November 28th, 2010

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Lokas (2008) directed by Gonzalo Justiniano

Charly is a homophobic man who discovers that Mario, his own father, is gay. Against his will, Charly have to deal with the tender relationship that Mario develops with his grandson Pedro.

Director: Gonzalo Justiniano

Writer: Rodrigo Bastidas (screenplay and idea)
Gonzalo Justiniano (co-writer)
Julio Rojas (storyline consultant)

Release Date: 7 March 2008 (Miami International Film Festival, USA)
3 April 2008 (Chile)

Genres: Comedy

Taglines: My padre es homofóbico, mi abuelo es gay. Yo soy Pedro. (My father is homophobic, my grandpa is gay. I'm Pedro)

Storyline: Charlie (Rodrigo Bastidas) harbors a deep prejudice against homosexuals. But he learns a valuable lesson when he reconnects with his estranged father. In a bind, he and his 9-year-old son move in with his dad, who, as it turns out is living with a man. In fact, the two are in love. Charlie is at a crossroads: rage on and continue hating, or, in deference to his open-hearted son, finally discover the beauty of tolerance.

@Amazon: Lokas (2008)


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Cast (in credits order)
Rodrigo Bastidas ... Charly
Coco Legrand ... Mario
Raimundo Bastidas ... Pedro
Fabiola Campomanes ... Liliana
Rodrigo Murray ... Flavio
Juan Pablo Sáez ... Julián
Eliana Vidiella ... Sra. Lucy
Gabriel Prieto ... Mireya
Elena Muñoz ... Profesora
Magdalena Max-Neef ... Amiga de Liliana Bar Lokas
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Charly & Mario

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Rainbow Awards: Cover Contest - Round 14

Round n°14, 1 rounds to the end, 15 covers still in contest to arrive to next week with the 10 finalists.

You can vote as many covers as you want but please don't vote more than 10 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: 34, 83, 146, 148, 160, 287, 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:

dean1955  --> Chosen ebook: Vieux Carre Voodoo by Greg Herren, Bold Strokes Books

jay_bell  --> Chosen ebook: Crook by Michael Gouda, Dreamspinner Press

nothing600  --> Please contact me for your choice among the ebooks offered by MLR Press (Chosen ebook:)

kz_snow  --> Chosen ebook: Oracle by R.J. Scott, Silver Publishing

And now please go to see all the amazing covers:


and vote in the poll:

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Rainbow Awards: Current Submissions 171 to 180

171. George Gardiner - The Hadrian Enigma (GMP Editions)
Gay, Historical

LUST. LOVE. REVENGE. COMING-OUT. An emperor's search for love destroys the very person he most adores. Crime/mystery/romance historical fiction based upon real events and characters of pagan Rome. Set two centuries before Rome's recognition of Christians, it is an era of intrigue, torrid relations, raging ambition, wild sensuality, & unconventional love. Caesar Hadrian's 'favorite' is found one dawn beneath the waters of the River Nile. Is it a prank gone wrong, a suicide, murder, or something far more sinister? Barrister & historian, Suetonius Tranquillus, & his courtesan companion Surisca are allowed two days to uncover the truth on pain of penalty. They discover more than they bargained for ...

172. Dorien Grey - The Secret Keeper (Zumaya Publications)
Gay, Mystery / Thriller

What happens when you take a 90-year-old multi-millionaire, add his dysfunctional and greedy family, a garden, a private detective's good-natured partner, a questionable suicide, a missing will, and a secret passed on without the recipient's knowledge? Why, book #13 in the popular Dick Hardesty Mystery series, of course. When Clarence Bement's death is ruled a suicide, his grandson Mel doesn't believe it, and hires PI Dick Hardesty to prove it was murder. There's no lack of suspects, given Bement's less than cordial relationship with most of his offspring, and when rumor arises he'd made a new will before his death it provides a reason why someone likely wanted him dead. It's up to Hardesty to find out the truth, and unravel the tangled secrets that may be putting the ones he loves in deadly danger.

