Thursday, December 31, 2009

Best Wishes for the Coming Year

Wishing you and yours all the very best in 2010.  -Jamie

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Random Guys: Mistletoe, a Six-Pack and Christmas Balls

If you love this guy, be sure to check out Noble Works Cards.  They have some of the funniest (and sexiest) cards available anywhere.  Merry Christmas.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

"I Know Him So Well" from Chess.

This is my favortie musical in this history of the world and I have been waiting since 1984 to hear two men sing this song.  This is John Barrowman and Daniel Boys in concert earlier this year.  Good stuff.

Monday, December 21, 2009

One more Winter Solstice Review of "The White Stag"

One more review of this story posted at Jenre's Well Read blog just in time for the Solstice.  Hers is another site with lots of thoughtful reviews of m/m romance.  Take a look.

Seasons Greetings

Wishing you the best on the Winter Solstice.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Reviews, Writing and the Victor/Victoria Principle

Yikes. A tough review of "The White Stag" from Tam at Tam's Reads :

"Joshua met Jude (a Senator's son) at a grief support group for those who lost people in 9-11. They eventually hook up but Joshua won't commit because Jude is an atheist and Joshua can't be with someone who doesn't believe in God. They remain friends though and he's invited to the fancy Christmas party. Can they work out their differences? I had issues with this book, well with Joshua I guess because I'm an atheist and I can't believe someone would refuse to be with me because I don't believe the same things they do. Arrgghh. You bigoted asshole. It's mentioned that Joshua's family is totally fundie and he left the church, and yet he treats Jude the same way his family would treat anyone not as religious as them. Also I found there was this whole scenario at the end with a white stag coming out of the forest and bowing down to Jude which was a bit too out there. Couldn't they have just worked it out without some supernatural element? Anyway, Joshua's attitude pissed me off and I didn't like him much so I didn't care if he and Jude got together, in fact I'd rather they didn't because it's going to rear it's ugly head again, guarantee it."

This is the entire text of the review of my story, but check out Tam's Blog for more reviews and commentary on the m/m world. Looks like she reads widely and has a clear grasp on the genre.

Which brings me to my reason for posting this review: Is the m/m romance genre the place for me? I think a great many of my friends marvel that a guy so drawn to dark themes is writing romantic fiction. Writing fiction has been an interesting journey for me and I am still struggling to define myself as a writer . . . or maybe not to define myself as a writer.

A couple of years ago I stumbled into the world of m/m romance. I had read a lot of fan fiction (mostly X-Files and Doctor Who slash) and even read a few chapters of an early edition of Henry Jenkins's Textual Poaching: Television Fans and Participatory Culture (which is still in print and has been available on kindle since 2007). I liked the fiction a lot, but the art was often a stunning springboard for my imagination.

(Sidebar: If you like slash art and have not been to The Theban Band, take a look. The Mulder/Krycek page is pretty fantastic, but there's a lot of great stuff there. Be sure to look in on Sam & Frodo and the gang at Hogwarts while you're there.)

Initially the idea of rewriting film and television mythology appealed to me for the obvious reasons. As a gay man, I could watch The Empire Strikes Back and simultaneously want to be Han Solo and want to be experiencing the beginnings of a flirty, sexy relationship with him (like Princess Leia). This instantaneous mental and emotional vacillation from one perspective to another was my way of dealing with a world in which one of the characters on the screen was usually the wrong gender. And of course, Science Fiction has not traditionally been filled with man-on-man romance or sex. (Go figure.)

I was fascinated to note at the time that the vast majority of the people I encountered online creating and consuming m/m slash fiction and art were women. I didn't know what to make of it, but the concept fascinated me.

After a while, my attention wandered. From online slash archives I meandered a bit, reading a lot, but eschewing traditional and m/m romance in my own writing because I knew that my own heart tends to the darker side of experience. I was drawn more to erotica, horror and alternative history. Erotica, for me, was a place to explore dark emotions and the kinds of topics that don't really provide naturally happy endings (obsession, regret, melancholy, loneliness, violence etc). We are drawn to the themes we write; we do not choose them.

