Ethan Stone talks Hammers and Nails

If you ever sat on the edge of your seat waiting for the two male love interests to forget about the indecisive woman and shack up with each other instead … then read on. Ethan Stone uses this stop on his blog tour to talk about some of the leading men who have inspired him in one way or another. What are some of your favorite fantasy pairings? Comment at the bottom of this post by Thursday, November 29th at 11:59 PST for your chance to win a digital copy of Subject 13 by Ethan Stone.

There’s a saying “When you’re a hammer everything looks like a nail.” In my case I see homosexual subtext in places where it probably isn’t meant to be.

In 2009 when Sherlock Holmes came out, Marie Sexton went to see it with her husband. Afterward she remarked that Holmes was obviously in love with Watson. His response… “When you’re a hammer…”

On a recent episode of Revolution there was a scene where the hero, Miles, and the bad guy, Monroe, had a tense face-off. For a moment I wasn’t sure if they were going to kiss each other, punch each other or hug each other. They ended up going with a hug, but I think it would’ve made it sooooo much better if they’d kissed.

Miles and Monroe are just one set of guys who I make up histories for. In my mind the two men were college friends who began a sexual relationship and continued in the military.

The cop partners, Esposito and Ryan, on Castle are another bro-mance I wish were a romance. Truthfully, I wish Nathan Fillion batted for my team because he is sexy as hell. Not that I’d have a chance with him but at least I could pretend I had a chance. Nathan Fillion is the epitome of hammers since he is Captain Hammer in Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. I’d love to become Captain Hammer’s arch-enemy, The Nail. I’d let him bang me all day.

My hammer and nail issue doesn’t stop with just current movies or television. I watched the 1990 movie Internal Affairs and I made up a history for two of the character. At the very beginning of movie Richard Gere counsels his cop partner William Baldwin. The way Gere touched Baldwin I was sure there had to be some homosexual subtext there. Gere grabbed Baldwin’s neck and pulled him close so their foreheads touched. They were thisclose to kissing and in my mind’s eye I saw how they had gone from partners to friends to lovers.

On a recent episode of American Dad, a teenage boy and his friends find a lost script for a new Fast and Furious movie. They are thrilled to read until they discover it has many, many gay sex scenes. It turned out that every Fast and Furious script is filmed with hardcore gay sex and then edited for America. France, however, gets the unedited version. I’d travel to France for that alone.

Apparently even actors can see the underlying homoeroticism in their characters. According to the website Val Kilmer was asked if his character in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang was his first gay character. He said yes, but only if you didn’t count Top Gun.

FYI: If you google the term homoerotic subtext you will get several links to Top Gun.

On Walking Dead there is a young straight couple who have proven that having zombies around is not a damper on their sex life. With all of society’s rules being reset wouldn’t it be a great time to allow same-sex couples to be together? People are dying left and right, zombies are being slaughtered, there’s no such thing as organized religion or legal marriage so who would deny the right for queer’s to be happy together?

Even as a young man I thought the classic vampire The Lost Boys was dripping with gayness. I know Kiefer Sutherland’s character was hot for Jason Patric’s. It just went bad when Jason stupidly decided he wanted Jami Gertz. How gay is the flick? Let us count the ways.

1-There is one female vamp in the brood and apparently none of the males are interested in her.

2-Kiefer tricks Jason Patric into drinking his fluids.

3-Jason proves his loyalty to Kiefer by piercing a body part.

4-Cory Haim sports some seriously flamboyant attire.

5-Cory opens a closet door to reveal a poster of a sexified Rob Lowe.

Case closed.

FYI: Lost Boys director Joel Schumacher, who is openly gay, is well-known for putting nipples on the bat-suit in Batman and Robin.

I don’t see anything wrong with looking for nails. Gay men and women are under-represented in modern media so it should be expected that we look for it even when it isn’t there.

Website: Ethan Stone
Buy Link: Amber Quill
ISBN-13: 978-1-61124-268-3 (Electronic)
ISBN-13: 978-1-61124-919-4 (Paperback)
Genres: Gay / Contemporary / Mystery / Detective / Suspense / Thriller
Heat Level: 3
Length: Novel (70k words / 208 paperback pages)

Luke Kincaid’s life is exploding all around him. First his lover leaves him to marry a woman, then childhood nightmares return with a vengeance.

