Richard S. Charles Raines writes GLBT novels. As R.S. Charles, he pens stories where gay and straight characters intermingle in exotic mysteries 'with a liberal sprinkling of racy romance'. His alter-ego, Charles Raines, concentrates on m/m erotic romance.
“Palms Of Persuasion.”
The local cemetery offers shelter and serenity, and the backstreets of Marseilles offer danger and excitement. Balancing the two, he meets a succession of men and has a series of erotic encounters which gradually mould him into exactly the man he secretly always wanted to be.
Immersed in a history of folklore and intrigue, a remote, idyllic island in the Caribbeanprovides the backdrop for this tale of mystery and suspense. The secluded, exotic isle is a hideaway for some, a home for others, but everyone has a past and everyone has a reason to be there.,.
Relationships are fleeting or complex, conventional or convenient, and all the strengths and frailties of human nature rise visibly to the fore. Prepare to be caught up in gossip and speculation, secrets and innuendo, with blackmail lurking menacingly in every corner, as R.S.Charles weaves his tropical web of excitement and uncertainty.
I believe this book is so tastefully and well written that it would be suitable for mature adolescents, especially those who are aware of their sexual orientation and in need of positive images of gay life, not sorrid exaggerations of sexuality. Charles Raines is like a kind counselor as he takes you into his vision of male-male love and he paints a very hopeful portrait of our future as gay men.
I would say that Charles Raines will be swept up in a whirlwind of popularity with younger gay readers. Such a long time waiting for the answer to this need in the gay community.
Check it out at STRANGER IN TRANSLATION at AMAZON.COM. The novel is about 80 pages long, a crisp read.