February 28th, 2011

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In the Spotlight: Nick Nolan

The Book: Closeted teenager Jeremy is sent to live with wealthy relatives after his mother enters rehab. Struggling to fit into the posh world of Ballena Beach, Jeremy joins the high school swim team, dates a popular girl, and begins to think he may have landed in paradise—until his great aunt Katharine starts to dictate his every move … and a late-night phone call insinuates that his father’s accidental death was not so accidental after all.

As Jeremy grows accustomed to the veneer of a fabulous life, so grows his need for answers—as well as the danger of immeasurable harm. Weaving together a murder mystery, sexual ambiguity, and characters with hidden identities and agendas , Nick Nolan offers readers a deliciously witty page-turner about the “puppet” who wishes only to be a real boy. Strings Attached is also a surprisingly heartfelt story about coming-of-age and coming out—not necessarily in that order.

Amazon: Strings Attached
Amazon Kindle: Strings Attached
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: AmazonEncore (March 9, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0982555016
ISBN-13: 978-0982555019

My review: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1078527.html

Other Books in the List:

Double Bound (2010)
Amazon: Double Bound
Amazon Kindle: Double Bound
Paperback: 339 pages
Publisher: AmazonEncore (June 1, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0982555024
ISBN-13: 978-0982555026

The Author: Nick Nolan was born and raised in Los Angeles, the city he has haunted for over two decades. Working nights and weekends selling furniture to put himself through college, Nolan went on to direct a group home for homeless and abused GLBT youth. During his scant spare time, he began writing. Inspired by the works of writers like Armistead Maupin, Paul Russell, and Paul Monette, he penned his debut novel, Strings Attached, the first in a planned trilogy. Shortly after its release, Strings Attached was named the 2006 Gay/Lesbian Book of the Year by ForeWord Magazine, hit #1 in Gay Fiction on Amazon.com, and spent nearly a year in that genre's Top 10. Two years later Nolan's second thriller Double Bound won Book of the Year awards for Gay/Lesbian Fiction by both ForeWord Magazine and ReaderViews.

In 2009 Nick was delighted to sign with AmazonEncore, so that his two novels might reach a wider audience. AmazonEncore released an edited and improved 'Strings Attached' on March 9, 2010, and 'Double Bound' followed on May 25. His new novel 'Black as Snow' will be published by AmazonEncore on August 30, 2011.

Nick, his partner and their two beloved dogs divide their time between their home in the San Fernando Valley and their cabin high in the mountains of California. A third novel is expected soon.

Top 100 Gay Novels List (*)

External Link to the Top100 Gay Novels List (simple - without photos)

External Link to the Top 100 Gay Novels List (wanted - with photos)

*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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Fool’s Errand (Fool’s Odyssey Trilogy 1) by Chris Quinton

The first thing you notice of this book is the trick the author used to make “normal” the paranormal side of the novel: the story takes place in 2042, but this is not really a sci-fi novel; since the author wanted to “legalize” the existence of vampires, she imagined that around 2030 a group of vampires petitioned to the UN to be recognize as nation and as such to be given a place for themselves; the place was located in Spain, near Barcelona, and now they are living in a community outside Begues. Once the author planned everything out, this novel simply turns in a classical cat-and-mouse cop novel, with the vampire, Andreas, in the role of the hunter, and Xavi, the little street-rat, in that of course of the mouse.

Xavi is the only witness to a murder, he is an high-paid prostitute and the woman who bought him for few hours is killed in front of Xavi’s eyes; there is no doubt on the killer, the only problem is who hired him. There is no doubt that Xavi is not the killer, and the police is searching for him more to protect him than anything else. But Xavi is not exactly the trusting type, and he is used to take care of himself, and so he doesn’t want to be found. On the other hand Andreas, silent and apparently cold blooded (yes, pun intended), has taken a special interest in the little prostitute.

Truth be told, even if the trigger of all the story is a murder, and probably the main purpose of the story should be to find the killer, the focus soon changes from that to the relationship between Andreas and Xavi. This is more a romance than a thriller, and I’m very grateful to Chris Quinton for that. Apparently for the author, and I agree with her, it was more interesting to give a background to both Andreas and Xavi in a way that allowed them to be perfect together; Xavi is a prostitute, but he has his own moral principles: for example, he accepts money only from men and he never bottoms for them, and from women he accepts “gifts”, to give them the idea that they are not really paying for Xavi’s services. There is no feelings involved with men, only sex, and so, I think, Xavi is saving the real him for his true love; since he cannot fall in love with women (I think Xavi knows he is gay and that his soul mate will be a man), with them he can “play” with feelings, but with men he has to be as much detached as possible.

