November 21st, 2010

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The Art of Being Straight (2008) by Jesse Rosen

A sexy, comedic drama about two college friends questioning their careers and sexuality in east Los Angeles.

Director: Jesse Rosen

Writer: Jesse Rosen

Release Date: 7 June 2009 (USA)

Genres: Comedy, Drama

Storyline: John thinks he's got it all figured out. He's young, good looking and has always had a way with the ladies. After a break-up with his girlfriend, he moves west to Los Angeles for a fresh start. He is officially back on the market and looking to score. Crashing on his buddy Andy's couch is a comforting return to the college patterns of partying, womanizing and trash talk with the guys. However, reconnecting with his old flame Maddie proves to be surprising when she introduces him to her girlfriend, Anna. An aspiring photographer, John takes an entry-level position at an ad agency, determined to prove himself. Things get a little confusing when Paul, a successful executive at the firm, takes a special interest in John, and when John ends up in Paul's bed, his world is turned completely upside down. The Art of Being Straight explores one man's unexpected search for identity. More than just a story of seduction...

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Cast (in credits order)
Johnny Ray ... Paul
Jesse Rosen ... Jon
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rachel Castillo ... Maddy
Jim Dineen ... Young Male Office Assistant
Jared Grey ... Andy
Jesse Janzen ... Brian
Tyler Jenich ... Cole
Alan LaPolice ... Rand
Bryan McGowan ... Matt
Anne Reeder ... Simone
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Jon & Paul

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Rainbow Awards: Cover Contest - Round 13

Round n°13, 2 rounds to the end, 20 covers still in contest to arrive to the last week with the 10 finalists.

You can vote as many covers as you want but please don't vote more than 15 covers otherwise the selection process will not work smoothly.

Other than the poll, there will be a special jury voting in the cover contest. It will be a jury made all by external guests (no authors, no cover artists, no publishers): they will be of course people with an interest in the art and communication field, but they will be impartial. Their vote will be added to the poll, it will have an higher weight but it will be an addition not in substitution, so the people voting in the cover contest will still have an huge influence in the final result.

First to accept my invite is Dylan Rosser, one of the most famous male model photographer out there:

Another judge is Jesse Archer, actor and screenwriter, whose movie "Violet Tendencies" I adopted last year:

Last to join the jury is Jack Mackenroth, athlete and fashion designer, former contendant in Project Runaway:

Last week they voted: 16, 34, 83, 146, 148, 160, 162, 179, 379, 397, 426, 512, 513.

I saved all the covers in an external page, I suggest you to open it in another web page and tick the covers on the poll.

Moreover some publishers offered an ebook giveaway to be drawn among who will vote in the poll, so voting you will have a chance to win the ebook.

Last week winners are:

rimasworld  --> Chosen ebook: The Seduction of Moxie by Colette Moody, Bold Strokes Books

isilwath  --> Chosen ebook: Hero by Heidi Cullinan, Dreamspinner Press

joannhali  --> Chosen ebook: The Wish by Eden Winters, Torquere Press

liria [deadjournal] --> Chosen ebook: Sodomy! by Simon Sheppard, Lethe Press

And now please go to see all the amazing covers:


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Rainbow Awards: Current Submissions 151 to 160

151. Heidi Cullinan - Miles and the Magic Flute (Dreamspinner Press)
Gay, Fantasy

When the forest behind a Minnesota pawn shop turns out to be the doorway into a faerie paradise, Miles Larson doesn't see any reason to complain. He's bankrupt, single, and living in a trailer in his backwoods hometown after being laid off from his big city job: he could use a little downtime in a homoerotic dreamland. But Miles soon learns that in the faerie world, nothing is quite as simple as it seems. The beautiful faerie man who has captured Miles's heart might also be after Miles's soul. The frightening beast who chases him through the forest is actually a noble-hearted human under a terrible curse. And at the center of it all is the deathly beautiful Lord of Dreams, a faerie so powerful that if Miles so much as looks at his face, he will be lost in dreamland forever. The only hope for Miles's escape is a magic flute, an enchanted instrument that holds the answer to the faerie lord's defeat. But even if Miles is smart and strong enough to wield it, will he dare? When the cold light of truth dawns, if there is no reality beneath the love he's found in the faerie realm, Miles will have to return to his own world—alone.

