Now Available – The Sartorial Senator

Please pardon the temporary interruption. Thanks, again, for your patience and your support!

In The Sartorial Senator, Nick and Carter just want to go home to San Francisco after their adventures in Mexico. But, before they can sail into the Golden Gate, Nick receives a subpoena from America’s most infamous witch hunter in Washington, D.C.

Meanwhile, an old schoolmate from Carter’s childhood shows up out of nowhere and revives painful memories. Once they get to the nation’s capitol, they are plunged into helping yet another flirtatious police detective solve a curious murder that leads to some very dark places.

In the end, Nick and Carter set a trap to catch the killer and get much more than they bargained for.

Available now on Amazon!

Oops!

I made a mistake.

I sent The Sartorial Senator to press with errors.

So, I want to make sure you get the best book I can give you.

I’ve unpublished the title and am making the revisions even as you read this.

If you haven’t bought a copy, then good! I’ll post a note in the next day or so once it’s ready.

If you have bought a copy, then thank you! And I want to make sure get the best book I can give you, so before I publish this updated version, you can turn on Whyspersinc on your Kindle device or app and your copy will be updated by Amazon once the new version is available.

Don’t know if you have Whyspersinc on?

Click here. This page is where you manage your devices on Amazon.

Once you get there, follow these steps:

  1. Once you’re logged in to your Amazon account, click on Settings
  2. Scroll down and look for Device Synchronization. Turn this to ON.
  3. Just below that is Automatic Book Update (this is the important one). Turn this to ON.

That should do it.

One last important thing:

If you already purchased a copy, please forward the receipt to me at info (at) frankwbutterfield.com and I will send you a nice little thank you for doing so: the print copy of this book once it’s ready. It really is the least I can do.

Please contact me if you have any questions about this.

Many, many thanks for your patience and your support.

And… this kind of contrast can only mean one thing: BESTSELLER!

New Book! The Sartorial Senator

In The Sartorial Senator, Nick and Carter just want to go home to San Francisco after their adventures in Mexico. But, before they can sail into the Golden Gate, Nick receives a subpoena from America’s most infamous witch hunter in Washington, D.C.

Meanwhile, an old schoolmate from Carter’s childhood shows up out of nowhere and revives painful memories. Once they get to the nation’s capitol, they are plunged into helping yet another flirtatious police detective solve a curious murder that leads to some very dark places.

In the end, Nick and Carter set a trap to catch the killer and get much more than they bargained for.

Available now on Amazon!

Fictional names of fictional works in fiction

Do you like Peanuts? Not the legume but the comic strip by Charles Schultz.

I loved Peanuts when I was a kid and still do. I had a big stack of the paperbacks from the 60s that my grandmother gave me. I also always ordered the latest one every time my elementary school teacher passed around the order sheet for paperbacks.

One of my favorite story lines in the comic strip was about Snoopy’s unrequited love for Miss Helen Sweetstory, author of the Bunny Wunnies series of books.

Miss Sweetstory shows up (always off camera, of course) several times over the years. At one point Snoopy decides to write her unauthorized biography before abandoning the project in favor of chasing the Red Baron.

There’s a delightful topical humor in several of the titles:

  • The Six Bunny Wunnies and Their Pony Cart
  • The Six Bunny Wunnies Go to Long Beach
  • The Six Bunny Wunnies Make Cookies
  • The Six Bunny Wunnies Join an Encounter Group
  • The Six Bunny Wunnies and Their XK-E
  • The Six Bunny Wunnies and Their Water Bed
  • The Six Bunny Wunnies and Their Layover in Anderson, Indiana
  • The Six Bunny Wunnies and the Female Veterinarian
  • The Six Bunny Wunnies Freak Out
  • The Six Bunny Wunnies Visit Plains, Georgia

By the way, I would seriously watch the ABC Movie Of The Week production of The Six Bunny Wunnies and Their Layover in Anderson, Indiana!

I also get a big kick out of the fictional movie titles in the TV show Seinfeld:

  • Rochelle, Rochelle
  • Prognosis Negative
  • Sack Lunch
  • Chunnel
  • Blimp: The Hindenburg Story
  • CheckMate

By the way, I would seriously watch the Lifetime movie production of Blimp: The Hindenburg Story!

Rochelle, Rochelle (A young girl’s strange, erotic journey from Milan to Minsk…) comes to life when we get to see Better Midler (star of the Broadway version of the movie) sing a bit from the show:


In The Unexpected Heiress, we find out that Taylor Wells (handsome leading man) and Rhonda Darling (his beautiful co-star) are filming the all-singing, all-dancing M-G-M blockbuster extravaganza It Was Raining Then.

We don’t get many details about this movie in The Unexpected Heiress or The Amorous Attorney other than M-G-M has put a lot of money into the production and they expect big things from the production.

The name came to me as a blend of two titles: Singin’ In The Rain (the 1952 all-singing, all-dancing M-G-M blockbuster starring Gene Kelley, Donald O’Connor, and Debbie Reynolds) and It’s Raining Men (the 1984 disco classic originally performed by The Weather Girls: Izora Rhodes and Martha Wash).

Space does not allow for a deep psychological explanation of why I would mix the two other than, in my mind, I also saw this scene from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (the 1953 all-singing, all-dancing 20th Century Fox blockbuster starring Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell):

What’s your favorite fictional name of a piece of fiction in a work of fiction?

New review! 1947: When Nick Met Carter

1947: When Nick Met Carter

I saw this review yesterday and was reminded how much I love this story!

