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There are some things worth waiting for, and there are some things that are highly anticipated. This summer is one of those moments the literary world promised to deliver a summer scorcher reader, and they’ve certainly delivered with Terrance Dean’s new novel, MOGUL.

With the publication of Hiding in Hip-Hop, the controversial Essence bestselling expose that set the entertainment industry on its ear, Terrance Dean, who has worked in television and film for well over a decade, became the voice of African American men in Hollywood and in Hip-Hop who conduct clandestine same-sex relationships. Through revealing yet discreet anecdotes about his liaisons with the rich and famous who were also on the “DL,” Dean’s provocative and candid account brought to light a hidden gay subculture that insiders have been well aware of for years.

Now, with his debut novel, MOGUL (Atria Books Paperback Original; June 14, 2011; $15.00), Dean once again returns to this subject matter as he entices readers to play the guessing game about the real-life celebrities who serve as inspiration for his larger-than-life characters. In a literary style that’s E. Lynn Harris meets Zane, Dean presents a fictional page-turner about a beloved music industry genius who’s launched the careers of the hottest stars in hip-hop but also harbors a secret that could destroy his life and empire.

Aaron “Big A.T.” Tremble, an athletically gifted teenager from Brooklyn, discovers he is attracted to George, one of the most popular basketball stars at his school and soon, the two become embroiled in a secret romance as they juggle studies, gym practice and girlfriends. A year later during their senior year, George announces he is moving to California for college. While Big A.T. is heartbroken, he pours himself into his music to forget George and begins producing for local rappers in his neighborhood. After a chance meeting with the retired kingpin of hip-hop, Larry “Pop” Singleton, Big A.T.’s life is forever changed as he becomes Pop’s protégé and a member of the “family”—a network of secretly gay men in the industry who will eventually become instrumental in helping him launch his own music label. Attracting the biggest names in the industry, Big A.T. has the Midas touch with millions of dollars in the bank, real estate holdings, luxury cars, and countless fans. He’s built a bona fide empire but along the way, Big A.T. falls hard for one of his artists, the sexy Tickman. They love each other but know they must keep their relationship a secret and to keep any press speculation about their sexuality at bay, each becomes involved in relationships with high-profile women. However, unbeknownst to Big A.T., a journalist seeking revenge against hip-hop power brokers and looking for his 15 minutes of fame obtains compromising photographs that threaten to expose the truth about Big A. T.  Will his life crumble in the wake of a huge scandal or will Big A.T. survive—and out of the closet forever?

Check the listing below of Terrance’s appearances and join him for this summer’s hottest read, and get your books signed! You won’t be disappointed!

MOGUL: A Novel is currently available wherever books are sold – Barnes & Noble; Borders; Target; Wal-Mart; and, HERE!

You can follow Terrance Dean on Twitter, HERE!

You can also visit Terrance Dean’s website to find out more about him, HERE!


Wednesday, June 22: Official Book Party Release

Nectar Wine Bar

2235 Frederick Douglass Boulevard, New York, NY

6:00p – 9:00p

(Music by DJ Fred Pierce with giveaways and prizes!)

Friday, June 24: Booksigning/Reading

Barnes & Noble

3120 Fairlane Drive, Allen Park, MI

7:00p – 9:00p

Saturday, June 25: Booksigning/Reading

Gerber Hart Library

1127 West Granville Avenue, Chicago, IL

3:00p – 5:00p

Monday, June 27: Booksigning/Reading

Barnes & Noble

1701 Mallory Lane, Brentwood, TN

7:00p – 9:00p

Tuesday, June 28: Booksigning/Discussion

Brothers United, YBU & Nashville Black Pride presents: “Black Gay and Powerful in the 21st Century: Our Voices in Print, Music & Media featuring Author Terrance Dean”

Nashville Cares: 633 Thompson Lane, Nashville, TN

6:30p – 8:30p

Wednesday, June 29: Panel Discussion/Booksigning

Outwrite Bookstore, 991 Piedmont Avenue, Northeast Atlanta, GA

7:00p – 8:30p

Friday, July 1: Panel Discussion/Signing

Bayou Soul Writer’s Conference

New Orleans, LA

Thursday, July 7: Booksigning/Reading

Barnes & Noble

7626 Westheimer, Houston, TX

7:00p – 9:00p

Friday, July 15: Booksigning/Reading

Urban Knowledge Bookstore

Mondawmin Mall, Baltimore, MD

5:00p – 7:00p

Saturday, July 16: Booksigning/Reading

Urban Knowledge Bookstore

East Point Mall, Baltimore, MD

5:00p – 7:00p

Saturday, July 23: Booksigning/Reading

Hispanic Black Gay Coalition of Boston

Boston, MA

4:00p – 7:00p

July 29 – 31: Panel discussion & Booksigning

National Book Club Conference

Atlanta, GA

August 3rd – 7: Author’s showcase

National Association of Black Journalist

Philadelphia, PA

September 22 – 24: Booksigning

Congressional Black Caucus

Author’s Pavilion

Washington, DC

September 27: Booksigning

Howard University Bookstore

Washington, DC

4:00p – 6:00p

October 2: Panel Discussion/Booksigning

West Hollywood Book Fair

Los Angeles, CA