March 24th, 2011

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Sugar-Baby Bridge by Brett Edward Stout

Brad is a 22 years old guy just out of 4 years of service in the Marine Corps. Stationed in Hawaii, he decided to take a break and visit San Francisco, believing the city the righ place to go for a gay man. Probably Brad hoped to find answers in the city and instead finds only other questions: who he is, who he wants to be?

One night in a club, Brad is searching one more man to spend the night and maybe have also a free dinner, since he is living in a very tight budge. Brad is not digging for money, he will not hook up with the first man with a heavy wallet. Ron is slightly older, 32 years older and a bit strange. He doesn't speak much, but he is gentle in his way, and when he asks Brad to go home with him, the young man agrees.

Comes out that Ron is a very wealth man, living a life only few could afford: night snack at the Fairmont, buying a new Mercedes only to take a few days break in a cabin on Lake Tahoe, having lunch in yacth clubs all around California. After a night of joyous and careless sex, Ron drags Brad in an impromptu short travel, but more far they go from San Francisco, more cold Ron becomes, and more Brad is regretting to have postponed his fly back to Hawaii.

Brad is a young man who wants to find his place in the world. He probably believes that finding a man, a partner, will help him to find an anchor in this world. And so he is ready to fall for Ron, but Ron is not the right man to give stability to Brad. Ron himself has trouble to decide what he wants to be; he is not a bad guy, but he has never had the chance to deal with real life. He is ready to spend heavy money for dressing Brad up with shirts and shorts embroidered with Yacht Club logo, but then he questioned on buying socks and boxers. He is cool and aloof around his family, almost if he is ashamed of Brad, but then he kisses the boy having a nightmare.

Ron doesn't drive back Brad but neither does something to prevent him to go away; and Brad needs to be need, he needs to be accepted, he wants for the first time in his life to be open and comfortable in his skin, and being the "best friend" of Ron is not enough.

The book has all the right elements: young and handsome characters, one of whom a Marine (the fascination of a man in uniform, even if retired); dreaming world setting, where money, work and every day life are not a problem; a possible Cinderfella ending, even if the shoe fitting scene is deferred to another book. Brad is a character you could fall for, he so clearly needs to be loved, with his polite behavior and puppy eyes look. Probably Ron is not the man for him, for the two to work, Brad should take the reins of their relationship, and even if he is not the one with money, he should be the one in command... I'm quite interested in seeing how this relationship will move on...

Amazon: Sugar-baby Bridge
Amazon Kindle: Sugar-baby Bridge
Publisher: Breur Media Corporation (March 24, 2011)

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Olive Higgins Prouty (January 10, 1882 – March 24, 1974)

Olive Higgins Prouty (January 10, 1882 - March 24, 1974) was an American novelist, most active in the period between the First and Second World Wars. In this interval between women's suffrage and women's liberation, when few openly questioned the notion that a woman's fulfillment is to be found in a subordinate role, Prouty insisted on the importance, for women as well as for men, of independent judgment, freedom from illusion, and full personal responsibility for one's actions. Her stories depict the struggles of American women to achieve a life of integrity despite the stifling triviality of the social roles allotted to them. Of her ten novels, the best known are Stella Dallas (1923) and Now, Voyager (1941).

Olive Higgins was the youngest child of a well-to-do family in Worcester, Massachusetts. Her family's social life revolved around the conservative, evangelical Congregational church, where her strong-willed mother was superintendent of the Sunday school. Although she admitted to religious doubts and answered, " I guess so," when the minister asked if she believed in Jesus Christ, her family insisted that she join the church at the socially sanctioned age of thirteen. She was left with a painful sense of the discrepancy between the fervent language she heard in church and the shallowness of spiritual experience deemed acceptable for membership.

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First Book - Bobbie, General Manager (1913)

Last Book - Fabia (1951)


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Event: Kyell Gold's Book Signing

Date: March 26th
Time: 7 pm
Place: Bluestockings Bookstore in New York

Kyell Gold will have a book signing in NYC Saturday, March 26th at 7 pm at Bluestockings Bookstore in New York.

They'll have some of his books for sale, definitely Isolation Play, plus some back titles.

It's cool if you bring your own books for Kyell to sign, of course, but in that case please consider bringing a donation or making a purchase at the bookstore.

