Thursday, 20 November 2014

Blog Tour: The Marine by John Simpson and Robert Cummings

Author Bio:

John Simpson

John Simpson is a Vietnam Era Veteran, former Police Officer of the Year, a Federal Agent, a Federal Magistrate, an armed bodyguard to Saudi Royalty, a senior Federal Government executive, and recipient of awards from the Vice President of the United States and the Secretary of Treasury. He has just been hired by an international film production company to become a main script writer, and will start soon on a television series.

John feels that for too long fiction writers neglected gay men. John writes entertaining, enjoyable, and enthralling fiction centered on the lives and lifestyles of gay men. John allows his readers to see life through gay men’s' eyes. And just like real life, John's characters have active and exciting sex lives. John calls on his broad personal and professional experience in writing gay romance. John is author of numerous full length novels available through Dreamspinner Press and several short stories in Alyson Books anthologies. His first book, Murder Most Gay, is based on the murder of a gay man in Orlando, Florida in 1980, which he investigated along with many others, as an intern from UCF in the legal program. The Orange County State's Attorney's Office utilized his prior experience as a police officer in many ways, including proving a suicide was in fact a homicide.

John lives with his partner of 39 years who he legally married in 2008, and their three Scottish Terriers. John is highly involved with the Church, specifically seeking to repair rifts between Christendom and the gay community. John graduated from the University of Central Florida in 1981, and received an S.T.L. in 1995.

John wishes to extend a very special thanks to his many female readers. He appreciates and loves the fact women enjoy male/male erotica, and he thanks you for your past and continued support. He hopes to never disappoint you, and always leave you wanting more!

John now has a total of over 40 full length novels in print as well as another 20 novellas and short stories!

Robert Cummings:

Robert Cummings lives in Pennsylvania with his partner and their black lab mix dog. Robert is an Iraqi freedom veteran with a seventeen-year law enforcement career. He enjoys the outdoors, family, and travel.

Author Contact:

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Publisher: Cool Beans P & E

Cover Artist: A.J. Corza

Two young men, David Stauffer and Matthew Kendricks, meet while processing into the Marine Corps for Basic Training. David is immediately attracted to the red haired, Matthew. As their training begins, David pursues Matthew to find out if the attraction is mutual. To his great pleasure, David learns that his attentions are not unwelcomed, but rather feared. Matthew, unlike David isn't as comfortable with his fellow trainees finding out he's gay.

As training progresses David proves himself to be superior to the other trainees. As a reward, he is given a short, on post leave and is allowed to take Matthew with him. This allows them a chance to explore each other's bodies, rather than just glimpses in the showers.

From that moment the spark between the two burns hot and sets the stage for what is to come. When training ends, questions about their futures arise. Both men are forced to make decisions that will impact their futures, and potentially out them to the entire Marine Corps.

Categories: Erotica, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Military


My best friend is Robert Cummings, a man I have known for over a decade. In many ways, he reminds me of me at a much younger age as we are/were both military and police. We think a lot alike, as scary as that concept may be for some, and have never had a single problem in our relationship with books. I have buried his Mother and Brother-law as a retired Archbishop, and have provided other Sacramental services to his family. I pray I never have to perform those again, unless it's a wedding for he or his cute younger brother.

Benefits are that it is half the work of writing a book, but also half the royalties. It allows us to continue a relationship even though we are now separated by four hours travel time. He and his boyfriend and me and my husband are taking an all-gay cruise together and he and I are spending a couple days together this week at the beach, just to chill out and discuss life.

Our process differs depending on the type of book we are writing. For the Marine and its sequel, we each write a page and give the story to the other, never knowing where it will lead. We purposefully try and hang up the other with where we leave it as a challenge to see if continuity of the story is maintained. So far, that technique is working very well. In other works, he may write a couple of chapters and then I will. It varies according to the subject matter.


John Simspon got me into writing. I never thought I would be able to author novels and short stories but he believed I had the imagination and vision to pull it off. After alot of work on my technical abilities he asked me to co-author some of the Murder Most Gay books.

Our process evolves to this day. We started out by sitting down at a coffee shop and drawing up an outline chapter by chapter. We would each take the chapters we liked and write the section and send it to each other to build on. We are far from that now.


David and Matthew were drawn to each other like magnets. This was one of the few times they could lay on top of each other without anyone commenting on it. The tight green shirt pressed against David’s lean chest, Matthew licked his lips as they squared off to attack.

“You go first,” Matthew insisted.

David charged at Matthew full speed, the boy attempted to grab David’s wrist but was unsuccessful. David did not want to humiliate the Matthew in front of anyone so he stopped and backed up. He laid his hand on top of Matthew’s and placed the clammy hand where it needed to be for a successful hip throw.

Matthews’s shorts began to bulge out in the front, “Flip me.”

“You didn’t do yours yet,” David said confused.

“Flip me now, I’m getting hard,” Matthew whispered into David’s ear.

David smiled and grabbed the red head’s wrist. He flipped him onto the mat and leaned down to help him up. David pulled Matthew up. While he dusted his back off he slightly brushed his hand against Matthews tight little bubble butt.

“You’re not helping,” Matthew protested.

A drill instructor came over to them, “What in the ever loving world are you two doing? I better see more flipping and less jawing, do you get me!”

“Sir, Yes Sir!” they replied in unison.

Pages: 30,816 words, 112 pages

Tour Dates/Stops:

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6-Nov: Elisa - My Reviews and Ramblings

6-Nov: Fallen Angel Reviews

6-Nov: Up All Night, Read All Day

13-Nov: Fallen Angel Reviews

13-Nov: Inked Rainbow Reads

13-Nov: Regular Guys, Hot Romance

20-Nov: Wake Up Your Wild Side

20-Nov: MM Good Book Reviews

20-Nov: Cate Ashwood

27-Nov: Velvet Panic

27-Nov: BFD Book Blog

4-Dec: The Blogger Girls

4-Dec: Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents

4-Dec: Molly Lolly

11-Dec: Queer Town Abbey

11-Dec: Multitasking Mommas

11-Dec: Emotion in Motion

11-Dec: Love Bytes

18-Dec: Amanda C. Stone

18-Dec: Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words

18-Dec: Cathy Brockman Romances

18-Dec: Crystal’s Many Reviewers

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