January 7th, 2011

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The Inside Reader: Jadette Paige

Show me the books he loves and I shall know the man far better than through mortal friends - Silas Weir Mitchell
Jadette Paige is a new author, for me and for the M/M genre, so this short Inside Reader list will help you and me to know her better. So welcome Jadette!

Jadette Paige's Inside Reader List

The Child from the Sea by Elizabeth Goudge. When I was child, I would roam the woods around our house and dream of grand adventures. As I grew older, I discover many such adventures within the covers of books. I found one that even after almost forty years, I have never forgotten the story. The Child from the Sea captivated and enthralled me. It made me laugh and in the end made me cry. To me that is a great example of writing and one I will never forget. This book opened a whole new world of princes and war, of love and betrayal, and of life and death.

Elizabeth Goudge told the story in a historical fashion but from Lucy’s character. I could not help but fall in love with Lucy and honestly, I loved Charles. They were two people caught within the choas of their lives. I love happily ever after story but this one was not one because ofit was base on historical facts. Though a fiction work, Ms. Goudge maintained the lore of Lucy and Charles’ relationship. She was a great author and wonderful lady to give us books to be cherished.

Publisher: Buccaneer Books (June 1994)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1568494882
ISBN-13: 978-1568494883
Amazon: The Child from the Sea

The Child From The Sea tells the rich, turbulent tale of Lucy Walter, secret wife of Charles II, and mistress-despite-herself to a gallant and reckless Irish nobleman in exile. It is a story filled with the passions and adventure of an age of glory and squalor, nobility and depravity, courage and betrayal. It is a drama that ranges from an isolated castle in Wales, to the pomp and ceremony of London, to the glitter, intrigue and license of Paris. Above all, it is an intensely moving, unforgettable portrayal of a woman as proud as she was beautiful, whose untamed heart was torn between two men and whose lovely body and shining spirit tipped the scales of history. 

The Lone Drow by R.A. Salvatore. This book was the first one by R.A. Salvatore I read and I have to say, it was the one that hooked me to his Drizzt series. I bought every book about Drizzt and devoured one. Whereas, Goudge took me down the road to tragic romance, Salvatore took to a magical, fantastical place where elves, drawfs and wizards roams. His books verified that what J.R.R. Tolkien wrote was placed I wanted to travel and spend time with the characters. He gave Drizzt a soul which to me is difficult for an author to accomplish.

Salvatore gave me the need to create my own worlds and I did with several of my books. My current release is a world unto itself. A place where gods walk among men and how this affects their lives.

Reading level: Young Adult
Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast (June 1, 2004)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0786932287
ISBN-13: 978-0786932283
Amazon: The Lone Drow (Forgotten Realms: Hunters Blades Trilogy)

Alone on the battlefield.
Surrounded by death.
Cornered by enemies.
And ready to die.

Drizzt Do’Urden has become the Hunter, the bane of the orc hordes still ravaging the North. Cut off, alone, convinced that everything he ever valued has been destroyed, all that's left is to kill, and kill, and kill, until there are no enemies left. But there are a lot of enemies, and even the Hunter is just one lone drow.

About Jadette Paige: Jadette Paige is the pseudonym for author Judith Leger. Over the last year, she has started writing M/M and erotic romances. Blue Heaven is her first M/M novel. She lives in SW Louisiana (yes, hurricane alley) with her family. She loves creating new characters and worlds for readers to visit over and over again. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, watching anime or enjoying the country atmosphere of her home. She sits on her back patio and looks out over the pastures to where her Appaloosa mare is grazing. Her little dachshund is stretched out at her feet. With four men in the house, Jadette needs all the female company she can come across, even the four-legged kind. She loves to hear from fans.

Blue Heaven by Jadette Paige: www.bookstrand.com/blue-heaven
Publisher: www.sirenpublishing.com December 8, 2010
Website: www.jadettepaige.weebly.com

Take him from Heaven’s Seat. Bring him to me. We will protect his sacred head.

Stryver Zorti’s mission appears simple. Kidnap the Godchild and deliver him to his master. But with the first meeting of the holy man’s azure gaze, desire surges in him to strip bare the God and touch the man within.

Worshiped all his life, the Godchild is shocked by the stranger who dares lay hands on him, even if it is to save him from assassins. With a different name given by his new ally, Blue is freed from the constraints of the holy order for the first time. He revels in the extraordinary experiences opening to him, then in the passion that sparks between him and the hard-edged, oddly gentle Stryver.

But a god does not love, and if discovered, their precarious utopia will shatter, destroying any chance for a future together--that is, if the assassins don’t kill them first.
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Best Gay Sci-Fi/Futuristic (1° place): Light of the Body by Mark Alders

Recently I had to forget a lot my rule to always reading series in their order, but Light of the Body won the Rainbow Award for Best Gay Sci-Fi, and so of course I was too curious to read it as soon as possible. More, Mark Alders already arrived in the final three positions in the Fantasy genre last year, so this young author is building an impressive portfolio of awards.

