6th September: A Very Unknown Mysterious Story

6th September: A Very Unknown Mysterious Story is the debut short story by Bangladesh based writer Salman Aziz, who goes by the name AKA$H. The short story is a prequel to a yet to be published novel that simply wets the appetite for future servings of Aziz creative streak.

Above: Salman Aziz

The story is based on real life events in Bangladesh surrounding the tragic suicide of a teenage boy. Aabrar Rahman: Aabrar tragically took his own life with an overdose of sleeping pills, which on the surface appeared to be a desperate attempt to ease his pain and depression. The wider reason for his suicide remains unknown because his personal diary was lost by the irresponsibility of the investigating police, leaving a dark web of unanswered questions.

The story details how Aabrar killed himself and how things went badly wrong as the truth is realised by his own family that he leaves behind. Disturbingly, some people took advantage of his death and so many interesting things slowly begin to unravel.

Although the story is based on true life events the characters are totally fictional and yet Salman Aziz has created a fantastic dark thriller that will keep you hoping for more from a talented mind.



Soon to come: full interview with Salman Aziz

Buy your copy:

6th September: A Very Unknown Mysterious Story is published by Smashwords Publishing.

The book is available on all online retailers and online book shops. Price $0.99 (e-book only)


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To find out more about Salman Aziz and 6th September: A Very Unknown Mysterious Story, please visithttps://www.smashwords.com/books/view/737406 to read his Author Biography.


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Twitter: https://twitter.com/OfficialMrAkash




Blog- https://officialmrakash.blogspot.com/


Walking in Patagonia. 

​​By @patagoniabook

Patagonia is at the bottom of the world. This land is shared by both Chile and Argentina, but was once ruled by the Mapuches, Selknam, and other various native groups. The “che” in Mapuche means person not Che Guevara, and the name Selknam means, “we are all equal.” 

Today, everyone in Patagonia is not equal, celebrities like Ted Turner own millions of acres, the natives are nearly gone, and Patagonia is almost uninhabited. The region has less people per square mile than anywhere else on the continent. 
Even here however, just like everywhere on earth, the LGBTQ community exists. A member of this community approached me in the blue-collar town of Rio Grande, Tierra del Fuego. Here is an excerpt from his story, and it is all true. Manuel is a real man.

Rainbows occur everyday in Tierra del Fuego. This photo taken near Tolhuin.

(extract below) 

“Manuel was a sensitive man. He stood about six feet tall and was well built, with light brown hair and soft, welcoming features. He told us his life story almost immediately.

“I am gay.” He told us. “Well, I was gay … I don’t know.”

We didn’t act surprised. He could see we didn’t care, and he opened up more. 

“I always felt like a woman. My mom told me she knew I was a girl the whole time she was pregnant. I traded my action figures for dolls. But… When I was eight, some older ‘straight’ guys took me into to the woods and raped me. They called me ‘fag’ while they were doing it… I had ten brothers and sisters; my oldest was an alcoholic. He used to get drunk and beat me.”
When Manuel was older, he had worked in Europe and picked up some French and Italian. After Europe, he returned home to Argentina and became more feminine. 
“I took all the ladies’ hormones—those things,” he told us. “I wore the heels, the dresses, all the jewelry.”
Transvestites are prevalent in Argentina. Most Argentinos seem to find transvestites amusing if not entertaining. There was a popular morning show hosted by Flor de la V, and she is the Argentine version of our Ru Paul. Every city in Argentina has a street, or five, where the transvestites work.”

Jackson carrying our puppy Cumbrecita who Manuel had given to us. She crossed an international border and found a home in Puerta Natales. 

(extract below) 

“He woke up at five and very quietly got dressed for work. Manuel worked at a factory that assembled various types of microwaves, TVs, and cellphones. The pay was pretty good in tax-free Tierra del Fuego, and he was making the equivalent of $1,800 a month. He told us that when he first started working, the guys gave him a hard time. He had to earn their respect. To do so, he kept bringing them candies. This morning he stuffed a few chocolates in his pocket and walked out the door.

When we woke up, the three of us decided to stay longer. We wanted to live in a poor shantytown community at the bottom of the world. We wanted to shit more in his shed out back. It was filled with guinea pigs, and they went, “qwee-qwee” when we did. We played with his dogs. I know Manuel felt cool that the three Americans were staying with the gay guy everyone turned their nose up to.
“A lot of them don’t like me,” he told us.

We sensed a slight unease because of obvious vulnerability. The response time on a police call is eternity, and Manuel had told us about some of his bad neighbors. The three of us jumped.
“Let’s go talk to them. We will kick their ass!” We yelled knowing it would never happen.
Manuel got flustered, saying we couldn’t, but it was clear from his smile that he liked having people stick up for him. He wasn’t used to it, and we already loved Manuel.”

