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RELEASE BLITZ: The Butcher, the Baker, the Candlestick Maker by Rob Rosen

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A photography student gets more than he bargains for when he photographs a blond Polish butcher, who he has sex with in the back of the butcher shop; a ginger-haired Irish baker, who he has sex with in the back of the bakery; and a brunette British candlestick maker, who he has sex with in the back of the candle shop. All of the men photographed are in period costume and all have tricks up their sleeves—and, of course, down their pants. In the end, a budding romance evolves between the student and the butcher.

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Publisher:  Torquere Press
Release Date:  3/9/16
Romantic Pairing: M/M
Book Length: 10,000 words
Categories: Contemporary, Erotica, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Humor



I’d always enjoyed photography. Even as a kid, I’d borrow my dad’s Polaroid and take off to shoot the neighborhood. Now in art school, nothing had changed much. If anything, the passion burned brighter. And so it wasn’t by chance that I enrolled in the photography class that semester, but perhaps fate did play a role in what eventually transpired.

My homework assignment that particular day was called, very simply, “trios.” We could use our fertile imaginations to interpret this any way we wanted to. Me, I wanted to go all out—balls to the wall, as it were. In other words, I wanted an A. And so over the weekend, I biked around town, looking for anything that stood out, anything iconic but unusual just the same.

A pizza parlor, perhaps? Mushroom, pepperoni, and anchovy? Too easy, I figured. Street lights, maybe? Red lights, green lights, yellow lights? Too, uh, pedestrian. How about kids, parents, and grandparents, I thought? Well, they said never to work with children or animals. I couldn’t have agreed more. In other words, nix on that idea, as well. Besides, approaching children and asking to take their picture was never a wise idea.

No, I had to dig deeper, find something unexpected but fun to photograph, something no one else in my class was going to come up with. And so I ended up at Old Times, a local mall dedicated to days gone by. Which, to be quite frank, was generally just another way for the stores to charge extra for crap no one needed. Still, I reasoned, my inevitable photographs would be out of the ordinary.

I looked around, my high-end digital camera at the ready. Luckily, I spotted my prey right off the bat, their storefronts side by side by side. The butcher was on the left, the candlestick maker on the right, the baker in the middle.

Iconic—check. Trio—check. It seemed like I was good to go.

“Whoa,” I whispered as I entered the butcher shop, mainly because the butcher was one mighty fine slab of meat. Grade A prime, in fact—and with one hell of a rump roast to boot. He was dressed in 1930s garb, the uniform tight and white, hugging him in all the right places¬. Then again, by the looks of him, he had no wrong ones to begin with. He had on a fancy straw hat, a white bow tie, a white apron, and heavy black shoes. The sleeves of his white button-down were rolled up to reveal meaty forearms covered in a thick blond down.

In truth, we couldn’t have looked more different. He had three inches and a good thirty pounds on me. He was blond to my brunette, blue eyes to my brown. Plus, he was easily seven or eight years older. Still, in my randy imagination, we made a picture-perfect couple. And since I took perfect pictures, I knew of what I spoke. Cart before horse? Fine, so sue me.

Anyway, he smiled when I approached, his teeth as white as his clothes, gleaming and perfect, eyes a dazzling blue. And when he spoke, “Welcome,” it was with a beautiful, trilling Eastern European accent of some kind. Polish, maybe? Slovakian? Fuck if I cared; it was sexy either way. “Can I help you?” he asked, the smile so bright I very nearly put my sunglasses on.

Hell yeah, I thought, but told him instead the reason for my visit: that I wished to film him for my class. He smiled when I was done and said I could take some pictures when the shop closed at six. Then we wouldn’t be interrupted. I gulped when he said it, mainly because those stunning orbs of blue were locked in on me like a meat hook to a side of beef. I thanked him and told him I’d be back at six.

All the above I repeated at shop number two—the same spiel, the inner monologue only slightly different.

The baker was thin and dreamy, with a white chef’s hat and a white button-down shirt, which was opened at the collar to reveal just the slightest hint of ginger chest hair. Over this, he wore a pristine white apron. His eyes sparkled like green emeralds as he nodded my way, his crisp white uniform showing off his physique as he dexterously stocked the shelves with a beautiful array of fresh pastries and cookies. When he spoke, it was with a lilting Irish brogue that made my cock throb in my jeans. In the end, he invited me back first thing in the morning, before he started baking.

All the above I then repeated at shop number three. By then I had my story down pat.

The candlestick maker’s outfit was the most unusual of the three. He wore not a stitch of white. His shirt was a blousy blue, his vest a clover green, his slacks a muddy brown, and his shoes, heels and all, were a midnight black. His smock, which was covered in wax, was also black, to perfectly match his beret. He wasn’t stocky like the butcher nor thin like the baker, but dreamily average in both height and weight. He had brown hair and brown eyes, and spoke—be still my heart, and hard-on—in a posh British accent. I was thankful that he immediately locked up shop, agreeing to pose for me once he finished his work in the back, leaving me in the front to ponder my good fortune.


