Archive for August 2011

History repeats and you still gotta have friends…


As I’ve been running around like the-little-homo-that-could lately, it’s become painfully obvious that I can’t. At least with regard to keeping up with all my blogger duties. What’s worse, is this is apparently part of some sick pattern of behavioral abuse – as evidenced when I went poking around the posts of the past trying to find something to re-place before you, never pretending to not be blogger hand-me-downs, while simultaneously hoping you wouldn’t actually notice either. LOL!

Now that I’ve blown that evil-ploy all to hell, we’ll move on. As I was saying – upon reading the following post from several years back, I was immediately struck by the fact that I have a pattern – something I’m now looking into having turned into a diagnosis I can go to the doctor and get a pill for. I’m calling it Lazy-blogginitis. And I suffer from it, big time! : )

That being said, I hope ya enjoy this blog-blast-from-the-past!

Because You Gotta Have Friends…

Whew…smells a little musty in here, lemme throw open the curtains and crack the windows in this joint. I feel like I haven’t been here in ages!  Before you go getting all finger-pointy let me just say…it’s totally not my fault!  I mean, I lost my keys…the locksmith wanted to charge a fortune to let me back in…he was kinda hunky so we worked something out in trade.  Can I just say…he had a really nice master-key.

Okay…right.  I’ll end my holiday in the fictional town of Pornotopia now.  I thought it might sound better than, “I’ve just been busy.”  Between the new job, new-book promo, and submitting what I hope to be my third book, the weeks just sorta got away from me.  I can’t help it…I’m a Pisces, I get easily distracted!

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the past, my past…my friends, the boys – the girls.  Obviously this is something we all do, but perhaps not with quite the same vigor and determination we writers do.  Personally I tend to attack my memories like an invading army, or possibly a kid furiously digging through his toy box, desperate to find that one special toy.  The missing strand of story-DNA that will allow us to create our very own Jurassic Park…which in my case is more likely to be over-run with spastic, yet lovable gay boys and snarky, sarcastic females than Velociraptor’s.

I’m more than willing to rape my own experiences for the good of my fiction.  So, is it really that life imitates art so much as the opposite?  Perhaps it’s both?  I have zero qualms about using my friend’s misfortune and personality quirks for my characters.  For those who might think that awful…I’m equal opportunity and take full advantage of my own personal agonies as well.  One of my BFF’s sent me text over the weekend laughing his ass off at something in Dreaming of You that was one of my personal misfortunes which while not fun at the time it was happening to me in my real life, was hysterical after the fact.

I’ve had a lot of people comment about really loving the ‘driving scene’ in Dreaming.  I laughed my ass off when writing that because it was based on one of my gal pals from many years back.  She was from New York and the single worst driver I’ve ever known.  We literally came out of a store one time to find a policeman sitting on the hood of his patrol car waiting on us to come back out.  As he wrote her a ticket, he made a point of letting her know she’d been barreling through town so fast that he’d been unable to catch up to us.

I obviously change the names and sometimes even the genders to protect the not so innocent.  Let’s face it.  None of my friends are all that innocent.  All this playful rummaging about in my memories got me wondering about my friends in terms of gender.  My first really good friends were gay men.  It was upon meeting them that I really allowed myself to just be me.  No pretense, no hiding my light under a basket.  Flame on!, so to speak.  There were two Boy-BFF’s I was especially close to; we’ll call them Beau & Luke.  How very Dukes of Hazard of me, I know.  For a year we were practically inseparable, The Three Musgayteers.  Then of course, Beau moved away with some guy.  He was supposedly in love or something!  I know…how rude right, so much for Bro’s before Man-Ho’s?

And for those of you’ve read my blog titled
Jealous…again, you know how my friendship ended with Luke.  What I like to call the Tourette’s Tragedy of 1992.  Needless to say, after that I’d had my fill of gay boys.  They were apparently only good for one thing…well maybe two or three, but friendship wasn’t one of them!  This kicked off my 6 year Man-haters-gal-pal-only-club.

I’m not sure what draws me toward the women folk.  Perhaps it’s a little nature vs. nurture in action.  While my little head always turns my attention toward the big-beefy-muscles that be men, my big head seems to gravitate to the girls when it comes to actually having a fulfilling conversation.  Despite the fact that I covet the man-meat, I suppose growing up surrounded by women has made the ladies something I derive a lot of comfort from.

