Friday, June 30, 2023

Reflections on the Boulevard Book Blast #GayBookPromotions


Book Title: Reflections on the Boulevard (Reflections of Michael Trilogy, Book 2)

Author: LJ Ambrosio

Publisher: Film Valor

Cover Artist: hammxd  

Release Date: June 7, 2023

Genre: Fictional Buddy Adventure

Tropes: Buddy Adventure

Themes: Coming-of-age, growth

Heat Rating:  0 flames    

Length: 51 000 words/ 200 pages

It’s the middle-book in the trilogy with some parts of life ending and others beginning for the third part. 


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The continuation of A Reservoir Man


Michael's story continues from A Reservoir Man (2022) where we find him teaching at a university ready to retire. He unexpectedly meets a young man named Ron who becomes his protege and journeys in a haphazard adventure with him throughout America and Europe, each twist and turn of the road bringing unexpected adventures. The journey taken is one of joy, friendship and discovery.


They begin to move closer to Ron, a street light illuminating one of them for a moment; everything else was in darkness. He realized these were some of the kids from the shelter he used to be in. They had a fire in them, maybe it was jealousy that he got out and got on his feet. How did they know that much about Michael? He knew that they could hurt Michael, at his age that could kill him. They could hurt Carol, badly. They might have a knife. He knew how much danger they were in now.

Ron made a move towards the one he recognized, when suddenly all five pounced on Ron, beating on him, taking no break in their punches. One of them picked up Rhonda and threw her against a brick wall. Ron spit blood and, in between blows, tried to move to protect Rhonda. Carol ran to grab Rhonda. She tried to pick her up and saw she was hurt. Ron looked at the young men, spit blood at the closest of them, and screamed, “Fuck you! I hope you all die for what you did to her! Fuck you!”

The noise of this was so loud, a group of people leaving a bar saw the commotion. One of them yelled “Hey! What’s going on there? Hey!” Another woman was dialing for help on her phone. The young men ran away as quickly as possible, disappearing down a dark side street and into the blackness of the night.

They were nearing the back door of the house, Carol carrying Rhonda, with Ron limping on his own. As they approached the door, two of the young men were behind them again, taunting them. He asked Ron if he could meet his boyfriend. Ron lunged at one of them and  fell to the ground. They began to kick him. Carol screamed for help.

About the Author 

Louis J. Ambrosio ran one of the most nurturing bi-coastal talent agencies in Los Angeles and New York. He started his career as a theatrical producer, running two major regional theaters for eight seasons. He taught at over 7 universities in America. Ambrosio also distinguished himself as an award-winning film producer and novelist over the course of his impressive career.

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Hope Not Nope Book Blitz #rabtbooktours


Using Hope for Healing and Reclaiming Identity as a Lifelong Athlete in a Sick Healthcare System


Nonfiction / Self-Help / Health

Date Published: February 6, 2023

Publisher: Mindstir Media

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We will all struggle and face suffering at some point in our lives. In this important book, Dr. Dillon Caswell, PT, DPT, SCS takes you through why suffering is necessary and why the shift in our healthcare field from transformational to transactional has prolonged the state of suffering and is leading to a systematic healthcare collapse.

Daily you are given misinformation and flat-out lies, such as your vertebrae are out of place, opioids are needed for pain control, the pain experience is due to your degenerating parts, and, phew, we could keep going on! People are giving up their purpose, life-long athlete identities, and what makes them live wholeheartedly due to poor advice from respected figures. You are getting the message of fear, feeling of brokenness and not being enough, and routined rejection, all summed up as the feeling of nope.

It's time to change that... Hope Not Nope will reshape your perspective, thoughts and behaviors, and equip you with an action plan by giving you the information you need to turn all of the misinformation, rejection, and lies - summed up as nope - into the greatest healing agent available: Hope!!!

