-Out April 17-
Close friends Allan and Warwick are dead. They’re not crazy about the idea so to help them deal with this dilemma are Samantha, a blond bombshell from the 1950s, and Guy, an insecure angel.
Allan also has a secret. He has a romantic crush on his friend, Warwick, but shortly after confiding in his new angel pal, his love interest falls for the cock-sure playwright, Pedro.
Not only does Allan have to win the heart of his companion, he also has to grapple with the faded memory of how he actually died.
Excerpt from Drama Queens with Love Scenes (Actors and Angels Series, Book One):
Guy was still dragging me along the streets of the Limelight Quarter. The crisp night air was reviving my spirits, albeit through my drunken stupor. Many colorful folk whisked past, some briefly staring at us as they made their way.
“You realize Pedro will be there,” I said.
“That’s why we’re going to call Warwick to come downstairs. You need to talk privately.”
We arrived outside of their balcony. I rubbed my arms to keep warm as Guy placed his hand on my shoulder.
“Warwick!” I yelled. “Are you there?”
There was no answer. A couple adorned in bohemian black, stopped in their tracks the moment I shouted to my ex-lover.
“Broken heart,” whispered Guy to the interested onlookers.
“I understand,” replied the woman. She looked up to her man. “Poor thing.”
“Go on, Allan, call out again.”
“Warwick! Warwick! I love you.” My voice echoed from the building as I looked to my angel friend. He nodded and caressed my shoulder. The couple nodded as well. “Warwick, are you home? I need to talk to you. Will you come down, please?”
“Keep going, Allan.”
“I really need to talk to you. I have so much more to say to you. I should never have let you walk out of my door the other night. I’ve wanted to talk to you so many times during the last few days, but there’s nowhere private at the theater. Plus I’d probably break down, which is not a good look when you’re wearing white grease paint.”
A few onlookers came out from their balconies. I glanced at Guy who was joined by a small audience. Some parents had let their kids stay up well after bedtime, and their freckled little girl was giggling at me. Her mother shushed her so she sat on the ground, sulking.
“Don’t worry about it, Allan. Just go on.”
“Yes, we’re right behind you,” said an elderly lady with bad teeth. “You make him listen.”
“Warwick, I love you, and I know you love me. You told me so. You said you’ve been waiting all year for me to make a move, and as you know, I’ve been waiting for you to make that move too.”
“You tell him, love!” interrupted the old woman.
My support team began to chant Warwick’s name. I was empowered. I encouraged them to clap their hands in time. They did. There was about ten of them now, and their support gave me a warm glow in that frosty breeze. However, Guy looked worried.
“Allan, shouldn’t you wait until he comes downstairs?”
“My dear friend, Warwick is a coward. I know he’s up there, but he’s too scared to come down because he doesn’t want to hurt that imbecile’s feelings. The very imbecile who tried to hurt me physically during his dumb-arsed play!”
“No one should ever break your heart,” alleged a handsome older gent behind me.
“Thank you.” I turned back to address my ex-lover. “Now listen here, Warwick! You told me that you’d been waiting for me to make a move. I did. We made love over and over under that so-called playwright’s nose. And what happens when the going gets good? You freak out. What the hell for? Was the sex that bad that you preferred old teensy-dick instead? Was it all getting too intense for you? Is that the reason?” The crowd became quiet as I felt the bitter cold again. “Were you too scared of being in love? Too much intimacy for your murky heart to deal with? Too much real emotion for your juvenile soul to cope with? Too much effort to be in love with someone who’s madly, deeply in love with you? Too much…” I shuddered. “Too much…”
Guy grabbed me from behind as I felt my legs give way. He eased me to the footpath and shielded me with his wings. I howled, before tears streamed down my face.
“It’s okay, Allan,” said the angel. “This is a big step for you.”
“He doesn’t love me, Guy. He doesn’t love me the way I love him.”
“I don’t think that’s true.”
I began whimpering like a child being punished.
REVIEWS of the PREVIOUS EDITION:
Thanks to Dan for his 4 Star Review
“… and suddenly I realized I liked the story and before I knew it I was at the end of the book. If I hadn’t kept reading I would have missed lines like “I could have worn lederhosen and masturbated, he wouldn’t have noticed.” That line sticks in my head because I can honestly say I’d never once in my life pictured some dude in lederhosen masturbating…now it is stuck there!”