Of course, just like the gay boys of my past, the chicks who were my BFF’s kept finding BF’s and thus also ran off to marry their orgasms.  At this point I realized that friendship shouldn’t be determined by genitalia.  And over the long haul, I’ve discovered that while my gay friends tend to desert me more often, they also seem to come back sooner, scratching at the door while licking their rug burns.  My girl friends on the other hand run off to the ‘land of the little people who carry big germs’, hardly ever to be seen or heard from again.  Shady bitches! : )

Perhaps it says more about me than anything that I’ve always valued my friends more than the men I’ve dated.  I keep telling myself that it’s because I haven’t found The One yet.  But to be perfectly honest, I’m sick of looking for the son of a bitch!

The One needs to get off his hairy ass and come find me. ; )  Honestly…what the hell does The One do all day?  Sheesh!

End Rant

Much Love

August’s Gay Day is HERE!!!


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Sunday, August 21st, is Gay Day at my Yahoo Group. Gay Day is the one day a month when the best authors in GLBT Romance stop by to post excerpts of their new and upcoming releases.


The following authors will be generously offering giveaways you can enter to win:

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Geoff Knight – Drive Shaft 2

Andrew Grey – Persona Training

Clare London – Just-You Eyes

Jaime Samms – Finding Home: Ageless Book 3

S.J. Frost – Readers Choice from Backlist

Devon Rhodes – One Wild Wish

Stevie Woods – More Than Chains To Bind

Angel Martinez – Fortune’s Sharp Adversity

Lily Sawyer – Somebody to Love

Pia Veleno – Make You Sweat

KC Burn – Trompe L’oeil

Kate McMurray – Blind Items

Tara Lain – Volley Balls

Jambrea Jo Jones – A Fistful of Emmett

P.A. Brown – Readers Choice from Backlist

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The amazing Authors below will be popping in and out to chat & post excerpts from their latest books:


P.A. Brown – Bermuda Heat


Z.A. Maxfield – Rhapsody for Piano and Ghost

Lynn Lorenz – Cemeteries & C’est La Vie

Jambrea Jo Jones – Alliance

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The day will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST in the Ethan Day Yahoo Group where we’ll be posting excerpts, running contests for free books, and chatting about all the new and upcoming releases from your favorite authors.


I hope everyone will stop by to catch up with your favorite authors and join in all the fun!

An Evening of Gay Men’s Romance at Giovanni’s Room



I’ll be in Philadelphia next week for Author’s After Dark and I wanted to post about this extra event set up by Laura Baumbach for MLR Press and it’s authors. I hope anyone in the area will stop by and spend an hour or so chatting with those of us who’ll be in attendance.

See you in Philly!!! : )


Philadelphia, PA (August 12, 2011) Join MLR Press at Giovanni’s Room for an up close and personal book signing featuring the award winning authors of some of the best in contemporary gay fiction.


The evening will include readings by: Victor Banis, Ally Blue, James Buchanan, Z.A. Maxfield, William Neale, and Rick R. Reed. Selections from their current releases will showcase a variety of heat, from sweet romance to scorching erotica, and genre ranging from horror through mystery, BDSM, humor and more.


Also in attendance and signing books: Laura Baumbach, Kimberly Gardner, Ethan Day, Jet Mykles, Diana DeRicci, Taylor Donovan, Liz Strange, DH Star, David Juhren, and Karenna Colcroft.


Giovanni’s Room, founded in 1973, is the oldest gay bookstore in the US. Housed in historic buildings from the 1800s, Giovanni’s intimate setting and comfortable ambiance allows readers and authors to connect one-on-one, providing a unique experience. Attendees can mingle with their favorite author or discover new books and authors.


Owned by best-selling, award-winning author Laura Baumbach, MLR Press offers the highest quality stories to readers of gay fiction and erotic romance. MLR Press titles include multiple award-winning and Lambda nominated books such as the Donald Strachey Mystery Series by Richard Stevenson and The Golden Age of Gay Fiction edited by Drewey Wayne Gunn, a Benjamin Franklin Award winner. Books from MLR Press take readers on amazing adventures through the creative minds of a small, select group of bright, uniquely talented authors and artists.


Friday, August 12, 2011, 5:30 to 7:00 pm

Giovanni’s Room, 345 S. 12th Street

Philadelphia, PA

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