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Dear Hef, You’ve Got E-Male: The Dark Side of Internet Hook-Ups Meets the Playboy Cool of Hugh Hefner in Updated Version of Provocative Novel DEAR HEF Released Today on Amazon and Smashwords

April 26, 2017 Leave a comment

Dear-Hef-FINAL2The dark side of Internet hook-ups meets the Playboy cool of publisher Hugh Hefner in an updated version of my provocative, sexy and hilarious erotic fiction novel entitled DEAR HEF, which was released on Amazon and Smashwords today.

This is my fourth novel. DEAR HEF was originally released by my former publisher almost six years ago, but I have completely re-edited and revised this new indie publication.

The intriguing and provocative new cover was designed by Dancinee Jennings, who also created covers for my recent novels MONOGAMY SUCKS and RELATIONSHIPS SUCK. I also wanted to single out the excellent formatting work of Word-2-Kindle.com. Both proved very helpful in the quick turnaround of my novel.

DEAR HEF is still as funny and naughty as ever. DEAR HEF explores my long-time admiration for Hefner through the e-mails of a fan, the book’s main protagonist, a 28-year old Long Beach man named Jimmy Rausch. Essentially, Jimmy wants to be like Hef, but he’s clueless, and nothing like the iconic publisher, which only adds to the book’s humor.

However, Jimmy has a simple plan: to use the Internet in an attempt to transform himself into a playboy worthy of his hero Hef.  The entire book is told through a series of e-mails between Jimmy and his lovers, and online correspondence Jimmy sends to Hef to keep him updated with the progress of what he calls his “Playboy training.”

What Jimmy fails to realize is that his naughty adventures with women he meets online truly border on the ridiculous and the absurd, and hardly live up to Playboy’s sexy and cool tradition. Yet by the novel’s close, Jimmy continues to hope for a coveted invitation to the Playboy Mansion from Hef himself.

Since I had my first Playboy Magazine subscription in my mid-teens, I have been fascinated with the Playboy mystique and the interesting and unconventional life of publisher Hugh Hefner. Hef and his magazine represent for me (and many others) a peek into a sexy, wonderful, hedonistic and classy world that fueled my adolescent and later adult dreams.

My inspiration for my novel is actually a literary one — Ring Lardner’s dark and comedic short story “Haircut.” Haircut’s story is told by a barber who is giving a haircut to a customer. The barber relates a series of shocking anecdotes revealing that he is closed-minded, uptight and intolerant, and condones the harassment of those who don’t fit into the strict community standards of the town he resides in. However, the barber remains oblivious to how he looks to the reader as he tells his troubling and ugly tales.

I have admired Lardner’s story since I first read it in my high school English class and later when I read it again in college at California State University, Long Beach. I thought it might be interesting to create a character that shared his wild tales of erotic desperation with Hef via the modern convenience of e-mail. Jimmy is pretty much as clueless as the barber in Lardner’s story in that he doesn’t realize how embarrassing and pathetic he looks in comparison to Hef’s cool example and lifestyle.

Jimmy’s female lovers are also given a voice in this novel as their e-mails are forwarded to Hef and hence shared with the readers. Yet the highlight of the book remains Jimmy’s hilarious e-mails to his hero Hef.  That is the core of my novel and what makes it unique from any other erotica book out there right now.

DEAR HEF does have some similarities with my previous novels MONOGAMY SUCKS and RELATIONSHIPS SUCK in that it is another unflinching peek into the male sexual mind.

The novel’s character Jimmy is more naive, younger and oblivious than Jake Dalmas, the protagonist of MONOGAMY SUCKS and RELATIONSHIPS SUCK. Unlike Jake, it is debatable whether Jimmy learns anything by the end of Dear Hef, which has a much darker and hilarious ending than MONOGAMY SUCKS or its sequel.

Jimmy does share some of Jake’s sarcastic wit and humor in describing his sexual foibles and his encounters with the women he meets. I once again leave nothing out or hold anything back in addressing sexual and controversial topics.

I wanted to honestly show the good, bad and ugly of Internet sex and dating as I did with the swinging lifestyle in MONOGAMY SUCKS and RELATIONSHIPS SUCK. I was curious to find out if the Internet would make finding sex and lovers easier, but I have discovered as Jimmy does that online life is no different from off-line life. The same principles apply.  Sex and dating are never so simple. There are consequences to all you do.

