(aka R.D. Cochrane, Timothy James Beck)
The Deal (2004) with
Timothy J. Lambert
New Year's Eve, 1999. Millennium celebrations light up the sky
from Sydney to Seattle. But in the Houston living room of Aaron Fisher, the
fireworks have fizzled! A gathering with his closest friends has devolved into
a depressing deconstruction of the sad state of all of their love lives. Fed
up with the moaning, Aaron comes up with The Deal: They all have until next
New Year's Eve to find true love or stop whining about it. The ensuing 12
months will answer many questions: Will Patrick, Aaron's straight roommate,
who has no sympathy for anyone's relationship problems, be able to ride the
waves as his girlfriend, Vivian, decides whether she is Betty Crocker or Betty
Friedan? Having embraced her lesbianism (and turned her back on her trust
fund,) will Miranda stop vampirically sucking the life out of every romance
she encounters? Will Alexander stop dabbling with men's hearts the way he
dabbles in music and his parents' bank account? And what about Aaron? How is
he going to keep his end of the deal when the truth is, he's happy with a life
of bar buddies, gym buddies, and bed buddies even if his ex, Heath, keeps
popping up to remind him that he's almost 30 and has never known real love!
It's a year of surprises for all of them, as they take on unfaithful husbands,
vindictive rumormongers, well-intentioned stalkers, pixie drummers who write
bad poetry, and marauding palmetto bugs. But most of all, they will discover
much about themselves through the surprising, touching, and hilarious
revelations produced by a year of exploring the nature of love.
Three Fortunes in One Cookie (2005) with
Timothy J. Lambert
Phillip Powell needs a stroke of good luck. He ditched college
and fled his Mississippi Gulf Coast hometown to make a name for himself as a
painter in New York. Now, five years later, empty canvases clutter the Hell's
Kitchen apartment he can no longer afford, and his latest lukewarm boyfriend
dumps him for a poser named Stefan. Then a very special fortune cookie tells
him: Everything is about to change.
An ultimatum—and a generous offer—from his imperious
grandfather pulls Phillip back to Mississippi, where his beautiful,
sweetly deranged mother hides out in the antebellum mansion where
Phillip grew up. As he learns to make connections with his
Bible-thumping aunt, a tenderhearted leather daddy, and a high school
friend with a secret, Phillip rekindles the creative spark he was afraid
he'd lost. He also reaches out to a not-so-lost lover who inspires
Phillip to make some luck of his own.
A Coventry Christmas (2006)
Coventry, Texas—a place where the
locals are friendly and snow has been known to fall in December. And
this year, Christmas in Coventry promises the most wonderful and magical
gift of all—love!
Keelie Cannon is in danger of becoming a Scrooge. Her job at a Houston
bookstore is hardly inspiring Christmas cheer—more like a need for
double vodka martinis. Her surrogate mom, the rock of holiday
predictability, is suddenly spending Christmas in Hawaii. So, why not
grab her friends, get away from it all, and spend a nice quiet Christmas
together in Coventry? It sure beats repeats of How the Grinch Stole
Between a fractured ankle, a bawdy grandmother, and Hamlet (Keelie's
suddenly under-the-weather hamster), she and the gang are in for a
Christmas that is as unpredictable as it is merry.
And when Coventry's veterinarian starts making house calls to check on
Hamlet, Keelie wonders if this Christmas might bring her what she's
always wanted: true love...
Second Volume is in Progress
NOTE: The writing
team of Timothy James Beck is made up of four writers, who meet as a
group twice a year, but write their novels in tandem using the Internet.
It Had to Be You (2001)
In his wonderfully witty debut novel, Timothy James Beck
introduces a coy, comely Midwesterner-turned-Manhattanite whose hobbies
include acting, gardening—and lusting after the buff businessman across the
way, contemplating that age-old question...IS HE OR ISN'T HE?
Daniel Stephenson's new Hell's Kitchen apartment might
be cramped and ancient by any self-respecting gay New Yorker's
standards, but the place has its share of amenities. Take the tiny patch
of concrete just outside, which Daniel's newly discovered green thumb
has transformed into a blooming urban oasis. Take the proximity to the
theater district, where Daniel's two-timing ex-lover is starring in a
revival of "Anything Goes." And then there's the view: a straight shot
through the window of the most luscious male specimen to hit town
since—well, since Daniel himself.
Peeping and pondering Mr. Perfect's sexuality isn't all
that's on Daniel's mind these days. Until now, he's been content
strutting the stage of Club Chaos as his outrageous alter ego, Princess
2Di4. But on the eve of his thirtieth birthday, he's ready to leave
behind the only thing he's been able to depend on, shedding the sequins
and retreating to his own personal Eden to repot his Japanese Maple,
snip his spider plant, and contemplate his future.
Practically the moment Daniel turns in his tiara, he
comes face to face with his unsuspecting new neighbor—and his new
neighbor's female live-in, who may or may not be Daniel's rival.
