July 11th, 2009

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Excerpt Day: Smoldering Embers by Carolina Valdez

Smoldering Embers by Carolina Valdez
Release Date: 07/2009
Publisher: Amber Allure
ISBN-13: 978-1-60272-861-5 (Paperback)
Publisher Link: http://www.amberquill.com/AmberAllure/SmolderingEmbers.html

Blurb: SMOLDERING EMBERS

Love transcends gender, fear, absence and opposites in these three sizzling stories involving firefighters and their search hounds, a window-washer and a Hollywood executive, and two world-class professional golfers who were once teenage lovers and rivals. Previously available only in electronic format, these Amber Allure Top Ten Best Sellers of gay erotic romance have now been combined for a paperback edition. . .

TIE 'EM UP, HOLD 'EM DOWN

They knew it was dangerous to be gay in the all male, macho world of firefighting, but when Dane Garrison and Bear Barrington are forced to sleep together, the barriers to expressing their love and satisfying their hidden lust for each other break down. Bear, terrified for them both if they´re outed after their brief time together, shuts Dane out as if their passion had never existed. Dane wants this man in his life forever, and, more aggressive and secure, he fights against Bear´s resistance to their relationship. How he will win, or if he will win, will seal their fate forever. . .

Amazon Kindle: Tie 'Em Up, Hold 'Em Down

Excerpt: http://www.amberquill.com/AmberAllure/TieEmUp.html

HANGIN' WITH MY WINDOW MAN

Dane, Bear, and their hounds return in this sequel to TIE ´EM UP, HOLD ´EM DOWN

Hollywood executive Ryan Halloran is attracted to Boon Andrews the minute he sees him on the window cleaners´ gondola outside his high rise office. But horror sweeps through Ryan when a gondola cable snaps, and he calls 911 to save the lives of Boon and his co-worker. Although the near-fatal accident brings the two men together, never could two men be farther apart in lifestyle or social status. Despite their differences, Ryan not only responds to Boon´s carefree spirit and relaxed manner, he lusts for him. Boon discovers his craving for nude sex play with this man turns out not to be based on gratitude that Ryan saved his life, but out of love. As Ryan wrestles with work problems that could mean the loss of the film studio, he falls deeply in love with the one-of-a-kind Boon. But when they start appearing in public together, the differences in their social status may well destroy their future. . .

Excerpt http://www.amberquill.com/HanginWindowMan.html

HOLE IN ONE

During the days, they were fierce nine-teen-year-old rivals in a collegiate golf tournament, but at night their passion sizzled under the sheets. After Team USA won, Rio "River" Vargas returned to his native Spain and Greg Thorenson headed back to his home in the United States. But when Rio didn´t respond to a letter he sent, Greg wasn´t sure if Rio´s silence was because Greg had beaten him for the win or because for Rio their affair had been only a four-night-fling. Now, professionals at the top of their game, they meet again as competitors in a major tournament in the California desert, where the prize of thousands of dollars is at stake. It´s been six silent years since those wild, hot night as young men. Maybe for Rio that earlier passion had been an experiment, an aberration of who he really is and of whatever Greg may have meant to him. But to Greg that earlier passion had meant something deeper. . .he had fallen in love. Upon seeing Rio again, Greg is torn between ignoring the past or re-igniting the banked embers of emotion to see where they´ll lead. But can he risk it? If Greg opens himself to love and also wins the tournament, Rio may very well walk out of his life a second time. . .

Amazon Kindle: Hole In One

Excerpt http://www.amberquill.com/AmberAllure/HoleInOne.html
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Excerpt Day: Ignited by Bryl Tyne

Ignited by Bryl Tyne
Release Date: 07/2009
Publisher: Noble Romance Publishing
Publisher Link: https://www.nobleromance.com/ItemDisplay.aspx?i=54

Blurb: Val & Kendra are back at it again, and as usual, they have few qualms
about public sex... T-girls need love too. Sometimes, need outweighs time or place... Fireworks in Orlando—the crowds, Val’s attitude, the unbearable Florida humidity…will Kendra survive the heat? When public make-up sex inside the prop room of a local art studio turns an excursion into mind-blowing group sex, Val’s set on showing Kendra fireworks like she’s never experienced!