DEAR HEF also focuses exclusively on the subject of Internet sex hook-ups and casual sex and doesn’t explore the swinging lifestyle. Don’t get me wrong. There is a lot of explicit sex depicted in DEAR HEF, but it doesn’t exist outside the realm of conventional one on one sex. People of all ages are engaging in some form of Internet sex or dating these days so the phenomenon of Internet hook-ups is common and widespread these days.

If you enjoyed the raw, frank, funny erotica of my previous novels, you will appreciate DEAR HEF. It’s another dose of my real life erotica. I have no doubt you find many of the books’ depictions of online sex encounters true to life and quite humorous and well worth the time exploring.

Indie publishing continues to prove a revelation for me. I have never felt so free as a writer in my life. So look for new books soon, including an updated version of my short story SWINGING WITH THE SUPERNATURAL, which I am revising into a novella for a summer launch, my first poetry collection BACKYARD POETRY, and a new updated version of my first novel LETTERS FROM CYBERSPACE.

Stay tuned as always.

GP

Jake Dalmas is finally back…in Novel “Relationships Suck”, Long-Awaited Sequel to “MONOGAMY SUCKS”

January 14, 2017 Leave a comment

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Do relationships suck too?

Just in time for Valentines’ Day, I am returning with the long-awaited sequel to my novel MONOGAMY SUCKS entitled RELATIONSHIPS SUCK which poses this provocative question.

My novel RELATIONSHIPS SUCK, which is available on Amazon and Smashwords, continues MONOGAMY SUCKS’ protagonist Jake Dalmas’ naughty and hilarious swinging and casual sex adventures while also depicting his issues and frustrations with relationships, particularly open relationships.

Jake is not alone. Recent surveys and studies indicate that all is not well with the world of relationships. A recent study presented at the American Psychological Association’s Annual Convention found that being single could be more fulfilling, due to greater personal growth and development.

A recent Pew Research Center study about the state of romance in America indicated that “most young singles in America do not describe themselves as actively looking for romantic partners. Even those who are seeking relationships are not dating frequently. About half (49%) had been on no more than one date in the previous three months.”

So many struggle with relationships and yet we keep looking for happiness just as Jake does. Even with an open relationship, Jake encounters the same difficulties. I believe this book is funny and intriguing like my first novel, MONOGAMY SUCKS, and even sexier and naughtier in parts. RELATIONSHIPS SUCK moves Jake’s story forward in cool and sexy ways.

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Juliette, Jake’s sexy Asian artist girlfriend, returns for the sequel, as do a couple of other nefarious characters from the first novel. The sequel introduces a new character named Simone, a beautiful African American art gallery manager and a friend of Juliette.

Jake, Juliette, and Simone explore some scintillating erotic intercolor encounters together that are among the novel’s naughtiest scenes and some of the hottest and sexiest writing I have ever done. I am looking forward to the response from readers.

As Jake finally begins to discover the tantalizing adventures of his wild fantasies – threesomes, orgies, wild couplings with beautiful, uninhibited exotic sexy women of every size, shape, and background – he continues to question whether he should be in a relationship at all.

Can his open love with Juliette survive the temptations of the swinging world?

Will jealousy and possessiveness break their daring bond?

This next chapter of Jake’s naughty diary promises the frank humor and naughty swinging adventure that characterized the original novel, but also provides a clear-eyed view of swinging lifestyle and relationships and the limits of each for him.

I am very happy with how my sequel to MONOGAMY SUCKS has turned out. I have recaptured Jake’s sardonic, humorous voice from the original novel while also showing how he has grown as a person through his experiences. It has been a long journey as I started this book seven years ago before my former publisher originally launched MONOGAMY SUCKS.

I am thankful for the help I received from fellow author Billierosie, known as @jojojojude on Twitter, who gave my novel one final copy edit.

Many thanks also to book cover artist Dancinee Jennings who worked with me to put together this book’s cover as well. She also helped me previously with the cover for my indie version of MONOGAMY SUCKS.

What’s next for me?

Soon I will be working on a science fiction novella based on a short story I wrote when he was 18, and later this year, I will republish my novel DEAR HEF, which explores online dating and sex and has a provocative celebrity angle, on Amazon and Smashwords.

Until then, I am thrilled to share the return of Jake’s naughty diary and hilarious journey.

Dear reader, I am looking forward to your response as always.

