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"Includes moments of pure hilarity, off-the-wall sex, and downright fun."
André Aciman meets David Sedaris. “Rick Bettencourt’s gift for comedic writing continues to swell.” –San Francisco Review of Books ★★★★★
“Bettencourt writes a story that no matter if you're gay or straight you can understand the trials and tribulations of this loving couple.” –Jazzie J ★★★★★
“During the course of making a movie, making friends and discovering the healing power of love you'll fall in love too.” –Diane ★★★★★
# 1 Bestseller in Gay & Lesbian Drama (LGBT Drama & Plays)! LGBT Literary Fiction filled with tons of heart.
In the truest sense of the word gay, our marriage doesn’t smack of happily ever after. Sometimes life reaches forward and slaps you upside the head with what’s important—health, love, friends—and alters your course.
In this 83,000-word comedic look at married life…
Evan and Dillon want more than anything to save their marketing firm from bankruptcy—and their marriage from falling apart. Financial problems and health issues distance the two, preventing true love from showing through. Casting their dog in a movie being shot on-location in New England is the only way to meet the next mortgage payment. Now, the studio wants Dillon to take on a new role…leaving his pants behind in the dressing room.
“SERIOUSLY this is a must-read. A standalone is fine, but if you loved Dillon and Ethan in MARKETING BEEF then BUILDING US is a must! The entire book is a great adventure and will become a ‘re-read’ on your bookshelf.”—V.A.S. ★★★★★
“Outstanding!!! I thought it couldn't get any better when the first book was published but I was so wrong. Rick' s a great author and his love for the characters shows.”—Jen ★★★★★
Building Us is a sweet, M/M romance with a guaranteed HEA and no cheating. It’s for fans of LGBT literary liction, M/M Romance, and LGBT Drama & Plays. Fans of Daryl Banner, André Aciman, and Riley Hart will be captivated by this comedic mashup of gay romance and literary fiction.
This book is for anybody who loves LGBT literary fiction, drama and plays, MM romance, and romantic comedy full of snappy dialogue, and action and adventure…and, of course, complete with a happy ending.
This is Book Two of the Marketing Beef Gay Romance series but can definitely be read as a standalone.
TIM ON BROADWAY is a coming of age gay romance, played out in New York City, Maine, and Salem, Massachusetts. It explores ideas about one’s place in the world, and will having you laughing, crying, and cheering for Tim. His office antics will entertain and humor you.
Magical realism at its best: A diva, psychic happenings, and a real Salem witch help Tim to find himself along the way.
This is a stand-alone novel with about 75,000 words and was nominated for a 2014 Lambda Literary Award in gay romance.
Praise for TIM ON BROADWAY
“…in the so-called gay genre it's among the best that I've read in a while, and what a nice reward for those of us who spend a lot of time searching for something worthwhile.”-Bill M.
“…a refreshingly different style.” –An Amazon Customer
"Rick Bettencourt steps into an enlarging spotlight of fellow LGBT writers - a circle stage front that includes such names as David Sedaris, Edmund White, Felice Picano, Robert Rodi, Michael Cunningham, David Leavitt, Alan Hollinghurst, Colm Tóibín, et al - and comes on very strong with this new book TIM ON BROADWAY." --Grady Harp, Literary Aficionado
Women’s Fantasy Fiction meets Occult Suspense. If you like Alice Hoffman’s Practical Magic, you’ll love Bettencourt’s Summerwind Magick.
“Rick Bettencourt expands his influence and there naturally is applause!” —Grady Harp, Hall of Fame Reviewer ★★★★★
“A paranormal thriller, a mystery and a story of a woman’s growing understanding of who she is…. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys paranormal suspense, and complex plots with fascinating characters.” —Carol Holland March, author of Dark Visions ★★★★★
A bully’s been tormenting her for years. A witch is the medium. An actress the victim.
After Carolyn wrecks her singing career, she and her best friend Michael set out to New England for a spellbinding adventure—a complex brew of suspense, drama, and the occult spiced with a dose of humor and fun.
