Tails from Four Footed Friends; “Tar Dog” Gets Loving Support After Very Sad Experience

Okay! So I am starting this story I found in the Conservative Tribune with a sweet picture. A few of the others might be shocking and I want you to have the opportunity to not see them! Now none of these picture are bloody or anything like that. Just sad. The point of this story is wonderful though, and shows how very good people can be. That’s why I wanted you to see it. Find the original story ny Clicking Right Here.

“Tar Dog” Gets Loving Support After Brutal Experience
BY JOHN FALKENBERG
ON JUNE 10, 2017 AT 3:23PM

There really is no telling how one Argentinine dog found himself completely covered, head to toe, in tar. But the story of what happened afterward is worth telling again and again.

Tar is one of the stickiest substances out there — but that didn’t stop a determined group of do-gooders from cleaning that dog up and saving his little life.

The animal news-oriented website The Dodo reports that a pair of young men who found the dog wandering the streets of Lanus, Argentina, decided to do what they could to help.

The pair recognized that the damage done to the dog was far outside their abilities to relieve, and they reached out to a police officer to assist. They then got the animal to a local veterinary center, and animal rescue group Zoonosis Lanus volunteers were called in to lend a hand.

It was a daunting task — they cleaned the dog for five hours continuously. It’s a lot of work for an animal no one knew, but there was no question that this animal’s life hung in the balance.

They freed the dog from the tar that nearly took his life, although he managed to pick up a permanent memento of the incident — his name, Petro.

That’s very likely an abbreviation of the Spanish word “petrolero,” or “oil” in English.

His brown fur is able to seen now, although, The Dodo wrote mid-May, but it may take some recovery time before he can be adopted out.

Until then, here’s hoping little Petro has a speedy recovery, but it sounds like he’s already landed a pretty good life as it is — he’s got a whole country pulling for him. As The Dodo wrote: “The story of Petro’s rescue has since gone viral in Argentina with countless well-wishers lavishing praise upon those who helped him.”

Look at what two men on a street were able to do because they stood up and did something when they saw wrong.

See? I do read the news. I’m just picky which stories I open!

FURRY FRIDAY: Beards & Tattoos

So in honor of the new tattoo I got yesterday, today’s handsome bearded men also have tattoos. I dearly love a man with ink! So…manly to me. Funny, almost every characteristic I love about men because I think they are masculine attributes (in my mind), tattoos are the one thing that wouldn’t fit in my explanation of why I like what I do.

Hardwired into my sexuality as far back as I can imagine, those things I consider masculine and HAWT are characteristics that (in the United States at least) a man has that a woman doesn’t. So I have always preferred (there are exceptions) chest hair over a smooth chest. Women don’t have hairy chests, therefore somewhere in my lizard brain, I see hair chests as masculine and smooth ones as feminine. I far prefer hairy legs over smooth ones (on a man). The hairier the better. I like hairy armpits. And of course a beard. I shudder over men’s genitals. It speaks of a little boy in my limbic cortex—big time! And I’m sorry, I don’t think it makes a man’s dick look bigger if he trims down there. In fact, manscaping of any kind sort of grosses me out. And it is always so darned obvious on the chest because the hair is all exactly the same length. I like what I think of as “natural” man, the way he comes. Yes, that means I like something else down there too.

So why do I like tattoos so much? Part of it I’m sure is the art. I love art. Part might be that my dad had tats all down his arms. Part of it is that I know the pain he endured to get those tattoos, and that is certainly a masculine thing in my rudimentary brain. And no I don’t want to hear one word about, “How if men had to give birth mankind would have gone extinct a long long time ago!

Remember what turns us on is subjective. And I like what I like. And the second I saw that man who one day would be my husband my attention was grabbed as with bear claws. My husband has a beard.

So I hope you enjoy these bearded & tattooed men. And I brought back the vote feature. Because you guys seem to like it so much!

Peace!
BG “Ben” Thomas

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Happy Gay Pride Kansas City (and the Rest of the World)!

Happy Gay Pride Kansas City! And across the world!

We are celebrating over fifty years since that day a bar full of drag queens and butch dykes decided enough was enough and said, “No more!” And fought back. We are still fighting today. But we’ve come so far.

From an article from The Pitch magazine:

In 1978, when KC saw its first gay-pride event, being out and proud in this town wasn’t easy. Gay bars were still routinely raided by the cops, and Westport’s Redhead Lounge maintained a back-door entrance that could be used by schoolteachers, who could be fired if they were seen entering a venue that catered to homosexuals.

