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Jeff Mann takes top Leather novel award and honor

Jeff Mann takes top Leather novel award and honor

Salvation by Jeff Mann, front cover

Salvation by Jeff Mann, front cover

Bear Bones Books author Jeff Mann has been awarded the top honors as well as an honorary mention in the annual Pauline Reage Novel Award contest held by National Leather Association: International.

Cub, a novel by Jeff Mann, front cover

Cub, a novel by Jeff Mann, front cover

Official press release of writing awards

National Leather Association: International, a leading organization for activists in the pansexual SM/leather community, announced the winners for excellence in literary works in SM/leather/fetish writing published in 2014. The judges received a great number of nominations this year and judging in most categories was quite difficult with such exemplary pieces of writing.

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Pauline Reage Novel category winner is Jeff Mann for “Salvation: A Novel of the Civil War” (Bear Bones Books). The judges had were unable to select only one runner up so there was a four way tie for Honorable Mention in this category. Honorable Mentions go toJeff Mann for “Cub” (Bear Bones Books),

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NLAINominations for literary works published in 2015 will open late this year.

This is Jeff Mann’s second (and third) time receiving the Pauline Reage Award: the first time was in 2012 for his BBB novel, Fog. Congrats to Jeff for this doubly-deserved recognition!

2015 Bear Bones Books bookshelf

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2015 Bear Bones Books bookshelf

July sale on BearCity and Bearotica!

July sales on BearCity and Bearotica!

BearCity:The Novel front cover

BearCity:The Novel front cover

To celebrate the announcement of the initial stage of development of the feature-length hirsute romcom movie, BearCity 3, Bear Bones Books is offering the hilarious BearCity: The Novel for half off this month, only at our website:

http://www.lethepressbooks.com/store/p100/BearCity%3A_the_Novel.html

And look for a special sale price of the softcover at the BBB booth at  Bear Market during Provincetown Bear Week on Thursday, July 16th!

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Bearotica front cover

Bearotica front cover

BBB is also offering Bearotica ebooks on sale for 99¢ only this month from Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/57857

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Bear Market 2015

Look for these sales specials at the BBB booth at  Bear Market during Provincetown Bear Week on Thursday, July 16th, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm!
~ With a purchase of two books, get a third book of equal or lesser value for 1/2 off.
~  With a purchase of $50 or more, get a free copy of BearCity: The Novel.
~ With any purchase of $100 or more, get a free copy of BearCity: The Novel and a BBB ballcap.
Quantities are limited, so plan to come early to get your paws on some great bear lit at great prices. Sales specials cannot be combined.

Bear Bones audiobooks

Bear Bones Books audiobook titles available on Audible.com

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BEAR LIKE ME audiobook cover

BEAR LIKE ME audiobook cover

Bear Like Me, A Novel by Jonathan Cohen

Narrated by Wes Smith ~ November 2013 ~ Unabridged ~ 6 hours ~ $19.95

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The Bear of Winter, AB cover

The Bear of Winter, AB cover

The Bears of Winter, edited by Jerry L. Wheeler

Narrated by Roy Wells ~ October 2014 ~ Unabridged ~ 12 hours, 27 minutes ~ $24.95

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Binding the God, AB cover

Binding the God, AB cover

Binding the God, by Jeff Mann

Narrated by Jonathan Young ~ April 2015 ~ Unabridged ~ 8 hours, 52 minutes ~ $19.95

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Cub AB cover

Cub AB cover

Cub, A Novel by Jeff Mann

Narrated by Geoff Moonen ~ July 2014 ~ Unabridged ~ 6 hours, 32 minutes ~ $17.99

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Edge, AB cover

Edge, AB cover

Edge, Travels of an Appalachian Leather Bear by Jeff Mann

Narrated by Joe Smith ~ April 2014 ~ Unabridged ~ 8 hours, 24 minutes ~ $17.99

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FOG ABFog, A Novel of Desire and Reprisal by Jeff Mann

Narrated by Julian Davis ~ December 2013 ~ Unabridged ~ 7 hours, 1 minute ~ $17.99

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HBW ABA History of Barbed Wire, by Jeff Mann

Narrated by Sherman Koltz ~ October 2013 ~ Unabridged ~ 7 hours, 22 minutes ~ $17.99

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Purgatory, AB cover

Purgatory, AB cover

Purgatory, A Novel of the Civil War by Jeff Mann

Narrated by Mikael Naramore ~ August 2013 ~ Unabridged ~ 12 hours, 1 minute ~ $23.08

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Stay tuned! More audiobooks coming soon!

