August 15th, 2009

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Excerpt Day: VAMMP, Conquering Dissension by Bryl Tyne

Boys of the Bite edited by Cecilia Tan
Release Date: August 4, 2009
Publisher: Ravenous Romance
ISBN: 9781607771784
Publisher Link: http://www.ravenousromance.com/fantastica/boys-of-the-bite.php?flypage=0

Blurb: Vampires are ever young, ever beautiful, and ruled by the cravings of the flesh. In Boys of the Bite, the gay male side of the vampire's legend is explored in every erotic possibility. From historical settings where vampires move through high society to modern vamps you find at the all-night laundromat, these lusty men know how to hunt, whether for love or just a midnight snack. Mixing stories by gay male authors like R. R. Angell and Bob Panadero with some of Ravenous Romance's stars of m/m romance like Keta Diablo and Ryan Field, Boys of the Bite gives every reader plenty to get his or her blood pumping.

VAMMP, Conquering Dissension by Bryl Tyne: There's dissension amongst the ranks. Sergeant Alan Fortson's insubordination took him from the hands of the enemy, and placed him into the hands of his superior, Warrant Officer Darrel Pittman. Darrel's assigned to monitor Alan for thirty days and report his recommendation on the future of the U.S. Army's Special Forces VAMMP Project. Is Alan's dream coming to fruition? Or will his time with Darrel prove to be Alan's worst nightmare? From the time Darrel sank those teeth into Alan at his induction, Alan's been enamoured with the man. When the mere sound of Darrel's husky Midwestern drawl encourages Alan, and his cock, to full attention, Alan's unravelled to the point of longing for unconsciousness. As an Army-designed vampire assassin, a hybrid, Alan's self-control has reached incorrigibility, and spending a month at Darrel's Colorado estate will surely be Alan's undoing.

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Excerpt Day: Wicked Hearts by Claire Thompson

Wicked Hearts by Claire Thompson
Release Date: 08/2009
Publisher: Romance Unbound Publishing 

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Blurb: "Oh, what a tangled web we weave..." Reese and Hank are used to taking what they want, just because they can. They set their sights on the office geek, a painfully shy whiz kid named Jeff. Hank bets Reese he can't get the guy in bed within a week - he makes the pot very sweet with an offer of $5,000, if Reese can do the job - on tape. Reese, usually so cocky and sure, is completely disarmed by the quiet but intense Jeff. What begins as a cynical seduction rapidly heats into flames of dangerous desire. Reese finds himself falling, hard, but disentangling himself from Hank is even harder. Jealousy, lust and unraveling lies threaten to shatter more than one heart in this tale of love and betrayal.

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Excerpt Day: Swarm by Jordan Castillo Price

Sweet Oblivion 4: Swarm by Jordan Castillo Price
Release Date: August 13, 2009
Publisher: Changeling Press
ISBN: 978-1-59596-398-7
Publisher Link: http://www.changelingpress.com/product.php?&upt=book&ubid=1212

Blurb: For some time, Michael has suspected that Wild Bill's done more than just dabble in art. As with every other piece of his personal history, Bill plays his cards close to his chest. But when he lets on that a mural he painted before his change might still exist, Michael's dying to see it -- and Bill's never been good at saying no.
Only fragments of the building remain, but it's possible Wild Bill's painting is still there. Unfortunately, there's a lot more in the ruins than Bill and Michael bargained for.

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Excerpt Day: Spot Me by Andrew Grey

Spot Me by Andrew Grey
Release Date: August 13, 2009
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publisher Link: http://dreamspinnerpress.3dcartstores.com/search.asp?keyword=ef3030&search=GO

Blurb: Working out is a daily routine for Dan, who meets his friend Lonnie at the gym to lift weights. But breaking a sweat takes on a whole new meaning when Dan sees Gene, a professional bodybuilder, in the mirror. Dan knows it's a lost cause: he's forty and nursing a broken heart, nowhere in the same league as gorgeous Gene. Then at the gym the next day, Gene asks Dan if he can work out with him. A bet wins Dan a smoothie and conversation, which surprisingly leads to a date. Now Dan is faced with a dilemma: does he allow Gene to elbow his way into his life, or will he give up on the idea of a new relationship before it even starts?