Thanks to On Top Down Under for Kazza’s 4 Star Review
“I can’t say a whole lot about the well named and equally well written Drama Queens With Love Scenes because it would be a spoiler and it is a book best enjoyed by the individual reader.”
Thanks to author Nathan Burgoine for his review in Chelsea Station Magazine:
Kevin Klehr has crafted a wonderful new world for these characters–a glittery, fabulous, and just a little bit catty eternity that lends itself to the seeds of theatre pop culture, history, and themes he weaves into the narrative.
Thanks to Amos Lassen for his tongue-in-cheek review:
I suppose I would classify this as a m/m romance but it is much more than that. It is a parody/satire on how we live and love but sent in a heavenly place; the last train station before eternity. The novel also is about looking at and evaluating relationships with others and with ourselves.
Klehr has created some wonderful characters and his prose style immediately pulls us into the story and actually into the characters who actually become our friends. I had a great time reading and I believe you will as well.
Thanks to Ulysses Dietz for his 4 star review at the Prism Book Alliance website
“I don’t want to reveal too much about who these supporting characters are, because those revelations are part of the pleasure in discovering the oddball world that Klehr has created. I will say, because we meet him right away, that there is a beautiful gay angel named Guy. Who can’t fly. I really loved him; he becomes the emotional lynchpin of the book.
Something that makes me fond of Drama Queens with Love Scenes is that it flouts m/m convention throughout. It is clearly a love story, but it is not the sort of highly choreographed plotline that the m/m market seems to want…”
Thanks to author Carrie F Shephard for her 5 star Amazon review
By the Gods, I loved this book. And when I say I loved this book it’s because I also HATED this book.
So many emotions were brought up within me when I read it that I don’t even know where to start this review. But that, as a reader, is a good thing. Right? The story was brilliant. The imagery was perfect. The characters were so real to my own life that I wanted to reach into the pages and strangle them.
Kevin Klehr managed to craft a story so realistic as to be both enlightening and frustrating at the same time. I wish I could describe why, but to do so would give away too much about the ending. Rarely, RARELY, do I give a book five stars. But this time I do.
Would I recommend this book to everyone? No way. Would I recommend it to my LGBT friendly friends? Absolutely. I’ve heard rumours that there’s a second book coming. This reader cannot wait to pick up a copy and get just as lost as she did in the first one.
Thanks to Kim Heimbuch for her 4 star review
The cover and title are profoundly misleading to the enchantment you’ll uncover once you crack open the pages and dive in. Who says being dead has to be anything except fabulous… and all to like the life of the living. This Gay Satirical Romance story will pull at your heartstrings, leave you all a flutter, and remind you to never settle, even if you’re dead! And to have fun!
Alan is that guy that defines the majority of humans; gay or straight. Often we go through lives not taking chances or chasing after our dreams only to find our life abruptly ended with so many unfulfilled dreams. But why? Klehr gives the readers back some of those choices in a fun loving and humorous way all while getting down to business and drowning in juicy drama that gays know best!
The characters are easy to connect with and all have such flamboyant personalities that you’d be amiss to not think it’s just another typical night out with the boys. With feelings finally surfacing, and new intrigues entering into the picture, things just might not be so bad after all.
Hopefully Klehr hasn’t put his pen away just yet and has some more wickedly dreamy stories to share with the world as the LGBT literature is starting to really take off, especially in America, and he certainly has a flair for writing! So, pick up this book, make some tea, and settle in because it’s going to be a bumpy ride!
Thanks to Amazon Reviewer Carole Wyatte for her 5 star review.
Kudos to author, Kevin Klehr who has penned the most original love story I’ve ever read. Drama Queens and Love Scenes is amazing in that the characters are dead, yet full of sass and mystery. However, dead is not dead boring, but rather a dramatic adventure in a heavenly theatre troupe.
Not everyone is cool with being in the great beyond. Help arrives in the form of a shy angel and beautiful blonde bombshell who never quite became a movie goddess. Our central characters Alan and Warwick are best friends. The main issue is, besides being dead, that Alan never confessed his romantic feelings to Warwick while alive. It may be too late because apparently, you can hook up in the afterlife and Warwick already spotted his next crush.
Author Kevin Klehr spins a tale full of words not said, dreams pushed aside and love not realized. It is a fun, but at some points becomes a heart-wrenching story. The reader wants Alan to succeed in the afterlife. After all, he did miss his chance in actual life. What I like best about the story was that it evolved as opposed to settling for cardboard characters and rushing through the scenes. Klehr shows a deft hand with both dramatic timing and the handling of his characters.
