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Blog tour guest post – Ethan Stone
Life is full of twists and turns. We plan one thing and something totally different happens. At times it can feel pointless to even make plans.
There have been plenty of curves in my life. At one point I wanted to be a minister, then I went to college for Journalism. I spent a few years as a newspaper reporter before realizing I simply did not like the job and the career path wasn’t for me. And now, I work at a maximum security prison. Did you follow that path from minister to correctional officer? From super religious church goer to writer of gay erotica. Quite a leap.
Two years ago I was with a man I thought I would be with forever. That fell apart but just recently my daughter married his son. Yes, I am now related to my ex-boyfriend.
If my there had been a warning label on my life back then which said In two years you will not be with the man you think, but you will be related to him I would’ve laughed and said No, thanks. But it’s been a wild ride. It’s much better for my ex to be my ex. Way flippin’ better. While the family my daughter married into isn’t the one I would’ve chosen for her, her husband is a great man who treats her and her kids wonderfully.
Sometimes life is better if you don’t know where it’s going. And I think the same can be said for books. Life doesn’t come with warning label and that’s a good thing. Like Garth Brooks said “I could have missed the pain, but I’ve have had to miss the dance.”
I think books and movies, like life, are better left to chance, without warning labels. In movies those are called plot spoilers. Sixth Sense and Crying Game are two very good movies where the big twist at the end were better if you didn’t know it before you saw the movie.
Mainstream books don’t come with warning labels. Stephen King books don’t say: Warning this book contains murder and blood and gore which could be offensive to some people. And if his books don’t contain his usual fare there isn’t a warning stating that.
To me, as a gay man, I am offended by such warnings as This book contains acts of a homosexual nature which may be offensive to some people. I think that blurbs can usually clue a reader in to the fact the book is about gay guys. If not the excerpt certainly would.
I can’t read heterosexual sex scenes. As much as I loved Carol Lynne’s Good-Time Boys series I couldn’t read all of Twin Temptations. It wasn’t the twincest which bothered me, it was the introduction of a woman.
If I find het sex in books offensive, should there be a warning on regular romance books? Warning: This book contains scenes of a sexual nature using a penis and a vagina. No, because I can look at a cover, read a blurb or read an excerpt and figure out it’s probably something I wouldn’t care for.
I love being surprised in a book. OMG, Cami isn’t a girl! I do avoid books because of warning labels and I’m sure I am missing some really great books. Readers who don’t like threesomes are warned, even though the threesome is a short scene and integral to the plot.
In my books I like to try and surprise the reader. Cristian Flesh, the star of my Flesh trilogy, has sex with several men in the first book, In the Flesh, before he falls for Colby. I didn’t want readers to know right away that Cristian and Colby were meant to be together.
Flesh & Blood, the second book, starts with a wedding and I tried to make readers think it was Cristian and Colby getting married, when it wasn’t. The book also ended with a surprise when it looked like I had killed of a supporting character, Gabe. My beta readers flipped out thinking Gabe was dead. I’d always planned for Gabe to be the star of the third book, Blood and Tears, and I would’ve revealed Gabe being alive in that book. I decided to add something at the end to reveal to Cristian and the readers that Gabe hadn’t really died.
Go with the flow in life and in books. Read a book despite of a warning label. Don’t let preconceived notions get in the way of enjoying a book.
Luke’s friendship with Ben Skinner and relationship with Kyle Morgan helps him heal his broken heart, but the nightmares, which are actually repressed memories, threaten to destroy the peace he has found.
Soon, Luke’s investigation into his past puts his life—and the lives of the people he cares about—in danger. But he refuses to give up, not even when he finds out he is connected to a massive government cover-up…
- Publisher Amber Quill
- ISBN-13: 978-1-61124-268-3 (Electronic)
- ISBN-13: 978-1-61124-919-4 (Paperback)
- Genres: Gay / Contemporary / Mystery / Detective / Suspense / Thriller
- Heat Level: 3
- Length: Novel (70k words / 208 paperback pages)
- Excerpt will be posted today!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Below is my official bio with Dreamspinner Press, but I wanted to do something a little more personal. Ethan Stone is not my real name, I use it because I am not out of the closet, though my family and close friends know I am gay. However, due to the community I live in and the job I have, hiding my sexuality is a necessity at this point in my life.
I am a single father with a wonderful and aggravating teenage son. I also have two cats who think it’s their job to cover my house with their hair and a Pomeranian who thinks he’s a Pitbull.
I’ve always loved to write and one point thought journalism was my dream career. I eventually accepted that writing because I had to was nowhere near as much fun doing it because I want to.
Stories starring gay men have always been in my head but thought they would always be relegated to erotica websites. And then I discovered the wonderful world of M/M publishing.
Relationship info: Stay tuned…
Feel free to ask me any questions. Either here or through my email: firstname.lastname@example.org. If its a question I can’t or won’t answer I’ll let you know, but I’m not easily offended.
Thanks for being here and thanks for reading my stories.
Ethan Stone lives in Nevada. But not Reno or Las Vegas. There are other cities there, you know. Where he lives, gambling isn’t on every block, just every other block. He has been obsessed with two things in his life: books and all things gay. After spending years trying to ignore the voices in his head, he finally decided to sit down and listen to them. What he discovered was a perfect union of his two obsessions. Ethan has a day job that pays the bills. He wears a uniform to work and he looks damn sexy in it.
I am a filthy-mouthed 29-year-old full time mommy/wife/student, bookaholic, Twitter addict, & self-described tomboy-princess. I am never without at least one book (I usually have two... sometimes more), and I will be happy to tell you ALL about whichever book(s) I happen to be reading at the moment. :)