GP

 

 

 

 

Update about Relationships Suck, the long-awaited sequel to Monogamy Sucks

December 29, 2016 Leave a comment

Dear readers,

I recently completed the final edit of my novel RELATIONSHIPS SUCK, the long-awaited sequel to my novel MONOGAMY SUCKS. I must admit I am very happy with how the sequel came out. See my new cover for the novel below created by Dancinee Jennings, who also created the cover for my first novel.

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RELATIONSHIPS SUCK continues Jake Dalmas’ story and explores the limits and issues involving relationships, open relationships in particular,  much as the previous book took on monogamy. I believe it is funny and intriguing like the first novel, and actually even sexier and naughtier in parts. It moves Jake’s story forward in cool and sexy ways. I can’t wait to share it with you.

I also introduce a sexy African American character named Simone in this novel. She is an art gallery manager and a friend of  Juliette, Jake’s girlfriend (for those who haven’t read my original novel).  Juliette and Jake have some naughty adventures with Simone that are some of the hottest erotic writing I have ever done.

Also, much credit goes to fellow author Billierosie , known as @jojojojude on Twitter, for stepping up and helping give my novel one final copy edit after our friend and fellow author Scarlett Hartgrove, @cristolklear on Twitter, suffered a stroke recently. Scarlett, who is doing well and currently recovering, did an excellent job in editing and formatting my indie version of MONOGAMY SUCKS. We will work together again on my future novels.

I am still planning to launch RELATIONSHIPS SUCK in late January or early February 2017 just in time for Valentines’ Day. I have been working on the sequel to MONOGAMY SUCKS before my original novel was actually published in December 2010. I finished the first draft of the MONOGAMY SUCKS sequel in December 2012, but I have foolishly sat on it too long. My apologies for that as I lost sight of my writing dreams and real purpose on this earth due to focusing too much on working bad public relations jobs for meaningless paychecks. We all lose our way from time to time.

I promise it won’t be too much longer before Jake Dalmas’ wild swinging adventures return. As always, stay tuned.

GP

The Indie Version of Novel Monogamy Sucks is Here….

August 27, 2016 Leave a comment

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Jake Dalmas’ wild swinging adventures have entered the indie publishing world with the launch of a new version of my novel MONOGAMY SUCKS on Amazon today.  (Look for a Smashwords launch soon as well) As I promised late last year after former publisher Blushing Books gave me back the publishing rights, Jake’s tales would live again in a newly edited version that is much closer to the original novel I began working on in March 1998.

I have restored key scenes to my novel deleted by my original publisher Lazy Day Publishing, including more of Jake’s sexual past and background in the opening chapter, Jake’s additional thoughts about the people he meets and the provocative world he explores, and an entire chapter about internet censorship from a once popular internet service.

Although my novel has been updated I want to assure you, dear reader, that the core of the story, my frank, explicit and honest prose, and most notably  Jake’s sardonic humor as he searches for sexual peace of mind, remains the same. Jake’s stories will make you laugh, may turn you on, but it is also my hope my novel make you think more openly about conventional societal norms such as monogamy, relationships, and marriage,  and still taboo subjects, including swinging, alternative and casual sex, and open relationships. The book is not intended to preach or tell anyone how to live, but to only to honestly present an alternative view in a humorous and entertaining manner.

Much praise goes to my friend and fellow author Scarlett Hartgrove for her excellent editing, advice and formatting expertise in helping me reshape and relaunch MONOGAMY SUCKS. I am very grateful for her help in making my transition into becoming an indie author a much smoother experience than I expected.

Many thanks also to book cover artist Dancinee Jennings who worked with me to put together the book’s new cover. She was recommended to me by fellow author Scarlett Hartgrove as Dancinee had created the cover for her debut novel At That Moment (The Eyes of March) (Volume 1).

I feel so liberated and vindicated with the indie launch of Monogamy Sucks. I knew I couldn’t allow Jake’s wild honest voice to stay silent. He is needed more than ever in this current world state of fear, hatred, intolerance, and divisiveness.

As I prepare to launch RELATIONSHIPS SUCK, the sequel to MONOGAMY SUCKS, early next year, the world of indie publishing seems unlimited to me now and so do my writing dreams. I have many more intriguing books planned. Stay tuned.

But for now, enjoy the return to the literary world of Jake Dalmas and his always funny, shocking and intriguing tales on the dark side of sex, life, and erotica.

GP

 

I am an Indie Author…once again

June 12, 2016 Leave a comment

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Now…I truly am an indie author once again…

I guess I should thank my former publisher Blushing Books for this fortuitous opportunity.

