December 26th, 2009

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For Love of the Dead by Hal Bodner

Having a previous experience with Hal Bodner and his In Flesh and Stone, I knew that I shouldn’t have expected to read a “classical” romance, and already the blurb, the story of a mortician who is in love with the Dead, was a good sign of it. But for the readers who love the classical romance, then probably For Love of the Dead is more “romance” than In Flesh and Stone, at least in the end. This novel is not also out of the standard for the genre (zombies and romance are not often seen together), but also for the preface, I think that it’s not of many authors to open a romance novel with an Author’s Note of 4 pages, and it’s not of many publishers to allow it. It’s said a lot on the author and the publisher.

There is always the experience of loss in a Hal Bodner’s novel, at least in the two I read, but there is also the feeling that Hal Bodner believes in love, even maybe in a love that goes beyond death. In this novel Jake is a young and handsome mortician, and the second part of his description, “mortician”, prevents him to find a man to love even if the first part, “young and handsome”, would allow him to meet a lot of candidates. Even if already with a sad experience in the past, the loss of his lover when they were still young men with a lot of expectation for life and future, Jake didn’t stop to believe in love, in the possibility to find the one, Mr. Right. And so it’s almost tender to read how he approaches the cruising dating pool, discarding possible partners even for a small detail, something unheard if you are only searching for a one night stand. But Jake is like that, he is able to see beyond the first appearance of a man, he is able to read his mind even from a facial feature. In fact he does that also with the young men he sees everyday on his morgue table, he is able to read the lost hopes in those lives taken from the world so soon, and he loves them all since apparently no one else love them.

When yet another young man ends on his table, Mark, beautiful like an angel, Jake again thinks how big a waste is, he again imagines what it could have happened if he met him before, he wonders if maybe Mark is the one. But Mark, as many before, is dead, and so, in a way, Jake is safe; he will not risk loving and loosing, he has already lost him, and so he can now love him without worries. Only that this time Jake is the tool of a bigger scheme, and when Mark arises for the Dead, Jake has to help to bring him back. See, Mark is not exactly the angel he appears, his soul is dark, and there is no “rest in peace” for him, the Dead want for him to rot in hell.

As in the previous book I read from this author, there is a lot of sex, and sometime the sex lingers on the boundaries of comfort, at least for me, but strange is, they never go beyond the limit. And again, as in the previous novel, when the sex is detached by love, it’s graphic and detailed, and when instead there is love, the author doesn’t linger, it allows the reader to fill in with its imagination. I believe it’s not a coincidence, when sex is recreational, or detached, it can be described, but if it’s love and not only sex, then lingering in details is not necessary, the true feelings already fill all the available space.

As in the previous book, for sure Hal Bodner has not written an “usual” romance, and probably it’s not a romance for all, but for sure the quality of erotic romance you have here it’s well above the average.

http://www.ravenousromance.com/fantastica/for-love-of-the-dead.php

Amazon: For the Love of the Dead: Gay Zombie Erotica

Amazon Kindle: For the Love of the Dead: Gay Zombie Erotica

Reading List:

http://www.librarything.com/catalog_bottom.php?tag=reading list&view=elisa.rolle
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Gay Commercial: Bertolli

Well, how I couldn't like this commericial? It's an Italian trade mark, the two guys are handsome in a very familiar way, and they dance! Two men dancing is always something to like.



Commercial Closet Association

Company: Bertolli
Brand: Bertolli
Ad Title: Bertolli Oven Baked Meals
Business Category: Packaged Foods
Media Outlets: Television
Country: United States
Region: North America
Agency: in-house
Year: 2009
Target: Gays
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Excerpt: Wylde by Jan Irving

Wylde by Jan Irving
Release Date: 12/2009
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Buy Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=1665

Amazon: Wylde

Blurb: Noah Matthews brought his son Josh to the pristine woods of Washington State to make a fresh start. The first night in their new home, Noah meets Kell Farraday when the laconic police chief shows up on his doorstep searching for two people lost in the forest. It's the start of a sexy new friendship when Kell decides to pursue the shy but flirtatious Noah. But a new beginning won't be so easy. Noah's former boyfriend shows up to try to reclaim a place in his life, and worse, Josh is drawn to the growing mystery in the forest. People disappear and then one turns up dead. There's something haunting the forest. Something watching. And soft-spoken and confident Kell's reassurances can't ease Noah's fear when Josh goes into the woods alone.

