May 9th, 2009

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Excerpt Day: The Edge of Desperation by Jason Edding & James Buchanan

The Edge of Desperation by Jason Edding & James Buchanan
Release Date: 04/ 2009
Publisher: MLR Press
ISBN: 978-1-60820-042-9(print)
ISBN: 978-1-60820-043-6 (ebook)
Publisher Link: http://www.mlrpress.com/ShowBook.php?book=EDGEDSP1

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Blurb: Over what can love and lust win? Can they win over betrayal? Espionage? Instability? Overthrowing a monarchy? James Buchanan and Jason Edding bring us two stories spanning the universe. Jason continues the Dark Robe Society's story; Jack and Edge return and bring each other and us to the edge again while Toren and Tees share more than a common goal. James introduces us to Alad and Hirah, both out searching for something when they meet, are they the end of searching for each other? All the heroes are on an edge, but is it The Edge of Desperation?

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Excerpt Day: The Janitor by Jan Irving

The Janitor by Jan Irving
Release Date: May 5, 2009
Publisher: Loose Id
ISBN: 978-1-59632-938-6
Publisher Link: http://www.loose-id.com/prod-The_Janitor-941.aspx

Blurb: I’m a naturally optimistic type of person, you know? Yeah, I think good things will happen, only they usually don’t. Take Noel: even though he’s educated and rich and he don’t think he’s even gay, I want to belong to him. I want him to take me completely---Dane Connelly. Dane Connelly is a gay janitor and boxer with a soft heart and a simple outlook--he wants to meet the right man, someone who will look past his macho sport and put him in the place of a submissive. He wants to fall in love and belong to his partner. On the surface, Noel Atherton, an intellectual, shy, and sexually repressed university graduate student with a crippled leg, could not be the dominant lover that Dane longs for. But after their first meeting, when Dane disables the fire alarm in the library and lights a cigarette, Noel is drawn from his shell. Soon, Noel needs to touch Dane, exploring his sexuality for the first time. And both learn that looks can be deceiving. However, Noel's controlling father is appalled by the relationship and quietly arranges to get Dane out of the way and punish him for daring to love a man so far above his station.

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Excerpt Day: Lone by Rowan McBride

Lone by Rowan McBride
Release Date: May 3, 2009
Publisher: Amber Allure
ISBN-13: 978-1-60272-512-6 (Electronic)
ISBN-13: 978-1-60272-871-4 (Paperback)
Publisher Link: http://amberquill.com/AmberAllure/Lone.html

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Blurb: Professor Seth Anderson has finally found sanctuary in Brier, Iowa. Even better, he's found Raphael "Rafe" Dirisio, a strong, giant of a man who owns the town pool hall, and Seth has never felt so comfortable, safe, or close to anyone. When Seth is asked to give a series of lectures in Washington, DC, it seems only natural that Rafe come along. But in a few surreal days, Seth's true nature is exposed and he brings both their lives crashing down around them. Because Seth is not only a werewolf, he's also something much, much worse...

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Excerpt Day: Fortunate Son by Fae Sutherland & Marguerite Labbe

Fortunate Son by Fae Sutherland & Marguerite Labbe
Release Date: 04/2009
Publisher: Amber Allure
ISBN-13: 978-1-60272-506-5 (Electronic)
Publisher Link: http://www.amberquill.com/AmberAllure/FortunateSon.html

Blurb: They marched for peace, but found hope for the future in each other’s arms... Set against the backdrop of the infamous March on the Pentagon in the fall of 1967, Fortunate Son follows Ricky Anderson and his lover, Charlie Irvine, as they and thousands of other idealistic anti-war protesters strive to make their voices heard. Haunted by the death of his older brother on the front lines in Vietnam, Ricky’s stake in the protests is personal and painful. Charlie, Ricky’s peace-loving hippie lover, has taught Ricky about rallies, poetry and love. But a secret Charlie’s hidden from Ricky since day one is about to come to light and threaten their relationship as well as their beliefs.