Rising talent Carolyn Sohier dreams of breaking into the spotlight and achieving the kind of stardom her father—a deceased hippy-musician—could never realize. But severe stage fright relegates her to singing backup and making cheesy television commercials. Carolyn can’t seem to tap into the energy trapped deep inside her and show her talent to the world. Self-doubt plagues her worse than the demon she witnesses when singing at Radio City Music Hall. Now, the creature follows her around the set of her first feature film—Witches of Salem—being shot on location in New England.
Salem resident Rebecca Farney longs for acceptance in the Official Witch of Salem’s coven and recognized as a real witch. Despite the community’s protest, Rebecca can’t pass up a chance to be part of the movie and turn Witches of Salem into a camp hit like her favorite television show Bewitched. Perhaps casting a spell on the film’s actors and crew could win her recognition from the Salem coven…
Michael, Carolyn’s best friend, has spent a lifetime protecting the star and bolstering her ego. Yet all the money he and his partner—a software tycoon from Seattle—have, can’t shield her from what’s about to happen…
“One of those rare books, which has the reader up all night because every page brings you further into the characters.” —V.A.S. ★★★★★
“The perfect combination to intrigue a reader into turning the pages as fast as possible…. Guaranteed laughs and a few tears as the story unfolds. This is simply not to be missed and will become a re-read.” —Amazon Reviewer ★★★★★
“One of my favorite reads of this year. It’s a must read.” —maw62 ★★★★★
Summerwind Magick is women’s fantasy fiction for fans of occult suspense and the paranormal. Fans of Practical Magic, Alice Hoffman, and Shayne Silvers will be thrilled with this mashup of modern witches and Hollywood drama.
This book is for anybody who loves women’s fiction, fantasy, LGBT characters, magical powers, a touch of the paranormal, and magical realism.
Find out why this book was nominated for five awards, including Best Book of the Year by the M/M Romance Group on Goodreads.
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Not Sure Boys features three shorts that read as individual narratives or as one story. There’s plenty to laugh about with these characters, but their stories also prove genuine and touching as the characters try to make their way in a confusing world. Whether you’re gay or straight, you’ll find something to relate to.
The stories include:
See if you can connect the dots that pull all these stories together.
>>>> Here’s what readers are saying about Not Sure Boys…
In the first story, you’ll wonder why his mom tells him it's wrong to think his best friend is so handsome? It's the 1970s when summers should just be about trading Wacky Pack cards, playing baseball, and wondering what you're going to be when you grow up, and not about lusting after your best friend's older brother. Singing a bastardized version of ABBA’s latest hit into a hairbrush while standing in front of the mirror may get Robby just what he’s been asking, "Can I see your bum, Fernando?"
Next you’ll visit Susan. At nineteen she is the biggest fan of the rising country singer in this sleepy affluent town. Susan is a developmentally-challenged teen living with her parents, bags groceries at Market Basket. Her life revolves around her idol, Derek Van, but when she tries to seduce him, Susan suspects something is wrong. Could he be a homo sapien?
Finally, the book climaxes with…Robby and Jamie. Can the gay guy really get the hot, straight jock into bed? Robby’s done just that, but Jamie is hopelessly straight. Yet during the sultry summer of 1984 they have a hot romance—just before Robby moves to the West Coast for college. Decades pass before they meet up again. Despite Jamie’s straight-married life having gone sour, is there still a spark between them? Is it too late for Jamie to change?
>>>> A great book under $2.00 that’s about family life today…
New Metaphysical Fiction from a Bestselling Author
When Paul, a religious man who spent most of his life suppressing his homosexuality, dies he is greeted at the Pearly Gates by someone unexpected. According to Paul, his first love—a gay man who died from complications due to HIV/AIDS—shouldn’t be allowed in Heaven.
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SOULBOUND is a paranormal LGBT short story, reflecting the devastating impact of programs that force people to deny their homosexuality. SOULBOUND is a different sort of love story—two men never get to actualize their affection for one another until the afterlife. SOULBOUND deals with spirituality, the metaphysical, and religion. The story is not meant to push any specific belief. It’s meant to reflect an oversoul that knows no boundaries.
