The Next Chapter – A Poem

* For Michael 

If our life together was a book,ecardud8eb2_34086

it would pulse with light,

sending out a joyous energy

that would make the air around it

shine like the sun.

If our life together was a book,

it would be a cherished classic,

as timeless as our love,

filled with princes and magic.

We would hear characters’ voices

and the tinkling of music,

soft and lilting like the sweetest waltz,

coming from its pages.

If our life together was a book,

I would carry it with me

beside my heart,

taking comfort in knowing

that you were near.

The life we have written and lived together

is better than any book.

It’s more fantastical than any fantasy,

more beautiful than any fairy tale

and more passionate than any romance.

I used to live my life through books,

but now I will simply live,

because I get to live my life with you.

Whatever the next chapter of our life brings,

I will celebrate it,

because I celebrate you.

Even though I can hear

the rustling of pages as time passes,

I welcome the sound

and the next chapter with you,

whatever it may bring.

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Spirit Gifts – A Poem

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You have removed

the veil that

sat between me

and the windows

to my soul,

letting the light

shine through, showing

me what Spirit

had to tell

me. You have

opened the doors

that stood between

me and the

knowledge I so

desperately wanted to

retain, so that

I could decipher

and decode. You

have given us

knowledge, so that

the cards have

become stepping stones

that litter the

ground, each a

shining jewel that

beckons us to

look and to

intuitively know. You

have given us

this gift and

our thanks is

not enough. My

Spirit raises a

Cup to you,

lays a Wand

at your feet,

bestows upon you

a Sword, mighty

and true. Lastly,

my Spirit hands

you a coin,

covered in the

markings of a

Pentacle upon its

surface. These are

but tokens of

my appreciation for

all that you

have given us.

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Lust and Lemonade – Meet Chuck!

smaller coverFor the sixth and final character interview, say hello to Chuck everyone! Welcome to the blog! It’s so nice to have you here!

Chuck: Thanks for having me, man. Do you got any beer?

Well, sure. I also have some tea and coffee. Oh, and some nice biscuits!

Chuck: Nah, I don’t go in for that sissy stuff, that’s more Nancy’s game. Still though, thanks for the beer. I’m trying to kill a hangover before I go out for the night.

Are you sure it’s wise to drink more beer, then?

Chuck: Hey, hair of the dog man, hair of the dog.

So tell me a bit about yourself. What are your dreams and aspirations? What do you want out of life?

Chuck: Aw, I don’t know man. I dream of doing as many men as possible in a single night. My record is eight.

Isn’t that a little much?

Chuck: Nah, it’s not enough! There’s always another hole, always another guy!

But wouldn’t you rather have a lasting relationship with someone that loves you?

Chuck: Had that, didn’t work out. The guy was a tool.

But you tried again, right? I mean, you can’t let one guy dictate the rest of your life.

Chuck: No man, I didn’t. (shakes head) I don’t let anyone get that close. That’s why places like bath houses rock the Csaba. No commitment, no talking except for the occasional moan and you get to go back to your own place afterwards. That’s like the perfect night!

Hmm, sounds kind of lonely to me. I always look forward to coming home to someone who wants to know how my day was.

Chuck: Yeah, well who asked you? (crosses arms)

I’m sorry if I’ve offended you, Chuck. Really. Here, I have some beer nuts to go with your beer. Will that make it better?

Chuck: (looks at the beer nuts and takes them) It’ll help.

I really am sorry, Chuck.

Chuck: Nah, it’s okay. I just want…

(waits for a response, but Chuck stays quiet) What do you want, Chuck?

Chuck: All that stuff you said, everything. Do you think I like being a manwhore all the time? It’s exhausting!

Then you have to wait until the right man finds you.

Chuck: But I’ve slept with all of them! Everyone wants the same thing, to fuck or be fucked. That’s all they want, all of them.

I wouldn’t be so sure. Just give it time, okay?

Chuck: Okay…can I have some more of those beer nuts?

Sure Chuck, here you go.

 

Here’s a bit about the book:

What does it take to find love in the gay community?

In a world filled with one-night stands, glory hole blowjobs and weeklong romances, what does it take to find love? This is just what our protagonist Blaine worries about. Unlike his friends, he wants to settle down.

Chuck is just looking for Mr. Right Now. A self-proclaimed jock, he is always on the lookout for a good time. But what happens when a good time becomes a very good time? Does he run away from his feelings? Or admit them to himself?

