March 15th, 2009

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In memory of Constance M. Evans

Born in Montreal, Quebec, on March 15, 1888, Constance May Evans studied art and music in London, England with private lessons. She enjoyed writing short stories and stories in serial format for popular magazines. She would, during her career, that stretched from the early 1930's through to the 1970's, produce some 125 romance novels both under her own name and the nom de plume of Mairi O"Nair and Jane Gray. She was not as lucky finding a life long romance as some of her book hero were. She never married although engaged three times. One of her suitors was killed, a second died from old war wounds and a third died of heart failure. She eventually adopted three daughters.

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Excerpt Day: Surrender Love by Kayelle Allen

Surrender Love by Kayelle Allen
Release Date: Feb 17, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-59632-874-7
Publisher: Loose Id
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Blurb: In the beds of countless lovers over the centuries, the immortal Luc Saint-Cyr has been mastered as well as master. Commanded and commander. When his mortal lover leaves him, the distraught Luc withdraws and throws himself into work. His entertainment company hosts a ceremony for their most successful rock group, and Luc meets drummer Izzorah "Rah" Ceeow, one of the feline Kin race. Rah's velvety, golden furskin and dark hair captivate Luc. Pert cat's ears and a quick smile lighten his mood, and one look into Rah's emerald eyes, deep and tranquil as a forest pool, and troubles cease. Rah's a virgin, but Luc's too fascinated by the quiet depth of Rah's inner peace to rush him into sex. Seducing Rah and savoring his surrender will be as delicious as taking him. No matter how sexually starved Luc is, he will allow Rah to give himself when he is ready to surrender his innocence, to offer himself to Luc's command. Rah will beg to be taken. Luc's anticipation and desire are palpable; as real as his hunger for faithful, unconditional love. But to gain Rah's love, how much of himself is Luc willing to surrender?

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Excerpt Day: A Note in the Margin by Isabelle Rowan

A Note in the Margin by Isabelle Rowan
Release Date: Mar 16, 2009
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
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Blurb: John McCann, a man who judges life by the tally of an accounts ledger, has a supreme goal in life: To achieve, live, and enjoy the rarified executive lifestyle. But he's encountered one problem: The migraines are going to continue to get worse unless you make some major changes in your lifestyle. What you need is a 'sea change'… Perhaps buy a nice little business in the country, settle down, something easier to occupy your time… While John knows the doctor is right, he just can't resign from the job he's fought so hard for. He decides the sacrifice of taking a year's leave of absence won't interfere too much with his plans, and so he finds himself running Margins, a cozy little bookstore, with the help of the former owner's son, Jamie. John expects to put in his year, get his stress under control, and then get back to business. What John doesn't expect is how Margins and its denizens draw him in, particularly the quiet, disheveled man who takes refuge in the old leather chair in the second-hand book section. John's plans for an unattached year of simple business crumble when he meets David and is forced to reevaluate life, love and what he really wants from both. John and David are forced to come to terms with their pasts as they struggle to determine what possible future they might build together.

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Excerpt Day: Give Me One Night by K.C. Kendricks

Give Me One Night by K.C. Kendricks
Release Date: Mar 15, 2009
ISBN-13: 978-1-60272-490-7
Publisher: Amber Allure
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Blurb: When passion changes the rules, one more night can alter the future... On St. Patrick’s Day, Brody O’Connor joins the revelry of the yearly pub crawl, hunting a like-minded man for a night of fun and frolic with no strings attached. When a mystery man in an emerald green shirt engages Brody’s interest, it doesn’t take long for the hunter to become the prey. Well-matched with his mystery man, Brody regrets his "no strings" approach to a night of shared passion that leaves him hungry for more. The morning after, Evan is gone, as agreed. Brody knows it was a mistake to let him go, and vows to find him. Evan also never expected to meet someone like Brody. Now Brody wants to change the rules, and Evan decides he’ll give Brody one more night to convince him to stay...