Hitching a ride with a supposed professional futbol player. He had killed an amardillo for dinner and took me to Pilcaniyeu. 
(extract below) 

“Manuel was full of energy when he got off work. He had been gossiping all day about how three yankis were staying at his house. That is what Argentinos call people from the United States; the word is pronounced “janky.” Devin cooked a yellow curry, but it was too spicy for Lorena. Manuel said he liked it, but the spiciest food in Argentina is normally garlic.
The meal’s disappointment ended immediately, when Manuel pulled out a bunch of old dance songs that he liked; Whitney Houston was his favorite, and we had a party in his living room, everyone dancing together, except for Lorena who was too embarrassed. Manuel was filming it, and he kept repeating gleefully, “This has really happened … I will have it forever.” 
He also told us that we could stay here forever and buy a plot of land next to his. 

“They are trying to get people to move here. You can have your own place here; we will build it!’”

Manuel was and is a dreamer, but more so, Manuel was a real man. He faced and faces many challenges in his life, but he is constantly seeking out ways to improve his surroundings. Manuel is the light glowing at the bottom of the world. There are many ways to be a man….. 

Just south of the Rio Negro with the gauchos, or Argentine cowboys. These guys lived close to Bariloche and liked to party.


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​Asexual Perspectives 

​47 Asexual Stories, Love, Life and Sex,ACElebration of Asexual Diversity!

Whilst all asexuals have one thing in common – the lack of sexual attraction towards a specific person, they are all different in their likes, needs, wants and dislikes. This can make fitting into the asexual spectrum and finding a suitable relationship difficult.Right now, there seems to be a growing number of people within the asexual community who feel it is their right to tell others what type of asexual they can and can’t be, and while suggestions and advice can be helpful to discover where they fit on the spectrum, blatantly denying that person the right to express their own asexual identity is wrong! There are a number of myths about asexuality and stereotypes – even within the asexual community, and these need to be addressed and broken through!The world has changed with the advancement of technology and social media, and now is it easier than ever to connect with other asexuals around the globe, for relationships, friendships, and to arrange meet-ups!The asexual community has expanded vastly since the early days of Aven and there are new terms coming out to describe the way in which asexuals identify that were not around years ago. This can invariably lead to some discrepancies in terms of identifications.But you don’t need to fit in to an exact specific asexual box to still be asexual. If you don’t experience sexual attraction towards a specific person, you are asexual. If you cannot feel sexual attraction until you have formed a strong emotional bond with a specific person, you are still on the asexual spectrum. If you experience sexual attraction but only under specific circumstances or you experience it but not enough to act on it, you are still on the asexual spectrum. It’s up to you to be honest with yourself and others in determining your own asexual identity!If you identify as asexual do you – Struggle to have a voice in this sexualized world?Feel alone?Misunderstood?Misplaced?Broken?Left out?Not recognised?Have no one to relate to?Find it difficult to find others like you?Feel like everyone is speaking a foreign language where sex is concerned?Or are you unsure of your identity and sometimes get confused and you want to know what asexuals really think of Love, Life and Sex, and what experiences they have had or are having; and how they manage their relationships? If so, then look no further than this book. In this bookyou will discover asexuals who feel just like you.

In this book I will reveal my own asexual perspective and personal story as well as perspectivesfrom 46 asexuals around the globe; dispelling myths and breaking stereotypes; sharing their own personal journey to help you in yours and with a surprising over-riding message!In this book you will: Learn the asexual perspectives of Aromantics; Heteroromantics; Homoromantics; Panromantics; Grey Aces; Demi-sexual; Biromantic; Agender; Transgender; Polyamorous Aces and many more. Uncover Asexuals’ deepest fears, concerns and worries about being asexual. Find out possible reasons why, in general, society does not accept asexuality as a sexual orientation in its own right and what we can do about this to change the world! Discover what asexuals really believe are the differences between sexual attraction, sexual desire and arousal. Find out what asexuals really think of nudity; porn; masturbation; BDSM and kinks. Discover what it feels like to have sex as an asexual and how to cope with the sexualized world that we live in. Find out what asexuals think about living together, about marriage and about having kids. Discover what an ideal asexual relationship would look like and whether asexuals believe a relationship with a sexual would be fair or not. Uncover the positives about being asexual. Get first hand advice about asexuality from those who are asexual and know what you are going through and what you may come up against. Including what advice asexuals would give to a younger version of themselves regarding asexuality and what advice they would give to others who are just discovering they may be asexual.I wrote this book, because I was told I could not identify as a heteroromantic, Grey A, by someone in the asexual community, because I did not match the standard definition of a Grey A, as they saw it. I think it’s really important to recognise our differences; and that we all have something to contribute to the world and towards helping others to better understand their asexuality. Our diversity should be embraced and celebrated, not be treated with hostility and torn apart.”I feel truly blessed that all interviewees have been willing to open up and share their most intimate moments, thoughts, feelings and emotions with you. What you are about to read is unique, amazing, interesting, sometimes candidly humorous, fascinating and insightful. This is their story, now it’s their time to tell it.

