Friday, April 19, 2019

New Book by Gerald Lopez now available

Detective Layton Shayne and his partners Alex and Forrest are attending a treasure hunt on a small Florida key where hundreds of people will be gathered. What could possibly go wrong? Throw in the ghosts of pirates, priests, and even nuns plus a former military sniper who’s nine months pregnant and anything can happen.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

New Book by Etienne now available

Carlton Perry didn’t know what he was in for when he purchased his antebellum home.  Eric Slade couldn’t imagine what would occur when he met Carlton. In a place where unimaginable horrors had occurred in the distant past, the two men discover one thing. They find an old love so strong that it refuses to die.

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Saturday, March 30, 2019

Opera at its very best

Latvian mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca  (pronounced ga-ranch-a) portrays the Gypsy Carmen.  In this scene, she has been restrained (note her wrist is wired to the fence) and uses her wiles to gain her freedom.  This is from a 2010 Metropolitan Opera Performance

Here, from that same performance is the famous Habenera:

Monday, March 25, 2019

New Etienne Title Now Available for Pre-order

Raleigh's Folly can now be pre-ordered at Smashwords.Com.  The book is scheduled to be released on April 15, 2019.

Carlton Perry didn’t know what he was in for when he purchased his antebellum home. Eric Slade couldn’t imagine what would occur when he met Carlton. In a place where unimaginable horrors had occurred in the distant past, the two men discover one thing. They find an old love so strong that it refuses to die.

Here's a link to the pre-order information on Smashwords.Com:

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Beta Readers Needed

Authors Etienne and Gerald Lopez are looking for Beta Readers.

What is a Beta Reader?  When a new book is ready, you will be sent a copy of the manuscript in MS Word format, or WordPerfect, if you prefer.  All you have to do is read the manuscript, and make corrections, suggestions, or comments as you do so.  You save the file and return it.

What do you get in exchange for this effort?  The knowledge that you've helped one of your favorite authors; AND you get to read new books a few weeks in advance of publication.

If you're interested, send me an e-mail.  There's a new Layton Shane mystery by Gerald Lopez ready for publication at this writing, and a new title by Etienne will be ready in a couple of weeks.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Book sale at

Smashwords is having its 10th annual "read an eBook week" sale, and there are bargains to be had.

All books by both Etienne, and Gerald Lopez, are marked 25% off on Smashwords through March 9th.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Cute Movie - "Make the Yuletide Gay"

This film is from 2009, but it hasn't lost it's Christmas appeal.   A college senior who is not "out" to his parents goes home for Christmas break.  His roommate/lover shows up unexpectedly, and the fun begins.  I won't give away any more of the plot.  Suffice it to say that you need to see the movie once, then when you've seen and understood the ending, watch it again.  It's worth it.

The mother is a character, and is extremely funny at times.  As is the double entendre.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Great movie - "Shared Rooms"

Shared Rooms (2016) follows the lives of six gay men and finds an interesting connection between a couple of the characters.  

SHARED ROOMS explores the meaning of home and family through three interrelated stories of gay men finding connections during the week between Christmas and New Year's Day - a married couple who take in a teenage relative who was kicked out of his home after his parents discovered he was gay; a pair of roommates forced to share a bed for the week, much to the delight (and horror) of the one harboring a secret crush on the other; and two men looking for a quick hookup who end up finding a much stronger connection. 

Here's a link to the trailer:

And a few scenes from the film:

Cal and Laslo have been a couple for years.  Then an unexpected visitor lands in their laps in the form of Cal's nephew, who has been kicked out by his parents for  being gay.

The scene where the nephew arrives at their door is absolutely delightful, but I won't give it away here.

One of the principal characters has an online pickup to his house, and they stay naked for days.

This little movie is very well done, and has both a plot and a point.  I recommend it highly.
And there's a bit of male frontal nudity.

Monday, December 17, 2018

Remarkable film just out: "They Shall Not Grow Old"

This amazing film was put together by director Peter Jackson (of Lord of the Rings fame).
It tells the story of what men from the UK experienced during WW I in the trenches.  Archival film is used, much of it superbly colorized.  Jackson delved into the archives and came up with dozens of interviews that were made with actual soldiers who'd served in WWI, and used clips from those interviews to narrate the story.

