Tricks of the Trade by Ben Tyler
A Novel: In Gay Hollywood, It's Not Who You Know, It's Who You Do...

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"An intoxicating cocktail composed of equal parts delicious name-dropping gossip, venomous Hollywood satire, and steamy boy-meets-boy action." --Publishers Weekly

In this sharply written debut novel, Ben Tyler spins a wickedly witty, name-dropping yarn of a spurned studio publicist who's determined to leave no stone unturned--and no closet unopened--in his quest for vengeance...
Being gay in Hollywood is never easy but, thanks to his homophobic female boss, Bart Cain's life is a living hell. The disgruntled staff writer would like nothing better than to retire to a picturesque Scottish village--preferably with a hot literary career and a hotter houseboy at his beck and call. But first, he has an axe to grind with Shari Draper, Sterling Studios, and the industry in general. If Bart's going down--and not in the way he usually prefers--then he's hell-bent on taking the whole damned town with him. . .
Bart isn't the only would-be writer in town--and concocting screenplays isn't Rodrigo Dominguez's only talent. The lusty Latino hustler is the epitome of Bart's wildest fantasies--and with any luck, Bart might just be able to help him realize one of his. Rod's convinced that his big break is finally on the horizon, courtesy of Bart's studio connections--and a fateful introduction to Jim Fallon. . .
One moment, the all-American actor was on top of the world playing prime time's foremost, squeaky-clean macho sitcom dad. The next, Jim's homemade sado-masochistic porn videotape is leaked to tabloid television, outing his appetite for virile young guys. Jim might have hit rock bottom in unforgiving La La Land, but he isn't the only closeted icon who's seen and done it all. Now, in a drunken, sexual stupor, he's about to tell it all--with a little help from Bart and Rod. . .
The stage is set for the trio of tinseltown tattletales to wreak havoc on a cutthroat industry where everyone has a hidden agenda and a scandalous secret--even Scary Shari. As Bart's vendetta plays out against a colorfully realistic backdrop, he can't help wondering if he and Rod have stumbled across something that, in this town, is far more elusive than superstardom--and whether partners in crime might just become partners for life. . .

About Ben Tyler

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Tyler works for a major motion picture studio in Hollywood. He is also a freelance writer and the U.S. correspondent for an international London-based theatre magazine.
Published July 11, 2013 by Kensington Books. 294 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction, Erotica. Fiction

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In an effort to help Rod's writing career, Bart escorts him to a party filled with movers and shakers at the home of TV star Jim Fallon.

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