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Who's who in The Arcadia Trust's gay paranormal world?

I love fantasy.

I know. Big shock. But I love big casts, epic, sweeping plots, intrigue, conflicting agendas, conflicted hearts, and bad idea romances. I love reading it. I love writing it. I love it when it's horror tinged or when there's sci-fi mixed it. I love it when there's a romance at the centre or when there isn't. But it can also be kind of overwhelming, particularly if you're coming to a paranormal series for the first time.

My gay paranormal romance / gay urban fantasy series The Arcadia Trust isn't exactly a Russian epic, but it does help to know some names (and perhaps faces. Sorry I don't have pics for you guys but...I do love fan art. Just putting that out there).

So this post is just a little Arcadia Trust 101 for those knocking on Patricia Bakker's door for the first time. Print it, have it with you as you read, frame it beside your pillow, memorise it and then eat it, it's totally up to you. Whatever helps you find your way around…
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Death of a Cluster: Why Sense8 is Exactly the TV Cancellation We Don't Need in 2017

Sense8 is dead. Long live Sense8.

Arguably the most original of Netflix's original series has been unceremoniously canned after just two short seasons, leaving fans to speculate why, and flood the internet with outrage (to which I’m… now going to contribute). As I began writing this, a petition to renew Sense8 for a third season had collected just shy of half a million signatures with no sign of slowing. And for the first time in the history of cancelled shows, I’ve added my name to it. Because I think, for the first time in my life, I’m genuinely pissed that a TV show has been prematurely shafted.



Why did Sense8 stir me and so many others to action in a way that, say, the quiet, sensitive genius of Lookingcouldn't? Certainly, it has something to do with closure. Looking ended on an inconclusive, but logical and satisfying note, while Sense8 has clearly been pulled mid-flight after a rushed final episode ending in a cliff-hanger. Maybe it’s because Sense8 was a genuine artisti…

Break Out the Glitter, Pyrotechnics and White Pants. It's Eurovision Weekend!

Anyone who knows me knows that I love the Eurovision Song Contest. To me, this thing is more pride than Pride. It's the Olympics by way of Gay Christmas, and I'm not alone in that opinion. Over 200 million people watch the final of the world's biggest music competition, which is, as John Oliver put it in 2014 "...the craziest thing you will ever see."

And you don't need to watch it for very long to realise he's not exaggerating. From silver clad drag queens to giant hamster wheels to dueling pianos (on fire) to unicycling soprano sax players to bearded drag queens to falsetto-voiced vampires to epic angel/demon rap battles to yet more drag queens - and occasionally just brilliant pop songs, there is simply nothing on the likes of Idol, X-Factor, the Voice, or Wherever's Got Talent that can hold a candle to this event.
Now, I'm not saying all gay people love Eurovision. I'm not even saying all gay people in Europe love Eurovision. I'm just…

No, Luke Evans Is Not Your Pet Gay Action Star

Off the top of my head, I don't think I've ever watched a Luke Evans movie, though High-Rise has been on my 'to watch' list for a while now. But the English actor/heart-throb/fast rising action star has been knocking around the news and social media this week for reasons that are kind of bothersome. Or perhaps it just signals a major shift in the way we need to think about LGBT celebrities.

In short, Evans has been copping some flack for refusing to talk about his sexuality, after having come out all the way back in 2002. Remember that era? When Queer As Folk and Will and Grace were gaying up the airwaves, and several countries were first legalising gay marriage? It was still pretty damn brave and unusual for a big star to come out at the time. But Evans wasn't then a big star. He was a fresh-faced emerging name in the pretty gay-friendly world of theatre-loving London.

All that has since changed, and some are calling his sudden reluctance to discuss his personal l…

All About My Mother (and my sister, and my aunt, and my best friend, and my daughter, and my high school beard…)

Like the movies of Pedro Almodovar?

Like well-written women in gay fiction?

Like a giveaway with just a bit of a challenge?

Then you might just like my new guest post over at the wonderful Kevin Klehr's blog.

Hollywood Needs to Stop Playing Chicken with Gay Sex

Yes you can do more
So the Golden Globes are now well behind us, leaving two inescapable truths. 1) Meryl's speech deserves to be broadcast everywhere between here to the furthest reaches of space, and 2) The Oscar is La La Land’s to lose. I was excited to see French thriller Ellefinally get some of the Stateside praise it so richly deserves, because with its much talked about shortlist exclusion, it certainly won’t get this come Oscar time. Come on, kids! Isabelle Huppert is a goddess on par with Meryl.
Another critic’s favourite snapped up the award for Best Picture – Drama, despite not converting any of its numerous other nominations to wins. Okay, if you’ve been paying even a whiff of attention to awards season, it felt kind of inevitable that Moonlightwould win, and I can’t say this makes me unhappy. After all, a major American movie about a man who’s poor, black, and gay just picked up a major Best Picture award.

I’ll say that again, a movie about a man who is poor, black,…

Pre-Order Now for GRL 2017

I am now accepting pre-orders of all three of my novels for collection at GRL. Simply pre-order using this form, arrange payment via email, and collect your books at the con.
I am offering an exclusive deal for GRL attendees. Order both The Beast Without and The Orchard of Flesh together for just $25 (save $8 on GRL prices, or a whopping $18 on Amazon's price). 
In addition, those who pre-order will get to reserve a swag torch keyring in their preferred colour. I'm bringing these to GRL in strictly limited numbers, so this is a great way to make sure you get the one you want.
Pre-order your books here and I'll be in touch asap via email. Please note, orders must be placed by September 30.