Rob Rosen (www.therobrosen.com), award-winning author of the novels Sparkle: The Queerest Book You’ll Ever Love, Divas Las Vegas, Hot Lava, Southern Fried, Queerwolf, Vamp, Queens of the Apocalypse, Creature Comfort and Fate, and editor of the anthologies Lust in Time, Men of the Manor, Best Gay Erotica 2015 and Best Gay Erotica of the Year, Volume 1, has had short stories featured in more than 200 anthologies.  



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Fate by Rob Rosen

Happy New Year! Today we’re highlighting a new book from Rob Rosen that released in November which we’ll be reviewing very soon here at 3 Chicks. It’s his ninth novel, a full-length romantic comedy from MLR Press called Fate. Check it out:


Fate CoverEddie is in love. The problem is, Eddie’s in love with four men… four men simultaneously, that is. But who does Eddie love more? And can the heart feel for that many men equally? Ah, but it does have four chambers, so four seems the most logical choice… at least, of course, to Eddie.

Paula is Eddie’s famous mom. One by one, each of his lovers comes to work for her, their lives so connected that if one of them itches, another one scratches. But who will wind up with whom in this hysterically funny tale of life and love and friendship? In the end, it’s up to fate to decide what none of them could possibly have seen coming.

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Rob Rosen is the author of the critically acclaimed novels, Sparkle: The Queerest Book You’ll Ever Love, the Lambda Literary Award Nominated Divas Las Vegas, which was the winner of the 2010 TLA Gaybies for Best Gay Fiction, Hot Lava, Southern Fried, the Lambda Literary Award Nominated Queerwolf, Vamp, Queens of the Apocalypse, Creature Comfort and the Lambda Literary nominated Fate. His short stories have appeared in more than 200 anthologies. You can find 20 of them in his erotic romance anthology, Good & Hot. He is also the editor of Lust in Time: Erotic Romance Through the Ages, Men of the Manor, Best Gay Erotica 2015 and Best Gay Erotica of the Year, Volume 1. Please visit him at www.therobrosen.com

Best Gay Erotica Anthology by Rob Rosen

Best Gay Erotica CoverRelease Date: January 13, 2014
Published by Cleis Press
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Best Gay Erotica 2015 is filled to the page-turning brim with fantastic tales of fire dancers and TV repairmen, of hunky painters and electricians and magicians, solo sex, duo sex, and sweat-soaked triple onslaughts. Heck, throw in an alien and a priest, and you’ll soon see why this anthology is head and shoulders — not to mention certain other body parts — above the rest, and always with the highest literary quality that readers have come to expect from this esteemed and steamy collection.

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Typically the purpose of genre anthologies is thought to simply be to categorize or compile a group of similar short stories into a single collection. I know, I’m not telling you anything new, but humor me for a minute. The real value for me in anthologies is to get a sampling of a genre to determine if I’d like to delve further into it, and also to experience several different authors to see if I’d like to read more of their work.  I’ve always struggled with anthologies, because I have trouble with all the starts and stops, switching characters and voice so rapidly.  For this reason, I tend to shy away from them, but this anthology didn’t give me the same pause.  Erotica in general has such a broad spectrum ranging from risqué to raunchy, so I was curious as to what kind of variety I’d find in a gay erotica anthology. I guess you could say I wanted to see how many different ways these authors could find to get guys together in a quick and dirty story – literally. Just read the synopsis – there’s plenty there to pique your curiosity.

I think gay erotica fans will be pleased with what they find in Best Gay Erotica 2015. There truly is something for everyone, whether you’re a fan of hot, French bikers,  forbidden bathroom hook-ups or online voyeurism.  Readers will find no shortage of adventurous characters or scenes – one elicit encounter with an elusive fire dancer comes to mind. The writers keep things moving, infusing each encounter with excitement.  There are a variety of writing styles, however none really threw me off when moving from one story to the next.  What they all have in common is the ability to add excitement, anticipation and suspense in all the best ways.

Rather than talk about each story individually and spoil it all, I’d like to highlight just one story that stood out as my overall favorite. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty I really enjoyed, but there’s something about this one that stuck with me.

Nothing to Lose by Dale Chase

The events in this story take place surrounding the wedding of friends of the main character, Alex. Maybe that’s what really drew me in? The atmosphere surrounding a wedding is typically infused with romance, so maybe I was hoping there’d be more than just erotic hookups.

Overall Nothing to Lose is the perfect example of finding exactly what you need when you’re not looking or how the perfect person can be right in front of you the entire time but you fail to notice. Alex is at a crossroads of sorts – still trying to get over the pain of breaking up with his ex and determined never to settle down. He’s enjoying himself to say the least; his list of conquests at the wedding includes one of the grooms himself. This story has a broad appeal based on the variety of enticing encounters, especially for those seeking the thrill of public encounters and forbidden pairings.


