An Imitation Of Life

med_ImitationLifeISBN: 978-1-63486-117-5 (Electronic)
ISBN: TBD (Paperback)
Genres: Gay / Contemporary / The Arts / Romantic Comedy
Length: Novel (59k words / 168 paperback pages)

In New York City, Broadway actor Mars Manchester faces two dilemmas, one professional, the other personal…

Although the handsome and talented thespian is discreet yet openly gay when it comes to his family, friends, and agent, he knows his sexual orientation could have a negative impact on landing roles in other mediums. Now that he’s starting to branch off into movie and television work, he worries some producers might hesitate to hire a gay man as a romantic lead if word ever got out. So when Mars lands the role of Wave Benson, a new gay character on the long-running daytime soap opera Destiny’s Storm, a controversial role that could prove challenging and rewarding and shift his career into high gear, he remains fearful that he could get typecast like so many other actors in the business.

And when it comes to his personal life, Mars battles to hold his feelings in check when he falls hopelessly in love with his roommate, another actor by the name of Reed Keeting. Unfortunately, there’s one major stumbling block…Reed is straight. And to make matters even worse, the man has an annoying girlfriend who not only senses Mars’s secret crush on her lover, but delights in making his life miserable at every opportunity. Yet when conversations lead Mars to believe his sexy roommate is perhaps not as straight as he appears, he can’t help recalling his last relationship, one with another “straight man,” that ended in utter disaster.

Will Mars ever find the courage to follow his heart and explore the possibilities of a fulfilling relationship with Reed, or will he remain miserable, allowing one bad love affair to dictate his future? Or will his storyline on Destiny’s Storm, which often seems an imitation of his personal life, give him added encouragement to seek happiness once and for all, especially when Reed also snags a coveted role on the soap…to play his gay lover?

Daytime Soaps Will Never Be The Same!

Purchase Info

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Read The Reviews…

“5 Stars!…Ms. Eastwick has created an incredible story that held me spellbound from the very start. I love how Mars’s character is a mixture of strength and weakness, but he finds the fortitude to reach for what he wants, no matter how difficult the path is. Reed is strong enough to fight for his dream, but a little help from your friends never hurts. I enjoyed watching as Mars goes through the audition process with all of its difficulties and indignant situations. Together, Reed and Mars may just be what each other needs if they can overcome all of the obstacles placed in their paths.”–Teresa, Rainbow Reviews

“Fun, fast paced, and very steamy…will heat you up and put a smile on your face at the same time. Witty dialogue headlines a pair of engaging main characters sure to charm readers. Mars leads the way in this tale with his realistic take on life in the Big Apple while Reed deals with more complex woes such as his family and his love life…It’s enjoyable to watch this story unfold and play out…A refreshing take on life’s ups and downs with solid characters who involve you in their lives.”–Lisa, Joyfully Reviewed

“5 Stars!…Loaded with some hilarious, fun, and sexy content. I was definitely drawn to Mars’s character, especially his aching and yearning and flip-flopping musings about what to do regarding his handsome roommate. His discussions seeking advice from the outrageous actress, the secondary character named Delia (a former soap-opera diva ala Susan Lucci), always put a smile on my face. Much of the behind-the-scenes information regarding an actor’s daily grind seemed utterly realistic, that I couldn’t help thinking much of this story might be drawn from true-life situations when it came to the world of TV soap operas. In fact, I got the distinct impression this tale was drawn from either personal experience or endless hours of research when it comes to the world of soaps, especially One Life To Live, which at one time featured a major ‘gay relationship’ storyline. Actually, the author’s ‘book dedication’ may give some clues to the story’s origins, and certain first names of people she thanks for research ‘help’ sprang out at me as possibly being principle actors on the soap opera in question. Her author bio also gives some clues. Be that as it may, this is a terrific read, full of laughs and angst and detailed info as to what being an actor on a soap opera truly entails. Highly recommended for not only fans of soaps, like myself, but for any fan of M/M romance!”–Morgan, Morgan’s Musings And Reviews

4 HEARTS! “…This was a sweet, well-put-together story…I particularly enjoyed Reed’s growth and the working-together theme of the story. Reed’s jilted girlfriend added a flash of humor as did Mars’ friend Delia…All in all it was a feel good story.” – Don, Hearts On Fire Reviews

Read An Excerpt…

…I returned to the living room, carrying two beer bottles. I handed him one. “Not to start an argument, Reed, but I’ve wondered something about Niki and I’ve just gotta know.”

“Know what?” he asked, flinging aside the bottle top and taking a swig.

“What in the world do you see in her anyway?”

He stared at me for so long, with his face devoid of all expression, that I wondered if I’d made him angry. Finally, his eyes twinkled with something akin to lechery. “The truth?”

“Always.”

“Because she sucks a mean cock.”

“Is that all?”

“That’s a lot.”

“But is it enough to put up with—with—” Once again I held my tongue. Sure, Reed had a tendency to be a little slow when it came to sizing up other people, but even he couldn’t be blind when it came to Niki’s incessant neediness, her frequent tantrums and irksome snobbishness, and her lack of intelligence when it came to the English language. And he certainly wasn’t deaf, so her nasally voice must have grated on his eardrums from time to time. Therefore, I decided not to launch into a litany of her less-than-stellar qualities. “I mean, come on, man, you could do so much better.”

“I could?” He raised an eyebrow before once again bringing the beer bottle to his lips and taking a sip.

“Don’t you ever look in the mirror? Chicks are practically lining up at our door for a chance to be with you.”

“Huh? What?” With dramatic effect only an actor could provide, he presented an aura of stark terror, stalked to the front door, and placed one eye against the security peephole. He gasped in feigned relief. “Nope, nope, can’t see anyone out in the hall.”

“Knock it off. And you know what I mean.”

“Do I?”

“Don’t play stupid. You’re a good-looking guy, a ‘catch,’ and you know it. So I can’t believe you’d stay with someone like Niki just because she’s a decent cocksucker.”

“Every dude in the world craves good head.”

“Of course, but you and I both know you could definitely find a nicer chick who would happily do that job. Hell, even a guy might be preferable to—” The moment the words flew off my tongue, I wanted to reel them back into my big, fat mouth.

“Oh? A guy, huh?” Now a mischievous glint lit his eyes. “There’s an interesting possibility. Hey, Mars, are you hoping to arrange yet another type of audition today?”

“Excuse me?”

“I’ve heard that guys suck cock better than any woman, and since you’re a guy, and gay…well, you’d know for a fact. Is it true?”

“Ah…yeah…from my experience, it’s true.”

“Fascinating, fascinating.” For an instant, his gaze locked on my face, or more specifically, on my lips. “I wonder…you may have a valid point about Niki and finding someone else. Know of anyone in particular who may be interested? And keep in mind, I’m Cock King, so it won’t be an easy task. I’d need an expert, you know?”

The hairs on my arms snapped to attention. Was my current lust for him that obvious? Or had he realized in all these months how much I ached for him? I felt a bit wobbly, and my cheeks sizzled in embarrassment. “Are you saying what I think you’re saying?”

“What do you think I’m saying?”

“That you…you want me to…?”

He shrugged nonchalantly, then raised the beer bottle to his lips. For an instant, the tip of his tongue slipped once, twice, three times inside the tiny opening before he tilted the bottle and began to chug the beer. I couldn’t tear my gaze from his bobbing Adam’s apple. My heart began a wild gallop, while my cock, never completely dormant in his company, started to twitch in need…

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