Author Archives: Tj

A Final Word on LGBTQ News

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A Guest Post by Tj

To quote singer Rob Thomas:

Our lives are made in these small hours. These little wonders, these twists and turns of fate. Time falls away but these small hours, These little wonders still remain.”* 

Can you believe that 8,760 hours just flew by?! That’s 365 days by the way, which are a lot of hours come and gone and what do we have to show for it?

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The Parting Glass

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Title: The Parting Glass
Author: Josh Lanyon
Cover Photo: Author Marketing Club
Publisher URL: Just Joshin’ Publications
Amazon Buy Link: The Parting Glass
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
Length: Novella (72 print pages)
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

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A guest review by Tj

Summary Review: Josh Lanyon made me cry. He made my heart ache, and soar with joy. And I loved every second of it. And then went back to experience it all a second time and loved it even more.

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The Haunted Heart: Winter

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Title: The Haunted Heart: Winter
Author: Josh Lanyon
Cover: Lou Harper / Cover Photo: ArtFamily, IronFlame, Marafona – Shutterstock
Publisher URL: JustJoshin Publications
Amazon Buy Link/Print Buy Link:kindle /Print
Genre: Paranormal/Contemporary M/M Romance
Length: Novel (156 print pages)
Rating: 5+ stars out of 5 DIK

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A guest review by Tj

Summary Review: A wonderfully written start of a new series, featuring a suspenseful ghost story, and the spark of a new relationship that has me anxious for the next book. But perhaps even scarier than the ghostly happenings are the emotional ghosts of loss and grief.

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Gravedigger (A Dave Brandstetter Mystery – Book 6)

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Title: Gravedigger
Author: Joseph Hansen
Cover Photo: N/A
Publisher URL: Open Road Media
Amazon Buy Link: Gravedigger
Genre: Mid-Century Mystery
Length: Novel (173 print pages)
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

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A guest review by Tj

Summary Review: The Brandstetter series just gets better and better. Once I started, I could not put this book down.

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Skinflick (A Dave Brandstetter Mystery – Book 5)

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Title:Skinflick
Author: Joseph Hansen
Cover Photo: N/A
Publisher URL: Open Road Media
Amazon Buy Link:Skinflick
Genre: Mid-Century Mystery
Length: Novel (200 print pages)
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

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A guest review by Tj

Summary Review: In this 5th book of the Dave Brandstetter series, Dave deals with religious zealots, adult filmmakers and “smut peddlers” and goes through major life changes, which provides a glimpse at Dave’s softer side.

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The Man Everybody Was Afraid Of (A Dave Brandstetter Mystery – Book 4)

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Title: The Man Everybody Was Afraid Of
Author: Joseph Hansen
Cover Photo: N/A
Publisher URL: Open Road Media
Amazon Buy Link: The Man Everybody Was Afraid Of
Genre: Mid-Century Mystery
Length: Novel (181 print pages)
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

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Summary Review: Joseph Hansen has once again penned a work of fiction that masquerades as a well written and engrossing murder mystery, but underlying the suspects, the clues, the lies and road blocks thrown at Dave Brandstetter, is a life lesson that is subtle, but nonetheless universal and powerful – the transience of life.

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Lilies (Movie)

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LiliesTitle: Lilies
Director: John Greyson
Starring: Brent Carver, Ian D. Clarke, Marcel Sabourin, Aubert Pallascio, Jason Cadieux, Danny Gilmore
Distributers: Wolfe Video
Amazon Buy Link
Genre: Historical Gay Romance
Country of Origin/Language: Canada/English
Rating: R (sexuality & nudity)
Released: 1996
Length: 96 minutes
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

A guest review by Tj

Summary Review: An engrossing story of revenge, the unfortunate effects of unrequited affection, and a forbidden love between two young men in 1912, brought to life through an imaginative use of flashbacks. Beautifully acted and worth your time if you’re okay with no HEA.

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Troublemaker (A Dave Brandstetter Mystery – Book 3)

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Title:Troublemaker
Author: Joseph Hansen
Cover Photo: Philip Pirolo (paperback)
Publisher URL: Open Road Media
Amazon Buy Link: Troublemaker
Genre: Mid-Century Mystery
Length: Novel (155 print pages)
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

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Summary Review: A well crafted third book in the Dave Brandstetter series which tests Dave with more questions than answers, a plethora of suspects and a sculptor trying to open up Dave and Doug’s relationship.

