Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Let's Talk About Sex - A Roundtable

There's been a bit of a discussion going on down at Larry Benjamin's place. I got to call the shots (a little).

What were we discussing? Sex in gay fiction. AND there's a giveaway too.

Who are we? 
Authors  Larry Benjamin, WS Long, Andrew Q. Gordon and Hans Hirschi, all of whom write gay fiction, and me, Debbie McGowan, acting as moderator.

To find out more, go have a read. You will find the first part of our discussion here:

And you can also comment / join in. The link to the giveaway is also there.

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Lambda Literary Award Finalist - Unbroken by Larry Benjamin

Unbroken, by Larry Benjamin
We received the very exciting news today that Unbroken, Larry Benjamin's 2013 novel, has been selected as a finalist in the 26th Lambda Literary Award.

This is a BIG deal, and it's awesome (for us, as well as Larry)!

"Now in their twenty-sixth year, the Lambda Literary Awards celebrate achievement in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) writing for books published in 2013."

For more information, and to see the full list of finalists, visit:
Now in their twenty-sixth year, the Lambda Literary Awards celebrate achievement in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) writing for books published in 2013. - See more at:
Now in their twenty-sixth year, the Lambda Literary Awards celebrate achievement in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) writing for books published in 2013. - See more at:
Now in their twenty-sixth year, the Lambda Literary Awards celebrate achievement in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) writing for books published in 2013. - See more at:


My parents, unable to change me, had instead, silenced me. When they'd stilled my hands, they'd taken my words, made me lower my voice to a whisper. Later, I remained silent in defense, refusing to acknowledge the hateful words: Brainiac. Sissy. Antiman. Faggot.

Lincoln de Chabert's life is pretty unremarkable until he comes home from kindergarten and announces he will marry his best friend, Orlando, when he grows up.

His parents spring into immediate action, determined to fix him, igniting an epic battle of wills as Lincoln is determined to remain himself, and marry whom he chooses, at all costs.

Unbroken is a MM romance, available as a paperback and ebook from all major online retailers. For purchase links, visit:


Find out more about Larry Benjamin:
Twitter: @WriterLarry


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Friday, 20 September 2013

Unbroken - a novel from Larry Benjamin

Officially launched today is Unbroken, the second novel (and third book in 18 months) from Philadelphia based author Larry Benjamin, and it's quite a story, already receiving rave reviews.

In short, with as few spoilers as possible, the novel is the pseudo autobiography of Lincoln de Chabert, whose story begins when he falls in love with Orlando at kindergarten:

"You can't marry another boy," they told me.
"Why not?" I asked, confused. "You said I could do anything. You said I could grow up to be President."
"You can't marry another boy!"
"But you said I'd grow up, and fall in love, and get married."
"You can't fall in love with another boy!"
They began to watch me closely.

And so Lincoln's fight begins, and, like the author, he takes no prisoners. Lincoln lives, fights and loves with a fury, a fierce passion fuelled by the hatefulness of others in the face of his refusal to deny who he is. It is a journey of courage and pride, of growing up and falling in love, of trying to survive in a world of bullying and hostility:

I let myself go silent in defense, refusing to acknowledge the hateful words: Brainiac. Sissy. Faggot. I refused to acknowledge their hostility, this hostility, this constant hostility, which seemed to be driven less by the fact that I was almost certainly gay, than by the fact I had never denied their accusations. I knew instinctively that to deny, to lie, was to agree they were right, I was wrong, I was broken. That I would not, could not, do.

And it is a story told with that same courage and pride.

Unbroken is available in paperback and ebook editions, from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Kindle and all good book retailers. For more information and purchase links, visit

Friday, 5 April 2013

Damaged Angels paperback? Don't mind if we do!

This is the official announcement!

Beaten Track is proud to present the paperback edition of Damaged Angels, a truly extraordinary collection of short stories from Larry Benjamin.

First published in October last year by Bold Strokes Books as an ebook, I was privileged with the inaugural read. I'm still not quite sure what I did to deserve this, for it is truly an honour. I won't repeat myself here, but I gave it a five star review, which you can read on Amazon or Goodreads.