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Excerpt: Tango In The Night by KC Kendricks

Tango In The Night by KC Kendricks
Release Date: 12/2009
Publisher: Amber Allure
ISBN-13: 978-1-60272-621-5 (Electronic)
Buy Link: http://www.amberquill.com/AmberAllure/TangoNight.html

Blurb: Law enforcement agent Jubal Graham is back on the job after a shooter took the life of his long-time partner, and sent Jubal into a coma followed by months of rehab. Determined to have justice, Jubal is focused on finding a killer, not a new romantic entanglement. Agent Ellis Banks, however, with his smoldering blue eyes and denim-clad swagger, is a distraction Jubal can’t afford—or ignore. Ellis came to Philadelphia to bust a drug operation; one that connects to the same case agency legend Jubal Graham is working. Ellis finds himself drawn to Jubal, but Jubal holds him off. Sure that Jubal is interested, even though he wears his slain lover’s ring, Ellis mounts a determined siege. Jubal’s surprise at having a suitor develops into a growing affection for Ellis, one clouded with old fears. Fate ripped one lover from his arms, and now Ellis is in the line of fire. Jubal’s courage can protect Ellis, but is it powerful enough to love him?

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Excerpt: Child of Joy by Andrew Grey

Child of Joy by Andrew Grey
Release Date: 12/2009
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Buy Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?cPath=55_106&products_id=1677

Amazon: Child of Joy

Blurb: Graduating from college would be a highlight of any man's life, but Arthur Kraus is different. He’s just reached satyr maturity, and he’s going out of his mind as he's swamped with sexual urges. In a desperate moment, he invites his roommate to a Bacchanal and asks him to be his first. But after hearing the first-time stories at the Bacchanal, Arthur decides to wait for more than physical satiation—not knowing that someone has overheard his decision. That someone, Gaelen, is special in his own way: he's the last remaining Fey, a creature of the light, innocent and pure, the protector of the remaining joy the Fey bring to the world. Though attracted to Arthur, Gaelen is afraid to trust. He knows he's being hunted for his power by a force that wants to overthrow Bacchus himself, and Gaelen will have to allow Arthur into his life if he wants to survive. The third and final chapter in the Children of Bacchus series

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Excerpt: L.A. Boneyard by P.A. Brown

L.A. Boneyard, #2 in the L.A Series, by P.A. Brown
Release Date: 12/2009
Publisher: MLR Press
ISBN: 978-1-60820-018-4 (ebook)
978-1-60820-017-7 (print)
Buy Link: http://www.mlrbooks.com/ShowBook.php?book=PBLA0002

Amazon: LA Boneyard

Blurb: From a shallow grave in Griffith Park, to the bucolic streets of West Hollywood into the dark heart of the gang-infested streets of East L.A, evil is pursued in this dark story of passion and redemption. Detective David Eric Laine is no stranger to violence and brutality, but even he is taken aback at the sheer viciousness of the murder of two pregnant Ukrainian women. This is just the beginning of a baffling case which leads from their shallow grave to a bungalow community in West Hollywood, tree-lined and tranquil, on to the heart of the gang-infested streets of East Los Angeles, and points in between. And what of Jairo Hernandez, David's new, young partner? The attraction between them was immediate and intense and growing by the day. Would this be a threat to David's settled life?

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LGBT Ebook and Print Releases November 28 – December 25, 2009

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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BREATHLESS PRESS (http://www.breathlesspress.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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DREAMSPINNER PRESS (http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/)
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EXCESSICA (http://excessica.com/)
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EXTASY BOOKS (http://www.extasybooks.net/)
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LETHE PRESS (http://www.lethepressbooks.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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LYRICAL PRESS (http://www.lyricalpress.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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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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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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She’s Got Balls by Mia Watts

In this novella the author plays a bit with the Desperate Housewives jokes and the stereotypes of big and strong FBI agent.

