More Than 50% of Gay Fiction Readers are Straight

I recently wrote an article titled 3 Reasons Why You Don’t Have to be Gay to Like Gay Fiction. Read it here.

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The Final Episode of Tim on Broadway (Season One) is Out!

It’s finally here, the last episode (5) of Tim on Broadway: Season One. Click here to get your copy—and find out what happens to Tim.

 

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Tim on Broadway Back on Amazon’s Top 5

Thanks to @eBookDaily (eBookDaily.com) and @CJLyonswriter of Digital Book Day, Tim on Broadway is now back on top—currently at # 4 on Amazon’s gay fiction, short reads best-seller list.

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In its first week of release, the story about an overweight gay guy—his affinity for Broadway theater as well as the bag boy at the grocery store—reached #1! It has remained in the top 20 ever since. But this week, TOB is once again climbing the charts.

The first season of Tim on Broadway is being released in five episodes. You can get your free copy of episode 1 at Amazon, and you can follow the series at rickbettencourt.com.

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The Salem Patch Takes Me On

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Read what the Salem Patch—the news for Salem, Massachusetts—has to say about me and Tim on Broadway.

Tim on Broadway: Season One, Episode 4 Available Now!

Episode 4 is available now here!

Rick Does WHAT?!

I knew those on-camera classes I took in acting training would come in handy one day. Nailed it in one take!

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My First Video…Good Lord!

Lord, help us. I can’t believe they let me do this stuff. Some of us really shouldn’t be given a camera. Anyway, because many of you are viewers rather than readers (shame on you), I have decided to do a little (very little) video.

If this gets more hits than my books, I may have to consider retirement.

Tim on Broadway: Episodes 1-3 Now Available

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Bettencourt’s first novel, Tim on Broadway, is being released in weekly episodes throughout June and July of 2014. Once all five episodes are available, readers will be able to purchase the entire “season” in one volume. Tim on Broadway is a hilarious tale about Timothy Benton, an overweight gay man who is obsessed with theater about as much as he is with the bag boy at the grocery store, from which he got fired. One reviewer described it as, “a heart-warming tale, peppered with humour, with occasional moments of real emotional Bam!” Within the first week of its release, Tim on Broadway hit #1 on Amazon’s gay fiction short reads best-sellers list!

Get your copy today by clicking on the links below.

FREE (Episode 1) Amazon Barnes & Noble | iTunes | Kobo |  Scribd PageFoundry

Purchase (Episode 2) Amazon Barnes & Noble | iTunes Kobo |  Scribd PageFoundry

Purchase (Episode 3) Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes | Kobo |  Scribd | PageFoundry

LGBT Roundtable Discussion: In 100 Years, What Will Gay Be?

This week on my blog, we’re trying something a little different. In honor of LGBT Pride month, I am among a great group of panelists who will be hosting a month long discussion about Pride, LGBT Youth, Allies, and more. Our panelists are a diverse group of readers, writers, and supporters of gay fiction, including Larry Benjamin, Rick Bettencourt, Brandilyn Carpenter, Rob Colton, Andrew Q Gordon, Lane Hayes, Debbie McGowan, and Brandon Shire. Each week, two people will answer two questions related LGBT pride, rights, and related topics. We will also be giveaway free copies of eBooks by our participating authors and a Amazon gift card. You can enter on the RC below. There are special entries for each week of June, so don’t miss out on those.

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Please join in the discussion in the comments. You can gain entries into the giveaway, but more importantly, you can be part of a important and fun discussion. Though only 2 panelists will be posting each week, we will all be joining the discussion.

This Week’s Discussion

Marriage equality has been achieved in 19 states and DC and 11 more have had their bans overturned in court and are on appeal. How do you think Marriage Equality has affected the LGBT community.

Rick: On gay marriage, I can speak from experience: I’m one, of only a few, who have actually had more than one gay marriage. My first, wound up in a “gay” divorce—and was even featured in the NY Times. A few years later, I met Chris, and we were married, in Massachusetts, in 2012. We have since moved to Florida and are now dealing with the consequences of our marriage not being recognized here.

In my first marriage, we had been together several years. Like many relationships—gay and straight—we had our problems. But at the time, gay marriage was so new that there was talk of it being repealed—some things never change. So, we decided to get married and try to work on “us” later, before the courts ruled it illegal. While, in the long run, it may have been a mistake, being able to marry allowed us to bring things together in order to break us apart, both legally and emotionally.

Like so many unrecognized relationships, there’s a lack of lawfulness that can hurt a couple. For instance, look at how many couples (gay or straight) marry for health insurance and/or other financial benefits. Without the protection of marriage, many people can get hurt.

Being able to marry provides legitimacy, not only, in the eyes of society, but it also gives validity to the feelings and needs of the couple.

What are gay activists/allies getting right? What are they getting wrong?

Rick: I live in a pretty conservative town. Living alongside a bunch of religious Republicans doesn’t really bother me. In fact, I think I fit in just fine. Don’t revoke my gay card but I kind of like my conservative neighbors even though I don’t agree with them on every issue. I try to respect and understand their point of view.

My husband and I are considered “the boys” by our neighbors. Some know we are a couple—we have a one bedroom, for God’s sake!—and others barely care. I suppose there are a few who talk behind our backs—think we’re going to hell in hand basket—but we don’t seek them out, and nor do they of us.