By 1984, the festival had become a half-hearted carnival in the parking lot behind the since-razed Dover Fox saloon, at 43rd Street and Main. There might have been 100 people there, and the event lasted just three hours.

2013’s Pride event in Westport, the first to be presented by the nonprofit Kansas City Diversity Coalition, attracted about 1,000 people over two days, according to estimates by several participants.

Or maybe 10 times that many people showed up? Some estimates said as many as 10,000.

…club owner and restaurateur John Koop ran Show Me Pride, which ran the festivals from 2000 through 2008. Koop says the 2007 event, in Penn Valley Park, had a budget of $200,000 and attracted 40,000 visitors.

I don’t know what attendance is now that the Gay Pride Festival has been moved to the Waterfront Park, but it is still wonderful to see so many prideful gay people.

Some people complain that Gay Pride events have forgotten about community and have become more about a big party.

But that is okay with me. I am so happy that I am allowed to party and celebrate. That isn’t what is happening in Russia right now!

And having gay pride doesn’t mean the event, right? It’s about standing up and being proud of who I am. I can say to you, “Happy Gay Pride!”

I am thrilled to see how far Humanity has come. Yes we have a long way to go….but to imagine how set in stone we were for thousands of years…and how far we’ve come in so many ways in fifty years is pretty incredible. For gays, the differently abled, women, children, diversification, transgender people and so much more.

Remember that what we can concieve, we recieve. Don’t be angry today. Celebrate today (or whenever). Focus on the lack and that is what you will see, lack. Focus on the good and more good will come.

And that is what I am choosing in my heart to celebrate.

I’m legally married!

I am out at work!

I am out as a gay romance writer!

Wow!

Yes indeed, “Happy Gay Pride everyone!”

I hope you look back years from now and remember this year’s Pride as a wonderful and powerful month! That maybe changed your whole life!

Namaste,
BG “Ben” Thomas

Furry Friday: Bring on the Bearded MM Romance Authors: Part Two

And here we go…! Part Deux of the bearded MM Romance writers! Last Friday (Click Here) it was Rick R. Reed, Rob Damon, Andrew Grey, Jacob Flores, F.E. Feeley Jr. and Jamie Fessenden. This week it’s…. Well, you’ll just have to scroll down and look! But I bet at least a few of these are writers you really love. And maybe they’ll be one or two you didn’t know about!

Want more? Then point out your favorite male authors…who have beards…and let me know! In fact, if you chat with them, tell them to wave at me. I would love to include them here.

Until next time!
Namasté,
Ben

Max Voss

Brandon Witt

Noah Willoughby

Frank Butterfield

TJ Klune

B.G. Thomas

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AND HERE IS SOME INFORMATION ABOUT THE HANDSOME BEARDED AUTHORS ABOVE AND A BOOK THEY WANT YOU TO KNOW ABOUT!

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Max Voss
Max Vos is a classically trained chef with over 30 years of food service experience. After retiring in 2011, Max found himself with time on his hands and was urged to turn his talents to writing. ‘Cooking English’, a short story, was his first published work, and since then Ravenous Romance have published five more of his short stories. His first novel, P.O.W. was released October, 2013 with MLR Press. His second novel, My Hero was a best seller and has just been recently been released in French. You will find everything in a Max Vos story. From sweet and sexy, even raunchy, to powerful, raw and gritty–something for all tastes.

This is his newest novel, Play Chopin for Me!

After a devastating fire, Dale Lusk shows up at his sister’s door in nothing but his boxers and a raincoat, desperately needing her help. Losing both his restaurant and home has left Dale without direction or a place to live.

While pushing her handsome brother into a new wardrobe to match his model looks, Chrissie introduces Dale to Al Borkowski. Al is in desperate need of a roommate before his grandmother takes more control of his life.

Little did Chrissie know when she pushed the two men together the sparks that would fly and the changes that would happen in all of their lives.

You can get a copy of Play Chopin for Me Clicking Right Here!

You can read his blog by Clicking Right Here!

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Brandon Witt
Brandon Witt is many things. Above all, he is living the dream. After years of writing and reaching for the stars, he is a published author through Dreamspinner Press. Thus far, his novels include The Shattered Door, Then the Stars Fall, and three installments of the Men of Myth series. Also, he has short stories published in various anthologies. For the first eighteen years of life, Brandon lived in a small Ozark town, El Dorado Springs, Missouri before moving with his family to Colorado. There he got degrees in Youth Ministry and Special Education and worked as a counselor and special education teacher for fifteen years. The tension of his religious upbringing and being a gay man finds its way onto nearly every page in his novels, as does experiences that over a decade of loving children who have faced much abuse and many struggles. Reflecting what he has discovered to be true in life, Brandon’s writing does not shy away from challenges and conflict but also revels in the joy that can only happen when truly embracing and loving all that life has to offer.