I stumbled back into the romance genre by reading (believe it or not) MaryJanice Davidson's Undead series. I have always wandered occasionally into the borderland between the worlds of romance, contemporary "chick lit" (a descriptive term I use, but also deplore), and paranormal. I had been reading Laurell K. Hamilton, watching as Anita Blake transformed from a hard-ass private eye into a sex queen. When you look at these dueling vamp writers, you can really get a feel for the breadth of the paranormal romance genre.

When I came back to the m/m genre for some reason I didn't read the paranormals. I read Zahra Owens's novel Diplomacy, which I really enjoyed and which inspired me to give this type of writing a try. I also read and enjoyed Nicki Bennett and Ariel Tachna, and the charming Lisa Marie Davis. What I eventually discovered was that all of these authors write for Dreamspinner Press.

And so I embarked on an experiment. I produced a novelette called "How Could I Not" that was eventually published by Dreamspinner in an anthology called Sindustry Vol. I.

I struggled to write a story about a male prostitute that wasn't mired in pathos or grit or grime and which ended happily. Happy endings have always been a challenge for me. I tend to default to happy beginnings. And so I grappled with the material, seeking lyricism, humor and romance and walked away with reader comments like "a complex little story." I also got busted from an "A-" to a "B-" by one reviewer for allowing the characters to have sex without a condom.

There are apparently a lot of rules in this genre.

One of the interesting challenges of writing in the m/m romance genre, with its roots firmly planted in the slash fan fic world, is that there are very few male writers or readers. It is still a young genre that is very much defined by women writers (who often use male pseudonyms) and women readers, and as such, it is different than the environment one might expect in a genre whose characters are all men who love men

I imagine sometimes the idealized world that produces romantic prose and happy endings can accentuate this difference. The rules of the genre encourage safe sex, emotional commitment, the healing power of love, transformation and, of course, those buggery happy endings. I have read some reviews about my fellow Dreamspinner writers that hacked their work to bits for containing analingus or main characters who cheat on one another. I think the gay world treats these things as de rigueur, part and parcel of the gay experience. The thing that makes this genre interesting and challenging to me as a writer is what I have come to think of as the Victor/Victoria Principle. As a male writer of m/m romance, I have to find a place in my head where I can become a woman pretending to be a man writing about two men from the perspective of a woman.

Tam's review brought me to ponder all these things. In reading her response to my work, I understood that she got the character of Joshua. The fact that he is not a very tolerant Christian and is unwilling to have a relationship with someone who is not Christian is a situation I have encountered personally several times here in the American South. Religion is a big deal to people here. At work I am often asked by people I have just met, "What church do you go to?" and I often hear co-workers talking seriously about "mixed marriages" in which Christians are trying to make it work with a partner of another faith. It's startling sometimes, the assumptions people make here about religion.

I had a boyfriend who was a pretty devout, but admirably liberal Christian who was brought tears when we discussed my own lack of belief. Joshua is not a particularly broad-minded person, which is perhaps his greatest fault as a person, but one of the things that makes him an interesting character. I was somewhat mystified by Jude's intense interest in Joshua, but who am I, the lowly writer, to intercede? Perhaps Joshua's relationship with Jude will open his eyes to the possibilities the world has to offer. Or perhaps Tam is right that he's a "bigoted asshole" and the issue of religion will rear its ugly head again. Maybe Joshua will eventually get upset about something else Jude says or does or believes and storm off in a rage.

Tam was also right to say there is more to come. There will be more. Jude is a great character, though I don't know how long he will be with Joshua. To stay with Jude, Joshua will have to really change his outlook, because in Jude's world, the bowing dog and stag are really just the tip of the magical iceberg. So will Jude appear in another romance? I've noticed that his heart tends to the melancholy, but only time will tell.

