October 15th, 2009

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The Rainbow Awards: Ebooks Giveaway 10

To each vote I assigned a number and then drew them from an electronic basket. The winner is:

Dine (dine)

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The assigned ebook is:

Their Lover by Barbara Sheridan
Publisher: Noble Romance Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-60592-026-9
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Danger brought handsome American Ken O'Neill into the lives of ChildsPrey drummer Kyoru Tanihara and his wife, actress Sasao Miyamoto. Once the need for a full time bodyguard ends Ken stays on as both an employee and friend.

After the men share a scripted kiss in a music video, the trio's relationship takes an unusual turn. Old desires awaken within Kyoru, new fantasies in Sasao, and Ken is afraid his presence may jeopardize his friends' marriage.

Reluctantly, Ken leaves the couple's employ but when another frightening situation draws him back into their lives, Kyoru and Sasao will do all they can to hang on to their friend and convince him they're good for each another in every way imaginable.
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The Rainbow Awards: Ebooks Giveaway 11

To each vote I assigned a number and then drew them from an electronic basket. The winner is:

Thelastaerie (thelastaerie)

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The assigned ebook is:

Without Sin by J. Tomas
Publisher: Prizm Books
ISBN: 978-1-60370-683-4
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Sixteen-year-old Jacob Smithson has a temper. He's picked on because he likes boys, and fighting gets him kicked out of public school. As a last resort, his parents place him in St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Boarding School for Boys.

At his first mass at St. Thomas he sees Avery Dendritch, a senior who serves as altar boy during the service. When they meet, the attraction between them is hard to deny. The two become fast friends, and as the school year progresses, their friendship deepens until Jacob feels he's found a place where he belongs.

But the other students gossip about their growing relationship. Avery can ignore them; Jacob can't. As the rumors and slurs start up again, can he curb his temper, or will his fighting get him expelled from St. Thomas, too?
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The Rainbow Awards: Ebooks Giveaway 12

To each vote I assigned a number and then drew them from an electronic basket. The winner is:

Sileya (sileya)

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The assigned ebook is:

Whistling in the Dark by Tamara Allen
Publisher: Lethe Press
ISBN: 978-1-59021-049-9
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His career as a concert pianist ended by a war injury, Sutton Albright returns to college, only to be expelled after an affair with a teacher. Unable to face his family, he heads to New York with no plans and little money—only a desire to call his life his own.

Jack Bailey lost his parents to influenza and now hopes to save the family novelty shop by advertising on the radio, a medium barely more than a novelty, itself. His nights are spent in a careless and debauched romp through the gayer sections of Manhattan.

When these two men cross paths, despite a world of differences separating them, their attraction cannot be denied. Sutton finds himself drawn to the piano, playing for Jack. But can his music heal them both, or will sudden prosperity jeopardize their chance at love?
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The Rainbow Awards: Ebooks Giveaways

As promised, here are the ebooks for giveaways authors donated for who voted in one or more polls. Today winners are:

Ebook: Their Lover by Barbara Sheridan
Winner: Dine (dine)
Go to post: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/818766.html

Ebook: Without Sin by J. Tomas
Winner: Thelastaerie (thelastaerie)
Go to post: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/819018.html

Ebook: Whistling in the Dark by Tamara Allen
Winner: Sileya (sileya)
Go to post: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/819274.html

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A Different Light and Giovanni's Room Events

Book Signing & Reading w/ Geoff Knight (author of 'The Riddle of the Sands') - Uncover Egypt’s Mysteries in this action packed gay adventure!
BOOK: The Riddle of the Sands
AUTHOR: Geoff Knight
DATE: Friday, October 16
TIME: 7:30 p.m.
LOCATION: A Different Light Bookstore, San Francisco

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The clock is ticking! Blackmailed by Jake's nemesis - the vengeful Pierre Perron - Professor Fathom's team of gay adventure-hunters is sent on a seemingly impossible mission to uncover the legendary Riddle of the Sands in order to save one of their own from a rare and deadly poison.

But what is the Riddle of the Sands? Where are the long-lost clues and hidden maps that lead to its whereabouts? Is it a myth, a mirage, or the greatest engineering feat in the history of ancient Egypt?

