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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Blog Tour & Giveaway for Inhuman Beings by Richard May - includes an Exclusive Excerpt

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Title: Inhuman Beings
Author: Richard May
Release Date: June 15th 2017
Genre: 
Gay Fiction, Fantasy
Paranormal, Sci-Fi, Erotic
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Fall in love with a shapeshifter in San Francisco, a ghost in Scotland, or a vampire in Russia. Time travel to 1920s Mesopotamia, 1600's Africa, or to ancient Greece before time even existed. Find yourself on a distant planet, in love with a creature whose very being can destroy you, or in a post-apocalyptic world, drawn to a mutation created by the destruction of Earth.
Enjoy these 18 erotic stories about romantic encounters between men and not men--monsters and myths, gods and demons, science fiction and fantasy. Each story is the stuff of nightmares--and of dreams.
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EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT
from Sand
He was the most beautiful man I could have imagined. I named him Chaim. Leaning over, I breathed life into him, saying the unsayable into his mouth. Nothing happened, of course.
Did I really expect the man of my dreams to rise out of the sand at Hilton Beach in Tel Aviv, in front of everyone and their Speedos? I lifted my hand to destroy him.
“Don’t do that. He looks so real.” I peered up at the sound of Israeli accented English and saw the outline of a body stretch above me into the sun. I shaded my eyes and details came into perspective: impossibly wide shoulders, tightly narrowed waist, full crotch in a blue speedo, flaring thighs and a camera case dangling down a deep chest, against a flat stomach.
“Usually people make sand castles,” the voice said without expression.
I stood. “Netan’el,” I said, pronouncing my name in Hebrew.
“Chol,” my visitor answered.
“Pardon me?”
“Sand,” he said in English. “My last name is Chol. Sand.” I knew what the word meant.
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REVIEWS
“With Inhuman Beings, May seductively crosses the boundaries of time and space, the real and the imaginary, in these spellbinding tales of love and lust and things that go bump, not to mention hump, in the night.”
– Rob Rosen, editor of the Best Gay Erotica series

Inhuman Beings is an enormously imaginative, genre-crossing work in the tradition of Peter Cashorali’s groundbreaking Fairy Tales but with greater breadth and franker eroticism; an impres­sive achievement.”
– Michael Nava, author of the Henry Rios novels

Inhuman Beings represents a seminal work in gay male erotic literature that draws on the threads and yarns of our cultures and civiliza­tions. Tales from many countries and eras transport you across the globe and through the years, making this book one that will stand the test of time.”
– Wayne Goodman, author of Better Angels

“Richard May’s new collection of short fiction contains an international menagerie of legendary creatures. There’s a Hindu god, a Native American cyclone spirit, a Chinese rain dragon, a moody Jewish golem, a sadistic Iraqi jinn, and more. Fans of the homoerotic melded with the speculative and the paranormal will savor every page of Inhuman Beings.”
Jeff Mann, author of Country and Consent

"The beauty of this collection lies in its imagination – May is doing nothing less than writing a gay mythology, complete with monsters and fairy tales, imagined futures and refreshed pasts. His bold infusion of desire into mythology and encounters with the paranormal is unique, bracing and insightful. Inhuman Beings is full of a kind of sacred frivolity.”
Trebor Healey, author of Faun and Eros & Dust
About the Author
Richard May
Richard May’s short fiction has been published in his collections Inhuman Beings and Ginger Snaps: Photos & Stories (with photographer David Sweet), his series Gay All Year on Amazon Kindle, in anthologies like Never Too Late, Best Gay Erotica, and the Lambda Literary nominated Outer Voices Inner Lives, and in literary journals, including Bay Laurel, Chelsea Station, and Hyacinth Noir.
Rick also organizes the monthly Perfectly Queer book reading series with his partner Wayne Goodman in Oakland CA at Nomadic Press: Uptown and in San Francisco at Dog Eared Books Castro, individual LGBTQ Pride Readings for visiting authors, the annual literary festival Word Week in Noe Valley CA, and an online book club Reading Queer Authors Lost to AIDS.
Rick is from Sacramento CA and Brooklyn NY and now lives in San Francisco. He has red hair and truly believes in all things ginger. Another genetic stunner: he is 19th cousin to Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain.
Please follow him on social media at facebook.com/richardmaywriter, @rickmaywritr on Twitter, and richard.may1313 on Instagram.
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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Reviewing Ghost by J.M. Dabney

Ghost (Executioners #1) by J.M. Dabney 4*
BLURB: Gideon Jane earned the name Ghost for his reclusive nature when he joined a group of guys in Powers, Georgia in a band called Executioners. It had been his way of settling into small town life after living in New York for the past twenty years. He loved the band and his small organic farm. What he didn’t love was being single, but it appeared it was his new reality. He didn’t want his ex back, although he did want something. What that was eluded him until the evening he walked into Nightingale’s Books.
Small town girl Harper Sage knew pain, and she’d lived with it—she had the scars both mental and physical to prove it. It would’ve been easier to hop in her car to find safety and anonymity, but Harper stayed to prove she was stronger than hurled fists and bruising prejudice. She found herself within the safety of a close-knit group of rough bikers and bar bouncers. That didn’t mean it was all perfect.
What’s a girl to do when she craves normalcy and acceptance: she just smiles. Choices are made, some with dire consequences and others that bring her closer to her dream. Will she make the right decision or finally discover escape is her best option?


My Review: I received a free copy for reviewing purposes This was a new to me author, and the book seems to be a spin off from an earlier series, but that didn't matter too much as the story held up well on it's own. I really liked how the author didn't hold back from being realistic without being overly harsh with the descriptions of self harm and abuse. I also liked how Ghost was portrayed as a man who is not the usual buff hero but at heart he was the best hero I've read in a long time. As for Harper I liked how, with Ghost's help, she grew and developed throughout the book without it turning to an unbelievable HEA. In fact the writing was so good and the other characters from (I presume) the previous stories were so good I don't think this will be me last J.M. Dabney book.