152. A.C. Katt - Shattered Glass (Captiva Press)
Gay, Erotica Contemporary

Can love survive and be rekindled when a heart is broken like Shattered Glass? Milo grew up in fear, hiding the fact that he was gay. Becoming a rock star with his band Shattered Glass was a dream come true. Finally lovers with Liam, the friend he’d desired since childhood, Milo worries about his image and keeping their relationship a secret. Liam knew he loved Milo, even as a kid. But their fame and fortune can’t buy him the happiness of talking Milo out of the closet, able to freely express their love. Unfortunately, a fellow band-mate with vengeance on his mind conspires to break the lovers up in the most vicious way possible, destroying the couple’s relationship and shredding Liam’s peace of mind. Six years later, Liam is older, wiser, and has rebuilt his life after the devastating loss of Milo and the band. Forced into a tenuous working reunion, Liam knows his heart still belongs to Milo. Working together to uncover the web of lies that pulled them apart, now all they have to do is survive the psychopath intent on silencing Liam and his music forever.

153. Miguel Santana - The Marien Revelation (Alligator Press)
Gay, Contemporary

About to turn forty, Marién Valbuena, finds herself evaluating her relationships, her faith, and her life. Two millennia separate her and Mary, a young woman in Ancient Judea. While Marién can’t find a reason to hold on to a complicated pregnancy, Mary shelters her own on the intricacies of a prophecy. Intertwined across time, the lives of these two women come together, inviting us to reconsider the fine lines between fiction and reality, between myth and assumed truth. In this novel, Miguel Santana is revealed as a mature and visionary writer. He masterfully weaves passages from the Bible and other sacred texts into his imaginative and poetic prose. Readers are transported to a world where they not only recognize the pillars of our civilization, but also feel the need to question them.

154. Lee Rowan - Tangled Web (Running Press)
Gay, Historical

Regency London…Brendan Townsend is a young man who is very loyal to his friends. So when Tony—his best friend, occasional lover, and a complete screw-up—comes to him in trouble, Brendan is determined to help. Tony is being blackmailed by the owner of a “molly house”, the private club that Tony—and other like-minded gentlemen—frequent in order to indulge their entertainment needs.Brendan is disappointed in his friend, but goes to seek the help of his older brother’s military commander. Philip Carlisle is a gentleman to Society, and also a man Brendan’s brother trusted completely and told his younger brother to seek out if he ever was in trouble. Philip is a 40-year-old widower, and finds himself charmed, for the first time, by an attractive young man. Brendan is likewise besotted with hero-worship, especially when Philip turns the tables on the blackmailer and saves the day for many of Society’s closeted sons.What follows is a tale of desire, regrets, cross-country pursuit, hidden identities, lovers torn asunder then reunited, clever cover stories, and the requisite pistols at dawn.

155. Donald Hardy - Lovers' Knot (Running Press)
Gay, Historical

Jonathan Williams has inherited Trevaglan Farm from a distant relative. With his best friend, Alayne, in tow, Jonathan returns to the estate to take possession, meet the current staff, and generally learn what it’s like to live as the landed gentry now. He’d only been there once before, fourteen years earlier. But that was a different time, he’s a different person now, determined to put that experience out of his mind and his heart….The locals agree that Jonathan is indeed different from the lost young man he was that long ago summer, when he arrived at the farm for a stay after his mother died. Back then the hot summer days were filled with sunshine, the nearby ocean, and a new friend, Nat. Jonathan and the farmhand had quickly grown close, Jonathan needing comfort in the wake of his grief, and Nat basking in the peace and love he didn’t have at home.But that was also a summer of rumors and strange happenings in the surrounding countryside, romantic triangles and wronged lovers. Tempers would flare like a summer lightning storm, and ebb just as quickly. By the summer’s end, one young man was dead, and another haunted for life.Now Jonathan is determined to start anew. Until he starts seeing the ghost of his former friend everywhere he looks. Until mementos of that summer idyll reappear. Until Alayne’s life is in danger. Until the town’s resident witch tells Jonathan that ghosts are real. And this one is tied to Jonathan unto death…