One parting photo for you. This is Jude's beloved Florida prairie near where the White Stag appeared.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

"Ships That Pass" - Desire and Commitment in Turbulent Seas

I recently received word that one of my stories ("Ships That Pass") will be included in the upcoming anthology I Do Two! (MLR Press, 2010)

Like the first anthology in this series, this collection features stories on the theme of gay marriage. This volume will be a fundraiser for the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund which advocates, educates and fights for the civil rights of the LGBT community and people living with HIV.

My story is a dark, but ultimately hopeful piece. Two gay men, both involved in long term deeply troubled relationships, meet on a lonely evening in the weeks before Christmas. They form an instant connection that grows as they discuss their own lives and relationships. By the end of the night, their attraction has grown into a tangible possibility. The sexual tension shimmers in the cold winter air. Will they leave their problems behind and find a new and more powerful bond together? Or will their evening together inspire them to reconnect with their spouses?

Monday, December 14, 2009

A Winter Solstice Treat

Happy Solstice to everyone. I have a Solstice-themed short story available in e-formats from Dreamspinner Press. The story's called "The White Stag." It's about different flavors of faith.

Here's the blurb: In the aftermath of September 11, a grief-stricken Joshua finds comfort and solace in the arms of a mysterious man who also lost someone that fateful day. Jude Balder, the son of a U.S. Senator and a well-known artist in his own right, is everything Joshua has ever wanted, except for the whole “religion thing.” Joshua is a Christian, and Jude... well, Jude is something else entirely, something abstract and scary and indefinable, something that is definitely not Christian. When Joshua receives an invitation to a Solstice/Christmas party thrown by Jude and his Senator mother a couple of years later, he's faced with a quandary: Should he worry about the dangerous allure of the unknown, or will he dare take the chance to bask in Jude’s undeniable perfection?

Click on the photo to buy the story. With one week to go until the Winter Solstice, you must be looking for something to occupy those cold, dark evenings. This story is the answer. There's nothing better this time of year than cuddling up with a cup of cocoa and a holiday romance. Happy Holidays.

Are you in love with the cover art? I think it might be the best Holiday Anthology Art I've ever seen. Artist Paul Richmond is fantastic. Check out Paul Richmond's Site to see more of his work.

Monday, December 7, 2009

That Dawg Done Stole the Show - Ramblings under the influence of the New Moon

Like hundreds of thousands of other people, I saw The Twilight Saga: New Moon over the weekend. I went with my boyfriend and a lesbian friend of ours. Admittedly we were not the target audience, our party conspicuously lacking in the teen straight girl demographic. But then, the $517 Million worldwide gross seems to indicate that some of the rest of us are ponying up our $10 to dream with the kids from Forks.

As we were leaving I stood off to one side listening to the other patrons flooding out of the packed theater. Apparently they had seen something amazing and transformative that I had missed. Many of them made comments like, You really have to see it three times to get the full impact, or It's so romantic, could you just die? These are actual quotes. I might be in trouble because I don't think I can sit through it three times and, although a couple of times during the movie, I wanted to die, very little about the film struck me as romantic. Self-indulgent, overwrought, empty, sure. Maybe even dark and melancholy, though as a writer, my own brain transports me to places far darker and more disturbing several times in an average day. But romantic? Huh-uh.

I suspect some of you might say that to compare this film to my technicolor daymares it ingenuous. I'll give you that. Review of my own work sometimes includes words like "creepy" and one reviewer admonished readers not to read my story "The D.C. Blues" because it was "actually really disturbing." Yeah, that's how I roll; pedaling my lonely Big Wheel across the scary expanses of life, like the kid in Kubrick's The Shining.

But I digress.

I read the first two Twilight books and, although I am not a fan of Stephenie Myers's writing, there was something in the novels that pulled me backwards in time to a nostalgic place of romantic yearnings. When I was fourteen or fifteen I was this quiet introverted kid with a soul that burned for earth-shattering romance. I longed for a perfect man who would love me unquestioningly. I imagined a man of incredible power and beauty, an artist with a perfect body, a movie-star's face, and a burning desire to love only me. (What boy wouldn't want that, after all?) And then I thought, Shit, what would a guy like that want with a boy like me? Therein lies the secret inner logic that fuels the Twilight series.