Andreas is a more simple character, and he is very in line with his prototype: he is a protector, he is able of deep feelings, and he doesn’t waste them when it’s not necessary; but when he identifies the one he will love, then there is no doubt in his mind and he will steadily, and firmly, prosecute his target.

I actually realized when the story was finished and I was preparing to write this post that this is the first book in a trilogy: I didn’t remember it sooner since this story is well-rounded and planned as it’s , when you reach the end you have your full closure; now don’t get me wrong, I will appreciate a following on Andreas and Xavi’s future together, but you can already pick up this book and reading it now without worrying on having a loose ending.


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Event: GayRomLit Retreat Get Steamy in the Big Easy

So I did it ;-) I registered for the GayRomLit (as a reader): http://gayromlit.com/readerregistration.php

and more or less I checked all the events too! http://gayromlit.com/events.php

Just to give you an idea, here are the "titles" of events:

- The MLR Press Opening Gala
- The Thursday Nite Gentlemen's Juke-Joint Junket: Get your kink & drink on! (Organized by Damon Suede, Sponsored by Damon Suede, William Neale, Rick R. Reed, Ethan Stone, JP Bowie, Geoffrey Knight, DC Juris, Bryl Tyne, Anel Viz, Barry Brennessel & Ethan Day)
- Friday's Beignets & Café au lait Event (Sponsored by Lynn Lorenz, Belinda McBride, ZA Maxfield, Amanda Young, Rick R. Reed, and JP Bowie)
- Spotlight #1 – The St. Louis Cemetery Walking Tour (with Amber Kell, Geoffrey Knight, Z.A. Maxfield, Damon Suede, Belinda McBride, Marie Sexton, EM Lynley, Stormy Glenn, Devon Rhodes, Jaime Samms, PD Singer)

- Spotlight #2 - Author Readings at the Bourbon OH! Bar (with Ethan Day, Anel Viz, P.A. Brown, Bobby Michaels, Belinda McBride, Cat Grant, Eden Winters, Damon Suede, Lynn Lorenz, Z.A. Maxfield, VJ Summers, Barry Brennessel, Geoffrey Knight, KC Burn, Lydia Nyx)
- Spotlight #3 - Author Social's in St. Ann's Cottage (with Amanda Young, Jonathan Treadway, Z.A. Maxfield, Eden Winters, Belinda McBride, T.A. Chase, M.L. Rhodes, PD Singer, Trina Lane, Heidi Cullinan, L.C. Chase, Kiernan Kelly, Lynn Lorenz, Marie Sexton, William Neale, Laura Baumbach)

- Spotlight #4 - French Quarter Vampire & Ghost Walking Tours (with Amber Kell, J. P. Bowie, Marguerite Labbe, VJ Summers, Amanda Young, William Cooper, Trista Ann Michaels, Kiernan Kelly, Belinda McBride, Jambrea Jo Jones, Isabelle Rowan, Lydia Nyx, Simone Anderson, T.A. Chase, M.L. Rhodes, Barry Brennessel, Trina Lane, Angelia Sparrow, Stephani Hecht, Joyee Flynn, Geoffrey Knight, Rowan Speedwell, Jourdan Lane, Stormy Glenn, Jonathan Treadway, Z.A. Maxfield, T D McKinney)

- Spotlight #5 – Publisher Spotlights in St. Mary's Room
- Riverboat Book Signing Social (with Carol Lynne, Amber Green, Trista Ann Michaels, VJ Summers, Ethan Day, William Cooper, EM Lynley, Kiernan Kelly, Amber Kell, Cat Grant, M.L. Rhodes, Kate Steele, Amanda Young, Jambrea Jo Jones, L.C. Chase, Lydia Nyx, Belinda McBride, Treva Harte, William Neale, Andi Deacon, Simone Anderson, T.A. Chase, P.A. Brown, Kate McMurray, Trina Lane, Angelia Sparrow, Stephani Hecht, Damon Suede, Lynn Lorenz, Heidi Cullinan, Jourdan Lane, Barry Brennessel, Devon Rhodes, Marie Sexton, Ethan Stone, Joyee Flynn, Geoffrey Knight, Jaime Samms, T D McKinney, Stormy Glenn, T.C. Blue, Rowan Speedwell, Terry Wylis, Patric Michael, Anel Viz, Z.A. Maxfield, Brita Addams, Jonathan Treadway, Marguerite Labbe, Bryl R. Tyne, Missy Welsh, KC Burn, Barbara Sheridan)

- Total-e-bound Pretzel Party with Carol Lynne & T.A. Chase
- Saturday's Beignets & Café au lait Event (Sponsored by Loose Id, LLC & hosted by Treva Harte)
- The MLR Press Hurricane Party
- The MLR Press Wine & Cheese Party
- Joyee Flynn's Gay Bar Crawl 2011
- Sunday Morning's Goodbye Brunch