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Excerpt Day: Another Royal Dilemma by Robin Gideon

Another Royal Dilemma by Robin Gideon
Release Date: 04/2009
Publisher: Liquid Silver Books
ISBN: 978-1-59578-528-2
Publisher Link: http://www.king-cart.com/cgi-bin/cart.cgi?store=linda018&product_name=Another+Royal+Dilemma&return_page=&user-id=&password=&exchange=&exact_match=exact

Blurb: “Royal Desires” series, Book 2. In Czarist Russian, Princess Tatiana is a woman with a secret. Though she has managed to force her vile husband into exile in Paris for a year—until she can legally obtain a divorce as an abandoned wife—her time in St. Petersburg has been a blur of sensual activity, thanks to the endless charm and inexhaustible sensual skills of her lovers, Prince Dimitri and Count Klaus. But when a beautiful young harem girl, fleeing for her life, naked and alone, suddenly burst into their life, the three must discover whether their love can withstand the tumultuous changes the girl brings with her.

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Excerpt Day: Feral by Joely Skye

Feral by Joely Skye
Release Date: May 5, 2009
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-60504-520-7
Publisher Link: http://samhainpublishing.com/romance/feral

Amazon Kindle: Feral

Blurb: Seduction is his only chance for freedom…and love is a death sentence. Even among shifters, Ethan is a rare breed. So rare, he’s spent the last eight years in hiding from the werewolves who once captured and tortured him. Now a tranq dart has cut short his feral existence. Waking in human form in a locked room is more than a living nightmare…it’s reliving his worst one. Yet in the troubled eyes of one of his captors, he senses a weak link. One he can use to escape—by seducing his jailer. Bram’s life as pack omega isn’t easy. As long as he obeys his alpha he is protected. However, there are some things he just can’t bring himself to do. Keeping a precious cougar shifter prisoner is one of them, especially one who has somehow managed to capture his heart. Setting Ethan free could be a death sentence for both of them, for Bram’s pack doesn’t take betrayal lightly. And the alpha is set on revenge.

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Excerpt Day: Lessons in Discovery by Charlie Cochrane

Lessons in Discovery by Charlie Cochrane
Release Date: 05/2009
Publisher: Linden Bay Romance
ISBN: 978-1-60202-200-3
Publisher Link: http://www.lindenbayromance.com/product-lessonsindiscovery-7313-145.html

Amazon Kindle: Lessons in Discovery: A Cambridge Fellows Mystery, Book 3

Blurb: Orlando’s broken memory may break his lover’s heart. A Cambridge Fellows Mystery, Book 3. Cambridge, 1906. On the very day Jonty Stewart proposes that he and Orlando Coppersmith move in together, Fate trips them up. Rather, it trips Orlando, sending him down a flight of stairs and leaving him with an injury that erases his memory. Instead of taking the next step in their relationship, they’re back to square one. It’s bad enough that Orlando doesn’t remember being intimate with Jonty—he doesn’t remember Jonty at all. Back inside the introverted, sexually innocent shell he inhabited before he met Jonty, Orlando is faced with two puzzles. Not only does he need to recover the lost pieces of his past, he’s also been tasked by the Master to solve a four-hundred-year-old murder before the end of term. The college’s reputation is riding on it. Jonty, crushed that his lover doesn’t remember him, puts aside his grief to help decode old documents for clues to the murder. But a greater mystery remains—one involving the human heart. To solve it, Orlando must hear the truth about himself—even if it means he may not fall in love with Jonty the second time around…

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Excerpt Day: Twists & Turns by Stevie Woods

Twists & Turns by Stevie Woods
Release Date: May 9, 2009
Publisher: Torquere Books
Publisher Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=1964

Blurb: Two young men met following an accident and discover they were meant to be together. Only to realize the accident was no accident at all. Determined to discover what is really going on, Crispin drives Zeke to town in his carriage to see Zeke´s father - and tell him that Zeke is no longer going to marry the man of his father´s choice. Will a powerful determined man be able to interfere with the plan of the gods?

