Paperback: 176 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 1, 2012)
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Jeanne is now in her eighth year of school, and never has the world seemed more strange. Her little town grows greyer and greyer, and every day the radio tells news of a war just far enough away, it doesn’t matter to her. Yet. What does matter are immediate things: her friends, her family, and a magical guardian named Jericho who visits while she sleeps. Jericho’s love for her seems so perfect as to be impossible. But when Jericho disappears for weeks at a time, Jeanne isn’t sure she can continue to believe her guardian is real any longer. As Jeanne’s relationship with Jericho deepens, can she continue to believe in her guardian? Can Jericho’s love protect her in the midst of impending war? Or does Jericho even exist at all?
392) James Erich - Seidman
Paperback: 210 pages
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press (June 1, 2012)
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In Viking Age Iceland, where boys are expected to grow into strong farmers and skilled warriors, there is little place for a sickly twelve-year-old boy like Kol until he catches the eye of a seið-woman-a sorceress-and becomes her apprentice. Kol travels to the sorceress's home, where her grandson, Thorbrand, takes Kol under his wing. Before long Kol discovers something else about himself that is different-something else that sets him apart as unmanly: Kol has fallen in love with another boy. But the world is changing in ways that threaten those who practice the ancient arts. As Kol's new life takes him across the Norse lands, he finds that a new religion is sweeping through them, and King Olaf Tryggvason is hunting down and executing sorcerers. When a decades-old feud forces Thorbrand to choose between Kol and his duty to his kinsman, Kol finds himself cast adrift with only the cryptic messages of an ancient goddess to guide him to his destiny-and possibly to his death.
393) S.L. Armstrong & April L'Orange - Like It or Not
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Storm Moon Press, LLC (June 1, 2012)
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Be it forced seduction/dubious consent, non-violent intimidation, or pre-negotiated fantasy, there is something wickedly taboo about non-consensual sex, where consent is muddled. While rape is a crime of power, focusing on exerting physical control over another person, non-con is all about the gray area where verbal consent is either never given (not a 'yes', but not a 'no' either) or doesn't match the arousal and passion both parties share during the act. In Like It or Not, we push the boundaries of consent without fully breaking them. When Connor's rent money is due and not even hooking can make up the shortfall, he really is Out of Options. So when playboy Jarrett makes him a very generous offer, he doesn't look too closely at the terms—and lives to regret it. Then, werewolf Trevor is subjected to Obedience Classes when his pack alpha becomes fed up with his rebellion. Dirk, the wolf charged with this task, though, seems more interested in claiming Trevor for himself, by any means necessary. Writer Ian Richards has to decide What It's Worth to get his story when his contact meets him in a private club. In fact, Vincenzo has no intention of letting his information go easily, if at all. In Blindside, freshman Matt is tired of enduring the hazing by (admittedly gorgeous) upperclassman Dylan, when Dylan ups the ante significantly. And as much as Matt wants Dylan, he can't be sure the whole thing isn't one more bizarre prank. Confessor Isak must resort to Unnatural Means when he is charged with the task of forcing Sain to confess his sins of murder and witchcraft before inevitable execution. Torturing in the name of the Divine is difficult enough, but when Sain's seductive magic takes hold of him, he isn't sure it will be Sain who breaks under pressure to find release. Finally, Salting the Earth becomes Ronan's only choice when he suspects his sister has been taken by the fairies. However, this only draws the interest of ruthless King Finnbheara, who extracts a price for his cooperation that may be too high for Ronan to pay.
394) Lara Biyuts - A Handful of Blossoms
Published: June 01, 2012
Words: 96246 (approximate)
Written in form of a diary, which genre was so popular in the 18th century and which sounds so comprehensible in our time of blogging/webdiaries/webjournals, the novella may be called a love story. A story of a sixteen-year-old damsel and her weird marriage. Time: 1764, a year after the Seven Years War. Europe.
395) Elliott Mackle - Captain Harding and His Men
Paperback: 180 pages
Publisher: Lethe Press (June 1, 2012)
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When a C-130 bound for Southeast Asia explodes on takeoff at remote Wheelus Air Base, Libya, handsome, hard-charging Captain Joe Harding instinctively realizes that the cargo list--''medical supplies and radio tubes''--was faked. When Joe's newly-married workout buddy does a swan dive off a fifth story balcony in downtown Tripoli, Joe refuses to accept the semi-official verdict: suicidal depression. And when Joe's tennis partner, the son of the American ambassador, decides to celebrate his eighteenth birthday by appearing unannounced at Joe's BOQ door, the potential difficulties of their love-match must be addressed--seriously and without delay. Continuing the adventures and misadventures begun in Elliott Mackle's award-winning Captain Harding's Six-Day War, Joe and his fellow officers and airmen contend with a highly decorated but sexually abusive wing commander (who happens to be Joe's boss), a closeted Pentagon official fighting to save his career, a CIA agent who may be an imposter, and shipments of British weapons that fall into the hands of anti-royalist rebels. When a kidnapping goes terribly wrong, Joe must fight for everything he holds dear: duty, honor, country and love.
396) Thomas Keith - Love Christopher Street
Paperback: 422 pages
Publisher: Vantage Point (June 1, 2012)
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These twenty-six original essays by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered writers include personal stories that span forty years of LGBTQ life in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island, and together create a queer love letter to New York City. Chapters in this volume range from personal anecdote to memoir, reportage, history, herstory, and daydream, as well as tributes to people, places, and events.
