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April 11th, 2009

Sunshine, Sex and Sunflowers by Carol Lynne
Release Date: April 8, 2009
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
ISBN: 9781419912986
Publisher Link: http://www.jasminejade.com/ps-7117-50-sunshine-sex-and-sunflowers.aspx

Blurb: Sequel to Harvest Heat. After losing his family’s station in Australia to the bank, Jacko Hennesy moves in with his best mate, Lochie McBride. Trouble is Lochie already has a roommate—his new lover, Jamey. Trying to settle into an everyday life with two men isn’t as easy as he’d hoped. Although he’s been in love with his best friend for years, Jacko also finds himself attracted to Jamey. Watching the constant flirting and touching every day is enough to reduce the tough bushman into a puddle of need. What’s a bloke to do when he falls for two sexy men?

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Common Powers 3: Edward Unconditionally by Lynn Lorenz
Release Date: April 7, 2009
Publisher: Loose Id
ISBN: 978-1-59632-910-2
Publisher Link: http://www.loose-id.com/prod-Common_Powers_3__Edward,_Unconditionally-913.aspx

Amazon Kindle: Common Powers 3: Edward Unconditionally

Blurb: When Jack meets Edward at a traffic stop, his world is rocked -- and not for the better. Edward is the gayest man he’s ever seen, and Spring Lake is a small town just getting comfortable with its own new gay couple, Brian Russell and Rush Weston. Unlike Edward, Rush and Brian are big, strapping, manly men. But manly isn’t what turns Jack on. It’s Edward -- everything about the younger man drives Jack wild with desire and the need to control Edward’s wild, impetuous spirit. For Edward, his attraction to “bad boys” has been his romantic downfall. His heart’s been broken so many times he’s lost count. When he meets Jack, Edward falls for the all-American by-the-book lawman, but finds his attempts rebuffed and his pride severely wounded. Jack’s straight, or at least says he is, but Edward knows that look in Jack’s eyes, he’s seen it before from other men. How can a man so right be so wrong? Edward tempts Jack beyond anyone he’s ever met and his desire for Edward builds each time he encounters the younger man, until he can no longer deny it or himself. But Edward doesn’t want sex on the side, he wants forever. He wants the fairy tale. Can Jack give Edward what he wants or will Jack’s fear of being ridiculed for his choice of a partner keep them from their Happily Ever After?

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Bound by Leather by Mychael Black and Shayne Carmichael
Release Date: April 05, 2009
Publisher: Phaze Books
ISBN: 978-1-60659-147-5
Publisher Link: http://www.king-cart.com/Phaze/product=Bound+by+Leather/exact_match=exact

Amazon Kindle: Bound By Leather

Blurb: In the world of werewolves, to harbor submissive desires is looked upon with disdain. To be gay and submissive is a double threat. To satisfy his craving, Nathaniel seeks acceptance at a BDSM club...and is quick to receive it. Master Raphael's interest in the beautiful wolf is quite obvious to the club's clientele, and it isn't long before the two are paired for play. Yet, Raphael isn't known exactly for monogamy. Could Nathaniel turn him into a one-man, or one-wolf, Dominant?

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Excerpt Day: Give it Time B.A. Tortuga

Give it Time: the Seven of Wands by B.A. Tortuga
Release Date: April 4, 2009
Publisher: Torquere Books
ISBN: 978-1-60370-673-5
ISBN (10): 1-60370-673-9
Publisher Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=1891

Blurb: A Roughstock Universe Book. CB, nicknamed Biscuit by his cowboy friends, has to stay off the bulls to heal up a groin injury that leaves him wondering if he'll ever get to have sex again. Sports medicine man, Jonesy, is more than happy to help in both departments, but he knows CB has to take his time and get better. Biscuit is as stubborn as a cowboy can be, and determined to play the bullriding game he loves so much. Jonesy thinks he has the perfect bribe, though, and he's willing to play dirty to get CB back to health. Can the two of them nurse CB back to his best riding form?

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Ride the Tiger: the Six of Swords by Misa Izanaki
Release Date: April 04, 2009
Publisher: Torquere Books
ISBN: 978-1-60370-674-2
ISBN (10): 1-60370-674-7
Publisher Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=1890

Blurb: Sometimes life deals you a bad hand. No one knows that more than Evan does. Battered and locked out by his abusive boyfriend, Evan finds himself at The Body Shop. There he finds a safe haven with his long lost twin and his brother's friends. Evan also meets Varian, a weretiger and the newest bouncer at the club. Varian is brave and sweet and the perfect person to help Evan start over. They become fast friends but a run in with his ex brings up the uglier parts of Evan's past. Will Evan's insecurities get the better of him or will Evan find a new life with his handsome weretiger?