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Excerpt Day: Saving Trevor by Steve Sampson

Saving Trevor by Steve Sampson
Release Date: April 7, 2009
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publisher Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/novellas.htm#Saving_Trevor_

Amazon Kindle: Saving Trevor

Blurb: Eric Folke and Nick Bertolli share a fulfilling life together, balancing romance and passion, until the night they rescue fourteen-year-old Trevor, kicked out of his home because he is gay. Trevor wants to stay with them, and Eric and Nick want to help, but there are complications. They have no legal right to keep Trevor, and neither of them is sure they're ready for the changes taking Trevor in will mean to their lives.

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Excerpt Day: Slapshot by Dianne Fox

Slapshot by Dianne Fox
Release Date: 04/2009
Publisher: Torquere Books
Publisher Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=1959

Blurb: Jay isn't sure about the new kid on his hockey team. He and Mattie start off with a fist-fight, in fact, neither of them willing to give an inch. When it comes time for them to start rooming, together, though, Jay has some advice for the lonely new star of the ice. Can Mattie give up feeling like an outsider find what he needs with Jay?

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Excerpt Day: Painting From Life by Anne Brooke

Painting From Life by Anne Brooke
Release Date: 05/2009
Publisher: Eternal Press
ISBN (ebook): 978-1-926647-79-1
ISBN (print): 978-1-926647-87-6
Publisher Link: http://www.eternalpress.ca/paintingfromlife.html

Amazon: Painting from Life

Blurb: Love is never what you think. When a painter goes beyond the degree of intimacy that provides the connection between him and his newly-discovered muse, he is forced to undergo a re-evaluation of the true meaning of love. In a strange wist on the Dorian Gray theme, perhaps the artist steals the subject’s essence as love and art meld into one.

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Excerpt Day: Her Boyfriend’s Boyfriend by Cheryl Dragon

Her Boyfriend’s Boyfriend by Cheryl Dragon
Release Date: May 5, 2009
Publisher: Loose Id
ISBN: 978-1-59632-935-5
Publisher Link: http://www.loose-id.com/prod-Her_Boyfriend_s_Boyfriend-938.aspx

Blurb: Cassie has found the man of her dreams. Neil’s rich and smart and hotter than hell! He's perfect. Except for one small thing. Their sex life is cooling off and he’s not talking. It's not her, she's almost sure, and she's not giving up. She's determined to get to the bottom of it. And fix it. What Cassie doesn't know is that Neil used to have a boyfriend. Lou. They used to pick up women together, have sex with them, enjoy them, but they never found one they wanted to keep. Then Lou moved on. Neil tried. He tried to go straight for Cassie and for his career, but he never stopped loving Lou and without that man in his bed, he's never going to have everything he needs, no matter how much he loves Cassie. Once Cassie starts digging around, the truth can't be denied. And neither can the chemistry between Cassie and Lou. Is she the one they needed all along? Cassie's never had two men before. Not even just in bed. The idea of a ménage life scares her a little, honestly. But now that she knows how to please her boyfriend, she's not letting him go. Even if it means learning to love her boyfriend's boyfriend.

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Excerpt Day: Writing Skin by Adriana Kraft

Writing Skin by Adriana Kraft
Release Date: May 3, 2009
Publisher: eXtasy Books
ISBN: 978-1-55487-280-0
Publisher Link: http://www.extasybooks.net/ebjmsite/index.php?page=shop.product_details&category_id=8&flypage=ebook_flypage&product_id=5665&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=44

Blurb: What would it be like to be romanced by not one but two potential partners, simultaneously? Luci Parker has finally achieved the career of her dreams as an erotic author – but the only romance in her life these days is in the books she writes. Long attracted to both men and women, Luci despairs of ever finding just one person to settle down with. Owners of a South Side Chicago bookstore, Chai and Frank Ferguson eagerly devour Luci's books as fast as she can write them, and now they wonder if she might be the woman they've been looking for. Frank is deeply in love with Chai but knows she'll never be complete without a woman to love as well. Can he match the passion of not one but two exquisite and complicated women at the same time? Will Luci even want him? And if Chai truly falls in love with Luci, will there be room for him?