173. Jenna Byrnes & Jude Mason - Alex's Appeal (Total-e-Bound)
Gay, Paranormal / Horror

Book three in the Kindred Spirits Series. A bear of a lawyer in mourning, a handsome young chef who falls head over heels, and a mystery that threatens their happiness are just the beginning of the events at Whisker’s Seaside Inn. Lawyer Alex Brookfield arrives at Whiskers’ Seaside Inn with a big decision weighing heavily on him. He’s been offered a judgeship, and while it’s an incredible promotion, it would mean leaving the house he shared with his late, long-time partner. Russ died of cancer eight months ago, and although Alex is ready to move on, he isn’t sure about such a big, permanent step. Logan Emerson is the inn’s chef, and wouldn’t mind cooking up something special with the handsome attorney. He’s not concerned about their fourteen year age difference. He just knows what he likes and isn’t afraid to go after the hunky bear of a man. Alex heard stories about the inn’s ghosts from its owner, his friend and former lover Ethan Roberts. But he’s totally unprepared for the spirit who shows up his first night there. Between futile attempts to fend off the frisky young cook, and his offer to help inn co-owner Cade Wyatt come up with a romantic marriage proposal for Ethan, Alex finds his hands, and his bed, quite full.

174. Tom Cardamone - The Lost Library (Haiduk Press)
LGBT, Non Fiction

What if you wanted to give a friend the book that saved your life when you realized you were gay, but it was out of print?  You could hunt in used book stores, or search online for reviews, but you’d be lucky to find it. In "The Lost Library" twenty eight modern gay authors reminisce about their favorite out of print gay novels, bringing the texts to light and telling intimate stories of their own.

175. Carol Lynne & All - Gaymes (Total-e-Bound)
Gay, Erotica Contemporary

Highland Gaymes by Carol Lynne: There's more to a man than what's under his kilt. Shaw Fitzgerald loves touring the United States with his brothers. A fiddle player since an early age, music is the only thing he's ever been passionate about. That is, until he sees Curt Macaula compete for the first time. As a competitor in the Highland Games, Curt knows how important it is to concentrate on the individual events. Getting distracted while tossing a one hundred and fifty pound pole isn't an option. Away from his events, Curt is free to ogle the very pretty member of the Brothers Fitzgerald band. Toward the end of the season, Curt knows it's time to make his move. With Shaw being guarded by four macho brothers, it won't be easy, but Curt is determined to win the man of his dreams.

Good Cop, Bad Cop by Jenna Byrnes and Jude Mason: Two hot studs, an evening of scorching sex, a pub, and the gaymes begin...or have they? Officer Kevin Sands and his lover get off on playing games - role playing games. When one of their escapades goes awry, will someone else pay the price for their fun? Or can the lovers solve a mystery that could mean the end of everything they hold dear?

Elliot's War by Kim Dare: The Welsh and the English. Celts and invaders. Captors and prisoners. Victors and slaves. Let the war games begin! The woodland war is billed by the university as an important exploration of differing cultural traditions within the British Isles. As far as Elliot understands it, the game involves the local Welsh students and those who invade the university from across the border, waging a war in the woodlands that surround the university. Elliot's not quite sure how he ended up agreeing to take part in the war game. Nor is he entirely sure how he ended up running through the forest wearing a skimpy toga while being chased by a dozen Celtic warriors - all of them painted a very historically inaccurate shade of blue woad. For better or worse, Elliot's about to get an education that wasn't advertised in the university prospectus.

Crossed Hearts by Lisabet Sarai: When love is the prize, everyone wins. For the past six years, Jason Hofstadter has attended the Four States Annual Scrabble Tournament. Jason comes to the Four States for two reasons - to play Scrabble and to get laid. Every year since his first, he has managed to hook up with one of the other players for some sexual fun. This year he has a chance at the grand prize in the tournament. Meanwhile, he figures he has hit the jackpot when he spots handsome, bookish Matt Sawyer, who's competing at the Four States for the first time. Shy and seemingly innocent, Matt turns out to be full of surprises. First, he jumps Jason in the rest room at Starbucks. Then he reveals that he's into BDSM and encourages Jason to experiment with topping him. Finally, despite his lack of experience with tournament play, Matt ends up competing with Jason in the semi-final round. When Matt throws the game he should have won, Jason is forced to confront his own feelings - about winning, about casual sex, and about Matt.