Truth be told, not Fantasy or Sci-fi is really my cup of tea, but Light of the Body is more a comedy/horror/splatter adventure than an heavy sci-fiction setting. Even if I haven’t read the previous book in the Pembroke Eve Chronicles, I can presume the main characters are the same; at the beginnin of this second book, Jacob and Callum are leaving together with Jacob’s parents and they are blissfully happy; now if you are thinking that living with the parents is not exactly a way to prove your independency, you have to know that Callum is only 19 years old, the other male charater, Zane, is barely 18 years old and so I suppose Jacob is not much older. This and the splatter movie feeling, endorses my feeling that this is like one of those ’80 movies where unaware, and unwilling, teenagers save the world.

From tidbit here and there, the reader is able to understand that there was an alien invasion in the small Australian town of Pembroke Eve. Callum, Jacob, Zane and Suzy, all teenagers, with the help of the old Mr. Barnaby saved the city, and supposedly the world. Now Jacob’s parents are more than happy to let the boys rest and relax, and they welcomed Callum in their home. That is another point of the story that I noticed, the homosexuality of Callum and Jacob seems to not arise any issue in the small town, but maybe this is due to the fact that Jacob and Callum are not the heroes of the day.

Another thing that I noticed is the attitude of Callum and Jacob towards sex and relationships; they have an open to possibilities attitude, and having sex with someone else is not forbidden, but having it together in a menages a trois is better. And so when Callum is temporarily incapacitated, and Jacob has to find another hero for the day, Zane is ready, and now is also legal, even if barely, and of course he is the chosen one.

If you don’t like the horror splatter genre, this is probably not your cup of tea, but sincerely, the light tones are enough to ease the general “yeak” reaction to some of the more bloody scenes. So in the end, Light of the Body is more comedy than drama.


Amazon Kindle: Light of the Body

Series: Pembroke Eve Chronicles
1) Shadows of the Mind
2) Light of the Body

Reading List:

http://www.librarything.com/catalog_bottom.php?tag=reading list&view=elisa.rolle
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Top 100 Gay Novel: Another Kind of Cowboy by Susan Juby

I read somewhere that the author started to plan this book as the story of Cleo, the spoiled daughter of absentee parents who is living in a boarding school, and she ended to write about Alex, a gay teenager living in a small town where they barely know what riding is, let aside what dressage means. And sincerely it’s clear that, while Cleo is a nice supporting character, Alex is the real life of this story.

Alex’s passion for riding, and dressage, is almost an obsession; and if you read between the lines of his childhood, you will understand that is also an escape from reality. His mother divorced not only her husband, but also her children; Alex is alone in raising two little sister, since not his aunt or his father are of much help, his father even moved in a roulotte in the front garden, probably to not have to live in an house without the woman he loved. But Alex’s father is not a bad man, nor when he is sober or drunk, he is only extremely sad; he is really not able to take care of his children but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t love them, and so, when he gets a chance, he brings home an horse, a real horse, for Alex (see living in a country small town? You can have a barn in the backgarden instead of a shed for a dog…).

Problem is that, a) the horse is not a dressage horse and b) even if the horse was, there is no one around there that can teach Alex dressage. And so Alex becomes a little champion of western riding, with cowboy hats and boots, all the while dreaming of tight breeches and top hats. If an external viewer can see that, other than being an escape from reality, Alex’s obsession for dressage is also a proof that he has a sensibility that is completely different, and greater, than a normal boy, it’s not until he hits puberty that Alex realizes that he is gay. But there is no “gay” in the small town, no one he knows who is, no one he can relate, same as it was for dressage: dressage and gay are “stranger” things, not “normal”, and if you like them you are not normal as well.

Alex’s luck changes when Ivan and Fergus move in town: both former dressage champion, they have a beautiful house with attached horse riding and they are willing to teach Alex. To an adult reader, it’s clear that Ivan and Fergus are a couple, but there is no hint of sex, no kiss, nothing: Ivan and Fergus are two horse lovers who are eager to share their love with the others. They are not an example for Alex of how being gay is, but maybe they are giving him an idea of what being gay and having a career related to horses can be. Alex will discover his sexuality (but only for what concerns kisses) with another teenager, finding out that he is not so strange after all, and that even in the small town where he lives there are other like him, and more than what you will expect.

Another Kind of Cowboy is a really sweet and tender story, a romance between teenagers that remains on a teenager level, not adult feelings or issues to ruin the discovery of first love; and even if you read it from an adult perspective, the sweetness is so nice that is good to lose yourself in an innocent world.

Amazon: Another Kind of Cowboy

Amazon Kindle: Another Kind of Cowboy

Susan Juby's In the Spotlight post: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1067756.html

Reading List:

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