off his art, and all romantic relationships, but when a bulldozer of
a man comes to seek refuge in the dilapidated house Nathan is
renovating, all the promises he made to himself collapse under the
weight of powerful emotions.
his family’s legacy, an old house on the tiny cove of Refuge Bay.
He scraped together every penny he could find to buy back the
derelict manse, and now he needs investors to help put it to rights
so he can create a place for people like him: emotional wrecks in
need of a safe place to get themselves together.
turned his back on his passion, and believes by helping others, he’ll
help himself. When it seems no one is going to help, a new investor,
ex-military Augustine Jake Reiden, who insists on being called Og,
shows up early and inverts Nathan’s reality. Nathan has secrets,
but this bull of a man who has more bravado than anyone Nathan has
ever met, is harboring mysteries.
risk investing in the house, but he has conditions, and it turns out
one of them is he wants Nathan.
romance anywhere from sweet to hot to erotic, all in the Real Men
series. I love this genre, and plan to continue writing in it.
hand at writing male/male romance and found that I loved it, in a
very special way.
different than the dynamics I’ve explored previously. There’s
something about two warriors, two characters with similar power bases
figuring out how to come together. And the intense vulnerability when
they finally do…
man, and just needs someone to pull himself out of his self-imposed
a top 2 Amazon bestseller with her small town military romance
series, Real Men, currently over 10 books long. She has a passion for the small towns of North
America, and sets her compelling stories in the north country (Jack’s
Bay), western mountain country (Terrence Point, Dawson Ridges,
Golden) and in Chesapeake Bay (Refuge Bay), all replete with quirky
yet big-hearted neighbours always willing to lend a hand—and an
opinion, whether requested or not.Susan also deeply loves Christmas, with numerous Christmas stories in her
series, and adds more holiday books (including Valentine’s and
Halloween), annually.As she continues to write the beloved
Real Men series, she is applying her passion for love without
boundaries to the m/m genre. Her first book in the Men of Hope House
series is garnering excellent reviews, with formerly m/f only readers
exhorting others new to the genre to pick up the first in the series,
calling it, “Pure Joy”, and ‘one of the best books I have read
in a very long time’ – GoodReads.
Susan can be reached at email@example.com.
What better way to introduce myself than to let you know what some of my favorite books are. They give a snapshot of who I am as both a writer and, more importantly, as a reader.
Here are the very first books that came to mind when I think of my very favorite “gay” books. I’m a great believer in going with one’s gut. So here they are (in no particular order):
- Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith. Highsmith has long been one of my literary icons. When it comes to probing the darkest sides of human nature, no one does it better than she. Strangers on a Train is a much better novel than the Hitchcock movie of the same name (although that was not without its charm, among them the very lovely Farley Granger) and has a much darker resolution. Its homoeroticism, too, is much more explicit than in the sanitized Hollywood film that bears the same name.
- The Front Runner by Patricia Nell Warren. How many other gay men have had the same experience as I did? I discovered this book on a trip to the mall when I was in high school, surreptitiously bought it when my friend wasn’t looking, and took it to home, hid it between my mattress, and box springs…and absolutely treasured it. It opened my eyes to so much (yes, two men can really love each other—it’s not a sickness or an abnormality) and made me realize I was not alone.
- No Night is Too Long by Ruth Rendell (writing as Barbara Vine). No contemporary mystery/psychological thriller writer does it better than Ruth Rendell. She plays with gay themes in several of her novels, but in this tale of psychological suspense, she most successfully blends homosexual themes and characters with heart-pounding suspense and shines a light into our darkest fears and compulsions.
- Mysterious Skin by Scott Heim. This was Heim’s debut novel and it’s weird, wonderful, and disturbing, combining alien abduction, memory loss, and child sexual abuse in a compelling, lyrical, and thought-provoking narrative. I’m sad to say that none of his subsequent work had the sheer power of this one.
- In a Shallow Grave by James Purdy. Purdy is one of the most underrated American writers. I believe he is one of the masters of 20th century literature and this gem, about a disaffected and disfigured war veteran and his love for a hired male caretaker and the fugitive who comes into both their lives is spiritual, carnal, and profound. And Purdy’s command of the language and his use of American colloquial speech is nothing short of poetry.
- The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst. A perfectly rendered portrait of England in the 1980s and the rise of the new right, this story about young gay Nick Guest and his social and sexual awakening is harrowing stuff, since we know that tragedy lurks just around the corner for not only our naïve young—and often selfish—protagonist, but for a whole segment of society.
- Was by Geoff Ryman. This revisionist take on my favorite movie of all time, The Wizard of Oz, is simply brilliant literature. In its parallel stories of a “real” Dorothy Gale, a “scarecrow” dying of AIDS, and the plight of a child star named Frances Gumm combine to form a narrative that is nothing short of literary brilliance.
- Michael Tolliver Lives by Armistead Maupin. The Tales of the City books, like The Front Runner, were eye-openers and touchstones for me as a young gay man coming to grips with his own identity. Reading this last entry in the series really resonated with me and touched me, since I am not far behind Michael himself and have experienced many, if not most, of his same joys and sorrows.
- The Lost Language of Cranes by David Leavitt. This was Leavitt’s first novel and, while I wouldn’t say it’s his best, I would say it’s his sweetest and most satisfying. So much of the story resonates with me personally (the closeted father with a gay son) that it simply touches my heart more than his other work.
- IM by Rick R. Reed. You didn’t think I’d compile this list without putting myself on it? But people always ask which of my books is my favorite and this one is clamoring for a mention. I love it because it combines a little romance, with a lot of suspense, some horror, and commentary on gay life and culture.
the difference between life and death.
hanging by his wrists in a terrorist camp in Myanmar.
Nick’s homophobic commanding officer and his team.
ops US organisations. The small UK covert group Unit Twelve use the
skill and bond of both men to fight and try to bring down Jupiter
Section and save both the US and UK governments.
learn to live with the terrible consequences.
experiences. Only love can draw them into the future they both crave
– a future of peace.
Congo learning to live without his closest friend Jacob Hayes after
being forced into ‘retirement’.
African warlord brings the SAS, British Military Intelligence and
Jacob back into his life.
more dangerous than he ever considered possible. While Mac, Jacob and
Unit 12, the elite arm of British Military Intelligence, strive to
prevent North Korea gaining a WMD of terrifying proportions. They
also fall deeper into a global conspiracy set to disrupt the delicate
balance of power in the world.
forces Mac to confront the one truth he finds too hard to face alone.
Mac’s sexuality is long denied, hidden in the dark by his brutal
father before he ever had the chance to understand it. Is Special
Forces operative Jacob strong enough to fight for the heart of the
man he’s always loved?
off-screen torture (not BDSM) a high death count and a lot of action.
It can be read as a stand-alone.
with an elite British black ops department in Military Intelligence.
As tough as it had been, Luke loved his job and his partner, Sam
Locke. Sam had once been a US Navy SEAL.
never see Sam again, until they are recalled to London and sent to
Syria. They must transport the one person able to finish tearing them
apart. A terrorist who destroyed their lives. Luke and Sam fight to
save the world from imminent destruction and fight just as hard for
bomb and weaponised virus through Armenia and into Russia, finding so
much more than revenge on the way.
gay romance. She is a gay rights activist, holds three martial arts
black belts, a degree in Medieval History and far too many dogs. She
lives on a mountain in Spain and in her spare time writes and reads
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