The world of literature has seen many great villains – Iago from Othello, Grendel from Beowulf, Stefano DiMera from Days of Our Lives – and in Cabocho...moreThe world of literature has seen many great villains – Iago from Othello, Grendel from Beowulf, Stefano DiMera from Days of Our Lives – and in Cabochon, Mary Cote introduces us to Aubrey Sterling, a man so vile he keeps women locked and drugged up to use as prostitutes and plans to murder one of his young sons because his autism is an embarrassment.
Even Sterling’s wife Andi was one of the former, and when she decides that her husband must be stopped, he has her beaten, shot and left for dead in Rainbow Lake. At least, he thinks she’s dead. Aubrey Sterling’s villainy is so fantastic that only the corporation of heroes Cote introduces us to next could possibly match him. Andi is rescued by the men of Cabochon, who nurse her to health, bring her children to her and help her in her plan to destroy her husband.
In the juxtaposition between the wonderful place that is Cabochon and the sickness and treachery that occurs on board Aubrey’s yacht The Brotherly Love, Cote creates a kind of Heaven and Hell, making Cabochon an epic good vs. evil story. The reader can hardly wait until the two meet, and, more importantly, when Aubrey will learn that his wife still lives.
Oh, and by the way, will there be romance between the beautiful and recovering Andi and one of these kind and capable men of Cabochon, a couple of which just happen to be navy SEALS?
I’m left asking many, many questions about Cabochon. Namely how soon can I get my dainty hands on Book Two? Also, is someone in Hollywood making Cabochon, Part 1: The Movie? They should, and who will play Andi? Aubrey? The no-doubt handsome Brad and Ryan?
Long story short, I’m now obsessed with Cabochon being made into a movie, and you will be too. Do yourself a favor go over to http://www.writersamuseme.com/ and read Cabochon, then come back here and we’ll discuss casting for the film. I won’t give away my choices except to say that Joseph Mascolo (AKA Stefano DiMera on Day of Our Lives) might be wonderful as Aubrey Sterling. He’s 83 now, so hurry up, Hollywood! Tick tock! (less)
I was thinking about something the other day. Never has my family screamed at me or shunned me because of who I dated. Plus, I've never been harassed...moreI was thinking about something the other day. Never has my family screamed at me or shunned me because of who I dated. Plus, I've never been harassed or taken a punch because of who I kissed or held hands with. Not only that, but when I got married, I did so in the pinko commie state of Massachusetts; however, I could have gotten married in whatever part of the country I wanted. It's truly amazing.
Wait. No, it isn't amazing. That's how it's supposed to be.
I read DeeJay Arens' debut novel The View From a Rusty Train Car from Writers AMuse Me Publishing in three days on breaks during a conference in San Francisco, of all places. I could hardly put it down. While also being touching and well-written, this book reminds us that all of these things I mentioned earlier should not be taken for granted. It's a story of two men in love, and the consequences of that love.
In a time of angry pro and anti Chick-Fil-A arguments, Arens presents a normal love story. Well, it should be a normal love story; it's really anything but. Not because of the same-sex nature of the love, but rather the reaction to it. It's a tale that everyone - whether strongly for gay marriage, decidedly against it, or somewhere in between - should read.
It is a love story. Not a rant, as it could be. And if you think the things that happen in it are far-fetched, do some Googling. For that, other than the writing itself, is the amazing thing about Arens' novel. It all happens. We'll all be ashamed of it one day, but it happens. But to Arens' credit, the numerous antagonists are never presented as hateful bigots, but rather - as they often are in real life - childish thugs, disapproving family members, or the overly-religious.
There's been a lot said and written about gay rights over the years. Do yourself a favor, especially if you're more likely to be in opposition, and read The View From a Rusty Train Car. If it doesn't get you thinking, I don't know what will.(less)