So I get the wish fulfillment. I get it on a visceral level. I felt it reading the first book, but I could not connect the empty, dull, drably uninteresting Edward Cullen to my dream man. Especially in the second film in the series. He is Darcy in a coma, George Emerson on Xanax. I wanted to shake him and say "Tell me something fascinating or passionate or funny; make me remember why I loved you back in the first film." And frankly when the charming Jacob (ably, ruggedly portrayed by the handsome Taylor Lautner) appeared on the screen, I kept hoping Edward would somehow be forgotten. Let the vampire catch up on his sleep; run with the big dogs, Bella.

Who could not like the idea of a bunch of half-naked pumped up Native American muscle boys wrestling in the woods? Their vibrant masculinity made Edward look all the more wasted and dead as he disrobed in the (climactic) scene in the city of the Vulturi.

I don't blame Robert Pattinson for Edward's lack of luster; I had lost interest in him by the end of the first book. Several Myers fans have assured me that Edward gets better as the books progress, that Bella starts to stand up for herself, that the plotting becomes more complex. I wonder if I will have the fortitude to pick up volume three.

For me, this movie was a mixed bag. Sure, there was a lot of eye candy and there were some solid performances. As I said before Taylor Lautner is charming. Ashley Greene is quirky and funny as Alice Cullen, one of the characters I liked better in the movies than in the books. Dakota Fanning is nearly perfect in her five minute role as the darkly powerful Jane, and the ever-fascinating Michael Sheen almost made me miss the glamor of early Anne Rice. Where was he when Neil Jordan was casting Interview with the Vampire?

Another friend of mine saw New Moon in Dallas during opening weekend. She said members of the audience literally cheered and applauded when Jacob stripped off his shirt to dab the blood from Bella's injured forehead. Well, I'm with ya girls, that dawg done stole the show.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Don't Cry For Me Alabama

Don't cry for me Alabama
For I am ordinary, unimportant
And undeserving of such attention
Unless we all are; I think we all are

So the Gators did not pull it off. Around here in Gainesville the mood is likely to be subdued. Some of my moderate Gator friends posted "you fought the good fight" comments on Facebook last night, but the die-hards have said nothing. It is Ragnarok. It is the end of an era and sadly, a heart-breaking defeat for Tebow's rabid disciples. He inspires the kind of fanaticism in his fans that his savior inspires in his own heart. The local headline screamed out DETHRONED, heralding the end of the parsimonious rule of King Tebow. Will he rise again in three days? Only the NFL draft will tell.

John16:33 (In case you wondered): "These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world."

Jesus wept.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

"Hallowell Holdings" Accepted and "Their Blood Shall Be Upon Them" Finished

I've had a pretty productive week. I heard from QueeredFiction about a Gothic story called "Hallowell Holdings" (See my August 14, 2009 post for more). The story will be included in their Queer Gothic anthology next year.

I also finished a story called "Their Blood Shall Be Upon Them" and submitted it for consideration for an upcoming anthology. This is the uniform story I talked about in my last post. It ended up being about politics and religion and violence. There's a thematic arc that comments on the power of street violence to support totalitarian regimes, and there's some crazy, dark sex in it. What happens when a man who gets turned on by dangerous men and violent sex meets the psychopathic leader of a Chrisitian paramilitary organization? (Think of a hot, muscular skinhead version of Nazi SA leader Ernst Rohm.) You'll have to wait and see.

Normally I try to link the photos in my posts to the source, but I found this ages ago and I don't know where it came from. The pathos speaks to me tonight as I wind down from my tale of murder and sex and mayhem in the streets of Washington, D.C.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

"The Wages of Sin" accepted. And new ideas about Uniforms.

So who doesn't love a man in uniform? From overalls to Marine dress blues, there's something hot about the regimentation and anonymity a uniform provides. Of course most of the time when you peel back the overalls, you don't get a package like this . . . but that's life, not fiction.