Rough Riders by Devon Rhodes: Playing by different rules can lead to heartbreak, but changing the game plan can be the tiebreaker. Luke Briscoe has a good reason to stay in the closet with his team, the Rough Riders. Bitter past experience has taught him to be cautious around athletic teams. But after Mario, his teammate and lover of ten years, leaves him, tired of the secrecy, Luke is forced to confront his fears, especially since the sexy and confident new member of the team, Derek Grimm, has no problem with being out and proud. Derek has wanted Luke from the first moment he saw him. But he knows the timing is all wrong, and vows to let Luke have the time he needs to recover from his breakup. As time goes on, though, Derek becomes frustrated with Luke's determination to stay in the closet. Derek and Mario are out, and the team is fine with it. Why is Luke still holding back? Derek wonders if any amount of time will ever be enough. Maybe it's time to try a different game plan...

Contact Point by Gwendolyn Cease: When two men who have nothing to lose and come together for one night, they both discover a connection they never thought possible. Jesse Chandler needed a place to get out of the storm. What he found was a bar catering exclusively to wolf shifters. Cade Reynolds, pack Alpha and bar owner, sees nothing but trouble when the small human wanders into his bar. When Jesse signs up for the pool tournament, Cade decides to let him participate, so he'll lose and leave. Instead, Jesse wins every game he plays until a storm puts the brakes on everything. Jesse desperately needed to win the tournament prize money, but instead of a nice cosy room, he ends up squatting under a tree for shelter. When Cade invites him home for the night, Jesse has no choice, but to accept. Sit under a tree in the pouring rain or sleep in a house...No one ever said Jesse was a fool. All Cade wanted was to offer Jesse a place to stay for the night. But one touch from the smaller male made him realise that sleeping wasn't what was on his mind. Cade wanted Jesse, but the wolf wanted to keep Jesse forever.

176. Rayne Auster - Tapestry for Love (Dreamspinner Press)
Gay, Fantasy

Aislinn is an immortal dream spinner, tasked with weaving tapestries to define the dreams of mortals—but he has forgotten how to dream for himself. The drudgery of his life changes when he is asked to spin a companion into mortal Keith Wilcox’s dreams. But Aislinn makes a critical mistake: he accidentally spins himself into Keith’s tapestry, making the dream unobtainable. As his punishment Aislinn is sent to the mortal world, and he's blinded-sided when Keith reminds him of the lover torn from him by betrayal and murder. Now Aislinn's new life is about more than making Keith's dream possible; it’s about rediscovering the meaning of dreaming and racing against time and death to recapture a love lost more than a millennium ago.

177. Marie Sexton - A to Z (Dreamspinner Press)
Gay, Contemporary Romance

Zach Mitchell is stuck in a rut. His college boyfriend left him ten years ago, but Zach still lives in the same apartment, drives the same car, and feeds his ex-boyfriend’s ungrateful cat. His Denver business, A to Z Video Rental, is struggling. He has annoying customers, eccentric neighbors, and an unfulfilling romance with his landlord, Tom. A combat boot-wearing punk with an attitude, Angelo Green was raised in foster homes and has been on his own since he was sixteen; he has never learned to trust or to love. He doesn’t do relationships, so when Angelo takes a job at A to Z Video, he decides Zach is strictly off-limits. Despite their differences, Zach and Angelo quickly become friends, and when Zach’s break-up with Tom puts his business on the line, it’s Angelo who comes up with a solution. Together with Jared and Matt, their friends from Coda, Colorado, Zach and Angelo will find a way to save A to Z, but will they be able to save each other too? Read Jared and Matt's story in Promises.

178. Marie Sexton - Promises (Dreamspinner Press)
Gay, Contemporary Romance

Jared Thomas has lived his whole life in the small mountain town of Coda, Colorado. He can't imagine living anywhere else. Unfortunately, the only other gay man in town is twice his age and used to be his teacher, so Jared is resigned to spending his life alone. Until Matt Richards walks into his life, that is. Matt has just been hired by the Coda Police Department, and he and Jared immediately become friends. Matt claims he is straight, but for Jared, having a sexy friend like Matt is way too tempting. Facing Matt’s affair with a local woman, his disapproving family, and harassment from Matt’s co-workers, Jared fears they'll never find a way to be together—if he can even convince Matt to try. Meet Matt and Jared again in A to Z.