The essays: "Silence = Death: The Education of a Comedian" by Bob Smith, "An Old Queen's Tale" by Penny Arcade, "The Isle Of Staten" by Michele Karlsberg, "Finding Jesús on Christopher Street" by Brendan Fay, "Dis-membering Stonewall" by Rev. Irene Monroe, "Before I Begin" by David McConnell, "A Bite of the Big Apple" by Val McDermid, "Irrespective of the Storm" by Mark Ameen, "My Last Big Addiction" by Martin Hyatt, "My Family Tree" by Amos Mac, "The Opera Singer's Pants, and How I Got In Them" by Justine Saracen, "The Sum of Our Parts" by Jewelle Gomez, "The Myths of this Place" by Shaun Levin, "The Voices" by Charlie Vázquez, "As I Stood Frying..." by Fay Jacobs, "Borders, Rivers and Time: Gay Gotham Revisited" by Shawn Syms, "White Angel/Pale Blue Eyes" by Nicky Paraiso, "My Gay New York: A Symphony in Four Acts" by Aaron Hamburger, "The Place I Parked My Car" by G. Winston James, "Bad Boy" by Felice Picano, "Two Near Water--And One Very Quiet" by Thomas Glave, "Goodnight, New York: A Sermon on the Move" by Rabbi Andrea Myers, "In the House of Strangers" by Ocean Vuong, "A 1986 Bronx Story" by Charles Rice-González, "Perry Street Redux" by Christopher Bram, "An Interview with Michael Musto" by Kathleen Warnock, and "Next Year at Sonny's" by Eddie Sarfaty.
397) Ann McMan - Sidecar
Paperback: 216 pages
Publisher: Bedazzled Ink Publishing Company (June 2, 2012)
Amazon Kindle: Sidecar
A fast, funny, and wholly satisfying compilation of short stories filled with the same rich detail, witty humor, jagged verbal jousting, and joyous intellectual tête-à-tête that are Ann McMan's calling cards. Reconnect with Syd, Maddie, and the Jericho gang in "V1: A Valentine's Day Odyssey," as a sweet and simple gesture of love ignites a conflagration that could destroy friends, lovers, and a professional-grade mixer named Gloria. Meet Kate Winston, Shawn Harris, and the best, brightest, and most uniquely "gifted" personalities in contemporary lesfic, in the all-new novella, Bottle Rocket. Grace and Abbie screw up the courage to let themselves go for one magical night-only to find that the Fates are cheeky little bitches with a wicked sense of humor in "Falling from Grace." Take flight with Poe's celebrated raven in "Nevermore!" as two improbable coworkers, Diz and Clarissa, find friendship and maybe a bit more in a comic holiday romp set to the dulcet tones of Enya. Features a foreword by The Rainbow Reader's Salem West. Sidecar carries a bounty of fun, a bit of pathos, and a few fine wine recommendations.
398) Rebecca Cohen - Servitude
Paperback: 310 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 4, 2012)
Amazon Kindle: Servitude
Lornyc Reagalos, future High Lord of the city of Katraman, enjoys his life as a student, even if he has to keep his relationship with Methian Hadral, heir to the throne of Xenetra, a secret. Unfortunately, Lornyc isn't just any royal student-he's also the grandson of an infamous magic user named Romanus Reagalos, and his grandfather's wild youth is about to catch up with him. Unknown to anyone else, Romanus saw fit to sign his grandson into the life of a valet. Specifically, Methian's valet. The contract-and the strain it puts on his relationship with Methian-is just the start of Lornyc's troubles. Though the Reagalos family was once famous for its magic, Lornyc's father never showed any aptitude, and Lornyc hasn't either-though that doesn't make the next contract, the one that says Lornyc must learn to use his latent powers, any less binding. When Lornyc learns of a plot to remove his father from power, he finds himself racing against time. If he can't master his magic and identify the leader of the plot, he stands to lose everything he knows and loves: his parents, his rank, and Methian.
399) Ryan Loveless - Kaden's Colors
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 5, 2012)
Amazon Kindle: Kaden's Colors
The first alien immigrants arrived on Earth long before Henry Mekes was born. Now they’re policed by the government, forbidden from attending school, and assigned menial jobs to prevent them from becoming drains on human society. Twenty-two-year-old Kaden, for example, was assigned the job of sex worker. When eighteen-year-old Henry and his friend Ellil meet Kaden in a grotty backroom to avail themselves of his services, alien rights are the furthest thing from their minds. It’s not until afterward, when Henry is trying to remind himself aliens can’t get enough of sex, that he questions his actions and the rules of the world he lives in. Something about Kaden compels Henry to return again and again—but only as a friend. Soon he and his classmates hatch a plan to free Kaden, but even if they succeed, the world is still full of prejudice against aliens—and those who love them.
400) Winter Pennington - Once Upon a Twilight
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (August 30, 2012)
Amazon Kindle: Once Upon a Twilight
Millicent and Malinda Hearthwell couldn’t be more different. Though the two sisters have always been close, Millicent is often frustrated by her sister’s inability to be what she perceives as mature and realistic. Too often, Malinda surrenders to her impulses, throwing herself thoughtlessly and headlong into flights of reckless fantasy. On the day before Malinda’s wedding, Millicent finds herself dragged yet again on another of her sister’s wild and imaginative quests. Convinced that she will beseech the Fey Ones to help her escape the dull world around her and her betrothed, Malinda persuades Millicent into riding out in the forest near their home. When things do not go as planned, Millicent realizes she’s lost not only her sister in the deep heart of the forest, but her own way as well. Just when she thinks she can go on no longer, a strange woman from the forest offers Millicent shelter from the storm. As Millicent comes to better know the generous and beautiful stranger, she begins to wonder if perhaps her sister’s far-fetched beliefs might have some merit to them after all, and that maybe, just maybe, fairytales and romance actually do exist beyond a page.
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