I was feeling a little disconnected, still experiencing a bit of the writer's block I talked about in my last post, when I got an email from one of the editors at Cleis Press accepting my story "The Wages of Sin" for their upcoming Big Tools anthology.

And just like that I had an idea for another CSA - alternate US story. Anyone interested in a story about homo thugs? Maybe a bit more uniform fetish in this one as well. The crimson uniforms of the Christian Brotherhood have a certain dangerous appeal -- think brown-shirted Nazis fighting communists in the streets of Berlin circa 1931. So maybe I'm back.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Blocked, Bothered and Bewildered

I've been watching too much television (The Dollhouse, Frasier, and even, at the moment, The Nanny), facebooking, checking and rechecking my emails, reading (Warren Ellis, Clare London, Michael Korda, and John Birmingham). Anything to make myself seem too busy to write. I'm spending my writing time avoiding the computer and sulking about a couple of works in progress that have progressed to a halt.

I plan to blame my friend Kim who facebooked about Writers' Block earlier in the week. Her posts and emails were like a stun gun, sucking the words right out of my head. (Or maybe they were an excuse to quit writing for a few days.)

The most recent episodes of The Dollhouse gave me the germ of an idea. Something is turning over in the back of my brain. Maybe The White Python (the novella I've been working on most recently) will be dislodged by Topher Brink (above) and Adele. Topher's Quote of the week: "The human mind is like Van Halen. If you just pull out one piece and keep replacing it, it just degenerates."

I've also been online fighting pirates, which is more exhausting and less exciting than one might think. So if you're reading this, please consider buying your favorite authors' ebooks instead of downloading them for free. (You have to admit, ebooks are pretty inexpensive considering all the great moments they bring us.)

But enough of that. I'm done here.

And next week I'm all over the white python. So to speak . . .

"The Marriage of True Minds" is available in Kindle format.

Just a quick note to the Kindle owners out there that my new novella is available for download in Kindle format from Buy the Kindle Version

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Love in an Elevator - The sexual adventures of a man and his elevator repairman.

In 2011 in the Christian States of America, under the Executive Orders known as the Levitican Code, fucking this man is a capital crime. DAF officers routinely entrap gay men, issue spot extermination orders, and watch as members of the Christian Brotherhood carry out God's Will. Just finished the third in my series of future American Civil War stories. Check out the first two in Special Forces (Cleis Press) and College Boys (coming soon from Cleis Press). Hopefully this one, entitled "The Wages of Sin" will be finding its way to an erotic anthology near you soon . . .

Monday, October 19, 2009

Auntie Jason Steals the Show

Acceptance, my Charity Sip story currently available from Torquere Press, got a positive mention by Lee Benoit on the Torquere Live Journal blog:

Lee says: "I'm struggling through a tougher than average Fall semester, so my pleasure reading time is woefully constrained. Thank all the little gods for this years Charity Sip Blitz -- 21 stories on the theme of Changing Lives, all proceeds benefiting the Matthew Shepard Foundation, and each one a fresh take on life-altering events. I haven't read them all yet, but so far my faves are:"

Then he mentions Acceptance: "Scion of a political family, Max tells the story of ten years of his life bracketed by two life changing accceptances. Auntie Jason all but steals the show in this warm and heartfelt tale."

Way to go Auntie Jason. (My own Aunt John would have been proud.)

Friday, October 9, 2009

"The White Stag" is available from Dreamspinner Press. Happy Solstice and a Merry Christmas.

My Holiday story "The White Stag" is available from Dreampsinner Press. It's $1.29 by itself (starting in December) or can be purchased as part of the Advent Calendar anthology (buy now and save). Happy Holidays!
Synopsis: In the aftermath of September 11, a grief-stricken Joshua finds comfort and solace in the arms of a mysterious man who also lost someone that fateful day. Jude Balder, the son of a U.S. Senator (this time a Democrat! -JF) and a well-known artist in his own right, is everything Joshua has ever wanted, except for the whole"religion thing." Joshua is a Christian, and Jude ... well, Jude is something else entirely, something abstract and scary and indefinable, something that is definitely not Christian. When Joshua receives an invitation to a Solstice/Christmas party thrown by Jude and his Senator mother a couple of years later, he's faced with a quandry: Should he worry about the dangerous allure of the unknown, or will he dare take the chance to bask in Jude's undeinable perfection?
Purchase a copy here: Dreamspinner Press

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Novella - available in e-format from Dreamspinner Press on October 14, 2009.