It is at once gritty, gory, and has an occasional touch of humor.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

New Book Announcement

The Detective’s Last Case by Gerald Lopez

Now available

With retirement looming, the detective gets a call from someone he can’t refuse. He takes on a final case in an idyllic seaside town where strange things are taking place. This includes a murder he’s been hired to investigate. But add in a lover not seen for years, a couple of bizarre sisters, and some children in distress and the detective has his hands full.

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Friday, November 23, 2018

Movie Review - Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

My partner and I saw the original film - "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them", and found it to be at once clever, funny, and extremely entertaining.

Because of our enjoyment of the first movie, we were looking forward to the sequel.  Sadly, we were deeply disappointed, and came very close to walking out a couple of times before it finished.  The only thing that kept us in our seats was the huge amount of money we'd laid out for tickets to the 3-D version.

The movie seldom made sense, and even when it did, it was only marginal.  Johnny Depp is a highly overrated actor, and he seemed to be sleepwalking through this, hit latest role.

It is my understanding that this sequel was number two of a planned series of five films.  Needless to say, we won't gamble hard earned dollars on the rest of them.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Great Sci-Fi Series - "Taking Shield"

Taking Shield is a Science-Fiction saga by Anna Butler spread over five books.

Earth's last known colony, Albion, is fighting an alien enemy. In the first of the Taking Shield series, Shield Captain Bennet is dropped behind the lines to steal priceless intelligence. A dangerous job, and Bennet doesn't need the distractions of changing relationships with his long-term partner, Joss, or with his father-and with Flynn, the new lover who will turn his world upside-down. He expects to risk his life. He expects the data will alter the course of the war. What he doesn't expect is that it will change his life or that Flynn will be impossible to forget.

Shield Captain Bennet is on Telnos, a unpleasant little planet inhabited by religious fanatics and unregistered miners running illegal solactinium mines. It’s about to be about to be overrun by the Maess. Bennet’s job is to get out as many civilians as he can, but the enemy arrives before the evacuation is complete. Caught in a vicious fire fight, Bennet is left behind, presumed dead.

His family is grieving. Joss, his long-term partner, grieves with them; lost, unhappy, remorseful. First Lieutenant Flynn has no official ‘rights’ here. He isn’t family. He isn’t partner or lover.

Returning to duty following his long recovery from the injuries he sustained during the events recounted in Heart Scarab, Shield Captain Bennet accepts a tour of duty in Fleet as flight captain on a dreadnought. The one saving grace is that it isn’t his father’s ship—bad enough that he can’t yet return to the Shield Regiment, at least he doesn’t have the added stress of commanding former lover Fleet Lieutenant Flynn, knowing the fraternisation regulations will keep them apart.

Working on the material he collected himself on T18 three years before, Bennet decodes enough Maess data to send him behind the lines to Makepeace, once a human colony but under Maess control for more than a century. The mission goes belly up, costing Albion one of her precious, irreplaceable dreadnoughts and bringing political upheaval, acrimony and the threat of public unrest in its wake. But for Bennet, the real nightmare is discovering what the Maess have in store for humanity.

It’s not good. It’s not good at all.

 returning to the Shield Regiment after his rotation out.

On Gyrfalcon he faces up to the fallout from Makepeace—ethical, political and above all, personal. Will he be able to accept necessity: that knowing what the Maess are up to outweighs the humanitarian issues surrounding the prisoners he rescued from Makepeace? Can he ride out the political furore that follows the loss of the dreadnought Caliban? How will he cope with an entire year of serving under his father, Caeden? And worst of all, how in the name of every god in the Pantheon can he stand to see Flynn every single day, with the Fraternisation Regs standing between them and keeping them apart?

It will be an interesting year. Bennet can hardly wait for it to be over. Of course, things never really do go to plan...

