DUELING PUMPKINS

It all started with this picture of me and Noah Willoughby and the following words, “It’s That Magikal Pumpkin Time of the Year!

Pumpkin lattes and splitting a pumpkin scone. We got the second to last one and it’s not even noon! And for all you sillys that don’t like pumpkin, don’t complain about it. Just don’t eat/drink them! More for me! Give me pumpkin or give me death! WHO’S WITH ME IN LIVING ALL THINGS PUMPKIN??”

I posted that picture with these…

Over 50 people “liked” that post and it turned out quite a few people joined us in the “liking” of “all things” pumpkin!

That gave me and Noah the idea of Dueling Pumpkins. We would have a duel, each day taking turns posting pumpkin/pumpkin spice products real (and maybe not-so-real?). There will really be no winner. Our goal was to entertain you. And while Noah has the most excellent Photoshopping skills, I have some loyal readers who started sending me pictures on the down-low! LOL! So here we go, those pictures starting on October 1st and going on to Halloween.

So tell me! Which of these are real. Which are not so real? Is there a winner? Let me know!
(I’ll update this each day for those who don’t follow on Facebook!)

DAY 1: From Noah with these words: Continue reading

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Re-Blog: Montreal’s Penis Temple (NSFW!)

Here’s an interesting…piece. What do you think of this one?

Montreal’s Penis Temple Dedicated To Every Member (NSFW)

At the Temple of Priapus, all church members worship members — it’s a prerequisite.

The pagan temple began in San Francisco in the 1970s as a tribute to Priapus, a Greek god of fertility and the son of Dionysus and Aphrodite.

Since then, temples have opened in other cities, including Montreal, where David Francis Cassidy … Continue reading

MOVIE REVIEW: Me Him Her

What a delight! I had a wonderful time watching this movie. And there were more than a few twists.

Good acting. Even excellent acting. And jokes that build. Including one about rum and coke with jaeger. You have to watch to get it.

I wasn’t sure at first. Seemed pretty low budget. But I kept watching and oh am I glad that I did! I laughed and got more and more drawn into the story. And impressed over and over with what they managed to do.

And they threw me off! Because who I expected the story to be about wasn’t really who the movie was about. Was that a spoiler?

Dustin Milligan was so much fun as the straight best friend. And pretty hot too. Luke Bracey was pretty good as the star, a man who is a huge hit on an action television show and must figure out what to do when he realizes he is gay. Emily Meade is wonderful as the lesbian who realizes she might be bisexual. Geena Davis and Scott Bakula are in this movie! And small as the parts were, the two of them were awesome! Angela Sarafyan was truly scary fun as the psychotic lesbian ex-girlfriend. Jake McDorman, although he didn’t get much to do, really was a delight when we finally meet him (he’s the guy who kisses Luke and makes him realize that he’s gay—this happens before the movie and is not a spoiler). I loved love loved Rebecca Drysdale as the lesbian friend.

Don’t miss this movie. In a world of crappy “gay movies,” don’t miss this one.

And wonder at the end if it was a gay movie!

I am saying no more!

(special note, I posted this review to IMBD some time ago, but can’t find the review here or on Facebook and I really wanted people to see it!)

FURRY FRIDAY: The Furry Faced Men from Dreamspinner Press

In honor of the recent Dreamspinner Press Author’s Workshop, which Noah and I just recently returned from, I decided today’s bearded men would come from the covers of Dreamspinner Press books! And there are some great covers, featuring some very hot men, representing some wonderful novels of men falling in love…with other men!

So check out these handsome men, decide if you like the furry ones or the cleaned faced ones, read the cover blurbs, and who knows? Maybe you might even want to read the books! They’re great books! Books by wonderful authors with names like Charlie Cochet, Wade Kelly, Rick R. Reed, JP Barnaby, Rhys Ford, Jeff Adams, BG Thomas (hey! That’s me! LOL!), Noah Willoughby and Andrew Grey. And if you like something besides hot men, you might just consider giving some of these books and authors a try….

TRIED & TRUE

When THIRDS agent Dexter J. Daley met Team Leader Sloane Brodie, he couldn’t have imagined how slamming into his new partner—literally—would shake both their worlds. Now four years later, they’ve faced dangers, fought battles both personal and professional… and fallen deeply in love. Now their big moment is finally in sight, and they’re ready to stand up together and make it official. Unfortunately, as the countdown to their big day begins, an enemy declares war on the THIRDS….

