5 stars adult - 18+ Angst Level Book Contemporary Enemies to Lovers Gay Heat Index Insta Love lawyer m/m May/December May/December Mid level angst Morgan Novella 20-160 pgs (20k-40k words) Older MCs Purchased Scorching/high heat

Bear It All by Deanna Wadsworth


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Travis hired 1 Night Stand hoping for a hot encounter with a sexy older, hairy man, someone to make him feel safe and cherished, and John looks custom made to order.

After losing his partner three years ago, John needs to learn how to open his heart and live again. He thinks a one night stand in the Caribbean might be the answer, but when he sees the young, thin and much smaller Travis, he thinks the agency sent the wrong man.

Can desire overcome misunderstanding when these two bear it all? Or will both men walk away from exactly what they need and desire?



So… I like to read new authors, especially if I’m going to get a chance to meet them!  Deanna Wadsworth is scheduled to be at GRL this year so I looked into reading something by her as she’s new to me.

This was a DELIGHTFUL short little story – it takes place over 24 hours (mostly) and is so good!

In it, John, a “polar bear” (older hairy guy) requests a “date” from an online service that matches up people based on their desires and sends them on a deluxe date to meet and (probably) hook-up.  John has lost his husband – 2 years ago – and is doing his best to get over him.  He inadvertently asks for a carbon copy of his lost lover and is disappointed when he is paired with Travis instead.

Travis has requested an older, hairy guy and is PSYCHED when he meets John.  He’s broken hearted when John rejects him at first but…anger drives him to confront John and the two find “common ground”.

It’s very sweet and for being a short-story really well developed and complete.  The smexy times are hot and the feels are real and all in all I was totally impressed and will happily be looking for other works by this author!

5 of 5 stars


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Midnight Matings 2: Scales and a Tail (Audiobook) by Stormy Glenn Narrated by Johnny East

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The paranormal world is in chaos. The elders are tired of their younger people playing the field, causing trouble, and fighting with each other. Everyone who attends the UPAC Conference now has 24 hours to claim a mate of a different species. If they don’t, they will never have a mate. The spell is cast. There is no escaping the Midnight Matings. Beauregard Stratford is a bunny shifter. Simple enough, right? Unfortunately, he is the only white bunny shifter in existence. He also is cursed with violet eyes, hyperactivity, a strong weakness for anything shiny, and a penchant for leaving bubble gum everywhere. When he finds himself mated to Sebastian Drakus, a dragon shifter and prince of his kind, Beauregard can’t seem to make himself behave no matter how hard he tries. He wants to be good, to make Sebastian proud of him, really he does, but things just keep happening to him, bubble gum mishaps, getting drunk, not to mention that fact that he is a true bunny and constantly horny. Nothing seems to go right. Can he convince Sebastian he’s worth the trouble, or will the dragon prince wash his hands of the whole bunny fiasco?


If you are in the mood for something just silly, fun, sexy, and sentimental – this is for you!

This is an entire series, but you don’t necessarily have to read them in order. The first little bit explains the setting/rules for why there is an enforced order for shifters to find mates of an opposite species – something about strengthening bonds and diminishing in-fighting. Everyone is given some drug that compels them to find a mate – and they must claim them within 24 hours of drinking the drug. Then they must have sex similar to what you’d see on websites such as with them once a day for the next several years or risk losing the ability to shift forever. So… you can imagine how this is gonna play out!

In this one, the Prince of Dragons, Sebastian, finds a “nobody” bunny, Beuaregard, and mates him. But little Beuaregard is disarming and absolutely charms the heck out of Sebastian with every little whisker twitch.

It turns out bunny shifters – male and female – can get pregnant! This causes a ton of problems between Sebastian and Beuaregard when Sebastian ASSUMES it’s not his baby… disaster almost strikes but luckily they figure things out just in time.

It’s a really funny, sexy and sweet story – most of the stories in this series are like this – and I highly recommend it for fans of shifter romance.


Johnny East gives this a very melodramatic sort of feel – he’s fun to listen to in that “soap opera” way and I enjoyed listening to it very much.

