I received an email advising me about "Solomon's" new ventures. According to Wikipedia "Solomon", who I thought was a famous king of Israel, turns out to be a pop recording artist, rapper, producer and songwriter based in San Diego. He is also the founder of SolRay Records. And he's gay! (Like - is that even necessary to say in this day and age. When was the last time you read that a singer was 'Straight'?)
I'm old and live in China so naturally I had never heard of this 'Solomon' and it wasn't until I read the Wikipedia information that I became impressed - and jealous of the man's success. It turns out that in addition to all of the above, 'the man' has written a novel set for a 2014 release. If you've never tried to write a novel you have absolutely no idea how difficult it is to do for it is far more than just putting words on paper. Did anyone read my novel? No! Why? Because after a year of writing and having it torn to shreds by a literary editor I spent another year trying to fix it and it was still rubbish! And I had heaps of free time.
This boy seems hardly to have had any time to scratch his 'you know what' - his records - since his general exposure to the entertainment world. (Does he even have time for a boyfriend?)
Solomon's novel 'Why Boys Cry' is about a New York City male escort who in an attempt to quit a lucrative business to attract his best friend, ends up exposing salacious secrets that threaten the lives of everyone around him.
Dark, humorous and witty, Why Boys Cry is the first of three novels by Solomon, narrated by 29-year-old Hunter. Candidly told through Hunters own words, Why Boys Cry simply highlights a young man in a colorful occupation trying to find himself. Set in New York City, the novel actively uses both Manhattan and Brooklyn as not only the setting, but characters as well.
The synopsis of the novel I received provides this insight:
Frequenting Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, Hunter is just trying to fit in. After suppressing his emotions for nearly a decade, he tries desperately to garner the attention of his best friend Michael. Unemployed, drowning in student loans and sharing an apartment in Brooklyn with five roommates- Michael isn't exactly the type of man that Hunter dates. Wanting to leave behind his elite clientele; an international fashion designer, a chatty television executive and a Wall Street corporate attorney, Hunter realizes that just like him, every desire has a price.
After landing his dream job, Michael invites Hunter to dinner one night to meet his new boss Estelle. Powerful and beautiful, Estelle is determined to get married, which is why she threatens to fire Michael if Hunter continues to sleep with her fiancé. Fearful of Michael finding out, Hunter is quick to oblige. Just as Hunter is one step closer to confessing his love for Michael, his best friend suddenly begins dating the hottest guy in New York City- Gaston.
With his chiseled abs and movie star face, Gaston is the newest poster-boy for the hottest fragrance this season - Boom! A master at keeping secrets, Hunter realizes his indiscretions are starting to damage all the people he cares about as it becomes clear Gaston is using Michael as leverage to get what he wants from Hunter. A plan that has been in the works for years.
Responsible for all the chaos, Hunter strikes up a deal with Gaston in an honest effort to save Michael. It all comes to an abrupt halt one night, when Hunter realizes when you make a deal with the devil, he always comes to collect.
According to Solomon, he didn't want the book to be about sex or about being gay but about being in your late 20's and questioning yourself - asking yourself if you made the right decisions in life.
"I don't want people to just read the book, but I want them to view the book as well. Experience it on various technology platforms, including music and visual art. I want a soundtrack to accompany the book along with short art videos to get my younger fans excited about reading." said Solomon.
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Logo TV's NewNowNext and VEVO are premiering the latest music video Solomon for his current single, "The Way We Were."
Posted by R.P. BenDedek