My novella "The Marriage of True Minds: A Ghost Story" will be available in e-format on October 14. Hopefully it will be well received. It's my first real foray into romance. Fingers crossed. Get a preview of the book (and add it to your wish list) here: Dreamspinner Press

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Changing Minds - "Acceptance" available from Torquere Press

My new short story (Acceptance) was released today as part of the Changing Minds e-Anthology from Torquere Press. At $1.29 it's a steal. All proceeds from the sale go to the Matthew Shepard Foundation. To find out more about the story, read a sample, or buy a copy, check out the site.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Alex in Wonderland

I have been working relentlessly on a story called "Alex's Adventures in the Land of Wonder China Emporium" for a couple of weeks. It's an erotic version of Alice in Wonderland starring a hunky African American muscleman (Alex) and his drag queen brother (Daniel or Dinah). Alex is hanging out in Chinatown (San Francisco) on the way to the Reina de Corazones Tea Dance when a twink steals his watch. He chases the twink into the Land of Wonder China Emporium and launches himself down a dark stairwell into a sexual wonderland. Fun and hopefully funny. I'll keep you posted on possible publication.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

State of the State - "Tobacco Free" Florida

I've been thinking about Sheila Bryant lately. Remember her? In the 1975 original Broadway cast of A Chorus Line she was played by Kelly Bishop (Emily Gilmore of The Gilmore Girls). She's the cantankerous, slightly older (but still foxy) dancer, who sings "At the Ballet" and at one point asks, "Can the adults smoke?" A simple enough question back then, when even Broadway dancers smoked, but it's becoming harder and harder for Sheila and the adults to find a place to smoke. On November 1, 2009 all of the property surrounding the local academic medical center is going to become "tobacco free." The university stadium will also be completely "tobacco free" this year (augmenting the no-alcohol rule already in place). In 2010 the entire university campus will become permanently "tobacco free." Note the choice of wording. Here in the South, "tobacco free" is code for "put away your cigarettes AND your chewing tobacco." I'm not really much of a smoker or a drinker, but banning such things on the sidewalks outside Emergency Rooms and at major sporting events or concerts seems a little sad. No smoking, no alcohol, stand up straight, no profanity, take this pill, be a good consumer. So I've been thinking about Sheila and her question and how the answer maybe isn't "No." Maybe the answer is "There aren't any adults anymore, Sheila."

Here's a great clip of Kelly as Sheila. This one is from 1983, but the show never really changed much during the run. And Kelly is just fantastic in this part. Sadly she got the Tony, but not the part in the movie.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Dreamspinner Press to publish "The Marriage of True Minds: A Ghost Story"

I just received a contract for the publication in e-format of my novella "The Marriage of True Minds: A Ghost Story" by Dreamspinner Press. (See the post below for a plot summary.)

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

eAnthology benefitting the Matthew Shepard Foundation

My short story Acceptance was contracted for an eAnthology from Troquere Press called Changing Minds. All of the proceeds (and a matching gift from the publisher) will go to the Matthew Shepard Foundation. ( ) I will post more information here once the work is available for purchase, probably early in September. The story is a first-person narrative told by the gay son of a female Republican presidential candidate who defeats Hillary Clinton in a 2008 election that never was. It's a family drama that happens to overlap the national stage, not a political work. And I have to say it pained me for Hillary to be defeated again, but the needs of the story demanded it.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Hallowell Holdings - Queer Gothic

