|Neil Plakcy's Books and Stories|
|David and Jonathan: An M/M romance from the Bible|
|When I was looking for a Biblical verse to use in a
same-sex wedding ceremony in The Same Page, the tenth of my Have
Body, Will Guard adventure romances, the famous quote from the first book
of Samuel in the Old Testament jumped out at me. “The soul of Jonathan was
knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.” (1 Samuel
Beautiful, right? The kind of statement that makes a romance reader and writer like me swoon.
|When I finished The Same Page, I
was still caught up in the beauty of that phrase, and I went back to the
Old Testament and began to read through the books of Samuel, looking for
more about the relationship between David and Jonathan. I couldn’t understand
the way the story jumped back and forth in time, so I spoke to my rabbi,
who told me that the story of David is thought to have been written by a
few different authors, each with his own agenda.
I decided to take the basics of that story and spin an MM romance out of it. I’d write the story of David and Jonathan the way I wanted to read it. I did my best to incorporate bits of the book of Samuel as appropriate, including a few quotes, and I tried when possible to mimic the Biblical language in the speech of the characters.
I don’t believe that the men of Jonathan and David’s time had prejudice against same-sex relationships, as long as the men involved recognized that they would need to marry women eventually and bring forth the next generation. So I delved into the sexual relationship between these two men, and I hope in doing so I’ve illuminated their story and made it accessible to romance readers.
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|First Three Love on... Books in one volume|
|These are the first three books in my's Love on… series,
about young college graduates looking for love and career success on Miami's
South Beach. The guys were introduced in the erotica collection Three
Lambs, about college fraternity brothers in love and lust.
In book one, Love on Site, it's mid-May, and Manny Garcia has just graduated from Florida University (FU) with his bachelor's degree in construction management, and landed his dream job, working for handsome Walter Loredo on a warehouse project just west of downtown Miami. He's living in a condo on South Beach with two of his brothers from the gay frat at FU, Lambda Lambda Lambda.
|Manny has a thing for older men, particularly
construction workers, and he's got a real crush on Walter, even though he
thinks the boss is straight. At first Manny's able to keep his South Beach
life and his work separate. Then he runs into one of his coworkers on Lincoln
Road when he is out with his roommates, and he's outed. Can he keep his
job and win his boss's love?
Manny's roommate and frat brother Larry Leavis is a sweet-natured computer geek, six-foot-six and uncomfortable in his own skin. His only salvation is his ability as a computer programmer, which leads him to a great job developing apps for a start-up on South Beach. He comes from a family which doesn't understand either his sexuality or his nerdiness, and he has to learn how to let them into his new life.
In book two of the series, Love on the Web, Larry is torn between two lovers - client Victor Kunin, who spins a dark web to trap him, and handsome entrepreneur Julian Argento, who has to learn to trust again before he can be Larry's Mr. Right.
The third in the series, Love on Stage, is about their handsome roommate Gavin Kaczmarek, a golden boy, desired by all. But though he's handsome and talented, Gavin is drifting -- working as a barista at a funky, Fair Trade coffee shop on South Beach and modeling for print ads. But when he sings for music producer Miles Goodwin while serving his coffee, a whole new world of opportunity opens for him. The obvious attraction between Gavin and Miles takes them to bed, and then on an adventure that leads to performance and YouTube fame--but when insecurity arises on both their parts, can their budding romance survive the summer heat and blossom, or die with the falling autumn leaves? Readers who like their MM romance light-hearted will enjoy these first three books, followed by Love on the Pitch, Love on the Map, and Love on the Boil.
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|When semi-reformed computer hacker Steve Levitan learns that a girl who was kind to him in high school is accused of three murders, he and his clue-sniffing golden retriever Rochester are on the case. Could sweet, ambitious Peggy Doyle be guilty of killing three husbands? Or is someone out to make it look that way?
As teens, Steve admired Peggy because of the way she fought back from a difficult childhood to travel to France and aspire to a college degree and a career as a lawyer. When he discovers she’s been addicted to drugs, danced at a strip club, and married a biker, he’s surprised. How could the girl he knew grow up to be the woman the media are calling “The Black Widow of Birch Valley?”
Can he and Rochester dig up the clues that might acquit Peggy, while avoiding the slippery slope of hacking that could cause him to lose everything he cares for? Trust Rochester to keep Steve on the straight and narrow, and bring the real killer to justice.
|Available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Apple, Scribd, 24 Symbols, Playster, as well as Bibliotheca, Tolino, Overdrive and Baker & Taylor.|
|The Same Page|
|Last year, when I read about gay men being imprisoned and tortured in the former Soviet state of Chechnya, I was horrified and moved, and worried that the world wasn’t paying enough attention to the problem. |
A March 2018 article in the EU Observer highlights the continuing situation. “Despite a strong international response initially, including from the EU, Council of Europe and UN, an official investigation into the situation has not been conducted (despite an investigative committee being formed last spring). Those responsible have not been brought to justice, and victims continue to flee the republic.
But what could I do?
|The Aidan and Liam books were inspired by John Preston’s series of books about Alex Kane, a Vietnam vet who lost his lover to friendly fire there. The lover’s wealthy father funds Alex’s series of adventures rescuing gay men in trouble.|
I was fortunate to discover Preston when his paperbacks were still available easily; today they are sadly out of print. I loved the idea of a strong gay man who wanted to protect those who are vulnerable, and I’ve tried to do that in the Have Body, Will Guard series.
