Danielle Summers – Kissing the Golem (Review, Excerpt, Interview, & Giveaway)

Kissing the Golem by Danielle Summers

Source: Review by Request
Copy Provided by the Author
My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Jacob and Marcus, an interracial interfaith couple, are fighting about everything: coming out, monogamy and marriage. Then one dark night, they encounter the Golem who has protected Jacob’s family for generations. The giant but handsome man made of clay and dirt saves their lives, and his kiss just may save their relationship.

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Fabulous & Unexpected!

He had heard of the Golem, a mythical figure made of clay, dirt and/or mud imbued with life who saves Jews, and who had, yes, been turned into a comic book character at some point. Scary Golem stories were told around the fire at summer camp…

This is no scary Golem story…
And I guarantee this story isn’t safe for summer camps…

This story was fun, fast-paced, sexy, and wonderfully original.

We had the Remixed/Re-imagined Jewish folktale element…
Plus the crumbling romance of the main characters…
Add in a dash of action and danger…
Some glorious MMM Action…

This is a perfectly lovely afternoon read if you’re looking to spice things up with some paranormal MM action!

Jacob Edelman

Jacob’s family always seemed like a modernized version of Fiddler on the Roof combined with some crappy 1980s sitcom.

Jacob has been in a relationship with Marcus for years, but he has never come out to his family. The Edelmans are a traditional (sometimes humorously over-the-top) Jewish family who wouldn’t approve of his homosexuality or the fact that he is in love with the man they know as his roommate… Who is also Catholic… And black…

Marcus Hampton

Jacob was stuck. Marcus was sick of being stuck with him.

Marcus has loved Jacob for years, but it seems as though their relationship is terminally stalled. Jacob won’t come out, and he won’t talk about taking their relationship to the next level…

Spending yet another family get-together being introduced as Jacob’s “roommate” has finally brought Marcus to the breaking point. He’s done waiting for Jacob to commit.

Marcus leaves in a dramatic huff…
Jacob chases after him…

The two are hashing out their relationship in the middle of the street when a group of violent gay-bashing thugs sets upon them.

Desperate and scared, Jacob makes a plea to the family Golem to save he and Marcus from being beat to death…

Not THIS Golem…

THIS Golem…

Like the legend, he was voiceless. He couldn’t even grunt, but he could kiss. Jacob wondered what else he could do and what else he would want to do.

You can find out more about the Golem here, but basically a Golem is a supernatural protector.

Jacob’s Uncle Saul had told him all about the Golem that protects the Edelman family. He knew that he could call upon the Golem if he was in danger…

What he didn’t know is that the family Golem is gay.

Once Marcus and Jacob are safe from harm, it becomes clear that the imposing protector has a lusty side, and plans to have Jacob and Marcus thank him in a very special way for his assistance…

You’ll just have to read the book to find out how the night pans out for Marcus & Jacob…

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Excerpt:

“Where are we going?” Marcus asked. He stared out the passenger side window while Jacob drove.

“We’re going home,” said Jacob.

“No, where are we going? I don’t want to be your ‘roommate’ anymore.” Marcus kept staring out the window, not looking at Jacob.

Jacob took a deep breath.

“I want to be your boyfriend, your partner, your significant other, and I want to be your only one.”

Jacob didn’t respond, and Marcus went quiet. They drove through streets lined with squat single family houses with toys littering the front yard. They saw U.S. flags and flags they couldn’t immediately identify. The summer sun was setting, and slowly the neighborhood changed from quiet homes to crowded apartment buildings. Nearly every facade bore a rainbow flag. Of course, it had been gay pride today, and they had to drive through the gay neighborhood to get to their apartment downtown. All of a sudden, Marcus yelled out.

“Stop the car!”

“What? Why?”

Marcus kept yelling until Jacob pulled over. Marcus looked at Jacob.

“What?” Jacob blurted.

Marcus cupped Jacob’s face in his hands. He kissed Jacob on the lips and then pulled away.

“I can’t do this anymore,” said Marcus. “I love you too much. I love myself too much.” He flung open the car door and ran.

“Oh shit,” Jacob said as he turned off the car and took the keys out of the ignition. He ran after Marcus yelling his name. Marcus was strong with smooth pec muscles and thighs that could crack walnuts, but Jacob was faster. He was lean and quick. He caught up with Marcus a few blocks off the main gay strip that they had been driving down. They could hear the occasional prideful whoop and holler, but, for the most part, the spot where Jacob caught up with Marcus was quiet and isolated.

“Marcus, wait!”

Marcus turned to face Jacob. Sweat covered his brow. “I’ve been waiting, Jacob. I’ve been waiting for you to come out. I’ve been waiting for you to say to someone besides me that I am your boyfriend. I’ve been waiting for you to be at least willing to discuss monogamy. I’m tired of waiting.”<

Jacob would think after the fact that he should have heard the footsteps. He should have heard the first time the men who attacked them call them, “cocksucking faggots.” Gay pride events were bigger and more common than ever, but they were also easy targets for gay bashers looking for queers who had strayed from the party. He was too busy staring into Marcus’ eyes trying to figure out what to say. He wanted to stay with him. He didn’t want their relationship to end like this. It seemed like Marcus had seen them but didn’t know what to do.

Jacob felt a kick at the back of his knee, and he went down on all fours. He felt gravel dig into his hands and knees. Then someone hit his head. He heard voices and looked up to see someone punching Marcus. Jacob had no idea what to do. He didn’t know how to fight. He’d never been in a fight before. The one time he had been mugged, he just gave the guys his wallet and everyone walked away. He was poorer, but everyone was uninjured. He did the only things he could do. He tried to protect himself from the blows, and he prayed. Then he remembered Great Uncle Saul’s advice from earlier that day. He didn’t believe in the Golem, but he started yelling his name.