Mike and William are having problems. Marital problems. Though they don’t sleep together, they do like to sleep with others and share their stories. They had wanted a no strings attached marriage. But they did not count on actually falling in love. With each other!

Nancy is just looking for love. True and honest love. Though a little bit eccentric, he is nonetheless good to go when he catches a bartender’s eye. But is Devon what he seems? Or does a secret lurk there?

Poppy is a little distraught. A self-proclaimed man hating lipstick lesbian, she’s beginning to have doubts about her sexuality. It may have something to do with the baby in her stomach. Her lover River Moon Falls will be pissed if she finds out!

She does the only thing she can do: turns to her best friend Blaine for help. Despairing that he will ever meet Mr. Right, Blaine is surprised to find him in Justin, the father of Poppy’s unborn son….

When all of these people come together, love is sure to show up somewhere…

We hope.

You can meet Chuck in Lust and Lemonade, available April 20th from Renaissance Press! Learn more here: http://renaissancebookpress.com/

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Lust and Lemonade – Meet Cordelia!

smaller coverFor the fifth (and final) character interview, we’d like to welcome…ma’am, what are you doing here? This interview is supposed to be with Chuck.

Cordelia: I know that, I thought I’d gate crash the party. Why would you just interview the young ones and not the vintage ones? Don’t you realize how fabulous I am?

I’m sorry, Cordelia. Everyone, meet Cordelia. Welcome to the blog.

Cordelia: Oh, call me Nan, everyone else does And what kind of welcome is this without a drink? Don’t I get a cocktail of some kind?

Isn’t it a little early? It’s 8:25 in the morning.

Cordelia: Well, it’s booze o’clock somewhere in the world, isn’t it? Fine, I’ll make do with this tea then. If I can’t have a cocktail, can I have a little cock instead?

Um…I don’t…um…

Cordelia: (laughing) Oh, don’t fret, I’m only teasing. Young people are so sensitive these days!

Oh, okay! Um, well can you tell readers a little bit about yourself?

Cordelia: Well, I’m an older lady with a zest for life. I like to engage with life rather than watch it pass me by.

How old are you?

Cordelia: (gives a stern look) A gentleman never asks a lady her age. Let’s just say I’m old enough to know better and do what I want anyway.

Okay then. So then who are you in relation to the group?

Cordelia: I’m Blaine’s grandmother. Isn’t he the sweetest?

He is pretty special.

Cordelia: Damn right. He’s a prince among men. But I might be a little biased. I love all the kids, Mike and Poppy and Chuck and sweet Nancy. But Blaine will forever be my boy.

That sounds lovely. You call the others your kids?

Cordelia: I do. I’ve looked after all of them in times of trouble and celebration. I’ve known them all since they were younger, Blaine would bring them by and they were the sweetest kids. I’ve watched them grow into amazing adults, so I feel they are like my children, you know?

Of course. So you must have known Blaine’s parents. Where are they? Why aren’t they part of Blaine’s life?

Cordelia: (looks flustered) Well, that’s a heavy question for so early in the morning and without a cocktail.

I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to make you uncomfortable.

Cordelia: You didn’t. We just don’t talk about that. They went away, they wanted nothing to do with Blaine. Such a sweet boy, my Blaine. He’s only had me his entire life. It just happens like that sometimes, you know?

I do indeed. So if you wanted to tell my readers one thing, what would it be?

Cordelia: (thinking) Don’t let life pass you by. Don’t let life dictate where you want to go. And it’s okay to take it out of your pants until you find love. There’s nothing wrong with a little rumple foreskin, as long as you’re safe and have fun.

Oh! (coughs) All right then!

Cordelia: Young people. So sensitive!

 

Here’s a bit about the book:

What does it take to find love in the gay community?

In a world filled with one-night stands, glory hole blowjobs and weeklong romances, what does it take to find love? This is just what our protagonist Blaine worries about. Unlike his friends, he wants to settle down.

Chuck is just looking for Mr. Right Now. A self-proclaimed jock, he is always on the lookout for a good time. But what happens when a good time becomes a very good time? Does he run away from his feelings? Or admit them to himself?

Mike and William are having problems. Marital problems. Though they don’t sleep together, they do like to sleep with others and share their stories. They had wanted a no strings attached marriage. But they did not count on actually falling in love. With each other!

Nancy is just looking for love. True and honest love. Though a little bit eccentric, he is nonetheless good to go when he catches a bartender’s eye. But is Devon what he seems? Or does a secret lurk there?