I've just finished my first full draft of a queer gothic short story called Hallowell Holdings. It takes place in 2075 when the sins of the Bush era war profiteers have come home to roost. The story features twins, genetically mutating diseases, stolen art treasures, an African houseboy, murder, incest, torture, mysterious midnight visitations, and a white chimpanzee named Apollinaire. I've still got some editing and polishing to do, but I am very pleased with this draft.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Galleys - Best Gay Romance 2010

I just got the galleys for Best Gay Romance 2010 (Cleis Press) and I am excited to be the first story in the anthology. The anthology is being edited by Richard Labonte, with whom I thoroughly enjoy working. The story (Paws de Deux) is a (bear) love story told within the structure of a traditional pas de deux. My parent had their 40th Anniversary recently and I read a short excerpt from this story for them at the party. It's a lovely piece that ends with an uncharacteristically hopeful, romantic ending. I am very excited about the anthology.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

What would Miss Manners do?

I just completed a story called The Thank You Note.

Manhattanites Roddy and Army decide to satisfy the seven year itch by placing a Craigslist ad and finding a third for a fantasy evening. But the morning after, once their hot Georgia boy has gone back downtown, the question of etiquette rears its ugly head. Roddy and Army trade sections of the Sunday Times and ponder the eternal question: Is it suitable to send a thank you note in such circumstances? What would Miss Manners do?

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Great Review of How Could I Not? from Sundistry Vol I

I woke up this morning to find a note from the lovely editors at Dreamspinner alerting me to a great review of Sindustry, Vol. I. This particular review singles my story out for special attention. (Yay!) Take a Look.

Well Read Review

Saturday, July 25, 2009

The Marriage of True Minds: A Ghost Story

I have just completed a novella called The Marriage of True Minds: A Ghost Story.

The story is told in twin narratives (2009, Sarasota Florida) and (1945, St Goarshausen Germany). The image at the top is a view of St Goar (across the Rhine River from St Goarshausen) and Reinfels Castle circa 1930. The image below shows American GIs crossing the Rhine in late March 1945 at the same location, under heavy fire from German troops on the hillsides opposite.

The Teaser:

As Hurricane Rose batters his beachfront Sarasota mansion, Charlie Blanchard settles down with a cold martini, an ill-advised, but cheerily blazing fire, and a score of old musical memories, determined to wait out the storn with only the ghost of his one true love to keep him company. If he ever shows up.

Almost sixty-five years earlier in wartime Germany, Charlie met a young Canadian Captain who, although they spent only a few romantic days together, had captured Charlie's heart and changed him irrevocably. Now, as the storm whirls around him, Charlie must confront the nature of mortality and the immortality of love. Will true love follow him, even to the edge of doom?

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Serial Killer story accepted by QueeredFiction

My serial killer story "Hollow" was accepted for inclusion in an anthology entitled Blood Fruit coming this fall from a new small press called QueeredFiction. Check them out at

I love the working cover.

"Hollow" is the story of a serial killer who works in a cubicle, wandering through his life as a mid-level manager in hospital administration. He is an attractive guy who appears normal on the outside, so much so, in fact, that one of his male co-workers develops a crush on him. How will it turn out? You'll have to read the story.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Story moved to Sindustry Volume I

Ah well, just as I started telling everyone how cool the cover art was for Sindustry Volume II, I received word that my story has been moved to Volume I. (See the cover art here.) I like this art as well -- note the stack of Brisith pounds. This volume will be out July 6, 2009.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Sindustry II (Coming Soon from Dreamspinner Press)

My novelette "How Can I Not?" is included in an anthology entitled Sindustry II due out July 13, 2009 in paperback and ebook. Check out the cover -- you gotta love it. The book will be available at the Dreamspinner Press site soon. (Although it'll probably be available from as well, it's always great to support the small presses directly!)

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

BGE09 Wins Lambda Literary Award

Best Gay Erotica 2009 (Cleis Press) won a Lambda Literary Award for best erotica. Editor Richard Labonte is really great to work with. He's one of those editors that really offers me great notes that help me improve my work. I'm very excited to have been a part of this anthology. (And of course, it was my very first published story.) Shop for it online at .