Salvation takes the Lammy!

Salvation wins the Lammy!

On June 1st, 2015, Jeff Mann’s Civil War novel, Salvation, was awarded the Lambda Literary Award for Excellence in Gay Romance.

Salvation by Jeff Mann, front cover

Salvation by Jeff Mann, front cover

The Bear Bones Books imprint of Lethe Press congratulates Mr Mann on his second Lammy award (his 2006 book, A History of Barbed Wire, which won in the Gay Erotica category, is available also from BBB).

Jeff Mann

Jeff Mann

 ”… fine celebration of queer history long left unsung.”  — Publishers Weekly

The American Civil War still threatens to tear the nation in twain. Private Ian Campbell betrayed his company and his duty because he fell in love with a handsome Yankee prisoner-of-war, Drew Conrad. Both men are on the run, desperate to reach Campbell’s family home in West Virginia, which may have escaped the conflict unscathed and may offer them both peace and salvation from the cruelties and hatreds heightened by the war.
But the trek is dangerous. Both men are wounded, deserters, and their love for each other is viewed by so many as a crime against nature hanging for any of these offenses threatens every moment they tarry to rest. They must rely on the kindness of strangers, but every household they enter seeking sanctuary for even a single night on a bed and scant provisions for hungry stomachs might betray them should the truth be discovered.
 Acclaimed author Jeff Mann’s sequel to his bestselling historical novel Purgatory will instill in readers an ardent expectation over Privates Campbell and Conrad’s fate.

SALVATION
a novel by Jeff Mann
Order the book from the Publisher now!

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Bear Bones Books / Lethe Press • August 1, 2014
Categories: Gay/Bi Men’s Fiction, Civil War fiction, Novels
ISBN-10: 1-59021-40644 • ISBN-13: 978-1-59021-406-0
290 pages, 6 x 9 inches • Paperback: $18.00
Distributed by: Baker & Taylor, Ingram
Available from Amazon.com, BN.com, or order at your local bookseller.

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Interview with author Wayne Hoffman

Interview with author Wayne Hoffman

Strobing Limelight

Hard headshotAward-winning novelist and journalist Wayne Hoffman offer a no-holds-barred look at gay life in his latest books. AN OLDER MAN, his newest release, is a sequel to his first novel, HARD, which is also being reprinted by Bear Bones Books. Together, the books follow a group of gay men searching for sex and romance against the backdrop of the AIDS epidemic, anti-gay repression, and the challenges they face simply by getting older.

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One of the reviews of Hard said: “think Woody Allen meets ACT UP.” That’s quite a combination—what does it mean?

Wayne Hoffman: To me, it means that there’s a lot of humor in the book, even though Hard is about very serious subjects: sex, politics, and AIDS. There’s anger, there’s lust, there’s jealousy and betrayal, but it’s the humor that ties the book together. The things the characters are dealing with are important—sometimes matters of life and death—but they keep their ability to laugh at themselves and each other. Well, most of them do.

HardWhat is Hard about?

WH: Hard centers on Moe Pearlman, a 20-something gay man in 1990s Manhattan. He’s sexually active—very much so—and a budding AIDS activist. But just as he’s trying to navigate his sexual and romantic exploits in the midst of the AIDS crisis, he keeps butting heads with Frank DeSoto, an older journalist and veteran activist who has a very different idea about sex and politics. As the city cracks down on gay sex, Moe and Frank end up on different sides of a personal and political battle.

A lot of Hard sounds like it’s based on real life.

WH: Hard came out of a very specific time in the 1990s, a turning point in the AIDS crisis. On the one hand, new drug treatments were transforming AIDS into something that was potentially more manageable. But on a political level, AIDS was still being used as a political football in the most cynical way by people who hated gay men, as well as those who pretended to be our friends. Sadly, two decades later, even though some of the specifics have changed, the broader story is still familiar.

In An Older Man, you come back to Moe’s life, about 15 years later. Did you always plan to revisit him?

WH: Readers have often asked me what ever happened to Moe and the rest of the guys in Hard, and I always said I honestly didn’t know. Then, after several years, I realized that I did know what happened to them—because they’d be going through things a lot of gay men go through as we get older. So I got started on the sequel.

AOMDo all the characters in Hard come back in An Older Man?

