Dustin is Interviewed by Barb on Creative Barbwire


Holy Cow! I’ve been interviewed by Barb from Creative Barbwire. Here is the original interview posted on Sunday, May 27, 2012 on Creative Barbwire:

Sunday Interview

Because I don’t have any free excerpt I’d like to share (OK, maybe next week I’ll post one, if you ask nicely! ;-) ), and because I know I have two more coming up in July, I’ll use Sundays to post authors’ interviews – whenever I read something that makes me curious enough to contact the author, that is. I won his novella Masked Identities at the Hop against Homophobia and because I liked… ehm… the excerpt after the novella, I sent him my usual writerly questions and he kindly played the game… so, ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Dustin Adrian Rhodes! (must give his blog address, I love the header! ;-) )

B. Where do you live and write from?

D. I live and write from fabulous Austin, Texas – the music capital of the world. I’ve called Austin my home since 1984.

B. When did you start writing?

D. Spring of 2010 I challenged myself to attempt something I’d not done before: write a novel. I penned the first draft of Auf Wiedersehen and I continued to write. Seems there were more than just one story floating inside my head.

B. Cool! It’s never to late to start! As long as you don’t quit, of course! ;-) What genre(s) do you write?

D. I started in M/M Romance but I’m moving into GAY LIT. I’m one of those bizarre writers who has a story to TELL and not consumed with the idea of writing just to SELL a story. I’ll be a starving writer for the rest of my life. LOL.

B. Where do you find your inspiration?

D. All of my stories begin as a dream. I watch the story unfold on the back of my eyelids as I sleep. As soon as I’ve written down the scene or scenes I’d dreamt the previous night, the projectionist will move onto the next scene(s). If I don’t record everything in proper detail, I’ll continue to dream the same scene(s) repeatedly each night until I’ve documented the entire dream in detail.

B. Allow me 30seconds of envy. In spite of writing genre fiction, I could never make believable the stories I wrote from dreams. I had to stopo doing that, LOL! So, kudos for managing this! Do you put yourself in your stories?

D. Yes, I’ve put myself in my first novel (Auf Widersehen~Journey to Goodbye), it’s closely based on my last relationship. My second novel (Outed By Anger) is based on my own coming out in a small Oklahoma high school. Both manuscripts are WIP’s.

B. Do you have a specific writing routine?

I write when I get the time and it also depends on my dang dreams.

B. I follow inspiration, so I guess at least in that we’re similar, LOL! Outliner or improviser?

D. I write the first & last chapters, then I “wing” the chapters in between.

B. Interesting method! Fast or slow writer?

D. I write first drafts fast, but I also do numerous re-writes which is where I take my time. Auf Wiedersehen is currently in it’s lucky 13th re-write.

B. Ouch. Please don’t get stuck in rewriting hell. Tell us about your latest book (add link if published)

D. I self-published my latest novella (Masked Identities) in Dec of last year http://MaskedIdentities.dustinadrianrhodes.com

It’s a contemporary hetro story wrapped around a gay Victorian story (1890 London). A college girl has recently broken up with her since high school. To clear her head, she visits her grandparents and discovers a book she had not read in her grandfather’s library. The Victorian story sparks some similarities to her relationship with her now ex-boyfriend. She realizes she has made a terrible mistake with her ex and decides to try to make an attempt to salvage the relationship.

I had two endings and couldn’t decide which I liked best, so I kept both endings. The reader can decide which ending suits ‘em best.

B. Unfortunately, I couldn’t care less for them, so I can’t help you choose. :-) Hope you’ll write more about Sebastian and Ambrose instead! ;-) Indie publishing or traditional publishing – and why?

D. Storm of Passion (my first novella) and Masked Identities were self-published. I’d like to see if I can’t get my current WIP novel traditionally published. Why? I’m relatively new to the writing game and I’d like to experience everything I possibly can. My WIP novel may be the last (or near the end) of legacy publishing as we know it, digital and self publishing is slowly draining the lifeblood out of legacy publishing and traditionally printed books. Hopefully that day will never come, but I’m not waiting around to see if it does… I’m gonna see if I can’t get published in the old fashioned way.

B. Well, good luck! Remember to let me know, as that teaser chapter really hooked me! [added note: the teaser chapter can be read online at: http://JourneyToGoodbye.dustinadrianrhodes.com] Any other projects in the pipeline?