Poppy is a little distraught. A self-proclaimed man hating lipstick lesbian, she’s beginning to have doubts about her sexuality. It may have something to do with the baby in her stomach. Her lover River Moon Falls will be pissed if she finds out!

She does the only thing she can do: turns to her best friend Blaine for help. Despairing that he will ever meet Mr. Right, Blaine is surprised to find him in Justin, the father of Poppy’s unborn son….

When all of these people come together, love is sure to show up somewhere…

We hope.

You can meet Cordelia in Lust and Lemonade, available April 20th from Renaissance Press! Learn more here: http://renaissancebookpress.com/

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Lust and Lemonade – Meet Mike!

smaller coverFor the fourth of five character interviews, lets welcome Mike to the blog! It’s so nice to have you here, Mike.

Mike: Thanks for having me. Pretty spacious blog. And fancy too, I don’t know if I’m dressed well enough.

Well, no one can see what you’re wearing.

Mike: Then they can’t tell that I’m naked. That’s a good thing.

Awesome. So tell me a bit about yourself? What do you do for a living?

Mike: Why does every guy ask that? It’s like the first question you get asked. Why not ask me something else, like have you read any good books lately? Or do you like to cook?

Okay. Have you read any good books lately? Do you like to cook?

Mike: I just finished reading Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. Awesome book full of fascinating people. And I like to cook, but William just normally orders take out.

And William is your partner?

Mike: He’s my husband, yes.

How long have you guys been married?

Mike: Five years. It’s okay, I like being married. I just with we’d sleep together, just once, though.

What do you mean? Haven’t you ever slept together?

Mike: Nope. We sleep around with other people and tell each other about it afterwards. It used to be fun, actually. Like I was on some sort of sexual escapade.

It’s not fun now?

Mike: (shrugs) I guess. I just wish I had a relationship with someone that I was actually able to build something with.

But you and William have a home together?

Mike: Nah, it’s not a home. It’s four walls that hold our stuff. A home is a place filled with warmth and comfort. We don’t have that.

I’m sorry to bring all this up for you.

Mike: It’s all good. I don’t have to go see a shrink later. And you’re a good listener.

Have you ever tried to tell William how you feel?

Mike: Nah, he’s always got his dick in someone, you know? (shakes head) I don’t know. I love him. I mean, he’s my husband, right? But I don’t love this.

So tell him. Be honest with him about how you feel. What’s the worst that could happen?

Mike: We actually sleep together?

Well, sure. That’s one way to look at it.

Mike: Thanks. Thanks for listening. Did you want to fool around?

No, thank you. I’m all good…

 

 

Here’s a bit about the book:

What does it take to find love in the gay community?

In a world filled with one-night stands, glory hole blowjobs and weeklong romances, what does it take to find love? This is just what our protagonist Blaine worries about. Unlike his friends, he wants to settle down.

Chuck is just looking for Mr. Right Now. A self-proclaimed jock, he is always on the lookout for a good time. But what happens when a good time becomes a very good time? Does he run away from his feelings? Or admit them to himself?

Mike and William are having problems. Marital problems. Though they don’t sleep together, they do like to sleep with others and share their stories. They had wanted a no strings attached marriage. But they did not count on actually falling in love. With each other!

Nancy is just looking for love. True and honest love. Though a little bit eccentric, he is nonetheless good to go when he catches a bartender’s eye. But is Devon what he seems? Or does a secret lurk there?

Poppy is a little distraught. A self-proclaimed man hating lipstick lesbian, she’s beginning to have doubts about her sexuality. It may have something to do with the baby in her stomach. Her lover River Moon Falls will be pissed if she finds out!

She does the only thing she can do: turns to her best friend Blaine for help. Despairing that he will ever meet Mr. Right, Blaine is surprised to find him in Justin, the father of Poppy’s unborn son….

When all of these people come together, love is sure to show up somewhere…

We hope.

You can meet Mike in Lust and Lemonade, available April 20th from Renaissance Press! Learn more here: http://renaissancebookpress.com/

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Lust and Lemonade – Meet Poppy!

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For the third of five character interviews, say hello to Poppy! Thank you for stopping by and talking with us tonight.

Poppy: You’re totally welcome. Say, does this top make me look fat?

Um…

Poppy: (laughs) I’m just puling your leg. What does a lady have to do to get a drink around here anyways?

Would you like a cup of coffee?

Poppy: Can’t, but thanks though. I’d love a cup of tea though.

Done. So tell me a little bit about yourself. What do you do for a living?

Poppy: I live, I love, I laugh.

I’m sorry?

