February 21st, 2011

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In the Spotlight: K.A. Mitchell

The Book: Immovable object? Meet the irresistible force.

Paramedic Aaron Chase doesn’t have anything against love. It just comes with a lot of responsibility, like when he had to raise his sister and brothers after their drug-addicted mom took off for good. Now that the last one is off to college, Aaron’s anticipating enjoying life on his own terms. He certainly wasn’t expecting Joey Miller to accidentally drop into his life.

Joey’s sexy, funny and annoyingly optimistic, and his tendency to get into trouble keeps sending him Aaron’s way. Even the fact that Joey works for the hated social work system isn’t reason enough to keep him out of Aaron’s bed.

Joey knows all about love. He’s fallen in it ten times—he thinks. It’s not that he can’t tell the difference between sex and love. All that experience has to count for something, right? With Aaron it’s different. Maybe because there’s something to fight for.

This time Joey’s fallen for good. He’s not going to let number eleven get away.

My Review: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/453791.html

Collision Course won first plance in the 2009 Rainbow Award as Best Contemporary Novel and third place as Best Overall Gay Novel

Amazon: Collision Course
Amazon Kindle: Collision Course
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing; First Print edition (November 1, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1605044148
ISBN-13: 978-1605044149

Other Books in the List:

Diving in Deep (2009)
Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing (January 1, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1605040908
ISBN-13: 978-1605040905
Amazon: Diving in Deep

Regularly Scheduled Life (2009)
Paperback: 296 pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing (June 1, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1605043079
ISBN-13: 978-1605043074
Amazon: Regularly Scheduled Life

Chasing Smoke (2010)
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing (April 6, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1605045985
ISBN-13: 978-1605045986
Amazon: Chasing Smoke

No Souvenirs (2011)
Paperback: 232 pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing (January 4, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1609280024
ISBN-13: 978-1609280024
Amazon: No Souvenirs

Life, Over Easy (2011)
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing (July 5, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1609281764
ISBN-13: 978-1609281762
Amazon: Life, Over Easy

To All a (Very Sexy) Good Night (2010)
Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing (October 5, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1605049220
ISBN-13: 978-1605049229
Amazon: To All a (Very Sexy) Good Night

Temperature's Rising: A Midsummer's Night Steam (2008)
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing (May 27, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1599987767
ISBN-13: 978-1599987767
Amazon: Temperature's Rising: A Midsummer's Night Steam

Serving Love (2008)
Paperback: 248 pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing (December 29, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1599989980
ISBN-13: 978-1599989983
Amazon: Serving Love

The Author: K.A. Mitchell discovered the magic of writing at an early age when she learned that a carefully crayoned note of apology sent to the kitchen in a toy truck would earn her a reprieve from banishment to her room. Her career as a spin control artist was cut short when her family moved to a two-story house, and her trucks would not roll safely down the stairs. Around the same time, she decided that Chip and Ken made a much cuter couple than Ken and Barbie and was perplexed when invitations to play Barbie dropped off. An unnamed number of years later, she's happy to find other readers and writers who like to play in her world.


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*only one title per author, only print books released after January 1, 2000.

Note: I remember to my friends that guest reviews of the above listed books (the top 100 Gay Novels) are welcome, just send them to me and I will post with full credits to the reviewer.

Other titles not in the top 100 list:

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Talker by Amy Lane

The cover of this novella (that btw I like) is a little misleading, but in a good way; to a superficial buyer it can appear a paranormal romance, or maybe an adventure thriller with a bad boy, but as in the story, you need to go beyond appearance to find the real core, that in this case is a bittersweet coming of age love story.

For various reasons Brian and Tate became best friends during their first year of college: Brian the country boy, straighter than straight in his blond appearance and perfect healthy body, and Tate the bad “gay” boy, skinny and tattooed. But Brian is completely out of the common attitude and thinking, he is not influenced by society, he was raised by a single artsy aunt far from the big city, and so when Tate approaches him, he only sees a nice guy who desperately needs a friend, a bit like himself.

Year after year their friendship develops to a level that only Brian really knows Tate, all people outside only see the outspoken tattooed guy, but Brian sees the little boy searching for love, and also Brian has developed a different type of feeling for Tate, love. Brian has really no issue with being gay, his main issue is that he doesn’t like to be center stage, he likes to be average; moreover, Brian has not really the alpha male core, he is more the type to be dragged. In a way he is “straight” simply since he has never approached someone, but he was always cruised, and the ones to cruise him were always women, probably since to the superficial acquaintance he appeared as a straight guy.

On the other hand Tate knows him well, but he probably fears rejection: Brian is his best friend, his mainstay, the only sure thing in his life, and there is no way he will put in danger this for love; love is not a steady feeling, and he needs more Brian as a friend than lover.

I like this story since both characters are young and innocent (and no, innocent is not referring only to a physical thing); these two are not naïve or spoiled young men, they grew before their age, and Tate has experienced pain and even rape; at the end of this novella, not everything will be solved for them, they will have still a lot of obstacles to overcome, but at least they will be not alone in doing so. I feel that even if young, these two have a long-term future together in front of them.


Amazon Kindle: Talker
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (August 31, 2010)

Reading List:

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Cover Art by Reese Dante
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Wicked Cool by Val Kovalin

A quick and little wicked white-collar/blue-collar romance turns suddenly in an adventurous plot and all in the span of a novella.

When Stu meets Brian, he is not sure he likes the guy; sure Brian is cute, and with hungry eyes all focused on him, but Stu has already had a bad past experience trying to have a love story with a white collar: people like them only see the drop-out from college blue-collar and don’t think he can have feelings or being above average clever.

But Brian is different from his appearance, he is not the dress he wears, and their relationship is good and nice almost from the first time they have sex; problem is that Brian is obviously hiding something and Stu doesn’t like to be left in the dark.

It’s strange, but interesting, how the story changes genres completely almost from night to day; truly it was good enough how it started, an opposites attract type of romance, the little joy to discover your soon-to-be lover from little details, his home, his interests, what you have in common. But the author chose to make this side of the love story “difficult”, while Stu is open and friendly, Brian is reticent to talk about his past, even if he denies everything Stu can think: ex-wife, bad break-up, bankruptcy. In the end the only explanation is obviously the right one, and of course Stu and Brian will have to find another balance to their relationship.

In any case, even when Stu was thinking the worst about Brian, he has never considered to leave him, probably since Stu is basically a good guy, but above all since Brian needs Stu, even if he is not able, or cannot, express his feelings.


Amazon Kindle: Wicked Cool
Publisher: Amber Quill Press, LLC (September 19, 2010)

Reading List:

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