Here is his book Mapping the Forest

Happily ever after has no map, but sometimes fate sends a guiding light.

Gabe Rice, a seasonal ranger at the Rocky Mountain National Park, can’t seem to get his life on the right trail. He loves the rugged beauty of the land, and there is no place he would rather live than the mountain community of Estes Park. But after six years, Gabe is beginning to wonder if he’ll ever get a full-time position or find love. When Gabe sees Luis—and hears his gorgeous singing—he’s compelled to meet him.

Luis Martinez, the new owner of a hotel and steak ride business in Estes, left California and a career as a therapist for a fresh start in Colorado. But even the beauty of the mountains can’t help him forget the past or move forward. Unprepared for his strong attraction to Gabe, Luis is ready to run and hide from emotions he never thought he’d have again.

Suddenly the path ahead opens to a future that looks brighter for both of them, if they can find the courage to walk forward—together.

You can get your copy of Mapping the Forest by Clicking Right Here!

You can read Brandon’s blog by Clicking Right Here!

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Noah Willoughby
Noah Willoughby has heard all the jokes about his name, e.g. “Where’s your ark?” Born in Washington State during the eighties, the greatest decade for music, Noah is an introvert, spending a lot of his time observing the human world in all of its bizarre glory. With an interest in books, movies, shows, and music that span many different genres, his imagination is getting into gear with stories of humanity in its many forms. He has been interested in storytelling from a young age and is compelled to finally get his ideas on paper.

This is his newest book!

Nobody is invincible…

On a seemingly ordinary night, Tom Otso’s life changes forever when he is ambushed, attacked and left for dead. Though he survives the ordeal, Tom finds out at the hospital that the gravity of his injuries has left him permanently disabled.

Eric Kontio is a physical therapist who is assigned to Tom’s case to help rehabilitate and adapt Tom to his new way of living. In helping people for over 20 years, Eric has never met anyone with such an incredible spirit and positive attitude as Tom. Eric becomes infatuated with him and marvels at his incredible progress.

Being together every day, the two men grow closer as friends, but things become complicated by Tom’s jealous and moody boyfriend, Adrian, and Eric’s professionalism being doubted by his superior. When the true feelings of both men come to the surface, so do their painful pasts which could make or break their relationship.

You can find his novella Damaged, by Clicking Right Here!

You can find Noah’s website by Clicking Right Here

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Frank Butterfield
Frank W. Butterfield, not an assumed name, loves old movies, wise-cracking smart guys with hearts of gold, and writing for fun. Although he worships San Francisco, he lives at the beach on another coast. Born on a windy day in November of 1966, he was elected President of his high school Spanish Club in the spring of 1983. After moving across these United States like a rapid-fire pinball, he currently makes his home in a hurricane-proof motel with superior water pressure that was built in 1947. While he hasn’t met any dolphins personally, that invitation is always open.

This is his newest book!

Thursday, May 14, 1953

Ben White is a police officer for the S.F.P.D.

It’s Thursday afternoon and he’s sitting by the phone, holding down the fort while the rest of his platoon from the Central Station is out supporting the homicide inspectors who are investigating a couple of murders at the Colombo Market on Front Street.

When the phone finally does ring, it’s a Lt. Mike Robertson from the North Station who’s in the neighborhood and has a proposition for Ben. One that the lieutenant promises Ben will want to take him up on.

Little does Ben know that everything he wants is about to come his way while everything he has is about to fall apart as he discovers who he is and who he can become with a true love in his life.

Find his new novel, The One He Waited For (Golden Gate Love Stories Book 1), by Clicking Right Here!

You can find Frank’s blog by Clicking Right Here!

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TJ Klune
When TJ Klune was eight, he picked up a pen and paper and began to write his first story (which turned out to be his own sweeping epic version of the video game Super Metroid—he didn’t think the game ended very well and wanted to offer his own take on it. He never heard back from the video game company, much to his chagrin). Now, over two decades later, the cast of characters in his head have only gotten louder, wondering why he has to go to work as a claims examiner for an insurance company during the day when he could just stay home and write. Since being published, TJ has won the Lambda Literary Award for Best Gay Romance, fought off three lions that threatened to attack him and his village, and was chosen by Amazon as having written one of the best GLBT books of 2011. And one of those things isn’t true. (It’s the lion thing. The lion thing isn’t true.)