Chris and Vin are paired together for an undercover mission, one of them will be the “wife” and infiltrate in a tight group of housewives who are growing pot in the suburbs. Why it has to be a man to play the role of a woman when there are so many good female FBI agents, it’s something that is not exactly clear, and it’s probably the only fault of this very nice novella. Actually all the “official” side of the story, the undercover mission and the job to be done, is quite on second stage, like it’s not really important.

From the beginning the story starts on the funny step, when Chris would like to assign the role of the wife to his new partner Vin, at least till the moment he has the chance to see him, big shoulders, adam’s apple, permanent five o’clock beard and unbelievable small hips… no way he can be passed for a woman. No that Chris has any problem to admit that he is attracted to Vin, Chris is gay, but he is not exactly the man who enjoys to be on drag. And having to wear a strap on while sporting a perennial hard on due to Vin’s nearness, it’s not something comfortable to do.

Chris is like a little firecracker, always spurting and chatting, always having something to say to try to irritate Vin, even really sounding like a desperate housewife, but without success: Vin is an unmovable wall and each spitting word by Chris jumps back without any effect. But when Chris decides to try the gentle approach, Vin is more responsive and Chris obtains some results to alleviate the pain in his… stomach… or maybe a little lower.

She’s Got Balls is basically a funny romp, not really a dangerous thriller plot, for once the criminal ring is not so criminal after all, and it doesn’t seem that Chris and Vin take too seriously their mission, at least not as much as they are investing in their possible relationship.

http://www.resplendencepublishing.com/m8_view_item.html?m8:item=158-201-101-440-3

Amazon Kindle: She's Got Balls (Handcuffs and Lace)

Reading List:

http://www.librarything.com/catalog_bottom.php?tag=reading list&view=elisa.rolle
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Hollywood, je t'aime (2009) directed by Jason Bushman

Director: Jason Bushman

Writer: Jason Bushman (written by)

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance

Plot: “Delightfully funny, hugely entertaining and unlike anything you’ve ever seen!” --Frameline, San Francisco Film Fest

After a breakup, gay Parisian Jerome impulsively books a solo Christmas vacation to Los Angeles. Like many before him, he plans to pursue his secret dream to become a movie star – and, of course, to find love along with fame and fortune!

Completely naïve about what he is getting into, Jerome hooks up with some colorful locals, and stumbles headlong into an acting role. Nothing about Hollywood quite matches Jerome’s fantasies, however, and his misadventures are both hilarious and touching.

Bright, funny, honest and utterly charming, Hollywood, je t'aime is a stunning debut for director Jason Bushman. Eric Debets shines as Jerome; his classic look and an amusing ease with his own awkwardness are evocative of Buster Keaton and Marcel Marceau. Cast includes Eric Debets, Jonathan Blanc, Diarra Kilpatrick, Michael Airington and the fabulous Chad Allen (Save Me, Third Man Out, Shock to the System).

Polished crowd-pleaser likely to rank among the year's more popular gay pics. --Variety

Enough pleasing vignettes to win us over. . .the same tasty spirit as Woody Allen's many homages to Manhattan. . .Lead actor Debets has an appealing deadpan presence. --The Hollywood Reporter

Will make you fall in love with LA all over again. OUTFEST, LA Film Festival --Wolfe

@IMDb
@Amazon: Hollywood Je T'aime
@Netflix
@Wolfe Video

 

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Cast (in credits order)
Eric Debets ... Jérôme Beaunez
Chad Allen ... Ross
Jonathan Blanc ... Gilles
Scott Romstadt ... Kenny the Waiter
Diarra Kilpatrick ... Kaleesha
Michael Airington ... Norma Desire
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Oscar Alvarez ... Himself
Whitney Anderson ... Trish
Cesar Arambula ... Trick from Spotlight Bar
Randall Bacon ... Steve Jaspers
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Jerome & Ross

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