Praise for Hope Not Nope

"Who wants to live a life of unhappiness and suffering? If you answered "not me", then Hope Not Nope is a book for you! This book perfectly taps into the enduring spirit of humanity. Dillon explains complex physiology simply, making the book accessible to people from all walks of life. You will find yourself nodding, laughing, and challenging your own dogma, often within a single chapter. Each thematic chapter contains anecdotes, key takeaways, and reflection exercises to help you move towards a more positive existence. If you are stuck in a rut or have the desire to make each day better than the last, then you will thoroughly enjoy Hope Not Nope!"

-Dr. Tim Gabbett, Ph.D. Top 25 Most Impactful Sports Scientists of All Time


"The greatest superpower human beings possess is hope - this guide will teach you how to flex your superpower daily. Dillon masterfully explains how to channel and direct your suffering experiences into a position of hope. You'll learn how to microdose your mindset like an optimist on a daily basis and change your perspective when life's illusions are defying you. As the author likes to suggest, you always have choices in life, but this book is worthy of a full send!"

Dr. Craig Lindell, PT, DPT, CSCS. Co-Founder of [P]rehab


"Dillon is uniquely positioned in the fitness industry to bring a vital message to lifelong athletes everywhere - that we must learn how to empower ourselves in order to create lasting positive change. So many former athletes surrender to an identity of being 'broken' or washed up, and their health and self-worth suffer in the process. In this important book, Dillon lays out a clear and actionable path to lead us through some necessary suffering in order to reclaim our physical and mental health, and an ability to continue to participate in the activities that bring us joy."

- Adam Rogers, CF-1. Coach of the World's Top CrossFit Athletes at Training Think Tank


"More than ever people need to feel encouraged and empowered in the modern healthcare world. I was driven away from a career in medicine and towards a career in health and fitness in order to take part in the empowerment movement and give clients tools to take into their own life in order to reclaim their health, confidence, and control over their health outcomes. Dr. Caswell shines a meaningful light on this dilemma that people face. He highlights the problem in a way that can allow anyone to recognize how the system is failing and then supports the reader with tools and frameworks to enhance their health outcomes and reclaim their birthright of a healthy and athletic body."

- Marcus Filly, Founder & Owner of Functional Bodybuilding"


About the Author

 Dr. Dillon Caswell is a sought-out enthusiastic clinical Doctor of Physical Therapy with expertise and a Board Speciality Certification in Sports. He has spent more than 10 years in higher-level education both as a student and adjunct professor at SUNY Upstate Medical University. He desires to empower and educate the next generation by cutting through the biased lies surrounding the human experience by constantly seeking and delivering the truth in science and healing. This mission has fueled him to write Hope Not Nope and host one of the top alternative health podcasts in the world: The [P]rehab Podcast. Dr. Caswell embodies servant-based leadership, bringing people that have been shamed with “nope” to the truth of hope, in a practice he founded and owns: Action Potential Performance Physical Therapy (AP3T), PLLC in Syracuse, NY.

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Thursday, June 29, 2023

The Script is Not Enough Cover Reveal #GoddessFish

This post is part of a Cover Reveal organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. One randomly drawn commenter will win a $10 Amazon gift card. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

The Script is not Enough takes a unique look at the making of four different independent feature films. The author takes you through every stage in development from writing, to financing, and to distribution and marketing. Find out how you can learn from the hard experiences and challenges that face the filmmaker along the way.