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Excerpt Day: Tequila Angel by L.F. Blake

Tequila Angel by L.F. Blake
Release Date: April 4, 2009
Publisher: Torquere Books
Publisher Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=1892

Blurb: Dave and Cory are young, beautiful, famous, and ruined. Dave has his personal demons to fight but Cory won't stand for being second to anything. Cory's played games so long that Dave can't tell what's real until Cory starts playing for keeps. Everything Dave wants drives him to the edge and over; will Cory stop his fall?

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Excerpt Day: L.A. Heat by P.A. Brown

L.A. Heat by P.A. Brown
Release Date: 11/2008
Publisher (ebook): Bristlecone Pine Press
ISBN: 978-0-9817464-4-9
Publisher Link: http://www.bcpinepress.com/htdocs/synopsis/LA_heat.html
Publisher (print): MLR Press
ISBN: 978-1-934531-85-3
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Amazon: L.A. Heat

Blurb: In L.A. Heat, a serial killer is on the loose in Los Angeles and he's targeting gay men. LAPD Detective David Laine--himself gay but deeply closeted--is assigned to the case with his homophobic partner, Martinez Diego. The nature of the crimes and the brutalization of the victims bring disturbing emotions to the surface for David. Laine and his partner have a suspect: Christopher Bellamere--an openly gay California "golden boy" who crossed paths with two of the victims before their deaths. But when cop and suspect meet, an immediate attraction complicates the case and David Laine's very private life. As David works to find the killer--and Chris works to clear his name--they both seek to understand the complex feelings that are growing between them. Fast-paced and intricately plotted, L.A. Heat, author P.A. Brown's debut novel, will have you on the edge of your seat right until thelast page is turned.

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Excerpt Day: Island Song by Alan Chin

Island Song by Alan Chin
Release Date: 09/2008
Publisher: Zumaya Publications
ISBN: 978-1-934841-02-0
Publisher Link: http://www.zumayapublications.com/title.php?id=64

Amazon: Island Song

Blurb: Two years after the death of his lover, Garrett Davidson sits in a Hawaiian beach shack, gazing out over the vast, empty Pacific. He has nothing left. Despair has robbed him of his elegant home, his lucrative job and his sanity. The single thread holding him to reality is the story he has come to this shack to write: Marc's story, the story of his lost love. Then Songoree breezes into his life. Songoree, a Hawaiian surfer and Garrett's new cook, is not gay, but he can't help being captivated by Garrett. He has always been attracted to broken things, like the crane with a broken wing he once mended and cared for. He is drawn to anything that reminds him of the broken image he has of himself. When he attempts to heal Garrett's spirit they become entwined in an extraordinary relationship. The stakes are raised when Songoree's grandfather, a venerable Hawaiian kahuna, frees Garrett's mind from anguish by using ancient shamanic methods to induce altered states of awareness. Garrett and Songoree struggle to transcend their differences in age, race and life experiences. They soon discover that some of the islanders will stop at nothing to destroy their unique bond, while Songoree's grandfather is hell-bent on bringing them together to fulfill an ancient Polynesian prophesy. A clash of wills erupts between grandfather, grandson and hostile islanders, with Garrett caught in the middle fighting for his life and plunging headlong to a moment that will brutally test the boundaries of the human spirit.

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Excerpt Day: Cat Fancy by Julia Talbot

The Cat House 3: Cat Fancy by Julia Talbot
Release Date: April 9, 2009
Publisher: Changeling Press
ISBN: 978-1-59596-853-1
Publisher Link: http://www.changelingpress.com/product.php?&upt=book&ubid=1128

Blurb: Layla is great at matchmaking among her friends and with the patrons at the Cat House, but she’s not so good at finding someone to call her own. Now she has two big male werecats doing renovations on her club, and she thinks she has an embarrassment of riches. Aaron and Jamie have a good thing going, but they believe that sharing makes it even better. They think Layla might be just the kind of pleasure they want to mix with their business, and they’re ready to take what they want. Can Layla choose between them, or will she even have to?