Experience action, adventure, mystery, hot steamy nights, and the hunkiest squad of adventure-hunters this side of the Nile in Geoffrey Knight’s latest novel, The Riddle of the Sands. From the icy plains of Siberia to the shadowy bathhouses of Cairo, from the scorching valley of the Nile to the heart of the Amazon jungle, join native New Yorker Jake Stone, Brazilian biologist Eden Santiago, Texan cowboy Shane Houston, Italian art expert Luca da Roma, and college quarterback Will Hunter in their greatest adventure yet. Scour the globe with this gay quartet in their search to uncover the elusive riddle of the sands while hitting some sexy bumps on the way. This action packed adventure will keep the pages turning and you yearning for more from this heroic team.

Geoff Knight is a film writer who hails from Paddington. His work in cinema and fiction has earned Knight a reputation as a writer on the rise in his native Australia.


A Reading with CA Conrad, Nathaniel Siegel, and Mark Bibbins
DATE: Friday, October 16
TIME: 5:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Giovanni's Room, Philadelphia

CA Conrad, Nathaniel Siegel, and Mark Bibbins are the authors, respectively, of The Advanced Elvis Course, (Soft Skull, $12.95 pb), Tony (Portable, $8 pb), and The Dance of No Hard Feelings (Copper Canyon, $15 pb).

Conrad: Part psychedelic road-trip travelogue, part "Overheard in Graceland," part mystic-religious devotional, CAConrad's unabated love for the King puts him on a pilgrimage to Memphis; on an "Advanced Elvis Course."

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Siegel: Nathaniel Siegel is an anti-war activist and photographer. Tony is his first book.

Bibbins: Like Frank O'Hara, Mark Bibbins mines irony and wry cynicism while celebrating empathy and beauty, advocating all the while that dancing-while-thinking is the best strategy for living.

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Benoît Prévot: Homoerotic Art Deco

"Born in Ardennes, a beautiful region between France and Belgium, I live in Paris where I studied and now work for quite some years now. To earn my living, I started working in a pub, but very quickly I went into the cartoon illustration. For fun and almost only, my website features my drawings and my various works..." - Benoît Prévot

Homme endormi, Size: 40x50, aquarelle, crayon

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"Benoit Prévot is a French illustrator and comic artist with a sideline in stylish homoerotics. He’s witty too, wit being a rare quality in art of this nature, as is the Twenties’ atmosphere he so obviously enjoys" John Coulthart, artist and designer

Benoît Prévot is also the illustrator and writer of Angelface, a series set in an era of prohibition, swing, speak easies and loose morals! A fantastic journey that intertwines elegance with erotica released in English by Class Comics.


More Artists at my website: http://www.elisarolle.com/, My Ramblings/Art

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The Carpenter and the Fairy by Cassandra Gold

This is only a short story but it was so sweet that it seemed almost like a full novel, all the events were packed of sweet feelings and perfectly planned.

Mason is a former Marine and now carpenter. It was not easy for him to come out, and I have the feeling that he didn't do that until he left the Corps, and now he only chooses partners that are the epitome of "man", tall, muscular and rough. I think it's a double deal: having always the same type of partner let him believe that he is not really "so" gay, and at the same time protect him from a broken heart, those men are not really Mason's liking and so he doesn't risk to fall for them.

But then he meets Avery at an Halloween party; Avery is small, cute, pretty, he is dressed as a fairy! Avery is also a very "domestic" man, he is a baker, and after sex he brings cocoa and cookies in bed! Avery is not a man you can have sex with and forget soon after, not only he is special, he is so sweet that a good man like Mason can't possible think to hurt him in any way. And so Mason, big and sturdy, a fighter, falls into the unwilling trap of the little fairy, a trap made of ethereal bonds, like the colorful wings of his captor.

As I said, this is a short story, but in less than 30 pages, the author manage to have 3 sex scenes in 3 different places, and maybe this is not so hard, but also to actually nestle them in a story, a story that, despite the sex, is sweet and tender. A perfect mix of ingredients.


Amazon Kindle: The Carpenter and the Fairy

The Rainbow Awards: First Week results: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/811346.html
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When Harry Met Sal by Ryan Field

I remember reading on the blog's author that he wanted to write a romance from a man's perspective. He was tired, in a very kind way, to see men behave more like women in the romance he read. His point was that, men don't behave in the way he read in romance, but it doesn't mean that they don't believe in romance at all. And so is born When Harry Met Sal, a romance for men and women from a man's point of view.

