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  1. Did Wayne call anyone else kiddo? He called me kiddo all the time! I even remember telling him "Wayne, I'm not a kid." He was like "I know that, you're a kiddo."
  2. R.I.P. @comicfan You were an amazing friend to me over the years and I will miss you dearly. I truly hope you are at peace.

    😭

    1. wildone

      wildone

      Every time I read this, it is just unbelievable :( I too hope that he is looking down and feeling all the love that we can give :hug: 

  3. This is not a blog post that I thought I'd ever have to make, and it pains me greatly to write it now, so please bear with me. It is with a saddened heart that I must announce the passing of my dear friend, and fellow author, Wayne, aka @comicfan He's gone by many titles on GA over the years, though most of you may know him as the "prompt guru" who posted prompts every Friday to help get the writing juices flowing. Wayne was definitely one of a kind, and never had a bad word to say about anyone. Whether you'd known him for years, or barely met him, he would always have a kind word to say. Gay Authors will definitely not be the same without him. He was a friend to everyone and he touched many people with his words, whether just in passing or in his stories. He had the biggest heart of anyone I know. If you were having a rough time, he was there, and if you were part of his card list, you might get a postcard or a card in the mail, just letting you know you weren't alone and that he was thinking of you. I truly never met anyone like him, and I will forever miss my friend. For the remainder of the week, all staff blogs will be put on pause as we remember this wonderful person who left the world far to soon. Please feel free to share your memories of Wayne in the comments.
  4. Sorry for the delay in announcing the winner! First of all, I want to thank all of the authors who participated in the flash fiction challenge that we held in June! Unfortunately, there could only be 1 winner. And the winner, with the most votes, was.... kbois Congratulations!
  5. Hope everyone had a great weekend. We had a blast here at my house, celebrating our little mans 3rd birthday! To start you week off, we have this great review for you to check out. Enjoy! Trophy Cub Grumpy Bear Reviwer: Chris191070 Status: Complete Word Count: 78,733 This isn't your normal were-creature story, in fact the first few chapters contain quite disturbing content. If you find scenes of rape, violence and group sex disturbing then this isn't the story for you. But bearing that it mind, if you get past the first 7 or 8 chapters, you'll be OK. This story introduces us to Mike who is hoping to find his Mr Right on Bear Night, but that all goes wrong when he is kidnapped by a sadistic Lycan pack who imprison him and use him as their human sex slave. One night he's taken to a bar where he's used and abused by the lycans. This is where we learn he's Bear Kindred and he finds his Mr Right, only it's not that simple. What follows is a story that introduces us to were-bears, their history and the adventures it takes Gunnar to rescue his Cub. The secondary characters are a delight and add love and humor. As astone2292 says: In terms of the perspective of the were-creature genre, the author does his work to set his universe apart from others. Placing a stress of importance on kindred humans is both refreshing and welcome. This is the first story from this author and the first Book in the Were-bears in America. For those who love were-creature stories that contain a sliver of hope, this a great story. Category: Fiction Genres: Drama, Fantasy, Paranormal Tags: mature adult, were-creatures, adult, north america, anal, oral, rape, violent Rating: Mature
  6. Where does the time go?! I can't believe my little man is 3 now!!! I'm just not sure how that happened, no way does it feel like 3 years since he was born!!

    1. Daddydavek

      Daddydavek

      I'm right there with you!  My grandson turned three on Tuesday.  Congrats!