Our area is filled with Romney-stickered cars that take our neighbors to church every Sunday. Yet I don’t think these people care about our gay marriage. In fact, lately we’ve been sitting beside them in the church pew to see what all the fuss is about. Mixing in is a great way to show them that we’re not the evil mongers that some paint us out to be.

I may be a bit of an anomaly but I kind of like living around people who are different than I am. I could live in the Village, San Fran or Provincetown but—no offense—after a few days there, I have enough gay energy in me to light up Las Vegas.

Maybe I’m not a good gay: I don’t regularly frequent gay bars. I don’t make it a point to travel to gay destinations and when I shop, if the business is gay-friendly great but I don’t go out of my way. In fact, I kind of like being around people who are different than me—straight people. Sure, it’s nice to regroup with the gay pack now and again but most of my friends and family are heterosexual—and I like them that way.

A lot of us gay folk don’t live in the big cities or those towns that even make a blip on the gaydar—and I think that’s great. Those off-the-beaten-path towns are where we need to be who we are even more.

My little “meet the moderates in the middle” approach may not be as brazen as those that came before us—fighting for our rights at Stonewall, for instance—or by being the first of openly gay NFL player. But there’s a place for us moderates who are quietly gay wherever we go. In fact, I would argue that temperance can sometimes speak volumes over the Johnny Weirs who parade about Russia in black leather pants, wedge-heeled boots and a wrap of salt and pepper-tinged fur.

Nowadays America sees homosexuality differently than just five years ago. Why? Surely because of those liberals who have fought for our rights, but also because of Tom and Bob who quietly raise their son in suburban America; and Mary and Ellen who are just an ordinary couple trying to make a living in a straight town.

We’ve come a long way. And we can go a lot further by being who we are, meeting in the middle and embracing the differences of those who are not like us. Doesn’t that sound an awful lot like what we’ve been asking of them?

As more and more fence-sitters come to their senses and realize being gay is just as ordinary as having green eyes or being left-handed—and we respect their traditionalist views, we’ll show conservatives that being gay is normal.

Today’s gay activist is just a regular Dick or Jane.

About our Panelists

Larry Benjamin: Bronx-born wordsmith Larry Benjamin, is the author of the gay novels, Unbroken, and What Binds Us and the short story collection Damaged Angels. Larry will be hosting the discussion starting 9 June 2014

Twitter: @WriterLarry

Website: http://www.larrybenjamin.com

Rick Bettencourt: Rick Bettencourt is the author of NOT SURE BOYS, PAINTING WITH WINE and TIM ON BROADWAY. Rick hates to cook, and can often be seen eating out. He lives in the Tampa Bay area, with his husband and their dog, Bandit. Rick will be hosting the discussion starting 23 June 2014

Twitter: @rbettenc

Website: http://rickbettencourt.wordpress.com/

Brandilyn Carpenter: Brandilyn is the odd duck in this group. She owns an LGBTQ fiction focused review blog, Prism Book Alliance, and is the married mother of 3 young children. She is an advocate for equal rights and tirelessly promotes the gay fiction genre. Brandilyn will be hosting the discussion starting 16 June 2014

Twitter: @BrandilynRC

Website: http://www.prismbookalliance.com

Rob Colton: Rob Colton is a software developer by day, and avid reader of romance novels at night. A romantic at heart, he loves stories that feature big, burly men who find true love and happy endings. Rob will be hosting the discussion starting 16 June 2014 Twitter: @robcub32 Website: http://robcolton.com/

Andrew Q Gordon: Andrew Q. Gordon lives in the DC Metro area with his husband and 2 year old daughter. While he enjoys most types of fiction, his current works include MM Fantasy, Paranormal and Contemporary Fiction. Andrew will be hosting the discussion starting 2 June 2014

Twitter: @AndrewQGordon

Website: http://andrewqgordon.com/

Lane Hayes: Lane Hayes is a M/M author, 2013 Rainbow Award finalist for her first release Better Than Good, designer, reader, lover of chocolate, red wine & clever people. Lane will be hosting the discussion starting 23 June 2014

Twitter: @LaneHayes3

Website: http://lanehayes.wordpress.com/

Debbie McGowan: Debbie McGowan is based in Lancashire, England. She writes character-driven fiction, runs an independent publishing company, and lectures in social science. Sometimes she sleeps, too! Debbie will be hosting the discussion starting 2 June 2014

Twitter: @writerdebmcg

Website: http://www.debbiemcgowan.co.uk

Brandon Shire: Brandon Shire writes fiction about human intimacy and interactions. He loves chocolate and is a staunch advocate for homeless LGBT youth. Brandon will be hosting the discussion starting 9 June 2014

Twitter: @thebrandonshire

Website: http://brandonshire.com

Giveaway

Prizes (4 winners):

  • $ 10 Amazon GC, eBook Listening to Dust by Brandon Shire, & eBook Not Sure Boys by Rick Bettencourt
  • $ 10 Amazon GC, eBook Painting with Wine by Rick Bettencourt, & eBook from Andrew Q Gordon’s backlist
  • $ 10 Amazon GC, eBook Unbroken by Larry Benjamin, & eBook Champagne by Debbie McGowen
  • $ 10 Amazon GC, eBook from Rob Colton’s backlist, & eBook from Lane Hayes’ backlist

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