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Excerpt Day: Alternative Treatment by Claire Thompson

Alternative Treatment by Claire Thompson
Release Date: July 5, 2009
Publisher: Amber Allure
ISBN-13: 978-1-60272-542-3 (Electronic)
ISBN-13: 978-1-60272-858-5 (Paperback)
Publisher Link: http://www.amberquill.com/AmberAllure/AlternativeTreatment.html

Blurb: Mark Harrison has exactly what Nolan Daniels wants—his signature on a sign-in sheet. Even better that Mark is gay and seriously good-looking. Nolan’s got these one hundred hours of community service nailed, just as soon as he nails the handsome doctor. It’s his pride that takes a hit when Mark rejects his advances in no uncertain terms. What else did Nolan expect from a man of privilege? Certainly not that Nolan would want Mark more than he wanted Mark’s signature. Mark’s the good boy who always plays by the rules, always does what’s expected of him...and secretly chafes at the restrictions of his straight-laced life. Now he’s faced with the leather-jacketed bad boy who arouses the closeted Mark more than he wants to admit. A man he can’t resist. A man who helps him admit other things about his not-so-perfect life. It’s time to take a stand. Time to burst the protective bubble each has built around himself in his own way. Little do they realize that moving forward could also cause them to lose each other and the love that has grown between them.

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Excerpt Day: Submission Times Two by Claire Thompson

Submission Times Two by Claire Thompson
Release Date: 06/2009
Publisher: Romance Unbound Publishing

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Blurb: When Ethan and Cam met the year before at an underground BDSM club, their connection was intense and immediate. There was just one small problem—they're both subs. To work around this, they agree to find their own Doms for play, offering their submission and their bodies to would-be Masters, but leaving their hearts at home. The setup works fine, until the day Ethan meets a hot Dom named Maestro. For the first time, Ethan finds himself keeping secrets from his lover. And Maestro has secrets of his own. Unrequited passion and sizzling hot D/s lead to the three agreeing to a play scene that ends up ensnaring them all in something more powerful than any of them had dreamed of. Can two subs submit to a man who would claim not only their bodies, but their hearts and minds? Or will the intensity of a D/s ménage break their world apart.

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Excerpt Day: Bad Dawg by Lena Austin

Dawg Town: Bad Dawg by Lena Austin
Release Date: 07/2009
Publisher: Changeling Press
ISBN: 978-1-60521-229-6
Publisher Link: http://www.changelingpress.com/product.php?&upt=book&ubid=1182

Blurb: One OTR trucker. One leather-clad biker. One very special town... Finding himself stranded in the middle of Nowhere, Kansas, Loren comes face to face with his favorite fantasy. Hard to say which turns him on more, the '69 Shovelhead, or Bad Dawg -- the bronze god of a biker in the seat. But can there be any future for men whose livelihoods pull them in opposite directions? And what's with all the Prairie Dawgs all over the place?

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Excerpt Day: Inland Empire by James Buchanan

Inland Empire, #2 in Taking The Odds Series, by James Buchanan
Release Date: 07/2009
Publisher: MLR Press
ISBN: 978-1-60820-016-0 (print)
Publisher Link: http://www.mlrbooks.com/ShowBook.php?book=INLAND01

Amazon: Inland Empire

Blurb: Agent Nick O'Malley and Det. Brandon Carr are back. Nick heads to Riverside, California, center of the Inland Empire and Brandon's home turf. But every minute Nick's in Riverside threatens to out Brandon. When events embroil Nick in one of Brandon's investigations -- gang hits, prostitution, illegal gambling and human trafficking - can they survive both?

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Excerpt Day: Flying Fish by Sedonia Guillone

Flying Fish by Sedonia Guillone
Release Date: July 7, 2009
Publisher: Loose Id
ISBN: 978-1-59632-975-1
Publisher Link: http://www.loose-id.com/prod-Flying_Fish-975.aspx

Blurb: In seventeenth century Japan, during the golden age of samurai and of the Kabuki theater, young actors known as "flying fish" traveled the countryside, performing for audiences by day and giving their bodies to their samurai patrons at night. Genji Sakura is one such flying fish, yet he dreams of the day he'll find the man he can give his heart to and leave the loneliness of his itinerant life behind. Though he loves theater, he doesn't love every part of his profession, especially some of the patrons. So when a handsome ronin, or masterless samurai, comes upon him stealing some solitude for a bath in a hot spring and their encounter turns passionate and profoundly erotic, Genji's surprised and delighted. Daisuke Minamoto's past fills his life with a bitterness that grips his soul and makes him dangerous. Yet his passion takes him when he spies on a graceful young man bathing naked in a hot spring. He has always loved women but he can't deny the call of his heart or his baser interests. After an afternoon of sexual bliss, his heart and soul are tormented and torn. Keeping this miraculous lover will require giving up the one thing that has kept him alive for years: his hatred for the lord who murdered his wife. If he loves another, how will he go on and who will he become?