WH: Yes and no. Moe is the main character in both books, and some of the other characters show up again in An Older Man; his ex-boyfriend Gene and best friend Aaron are back, for instance, although Moe’s relationships with them have evolved over the years. A couple other people from Hard get mentioned in passing, but they’re not really part of Moe’s life anymore…and some new people have joined him.

An Older Man takes place during Bear Week in Provincetown. Why take the action outside New York?

WH: Like many of us, Moe needs to step outside of his everyday life to truly understand what he’s going through. His sexual appetite hasn’t changed much, but after spending decades chasing older men, he’s starting to find that he can’t attract the men he’s used to attracting quite so reliably anymore, now that he’s over 40 himself. Bear Week is a very intense vacation—sort of a sexual carnival, a solid week of non-stop fun—that makes it apparent to Moe that the way he’s been doing things for 20 years isn’t working anymore.

For gay men, is there sex after 40?

WH: Yes. God, yes. It’s different from sex when you’re younger, but I’ll tell you something that nobody under 40 will truly understand or believe: I’ve found that it’s even better than it was in my 20s. And it was pretty damn good back then.

There is definitely a lot of sex in both books, but it’s not pornographic. What’s the difference, to you, between sexually explicit fiction and porn?

WH: The motivation. My books are explicit because the specific details are essential to the story, if you want to understand the characters’ desires and vulnerabilities and the risks they’re willing to take. In porn, the point is to turn the reader on. If my intention was to write porn—there’s nothing wrong with writing porn, mind you, but it’s not what I’m trying to do—the scenes might be a bit more titillating, a little more rooted in fantasy than very concrete reality. My husband pointed out that even thought there are a lot of sex scenes in Hard, in most of them, something goes wrong. That doesn’t happen in porn, where there’s almost always a happy ending.

In Hard, there’s an inkling that Moe might be intrigued by bear culture—he even poses for a magazine called Woof. But in An Older Man, he’s more explicitly bear-identified. What finally drew him in?

WH: Back in the 1990s, Moe knew that he liked hairy guys, older guys. As he became a hairy, older guy himself—with a gut that wasn’t going away any time soon—he naturally gravitated to the place where he felt not only tolerated but actually embraced for his looks.

Older Man headshotHow much of Moe Pearlman is based on you?

WH: I’m less neurotic than Moe, and happily married, so I’m not searching for Mister Right—I found him a long time ago. But Moe and I both share anxieties about our bodies and have similar tastes in men, and similar notions about sexual politics and chosen families. If you’re asking if my sexual skills measure up to Moe’s, well …

How can readers find out more about your books, and your events?

WH: They can check out waynehoffmanwriter.com for the latest updates.

 

Wayne Hoffman readings of Hard, An Older Man

Wayne Hoffman readings of Hard, An Older Man

Events

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Thursday 7/16/15
PROVINCETOWN

Wayne will be selling and signing books at the Bear Bones Books booth at Bear Market, held at the Crown & Anchor, from 12-2 p.m., and then reading at the Provincetown Public Library, 356 Commercial Street, at 7 p.m.

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Saturday 9/26/15
CATSKILLS

Wayne will be reading from An Older Man at Catskill Art Society, 48 Main Street in Livingston Manor, NY, at 2 p.m. Books will be for sale (cash only), with 20% of proceeds going to benefit CAS.

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Monday 10/5/15
BOSTON

Wayne will be reading from An Older Man at The Harvard Coop, at 1400 Mass. Ave. (3rd floor) in Cambridge, at 7 p.m.

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LOS ANGELES

Wayne will be reading from An Older Man at Book Soup, at 8818 Sunset Blvd. in West Hollywood, at 3 p.m. He will be joined by fellow Bear Bones Books author Daniel M. Jaffe.

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Tuesday 10/20/15
SAN FRANCISCO

Wayne will be reading from An Older Man at Books Inc. in the Castro, 2275 Market Street, at 7 p.m. This event is sponsored by Bears of San Francisco.

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Wednesday 10/21/15
SAN FRANCISCO

Wayne will be the featured reader at Smack Dab’s monthly open mike night in the Castro.

More info at Wayne Hoffman’s events page.

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Hard, a novel by Wayne Hoffman

Bear Bones Books / Lethe Press • April 20, 2015 • Categories: Novels, Gay Fiction

ISBN-10: 1-59021-290-4 • ISBN-13: 978-1-59021-290-5

364 pp., 5.5 x 8.5 inches • Paperback: $18.00 • eBook: $5.99

Distributed by: Baker & Taylor, Ingram.