156. Clara Nipper - Kiss of Noir (Bold Strokes Books)
Lesbian, Mystery / Thriller

“I  was forty-six when I left the big city for the Big Easy. They say New Orleans is like a woman, beautiful, deceitful, and deadly. All I know is, I had to leave Los Angeles on the run and The Crescent City beckoned like a broad on her back.” In the sequel to Femme Noir, Nora Delaney has returned to her job as a college basketball coach in Los Angeles. When she beats up a rival coach on national television, she is fired and flees to a tiny town outside New Orleans to take refuge with her cousin Ellis Delaney and his wife. Working at Ellis’ pawn shop, Nora meets Cleo Sweetleaf, who becomes a mentor and a second father. While Nora takes stock of her life, her everlasting hunger for strange women causes trouble from sunup to sundown. When Cleo is murdered, Nora, spurred on by revenge, is drawn into solving the crime. But after being beaten and left bleeding in an alley, Nora might not solve the mystery alive.

157. Louise Blaydon - Summer Song (Dreamspinner Press)
Gay, Coming of Age / Young Adult

Billy Bronner is, to all appearances, every inch the 1950s American dream: handsome, clever, captain of the high school football team, looks good enough in tight jeans that people can even forget he’s Jewish. Then the new guy on the block, the enigmatic Leonard Nachman, turns his head, and over the summer Billy discovers a new world of romance and love—in a man’s arms. But when Kit O’Reilly, Billy’s best friend and shadow, comes home after spending the summer with relatives, he finds Billy acting… differently. Soon enough, it becomes obvious that this change is related to Len, and Kit will have to decide if he’ll accept the relationship Billy and Len have forged, or if he’ll push Billy and their longtime friendship away.

158. Mickie B. Ashling - Loving Edits (Dreamspinner Press)
Gay, Contemporary Romance

When bestselling novelist Mick Henley contacts his editor and former lover, Paul Alcott, after a seven-year absence, hearing Mick’s voice reinforces what Paul has known all along―he still loves Mick. The possible reunion entices Paul into considering a dinner invitation, but his hopes are dashed when he learns Mick is in a loving relationship with Spanish Jai alai player Tono Garat. Paul still accepts the invitation, and Mick asks Paul to help Tono through the final revision of a love story he’s written, inspired by his affair with Mick. When Paul refuses, Mick reveals he’s been diagnosed with a fatal disease, and the novel is Tono’s only means of coping with the eventual outcome. Paul and Tono resent each other, but they can't deny the strong sexual attraction between them. Can the past blend with the present to ease the way for Mick’s inevitable future? Will they overcome their differences to provide the loving support necessary to sustain the man they love or will their collision destroy Mick's final days?

159. H.B. Kurtzwilde - My Lady of Sapphires (Reluctant Press)
Bisexual / Transgender, Historical

Suzanne Thatcher is a young woman, skilled in painting who works in a small factory filling in details on pottery intended for those richer than herself. Unlike the other girls in the workshop, however, Suzanne harbors a secret. She is actually a young man who left his family to be able to live as the woman he always felt he truly was. Suzanne has resigned herself to a life of loneliness…until Anthony, a talented and handsome artist comes into her life. Not only is Anthony not put off by her gender deception, he is all the more attracted to her because of it. Anthony is determined to take Suzanne from her life of poverty and give her the life of a proper lady and wife. His romantic plan is jeopardized, however, by prudish members of society who disapprove of their love.

