Author, G. D. Grace’s “RIPPED & READY” Series

Growing up can be amongst the most challenging periods in our lives, however, as an African American man that challenge becomes even more complex when it is compounded with issues surrounding sexuality and self-acceptance.  RIPPED & READY is the continuing story of four childhood friends who face numerous interpersonal struggles concerning their sexual identities.  Marco Thompson, the hopeless romantic is comfortable in his own skin and searching for real love.  D’Andre Washington, the hazel-eyed, self-proclaimed ladies man, toys around with Marco’s emotions throughout the story as he jumps in between the straight world and the gay world.  Collin Clarke, wannabe thug and “gangbanger”, crosses over the line and dangles the “love” carrot in front of Marco’s face relentlessly.  Both D’Andre and Collin’s desires for Marco are always on the sexual level, and not the mental and emotional one.  The last character, Todd Berry, is the friend who returns to California after living in another state with his parents and siblings for a few years.  Like Marco, Todd is comfortable with his sexuality, but his calls for military duty keep a budding relationship between he and Marco at arms reach.

There is also an assortment of characters who interact with all four of these young men throughout the story line, whom range from parents, to siblings, to other dangerous individuals in the neighborhood, involved in the seedy and, sometimes, violent underground economy. RIPPED & READY is not just a “Gay” story, it is a story about the ups and downs of relationships across the board.

You will be able to identify with one or more character in RIPPED & READY, because you might see yourself in one of them, or you may know someone with the same characteristics, but one thing for sure, the story will capture your heart and perhaps open your mind to the struggles of a lifestyle considered taboo by too many.

Link to Author, G D. Grace’s Literary Collection: http://stores.lulu.com/enlightenment4theheart

 

Author, G. D. Grace Literary Links:

http://stores.lulu.com/enlightenment4theheart

https://author2be.wordpress.com/

http://authorgdgrace.blogspot.com/

“A Touch of Grace” Blog Talk Radio Show:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/author2beepa

CALL IN NUMBER TO SHOW: (347) 215-6245

Author G. D. Grace reserves all rights and reproduction without written permission is not permitted.  If found, legal action will be taken against the person(s) or company(s) that have cut or pasted (Plagiarized) any portion of this written document.  Author, G. D. Grace; Published © 2010 June

About G. D. Grace of California

After the release of his fifth self-published novel, “Ripped & Ready (season 3)” GD ramped up for a new endeavor in radio, and on September 2, 2010 his first #BlogTalkRadio show premiered. His first two guest were two literary colleagues from two different sides of the tracks — one a former prison inmate-hustler, single father, turned author — the other, an accredited teacher and single father first time author. The intense on-air climate of cultural differences on the show, at one point, became thick enough to slice with a butter knife, however, it was a very successful event. Despite the clash over marketing approaches both authors remained professional and the outcome was a highly entertaining and interesting show. The seasons that followed incorporated talent from all walks of creativity, so in addition to the authors, GD’s guest lineup included poets and recovering addicts, motivational speakers and entrepreneurs, filmmakers and professionals in sports training and health, and also established artists from highly successful television shows, as well as, NAACP & Grammy Winners. Many shows gave us an inside glimpse inside the lives of legends from Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Smokey Robinson, Ray Goodman & Brown, Bruce A. Hawes (extraordinary writer for the Sounds of Philadelphia), Gerald Alston of The Manhattans, The Delphonics, Howard Hewett, and Chris Jasper of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame recognized Isley Brothers. Legends of literary Stanley Bennett Clay and James Earl Hardy also brought their distinct creative prowess to the show, as did professionals from the Broadway stage. GD’s show eventually caught the attention of World Media and through this friendship many of the legends mentioned above were tapped to be guests on the show. His friend, and often times, mentor, Wayne Barros became an influential part of the legacy that he was creating one show at time. His friendship, love, and direction helped enforce an inner-confidence in GD which allowed him to stretch his producing skills so the show would have an entertaining variety for the live listener and archive listeners. Between the two audience variations the show has been listened to by over 40,000 people. It has been successful beyond GD’s wildest dreams, and as Season 6 approaches, the adrenalin within him increases. He begins assembling the guest list next month in April 2015, and…
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6 Responses to Author, G. D. Grace’s “RIPPED & READY” Series

  1. Author La'Tonya West says:

    I luv it it sounds like a great read!!!! I will definitely be checking this out!

  2. Gabby says:

    SO AM I TO UNDERSTAND THAT YOU WILL NO LONGER BE POSTING THE REST OF THIS STORY. I GOT ABOUT A DOZEN POEMS AND THOUGHTS FROM YOU…SO I KNOW YOU ARE WRITING, JUST NOT WRITING WHAT I WANT TO READ…. OH OK I GET YOU ARE A TEASE…I SEE, OK WELL THEN GET TO WRITING THE REST OF R&R, AND I MEAN WITH THE QUICKNESS..

    • Hi, Gabbs… girl, I adore you. I know, I need to put an ending on Season 3 — It’s coming… I’ve been working on it; I will post the ending on here before sending it to print… don’t worry (hugs)

  3. Toronto Byg Love says:

    GD i love ur work and i neuer left u can’t wait to finish season 3 been waiting patiently n stil waiting please make it soon..lol keep up the good work season 4 owkay…hugs

    • Toronto Byg Love — I so appreciate you for digging “Ripped & Ready”, and I also appreciate your patience. So much has been happening in my life, on the personal side (for the better), and on the literary side (for the better as well) — I’ve been so busy that I haven’t buckled myself down to complete the ending of Season 3, but I am going to do it soon. I hope things are well in your word as well… (HUGS).. GD sure does dig you… I sincerely mean that.

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