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Excerpt Day: The Three of Cups by Reno MacLeod & Jaye Valentine

Messiah 1: The Three of Cups by Reno MacLeod & Jaye Valentine
Release Date: May 2, 2009
Publisher: Torquere Books
ISBN: 978-1-60370-705-3
ISBN: 1-60370-705-0
Publisher Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=1957

Blurb: In the year 2039, the world is a better place, thanks to one man. Fresh from college, Malcolm Wilder engineered a cheap fix to fossil fuel dependence. The new energy-for-all economy brought on world peace, and as Earth and its people began to heal, creatures once thought to be the stuff of myth decided it was finally safe to reveal themselves. A decade later, Malcolm is a corporate giant living in exotic Dubai. He's on the cover of every magazine and his name on everyone's lips. Malcolm's business partner and lifelong friend, Levi Tanner, is concerned that Malcolm isn't allowing himself to enjoy his fame and fortune. Levi finally takes Malcolm to Mortal Sins, a local hot spot that caters to those looking for something a little different in the way of adult recreation. Little does Malcolm know, but the world still has a few problems of Biblical proportion and all hell is about to break loose.

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Excerpt Day: Love in Dark Settings Omnibus by Dusk Peterson

Love in Dark Settings Omnibus by Dusk Peterson
Release Date: 04/2009
Publisher: Lulu Press
Publisher Link: http://www.lulu.com/content/multimedia/love-in-dark-settings-omnibus/6666590

Blurb: All of Dusk Peterson's fiction: 700,000 words (3 novels, 10 novellas, 4 novelettes, and 12 short stories) of suspenseful fantasy, historical fantasy, contemporary fiction, friendship fiction, heterosexual love stories, original gen, original het, original slash, hurt/comfort, darkfic, gay fiction, gay erotic love stories, gay erotica, and leather fiction. It's the equivalent of a 2000-page anthology. As a bonus, the e-book contains 28 collections of fiction recommendations and nonfiction, including annotated lists of hundreds of novels, short fiction, and memoirs, online and in print: friendship fiction, gay fiction and erotica, original slash and yaoi, leather fiction, Victorian and Edwardian writings, science fiction, fantasy, historical fantasy, and historical fiction.

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Times Queer by Mykola Dementiuk

Times Queer is not for sure a light and sunny novel, it's instead cold and harsh as the neon lights of the Times Square (here Times Queer) of the title. At seven years old Richard Kozlowsky is going with his parents from the suburbs to central Manhattan to spend the sunday at the theater, as a lot of other people in the '50. Only that little Ricky is molested on the tram, and this episode will change forever his perspective on sex; he imprints in his mind the name "Times Queer", a place where you can find the forbidden, sex and easy money, and from that moment on for him sex will ever be something dirty and cheap, and in some strange twist of mind, to "do" in public.

Ricky is obsessed by women, from the curves of a woman's body, but the easy sex he finds with men; in the shadow of a theater, in the public men's room of the big Mananhattan parks, even with some of his friends. Blowjobs, handjobs, one time even anal sex, Ricky is always the one to receive them, always repeating in his mind like a tantra the name of some dream girl; Ricky never once questions the loneliness of these men, or that maybe there is something more in sex with a man than an easy way to get off for free. The two times he is forced (really forced with a weapon on his head) to have sex with a man from the giving side, Ricky feels sick. And when he falls in love with a woman, she is someone like him, someone who has a very strange perspective on sex.

I don't know if Ricky is straight or gay or in between; when normally young people form their "sexual" mind, Ricky was exposed to the worst side of sex, and I don't believe he had the change to develop his sexuality; he is like a beast trapped in a cage and famished, and when he has the chance to reach for "food" (sex), he does it in a frenzy and without savoring it, gobbling bite after bite, act after act, almost fearing that someone will deprive him of the next bite. And when he is satiated, for a brief moment, he regrets what he has just done, only for soon after searching for another occasion to do it again and again.

