I’d like to welcome back author and friend, George Pappas, to provide details of his latest book, Dear Hef
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dear Hef, You’ve Got E-Male: The Dark Side of Internet Hook Ups Meets the Playboy Cool of Hugh Hefner in Costa Mesa, Calif. Author’s new Provocative Novel Dear Hef released Sept. 14
More than 8 years in the Making, New Novel Explores the Troubling Aspects of Celebrity Worship and One Man’s Funny, Explicit Journey into the World of Internet Sex and Dating
Costa Mesa, Calif., Sept. 10, 2011 – The dark side of Internet hook ups meets the Playboy cool of publisher Hugh Hefner in Costa Mesa, Calif. author George Pappas’ new provocative, sexy and hilarious erotica fiction novel entitled Dear Hef.
Dear Hef, which is being released as an e-book by Lazy Day Publishing on Sept. 14 and will be available in the Amazon Kindle Store, Barnes & Noble.com and other Web sites, is Pappas’ third novel. His latest novel Monogamy Sucks, about a thirty something man’s swinging lifestyle adventures, is selling well on Amazon and other sites.
Pappas recently launched a blog for his novel Dear Hef which details the origins of his novel, and includes recent interviews and information about the upcoming work.
More than eight years in the making, Dear Hef explores Pappas’ long-time admiration for Hefner through the e-mails of a fan, the book’s main protagonist, a 28-year old Long Beach man named Jimmy Rausch. Essentially, Jimmy wants to be like Hef, but he’s clueless, and nothing like the iconic publisher, which only adds to the book’s humor. However, Jimmy has a simple plan: to use the Internet in an attempt transform himself into a playboy worthy of his hero Hef. Jimmy even shares his hilarious erotic encounters or what he calls his “Playboy training” with his idol through explicit e-mails or e-males. What Jimmy fails to realize is that his naughty adventures with women he meets online truly border on the ridiculous and the absurd, and hardly live up to Playboy’s sexy and cool tradition. Yet by the novel’s close, Jimmy continues to hope for a coveted invitation to the Playboy Mansion from Hef himself.
“Since I had my first Playboy Magazine subscription in my mid teens, I have been fascinated with the Playboy mystique, and the interesting and unconventional life of publisher Hugh Hefner,” said Pappas, a Costa Mesa resident and Costa Mesa High School graduate. “Hef and his magazine represent for me (and many others) a peek into a sexy, wonderful, hedonistic and classy world that fueled my adolescent and later adult dreams.”
Pappas said inspiration for his novel is actually a literary one — Ring Lardner’s dark and comedic short story Haircut. Haircut is told by a barber while giving a haircut to a customer. The barber relates a series of shocking anecdotes revealing that he is a closed-minded, uptight citizen, and condones the harassment of those who don’t fit into the strict community standards of the town he lives in. However, the barber remains oblivious to how he looks to the reader as he tell his troubling and ugly tales.
“I have admired Lardner’s story since I first read it in my high school English class,” said Pappas. “I thought it might be interesting to create a character that shared his wild tales of desperation with Hef via the modern convenience of e-mail. Jimmy is pretty much as clueless as the barber in Lardner’s story in that he doesn’t realize how embarrassing and pathetic he looks in comparison to Hef’s cool example and lifestyle.”
The entire novel is told through a series of e-mails between Jimmy and his lovers, and those Jimmy sends to Hef to keep him updated with the progress of his so-called “Playboy training”. Jimmy’s female lovers are also given a voice in this novel as their e-mails are forwarded to Hef and hence shared with the readers.
Yet the highlight of the book is Jimmy’s hilarious e-mails to his hero Hef.
“That is the core of my novel and what makes it unique from any other erotica book out there right now, “ Pappas said.
Pappas added that Dear Hef does have some similarities with his previous novel Monogamy Sucks in that it is another strong dose of a real life humorous erotica.
“Internet hook ups are pretty much the norm these days. People of all ages are using the Internet to find sex, dating, companionship, and friends,” said Pappas.
According to some surveys and experts, the main reason hooking up is so popular among younger people in their teens and twenties is that in the United States and other Western countries, the age at which people marry for the first time has been steadily creeping up.
“My character Jimmy is more naive, younger and oblivious than Jake Dalmas, the protagonist of Monogamy Sucks. Unlike Jake, it is debatable whether Jimmy learns anything by the end of Dear Hef, which has a much darker and hilarious ending than Monogamy Sucks. But Dear Hef is still funny and sexy, and Jimmy does share some of Jake’s sarcastic wit and humor in describing his sexual foibles and his encounters with the women he meets. I once again leave nothing out or hold anything back in addressing sexual and controversial topics.”
Pappas said he had been writing his novel off and on since 2003 while he also worked toward eventually getting his latest novel Monogamy Sucks published.
“This book project is very loosely based on my own Internet adventures,” Pappas said. “but it is still a work of fiction. I wanted to honestly show the good, bad and ugly of Internet sex and dating as I did with swinging in Monogamy Sucks. I was curious to find out if the Internet would make finding sex and lovers easier, but I have discovered that online life is no different from off line life. The same principles apply. Sex and dating is never so simple.”
Pappas said he has written a paranormal erotica story for a print anthology entitled INDULGENCE that comes out Oct. 19 by Lazy Day Publishing. Pappas also has started a sequel to Monogamy Sucks, and he is also planning a sequel for Dear Hef to come out in the next couple of years.
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Congratulations George on the release of Dear Hef. I’ve picked up my copy already and can’t wait to read it! I invite all readers to comment and offer George best wishes for his success.
George Pappas is a Los Angeles-based novelist, blogger, poet and lyricist. Lazy Day Publishing released his novels of erotic fiction Monogamy Sucks in December 2010 and Dear Hef in September 2011 as e-books. Monogamy Sucks explores intriguing notions about monogamy, relationships, casual sex and the swinging lifestyle. In Dear Hef, the dark side of Internet hook ups meets the Playboy cool of Hugh Hefner. Hilarity ensues as the book’s protagonist Jimmy Rausch shares his sordid tales with his hero Hef through E-male in this sexy novel of online sex and dating. In addition, Pappas is writing a story for a paranormal erotica print anthology entitled Indulgence also set to be released by Lazy Day Publishing in October 19, 2011.
Pappas is a lifelong resident of southern California and has been writing fiction since he was 15. When he’s not writing, Pappas enjoys traveling, music, reading his favorite novelists Henry Miller and Anais Nin, watching films, exploring life’s many adventures and pleasures, and living near the ocean.
George was originally interviewed for Inside the Author’s Mind on Feb. 18, 2011.