Jere’ as a young man ….

Martin in canoe smallerHi, friends and readers:

People sometimes ask me, “What did you look like as a young man?”

H-m-m-m ….

I was skinny but handsome. I wore wire-rimmed eyeglasses and I was a horny bastard, about as promiscuous as they came back then. How I survived this long is a minor miracle. That’s me in the photo to the left. I was taking a canoe trip on the Peace River, here in central Florida. The year was 1977, I think.

Was I happy back then? Sure I was. I had just begun practicing law. I had an amazing, albeit moody, boyfriend, and a wonderful Yellow Labrador who wasn’t moody at all. I spent many weekends canoeing and camping back then; it was cheap entertainment and so much fun. I’m happy now, of course, but sometimes I miss those days.

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Interesting video clip: a flaming skateboarder ….

flaming skaterHi, friends and readers:

I came across this video clip recently and I knew I had to share it with my readers. I want to know how this was pulled of without the rider’s clothes or shoes getting set on fire,

I have a lot of respect for skateboarders, by the way. I have known many in my lifetime, and contrary to most peoples’ perceptions of skaters, I find most are bright and inquisitive guys who are dedicated to their sport. It takes a lot of practice and persistence to become an accomplished skater.

And by the way kids, even though the above video is tre cool, don’t try this at home. :-)

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“Tyler Buckspan” is on the shelf at the Toronto Public Library ….

happiness #2Hi, friends and readers:

I got some great news today. My Young Adult novel, Tyler Buckspan, which released in late 2013, is now on the shelves at eleven branches of the Toronto Public Library. I find that both amazing and gratifying. Yes, Tyler Buckspan is on the shelves at about ten U.S. public libraries (Sadly not in Florida.) but to have such a major metropolitan library acquire eleven copes really gets me excited. To me this means the Toronto library’s acquisition team has made a commitment to provide quality literature to LGBTQ youth in their city.

Why can’t more U.S. libraries do the same?

I like to think that somewhere in Toronto tonight there’s a gay boy reading Tyler Buckspan and thinking to himself, “Oh, I see some of myself in Tyler. I’m not so weird after all.” Or something like that. Maybe some student will even write  book report for school about Tyler Buckspan. How cool would that be? Here’s a link to the Toronto Public Library’s site, showing their listing for Tyler Buckspan:

http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDM3202864&R=3202864 

 

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Book tour announced for “Becoming Andy Hunsinger”: ….

Becoming Andy Hunsinger Banner 851 x 315Hi, friends and readers:

Prizm Books released my new novel, Becoming Andy Hunsinger, in late December 2014. In today’s publishing world, even well-established authors are obligated to help promote sales of their books through a variety of activities, including Internet “book tours.” Mine begins March 2, 2015.

Becoming Andy Hunsinger Button 300 x 225I will make appearances at a variety of Internet blogs and websites where books are reviewed and authors are interviewed. It’s actually a lot of fun, and a great way to introduce my books to a wider audience. Once the tour begins, I’ll free copies of digital and print versions of Becoming Andy Hunsinger will be awarded as prizes for drawings and contests. The tour should be fun.

Here’s the schedule:

March 2 Guest Post
Mythical Books
March 3 Spotlight and review
Wicked Wolves & Dreaming Dragons
March 4 Spotlight
Beppe DM Books Blog
March 5 Spotlight
BookwormBridgette’s World
March 6 Spotlight and review
Romantic Fanatic
March 9 Spotlight
Sapphyria’s Book Reviews
March 10 Spotlight
Zipper Rippers:
March 11 Guest blog
Andi’s Young Adult Books
March 12 Spotlight
Fang-tastic Books
March 13 Interview
Shut Up and Read
March 16 Interview
Happy Tails and Tales Blog
March 17 Guest blog
Roxanne’s Realm
March 18 Review
Ogitchida Kwe’s Book Blog
March 19 Interview
Author Karen Swart
March 20 Character Interview
Eclipse Reviews
March 23 Review
BFD Book Blog
March 24 Spotlight
Books Direct
March 25 Interview
Deal Sharing Aunt
March 26 Spotlight
Lisa’s World of Books
March 27 Guest blog
The Creatively Green Write at Home Mom
March 30 Spotlight
CBY Book Club
March 31 Guest blog
ARe Cafe

 

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January discount coupon on all my Prizm Books titles ….

jumping in a fieldHi, friends and readers:

One of my publishers, Prizm Books, is holding a 15%-off sale on all their titles. The sale lasts until January 31, 2015, so if you would like to read my new release, Becoming Andy Hunsinger, or my other Prizm titles, Tyler Buckspan and Josef Jaeger, now’s a good time to buy them.

I’ll provide a link to the Prizm Books website at the end of this post. When you go on the site and choose whatever books you wish to buy, use this coupon code: “winter2015″.

