January 5th, 2011

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Marc Debauch: Mythological fantasy and zoomorphism with sexual humor

"Working in oils, gouache, graphite, colored pencils or ink, I create erotic art to illustrate the mysterious, occult, sensuous, educational and (sometimes) humorous aspects of sexuality.

My images portray a wide range of sexual interests, which include masculine men immersed in sexual fantasies.

My personal preference blends mythological fantasy and zoomorphism with sexual humor.

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Peter Paul Rubens, George Quaintence, Paul Cadmus and Tom of Finland are among the artists who influence my work.

I hope to excite the viewer visually, emotionally as well as spiritually.

My goal as an artist and sexually active gay man is to paint erotica that continually challenges the views of people who oppose sexual freedom.

I would like my paintings to assist the viewer in discovering where they are in the spectrum of human sexuality." --Marc Debauch


More Artists at my website: http://www.elisarolle.com/, My Ramblings/Art

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Concubine by Jill Knowles

In a fantasy world where being a concubine is not the best expectation for your future, but it’s not even a dishonorable end, Kael, youngest son of the prince of Korai, is given as a pawn to the brother of the King of Zandria, the warlord Taren.

Now if you expect the usual Master and slave story, with Kael being a little and pretty man and Taren the strong and rude warrior who will master him, then you are prime for a surprise. The first description you have of Taren is “The warlord was half a hand span below average in height and lacked the heavy muscles of a man used to swinging a broadsword”, so not exactly an intimidating character; moreover later in the novel the reader will receive other details that will help him to imagine Taren as the pretty man you were expecting to be Kael.

And Kael? He is the captain of the roya guard, he is skilled with the sword and an expert in tactics, but sincerely, from here and there, I had of him an idea of a man who was not happy with his role, who would have preferred to be a scholar, to work more with his mind than his body, and above all, he seemed to me a bit too much fussy; indead he was perfect for the role of a princeling, because it was clear that he was used to be served, even if he had a coscience that sometime made him wonder if it was right for him to be so privileged. But the thought was passing and soon forgotten.

Another point that allowed Kael to be able to adapt to the turn from warrior to concubine, is that he had already had gay “curiosity”; in the society in where Kael was living, homosexuality is not illegal but neither fully accepted, gay men are still ostracized even if they were not forbidden to follow their feelings. But for a princeling, for a warrior, it was not allowed, he has responsibilities and duties; responsabilities and duties that his father conveniently forgets when he decides to “gift” Kael as a concubine to a man, well knowing his fate.

In a way I think Kael was grateful for the escape he was given: he can now fully explore man to man sex with the solace that he is “obliged” that is not really his choice; more he is doing the “honorable” thing, obeying his father’s command. It was quite funny when they tried to “rescue” him, and he was like “let me go, let me go, I have to sacrifice myself… having satisfying sex with my captor!”

And with that I introduced the sex factor: the story is very much centered on the debauching of Kael (that as I said is not so much against the idea); more than a warrior society, Kael seems to have moved in a free sex community; no one is questioning his role as concubine, the only problem they have, apparently, is that he is enjoying too much being one, and in his enthusiasm, he is making look bad the real “professionals” of the concubine guild.

Concubine is more light than what I was expecting, as usual I have always the feeling that the fantasy setting has to be for an “heavy” story, but this is not the case.


Amazon Kindle: Concubine

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Cover Art by Christine Clavel
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In And Out (Men of Smithfield 4) by L.B. Gregg

I don’t know if I was particularly in the mood for this type of story, but I had the strong impression that L.B. Gregg is going better story after story, and another thing that I noticed is that she is able to play with plots and themes completely different always remaining in the same small town, Smithfield (that story after story is starting to feel like a paradise I’d like to discover and move to).

This is the time of a may/december story tinted with a bit of Cinderfella. Nice, romantic plot and nothing challenging you would say, and you are just ready to sit down and enjoy your ordinary romance, when a body literally pops out from the ground… yeaks! And now the story seems more the plot of an Hitchcock movie, a bit of “Rear Window” (the man who cannot leave his house and does all the investigating from inside) and a bit of “Vertigo” (the man who has a condition that forbid him to do something that is vital, for him and for the ones he loves). But then the author dresses it with a small and cute puppy, and with some hot sex scene (even one under the shower), and the romance goes well along the mystery.

For me that is not an expert, the mystery plot was good: basically the dead body was a man that everyone could have killed, from the most obvious suspects, like Holden, the crazy writer suffering of agoraphobia, and Adam, the cute, and young, gardener, to Mrs. Henderson, the perfect housekeeper, or Father David, who obviously doesn’t like Holden’s lifestyle. And collecting suspects, the author is also collecting a cast of supporting characters that is one better of the other, above all since apparently they end all for living with Holden in a mausoleum that seems to have more bedroom than doors.

Holden apparently is healing from a broken heart, a betrayal and an embarassing situation; his excuse to avoid people is that he is suffering from agoraphobia and he cannot leave the house. I think that he is simply avoiding contacts, and I didn’t feel like he was really upset upon loosing John, the deceiving lover. His nestling in his native home (nestling and hiding) for me is more a way to go back to his roots, trying to understand what was wrong with his life and not making the same mistake as his parents. Plus he is probably feeling lonely, without roots, and finally setting in a place is a way for the few dear ones he has to come to him, to console him, but at the same time, to recreate the family he has lost (first his older brother in an accident, then his parents, finally his lover).

Adam is the black sheep of the town, the son of the drunk driver who killed a man, the young boy with the scarlet letter on his chest even before he had the chance to deserve one. But Adam is innocent, in a way that is almost disarming, and all he wants is to be given a chance. Yes Holden is older, and wealthier, and this is probably a relationship that will raise eyebrows of the conformists, but if in the end no one is hurting anyone, who cares? Adam needs a safe place, Holden can give him one; Holden needs the strength of the youth that is Adam, Adam is willing to share.


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Amazon Kindle: In and Out (Men of Smithfield)

Series: Men of Smithfield
1) Gobsmacked: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/657594.html
2) Happy Ending: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/894966.html
3) Cover Me: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1146122.html
4) In and Out

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