July 6th, 2009

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Talons of the Condor by John Simpson

Talons of the Condor is the sequel of Condor One, the fantapolitical novel by John Simpson about the first gay president of United States of America. I remember with pleasure that book, and I, above all, remember with pleasure David Windsor, Mr. President. As you know if you read the previous book, or can understand from the surname, David is not exactly some Mr. Smith throws in the chaos of the White House in Washington. He, even before being a president, was from a very wealthy family, with connection with the royal family in England, and I believe he was, as he is still, quite a spoiled man. He is not that spoiling that makes a character unlikable, but more a general attitude, o way to face all the situation, from the simple "domestic" dealing as to buy a dog-bed for his favorite Scottish Terrier, to decide if declare the WWII or not. David is a man of power, he can listen to advice, but in the end he will take his own decision. And he is used, and expects to, that every single order is taking in immediate consideration, without further postponement. He is also a man of great passions, and he can be mislead by his easily inflaming temperament. All in all, someone would almost think that David in the end is not a so nice man, but then you see the "other" David, the one who can easily get caught ogling to the bottom of some military staff, or who is content to simple lay in bed and cuddle with his young lover, special agent Shane Thompson.

The story is not so much different from the previous one, there is as before a treating to David's life, but maybe this time, the things got further and bigger. The author indeed plays a bit to fantapolitic, and imagines a various range of dangerous situation, with also some nasty consequences. And I have the feeling that he realized well over the half of the novel, that he didn't put enough danger in that first part, since the events rush one after the other, and then all together, toward an end that, from the political side will remain still "open", while instead will arrive to a nice, a very romantic conclusion on the love side. I think that the author has not yet put the end point on the story of this couple, and I have an idea to who will play the first lady role on the official visit of King William II, David's cousin, to the White House.

Another thing that I notice is that David is somewhat more "domestic" in this sequel. As I said, David is a spoiled man, quite aware to be a nice catch for every single gay man. And so in the first book, I had an impression of him like a friendly and open man, not at all scared by his sexuality. I think he was quite happy to be single and among so many handsome man. Now instead David is almost calm, satisfied, but not since he is aware of his position as president, but since he is content with his relationship with Shane. And so we also see the "daddy" David, behaving like a overprotective father for his little girl, the Scottish Terrier Mary, but also for every single gay teenager he has the chance to meet. It's almost like David's fatherly instinct were aroused at the same moment he met the man who is a good candidate to be the real deal... quite the attitude of those old-fashioned women of the good society that were raised to be good wives and mothers, and who, soon after the marriage, lose the careless of youth to suddenly became the symbol of a perfect woman.

In all of this, I lost Shane... well, poor Shane is quite the supporting character in there. He is still a good man, he is devoted and unselfish, and sometime he looses the mask of composure to let us see the real man, but all in all, it's David who shines, and Shane lives of reflected light. Where it's David who suddenly becomes "domestic" and tamed, truth be told, it's Shane who plays the perfect role of the wife of a very important man: silent and always present, ready to satisfy every single wish of his man.


Amazon Kindle: Talons of the Condor

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2) Talons of the Condor

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Cover Art by Dan Skinner
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Jacob's Pony by Jude Mason

In a futuristic world where people went back to live like in the nineteen century, it's like the industrial revolution never happened, and the work of engines is done by slaves. Slavery is also legal, all cons, at the third conviction, lost their freedom rights and are sold into auctions. Jacob is the wealthy owner of a farm that not only utlize the work of those men on his land, but profits also of their well-endowed body in beds. When David arrives to his farm injustily framed of theft, Jacob suspects that he is innocent, but nevertheless decides to enjoy his new slave in bed.

This is probably the most interesting point of the short story: I really don't know if I like so much Jacob, he is not a nice man. But I think that this gives deepness to his character. I have the feeling that Jacob has never had a trouble in his life, even if it's not said, I think he was born wealthy and raised as a spoiled child, everything he wanted he had to have. So Jacob is not a bad man, he is only selfish. And he doesn't see anything wrong in owning slaves, since this is what he has always seen and learned as the only right thing to do to manage the new turn of his futuristic world. When he sees a slave he doesn't see a man, he sees a beast. Even when he starts to care for David, sometime he still refers to him as a stud, a beast, a pony. It's both a way to play kinky, but also his innate perception of things.

