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Gay romance fiction

PRESSKIT: Bad Idea, a contemporary gay romance by Damon SuedeBad Idea by Damon Suede

(Book One in the "Itch" series)

Tagline: a contemporary gay romance about stupid heroes and terrible risks

Logline: A reclusive comic book artist gets swept of his feet by a rowdy FX designer who struggles to prove that love isn’t a disaster and heroes don’t need capes.

"Sometimes an artistic career felt like climbing a glass mountain wearing nothing but bacon fat." (Bad Idea - D. Suede)

Bad Idea Details

  • ISBN 978-1-62798-172-9 (ebook)
  • ISBN 978-162798-171-2  (paper)
  • ASIN B00JG5UKFK  (audiobook narrated by Charlie David)
  • Release: Dreamspinner Press, 21 October 2013
  • Subgenre: contemporary
  • Main characters: Trip Spector & Silas Goolsby
  • Tropes: comic books, artists, show business, pop culture fandom, angst, mismatched lovers (introvert/extrovert)
  • Length: 136,000 words (novel))

Available in print, ebook, and audiobookAvailable in print, ebook, and audiobook

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Horn Gate (Scratch, Issue 1) by Damon SuedeScratch!

If you're curious about the homoerotic comic created by Trip and Silas in the course of Bad Idea, check out their Horn Gate, a paranormal novella available from Dreamspinner Press, for Scratch, Issue 1.

As its own series, the "Scratch" novellas relate the supernatural adventures of an incubus solving occult mysteries as he exposes an inhuman trafficking ring with the help of his mortal sidekick and lover. Fusing strong urban fantasy elements and erotic romance, these gothic noirs allow the demonic duo to do supernatural battle, hunt clues, and investigate otherworldly crimes while they explore the possibilities of a relationship that bridges morality and mortality.

Note: The Scratch and Itch series consist of two parallel narrative tracks. Thematic threads connect their characters and plots but they can be read separately or in tandem.

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"Sometimes an artistic career felt like climbing a glass mountain wearing nothing but bacon fat." (Bad Idea - D. Suede)

Bad Idea Blurb


Bad Idea
: Some mistakes are worth making.

Reclusive comic book artist Trip Spector spends his life doodling super-square, straitlaced superheroes, hiding from his fans, and crushing on his unattainable boss until he meets the dork of his dreams. Silas Goolsby is a rowdy FX makeup creator with a loveless love life and a secret streak of geek who yearns for unlikely rescues and a truly creative partnership.

Against their better judgment, they fall victim to chemistry, and what starts as infatuation quickly grows tender and terrifying. With Silas’s help, Trip gambles his heart and his art on a rotten plan: sketching out Scratch, a “very graphic novel” that will either make his name or wreck his career. But even a smash can't save their world if Trip retreats into his mild-mannered rut, leaving Silas to grapple with betrayal and emotions he can't escape.

What will it take for this dynamic duo to discover that heroes never play it safe?

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"Sometimes an artistic career felt like climbing a glass mountain wearing nothing but bacon fat." (Bad Idea - D. Suede) 

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"Sometimes an artistic career felt like climbing a glass mountain wearing nothing but bacon fat." (Bad Idea - D. Suede) 

Bad Idea Reviews:

"Reading Bad Idea is like talking to the author, Damon Suede. It's an exhilarating, energetic, mind-expanding ride! At the same time, you'll be sighing over his prose. I gave up highlighting quotable lines because they were on just about every page... Bad Idea turned my heart inside out. So few authors can do grittiness and emotion as well as Damon." Mary Grzesik at USA Today / Happily Ever After

"The very best books leave me wondering where to begin – this is one of those books. It’s intense, it’s complex, it’s…so many things. At the end, just know that Bad Idea is FANTASTIC... Thank you, Damon Suede, for giving me a gut wrenching reason to keep reading. Also for possibly being the reason I gained 10 lbs from stress eating, but whatever. I’ll work it off eventually... Absolutely amazing." 3 Chicks After Dark