About the Author:
Jamison LoCascio is an award-winning feature film director. In 2012, Jamison LoCascio began to write the screenplay for his first union short, "Midnight Catch," which garnished much acclaim at the New Jersey International Film Festival and Manhattan Film Festival. LoCascio decided to form his production company, Halcyon Valor Productions Incorporated. Graduated from Montclair State University with honors winning the “Excellence in Filmmaking” award for his numerous successful productions which premiered in film festivals around the world. LoCasio's short films have since been honored by the Screen Actors Guild and screened at such festivals as the Los Angeles International Short Film Festival, Montclair Film Festival, and NewFilmmakers New York. LoCascio's shorts "Track 3," "A Stranger's Confession," and "Powerless" were all official selections of the Festival de Cannes Short Film Corner. His films have been anthologized in the prestigious Anthology Film Archives in Manhattan, distributed worldwide on DVD, picked up for online distribution by Film Bay. DIRECTV & AT&T distributed 6 of LoCascio's short films on their new International short film platform. LoCascio's first feature film, "The Depths," starring Michael Rispoli and Patch Darragh won Best Feature Film at the 2017 Manhattan Film Festival and had a strong critical reception. The film also won Best Feature Film and Best Director at the 2017 Los Angeles Film Awards and received domestic distribution with Sony Pictures and The Orchard releasing on all major platforms including Amazon, Itunes, DVD and more. LoCascio's second feature film "Sunset" starring acclaimed actor Austin Pendleton received rave reviews and won multiple awards including Best Dramatic Feature Film at the 2018 Manhattan Film Festival, Best Ensemble at the 2018 Los Angeles Film Awards, Best Leading Actor (David Johnson) International Independent Film Awards. "Sunset" also received domestic distribution with Sony Pictures and The Orchard. LoCascio and Adam Ambrosio have recently launched their latest initiative by filmmakers for filmmakers called Film Valor, a youtube channel with over 3,000 worldwide followers and over 250,000 views, a behind the scenes look at their filmmaking process. "Know Fear," his latest feature film, received critical acclaim and stars Amy Carlson. The film had a limited theatrical release. His next feature film "How Dark They Prey," a unique horror anthology, has been released on major streaming platforms including Amazon Prime, Tubi, Plex, Udu, Mometu and many more with critics hailing the film as "Horror at its best". His latest feature film release “7x7” is a collection of many of LoCascio’s award-winning short films brought together for one viewing experience on major platforms including Tubi and Amazon Prime.

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Galactic Pact Series, Book 1


Science Fiction / Space Opera

Date Published: 01-01-2023

Publisher: Bookbaby

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The Fall of Mu is the captivating first book of the Galactic Pact series. This multi-generational epic blends science fiction and historical fiction to transport you to a pre-historic era where humanity built an interstellar empire. With vivid scenes, rich characters, and chapters that defy expectations, this book takes you on an exciting journey across the stars.

Michael is sixteen when his homeland is destroyed in a nuclear attack, his parents are murdered, and he is the one responsible for ensuring his people's survival. Throughout Michael's struggles with alien overlords, apathetic allies and godlike creatures, we follow him as he discovers what it takes to lead in a dystopian universe and how hard it can be to cling onto hope in times of despair. But this is only the beginning!

About the Author

R. Halderman is a fiction writer and engineer with a passion for philosophy. He is the author of exciting and provocative literature, blazing a trail for a new style of fiction for a new generation. His writing draws on science fiction's past and present to create a unique voice in contemporary fiction.

You can learn more about R. Halderman at You can also find him on Gab: @RussellH and Minds: @rhalderman


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The Children’s Version

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Date Published: February 2023

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Childhood should be a time of love, safety, and security. Childhood shouldn't be hard. But for Dr. Christopher Smith, what shouldn't have been was. This is the true inspiring story of Dr. Smith, who overcame being a homeless teenager to become a physician at the world-renowned Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Dr. Christopher Smith is a physician who completed his medical training at the world-famous Johns Hopkins Hospital. He wrote this book to give hope to all for a better life. Please enjoy and share with others.

"Against all odds" is really the only way I can describe HOMELESS To HOPKINS. This is not only an American success story, it is a human expression of inner faith... Chris' book is an inspiration for anyone asking themselves if they can achieve their dreams... After reading this book, I would say you will have your answer and that answer is yes, anything and everything is possible." 

— Mariel Hemingway. Oscar and Emmy nominated actress and bestselling author

A portion of all sales will be donated to charity.

About the Author

Dr. Christopher Smith is a Board- Certified practicing physician who completed his residency and fellowship at the world-renowned Johns Hopkins Hospital.  Dr. Smith currently lives in Florida and is a partner with Quantum Imaging and Therapeutics. He dedicates time and resources to raising awareness of homeless children and finding solutions to help them overcome. Chris enjoys making new memories with his family, walking barefoot on the beach, traveling, and photography.


