You Want More


First, i should say i’m not a book reviewer, i’m a writer. I won’t be keeping up on all the new releases and giving you a balanced critique. Instead, from time-to-time i’ll share one of my favorite books (or maybe one i don’t like and think you could skip). Many of my favorites will be m/m contemporary because that’s what i like to write and read, but some paranormal will slip in and an occasional historical. So these are just a writer’s comments.

A couple months ago, i read More by Sloan Parker, a contemporary m/m/m menage. This, my friends, is a tough genre to carry off. Sloan, a woman, has to get into the head, heart and voice of not just two, but three men and keep them separate, unique and believable. She succeeds brilliantly. In fact, More has something for every reader. Luke is the tortured, repressed and angst-ridden central character. The book is written in first person so we’re locked into his point-of-view. His conflict with his father, a prominent conservative politician who will do anything to keep his gay son hidden from the press, is the driving action of the story. Richard is the alpha male with a heart, balanced and strong. And Matthew — well clearly, Sloan has a special place in her heart for him (or maybe it was just me.) Gentle, sensitive, young and pretty, Matthew reveals wisdom beyond his years and is the emotional glue of the trio.
While the book is character-centered, there is a lot of plot. While i tend to like simple stories and so am just as happy without much complexity, More has huge conflict and page-turner qualities that will make readers very happy. When conflict gets too intense i have to pause in my reading, and Sloan did that to me on more than one page. There’s also some mild kink for those that like a little BDSM in their romance.
But most of all, the emotional elements of the story ring true. The men have their own conflicts and the reader believes both the path and resolution of each story. If Matthew stands out, it’s appropriate since Sloan gives him the heart of the story to carry.
I would tell you that More is Sloan Parker’s first book but there’s actually no reason because if i don’t say anything you will never know. The book has the polish, depth and sparkle of an accomplished writer. Imagine how good she’ll get with experience.
You can reach Sloan at
http://www.sloanparker.com
and check out her blog posts in my list of favorite blogs.

If I Had — Adam

Anyone who reads the blog is going to have to endure (or enjoy) hearing about Adam Lambert. I think the young pop/rock star is sexy, gorgeous, bright and very talented. Love of Adam dragged me out to buy the first CD i’d purchased in ages and my iPod is stuffed with Lambert music.

His new single is If I Had You, a delightful and utterly idealistic ditty dedicated to the idea that all the glitz, glam and money are worth nothing without love. Some might find it callow, but the young, gay man with his glitter and black eyeliner makes a pretty convincing case for the value of diversity in its myriad forms, and, best of all, he has millions of young people and not-so-young people listening to that embedded message. He just released a new video and if you will pardon the valleyspeak, it’s awesome. Check it out for yourself at MTV —


Suzanne’s Blog

I had lunch yesterday with my longtime friend, writer Suzanne Forster, author of The Private Concierge, Tease, The Lonely Girls Club, Decadent and more great books than i can name. I’m hoping to post an interview with Suzanne one day soon, but meanwhile take a look at:

http://www.storybroads.com

At this blog, you’ll see posts by some of your all time favorite writers, Suzanne among them. Enjoy — and i’ll get her here for a chat real soon.

On Jet, Steampunk and Inspiration


People ask how i got interested in writing erotic romance. The answer is simple. Jet Mykles. Somehow, about two years ago, i found one of her Dark Elves books on Amazon and was hooked. But the real turning point for me was when i ordered Heaven Sent. I had never read a m/m (that’s male/male for the uninitiated) romance and was actually quite nervous about it which makes me laugh now. But, oh my, one venture into Jet’s “over-the-top” guys and i was a goner. I read everything she’d written and continue to wait with all her fans for the next book or story.

If you’re an EROM reader chances are you’ve already delved into some of Jet’s popular series so i’d like to tell you about one of her books that maybe, just maybe, you missed. It’s called Sursein Judgment and so far it’s a stand alone book although Jet says she has plans for at least one more in the series. Sursein Judgment is a steampunk (or she might say steampunkish) m/m romance which takes place in a world where there are judges ordained by the god of justice who can hear truth. I won’t describe the plot since there is a link here and you can check it out for yourself. I will say that the depth of these characters is amazing even for Jet who really explores character in all her books, deeply felt and hugely involving. For me, it captured so many of the kinds of love that one man can have for another.
If you’ve never read m/m erotic romance, i’d say start with the Heaven Sent series. But if you’re already a devoted m/m reader and you’ve missed Sursein Judgment, then dive in!


I‘ve never said thank you to Jet for her inspiration, so here it is. Thank you. I’m a fan and as long as you keep writing, i’ll keep reading.

A Bit of Blog


This is really kind of a presumptuous blog right now, because i don’t yet have a published book to offer you. I have two manuscripts being edited but with no publication dates set. So, over the next weeks and months i hope to share a bit about my books and characters, tidbits from some of my favorite authors, links to blogs, favorite movies and books and pretty much anything that comes to mind.

I write erotic romance, mostly contemporary male/male and menage, at least so far, although i have written a chunk of a menage science fantasy. The book furthest along in editing tells the story of a female scientist, attracted to her much younger research partner, who finds out said hunk is gay, at least operationally. What follows is a menage that threatens her very well-established career and the work that she loves. I’ll tell you more later.
I’m also an artist. I paint and collage, so from time-to-time i’ll put some examples of that work on the blog. That’s until i have book covers to take its place. : ) I’m a better artist than a photographer, so sorry for the really fuzzy photos.

I’ll share the experience of getting two books ready for publication while holding a day job and having a busy life. You share too.