Here’s a link to the Prizm Books website: http://www.prizmbooks.com/zencart/

Happy reading, friends.

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A beautiful surfing photo. Thoughts on appreciating nature ….

wave #3Hi, friends and readers:

I am the world’s crappiest surfer. I have surfed since I was a teenager, and that was a while back, but I wasn’t blessed with any natural athletic ability, so I am limited in how much progress I can make in any given sport. Just the same, I try to make the drive to Florida’s east coast several times a year, to surf at Cocoa Beach Pier. Someone sent me the photo I’ve posted here this morning, and I knew I had to share it with all of you. It reminds me so much of morning at the Pier, when I try to hit the water at sunrise. It’s so beautiful there, and when I’m bobbing on my board, waiting for my next ride, I try to remind myself just how lucky I am to be alive.

I think it’s terribly important to interact with nature on a regular basis. It keeps us human, I believe. And there’s no better way to appreciate nature than to ride a wave, even if you’re not the best of surfers.

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My new novel, “Becoming Andy Hunsinger” is released ….

Becoming Andy Hunsinger final front cover smallerHi, friends and readers:

On December 30, 2014, Prizm Books released the digital version of my new novel titled Becoming Andy Hunsinger. Here’s the book’s blurb:

“It’s 1976, and Anita Bryant’s homophobic “Save Our Children” crusade rages through Florida. When Andy Hunsinger, a closeted gay college student, joins in a demonstration protesting Bryant’s appearance in Tallahassee, his straight boy image is shattered when he’s “outed” by a TV news reporter. In the months following, Andy discovers just what it means to be openly gay in a society that condemns love between two men. Can Andy’s friendship with Travis, a devout Christian who’s fighting his own sexual urges, develop into something deeper?”

This book is not autobiographical, but I did attend law school at FSU at the time the events in the book took place, and many of those events actually happened in Tallahassee in the mid-1970’s. The book is categorized by Prizm Books as an “Edgy Young Adult” novel, meaning it’s suitable for reading by persons in the 17-22 year age range. That’s because it does have several sex scenes over the course of the story. They aren’t terribly explicit — this isn’t erotic fiction — but they are present and might be offensive to younger readers.
Right now the book is only available in digital formats, but a paperback version will soon release as well. If you are interested in buying Becoming Andy Hunsinger here’s the link to the Prizm Books website:
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Happy New Year’s Eve from Jere’ ….

fireworks #2Hi, friends and readers:

It’s the last day of 2014, a time to reflect on all that has happened in our lives during the past year.

My year was a mixed bag. I lost one of my best friends who I’ve known since we lived together while I attended law school at FSU. His death was terribly hard for me to handle; I still think of him every day. Dale, I miss you so much ….

But I have much to be thankful for this year. My novel, Tyler Buckspan, took second place in the Young Adult division of the International Rainbow Awards, quite an honor. I finished a new novel that will be published soon, and I’ve written another novel that is probably three-quarters finished. It’s a complex book and quite lengthy. I hope to complete it by the end of February, and then submit the manuscript to a new publishing house I connected with earlier this year.

I’m especially grateful for having a wonderful partner to share life with. Greg, you’re the greatest, and I’m so proud of your progress in law school. And I am grateful for my good health. I live in one of the most beautiful places in Florida, and I have good friends and neighbors to spend time with. What more could a guy ask for?

Happy New Year’s Eve, friends.

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A great surfing video clip ….

surfingHi, friends and readers:

If you follow this website then you know I occasionally surf on Florida’s east coast. I’m not a good surfer; I’m just an old longboarder who learned how to surf back in the late 1960’s. But I always enjoy myself when I ride waves.

Now, I don’t know about you, but I think the video clip I’ve posted here tonight is pretty amazing. Do you know how difficult it is to maintain your balance when you maneuver your board  like he’s doing?

Based upon the color of the water, I’m guessing the video was shot in either Hawaii or Australia. I’ve surfed both those places, and the water in both is a beautiful turquoise color.

Enjoy, friends …..

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Do you think you’re having a bad day? Think again ….

Hi, friends and readers:

CastineThere’s a beautiful town in coastal Maine I have visited three times. It’s called Castine, and it looks like a New England post card with its Cape Cod-style houses and colonial architecture. It was also the site of multiple battles between native Americans and Englishmen, between the Dutch and the English, and the French and the English. The place was always changing hands, and there’s a lot of history to be learned there. There are even the remains of an old fort dating back to the 1700’s, and the town is also the location of a maritime academy.

Yesterday, my partner and I decorated our Christmas tree, and one of the ornaments we hung was a hand-painted Christmas ball we purchased in Castine two summers ago, when we visited there on vacation. I was reminded of the photo I’ve posted here, and I thought I’d share it with my readers. Talk about a rough way to end your life. I thnk I’m glad I didn’t live in Castine in 1692. How about you?

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