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Excerpt Day: Ghost of a Chance by T.A. Chase

Ghost of a Chance by T.A. Chase
Release Date: Mar 17, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-59632-898-3
Publisher: Loose Id
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Blurb: Padraig Monaghan has a problem. Most would consider dying in a bar fight ten years ago upsetting, and existing as a ghost wandering the world might be thought a real predicament. They might deem a second chance at life through a chance encounter with a dying man a serious dilemma. But for Padraig, finding himself face to face with the man he’d loved and lost a lifetime ago is the biggest thing on his mind. Gareth Reilly stops at O’Toole’s for a drink before he heads home. Tomorrow’s going to be another lonely birthday for him until he’s approached by a stranger. There’s something about Padraig’s bright green eyes and Irish accent that reminds Gareth of a man he once knew. Unable to resist, Gareth breaks his cardinal rule and invites Padraig home. On St. Patrick’s Day, when Irish magic is strongest, it’ll take a belief in the impossible and help from a grateful elf to give Padraig and Gareth another chance at love.

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Excerpt Day: Objects in the Mirror by Reno MacLeod & Jaye Valentine

StarCrossed 3: Objects in the Mirror by Reno MacLeod & Jaye Valentine
Release Date: Mar 11, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-60370-651-3
ISBN (10): 1-60370-651-8
Publisher: Torquere Press
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Blurb: StarCrossed 3: Objects in the Mirror takes us back to the town of Salem, Massachusetts, where the populace is busy making up for its witch-burning reputation by letting all manner of unusual folks live there. Jace and Konnor are demon twins grabbing a second chance at life, but trouble starts when local clergy are brutally murdered, and the Salem Special Council is asked to investigate. Twenty years should be enough to leave their past behind, but it comes charging after the brothers with an unholy vengeance. When one falls under suspicion for the murders, it shatters the heart of the other. Only an unlikely alliance of angels, vampires, were-creatures, and humans can help the brothers and keep the secret of supernatural beings living in Salem safe from the outside world. The clock is ticking.

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Excerpt Day: Here and Now by Anah Crow

Here and Now by Anah Crow
Release Date: Mar 14, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-60370-655-1
ISBN (10): 1-60370-655-0
Publisher: Torquere Press
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Blurb: Eli is home from college, and looking for someone to keep him company besides his mom. When he answers an anonymous online ad, he thinks he might be losing his mind. That kind of thing is dangerous, but Eli has needs, and he just can't resist. He plans to meet his conquest in a park he knows from his childhood, but he might be getting more than he bargained for. Will Eli find just the thing to make his vacation perfect?

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Excerpt Day: Kingsley and I Together by Gary Martine

Kingsley and I Together by Gary Martine
Release Date: 03/2009
Publisher: MLR Press
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"It´s my distinct pleasure to announce that "Kingsley & I Together," the second in the "Kingsley & I" series is currently in press and scheduled for release by MLR Press in March 2009.

"Kingsley & I" is the electrifyingly erotic love story of two men, one gay, the other hesitantly bisexual, that irrevocably dominates the rest of their lives. Yet, as the immortal Bard points out, "The course of true love never did run smooth." Can it be any different for Kingsley & I? Convinced of, even overawed by the power of their erotic attraction for each other, they pledge themselves to each other. But pledging, no matter how passionate or sincere, is never quite the same in the living together day-by-day. In "Kingsley & I Together" readers will get to know more about the elusive Kingsley ("The King"), and "I," and their continuing relationship as the two take on the question, "What does it take to make an electrifyingly erotic relationship like their last?" In the the course of answering the question, readers will come to know Kingsley and I more intimately than ever before." Gary Martine

Blurb: What is it about Kingsley? Only a few days have passed since Kingsley and I spent our first three days and nights together as a couple. Reflecting, my thoughts return to when we first met, my first same-sex experience with him, the silver anklet he gave me as a token of our mutual love, our numerous passionate love-makings. All seem this moment like a beguiling flight of fantasy, as if, perhaps, they never occurred. Did they? I wonder, and, if they did, where is Kingsley now? Why hasn't he called?