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Glocks, Televangelists, and Hypocrisy

I just finished a piece called "Brother Dave's Travelling Damnation Show" about home invasion, street theater, hot guys with glocks, hypocritical televangelists and, of course, hot sex. I've submitted it to Queer Mojo (An imprint of Red Satori Press).

We'll see if they like it.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Harleys and Battlefield Sex

I just finished a period piece that takes place in 1952 with flashbacks to October 1944 (Aachen, Germany). I'm planning to submit it for a biker anthology. The piece tells the story of a man who develops a fetish for bikers because of a sexual experience he has behind German lines during the war. I don't know much about motorcycles, but I know a bit about WWII, so the Harley Liberator seemed like the perfect motorcycle around which I could build this story. I think it's a pretty strong work. We'll see what the editor thinks. The photos are some of my inspirations on this piece (1) the Harley-Davidson WLA which became known as the Liberator because of the pivotal role it played in the liberation of Europe during WWII, (2) K Rations issued to motorcycle troops stating in 1942, and (3) a hot soldier -- ok, so he's not a WWII era soldier, who cares really. Just imagine him in a leather helmet and olive drab with a lit Chesterfeld hanging from his lips.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Romance Writing

I have also been working on some ideas for m/m romance. I am intrigues with the possibilities of formulaic writing and both romance and mystery seem to naturally call to me. I submitted a novelette (about 10,000 words) to Dreamspinner Press ( recently and if things go well, I'd like to branch into some romance genre writing. I've been working on some outlines that could grow to novellas or even novels. I'll keep you posted on this subject. (The painting is of Zeus and Ganymede -- it seemed appropriate to the subject matter.)

Winter Solstice - The White Stag

I have just completed a Winter Solstice for submission to the Holiday Anthology referred to in my last post. It's only about 4400 words, but I was able to put together some solid thematic structure having to do with hope springing from the darkness of the long night. good stuff, I hope. It also has some great sex scenes. I like the fact that despair, hope, and sex are so often intertwined. It's a stretch, perhaps, for a holiday anthology, but I always seem to take the dark road through the woods.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Christmas, Saturnalia

Although the Christmas season seems to have just ended, it's time to start working on Holiday stories for the 2010 anthologies. I am going to try to crank out a handful of holiday stories in the next month. I guess I'll be loading Christmas music back onto my iPod and trying to forget the Florida heat outside my study windows as I dream of snow and fireplaces and blinking Christmas lights. Wish me luck. Ho Saturnalia. Merry Christmas.

Sunday, March 15, 2009


I've been working on an erotic short story about a gay superhero. The story is told through flashbacks, during a press conference in which the superhero's long-time lover and press secretary answers questions about the death of the hero. Eveningstar is a superhero loosely modeled after Superman replete with a beautiful goddess (Athena) as a best friend and an iron-clad secret identity. He was, at the time of his death, co-leader of the US-based Council of Superheroes. He died battling to save the lives of President Obama and Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon. It's a fun piece (despite the sad news being delivered at the press conference). I think the flashbacks are pretty hot, but they're balanced by a solid backstory and, I think, a nice touch of romance. I am hoping the story will be published by Eric Summers at STARbooks Press later this year. Blake Harper (above) has been providing me with inspiration as I write. NOTE: As of 3/15, the story was accepted for publication in Fall 2009. (Unmasked II: More Erotic Tales of Gay Superheroes, STARbooks Press.)

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Mardi Gras 2009

Spent this past weekend in New Orleans. It's early in the Mardi Gras season there. Our parade (Krewe of Pontchartrain) rolled on Valentine's Day under blue skies and puffy white clouds. The streets were packed with onlookers screaming their entreaties. Is it wrong of me to throw my best beads to the cuties, the gay couples and lesbians with kids? On Sunday we watched Barkus (the dog parade) from our usual perch in front of the Rawhide leather bar. A great time was had by all . . . and I think there is a story in there somewhere. I'll keep you posted.