Also available in Kindle and all other electronic-book formats

Order Hard directly from the publisher here.
Order the softcover book from Amazon here.
Order the ebook from Amazon Kindle here.

Call for submissions: Bi Guys 2

Bi Guys, volume 2

Firsthand Fiction for Bisexual Men and Their Admirers

R. Jackson, editor
Lethe Press
Call for short story (fiction) submissions

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Everyone knows that Bi Guys make the best lovers, because of the range and depth of their sexual experiences. But not everyone knows that Bi Guys also make the sexiest fiction anthologies.

In 2006, the first groundbreaking collection of bi men’s erotic writing came out, and was subsequently named a Lambda Literary Awards finalist. Now the same editor of Bi Guys is seeking original submissions for a second volume of bi-rotic fiction for bisexual men and everyone who loves them.

We are once again bringing together a unique collection of outstanding sensual writing about the bi male sexual experience. This is bisexual-themed erotica with a decidedly masculine viewpoint, erotica with undeniable male heat, erotica you won’t soon forget!

We’re looking for memorable stories of bi/poly/pan male sex, love, romance, family, and community from 3,500 to 7,000 words long (firm upper limit — sorry, but if you can’t tell your story in less than 7K words, it’s not for us). Genres are open: settings may be contemporary, historical, mythical, or fantastic, but the central male character(s) must be bisexual.

We especially welcome strong stories that express ethnic/racial/gender diversity in its characters.

BiG Lethe frcoverTo learn the particular type of short fiction we seek, please familiarize yourself with the first volume of Bi Guys: follow this link to see the book on Amazon and use their free Look Inside the Book function to read a few stories. Better yet, buy the book, read all the stories, and then write us a compelling and completely unique story.

Payment per word for original work: 2 cents ($0.02 USD), payable after publication. Previously published stories and book excerpts accepted at half the original rate: please include complete prior publication information. All contributors will receive one gratis copy of the softcover book.

Proposed timeline (subject to change):

  • Contributor confirmation / story synopsis requested by         September 1, 2015
  • First story drafts requested by         October 1, 2014
  • Final story drafts due by      November 1, 2015
  • Contributor contracts issued by        January 1, 2016
  • Publication release date:        March 1, 2016

Send synopsis or story submissions, along with complete author contact information (including your legal name (and pseudonym, if you choose to use one), complete mailing address, telephone number(s), and email address; and author biography <75 words, to:

bearsoup AT gmail Dotcom, and ron.wolfbear AT gmail.com.

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About the editor: R. Jackson is editor of several groundbreaking collections of men’s erotic fiction, including:

  • Bearotica (published by Bear Bones Books)
  • Bear Lust (published by Bear Bones Books)
  • Bears in the Wild (published by Bear Bones Books)
  • Bi Guys: The Deliciousness of His Sex (published by Lethe Press)
  • Tales from the Den: Wild & Weird Stories for Bears (published by Bear Bones Books)

Now in print, Wayne Hoffman’s novels: Hard, An Older Man

The Bear Bones Books imprint of Lethe Press is pleased to announce its 24th and 25th releases: the reissue of a funny, sexy, smart novel, Hard, and its new sequel novella, An Older Man, written by Wayne Hoffman.

Hard, a novel by Wayne Hoffman

Hard“Smart, fast-paced, raunchy and funny, a sexy comic strip of a novel about the way gay men live now.”

— Christopher Bram, author of Gods and Monsters

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“A breath of fresh air in gay male fiction.”  — Lambda Book Report

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“Sexual politics—both public and private—play out against the cityscape of mid-1990s Manhattan in Hoffman’s absorbing year-in-the-life of a group of gay men…The larger issues of sexual rights and AIDS add depth to their voices, making this sexually explicit debut novel an intriguing exploration of politics and psyche.”

— Publishers Weekly

In the late 1990s, Moe Pearlman finds his sex life under attack. A conservative mayor is closing down bathhouses, sex clubs, and adult theaters—with the secret cooperation of Frank DeSoto, publisher of the only gay newspaper in town. As the crackdown escalates, the tensions between Moe and Frank boil over into a full-scale battle—and, eventually, a personal tug-of-war—between two people with opposing ideas of what it means to be a gay man in the age of AIDS.

