Show me the books he loves and I shall know the man far better than through mortal friends - Silas Weir MitchellI read with pleasure Johnny Miles's Casa Rodrigo, one of the recent romance novels proving two points: men can writing romances but above all they read and love romance. I think we will hear Johnny Miles's name in the future in this circle of romance lovers, meanwhile enjoy his Inside Reader list.
Johnny Miles's Inside Reader List
1) J.K. Rowlings "Harry Potter Series." I'm lumping them altogether because they are all connected and there isn't one that stands out more than the other for me. They're all wonderfully escapist and richly textured with characters that rich, flawed, good and evil. Plus I love how the writing style changed from book to book as Harry, Ron and Hermione grew into young adults.
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books (July 7, 2009)
Amazon: Harry Potter Paperback Box Set (Books 1-7)
Now for the first time ever, J.K. Rowling’s seven bestselling Harry Potter books are available in a stunning paperback boxed set! The Harry Potter series has been hailed as “one for the ages” by Stephen King and “a spellbinding saga’ by USA Today. And most recently, The New York Times called Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows the “fastest selling book in history.” This is the ultimate Harry Potter collection for Harry Potter fans of all ages!
2) Armistead Maupin's "Tales of The City." Here again, like the Harry Potter books, I'm lumping them all together though each book stands on it's own. The characters are utterly beautiful in their flawed state of discovery and evolving. They start with Mary Ann Singleton, who, while on vacation in San Francisco, just stays. Here again, I loved the writer's style and the way he brought the characters to life. I read them from start to finish in about a month and I cried like a baby when I read the very last one.
Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Harper Perennial (May 29, 2007)
Publisher Link: http://www.harpercollins.com/books/Tales-City-Armistead-Maupin/?isbn=9780061358302
Amazon: Tales of The City
For more than three decades Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City has blazed its own trail through popular culture—from a groundbreaking newspaper serial to a classic novel, to a television event that entranced millions around the world. The first of six novels about the denizens of the mythic apartment house at 28 Barbary Lane, Tales is both a sparkling comedy of manners and an indelible portrait of an era that changed forever the way we live.
3) William P. Blatty's "The Exorcist." This was one of the first horror books I ever read and one of the most thrilling. I am fascinated by the play of good and evil.
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell (October 1, 1999)
Amazon: The Exorcist
"The Exorcist" is the terrifying story of an 11-year-old girl possessed by an overwhelming demonic force.
4) Stephen King's "The Stand." I remember reading this book when it first came out. It got me so scared that once, when someone sneezed beside me on the subway, I got up and moved to another location.
Mass Market Paperback: 1141 pages
Publisher: Signet (May 7, 1991)
Publisher Link: http://us.penguingroup.com/nf/Book/BookDisplay/0,,9780451169532,00.html?strSrchSql=0451169530/The_Stand_Stephen_King
Amazon: The Stand: Expanded Edition: For the First Time Complete and Uncut
This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death. And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides -- or are chosen. A world in which good rides on the frail shoulders of the 108-year-old Mother Abigail -- and the worst nightmares of evil are embodied in a man with a lethal smile and unspeakable powers: Randall Flagg, the dark man. In 1978 Stephen King published The Stand, the novel that is now considered to be one of his finest works. But as it was first published, The Stand was incomplete, since more than 150,000 words had been cut from the original manuscript. Now Stephen King's apocalyptic vision of a world blasted by plague and embroiled in an elemental struggle between good and evil has been restored to its entirety. The Stand : The Complete And Uncut Edition includes more than five hundred pages of material previously deleted, along with new material that King added as he reworked the manuscript for a new generation. It gives us new characters and endows familiar ones with new depths. It has a new beginning and a new ending. What emerges is a gripping work with the scope and moral comlexity of a true epic. For hundreds of thousands of fans who read The Stand in its original version and wanted more, this new edition is Stephen King's gift. And those who are reading The Stand for the first time will discover a triumphant and eerily plausible work of the imagination that takes on the issues that will determine our survival.
