Drama Queens with Love Scenes

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Overview

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.

They are soon drawn into the world of theatre - Afterlife style, with all the bitchiness, back-stabbing and ego usually associated with the mortal world.

Allan also has a secret. He has a romantic crush on his friend, ...

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Overview

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.

They are soon drawn into the world of theatre - Afterlife style, with all the bitchiness, back-stabbing and ego usually associated with the mortal world.

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781936185900
  • Publisher: Charles River Press
  • Publication date: 12/21/2012
  • Pages: 342
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

Kevin lives with his long-term partner in their humble apartment (affectionately named Sabrina), in Australia's own 'Emerald City,' Sydney.

He calls himself a bit of a 'media tart,' having worked both professionally and voluntarily in television, radio and online. His longest running passion is a weekly radio program he and his partner, Warren, produce for local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander station, Koori Radio. Since 2005 they have been discovering music, both new and old, and interviewing local artists and community leaders. Every Saturday night, the Rhythm Divine is heard across Sydney and via the world wide web.

From an early age Kevin had a passion for writing, jotting down stories and plays until it came time to confront puberty. After dealing with pimple creams and facial hair, Kevin didn't pick up a pen again until he was in his thirties. His handwritten manuscript was being committed to paper when his social circumstances changed, giving him no time to write. Concerned, Warren snuck the notebook out to a friend who in turn came back and demanded Kevin finish his novel. It wasn't long before Kevin's active imagination was let loose again.

Kevin is currently at work on the sequel to Drama Queens with Love Scenes.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2013

    By the Gods, I loved this book. And when I say I loved this bo

    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 rumors 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.

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  • Posted November 28, 2013

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    The cover and title are profoundly misleading to the enchantment

    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!

    "Don't smile like that, it doesn't match the decor."
    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!
    *This book was provided in exchange for an honest review and can be found at Musing with Crayolakym

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2013

    Kudos to author, Kevin Klehr who has penned the most original l


    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.

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  • Posted May 8, 2013

    I am still puzzled by this book!! There were points in the story

    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 know 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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2013

    I laughed, I cried; perfect balance.  Great little book with a q

    I laughed, I cried; perfect balance.  Great little book with a quirky new look at the afterlife.  I hope I will be able to redecorate my quarters
    when I get there as I don't want to be stuck with my crap for eternity, but the idea of arriving in a familiar setting might make dying easier.
    Kevin had done some interesting "world building" here and I look forward to sequels.  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2013

    A great read with vivid, imaginative characters and wild, techni

    A great read with vivid, imaginative characters and wild, technicolor scenes and a plot that makes your own imagine work in overdrive. Author Klehr has penned a great first book. I just hope he writes more.

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  • Posted February 1, 2013

    When I first saw the title of this book, I was not expecting wha

    When I first saw the title of this book, I was not expecting what I actually got. I was expecting "Nelly, Gay Fluff." Instead I got a truly magical stroy with a lot of heart, well though 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 plot were 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 stereotypically 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 too.
    If you want to read a 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. 

    Side note: I even got a little teary at the end! 

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  • Posted January 20, 2013

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    Intriguing Premise But Too Drawn Out

    When I first read the synopsis of this book I had no idea of the magical journey I was about to undertake. Kevin Klehr has written a unique and clever story that doesn't work on every level but certainly sets itself apart from other books in the m/m genre. Allan and Warwick have been best friends for the last year, but Allan always hoped for more. Fear kept him from voicing his true feelings though and what follows, once the two of them enter this new and colorful world, is a demonstration of the need to seize the day. Early on in the story it's not clear what's happened to the two of them and it takes a long time until the reader is let in on their fate and the importance of each step they make becomes clear.
    As the colorful cast of secondary characters help bring Allan and Warwick together, while two other villains try to keep them apart, there's a play being put on that is a juxtaposition to the events going on off the stage. This added an even more melodramatic feel to everything in this world that became a bit much at times though. The roadblocks keeping Allan and Warwick apart were silly and didn't really make sense. Their on-again off-again relationship made both of them appear disagreeable at times to where I wasn't sure that they should be together. I had to trust in what a fortune teller and an angel told me. It's not until a final unexpected heartwrenching act that I truly believe in their love. This act left me shocked, and after the overly long journey it took to get to the end, I felt very frustrated and cheated. Those not fond of cliffhangers or clear cut HEA should be warned.
    This book needed to be shortened as the middle section dragged. What kept me reading were the glimpses of Guy the angel. He was sweet and charming with a bit of sexiness and naughtiness thrown in. I adored him and would love to read a story devoted to him. The other secondary characters were unique but as their number increased it got difficult remembering who was who. The sex scenes gave an interesting twist to how you normally picture the Afterlife and were well-written with steamy intensity.
    I didn't always love this story but liked its fresh ideas. The writing was dream-like with strong emotions. The promise shown here has me intrigued for what Mr. Klehr has planned next but with a bit of streamlining, an already interesting concept can become great.

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