November 29th, 2009

andrew potter

Around the World: Moscow

Unfortunately this was not the best experience I had, due to the flu I was ill most of the time, and the nights were the worst, plus I always had migraines, and coughs. Some days I had fever, other day I had cold shivers... even now I'm not well, but today was probably one of the best day of all from a weather perspective, there was the sun and it was not raining... but I really hadn't strength enough to do anything else if not the "metro tour". Basically I bought a ticket and then I went up and down the metro.



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Moscow metro is something unbelievable if you don't see it for real. It's like a real museum underground, when you exit a wagon it seems to enter a palace not a metro station. There are marbles, golds, mosaics, glasses. And there is a love for details that takes your breath away. Even the few I still had ;-)

This week I will be back home so, for now, this is the last of my Moscow pic spam appointment!
andrew potter

LGBT Ebook and Print Releases October 31 – November 27, 2009

ALYSON BOOKS (http://www.alyson.com/)
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AMBER ALLURE (http://www.amberquill.com/AmberAllure/)
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BELLA BOOKS (http://www.bellabooks.com/)
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BOLD STROKES BOOKS (http://www.boldstrokesbooks.com/)
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CHANGELING PRESS (http://www.changelingpress.com/)
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CLEIS PRESS (http://www.cleispress.com/)
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COBBLESTONE PRESS (http://www.cobblestone-press.com/)
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DARK ROAST PRESS (http://www.darkroastpress.com/)
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DREAMSPINNER PRESS (http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/)
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ELLORA’S CAVE (http://www.jasminejade.com/)
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ETERNAL PRESS (http://www.eternalpress.ca/)
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EXCESSICA (http://excessica.com/)
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EXTASY BOOKS (http://www.extasybooks.net/)
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FREYA’S BOWER (http://www.freyasbower.com/)
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LETHE PRESS (http://www.lethepressbooks.com/)
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LIQUID SILVER BOOKS (http://www.liquidsilverbooks.com/)
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LOOSE ID (http://www.loose-id.com/)
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LOVEYOUDIVINE (http://www.loveyoudivine.com/)
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MLR PRESS (http://www.mlrbooks.com/)
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NOBLE ROMANCE PUBLISHING (http://www.nobleromance.com/)
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P.D. PUBLISHING (http://www.pdpublishing.com/)
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PHAZE BOOKS (http://www.phaze.com/)
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PINK PETAL BOOKS (http://pinkpetalbooks.com/)
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RAVENOUS ROMANCE (http://www.ravenousromance.com/)
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RED ROSE PUBLISHING (http://redrosepublishing.com/)
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RESPLENDENCE PUBLISHING (http://www.resplendencepublishing.com/)
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ROMANCE UNBOUND (http://www.romanceunbound.com/)
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SAMHAIN PUBLISHING (http://www.samhainpublishing.com/)
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SHADOWFIRE PRESS (http://www.shadowfirepress.com/)
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SIREN PUBLISHING (http://www.sirenpublishing.com/)
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STARBOOKS PRESS (http://www.starbookspress.com/)
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TORQUERE BOOKS (http://www.torquerebooks.com/)
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TOTAL-E-BOUND (http://www.total-e-bound.com/)
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andrew potter

Wranglers: Discovery by Vivien Dean

This is the classic “office affair” romance, completed of night encounter on top of a desk with ties flying around. Derek Rossi thinks to hate Sam Kimball; he is the newbie who has just beaten him up in court and Derek would be more than happy to have a chance to beat him for real. But when Sam arrives in his office the same night, offering a friendly hand, Derek can’t help but wonder what it’s behind. And when Sam makes clear that he is interested in Derek for something more than a friendship, Derek is even more shocked: for the first time he realizes that all the hot between them maybe was not only rivalry.

I like both Derek than Sam. They are very different despite the same profession. Derek is cooler, born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, even if he comes from a conservative family; he hasn’t had much trouble in coming out. Only that he chose to do that as everything else in his life, quietly and unobtrusively. If you ask directly, Derek doesn’t deny that he is gay, but he also doesn’t claim it out loud. So when Sam makes the first daring move on him, Derek is both shocked than stunned, and maybe the first reaction is not positive. It’s quite funny to see big and bold Derek (he is bigger than Sam not only in age but also in body) reacts like an outraged damsel to Sam’s kiss.

I think Sam is hiding some self-esteem issue. It’s not really a big problem, and for sure it’s not even real, but I think Sam’s past in a way influence him in his way to approach the world, both at work than at love. Sam is not out with his family, and probably he has also some relationship issue with his father, a need to prove that he is good enough, like and more than his father. So Sam faces everything up front, always with a grin on his face, even when maybe he would like to be more serious. The grin is like a mask, to prevent everyone to see the real Sam, the one that would like to be pampered and cuddled. Unconsciously probably Sam wears the mask also to prove that he is not “so gay”.

This is only a first instalment in a longer series, the story of how they met, and so there is not so much on their relationship, we can only understand that nor Derek or Sam live easily with them being gay and that, in top of that, now they have also to deal with a sexual affair that can be dangerous for their careers. It will be interesting to read how they will manage to save both their budding relationship than their jobs. And it will be even more interesting to read if they will arrive to live fully and in plain sight their love.

http://www.amberquill.com/AmberAllure/WranglersDiscovery.html

The Rainbow Awards: Third (and last!) Phase: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/850354.html