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Excerpt Day: Hunger by Amanda Young

Chicken Ranch: Hunger by Amanda Young
Release Date: July 7, 2009
Publisher: Loose Id
ISBN: 978-1-59632-957-7
Publisher Link: http://www.loose-id.com/prod-Chicken_Ranch__Hunger-957.aspx

Blurb: Disowned and cast out of his home, eighteen year old Declan Mayo turns to the only thing he can think of to help him get back on his feet. Working at the Chicken Ranch, a rural brothel that caters to women and gay men, seems like the perfect solution. He isn’t about to let a lack of sexual experience stop him from taking what he sees as a way off the streets. Falling in love with one of his clients wasn’t in the game plan, but Declan can’t seem to help himself. Killian Hamilton is sweet and kind, with a stutter Declan can’t help but find adorable. Surely, if anyone could overlook Declan’s choice of employment, it would be a kindhearted man like Killian. But Declan didn't figure on Killian’s connection to one of the brothel’s regular clients, and now his love life's about to blow up in his face.

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Excerpt Day: Fair Winds by Chrissy Munder

Fair Winds by Chrissy Munder
Release Date: July 9, 2009
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publisher Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/novellas.htm#Fair_Winds

Blurb: Rudy Haas dreams of becoming an "old goat," a sailor who's completed twenty-five races from Port Huron to Mackinac. But when his crew throws him off the team for being gay, Rudy has to find another boat and crew to have any chance of making his dream come true. Blind luck leads him to the men of Devlin's Due and a test run where Rudy's toughest battle isn't winning his place on the team—it's fighting his attraction to team captain Ike Ujarka.

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Best Mystery / Thriller Novel (2° place): Brushback, An Evan Austin Mystery, by Jamie Scofield

ALSO Best Overall Gay Novel (3° place)

Brushback is the example of a lost pearl; actually it's not so lost, it's the first work of a new author, Jamie Scofield, and first offer of a new publisher, Dancing Fools Press. They are both so new that I haven't any info on the author, so I don't know his/her background, but I have to say that the book feels a lot "mature" than a first try.

Up front I would also like to highlight that this is probably a novel that appeal to readers who like a good mystery and not so much to who like for their novel to be more sexy than erotic. First in a series, the Evan Austin Mystery series, it features that's so Evan Austin, former police detective and now high paied private investigator. Evan is sophisticated, smart and a bit "aloof". He is not the usual PI with a lot of skills but few acknowledgment, on the contrary, Evan not only has a secretary, he has also other two employees who work for him full time. Plus a wide net of connections, most of them among the very important people. So Evan moves in the high society, has no money problem, and can decide if accepting or not a case: Evan has a moral code, and he reserves his right to decide if paying clients are the good or the evil in the story.

All above is about Evan as PI; but there is also Evan in his private life. Evan is gay, not out and proud, but neither in the closet. I think that Evan beliefs in true love, but he was burned. His former partner left him after a very dramatic even, with the excuse that he couldn't tolerate the risk of Evan's profession. After that Evan is wary to try again and he became over analytic whenever he meets a new potential lover. Evan applies all the techniques he learned as a detective to destroy the man in front of him: even if he can see the positive side, he overweights the small negative clues, an no man surpasses the test. At least until Roman.

Evan is hired by the lawyer of a British woman over the phone to find her lost son. Finding the boy is no problem, he is living with a guardian, Roman, who was the partner of the late uncle of the kid. I will not give more details on the plot, it's part of the mystery you have to read and try to understand, enough to say that Evan has more than a passing interest on Roman. What I found really interesting is that the author didn't choose the visual "effect" to build the attraction between Evan and Roman, he/she chose to build an attraction based on little things, like the timber of voices, common interests... chemistry. Actually if I read with attention Roman's physical description, he is not at all an handsome man for the classical parameter. Anyway, when I said that the author preferred to be erotic rather than sexy, I mean that there is a subtle eroticism all over the novel, the relationship between Evan and Roman is there, and it's strong, but it never goes down to a deep physical level, no sex under the belt. Being erotic is something subtle, strong and continuous, being sexy is something light and with ups and downs... So no, there is no sex in Brushback, but don't get me wrong, there is a lot of romance, and of very high quality.