This is his new book Olive Juice!

It begins with a message that David cannot ignore:

I want to see you.

He agrees, and on a cold winter’s night, David and Phillip will come together to sift through the wreckage of the memory of a life no longer lived.

David is burdened, carrying with him the heavy guilt of the past six years upon his shoulders.

Phillip offers redemption.

You can purchase your own copy of Olive Juice by Clicking Right Here!

You can find his blog by Clicking Right Here!

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B.G. Thomas
B.G. Thomas lives in Kansas City with his husband of more than a decade and half, and that marriage has been legal since 2014! They share their home with their fabulous dogs, Sarah Jane and Oliver. He is lucky enough to have a lovely daughter as well as many extraordinary friends.

B.G. loves romance, comedies, fantasy, science fiction and even horror—as far as he is concerned, as long as the stories are character driven and entertaining, it doesn’t matter the genre. Since he’s gone conventions since he was fourteen years old, he’s been lucky enough to meet many of his favorite writers, many of whom inspired him to pursue his own writing dreams. Excited about the growing male/male romance market, he decided to begin writing for the first time in years. Gay men are what he knows best, after all. He submitted his first story in years and was thrilled when it was accepted in only four days, and since then has had over thirty short stories, novellas and novels published. “Leap, and the net will appear” is his personal philosophy and his message to all. “It is never too late,” he states. “Pursue your dreams. They will come true!”

This is his latest book, Blue!

Blue McCoy has lived on the streets for a long time, surviving by his wits and doing what he must, and he’s not above using his youthful appearance and air of innocence to his advantage. It’s not an easy life, but he’s happy. He has everything he really needs: the clothes on his back, a house to squat in, a sweet dog. Everything except that special someone to love him.

Six months ago, John Williams’s wife left him because she was bored. “Even your name is boring” were her last words to him before she walked out. Now he’s by himself in a big house, trying to figure out what direction his life should take. He’s never been so alone.

A chance encounter sets John on a new path, a path that becomes clearer when loneliness sends him to a local animal shelter to get a dog—and he finds an angel instead. An angel named Blue. A crisis brings them together, but it is something else that keeps them there. Could it be love? A love that can forever end two men’s deep loneliness and bring them the support and sense of belonging they’ve searched for all their lives?

You can purchase a copy of Blue by Clicking Right Here!

You can read his blog by Clicking Right Here!

Furry Friday: Bring on the Bearded MM Romance Authors: Part One

And now for something completely different…. The bearded Male/Male Romance authors you love. Who also happen to have beards!

Or maybe you haven’t read some of these guys yet? Well you should! Check out their pictures! Check out their books down below. Read the blurbs. Get entertained with your eyes (some good-looking men here!) and with your mind by checking out those books!

There is going to be no voting this time…or next week. Because I had enough guys that were willing to be involved I needed to stretch this out over two Fridays! Enjoy! Let me know what you think!

Namasté
BG “Ben” Thomas

Rick Reed

Rob Damon

Andrew Grey

Jacob Flores

F.E. Feeley Jr.

Jamie Fessenden

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AND HERE IS SOME INFORMATION ABOUT THE HANDSOME BEARDED AUTHORS ABOVE AND A BOOK THEY WANT YOU TO KNOW ABOUT!

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Rick Reed
The R is for romance… Rick R. Reed is all about exploring the romantic entanglements of gay men in contemporary, realistic settings. While his stories often contain elements of suspense, mystery and the paranormal, his focus ultimately returns to the power of love. He is the author of dozens of published novels, novellas, and short stories. He is a three-time EPIC eBook Award winner (for Caregiver, Orientation and The Blue Moon Cafe). He is also a Rainbow Award Winner for both Caregiver and Raining Men. Lambda Literary Review has called him, “a writer that doesn’t disappoint.” Rick lives in Seattle with his husband and a very spoiled Boston terrier. He is forever “at work on another novel.” Take a look at his blog to get the latest on his work and his life!

Here is one of his latest books, The Perils of Intimacy!

Jimmy and Marc make an adorable couple. Jimmy’s kindness and clean-cut cuteness radiate out of him like light. Marc, although a bit older, complements Jimmy with his humor and his openness to love.

But between them, a dark secret lurks, one with the power to destroy.

See, when Marc believes he’s meeting Jimmy for the first time in the diner where he works, he’s wrong.

