So a bunch of cool things is going on right now and I will just fill you in quick.
The first thing is that Dreamspinner Press has a BIG sale going on right now! In honor of ebook week, Dreamspinner Press is offering 20% off on all titles. Rush right over there.
In something fun for me, I have PAPERBACK copies of the anthologies Riding Double (with my story The Real Thing) and Never Say Never (with my story Secret Valentine).
There is something incredibly exciting about holding a book in your hands and knowing you are in it. That your story is right there, before you eyes. Thrilling experience! I recommend it highly.
And the anthology This is the Way the World Ends with my vampire story should be out soon – in paperback!
I recently submitted a story called How Can Love Be Wrong? to Dreamspinner for their 2011 Daily Dose “First Time for Everything.” I am proud of this story, more than you can know, and hope to tell you soon that they bought it! I wrote a version of this story years ago and loved it and never sold it and couldn’t figure out why. Dug it out and gave it a good honest read and SAW why! LOL! It needed work. To be fair to me, the biggest problem with the story was the word count contraint set forth by gay magazines. I had to leave so much out and focus on sex. Not what I like to do. That concept is why I stopped writing for a decade.
Well, now the story is over three times as long! I added over ten thousand words and WOW – I think it is much better. A pre-review said it was now a “Cracking good read,” which I think is a good thing. Aussie slang!
I am hard at work on a story about a Dude Ranch and I think it may very well be the best thing I’ve ever written. I will keep you informed as it progresses.
Next is that Desert Crossing is on Dreamspinner’s novella best selling list! *does the Snoopy Dance*
Not only that, but it got an amazing review over at Jessewave, just one of the best M/M review sites there is. Feliz had some great things to say that just had me so happy it was hard to believe. WONDERFUL! The reviewer knew point by point everything I wanted and needed to say in that story and it was incredibly rewarding to know that I must have said it or he wouldn’t have gotten it, right? *G*
Thank you Feliz!
You can read that review by clicking right here or this copy of the review by reading below…
Title: Desert Crossing
Author: BG Thomas
Genre: Contemporary m/m, Bittersweet Dreams
Rating: 4.25 out of 5 stars
A Guest Review by Feliz
Summary Review: A chance encounter with a stranger changes Callum’s view of himself and helps him make an all-important decision.
The Blurb: When Callum’s mother asks him to visit for her birthday, she unwittingly comes to his rescue. Callum is a broken and unhappy man, emotionally abused by his lover to the point of feeling worthless, alone, and without hope. But during his trip, while passing through the Salt Lake Desert, Callum picks up a hitchhiker named Danny, who shows him that life is full of wonder and blessings. He’s on the verge of believing in himself again, but can he really make a new life for himself by jumping from the arms of one man into another’s?
The Review: The story begins with Callum driving home to his native Midwest from San Francisco, where he lives with his partner of ten years, David. Callum is on his own, since David didn’t want to accompany him, and so he has ample time for pondering David and what seems be wrong between them. At first, David’s habit of bringing strangers into their relationship at once scared and excited naturally rather shy Callum. Recently, though, their “open relationship” has turned, or so it seems, into something like carte blanche for cheating – mostly used by David, since Callum feels uncomfortable sleeping around behind David’s back. Callum knows he’s unhappy, but he can’t see a way to fix this. He considers himself unattractive and fat, and he’s come to resign himself to putting up with David’s cheating, since he is convinced that nobody but David would want him anyway, and that being with an unfaithful partner is better than being alone.
Right in the middle of the Salt Lake Desert, a stranger approaches Callum, asking for a ride. Although Callum is wary at first, he’s soon glad he took Dan, who is the embodiment of everything Callum finds attractive in a man. As they get to know each other, talking during the long hours of driving, Callum learns that there is more to David than his handsome face and toned body. Slowly, David’s worldly and spiritual wisdom starts a process of insight within Callum. Dan puts Callum’s muted suffering into words . Through Dan’s help, Callum comes to realize that he’s a person in his own right, that he can make his own decisions, and that the only person who can break the dark spell David cast over his life is he, Callum, himself.
In a way, this story was a road movie where Callum and Dan got to know each other over the course of the three days they spend together. This happens in a way which is very fitting their characterizations. We’re in Callum’s head throughout the story, and so he is the best-drawn character. I Callum is a victim of emotional (and most probably, also sexual) abuse from his partner David, and I found this portrayed in a heartbreakingly realistic way. It was beautiful to watch how he came to take a new look at things with Dan’s help.
Although David isn’t physically present, his personality plays a big role in this story. Initially, David’s voice almost drowns out Callum’s own thoughts – but it fades, the more Callum’s self – perception heals. I liked it that David wasn’t only pictured as demonic abuser, though. Callum remembers things about David he’s grateful for, too, and I could clearly see why Callum would fall for David in the first place. David may have initiated the downward spiral their relationship took, but it was Callum who allowed to be dragged so deeply under as he is now.
Dan is surely the most meaningful character in this story, but also the least elaborated. We don’t get much background info on him, but get to know him mostly through his actions, just like Callum does. Although Dan helps Callum see the light, he never pushes him. On the contrary, when they finally come to consume the attraction that has been there between them almost from the moment they first met, Dan makes Callum make his own decision. Callum has to think about what he wants over and over with Dan, who never gives him an easy way out. Dan reminded me of a good teacher, or perhaps of a benevolent spiritual guide, who leads Callum with a gentle hand. Callum’s choices may not always be what others might consider ethical, or proper, but they are his choices now, and he knows he can live with them afterwards.
Desert Crossing is Callum’s quiet journey towards himself. It was a little heavy on the philosophizing at times, but this was balanced by all the heartfelt honesty. Since this is another Bittersweet Dreams title, there’s obviously not a HEA ending. I was glad , though, that the author choose to end the story the way he did. Really, a HEA would have ruined it. I’d still call it a romance, and it’s surely a love story. Although it was sad, it wasn’t a tear-jerker; there was humor, banter and eroticism, an the story even ended on a surprisingly positive note. This is a story not for everyone or for everyday either, but I’d recommend it for when you’re in the mood for a fondly drawn story of character growth with characters who will remain with you for a while.
There’s a free short story to go with this book, Desert Crossing – a Different Perspective which gives Dan’s view on the ending. You’ll receive it along with the book on purchase from DSP.
You can find Desert Crossing and everything else I’ve written by clicking right here.
Thank you all always and forever for your support!