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Excerpt Day: By Degrees by JB McDonald

By Degrees by JB McDonald
Release Date: August 12, 2009
Publisher: Torquere Books
ISBN: 978-1-60370-410-6
1-60370-410-8
Publisher Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=2113

Blurb: Orphaned at eleven and bounced around the foster system, Tim learned young that the only thing he could control was himself. It was a lesson he took seriously, and it's the only thing that keeps him safe from more heartbreak. Conner doesn't understand this desire to control things, but he doesn't need to. He loves everything about his control-freak friend, even the way he quirks just one eyebrow. He has for years. With Con's arrival, everything starts unraveling in Tim's life. He's questioning his sexual orientation, wrangling with emotions from his past, and fending off questions from Con's well-meaning family. Drowning in a world out of his control, his one hope is to let go and trust that love will save him. But after so many years of burying his feelings, he's not sure it's possible.

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Excerpt Day: In the Rough by JB McDonald

In the Rough by JB McDonald
Release Date: August 12, 2009
Publisher: Torquere Books
ISBN: 978-1-60370-779-4
1-60370-779-4
Publisher Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=2114

Blurb: When Jay's daughter is molested in his ex-wife's care, Jay has to fight to take custody of Emmy. But before he can take her in he has to clean up his act, get a job, an apartment, go into therapy, and prove he isn't an alcoholic. And that isn't the hardest part of all of it. To succeed, Jay has to come to terms with his own dark past and learn how to finally put those inner demons to rest. Rick was abused as a child and always told himself he never wanted to date anyone like his father -- out of work, quick to temper, unable to get his life together. As a young man Rick couldn't help falling in love with Jay, but he knew better than to do anything about it. Jay was his best friend, not what Rick needed in a partner. Now, though, Jay is doing his best for his daughter, overcoming his past and moving forward with his life. Being with Jay might just be Rick's undoing, if he can find the courage to risk his heart.

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Excerpt Day: Lessons in Desire by Charlie Cochrane

Lessons in Desire by Charlie Cochrane
Release Date: August 21, 2009
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-60504-728-7
Publisher Link: http://samhainpublishing.com/romance/lessons-in-desire

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Blurb: Perfect love casts out fear. If you let it. Cambridge Fellows Mysteries, Book 2. Jersey, 1906. St. Bride’s English don Jonty Stewart is in desperate need of a break from university life. A holiday on the beautiful Channel Island of Jersey seems ideal, especially if he can coax his lover Orlando to step outside the college’s walls to come along. Orlando Coppersmith is scared. Within the safe confines of the school it’s easy to hide the fact that they are not just friends, but lovers. In an unknown place, in full view of everyone, how will they keep their illegal affair private—much less dare to make love, even in the security of their suite? A brutal murder at their hotel forces their personal problems into the background—at first. The race to catch the killer gets complicated when the prime suspect finds Orlando irresistible. Suddenly keeping their affair clandestine isn’t only a matter of legality. It’s a matter of life and death…

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Excerpt Day: Lovers and Other Strangers by Josh Lanyon

The Art of Dying by Josh Lanyon & Jordan Castillo Price
Release Date: August 7, 2009
Publisher: Aspen Mountain Press
ISBN: 978-1-60168-232-1
Publisher Link: http://www.aspenmountainpress.com/new-releases/the-art-of-dying/prod_249.html

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Blurb: Lovers and Other Strangers by Josh Lanyon

Recovering from a near fatal accident, artist Finn Barret returns to Seal Island in Maine to rest and recuperate. But Seal Island is haunted with memories, some sweet, some sad; three years ago Finn found his lover in the arms of Fitch, Finn's twin brother. Since that day, Finn has seen neither Conlan nor Fitch. In fact, no one has seen Fitch. What happened to him? Did Fitch run away, as everyone believes? Or did he meet a more sinister fate? To put the past to rest - and see if there's any chance of a future with Con - Finn must discover the truth. But the deeper he digs, the more reason he has to fear Con is the only one who knows what truly happened to Fitch.