  7. Wow, it's been a while since I've done one of these, let's see if I remember how! I'm going to get right to it before little fingers come help me (he's supposed to be sleeping, but that doesn't always happen). So let's get right into it! Before Cia could kick off the Classic Author Week, Myr jumped in on Sunday with a couple of blogs about updates to the site. Then for Monday and Wednesday, Cia brought us the Classic Author Features! Going back a day, on Tuesday I (Renee) shared with you the entries for the Pride Flash Fiction contest. If you haven't already done so, go take a look and then vote for your favorite in the poll on the blog! Then Friday, we had the Anthology Wrap Up. Lots of great stories this go around, so once again, if you haven't already, I'd strongly suggest you check them out. And finally, Myr finished of our week with another blog about changes coming to the site. If three blogs from Myr weren't enough for the week, we also had his "Word of the Day" blogs. What were this weeks words, well, lets see! Sunday - Reconcile Monday - Wifty Tuesday - Illustrious Wednesday - Ergogenic Thursday - Flapdoodle Friday - Distrait Saturday - Falsetto Anthologies 2021 Anthology #2 Top Theme 1 - A Winding Path - October 31st, 2021 2021 Anthology #2 Top Theme 2- An Unconventional Gift - October 31st, 2021 2021 Anthology #2 Pot Luck Themes - October 31st, 2021 Anthology 101 - In the Anthology Forum. Everything you need to know about GA Anthologies Ask an Author Ask an Author 3.0 - Submit a story you like and 3 questions you would like to ask the author about. Send them to @astone2292 and @Renee Stevens **Please submit so Aaron can have a bank of stories and questions** Blog Opportunities Guess the Author: Open to all GA authors. PM @Renee Stevensor @wildone to participate Story Review: Send it in to @Renee Stevens or @Timothy M. Premium Updates: On Fire by Cia *Premium* Classic Updates: Panic2: Draw Me by Dabeagle Stuff People Do by Ronyx The Brilliant Boy Billionaire by Altimexis Signature Updates: Ancalagon by Cia Birds by Parker Owens Lorca's "Ode to Walt Whitman" by AC Benus Lucid Truth by Stellar Musings of a Mongoose by Cynus On Fire by Cia Only Prompts by Mikiesboy Don't forget.... Read, Write, and REVIEW!!! (and Recommend with a share to the forum topic!)
  8. So, has everyone read all the anthologies? If not, here's another chance to check them out! 2021 Spring Anthology Support Team Anthology Coordinator Renee Stevens Tech Support Myr Proof Team Rec Valkyrie Parker Owens Anthology Banner Creation Mann Ramblings
  9. You're welcome! Thank you for participating!
  10. We had a few takers! Check these stories out and then comeback here to the poll and vote for your favorite!
  11. Sorry all, running a bit behind. I have an appointment for little man, but will post the contest blog with the voting poll when I get home!

  12. Hubby's fathers day cake.

    Marble cake with Peanut Butter mousse and chocolate ganache fillings, chocolate ganash drip, and chocolate frosting.

    Not perfect, but I don't think I did too bad!FB_IMG_1624178110249.jpg

    1. Valkyrie
    2. Reader1810

      Reader1810

      Looks beautiful and I bet it’s delicious, too. :) 

       

    3. Ron

      Ron

      Looks great! The only issue I can think of is that the cake probably tastes as good as it looks... :yes:

