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victor j. banis

Born in Pennsylvania, raised in Ohio, lived most of my adult life in California (20 years Los Angeles area, 20 years San Francisco. 160 plus books, and counting.

The Butcher’s Son (A Dick Hardesty Mystery)

The Butcher’s Son (A Dick Hardesty Mystery)

Title: The Butcher’s Son Author: Dorien Grey Cover Artist: N/A Publisher: Zumaya Boundless Amazon: Genre: Contemporary Murder/Mystery Length: Novel/ Rating: 5 stars out of 5 A Guest review by Victor J. Banis Summary Review: Someone is torching the city’s gay bars, and one of the dispossessed owners asks public relations maven Dick Hardesty to ask about and see what he can discover. So is launched one of the longest running—and…
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Taxi Rojo

Taxi Rojo

Title: Taxi Rojo Author: Erik Orrantia Cover Artist: n/a Publisher: Lethe Press Amazon.com Buy Link Genre: Fiction/Gay Fiction/Diverse Length: Novel/220 pages Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5 A guest review by Victor J. Banis Summary Review: The lives of a diverse group of characters become entwined when they survive the crash of a taxi near Tijuana
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Caregiver by Rick R. Reed

Caregiver by Rick R. Reed

Title: Caregiver Author: Rick R. Reed Cover Artist: Paul Richmond Publisher: Dreamspinner Press Amazon: Genre: Contemporary M/M Length: Novel Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5 A guest review by Victor J. Banis   Summary review:  Assigned to provide social services to an AIDS infected patient, Dan goes to visit his new client, thinking of himself as the caregiver –but in the author’s clever twist on words, it turns out to…
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Traveling Light

Traveling Light

Title: Traveling Light Author: Lloyd Meeker Publisher: DSP Buy link: Amazon.com Cover Artist: Winterheart Designs Genre: Romance/Spiritual/Psychology/Time Travel/Paranormal Length: Novel (284 pages) Rating: 5+ stars — a definite keeper A guest review by by Victor J. Banis Summary Review: A unique and wonderful tale of love and wisdom spanning centuries
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The Shakespeare Conspiracy

The Shakespeare Conspiracy

Title:  The Shakespeare Conspiracy Author:  Ted Bacino Publisher: Author House Buy Link Amazon: Genre: Historical M/M, Mystery Length:  Novel 300 paperback pages Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5 A Guest Review by Victor J. Banis Summary Review: Accused of heresy, Christopher Marlowe, London’s most popular playwright, must go underground to escape prison and death. In order that his plays will continue to be produced, he and his protector, Sir Thomas Walsingham, arrange…
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Tricks by Rick R. Reed

Tricks by Rick R. Reed

Title: Tricks Author: Rick R. Reed Publisher: MLR Press Buy Link: Amazon.com (Second Edition) Genre: Contemporary M/M Length: Novel Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5 A Guest Review by Victor J. Banis Summary: A welcome change for the long time horror writer, venturing here into the realm of m/m romance, and quite successfully, in a well paced story of mis-matched lovers finding their soulmates in one another.
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The Rules of the Game by Victor J. Banis

The Rules of the Game by Victor J. Banis

The legendary Victor J. Banis has written so many posts on this site he needs no introduction, other than he has written 200+ books during his career and his work is much loved by his fans. Although the series Ins and Outs of M/M Romance has now concluded today Victor is offering his own brand of writing advice which, as always, is very soound.  **************** Livia Blackburne, a guest blogger on the blog A…
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Match Maker

Match Maker

Title: Match Maker Author: Alan Chin Publisher: Dreamspinner Press Genre: Contemporary M/M Length: novel (337 pages) Buy Link: Amazon.com Rating: 5+ stars out of 5 A guest review by Victor J. Banis Summary: the author pulls all the stops out in this gripping story of love, tragedy and redemption, set against a backdrop of professional tennis. An emotional roller coaster that will hold the reader enthralled until the last, fully…
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Song on the Sand

Song on the Sand

Title: Song on the Sand Author: Ruth Sims Publisher: Untreed Reads Buy link: Amazon.com Genre: Contemporary M/M Length: Short Story Rating: 5+ Stars out of 5 A Guest review by Victor J. Banis THE BLURB Tony Dalby finds himself on the wrong end of his 80s, confined to a nursing home, with his days as a dancer a thing of the past. The appearance of Drew into his life brings…
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Ins and Outs of M/M Romance: In a Manner of Speaking by Victor J Banis

Ins and Outs of M/M Romance: In a Manner of Speaking by Victor J Banis

It pays to be polite and Victor J. Banis hammers the point home in his latest post which illustrates that authors get better results by using honey than by insulting readers. I did a poll 16 months ago in which I asked whether an author’s online behaviour affected readers’ buying decisions. 46% of readers said they stopped buying an author’s books due to rudeness, and 35% of those polled said that…
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Ins and Outs of M/M Romance: “Characterization, characterization, characterization” by Victor J. Banis

Ins and Outs of M/M Romance: “Characterization, characterization, characterization” by Victor J. Banis

It was always my intent to ask Victor to come back again and again to give newbie M/M authors the benefit of his vast body of knowledge of writing. This post proves what a brilliant strategist I was when I sucked him into promising to be a regular columnist in this series. 🙂 In today’s post Victor offers authors real examples of how to make their characters come alive so…
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