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Wednesday, June 28, 2023

Warrior Reborn Book Blitz #rabtbooktours


The Extraordinary True Story of Kisemei Kupe


SOCIAL SCIENCE / Poverty & Homelessness

RELIGION / Christian Life / Relationships

 Date Published: May 30, 2023

Publisher: Clay Bridges

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Born into obscurity, poverty, and indifference in the 1960s in the heart of the African wilderness, Kisemei Kupe experienced neglect, hunger, loneliness, misdirection, abuse, and danger to a degree that very few in our Western culture could imagine. Reaching out for help, he devoted himself to Islam only to find himself in acute despair and hopelessness. Yet in the midst of these crushing circumstances, Kisemei experienced a dramatic encounter with the vision of a man he had never met and whose name he didn’t know. It was an encounter so genuine and a metamorphosis so drastic that it would set in motion a series of events that would lead him to face certain death for his actions. He was once a warrior for his village, but now a new warrior had emerged. This is a story that many of us need to hear today—a story that transcends the jury of society, an abiding story of truth and hope for us all.

About the Author

Clark Wiginton is a physician, entrepreneur, and writer who lives in west central Texas with his wife, Stephanie, and their five children. He is a personal friend of the subject of this book.

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The Pursuit of Wisdom, Knowledge, Spiritual Power, and the Minds of God Through Multiplism


Nonfiction / Spiritual / Self-Help


If art imitates life, this book imitates the artist’s mind. Specifically an artist that has surrendered most of their natural born life to the arts. As the decades change so does the style of the art and their philosophy of how they approach their medium. This book follows the artist’s transformation and expression of that art in correlation to the influences, both external and internal, over a lifetime of study. The influence is sometimes physical and direct, other times more seemingly abstract and metaphysical. And it continually revisits the question, how in control are we, or is there something bigger at work? Are we bound to repeat history or do we always have the power to change our path? The author provides anecdotes that seem to answer the text's questions directly, and at other times stir the ambiguity. At the same time, the format of the book as an anthology allows for it to rest on any coffee table and be cracked open at any page to enjoy a slice of the larger thought-pie.

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Tuesday, June 27, 2023

Immortal Kiss Series Blitz and Giveaway #rabtbooktours

The Immortal Kiss Dark Fantasy Romance Series is ON SALE for $0.99 for a Limited Time!


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Centuries ago ten powerful vampire gods first walked the earth; their blood thirst knew no boundaries. The destruction of mankind was inevitable. Recognizing their weakness, they selected twelve wise human beings to transform with their godly blood. These twelve, known as The Old Ones and The Council, govern The Ten. A blood lottery appeasing The Ten’s hunger was set forth into the human world and passed down every fifth generation, continuing into the present day.

All of Beth Ryan’s life a mysterious mist has watched over her; a mist she believed to be a vampire. On a cold winter night, Philippe Delon, a 700-year-old vampire walks into Beth’s life. She is drawn to him, certain he is the vampire behind the mist...but is he?

Beth and Philippe cannot deny their love for each other, nor do they try to fight it. Within days of their encounter, Beth accepts Philippe’s invitation to move into his mansion. The mansion unlocks the door to the vampire world and exposes secrets from Beth’s past. Within its walls, she learns the true identity of the mist, her link to the blood lottery, and betrayal of her loved ones. Surrounded by lies, Beth stands before The Council begging for resolution.

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Five years crawled by at a painfully slow pace for young vampire, Beth; each year more agonizing than the next. The powerful unyielding spell which masked Amon’s whereabouts showed no signs of weakening.  Influenced by the binding ritual and Amon’s blood surging inside her, Beth will stop at nothing, and risk everything, to find him and turn the tables on Osiris, Isis, and Hathor.  In foggy streets of London, lives are threatened by a new breed of hunter, and nothing is what it seemed.  Beth once again finds herself surrounded by betrayal.  In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between Philippe and Amon – knowing that her decision will change one life forever. But whose?

