Friday, March 2, 2012

Release Day...Unmentionable: The Men Who Loved on the Titanic

It's finally being released today. UNMENTIONABLE: THE MEN WHO LOVED ON THE TITANIC, is a love story about something that might have happened on the Titanic. In almost everything I've ever read about The Titanic I've never once heard about gay men. Of course the word gay meant something totally different back then. If you were attracted to the same sex you were considered mentally challenged. But I know there were gay men on that boat somewhere. There had to be. And I wanted to write something as a tribute to them on the 100th Anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.

I'm going to be posting a lot more about Titanic history in the coming weeks. I've been reading periodicals with first hand accounts of what happened, and one very interesting article about people who were supposed to be on the ship and didn't make it in time. But today I'd like to focus more on the product details so readers know what they are getting.

This is a m/m erotic romance. There are sex scenes between two consenting adults, both are men. If the sex scenes were removed or altered, there would still be a love story that arcs. Even though one character dresses up as a young woman and pretends to be the other character's cousin, this is fake and they are not related to each other at all. It's a long short story, about 13,500 words. I could have called it a novella but I don't consider anything under 20,000 words a novella. As far as the ending goes, I'm not giving any spoilers. But it's the Titanic. It went down before anyone even realized what was happening. Anything even remotely resembling a happy ending (sorry RWA), for those who perished and those who survived, would be nothing more than bittersweet at best.

Most of all, it's a love story that could have happened. I once read a wonderful civil war novel written by Rita Mae Brown who wrote the classic LGBT novel, Rubyfruit Jungle, and the main character was a young woman who pretended to be a man during the civil war. Though I read that over 20 years ago, this inspired me to do the same thing with "Unmentionable," only with a male pretending to be a female. And I did add the storied character, Molly Brown, but I referred to her as Maggie Brown in the story because that's the way people always referred to her in real life. From Wiki:

She became known after her death as The Unsinkable Molly Brown, although she was not called Molly during her life. Her friends called her Maggie.

If anyone has any questions about product info or content, please feel free to comment or e-mail me in private. I'll be more than happy to answer any questions. Here's the cover copy:

The kind of love no one spoke about 100 years ago.

One hundred years ago on April 14, 1912, the RMS Titanic hit an iceberg on its way to New York. Though it had been considered unsinkable by all standards, it went down in the cold waters of the Atlantic, taking with it stories of love and romance that weren’t discussed openly in those days. This was especially true with stories of love between two men. One of those hidden stories of the Titanic dealt with the unyielding love and strong romance between a young man named Liam and his older lover, Oliver. Because Oliver was a wealthy business man in America with a great deal of notoriety, the only safe way to bring Liam aboard the Titanic was to dress him in fine women’s clothing and claim he was Oliver’s shy, distant cousin returning to America for the first time in many years. They finally begin to relax when they realize that everyone on the ship believes Liam is a woman, until that fateful night on April 14th when destiny intervened and changed their lives forever.

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