With their family in danger, Dex and Sloane are put to the test on how far into darkness they’ll walk to save those they love. As secrets are unearthed, a deadly betrayal is revealed, and Dex and Sloane must call on their Destructive Delta family for one last hurrah to put an end to the secret organization responsible for so much devastation.

Dex and Sloane will have plenty of bullets to dodge on the way to the altar, but with happiness within their grasp, they are determined to get there come hell or high water….

Cover Artist: L.C. Chase

BUY LINKS:
Dreamspinner Press Link
Amazon Link

NAMES CAN NEVER HURT ME

What if sexuality wasn’t a definable thing and labels merely got in the way?

Nick Jones can’t remember a time when he wasn’t part of the in crowd. Everywhere he goes, he stands out as the best looking guy in the room, and women practically fall into bed with him. Then, after kissing Corey on a dare led to much more and on many occasions, Nick’s “screw anything” reputation escalated, but he didn’t care.

When Nick meets RC at the restaurant where he works, it throws his whole life out of whack. RC lives up to his dubbed nickname “Scruffy Dude.” He seems Nick’s complete opposite, but Nick can’t get him out of his head.

Because of peer-pressure and his fears about defining his sexuality, Nick struggles with stepping out of his comfort zone and caring about someone different than himself. If he’s lucky, somewhere between arrogance and ignorance, Nick might find out what it means to be an adult, but if he’s wrong, he could lose everything.

Cover Artist: Christy Caughie

BUY LINKS:
Dreamspinner Press Link
Amazon Link

LEGALLY WED

Love comes along when you least expect it. That’s what Duncan Taylor’s sister, Scout, tells him. Scout has everything Duncan wants—a happy life with a wonderful husband. Now that Seattle has made gay marriage legal, Duncan knows he can have the same thing. But when he proposes to his boyfriend Tucker, he doesn’t get the answer he hoped for. Tucker’s refusal is another misstep in a long line of failed romances. Despairing, Duncan thinks of all the loving unions in his life—and how every one of them is straight. Maybe he could be happy, if not sexually compatible, with a woman. When zany, gay-man-loving Marilyn Samples waltzes into his life, he thinks he may have found his answer.

Determined to settle, Duncan forgets his sister’s wisdom about love and begins planning a wedding with Marilyn. But life throws Duncan a curveball. When he meets wedding planner Peter Dalrymple, unexpected sparks ignite. Neither man knows how long he can resist his powerful attraction to the other. For sure, there’s a wedding in the future. But whose?

Cover Artist: Anne Cain

BUY LINKS:
Dreamspinner Press Link
Amazon Link

BEN

A Survivor Story

From her perch on a shelf above my bed, the doll accuses me with lifeless eyes of failing Juliette in the most heinous way imaginable, forcing me to crave the bite of his whip and the steel in his voice to drown out the ache in my chest.

For his entire life, Benjamin Martin’s parents drilled into his head that he must watch out for his little sister, but one horrific night, he failed. Now, the bite of a whip, cuffs digging into his wrists, his arms and legs stretched beyond endurance, these things give him what he needs to forget his sister’s violent death, at least for a while.

When Ben’s latest Dom casts him aside like a broken toy, he manipulates his best friend, Jude Archer, into picking up the pieces. Jude has been in love with Ben for years, but his fantasies about his friend never included whipping him. He doesn’t understand why Ben needs BDSM and he worries about Ben’s addiction. Most of all, he fears losing his humanity because he’s already lost himself in Ben. When he’s forced to trade the marks upon his soul for the pain that ravages Ben, Jude learns the real definition of submission.

Cover Artist: AngstyG

BUY LINKS:
Dreamspinner Press Link
Amazon Link

REBEL

415 Ink: Book One

The hardest thing a rebel can do isn’t standing up for something—it’s standing up for himself.

Life takes delight in stabbing Gus Scott in the back when he least expects it. After Gus spends years running from his past, present, and the dismal future every social worker predicted for him, karma delivers the one thing Gus could never—would never—turn his back on: a son from a one-night stand he’d had after a devastating breakup a few years ago.

Returning to San Francisco and to 415 Ink, his family’s tattoo shop, gave him the perfect shelter to battle his personal demons and get himself together… until the firefighter who’d broken him walked back into Gus’s life.

