Sunday, May 27, 2012


In my journeys of becoming an author I’ve found that writing male characters is easier for me. My very first book, Murder Stalks, focus on Tony, a cop in south Texas who has bad stuff happen to him and oh yeah, I threw in a wife. The only gay stories I ever read were sad stories about suicide and death where the guys never got together in the end. They were just unhappy, and depressed, dying a horrible lonely death. I didn’t want to write a depressing story. I mean even my darkest thrillers still have a happy ending of some sort.

Then I found a story that was fun, sexy and full of happiness for the two guys. Just the type of story I wanted to write. I stopped writing on my paranormal and scifi stories and began my first male/male novel. The first M/M story was Selling It, a suspense story based on teen prostitution focusing on one tough cop. Then I stopped on Selling It for a few months. The age thing bugged me because a few of the characters in Selling It are underage and having sex. Then I wrote Surprise Sleepover and Working It Out.

I’ve had people ask how I could write stories with two men getting it on. I’ve always found it easier to write men. Doing research is paramount in writing. I love doing research. I’ve dressed up in full SWAT gear, climbed a fire ladder, shot guns and other fun activities all in the name of research, but I will never feel what it’s like to be a cop or to plan a murder. But I write some fairly good cop dramas and murders.

In doing research for Male/Male stories I asked questions, read a lot, read some more, asked more questions and did research. Researching gay life is so much more fun than researching how to kill, trust me on this. I’ve learned so much, though I know there’s always more to learn.

The set of stories I’m writing now are based in Texas. Three novels all set north of Houston in a small town. Writing about cowboys was a natural progression since I grew up on a cattle ranch. Cows, horses and cowboys, what more could you ask for? They are sexy and hell bent on getting into trouble.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012


AUTHOR: Michael Halfhill
SERIES: Jan Phillips
ISBN-13:  978-1-61372-511-5
Pages: 250
Cover Artist:  Anne Cain
Categories: Novels, Mystery/Suspense
Book Type: eBook
File Formats Available: .epub, .prc, .prc, html, pdf
Price: $6.99 ON SALE $ 5.24


Sequel to What Happened to Jan Phillips?

 What do three sons—one murdered by Iraqi terrorists, one who lost his mother in a fire, and one involved with an underworld sex ring—have to do with Jan Phillips?
Two sons bring fear and death, forcing Jan to wield the awesome power of his office as the North American head of Mundus, a sub rosa organization with roots in the ancient order of the Knights Templar. The other son threatens Jan’s life and the world he shares with Michael Lin, his partner of twelve years.
As Jan struggles to survive another man’s quest for revenge, the love of fathers for their sons is the only constant among shattered lives, despoiled love, and an unknown yearning for family.

 2nd edition

Previously published by Book Surge Publishing (2007)


When I reviewed the first book in this series a few months ago I gave it glowing praise, and that praise extends on to its sequel SONS. The characters from the first book return along with a few new ones and the story grows, deepening your feelings for Jan and his world of family and of intrigue.
In SONS we have duel meaning because you see the duel relationship of Jan and his newfound son Colin as well as that of the villainous Louis and his controlling father Victor.  Sons can be built or broken by their relationships with their fathers and I think that this is in large part what the author is saying with this incredible book.
As many of the readers of this blog know my own father has been ill for some time now and this book had a deep meaning for me because of this.  He is recovering nicely now and we expect him to be able to come home in a few more weeks after being hospitalized for over a month.  My point is, I have always had a good relationship with my father though at various time we were emotionally distant because I did not grow up to be the “all American boy”.  He never held it against me, even when he found out I was gay, he didn’t reject me in any way.   
Good fathers, real fathers, love their sons no matter what and we see this in the book by the end in how Jan related to Colin and even more so in how Victor related to Louis.
Michael Halfhill is an amazing author and I am amazed he hasn’t written more than he has.  I look forward to the next Jan Phillips book with great enthusiasm.


