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Title: Drama Queens with Love Scenes AND Drama Queens and Adult Themes
Author: Kevin Klehr
Publisher: Wilde City
Cover Artist: Adrian Nicholas
Genre/Sub-Genre: Alternate Universe/Alternate World, Contemporary, Fantasy, Fiction, Gay, Gay Fiction, Humor/Comedy, M/M Romance, Paranormal, Romance
Prism recently reviewed Drama Queens with Love Scenes AND Drama Queens and Adult Themes. You can find the review here.
DRAMA QUEENS WITH LOVE SCENES
Close friends Allan and Warwick are dead. They’re not crazy about the idea so to help them deal with this dilemma are Samantha, a blond bombshell from the 1950s, and Guy, an insecure angel.
Allan also has a secret. He has a romantic crush on his friend, Warwick, but shortly after confiding in his new angel pal, his love interest falls for the cock-sure playwright, Pedro.
Not only does Allan have to win the heart of his companion, he also has to grapple with the faded memory of how he actually died.
DRAMA QUEENS AND ADULT THEMES
Adam’s about to discover how much drama a mid-life crisis can be. He’s obsessed with Mannix, the nude model in his art class. But Adam has been married to Wade for nearly two decades, and they don’t have an open relationship.
Little do they know that Fabien, a warlock from the Afterlife, has secretly cast a spell of lust on Adam and his potential toy-boy.
As things begin to heat up, Adam’s guardian angel, Guy, steps in. But what’s the best way to save the relationship? Should Guy subdue Adam’s wandering passions or instigate a steamy threesome?
Today’s guest post is from author Kevin Klehr, who ponders who much of a novel is fiction and how much is based on real life.
Readers and reviewers who have enjoyed the two books released so far in my Drama Queens series have debated over genre. I personally call them Speculative Fiction, but one of my favourite descriptions has been Fantasy Realism.
The reason behind this classification is that critics have pointed out that although the novels are mostly set in the Afterlife, the casual conversation from the characters is quite lifelike. So why aren’t these books simply set in the real world?
Simple. Because authors take a slither from their own lives and add heavy doses of fiction. For example, Guy the insecure angel, who has surprised me by being the favourite among readers, was originally based on someone we used to know. The person in question was often more annoying than likable, but he did bring out the inner-parent in everyone he met, just because day to day living was a challenge for him.
Guy came into his own as Drama Queens with Love Scenes developed, and one critic called him the ‘emotional backbone of the story’. Odd I thought considering who he was based on. But more recently I questioned whether Guy became a friend I lost to an asthma attack over twenty years ago. There are similarities. My friend died when he was only twenty-seven, which is about the age I picture Guy being. My friend shared great wisdom and he too was in the process of finding himself. Maybe this is my silent tribute to someone I loved dearly.
In the first book there is drama centred on jealousy and heartbreak. But the jealousy takes on more meaning as the story unfolds. In real life I watched workplace bullying and noted the trivial games people played in order to get what they want. Perhaps disguising these events in a comedy tale was my own way to interpret what I saw.
Many friends have also contributed to this series on various social (and drunk) nights. I have an audio recorder that has immortalised odd conversation, great one liners, and philosophical musings. Most have found their way into these books.
But I think most fun comes from the fact that the lovers in both novels are loosely based on me and my partner. And trust me, I do mean loosely! In book one it’s my partner’s character who starts out as the ‘out and proud’ gay man. When we met in real life, I was the one comfortable with my sexuality. Also the contrary, there was no other man in my partner’s life. In fact, it was weird to write a book where he wasn’t by my side the whole time.
In the second book, Drama Queens and Adult Themes, the lovers consider a threesome. Afterlife beings cast various spells of lust on a middle aged couple and a potential toy boy, making the three mortals question their morals.
Yes, my partner and I are middle aged and we do have insight on this situation, but not from our own personal experience. I even assured mum when giving her a copy of the book that the plot is not fully based on our lives. Half-truths are what makes fiction, and as a friend recently pointed out, a sexual twist is what sells this type of book.
So why do writers use real life as their starting point? Is it our therapy? If so, why doesn’t everyone do it? Perhaps the answer is simple. It just might be a case of authors having more skeletons in our closets than we like to admit to.
About the Author:
Kevin lives with his long-term partner in their humble apartment (affectionately named Sabrina), in Australia’s own ‘Emerald City,’ Sydney.
From an early age Kevin had a passion for writing, jotting down stories and plays until it came time to confront puberty. After dealing with pimple creams and facial hair, Kevin didn’t pick up a pen again until he was in his thirties. His handwritten manuscript was being committed to paper when his social circumstances changed, giving him no time to write. Concerned, his partner, Warren, snuck the notebook out to a friend who in turn came back and demanded Kevin finish his novel. It wasn’t long before Kevin’s active imagination was let loose again.
Drama Queens with Love Scenes trailer – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLjeK9Qy3FY
Drama Queens and Adult Themes trailer – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=simyBvEGaZk
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