You get different books, books you read and say; wow that was a good story, or blah I hated that, then you get books that make your heart beat a little faster, makes you need to sit back and step away, only to eagerly come back and read more.
Then you get the books you fall in love with.
But then, there are the books you fall along in love with. The ones that make you angry, sad, happy or just pissed off, and not at the author, but at the characters. Those are the books you sit and read in one sitting, because you can’t stop getting more of it, and once your done reading, or you turn the final page; there’s this whole in your heart. ‘Cause you had to say good-bye to the characters. Those books stay with you, those characters are like old friends. You will often find yourself pondering about them, reminiscing on their story. Let me tell you, as a writer, that is not easily achieved.
DP Denman is one of those writers, and as an author she is an inspiration. Mind you, she is self published too.
I met DP Denman on goodreads; asking for beta readers. I can still remember the day as we (the hubby and I) still stayed with my dad after my mom passed away. It was winter, slight fog and a little bit of rain when I opened up Changing Tide . And I fell in love with her writing. I fell in love with the way Jack and David fell in love with each other, and I have a major crush on one of her evil-bad characters in Dancer’s Heart (won’t mention who). *licks lips*
Now, I’ll be the first to say she does not get the cried she deserves; self publish M/M authors still struggle to get the exposure one would get from being published by a publisher.
I love getting an email from her to beta read her next book, and sometimes— yeah— I get so lost in the story I forget I’m suppose to be beta-reading it. That does not happen often.
She currently has four titles out.
But her latest one, Skin Deep, which is the second book in the Saving Liam series (I heard a little bird whisper, she has just finished the third book!!! *grabby hands*) is what I really wanna talk about today.
The series focus on MC Liam, who is forced to do Porn (don’t worry, I won’t go into it to deep and spoil the story). Now some might think this is another trope; of boy next door, troubled past, needing to be saved, etc. I’ll agree on that, yes, however the series is deeper than that. I know several gay porn star, and whatever you think the porn world is, it’s not. It has a happy side but it also has a dark side.
Most of these guys have some identity and self-image issue, hard to imagine if they be showing their junk in front of the camera, some are insecure, many end up in bad, sometimes, abusive relationships and yes they have all their fans but some feel very, very alone. There’s drug use, and then the stalking fans. Some porn companies have them tied into contracts that they can’t come out of, forcing them to do bareback sex with out giving them a say about it. Did you know how many suicides take place in the gay porn community? Do you know how many people frown down on porn stars because of what they do for a living, and yet those same people watch those exact porn star’s films? Do you know how long and tiring a porn shoot is? Did you know most porn stars are also escorts, Go-go dancers and strippers? I mean, don’t get me wrong, there are some of these guys that love what they do, but it is not all that glamorous face porn portrays it to be. Did you know that these guys are more than just a tight body all muscles, big cock and perfect ass? Do you know how many people just assume that all gay porn stars are HIV positive?
In the Saving Liam series these aspects are touched and we see what happens to a person that was forced into the industry, how they have to deal with the wreckage left when they step out of the porn world, and how that comes back to haunt them. It takes someone very exceptional to piece such a person back together, to have the patience to do that and still look at them with admiration.
That is what saving Liam is about; a broken soul that needs healing, that needs that one person to stand strong and be there for them each step of the way forward, and each step they take back. And maybe love.
The way DP Denman tells this story is so deep, so spot on that you would almost think it’s real and not fiction.
So if you love emotional drama, I can recommend all her books for you. And you won’t be disappointed and remember reviews feeds authors!
Blurb for Saving Liam
You do what you have to do to survive.
For eighteen-year-old Liam Newman that means living the life of a gay porn star, a job he loathes. He isn’t a star. He’s a prisoner and his warden is the man who saved him from the cold Vancouver streets.
Justin has been Liam’s next-door neighbor for two years and has had a crush on him for just as long. Oblivious to Liam’s porn career, he’s content to mind his own business about Liam’s turbulent relationship until the truth stumbles drunk into his apartment one night and he realizes something must be done.
When Liam’s boyfriend turned producer decides rent boys make more money than porn stars Liam’s nightmare takes a horrible turn. Justin must find a way to rescue him before it’s too late.
Blurb for Skin Deep
Sometimes the problem is the answer.
Liam Newman escaped his abusive past to start a new life with the man who saved him. Unfortunately, the old life refuses to stay buried. When a fan of his porn star persona appears, he’s forced to reinvent himself in a surprising new career. Will it give him the rebirth he craves or lead him deeper into the life he’s trying to leave behind?
About DP Denman
I’m from the Pacific Northwest and while that may be a vague description, it’s impossible to be more specific. My family spent my childhood wandering from town to town chasing the illusive “perfect place” so we were never anywhere for long. Regardless of the ever changing address, this is home and all of my books are based in the soggy splendor of Vancouver, British Columbia.
Like many romance authors, I’ve had a lifelong love affair with books that began with childhood trips to the local library. I wrote my first story when I was eight along with a collection of variety show skits performed for captive audiences of visiting grandparents.
Writing is therapeutic and I love the challenge of crafting stories but human rights is my passion. I write character-driven books about survivors because I am one. I lived many years as an outcast and bullies played a significant role in my life. I know what it is to be rejected, abused and left clinging to the edge of despair. I also know the impact a single kind word can have. My characters have seen the worst the human race has to offer until someone steps in and shows them what love can do for a wounded soul.
While my novels have a happy ending, reality isn’t quite as kind, so I married my passion for writing with my passion for changing the lives of those in crisis. 25% of the royalties from every book go to support LGBT charities.
Thank you for joining me on my journey and helping me bring hope and compassion to those who need it most. I couldn’t do what I do without you.
Links to DP’s social network.
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