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FREE E-BOOK [12 Aug 2011|07:48am]


If you’re interested in a receiving a PDF version of my novel, King of Cats, about a closeted gay rock musician living on New York’s Lower East Side, just drop me a line with your e-mail address (blake@blakefraina.com).

Please note this is NOT an EPUB file so it is not compatible with digital reading devices. And be warned, KoC is not your typical self-published HEA M/M romance novel. It’s pretty heavy and downbeat.

But hey…it’s free! Why not give it a shot?

It would be great to get feedback or a review.
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Dennis Tam, a sad story about specialists [19 Aug 2009|02:10pm]

Queer people have always been starved for art that resonates with their lives.

I'm writing an online novel about growing up. The main characters are FtM and gay.

You can find the first chapter here.

Updates on Wednesdays. I hope some of you will enjoy it. If this post isn't okay, please delete it.
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[17 Jul 2009|02:53pm]


by Carl Phillips

Bending - as no
flower bends -
casting the difficult rule

of his attention upon an elsewhere
that accordingly broke open
into a splendor that, too,

would pass,
I am resigned,

said the emperor,
to a history between us less of loss than,
more protractedly, of losing -

and, having said as much, said
nothing else to the man to
whom he'd said it;

whom, for years now, he'd called
variously paramour,

sir; who, for
himself, said nothing;
who from where he was seated could

see, and easily,
each at its labeled and color-coded slip
moored slackly,

the bows of the ships of the Fleet
Imperial, about which
what he found, just

then, most worth admiring it
is impossible, anymore, to
say exactly:

the trim of them,
flawless, sleek - reminiscent, in
that way, of almost any line from Ovid; or

when there was wind,
how the bows tipped,

in it;
or the stillness, afterwards,
that they found; or the way they seemed to.
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Trans Poet [29 Nov 2008|05:52pm]

Thought some folks in this community might be interested in this queer/trans poet's book, Boy with Flowers:




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Before I Lose My Style by Mike Kaspar [19 Oct 2008|07:13pm]


I read a lot. Much of what I read are LGBT novels. Some of it is downright dreadful, but since I’m selective I tend enjoy most of what I choose, but every now and then I stumble across something that’s just so special that I’m compelled to share.

The last time I was this excited about something was Ginn Hales’s Wicked Gentlemen. My latest love object is entirely different, but no less enchanting. Behind the cut is my review of Mike Kaspar’s debut novel, Before I Lose My Style. If you’re looking for something funny, warm and well written, with a host of fascinating characters, you should definitely check this one out:

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ETA: link to publisher's website here: http://spunkybooks.com/
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Shameless Self Promotion [28 Mar 2008|02:27pm]

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Well, I feel I've done my fair share of promo for many other people's books and, since my own novel's been out four years and sales have completely flattened out in the past few months, I thought I'd give it one last push of shameless self-promotion.

It's entitled King of Cats and it's about a closeted British rock musician living on NY's Lower East Side and his troubled relationships with the two men in his life. You might enjoy it if you're looking for something contemporary, but dark and a bit different.

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If you want to check out my Amazon reviews or (bless you) order the book, here's a link:
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Wicked Gentlemen by Ginn Hale [16 Oct 2007|01:25pm]



It’s been a while since I’ve been this excited about a novel, but Ginn Hale’s WICKED GENTLEMEN is utterly amazing. Since I know there’s a huge contingent of gay fantasy fiction fans out there, I wanted to post my Amazon review and a link for anyone looking for something a little dark, a lot romantic and entirely unique.

As I said in my own journal - the writing is lyrical. The "worldbuilding," utterly flawless. The characters, both major and minor, are subtle and believable. Great dialogue. Engaging, angsty love story and [a little bit of] hot sex.

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Here’s the link to the book on Amazon:

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new to tommaso [11 Aug 2007|08:11am]

some links for your enjoyment--
The new essay Homosexual Culture and Nabokov you can read here:

A little bit of gay literature:

For those who love reading books there is a new blog:

New adult fiction:
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[01 Jun 2007|12:31am]

i work in a large bookstore near the gayborhood in houston, and so every year we have a gay pride month display. i walked in yesterday and saw it and it was pretty pathetic compared to last years so i took it upon myself to beef it up. i tried dividing it into boys and girls but then i found that a) there are very few lesbian novels [at least, that i know of] and b) few of them (boy OR girl) have happy endings. in most of the ones i've read, the characters are usually head-over-heels for someone but end up getting their heart broken, or have other aspects of their lives that aren't going very well. is this common or do i just read very depressing books?

do you guys know of any that have endings where the characters end up reasonably well-adjusted and/or with someone?

i know these are probably more realistic, i'm just wondering if we're ever thrown a bone.