4.5 of 5 stars


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Beta test (Gaymers #2) by Annabeth Albert


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Ravi Tandel is ahead of the game. He’s a top video game developer and he just got asked to present a top-secret project at a huge gaming conference in Seattle. All systems are a go…until he learns his office nemesis is coming along for the ride. Player vs. Player. Fight!

Newly minted MBA Tristan Jones doesn’t seem like the gaming type but he knows the business inside-out. Together, they’ll give an awesome presentation – they just have to survive the cross-country trip. Ravi’s opinion of Tristan is rebooted when he discovers a softer side to the conservative charmer and a new tension builds between them.

Despite their best efforts to keep it casual, things heat up quickly. Tristan is hiding his true self for fear of what his parents might think. Ravi knows that feeling all too well, but he didn’t disconnect from his family years ago only to hide who he is now. To be together, Tristan has to push past his fear and ultimately decide, does he want a future with Ravi? Or is it game over?


(This can be a standalone, but book one was awesome so read it first!)

Ravi and Tristan are two new employees at the game company where Adrian (from book one) works. Ravi is an artist, self confident, colorful, suave, funny, out and proud and an extrovert. Tristan is the PR/Business major, organized, anal retentive, quiet, nervous, in the closet and introverted.
When they first meet, the sparks start immediately. A total case of opposites attract. But… neither wants an office romance – or any romance at all – so it’s hands (and minds) off.

Fate, of course, has a different plan for these guys, and they end up not only working together on a project, but being responsible for driving it up to Seattle for a convention.

The two are obviously attracted to one another, but there are a world of hurdles keeping them from acting on that attraction: Tristan’s family, Ravi’s family, both of their past dating histories and … spreadsheets?


I adored book one (see review here) and it was great to see a couple glimpses of Noah and Adrian again, but you definitely don’t have to read book one to appreciate this story.

Tristan is an amazingly lovable character and he absolutely made me fall for this book! He’s so earnest and sweet and tries SOOOO hard to do the right thing ALL THE TIME. He absolutely needs someone like Ravi to shake things up and bring some color into his life. More importantly, he needs Ravi to show him how standing up for yourself is the right thing to do – even in the face of your family.

Ravi, on the surface, seems like he has it all together, but he’s just as full of insecurities as Tristan, they simply manifest differently. Tristan is just as good for Ravi as the reverse. I loved the anchoring presence and strength he provided and how well the two complemented one another – especially in the face of family drama.

The smexy times were super hot, but definitely didn’t overwhelm the story. I loved the gaming time – nothing like a sucker punch to make you reconsider your assumptions about a person! – and I hope we see Josiah in a story of his own in the near future!

I read through this in one sitting, totally captivated by page one and absolutely satisfied by the ending.

Highly recommended. 5 of 5 stars


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3.5 stars adult - 18+ Angst Level Author Provided Book Boss/employee Contemporary Dancer Gay Geek/Jock Heat Index Hidden Lovers Insta Love lawyer m/m May/December May/December Mid level angst Morgan Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Part of a Series Scorching/high heat

Make Me Trust (Hard to Love Book 2) by TA McKay




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When the spotlight shines, sometimes it brings you something you don’t expect.

Trey Colby has spent his life falling in love only to lose his heart to people who don’t deserve it. Time after time he’s been left broken when his boyfriends have thrown him aside for someone else.

But no more….

This time he is determined to harden his heart. If he doesn’t allow himself to trust then nobody can hurt him. This is the easiest way, the only way, to live. And it works…
Until he meets the man who would test every limit he has.

Dancing has always been one of Roman Knox’s biggest loves, although he never imagined it would be on a pole in front of a club full of men; men who see his body, but not him. He spends his days being overlooked, and that’s the way he likes it. He has no desire to be noticed… until one fateful night.
Now he has the one man he’s always fantasized about, the one man he shouldn’t want, watching him as he dances, and first the first time he craves to be seen.

