August 29th, 2009

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Excerpt: No One's Cherry by Julia Talbot

Cherry edited by M. Rode
Release Date: 08/2009
Publisher: Torquere Books
ISBN: 978-1-60370-755-8
1-60370-755-7
Publisher Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=2068

Blurb: What's better than a hot guy having his cherry popped? Ten hot couples doing it! From the first kiss ever, the first kiss with a new lover, or just the first time trying something new, Cherry has it all. From tender and sweet to raunchy and hot, from new lovers to old marrieds, this anthology has something for everyone. With stories from Torquere newcomers and veterans alike, Cherry brings ten stories that are sweet and spicy, that explore the dynamics of trying out something new, be it kissing guys, meeting the in-laws or going places you've never gone before. There's just something about a first time, and Cherry brings you ten different ones.

Stories include:
No One's Cherry by Julia Talbot
First of Foot, Right of the Line by Kiernan Kelly
Nice Girls Do by Mallory Path
Lessons by Kathryn Scannell
Just Like Him by Dallas Coleman
Who Shall I Tell by Martin Delacroix
File Gumbo: A Roughstock Story by BA Tortuga
Alpha Male, Beta Male by Taylor Lochland
Different Strengths by JL Merrow
Graduation by Sean Michael

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Excerpt: Drawing the Veil by Stevie Woods

Drawing the Veil by Stevie Woods
Release Date: August 23, 2009
Publisher: Phaze Books
ISBN: 978-1-60659-190-1
Publisher Link: http://www.king-cart.com/Phaze/product=Drawing+the+Veil/exact_match=exact

Amazon Kindle: Drawing the Veil

Blurb: The exciting prequel to Beyond the Veil! Read how the young Malik was torn from his lover, Robert, and how he was forced into a life of pain, fear and violence following his capture by the Corsairs until he became the pirate captain who attacked the Windjammer!

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Excerpt: Wild Thing by Lena Austin

Wild Thing by Lena Austin
Release Date: August 27, 2009
Publisher: Changeling Press
ISBN: 978-1-60521-273-9
Publisher Link: http://www.changelingpress.com/product.php?&upt=book&ubid=1210

Blurb: When Dr. Lee Porter returns to his old family homestead for some much-needed R&R from the fugue states that have plagued him and ruined his career as a professor of geology, he finds a sick feral man in the barn one cold night, and nurses him back to health. The attraction once Will recovers is mutual, but Will is more feral than Lee thinks. Will loves his new packmate, even if the poor human can't grasp what being a pack member means. Then, when Will witnesses what really happens during one of Lee's fugues, he knows it's much worse than Lee thinks. He's shifter sick, and must embrace his heritage as a shifter of an unknown type, and learn to live as a Wild Thing. Or he will die... possibly in the jaws of his lover.

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Excerpt: Immortality is the Suck by A. M. Riley

Immortality is the Suck by A. M. Riley
Release Date: August 25, 2009
Publisher: Loose Id
ISBN: 978-1-59632-999-7
Publisher Link: http://www.loose-id.com/prod-Immortality_is_the_Suck-1000.aspx

Blurb: Adam's an undercover vice cop dealing with a dark past. He's no stranger to bad nights; in fact, he's lived a lot of them. But he won't survive this one. First, a drug deal he's working goes south. Then his partner and sometimes-fuck-buddy Peter has to watch him bleed to death. But the kicker: he's not sure what's worse. Watching Peter cry over him or waking up undead. Peter's a good cop in love with a bad man. Or a bad vampire, now. Watching Adam die was the worst thing he could imagine. Until he woke up. Now their relationship's in crisis. Adam's in the middle of a vampire enclave at the center of Los Angeles motorcycle clubs and Peter just can't hack it. Adam thinks he's fine with that. He's a commitment-phobe. But he's about to discover, immortality is seriously the suck.

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Excerpt: A Rose Among the Ruins by Ariel Tachna

A Rose Among the Ruins by Ariel Tachna
Release Date: August 28, 2009
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publisher Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/newreleases.htm

Blurb: After almost a generation of war, peace has come at last through the political marriage of a Mordyn princess to the prince of Ageselm. While escorting the bride, comrades-in-arms Rhicer and Kanath inadvertently drink a love potion intended for the newlyweds—and find themselves dealing with newfound desire for one another. As they struggle with their growing connection in a culture that despises same-sex love, Rhicer and Kanath face a terrible decision: give in to the social mores of their time and abandon love or answer the call of their hearts and leave Ageselm forever.

