Hello All! And thank you for having me here at Hearts on Fire! I love it here, and thank you Lucy for having me.
And why am I here?
Why to tell you about two men….
Two men, born a few years apart. One sweet and naïve and innocent …the other a bounty hunter, who can’t be naïve as much as he might wish he still could be. And both of them are born romantics…but there is no love in their lives. Men that would make the perfect husband…lover…mate. And yet neither has found love.
Artie Bailey…naïveté personified, and August Sterling, who has seen it all.
There is something else these two men have in common. They both share a love of old movies….
Oh yes! Both watched those old movies with their mothers, eating big bowls of popcorn. They grew up loving the heart pounding, but ultimately sad ending of Casablanca, the consummate gentleman, Gregory Peck, from Roman Holiday, the wonderful dinner scene between Humphrey Bogart and Audrey Hepburn in Sabrina. And of course that first kiss between Gene Tierney and Dana Andrews in Laura, of course!
Those movies filled their hearts with romance. Made them romantics.
The problem is that Artie has no interest in wearing a beautiful peacock dress from An American in Paris. And August doesn’t want to lead a woman around the dance floor like Fred Astaire did with Ginger Rodgers in that wondrous dance number from Top Hat. They’re both gay.
So what happens?
Can these two men find what they’ve been looking for all their lives?
You will have to read my new novel Getting His Man to find out. Here is the cover blurb….
GETTING HIS MAN
A love story worthy of an old movie… with a new twist.
Artie needs a hero, a man like those he’s always revered in Golden Age films. His drug-dealing jerk of a roommate got him arrested, and since his savior isn’t likely to sweep in and save the day, Artie calls a bail bondsman.
August has always imagined himself a hero from a black-and-white movie, but he’s never found a man willing to let him play that role—at least not until he gets the call from Artie.
Both of their dreams might come true, but not before August must use his skills as a bounty hunter as well as a bondsman. Artie is on the run for his life, and August must protect him and help him clear his name. Only then can they both finally get their man.
I hope that whets your appetite for romance. And for a story worthy of an old movie… with a new twist.
That novel is out right now and just ready for you to read. Here’s where you can find it….
And hey, after you’re done reading it, I would love to hear what you think!
Love, Namaste, and Happy Holidays!
BG “Ben” Thomas
REVIEW BY LUCY:
The old black and white movies where the hero sweeps in to save the damsel in distress, with a little MM twist. The hero here is a bail bondsmen/bounty hunter named August who has always dreamed of being someone’s knight in shining armor. Our dude in distress, Artie, definitely needs a hero after his druggie roommate not only gets him arrested but has him on the fast track to be killed.
Artie is very young looking and that tends to turn guys off him as relationship material. Even his own family believes him to be “Peter Pan…the eternal boy”. He’s got an awesome friend in Ross who’s with him at his favorite boy band concert. It’s the perfect night. At least, until they get back to Artie’s apartment and his roommate, Willie, is there. Willie is a pothead and a sometime dealer who has no common sense. Hence the trouble Artie (ever the naïve, who eats a laced brownie from Willie) finds himself in when the police bust down the door and off to jail they go. That’s what starts the entire “I need a hero!” debacle. Let’s give a shout out to Demaine, because he’s a hero in his own right and saves Artie even before August gets the chance. He’s family and I liked him.
August is called in as bail bondsman and he feels an immediate sympathy and pull towards Artie. He not only bails him out of jail but helps him with somewhere to stay for a bit and breakfast. We are taken on the whirlwind ride of drug dealers, running from the cops AND the dealers AND the hero. Artie often makes decisions to “protect” people and they aren’t smart for him. He needs to trust August.
I was worried for a minute because August had a lover, Lincoln, who is now a partner with him at the bail bondsman’s office. When Lincoln started to look less twinkish and “…bigger and taller and hairier…” August lost interest and I really questioned whether he was that shallow. And if he was, I didn’t want him for Artie. But I too should have trusted August.
The author wrote one of my favorite holiday stories, The Beary Best Holiday Party, and while this is a completely different type of story it has that same warm feeling to it. Yes, even with drug dealers and murder plans, it has a warm feel to it. Dancing across a crowded ballroom, tails flying.
B.G. Thomas lives in Kansas City with his husband of more than a decade and their fabulous dogs Sarah Jane and Oliver. He is blessed to have a lovely daughter as well as many extraordinary friends. He has a great passion for life.
B.G. loves romance, comedies, fantasy, science fiction, and even horror—as far as he is concerned, as long as the stories are character driven and entertaining, it doesn’t matter the genre. He has gone to literature conventions his entire adult life where he’s been lucky enough to meet many of his favorite writers. He has made up stories since he was a child; it is where he finds his joy.
In the nineties, he wrote for gay adult magazines but stopped because the editors wanted all sex without plot. “The sex is never as important as the characters,” he says. “Who cares what they are doing if we don’t care about them?” Excited about the growing male/male romance market, he began writing again. He submitted a novella and was thrilled when it was accepted in four days. Since then the romantic tales have poured out of him. “It’s like I’m somehow making up for a lifetime’s worth of story-telling!”
In 2015 he made and entry every day in his blog “365 Days of Silver,” where he found something every day to be grateful for. You can find it right here: https://365daysofsilver.wordpress.com/
“Leap, and the net will appear” is his personal philosophy and his message. “It is never too late,” he testifies. “Pursue your dreams. They will come true!”
“Roman Holiday”, “Sabrina”, “The Shop Around the Corner”, “Casablanca”, “An Affair to Remember”, “The Miracle Worker”, “Barefoot in the Park”, “12 Angry Men”, “Laura”, “The Maltese Falcon”, “The Philadelphia Story”, “Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House”, “Brigadoon”, “Red Dust”, “Top Hat”, “It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World”, “Sergeant York”, “Tarzan”, “Bulldog Drummond Escapes”, “Captain Blood”, “The Gay Divorcee”, “An American in Paris”, “Swing Time”, “Desk Set”