They'll have a cafe and a place to donate, as well as a lot of other interesting books!

Out of Position by Kyell Gold
Publisher: Sofawolf Press; 1 edition (January 23, 2009)
Amazon Kindle: Out of Position

Dev is a football player at Forester University, a small liberal arts college where he and his teammates get to strut around and have their pick of the girls on Friday nights. That's as good as it gets—until he meets Lee, a fox with a quick wit and an attractive body.

Problem is, Lee's not a girl. He's a gay fox, an activist who never dreamed he'd fall for a football player. As their attraction deepens into romance, it's hard enough for them to handle each other, let alone their inquisitive friends, family, and co-workers. And if school is bad, the hyper- masculine world of professional sports that awaits Dev after graduation will be a hundred times worse.

Going it alone would make everything easier. If only they could stop fighting long enough to break up.

Isolation Play by Kyell Gold
Publisher: Sofawolf Press; 1 edition (January 2011)

Devlin Miski thought coming out on national TV would be the hardest part about being a gay football player. But it's when his press conference is over that the trouble really starts. The athletic tiger and his boyfriend Lee, a fox with a tongue as quick as his wit, still won't get many breaks in their fight for understanding. They'll need to deal with a stubborn reporter determined to get a story any way he can, furious parents, and hostile teammates--not to mention each other.

All's fair in love and war--and this is both.

Isolation Play is the eagerly awaited sequel to the best-selling novel Out of Position and picks up Dev and Lee's story about five minutes after the end of the first book. Well over a year and a half in the making, Isolation Play is the longest work Kyell Gold has released.
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A Dish Served Cold by Andrew Ashling

A Dish Served Cold is not an easy story to like at the beginning above all since its main character Andrew comes out like a spoiled little brat despite being almost raped in the first chapter. So, spoiled little brat plus rape and I think most of the readers would be scared out from this book… and they would be probably wrong.

Now, it’s not that Andrew is really a bad guy, it’s only than indeed he is a rich kid without a trouble in his life; even when he comes out to his family and friends he has it easy, basically his mother tells him she already knew and his best friend, and crush, Sean is so kind to tell him that, if he will ever need “something” he is there to help, and no, it was not a double-entendre but the real generous words of a kid that will prove to be a good friend.

Actually this novel is a little bit an “opposite” cinderfellas: Andrew’s mother remarries with a not so nice man who brings living with them two sons; on the contrary of the most famous step-sisters, Dan and Davey are not plotting together against their stepbrother, but instead Andrew becomes almost a protector of little Davey. Unfortunately Andrew’s golden existence crushes down when his mother dies leaving him in the care of his stepfather, who of course has not Andrew’s best interest in mind.

The novel is set in an undefined near future, a totalitarian society where endured workers (a nicer name for slaves) is again an ordinary event. Problem is that the reprimanding for violent act has become a normal expedient for people to “eliminate” undesirable people, and ending a slave is even too easy.

As I said Andrew is not exactly a nice boy, but in the end he is not the villain; even when he should have reason to react with violence, he is able to see the reason behind another man action (see his reaction to the rape attempt) and only when his life, and that of the people he loves, are threatened, only then he will arrive to extreme actions, only to expiate for them in his own way soon after that. Andrew is not a saint, don’t get me wrong, but sometime the best people arrive from the worst experiences.

There are only two points I’m not sure I completely liked: the sex something was even too graphic, and all the descriptions related to the enduring processes too detailed, above all when they were regarding people not directly involved in the story. Even if Andrew gives hope again to a lot of people, still I was sad for who he couldn’t, or wouldn’t, help.

Another point that made me think was that maybe these young men were “too” young to act as they did. 15, 17, barely 18, all the main characters of this story are teenager, some of them young “adult”, but for sure not grown men, and they didn’t act like that, aside maybe for Sean, Andrew’s best friend. Even Davey, with his taking care of their new-born stepbrother, was more like a child playing home with a doll. But then this is not our reality, this is sometime in the future and moreover is the life of a privileged part of society; so what is normal for me can be not the same for them.

Amazon Kindle: A Dish Served Cold
Publisher: Ormidon Publishing; 1 edition (October 31, 2010)

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