Now, in my review, I made a comment, indeed a compliment to the author about the thoroughness of his research. His response? Well, knowing what I know now, I can imagine it went 'Hah hah!' and sounded a bit like Pitch - the narrator and star of 'A Working Boy'—one of the stories you'll find within Damaged Angels. "How ungracious!" you might think, but, well...let's just say that Mr. Benjamin's research might have been a little more thorough than even I gave him credit for! Indeed, you can read more about the real life inspiration for these stories in the article 'You Deserve Better', which Larry wrote for Ellis Carrington's blog back in November. Despite my flippancy here, the article carries a very important message that needs to be read / heard.

This is also true of the stories you will read in Damaged Angels. So go buy it. Enjoy it. Review it.

And now that's the professional, aloof publisher bit done with...

Oh, oh, oh, oh...we got to publish a book by Larry Benjamin!

Better still, we're working with Larry on his next book, Unbroken, due for publication in early summer. I'll say more about that nearer the time.

But, to quote Andrea (who does some rather splendid editing and proof-reading for me on a freelance basis - yes, that was a bit of a plug for Express Editing Solutions):

Squeeeeee! We get to publish more Larry Benjamin!

I have to add to this our gratitude to Matthew and Graham from Hungry Bitches Productions for permitting us to use their photo for the cover of Damaged Angels. It really captures the feel of the book, in particular, that which is portrayed in 'The Hunger', the story that has become my absolute favourite in this collection.

What makes this really special for us is that we've known Matthew, Graham and Megan (the other Hungry Bitch) for many years and watched them nurture their incredible gift, putting everything they've got (energy, talent, drive, charisma, sexiness) into their award-winning theatrical production company. How proud? I could (and may very well at some point) cry, that's how proud.

Guys, you are just awesome (and fabulous and amazing, but they're not my words, if you see what I mean).

Finally, to round off this ridiculously exuberant and terribly unprofessional expression of joy (make the most of this gush, because it's really not my usual M.O.*), since I read Larry's first novel, What Binds Us, last summer, we have developed something of a connection. It's a bit—weird. Want to know more? Read our novels and you'll see for yourself!

And finally finally, as I've done a bit of a Oscar speech post here, I have to thank my incredible proof-reading sister, Tracy. She has checked every book we've published, for free, and is the one I have thank for picking up the missing and extra the words. (ho-de-hum).

On that note, this is your Editor in Chief duly heading off to guzzle more lager, belch a little and generally man up.

* Larry is also responsible for getting me hooked on Glee, and pointed out recently that I am, in fact, "passionate about...well ...most things". Yes, it's true.

Over, and out!

Monday, 18 March 2013

Matt on a Bike, plus website update - a bit of spit and polish

This is just a quick post to say I've given the Beaten Track website a bit of a makeover, and also to mention Matthew Blake's recent publication "I'll Be Home Just After Christmas: Stories from four years around the world on a bicycle".

The title pretty much says it all. Matt's in his mid-twenties and returned last year from cycling solo around the world - an even more incredible feat considering that when he left he just about knew how to fix a puncture!

Matt's book's available in both paperback and ebook editions (currently on Kindle only, but elsewhere soon) and it's already receiving lots of press and some great five star reviews.

Matthew Blake's author page:
Matthew Blake's

As for the website...

You'll still find pretty much all of the same stuff on there, other than the samples and free reads, which I will sort out in due course.

Please have a look around - if you find that something isn't working as it should, please do let me know!

We've got a few books coming out soon, so please call again soon.


Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Book Signings: The Scorned Wife; The Harder They Fall

The Scorned Wife: Author Signing, 25th January 2013

It's a bit of a cheat, but I decided to use a screenshot of Elle Zober's webpage to advertise her book signing - click on the image to visit the real page and to RSVP.

In case you're on a device which won't show the image below, Elle will be at Barnes & Noble, Northwest Evergreen Parkway, Beaverton, Oregon, from 7pm on January 25th 2013.

Please visit Elle's website for more info / to RSVP:

The Harder They Fall: Book Signing, 15th March 2013

More on this to follow...

Please join me at M.Bar.K, Burscough Wharf, Lancashire, on Friday 15th March for an evening of book signing and entertainment.

For further information, see the Event page on Facebook: