Thursday, February 28, 2013

Why I Published We Love Jenni

I came of age in the feminist era, and still live by the feminist adage, "the personal is political."  It has been my guiding mantra.

It is also the reason why I wanted to publish WE LOVE JENNI: An Unauthorized Biography of Jenni Rivera by NY Times best-selling author Marc Shapiro and Charlie Vasquez.

Jenni Rivera was an everywoman.  I felt like she was my sister-in-law or my cousin through marriage.  She was so real and her life, the ups and downs, was so open for all to see. It's what made her music and her TV show so powerful.

I also consider her an important voice of empowerment for Hispanic women in a machismo culture.  I loved her. 

I was so saddened to see her die so tragically and so early.  I thought she was going to be America's Hispanic neighbor next door with her forthcoming ABC sitcom.

So that is why I am so proud to be the publisher of the first mainstream pop culture biography of Jenni, which I hope  brings Jenni's life and music, and message to an entirely new audience.  I want readers to pick up this book about this Mexican-American singer they didn't know, and come away feeling that they want to buy all her music, watch a marathon of her show, and keep her alive in their hearts.

So, please buy the book and read about her amazing life, and "like" the book on Amazon.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Behind 50 Shades of Gay by Donald Weise

This week sees the publication of Magnus/RAB's latest must-read erotic romance, 50 Shades of Gay by actor/writer Jeffery Self. You may have seen Jeffery on 30 Rock in the role of Liz Lemon's gay nephew, Randy, or on Desperate Housewives or Hot in Cleveland, but you'll see a very new side of him in this sometimes hilarious, often tender, but always hot riff on the 50 Shades international phenomenon.

While I'm no stranger to erotic romance as a reader, as a publisher this is an area new to me. But I welcomed the opportunity to take a step in this direction once I began reading 50 Shades of Gay, because I was equally touched and aroused by the book--and there aren't many I can say that about! For starters it's set in Hollywood, where I grew up, and unfolds in the movie world where closeted gay stars are as common as the palm trees that line the streets. Being an out TV actor himself, Jeffery writes about this world with laugh out-loud humor and an insider's understanding of how power plays out both on and off the movie set.

The book's virgin protagonist, Alex Kirby, a young, out writer with literary aspirations, meets blockbuster movie star Taylor Grayson, a drop-dead gorgeous closet case who has a full-time staff guarding his closet door, at the star's latest movie premiere. The sexual heat is instant for Alex, while Taylor's playful interest in Alex seems only platonic at best--but not for long. In short order Alex finds himself romanced by the superstar in scenes right out of the movies. However there's a dark side to this shining price. Romance for Alex has never before involved an initiation into BDSM, which Taylor not just offers but demands. 50 Shades of Gay goes deep into the world of kink, depicting some of the hottest, boundary-pushing sex you'll find today.

What's also appealing to me about the novel, apart from its heat, is that 50 Shades of Gay is a love story between two men that will satisfy both gay male and straight female audiences--or anyone for that matter who's turned on by hot man-on-man sex. The book has an emotional and sexual authenticity that's fresh, and for me, sets the novel apart from most of the gay male or M/M erotic romances I see. Regardless whether you've read 50 Shades of Grey, whether you’re turned on by BDSM, or even whether your gay, Jeffery's novel is sure to arouse you and open your mind.

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Sunday, February 10, 2013

MASTER is Finally Available

MASTER: The Sexuality, Life, Politics and Philosophy of a Master by Master R can finally be purchased just about anywhere books are sold.

It took me 10 years to get this book published. The manuscript was first sent to me by an editor at Grove Press who said, "we can't publish this, but I bet you can sell it." I was a literary agent at the time and was riveted by this true-story of a dominant man who had built a slave training Bed & Dungeon in upstate New York that read like something out of THE STORY OF O.

I tried to sell this book for years, but not a single editor was interested in straight male sexuality at that time. I teased the author that if he were a gay man or a dominant woman, I could sell it in the snap of my fingers.

But now is the time for this book.

In the wake of 50 Shades of Grey, this IS the book to read if you have ever wondered about the real-life of a BDSM Master. I cannot imagine you will be able to put this book down.  It will stay with you forever.

La Domaine Esemar and Master R were featured in Lisa Ling's episode Shades of Kink in her Our America show.  Here's an excerpt, in case you missed it. 

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