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“In order to receive love, we must first love ourselves.” Every self-help book on love and relationship tells us this basic principle. Intellectually we know it’s true, but what happens when one man embraces it with his heart and soul, attempting to make it a real, living force in his life?
Meet John Clute, an aspiring writer who supports his craft by working as a waiter in 1992, New York City when the gay revolution struggled with the AIDS epidemic, when advances in research meant that men stopped dying suddenly from the gay cancer and started to stay alive. Madonna had just released Erotica and Sex, her takes on sexuality through music, word and photography. To many, it was the relighting of this sexual culture that had been so damaged by the onset of the epidemic.
Clute works from paycheck to paycheck but in spite of all his efforts, an eviction notice is slapped on his apartment door. If only Clute wasn’t too proud to ask for help. The one person who could possibly help him is the man he fell in love with years ago, the sensual and handsome Toshio, a sushi chef, who has perfected the arts of both geisha-like sensuality and virtuosic Japanese cooking. However, Clute and Toshio’s on again-off again odd romance is plagued with secrets, stultifying cultural differences, and underlying fears fueled by years of not speaking the truth. Tired of this dead cycle, Clute seeks to make a change no matter what the risk, uncertain of Toshio’s ability to change and grow with him.
Told through the mind and heart of John Clute, The Sushi Chef by popular food columnist and restaurant connoisseur David De Bacco, intertwines the hero’s struggle of life and love with enchanting—and ironically quite symbolic—explanations of the art of sushi. The result is a novel with a message that has the power to touch lives. Many souls come to New York with a dream. Some find what they seek while others do not. But John Clute shows us with tender-hearted humor, openness, and a bit of RuPaul flair, that often it’s how one lives and not necessarily achieving the “dream” that makes a life worth living.
David De Bacco has worked in New York, London, Tokyo, Paris and Milan for some of the world’s most acclaimed chefs and restaurateurs including Nora Pouillon, Chef “Nobu” Matsuhisa, Drew Nieporent, Iron Chef Masaharu “Morimoto” and actor, Robert De Niro. He also created MEGU, a modern Japanese restaurant in Manhattan for Japanese restaurateur, Koji Imai and Hollywood’s celebrity haunt, Geisha House for actor, Ashton Kutcher’s Dolce Group. David currently lives and celebrates life in Los Angles where he is a freelance writer for Edge Publications, AOL’s Patch.com and is the creator of Cookin’ with Mama, a foodie blog. The Sushi Chef is his first novel.
A love so divine it has the power to transcend space, time, every evil force that threatens to tear it apart and…gender?
Being the new kid in town always sucks. Seventeen year old Rayvin Dan Corbett finds that being a shy, humble, caring and loving individual in Oak Tree Town, Mendocino County, California is NOT the in thing. To make matters worse, he is already an outcast from his own life. Plagued by supernatural visions of a strange couple with magical abilities—the beautiful Raven and the amazing, handsome Crow—Rayvin despairs of ever having a normal life.
Things get temporarily better when he meets the school’s star quarterback and hero, Corbin Dan Beltran. There is an instant connection between them and they quickly become friends. But something isn’t right. Rayvin’s visions intensify the closer he and Corbin get. And not only that, Corbin is having the same visions and nightmares as well.
After Rayvin receives a mysterious silver locket, their world comes to an end and they find themselves in a paranormal world call the Angel Realm where Rayvin’s connection to the mysterious couple of his visions becomes clear—a connection more intimate and wild than he never have imagined! Will he and Corbin find a way back home? Will they be able to save their world from the evil Lord Luxicrux? And if they survive, will Rayvin and Corbin ever be able to get back to the people they once were?
Raven and Crow: a Chain of Memories is a breathtaking saga that illustrates the power of love to transcend space, time and even gender.
Critical success, sudden fame, toe-curling sex with the man of your dreams, a back-up best friend in the wings, friends with potentially life-shattering secrets and heart-breaking, career destroying machinations by someone close to him; just how much of a good thing can a small-city gay guy take?
Writing Faerie Tale was Jack’s way of filling time after the death of his lover. He never expected it to become a best-seller, yanking him from his quiet West Palm Beach group of friends and quiet life, to Hollywood, Provincetown, and then, into the arms and bed of Academy Award winning actor Todd Power.
Jack’s friends Jill and Michael, are overjoyed by his success, but are dealing with demons of their own. Michael, desperate to escape his dead-end job with a South Florida tabloid, decides that respectability will be attained by writing an unauthorized biography of Todd Power. With the collusion of Todd’s actress wife, who has her own reasons to seek vengeance, he plans to “out” the actor, even though it will break the heart of one of his closest friends.
Ben and Brian withheld a secret from their friends that can either destroy their relationship of build the bonds of forever. The couple wants nothing more than for Jack to find a love like the one they share, and they know where he should look.
Rounding out the group is Andy, who has silently loved Jack for years. He’s waited patiently for Jack to work through his grief and now watches helplessly as he falls for a man with whom Andy can’t compete. Deciding that it’s time to move on, he looks for the right moment to say goodbye to his life in West Palm Beach.
Whether it’s the depths of despair, endless fame and fortune, or just learning that the real treasures of life can be found in your own backyard, what comes next can happen only in a Faerie Tale.