5) Ira Levin's "Rosemary's Baby." One of the most brilliant horror books of all time. Tight and mysterious. The author created a very scary scenario. Besides, I wished I could live in the building!
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Pegasus (April 20, 2010)
Amazon: Rosemary's Baby
A masterpiece of spellbinding suspense, where evil wears the most innocent face of all... Rosemary Woodhouse and her struggling actor husband Guy move into the Bramford, an old New York City apartment building with an ominous reputation and mostly elderly residents. Neighbors Roman and Minnie Castavet soon come nosing around to welcome the Woodhouses to the building, and despite Rosemary's reservations about their eccentricity and the weird noises that she keeps hearing, her husband takes a special shine to them. Shortly after Guy lands a plum Broadway role, Rosemary becomes pregnant, and the Castavets start taking a special interest in her welfare. As the sickened Rosemary becomes increasingly isolated, she begins to suspect that the Castavets' circle is not what it seems...
6) John Jakes, "North & South." I like historicals and this period of American History is another one that fascinates me.
Mass Market Paperback: 812 pages
Publisher: Signet (June 1, 2000)
Publisher Link: http://us.penguingroup.com/nf/Book/BookDisplay/0,,9780451200815,00.html?strSrchSql=0451200810/North_and_South_John_Jakes
Amazon: North and South (North and South Trilogy Part One)
The bestselling saga that has sold more than 5 million copies. The books that inspired the smash-hit television miniseries. Beautifully repackaged for the Dutton hardcover release of On Secret Service--John Jakes's long-awaited return to the Civil War years...
7) Brian Weiss' "Many Lives, Many Masters." This is one of those rare books that comes along every once in a while and rocks you to the very core. I read it during a particularly bad period of my life and it changed a lot of my beliefs.
Paperback: 221 pages
Publisher: Fireside; Later Printing edition (November 1, 2004)
Publisher Link: http://books.simonandschuster.com/Many-Lives-Many-Masters/Brian-L-Weiss/9780671657864
Amazon: Many Lives, Many Masters: The True Story of a Prominent Psychiatrist, His Young Patient, and the Past-Life Therapy That Changed Both Their Lives
Dr. Brian Weiss is a highly respected psychiatrist from the mainstream of the medical establishment. Catherine is one of his most difficult cases, a twenty-seven year old woman racked by phobias and anxieties. In the course of Catherine's treatment, Dr. Weiss makes a startling discovery. Under hypnosis, she recollects, in vivid detail, events from past lives ranging from the prehistoric times and ancient Egypt to the 20th Century and the fires of World War II. Encouraging Catherine to relive her most painful experienceeven her moments of deathDr. Weiss steers her toward recovery, while his own life is dramatically changed forever. In Many Lives, Many Masters, Dr. Weiss tells the true story of Catherine her many existences, her remarkable therapy sessions, and the vision she revealed of the human mind and soul.
8) Kate Chopin's "The Awakening." Read this one in college and was instantly riveted by it. Don't know if it was the writer's style or the heroine. But I do remember disliking the ending tremendously, to the point where I flung the book across the room!
Paperback: 120 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace (May 26, 2010)
Amazon: The Awakening
First published in 1899, this beautiful, brief novel so disturbed critics and the public that it was banished for decades afterward. Now widely read and admired, The Awakening has been hailed as an early vision of woman's emancipation. This sensuous book tells of a woman's abandonment of her family, her seduction, and her awakening to desires and passions that threated to consumer her. Originally entitled "A Solitary Soul," this portrait of twenty-eight-year-old Edna Pontellier is a landmark in American fiction, rooted firmly in the romantic tradition of Herman Melville and Emily Dickinson. Here, a woman in search of self-discovery turns away from convention and society, and toward the primal, from convention and society, and toward the primal, irresistibly attracted to nature and the sensesThe Awakening, Kate Chopin's last novel, has been praised by Edmund Wilson as "beautifully written." And Willa Cather described its style as "exquisite," "sensitive," and "iridescent."