Ricky is not a stable man, he is on the verge, but sincerely I feel more pity for him than aversion. The book covers Ricky's life from child to young man, still a teen, but don't judge Ricky's action with a "modern" eyes: the book is setting in the '50 and the beginning of the '60, and 16 years old in that time are not the same of today. It's even more sad to read of modern Ricky who still wanders around Times Square, no more the Times Queer he remembers: the city is changed, is grown, and instead Ricky is still trapped in his cage.

Amazon: Times Queer

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Around the World: Château de Villandry

Loire is a beautiful French country, green and with those little jewel of castles that peppered the view. But truth be told, I didn't enjoy so much this travel, since I went with a guided tour and felt constraint by the rules of travel on group... guess I'm more a lone wolf when I'm around for my travel.

 
by Elisa, Villandry, Loire, 2003:
http://www.elisarolle.com/travel/2003Loira.htm

The Château de Villandry is a castle-palace located in Villandry, in the département of Indre-et-Loire, France.
 
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By Chance by Cat Grant

If you have The Arrangement, you already know the main characters of this novel, Eric and Nick, and Ally on the side. And you already know what happened to them as adult. If you haven't it, this is their story as young students who are entering their adult life and have not yet decided who they will be. By Chance is the third book in the Courtland Chronicles, but it's actually a prequel, developing that little glimpse on Eric and Nick's life we had at the beginning of The Arrangement, when they remember how they met in college. So, sincerely, I will not spend time in telling what happened in The Arrangement, and truth be told, I would almost recommend to the newbie of this series to read first By Chance and then, if they liked it, to try also The Arrangement. I say so, since By Chance is mostly Eric and Nick's story, and it's sweet but with a doomed feeling on it.

With Eric and Nick, Cat Grant plays the card of the contrast: Nick is a jock, and in the common imaginary, jock and college mean a dumb guy with only sex in mind. And instead Nick plays football only to have the full scholarship his family couldn't afford and regarding sex, Nick has the good example of his parents' love in mind and he is waiting for true love, like a true old fashioned man. On the other hand, Eric has all another example from his parents, and for him sex, and also all personal relationships, are something to not trust: Eric presents the same cold facade to both possible lover or friend. When Nick and Eric are forced to share a room in the dorm, it not takes Eric much time to involve Nick in a sexual relationship, and even to ask him for commitment, a commitment Nick is not ready to give. Nick is used to ponder every decision, to weight the pros and cons, and he is not ready to catch Eric's sudden offer; he probably doesn't understand that it's the last time that Eric behaves on the wave of his heart and not following a cold plan (but this is another story, the one you find in The Arrangement).

As in the Arrangement, it would be easy to say that Eric is the "cold" character, and Nick the one that is mistreated, but sincerely, this time I felt like the misunderstood one was Eric. This time we have a clear look on his family life and in all the events that lead him to be so detached and aloof; Eric is the classical character that needs love and again love in his life, and maybe someone that is able to move on to some of his up and down in mood. At first Nick seems to be able to be that one, he offers a friendly shoulder and the proof that a real relationship, between friends or lovers, can be good and a safe haven for a lost boy like Eric. But maybe Nick is too young, maybe he is not ready, or maybe also him still has doubts on what he wants for their future, and he doesn't understand that, to anchor a man like Eric, you have to be always near him; instead Nick thinks they can face this budding relationship like two simple boys who met in College... but Eric is not a simple boy. In The Arrangement, most of the guilt for the troubles in their relationship falls on Eric, here instead, I have the feeling that all of it started way before, probably in the time in which By Chance is setting, and the episode between Nick and Ally is one proof more: Nick probably is not the strong man that Eric needs to straighten his idea on love and commitment.

Knowing all this, the reader has a different perspective on the events of the following book in time: Eric is not the cold man who takes advantage of Nick's love, and Ally is not exactly a victim that enters an arranged marriage without knowing what is expecting her.

http://www.lyricalpress.com/by_chance

Amazon Kindle: By Chance

Series:
1) The Arrangement: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/309466.html
2) Strictly Business
3) By Chance

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