Another Saturday so another bash at the Seductive Studs and Sirens blog hop. Six author/bloggers, all writing LGBT themed work, providing snippets of published work or WIPs, or commentary on other people’s work for the delight and entertainment of each other and, we hope, a few other people as well.
Last week I was talking about the Channelling Morpheus series by Jordan Castillo Price, a series of quite short erotically-charged, paranormal stories about vampires and revenge. Today I am going just about as far to the other end of the continuum as I can to talk about an equally beloved series of stories. They have not been published, I can’t provide buy links, press kits or book covers, they are free reads on a blog and I just ADORE them. They are amongst my ‘desert island’ list. I’m talking about Falls Chance Ranch by Rolf and Ranger.
The premise is that a working sheep ranch in Wyoming has been set up with a sideline, operated by trained professionals, to destress and re-educate burned out business-men. The treatment comprises complete distance from any form of business, fresh air, good food, appropriate amounts of sleep and exercise and the application of firm but fair discipline, reinforced by occasional physical punishment if deemed appropriate. Each case is treated differently according to his own particular needs and the period spent at the ranch varies as well. The story is told mostly from the point of view of Dale, a young Englishman working for a large American corporation who is so burned out that he is hallucinating fire alarms. Welcomed to the ranch, he is at first outraged, then accepting, then slowly discovers a way of life that brings out his very best qualities. He also slowly discovers that the men of the ranch are all gay and involved in a calm caring poly relationship. Potential readers may be shocked to hear that there are no sex scenes at all in the first full novel length story and in the rest of the series while sexual encounters occur they are either off screen or implied rather than described. And you know what – the stories don’t NEED them.
You know, I was going to put off a re-read until I’ve finished Eleventh Hour, but I think I might just indulge myself. 🙂