(cross posted to biggaybooks)
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FREE PORN !!! [31 Oct 2006|08:15pm]


Only kidding, but I've always wanted to write that heading. I think it's the definitive internet title.

Been a long time since I've been in here. I've been feng shui-ing (not a comfortable word, that) all my various blogs, web sites etc, clearing them out in preparation for Volume 2 of my book, DANNY, coming out.

Partly in honour of the occasion, partly as it's the festive celebration of Halloween, but mostly because it is Danny - our hero's - birthday today, Poison Pixie is offering, for a limited time only, a great big fat FREE excerpt, 295 pages long, from DANNY Volume 1.

That's the first third of the book and longer than some authors' full-length works. It is also longer than the first (1998?) Citron edition of the book.

The downside is I am more or less on borrowed time here. Unless it proves its worth as a marketing tool to encourage new readers it's coming right back off again.

So run. Run now. Get it quick, while it's still legal.

Go over to the temporary website (I apologise for the lack of juicy substance on here – Mr Scratchmann is working on it even as we speak) and download your free mini-version of DANNY right HERE. Turn off your doorbell and settle down for a good Halloween read. Maybe by candlelight.

If, after you read it, you have no urge to find out what happens next that's fine. You must seek enlightenment elsewhere. But if you get hooked (and it gets a whole lot more addictive and warped in the other two-thirds) then tootle off back to Poison Pixie where you can treat yourself to a copy and read the rest of it.

Here's hoping I can drag you over to the dark side

Have a lovely Halloween. Speak to you all later.

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QUEER INK writing group - come join us! [06 Jul 2006|02:27pm]

please excuse the cross-posting, but I thought members might be interested in this (or know folks who might be) - please pass it on!

Queer Ink

a new writing group for queers

Queer? Do you write, or are you interested in writing? Would you like to talk with other people who write? Would you like to get together with others who understand what it’s like to struggle with writer’s block, and who want to know how to get published (like you)? Would you like help with critiquing your work and exploring your writing?


Queer Ink is a new writing group for queers who like to write, whether you call yourself a writer or not. We welcome anyone who identifies as queer and writes. We welcome folks of any gender or sexuality.


Interested? Check us out!

Come join us on the web at

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[29 Apr 2006|06:40pm]

I am very happy to let you all know that in October 2006, Toby Press will publish FOUND IN TRANSLATION: 20 Hebrew Poets, translated by Robert Friend, with an introduction by Gabriel Levin. This will be a Hebrew-English bilingual edition, part of the Hebrew Classics Series (http://www.tobypress.com/books/foundintranslation.htm)

The Hebrew poets to be translated include Rahel, Leah Goldberg, Gabriel Preil, Yehuda Amichai, Haim Nachman Bialik, and Natan Alterman. Here is one of my favorite translations:

"Summer is dying"
by Haim Nachman Bialik
Translation copyright by Jean Shapiro Cantu

Summer is dying in the purple and gold and russet
of the falling leaves of the wood,
and the sunset clouds are dying
in their own blood.

In the emptying public gardens
the last strollers break their walk
to lift their eyes and follow
the flight of the last stork.

The heart is orphaned. Soon
the cold rains will be drumming.
'Have you patched you coat for winter?
Stocked potatoes against its coming?'
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New community [28 Apr 2006|04:38am]

Bram Stoker's Dracula. In real-time. Join up and read along.

Dracula is an epistolary novel (meaning that it's written as a series of documents; usually letters, here everything from letters to diary entries to newspaper clippings). On this community, they'll be appearing on the day they're dated, starting with Jonathan Harker's first journal entry on the 3rd of May. The novel finishes in November, so we've got about six months. Posts will be made by the characters in Dracula, who each have their own account, but everyone will be able to comment.

For more information, go to dracula1897. Brought to you by eye_of_a_cat and elettaria.
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Introducing Me... tah-rah! [24 Apr 2006|07:01pm]


Hi, I've been a member of this community for a little while now and have never got round to introducing myself.