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Brandon Cass is not your average teenager. He has a taste for blood—human blood. For sixteen years, he stumbled through life without a hitch until the enigmatic aroma of blood awakened something dark within him. Visions of a beautiful young woman with chocolate brown hair and ocean blue eyes haunt his mind, yet her identity is a puzzling mystery.

His hunger for blood strengthens, and the cravings become too powerful to control. No one is safe, not even his family. To safeguard all he once found dear, Brandon sets out on a quest for answers. In an unfamiliar city, he comes face-to-face with the beautiful young woman, confronts the dark force which controls him, and learns what he must endure to reclaim his soul.

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LAURA DALEO is known for capturing vampiric persuasion in her Immortal Kiss series. This book takes an interesting spin on the Egyptian pantheon, from which vampires originated. At present, she is working on Once We Were Witches, the fourth book in the Immortal Kiss series.

Immortal Kiss, Bound by Blood, The Vow, The Vampire Within, The Soul Collector, and The Doll are among her published works.

She grew up in San Diego, California, and currently lives with her two dogs, Rose and Cooper, in Tucson, Arizona.


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Book Title: Search for Complete

Author and Publisher: Stephen G Hardy

Cover Artist: Ryan Mulford

Release Date: June 4, 2023

Genres: LGBTQ+ fiction, Not a romance per se

Tropes: Speculative fiction inspired by a Greek Myth

Themes: Interpersonal relationships, sexuality, and gender norms

Heat Rating: 1 flame

Length: 81 320 words/350  pages

It is the first in a series of at least 3 books and does not end on a cliffhanger.


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“Why do I get the feeling that Christopher is the type of man that would make the perfect husband for any woman and, at the same time, the perfect wife for any man?” Laura says shortly after Christopher begins his new job at the TV station. Laura’s statement would turn out to hold more truth than she could imagine. No one who meets Christopher, especially not Laura, as well as David, a gay man he meets at a party, understands what it is about him that draws them to him. They also don’t realize that Christopher is searching for something, a search complicated by their desires for him.


I began to question accepting Laura’s invitation when I heard the noise coming from the backyard as we approached the house. I disliked crowds, and it sounded like an immense crowd was on the other side of the gate.

People were everywhere—seated on lounge chairs scattered around the patio or at the rectangular dining table or milling about in various groups—talking loudly over the blaring music. Laura’s voice broke through the noise.

“I don’t see Peter anywhere. He might be inside. Shall we find him?”

“By all means. I would feel uncomfortable attending his party without meeting him.”

I followed Laura into the house. As we passed through the living room, my eyes fell on a few framed photos of a handsome couple on the wall.

In the kitchen, a solitary male figure was removing a tray of croissants from the oven.

“Hello, Peter.”

As he turned around, I recognized Peter as one of the men in the photos. Tall and slender, with dark hair and a mustache waxed into handlebars, there was a dapperness to him that I found pleasing.

“Hey, Laura. Lovely to see you!”

After setting the hot tray down, Peter hugged her.

“Peter, I want you to meet Christopher. He just moved here from Seattle and works with me at the station.”

“How do you do, Peter?“

Having grown used to the reaction my presence caused, I smiled patiently as Peter, unable to speak right away, shook my offered hand.

“I hope you do not mind my crashing your party. Laura assured me that you would not object to her bringing me.”

“No, of course, I don’t mind.”

The words tumbled out one on top of the other.

“Is there anything we can do to assist you?”

“No, I have it all under control, thanks. Please help yourself to the food and drinks out on the patio.”

“We will. Thanks,” Laura said, taking my arm and steering me back through the living room.

“Peter is very nice,” I commented as we stepped through the doors and headed towards the drinks table. “Can I make you something?”

“A mimosa, thanks. Yes, Peter’s a sweetie.”

We stood sipping our drinks as I scanned the crowd of mostly men, a mix of young and old, before Laura took me around, introducing me to the people she knew.

