Thursday, July 24, 2014

Guest Post: Jay Starre talks about Active Duty: Gay Military Erotic Romance Anthology

Smoocher's Voice is happy to welcome to the blog Jay Starre, who was nice enough to come and share an excerpt from his short story, The Rainbow Kerchief and the Full Moon, which is included in Cleis Press's Active Duty: Gay Military Erotic Romance anthology. 

*The Rainbow Kerchief and the Full Moon

       A military barracks teaming with randy young recruits. A conniving private, his innocent buddy, and an intuitive officer. A kerchief with a rainbow on it, a full moon, and the U.S. military’s abandonment of its “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Policy. These are a mix of evocative elements that provided me with a really fun story to tell.

       Private Ricardo was best pals with Private Danny, and both young soldiers were definitely randy, and definitely gay. But Private Danny, with one gigantic horse dick, wasn’t getting any bottoming action, and his pal Ricardo meant to help him out with that problem. He had just the man in mind he believed could give Danny a good rear-end pumping!

       This excerpt from The Rainbow Kerchief and the Full Moon offers a tantalizing glimpse into the tale:

       “The Sergeant held a kerchief, which he was swiping across his forehead to wipe away the sweat from the mid-day sun. For a moment, Ricardo just stared. The officer was handsome as hell. He had pale red eyebrows above pale blue eyes and although his face was broad, his features were almost delicate, which made him look much younger than his nearly 40 years. He wasn’t given to smiling a heck of a lot, but he rarely frowned either. In fact, he always looked cool and collected. Nothing seemed to phase his equanimity.

       The officer looked directly in Ricardo’s eyes as he folded up the kerchief slowly and deliberately, clearly displaying the bright rainbow flag on the face of it. There was a simple pride to the way he made no effort to hide the gay symbol recognized the world over.”

       From there, Private Ricardo and Sergeant Worth would maneuver around each other with Danny in the middle, until a thrilling conclusion sees the trio working out their desires in a mutually satisfying match.

       As is often the case when I choose my characters, the three men were based on every day guys I spot at the pool or the gym or strolling the streets of the West End, the gay village I live in by the ocean in Vancouver. As a writer, I am always observing other people. I check out the way they look; from their expressive features to their choice of clothes, their bodies including their dicks and asses, naturally, but also the way they walk and talk and their attitudes toward their surroundings. I believe their appearance is important when writing an erotic story, absolutely, but equally as important is their inner skin, their heart and soul, their emotions and lust, their passions and desires.

       Private Ricardo was based on a friendly guy at the pool, Sergeant Worth from a quietly intelligent dude at the gym, and Danny was a combination of naive and gentle-hearted guys I knew from the past. I enjoyed throwing them together and watching the action fly. I hope you do too!


Do Ask Do Tell

The military has never been
sexier when these hunky heroes serve their country and each other in Active Duty: Gay Military Erotic Romance, an anthology edited by Neil Plakcy. Experience the thrill of romantic trysts in the middle of battle, witness the everlasting bonds that develop between men who have put their lives on the line for one another day after day, and swoon over the charismatic charm and hard bodies that only the most disciplined of soldiers possess. With the abolition of the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy, being gay in the armed services has never been more accepted, and this collection has fourteen stories celebrating the freedom of our heroes to love and to lust after whomever they desire.

In Shane Allison’s “Weekend Leave”, a man falls in love with a soldier after a night at a bar, an Air Force captain can finally marry his beloved in “Soaring” by Michael Bracken, and when it comes to hierarchies in the military, rank certainly has its privileges for the Sergeants in Bearmuffin’s “Semper Fi Wrestlers.” The stories in Active Duty are as touchingly honest as they are sexy and will give readers a newfound appreciation for these men in uniform.

“The public displays of affection between soldiers and other men, the first same-sex service academy prom dates, and the first same-sex military weddings serve to illustrate something we have known all along—that gay men are strong, brave and resilient, the very characteristics that make a great soldier.”
—Neil Plakcy, from the Introduction

About the Editor

Neil Plakcy is the author of nineteen novels and collections of short stories, as well as the editor of many anthologies for Cleis Press, including Hard Hats, Surfer Boys, Skater Boys, The Handsome Prince, Model Men, Sexy Sailors, and Beach Bums. He began his erotic writing career with a story for Honcho magazine called “The Cop Who Caught Me”, and he’s been writing about cops and sex ever since, most recently with seven novels in the Mahu mystery series. He lives in South Florida. Find him at his website

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