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LGBT Ebook and Print Releases August 22-28, 2009

AMBER ALLURE
V: The V In Vengeance by J. M. Snyder
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To Taste The Dawn by Jamie Craig
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CHANGELING PRESS
Wild Thing by Lena Austin
Excerpt: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/777828.html
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DARK ROAST PRESS
Where There's Smoke by Jamie Lynn Miller
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Scarlet Myst by Jade Twilight
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GemInI Souls by Myristica
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Reality or Fantasy by Eva Hore
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DREAMSPINNER PRESS
Dreamlands by Felicitas Ivey
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Rose Among the Ruins by Ariel Tachna
Excerpt: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/778415.html
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FREYA’S BOWER
A Room with a View by Kendal Corbitt
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LETHE PRESS
Murder on Camac by Joseph R. G. DeMarco
Excerpt: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/772529.html
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LOOSE ID
Best Vacation that Never Was by Lynn Lorenz
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Healing Heart by Thom Lane
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Immortality is the Suck by A.M. Riley
Excerpt: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/778014.html
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MLR PRESS
The 38 Million Dollar Smile, #10 in the Donald Strachey Mystery Series, by Richard Stevenson
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NOBLE ROMANCE PUBLISHING
Damn Gorgeous by Jaye Valentine
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PHAZE BOOKS
Drawing the Veil by Stevie Woods
Excerpt: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/777724.html
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RESPLENDENCE PUBLISHING
Going Deep by G.A. Hauser
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Retribution by Carol Lynne
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SIREN PUBLISHING
Believing is Seeing by Corinne Davies
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Rules of Desire, Desire, Oklahoma 4, by Leah Brooke
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TORQUERE BOOKS
Private Property by Audra Beagle and Chloe West
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Destiny Takes a Holiday by TC Blue
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Getting Out More by BA Tortuga
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Bite Me edited by KIL Kenny with stories by Sean Michael, Marie Carlson, Joyce Sully, Mercy Loomis, CC Bridges, Julia Talbot, Giselle Renarde, Vic Winter, J. Rocci, and BA Tortuga
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Making it Up by TC Blue
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The Wedding Planner by G.A. Hauser
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Dona Nobis Pacem by Willa Okati
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TOTAL-E-BOUND
Poker Night: Pocket Pair by Carol Lynne
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Boys of Summer by Cooper Davis

Recently I read a gay romance written by a man and my comment was that it was the proof that men can write romance. But still I think their intake on the romance is different from the one of a woman. Woman are more brainiac, they always did things more complicated than necessary. Like in this case: Boys of Summer is basically a simple story, but all the brainstorming happening inside the mind of one of the character makes it complicated only to realize in the end than complicated is not. Now I'm not saying it in a derogatory way, I like both men in this story, but maybe they are behaving more like a woman would do in the same situation, and so perhaps this is the reason why I can identify so much in Hunter's trouble.

When the story starts, Hunter and Max have already realized that their story is something more than friendship, after some years they met, one night at the beginning of summer Max kissed Hunter and their love story started. Only that Max, even if handsome, self-assured and wealthy, is still a virgin to sex (both with men than women), and to finally give his virginity to someone else, he wants for it to be a true gift of love, and he wants for it to be with the right man, the man that will remain in the bed the morning after, the man with whom he can build a life together.

Hunter knows he loves Max, but he isn't so sure that he wants to commit to that level. For all the summer they met every night, they did heavy petting, but Hunter left every morning at dawn on his motorcycle (another quite romance image). Hunter and Max are part of a tight circle of friends, Max's childhood ex-girlfriend Louisa and Hunter former girlfriend Veronica are part of it, and so is Max's neighbor Ben... coming out as Max's boyfriend for Hunter means coming out full front with a lot of people and changing all his life. It's not a simple decision, and they decided to go on holiday together, far from all their friends, to see if their story has a future.

So at the end of summer we find Hunter and Max together, and we read the story from Hunter's point of view. There is no doubt in Hunter's mind and heart that he loves Max, and it's not that the problem. Truth be told, I don't think it's even a problem for Hunter coming out, admitting he is gay. I have the feeling that Hunter's trouble is one common to a lot of people, he fears to commit, he fears to settling down with one person, to do the shift from boy to man. I really don't think it's the "gay" thing the problem, I think Hunter is more a good and friendly boy who reached that point in life when he has to do something right. In a way, this made him even more real, more masculine... the fear to commit, to settle down, is very common in young men, maybe the way Hunter brains over it it's more a woman's thing, but aside that, Hunter is all "man" in his behavior.

When he finally decides that he wants something more with Max, he becomes all "boyfriend" attitude, carrying heavy things for his lover, beaming when Max is doting over him cooking or doing other sweet things. For good part of the book, Max has really a "bottom" attitude, he has even the teasing behavior that usually women have when they want something, he even uses the sex card, denying Hunter till the moment the man surrenders to his desires. I like how the author chooses to give also to Max his mainly moment, to scroll down a bit from him the idea that he was a bit too feminine.

Boys of Summer is only a novella, and the first book I read by this author, but I like it. It's sweet and sugar, a bit of an old fashioned romance, and sometime it's refreshing to go back to simple and nice stories like this one.

http://samhainpublishing.com/romance/boys-of-summer

Amazon Kindle: Boys of Summer

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