in New Orleans were two I'd never met.
He's Robert McDonald
. She's Kathie Bergquist
. I'm the clod who took their picture, but you knew that already.
Together they wrote A Field Guide to Gay & Lesbian Chicago
For those planning a trip to Chicago, this guide is the very thing for tracking down all the big shoulders which that toddlin' town
is famed for, according to Carl Sandburg.
But don't listen to him. Don't listen to me, either. I haven't had the pleasure of visiting. The only thing I know is it's allegedly windy there. It's blithering idiots like me that make a book like this the more preferable source of information, and a Chi-Town-bound traveler's essential reading.
Further essential reading, for me, was the poem Dear November
, which I found by Googling the words "Robert McDonald" and "poetry." Now that I've read it, I ought to try Googling the words "brief," "brilliant," "beautifully captured" and "moment," just to see if I again am returned, via the Internet, to Dear November
or not. Those who've read the poem know that this is quite likely.
As much of a thrill as it is, meeting good-vibey and thoughtful writers, it's also nice to meet two people who are friendly and tactful enough to refrain from snickering when I "boast my blog" and ask to photograph them and end up pulling my cellphone out of my shorts' pocket to achieve the feat.
The first time I heard the term black-and-tan spot
was while reading Frances Farmer's autobiography Will There Really Be A Morning?
, way back in 1982.
(What my copy looked like; I'm sure I bought it from an attraction to what she's wearing; Body Heat, Bertie Higgins' "Key Largo", and Indiana Jones' fedora and Alexis Carrington's veiled picture hats were sweeping the imagination of everyone in the early '80s, and I was no exception)
I didn't know what black-and-tan spot
meant. I imagined it was some glamorous Art Deco nightclub with leopardskin banquettes. I haven't heard the term, since, which-- now that I know what it means-- is a good thing.
It's also been years since I thought of the Milton Bradley board game Mystery Date
The game came up in a recent online conversation
with writer David Puterbaugh
. The reason it came up in an online conversation is because trying to talk to David in person is hindered from gasping for breath, from laughter. I have witnesses who can back me up on this.
My sister received the game as a present at one of her birthday parties in the early '70s. I was the only male in the room, I remember-- if a 4-year-old crawling around on the floor under the kitchen table where the gifts were being opened can be referred to with such a hairy title.
I was expulsed from the party shortly after I was caught looking up Robin Vaughn's pretty petticoated party dress. No doubt it was suspected that I was displaying early "snips 'n snails" behavior.
The fact that I was an early student of high fashion, and was fascinated by the fluffy white loveliness hidden beneath Robin's skirt, didn't stop the girls from banning me from getting to play Mystery Date
with them. I wanted to, very badly, but here in the two-thousand-aughts the game and I remain strangers.
This won't do, at all.
It's a relief these days that the entire world has become a black-and-tan spot, and everyone is free to mingle wherever they want, no matter their color. In that spirit, let's let boys and girls mingle for a moment and play a round of the all-new, homoeroticized Mystery Date
, as if brought to you by this era's Milton Bradley
, who sweeps our imaginations these days. Any boy or girl who wants to roll the dice is welcome!
Choose a link (no cheating!) below, if you want, and let's see with whom you'll be attending the fluffy and fascinating 2008 prom....First up: ( Bachelor # 1!Collapse )Next we have: ( Bachelor # 2!Collapse )There's always this one: ( Bachelor # 3!Collapse )And finally, if you're feeling really dicey: ( Bachelor # 4!Collapse )