Call for submissions: The Biggest Lover

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The Biggest Lover, front cover. Photograph by Rikard Olsson

The Biggest Lover

Big-Boned Men’s Erotica for Chubs and Chasers

Hot & Hairy Fiction Series

R. Jackson, editor

Bear Bones Books / Lethe Press

Ever since Girth & Mirth, the USA urban gay and bisexual social clubs founded in the 1970s for large men and their admirers, chub culture has always been part of bear community. But why do we associate bigness with masculinity? Strength, comfort, softness, abundance, identity?

Why have some of us forever admired, celebrated, and fetishized big men, while modern fashion and other social forces have long stigmatized, even demonized, fatness?

We’re looking for memorable stories of big love, romance, and community, especially ones that express diversity in characters, in any genre from 3,500 to 6,500 words long. Settings may be contemporary, historical, or mythical.

To learn the particular type of short fiction we seek, please familiarize yourself with the BBB’s Hot & Hairy Series: search for “Bear Bones Books” on Amazon and use their free Look Inside the Book function to read a few stories. Better yet, buy a book and read it.

Payment per word for original work: 2 cents ($0.02 USD), payable upon publication; one contributor copy. Reprints/excerpts accepted at half the original rate: please include complete prior publication information.

New deadlines for submissions

  • First story drafts due            June 1, 2014
  • Final story drafts due            July 1, 2015

Send synopsis or story submissions, along with complete author contact information, and author biography <75 words, to bearsoup AT gmail Dotcom.

 

Wayne Hoffman readings of Hard, An Older Man

Wayne Hoffman readings of Hard, An Older Man

Events

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.

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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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.

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.

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.

Stealing Arthur featured in Instinct Magazine interview

Joel Perry and his new novel from Bear Bones Books, Stealing Arthur, are featured in a typically hilarious interview in the February 2015 issue of Instinct magazine.

“Joel Perry Knows Exactly Where to Stick That Little Gold Naked Man” by Jonathan Riggs StealingArthur_Instinct

Correction: Ron Suresha is cofounder, acquisitions editor, and chief chaiwallah of Bear Bones Books. The publisher of the Bear Bones Books imprint of Lethe Press is Steve Berman.

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Order Stealing Arthur from Goodreads here.
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Order the ebook from Amazon Kindle here.
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Now in print: Stealing Arthur, a novel by Joel Perry

Now in print from Bear Bones Books:

Stealing Arthur, a novel by Joel Perry

The Bear Bones Books imprint of Lethe Press is pleased to announce the release of Stealing Arthur, a novel by Joel Perry.

Stealing Arthur,  a novel by Joel Perry

Stealing Arthur, a novel by Joel Perry

“Joel Perry’s new book, Stealing Arthur, is a hilarious page-turner that I just could not put down! His work is one of the best-kept secrets in Hollywood. With this book, I predict that his name will be on everyone’s lips. Read it now!” — actor & comedian Jason Stuart

Based on an actual event, 55 of Hollywood’s highest awards — the Arthurs — have been stolen, setting in motion the kind of crazy only turn-of-the-millennium L.A. can provide. Intrigue, murder, comedy, sex, romance, celebrity dish, and ultimately redemption play out for characters from Skid Row to Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, including all the desperate wannabes in between. In a town where people would happily kill anyone for a part, what would they do for a gilded Arthur statuette?

Joel Perry

Joel Perry

Joel Perry is the author of Funny That Way; That’s Why They’re in Cages, People!; Going Down: The Instinct Guide to Oral Sex; and The Q Guide to Oscar Parties and Other Award Shows. He grew up hairy, heavy, and homo in North Carolina. He has been an actor, writer, comedian, producer, and spiritual director. After 28 years in Los Angeles, Joel has returned to his hometown of Wilmington, N.C., where he lives with his husband and two cats that are so adorably cute you just want to vomit.

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Stealing Arthur, a novel by Joel Perry

Bear Bones Books / Lethe Press   •   January 5, 2015   •   Categories: Novels, Gay Fiction

ISBN-10: 1-59021-586-9 •  ISBN-13: 978-1-59021-586-9

380 pp., 5.5 x 8.5 inches   •   Paperback: $20.00   •   eBook: $6.99

Distributed by: Baker & Taylor, Ingram.

Also available in Kindle and all other electronic-book formats

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Order the book from Goodreads here.
Order the book from Amazon here.
Order the ebook from Amazon Kindle here.
Order the book from BN.com here.
Order the book from Amazon.uk here.

Hibernation, Cub win Rainbow Book Awards

BBB titles win Rainbow Book Awards

RBAWinnerThe anthology Hibernation and Other Poems by Bear Bards, edited by Ron J. Suresha, received a top Rainbow Book Award in both the LGBT Poetry and Bisexual Literature categories.

