January 21st, 2011

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The Stylish Blogger Award

K.C. Kendricks (http://kckendricks.blogspot.com/), Amber Allure's author but also one of the judges of the Rainbow Awards, has awarded my livejournal, Elisa - My Reviews and Ramblings, for the Stylish Blog Award. I'm glad of this award since I indeed spend a lot of time trying to make this LiveJournal both user friendly than pretty.

For those who have been nominated, there are few criteria to meet:

1. Thank and link back to the person who nominated you, only do not re-nominate them.

2. Share 7 things about yourself

3. Pass along this nomination to 10 recently discovered stylish and cool bloggers

4. Contact them and tell them about their nomination.

Here are my Stylish Blogger nominees, they are the last blogs I discovered, in no particular order:

http://nigel-puerasch.blogspot.com/ (author)

http://blairmastbaum.tumblr.com/ (author)

http://greginhollywood.com/ (personal blog)

http://www.afterelton.com/ (reviewers)

http://blog.outinprint.net/ (reviewer)

http://paullisicky.blogspot.com/ (author)

http://ryan-field.blogspot.com/ (author)

http://www.michelgiliberti.com/ (artist)

http://www.leewind.org/ (author/reviewer)

http://boyculture.typepad.com/boy_culture/ (author/personal blog)

And now seven things you might not know about me

7. I love fast-food ;-)

6. I go to the theatre to see a movie at least once a week, Saturday night usually

5. I know how to knit, but I'm not doing it so much now

4. My only vice are my hair, I go to the hairdresser each saturday afternoon

3. I don't like make up and so I never wear it

2. My "idol" crushes were Elvis, Marilyn and Patrick Swayze

1. I don't usually do anything special on New Year Eve, actually for me is a pretty sad night, I prefer to stay at home
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Handcuffs and Trouble, A Handcuffs and Lace Story, by Kim Dare

Handcuffs and Trouble is part of a novellas series, Handcuffs and Lace, that mixes BDSM, cops (or better constables) and pretty boys. I read the first in the series and now this is the fourth, and the above is the common trend I found.

In this novella, Trent is a rookie that is sent out to the “wolves”; not clear if it was intentional or if it was a mistake, the fact is that Trent is in a warehouse full of criminals his first day on the job. As a consequence, Ossy, an undercover cop, has to come to rescue him, and the only way he sees is to convince the criminals that Trent is his pet.

If the reader was wondering about Trent’s willingness to play “gay” for the sake of the job, don’t worry. Trent is gay and Ossy, that is also a family friend, knows that, so he is not forcing a 19 years old guy to do something he despises, but indeed he is forcing a virgin boy (virgin in all the meaning of the word) to face his sexual desires and urges.

Lucky Trent, Ossy is a good master, and apparently, he is also willing to play teacher and Dom, all at the same time. There is a bit of “fated” lovers here, Ossy is gay and he is a friend of Trent’s family, an enlarged family where most of the men are cops: if they have to “give” their baby, Trent, to someone, at least they will do that to someone they know and trust, and Ossy will know that he cannot mess with Trent, otherwise he will have to face all the family.

Nice novella, good sex, and a cute character, Trent, who was really up-to the “pet” role, he really made me think to an eager puppy.


Buy Here

Amazon Kindle: Handcuffs and Trouble (Rawlings Men)
Publisher: Resplendence Publishing, LLC (December 13, 2010)

Series: A Handcuffs & Lace Tale
1) She's Got Balls by Mia Watts: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/901006.html
2) Handcuffs & Leather by Kim Dare
3) Handcuffs & Glory Holes by Kim Dare: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1229667.html
4) Handcuffs & Headlocks by Kim Dare
5) Handcuffs & Trouble

Reading List:

http://www.librarything.com/catalog_bottom.php?tag=reading list&view=elisa.rolle
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The Inside Reader: Tomas Mournian

Show me the books he loves and I shall know the man far better than through mortal friends - Silas Weir Mitchell
When I ask to authors to do an Inside Reader list, the output can be really different, always interesting but I can notice different level of "passion". A real booklover cannot hide the pain he/she felt in being forced to choose "only" 10 books. But if the list is compiled by one of these booklovers, then the output is something that I feel almost humble to post here, the impression is that an article of such literary level should have a bigger window. But well, Tomas Mournian chose to gift me with it, and I'm proudly posting here. Thank you Tomas, and friends, welcome Tomas and his list, and of course check out is coming soon book, hidden, from Kensington.

Top Ten Books / Elisa's site

Play It As it Lays by Joan Didion, and Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis with Barbara Grizzuti Harrison's take down of that style

Amazon: Play It As It Lays: A Novel
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 2nd edition (November 15, 2005)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0374529949
ISBN-13: 978-0374529949

Amazon: Less Than Zero
Amazon Kindle: Less Than Zero
Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage (June 30, 1998)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0679781498
ISBN-13: 978-0679781493