Marc has no recollection of their original encounter because the wholesome Jimmy of today couldn’t be more different than he was two years ago. Back then, Jimmy sported multiple piercings, long bleached dreadlocks, and facial hair. He was painfully skinny—and a meth addict. The drug transformed him into a different person—a lying, conniving thief who robbed Mark blind during their one-night stand.

Marc doesn’t associate the memory of a hookup gone horribly wrong with this fresh-faced, smiling twentysomething… but Jimmy knows. As they begin a dance of love and attraction, will Jimmy be brave enough to reveal the truth? And if he does, will Marc be able to forgive him? Can he see Jimmy for the man he is now and not the addict he was? The answers will depend on whether true love holds enough light to shine through the darkness of past mistakes.

Check out his novel, The Perils of Intimacy, by Clicking Right Here!

You can read Rick’s blog by Clicking Right Here!

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Rob Damon
A bachelor of science (Computing), Rob worked as a software developer for over 15 years before turning his full time attention to learning the craft of writing. His love of science drew him into science fiction, but his love of man drew him to the MM genre. With his strategy of thinking differently, he aims to bring something to the market that pushes the boundaries. Rob was born and raised in Manchester, England. Spent seven years living in London, but now lives back in his home city. Interests include: reading, film, weight training, and learning all he can about people – what makes them tick, what motivates them. His latest novel – Tough Love Buddy – is a character driven story about a young man learning to give up on running away from his responsibilities after meeting a slightly older, more grounded man with whom he develops feelings.

This is his new novel Tough Love Buddy!

After beating a man unconscious on a regretful night out in his home town, Dale Mitchell goes on the run. Landing a job on a building site in London, Dale hopes to put his past behind him. But there he meets Jake – a man with his own dark past.

As their friendship blossoms into an intimate and sometimes volatile relationship, Dale learns the value of taking responsibility for his actions.

But is he willing to continue the relationship when he finds out the dark secret Jake is hiding?

Check out his new book, Tough Love Buddy, by Clicking Right Here!

Find Damon’s on his Facebook page by Clicking Right Here!

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Andrew Grey
Andrew Grey is the author of nearly 100 works of Contemporary Gay Romantic fiction. After 27 years in corporate America, he has now settled down in Central Pennsylvania with his husband Dominic and his laptop. An interesting ménage. Andrew grew up in western Michigan with a father who loved to tell stories and a mother who loved to read them. Since then he has lived throughout the country and traveled throughout the world. He has a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and now writes full time. Andrew’s hobbies include collecting antiques, gardening, and leaving his dirty dishes anywhere but in the sink (particularly when writing) He considers himself blessed with an accepting family, fantastic friends, and the world’s most supportive and loving partner. Andrew currently lives in beautiful, historic Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

Here is the book he’d like you to know about, Growing His Dream!

Sequel to Planting His Dream

Planting Dreams: Book Two

Love can grow in even the harshest conditions.

Life has been a struggle for Lachlan Buttar ever since his mother passed away and left him unprepared to take care of himself. He’s gone from homeless to staying with a local minister, but it soon becomes clear he will be better off, and safer, on his own. Fortunately Foster and Javi agree to take Lachlan in and offer him a real home on their dairy farm.

It’s there that Lachlan meets another of the workers, local farmer Abe Armitage. Though the attraction between them is instant, Abe refuses to act on it until Lachlan returns his interest. By then, strong feelings have taken root, and a passionate romance quickly blossoms. But both men carry baggage that could crush any chance of happiness together, particularly since Lachlan witnessed a crime, and there are those who will do anything to make sure he cannot reveal what he’s seen.

You can pre-order a copy of Growing His Dream by Clicking Right Here!

You can read his blog by Clicking Right Here!

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Jacob Flores
Gay romance that is sinfully charming Jacob Z. Flores lives a double life. During the day, he is a respected college English professor and mid-level administrator. At night and during his summer vacation, he loosens the tie and tosses aside the trendy sports coat to write man on man fiction, where the hardass assessor of freshmen level composition turns his attention to the firm posteriors and other rigid appendages of the characters in his fictional world. Summers in Provincetown, Massachusetts, provide Jacob with inspiration for his fiction. The abundance of barely clothed man flesh and daily debauchery stimulates his personal muse. When he isn’t stroking the keyboard, Jacob spends time with his daughter. They both represent a bright blue blip in an otherwise predominantly red swath in south Texas.

Here is the book he thought was right for this post, When Love Gets Hairy!

Provincetown: Book Three

As vain as he is beautiful, Nino Santos happily lives life waiting for the next ferry full of fairies to bring him new conquests. As long as they aren’t hirsute, he’s all in. So he’s shocked to wake up after a beach party he cannot remember with a hairy naked man lying next to him.