And the story? What I noticed is that the author builds a complicated plot, with a lot of clues scattered all around, some of vital importance for the mystery, some only side dishes for the main order. What was interesting, and complicated, was that, when you find them, you don't know what is what, and so your mind is continuously trying to place the missing pieces in the puzzle that is the mystery. It's engaging and I believe it is what will thrill the real mystery lovers.

The story is complex, the characters, both main than supporting, are very well developed, the mystery is good and the romance is enticing... a big bravo to Jamie Scofield for this debut novel.



http://dancingfoolspress.com/book/brushback/

Amazon: Brushback

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Around the World: Pena National Palace

When I went in Portugal I was in an enviable physical form and spent most of the time walking up and down the hills to find lost ruined castle. Pena, the National Palace just outside Sintra, the summer residence of the Kings of Portugal, it's not a ruined castle... it's the dream or the nightmare of a man. The king consort of one of the last queen of Portugal was a Saxonia Coburgo Gotha, of German origin, and he built this folly up on a hill: it can be viewed without problem from afar, and now it's reachable only by foot, up from a path inside the park surrounding the palace, or using one of the little bus of the park.

 
by Elisa, Pena National Palace, Portugal, 2002:
http://www.elisarolle.com/travel/2002Portogallo.htm

When you reach the palace, you don't know if it's real or a Disneyland reconstruction... but no, it's real, even with his yellow, pink and blue walls. As I said, the folly of a German king consort.

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Studs & Spurs by J.L. Langley, Kiernan Kelly, Dakota Flint & Angela Fiddler

The Convenient Husband by J.L. Langley

When I started this book, I had the feeling to read one of my favorite old sweet romance. I confess, I was an avid reader of those old Harlequin Present series, above all the Long Tall Texan series by Diana Palmer. In those romance, the hero was always an handsome and wealthy Long Tall Texan rancher and the heroine was always some sweet virgin, and often it was some family friend's daughter, or a neighbor, or the foster child hosted on the ranch. A bit of age difference was requested, but not so much to be insurmountable. Usually the two lovers were aware of their feelings soon enough, but the wiser and older hero was reluctant to take advantage of someone he considered under his protection.

The Convenient Husband is all of this. Tucker is the oldest son of a Texan rancher; he built his life far from the ranch, but often he was come back home to visit, at least until Micah reached his 18 years old. Micah was the nephew of the ranch's foreman, and he has always lived on the ranch since 4 years old. And he was always the shadow of Tucker. But on his 18 years old birthday Micah was suddenly the forbidden fruit and Tucker surrendered to temptation. It was only a kiss, but it was enough to make Tucker run away. Four years later Micah needs Tucker to come back home: Tucker's grandfather is dying and he wants his nephew near him; plus the old man's will states that he will leave the ranch to the first of his nephews to marry... even if it's not a legal marriage in Texas. Being both Tucker than Micah gay, the obvious solution is for Tucker to marry Micah, so the young man will be able to remain forever on the ranch, and this time even as a real family member... But once Tucker tastes for real the forbidden fruit, will he be able to walk away from him again?

The story is mostly funny and it doesn't last long in the life of the two main characters, only few days. It also avoids almost all the angst usually linked to a gay relationship in a "unwelcoming" setting, only one man has something to say against Tucker and Micah's relationship, and inside all the other people around are supporting and happy, like it was the only thing they were expecting. So there is no really trouble among Tucker and Micah, if not only a bit of stubbornness from both side, exactly like on those old sweet romance I loved so many years ago. The Convenient Husband is a modern tale with an old sweet feeling.

Seeing You by Dakota Flint

The feeling of this second story is quite different. It's always about a ranch and two cowboy but the ranch is in Montana and the two cowboys are grieving for the loss of the same man. Simon was Dylan's brother and Wade's lover; it was Dylan who presented Simon to Wade and doing that it made of Wade an happy man and of himself a desperate one. Dylan was in love with Wade but Wade never seen him as nothing more than a friend. And when Wade found his happiness with Simon, Dylan was able to accept it since he loved Simon as much as he loved Wade if not more. But than Simon died in a car accident while driving with Dylan, and Dylan had not the courage to stay and see the sorrow in Wade's eyes, he dreaded the question, why Simon died and not you? To not loose also the best friend after the brother, he severed the contact, loosing in this way also his family.

