Finalist for the
Lambda Literary Award
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   Finalist for the Lambda Literary Award BEST GAY MYSTERY 2016!

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Cheap as Beasts Named Lammy Finalist

The finalists for the 28th Annual Lambda Literary Awards were announced yesterday. Cheap as Beasts, the first Declan Colette mystery, was included! I had to take a 24-hour breath before posting this.

I'm very excited and proud and hope that a few more people might read it as a result (we live in hope). A caveat, all the reporting I've seen lists the author as Jonathon Wilson. That's not my name! Oh, well, honestly, they can say Johnny Appleseed wrote it as long as they get the title right!

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Dan Phillips Christmas Songs: Keep Feeling Christmas

I'm a huge fan of Dan Phillips, even though I know next to nothing about him, except that he used to post lots of great Christmas songs "re-imagined".

Here is Keep Feeling Christmas!

You can find more of his Christmas music HERE.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Another Krampus Night!

I didn't scour the internet for more pics of Krampus. (If you're interested and missed them a few years ago, HERE is my collection I wrangled previously.)

And HERE is a link to my Christmas Story "Krampus' Christmas Wish" which is a sequel to "A Hundred Little Lies."

And, finally, here is the trailer to the movie which opened yesterday.

And, in case you need to know more about Krampus, here is a video "about" Krampus.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Happy December (+ a second-hand Dorothy Parker story)

   So, the plan was to post wintry pictures this month with brief, erudite (haha!) explanations of why they appealed to me. And I still might. In the meantime, however, I've just finished reading "An Unfinished Woman", Lillian Hellman's first memoir, and came across a laugh-out-loud funny line.

   Apparently Dorothy Parker once told Ms. Hellman that all she wanted on her tombstone was:

"If you can read this you've come too close."

Works for me!

Monday, November 16, 2015

RELEASE DAY: Every Unworthy Thing (Declan Colette #2)

The new book is officially released via all sources today!

   Gay PI Declan Colette finds himself in the middle of a gang war between resurgent Japanese mobsters and the black gangsters who expanded operations during World War II. Complicating matters is crime boss Max Harrold. Whether he’s stoking the fires of racial hostility or not, Harrold is definitely making things difficult for Colette, shanghaiing the detective and planting the body of a murdered Japanese gangster in Colette’s office.

   Now Colette’s only hope is to find the kidnapped daughter of a powerful Japanese businessman and return her home safely. And he has to do it with criminals standing in his way and police hot on his tail.

Here's BOLD STROKES BOOKS website.

Here's my author page on Amazon (with scary pictures of the author)!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Every Unworthy Thing (Declan Colette #2) ~ Goodreads Giveaway!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Every Unworthy Thing by Jon  Wilson

Every Unworthy Thing

by Jon Wilson

Giveaway ends November 30, 2015.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Review: Dear Hank Williams by Kimberly Willis Holt

Dear Hank WilliamsDear Hank Williams by Kimberly Willis Holt
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


With the admitted caveat that I am not even close to the target audience of this book, I will say I enjoyed it. My worry is, would it appeal to the target audience?

To begin with, it's entirely epistolary. And we get just one side of the conversation. So even while it is fan letters written to Hank Williams, it eventually starts reading like a diary. Fortunately Tate is engaging. Unfortunately most of that engagement is due to the fact that you know she's playing fast and loose with the facts. Truths are doled out slowly. More than once Tate fesses up that she wasn't exactly honest before. I would imagine a lot of this might prove difficult for MG readers. Or, maybe I'm underestimating them.

I felt the M. Night Shyamalan twist was a little over the top, even though I saw it coming a mile off. (Again, I'm not the target audience. Trying to imagine myself as a twelve year old boy reading this, I confess I may have been blown away by the last reveal. For me it was just, yeah, I know. ((I knew about the time the other saleswoman's daughter visited! Yeah, I'm bragging...!)))

A very good MG book. Probably 4.25 or 4.34 if GR allowed fractions.

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