Sunday, November 20, 2016

Virtual Blog Tour, Review & GIVEAWAY! ~ Dirk Tales by Dan Skinner

Dirk Tales, The Book Blurb

Dirk Tales, The Book includes previously released Misadventures of Doc & Dirk volumes, available now for the first time in paperback, plus additional episodes, and more

He's a middle-aged, newly single, gay photographer starting life over. Along comes a freshly out nineteen-year-old, irreverent free spirit who wants to be his apprentice. Mismatched by more than a generation, what could possibly go wrong? Everything! And it's AWESOME!

Dirk's First Time: Every gay boy has his first experience. Usually it's a memorable, exciting personal time of discovery and intimacy between two young people. But two comic book characters? Is it horseplay or Cosplay?

The Boy At The Gym: First impressions can be deceiving. Sometimes that boy in the baggy clothes, talking to himself in the gym isn't as shy as he appears. Sometimes there's a deviant imp lurking beneath that freckled mask of innocence. Beware the Trojan Nerd!

A "Muse" ing: Most authors struggle with the voices or "muses" in their head when writing. Tuning that voice out becomes a little more challenging when your muse is a real-life nineteen-year-old who inhales espresso and turns out ideas at light speed. Danger Will Robinson!

Daddy and The Rent Boy: In sales, advertising is half the battle. That can become hazardous when you're in the company of an irreverent walking billboard.

Sex Dolls and Bad Dates: We’ve all had one of those dates where we think we've bitten off more than we can chew. The trick to know is Bite or Flight?

Dirk's Quirks: Everyone has idiosyncrasies; that's what makes us interesting. If you're lucky, you get a heaping helping and can share them with everyone.

Make it Naked: Teaching a nineteen-year-old walking hormone photography apprentice to shoot nudes is more than an adventure... It's a human obstacle course.

Blog Post from Dan

What makes some friendships special? I’ve wondered that, seeing many strange combinations that had me standing back thinking: what in tarnation could bring those people together in such a manner that they bonded? Are friendships all a product of chance, or is there some magic in the brew of chemistries that draw some of us to others? Outside of magic and love, friendship seems to be the one thing we share as humans that has no rules or definitions.
I’ve had many friends in my life, and over time as life changes and loves steers some of us in different directions, friends come and go. We lose those special connections and move on. We enjoy what we had. We relish the experiences that came with those relationships at the time. The friends that settle in with us are the ones that are like favorite chairs – comfortable and unobtrusive. Some call them birds of a feather. They’re enough like us that it makes sense that we gravitate to each other. They’re there for conversations when we’re bored, or rants when life throws us curveballs. These are the friends that keep our oars in the water and the boat steady. Not exciting, but perfect just for that reason in a world too hell bent on social drama.
And then there are the friends that steer into us like they’ve made a wrong turn and found themselves on the wrong street and end up tagging along because we seem like we know where we’re going. We have nothing in common except the odd miscalculation of being in the same place at the same time. In the beginning, we tolerate each other’s conversation politely because our lack of commonalities is a sure sign that when we find our own particular avenues we will turn onto them and part ways, never to see each other again.
Except, something peculiar happens. In that walk that begins out of sheer politeness, in a conversation that is there simply to dispel a rude silence, something wonderful occurs. Maybe one of us says something that makes the other laugh; maybe we share a thought that alleviates the strangeness, but we suddenly find that this person with whom we should have no affinity whatsoever has broken through our guard and touched us in some way that makes us like them. This is when a magical friendship is born.

This is the type of friend who stimulates you, makes you think, dares you to try that new dish in the restaurant, take scuba lessons, go skydiving. They are the friends that change things – change you. There’s nothing safe or comfortable about them. They challenge you. But it’s in a manner that makes you step outside your protective shield and actually live. Others will look at you and think, “What a strange pair; what an odd couple!” But in real life this type of friend is just what it seems like... magical.

Reviewed by:

I really can't wait until this comes out as one large paperback. I want to sit down and read it in its entirety. Not that I'm not enjoying them as Volumes, but I can't wait to have an overall effect.

Thank you Dan, for sharing your muse. He is brilliant and I love his bluntness and sarcasm. You're right, he definitely thinks outside the box as if it never existed. I am almost jealous of him lol.I can't wait until he unleashes his own self on the world, I think he will do incredible things. I also think only you can paint him in the light that you do. You are a fantastic story teller, and the things you guys talk about kind of make the rest of us seem not so weird. We all go through "weird things". Situations that are almost too embarrassing to say them out loud, and you guys just really make it OK to be weird and quirky and have strange things happen to us and do strange things that are a part of us. It's part of being human, and that's what story you seem to tell. In a way, Dirk almost becomes a life muse, not just for you, but for everyone.

This series is just really a breath of fresh air. Like a friend telling you some really messed up shit, and like the good friend you are, you're not judging them, but laughing and sharing right along with them.

5 quirky stars


I’m a single gay man living in the Midwest. I write because I consider myself to be an old-fashioned storyteller. I’ve been a photographer for half my life, specializing in male romance cover art. My dream is to one day live on the beach with my dog and continue to tell tales that inspire and entertain.

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Five paperback copies of the book autographed by Dan and Dirk.


  1. thank you soooo much. Smooches
    dan skinner (and dirk)

  2. Thanks for hosting Dan and Dirk. I love their stories on FB. Whenever I have a bad day, I look for one of Dan's posting and I can smile again.

  3. I love reading about these two. Such a wonderful friendship and Dirk just cracks me up! Thank you for hosting this tour.



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