Teddy Miller doesn’t remember the “Bear Week” party either, much less the Abercrombie & Fitch model wannabe next to him. Teddy doesn’t give two cents about appearances, but guys like Abercrombie don’t return the favor. That’s why he prefers men with extra fur and padding over carbon copy clones of perfection—a type of man Teddy is far too familiar with.

When Nino and Teddy glimpse each other the next morning, it’s loathing at first sight. Instead of exchanging phone numbers, they exchange insults and vow never to see each other again. In Provincetown, however, escaping a trick best forgotten isn’t easy. Mutual friends and chance circumstances keep Nino and Teddy in each other’s orbit. But are they fighting each other or the attraction growing between them? The answer lies amid Provincetown’s windswept dunes and the night neither of them can recall.

You can find When Love Gets Hairy by Clicking Right Here!

You can read Jacob’s blog by Clicking Right Here!

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F.E. Feeley Jr.
F.E. Feeley Jr, author of The Haunting of Timber Manor and Objects in the Rearview Mirror. He was born and raised in the city of Detroit where he graduated from high school. Afterward, he joined the military and is now a published author at Dreamspinner Press. Married to the love of his life (John) who lets him write horror novels. He writes about ghosts and things that go bump in the night. Well, the other things that go bump in the night. So, if you’re not too scared of the dark, check out his books, he’s sure you’ll like ’em.

Make sure to check this book!

Their new home on Frederick Street in Clay Center, Kansas, was supposed to give writer Jonathan David and his husband, clinical psychologist Dr. Eddie Dorman, an opportunity to enjoy married life. Jonathan has just released his first major bestseller, and he hopes to finally escape his traumatic past and find the quiet existence he has always craved. Eddie has taken a job at the Kansas State University psychology department, and they intend to begin anew.

They have barely settled in when the nightmare begins. Noises, disembodied voices, and mysterious apparitions make Jonathan’s life hell. Part of the house has decided to bare its teeth, show its jagged edges, and bring back the worst of Jonathan’s past. At first, Eddie cannot perceive the spectral events and fears for his husband’s sanity. When he’s also affected by the haunting, he’s unsure of what to do but refuses to be beaten.

Together, they seek a way to fight the forces trying to tear them apart. The world is a frightening place, but confronting their fears plunges Jonathan and Eddie into absolute horror.

To find your copy of Objects in the Mirror. then Click Right Here!

You can read F.E.’s Facebook by Clicking Right Here!

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Jamie Fessenden
Jamie Fessenden is an author of gay fiction in many genres. Most involve romance, because he believes everyone deserves to find love, but after that anything goes: contemporary, science fiction, historical, paranormal, mystery, or whatever else strikes his fantasy. Jamie Fessenden set out to be a writer in junior high school. He published a couple short pieces in his high school’s literary magazine and had another story place in the top 100 in a national contest, but it wasn’t until he met his partner, Erich, almost twenty years later, that he began writing again in earnest. With Erich alternately inspiring and goading him, Jamie wrote several screenplays and directed a few of them as micro-budget independent films. He then began writing novels and published his first novella in 2010. After nine years together, Jamie and Erich have married and purchased a house together in the wilds of Raymond, New Hampshire, where there are no street lights, turkeys and deer wander through their yard, and coyotes serenade them on a nightly basis. Jamie recently left his “day job” as a tech support analyst to be a full-time writer.

Check out his book, Murderous Requiem (The Brethren Book 1)

Jeremy Spencer never imagined the occult order he and his boyfriend, Bowyn, started as a joke in college would become an international organization with hundreds of followers. Now a professor with expertise in Renaissance music, Jeremy is drawn back into the world of free love and ceremonial magick. The old jealousies and hurt that separated him from Bowyn eight years ago no longer seem significant.

Then Jeremy begins to wonder if the centuries-old score he’s been asked to transcribe hides something sinister. With each stanza, local birds flock to the old mansion, a mysterious fog descends upon the grounds, and bats swarm the temple dome. During a séance, the group receives a cryptic warning from the spirit realm. And as the music’s performance draws nearer, Jeremy realizes it may hold the key to incredible power—power somebody is willing to kill for.

You can find Murderous Requiem by Clicking Right Here!

You can checkout Jamie’s website by Clicking Right Here!

I Love My Life! (Again)

I love my life. I do. Again!

I started so many Facebook posts with how much I loved my life and people would comment and ask me how it is that I can stay so happy. Many it was because I surrounded my life with Sangha.

