November 15th, 2010

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Mate: And More Stories from the Erotic Edge of SF/Fantasy by Lauren P. Burka

This is a three stories anthology, 2 stories out of 3, Mate and Whip Hand are about the same couple, d’Schane and Terry (M/M) while The Melting of the Snowflake is a completely different story (M/F).

Mate and Whip Hand are two futuristic short stories with a good, but not too much heavy, D/s theme. Terry is a submissive working as secretary in an iper-technologic firm. During the day he is the perfect employee, and during the night he is the perfect sub for Daphne. Terry doesn’t particularly like Daphne but he craves the touch of a Dom, and female Doms are rare and he doesn’t want to lose her.

After a leak of info on the firm computer system, Terry is questioned by d’Schane, a computer wizard of only 20 years. While Daphne, a tall and strong woman, probably more clever than Terry, fits perfectly the role of the Dom, d’Schane, small and I think also with a complex of inferiority towards his parents, is not exactly what Terry would choose as his partner. But d’Schane doesn’t give him a choice, and by the way, he is the one who manages to beat Terry on a chess game, and I think that Terry more than the physical strength appreciates the cleverness in his possible partners.

They are really a strange couple, Terry so self-confident and balanced and in need of someone who will master him, and d’Schane so jumpy and iperactive, not exactly the epitome of quiet strength that usually you associate with a Dom, but indead he is perfect for Terry. The fact that both of them have never actually considered a man as their preferred partner is almost irrilevant, it’s not their gender that binds them together, but something more deeply. As I said, this is more a match of mind than body.

Even if usually the futuristic settings, above all when they have also an apocalyptic feeling (the world in which Terry and d’Schane are living is so full of pollution they cannot stay outside for long period of time, and the consequences are that the setting is a bit claustrophobic, the characters living always inside some building, with artificial light and no really difference in weather), these two stories were not at all heavy, on the contrary, I found them quite light and sometime even funny. Probably it was a consequence of d’Schane young age, and of his unlikely role of Dom, I read him more like a teenager playing with his parents’ toys, and the little rebellion Terry will have is plenty justifiable.

If I’m to be true, I did’t like so much the third story, The Melting of the Snowflake, mainly since I think the main character, Artere, was worthy of something more. In a fantasy matriarchal society, Artere, first son of a queen, was used as a pawn in a political marriage; his sister, the new queen, forged an alliance with a nearby kingdom having his own brother married to the other queen. But queen Keluria treats Artere like a cherished pet, not like an husband; when he is sad, she administer her care to him, when he is good, she almost doesn’t realize he is around. Despite the treatment, Artere longes for her touch like a puppy for his master’s love. But nothing he can do will awake Keluria’s love, and soon Artere will realize that he has no future with her.

Amazon Kindle: MATE: And More Stories on the Erotic Edge of SF/Fantasy

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Event: The Center presents Military Working Authors, The Marine Corps Writers

Date: Wednesday, November 17
Time: 18.30 - 20.30
Place: The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center
NYC 208 West 13th Street

In recognition of Veterans Day and to celebrate LGBT Veterans the Center looks at the issue of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and LGBT servicemembers.

...Scheduled to read are:
Rich Merritt – Former Marine Corps Officer, he was featured on the cover of the New York Times Magazine on June 28, 1998, in an article titled: “Uniforms In The Closet: The Shadow Life Of a Gay Marine.” He is the author of “Secrets Of A Gay Marine Porn Star” and “Code of Conduct.”

Brett Edward Stout – Former Marine Corps NCO, he joined the Marine Corps at the age of 18 where he studied Russian at the renowned Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California. After attending a secondary school in Texas he was stationed at Kaneohe Bay Marine Corps Base, Hawaii as a Russian cryptologic-linguist and weapons marksmanship instructor before being honorably discharged in 2002. He is the author of “Sugar-baby Bridge.”

Evelyn Thomas – Former Marine Corps NCO, she was a Baker in Marine Corps. She was stationed at Camp Pendleton, California and went through an investigation in 1991. She was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps. She is the author of “Does Butch Nappy Hair Offend You? One Teacher’s Struggle for Acceptance in the Professional World of Education.”

Justin Crockett Elzie – Former Marine Corps NCO, In January 1993 he came out on ABC Evening News and was the first Marine and servicemember in the United States military to be discharged under Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and later reinstated where upon he served 4 years openly gay from 1993 to 1997 when he was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps. He is the author of “Playing By The Rules.”