This is the charming prelude to a new series of novel. A good narrative, enjoyable protagonists and friends and family members, and best of all the author is showing us San Francisco in the period right after World War II, and the research rings trues in details of clothing and speech. I was slightly younger than the protagonists (11 years at the time), so I remember it well. The two first entries are novellas, while the next stories are full novels.

First Review! 1947: When Nick Met Carter

1947: When Nick Met Carter

First review for 1947: When Nick Met Carter!

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book – in one sitting. I bought the next one, and then the one after that, and came back online to buy the fourth. I particularly liked the hard-boiled, old fashioned detective style writing. I also appreciated the reminder of what it is like to live in a society deeply and openly homophobic and racist. Most of all, I loved this darn good story.

Hooray!

2014: Winter to Spring

2014 was the last year that I was really on the road and all over the place. Here are some pics from the first three months of that year, as I moved from winter into spring.

Everglades National Park (January 25, 2014). Not pictured: alligators in a cold-weather stupor.

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Zion National Park (February 19, 2014).

Zion National Park

Mountain pass on I-90 going over the Cascades on my way to Seattle (February 27, 2014). This was the first significant snowfall that year and there was a lot of it, all at once.

Cascades mountain pass

Rest area on I-5 in Oregon (March 7, 2014). Spring!

Spring in Oregon

Redwoods somewhere near Yreka, California (March 12, 2014). Not sure exactly where.

Redwoods

Big Sur Coast (March 20, 2014).

Big Sur Coast

Everybody dies

2008: When Nick & Carter Got Married

In the final episode of one of my favorite TV series, Six Feet Under, something quite extraordinary happened. It’s been 11 years since that episode aired, so I’m going to give away what it was: everybody died. It was a magical way to wrap the series and, to be honest, I walked around devastated for about two weeks. I remember everyone I knew who’d seen it seemed to have the same reaction. It made us think about ourselves and then, at least on my end, my nieces and nephews, and how there would be a day when they would be talking to their kids and grand kids about, “Crazy Gay Uncle Frank.”

The Nick & Carter books, like the others that I’ve written, are channeled. I sit down and watch the unfolding scenes, interpret what I’m seeing, and transcribe the dialogue. I never know what is going to happen. Sometimes I do get visions of what’s coming. And that hit me a couple of days ago when I sat down to write the first chapter of 2008: When Nick & Carter Got Married.

You may know that 2008 was when the California State Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage was legal in California. This only lasted until the next election, but that’s a whole other story.

In this first chapter that I wrote out, an 80-something Nick wakes up to his assistant Robin telling him that same-sex marriage is now legal and that it’s time to go to City Hall and get married to Carter. As Nick is getting dressed and as they’re all driving down there, he reminisces about the past.

At first, I thought this was just really interesting. Then, the next morning I realized this was the start to the final (in chronological order) book of all the Nick & Carter books because this is the one where they die.

Then the tears started. And I don’t mean an occasional tear & sniffle, I mean the full-on ugly, wrenching, I-might-break-my-face kind of crying. I finally had to call in some help so I could uncover what was really going on (and that’s another story altogether).

It feels right to share this experience. Everyone dies. And, in the light of today, I’m going back and re-reading the 1947 romance book where Nick & Carter meet. It feels wonderful to be able to see the beginning and the end and to know that filling out the middle is going to be a delicious experience!

I love these characters. And, underneath the notion of writing a book, I feel like I’m simply transcribing Nick’s story. In fact, I had a vision that… Whoops! Will save that tidbit for the book.

One last thought I’ll share:

Terry Gross: So, isn’t it a bit unusual to write a book where the main characters die before you’ve written all the other books?

New review: The Amorous Attorney

The Amorous Attorney

New review for The Amorous Attorney!

If you completely enjoyed The Unexpected Heiress, as I did, and read it in one or two days, as I did, then you’ll really enjoy The Amorous Attorney. Maybe it was just my schedule, but I was able to take my time a bit and savor all of the twists and turns. Just as with the previous, there is plenty of unexpected surprises, but this time, we get to explore them more. Never once did I say, “I saw that coming,” and never once was I disappointed. Giggles and chills will be had, as well as a Cheshire cat grin. It’s hard to not love the guys and gals in this book. I highly recommend it!

Woo hoo!

Revisiting Perry Mason

I decided to start reading the original Perry Mason novels from the beginning, so I just grabbed a copy of the very first one: The Case of the Velvet Claws, first published in 1933. I’m looking forward to the rough and tumble Perry Mason from the early years of Erle Stanley Gardner’s famous series.

In some ways, Nick Williams is similar to Perry Mason. Or, at least the early Perry Mason. For one thing, they are both operating in a grey area of the law. They often seem to be at the wrong place at the right time. I love that kind of story.

As I wrote in the Acknowledgements of The Unexpected Heiress, I’ve toyed with the idea of writing an all-gay satire novel, similar to Mabel Maney’s take on early YA mainstays: Cherry Ames, Nancy Drew, and The Hardy Boys. For starters, Perry and Paul Drake would be on-again, off-again lovers. Della Street would be right in the middle of a torrid affair with some Hollywood starlet.

I’ve even thought that the first story could be about what happens when Veda Pierce is released from prison after serving seven years in a women’s penitentiary for the murder of her step-father, Monty. A worried and frightened Mildred Pierce (with Bert — they’ve reconciled — and she’s now the C.E.O. of Mildred’s Famous Pies, Inc.) would be in Perry’s office to find out what they could do to protect Veda from her own worst enemy: herself.

That sort of thing.

Who knows? Maybe I will at that…