Now in Buddhism, Sangha refers primarily to, in the words of monk Thich Nhat Hanh, as “…a community of friends practicing the dharma together in order to bring about and to maintain awareness….” What it has come to mean to me, through my studies and through my life, as like-minded community. People who believe as I do so that when I forget what I believe in, they’re there to remind me. And my job is to do the same for them.

For some reason I lost my Sangha. I lost those people who reminded me to be what I believe in. Circumstances had a lot to do with it. My job changed my schedule so I could no longer practice my Spiritual beliefs with my like-minded community. Then there was the Evil Team Leader who wanted nothing more than to make me miserable. You often spend more waking hours with those you work with than those that you love and chose to spend your life with, so that was hard! My supervisor was completely indifferent to what was going on, so that made it even worse.

The love of my life is a loner. He is not a social creature. He picks his companions and his friends with great thought and forethought. Once you’re in his Circle (his Sangha) then he will die for you. But R also still need an incredible amount of alone time. Me? I am a very social person and need lots of time with people.

Circumstances took them away. A lot of them have died. I have lost so many friends. Cancer. Aneurysms. AIDS. Strokes. And those friendships that had to end because they had gone to a stage where they were causing more harm than good.

I let it all get to me. My community was pretty much gone.

It was around this time that I decided to do my one year blog called 365 Days of Silver….

Elizabeth North, one of my True Guides and Gurus, noted that she found it…interesting…that I chose that year to write my blog about finding the Silver Lining in every day. My response was that I think it was how I survived that year! She thought that was a good answer.

Then last year was just as difficult. I just didn’t have the energy to do the blog again. However, something was happening. I was opening myself up again to the possibilities of that wonderful life I’ve led for so many years.

And then it happened! Thank you Universe!

I got a new supervisor. I lady I really love and who believes greatly and mostly as I do. A woman who one day, when I was bitching and complaining and in near tears about what the Evil Team Leader was doing to me, stopped me dead and said, “Ben! You’ve got to stop! You can’t let him do this to you! This is killing you! I mean that! If you do not change this you are going to die. Do not let him have this power over you!”

I was furious! I stomped away. I was so angry! What I wanted to know was why she, and the previous supervisor, and the manager, let him get away with the sh*t he was doing to me! What did they mean by “let him have power over me?” He did have power over me! He was the team leader! He could do all kinds of stuff to me and I had no choice!

But then…. I don’t know how to explain it…. Then something happened.

Buddhism would call it a shining moment of Enlightenment.

So I went to her, about ten minutes after her comment, and we went to her office, and I asked her what she meant. I told her that he did have power over me. I asked why everyone let him get away with it. And then she told me a story of how a very similar thing had happened to her. A negative evil person threatened her well-being. And this is what she did….

She killed her “Evil Team Leader” with Kindness.

No matter how bad this Negative Person was in her life, she started every day by saying to her, “Good morning! How are you today?” And things like, “How was your evening?” “How was your weekend?” “Did you have a good time?”

And this person would snarl and snap and…. Then run out of energy. Because what does a Negative Person have to say to all of this?

And I thought, I know this! I know all of this! What she is saying is what I’ve done for years! But then thing was…I wasn’t doing it. Not anymore. I was letting the Evil Team Leader have control over my life! I was letting him get to me! I would say, “Why are you all letting him get away with this????” But the thing was, why was I letting him get away with it?

This is what I forgot….

Buddhism (and I really am not a Buddhist–not really) teaches what are called Noble Truths.

The First Noble Truth is that, “Life is Suffering.”

Seems pretty harsh, huh? Until we understand this Eastern Thought that is. What it means is, is that life is filled with the bad as well as the good…. And that leads to….

The Second Noble Truth.

And basically what that is, is that “We are the cause of that suffering.” Whoa! Even harsher? Until we understand this Eastern Thought that is. What it means is, is that how suffering is not caused by the rough turn of events (which happens and will always happen at one time or another) but by our reaction to those turns of events!

In other words…. Shit happens. Stuff we don’t like. So we have a choice! And our choice is how we react to that shit that happens! Because we can have bad stuff happen and the wallow in it…or we can find Silver Linings. We can say, “Okay…yeah…that sucks.” Losing our job sucks. Losing a lover sucks. Death sucks. Disease sucks. A house burning down sucks. Losing that promotion sucks–that we heartily deserved! It sucks!

Shit happens!