At the end of the readings by the authors there will be a discussion panel taking questions from the audience on everything from; the gay subculture in the military, the current policy of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, to what the future looks like beyond repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Former Army Captain Tanya Domi, now an Adjunct Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University will moderate the discussion

Seating is limited: Please register for free in advance:

$10 at the door.

Come out and hear the stories and the discussion on the current events surrounding Don't Ask Don't Tell from those who have lived it and are currently involved in the advocacy of repeal of DADT.
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Monthly Appointment with My Reading List

Things are improving a bit :-) I'm working a bit the backlog while at the same time reading some new titles. No, it's impossible for me to read a book as soon as it's out, but I think it's an achievement if I manage to read it at least in the first month. Sorry guys, I receive more or less 20 books per week, and my reading capacity is maximum of 6/7. What I can tell you is that I will try to read all the books authors are sending me, only be patient.

Save Me From Myself by Cassie Stevens
Gay Since Today by Kim Dare
The Partners & The Guardians (Binary Stars 5) by Stevie Woods
Montana, Mine by B.K. Wright
Making Promises by Amy Lane
Spanish Fly Guy by Jordan Castillo Price
Inestimable Blessings by Amanda Young
Spanking New by Clifford Henderson
His Hearth by Mary Calmes
Stardust by Claire Thompson
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Man Candy Day: Rastino & 2011 Dylan Rosser Calendar

Dylan Rosser just added a new guy to the site. His name is Rastino and he is super sexy (according to Dylan, but also to me...). Here are some details:

Rastino (Rastislav) Tan, 32 years old, living in London but originally from Slovak Republic. He is not professional photo model but he is looking to build up a portfolio.

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Age: 32
Height: 185cm
Where were you born: Slovak Republic
Where do you live: London, UK
Occupation: self-employed, model
Favourite TV shows: Grey's Anatomy, Raising Hope, Desperate Housewives.
Favourite music/band/artist: Madonna, Kylie, Robyn, Pink, Dannii Minogue, Michael Bublé, Adele
Favourite Food: Steak, Halusky (a Slovak national food), salads
Interests/hobbies: travelling, sex, reading, gym, party
How long have you been modelling: approx. 5 years
What you wear in bed: Naked
Your best feature: Eyes and Ass

Also Dylan Rosser is selling a VERY Limited Edition 2011 calendar. Only 50 will be printed. You can see details here:

Among the models you can recognize: Adam Killian ( and Damon Danilo (
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Save Me From Myself by Cassie Stevens

Save Me From Myself is not a light novel as the setting could let you imagine. Even if Jackson Tate is a fashion designer and Reid Hansen a wealthy lawyer, their story is not made of satin and sequins, and the contrast makes the story both original than a little odd to understand.

Jackson Tate is a former marine (from Marine to fashion designer there is a long stretch…), but from what we can understand it was not a patriotic choice, but more a way to pay his student loans. When he was in the corps he befriended Stan, another young and not so reasoned marine; both Jackson and Stan were scared, but of them didn’t want to fight, and both of them were gay. There was nothing between them, Stan had a man at home, and sincerely he needed more a friend than a lover, but they were close. When Stan dies in action, Jackson is discharged for medical reason (he got injured in the same action) and apparenlty his life can start again. But Jackson’s insecurity and fear follow him at home, he seems always unbalance, always on the edge, always on the verge of a nervous breakdown. He starts to idolize Stan’s relationship with Reid, they had a budding D/s relationship, and Jackson identifies in Reid the only solution for his own trouble.

Problem is that Reid is unconsciously accusing Jackson of Stan’s death: why his lover is dead and another man is alive but not enjoying all he has achieved. Why Reid has to witness to Jackson’s weakness, when if Stan was still alive, he would have enjoyed his life at full? Of course Reid is irrational and as soon as he meets Jackson, on a social meeting, he realizes that the man has no fault, and that indead, he needs Reid in his life.

I think that both Jackson than Reid have some psychological problem that a doctor will probably pinpoint to some specific diagnosis: guilt, insecurity, low self-esteem, identification of your lost lover in the one more near to him… all of them are probably symptoms that a doctor will try to heal. Reid and Jackson instead decide to find a solution between them, entering in a relationship that will bound them with a double knot: it can be their salvation or their destruction, depending on how things will evolve, but for sure from this moment one they will not be able to continue with their previous life.

Amazon Kindle: Save Me From Myself

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