"Some books are sinful candy—decadent escapes leaving us high and searching for another confection. Some novels are art, richly painted with skill and care, resonating with us for months or even years as we parse the wisdom they reveal. Get ready to have dessert for dinner, readers: Damon Suede’s Bad Idea is both... Bad Idea is rich not only with world but truths, some simple, some so expansive they will take multiple re-readings of the novel to fully grasp. Every page is a quotable minefield, sometimes for humor, sometimes for wisdom, often for both... Every re-read is another decadent dip into one of the smartest romantic adventures readers will ever take." Heidi Cullinan, author of Special Delivery and Nowhere Ranch

"This book was incredible… I can’t think of any book couple that balances one another out more beautifully than Trip and Silas do… I adored Trip and Silas.  I laughed with them and cried with them and they go down as one of my favorite book couples EVER. So much depth was written into each personality… It plays out like a romantic comedy chock full of comic books, superheroes and pop culture starring colorful and charming characters with easily relatable emotional baggage and relationship hang-ups… Quirky and fun, emotional and sexy…Bad Idea was all that and so much more." Read-Love-Blog

"FIVE HUGE STARS! Bad Idea is brilliant, the narrative seductive and powerful and the story unique, with characters that kept me mesmerized. I am shamelessly in love with Silas and Trip …and totally in awe of Mr. Damon Suede, the writing is impeccable and I am reminded again of just how amazingly talented the man is. This book is the stuff of movies, and quite frankly if ever an m/m romance novel should be made into a movie… this is it! I have no doubts it will sit on the shelves of iconic m/m fiction, a book that will be read over and over again… Bad Idea is most definitely a contender for my book of the year!" Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews

"Insanely good...Bad Idea totally blew my mind! ...  If you liked “Hot Head” then you will LOVE this book." Live your Life, Buy the Book

"Damon Suede has done it for me again! Proving that romance transcends stereotypes, Bad Idea has completely charmed me.  This book isn’t just a gay romance - it is a book about the human needs of love and acceptance.  Bad Idea is actually a truly brilliant idea." Diary of a Bibliophile

'Trip and Silas are likely the most perfect couple that nearly weren’t that I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading... Bad Idea is a slice of pure nerd heaven... Heartbreaking...both terrible and beautiful in the way good storytelling sometimes is, and I was unable to stop reading until I found out how the story ended." That's What I'm Talking About

"An emotional romance... Bad Idea is a charming [story] about facing one’s fears head on to find love. Trip and Silas have a quirky but fun romance, despite the emotional heartache. These two are characters that will steal reader’s hearts." Heroes & Heartbreakers

"Swoon-worthy romance... heartbreaking, gut wrenching... I secretly wish that this book could become my best book-friend ’cause you know what? It didn’t let me down, it warmed my heart and it kept me entertained.  It was smart, witty and kooky. It’s the kind of book-friend that is such an honest-to-goodness blast that I want to meet it for Friday night drinks Every. Friday. Night. I wanted to hoot and holler and shake my bum and raise my glass in boozy glee to it and with it. Why can’t I have a book-friend like this every week? If you’re into contemporary romance with humour I challenge you to read this book and not love it… It was just that good." Boys in Our Books

"This book is Damon’s masterpiece… I had a much deeper connection to the characters than is common…so well-written, it didn’t feel like a book, like a story. It felt like things were happening to friends I knew very well. Their fate felt important. It’s not just a fantasy, a romantic and erotic love story. It is about more, seems to be deeper. The kind of literature that could be discussed in one of my university classes. Original [and] truly romanticeasily in the top 5 of my all-time favoritesPerfection, a masterpiece…I can’t do anything more than award the highest rating for this book, a perfect 10 out of 10!" Marc Fleishauer for Rainbow Gold Reviews

"Sometimes an artistic career felt like climbing a glass mountain wearing nothing but bacon fat." (Bad Idea - D. Suede) 

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