While epic in scope, SOULBOUND is a short story (8,400 words/35 or so pages) that follows the life of Paul Milgrone, a down-on-his-luck married man, who has lived a life not of his own design. John Rington was Paul’s first love but died from HIV/AIDS-related issues. When Paul fell into the hands to an ex-gay ministry, he never let himself love again.
Love, how do you live without it?
Tags: spiritual fiction, soulbound, spirituality, metaphysical, spiritual energy, spiritual awakening, reincarnation, karma, soul mate romance, angels, paranormal LGBT, paranormal love, souls
Despite the intensity of their love, Jon’s and Richard’s relationship was a volatile one—so much so that domestic violence and other criminal behavior sent Richard to jail. When Jon finds out his former husband may have escaped from prison, the quiet life he’s since created in Beverly Farms, Massachusetts—with his new boyfriend and daughter—shatters.
>>>> Here’s what other readers are saying about Painting with Wine.
With Richard behind bars for the past five years, Jon thought he had moved on. But has he? With Richard back, Jon loses control. A darker side emerges and Jon finds himself, once again, addicted to the fatal drug—his ex.
For Richard, working out and warding off the advances of gay prison sex hasn’t done much for his mental instability.
Will Jon suffer the consequences of Richard’s downfall?
In Painting with Wine you’ll meet two men who just can’t live without each other. It’s an LGBT mystery thriller set in the cold, dark winter in a small town in Massachusetts. Let the intensity of this story warm you. It’s a love story gone wrong—and a discovery gone right.
You’ll be shocked by the conclusion.
by RICK BETTENCOURT
Doug’s not good with one-night stands, yet in the early hours of Christmas Eve, he returns home with Kirk—a good-looking guy he met at the club. Nestled together in the kitchen of his New England cottage, sipping hot chocolate and watching the snow fall, Doug wishes there could be more to this casual encounter. It’s a feeling that stays with him as he heads off to a frantic day of work at the mall, swamped with last-minute holiday shoppers…the last place he expects to find something magical.
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ABOUT BOUGHS OF EVERGREEN
Boughs of Evergreen is a two-volume collection of short stories celebrating the holiday season in all its diversity. Penned by authors from the UK, the USA, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe, these are tales of the young and the not-so-young from many different walks of life.
Themes of family, friendship and romance take readers on a journey through some of the major holidays, both past and present, including Thanksgiving, Advent, St. Lucia Day, Hanukkah, Saturnalia, Winter Solstice, Yule, Christmas and New Year. In each we find at the very least hope, and often love, peace and happiness.
Proceeds from sales of this anthology will be donated to The Trevor Project. The Trevor Project is the leading national organization [USA] providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.
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>>>>“You don't have to be a Broadway fan (or gay) to appreciate this work...”
Carolyn Sohier, the Greta Garbo of divas, is giving a once in a lifetime concert that Tim can’t afford to attend. Tim—an overweight, twenty-something virgin—regrets lending the hunky bag boy at the grocery store money that could have bought him a ticket. Tim needs to call in his debts, but money isn't the only thing holding him back.
>>>> Here’s what readers are saying about Tim on Broadway…
The first time Tim met Javier, he was blown away by the attention. As an overweight, twenty-something virgin, he didn't often—actually ever—get a guy, let alone a hot one, pay attention to him. The problem, Javier is straight; yet he gives Tim mixed messages. Tim can’t get Javier off his mind, unless he is pursuing his love for theater—or talking with his best friend, Julia, about the “unattainable” crushes they share on some of the guys back home in Salem, Massachusetts.
With the Carolyn Sohier concert fasting approaching, Tim struggles to get tickets. If he hadn't lent Javier the money to, well, have his way with him in the beer cooler at the store they worked at together, maybe Tim wouldn't have lost his job, and would be able to see Carolyn perform. But Tim’s learned his lesson from all this…or so he thinks.