This book is available to buy in both Kindle format and paperback, Amazon.co.uk http://amzn.to/2tKcaUF Amazon.com http://amzn.to/2sHFRGj 

Heteroromantic, Author Sandra Bellamy is the founder of http://www.asexualise.com, with products, resources and services for asexuals. She sees herself as an ambassador for asexuality and is on a mission to get asexuality recognised as a sexual orientation in its own right throughout the globe so that no asexual has to live in fear of ridicule ever again. By purchasing this book you will gain a deeper understanding of this often misunderstood sexual orientation and help to spread awareness of asexuality at the same time. We may be small in numbers, but we can stillmake a huge difference to the world at large and celebrate our diversity.
To celebrate Asexual Perspectives being published in print, and our diversity across the Asexual spectrum and our individuality within it, I founded Asexual Perspectives Awareness Month, 1st-31st of July 2017, ACElebration of Asexual Diveristy.

Transformed: Paris

Following the success of Transformed: San Francisco  http://wp.me/p78BZ8-Zd a second book as been released. 

Here’s the plot……

Transman spy Charley MacElroy travels to Paris to help French authorities break up a Neo Nazi plot to scatter dirty bombs throughout the city. His older lover Electra comes along to study French, but she soon discovers Dickie Borque, an sinister British aristocrat with lavender hair, may be behind the plot. Charley, however, is not so sure.

Meanwhile, she and Charley begin having love troubles when he suggests opening up their relationship to suit his pansexual desires. After discovering that he may have been fooling around with his attractive new male assistant, Electra moves out in a huff. Soon Charley is wandering the quays alone, trying to find the dirty bombs while wistfully longing for his love.

Electra enlists the help of Dickie’s feisty eighty-something milliner, Odile, to break up the plot. But then suddenly, Electra disappears. Now Charley must search frantically for both the bombs and Electra amidst the cafes, conversation, and the gleaming, rainy streets of Paris in winter.

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He’s Gone. 

​By @_alexandraclare

With the increasing visibility of trans characters on television and film, it seems odd that literature has not kept up – there are very few books where the main character is transgender. He’s Gone is my first novel and features Detective Inspector Robyn Bailley, a 44 year old trans woman. The idea came from watching the marriage equality debate in the UK parliament in 2013. I was horrified by the rigidity of some of the views displayed and by how deeply they were held. What was almost funny about the situation was that those people who were against extending marriage to same-sex couples knew that it would be a disaster but could never seem to put their finger on exactly why. A typical quote: 

“This is a Pandora’s box, for endless litigation, for division in society setting one group against another, and we must for that reason, for community cohesion, resist this bill.” 

It made me wonder what would happen if people who held such strong views had no choice but to deal with someone who they considered ‘different’. Especially if that person were someone in authority, say a detective inspector and someone was relying on them to find their missing child. An idea began to stir in my mind and a character called Robyn introduced herself. She has lived her life as Roger, with a career in the police, a failed marriage and a 19 year-old daughter. After much deliberation, she’d decided to start the formal process to transition. In the UK, under the National Health Service, this means a consultation with a specialist Gender Identity Clinic and at least a year of real-life experience in your preferred gender before receiving medical intervention.

He’s Gone starts as Robyn comes to work for the first time as herself. Her dream of a quiet day is shattered when she is assigned to lead the hunt for a toddler snatched from a shopping centre. It’s not a crime that forensic science can solve: Robyn has to rely on more traditional detective work, working with her team and getting co-operation from witnesses. How these relationships change after Robyn’s coming out was one question that I really wanted to explore. All of the situations Robyn has to face in the book are taken from real-life examples, gathered from conversations or tweets. What I’ve seen of the trans community on Twitter is support through tough times and joy shared in positive steps. The book is intended as the first of a series, following Robyn as she continues her transition. In the time taken to finish the story, the visibility of transgender people is far higher than when I began writing. I’ve just finished the first draft of the second story and expect to have to make amendments as I edit it to reflect the continued evolution of laws and society. In July 2016, the UK government announced that medical evidence would no longer be required to change gender on a passport and there are discussions around the possibility of removing all references to gender on official documents. At the same time, there were protesters (though thankfully a small number) outside Parliament demanding the UK should adopt equivalent bathroom bills to the US, requiring people to use the bathroom of their birth sex. 

