Naked gay lovers in bed; another great day in Northern California; Martin’s story, “Passion Play” is again available …

Hi, friends and readers:

I’m in South San Francisco this evening, by myself at the moment. My boyfriend’s having an early dinner with his older brother, so I’m spending quiet time alone. We’re staying in a hotel on the Bay. It’s actually kind of chilly this evening — about sixty degrees F and breezy — and I don’t mind. Tomorrow I return to Florida’s heat and humidity — 92 degrees and humid. Ugh …

We had a nice day, visiting Sonoma Valley and sharing a wonderful bottle of cabernet savignon, seated outside on a terrace by a fountain pool. The place was surrounded by vineyards and, beyond, mountains. Afterward, we drove to Berkeley, then took the BART to the airport, where a shuttle delivered us here. We’ll spend a quiet evening at the hotel, then catch our flight to Denver around noon.

I know I said this in the previous post, but … If you ever visit Northern California be sure to visit Napa Valley and spend at least one night there. Drive down the Silverado trail and visit the smaller wineries. Do a tasting, then splurge and buy a $30 bottle of wine. Drink it on the property, outdoors. Enjoy the scenery. And mid-September is the perfect time to do this. Yeah, Napa’s pricey, but it’s worth it.

In other news, Torquere Press has re-released my stand-alone story, Passion Play, a 9,000 word piece first released about 18 months ago. It’s been unavailable for about six months because: (a) the original contract expired on the story, and (b) I thought another publisher might want to include it in a new anthology, but they decided not to. So … now you can buy it again from Torquere.

Now, I am not an aficianado of S & M, it’s just not my thing. But I wanted to explore the world of sado-masochism in a work of fiction, and the result was Passion Play. Here’s the blurb:

Reverend Luke helps put on the Passion Play at his church every year. Nearly eighty parishioners get involved and this year transplanted brothers James and Marcus Thibodeaux will participate. James will play Jesus, but there’s a hitch; he’s deaf. His brother Marcus will act as translator.

James is beautiful and young, almost angelic in appearance and just the person to portray Jesus. Or is he? When Reverend Luke begins a relationship with Marcus, he discovers things about James that are hardly angelic. Can Reverend Luke convince James to be penitent and worthy of portraying Jesus?

Here’s where you can buy Passion Play:

Just a warning: Passion Play is not for the squeamish. Enter at your own risk.

Okay, my boyfriend’s back and looking very handsome. He’s going to have a drink while I have dinner at the restaurant next door. Enjoy your Wednesday night/Thursday morning, everyone.


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