Last Call in Wonderland by Rob Browatzke :: New Release and Exclusive Chat
Title: Last Call in Wonderland
Author: Rob Browatzke
Publisher: Self Published
Published: 4 August 2019
Cover Design: Alexandria Corza
Length: 62,000 words 330 pages
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Wonderland is the hottest club in River City, but it’s time to close. It’s a different world now, and club owner Chester doesn’t see Wonderland having a place in it. What will that mean for resident bartender and hotty bottom Brandon Sweet? Or for headliner, the Queen of Hearts? Or customers like Jesse and Colton, whose open relationship and threeways are the stuff of legend? This group of friends navigate the changes in their lives until one night when everything changes for good.
INTERVIEW WITH ROB BROWATZKE
Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m 42, single, and – gasp – a homosexual. I’m also sober since 2011.
What would people be most surprised to know about you?
Before diving into nightlife as a career, I did waste four years getting a Bachelor degree. The academics got somewhat derailed by the Quest for College Dick.
How do you relax?
I love sinking into a hot bath with a good book.
How long have you been writing and what made you fall in love with writing?
I have been writing since I can remember. Creating worlds was an amazing escape at times when I really needed it.
Did you always want to be a writer?
What are your ambitions for your writing career?
To run out of stories before I run out of years.
Why did you choose to write GLBTQ romance/fiction?
“Own voices” I guess. What do I know about straight people? (Although I do have man-on-woman action in the next book after this!)
Do you write any other genre?
The Holey Bible is comedy, and the Orb of Neverland is kids fiction… I should really put it out under an alias.
Describe a scene in your writing that has made you laugh or cry?
This current book has a lot. I forced myself to channel a lot of experiences with grief and loss and I think that authenticity comes across in the later scenes of this book when the characters are exploring those themes themselves.
Give the readers a brief summary of your latest book or WIP.
A gay bar really becomes a home and family to its staff and customers. This book begins with the news that these people are losing that home. While processing that, they brunch and hook up and date and fight, all that small d drama, and then something happens that puts that all in perspective.
What genre does it fall in?
General gay fiction
Will we be seeing these characters again any time soon? Is this book part of a series?
You can see more of them in the first two, and there will definitely be future cameos. I think the fictitious River City will be home to many stories from this point on.
Which actor would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?
Ben Baur (from Hunting Season, #Adulting, etc) would make a great Brandon I think.
When/where is your favorite time/place to write?
It’s a stereotype, but I’m one of those guys sitting at a coffee shop banging away.
What was the last book you read? What did you like about it?
Rebecca Makkai’s The Great Believers – and it was an amazing look into the 80s AIDS crisis, which it turns out, not a lot of authors have explored in fiction. Starving for more like it right now, honestly.
Have you held any interesting jobs while you worked on your books?
Honestly, nightlife is very interesting and of course shapes these stories. Bits and pieces of characters from my real-life bar definitely factor in. And Yes, the real-life Brandon is THAT hot.
What hobbies do you have outside of writing?
Reading. Words are great. I love savouring other people’s stories as much as I love sharing my own. Well… almost.
Jesse Sterling liked dick.
There was no denying that. If there was a twelve-step program, he’d be standing there saying, “My name is Jesse Sterling and I’m a cockaholic,” and he would have been saying it proudly.
Jesse sucked his first dick at thirteen, and he was hooked. All those after school specials about drug dealers who gave new customers that first hit for free? That was Jesse with dick. He was hooked from the first time a guy’s hard dick touched his lips.
He liked all dick: big ones, small ones, cut ones, uncut, curved, straight. He even liked soft ones because he knew they wouldn’t stay that way for long. Not around him.
Through his teenage years, he got his hands (and mouth, and ass) on as much dick as possible. He got them out, got them hard, and got them off. Nothing made him as happy as discovering a new dick and what made them cum. Every dick was unique in how they liked to be stroked or sucked or ridden, but one thing they all had in common…. they were all beautiful.
Well, not all, he sometimes reminded himself. There’d been one that was just…just not good. That had been long ago though, and there’d been dozens of dicks since to wash the taste out of his mouth. Literally.
And then he had met Colton.
Colton Wainford was perhaps the only other man on earth who loved dick as much as Jesse. And Colton’s dick? Perfection. Perfect length. Perfect girth. Perfect rigidity. Simply, perfect.
That they had found each other, that of all the gay bars in all the world, they had walked into the same one on the same night, and paused to take in each other’s sculpted bodies before stumbling and tumbling into a bathroom stall to appreciate each other’s dicks, that was also pretty perfect.
That bar had been Wonderland, nearly a decade earlier, and that’s why, when Brandon texted with the news of pending closure, Jesse had thrown his phone onto the couch, and exclaimed loudly. “Fuck! That sucks dick!”
“What does? Who does?” Colton called from the bedroom. “And do I get some too?”
Rob Browatzke has been writing for as long as he can remember, and is pretty darn excited for someone else to be reading his stuff finally! When it comes to gay bars and booze and drugs and drama, he knows what he’s talking about. He came out in the mid-90s, and liquor and drama went hand in hand. He has 20+ years of experience working in gay clubs in Edmonton, Alberta, and his current Wonderlounge is every bit as amazing as Alex’s Wonderland. Rob is now 8+ years clean and sober, although there’s still a bit of drama once in a while, for old times’ sake.