When two worlds collide can secrets be kept? When the truth comes out can you convince the one person who refuses to trust, that you are there for them? Roman just wants to show Trey that he belongs to him, that he can give him everything he needs…

But when tragedy strikes can Trey depend on him for the support he needs? Can he give up the control he’s barely managing to hold on to? Can he keep the past from destroying his future?

All Trey needs in his life is that one person to who he can finally say…

Make Me Trust.


Roman (by day) is a nerdy paralegal trying to get a leg up in the office he works but he’s also in lust with his boss Trey Colby. Romeo (by night) uses dance to release the “true self” he can’t show the world due to his shyness and past experiences.

Trey is a tough lawyer who likes to be in charge. He meets Romeo at his dance club and has to have him. The problem is when he wants to come back for more Romeo/Roman knows it’s only a matter of time before he figures out just who he is and he tries to keep Trey from coming back only to have that blow up in his face.

Once the cat is out of the bag and they know who each other is – the problem is Roman working for Trey. The other issue – as the title suggests – is control in the form of trust. Will Trey be able to give it up enough to keep Roman?


I was very intrigued when I first started the story – it takes off like a fire-cracker and reels the reader right in. There’s sex, intrigue, dancing and a nerd! I loved it! I was a bit skeptical once the couple had met both as Roman and Romeo that Trey – super observant lawyer – didn’t put it together – it’s a bit like Clark Kent fooling everyone that he’s not Superman – but- you know – that can be poetic license…

What took this book from a 4 or a 5 for me was the length and the unnecessary drama. There was a lot of sex and though some of it played a role in making the characters open up, a lot of it was gratuitous. I also felt like the boss/employee thing would have been a deal breaker being as Trey is a lawyer and that’s a big no-no. But that wouldn’t mean the couple had to end – Roman’s a paralegal – surely he could’ve gotten a job somewhere else with a lovely recommendation?

Anyhow. I did love the two MCs, thought the smexy times were really hot and found the writing to be pretty good. (There were some awkward lack of contractions and some telling versus showing. It’s frequently difficult to read a book in the first person present tense especially when the POV changes back and forth so often.) But I enjoyed it enough to read the next book in the series about Roman’s roommate and Trey’s friend.

3.5 of 5 stars


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Gay Rom Lit Retreat 2016

In October we’re headed to Kansas City for the Gay Rom Lit 2016!  This is the list of authors who’ll be going.  We’ve already read (and loved!) so many on this list but there’s always the exciting chance to read (and meet!) someone new.

We’re going to feature GRL authors at least once a week from now on and we’ll include both new and previously read authors.

Feel free to read along with us and let us know your thoughts and if you plan on attending this year, too!