I instinctively searched their eyes for the essence of another while ignoring Laura’s scrutinizing gaze.

Laura needed to use the bathroom, so she left me standing under the large Ficus tree where we had sought shade from the sun. Within minutes of her departure, I was surrounded by a large group of people vying for my attention. Carrying on multiple conversations was challenging, but I did my best to make each person feel they had my full attention.

He caught my attention on the periphery of my vision: tall and well-built, resembling the small statue of the god Mars that sat on the table in Joseph’s shop. Our eyes met, and I felt my heart skip a beat, seeing something flash in his eyes. Smiling hopefully, I extended my hand to him.

“Hello, my name is Christopher Dunn.”

As he shook my hand, I took the opportunity to search his golden-brown eyes. My initial hope turned to disappointment, for while something was there, it was not another’s essence. Though disappointed, I was intrigued.


He slurred the two names into one in his haste to get the words out.

As I gazed into his eyes, the feeling of a purpose to our meeting appeared—first Laura and now David.

“It is a pleasure to meet you, David Martelli,” I said, saying his name distinctly.

David blushed attractively, causing a twinge in my heart.

“Can I get you a drink?”

He looked so crestfallen when I held up my cup that I was tempted to down my drink and ask him for another.

“Oh, you have one.”

 “I do, but I appreciate you asking.”

I gave him a smile to back up my words. It was apparent that David was struggling to find something to say, the frustration evident in his handsome features. I wanted to get him away from the people surrounding us and talk to him alone, but I did not see how I could do so without offending everyone else.

Conscious of the eyes watching us, David blushed again and backed away.

For some reason, I knew that this behavior was out of character for him. Watching him walk away, I hoped we would meet again as I wanted to discover what I saw in his eyes.

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Stephen Hardy was born in the San Francisco Bay Area but grew up in the Pacific Northwest. His career as a fashion designer took him back to San Francisco before he headed to New York City, where he met his husband of twenty years. Tiring of the hectic pace of the fashion industry, Stephen gave up his career to become a stay-at-home dad for his and his husband’s two adopted sons and a quiet life in Connecticut. Now residing in Phoenix, Arizona, and with the kids grown, Stephen returned to university, where he rediscovered his love for writing. His focus is on contemporary fiction, examining social issues regarding gender, sexuality, and relationships. Search for Complete is his first novel, and a sequel is expected in early 2024.

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AUTHOR NAME: Stephen G Hardy

Originally from the Pacific Northwest, I currently live in Phoenix, AZ with my husband of 20 years. We met in New York City and then moved to Connecticut where we adopted our two sons. The boys were 6 & 7 when we adopted them from the foster system and are now 20 & 22. I began my writing career 4 years ago and Search for Complete is my debut novel. I did try the traditional route of publishing, but my novel is a difficult one to categorize and I decided to self-publish. The first of a planned three book series, I have book two written with plans to publish at the end of the year and book three is about halfway written with plans for a summer 2024 release.

How long have you been an author?

4 years. I began work on my first novel in the summer of 2019

What/who inspired you to start writing?

I was inspired to begin writing Search for Complete after a conversation I had with some friends. A statement was made which got me thinking and the story just flowed out of me.

Tell us about your new release. What inspired you to write it?

As I mention above, the inspiration came from a conversation. My husband and I were having brunch with another couple, who are straight, and the husband made the comment on how similar his wife and I were to the point that he would hear me say something and think it was his wife saying those words. Out of this came my protagonist, Christopher, a young man in possession of both a male and female essence. He is asexual but attracted to both men and women. Because of who he is, Laura, the other main character says, “Why do I get the feeling that Christopher would make the perfect husband for any woman, and the perfect wife for any man?” And that is Christopher, if sexual intimacy were taken out of the equation.

How did you decide on the title?

The title came from one of the main themes of the novel. Christopher, though complete in essence, is searching for something that will make his female essence have a physical presence, thereby making him physically whole again, as his earliest ancestor, a creation of the moon had been.

