Author Archives: Damon

About Damon

Damon Suede grew up out-n-proud deep in the anus of right-wing America, and escaped as soon as it was legal into a career as a crazy word-wrangler and opinion-factory. He reads too much, sleeps too little, and loves his husband a lot.

Starting from Scratch …… by Damon Suede


Scratch, painted by Rey Arzeno for HORN GATE by Damon Suede

Scratch, painted by Rey Arzeno for HORN GATE by Damon Suede

Our lovely Wave has asked me to talk about the way Horn Gate happened and why I’ve taken a little authorial detour to write about enslaved sex demons instead of closeted first responders. The truth is, this paranormal story took hold of me and wouldn’t let go… and my new year’s resolution for 2013 was that rather than dictating what the Muse does I’m trying to meet her with wide ears and open heart.

2012 was a wacky year for me on every level. Serving on the board of the Rainbow Romance Writers and an organizer of GayRomLit ate up most of my spare time…while my anxiety about getting Hard Head as perfect as possible completely kicked my ass. :sceptic: I didn’t want to let anyone down and the pressure became excruciating. I stopped sleeping and eating for a long stretch there, and though I wrote every day, I became increasingly mistrustful of everything I wrote. The whole reason I started writing romance was because it was so liberating and somehow I’d managed to cripple myself with anxiety over disappointing my fans and colleagues.

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Hard Shopping — by Damon Suede


What do you get the folks who don’t need anything?

Last week, Wave asked me if I wanted to post something and since we’re all staring down the barrel of the holidays and I’ll wager about half of you haven’t finished acquiring gifts for your various people, I figured this was an opportune moment to share a piece of wisdom someone gave me when I first got to New York City. The biggest problem each year is the gifts for the people you care about but don’t know well. Americans feel honor-bound to exchange presents, but we often don’t have enough information to identify a present that doesn’t…well…suck.

I’m not talking about gifts for kids, who are relatively easy to shop for because their dreams need to be limitless. I’m not talking about family, because anyone you don’t know well enough to choose wisely shouldn’t be getting a random meaningless gift to apprise them of your disinterest. It’s important to remember that the average New York apartment is the size of a postage stamp, so useless crap is not a source of joy and gratitude, consequently gifts and their giving are an annual source of agita and despair ’round these parts. For my money, a present should always be something distinctive which the recipient didn’t know they needed or would never splurge on for themselves.

I’m going to let y’all in on a little known secret in Manhattan gift-giving for hipsters:  Dildos and charity

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Dance with Me


Title: Dance with Me
Author: Heidi Cullinan
Cover Artist: Valerie Tibbs
Publisher: Loose Id
Genre: Contemporary
Length: 114,000 words (240 pages)
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

A Guest Review by Damon

REVIEW SUMMARY: One of our genre’s best authors flexes her muscle in a subtle, supple pas de deux.

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Patrik 1.5


Title: Patrik 1.5
Director: Ella Lemhagen
Starring: Gustaf Skarsgård (yes: one of the brothers!), Torkel Petersson and Tom Ljungman
Distributers: Here Films / Regent Releasing
Amazon Buy/Watch Link
Genre: Comedy
Country of Origin/Language: Sweden/Swedish
Rating: Unrated
Released: 2008
Length: 103 minutes
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

A Guest Review by Damon

REVIEW SUMMARY: A gorgeous, heartwarming film about the unlikely ways families raise each other.

BLURB Newly approved for adoption, Goran (Gustaf Skarsgård) and Sven (Torkel Petersson) excitedly prepare for their baby’s arrival. But after a mix-up, they instead find themselves the parents of Patrik (Tom Ljungman), a 15-year-old homophobe… who may have a criminal past. Continue reading

The Captain’s Man


Title: The Captain’s Man
Author: Scarlet Blackwell
Cover Artist: April Martinez
Publisher: Total E-bound
Buy Link : N/A
Genre: Contemporary / Romantic Comedy
Length: 30,000 words (99 pages)
Rating: 3.75 stars out of 5

A Guest Review by Damon

REVIEW SUMMARY: A blend of comedy and rough sex that started shaky but found its sea-legs.

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Come Unto These Yellow Sands


Title: Come Unto These Yellow Sands
Author: Josh Lanyon
Cover Artist: Kanaxa
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Buy Link:Come Unto These Yellow Sands
Genre: Mystery
Length: 52,000 words (145 pages)
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

A Guest Review by Damon

REVIEW SUMMARY: A stunning noir-romance that shimmers with pain and poetry

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I Love You, Asshole!


Title: I Love You, Asshole!
Author: Amy Lane
Cover Artist: Anne Cain
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Buy Link: Amazon
Genre: Paranormal / Fantasy
Length: 32,000 words (130 pages)
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

A Guest Review by Damon

REVIEW SUMMARY: A delirious, delightful seriocomic romp which needs to be read in context to be enjoyed thoroughly. Continue reading

Jake’s Alchemy


Title: Jake’s Alchemy
Author: G.G. Royale
Cover Artist: Anne Cain
Publisher: Dreamspinner Publishing
Buy Link: N/A
Genre: Contemporary / Short Fiction
Length: 7,200 words (33 pages)
Rating: 4.25 stars out of 5

A Guest Review by Damon

REVIEW SUMMARY: Take two idealistic young hotties, knock them together on a beach in Thailand, and sparks are gonna fly.

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Numb Shots — by Damon Suede


Orgasms feel good. Asses are amazing.

According to an October 2010 study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, receptive anal sex has never been more popular with heteros and homos of all genders. As a gay man with a healthy sex drive, I can attest that anal intercourse is awesome when done properly, and any man who hasn’t experienced a prostate orgasm is the poorer for it. I can also verify that reaching orgasm more than once in a sexual interlude is very entertaining and that multiple orgasms are possible for any men willing to learn their bodies.

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Calvin’s Cowboy


Title: Calvin’s Cowboy 
Author: Drew Hunt
Cover Artist: J.M. Snyder
Publisher: JMS Publishing
Buy Link: N/A
Genre: Cowboy Contemporary
Length: 69,000 words (228 pages)
Rating: 3.25 stars out of 5

A Guest Review by Damon

REVIEW SUMMARY:  A sexy setup and two appealing characters that don’t quite earn their spurs. Continue reading

Outcast Mine


Title: Outcast Mine
Author: Jamie Craig
Cover Artist: not listed
Publisher: Carina Press
Buy Link: Outcast Mine
Genre: Science Fiction
Length: 85,000 words (400 pages)
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

A Guest Review by Damon

REVIEW SUMMARY: A flawless, visceral space opera that digs deep and dazzles

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