Coincidentally, the darkly handsome Blaine Dunhill and Sheila Meyers
have just moved to New York from Daniel's hometown of Eau Claire, WI.
Even more coincidentally, Blaine happens to be looking for an
administrative assistant just as Daniel happens to be looking for the
kind of job that doesn't require mascara and a manicure.
But is Blaine also looking for love? More importantly,
is he looking for love with a woman...or with a man...or perhaps with a
man who until now made a living impersonating a woman? Determined to
conceal his risqué past while luring the object of his affection out of
the closet and into his arms, Daniel launches the biggest masquerade of
his life—as a nine-to-five commuter.
Set against the vivid backdrop of a pre-millennial
Manhattan populated by beautiful boys and sassy drag queens, Daniel's
hilarious and often poignant journey transports the readers from Chelsea
to Christopher Street to corporate cubicles, from bawdy bar rooms to
backstage Broadway to bedrooms where anything can happen. Along the way,
there are rollicking—and surprising—complications as Daniel attempts to
get a life at last...and maybe share it with someone.
He's the One (2003)
Something's gotta give for Adam Wilson. The hunky, sweet
Midwestern entrepreneur might have a dream job creating web sites for artists,
a renovated Wisconsin farmhouse, and a mom who organizes bake sales for PFLAG,
but his love life is anything but picture-perfect. The guys he dates usually
turn out to have criminal records, bankruptcy histories, personality
disorders, or wives. And for the first time in his life, Adam is ready to look
for Mr. Right instead of Mr. Right-Out-the-Door. But where to look is more the
question. It's not like bucolic, sleepy Eau Claire, Wisconsin, is exactly
crawling with adorable, uncloseted gay men. Taking a job in New York City is
awfully tempting, and when a computer company makes Adam an offer he can't
refuse, he packs his flannel shirts and heads east in a hurry.
Like lots of driven, career-focused people before him
(think Marlo; think Mary Richards; rethink the flannel shirts...) Adam
tackles the big city with farm-fresh enthusiasm, taking in the Statue of
Liberty, the Empire State Building, and tons of museums. But the most
breathtaking sight of all is Jeremy, the blond, brown-eyed beauty Adam
catches sight of in a Chelsea coffee shop. In addition to a buff bod and
a to-die-for face, Jeremy's got a few other attributes like a heart, a
soul, and a conscience. Trouble is, he may also have an annoying
boyfriend bent on turning the sexy TV actor into the yoga-practicing
equivalent of Mother Teresa with better shoes. Now that Adam's sure he's
met the love of his life, how can he get Jeremy to fall in love with
him? Catching Jeremy is going to take more than Adam's sweet-natured
While Adam chases Jeremy through New York's finest
restaurants and hottest nightclubs, the former Wisconsin jock has to
admit he's having the time of his life. Taking his own bite out of the
Big Apple, Adam discovers a truth worth fighting for ... that sometimes,
getting Mr. Right isn't about holding on, it's about letting go and
following wherever your heart leads you.
I'm Your Man (2004)
A wedding, a baby, a gossip columnist with an agenda, a glam-goth teenager, an
executive assistant who looks like Jennifer Lopez, a massage therapist, a
career change, a centuries-old rift between two New Age dowagers, and a mouthy
parrot. What do these things have in common? They all complicate the lives of
ad exec Blaine Dunhill and soap star Daniel Stephenson in Timothy James Beck's
third novel, I'M YOUR MAN. Can two nice Midwestern boys living in Manhattan
accept that sometimes being in control means letting go?
Someone Like You (2006)
-- Finalist, 2006 Lambda Literary Award for Romance
Meeting for coffee, dishing over drinks, dealing with heinous bosses, scheming
backstabbers, clueless customers, and the occasional object of desire, four
new friends are about to discover the joys of shopping for love in a place
where what you need most might just be where you least expect to find it.
When You Don't See Me (September 2007
Life has a way of finding you -- even when you're
Moonlight and Roses: Men Romancing Med (In progress),
Timothy J. Lambert
and Becky Cochrane, eds.
Fool For Love: New Gay Fiction
(2009), R.D. Cochrane and
Timothy J. Lambert, eds.
In an age of hookups and cybersex, who has time for
a little romance? For all those who think love’s gone the way of the
8-track tape comes a collection of new gay fiction designed to reignite
their belief in love and romance. Follow the travails of a dog walker
enchanted with his new client, a restaurant owner who catches the eye of
his most loyal customer, a blind date fix-up, and other seekers of the
lost flame as they stumble upon romance and a possible chance at love.
Showcasing new work from some of today’s best-known gay writers the
stories in Fool for Love are a funny, sweet, and sometimes
wrenching reminder of the joy romance brings to the human heart.
Includes: Andrew Holleran, Brandon
M. Long, David Puterbaugh,
John H. Roush,
Mark G. Harris,
Rob Williams, Sean Anniston, and
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