What are you working on at present? Would you like to share a snippet?

I am beta-reading book two in the series, entitled The Price of Happiness, and writing book three, When the Sun and Moon Meet. Book two continues the story of Christopher and Laura, picking up a few months after the birth of their twins. The twins bring so much joy to Christopher, but not to Laura, who begins to feel resentment towards Christopher. He got everything he wanted, but she feels like she didn’t. The story follows their journey as a couple co-parenting twins, but more importantly, Laura’s journey of self-discovery. In addition, I have another novel about an eighteen-year-old gay man who is on the autism spectrum, looking for love during his first year at college. I was inspired to write this story after watching the Australian docu-series Love on the Spectrum.

What is the hardest part of writing any book?

The hardest part for me is editing out scenes I may love but which don’t move the story along.

Are there any genres you prefer to write, and if so, why?

I feel it is important to write what you know. As a gay man, I write stories that are inspired by my experiences and observations of being gay. As such, while not all of my characters are in the LGBTQ+ community, I prefer to write in this genre. Ideally, though, I would like to think that my writing crosses genres and would appeal to a wider audience.

What novels do you adore/re-read?

My favorite novel of all time is Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. I love her character development and insightfulness into human behaviors. I have been working on and off on a prequel to this novel, told from Mr Darcy’s point of view. It is a slow process as I am attempting to write in Austen’s vernacular.

Which other writers do you follow?

Kyle Scafide, who wrote Angel on My Corner.

Are any of your characters based on you or people you know?

There is a lot of me in Christopher, and I based the minor character of Peter on my husband. But the others are an amalgamation of random people I have known in the past.

Do characters and stories just pop into your head, or do you take your time thinking about and planning them?

I experience both methods when writing. Search for Complete just popped into my head and I began writing without an outline or a preconceived outcome. The story evolved as I wrote. With the sequels, I did take some time thinking and planning the story lines, as I had to figure out the principal character’s journeys based on where they had been at the conclusion of the first book.

How often do you write? Do you have a schedule?

I try writing every day during the week for a few hours. Weekends I tend not to write so I can spend time with my husband. Occasionally, I plan writing weekends where I rent an Airbnb in Flagstaff or Sedona and get away with no distractions. I usually do this when I am editing a first draft or struggling with the initial draft.

What are your writing and personal goals for 2023 and beyond?

My writing goals for the rest of this year and beyond is to publish the second book in the series by the end of this year, publish the third book in mid-2024 and then finish the novel about a gay teenager on the autism spectrum looking for love during his first year of college.

Are you a cat person or a dog person? Tell us about your pets.

Definitely a cat person. I grew up with them and my husband and I have three, all siblings, two girls and a boy. They each have very different personalities and quirks. Zen, the boy is like a dog in that he likes to follow us around the house and greets us when we come home. Abby is the loving one, likes to sit right next to us and cuddle. Zoe is a bit more independent, but lets us know when she wants attention, Her preferred spot in hanging over our shoulder and being carried around.

If you had access to a time machine just once, is there anything you'd go back and change? Either on a personal level or an historical event?

I like my life now and am afraid of going back in time and changing anything personally for fear of altering my life now. However, if I could go back further in time, I would like to be part of the Versailles Treaty committee and convince the allied forces not to seek retribution from Germany after WWI. Had they not crippled Germany’s economy, WWII might never have happened.

If you could go anywhere in the world, all expenses paid, where would you go, who would you take with you, if anyone, and why?

I would take my husband on a round the world cruise, stopping off at many ports to see as much of the world as possible.


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It Should Have Been You, Book 2

Gay, Multicultural, Romance, Suspense, 2nd Chance Romance

Date Published: June 30, 2023

Publisher:  Changeling Press

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Reed Barton is a millionaire who can have anything he wants, except the one thing he desires most. His first love. He’s spent years trying to recreate the night they met in a San Francisco bathhouse. The image of the beautiful Filipino man who took his virginity is never far from his thoughts.

