50 Shades of GAY…

Oh, if ONLY I had thought of that title first!

British writer (E.L. James), book set in the USA, actually a trilogy, full of sexploits… sounds a bit familiar since I am British, the first of my trilogy is entirely set in the States (although the next two books travel widely around the globe as well), full of sexploits… well gay ones in my case…

Mine have a diffferent additive, though – acrobatics and circus:

…and a bit of the ‘thriller’ genre – a shooting (which frames Vols 1 and 2), and worse threats to follow (Vol 3):

 What brought all this to mind was my great friends Roger and Ellie from Oxford (England). On the last day of the English summer school vacation (this Monday) they took their kids to London for the Paralympic Games. Took time out to explore the city too, on a glorious hot sunny afternoon, and dived into the Piccadilly branch of the well-known Waterstone’s bookshop (their largest outlet in UK). Roger came across the gay and lesbian section (he’s not!) and found himself staring at my books, on prominent display. Woo-hoo!!!!!!! He was tempted, he says, to grab a copy of Vol 2, wave it around , and shout out ‘I know the guy that wrote these, and I’m in this book along with Ellie!!’ Then Ellie and his kids showed up, and he had second thoughts – after all, what they were doing which made me write them in probably wouldn’t impress either their kids or the store staff!!!!

And, on the next table, piled high, E.L. James and the ’50 Shades of Grey’. Roger also thought of whipping my books off the shelf and stacking them next to this obvious best seller, but thought better of it.

When he e-mailed me with this news, I suggested that he should have signed a few copies of ‘The Power of Love’, along with a note which says, ‘read all about us, see page 218’. He replied that he’d considered forging my signature, turning them (allegedly) into collector’s items.

OK, any London-based readers here: here’s your challenge – go down to Waterstones, and buy me a beer by buying a book. As they say, ‘all in a good cause’ and ‘they can’t touch you for it…’ – last one there attributable (I think) to comedian Ken Dodd.

I guess you could say that the main theme is guys having fun together (in ALL senses of the word):

Maybe I’ve stretched the boundaries a bit:

(you know, I struggle to do anything quite that extreme these days – definitely getting old). Ellie has said that I’ve stretched the boundaries a little too far in the books – well, you’ll have to decide that for yourselves.

Bonus Boys (2 today)

About tonycavanagh

Born Northampton UK; school Oxford UK and Oak Ridge Tennessee, where I met my wonderful partner Dave, also from UK. Oak Ridge is our main training base for acrobatics and circus stuff, but we also established a base in Wales (UK) to serve us when we are working in Europe. Our 'story', of finding gay love, learning the acrobatics trade and then of how we got shot at during our show (and worse was to follow - just to prove that the risks of being an acrobat are not always the most obvious ones!) are now available in my three books 'Loving the Boy', 'The Power of Love' and 'Against All Odds'. Links available on most blog posts. Actually, waiting for the imminent arrival of the first printed copies was far scarier than anything we do in performance. A fourth book - not about us but exploring the sadness of a gay Native American boy denied his true identity - is currently with an agent for evaluation. watch for 'Let The Future Find Me' in due time. And now to book five... another boy, another quest... seems its always boys...
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