Memorable Reads of 2023

  “And books, they offer one hope that a whole universe might open up from between the covers, and falling into that universe, one is saved.” – Anne Rice AT THE beginning of 2023, I made a New Year’s Resolution to read more. Specifically, I wanted to choose reading over watching TV in my downtime. […]

Book Review: Apparitions By Adam Pottle

  “Violence was his first language.” – Adam Pottle, Apparitions APPARITIONS, BY Canadian author Adam Pottle, is a novel about a nameless Deaf teen—a survivor of extreme child abuse—who befriends an emotionally troubled Deaf youth named Felix while in a psychiatric institution in Saskatchewan. Felix teaches “John Smith” Sign Language while they’re confined there, finally […]

Review: Sons of Darkness: Tales of Men, Blood, and Immortality Edited by Michael Rowe & Thomas S. Roche

Sons of Darkness: Tales of Men, Blood, and Immortality (1996) takes us down a deliciously homoerotic path of darkness and blood.   I DON’T naturally gravitate toward the short story format or erotica, so a literary work has to possess something unique and compelling to get my attention. This anthology came into my life in […]

The Many-Faced, Multi-Armed Publishing Model

REVIEWS HELP AUTHORS SELL MORE BOOKS NO MATTER THE PUBLISHER   I’VE ALWAYS found the term “vanity publishing” to be condescending. Whenever I hear anyone say or write it, it’s like nails on a chalkboard. In my opinion, all authors/writers possess a degree of “vanity” because we believe in the value and content of our […]

Review: Love To Hate You by Matthew Dante

THE NOVELLA Love To Hate You by Matthew Dante is a heartfelt romance about a gay man living a fast-paced lifestyle in Los Angeles, who, when betrayed by his fiance and so-called best friend, returns to his hometown of Chicago to try and pick up the pieces of his life and start again. I really enjoyed these […]

INTERVIEW WITH QUEER DARK URBAN FANTASY/HORROR AUTHOR J.P. JACKSON

J.P. Jackson: “The whole reason I started writing was that queer representation in Urban Fantasy books didn’t exist.” I’d like to welcome J.P. Jackson to the BLOG. Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (He’s a Canuck, like me!), J.P. is the author of several novels and novellas, including the Dark Urban Fantasy Magus Malefica series and […]

Thoughts On My Author Journey

Toot your own horn! Be proud of what you’ve created, and never feel embarrassed to promote yourself. Excitement is contagious! IN MY twenties, I met my favourite author Anne Rice, creator of The Vampire Chronicles. Though our time together was brief, we chatted about several things, including her inspiring, descriptive writing style. It’s a memory […]

Review: Queer Musings of a One-Time Boy Skater by Joe Bainbridge

“THINK JAMES Bond, But With Exquisitly Tacky Gold Sequins.” Quite the cover statement to whet the reader’s appetite! What a delicious treat this book is. While I love a good auto/biography, the stylistic framework of Queer Musings of a One-time Boy Skater is something I don’t engage with enough. It’s very free-spirited, sometimes even “stream-of-conscious” […]

Killing Your Darlings

I WAS once asked if it was difficult to “kill one’s darlings.” Let’s look at this more broadly than just the mechanism of killing off a primary or popular character for plotline purposes (but I will get to that in a moment, not to worry). It takes courage and fortitude to cut storylines you’ve worked […]

My Favourite M/M Component In Vindictive Too

I’D LIKE to take a moment to highlight the scenes between Police Inspector Declan James and Dr. Thaddeus Madden in Vindictive Too. Not only were they great fun to write, but also a poignant learning experience. It was important to add diversity to my novel, as it is for all my books, but I wanted […]