AUTHOR: Edmond Manning
TITLE: King Perry
ISBN-13:  978-1-61372-379-1
Pages:  350
Cover Artist:  Anne Cain
Categories: Novels, Contemporary, Bittersweet Dreams
Book Type: eBook
File Formats Available: .epub, .prc, .prc, html, pdf
Price: $ 6.99


A book from The Lost and Founds series.

In a trendy San Francisco art gallery, out-of-towner Vin Vanbly witnesses an act of compassion that compels him to make investment banker Perry Mangin a mysterious offer: in exchange for a weekend of complete submission, Vin will restore Perry’s “kingship” and transform him into the man he was always meant to be.
Despite intense reservations, Perry agrees, setting in motion a chain of events that will test the limits of his body, seduce his senses,  and fray his every nerve, (perhaps occasionally breaking the law) while Vin guides him toward his destiny as ”the one true king.”
Even as Perry rediscovers old grief and new joys within himself, Vin and his shadowy motivations remain enigmas: who is this offbeat stranger guiding them from danger to hilarity to danger? To emerge triumphant, Perry must overcome the greatest challenge alone: embracing his devastating past. But can he succeed by Sunday’s sunrise deadline? How can he possibly evolve from an ordinary man into King Perry?
A Bittersweet Dreams title: It's an unfortunate truth: love doesn't always conquer all. Regardless of its strength, sometimes fate intervenes, tragedy strikes, or forces conspire against it. These stories of romance do not offer a traditional happy ending, but the strong and enduring love will still touch your heart and maybe move you to tears.


This was one of the most unusual books I have read since starting this blog.  At various points along I was amused, annoyed, confused, touched and even turned on before being moved back to the beginning of the emotional spectrum.  Is this what makes up a good book?  Yeah, I would have to say it is.
Vin is an annoying pain in the butt, however by the end of the book you have grown so attached to him and touched by his depth of feeling for Perry that you get past his annoying qualities.  Would I have put up with what Perry did?  I don’t know; Perry himself is an interesting person, hurting inside, untrusting to start with but deeply lonely for both friendship and love.
Go into this book knowing you will need to give it some time to really get into the flow because it does have a slow start but gets past that to become a fun read.

Monday, May 21, 2012

HAH Winners

Okay guys, I've drawn and contacted the winners:

Peggy and Anna!

Congrats girls :)

I hope everyone enjoyed this hop and learned from it. I also hope to see you all next year.

On behalf of Randy,

Erica Pike


Wednesday, May 16, 2012

God Loves Fags

It's hop time! In honor of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, 250+ m/m authors, reviewers and publishers have come together in an attempt to bring about awareness of homophobic discrimination. Please stop by the Hop Against Homophobia and check out all those blogs where you could win over 250 m/m and GLBTQ related prizes.

Randy's dad is having some serious health problems, so he asked me (Erica Pike) to take over his blog during this hop. I've written a lot about homophobic discrimination over the past weeks and did a long post on it on my own site, so I'm going to make this short, but to the point.

What is it with the...

...slogan? Seriously. It's a) wrong, because God doesn't hate anyone - really, where do people get off saying that he's hateful? b) so, so very wrong when it pops up like this:

That's sixteen children. Chances are that at least two of them are gay. If they ever dare come out, it's almost a given that they'll be shunned by their families. It is more likely though, that they'll never come out and will live their lives hating themselves and not understanding why God made them gay (or did the devil do it??).

To try to counter this slogan, more creative people have turned it into something a little more useful:

For those who don't know, the UK uses the word "fag" for "cigarettes".

These are also great:

Personally, I believe that...

...because God is loving and doesn't discriminate against his children. I don't believe in a hateful God.

I'm offering a book from my backlist to two different winners. This excludes my most recent release. Please leave a comment below with your email address.