Years later Dylan is called back home: Wade's ranch is decaying as it's doing his owner. Without his lover by his side, and having lost also his best friend, Wade was unable to cope and let it everything go waste. Dylan knows that he can let it happen and he decides to be again Wade's best friend. But when Wade is asking for more, Dylan has to understand if the man is searching a substitute for his lost lover, or if he is ready to love again.

As the previous story, even if more sad, also this one is almost a sweet romance. Again there is more speaking of feelings than sexy scenes. The mood is definitely less light, but the story is not less romantic. And again there is this undisputed acceptance of Wade and Dylan's, and Simon's, sexuality, without trouble, with only love. This time there is not even a lonely opponent. The problem between Wade and Dylan are of different nature, it's a question of too much unsaid questions. The strange thing is that I really think that Simon's death is the only reason why Wade and Dylan have a chance to be happy together, and it's not so obvious; Wade was really in love with Simon and I don't think he would have been the same with Dylan before. Wade and Dylan are too similar, they would have been probably shifted in an ordinary and boring life together, and sooner or later they would have split. Simon is the glue that stick them together now. With Simon Wade had the chance to taste what is a passionate love; without Simon, Dylan had the chance to live outside the ranch. Now both Wade than Dylan know what they want to be happy, and they know that they can have it together.

Side note: Dakota Flint paid an homage to James Buchanan, a supporting character on the novel was reading The Good Thief and was enthralled by the story.

Judas Steer by Kiernan Kelly

Judas Steer is on the same mood of the previous historical western romance by Kiernan Kelly, In Bear Country. As in that one, it's the romance between a young and inexperienced (at least of the cowboy's life) young man and an older and somewhat bitter cowboy. Granger is a cattle driver and he likes that life. Never staying long enough in a town suits him, since in this way he can indulge in his taste, that is more for men than women. And during the long night out herding the cattle, it's easier to find a friendly soul. But this time Granger has his eyes not on a weathered cowboy like himself, but on Billy, a young boy that seems out of place among them. It comes out that Billy is the owner's son, sent out with the men to learn the job. Granger feels pity for the young man, and also a lot of lust, and decides to take him under his shadow, teaching him the job and also something else.

The story is a mix of sex and adventure. While Granger is teaching to Billy what happens at night between men, there are enemies outside that are planning to take their revenge on both Granger than Billy, for different reason. Of the two villains of the story, I'm quite of Sinopa, I have always had a soft spot for Native Americans, but truth be told, Sinopa is not the best example. Probably the most interesting thing of all the story is Granger: he is the good hero, but, all in all, he is also a seducer, I have no doubt that he took advantage of Billy's innocence and that he is full aware of it. But he did it in a way that Billy was not forced, he went willing: Granger presented himself like a full main course to a starving man, and Billy dipped with gusto... and "technically" speaking, it was Billy who "did" Granger.

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Forgotten Favor by Angela Fiddler

If you are wondering why an author like Angela Fiddler is in a western romance anthology... well, stop to wonder and read the story. I don't want to spoil it, enough to say that as usual she adds something "special" to the story, even if it doesn't make it so unbelievable, it makes it only more... gothic? weird? spooky? I don't know, odd maybe. Anyway the story is pretty classic, Mark is the second and spoiled son of a wealthy Canadian rancher. His father his more used to money than cows, and so Mark has not the best of the relationship with him and grew pretty much alone. He went into the rodeo circuit and met Jake; glances, innuendo and Mark was ready to jump the fence with the more experienced man, but that same day, Mark's brother died in a riding accident and Mark's father made him swear that he will never see again Jake. And so it was, but then Mark had an accident himself, he went into rehab and his father sold his beloved horse... you can do everything to a man, but not selling his horse. Jake is the one who rescued Butter, Mark's horse, and now he is also willing to give shelter also to Mark. And to start again from where they were interrupted years before.

As I said the story would have been pretty simple, if not for that spin that links Mark's brother's death and the resolving point of the story: it's almost like the fate was in debt with Mark, and it decides to pay him back allowing him a late happily ever after. And a big one, with all of them happy together and without financial issue. Actually someone could even question Jake's real reason for being so gentle and caring with Mark, but then, they are so good in bed that you can forget that.

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