Steve Milton on Straight Guys ~ Guest Blog

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Title: Straight Guys
Author: Steve Milton
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist:
Genre: Contemporary, Erotica, Fiction, Gay, Gay Fiction, Gay Romance, Humor/Comedy, Menage/Poly, Romance
Release Date: 11/25/2015

Blurb:

Straight guys aren’t so straight.

Straight Guys collection of eleven standalone novellas, books 1-11 in Steve Milton’s Straight Guys series:

What We Did In Bangkok
Best buds Mike and Bryan travel to Bangkok for a week of freedom away from their wives. After some beers and a very personal conversation, their Bangkok trip becomes the vacation of a lifetime.

Hiring Pedro
Bubble-butted Mexican construction worker Pedro has everything Steve wants: he’s ripped, energetic, and willing to sweat. Squeezing through a tight hallway with Pedro awakens Steve’s hidden desires and brings back the passion he thought he’d lost.

Cuban Vacation
A straight reporter has no specific plan for his trip to Cuba, until a strikingly handsome young doctor gives him a plan, and a beach massage leads to a Cuban revolution.

Deepest Cover
Greg, a CIA agent stationed in Vietnam, is straight, but handsome enough to woo the CIA’s gay targets. Greg has never been with a man, much less with two men at once, but this night can make his CIA career.

Extra-Hot Latte
Ken and Jonas share their love of coffee and music, along with an occasional joint. As their relationship becomes intimate, Jonas insists he isn’t gay, but Ken isn’t worried about labels.

Ohio Full Monty
After layoffs at the auto plant, Mike halfheartedly falls into dancing at Hard Candy, a male strip club. In a dark private room at Hard Candy, Mike smells familiar aftershave and lip balm.

Camboys (No Homo)
Kevin joins a cam site to make money for college. He shyly strips for the cam, and a Texas oil billionaire soon becomes his biggest fan. When the oil billionaire’s story doesn’t add up, Kevin realizes that his true love has been nearby all along.

Camboys II: CHP Makes Three
Kev and Troy love the sight of Sam’s handsome front and beefy rear under his police uniform, but hate the way he tries to push them around. They find a way to get Sam out of the closet and into their bed for an unforgettable three-man cam show.

Cruising Altitude
Kyle, the flight attendant in charge of the big flying shaft, “accidentally” interrupts Jameson’s in-flight entertainment. Whoopsy daisy! Kyle enters that same airplane bathroom and makes it up to Jameson handsomely, fore and aft.

Boarding Now
Jim sees a deliciously beefy straight college jock casually strutting around the airport, as if placed there just to tempt him. Jim wants to close the deal, but all he has is fifteen minutes, a quiet airport bathroom, and a wad of cash.

Creampuffs
Daniel Cohen and his sociopathic boss Nick are closeted gay used car salesmen in 1990s West Virginia. As much as Daniel hates Nick’s abusive outbursts, he knows that he and Nick are two of a kind, gay men trying to live with a little bit of dignity in a cruel world. Once their hate is exhausted, they can only find love.

The Wonders of First Experience

“Miranda, I never knew I was straight until I looked into your womanly eyes. I mean straight people were out there somewhere in the world, but I just never considered that I was one of them,” said the manly, muscular knight while gazing into the princess’s eyes.

I haven’t read anything like that either. Because in society at large, heterosexuality is “by default.” There’s no tension. And insofar as effective fiction depends on tension, writing about homosexual relationships gives us a deep source of tension from which to draw. There’s the tension of each character’s own discovery of his own sexuality. There’s the tension of each character’s discovery of the other character’s sexuality. One level further there’s the tension of “does he know that I know that he’s gay?” And then there’s all the societal tension about being gay and various levels of being “out.”

A lot of gay romance is set in a world where everyone is automatically gay, or where the thought of sexual identity isn’t given more than passing mention. Perhaps that goes back to most gay romance being written by heterosexual people. Yes, gay love is very similar to straight love, but there are some crucial differences — and the need of discovering identity, and then dealing with society’s reaction to that identity, is one of them.

One story I’ve had kicking around in my head, but have never written, involves a maybe teenage guy who is raised by gay parents in a mostly gay community and just always assumes he’s gay, until he meets the girl who changes everything. But heterosexuality is so ingrained into everything that it’s really difficult to imagine a believable version of this. The boy in question would never have had the heterosexual norm presented to him in school, or in media or from heterosexual friends or relatives? Even in the most gay gay gay communities, that scenario is a stretch. Meanwhile, it’s much less of a stretch that someone believes themselves to be heterosexual by default only because they’ve never really considered the possibility of being gay.

That, in various forms, is the premise of my novella collection, Straight Guys. The title is tongue-in-cheek, of course — Straight Guys: Eleven Gay Romances. Each novella in the collection explores some form of gay self-discovery. The gay-for-pay college guy enjoys himself a little too much. The coworkers on a business trip consider other options when sex with women continues to disappoint. The American tourist in Cuba experiences unexpected attraction, and disconnected from his social group and even from the internet, decides to act on it. And so on.

Gay romance is a great genre to write because there’s so much tension of identity and social acceptance built in to the premise of the story. Some people say romance has that kind of tension built in, because men and women are supposedly so different. Maybe. And some people even claim gay romance is boring because men are men, and there’s no gender conflict. Maybe. But there’s so much other conflict to mine.

So if you want a lot of wonderfully fertile internal and external conflict built right into the genre of the story, read and write gay romance. Unless some time in our lifetimes, homosexuality becomes the accepted default orientation for people, and then straight romance will be the more interesting genre to read. If that ever happens, I might even switch teams in pursuit of a great story.

I’m always here for your comments: stevemiltonbooks@gmail.com

Warm regards,
Steve Milton

Links

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About the Author

Steve Milton writes gay romances with sweet love, good humor, and hot sex. His stories tend toward the sweet and sexy, with not much angst and definitely no downers. Steve crafts feel-good stories with complex characters and interesting settings. He is a South Florida native, and when he’s not writing, he likes cats, cars, music, and coffee.

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