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Excerpt Day: Keeping Karma by Tory Temple

Keeping Karma by Tory Temple
Release Date: April 8, 2009
Publisher: Torquere Press
ISBN: 978-1-60370-680-3
ISBN (10): 1-60370-680-1
Publisher Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=1895

Amazon Kindle: Keeping Karma

Blurb: Alexander Myers and his twin sister Tabitha were born with the incredible ability to "hear" the thoughts of animals. Alex has managed to keep this a secret and has actually used it to his advantage for his job, working in an emergency animal care clinic and volunteering at the animal shelter while he studies to become a veterinarian. One night while Alex is working the front desk, Dylan Travers, a local animal control officer, comes in with an injured fawn. When Alex and Dylan become involved, it gets harder and harder for Alex to keep his secret. On top of that, Alex has a little menagerie of his own in his apartment, including a ferret called Karma, who he's not supposed to have as a pet. As the two men become closer, Alex worries about how Dylan will react if Alex tells him about his pets and then his special ability. Add to that debilitating migraines from especially 'loud' animals, and a dangerous co-worker who Alex butts heads with, and life is suddenly far more exciting than Alex would like. Will he be able to keep his job, his pets, his lover and his sanity?

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Around the World: Queen's Elm Square

When I'm walking around a city, I like to discover little place more than famous landmarks. Usually I avoid museum or must-seen tourist trap, and go in search of those little places that made the history and that now are almost forgotten, at least from the tourist path.

Queen's Elm Square is a Tudor private court and it's famous only since a legend said tha Queen Elizabeth I found shelter under the Elm that it's still in the center of the court. For this reason, even if it's a private court and so not open to visit, it's listed to the London Inventory of Historic Green Spaces.

by Elisa, Queen's Elm Square, London, 2001:

It's between Chelsea and Kensington, and really, it's no more than an half circle of green, but the joy I felt while searching for it was enough to leave me a beautiful memory. The photo is taken from behind the fence, so it's nothing special, only a way to fix the memory.

Lost by Zoe Nichols

This is a short story, so I had to imagine a lot of things, but there are enough details for me to do that. Eric and Ethan are friends, probably from when they are young: there is a easiness in their relationship, and common memories that allows me to realize that. Ethan has a special power, he is able to "feel" the spark of life of people, and so in the previous years he worked with an special organization devoted to find missing people; but the few times he was not able to find those people alive weighted more than the one times he succeeded, and so he left and now he is trying to loose his mind with alcohol.

When Eric asks him to find his missing mother, Ethan doesn't want to do that, but Eric is one of the few friends he hasn't drawn away, and so he can't refuse. And then there is something in Eric that attracts Ethan more than a friendship bond: he has always avoided to think on it, but now that they are together in this mission, Ethan is no more able to be detached.

As I always said with a short story, there are very few things I can say without giving up the story. So I will focus on the two things that remained more in me after the end. First, this is a multicultural love story, but sincerely this aspect is not very underlighted, and I like it; Ethan is African-American, Eric is white, but this doesn't matter for them; maybe it's since they were friends before, maybe it's since when Ethan sees Eric, or when Eric sees Ethan, they only see someone they love, point, the cultural barrier is not overcome since it doesn't exist since the beginning.

Second point, I like the fatalism of the story, how all it's resolved without Eric or Ethan doing something that maybe they would have regretted in the future. It's not a perfect ending, but it's an end that allows Eric and Ethan to have a chance.


Amazon Kindle: Lost

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The Price Of His Redemption (Book X of The Master Chronicles) by Jamie Craig
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Playing The Field: Tee'd Off by J. M. Snyder
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Allergies by T. A. Chase
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The Cat House 3: Cat Fancy by Julia Talbot
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The Written Word Book 2: Silent Communication by Jamieson Wolf
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Zero at the Bone by Jane Seville
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Dissonance by Sonja Spencer
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Sunshine, Sex and Sunflowers by Carol Lynne
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Gift Exchange by Jack Osprey
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Marry Me or Die by D.J. Manly
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Hearts Afire April by Emery Sanborne & Jamie Craig
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Common Powers 3: Edward, Unconditionally by Lynn Lorenz
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Freeman by Clare London
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Turner and Turner: One Good Turn by Amber Green
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Sex & Chocolate by Reese Johnson
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Bound by Leather by Mychael Black and Shayne Carmichael
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Fool for Love by Cassandra Gold
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Adder by Ally Blue
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Give it Time: the Seven of Wands by B.A. Tortuga
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Ride the Tiger: the Six of Swords by Misa Izanaki
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Rover by Mel Spenser
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Other Magical Creatures edited by M. Rode with stories by Mychael Black, Dianne Fox, and Sommer Marsden
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Keeping Karma by Tory Temple
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The Whole Deal by Lorne Rodman
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Texas Hold ’Em by Carol Lynne
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Let's Get Medieval by Jardonn Smith

It's not simple to write something on this book as a whole since it's not a whole; they are two completely different stories, not only on the setting, but also on the emotional impact they had on him.