Luke’s friendship with Ben Skinner and relationship with Kyle Morgan helps him heal his broken heart, but the nightmares, which are actually repressed memories, threaten to destroy the peace he has found.
Soon, Luke’s investigation into his past puts his life—and the lives of the people he cares about—in danger. But he refuses to give up, not even when he finds out he is connected to a massive government cover-up…


…The memory dreams visited me again. The blue men stayed blurry, though they looked more and more like men. A few of them even seemed to be carrying guns.

I could see my bedroom—the one with the space theme walls. I remembered playing with my toys. The He-Man was my favorite. I took him everywhere I went. But it was always He-Man and his faithful friend—a green-and-orange striped tiger called Battle Cat.

My dreams drifted all over the place. Times before the blue men arrived and after. I could see Fidget Bridget and a few other kids, but I couldn’t see their faces very clearly.

There was one blue man who seemed like a friend. I remembered talking to him often. The dreams were like a silent movie. I could see his lips moving, but couldn’t hear a word. I remembered handing him battle cat. When he handed the toy back to me something had changed. No, everything had changed. It was more than physical changes—the time of day, the clothes I wore. I knew the blue man could no longer be my friend. I no longer saw the smile on his face as friendly; somehow I knew he was deceiving me. He was carrying a gun, and he scared me. He terrified me. And I knew I had to run away.

The silence of the dreamscape gave way to deafening sound. I could suddenly hear everyone and everything. I was crying and screaming, and my blue man friend was yelling at me.

“Lucas! Lucas!” His voice was deep and gravelly. Just like Ben’s. I wondered what Ben was doing in my dream. Then I crossed the bridge from dreams to reality.

Ben was sitting on my bed, trying to waken me.

“Wake up,” he said.

I pushed away his arms. “I’m up.”

“Same dream?” he asked.

I nodded. “Things are getting a little clearer, but not clear enough for me to make sense of anything. Something odd did happen this time.”

“What was it?”

“There has never been sound in my dreams before. However, this time, just toward the end, there was. I could hear the voice of the blue man who had been my friend. The weird part is that his voice sounded just like yours.”

“That’s probably because I was trying to wake you up.” Ben smoothed out a blanket I had kicked off. “My voice carried over into your dream.”

“I guess that makes sense. But in my dream the blue man with your voice called me Lucas. You weren’t calling me Lucas were you?”

He cocked an eyebrow at me. “No. Why would I do that?”

I shrugged. My alarm clock read 5:30.

“I might as well get on the road. I won’t be able to get back to sleep.”

“Sounds good.” Ben stood. “Give me a few minutes and I’ll be ready.”

“Ready for what?”

“I’m going with you,” he said.

“I don’t need a chaperone, Ben.” I followed him into his room.

“I’m not going as a chaperone.” He pulled off his T-shirt and it took all my strength not to stare at his chest. Heck, it took all my strength not to step forward and run my hands down his chest.

“Then why are you going?” I asked.

“Because I’m your friend and I think you need one on this trip.”

“That’s not necessary, Ben.”

He met my gaze. “I know it’s not, but I want to, so just shut up and deal with it.”

“What about your job?”

“I haven’t taken a vacation in years. Hell, I haven’t taken a day off more than once or twice a year for the past three years. I have plenty of annual leave stored up. It’s already been cleared with my supervisor.”

“When did you talk to your boss about taking time off?”

“Last night after you went to bed.”

“You’re a sneaky bastard.”

He smiled at me, but didn’t say a word.

“I can’t talk you out of this, can I?”

He shook his head. I knew arguing was futile, so I turned and walked to the door, where I stopped and faced Ben again. The word “thanks” was on my lips, but suddenly I couldn’t speak. His back was to me and he obviously didn’t know I was still there. He had bent over to remove his underwear and presented me with a glorious view of his backside. It was a rearview to envy…

Below is my official bio with Dreamspinner Press, but I wanted to do something a little more personal. Ethan Stone is not my real name, I use it because I am not out of the closet, though my family and close friends know I am gay. However, due to the community I live in and the job I have, hiding my sexuality is a necessity at this point in my life.