For Rey Montenegro, tattoo artist Gus Scott was an elusive brass ring, a glittering prize he hadn’t the strength or flexibility to hold on to. Severing his relationship with the mercurial tattoo artist hurt, but Gus hadn’t wanted the kind of domestic life Rey craved, leaving Rey with an aching chasm in his soul.

When Gus’s life and world starts to unravel, Rey helps him pick up the pieces, and Gus wonders if that forever Rey wants is more than just a dream.

Cover Artist: Reece Notley

BUY LINKS:
Dreamspinner Press Link
Amazon Link

SOMEWHERE ON MACKINAC

How far would you go for the man of your dreams?

Now that he’s single, Chicago businessman Jordan Monroe can finally take his long-desired trip to Mackinac Island for the Somewhere In Time fan celebration weekend. On the first day, Jordan finds himself attracted to Miles Colter, a handsome local stable owner who is giving horseback tours of film locations.

Jordan is surprised and charmed that Miles pursues him. When Jordan learns the stable is in trouble, he wants to help despite Miles’s resistance. As their relationship grows personally and professionally, Jordan dreads the issues that face them—an ex who won’t let him go, the complications of a long-distance relationship, and a secret he knows he shouldn’t be keeping.

Can Jordan and Miles find a way to forge a love as timeless as the romance in their favorite film?

Cover Artist: Alexandria Corza

BUY LINKS:
Dreamspinner Press Link
Amazon Link

ORANGE

Frank Sinclair believes only in the visceral, the real, what he can touch and taste. After all, his mother left him when he was five years old, so how can love exist? His next sexual conquest is what makes his world go around, not romance and happily ever after. The hot guy he sees working along the highway in an orange jumpsuit fuels his bad-boy fantasies. Coincidentally, the guy shows up at the gas station across the street from his apartment building, and you can bet he’s going to take his shot.

Roy Ingalls is his bad-boy parolee in orange, and he’s ready and oh-so-willing to be Frank’s next conquest. But Roy isn’t quite the bad boy he seems—deep down he’s sweet, naïve… and the most intoxicating man Frank has ever met.

The sex is the best of their lives, but can a man who mistrusts love and another who isn’t ready to admit he’s actually gay ever move beyond friends with benefits?

Cover Artist: Cover Photograph by Suntown Photography; Cover Design by Paul Richmond

BUY LINKS:
Dreamspinner Press Link
Amazon Link

MELE KALIKIMAKA

Being rich has its advantages, but it is also rife with suffocating pressures and family telling Chandler Buckingham how to live his life. When his assistant offers to help him escape the mounting obligations of the holiday season by running away to Hawaii, Chandler jumps at the chance. Only to find nothing is quite as he’d expected.

Micah Keolu has lived in Hawaii all his life. He has to work two jobs and has little time for a social life, but his loving family and the island beauty around him have given him a heart as big as the ocean. And then one day he rescues a man trapped in an elevator in the building where Micah lives and works maintenance.

The unexpected happens as they find themselves drawn together, only to learn there is more to each other than meets the eye. Can two men from very different worlds find a way to enrich each other’s lives? Maybe the magic of the holidays just might bring them lasting joy!

A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2016 Advent Calendar “Bah Humbug.”

Cover Artist: Catt Ford

BUY LINKS:
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Amazon Link

NEW TRICKS

In matters of the heart, there’s no such thing as business as usual.

Thomas Stepford spent years building a very successful business and now at thirty-nine, he wants a quieter life. With his parents needing help, he decides to return home. He can’t get away from business completely and needs an assistant—but the man who is hired isn’t quite what he had in mind.

Brandon Wilson, the ink on his degree barely dry, needs a job, and his mother helps him get one as Mr. Stepford’s assistant. Thomas doesn’t seem to remember, but Brandon worked mowing the stunningly attractive older man’s lawn years ago. Thomas was Brandon’s teenage fantasy, and now he’s Brandon’s boss.

Thomas and Brandon are both determined to keep their relationship strictly business, but the old attraction is still there. They learn to work together even as the tension between them reaches the boiling point. But just as they start to surrender, Thomas’s old life in New York calls him. Even if he resists that pull, can their newfound relationship survive when Brandon receives the call of his dreams… from Hollywood?

Cover Artist: Adrian Nicholas

Available Now For Pre-Order!
BUY LINKS:

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Amazon Link

I hope you like today’s Furry Friday. It’s a bit different than anything I’ve done, and it features what is so important to me in my life today. My writing. The writing of one of my two husbands. The writing of dear friends and associates. And Dreamspinner Press. I also hope I’ve intrigued anyone who is in this for the hairy men and who haven’t read any gay romances. I think you’ll be happy that it did!