Hibernation, front cover

Hibernation, front cover

1. Hibernation and Other Poems by Bear Bards, an anthology by Ron J. Suresha
Paperback: 218 pages
Publisher: Bear Bones Books (June 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1590212592
ISBN-13: 978-1590212592
Amazon: Hibernation and Other Poems by Bear Bards
Amazon Kindle: Hibernation and Other Poems by Bear Bards

Judges’ comments:

This work, this anthology is a gem. Full of unexpected surprises and delightful sallies into wholly foreign realms. A delight, a bucolic frolic, an earnest journey, a vigorous climb up the mountain of our own understanding, and a foggy glimpse into the glade of our own souls where bears in all their myriad forms dance beneath the stars. By turns funny and poignant, wry and crass, it’s a pocketful of honey drizzled goodness. None of the poems in and of themselves is perfect, for all poems are only ever abandoned in despair of their achieving the greatness we first saw in a flash of inspiration…yet the sum of their individual flaws is, in a word, perfection.”

Love, love, love this. So many authors, so many emotions, in fact, if I may, I’ll call this a rainbow of emotions. From the sublime to the thought provoking; from innocent to ‘don’t tell anyone you’re reading this book.’ It’s all there, and I was left wanting more only because of the quality of the writing. In my years as a Rainbow Award judge, I have never given a perfect score, until now.

Poetry is difficult to judge but each piece was beautifully written.

This book did what Poetry was supposed to do, elicit emotion. I laughed, paused, thought, and teared up a few times. Well done.

BRILLIANT! Lush and evocative, it gave me an excellent peep into a rich, diverse culture and made a Bear Admirer out of me! I especially enjoyed the poems by Jack Fritscher and Gavin Geoffrey Dillard.

Poetry written with the flair of genius.

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Cub, a novel by Jeff Mann, front cover

Cub, a novel by Jeff Mann, front cover

Jeff Mann’s excellent novel of young hirsute love, Cub, was also honored by the Rainbow Book Awards this year in the Best Gay Book category.

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Stealing Arthur, a novel by Joel Perry: soon in print

Forthcoming January 2015 from Bear Bones Books:

Stealing Arthur, a novel by Joel Perry

The Bear Bones Books imprint of Lethe Press is pleased to announce the forthcoming publication of Stealing Arthur, a novel by Joel Perry.

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Stealing Arthur, front cover

Based on an actual event, 55 of Hollywood’s highest awards — the Arthurs — have been stolen, setting in motion the kind of crazy only turn-of-the-millennium L.A. can provide. Intrigue, murder, comedy, sex, romance, celebrity dish, and ultimately redemption play out for characters from Skid Row to Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, including all the desperate wannabes in between. In a town where people would happily kill anyone for a part, what would they do for a gilded Arthur statuette?

“Joel Perry’s new book, Chasing Arthur, is a hilarious page-turner that I just could not put down! His work is one of the best-kept secrets in Hollywood. With this book, I predict that his name will be on everyone’s lips. Read it now!” — actor & comedian Jason Stuart

Joel Perry is the author of Funny That Way; That’s Why They’re in Cages, People!; Going Down: The Instinct Guide to Oral Sex; and The Q Guide to Oscar Parties and Other Award Shows. He grew up hairy, heavy, and homo in North Carolina. He has been an actor, writer, comedian, producer, and spiritual director. After 28 years in Los Angeles, Joel has returned to his hometown of Wilmington, N.C., where he lives with his husband and two cats that are so adorably cute you just want to vomit.

THE BEARS OF WINTER — new audiobook giveaway!

Grrreetings, BBB friends!

The Bears of Winter, front cover

The Bears of Winter, front cover

To celebrate the release in paper, digital, and audio formats of the new Bear Bones Books anthology in the Hot & Hairy Series: THE BEARS OF WINTER, edited by Jerry L. Wheeler, we’re giving away 5 complimentary Audible.com copies of the new Audiobook of THE BEARS OF WINTER, read by Roy Wells:

~   Go to this page on Audible.com: http://www.amazon.com/The-Bears-of-Winter/dp/B00O8221DK
~    Add the audiobook to your cart.
~    Create a new Audible.com account or log in.
~    Enter the promo code and click “Redeem” on the cart page.
~    To change the price from full price to $0.00, click the box next to “1 Credit” and click the “update” button to apply the credit to your purchase.
~    Complete checkout, and start listening to the free copy of the book.

This offer and these codes are exclusive to BearBonesBooks.com. Here are your 5 FREE download codes for The Bears of Winter:

  • 4BTX7ZPFRUJEH
  • HCRL7SZNKHKL4
  • YWXEKYG7J6RA9
  • 5CM8JZDNS496F
  • AMD6YD3J5TN7A

If one is taken, just enter the next code on the list. Enjoy listening to your FREE audiobook of THE BEARS OF WINTER!

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