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Excerpt Day: Object of His Desire by Ava March

Object of His Desire by Ava March
Release Date: Mar 10, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-60504-468-2
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
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Blurb: He thinks he’s just a wallflower. Little does he know he’s the guest of honor… It’s the last night of a week-long house party in remote northern England. Every sensual delight imaginable is right at Henry Shaw’s fingertips. Yet all he wants is to be with his host, the deliciously handsome and enigmatic Arsen Grey. Henry’s certain it’s love, not mere infatuation. He’s also sure it’s hopeless. After all, the party’s purpose is to find Arsen a new mistress. Arsen longs to leave the glittering, jaded world of the ton behind and find someone who will value him for himself, not his wealth and his title. He suspects that someone could be the strapping country gentleman he’s caught staring at him. Henry is loyal and dependable, nothing like his other acquaintances. Arsen sets a plan into motion, one designed to get Henry into his bed. One that includes a test of devotion. Arsen never expected that in winning Henry, he risks losing his heart.

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Excerpt Day: A Promise Kept by Stormy Glenn

A Promise Kept by Stormy Glenn
Release Date: Mar 11, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-60370-652-0
ISBN (10): 1-60370-652-6
Publisher: Torquere Press
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Blurb: Mason is in love with his brother’s best friend, Jack. It’s been ten years of secret fantasies, hidden glances, and forbidden yearnings. Just when Mason decides to give up on Jack and move away, his friends step in to get them together.
Even with the most determined matchmakers, new love is not always easy. Especially when a serial killer who has his sights set on Mason being his next victim will destroy anyone who gets in his way. Can Jack keep Mason safe, or will their new love be over before it gets going?

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Top 100 Gay Novel: Tigers and Devils by Sean Kennedy

All right if people was wondering why I spent the last two days without posting a review, you have Sean Kennedy to blame! He wrote a 376 pages long book, and one that it's quite impossible to read skipping here and there, since it's all story, very few sex and all the elements I like in what I calls "show business" story, means that the heroes are under the spotlight of public opinion and have to deal not only with the ordinary trouble of a love, but also with the expectations of family, friends and fans.

The story reminds me a bit of a movie I saw recently, "Outing Riley", where the main character is not exactly the flamboyant gay character. For starter, Simon spent the first pages of the book explaining us his philosophy on Australian football and the life important choice of the team of your life, much more important of your partner of life, you can change a partner, but you can't change your team; you can cheat on your partner, but you can't absolutely cheat on your team. Anyway at the beginning of the book Simon is single and happily involved with his team, that in this moment is not on the winning side (and it wasn't since a bit), but Simon is still faithful. And since his father is from another team, and his brother from another one, and his best friend from another one, when Simon is not defending the honor of his team, he is willing to defend the honor of another team player, if it's not against his own team. And so at a party he is speaking aloud in support of Declan Tyler, not knowing that the man is behind his shoulder listening to all.

Unbelievably, Declan is gay, even if in the closet, and is immediately attracted by Simon, a man that sometime talk before thinking, but that, all in all, has a big heart. And Declan is the perfect hero: always gentle and caring, always understanding of Simon's needs. He is so perfect that Simon, and the reader with him, has to forgive him to be in the closet and to involve Simon in this farce. Truth be told, even if Simon is out, he is not the classic out and proud man who wants to be an example for the youngers; Simon is willing to give to their story a try, and if not for people around, the thing will be quite good.

But Simon's friends are worried for him, and in Roger, Simon's best friend, I can almost see a bit of jealousy, not in a sexual way, but since he is loosing the exclusivity he had on Simon's time. And then there is obviously the big problem of being discreet, and this means that, apart from his best friend Roger and his wife Fran, Simon has no one to talk about Declan and his issue with this new relationship. Not that there are many of it: it's more Simon that worries, Declan has never asked to Simon to be different from what he normally is. All in all Declan comes out like a very good man, one that Simon should be careful to not let go.