GRL Authors

Featured Authors

Jeff Adams

Arshad Ahsanuddin

Simone Anderson

Bru Baker

Laura Baumbach

Ally Blue

J.P. Bowie

TA Chase

Lex Chase

M.A. Church

Ethan Day

Jenn Dease

Nicole Dennis

Hank Edwards

CJane Elliott

Jeff Erno

Jacob Flores

LE Franks

Sandrine Gasq-Dion

Stormy Glenn

Amelia C. Gormley

Kaje Harper

Riley Hart

Jordan L. Hawk

Lane Hayes

Stephani Hecht

Lisa Henry

Pat Henshaw

Hans M Hirschi

J.K. (Kristen) Hogan

AC Katt

Amber Kell

Wade Kelly

K-lee Klein

Morticia Knight

Tara Lain

Alexa Land

Trina Lane

Catherine Lievens

Lynn Lorenz

Carol Lynne

Ruby MacIntyre

Edmond Manning

Z.A. Maxfield

Kendall McKenna

K.A. Mitchell

Jackie Nacht

Cherie Noel

Jay Northcote

Tempeste O’Riley

Raine O’Tierney

Lisa Oliver

Dean Pace-Frech

Neil Plakcy

Jordan Castillo Price

Carter Quinn

Rick R. Reed

Jaime Reese

Devon Rhodes

Posy Roberts

RJ Scott

P.D. Singer

TM Smith

Tali Spencer

Felice Stevens

Ethan Stone

Victoria Sue

Bellann Summer

Anne Tenino

B.G. Thomas


Deanna Wadsworth

N.R. Walker

K.C. Wells

Eden Winters

Brandon Witt

Anna Zabo

Supporting Authors

Cody Kennedy / Aisling Mancy

J.R. Barten

Meg Bawden

Tina Blenke

Brina Brady

Erica Cameron

Lei Carol

Caraway Carter

J. Scott Coatsworth

Lyssa Dering

Hunter Frost

Avon Gale

Saxon Hawke

DJ Jamison

Jenna Kendrick

Sloane Kennedy

Teegan Loy

Jacey Mills

Carrie Pack

C.S. Poe

E.J. Russell

Jennah Scott

Laurie Terson

Jonathon Treadway

A.J. Truman

Jake (JC) Wallace

Eric Alan Westfall

Christine Wright


First up is a review of by new to me author Deanna Wadsworth and Bear it all – and Stormy Glenn with Midnight Matings – tomorrow!  Then look for Victoria Sue with Eternal Circle on Saturday.

(We are not an official blog for the convention, just folks who gets excited about it and want to read as many authors as we can!)

4 stars Action/Adventure adult - 18+ Angst Level Book Contemporary DA Established Couple Fated Mates Gay Heat Index Hopelessly Crying Hurt/Abuse m/m/m Mild/low level heat Morgan mpreg Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Part of a Series Purchased Shifter

The Dilemma (Sirius Wolves Part 5) by Victoria Sue








Marcus has just become the only human ever to be Alpha of a werewolf pack and thwarted the plans of Anubis to destroy the goddess Sirius’ creation – the werewolves.

Now, Anubis has decided to focus his efforts instead on Marcus and his new pack, to try and destroy the pack from within. In order to do this, Anubis seeks the one thing Marcus wants above all else and when he finds it, will use that to get him to walk away from his mates and the pack.

Unaware of the evil god’s plans, Marcus works together with Kellan and Ricoh, not only trying to help Nate recover from the vicious torture he has undergone at the hands of the terrorist group, The Winter Circle, but to also come to terms with leading a pack of over two thousand wolves.

Marcus soon will be faced with a dilemma, but will he give everything up for his mates and the pack or will the temptation Anubis offers him be too much for one human to refuse? Will Marcus put his wolves before himself or will he be tricked into leaving them behind forever?


This picks up right where we left off in book four – Marcus and Ricoh, Kellan and Nate are just now together and starting to work on being mated. Nate is still very traumatized and trying to get rid of his wolf. Marcus is exhausted from trying to make all his mates and his new pack happy AND his legs hurt. Ricoh is feeling insecure about being a part of this mate group and Kellan is working hard on soothing everyone.

The Winter Circle is still trying to get the upper hand and setting bombs to do it.


Though I love all the mates in this series and in this book especially, I found this book to be really disconnected for me. I wanted more time on relationship building and less time on the intricacies of the pack dynamic.

It’s not a long book and I know more is coming, but we barely got any time with these guys in the last book all together so I was really hoping they’d spend some quality time as one unit in this book.

We do get one very satisfying scene with all four participants acting as equal mates – yay! I look forward to the next book and finding out how parenthood treats these guys!

3.75 of 5 stars


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Guest Post from Sean Michael on Re-Releasing X-Factor

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Welcome to Sean Michael!  

Thanks for joining us here at Open Skye!

Sean Michael:

The Pros and Cons of Publishing a Reprint

There are definitely pros and cons for republishing an out of print book. It’s always nice to have a book get another look at from an editing and proofreading standpoint. It doesn’t seem to matter how many eyes go through a book – something gets through, even if it’s just a tiny letter switch in a word like an s instead of a d at the end of a verb, for instance.

It’s always strange too to look at something and go, did I write that? It’s fun, too – oh yeah, I remember these guys! I get to relive writing them. At the same time, if there are serious rewrites that are needed, it’s harder to draw the characters back to the forefront of my brain and get them back into writing mode.

