Update: Link to Smashwords and here's one for Allromanceebooks.com Link
Today is the release day of my recent anthology, The Women Who Love to Love Gay Romance. When I began this project last January and put out the call for submissions I knew it wouldn't be a fast book to release. In other words, I wanted to take my time, gather the right stories and authors, and put together a book that will hopefully be entertaining and interesting for everyone. Each story has a strong plot, and each one is markedly different from the other. I've already written several posts about the book as things have cropped up since January, and here's a link to most of them.
In celebration of the release day for The Women Who Love to Love Gay Romance, I'd like to post a few excerpts from some of the stories. I still don't have a link yet to Amazon because it takes a while for the book to go live. But I will update when I get one very soon.
From Changing Curses by Li Blaine
By the time she turned sixteen, new carts buckled and broke the instant she placed her hand on them. By eighteen, each and every horse she mounted stumbled and became lame. At twenty-three, the weather found her and dried the fields. Crops withered during the harvest and streams flooded during the winter. The village was near starvation when Ilya finally set off alone. The sandy mountains of the outland became her home. Food was scarce and weight fell from her bones but still she lived. For years, she watched from the dusty hillside as life returned to the community, knowing she'd been to blame for what they had suffered.
From The Facilitator by Tilly Hunter
I work from home, drawing up designs for fancy dress costumes for a movie merchandising company. Jake is staying at my apartment temporarily while he looks for a new place. But the way things are going, he'll be moving in with his fella Will before long. I'll miss the company, but I'll be glad to stop hiding my romance books. I don't know why I hide them, really. I'm sure I wouldn't if they were straight-up erotica, but they're not. Generally they're kinky man-on-man smut; sometimes with fangs.
From The Courage to Jump by Oleander Plume
Lucy Larson was the pen name of one Brenda Suggins, age thirty, graduate of Merck County Community College, with a certificate in interior design. Which wasn't even worth the paper it was printed on since the closest thing she ever came to an interior design job was working in the drapery department at Sears. Instead, Brenda was a bank clerk by day and the secret writer of gay erotica by night. Her latest series, Brothers of the Crescent Moon, was very popular among young gay men, but lately, even more of her readers were heterosexual females. Reading about the exploits of two hot, long haired, muscular werewolves really got some women hot. The latest book in the series was highly anticipated and had already sold two thousand copies in pre-sales.
Lucy started writing erotica for fun, then at the urging of an old boyfriend (who later turned out to be gay) she sent one of her short stories to a publisher and her career took off from there. Of course only Lucy's publisher and her old boyfriend knew about her secret life. She kept it well hidden from friends and relatives. She couldn't even imagine the reaction she would get from her mother if she knew she was writing about gay sex. No, she could imagine and it was pretty ugly.
When I saw this on my local Philadelphia news channel last night I figured I would share with links. For those who don't know who Miss Richfield is, he's a well known female impersonator I first saw about twelve or thirteen years ago in Provincetown at the Crown and Anchor, and I've been following his act ever since. I don't typically follow that sort of thing unless it's something I think is really good. And for me that sort of entertainment is only good when it's done with camp, satire, and is so over the top you know you're not supposed to take it seriously. All you're supposed to do is have fun watching it. It really is an art.
In any event, there's a new TV commercial out where Miss Richfield is marketing toward the LGBT community to visit Philadelphia. The first time Miss Richfield did this was in 2004.
"Ten years ago, Philadelphia was proud to officially 'come out' as a gay-friendly destination when we invited LGBT travelers to visit," said Meryl Levitz, president and CEO of GPTMC. "With our new commercial, we're going beyond our history roots and reiterating our invitation, celebrating both the city's evolution into a premier destination and the LGBT community's progress over the last decade."
In the new 30-second spot, titled "Miss Richfield's Selfie Tour of Philadelphia," the flamboyant Miss Richfield 1981 embarks on a Philadelphia tour, visiting landmarks all over the city while snapping photos of herself-and some new buff friends-along the way. While wearing her red-white-and-blue, she starts at Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell; runs the Rocky steps yelling "Yo, Adrian!" at the Philadelphia Museum of Art; admires the views along the Schuylkill River; dines alfresco over food and wine; dances at a crowded nightclub; and finally, collapses onto a hotel room bed.
You can read more here. And this is a web site for Miss Richfield on Word Press. We live between New York and Philly and know both cities fairly well. There's really a lot to do in Philly, and it's always been gay friendly for those who are single, those who are couples, and those who would like to be a couple.