Drama Queens and Love Scenes is well worth reading. If I had to classify the genre, I would call it Gay Romance. Honestly, it is a love story that anyone could appreciate. If you are a theatre freak, it doesn’t get any better.
Thanks to Thommie for the 3 1/2 Heart review.
This is the story of Allan. His unrequited love for Warwick, a beloved friend, a coveted lover, a soul mate almost lost forever. This is the story of Allan and his growth as a man, his lesson of first loving oneself and then charge forward for the love of your soul. This was an incredible story about human fears, told in a strange way, behind riddles and delicious drama.
Thanks to Crystal for her 4 Purple Heart review.
I really did enjoy this story but it took me to adjust to the authors creative style. When I say that this book is not a normal read, I meant just that. You have to have an open mind in reading this story. But once you dive in you won’t be disappointed.
Thanks to author Victoria Zagar at the Infinate Love blog for her recent 4 Star review
There’s something about Drama Queens With Love Scenes that drew me in right away. Perhaps it was the nature of this version of the Afterlife where drinking, flirting and drama is the norm, or perhaps it was Allan’s witty insights on the strange things he sees that made me realize that Drama Queens With Love Scenes is like no other M/M romance I’ve ever read.
Told in first-person from Allan’s perspective, we get to see his take on the weird world of the Afterlife and his views and suspicions about the strange characters he meets along the way. Often funny and moving, I found the first-person perspective made the story more intimate than if it had been told in typical third-person narrative. The characters are all well fleshed out, with a strong supporting cast. We have Guy, the angel who can’t fly, Pedro, egotistical yet a poor playwright and of course Warwick, the object of Allan’s affections who can’t seem to make up his mind whether he loves Pedro or Allan.
As the drama unfolds, Allan grows as a person, learning to depend on himself and fight for what he wants out of life, earning Warwick’s love. The surprising conclusion was both heartwarming and a little sad, but this is no tragedy – we are left with the knowledge that both of these characters will end up living happily-ever-after.
If you’re looking for a dramatic, campy take on the Afterlife with some sweet romance, drama and laugh-out-loud humor, I highly recommend Drama Queens With Love Scenes. The author states that he is working on a sequel, and I personally am looking forward to it. This was a wonderful read to light up a dismal weekend and comes highly recommended.
I enjoyed this book. It was fun with some interesting ideas thrown in. I wondered what genre it fits into, though. Is there a section called Fiction for Open-minded People?
A couple find themselves in Heaven, or more like a sorting house in the Afterlife, where you need to resolve unfinished business before moving on. It’s divided into districts and you can live in your ideal neighbourhood – in this case they end up in the Limelight Quarter for people interested in the theatre. Things quickly go wrong when Allan’s supposed soulmate, Warwick, runs off with another man. In case you hadn’t guessed, yes, it’s about a gay couple.
But I hope people wouldn’t be put off by that. I’m straight and it didn’t bother me at all. It’s a very entertaining read. And there’s so much more to it than most people would expect at first glance.
I wouldn’t necessarily lump it into the Romance genre, either. Yes, it has romantic moments, but it is more a case of examining relationships and values in one’s life. For example, the importance of communication and trust, or doing things without worrying about its popularity, but rather putting aside one’s ego and doing what you believe is right or best. It also suggests that a true soul mate would always be there for you, even in the Afterlife.
Would it be classed as Humour? Yes, it’s funny, with some wickedly hilarious lines, but it doesn’t set out to be merely a comedy.
A cast of wonderful characters and not all gay. The character of Guy, Allan’s guardian angel, was one of my favourites. A really cool angel who is not spotlessly white perfect, (much more human), but is like a best mate who listens calmly and quietly to your problems without adopting a holier-than-thou attitude and always responds selflessly with your best interests at heart.
It would be a sin if this book was merely relegated to gay fiction. Be a devil and discover this heavenly story.
Thanks to Kirsty Vizard at All In One Place for her unique 4 Heart review
I am still puzzled by this book!! There were points in the story at which I wanted to have an Allan-type tantrum, slam my Kindle closed and never return to the book; then I would be so captivated by the plot and fall so deeply in love with the characters (READ: Allan and Guy!!) that the thought of being without them was overwhelming!