9) Darren Shan's "The Demonata Series." These are just sheer fun and plain escapism. I love Shan's writing style and although he mostly writes for young adults, I like the subject matter.
Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (May 10, 2006)
Amazon: The Demonata #1: Lord Loss: Book 1 in the Demonata series
Grubbs Grady has stiff red hair and is a little big for his age, which means he can get into R-rated movies. He hates history and loves bacon, rats, and playing tricks on his squeamish older sister. When he opts out of a family weekend trip, he never guesses that he is about to take a terrifying journey into darkness. Hungry demons and howling werewolves haunt his waking nightmares... and threaten his life.
10) John Irving's "The World According To Garp." I don't remember much about this book now. It's been many years since I read it. But I remember going around for days like I was in a different world because of it. Think I just might need to re-read!
Paperback: 528 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books (June 23, 1997)
Publisher Link: http://www.randomhouse.com/catalog/display.pperl?isbn=9780345418012
Amazon: The World According To Garp
This is the life and times of T. S. Garp, the bastard son of Jenny Fields, a feminist leader ahead of her time. This is the life and death of a famous mother and her almost-famous son; theirs is a world of sexual extremes, even of sexual assassinations. It is a novel rich with lunacy and sorrow, yet the dark, violent events of the story do not undermine a comedy both ribald and robust. In more than thirty languages, in more than forty countries–with more than ten million copies in print–this novel provides almost cheerful, even hilarious evidence of its famous last line: “In the world according to Garp, we are all terminal cases.”
About Johnny Miles: Johnny Miles first burst onto the world of gay erotica in 1985, when he published his first short story for self-abusers. Since then, his work has been in Blueboy, Numbers, Stars, Honcho, First Hand, Skin, Male Insider and, more recently, Handjobs magazines.
After several decades of experimenting with different careers – graphic designer, massage therapist, phone sex operator and human dildo – he spurt back into the world of erotica in 2008. Since then, Johnny has appeared in several porn movies, self-published three gay erotic books, and co-founded amateur, gay porn company, Horndawg Productions, Inc.
His latest release, Casa Rodrigo is available as en e-book from Loose Id Publications.
Johnny is currently working on a gay, romantic fantasy temporarily entitled “King Noble’s Request”. He’s also putting together a third collection of gay erotic stories, as well as writing three blogs, filming, editing and anything else that will make a fast buck or get him into trouble.
Johnny lives in Fort Lauderdale with his partner (and silent sufferer) of nearly 14 years, along with 3 lunatic Pugs and a prissy, Prima Donna cat.
Casa Rodrigo by Johnny Miles
Publisher: Loose Id LLC (May 11, 2010)
Publisher Link: http://www.loose-id.com/Casa-Rodrigo.aspx
Amazon: Casa Rodrigo
On a lush, tropical island inhabited by rogues, thieves and villains, where men take the law into their own hands, a father and son are thrust into tumultuous events that will change their lives forever.
Bernardo de Rodrigo is proud of his son. Alonso is handsome and winning, and everyone he meets is instantly drawn to the tall, warm Spaniard. But how could either of them have known that a forbidden love is about to claim Alonso’s heart?
Arbol, the charismatic male slave who was saved from the clutches of Raul Ignacio Martín, feels an instant connection with Alonso, the moment he looks into Arbol’s eyes, the moment they touch.
Bernardo has other things to worry about, however. He’s trying to exorcise himself of an intensely gratifying yet shame-filled sexual affair with Raul, who secretly adores Bernardo but doesn’t know how to show it.
When Raul blackmails Bernardo, their dark and sordid relationship not only threatens the bond between father and son, it places Arbol’s life in danger. Now Bernardo must make a difficult choice that could further alienate his son while Alonso must find a way to keep the man he loves.