Release Party for “Summer Lover” at Midwest Men’s Festival

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So I am home from the Midwest Men’s Festival 2014.And I had an amazing time! So very wonderful and so hard to come home!

I walked and walked and walked! I can hardly believe it! There were times I was in tears with joy and gratitude knowing that I COULD WALK! And for those of you who don’t know, in the last few years I have had both my knees replaced. It used to be that every single step was agony. And now? I can walk!

So much wonderful fellowship and new friends, including the simply amazing young man named Cameron.

I had my official release party for my new book, Summer Lover, and within ten minutes sold every copy that I brought with me! I can hardly believe it! And it was my first release party! It was so exciting and everyone was so supportive. Sold a chunk of my old books as well.

See, what was so exciting for me is that this event, Midwest Men’s Festival, was the inspiration for my book Summer Lover. MMF changed my life.

Here is what MMF says about itself:

Begun in 1982 as a regional gathering for men exploring changes in their lives and roles, Midwest Mens Festival has grown in size and scope over the years to encompass men from many parts of the nation, indeed the world, who represent diverse walks of life, age, and personal experience.

Although the Midwest Men’s Festival is attended primarily by gay men, many of whom are involved in earth-centered spirituality, men of varied cultural or ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, or spiritual beliefs are invited and encouraged to attend.

Festival provides a place where men can come together for sharing and individual growth, and it fosters interpersonal interactions and community building, while respecting boundaries and encouraging supportive, non-competitive self-expression. Festival is a pleasant place to have fun and create friendships. Whatever your sexuality, race, or creed, Festival can provide the opportunity to explore personal and collective growth, joy, nurturing, and change.

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And Festival has done all those things for me and more. Which is why I had to write about it–sort of. I took liberties. But I have also had friends who attend and who read my book say some wonderful things about Summer Lover. Including that if he were to want to help someone who had never been to Festival what it was all about, he would have them read my book.

So how wonderful and miraculous that the official release party and release date happened at Midwest Men’s Festival! It was an amazing blessing!

Happy to be home but sad it will be a year before I see my close friends again!

Love,
BG

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Humbled by This Review of My Story; Grumble Monkey and the Dept Store Elf

Review of Grumble Monkey and the Department Store Elf
Review by Carrigan Chantz

I just finished reading Thomas’ Grumble Monkey & The Department Store Elf. I almost didn’t download this book based on the title alone, but hey, it’s Thomas’ new work, so it was inevitable that I’d give in. The Universe wouldn’t have it any other way, by God. Once again, I was completely drawn into his book; once again, there was this ethereal aura of Universal coincidence; once again, it was an excellent book. Thomas is an excellent writer, but more akin to the truth is that Thomas is an exquisite storyteller.

Joyfully Jay Blog Reviews “Grumble Monkey and the Dept Store Elf” 4.75 Stars!

Joyfully Jay Blog Reviews “Grumble Monkey and the Dept Store Elf” 4.75 Stars!
Review by Crissy

I love the holiday season and the stories it brings. There is something so promising and romantic about this time of year. Grumble Monkey and the Department Store Elf (what a title) is my first holiday read of the season. And what a strong start it is. From the beginning, Thomas held my attention and made me fall in love with Nick and Kit. So, please let me introduce you to the first advent story I’ve read this season.

Kit Jeffries would have gotten on the road earlier if he would have been able to say no to his boss, but he loves his job as a department store elf, loves to see the children’s smiling faces when they first see Santa. When Kit’s Jeep breaks down in the middle of a winter storm on his way home for the holidays, he thinks all hope is lost until he runs into the handsome man at the rest stop.

Nick St. George has it all: money, success, and focus. Too bad those things can’t make him happy. His life has been spent trying to prove himself, and now he’s proven what a mess he actually is. When he encounters a Midwestern winter storm on his trek across the country, Nick is forced to seek shelter at a rest stop. That’s where he meets the obviously gay man in a ridiculous elf hat. He never understood why men have to advertise the sexuality so blatantly, never cared for it either. In fact, he hates it. But when young man tells Nick his sob story about breaking down on his way to see his family and asks for a ride home, Nick reluctantly agrees to give the man a lift. Continue reading

ARC Review: Grumble Monkey and the Department Store Elf

ARC Review: Grumble Monkey and the Department Store Elf
Sandra @ My Fiction Nook

Well, this was a cute short piece of Christmas fluff, without any explicit situations (sexy times were fade to black), but a message of love and family and taking a chance that just might save your life.

Beautiful imagery in a tiny little package. And while Kit was certainly over the top swishy, he owned it and thus only skirted the edge of annoying. To me. To Nick, well – that’s another story.

I really liked how the author pointed out their differences, what with Nick being angry and closed off most of the time, for reasons that are revealed slowly as the story progresses, and Kit being mostly happy, but also intuitive and kind and honest, again for reasons that are revealed through the narrative, without ever feeling like telling. Information is shared via dialogue and narrative, and the characterizations slowly emerge.

I’ve heard it said that anger can be an external manifestation of profound sadness. That certainly applies here. Grumble Monkey Nick is angry outwardly, hiding his pain so deeply that he doesn’t even realize how much pain he is in, or why he reacts the way he does. When he has his epiphany, it’s an awwww moment, and he does exactly what I wanted him to do.

There was one shocking moment toward the end, something that Nick relates as part of the narrative, something that I didn’t see coming, but that fit overall with his characterization.

Kit is just so frakking happy most of the time, and innocent to a certain degree, and his character radiates that with most everything he does or says. He’s the perfect antidote to someone like Nick.

A really cute Christmas story, with two lovable characters and a sweet message overall.