I character the two novels as The People Who Snore/ Snort genre. If Joan Didion's Play It As It Lays is the apotheosis of the California Dream -driving-&/or-lounging-around-by-poolside (wearing post-White House Jackie Kennedy togs: wide-leg pantsuits, large lapel jackets, gypsy skirts, silk Hermes head scarves and large, round, dark sunglasses) loaded and lost en route to nowhere, then Bret Easton Ellis' Less Than Zero is PIAILays is the live-fast-die-young-leave-a-hot-body younger brother. (You'd be correct if the idea of these characters suggest Porsche driving, pill popping émigrés from Marguerite Duras' The Lover.)
While Ellis' Less Than Zero characters post-date Didion's by a few years, they're all people who are cut from the same Burberry cloth. Too much, too soon, their dilemmas are of the, "Now What?" variety common to upper class Angelenos who are peripheral in the film industry. In a sense, Play It As It Lays is, more so than Ellis' recent Less Than Zero sequel, Imperial Bedrooms, the sequel to Less.... Didion's characters are Ellis' but all grown up.
Both Didion and Ellis' novels employ an oblique, Hemingway derivative style (brief yet often arch sentences, an "aversion" to "meaning") combined with a world weary sensibility: the apocalypse meets Saks Fifth Avenue (or, The Children of the Ladies Who Don't Munch Their Lunch.) Despite both novels' pervasive malaise, if I was asked to choose two Gilligan's Island books Play ... and Less Than Zero would be my choices.
Many writers have mastered this anodyne style which I would characterize as smart / smug, yet weirdly satisfying - the "knowing" tone that effortlessly disarms, carrying the reader along to whatever the writer's foregone conclusion: none of this means a Damn Thing.) As it were, Play It As It Lays' central character, Maria Wyeth, is to Less Than Zero's Clay, as Scarlette O'Hara is to Designing Women's Suzanne Sugarbaker - different era, same person.
If find yourself desperately in need of the same detox as Didion and Elllis' characters, Barbara Grizzutti Harrison's essay, "Only Disconnect" (from the collection, Off Center, 1980) helps Harrison, unlike the acolytes emulating Didion / Ellis / Hemingway's style, resists and deconstructs - language ("tricks," as she describes Didion's famous style), and intent. But despite (or, perhaps, because of) Harrison's hostile brilliance, and relentlessness is a caustic style doesn't seduce in a way equal to Didion - of whom, despite her gin, migraines, and conservativism - I remain a fan.

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About Tomas Mournian: As a freelance journalist, Tomas Mournian has been published in a wide range of consumer titles: Marie Claire, Los Angeles, US, InStyle, and Movieline. For the San Francisco Bay Guardian, he investigated and wrote “Hiding Out,” breaking the story of gay teens who escaped from mental hospitals into an underground network of safehouses. “Hiding Out” won the Peninsula Press Club, East Bay Press Club and GLAAD Media awards. A short film based on the article and produced by Mournian, was shown by George Michael at Equality Rocks. Tomas rewrote hidden while in residency at Yaddo (where he was awarded the prestigious Eli Cantor Chair), studied at UC Berkeley and lives in Los Angeles.

hidden by Tomas Mournian
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Kensington (January 25, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0758251319
ISBN-13: 978-0758251312
Amazon: hidden
Amazon Kindle: hidden

When Ahmed's parents send him to a residential treatment center known as Serenity Ridge, it's with one goal: to "fix" their son, at any cost. But eleven months of abuse and overmedication leave him desperate to escape. And when the opportunity comes, Ahmed runs away to San Francisco.

There, he moves into a secret safe house shared by a group of teens. Until they become independent at eighteen, the housemates hide away from authorities, bound by rules that both protect and frustrate. Ahmed, now known as Ben, tries to adjust to a life lived in impossibly close quarters with people he barely knows, all of whom guard secrets of their own. But even if they succeed in keeping the world at bay, there's no hiding from each other or from themselves. And there's no avoiding the conflicts, crushes, loneliness, and desire that could shatter their fragile, complicated sanctuary at any moment. . .

"This fresh and original novel defies easy labels. It's knowing yet vulnerable, observant yet naive--a wholly unique and compelling read." --Rachel Cohn, New York Times bestselling author

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Best Gay Contemporary Romance (3° place) Caught by A.B. Gayle

Even if the matter is everything other than light, suicide, the story is not so heavy as it could have been.

Danny is an Asian man (Chinese) leaving in Sidney, Australia. This is probably the only point I actually didn’t understand, why a man who was raised in the US and studied there, and had also a job he liked, when his parents moved back to Hong Kong decided to live in Australia? All right Sidney-Hong Kong is probably shorter than Los Angeles-Honk Kong, but it’s not that he is in so good relationship with his parents (one of the main points of the story) so sincerely this side of the story was a mystery for me.

Anyway Danny is living with a nice old lady who is on a wheelchair; she lives near a cliff and she was shocked when she saw a young man committing suicide and she couldn’t do anything to prevent it. She decided to rent a room at a discounted rate to someone who was willing to be her legs and trying to prevent such event again. Danny is that man.

Due to his bad relationship with his own parents, who practically disowned him, Danny has big self-esteem issues. Other than growing his hair long, to rebel against traditions, Danny is trying to live the life his parents wanted for him, i.e. to be as much a wallpaper flower as he can. And so Danny avoid strong colours, he is very good to mix with the background, and for this reason, he is also very good to approach people without them noticing it’s not a casual meeting but something that was planned.

With Taylor it was his usual method: approaching him, talking, and trying to understand what is the reason why he is so near the cliff and almost ready to jump. Only that Danny’s excuse to approach him, “can you take a picture of me”, awakens in Taylor something Danny was not expecting: from a simple photo to almost a complete shot, it’s Danny that is forced “out” from his apathy. Apparently to help Taylor, Danny has to stay in center stage, having all eyes, Taylor’s eyes, fixed on him instead than on the cliff.

This is a novella that span one day and one night, and at the end, not Danny or Taylor’s issues will be completed solved. And in any case I don’t think that was the final purpose of the author, but more giving you the proof that sometime a little coincidence, a feeble reason, can save a life.


Amazon Kindle: Caught
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (October 7, 2010)

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