  13. Yes, though as long as they post around then I'll include them. I know there's some issues with the post dating, and as long as the link was posted in the thread I'll include it. If it didn't publish for whatever reason, I'll go in and manually publish as long as the link is posted before the thread locks.
  14. Happy Thursday, y'all! Hope you are all having a great week. First thing first, I missed an anthology entry for On The Road last week, so we'll start with that one and then go into the "Potluck" themes. Happy Reading!
  15. Sorry all, a bit behind today, so I'm just gonna give you today's review! Famous Last by lomax61 Reviewer: Talo Segura Status: Complete Word Count: 92,849 This book, published in November 2020 is set in contemporary Britain during the pandemic, something which the author handles well. It has a very British tone with expressions such as, "Freezing his bollocks off..." and, yes it's the winter, the story takes place over a few months leading up to Christmas and the New Year. Mr Lomax (the author) has a narrative style which elaborates not only his characters' thoughts and emotions, but their expressions, "Welcome surprise melted away his pissed-off mood. When he read the words again, pleasure curled in his stomach and his heart rate sped up. Of its own volition, a smile pushed its way to the surface and fixed itself on his face. Looking into space, he fanned himself with the card." Some of the metaphors, which flow thick and fast, bypassed me, "I'll Jamie Lee Curtis him if he tries anything." I certainly liked our protagonist, Spencer, how he comforted himself and wrestled with his own insecurities. He is the sort of guy you would enjoy being with and perhaps sharing a laugh together, but he doesn't give anything of himself away, so was always just the person you met and you never felt anything more. When Spencer's dad starts asking about boyfriends and thinking Spencer must, like all gay men, hook up on Gumblr, which Spencer corrects him on, Grindr, it gets more hilarious still. "Your brother used to have a waiting list courtesy of his straight one, Tinkler.” “Tinder!” said Spencer, horrified at the thought of an app by the name his father supplied." That made me laugh, I think our author has a wicked sense of humour. “So what do you make of the Sugar Boys?” “Sugar Boys?” “Tate and Lyle.” Spencer had choked on his tonic water. He hadn’t made the connection to the sugar company." Nor did I until it was made clear and caused yet more humour, although I should add that in Britain Tate and Lyle is to sugar what Hoover is to vacuum cleaners. The descriptions conjure up the exact picture and even (for me) provide education, having never encountered "mocktails" before, well not the word to describe the drink, although eminently suitable as an epithet. "Five of them shared a table overlooking the seafront—Peony happily agreeing to join them—as the foul-weathered light show playing out over the English Channel occasionally dragged their attention away from conversation. His brother sat with his arm protectively around Peony the whole time as she sipped on her pomegranate mocktail..." Whilst swept along with the unrolling story, carried on the waves of clever conversation and sharp observation, one nevertheless feels at pain to discover any deeper emotional connection. The characters are very real, representative of the host of people we encounter in our lives, but we only get the gloss and hardly touch any depth. Take the quasi suicide evoked when Spenser first meets Marshall, it was nothing more than a pretence play in a superficial world which leaves you wondering if anyone is affected by anything. Don't read that wrong, it's immensely entertaining, well written, and easy to read, it simply throws up a whole question about the lives these people are living. Later, as the romance builds, things get notably more dramatic, it is a slow build up, but along the way somewhere, I think everyone starts rooting for Spencer. When the author tells us about Killian's brilliant piece for the magazine and his use of malapropisms, one of the examples quoted is simply hilarious, "a former Tory minister decrying the Chinese authorities for banning the people of Hong Kong from enjoying 'universal suffering’ like the rest of the civilised world." When Joe turns up at the Bangladeshi restaurant, looking the worst for wear, it becomes apparent that there is a deeper emotional drama running through the story. There is more to this tale than a simple budgeoning romance in the glamourous, but rather superficial world of lifestyle magazine publishing. It would be an aweful pun to say we reach the climax of the story in the middle of the book, I say this only because I have my reservations about the place of graphic sex scenes. Lines like, "I want you inside me." which come as a relief to our handsome and debonair Marshall, are somewhat cringe-worthy. Then the graphic detail, "...he gasped aloud when a new coat of cooling lube pressed into his entrance. ...switching to a couple of fingers to loosen him up, gently but firmly twisting and probing, before adding another, ...maintaining the eager kissing until Spencer felt ready to come unglued." For me, the author came a little unstuck himself by indulging in the quasi-porn which, although at least one reader found it "hot," I'm sure others skipped through. My point is not with the graphic nature of the scene, but rather with having virtually a whole chapter of sex. A bit too much! Mr Lomax himself told me what he expected from a review and I believe I have fulfilled all requirements, like Spencer, perhaps I should get the job? "People often think the reviews are simply a reviewer's personal opinion about a production, which, in fairness, is what they generally are. But a true theatre review is created to guide somebody who is considering seeing a play, to give them background; an outline of the plot, about the historical setting, cultural significance, and relevance, and about some of the characters. Criticism should form only a small part of the review and, in my opinion, be wholly substantiated." If I have to sum all this up, and I do, I would label it light entertainment in the very best tradition. The kind of book you can take on holiday or read on the way to work. The observation and characterisation is great, the dialogue spot on, and the descriptive narrative welĺ drawn. It is most definitely of our time, the twenty-twenties, and the handling of the global health crisis is perfect. Like the whole story, it is there in perfect measure, as is the the very ordinary British family and the totally believable working life of Spencer. There is glitz, glamour, and celebraties, drama and angst, but above all there is romance, because this is after all a romance novel. It is superbly done, what more could you want? Go read it, and enjoy yourself. Category: Fiction Genres: Romance Tags: mature adult, adult, urban, europe, anal, light-hearted, 20th century, christmas. Rating: Mature
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