We’re so pleased to welcome author Ethan Stone to The Novel Approach today, on the tour for the new novel in the Flesh series, Closing Ranks.
Giveaway Details: Ethan will be giving away a $25 Amazon Gift Card to one lucky commenter on the tour. Be sure to leave a thoughtful comment on each stop on the tour for additional chances to win. The tour organizer will select a winner from entries received as of close of business 1 November 2015.
My Ten favorite LGBTQ Films
1-Shelter: A tale of a young man fighting with his sexuality while also dealing with a great deal of responsibility. The chemistry between Trevor Wright as Zach and Brad Rowe as Shaun is simply incredible. A sweet story with a satisfying ending.
2-Latter Days: A classic tale of opposites attract, but the acting and plot takes it beyond the trope. Here it’s a Mormon out on his first mission, and a gay guy who sleeps around. The connection between Steve Sandvoss and Wes Ramsey blows me out of the water each and every time I’ve seen it. It’s also one of the few movies that brings me to tears every single time.
3-Boy Culture: The acting here is spotty, but the writing is solid. A hustler known only as X who is convinced he should keep his emotions hidden learns a lesson thanks to one of his customers, an elderly man. I especially liked Darryl Stephens as X’s friend and roommate.
4-Bear City: As a huge fan of bears, I loved seeing a movie where men of all sizes are represented. Here a young man gets shit from his friends for being attracted to bears. He follows his heart anyway and falls for an older, sexy man with plenty of body hair. Here I liked the subplot of an overweight man considering a dangerous surgery because he thinks it’s what his boyfriend wants.
5-Were the World Mine: A sad young gay man from an all-boys school used a magical flower to turn people in his school and the community gay. There’s lots of music and songs in this one and it’s got a sweet ending.
6-Mulligans: This one may not have a happy ending, but it felt realistic every step of the way. Starring Charlie David as Chase, a college man falls for his best friend’s married father. Solid performances from every cast member.
7-Eating Out series: The movies in this series are rather silly and totally unrealistic, but still total fun. The first is the best, but they can call be enjoyed provided you don’t expect Oscar-worthy acting or writing. My least favorite part of the series is Rebekah Kocah as Tiffani who’s shrill voice and over-the-top performances are completely cringeworthy.
8-All Over the Guy: The best example of how to do a gay romantic comedy. The acting here is top notch, and the plot is simple and realistic. The supporting characters are just the right amount of funny and annoying.
9-Birthday Cake: I just recently watched this one and was pleasantly surprised. The story is about a gay couple in LA throwing a birthday party for their daughter. They, of course, want it to be perfect and, of course, it’s anything but. Lots of things go wrong, including a clown having a heart attack and an appearance by a serial killer. It’s goofy fun with some true heart thrown in there as well. The mothers of both men play a part, and I dare you not to cry during the kitchen scene between estranged mother and son.
10-Bent: As you can tell by my list I prefer romance and comedies, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention this one. A historically accurate tale of a gay man in a Nazi concentration camp. Clive Owen pulls off a deeply moving performance here as Max, a man who denies being gay while in captivity. He falls in love with Horst played by Lothaire Bluteau. There is an especially moving scene where the men stand together and whisper so their guards can’t hear. Believe it or not, the scene is both romantic and sexy, as much as it can be.
Honorable Mention: The movie Gerontophilia deals with a tough subject but is beautifully acted. I urge you to give it a chance.
Blurb: Internal Affairs investigator Jeremy Ranklin is looking into corruption within the Reno Police Department when he’s ordered to examine the suspicious death of the Chief of Police. The assignment partners Jeremy with Detective Cristian Flesh. Though they spar at first, Jeremy earns Cristian’s trust, and they work well together.
Deeply closeted, Jeremy fights an attraction to fellow cop Kipp Mosely. The investigation brings Jeremy and Kipp together, but lies and secrets prevent things from going any further. Jeremy will need both Kipp’s and Cristian’s help to discover how deep the corruption runs—and to stay alive when the danger hits close to home.
Author Bio: Ethan Stone is an out and proud gay man. Which is fairly new in his life, the out part, not the gay part. He’s been queer his whole life, though he tried to deny it for years with a wonderful woman. The years in denial weren’t all bad, he has two amazing kids out of it. His son is a teenager and his daughter has made him a grandfather, three times over. A way too young grandfather.
Ethan has returned to Oregon after almost a decade in Nevada. He no longer has a day job and is doing his best to make a living at this writing thing. If he can’t make a living, he at least wants to support his Mt. Dew and beef jerky addictions.
20 Oct – Prism Book Alliance
21 Oct – Love Bytes
22 Oct – Joyfully Jay
23 Oct – Novel Approach
24 Oct – Sinfully
25 Oct – GGR
26 Oct – Boys in Our Books
27 Oct – MM Good book Reviews
28 Oct – JP Barnaby
29 Oct – Ethan Stone
30 Oct – Hearts on Fire Reviews
31 Oct – Rainbow Gold Reviews
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