I'm a writer, a novelist, and I have a journal here on LJ and another (the same except for the comments) on Blogspirit.

I write about anything that's on my mind that day but mostly about sex, gender, books, films, writing, pornography and the writer's life.

Obviously my blogs are meant to help promote my work, but I seem to stir up more controversy than sales! Although, that said, most of the 'heated debates' do seem to take place at Blogspirit. Perhaps one of you might like to start one here?

Anyhow, please feel free to come over and take a look.

Hope to see you soon...

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appologies if promotion's not allowed [23 Apr 2006|11:03pm]


dyke_riot... for the ladies. ♥
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What Love Means to You People by NancyKay Shapiro [20 Mar 2006|12:45pm]

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Anyone read WHAT LOVE MEANS TO YOU PEOPLE by NancyKay Shapiro yet?

Here's the link on Amazon:


It's pretty new. Got a favourable write-up in Time Out NY this week. The sex is supposed to be really hot. I rarely buy brand new hardbacks but I'm tempted. Advice?
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Latest GLBT Fiction Recs [20 Mar 2006|09:01am]


FROM BLUE TO BLACK by Joel Lane. Two star-crossed lovers who are also musicians in an up-and-coming band in early 90's Birmingham. Carl, the lead singer/guitarist, is a heartbreakingly complex character with a dark history. The author is a poet uses his amazing language skills to paint a portrait as bleak and hopeless as its backdrop - England's depressed, industrial North. Gorgeous and sad.

THE FIRST VERSE by Barry McCrea. If you can relate to the idea of being "seduced" by the written word, this book is mesmerizing. It's about a first year Beckett scholar at Trinity in Dublin who becomes involved with a cult whose members use random quotes, culled from random books to dictate every choice they make in life. It is literate, dense, complex and a bit surreal. Highly, highly recommended (by the way, the protagonist is gay, but his sexuality has nothing directly to do with the plot and all I can say is...it's about damned time).
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SANDEL by Angus Stewart [01 Feb 2006|12:21pm]

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Looking to see if anyone here knows of (or, better still, knows how to get hold of) the book SANDEL by Angus Stewart. [see Amazon link]


I found this on someone's Listmania list. She described it as a non-explicit story of boy love that is impossible to get hold of. On Amazon, the least expensive second hand copy is $316. Based on the customer reviews, it appears to be about a nineteen year old boy, David, who falls in love with a thirteen year old choir boy. It seems to take place in a boarding school - I presume it's British. It was published in 1969 and the consensus among reviewers is that it went out of print, despite being beautifully written, due to the controversial subject matter. Have any of you read this book?
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yo [27 Dec 2005|12:27pm]

[ mood | restless ]

hi. thought i'd make my first post though i've been a member for a while.

hope you're all reading something good -

hopefully i'll get to watch Brokeback soon, since the short story by Proulx is just mesmerizing.

But the purpose of my post is this:

Can you recommend any good queer-related stories in spanish?

I need to read something in spanish for the sakes of stimulation and online I've found some but nothing that gripping.

Any help is much appreciated.


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Brokeback Mountain Review/Questions [17 Dec 2005|11:04pm]

[ mood | accomplished ]

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Brokeback Mountain-Annie Proulx-55pages

If the short story "Brokeback Mountain" by Annie Proulx is any indication at all of what the limited release of the movie of the same title holds within the silver screen, it will be one of those and mark films talked about for generations.

The story revolves around the complex relationship between two male ranch hands who meet by chance one summer on "Brokeback Mountain." Although Proulx's description is sometimes brief and to the point, it allows the reader assume the mass detail and beauty that overflows the 55 page short story. What strikes the reader not only is the lack of specific detail, yet the raw nd flavor of which words she uses. Because of this rawness, it is shocking that this book won't find it on many high school library shelves(where it belongs) without a sure down right dirty fight from the PTA. Lacking any specific plot or following any well used frame for story writing, the book is merely a photograph of a situation blown up to a proportion which allows it to be analyzed and discussed. The relationship of the central characters, Jack and Ennis, evolves into more than friendship, and binds the two into something of all eternity. Proulx leaves somewhat of a mystery to whatever does happen and exactly who on the receiving end (in relation to the other characters) knows what about what.

Excellent story, beautifully written.
**Question containing SPOILERS behind CUT*
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