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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

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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 I 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

 

 

 

 

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