The book is above all a light one, almost funny sometime. Simon is really an unwilling comic character, a burst of energy always in motion and always causing trouble... he is not exactly the man to choose if you want to be discreet. But Declan is obviously in love and ready to forgive, and forget, a lot of thing. Simon is not ever a man who would be able to approach in the right way a relationship with Declan, since Simon is not a man who is able to read between the lines, and Declan is not a man to speak aloud his mind; and so if not for the help of Fran, probably Simon and Declan would have a lot of more trouble to be together.

The book is really romantic, with a lot of scenes that will melt the heart of the most romantic reader, the classical big Hollywood comedy scenes, flowers and chocolate type (even if here is more beer and steak, but well, Simon is not, as I said, your typical gay romance character). Strange is that, even if there is no explicit sex, there are enough innuendo and let imagine scenes, that I can say that I had my more than satisfactory quota of sex, even if it's not described in full details.

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Excerpt Day: March 15, 2009

Here is the list of authors and excerpts in the Excerpt Day, March 15, 2009:

Surrender Love by Kayelle Allen, Loose Id

A Note in the Margin by Isabelle Rowan, Dreamspinner Press

Give Me One Night by K.C. Kendricks, Amber Allure

Ghost of a Chance by T.A. Chase, Loose Id

StarCrossed 3: Objects in the Mirror by Reno MacLeod & Jaye Valentine, Torquere Press

Here and Now by Anah Crow, Torquere Press

Kingsley and I Together by Gary Martine, MLR Press

Object of His Desire by Ava March, Samhain Publishing

A Promise Kept by Stormy Glenn, Torquere Press

Actually there is still time to enter an excerpt if you want, but remember that I live in a time zone where, in more or less 3 hour my day will be over, so, if this is the last handful of excerpts, enjoy! and see you next week, since, as I wished, this was a success: my stats proved that this monday was the most visited day of all the month, and... the MOST VISITED DAY ever! Obviously I'm happy for my LJ, but above all since this means that the authors who posted an excerpt had the chance to have a bit of visibility, and in a "dead" time as the weekend on LJ this is a great success.
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Like a Brother (Comme un frère) (2005) directed by Bernard Alapetite & Cyril Legann

Directors: Bernard Alapetite
Cyril Legann

Writers: Bernard Alapetite (writer)
Cyril Legann (writer)

Genre: Drama, Romance

Plot: Sebastien dreams of being someone else, someone more outgoing more outrageous and more sexual. When the 18 year old leaves his small French town and moves to Paris to become an actor, he reinvents himself and changes his name to Zack. The City Of Lights cast a captivating glow for young Zack. Every night he cruises the city's most fashionable gay bars, dressed to kill and hoping to find a guy who swill love him. He moves from encounter to encounter, unable to find sexual or emotional fulfillment with anyone. Alone is his bedroom at night, Zack relives memories from happier times back in his home town and the close relationship he had with his best friend Roman. When Roman calls and announces that he is coming to Paris, Zack begins to rekindle the unrequited feelings he has for his best friend and is forced to make some big decisions about his life and how to live it honestly.

The film captures the excitement, insecurity and carnal thrill of youth in a touching story of sexual exploration. --Frameline

This sensuous and charming work nimbly depicts the awkward grace of self-discovery. --Outfest

@Amazon: Like a Brother (Unrated)

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Cast (in credits order)
Benoît Delière ... Sébastien / Zack
Johnny Amaro ... Bruno
Thibault Boucaux ... Romain
Adeline Ishiomin ... Marine
Amandine Maugy ... Sophie
Michel Derville ... Le père de Sébastien
Gaëtan Borg ... Laurent
Patrick Esilva ... David
Jean-Christophe Bouvet ... L'admirateur
Christian Guidicelli ... L'homme du métro

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