This book is testament to the fact that love is an emotion we have no control over, and I was unconvinced by Allan’s relationship with Warwick – or maybe yet just Warwick’s character itself. Their friendship is unhealthy, seemingly based purely on needs and desires, and hardly symbiotic. Warwick is one of the more selfish characters of the story which is why I felt he and Pedro deserved each other!
I would like to say now that I have made a special request for my very own Guy-angel!! I love him and hope that he has his own starring role in the Drama Queens sequel . . .but why oh why Mr Klehr couldn’t he and Allan have their very own HEA???!!!
Allan was like a child who needed shouting at some of the time but at others I loved his emotion, the humour he shared with Guy, the hotness and the self-confidence he gained! His ending was amazing, and I am so excited to see where Kevin Klehr takes him in the sequel.
Drama Queens and Love Scenes is set in an original and imaginative world of the author’s creation, with a variety of character’s ranging from the vindictive to the fun. The book is steamy, yet also emotional, and one I would definitely recommend.
Thanks to Emily at the Sharing Links and Wisdom blog for her 4 Star review
This was a funny, heart-warming read that surprised me. I admit, when I read the blurb, the main thing that grabbed my attention was the mention of theatre. As a thespian, I was looking forward to reading a comedy romance set in the world of theatre.
I know that some people complained that the characters and that events in the book were too over the top, but for me, it worked…
All in all though, this was a great story not only about the wonderful world that is theatre, but it was also a story about discovering oneself. I’m officially in love with Allan, and Guy just stole my heart as the little angel who was never taught how to fly. I highly recommend this story, especially to anyone who’s a fan of comedies or the theatre.
Thanks to Two Girls Reading for their 5 Star review
Oh how I loved this book. The humour was right up my alley and the drama was never ending. Within the first few chapters my mouth was literally agape. How could he do that…and of course the perspective is entirely Allan’s’.
In that first chapter you are bombarded with this new idea of heaven, an angel with issues, and a snop to say the least. Then of course there is the lovely decor, different sections within heaven, which of course only add depth to this book; but for me it was the humor within the story that I loved so much. Of course not to say I didn’t LOVE this story but the author had this amazing way of giving even the heavy moments a bit of fluff.
I absolutely hate giving spoilers so I will end with saying that this book was amazing and I hold this author high in ranking. I look forward to reading more books from him and I highly recommend you read this one.
Thanks to ‘World of Diversity’ reviewer Sean Norris for his 4 Star review
Wow, what a different type of book! I truly enjoyed the tales of Allan trying to reconnect his love for Warwick. I love Guy out of all characters. He was so sweet and knew how to handle the tough situations. After all, he was an angel. I really wanted to see Guy got his happy ending. There were so many stories behind Guy and I hope there will be more of it in a sequel.
The drama between Samantha, Pedro, Guy, Warwick and Allan were fun to read. I could totally imagine this book hit the screen. Maybe it would one of those days. It’d be a great film to watch as well.
Thanks to Amazon reviewer Pati May for her very original 5 Star Amazon review
I’m speechless… Wow! What an ending?!…. It left me absolutely speechless!….
Please bear with me because overall this is going to seem like a very contradictory review but please just note that I gave it a 5 star rating which my friends know is something that I rarely do.
I cannot tell you the number of times that I almost placed this on my “did not finish” shelf. From the beginning this story is very confusing and contradictory. Which I generally don’t like. Written in a very lyrical prose type writing that I also generally dislike. Containing a bunch of characters that I mostly disliked. Even the ones that I did like I wanted to smack upside their heads hoping to knock some sense into them.
However, despite all those things that sound so negative this book ended up blowing me away! I can’t say much without giving something away, which I refuse to do. You must experience Allan’s story step by step for yourself. Just know that in the end it’s a truly astounding journey that you’ve been witness to.
Thank Mr. Klehr so very much for writing such a wonderful story!
Thanks to Amazon reviewer T.J. Burzynski for reading the novel in one day.
When I saw the title of this book and read the little description, I was not really expecting what I actually got. I was expecting ‘Nelly, Gay Fluff.’ Instead, I got a truly magical story with a lot of heart, well thought out and memorable characters, an intriguing plot and a ‘heavenly’ setting.