Finally, please check out the other 250+ participants. There's a lot to win and a whole lot to learn :)

Monday, May 14, 2012


    Well, I won't be able to post as much as my Nook was stolen while I was at the hospital visiting my father this evening.  Now I will have to read on the computer when I am at home rather than on the reader at the hospital as I was doing so much lately.
   I will get a mew device when I can, until then I'll review when possible.  Just wanted to let everyone know.
   As to my father, he is improving and will be moved to a rehab facility this week.  Thanks for all of your prayers and well wishes.  Talk to you soon.


Monday, May 7, 2012


Publisher: No Boundaries Press
Author(s): S.L. Danielson & Julie Lynn Hayes
Title: It Started With A Dare
Series: Southern Comfort
Book: One
Cover Art: Dakota Trace
Pages: 247 (180 On my Nook)
Price: $ 4.99


B&N.COM - NOOK $ 3.99



Book One of the Southern Comfort Series
Boredom at the Junior Prom leads to a dare that leads to a kiss between two seventeen year old boys. Being gay in rural Georgia is no picnic. As circumstances force them together, Mark and Blake uncover truths about themselves, embarking on a daring relationship. But they’ve got one major strike against them already—Mark is unwilling to come out about his sexuality, and Blake doesn’t want to live in a closet. Can they fan the flames of their relationship, or will it sputter and die?


This is one of the better Young Adult novels I have read in a long time.  I say it is a YA novel because the main characters are 17 years old as are alL of their friends.  Many of the events in the book are very much youth oriented and what you would expect from the average teenage boy but the difference with this book is that where most YA books close the door when things get steamy, the authors of this romance do not. 
We get a very NC-17 or higher view of how much these boys care for each other, and they as you will see from their treatment of one another as their relationship grows from animosity and the beginning of the book to true love at the end.
The writing is solid with very few errors in grammar or spelling which helps keep the reader stay in the flow of the story.  Characterization is excellent and consistent all the way through though I thought Mike “came out” a little too easily after the way he behaves at the prom, that’s not really much of a spoiler as it happens so early in the story. Other than that one minor quibble, it is a highly entertaining read and well worth your time and money.  I can’t wait for the sequel.


Publisher: Total-E-Bound
Author: Sara York
Title: Selling It
Number of pages 149
Genre Gay MM/ Thriller/ Crime and Mystery Book Length Novel
ISBN# 978-0-85715-957-1
Sexometer 2
Format: eBook
 Price: $ 5.23


Love heals all scars.

Teens are dying and Blaine Wilson, a DC police detective, knows why. The scars on his right leg, left rib cage and left collar bone are a brutal reminder of his past as a teen prostitute, and a key to solving this investigation.  Blaine’s trips to gay bars are reckless but he’s searching for solace for his wounds. When he meets Andy everything changes. Dating Andy forces him out of the closet at work and then he has to admit his past indiscretions to his captain.
Andy falls in love at the drop of a hat and he's promised his two best friends he won't fall so easily again. When he meets Blaine he's helpless to resist the instant attraction.
Andy and Blaine are dedicated to making their relationship work when the killer targets Andy and his two best friends. Can Blaine save his lover and Andy’s friends without losing himself?


I love good mysteries; it’s one of the things I was missing when I started to read mostly M/M books.  Oh there was a hint of mystery here and there, Kaje Harper’s books certainly qualified as mystery, Mark Roeder’s young adult Gay Youth Chronicles were mysteries; then I found Sara York.
As some of my loyal followers may remember, I reviewed her novel NOT THAT TYPE OF GUY not so long ago, and that had many elements of mystery and adventure, but SELLING IT goes much farther in scope.  Sara has developed a solid police procedural with a cast of interesting characters and a fully believable romance in bloom.  She shows us who these men are and how they came to be this way and we see how the violence of the murder case begins to affect their relation once Blaine discovers a nasty connection between the murders and his own past.
This will probably rank as one of my favorite books for a long time to come.