D. Well, I mentioned both of my current WIP novels, and I’ve begun writing my next novella (Pulpit to Porn). Marc, a young minister must decide which is more important to him, his family or his religious convictions. He’s always been close to his family and he’s just become an uncle for the first time. His special needs nephew is being raised by his elderly parents and his single-mom sister. The nephew requires expensive medical attention which the family is unable to afford. Marc must decide if he will help his family financially and possibly jeopardize his career as a clergy. Faith and family become a serious internal struggle for the young minister.

B. What is your goal as a writer and what are you doing to achieve it?

D. In addition to the WIP’s, I’ve outlined 6 additional novels. Although each storyline is a stand-alone, many of the characters reappear with a few years passing between each story. If read in order, the novels could be considered a “series”, but that’s not my intention. I’ve developed a deep connection with these characters and they’ve got some interesting story lines between them.

http://www.dustinadrianrhodes.com

B. Whoot! Well, happy writing then!

Have a great Sunday everyone!

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Please visit Barb’s blog: Creative Barbwire. Tell her that Dustin sent ya!

*** This blog post is a repost originally posted on
Creative Barbwire
 on Sunday, May 27, 2012 ***
Thank you Barb for allowing me to share our interview with my blogsters

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Dustin Reviews: Into Deep Waters by Kaje Harper


Two Navy Marines, Daniel and Jacob, met on-board a naval ship during WWII , both were very young – still in their teens – but they were old enough to serve their country. And against all odds, and the many risks involved, they fell in love and 

managed to stay together for the last 60 years. Now, as their time together inevitably gets shorter and shorter, Daniel can’t wait any longer for the right to finally marry the only man he has loved all these years.

Into Deep Waters is an amazingly beautiful and emotionally driven story that reads like a fast paced novel. Kaje Harper has packed a lifetime of history between Danial & Jacob into a very believable and emotional story. I can’t count the many times I wiped mist from my eyes. A fabulous mood-lifting read.

Into Deep Waters celebrates love, sex and romance between Daniel and Jacob. It is a product of the Love Is Always Write Event sponsored by the Goodreads M/M Romance group and is published as a free read.

5 out of 5 stars

Hop Against Homophobia Blog Hop


Hop Against Homophobia

an M/M – only Blog Hop

May 17 – 20, 2012

To promote awareness against homophobia, a group of m/m authors pulled together to create this amazing blog hop. The home page is Hop Against Homophobia

It’s easy to participate:

  1. Visit each of the participating blogs listed on Hop Against Homophobia (May 17 – 20, 2012)

  2. Follow the instructions on each blog for a chance to win PRIZES.

You are already on my Blog Page, simply post “I am Against Homophobia” (in the comment section below) and you will be entered into a random drawing to WIN a digital download of BOTH of my novellas:

STORM OF PASSION

and

MASKED IDENTITIES

The lucky winner will be notified by email and their name will be posted on this blog on May 21, 2012. Have fun! Good Luck! And spread the word: Homophobia is NOT Acceptable!

Don’t forget to return to the Blog Hop Home Page at: http://hopagainsthomophobia.blogspot.com to visit the additional 228 authors participating in this extraordinary event.

Homophobia is like racism and anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry in that it seeks to dehumanize a large group of people, to deny their humanity, their dignity and personhood.” ~ Coretta Scott King

Dustin Adrian Rhodes supports

May 17, 2012

Homophobia is a range of negative attitudes and feelings towards homosexuality or people who are identified as or perceived as being LGBT. Definitions refer variably to antipathy, contempt, prejudice, aversion, and irrational fear. (Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

Statistics from the FBI have shown an 11% rise in reports of homophobic hate crime across America in the last year. Most of those targeted were gay men.

Homophobic hate crime increased by 6% in the USA, according to official FBI statistics. The FBI reported more than 7,600 hate crimes.

97% of students in public high schools report regularly hearing homophobic remarks from their peers.

80% of gay and lesbian youth report severe social isolation.

53% of students report hearing homophobic comments made by school staff.

19% of gay men and 25% of lesbians report suffering physical violence at the hands of family members as a result of their sexual orientation.

42% of homeless youth self-identify as gay/lesbian.

19% of gay/lesbian youth report suffering physical attacks based on their sexual orientation.

42% of adolescent lesbians and 34% of adolescent gay males who have suffered physical attack also attempt suicide.

30% of gay and bisexual adolescent males attempt suicide at least once a year.

Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.” ~ Harvey Fierstein

The International Day Against Homophobia, held on May 17 every year, is a rallying event offering an opportunity for people to get together and reach out to one another. Fondation Émergence promotes, mainly on a pan-Canadian level, the International Day Against Homophobia encourages organizations and individuals to highlight this event in their environment. This annual event is recognized globally as a reminder that Homophobia is NOT Acceptable, not just on this one day, but every day of the year.