The story is pretty simple and clear from the first pages: Harry and Sal met the last day of college, when both of them are ready to start a new life in the Big Apple, both of them freshly graduated from Stanford. Sal needs a lift for New York City, and Harry has a car and he is driving all alone across the country. Both of them are young and free, or almost: Sal had a fling with Harry's best girlfriend, but it was nothing serious from both side and there was a mutual agreement that the story will end with Sal's leaving; Harry is in a 2 years old relationship with Mark, but truth be told he is getting tired, and maybe the move to New York City will help having a clean break. So no, they are not exactly free to jump on each other bones, but there is not actually a real impediment.

First difference between man and woman: being Sal the former boyfriend of Harry's best girlfriend would be a very big impediment for a woman, she would be there brooding over the smallest chance that Sal didn't really forget the other woman, a woman to whom, in a way, if Harry was a woman, she would be bound to be honest with, and this would mean not to steal her boyfriend, even if it's really a former boyfriend... and on and on like that, one chance to thousand that in the end a woman is able to clear enough her mind to actually do something with a man she just met... Harry? He was in bed with Sal from night one and for the two following nights till they arrive to NYC. True, Harry did try to put up a bit of resistance, something like, I have a boyfriend, you are straight (since bisexual is not really something Harry understands, or you like girl or you like guy...), but it's soon forgotten as soon as he has a glance to Sal's quite substantial package...

Second difference, the bisexual point. A woman would have stressed Sal till death, trying to psychoanalyze him and finding a reason why he can't choose between men and women, she wouldn't have accepted his simple statement that for him there is no difference, since that statement doesn't collide with her idea. Harry? He takes it like it doesn't matter to him, and it really doesn't matter, it's Sal's choice and to him is all right like that, in the moment Sal is with him, and he is a good lover, what happens tomorrow is all another question.

Third difference, Sal and Harry have no problem to clearly state each other faults, in particular Sal, always hinting to Harry's ability to talk non stop, but it's like water over rock, it washes down without burning, Harry can pout a bit, but both of them are not able to take a grudge for too long, above all when there are much nicer things to do. And they are also similar when they have to talk about each other partners, and their faults, Harry can borrow a friendly ear to Sal, but he will never say to him what is right or what is wrong, it's Sal's choice... a female friend would be never able to stay shut.

And finally the love story. When Harry Met Sal the first time, it was not the right moment, they were both young and about to start a new life, it was not the moment for a serious relationship. And even if they probably recognized that they had something special, at the end of their three days together, they left with only a pain of regret, no drama, no years of thinking and hurting. They went on with their life. When they meet again, the time is again wrong, Sal is in love with another man. But being in love doesn't mean that he is not able to admit that he is still attracted to Harry, and that they can be friends with benefits. If love is not in the middle, they don't hurt no one, above all they don't hurt Braden, Sal's love interest, who is more interest to have sex with as many men as possible at the same time. But where is the romance in all of this, a woman reader is probably asking to herself? Oh, the romance is there, in that little point I made: "if love is not in the middle"... but love is in the middle, and first one man and then the other will realize that it's not possible to be friends with benefits, or they are all for each other or they are nothing at all. This is where the romance enters, when you realize that you can have sex as many time as you want, and enjoy it, but if you really want the best experience of your life, then you have to make love, not have sex. In the end, women and men are not so different at all.

This is not my first romance by Ryan Field, and short or long, I always liked his stories. But I think that When Harry Met Sal it's probably the best at today; it's well-finished and smooth, I didn't have the feeling of reading something too far from my habit like I had with Pretty Man (even if I liked the story, sometime while I was reading I did wondered if everything in it was possible); true, in some sex scene of When Harry Met Sal I had the feeling that they were a bit too much big bam boom, but that is in line with my "pool theory", women linger on the edge of the pool, men directly dive on the center. But even if direct, all the sex scenes were realistic and enjoyable, I didn't skip neither one of them, as sometime I do with other books.

Did the author reach his point? Did he write a romance from a man's point of view without loosing the romance? I think so.


Amazon Kindle: When Harry Met Sal

The Rainbow Awards: First Week results: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/811346.html