Poppy: I live off a trust fund and money that was left to me when my parents passed away. I don’t have to work, so I don’t.

Oh, now I am sorry.

Poppy: Oh, don’t be. My parents were lovely people and they lived for a long time. They always told me to be who I was and no one else. When I came out of the closet, my mother threw a Goddess Party. It was pretty freaking awesome.

So have you always known you were lesbian?

Poppy: Sure, have you always known you had a penis?

Um…

Poppy: Just yanking the other leg. But asking me if I always knew I was gay is like asking me have I always breathed, you know?

Yeah. I know. Okay, so are you seeing anyone?

Poppy: Yeah, sort of. I’m living with a woman named Connie Collins but she likes to call herself River Moon Falls.

River Moon…?

Poppy: Yep, River Moon Falls. And for someone with such a soft name, she can be a real bitch. And don’t let her cook for you, whatever you do. She massacres food more than she cooks it.

So you’re not happy with her?

Poppy: Is anyone happy with anyone else, I mean truly happy? I’d love to find a woman like that, a sweet woman who would love all of me, even my faults. Who would stand up for me when I needed protecting, balance me when I needed grounding. Someone who would hold me up when I needed support, you know? Man, that’d be freaking sweet. It would be good if she had a nice ass too. Oh, and she’d have to be a good kisser. That’s a given.

You don’t have that with Connie, uh, River Moon Falls?

Poppy: (laughs) No way Jose! Not even close. Sometimes I wonder why I’m living with her. She came over to fool around one night a couple of years ago and she never left. Man, is she ever going to be pissed off when she finds out.

Finds out about what?

Poppy: (rubs her stomach) That I’m eating for two, now.

 

Here’s a bit about the book:

What does it take to find love in the gay community?

In a world filled with one-night stands, glory hole blowjobs and weeklong romances, what does it take to find love? This is just what our protagonist Blaine worries about. Unlike his friends, he wants to settle down.

Chuck is just looking for Mr. Right Now. A self-proclaimed jock, he is always on the lookout for a good time. But what happens when a good time becomes a very good time? Does he run away from his feelings? Or admit them to himself?

Mike and William are having problems. Marital problems. Though they don’t sleep together, they do like to sleep with others and share their stories. They had wanted a no strings attached marriage. But they did not count on actually falling in love. With each other!

Nancy is just looking for love. True and honest love. Though a little bit eccentric, he is nonetheless good to go when he catches a bartender’s eye. But is Devon what he seems? Or does a secret lurk there?

Poppy is a little distraught. A self-proclaimed man hating lipstick lesbian, she’s beginning to have doubts about her sexuality. It may have something to do with the baby in her stomach. Her lover River Moon Falls will be pissed if she finds out!

She does the only thing she can do: turns to her best friend Blaine for help. Despairing that he will ever meet Mr. Right, Blaine is surprised to find him in Justin, the father of Poppy’s unborn son….

When all of these people come together, love is sure to show up somewhere…

We hope.

You can meet Poppy in Lust and Lemonade, available April 20th from Renaissance Press! Learn more here: http://renaissancebookpress.com/

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Magical Love – A Poem

Happy Anniversary to the man I love. I can’t believe I’ve been with you for three years when it only feels as if I met you a month ago. I can’t wait to explore all that life has to offer with you by my side. xoxoxo

*

When I was younger,large

I cast a spell for you.

I wished for a man who was kind,

a man who was sincere,

someone who had a sense of humour,

who liked to laugh,

who enjoyed the sound

of the wind through the trees.

I wished for a man who

would love all of me completely.

I kept that wish,

bright as a star,

inside of a box.

At night, it would brighten my room,

dissolving the shadows.

As the years went by,

I began to wonder

if my spell had lost its power.

I had met many men,

but none that met

the elements of the spell

that I had laid out

all those years ago.

The wish inside a box

underneath my bed

no longer dissolved the shadows.

It had but a pinprick of

light and magic left.

When the wish grew dark,

I gave up all hope

that I would meet you.

Instead, I prepared for a life alone.

The very next day,

I met you.

You stood, glowing with light,

as if you carried my wish

inside of you and the light

was trying to burst free.

When I met you,

I knew that you

were who I had wished for

all those years ago.

We share a magical love,

a love that knows no boundaries,

one that grew from a seed

of the brightest magic

into a star that we

both carry inside of us.

I love you more than words can say

and as we prepare to

let our love grow further,

I can’t wait to find out

what kind of magic

we will create,

brighter than the stars.

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