I received a free ARC from the publisher. A positive review was not promised in return. This short novella is part of the Dreamspinner Press 2013 Advent Calendar which you can purchase here: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=4506&cPath=62_981

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Grumble Monkey and the Department Store Elf Has Been Released and Already Has A Five Star Review!

Grumble Monkey and the Department Store Elf Has Been Released and Already Has A Five Star Review!

Book Review from Rainbow Book Reviews

If ‘Grumble Monkey and the Department Store Elf’ is a typical example of the writing style of B.G. Thomas, then I will definitely be reading more of this author’s work. He has incorporated two of my favorite types of characters, the grumpy curmudgeon, and the young, flamboyantly gay man. He has mixed them together on Christmas Eve, stuck driving together in horrible snow and sleet conditions, and shaken them up a bit to see what comes of the mixing. Ahhhh, such fun! Continue reading

Joyfully Jay Blog Reviews “Anything Could Happen” Five Stars!

Joyfully Jay Site Review: Anything Could Happen by B.G. Thomas
Five Stars!

What would it be like to grow up in a small town where neighbors turned a blind eye to the abuse that went on behind closed doors and you, yourself, had fallen in love with someone whom you might never openly be able to love? To make matters worse, what if the one you love was male, just like you, and in one night of reckless abandon you showed him just how much you wanted him? Then he ran, fled, not only your house, but the town itself, and no one knew where he was other than the name of the city to which he had flown. How could you let him go? What if he was just escaping the years of abuse in his own home, and was afraid to let his family know he too liked boys? What if he loved you too? All these questions and so many more plagued poor Austin Shelbourne the day he took off to Kansas City to find Todd, the boy he was so sure he was in love with and who quite possibly loved him in return. Continue reading

Came Home From Work to a 4.5 Star Review for My New Book!

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Came home from work to a 4.5 Star Review for my new book!

Now how could my day end any better?

Well how about this! On the front porch was a package with my author copies! I love holding a real book and knowing that I wrote it!

What a wonderful, wonderful day. Thank you Universe! KNOW that I am SO Grateful!

Life is SO good!

Namasté.
BG

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ANYTHING COULD HAPPEN
A Review from Live Your Life, Buy the Book

September 12, 2013 by d.blue

Rating : ★★★★1/2

Review:

Austin Shelbourne has been in love with his best friend, Todd Burton, for years. One night he decides to act on those feelings and seduces Todd. Things do not turn out like Austin hopes and Todd literally runs out and refuses to speak to Austin. Things go from bad to worse when Todd’s girlfriend turns to Austin for comfort and Todd finds them together. This drives Todd away completely and he leaves their small town of Buckman for Kansas City, prompting Austin to move to Kansas City after him. At a suggestion from his Grandmother, Austin moves in with his elderly Uncle Boden. Twenty year old Austin has been living in the closet his whole life. When he walks into Uncle Boden’s apartment, what he sees surprised him. He is sure Uncle Bodie is gay but no one had ever mentioned it. While talking to his uncle, Austin blurts out that he is gay. Uncle Bodie is the first person he ever told this to out loud. It is a freeing experience and the conversation between them is funny and sweet.

Uncle Bodie is delightful. He lives alone with his little Pomeranian, Lucille, and is prone to speaking his mind, even when it embarrasses Austin. Uncle Bodie asks his neighbor, Guy, to help Austin move his belongings into the apartment. Upon seeing Austin, Guy feels an instant attraction to the younger man. Guy is in his late twenties and an actor, director and jack of all trades with the Pegasus Theater. He is currently working on a production of Steel Magnolias where half of the cast is played by men in drag. Guy invites Austin to come to their last showing. Austin is excited at the prospect of seeing a production in a real theater. He has been in plays during high school and loves acting. Guy is also working on another play, called Tearoom Tango that affects him personally, speaking to a dark time in his life. On the surface it is about sex in public restrooms, but it is a complex play and delves much deeper than that. Guy is also writing a play. He is reluctant to share details, afraid he will jinx it. I loved how this play is so integral to the story.

Guy flirts with Austin at first, until he learns that Austin has moved here in search of his true love, Todd. As Guy and Austin get to know one another better, he puts his attraction aside and offers to help Austin search for Todd. His reason for helping becomes more personal as Guy’s feelings for Austin deepen. He wants Austin to be sure about how he really feels about Todd. As Uncle Bodie says, no one wants to be someone’s second choice.

Anything Could Happen almost feels like a coming of age story for the three main characters. We are living Austin’s experience as it happens, but also getting glimpses of Uncle Bodie’s and Guy’s experiences from their youth. It is beautiful to watch Austin discover a life he has only imagined. Coming from a small town, he felt like he was the only gay man in the world. Austin is amazed and comments several times in the book saying this is real, I am gay and I am not alone. I adored Uncle Bodie. I was as shocked as Austin when I first met him in the book. He was so outspoken and Austin so unsure of himself. I think I grew to love him right along with Austin. Then there is Guy. He is one of those characters I wanted to hug and say, it’s ok. He comes across as confident but has this vulnerability about him. His life experiences have not been as positive as Austin or Bodie’s. He uses his love for theater to express himself and to work through those things that haunt him from his past.

I really enjoyed Anything Could Happen. It is sweet, funny and, at times, frustrating (this is due to my impatience with Austin to open his eyes and see what’s in front of him). There are also times when it is heart breaking (yes, tissues required), but it was always engaging. I loved the way the author wove together the lives of these three men and used the theater as a vehicle for telling the story. The secondary characters brought a lightness to it and I thought Austin’s grandparents were delightful.

I had some questions about a couple of the characters and I was told that there is more to their story in the book “The Boy Who Came In From the Cold“, of which this is a spin-off. Naturally, that one is now on my tbr list.

Rated 4.5 stars by Deb

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