The Tortured Secutor is setting in Rome in 270 A.D.; Artimos Traius is the doctor who tends to the gladiators in the Colosseum. Of Greek origins, his great-grand father was personal  physician to Emperor Trajan, but also a slave. He was freed by the Emperor at his death, and now Artimos' family is leaving a respectable life in Rome. Artimos is the last of his family, has a comfortable house near the Colosseum and indulges in his love for the men among a strict circle of friends. He doesn't flaunt his homosexuality, but who is near him knows.

During the execution of his duty, to examine the new slaves to become gladiators, he meets Philokrates. Philo was a freeman from Macedonia, but he was unfairly framed of a crime and sold as a slave; despite all the things he has suffered, Philo maintains a proud behavior that attracts Artimos. Even if Philo is proud, and strong, he is of a lower class than Artimos, and this difference will characterize their relationship: Artimos takes care of Philo, he tends his injuries, worships Philo's body as he would do with a wonderful example of human body. Artimos is attract from the strenght and body of Philo, and Philo let him being so. I don't think Philo having a preference between men or women, probably in his mind he has never thought to have a choice, and so when Artimos takes care of him and shows such a love for his body, Philo accepts it without questioning if it's right or wrong, without questioning their difference in social status or in age.

There is a lot of sex, as always in a Jardonn Smith's book, very direct and explicit, almost bared, but it's right like that since reflects the feeling I had of Artimos and Philo's relationship, very based on their physical reactions. Artimos treats Philo like a coveted prize, worrying to have someone to tend him during the day while he is at work, and then worshiping his body by night, with physical therapy and sex, two things that almost mix in one. Even if in a strange way, I think there is a romance between Artimos and Philo, even if it doesn't follow the usual rules; the passion between Artimos and Philo is strong but silent, no many words are needed, the bodies can speak for them.

Amazon: The Tortured Secutor (A Boner Book)

The Bishop of Grunewald is for me very much more difficult to like than The Tortured Secutor. First of all is not a single story between two, or even three men, but it's a intertwined story of different couple in different stage of relationship. At first we meet William and Jonathan, living in a medieval small village. Best friends for many years, William comforts Jonathan when he is forced to marry Helena; Jonathan wasn't even interested in the woman, but he was deceived. What is the relationship between William and Jonathan? At first it's not clear, and the jealousy of Helena seems unjustified. Both William and Jonathan are handsome and good-looking men, but maybe Jonathan is neglecting his wife, or maybe Helena is only a very greedy woman... in a way or the other Helena decides that she is bored by his husband, and when she is rebutted by William, she sets her eyes, on William's younger brother, Tobias, an innocent soul William is trying to protect from everything and everyone.

The village where they live is ruled by Peter Sion with the help of the Bishop of Bethune, Frederick. Helena frames William of raping her with the help of Jonathan, and has both men arrested. Bishop Frederick seems not really interested in making William and Jonathan confess their sins, and leaves the men in the hand of Peter. Peter is a sadist who is leaving in an open menages with Otto, called the little bull, and his two cousins; Peter is fascinated by William and Jonathan, by their strong bodies and even stronger wills. Peter doesn't want to break them, he wants to play and drive them to the edge of sanity. He knows, or at least hopes, that both men are strong enough to bear all he will bestow to them and being even stronger at the end. Peter is not even interested in having William and Jonathan as his for ever, he is quite content with his little bull, Otto. Meanwhile William and Jonathan are going through their unfair torture (unfair since they are not guilty of what Helena accused them, but are they really innocent?), another true comes ashore: Helena's obsession, young Tobias, is not only her. Bishop Frederick has his own plans on the young blacksmith, and now he has the chance he was waiting to reach for the innocent soul. It's quite a bad joke that the real sinners, at least at the eyes of God, are of no interest for the Bishop, and instead he is obsessed by the only innocent soul of this book, Tobias.

All right, at this point you have understood that The Bishop of Grunewald is a saraband of stories and all of them centered around one only emotion, Lust. There is again a lot of sex, this time even more explicit, almost raw and painful, more pain than pleasure aimed to force men to admit their true nature. It pushed a bit my boundaries, and if I'm true, I liked more the first story than this one, maybe also since The Tortured Secutor has a full setting even outside the relationship between the main characters, the Roman Empire and its corrupted society, where connections and money make the difference between being a man or a slave; instead the Bishop of Grunewald has almost a claustrophobic setting, the dungeon and the private chambers of the manor, it seems like there is no life outside.

Amazon: The Bishop of Grunewald: A Tale From the Dungeon (A Boner Book)

Amazon: Let's Get Medieval: Jardonn's Erotic Tales - Two Books In One - The Tortured Secutor - The Bishop Of Grunewald

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