The book did start out a little slow and kind of scattered, but once the main story and the plot was established, I could NOT put the book down! I read the entire book in one day. I was engrossed in the story wholeheartedly. I gave a damn about the characters, they were not stereotypical gay cardboard cut-out ‘queens’ that I usually read about in gay fiction. They behaved like real people and it was so refreshing! The little mystery sub-plot was a lot of fun to read and try to figure out.
If you want to read a real Gay Fiction book, with a real plot, real characters and just the right amount of humor, sadness, intrigue, romance and naughty bits, READ THIS BOOK. I cannot wait for a sequel!
Thanks to Annette Gisby for her 4.5 star rating:
This was a fun-filled romp through a theatrical afterlife, or as Guy the angel puts it, The Limelight District. While Allan pines for Warwick from afar, they both become involved in the theatre productions, where there is just as much jealousy, backstabbing and bitchiness as on the mortal plane.
The book is in first-person from Allan’s point of view, so we only got to see Allan’s opinions of the other characters. I wanted to be in some of the other character’s heads for a while, especially Guy, the orphaned angel who was never taught how to fly, I really adored him.
I wouldn’t necessarily say the characters were true to life, most were flamboyant and over the top, but maybe that’s what a lot of theatre people are like and I just haven’t met them. The world building is good, with lots of different districts from different eras of Earth history, but the characters wander about to the other ones at will. There were also some little mysteries to solve such as how Allan and Warwick died and who is trying to sabotage the plays.
The path to true love never did run smooth, but the author has made Allan’s journey to not only find love, but to find himself a very engaging tale.
It’s a fun little read, well over 70K words is not that little, but I got so engrossed in the story and the characters that the pages flew by.
Thanks to Trish for her 4 Sweet Pea rating:
This book by Kevin Klehr is a quirky, wacky, irreverent and totally off-the-wall look into the way various eccentric characters pass the time in the afterlife while waiting to be reborn back into the mortal world. Actors, writers, angels, and a multitude of other unique individuals makes this debut novel a fascinating way to spend a lazy afternoon or evening.
Thanks to Amos Lassen for his tongue-in-cheek review:
Allan loves his best friend Warwick who is love with Pedro. As Allan tries to win Warwick, he has to come to terms with the fact that they are all dead. I am sure you are bewildered by that last statement but hold on—there is more. Allan and Warwick are none too happy about being dead and Samantha, a blonde bombshell and Guy, an insecure angel come to help them deal with it. Soon all four are in the world of the theatre and the bitchiness, back-stabbing and ego trips keep everyone busy.
I can hear you saying that this is too convoluted a story to keep one’s interest but let me tell you that beneath all of the silliness is a journey to truth. Just relax, sit back and enjoy reading how the theater shapes the individuals.
Early Reviews for the Self Published version-
Go into this one with no preconceived ideas, grab yourself a glass of red vino and sit back, relax and watch the theatre unfold before your eyes. Words that pop into my mind when I think about this story are love, lust, vanity, poor self-esteem, over-the-top, backstabbing, bitching, growth, rebirth, friendships, enemies – lights, camera, action! In this book there certainly are drama queens and love scenes.
All of that aside it is also a journey of soul-searching (pardon the pun); time to look deep inside and find the truth. This is true for Allan. In his afterlife journey he has many confronting situations to deal with, not the least of trying to get his mind around where he is and why he is there.
Allan also gets to act in some theatre productions. Allan is not just acting though, he’s coming alive through the characters he plays; he’s discovering things about himself and about others. Acting, it seems to me, is a cover for hidden emotions which need to be given life. We often hear people wear many masks and each mask has a different persona underneath – Allan needs to discard the masks but first he needs to realise he’s wearing them.
I liked it. As you can imagine, the theatre evokes many different kinds of people and personalities and I believe Kevin did a good job of demonstrating this, along with the more serious theme of finding the true you and loving what you find. The road may not be easy but it is definitely worth it.
Drama Queens with Love Scenes is a rather different type of story with a major twist.
Allan and Warwick (friends and lovers) die unexpectedly before their time. Consequently they are given another chance in the afterlife to relive what should have been in their mortal life.
With the help of a gay angel called Guy and Samantha a throwback from the 1950’s they tread the boards in heavenly theatre land.
This is where most of the story is set, and as it moves on Allan still feels the same about Warwick, but he has moved on to a new love interest called Pedro.
The story takes many twists and turns until finally Allan has the chance to move on; but to where?
I was pleasantly surprised at the ending and if you loved the land of theatre and it’s trappings you will love Drama Queens with Love Scenes.