Novelist Eric Arvin’s latest literary offering is nothing short of a masterpiece.
In a story that weaves together the worlds of fantasy, paranormal actNovelist Eric Arvin’s latest literary offering is nothing short of a masterpiece.
In a story that weaves together the worlds of fantasy, paranormal activity, and romance, the result is not only a highly entertaining read but also a tale that will resonate with the reader.
The Mingled Destinies of Crocodiles and Men is set in a time where mystics such as Minerva True occupy an exalted place in society. It is Minerva, who is a “river dweller,” that recognizes the danger situated in ancient lore that threatens her world on a hilltop which once hosted a chapel. Few people heed her prophetic warnings and soon there is only a small group who stand with her.
Leith, the handsome hero, and his lover Aubrey are locked into the coming struggle which Minerva has prophesied. There is also a mute boy called Deverell who is destined to play an integral part in the drama which will overwhelm them. And Calpurnia, Leith’s half crazed mother, is drawn into the plot mostly by her own ambitious agenda. For Calpurnia’s mission is a threat not to only to Minerva’s plight but to everyone who will play a part in the climax of this inspired fable.
The Mingled Destinies of Crocodiles and Men is a story which captures and captivates its audience from the beginning. The atmospheric essence is intoxicating on its own. Yet the tale itself is an exercise in sheer adventure and enthralling delight.
In a world filled with writers, few on today’s scene can be considered authors. Eric Arvin is among that special lot. Each successive story that flows from his boundless imagination is magic.
Gray Justice is one of those rare books that I found hard to break away from while reading. The story of a man who loses everything and decides to teaGray Justice is one of those rare books that I found hard to break away from while reading. The story of a man who loses everything and decides to teach the justice system a lesson in letting criminals walk free, writer Alan McDermott tells the tale with the deftness of a scribe far more experienced than a first novel normally implies. Tom Gray is the protagonist in the book and his world is shattered when his son is killed by someone joy riding. Later his wife, unable to cope with the trauma, commits suicide. Set in England, Gray Justice tells what happens when Tom watches his son's killer go free... and what the devastation of his new life drives him to do. By kidnapping five serial offenders, Tom presents them to his countrymen via the internet and lets the public decide whether he should let them live, or not. The conclusion is not something I'm going to give away in even the tiniest detail, but suffice to say that it is an ending you won't forget. Gray Justice is a must for anyone looking for a great read and Alan McDermott has proven himself more than worthy of the title `writer.' ...more
Whenever Eric Arvin writes a new book I cannot wait to read it. This is one of the most talented novelists of the past decade and his brand of gay ficWhenever Eric Arvin writes a new book I cannot wait to read it. This is one of the most talented novelists of the past decade and his brand of gay fiction always satisfies because it speaks to more than just the homosexual audience. Eric writes about human emotions, feelings, and the drama which normally comes along with them. And his use of humor is always a delight.
“Galley Proof” is Eric’s latest release. I read it in about twelve hours. This is the story of Logan Brandish, a writer from a small town who is about to unveil his latest novel. Logan lives a quiet life. He’s got his boyfriend, their cat, and his best friend. His life seems full and he is happy with the status quo… until he meets the editor of his new book. Brock Kimble is handsome and alluring in a dangerous kind of way; dangerous in that he makes Logan wonder if the life he’s been living is really what he wants after all.
The turmoil that Brock’s entry into his life creates causes Logan to flee his quiet life for a while so that he can make some sense of the quandary his emotions have become. He goes to Italy to regroup where the natural beauty of the place, along with the local scenery of men, gives him close to the distraction that he was hoping to find. But he comes to discover that it’s only a temporary escape from the problems he left at home, and whether he can have his cake and eat it too becomes the crux for the difficult decisions that he must make.
“Galley Proof” is without a doubt Eric Arvin’s best release since “Suburbilicious.” He writes with the heart of one who’s been through the tale he’s telling but also with the talent of a novelist who was just born to write. And this author thinks he was....more
It's always a delight to pick up a new Eric Arvin story. The mastery with which Arvin tells his tales sets him apart in today's literary elite.
Woke UpIt's always a delight to pick up a new Eric Arvin story. The mastery with which Arvin tells his tales sets him apart in today's literary elite.
Woke Up In A Strange Place is an Arvin masterpiece. It's the story of Joe, a young man who wakes up in a barley field with no clothes, no memories, and no direction. His "soul guide" Baker appears and leads him on a journey through his life, portrayed as if through portraits he sees in his mind's eye, and somewhere in the distance is a mysterious stranger who beckons him to continue his trek even when the memories he finds leave him stricken with a desire to go no further.
Joe finds the strength he needs to reclaim his life through the encouraging presence of Baker and also through his unyeilding desire to reach the stranger who's always just ahead, just a little further on. As Joe nears the end of his quest, he comes to find himself in the manner which everyone wishes to discover.