It’s not the same as launching new guys onto the world, either. The excitement of sharing the characters for the first time is missing. However, it gives me an opportunity to share these guys with readers who might not have had a chance to meet them yet. The characters get new life blown into them.

In the end, I think the pros outweigh the cons and I’ve been very lucky to have the opportunity to once again share Henry and Ecco with the world.


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Game designer Henry Delloit loves his life, his mountain community, his isolated dream home, and the snow. He also loves that the X-treme Games blow into the area for a month every year, bringing with them hundreds of athletes.

Ecco Rasmussen loves boarding. He knows he’ll never make it to the big time, but as long as he can get on his board and go, he doesn’t care. If only his manager, Blake Dobbs, would cut Ecco a break. The man’s possessive and mean, and believes he owns Ecco.

When Henry and Ecco meet at the Branchberry Games, it’s lust at first sight. An injury on Ecco’s qualifying run offers an opportunity to spend quality time together at Henry’s home, away from the crowds and out from under Blake’s thumb.

At this rate, lust might turn into love, but not if they can’t keep their romance hidden from Blake.

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Often referred to as “Space Cowboy” and “Gangsta of Love” while still striving for the moniker of “Maurice,” Sean Michael spends his days surfing, smutting, organizing his immense gourd collection and fantasizing about one day retiring on a small secluded island peopled entirely by horseshoe crabs. While collecting vast amounts of vintage gay pulp novels and mood rings, Sean whiles away the hours between dropping the f-bomb and pursuing the kama sutra by channeling the long lost spirit of John Wayne and singing along with the soundtrack to “Chicago.”

A long-time writer of complicated haiku, currently Sean is attempting to learn the advanced arts of plate spinning and soap carving sex toys.

Barring any of that? He’ll stick with writing his stories, thanks, and rubbing pretty bodies together to see if they spark.




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Transformation by Dusk Peterson Tour and Giveaway!


Author Name: Dusk Peterson

Book Name: Transformation

Series: The Eternal Dungeon

Book: Two

Can be read as a standalone

Release Date: March 28, 2016 (Reissue of the story)


“Every psychologist of our day knows the origin of transformation therapy, though many prefer not to speak of it. It is considered embarrassing to be forced to admit that your primary tool for curing patients was developed by a group of torturers.”

The Eternal Dungeon, a royal prison where criminals are transformed, has lost its leadership. The duty of returning the dungeon to normal falls on two Seekers (torturers) who are already burdened with their own problems. One Seeker is struggling to understand why an old love affair continues to gnaw at him. The other Seeker is faced with his greatest challenge: whether to risk the man who is most precious to him in order to save his own abuser.

A winner of the 2011 Rainbow Awards (within the “Eternal Dungeon” omnibus), this tale of love and adventure can be read on its own or as the second volume in The Eternal Dungeon, a speculative fiction series set in a nineteenth-century prison where the psychologists wield whips.

The Eternal Dungeon series is part of Turn-of-the-Century Toughs, a cycle of alternate history series (Young Toughs, Waterman, Life Prison, Commando, Michael’s House, The Eternal Dungeon, and Dark Light) about adults and youths on the margins of society, and the people who love them. Set in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the novels and stories take place in an alternative version of America that was settled by inhabitants of the Old World in ancient times. As a result, the New World retains certain classical and medieval customs.

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Mate Me, Hate Me, Date Me, Love Me By Chris McHart Tour and Giveaway!

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Author Name: Chris McHart

Book Name: Mate Me, Hate Me, Date Me, Love Me

Series: Unexpected

Book: Three

Can be read as a standalone, but would make more sense if you read the others, too.

Release Date: April 27, 2016


When his father, King Harold, forces Prince Gerome to mate a complete stranger in order to save his unborn child, he complies with a heavy heart and says goodbye to all his dreams of finding love. Gerome’s hurt and treats his mate the way he’s been taught all his life: through power and submission. But with Luis, it doesn’t work.

When Luis is mated off to a stranger, his world ends. He was a carefree student one day and the next a vampire prince demands his submission. He can’t run, but he can hide and hate in silence. So he withdraws until only a shell remains.