179. Marie Sexton - Strawberries for Dessert (Dreamspinner Press)
Gay, Contemporary Romance

When Jonathan Kechter agrees to a blind date with Cole Fenton, he expects nothing more than dinner and a one-night stand... but he gets more than he bargained for in Cole. Cole is arrogant, flamboyant, and definitely not Jon’s type. Still, when Cole suggests an arrangement of getting together for casual sex whenever they're both in town, Jon readily agrees. Their arrangement may be casual, but Jonathan soon learns that when it comes to Cole Fenton, nothing is easy. Between Cole’s fear of intimacy and his wandering lifestyle, Jonathan wonders if their relationship may be doomed from the start—but the more Cole pushes him away, the more determined Jon is to make it work.

180. R.J. Scott - Oracle (Silver Publishing)
Gay, Paranormal / Horror

Alex Sheridan. An empath with no memory of his early childhood. His body is covered in patterns and scars that he has tattooed as a permanant reminder. Luke Mackinnon. A Professor of ancient languages. The US army think that he is the person to find the answers they need. Words in an ancient script that will lead them to a weapon to win the war of all wars. Others simply want him to find the Oracle for a revenge as old as time. The legend. The power of the Oracle returning after fifty generations, sent to us by the Gods on Olympus. When Alex and Luke meet there is more than just lust between them. There is a connection they can not understand. How can they begin to survive the evil that wants the Oracle?

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Coming soon: Isolation Play, sequel to Out of Position, by Kyell Gold

Last year winner of the Rainbow Awards (tied with Whistling in the Dark) was Out of Position, a furry gay romance by Kyell Gold. I think that was a surprise for many, the author in primis, but the judges reading the book were enthusiastic, two of them giving it full rates.

Illustration by Blotch

Kyell Gold is glad to announce that his next book, the sequel to "Out of Position" will be out soon. It's called "Isolation Play," and you can see the cover here:

For a limited time, The Sofawolf Press is taking pre-orders for a hardcover edition. Kyell Gold is very excited about this, it will be his first hardcover release.

Their catalog page is here, and it has more interiors from the book:

Book jacket blurb: Devlin Miski thought coming out on national TV would be the hardest part about being a gay football player. But it's when his press conference is over that the trouble really starts. The athletic tiger and his boyfriend Lee, a fox with a tongue as quick as his wit, still won't get many breaks in their fight for understanding. They'll need to deal with a stubborn reporter determined to get a story any way he can, furious parents, and hostile teammates--not to mention each other. All's fair in love and war--and this is both.
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Event: Armistead Maupin's Book Reading

Date: Sunday, November 28
Time: 19.00 - 22.00
Place: The New Bloomsbury Set
76 Marchmont Street, WC1N 1AG
London, United Kingdom

Venue is a basement bar on the corner of Marchmont St and Tavistock Place - underneath Snappy Snaps - 30 second from Gay's the Word Bookshop

Mary Ann in Autumn (Tales of the City) by Armistead Maupin
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Harper (November 2, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0061470880
ISBN-13: 9780061470882
Amazon: Mary Ann in Autumn: A Tales of the City Novel

Twenty years have passed since Mary Ann Singleton left her husband and child in San Francisco to pursue her dream of a television career in New York. Now, a pair of personal calamities has driven her back to the city of her youth and into the arms of her oldest friend, Michael 'Mouse' Tolliver, a gay gardener happily ensconced with his much-younger husband. Mary Ann finds temporary refuge in the couple's backyard cottage, where, at the unnerving age of 57, she licks her wounds and takes stock of her mistakes. Soon, with the help of Facebook and a few old friends, she begins to reengage with life, only to confront fresh terrors when her speckled past comes back to haunt her in a way she could never have imagined. Among those caught in Mary Ann's orbit are her estranged daughter, Shawna, a popular sex blogger; Jake Greenleaf, Michael's transgendered gardening assistant; socialite DeDe Halcyon-Wilson; and the indefatigable Anna Madrigal, Mary Ann's former landlady at 28 Barbary Lane. Over three decades in the making, Armistead Maupin's legendary "Tales of the City" series rolls into a new age, still sassy, irreverent and curious, and still exploring the boundaries of the human experience with insight, compassion and mordant wit
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Perfect Score by Susan Roebuck