In less than a week, Bennet will finally return to the Shield Regiment, leaving behind the Gyrfalcon, his father, his friends… and Flynn. Promotion to Shield Major and being given command of a battle group despite the political fallout from Makepeace the year before is everything he thought he wanted. Everything he’s worked towards for the last three years. Except for leaving Flynn. He really doesn’t want to leave Flynn.

There’s time for one last flight together. A routine mission. Nothing too taxing, just savouring every moment with the best wingman, the best friend, he’s ever had. That’s the plan.

Bennet should know better than to trust to routine because what waits for them out there will change their lives forever.

Here's a link to where the books may be found on Amazon.Com:

Saturday, July 14, 2018

New Book by Etienne Now Available


A new novel by Etienne is now available on both Smashwords.Com and Amazon.Com


When the apocalypse happened, it was nothing like anyone expected. Josh Reynolds has to find a way to survive when all the computer chips in the world stop working. But he doesn’t have to do it alone. He has his man by his side, and together they can overcome all odds.



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Friday, June 29, 2018

New Book Available by author Gerald Lopez

Gay Forever After (A Jerry Tale)

by author Gerald Lopez is now available on both Smashwords.Com and Amazon.Com.

Everyone’s looking for their own Happily Ever After in life. But helping two gay men find their happy ever after is of vital importance. The fate of the fairy tale kingdom and the human world depends on Jacob and William making a love match. The Fairy Queen will have to recruit ogres, and dwarves to help fight those against the match, such as witches, dragons, and a well-meaning preacher.



Wednesday, May 2, 2018

A New Avondale Story is on the Horizon

Coming soon

The DNA Calls it Murder

(an Avondale Story featuring George and Mike)

Chief George Martin and his detectives face a new challenge.  Whole families are being murdered, and nobody’s talking—at least until the past is brought to light.

I don't have a date to announce as yet, but the novel is well underway.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

The Shanarra Chronicles - Season One is OK, but Season Two is a disaster

Having read many of the Shanarra books years ago, I was (initially, at least) excited to see the story turned into a series; but what a disappointment.

The first three books are a trilogy, collectively known as "The Sword of Shanarra" and season one more or less follows Book Two of the trilogy.

Some of the characters are especially attractive, including, but not limited to:

Austin Butler as Wil Ohmsford

Marcus Vanco is particularly appealing as Bandon (a character that does not appear in the books):

Manu Bennett, who spent much of his time in the Sparactus series totally naked, appears as the Druid Allanon, but unlike his role in Spartacus, he's totally clothed in this series:

And lets not overlook John Rhys-Davies, who at age 73, is still going strong.  His portrayal of the elf king was very good.

The series was done by MTV, and it was obviously targeted at a teenaged audience.  Season one was decently done, but in Season two, they went off the deep end.  The end result of the story more or less matched the book, but the storyline got there in a totally different way.  Characters were added; characters were changed; and there were too many extraneous storylines added.  The story turned in to a gigantic soap opera of sorts.

The film makers bowed to the current cries for "diversity" and added a pair of lesbians, several black characters and others.  Good grief, the book has elves; gnomes; druids; demons; and what have you - it could hardly have been more diverse.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Another good one gone!

After fifty-one years of serving delicious food, Joey's Pancake House in Maggie Valley, NC closed its doors.  Its last day of business was June 13, 2017.  The owner, and widow of the founder, is seventy, suffering from health problems, and cannot do the work anymore.  In addition, she has had problems keeping the restaurant fully staffed.

 Joey's was an iconic landmark in Maggie Valley, and it was always full of hungry people, with many more waiting outside.

Farewell Joey's - we will miss you.






Monday, March 5, 2018

New Book available from author Gerald Lopez

City of Dead men is a sequel to Gerald Lopez's second book, "Dead Men Tell Tales."

Things in the town of New Eden have been quiet, but that’s about to change. Ken and Mason have been living happily together raising their two adopted sons. But police officer Ken’s new case will affect those he loves, including Mason. New people have come to town—some good and others bad. Familiar characters face big changes in their lives even as others are fighting for survival. And everything leads to the mysterious city of dead men.

Now available from Smashwords and Amazon?