May 28th, 2011

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Mate Hunt (Dragonmen 1) by Amber Kell

Jory is the youngest son of the king of a futuristic planet. Being the youngest and gay, he should be not an obstacle to his siblings' ambitions to the throne, but Jory is well-liked by the people and by his father. And so the king decides to send his son in a "mate-searching" mission: he will travel from planet to planet till he will not find the right man for him, a man wealthy and power enough to protect Jory. Problem is that Jory is not exactly the man who likes to be dominated.

Anyway he agrees to his father's plan since the first planet he will visit will be Dragait, the native earth of shape-shifter dragonman, men well known to be real Alpha males, and Jory likes that type of men. Being pretty and cute, as soon as he dismounts on the new planet, he meets Val, a wealthy duke, who is probably his mate. Val doesn't waste time to mate with Jory, but the mating rules expect that Jory has to mate with another dragonman, and the God of Mating will allow the tattoo of the real mate to appear on Jory's body. And so, even if with regret, Val allows Jory to go out and find another man.

The second time, Jory does even better and attracts no less than the king of the planet. Rai is even more possessive than Val, and has no doubt that it will be his mark to appear on Jory. Both Val than Rai are Alpha male, but Val is the silent type, and instead Rai is the growling version. While reading the book, I was really perplexed since I really wasn't able to choice between Rai and Val, both of them were appealing and I liked both of them. The problem was that, even if the men were both attracted by Jory, it seemed impossible to have a bond between them, and so a menages seemed not proposable. And so I liked even better the solution with which the author came out.

The story is not very long, a novella, and it has still some minot fault, probably due to the fact that the author is young, but still, I found that between this one and the other I read, Amber Kell is a nice new voice in the M/M romance overview. It's obvious that she is also a voracious reader of gay romance, since she respects all the main rules of a gay romance written by a woman for women, and her characters are cute or strong, or both. The Dragonmen series is a good mix of paranormal and futuristic (back to the future subgenre), that winks to similar books in the genre, first of all the Sci-Fic Regency series by J.L. Langley, and so if you liked that one, you could try this one.

Amazon Kindle: Mate Hunt (Dragon Men)
Publisher: Silver Publishing (May 28, 2011)

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Mildred Wirt Benson (July 10, 1905 – May 28, 2002)

Mildred Augustine Wirt Benson (July 10, 1905 – May 28, 2002) was an American author of children's books, in particular several Nancy Drew mysteries. Writing under Stratemeyer Syndicate pen name Carolyn Keene from 1929 to 1947, she contributed to 23 of the first 25 originally published Nancy Drew mysteries. She was one of 28 individuals who helped produce the Syndicate's Nancy Drew mystery books from 1929 to 1984. Edward Stratemeyer hired Mildred Benson in 1926 to assist in expanding his roughly-drafted stories with Syndicate directed, juvenile text in order to satisfy increasing demand for his series. She wrote also as Frank Bell, Mildred Benson, Joan Clark, Julia K. Duncan, Alice B. Emerson, Frances K. Judd, Don Palmer, Helen Louise Thorndyke, Dorothy West, Ann Wirt.

Benson was born Mildred Augustine in Ladora, Iowa, and was married to Asa Wirt and, after Wirt's death, to George Benson, editor of the Toledo Blade newspaper of Toledo, Ohio. She was a graduate in journalism from the University of Iowa. She worked for 58 years as a journalist and was still writing a weekly column for the Toledo Blade at 96 at the time of her death from lung cancer.

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In 2001, Benson received a Special Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for her contributions to the Nancy Drew series.

Benson's favorite Nancy Drew story was The Hidden Staircase, the second mystery in the series. Benson also wrote many other series, including the Penny Parker books, which were published under her own name.

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There is always a first time, and you will never forget your first time ;-)

I had many types of first time since I opened this blog, the first time I was interviewed (by Josh Lanyon for Man, Oh Man as an "expert" of M/M romance), the first time an author asked me to write a foreword for his book (Gary Martine for Kingsley & I: Together), the first time I received a dedica (by Z.A. Maxfield in Notturno, but also in the sequel Vigil, and by Kiernan Kelly in The Positions of Love), the first time I "inspired" a story with my suggestion (the short story Boy Under the Bridge by Eden Winters but also the novel Cornfed by Kiernan Kelly), the first time I appeared in a novel as a character (in the novel The Virgin Billionaire by Ryan Field, even if there I'm French ;-) and in a next novel by Geoffrey Knight that I still don't know, but he asked my "permission")... well, now I can count also the first time I was in an "acceptance speech", among those people, usually relatives, friends, colleague, you "thank you" for helping in achieving the success: two nights ago, David Pratt, in his acceptance speech for the Lambda Literary Award, gave a nice mention of my early support of Bob the Book (thank you to Jameson Currier, David's publisher, to let me know). Color me honored and even a little bit embarassed, all I do, really, is loving the books and the authors writing them.

At this point it's me who wants to thank you all of you, readers, authors, publishers, and if I forgot someone of my "firsts", please forgive me, but know that you are all in my love circle.