Neither of the men has any chance of finding love together until a friend intervenes. Can Gerome forget what he’s been taught all his life, and is it possible for Luis to forget what’s happened to him? Will they ever find their own happy ending? Or can love blossom where only hate exists?

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Jamie Dean Guest Post and Contest – Not Just Passing Through

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A Big Open Skye Welcome to Jamie Dean, author of Not Just Passing Through.

Thanks for stopping by!

Jamie Dean, here. Author of the new book Not Just Passing Through and full-time troublemaker.
Recently, I had a dream that my writers’ critique group (if you’re not a writer—or even if you are—you might not know that’s a thing, but it is, and it’s kind of awesome) went to a sort of conference, where we had to write down—and then read out on stage—a list of our “turn ons.” In other words, a list of things that inspired us when we were writing. I woke up being intrigued and a little impressed that my brain was being so philosophical (also ignoring that the dream devolved into my being chased by roller derby girls who were trying to kill me with flying cars).
I don’t remember everything I wrote on my list, but the two I do remember vividly were “sleepy cuddles” and “gay boys kissing.” I’m guessing that second one is what most of you are here to read about (If it’s the roller girls, I’m pretty sure you’re in the wrong place).
Those two things stuck with me when I woke for a few reasons. One being because I’ve heard before that you’re not supposed to be able to read or write in dreams, but I wrote and could read those words quite clearly. Those two things also stuck with me because when I woke up, they were true, which is so rarely the case with things you say in your dreams. “Airlift robots can’t ride this roller coaster, Farthington!” is more typical of the kind of weird shit my brain normally marches out during dreams, so when it tells me the truth, I listen.
I’ve been told in many ways that the erotic—gay boys kissing, if you will—part of my erotic male/male romances is good—”hawt” “hot” “smutty deliciousness”—but the romantic aspect (this is where sleepy cuddles comes in) is just as important to me. And not just the sweet, falling in love kind of romance. The “so rife with angst it gives you actual chest pains” kind of romance. It’s gotta hurt before it feels better. That’s the kind of thing I love to read and that’s the kind of thing I love to write. I want the love to feel impossible, even if we know—it being a romance novel—that it isn’t impossible. That’s the beauty of romance, isn’t it? The idea that love conquers all? That’s the beauty of life, come to think of it.
What about you, Reader? What do you dream about? What do you love to read about most: the angst, the romance, or the smut? Talk to me about it in the comments below, or look me up all over the web by the handle JamieDeanWrites.

enter to winThank you so much Jamie!  Any commenter who answers Jamie’s question(s) will put in a drawing for $10 gift card from Dreamspinner!


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Blurb: Socially awkward, closeted virgin Avery Malcolm passes his days and nights running his bigoted aunt’s motel in rural New Mexico. He dreams of getting away and hitting the road, but with one friend, a few acquaintances, and no real life to speak of outside his duties as front desk clerk, he doesn’t know if he’ll ever get a chance.

Fate sends hot drifter Chase Lancaster to the Red Ram Motel, riding in on his sexy black motorcycle. Within twenty-four hours, Avery’s life is turned upside down. Before long, even though Chase’s sexual interests seem to run exclusively toward women in bars, Avery finds himself falling for the beautiful biker with no permanent address. Chase is much more than his bad boy persona, so while it’s nice to have another friend, Avery doesn’t know how he’ll survive with his heart intact when Chase inevitably moves on.

Bio: Jamie Dean is passionate about food, beer, and hot men wading together through a sea of angst, sarcasm and sexy times.

When he is not reading or writing gay erotic fiction from his front porch swing, he might be painting, playing with his dogs and cats, or cooking experimental meals for (or drinking beer with) Jay, his husband and muse. He loves old cars, science fiction, road trips, and spending time with family and friends.

He came to terms with his sexuality only later in life, so that struggle is a frequent theme in his work. He has since embraced it with pride and considers himself an LGBT* activist, a feminist, and a champion for equal rights.

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