This week they took down from Amazon Kindle the third and final novel INDULGENCE I had published with the former Lazy Day Publishing. I had contributed a story entitled, “Swinging with Supernatural,” to the paranormal erotica anthology exploring the adventures of swinger Willy Roamer and his visit to a sexy Carnival. I will expand Willy’s adventures in a later book, but more on that later.

So the publishing relationship I started with Lazy Day Publishing, which began when they reached out to me through this blog in July 2010, is now officially over. The only book I have currently available is my first novel LETTERS FROM CYBERSPACE I published myself with  iUniverse 15 years ago when Indie publishing was viewed with a lot more derision from readers and the literary world than it is today. Frankly, the book’s cover is awful, but my novel is not and it is still worth a read. Admittedly, I was still finding my writing style at the time, but my debut novel still is sexy and funny in parts even though it lacks the frank boldness of my later books. However, it does provide readers an opportunity to experience my writing about a young female protagonist’s sexual awakening and detailing her intriguing point of view concerning sex, the Internet, etc. At some point, I will revise this novel and bring it out again with a new title and cover.

Dear readers, I am sorry about the confusion in recent months involving my books and their vanishing availability. I hope to clarify the status of my current and future works with this post and in the coming months.

As for Blushing Books, I am not providing a link to their site. You can draw your own conclusion about how I feel about them and other publishers.

However, let me stress this: I will never be at the whim of publishers again and all of my work will always be available for purchase online. I worked too hard for too long to have my writing disappear from the Internet overnight.

NO MORE PUBLISHERS FOR ME.

It is a brave new literary world and we no longer need publishers to share our work. Avoid them if you can. I’d rather have MY work out there as opposed to someone else’s revised version of it.

Who knows more about my stories and work than I do?

Toward that end, I am making excellent progress editing a new revised version of my novel MONOGAMY SUCKS. In a couple of weeks, I will have a final draft completed that my friend and fellow author Scarlett Hartgrove will review in preparation for my Indie publishing launch in the fall. I have quite enjoyed adding in scenes, chapters and thoughts of my main character Jake Dalmas that my publisher edited out. I feel this version is closer to my original draft I initially envisioned and completed in the late 1990s.

Once MONOGAMY SUCKS is relaunched, I will work toward bringing out my sequel to MONOGAMY SUCKS entitled RELATIONSHIPS SUCK, which continues Jake Dalmas’ story and explores the limits and issues involving relationships much as the previous book took on monogamy. I believe it is funny and intriguing like the first novel, and actually even sexier and naughtier in parts. It moves Jake’s story forward in cool and sexy ways. I can’t wait to share it with you.

After both novels are out, I plan to tackle many other books including a science fiction novella based on a short story I had written at 18, and a diary novel about hilarious and foolish days of working at a public relations agency. Eventually, I plan on bringing out a new version of my novel DEAR HEF.

Suffice to say, I am not going away. I am more excited about my writing future than ever before. I have a lot more to say and books to write my dear readers and fellow authors.

Stay tuned. The future is now in the publishing world.

GP

 

 

 

 

 

 

2015: An Interesting year of revival for my writing dreams

January 1, 2016 Leave a comment

Forget your dreams at your soul’s peril…

This is from a poem I have written and posted on Twitter often. It really struck home for me this past year.

2015 proved a revelatory year in my writing life in more ways than I can describe. It was as significant to my evolution as a novelist as 2010 and 2011 had been when I finally launched my novels MONOGAMY SUCKS, DEAR HEF and published a cool short story as part of the INDULGENCE anthology.

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Earlier this year, I realized that I could no longer put off my writing dreams and edited and finalized my sequel to novel MONOGAMY SUCKS, entitled RELATIONSHIPS SUCK, to send to my publisher Blushing Books, which has purchased my previous publisher Lazy Day Publishing.

I felt like someone who had awoken from a long three-year slumber.  During that time, I had successfully re-established my public relations career, which consumed most or all of my focus. Still, I never forgot my love of writing and my novels, but I foolishly put it aside for a while.

For someone as ambitious as myself, who has 20-25 novel ideas I want to pursue in the coming years, that seemed a ridiculous and scared notion all of a sudden.

At the same time, I decided that my future books after the MONOGAMY SUCKS sequel were going to be self-published. I craved complete control over my writing vision and content. No more publishers.