Perfect Score is a mix of a lot of themes, but in a way it’s a story all of its own. Since when the two main characters, Sam and Alex, meet they are teenagers, one might think that this is a coming of age story, but indead not, the scene is very fast, and on the next chapter, both Sam than Alex are young men, and the youth is long forgot; true, Sam did an impression to Alex, and he has become both Alex’s innocent fantasy friend than the main character in his sexual, and no more innocent, fantasies. In only one chapter, the author told an entire story about two boys so different and than so similar: Sam is a drifter, orphaned and on the street, he is risking his life everyday, but he has the strength, and the cleverness a boy his age should not know; the author didn’t play fair when describing Sam’s first night on the street tells us about how other boys stripped him of everything, even if stuffed rabbit… yes, stupid me I was more impressed by a stuffed rabbit than clothes or dignity. On the other side, on that first chapter, Alex comes out like a privileged kid, with more money than he can ask, but very lonely, and in a way, as abandooned as Sam, living with his uncle and aunt, I had the impression of a “poor” kid, not in money but in love. For this reason Alex and Sam seemed more similar than what you can see at first glance.

But as soon as the author digs in Alex’s past, what it comes out his a spoiled brat, and someone who could have as much love as he wanted, but he chose to be rich and lonely; Alex’s mother is not dead, on the contrary she loves him dearly, but Alex was dazzled by his uncle’s wealth, and he left behind his origins. Coincidentally Sam arrives to Alex’s homefarm, and the contrast is even more strong: what Alex so superficially refused would be Sam’s dream, a family, a farm and the possibility to prove that he is not useless.

The author uses 2 points of view, Alex and Sam’s, and she is so good in doing so that they are completely different writing styles, as Alex and Sam are completely different men. Sam has a speech problem, he is dyslexic, and when it’s his time to tell the story, the style is fractured; it’s not that he doesn’t know what he wants to say, it’s only that it difficulty comes out and sometime only when the event or the scene ends, the reader understands what has just happened. When it’s instead Alex’s time, the writing flows without problem, but truth be told, Alex’s role doesn’t come out in a good way: I had really big issue to like him, more than once I thought Sam was too good for him and that Alex didn’t deserve a man like him. I think Alex is only lucky that Sam is a good man, up until the last chapter, when a bit of Alex’s selfishness was again showing and Sam, again, was the one with the right mind and the generous soul.

The story is set in the ’60 and ’70 and even if it’s a gay romance, or better, since it’s a gay romance, the author had to take some turns in the plot that maybe the most romantic readers will not like. But thinking at the time, it was the only possible outcome; enough to say that she donated the only possible happily ever after to her characters, and if in the end they are together, what they had to go through to arrive to that was worth it.

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Chain-Male by Angelia Sparrow & Naomi Brooks

Chain-Male is a little kinky novella, but the kinkiness is all in the fantasy, nothing too much or too far from a nice and romantic story. Chad is 26 years old graduate student working as librarian on campus (yeah, the classic theme of the virgin librarian...); he is painfully shy and even if he has a strong libido (his sexual fantasies are: often, good and plenty) he has never had the courage to make a move on another guy; he is virgin and cute, ready to be picked by the right guy.

Jace is in the same course were Chad is auditing; ponytale and working men hands, but neat and precise, he stirs up Chad’s fantasies, and Chad doesn’t even know that Jace, with his secondary job as old-fashion and kinky jeweler, is a perfect hero for his historical re-enactment dreams.

Chad is quite obvious in his interest for Jace, and even if he is too shy to say something, Jace is more than willing to do the first move; with a kind and gentle touch, he will satisfy all Chad’s fantasies, and maybe even more.

I like that the kinkiness in the story was always light, even if Jace plays the role of the Master with his little sex slave Chad, clearly is only a game, and Jace is only another guy like Chad, only maybe with a little more sexual experience. Jace has his insecurities as well, and I think he is feeling also very lucky that a good and little morsel like Chad has fallen on his lap: Chad is unaware of how cute he is to other eyes, and his innocence is part of the appeal. But Jace is not interested in debauching the virgin and disappearing, he wants a relationship with Chad, and I think that he indead is fearing that, once Chad had his experience, he will leave for greener pastures.

Amazon Kindle: Chain-Male

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