Eric Arvin always weaves his magic with an almost preternatural ability. His work captivates his audience, beginning with The Rest is Illusion and continuing the spellbinding tradition right up to his latest release. Woke Up In A Strange Place reverberates with the reader long after the last word is read. ...more
Having read all of Alan Chin’s books, I can honestly say that “Simple Treasures” is perhaps my favorite. Alan Chin always tells a story with a uniqueHaving read all of Alan Chin’s books, I can honestly say that “Simple Treasures” is perhaps my favorite. Alan Chin always tells a story with a unique perspective, usually gleaned from a personal reference, and his characters are never the norm. Rather they are fully dimensional individuals who function within their stories as if it’s not a narrative but a reality within a book that one is reading.
With “Simple Treasures,” Mr. Chin takes us on a catharsis of sorts, introducing us to Simple, a Shoshone Indian who has just been released from an institution. Simple goes to work for a hard edged old man named Emmett, who’s dying from cancer after a lifetime of drinking and rough living. Simple’s job is to care for Emmett in his final days. Only Simple finds that Emmett’s world is shared by a grandson named Jude. Jude is a gay young man who sloughs around in Goth attire and generally doesn’t have a lot to do with his grandfather, and the sentiment is not one sided either.
As Simple gets to know Emmett and Jude, he finds his feelings for both of them begin to evolve in ways he didn’t think possible. While he plans to help Emmett set his spirit free through an ancient Indian ritual he also cannot deny that he and Jude are growing closer, physically as well as emotionally. As Simple strives to give both of his companions the closure and the freedom they each crave, he learns to give himself the same latitude.
“Simple Treasures” was a delight to read and the message it imparts does not end along with the book. As with Alan’s other works, this one has a lesson that will remain with its readers long after the story is told. Well done....more
Bestselling author Rick R. Reed returns with a new novel that takes us back in time to 1991, at the height of the AIDS epidemic, and this talented scrBestselling author Rick R. Reed returns with a new novel that takes us back in time to 1991, at the height of the AIDS epidemic, and this talented scribe has crafted another tale that is practically impossible to put down.
"Caregiver" is the story of Dan and Mark, a young couple with problems mostly brought about by Mark's cocaine addiction. They've recently relocated to Florida from Chicago, in an attempt to distance Mark from the temptations brought about by being too close to his drug buddies. The issues Mark faces while trying to maintain his sobriety are only one in a myriad of difficulties that the couple grapples with while Dan looks for a job and the pair try to adjust to the change in dynamics of their lives.
In his spare time, Dan finds a new calling by volunteering as a "buddy" to AIDS patients at a local clinic. Adam is the young man to whom he's assigned and while struggling with his own problems at home Dan becomes attached to Adam, although in only a platonic sense. Dan also meets Adam's partner, Sullivan, who is not altogether comfortable with the appearance of Dan into his life but Adam's dependence on his new "buddy" is such that Sullivan doesn't interfere.
As Mark inevitably falls off the wagon and resumes his cocaine habit, Dan is left to deal not only with the feelings of betrayal and fear that he thought he'd left behind in Chicago, but also with Adam's seemingly self destructive behavior and a growing attraction to the aloof Sullivan that cannot be denied.
Rick R. Reed is a man who has proven his talent in more than one genre of literature. With :Caregiver" he shares his adeptness at involving his readers with characters in trouble as well as bringing in the human touch that sets his work apart from his peers. This is a book which will resonate with anyone who lived through the AIDS epidemic of the late eighties and early nineties, as everyone was touched in some way by the horrors of that era, but it is the eternal tenacity of the human spirit that Reed imparts in such a meaningful way with "Caregiver." ...more
One of the most prolific authors of the past decade, Rick R. Reed has had major successes in almost every genre of fiction. From horror novels that riOne of the most prolific authors of the past decade, Rick R. Reed has had major successes in almost every genre of fiction. From horror novels that rival Stephen King and Anne Rice to LGBT fare, Reed continually satisfies his fans with one hit after another.
His latest release is "Chaser." It is the story of Caden, a gay man who finds the chubby guys sexy, and his desire for Kevin, who he meets in a public bathroom. After initially failing to attract Kevin’s attention, Caden succeeds in getting together with the object of his affections. Kevin is everything he’s been looking for and their chemistry together is undeniable. But “happily-ever-after” hits a few bumps in the road.
Caden has to go away for a few weeks and when he gets home he finds things not as left them. Kevin has shed his extra poundage and become the kind of guy his shallow friend Bobby thinks he should be. But Caden loves him. And now he has to decide if the new and improved Kevin is the guy of his dreams after all.
Another page-turning pleaser, "Chaser" is one hundred percent Rick R. Reed. The author delivers on every level with this one and his fans will be thrilled with this new modern romance. Reed keeps hitting the right notes with each successive release. "Chaser: is destined to become one of his most popular offerings. A real winner all around. ...more
Every now and then, I read a book that resonates with me on more than one level. A book that stays with me after I've finished it and I keep replayingEvery now and then, I read a book that resonates with me on more than one level. A book that stays with me after I've finished it and I keep replaying certain scenes again in my mind. Such is the case with "Well With My Soul." Novelist Gregory G. Allen has created a modern masterpiece with this tale of two brothers, one gay and the other straight, whose lives over a period of fifteen years are told through their own voices. How one entwines with the other while they live their respective realities, and the choices they make which propel them into their futures toward destinations neither thought would be their fate.