The gentle breeze that had been stirring got stronger every time Jacob said the word, Golem. Dirt and rocks started to swirl around them. The dirt started to draw in water, whatever was nearby. It sucked up a tiny puddle left over from a small rainfall the day before. It emptied a nearby bird bath. There was a crack of thunder, even though the sky was clear. The guys who had been hitting Jacob and Marcus stopped. The dirt got so thick that Jacob couldn’t see anything.

“Marcus!” he yelled.

And slowly the wind calmed down and the dirt settled. He looked up and saw Marcus standing there alone. The men who had been beating them were gone. Jacob didn’t know where. It looked like there was going to be quite the bruise on Marcus’ cheek. And next to Marcus was a man, but not just any man. He towered over Marcus by a couple of feet. His arms and legs were thick and shapeless. His face had tiny specks marking what might have been eyes, a nose and a mouth on anyone else. His most distinctive marking were Hebrew letters spelling out the word “truth” on his forehead. He was the suggestion of a man, and Jacob recognized him from drawings in picture books and the tales told around summer camp bonfires. This suggestion of a man was the Golem.

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Interview with Danielle Summers

If you were to describe your book in only one word, what would it be?

Schmaltz

What would you say inspired you to write it?
I wanted to write about an established couple who needed to either get closer or break up. I, of course, prefer that they get closer. I also wanted to write about a figure from Jewish mythology that doesn’t appear much in modern fiction even though he’s been a common literary figure in the past.

What was the source of inspiration for Jacob?
Every faygeleh I’ve ever known.

What made you decide to turn the Jewish folktale of the Golem into an Erotic story?
The idea of a big man who comes when you call, saves you from marauders but never speaks seemed to have a lot of potential for all sorts of mischief.

What is your all time favorite book?
Yentl by Isaac Bashevis Singer or anything by Terry Pratchett

What made you pick that one above all others?
It’s about a girl who does what she’s not supposed to. Terry Pratchett’s books, the Discworld series, are great examples of comic fantasy.

What made you decide to become an Author?
I’m from a long line of writers. It never occurred to me to do anything else.

Would you say becoming an author has changed you? In what way?
I’ve gotten better about asking embarrassing questions in the name of researching my next story.

What would you say was the toughest part?
Applying my butt to a chair for long periods of time to write. Actually, I prefer writing on my smartphone while riding around the city on public transportation.

What does your day-to-day life consist of? What else do you do, aside writing?
When I’m not writing I tend to my worms who are composting my garbage. I’m also a masters swimmer, a yoga fanatic and a wheelchair racer. I’m a former runner who lost the ability to run, but I am unwilling to give up racing so eat my dust.

How do you deal with bad reviews or acid criticism? What would you advise other authors to that effect?
I would advise taking what you can use from reviews and leave the rest. Always say thank you.

What do you have in store for us in the future? What are you working on/planning on next?
I’d like to go back in time and write some more gay Golem stories set in the 1960s and earlier. History is fun.

If you could turn back in time and do things differently, would you? What would you change?
I would make it a longer story. I would write more about Marcus, the long-suffering boyfriend. He really does put up with a lot and deserves more time.

Fun facts:

If you could wish for any one thing, and it would immediately come true, what would you wish for?
An end to world hunger.

Name your favorite fruit.
Bananas

Favorite season?
Spring

Favorite food for breakfast?
Waffles with peanut butter

What is the latest book youíve bought and read?
Black Edwardians: Black People in Britain 1901-1914 by Jeffrey Green. I’m reading it for a time travel novel I’m writing.

What was the last book you absolutely fell in love with?
Working by Studs Terkel.

Is there a book you keep meaning to read, but haven’t gotten around to it? Don’t worry, we all have ridiculously long TBRs!
Swimming to Antarctica by Lynn Cox.

Favorite color, you know you want to tell us!
purple

Coffee or tea?
tea

Sweet or salty?
salty

Drama or comedy?
Comedy

Cats or dogs?
Neither. I have allergies.

Do you have a favorite quote or personal motto?
Go big or go home.

Dinner by candlelight or a night out clubbing?
Dinner by candlelight

Do you have a guilty pleasure?
I’m a Jewish lesbian in an interracial same-sex marriage, and I secretly listen to and enjoy Christian radio.

Favorite Swear Word?
Bollocks

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Giveaway:

Danielle Summers has offered to giveaway one eBook Copy of Kissing the Golem to one lucky Smutsonian reader! Click here to enter:

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About the Author:

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Danielle Summers is a dyke in an interracial same-sex marriage living in the Midwest. She loves well-drawn characters but hates stereotypes. She lives for a good plot. She wishes her characters were real.

8 thoughts on “Danielle Summers – Kissing the Golem (Review, Excerpt, Interview, & Giveaway)

  1. Sounds like an interesting book. Can’t wait to read it. I was in an inter-racial relationship with another man who had commitment issues…probably because we were both in the Air Force and it was the early 1980’s. That definitely didn’t help. Anyway, that is why this type of story is of interest to me.

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  2. What an interesting post and I enjoyed finding out a bit more about an author that is new to me, especially as they reminded me of a favourite book, Yentl. I am intrigued by this story and hopefully for a happy ending, for our two MC’s and perhaps Golem? 🙂 I have recently read a MM tale about Gargoyles coming alive and one in particular falling for a stone mason… Thank you for a chance to win an ecopy of this book.

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