OutLoud! to present two authors at Pridefest

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OutLoud! Books & Gifts will present two authors at this year’s Nashville Pride festival. Knoxville resident Jack Mauro and Nashville’s Erin Dutton will sell and sign their books at the OutLoud! booth throughout the afternoon of the festival.

Mauro’s book “M4M: For an Hour or Forever—the Gay Man’s Guide to Finding Love Online,” is now available, and Dutton’s first novel, “Sequestered Hearts” will be released this month.

Jack Mauro has been a columnist for OutPersonals.com since 2005. His articles on gay romance have been featured on edgenewyork.com, gaywired.com, 247gay.com, and a host of other men’s sites.

“M4M” is the first book of its kind to offer advice on online dating exclusively for gay men. When you add a heap of anonymity and a total lack of rules, the search for love online, or just a hook-up, can be challenging.

According to Mauro, “far too many men are locked in the same, unrewarding scenarios when they go online to look for love. They’re trapped in failed behaviors; “M4M” can move them forward.” Broken down into user-friendly chapters, the book offers sage advice on a range of topics, including:

  • Choosing a screenname
  • Creating an online profile
  • Chat room etiquette
  • Instant messaging do’s and don’ts
  • Taking the conversation offline

Born and raised in upstate New York, Erin Dutton moved to Nashville eight years ago. No longer a Yankee and yet not a true Southerner, she remains somewhere between the two, and is happy to claim both places as home. She has a story included in the collection, “Erotic Interludes 5: Road Games” and her follow-up novel will be released in December.

“Sequestered Hearts” is Dutton’s first novel. According to her, it’s “the story of an up-and-coming artist who suddenly disappears from her active social life, and the journalist who is assigned to find out why. When they meet, both women have their reasons for being less than candid. But in spite of those reasons, they are drawn together – until secrets come out.”

With the release of both novels and her short fiction contribution to the newest “Erotic Interludes” compilation, Dutton is solidifying her place as one of the newest star writers of lesbian fiction, a category where she is comfortable.

“Generally, lesbian fiction should be a work that features lesbian protagonists,” she has said. “More important than how we define it, however, is what it provides. It empowers us. It’s so great to read fiction that is representative of our community and the women I see around me. I didn’t have access to that when I was younger.”

“In the past, we’ve presented only one author,” said Joseph Brant, who is the book buyer at OutLoud! “one who we hoped would engage the entire community the most. We had enormous, wonderful success last year with the former NFL star Esera Tuaolo and his book, ‘Alone In the Trenches.’”

“This year we’re delighted to present two authors who not only call Tennessee home but who are building nationwide success, each with his and her first book,” he said. “’M4M’ is published by Simon & Schuster, one of the biggest publishers in the world and ‘Sequestered Hearts’ is published by Bold Strokes, which is one of the premiere publishers of lesbian fiction.”

Both Mauro and Dutton will sell and sign copies of their books at the OutLoud! booth between 1:00 and 5:00 p.m.