Reed’s life is turned upside down when his long-lost love reappears -- and not in a good way. Joseph Castro is not quite what he seems. Time and experience have changed both men, and there’s no going back. But maybe, together, they can go forward.


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Copyright ©2023 Gale Stanley

Reed Barton had last minute jitters about going to the bathhouse. The men might be old and creepy. His visit might get back to his family. The list went on, but they were just excuses, soon cast aside in favor of discovering what he’d been missing.

Nineteen, almost twenty, and still a virgin. He had little experience with sex. Educated at authoritarian male boarding schools, there wasn’t much time for fooling around. Lessons started early and finished late, and afterwards the boys were kept busy with homework, sports, and dinner until bedtime. Still, he’d witnessed a few incidents. He’d seen one boy sucking another’s penis in the bathroom. At the time, Reed had been appalled, but titillated as well. He pictured himself on his knees, forced to suck another boy’s cock, and longed for the reality, but no opportunity presented itself.

In college, Reed felt the inexplicable draw of chemistry, but only toward other men. To his family he presented a picture of heterosexual “normalcy” but in fact, he took to visiting a bar where gay men hung out. He engaged in several hurried blowjobs in the bathroom, but nothing more. One of his nameless encounters told him about the bathhouse. Bathhouses had once been a rite of passage for gay men, but many had closed through the years. Somehow, this one had survived and Reed was determined to take advantage of whatever it had to offer.

The taxi deposited Reed in a downtown Frisco area known for muggings. Many of the buildings were abandoned and there were no signs or addresses. Confused, Reed questioned the driver. The man pointed down an alley and held out his hand for the fare.

A few working streetlights cast eerie shadows as Reed entered the back street. He felt uneasy, but the sense of danger excited him as well. He’d always been tempted by the forbidden.

A sudden downpour pelted Reed with stinging drops. He picked up his pace, ignoring the beer cans and fast food containers underfoot, and spotted a heavy wooden door with a small sign affixed to it that read Rock Hard Gym. Relieved, Reed pushed the door open and entered a small foyer.

A young man sat behind a window. He scrutinized Reed carefully before selling him a membership. “Do you want a locker or a private room?”

“A locker. I don’t know how long I’ll stay.”

“Fifteen for the membership. Five for the locker.”

Reed exchanged a twenty-dollar bill for an ID card, a white towel and a plastic wristband with a locker key.

“There are condoms and lube in the locker room.” The clerk buzzed Reed through another door.

The heady scent of sex intoxicated him. He didn’t care that the floors were old and slippery with water and body fluids. The lockers were rusty and the walls badly in need of paint, but Reed couldn’t see past the naked male bodies.

Men stood, sat, and lingered in stages of undress, manspreading on changing benches, tiny towels intentionally parted. Reed found it hard to look away from the smorgasbord of flesh so openly exposed.

While searching for his locker, he became aware of the lingering looks he attracted, but none of the men appealed to Reed, not even in the dim lighting. He wanted to explore and he made quick work of undressing.

Wrapping the towel around his hips, Reed left the locker room. There was a gym, small and ill equipped, but a gym nonetheless. Reed bypassed it. Straight ahead he encountered an area where men of all ages and sizes, naked except for their towels, stood around and watched gay porn. He watched the film for a few minutes, then he moved on, entering a series of corridors where men prowled the hallways looking for acceptable partners.

He passed door after door, some closed, many open. Grunts echoed from the shadows. Reed caught glimpses of men grinding and thrusting. Moans filled his ears. Hushed words, frightening and thrilling. Blood rushed to Reed’s dick. It was electrifying to be surrounded by so much sex.

Reed stepped around men who didn’t care about getting a room. Heart pounding, he watched them giving blowjobs or having anal sex in the hall. A few invited him to join in, but he wasn’t ready -- yet.

About the Author

Gale Stanley grew up in Philadelphia PA. She was the kid who always had her nose in a book, her head in the clouds, and her hands on a pad and pencil.

Some things never change.


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