If you’re a fan of the series you’ll know that Aidan and Liam have tried to get out of the bodyguard business as they get into their forties, but this cause is enough to bring them back and show off the skills they still have. And of course there’s a romance subplot; they are brought into the situation by Slava Vishinev of A Cold Wind, whose gay son Arseny has vanished in Chechnya.
The Same Page is available at the sites listed below.
Barnes & Noble
Angus & Robertson (Australia)
|Survival is a Dying Art|
|Special Agent Angus Green returns in this follow up to The Next One Will Kill You and Nobody Rides for Free. Angus is still in his twenties, and his red hair and good looks often make people underestimate him, but he’s a smart, fearless cop who believes in the FBI motto: Fidelity, Bravery, Integrity.|
Fort Lauderdale retiree Frank Sena is working with pawn shop owner Jesse Venable to retrieve a painting stolen from Frank’s uncle, a gay Venetian killed during the Holocaust. Angus volunteers to help Frank, and discovers Venable is the subject of a task force looking into smuggling immigrants out of war-torn countries in the Middle East.
Angus, who knows nothing about art and speaks no Italian, may be in over his head as he is assigned to befriend, and ultimately betray, Venable. But with the help of his Italian-speaking brother and his art-loving boyfriend, he may be able not only to retrieve the painting, but solve a smuggling case and potentially save thousands of lives.
|The investigation will take him from the sun-drenched rooftops of Venice to a private yacht speeding down Fort Lauderdale’s New River. Along the way, he’ll learn the true meaning of survival. Available in print or e-book from Amazon, and in ebook from other retailers.|
|Kindle Unlimited Collections|
|If you belong to Amazon's Kindle Unlimited program, I hope you'll check out the collections I've put together of the first six golden retriever mysteries. (Of course, they're also offered for sale.) Three Dogs in a Row includes the first three books in the series: In Dog We Trust, The Kingdom of Dog, and Dog Helps Those. The second collection, Three More Dogs in A Row, includes the next three: Dog Bless You, Whom Dog Hath Joined and Dog Have Mercy.
I also have a collection of erotic stories, called Get Your Rocks Off, which includes two of my story collections, Hot Steamy Shorts and Mr. Surfer and Other Romantic Erotica.
|In His Kiss|
|Michael Torani thinks of himself as an average seventeen-year-old — certainly not the smartest nor the most popular boy in his school. So he has no clue that his crush on the super cute but nerdy new guy Daniel Florez will soon result in their sharing a deep soul kiss — a kiss that will change Michael’s life forever. Suddenly, he's plunged into a world of FBI agents, gangster thugs, and Cuban exiles. And what's up with his brain? How come he's so much smarter than he used to be?
Just one kiss from Daniel turns Michael's world into something from the Sci-Fi Channel -- have Daniel’s brain cells been leaking into him? How's that possible? And yet he’s reading faster than he ever has before, scoring higher on school tests, and even helping his parents understand what’s wrong with his brother, the Big Mistake.
Michael's wry, funny attitude about growing up, falling in love and getting away from his parents will make you want to be his new best friend. Fans of Richelle Mead and Stephenie Meyer will fall in love with Michael and Daniel as they depend on their brains and their deep emotional connection to survive-- and maybe even graduate from high school along the way.
|Buy it from MLR's Featherweight website here or from Amazon.|
|Loose Id Books at New, Lower Prices!|
|When Loose Id closed its doors, the rights to all fifteen books I’ve published with them reverted to me, and I’ve published them myself, some with new covers, and all at new low prices. If you haven’t read the Have Body, Will Guard series, or the Love on series, now’s a great time to start. Check the Romance page for information on each book, and links to purchase at Amazon, Smashwords, and other major retailers.|
|Love on the Map|
Fans of the Love on series, as well as readers of my Three Lambs erotic anthology, will remember Eric Mueller, the veteran of two campaigns in Afghanistan who has returned to FU to finish a graduate degree in cartography. I loved writing “The Vet and the Hippie” in Three Lambs, and Eric kept poking at me, asking for his own book.
|See You Soon?|
|I don't have any signings planned right now, but I will be at the Smarter Artists Summit in Austin, TX in February.|
|Now in Audio|
|If you like audiobooks, I hope you'll consider
The Golden Retriever Mysteries
#1 - In Dog We Trust at Amazon or ibooks
#2 - The Kingdom of Dog at Amazon or ibooks
#3 - Dog Helps Those at Amazon or ibooks
#4 - Dog Bless You at Amazon or ibooks
#5 - Whom Dog Hath Joined at Amazon or ibooks
#6 - Dog Have Mercy at Amazon or ibooks
# 7 - Honest to Dog at Amazon or ibooks
# 8 - Dog is in the Details at Amazon or ibooks
Genie for Hire: A Biff Andromeda Mystery at Amazon or ibooks
The Cat Who Got Married and Other Purr-fectly Romantic Stories at Amazon
Cleis has created audiobook editions of the anthologies I've edited for them:
I translated my award-winning story "Christmas
in Honolulu" into French, then hired a copy editor to make sure that if
my college French teacher read it she wouldn't scream in horror. "Un
is now available as an ebook through Amazon.com. The same story in German,
auf Honolulu," is available as well. The Italian
translation of the first golden retriever mystery is available, as
is translation into Brazilian
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