Self-publishing has changed a lot since I put out  my first novel LETTERS FROM CYBERSPACE with iUniverse. You can produce quality work via many new publishing platforms now. Going indie in the book world is not looked down upon as much as it was 15 years ago.

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Fortunately, Blushing Books made it easy for me as they rejected RELATIONSHIPS SUCK and gave me back the publishing rights to my novels MONOGAMY SUCKS and DEAR HEF. They kept the rights to my short story as part of the INDULGENCE anthology, “Swinging with the Supernatural,” as they are planning to re-release the collection in the next year or so.

Admittedly, it was somewhat of a shock when Blushing Books took down MONOGAMY SUCKS and DEAR HEF off Amazon a couple of days after giving me back the rights. All those years of building up reviews and support for those books were now gone overnight.  It was a sad feeling initially to think that the version of MONOGAMY SUCKS that I launched five years ago with Lazy Day Publishing after they reached out to me on my blog, was history.

However, you haven’t heard the last from me, dear reader.

I’m determined to release a new version of the novel MONOGAMY SUCKS that is closer to my original draft in the next year. I am quite enjoying putting back in all the background and scenes that my publisher had edited out. I feel as liberated as I ever have as a writer.

After the re-release of MONOGAMY SUCKS, I will also launch the sequel RELATIONSHIPS SUCK in early 2017. I happy with how it came out and I can’t wait to share it with you.

In the meantime, you can still check out my writing in the INDULGENCE anthology, novel LETTERS FROM CYBERSPACE and follow me on Twitter — @gpwriter — where I share my poetry and thoughts about writing and life.

I will be back as an author in 2016, challenging the status quo of our romantic lives with my wicked humor and naughty prose, but this time on my own terms.

Life can be tough enough, but putting off your dreams, as I learned again this year, can be a form of early death.

Howl to the heavens with your words. Dream big. What do you have to lose?

Happy New Year from a writer renewed….

GP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coming Full Circle in my Author’s Journey: Re-exploring the Promise of Self-Publishing

December 13, 2015 Leave a comment

I am feeling quite liberated these days as an author. This past week I received some interesting and promising news.

Blushing Books (that now owns my previous publisher Lazy Day Publishing) took a pass at publishing my sequel to my novel MONOGAMY SUCKS, which I have entitled RELATIONSHIPS SUCK. Now that should seem like it would be crushing news, but it wasn’t. Even better yet, Blushing Books gave me back the rights to my novels MONOGAMY SUCKS and DEAR HEF. Please note that the books have been removed from Amazon and are no longer available for sale.

This has proved a fortuitous turn of events as I was already planning to return to self-publishing with my next book following the launch of RELATIONSHIPS SUCK. It will be a science fiction novella based on a short story I had written when I was 18. More on that later.

Honestly, Blushing Books’ reason for returning to the rights my novels makes sense as my books don’t exactly appeal to their romance/BDSM audience. They kept the rights to the short story I contributed to the INDULGENCE anthology titled, “Swinging with the Supernatural” as it does include some erotic BDSM elements. You should be pick up this anthology, and not only for my funny and sexy story.  By the way, Blushing Books is also planning to re-release INDULGENCE in the next year. I will keep you posted about the release date.

I feel as if I have come full circle as an author as I self-published my first novel LETTERS FROM CYBERSPACE via iUniverse in 2001. Self-publishing has a come a long way since then, and I no longer see the benefits of having a publisher. I am looking forward to being in complete control of all aspects of my writing from content and editing to cover and promotion.

So I plan to bring out a new revised version of MONOGAMY SUCKS in late 2016 incorporating more background and detail about Jake and the swinger world that he explores, which was edited out of the final copy of the novel. Shortly after the re-release of MONOGAMY SUCKS, I will self-publish my sequel, RELATIONSHIPS SUCK. I believe it as funny as the first novel and may be even sexier as it explores the ups and downs of an open relationship.

I have no immediate plans to re-release DEAR HEF, but that could always change. I am generally happy with how the novel came out, but it never caught fire with readers as MONOGAMY SUCKS has.  Still, I would like to see it back out there again, but this time on my terms.

You don’t get many do-overs in life, but I feel grateful for having the opportunity to relaunch MONOGAMY SUCKS with a new and expanded version that still retains the frank humor and eroticism that my readers embraced.

No more publishers for me. I only want to put novels out that truly represent my vision as an author. I am intrigued to embark once again on an adventure into the brave new world of self-publishing. Stay tuned.

GP