I am a single father with a wonderful and aggravating teenage son. I also have two cats who think it’s their job to cover my house with their hair and a Pomeranian who thinks he’s a Pitbull.
I’ve always loved to write and one point thought journalism was my dream career. I eventually accepted that writing because I had to was nowhere near as much fun doing it because I want to.
Stories starring gay men have always been in my head but thought they would always be relegated to erotica websites. And then I discovered the wonderful world of M/M publishing.

Relationship info: Stay tuned…

Feel free to ask me any questions. Either here or through my email: If its a question I can’t or won’t answer I’ll let you know, but I’m not easily offended.
Thanks for being here and thanks for reading my stories.

Ethan Stone lives in Nevada. But not Reno or Las Vegas. There are other cities there, you know. Where he lives, gambling isn’t on every block, just every other block. He has been obsessed with two things in his life: books and all things gay. After spending years trying to ignore the voices in his head, he finally decided to sit down and listen to them. What he discovered was a perfect union of his two obsessions. Ethan has a day job that pays the bills. He wears a uniform to work and he looks damn sexy in it.


10 thoughts on “Ethan Stone talks Hammers and Nails

  1. yganoe November 29, 2012 / 5:38 am

    I adore reading your books…I have many! Great blurb and excerpt. Thanks for sharing.

  2. tmadamski November 29, 2012 / 6:37 am

    Nice post Ethan. Now I’ll be singing “If I had a Hammer…” all day. I’ll for sure be watching every TV show and movie wishing the guys would just move that… little… bit… closer.

  3. mantasticfiction November 29, 2012 / 10:11 am

    I’m totally with you on Sherlock Holmes and Watson … although the new show Elementary is pretty good, was hoping for a male Watson 🙂

  4. Westbrooke Jameson November 29, 2012 / 11:20 am

    Ryan and Esposito, yes please! I am absolutely in agreement about Nathan Fillion as well. I happily construct many an X-rated extra scene or twenty while watching Firefly on DVD 😉

  5. suze294 November 29, 2012 / 1:52 pm

    I always think the films from the Gene Kelly/Danny Kaye era looked like they Could have alternate plots! Totally agree with the sherlock comments.

  6. Penumbra November 29, 2012 / 3:03 pm

    I think I’m a hammer, lol. Have you ever listened to the terms that are used in hockey? Slashing,rimming and holding the stick? Hockey is very entertaining just waiting to hear the words and finding out who did who, lol.

  7. Gigi November 29, 2012 / 3:39 pm

    Love the blurb. Please count me in. Thanks.

  8. jyl22075 November 29, 2012 / 6:51 pm

    I always hoped for an Angel/Spike hook-up. Also I think Tony Stark and Steve Rogers would make a good couple and perhaps throw Bruce Banner in there as well. And Sherlock and Watson, naturally.

    Great excerpt and thanks for the giveaway!

    JYL22075 at gmail dot com

  9. Xara X. Xanakas November 29, 2012 / 8:00 pm

    I completely agree on The Walking Dead. Statistically speaking, they should have had a same-sex couple already.

    (And I think Daryl is a prime candidate for it…. Hey, while you’re at it AMC, since Don’s ruled out the possibility of SCDP ever getting Lucky Strikes, bring Sal back! They could use his moral compass.)

  10. Angelia Sparrow November 30, 2012 / 9:49 am

    It’s called “Slash goggles.” Some of us have been wearing them since 1980 or even earlier.
    I’m an old school Han/Luke shipper myself. Go watch the movies again… And how about K19: The Widowmaker?

    I’m of the opinion that Rick and Shane should have just wrestled for leadership, with the winner fucking the loser. The new Sherlock Holmes and the BBC Sherlock? Total fanservice with the subtext. The Avengers and X-Men didn’t even make me work for it. Smallville was so obvious that my 4 year old saw it. (Clark love him mommy/Yes, Clark loves his mommy. Clark love him daddy/Yes, Clark loves his daddy. Calrk love HIM!/Yes, sweetie, Clark loves Lex very much) She’s twelve now and I suspect there is more than one Harry/Draco fic scribbled in a notebook somewhere.
    And Rise of the Guardians? There really should not be Big!Russian!Santa/JackFrost in my head, but there so is.

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