Luckily I have a choice! I have a choice of how I am going to react to that kaka! So I wallow in it? Or do I take it as a fact of life and move on? Do I pick it up and spread it all over me or do I acknowledge that, yes, it sucks and I don’t like it and don’t have to be happy about it. But I have to move on.
Because experience in this life of mine has shown me this!

It does get better. It always does.

I look back at my life and I see some real and horrible lows. But I also see times that were shining wondrous Silver! And every single time I have reminded myself that this horrible thing WILL indeed pass, it gets easier. It does! I have proof! Because in my life it has always gotten better!

Now forearmed with this knowledge I can bear anything! Because I know it will get better!

And here is what else has happened!

OMGosh!!!

The Evil Team Leader!

He is losing all control! I have taken my power back! And this is how I did it!

No matter what that f*cker does to me? Why I say, “Okay! Whatever you say boss!” He gives me some horrible job to do that he knows that I hate and will ruin my day and…. I do it and while I am doing it I dance around and smile and sing songs like….

I can see clearly now, the rain is gone,
I can see all obstacles in my way
Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind
It’s gonna be a bright, bright
Sun-Shiny day.

And it kills him! Because what is he going to do about it? The answer? There is nothing he can do! Bit by bit, he is losing all control.

Each morning I say, “Hey! How are you this find morning? Did you have a nice evening/weekend? Hope you had a good time!”

And what can he say? I’ve put it all in his court!

And everyone is watching him. And they’re laughing at him. And everything is backfiring on him. And indifferent managers are paying attention. And they don’t even see that they are doing it…but they are supporting me! And they are laughing at him. And he tries to get me into trouble and nothing happens. They’re starting to blow him off!

Here is another VERY important thing my supervisor and I discussed. I told her that I truly believed that the ETL was in my life for a reason. That there was a lesson I had to learn. And that if I didn’t learn it, he was going to be thrown into my life over and over again until I learned it. He might have a different name and come in a different body. But he was going to be there. If I won the lottery and could write full time, there was going to be that Evil Person who wanted to tear me down. But I didn’t know what I was supposed to learn!

And now I am seeing it! OMGOSH! I am seeing it clearly! I am seeing all the obstacles in my way!

There will be obstacles in my path for the rest of my life. I can see around and moan and complain and tell everyone how bad my life is. Or I can see it as something that will pass and I will get through it. Because I have before. And I have had Evil People in my life before! What did I do? Why for goodness sake! I killed them with kindness! I’ve done it before! How did I forget???

Do I think that the Evil Team Leader had been won over and my problems there are done with? Heck no! But now I have finally reached that point where things are getting better–just as they have before. The rocky road is leveling out. And I am in many ways responsible for that.

I believe that what we think about, we bring about. And when I spent all my hours and days thinking about how horrible this stuff was? Why I was thinking about it! And what I thought about…I brought more of into my life! The Universal Law of Attraction doesn’t perceive anything. It is like gravity. The Law of Attraction is sending back to me what I am thinking about. And if I think about Good, and stop DWELLING one The Evil Team Leader and What He Is Doing To Me, then that Law will stop sending that stuff to me. When I think LovE, then LOVE will come back to me!

And it is! That’s a very good thing for a romance writer. Because how can I write about love when I am not feeling love?

I did write. But it was difficult. And what I was writing was stories about men who were coming though horrible stuff! For instance, everything that Wyatt went through in Winter Heart? Why it was stuff I went through! How could I write light loving happy laughing love stories when I was going through all I was going through. On the other hand, writing that stuff helped me work through it.

Now? Oh my gosh! I am writing writing writing! All the time! I am writing more than I have in years! It is pouring out of me! And it is happy stuff! Light and bright and Happily Every After Stuff!

And bit by bit, I am getting it all again! I am loving my life again.

No wait….

I am remembering to Love My Life again! And my focus is on Love! And what I am thinking about…I am bringing about!

And I am leaping! I am leaping and knowing and trusting that the Net Will Appear. It is appearing! Every day!

Thank You Universe for bringing that supervisor to me that has so helped me turned my life around. And I am so thankful that I started wanting the right thing. I started remembering what I believed! And FAST she came right to me! FAST!

I love my life! And I know everything is going to start falling into place again.

I am going to imagine every dream I have coming true for me. I am going to believe. I already am believing it. It’s happening!

And I know this. When the bad stuff happens again? If it does? Well it will pass! I can chose how I react to it.

In the meantime? Look out Universe! Because Ben is getting his groove back.

Watch out! You aren’t going to believe what I’ve got up my sleeve.

I am going to knock you out!

Want to join me?

Namasté!
Ben aka BG Thomas