There should be no homophobia or discrimination anywhere in this world.”~ Kylie Minogue

WE HAVE A WINNER!

penumbrareads has won a digital download of BOTH of my novellas: Storm of Passion & Masked Identities.

Congratulations to penumbrareads.

THANK YOU to everyone who participated in this amazing event.

The fight against Homophobia is not a one day event,

but a daily battle until Homophobia no longer exists.

Dustin Reviews: Keeping Promise Rock by Amy Lane


Carrick Francis has spent most of his life jumping into trouble with both feet. The only thing saving him from prison or worse is his absolute devotion to Deacon Winters. Deacon was Crick’s sanity and salvation during a miserable, abusive childhood, and Crick would do anything to stay with him forever. So when Deacon’s father dies, Crick puts his college plans on hold to help Deacon as Deacon has helped him. Deacon’s greatest wish is to see Crick escape his memories and the town they grew up in so Crick can enjoy a shining future. But after two years of growing feelings and temptation, the painfully shy Deacon finally succumbs to Crick’s determined advances and admits he sees himself as part of Crick’s life. It nearly destroys Deacon when he discovers Crick has been waiting for him to push him away, just like Crick’s family did in the past. When Crick’s knack for volatile decisions lands him far away from home, Deacon is left, shell-shocked and alone, struggling to reforge his heart in a world where love with Crick is a promise, but by no means a certainty.

In spite of the cover art which made me think: “Hetro Romance Novel”, I’d bypassed reading Keeping Promise Rock. What a mistake! Amy Lane has orchestrated an amazing story around circumstances and characters with real depth and humanity. The story moves from one emotion-filled situation into another, which made for a fast paced read. Lane’s style of story telling is down-to-earth, just like her characters. Countless times I had to focus my blurred vision to read as tears welled in my eyes.

With just a tad more tweaking and some editing, I would have given Keeping Promise Rock a 5 star rating. There were a couple of moments where the POV changed unexpectedly which caused momentary confusion and a few dropped words. However, the storyline is a solid Five-Star.

4+ out of 5 stars.

Dustin Reviews: The Void by Bryan Healey


She believes I am all but dead.
But I can hear her…

A man is trapped in his own mind. Confined to a hospital bed for years, his family and friends believing him all but dead; somehow he can still hear. And he listens, he keeps breathing, keeps thinking, as those around him suddenly condemn him to death. With a life destined to end, he recounts his battlefield experience of death and violence, his own struggle with drug addiction and depression, and coming to terms with his own mortality, the importance of family and the meaning of life. And as he thinks, he lays, still as always, wondering when the final moment will arrive…

Bryan Healey has done it again with The Void. His unique style of story telling and his ability to draw the reader inside the head of a character is truly inspiring. Max is trapped inside a vegetative body, with no way of communicating or indicating to those around him that he is alive inside. Unable to move, speak or open his eyes, Max can only perceive a limited world that exists around him through what he hears. This is a moving story told through Max’s thoughts and memories. This could have easily been a morbid story, but Healey‘s writing style creates an empathy for Max and what he experiences. A must read for anyone who has undergone the nightmare of dealing with a comatose family member or close friend who had not prepared a Living Will.

4++ out of 5 stars

Dustin Reviews: Language Lessons by Jay Bell


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Love doesn’t come easy. For Joey, he didn’t care if it ever came at all. He was much too busy adding notches to his bedpost and preparing for life as an adult. But when a causal fling waxes nostalgic about the one that got away, Joey starts to wonder if he isn’t missing something after all, if there really is something to be learned from the language of love.

Jay Bell has presented a well paced, fast-read in Language Lessons. The story is an enjoyable read and refreshingly light. A feel-good story that will pick up your spirits and spark an optimistic outlook on love and relationships. I look forward to reading Something Like Summer.

4 out of 5 stars.

Dustin Reviews: A Bit of Sunday Gardening by Cody Richardson


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Jeremy Ryker is recovering from a personal tragedy and likes his life orderly and controlled. Will his gorgeous new executive assistant Lane Morgan bring him out of his shell?

A Bit of Sunday Gardening by Cody Richardson is a sweet short story told from Ryker’s perspective. A tale of discovery back into the world of the living after the loss of several co-workers/friends in a tragic incident. Just as the story was getting good… it abruptly ended. I was left with wanting more…

4 out of 5 stars.