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03Jun/22

Marcus James

June 3, 2022

It gives us great pleasure to welcome Marcus James as the guest on Season 7, Episode 22 – Marcus James + Our Look at Queer Themes in the Star Trek Series!

Marcus James joins us to share his novel about sex, revenge, deceit, and affluenza – Where the Vile Things Are! Then Baz and Vance discuss queerness through the Star Trek series!

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Marcus James has been writing since the age of 5. At 17 he finished his first novel, and at 19 he was signed with his first literary agent. He’s been published in a dozen anthologies, and has published nine of his own novels – all of them varied and wonderful, filled with complex and engrossing people.

Marcus’ experience with conversion therapy at the age of 14 led to a lifelong activism for LGBTQ rights and sharing his story to help end clinical conversion therapy in Washington state.

He’s a horror FANATIC, and loves to cook. Marcus also loves his pets, history, music & live shows, and drinking champagne till he can’t take the bubbles anymore! Through his novels he hopes to always show that everyone can be a hero, everyone can save the world, even a fem gay boy with a swish in his step!

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25Feb/22

Romeo Preminger

February 25, 2022

It gives us great pleasure to welcome Romeo Preminger back as the guest on Season 7, Episode 08 – All The Drama Is Intentional!

Romeo Preminger returns to share The Arizona Series, a gay southern gothic set in Aacadiana of the 1980s. We discuss writing historical fiction in an era we lived through and some thoughts on queer literature today.

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He goes by Romeo because he likes writing steamy gay stories while working a much less steamy day job. Romeo has been called the “master of the romantic thriller.” He’s the author of over two dozen books and e-novelettes, including the branded thriller series: Guilty Pleasures Editions. His latest project is the Arizona series, a gay Southern Gothic set in 1980s Louisiana. It just hit stores at the start of the year.

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August 7, 2020

It gives us great pleasure to welcome Romeo Preminger as the guest on Episode 280 – Brought Me To My Knees A Couple Times!

Romeo Preminger shares his hot new erotic thriller, The Manny, that hits stores this week! We also dive into his self-publishing adventure and share some laughs along the way.

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He goes by Romeo because he likes the freedom to write gay romantic smut without losing his day job. So he has to be a bit cagey in his bio, but he does love interacting with readers.

Romeo’s been writing stories about gay sex pretty much since he popped his first boner dreaming about the cute boys who tormented him in junior high. Now later in life, he’s sharing that dirty imagination with the world.

However, it’s not all sex. He’s fascinated by the psychology and emotionality of gay relationships, and he thinks the truth is that love and attraction can be a hot mess. When two men get together, it’s triumphant, transcendent, and life-affirming while also scalding, stupefying and even enraging at times. That’s the kind of relationships he writes about because the journey to happily-ever-after isn’t all pretty, and when it comes to love stories, the more drama the better, right?

Romeo’s married to a great guy, and he believes in happily-ever-after.

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18Feb/22

Gemma Johns

February 18, 2022

It gives us great pleasure to welcome Gemma Johns as the guest on Season 7, Episode 07 – It Kept Me Up All Night!

Gemma Johns brings the three novels she wrote during the pandemic onto our show: A Marriage Sabbatical, Similar Features, and Shaken Worlds, proving she is a multi-genre powerhouse of an author to watch!

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Gemma Johns spent her childhood writing stories, but her sister told her she couldn’t get published until she’d actually lived a little. Many years later, Gemma has lived… a lot! She writes across a variety of genres – from romance to drama and domestic suspense. Gemma lives in Australia with her wife and their children, in a very busy household.

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17Oct/16

Review of The Role by Richard Taylor Pearson

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We were lucky enough to have Richard Taylor Pearson on the show earlier this year. Listen to his interview and find out more about his work right here! 059: Moments of Otherworldly Treasures

REVIEW

Mason Burroughs is the ambitious actor about to give up on his dream after repeated setbacks, when luck and a chance meeting lands him the role of a lifetime. Soon he is working opposite an old flame who can still make his heart race, and taking instruction from a border-line psychotic director who forces him to get deeper into the role than he is comfortable with. When he begins to enjoy his new-found responsibilities, his relationship with Eric, the love of his life, begins to crumble.

Don’t be fooled by other reviews saying this book is “steamy.” It isn’t particularly, but what you do get is a detailed look at what it takes to be an actor on Broadway, told through the story of Mason Burroughs, a nondescript-looking guy with an okay talent who probably wouldn’t have made it big, if it wasn’t for a lucky break. He meets Kevin, a crush from way back, now successful, devastatingly handsome, and keen to mould Mason into a worthy foil for his brilliance.

Ambition begins to cloud Mason’s judgement as he is moulded into shape by a variety of expertly-drawn characters, some who veer dangerously towards caricature but as this is the stage, dahling, they are probably bang-on accurate. There’s a director who does everything but twirl his cloak and go “mwah ha ha!” The bitchy understudy with his eyes firmly on Mason’s role (shades of All About Eve) and a distinctly strange personal trainer, who shapes Mason’s cuddly bod into that of a Greek god.

Mason’s love interest, Eric, was conveniently out of the way for most of it, being a computer game designer working on a major new project. I was torn between wanting to shout at Mason for abandoning him, and reasoning that he needs to follow his dream. Kevin, the hunk of lurve copping a feel or slipping Mason the tongue at every opportunity during their love scenes, adds to Mason’s torment. Mason loves Eric, but Kevin (Kevin? Really?) is just so H-O-T! I didn’t think he was, to be honest. He came over as a manipulative, entitled brat, who I wanted to slap every time he had page space. I think the author wanted to make him sympathetic at the end, but he didn’t succeed. I did like the way he made Alex (the understudy) a nice person under all the sass, but it came a bit too little, too late for me.

Although I felt the plot could have been tightened up a little, I really enjoyed this book. The author knows his subject and loves it, and has created a keyhole look at a world that people on the outside think is so glamorous, but is in fact full of egos, back-stabbers and sheer hard graft. He didn’t try to dress it up, or make it something it wasn’t. It was a convincing piece of fiction, about people that, sometimes, it was hard to like. I particularly didn’t like the three main characters, but that didn’t stop me from wanting to read about them. That takes skill.