Overall, I incline to be positive. To quote again from the equal marriage debate: 

“This House, I suggest, is on a journey, and it is a journey that can be traced back many years. A hundred years ago there were the suffragettes and the opportunity for women to have the vote. In 1922 women were entitled to be MPs. Fifty years ago we had the civil rights movement and in 1967 homosexuality was made legal. Approximately 10 years ago civil partnerships were made legal. In that context, the House is on a journey and the country is on a journey too. We are all changing. The House must change with it, and so must the country.”

Of course, just because something is legal does not mean that there is no discrimination. This MP voted in favour of the bill but he still talks about homosexuality being ‘made legal’ when ‘decriminalised’ would be a better term. The change must be in social attitudes too. We all have a role to play in this change: mine is through writing fiction that reflects our diverse world. 

Chat to Alex Clare on Twitter @_alexandraclare. He’s Gone is available from Amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hes-Gone-Alex-Clare/dp/1907605940 … and Hive http://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Alex-Clare/Hes-Gone/19215735

Young lad on Old Street


Debut novel exposes secret world of London gay escorts.

Young Lad on Old Street, written by AJ Thomas, is a coming of age story set in contemporary London.
Harry is the low-achieving son of high-achieving parents. While his friends go to university, he stays at home in suburbia, watching his parents and their unhappy marriage.

Unknown to them, he is working as a gay escort, selling himself as Young Lad on Old Street after the east London district of that name. In the course of his work, he meets Frank, an older man who draws him into a world of dubious dealings, criminality, and unrequited love.

This is AJ Thomas’ debut novel.

The story is told deftly through the eyes of the eponymous character with a mixture of cynicism and naivety and large doses of black humour.


Buy your copy:
Young Lad on Old Street is published by Red Page Publishing.
It is available through Gay’s The Word, all good bookshops and all online retailers. Price £9.99 (paperback); £6.99 (e-book and kindle editions).

Learn more:
To find out more about AJ Thomas and Young Lad on Old Street, please visit http://www.younglad.co.uk to read his Author Biography

Follow AJ Thomas on Twitter at twitter.com/ajthomas_author
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Transformed: San Francisco


Transformed: San Francisco is not your run of the mill thriller … or LGBT love story. Instead, it’s a thoughtful, funny, heartfelt take on what it actually means to be a trans man in today’s  world. And it’s a brilliant, spot-on snapshot of the rapidly disappearing original, quirky San Francisco. When places like the Center for Sex & Culture hadn’t yet lost their lease to tech gentrification.


Charley McElroy is a handsome, well-heeled travel writer and CIA informant who also happens to be a female-to-male trans man. And he’s not without his problems. Charley’s not only having a midlife crisis  — he gets suspended by the Agency after forgetting to pay his taxes. Only days earlier, yet another marriage proposal has been spurned, and Charley’s also feeling just plain hopeless about love.

In his grief and confusion, he befriends Electra, a high-powered Manhattan socialite-turned-dominatrix rebuilding her life in San Francisco. Electra is also up for some soul-searching, after being unceremoniously kicked out of Manhattan in a messy divorce.


After news that she played dom to her friend’s husbands behind their backs, People Magazine dubs her ‘The Society Dom’. Being in San Francisco gives her the chance to try on the life of a professional Dom … but will she? She wants to … but ….

Charley turns out to be Electra’s committed cheerleader, loyal friend, and emerging love interest. In turn, Electra helps him cope with the mess his life has become. Along the way, meet Frankie, a disgruntled lesbian police sergeant who has been demoted by the SFPD for being a whistle blower.

Frankie proves to be the perfect pal and crime-stopping foil for Charley and Electra, after Electra discovers a terrorist plot in the making … while at San Francisco’s famed leather event, the Folsom Street Fair.

Here she finds Randy, a Christian fundamentalist, a man who’s hell bent on memorializing his late Daddy (think Fred Phelps) with a lethal plot to destroy the ‘hedonists’ of San Francisco. Yet, neither the SFPD nor the CIA will take the threat seriously – mainly because Electra’s an unknown, Charley’s suspended and Frankie’s on the outs with the chief.

So Transformed takes off. It’s been described by the U.S. Review of Books as ‘fun romp through San Francisco” and “a novelty of sex, gender issues, sexual orientation, hate, love, and mystery.” The review goes on to say the book, “… should be in the library of every GLBTQ person.”

What we know is that Transformed is a true page-turner … yet it’s also a thoughtful read, as well. Straight and gay readers alike come away with a deeper understanding  of what it means to be a trans person, or even a defrocked society dominatrix.

In the words of one reviewer – it’s a thriller with a huge amount of heart.
Check out Transformed: San Francisco.


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