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Men of the Manor Anthology – Review & Giveaway

Men of the ManorReleased 9 September 2014

Published by Cleis Press

Copy obtained from editor for review.


The country estate, masters and servants, mystery and intrigue, sex and money. All go hand in hand in these turn-of-the-century tales of what goes on behind the manor’s closed doors. Does the master lure the butler to the phonograph room for a romp behind the sofa, or does the stable boy have a tryst with the footman while the lord longingly watches on? Does the aristocrat drop his foppish manners when the butler helps him undress? And do the classes exchange more than pleasantries when the lamps are dimmed and the ladies retire for the evening?

Rob Rosen has gathered the hottest stories of romance and sex between wealthy aristocrats and the hard-working estate staff, all with a pre-World War I backdrop, including the fashion and art and the latest inventions of the day. War is years way, the estates are huge and sprawling, the fashionably elite have too much time on their hands, while the toiling underclass are always on the lookout for a means to a brighter future — no matter whose bed they end up in. Think Downton Abbey and Upstairs, Downstairs, but with enough sex to make the town vicar blush.

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Janette’s Thoughts:
This is my kind of book. Normally anthologies don’t hold my attention as well as a full-length novels, but Men of the Manor is definitely an exception. I love m/m historicals, and I’ve mentioned before that I find a lack of books in this genre. It seems Rob Rosen has taken it upon himself to try to remedy that; this collection features a little bit of everything that represents the best – and worst – of Regency England.

These stories offer a variety of scenarios and settings, but one thing remains constant: these Upstairs Lords need their Downstairs Lads in more ways than one.  I’ve always been drawn in by tales of  forbidden attraction between master and servant, but in most historical romances it’s between the Lord of the manor and some maid or other.  We root for them to defy the social barriers while allowing true love to prevail. In a situation where two gentlemen are involved, it adds an extra edge to the liaison –  not only because it’s socially unacceptable, but also because homosexuality is a crime punishable by death. How’s that for forbidden?

What can you expect from Men of the Manor?  All the regal elegance you expect from the Ton without all the pretentious circumstance. These encounters have some of the tension and angst that’s understandable given the situation, but they feature guys who are letting go and indulging their most base desires. Ultimately this means great storytelling complete with plenty of hot, steamy moments and surprising twists.


Kristy’s reviews:

The Maze by Dale Chase: Man of the hall! Just when Preston thinks he must sell the hall, he takes a walk into the garden and the maze he enjoyed as a child. The place where he dreamed of unicorns and other fantasies. This time his fantasy is erotic and in real form as the head gardener takes the yard boy right there, in the middle of the maze, by the statue! A voyeurs view allows Preston the release he desires but he is left wanting, craving what the yard boy was gifted. When Preston returns to the maze, he gets exactly what he’s craved and been left unfulfilled by his wife. Just like that, the hall is off the market!

Seducing the Footman by Brent Archer: Oh I love the twist at the end of this story! Trenton thinks he is doing the seducing of the footman, John. John appeases Trenton just enough to rock his world then turns the tables and takes his virgin ass… or does he? John is in good standing as Trenton’s footman and he’s set up for a nice comfortable position and the chance to tour the world. But, nothing is as it seems with this savory morsel!

Booting by Salome Wilde: Two men enter an inn asking for a room under the pretense of brothers traveling when one of their horses goes lame. Yeah right. Davie knows better. He’s a ‘boot boy’ and no one can hide the quality of boots at least one of the men is sporting. Those boots belong to a Lord and the other is probably the Lord’s footman. Davie decides a little blackmail is in order but what he gets instead of quick cash is buggered and a promotion. Not bad for an evening at the inn!

Brass Rags by J.L. Merrow: Historical BDSM! I love a good kink in a story but this one was a surprise! Robert is saved from jail and loss of a job by Lord Algy. The reason? He caught sight of Robert in the stables buggering a young lad quite steadily. Oh how he wanted that lad to be himself. Lord Algy is currently without a valet because his was his former lover and starting acting out and not keeping to his class. No matter what he and Algy were up to in the bedroom, he needed to know his place and keep it in the bedroom. Of course Algy is paying for his continued silence as to their bedroom affairs. Robert isn’t sure what his new Lord wants. They finally break the ice, Robert asks Lord Algy how he can accommodate his needs. The level of kink Lord Algy dabbles in was shocking! Piss play, spanking, domination, Lord Algy loves it all. Robert is new to it but plays along well and even begins thinking ahead to their next time–wink, wink!

Overall, there was a nice variety of stories in this anthology. The best thing about anthologies is that the stories are perfect length for an indulgence here and there. There is also something for everyone. I quite enjoyed the twist that all the stories embraced. The servants were definitely not taken advantage of!


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