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Death Claims (A Dave Brandstetter Mystery – Book 2)

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Death ClaimsTitle: Death Claims
Author: Joseph Hansen
Cover Photo: Digital Vision/Veer
Cover Design: Kristyn Kalnes
Publisher URL: Terrace Books/University of Wisconsin Press
Amazon Buy Link: Death Claims
Genre: Mid-Century Mystery
Length: Novel (166 print pages)
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

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A guest review by Tj

Summary Review: A wonderfully written second installment of Joseph Hansen’s highly revered Dave Brandstetter mystery series (now available in e-book). This is not truly an M/M romance, although the main character is gay and there is some exploration of his fairly new relationship from the first book and more generally, of being gay in the 1970’s.

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I Spy Something Christmas

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Title: I Spy Something Christmas
Author: Josh Lanyon
Cover Artist: KB Smith
Publisher URL: Just Joshin’
Amazon Buy Link:
Genre: Contemporary M/M romance
Length: Novelette (54 PDF pages)
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

 A guest review by Tj

Summary Review: A simply wonderful Christmas story from Josh Lanyon with Mark and Stephen from the I Spy series, that not only gives us a glimpse into their holiday, but moves their relationship forward.

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Love in La Terraza

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Title: Love in La Terraza
Author: Ethan Day
Cover Artist: Adrian Nicholas
Publisher URL: Resplendence Publishing
Amazon Buy Link: N/A
Genre: Contemporary M/M romance
Length: Novel (123 PDF pages)
Rating: 4.75 stars out of 5

A guest review by Tj

Summary Review: Fasten your seat belts ladies and gentlemen – Ethan Day’s back with a sexy, sweet and of course funny romance.

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A Token of Time

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Title: A Token of Time
Author: Ethan Day
Cover Artist: Winterheart Designs
Publisher URL: MLR Press
Amazon Buy Link: N/A
Genre: Historical (1950’s) Romance/Time Travel/Paranormal
Length: Novel (428 PDF pages)
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

A guest review by Tj

Summary Review: A beautifully written romance between a 1950’s closeted movie star and a contemporary man with supernatural powers, that I couldn’t find fault with and simply couldn’t put down.

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You Should Meet My Son (Movie)

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Title: You Should Meet My Son
Director: Keith Hartman
Starring: Joanne McGee, Carol Goans, Stewart Carrico, Steve Snyder
Distributers: Waltzing Penguin Productions
Amazon Buy/Watch Link
Genre: M/M Comedy/Romance
Country of Origin/Language: USA/English
Rating: Unrated
Released: 2010
Length: 85  minutes
Rating: 4.25 stars out of 5

A guest review by Tj

Summary Review: An over the top, screwball comedy that although far from perfect, had me laughing out loud quite a few times, and squeezed in some poignant moments that tugged at the heartstrings.

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Look What Happened When You Weren’t Looking – A Brief Retrospective of 2011 in GLBTQ News

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A Guest Post by Tj

Picture this. I’m in my local drug store doing a little shopping, and yeah, maybe checking out that cute guy picking up a prescription at the pharmacy counter. (Oh wait, maybe that’s not such a good idea – Lord knows what he’s being treated for!) Shaking my head, I turn my focus back to shopping, and quietly singing along to the music playing – yes, I’m that annoying guy. “I really can’t stay. But baby it’s cold outside…”

Suddenly I stop short when I realize that they‘re playing the Darren Criss/Chris Colfer  version of Baby It’s Cold Outside. In case you don’t watch Glee, Darren and Chris are both guys. That’s 2 guys – singing to each other – in my local drug store! And we’re not talking national chain – this is a locally owned store!

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Very Good-Looking Seeks Same (Gay Profiles in Search of Love)

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Title: Very Good-Looking Seeks Same (Gay Profiles in Search of Love)
Author: Robert Philipson
Cover Artist: Based on Narcissus by Caravaggio
Publisher URL: Xlibris Press
Amazon Buy Link:
Genre: Contemporary GLBT/Humor
Length: Novel (128 PDF pages)
Rating: 3.75 stars out of 5

A guest review by Tj

Summary Review: An often funny, sometimes painfully real glimpse at on-line dating and the lies that people tell others… and themselves.

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