On the other hand, truth be told, David is not so strong or independent to help Jacob seeing him in a different way. Oh, he is strong in body, but as attitude, he is very much a submissive. Even the way he was convicted and condemned, I didn't feel like he fought hard to avoid it. He sometime seemed to me a martyr, someone who accepted his destiny since he thought it was right for him to go through all of that. It's not that the story is a real BDSM story, but it has its hints to that: the bench, the almost non-con sex, even if David enjoys his first experience and he doesn't protest, nevertheless he didn't agree to it, and he has no other chance.

The story is really short, less than 40 pages, but I think that, even in so few pages, it manages to build an interesting alternative reality, worthy maybe to be further explored.


Amazon Kindle: Jacob's Pony
Publisher: Total-E-Bound Publishing (July 6, 2009)

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In memory of Kathleen E. Woodiwiss

Kathleen E. Woodiwiss, née Kathleen Erin Hogg (b. June 3, 1939 in Alexandria, Louisiana, U.S.A – d. July 6, 2007 in Princeton, Minnesota, U.S.A), was a U.S. writer, pioneered the historical romance genre with the 1972 publication of her novel The Flame and the Flower.

Her debut novel, The Flame and the Flower, was rejected by agents and hardcover publishers as being too long at 600 pages. Rather than follow the advice of the rejection letters and rewrite the novel, Woodiwiss instead submitted it to paperback publishers. The first publisher on her list, Avon, quickly purchased the novel and arranged an initial 500,000 print run. The Flame and the Flower was revolutionary, featuring an epic historical romance with a strong heroine and actual sex scenes. This novel, published in 1972, sold over 2.3 million copies in its first four years of publication and is credited with spawning the modern romance genre, becoming the first romance novel "to [follow] the principals into the bedroom." The success of this novel prompted a new style of writing romance, concentrating primarily on historical fiction tracking the monogamous relationship between helpless heroines and the hero who rescued her, even if he had been the one to place her in danger. The romance novels which followed in her example featured longer plots, more controversial situations and characters, and more intimate and steamy sex scenes.

Woodiwiss published twelve best-selling romance novels, with over thirty-six million copies in print. Woodiwiss was known for the quality of her novels rather than the quantity of works she published. She often took four to five years to write a single novel. In some cases, Woodiwiss attributed the lag in publication time to personal and health issues, while in others she confessed to having suffered burnout and needing a rest to recover her interest in writing.

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Man Candy Day: Adam Phebus, Carlos Freire & Lee Kholafai

This week my Man Candy post is a pout purri! I decided to feature you three different men, all models from the same agency, Vision Model Management in Los Angeles, but all of them with a personality all of their own. Adam is the classical All American Boy, next door good boy; Carlos is a latin beauty, maybe a bit latin lover; Lee is exotic, with an aurea of mystery around him. And so, friends, don't tell me that I don't work hard to find men that could fit your dream ;-)

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Adam Phebus, 22 years old, moved to LA in 2005 from Michigan in search of himself. In this search, he found a love for the entertainment industry and modeling. He enjoys being a working model, but he really wants to use modeling as a vehicle to make money and establish a name behind his face while he breaks into acting and then eventually getting into business as well. He has a great circle of supportive friends in LA and he considers himself very blessed to have them all behind him 100%.

Adam Phebus appeared in Abercrombie and Fitch catalogue by Bruce Weber, The Buckle, Target, JC Penney, OUT magazine, Tetu magazine, 17 magazine, Instinct magazine, Charlotte Russe, Gianfranco Ruffini Italy, American Crew, K Swiss, Guess, Madame Figaro magazine and various other catalogues. He is the cover man for DNA Magazine #110 by Ronald N. Tan, February 09.