Body Art by Jordan Castillo Price

His lover has betrayed and swindled Ray Carlucci out of everything he valued, including a tattoo business. Hounded by creditors, weary of heart, he accepts the job of chauffeur and body man for the dying owner of a remote estate. The island, minus its wealthy summer colony, is colorless in winter and Ray thinks he understands why staff on the estate periodically desert. But, he's baffled by, then drawn to, Anton, the eccentric artist who haunts the forest, bringing strange life to bizarre and disquieting sculptures amidst the ice and trees. When the body of a man who once held Ray's job rises from the frosty earth, Ray wonders what part Anton's wildness has in the escalating violence.

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Around the World: Varano Castle

Varano Castle is actually only a ruined castle near Camerino. The Da Varano was a very ancient and noble family, and this is one of their property. The castle itself is nothing special, it's impressive since it is on the bridge of a cliff and you can see it from afar. What I found more interesting is the village soon at the foot of the castle. From the street you took a path that is narrow and full of turns. The village is around this path and it was totally abandoned, but someone it was restoring it, probably to create some poshy residence hotel.


by Elisa, Varano, Italy, 2008



I think it would be interesting to see what it will be of this village in the next years.

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Wicked Hearts by Claire Thompson

The starting point of the story is a classical cliche: two men bet on the chance one of them has to seduce someone else in a week. And obviously the one doing the bet falls in love for the intended victim.

Reese and Hank have an odd relationship. Reese was a troubled guy, changing foster home with foster home for all his teen years. When he was 17 years old he met Hank, the misfit of the high school; where Reese was tagged "bad boy" for his poor origins, Hank was another type, he was the spoiled brat son of two uncaring and too rich parents. Reese was also struggling with the new found discovery that he was gay and Hank was willing and experienced enough to help him through that knowledge. Even if Reese is apparently a strong and independent man, he is really someone who prefers to be lead by a stronger partner, and he was like that also as a teenager. Hank fulfilled that need, and it was a perfect relationship since on the other hand, Hank needed to be the leader. Where Reese had not a supporting family and strong parents figures to take example from, Hank had not them either, since even if his parents were present, they were almost non existent. Reese and Hank together built an odd family to replace the one they hadn't, and for many years it was a good substitute. But as children do, Reese grew up confident and even if later than other boys, he has now realized that he needs something more and different in his life, and if he sticks with Hank he will never find it.

When Reese accepts one more of the twisted bet he usually does with Hank, in a way it is to add a step more far from him: the money he will gain will serve to pay his way out from Hank's clutches. The man they choose, Jeff, is apparently a shy geek tech guy who works in the same firm of Reese. Even if Reese starts to feel guilty for his actions, he thinks that, if Jeff doesn't know of the bet, no one will suffer from it. But during their night together, Jeff reveals a strong will, a domineering attitude, that pulls some hidden strings inside Reese. Reese realizes that he has probably found the right man for him.

Jeff is a bit of a contradiction: he is apparently shy and nerd type, but he is stronger than expected. Actually he himself doesn't know how strong he is. Jeff's origins are average, not big trauma in his youth other than his stuttering problem that maybe made him shier than the other boy his own age. Then college and a bad relationship that didn't do good to his self-esteem. But again, the hidden strength of Jeff made his first appearance, he moved to another city and to a new life. That same strength serves him right during his first encounter with Reese, since it's this attitude of Jeff that makes him someone special, someone who is able to break the strings that bound Reese to Hank.

With some up and down, the story between Jeff and Reese is good for both of them, they complete each other. Even if I'm happy for them, something inside me prevented to be fully satisfied, since I really felt for Hank. True, he behaves like a spoiled brat to whom someone stole his favorite toy, but there is a moment, when he realized that he was losing Reese for good, that I understood that he was scared. I really hope that the author will take him again for another story, this time the story where also Hank will find the right man for him.

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