In this outstanding novel, Allen writes with the experience of one who has lived the lives he's relating through his characters. While the commonality of the human condition applies to all of us on certain levels, the indivuduality of the people we are intrinsically to become gives each one of us a perspective that is unique, touching, and ultimately ours and ours alone. The characters in "Well With My Soul" are much more than just characters in a book; they become more like three dimensional people who might just live next door to you, whose stories you would love to know but in reality will likely never get the chance, and an ending to one chapter is always the beginning of another.
I can highly recommend both "Well With My Soul" and its outstanding author. Get to know Gregory G. Allen through his website, his social media outlets, and his other works of literature. Enriching lives in what any good writer should be about, and with entries like this one Greg is already making his mark. 5 Big Stars....more
Following the success of his stunning debut novel, "Songs For The New Depression,: author Kergan Edwards-Stout returns with an anthology of short storFollowing the success of his stunning debut novel, "Songs For The New Depression,: author Kergan Edwards-Stout returns with an anthology of short stories called "Gifts Not Yet Given." And it is another page-turner from this talented scribe.
Each story is centered around a holiday but this is not a book for holiday reading only. The stories and settings run the gamut in terms of seasonal and personal meaning. The book is brimming with characters you’ll love not only because they’re so well written but also you’ll know someone in your own life who could be almost every one of these folks. While “A Doris Day Christmas” and “The Stepping Stone” are personal favorites contained herein, each entry is a masterpiece unto itself. The stories are written with a deft hand by an author who knows how to entertain his audience.
Very few writers can touch a reader’s heart but Kergan Edwards-Stout knows how to do just that. "Gifts Not Yet Given" easily jumped onto my top ten books read in the past year and it will remain a favored selection in my library. With so many writers competing in the literary world today, it takes a true author to rise above the pack, and Mr. Edwards-Stout is one of those few gifted storytellers. 5 Stars. ...more
Writer Gabe Berman’s debut work is something from which most everyone can benefit. "Live Like A Fruit Fly" is one of the best self-help books I thinkWriter Gabe Berman’s debut work is something from which most everyone can benefit. "Live Like A Fruit Fly" is one of the best self-help books I think I’ve ever read. The book’s real allure is that is that points out things we all should already know but which so many people overlook during their day to day existence.
Sharing his own journey from A to B, Gabe gives us a look inside what drove him to eventually leave behind the role he had chosen in life and to embrace the identity which defines him. He takes us through a plethora of life experiences which he came to look back on with something akin to awe as he realized the path he was longing to take was right there for him, and all he had to do was set his feet upon it.
One thing I really enjoyed about "Live Like A Fruit Fly" is the manner in which it reminded me of my own journey. I saw many parallels in his experience and mine; some of which I didn’t even wholly recognize until I saw them in print. Leaving behind a life less lived for one that nourishes the soul takes courage, and Gabe points out the pitfalls that many fall into while also giving meaningful directives in how to avoid them. Furthermore, he makes it very clear that the road isn’t all that off course from the mundane.
Witty dialogue, insightful recollections, and more than a few pop culture references enhance the book’s value. It is relatable without being preachy. "Live Like A Fruit Fly" also shines a light on how important it is to be ongoingly grateful for the blessings one receives. It doesn’t downplay the obstacles that life puts in our way, nor does it decry the issues that people face when choosing to live their best life, but it makes one thing very clear: Be the person you were born to be. ...more
The incomparable Arthur Wooten returned to print with Fruit Cocktail, the sequel to his popular debut novel On Picking Fruit. It’s not often that oneThe incomparable Arthur Wooten returned to print with Fruit Cocktail, the sequel to his popular debut novel On Picking Fruit. It’s not often that one enjoys a sequel as much as the first novel in a series but with Fruit Cocktail, Mr. Wooten has achieved this admirably.
Curtis Jenkins, our hero from On Picking Fruit, has found himself a celebrity with his book 101 Ways to Collide into Your Gay Soul Mate. Yet he hasn’t collided with his yet, in spite of the book’s success. Curtis sets out on a book tour and along for the ride are his flamboyant mother Mrs. J. and his best friend Quinn, who’s a character worthy of a novel unto himself on his own. As is often the case, Curtis discovers a lot during his tour, through his many adventures and with the help of his supporting cast, and chiefly among these discoveries is a sense of himself that will endure whether he finds his Mr. Right, or not.
My next question for the author of Birthday Pie is when will we meet Curtis again? Come on, Mr. Wooten. The third book in this series is greatly anticipated.
A classic! Arthur Wooten has turned Fruit Cocktail into haute cuisine!...more