Carlos Freire by Rick Day

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Carlos Freire (real name: Carlinhos Freire), born in 1985, in Brazil, is a model, perhaps known for gracing the front cover of "Style: Men" magazine in 2007. Freire has always been a good-looking kid. He began to do modeling as a teenager. However, he was truly “discovered” by 40 Graus Models in 2006. Before long, Freire was featured in countless magazines including Vanity Fair, Out, Quem, Drops, and in 2007, landed the front cover of Style: Men magazine. Freire walked the biggest designer's runways and had posed for top Brazilian photographers Fernando Torquatto and Michael Roberts. In 2007, Freire did a large perfume campaign for "Lab Series" and also bagged a billboard ad for book, music and stationary store "Super Sports" in Bangkok.

During his spare time, Freire enjoys riding his motorcycle, working out, watching movies and swimming at the beach. He recently shot in Rio with Rick Day and with Fabien Montique in New York. He is represented by Vision Model Management in L.A. and Major Model Management in N.Y.

Lee Kholafai by Rick Day

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Lee Kholafai is a 23-year-old model from Mobile, Alabama. He is represented by Vision LA, RED NYC, FRONT Miami, Elite Milan and Fashion Cult in Greece. He never thought he would be a male model, he actually dreamed of being in the America's National Football League one day but an ankle injury kind of messed that up.

Kholafai has been in the industry for almost 2 years. He was first discovered while walking in South Beach, Miami on the road. He was walking one day on the beach and decided to walk on the road on the way back to make it shorter. Then a black Yukon pulled up to him and asked him about modeling and that's when he decided to give modeling a try.

Standing 6"1' feet tall and 165 lbs., Kholafai quickly began to book jobs working with a lot of great photographers. He has been featured in numerous editorials magazines, such as Genre (also cover by Rick Day) and Vogue and works with many photographer as Doug Inglish. He has also done high profile campaigns for Calvin Klein and International Jocking; and runway shows as well as a commercial.

Kholafai is ambitious, full of confidence and feels absolutely comfortable posing in front of the camera, even saying his "main goal everytime is to make the camera sweat."

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Cage Match by Bonnie Dee

In a futuristic world, Boston after an apocalyptic disaster, the rich are even richer and the poor are even poorer. Worst, the poorer have no right, and they are used as "meat": to experiment new drugs or to fight in cage as once rabid dogs did. Andreas is the heir of one of the most powerful and wealthy family of New Englandia, the good side of the city; following his friends, that are not exactly role models, he starts to frequent the clandestine cage matches. One night he bets with his friends on a fighter, Andreas is more interested in him as a man, than as a possible source of earnings, and so when he wins the bet, his friends buy him a night with the fighter. Jabez is a former street kid and robber; before being convicted, he hasn't never killed, but now he has no choice, him or the other. And other than fight in the cage, he is also sold out as a whore, obviously with no gain for him, if not the small chance to be free sooner or later. Andreas takes a sympathy on the young fighter and decides to buy his contract: he will offer to Jabez a roof on the head and food on the plate in exchange of fighting lessons. And if in the meantime, Jabez is also willing to share his bed, it is his choice, not a must.

The story is pretty simple, the classical Cinderfellas theme, with maybe also a bit of Beauty and the Beast; Jabez is not some noble soul ended in a bad way, he was for real a street kid, and a thief, and he is also uncultured and untrusting. But all in all he is not a bad guy, and not once I felt that he was taking advantage of Andreas generosity. The only think he asked was for something that Andreas did despite his money, a paint. Jabez has a smart mind, and even if he doesn't like Andreas's friends, and in general, his people, he never makes Andreas feel guilty for being born like that, he recognizes that Andreas is a generous soul.

On the other hand is not that Andreas is totally unselfish, I don't think he would have taken Jabez in if he wasn't attracted to the man. Like when they go to choose a puppy: Andreas has the money to buy all the puppies of the kennel, but he makes Jabez choice only one... Andreas has his own reasons, he wants Jabez in his life, and he will do anything to prove to Jabez that he is a better man than he thinks. And if in the course of the demonstration he does also something good, it's a bonus. Doing a good deed or winning a fighting match with Jabez, to Andreas more or less are equal. And it's not either that Jabez realizes that he has the power to manipulate Andreas into doing something good for the people like him... we are only lucky that both Andreas and Jabez are good persons, and so what they do has a positive implication.


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