Namasté,
BG “Ben” Thomas

And if you want, vote on your favorite covers!

Batman Goes Full Frontal in New Comic Book!

Well it seems that the Batman, in the new graphic novel Batman: Damned, has a full frontal nude. Who would have thought such a thing? Sure lots of fans though the years have drawn him nude, but to be in an official DC Comic? Well that is a horse, in this case a bat, of a different color.

Here is what Vice, an online newszine has to say….

As Martin Scorsese and Joaquin Phoenix prepare to flip the story of the Joker upside-down, a new Batman comic book reveals a new, darker side of the Dark Knight: the inside of his tights. Bruce Wayne’s semi-flaccid member is revealed, lurking in the shadows of his exposed crotch, in a panel midway through the debut of a three-issue miniseries called Damned. Much like the World’s Greatest Detective stalking a criminal, it’s a dick so sneaky you might miss it….

And while this blog is all about romance, there aren’t too many of you out there against seeing a little flesh (or in this case, paint?). And because I feel it is my duty, here I am passing the panels from the comic on to you. Because 1) DC has edited out the batbits on the downloadable version, and 2) DC is editing them out of the second printing, and 3) I’m a nice guy and down want those interested in missing them….  Continue reading

A STORY TO MELT YOUR HEART (A Re-Blog For You)

I found this and had to share it. Boy, has the world changed. People go on and on about how horrible this world has become, but as I have said a million times, you see what you look for. I see stories like this and my heart swells with joy. I could never have done something like what you are going to read here. The world is a better and better place all the time, especially if we have reached a time where two boys this young can know who they are, and express their love….

This Love Story of High School Swimmer and Football Captain will Melt Your Icy Heart

Hunter Sigmund – a swimmer at John Burroughs School, a private prep school in Missouri – appeared to have his shit well and truly together. “But internally, I was a mess,” he informs. Despite getting killer grades, Hunter had zero confidence and constantly tried to act straight around his peers until he ended up isolating himself.

The one day, at a Labor Day party in 2016, Sigmund decided to confide his secret in a classmate. Jake Bain, the head of the football team, had come out earlier that year and while had been met with his own obstacles in coming out, was an ear for Hunter. And thus Hunter took the opportunity to chew it off in a two-hour conversation. One of them D&Ms (deep and meaningfuls), when you’re licked at a party, init.

“After years of trying to suppress my sexuality and the pain associated with my fear of coming out, I felt freed,” Sigmund writes in Outsports. “Being my entire, unfiltered self for a night with Jake gave me a glimpse of the other side. The side that was filled with happiness, support, and love.”

Jake and Hunter then became boyfriends, with Jake turning up to Hunter’s swim-meets to support him. His swim team soon figured out that the two were an item, and offered their acceptance and support too.

When Jake initially came out, he was met with a protest from the tired-ass homophobes at the Westboro church. But the protesters were met with anti-protest protestors, compiled of over 100 students, friends and family who supported him.

Jake and Hunter then went on to go to four dances at their school as a couple.

“We have been the only openly gay couple at Burroughs since I’ve been here, but it isn’t a problem at all at our school. People treat us the same,” wrote Hunter.

“It is nice to be able to go to prom with whoever you want and not have to worry about what other people might think.”

The two now attend colleges in different states, but talk regularly. We certainly hope a little distance doesn’t get in the way of this adorable couple – they’ve overcome a fair bit already!

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HELP!! I SERIOUSLY NEED SOME ADVICE!

HELP!! I SERIOUSLY NEED SOME ADVICE!

*“Girl, are you blind?”
The unmistakable feminine voice came from Randal, one of the waiters and….*

A week ago I did something I often do. I give readers a chance to add a phrase or joke or something to my story. Sometimes it’s name the cat or give me a rock group kids listen to nowadays. Then if I use the suggestion, I list them in my “Thanks” section at the end of the book!

This time I asked for people to switch men’s names—Louis to Louise, etc—for a story in which a group of bitchy A Gays are camping it up over cocktails. Immediately I got some good ones! Very funny.

But something else happened as well! I got hit with a small avalanche of accusations that I was a sexist and a misogynist. *Me!* Who has basically had Continue reading