When Moe isn’t organizing safe-sex parties, posing for bear porn, or entertaining buddies he meets online, he’s looking for romance with the daddy of his dreams—a man named Max Milano who might not be looking for the same thing. And Frank, after a decade-long drought, is enjoying a sexual rebirth as his 50th birthday approaches, but he’s not sure if he can find a partner without having to pay for it. Added to this mix is Moe’s best friend Aaron Chiles, who’s having trouble accepting his new boyfriend’s job as a go-go boy and hustler. Meanwhile, Gene Macintosh, Moe’s HIV-positive ex-lover, is delighted to find that his viral load is undetectable, but his obsessive partner still treats him like a health risk.

From backrooms to newsrooms, the Meatrack to City Hall, Hard offers a no-holds-barred look at gay life in New York, where sex is a matter of life or death, and politics make the strangest bedfellows.

 

An Older Man, a novella by Wayne Hoffman

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Moe Pearlman—once the 20-something protagonist of Hard—is now over 40, overweight, and going gray. For someone used to being the adorable younger guy chasing after older men, that’s not particularly easy. But Moe’s whole conception of himself is challenged when he spends Bear Week in Provincetown, an event that brings thousands of mature gay and bi men to the tip of Cape Cod the week after Independence Day to revel and relax.

Still singular in his focus and sexual appetites, Moe hopes he’ll find a hot older guy and have an intense summer fling. Joining him on vacation is Moe’s ex-lover Gene and Gene’s new boyfriend Carlos, so Moe has no reason to feel lonely, but when the older objects of Moe’s affection start looking right past him in favor of younger rivals, Moe is shaken to the core.

Advance praise for An Older Man:

“As much a touching examination of aging and loneliness as it is a witty tale of sexual shenanigans during Provincetown’s Bear Week, Wayne Hoffman’s new novella, An Older Man, is a real delight. I enjoyed it immensely.”

—Jeff Mann, author of Cub and Salvation

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An Older Man is a bear-hug of a book that is equal parts burly bouquet of bear culture, a love letter to Provincetown, and a sexy story about our hirsute hero Moe’s quest to find ‘the one.’”

— Gregg Shapiro, author of Lincoln Avenue

 

 

Hard headshotWayne Hoffman’s acclaimed debut novel, Hard, and its sequel, An Older Man, are published by Bear Bones Books. Another of Wayne’s novels, Sweet Like Sugar, won the Stonewall Book Award. The author lives in New York City and the Catskills.

Author photograph by Frank Mullaney

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Hard
Hard, a novel by Wayne Hoffman

Bear Bones Books / Lethe Press • April 20, 2015 • Categories: Novels, Gay Fiction

ISBN-10: 1-59021-290-4 • ISBN-13: 978-1-59021-290-5

364 pp., 5.5 x 8.5 inches • Paperback: $18.00 • eBook: $5.99

Distributed by: Baker & Taylor, Ingram.

Also available in Kindle and all other electronic-book formats

Order Hard directly from the publisher here.
Order the book from Goodreads here.
Order the softcover book from Amazon here.
Order the ebook from Amazon Kindle here.
Order the book from Smashwords here.
Order the book from BN.com here.
Order the book from Amazon.uk here.

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AOMAn Older Man, a novella by Wayne Hoffman

Bear Bones Books / Lethe Press • June 1, 2015 • Categories: Novels, Gay Fiction

ISBN-10: 1-59021-291-6 • ISBN-13: 978-1-59021-291-2

148 pp., 5.5 x 8.5 inches • Paperback: $15.00 • eBook: $X.99

Distributed by: Baker & Taylor, Ingram.

Also available in Kindle and all other electronic-book formats

Order An Older Man directly from the publisher here.
Order the book from Goodreads here.
Order the softcover book from Amazon here.
Order the ebook from Amazon Kindle here.
Order the book from Smashwords here.
Order the book from BN.com here.
Order the book from Amazon.uk here.

Salvation, Bears of Winter named Lammy Finalists

Salvation and The Bears of Winter named Lambda Literary Award Finalists

March 4, 2015 — The prestigious Lambda Literary Awards honored two Bear Bones Books titles by naming them Finalists in their 27th annual literary competition.Lammyfinalist

  • Salvation, a novel by Jeff Mann — Gay Romance
    The Bears of Winter, front cover

    The Bears of Winter, front cover

    Salvation by Jeff Mann, front cover

    Salvation by Jeff Mann, front cover

  • The Bears of Winter, an anthology edited by Jerry L. Wheeler — Gay Erotica

BBB raises its paws in salute to these two books, their authors, editors, and contributors.

The awards will be announced June 1st in a gala ceremony in New York City.

Read the Lambda Literary Awards announcement here.