160. Ashleigh Walton - Sweet Surrender (Dreamspinner Press)
Gay, Contemporary Romance

Shy and self-conscious Derek has spent two years of his life losing a hefty amount of weight and is about to enter graduate school to become a certified architect. Now he’s determined to find love, so he places an Internet ad in search of a boyfriend. Gerry, a confident, self-made man with his own landscaping business, falls head over heels for Derek as soon as they meet. While Derek’s waiting for Gerry to find something wrong with him and call the whole thing off, Gerry is hiding something from Derek, afraid of what the consequences may be when and if it's discovered. Only when they find the courage to confide in one another can they commit to love.

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The Partners and The Guardian (Binary Stars, Vol. 5) by Stevie Woods

Even if divided into two stories, this novella, more or less 40 pages, can be easily read as one. In the first part, Rick is willy-nilly in the middle of Anton and Bohdri, two ancient vampires with an almost as ancient grudge between them. Bohdri is in love with Anton and 700 years ago he tricked the vampire to turn him; Anton was not happy and for more than 200 years he avoided Bohdri, after that it took other 500 years to Bohdri to simply become friend again with Anton, but lovers is totally another question. Callously to my perspective, Anton parades his human lovers in front of Bohdri, and the other vampire is like a punching-ball, for the very limited pleasure to be near the one he loves, Bohdri accepts everything. Only that Rick, in his innonce and naivite, arises something in Bohdri, the vampire probably understands that Rick can be different, that if he is not careful, Anton can loose his heart with him. That will push Bohdri to risk everything again, even the friendship he so hardly regained with Anton.

In the second part David, a Guardian, is enthralled by Rick, and he would like to woo the young man. But when he finally decides it’s time to try and steal Rick from Anton and Bohdri, the young man is viciously attacked and David has to intervene and do something that can make him more an enemy than a friend.

As I said the two stories are very short, but I liked two things: the futuristic society where vampires are almost like celebrities more than scaring creatures and the innocence of Rick, an innocence that is not in body but in mind. Rick happily jumps in bed with Anton and then Bohdri, with only a little esitation at the beginning when he doesn’t know what to expect. After that he happily accepts David’s courtship, without thinking twice to Anton and Bohdri… yes, Rick is a bit of a slut, but he is an happy one, fully enjoying his young age and the freedom he has having sex with vampires.

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The Lost Library, Gay Fiction Rediscovered, edited by Tom Cardamone

Introduction by Tom Cardamone: in his introduction Tom Cardamone well explains as this is a book of love, the love many authors have for the authors who inspired them; not only inspiration, indead, but sometime also salvation, companionship, hope and sometime desolation and loneliness. Tom Cardamone explains how the book was born by a word of mouth, thanks to friends of friends who wanted to share their own experience and hard to find books that probably people should search and read. While I know some of the names of these authors (but not their books), I’m more familiar with the names of who wrote about them. In a case or the others, this non-fiction book is a must for who love gay literature. And reading it, you will realize that it’s not even a non-fiction book but more a memoir about authors who love authors, about young gay men searching for love, for acceptance, for recognition, and finding all of them, and more, in books, sometime the only certainity you have in this world.

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Come Again: A History of the Reprinting of Gay Novels by Philip Clark: Philip Clark’s final essay on reprinting of gay novels is a statement of the importance of indie publishers. I happen to agree, sometime those indie pubs are the only reason why I buy printed books; I have more than 3.000 printed books and I live in a very small house, so I cannot really buy all the books I want. But it’s not a question of money, I would be willing to spend them to buy an original ebook. So to close this long, long post my suggestion goes to those indie pubs: why don’t you consider to publish these books in ebook if it’s too expensive to publish them in print? I would be there, first in line to buy them.

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Cover Art by Mel Odom