January 27th, 2011

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Jack Iams (November 15, 1910 – January 27, 1990)

Jack Iams (Samuel Harvey Iams, Jr.), Class of 1932 at Princeton University, was a noted mystery writer, journalist, a novelist and an editor in the first part of the twentieth century. He died of a stroke on January 27, 1990. At the time of his death, he and his wife, Joan Walker Wenning Iams, were en route to New York City from London. Mr. Iams, whose journalistic career spanned more than half a century, was 79 years old.

At various times, he was a foreign correspondent, a writer for Newsweek, and an author of comic and mystery novels.

Samuel Harvey Iams Jr. was born in Baltimore, Maryland, on Nov. 15, 1910. After graduating from St. Paul's School and Princeton University in 1932, he became a reporter for The London Daily Mail. He then wrote for other newspapers - including The Daily News - and Newsweek. He became a television critic for The New York Herald Tribune and was an editor of Atlas magazine, which is now known as World Press Review.

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Jack Iams's Books on Amazon: Jack Iams

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/1990/01/29/obituaries/jack-iams-novelist-editor-of-magazine-and-tv-critic-79.html

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What Hides Inside (Bay City Paranormal Investigation 2) by Ally Blue

I will be sincere and I will state up-front that, even if I liked the first book in this series, I didn’t continue with the reading sooner because that book had an impact in me that took several day to fade. There are different level of paranormal romance, from the almost funny approach, where, more or less, you are not worried for your characters since you well know that nothing of tragic will happen to them, to the deep horror, where you are not sure of anything, let alone that your duo will arrive to the end together (or complete of every essential body part).

The Bay City Paranormal Investigation series edges very much on the second level, and truth be told, also in the romance development it was not “classic”: I clearly remember at the end of the first book that I thought, well, I’m not really sure that this couple will be together in the future. Where Sam was pretty sure of his feelings, Bo played the “straight” role for most of the story, and in the end, even if he came out to Sam, he was still deep in the closet to every one else, his family included. And above all he was married and his wife was not aware of his love for Sam.

Starting book 2 things are not really changed, other than Bo has introduced the possibility of asking a divorce to his wife Janine. But he has no intention of coming out, not to his family or his co-workers. Sam is still his little dirty secret, and even if when they are alone Bo is passionate and caring; Sam starts to feel the heaviness of the relationship. Doesn’t help that another man, Dean, joins the group and he is handsome, flirting and willing to have an open relationship with Sam. Sam is drawn to Dean, not really on a physical level I think, but more to the possibility of living in the open their love, no hiding, no lies.

As the subgenre of the story is more horror than romance, also the romance itself is not following the canonical rules: while Sam loves Bo, in a way the love is not unconditionally, and in the end, he will fall into temptation. What Hides Inside is a step more into the evolution of Sam and Bo’s relationship, but it’s not again the conclusive step: Bo has only partially resolved his issues, Sam is still asking for more than what Bo is willing to concede; what has changed is that Sam tested his love for Bo, and he had the chance to ponder it in comparison to other alternatives, so now, if he is into the relationship, he is more aware and convinced of it.


Amazon: What Hides Inside
Amazon Kindle: What Hides Inside: Bay City Paranormal Investigations, Book 2
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing (October 30, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1599984172
ISBN-13: 978-1599984179

Series: Bay City Paranormal Investigation
1) Oleander House: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/31109.html
2) What Hides Inside

Reading List:

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Who Says Shamrocks Aren't Lucky? (Irish Lovers 1) by Jaime Samms

A short story set in Ireland (and for that reason a bit complicated to understand for a non English reader since one of the main character, David, is from the North-East part of Ireland and has a very heavy slang) about a part time rugby player/part time kept man who is having a spat with his current sugar daddy, Richard.

Witnessing all the event is Ian, a set designer who is working in the theatre owned by Richard, and all his crew. Ian is very much interested in David, and David is encouraging him, both to have something or someone against Richard and also, I suppose, because he is attracted by Ian.

This is less than 20 pages, but I really liked David: he is genuine and happily gay, without being flamboyant; he is also outrageously out, and one of the reason why he is arguing with Richard is that the man is denying the obvious, that he is having a sexual relationship with David and that the boy is there only for that reason.

Ian would like to steal David from Richard, but I think he is also aware that David is high maintenance, and not only on a monetary level: a relationship with David is all or nothing, and above all, you cannot hide him in the closet, he is sparkling and shining like a pot of gold, and like a pot of gold he is the secret desire of many, men and women alike.

http://www.loveyoudivine.com/index.php?main_page=document_product_info&cPath=30_89&products_id=671 (free download)

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PUBLISHED BY: loveyoudivine Alterotica
ISBN: 978-1-60054-498-9

Reading List:

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

Taction was an unexpected story for various reasons: first of all it was not as angst as it could have been, former soldier Evan has lost a leg and his badly scarred but the author doesn’t indulge in his physical issues, just that right amount of info to let you know that it’s not easy, but that Evan has still the strength to fight. Second it’s more romance than erotic, and my false expectation was probably due to the publisher and the past stories I read about gay cowboys. But nope, Evan and Cam, even living in the same house and sleeping in near bedrooms, don’t fall into each other arms as soon as the introduction is done, and considering this is a short story, that is really difficult to avoid. But the author decided to use different points to held the reader’s attention, and in the end this is more a “comfortable” story about a soldier that for once, coming back home, has a second chance, and to my opinion, is a better chance also.

Actually Evan is true enough with himself to admit that he would have left the Army even if his accident hadn’t forced him. Aside for doing spite to his former Marine father, the only reason why he joined the Army was since he wanted to do something good for his country, but probably he realized the war he was fighting was not on that line. Second Evan is gay, and he knew that even before; living in the Army is not a way to find a partner, and I had the feeling that Evan was not against the idea. True, this is not exactly a passionate love story, but in a way I preferred it like that, Evan and Cam has the chance to know each other and when they arrive to be intimate, it’s probably the foreplay for something long-lasting.


Amazon Kindle: Taction
Publisher: Torquere Press, Inc. (February 6, 2010)

Reading List:

http://www.librarything.com/catalog_bottom.php?tag=reading list&view=elisa.rolle
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Event: Join The Cast of In Between Men For Exclusive Screening and Concert

Celebrity attended event in NYC! Please join the cast and crew of In Between men on Tue, Feb 1st in NYC for an Exclusive Screening of Season 1 and Live Concert Performances of the Soundtrack and More. Hosted by Celebrity Hosts Michelle Clunie (Queer As Folk) and Supermodel Ronnie Kroell, who will also be celebrating his 28th Birthday "In Between Men".

Be among a small group of viewers who will get an advanced screening of Full Season 1 of In Between Men.

Proceeds Benefit the Ali Forney Center for homeless Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered youth.

Please see info below to reserve tickets.

Hosted by Randy Jones of The Village People and featuring DJ Justin Dawson, Tom McBride, Margot B, Netousha Monroe, Blue Hill, James Calvin, Travis Taylor, Adam Esparza, and more

Tuesday February 1, 2011
7:00-11:00 PM

Hudson Terrace
621 W. 46th Street NYC
Btw: 11 & 12th Avenue

General Admission $20.00 online ($25.00 at the door)
VIP Admission $75 or Two for $100

Complimentary food prepared by Chef Bill Seleno of Albert Hall Tavern, drink specials, and a celebratory toast for all guests. VIP includes Gift Bag and special seating. Space is limited, so please reserve your tickets in advance online:


Proceeds will benefit the Ali Forney Center, for homeless LGBT youth: http://www.aliforneycenter.org

Max Rhyser by Drew Tal