June 12th, 2011

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Waterman Omnibus 2010 by Dusk Peterson

What I love of Dusk Peterson’s stories is that they are all fantasy (and though with the “freedom” given to fantasy tale) with deep roots in real history. While reading one of his books, whatever the historical period he picked and reinvented, you have the feeling to be plunged in a true historical novel, sometime even more an historical essay than a romance, but in the end, Dusk Peterson manages also to give you the romance, and odd as it sounds, most of the time his romances are among the most romantic I have ever read. Why odd? Since I think I have never heard Dusk Peterson associated with the romance world; so here is my suggestion to all the romance readers: go and pick one of Dusk Peterson’s omnibus, this one in particular is a good pick, and give him a try, I’m sure you will not be disappointed.

This is a collection of Dusk Peterson’s stories in the Master and Servant’s universe; the first book in the series, The Abolitionist, is still on going, and so there is only an excerpt, and excerpt that is very promising.

My favourite (until I will have not the change to read The Abolitionist) is The True Master, the story about Master Celadon and his slave Brun, a Master/slave relationship that will test the common customs, a tricky balance on birth role and inclination; Celadon is born a Master, but his birth right doesn’t match his true desires. And as in a perfect opposite piece, he meets his match in Brun, a slave that has no inclination in serving, but more in dominating. Truth be told, I was fearing their love story had no chance at all, but here intervenes that “unexpected” romance.

As The Abolitionist was set in a fantasy 1962 and then The True Master jump back in 1317, the third one, Unmarked, goes back to 1962 with the same character, Carruthers, and the Master/slave Meredith (Meredith is a man, even if the name is one of those names you can find for both men and women in the past, and now more for women). This story is maybe a little less romantic than the previous one, but it then takes a nice parallelism with The True Master, so that in the end, I enjoyed more the second part. It’s also way longer that The True Master, so that there is more space for evolution and deepness of characterization, so much that I had the feeling The True Master was a preamble for the real story, Unmarked.

On a closing note, the Historical Note and Acknowledgments are so interesting that they are almost a story on their own, I strongly suggest you to read through them, also to appreciated the work of research the author did, a job that is clear in the would building of the stories.

For Dusk Peterson's e-books, online fiction and nonfiction, series resources, and
contact information, please visit: duskpeterson.com

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Amazon Kindle: Waterman Omnibus 2010
Publisher: Love in Dark Settings Press (September 8, 2010)

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Blood Slave by Michelle Houston

I was used to the shapeshifter short stories by Michelle Houston and so I neglected this novella collecting together two vampire romances. The two stories are tightly connected and are about an interesting theory (not new heard truth be told): vampirism is a virus and the virus was genetically mutated to spread also another “damage”, blindness. Basically human are not turned as soon as they are bitten, but slowly and steadily, and while they become a vampire, they also loose their sight. But in modern society, vampires are a protected breed and they have some rights, like the one to “posses” an human to be their eyes, more or less like a blind human possesses a dog.

Where The Blind Leads: Brandon was never satisfied with being only a slave for a human Master; human have restraints and Brandon doesn’t need or want them. He volunteers to be the eyes of a vampire, a job that implies losing all his rights and being totally owned by the chosen vampire. I liked the contrast between the Master/slave relationship that was “corrected” by the blindness of the Master: in a way, the Master depends by the slave, and their bond is even more strong, since the Master can see only through his slave.

Leading The Blind: this is the story of a previous slave that went blind after years of servicing his Master. Nicholas has the right to be a vampire Master now and to have his own slave, but like Brandon, Nicholas didn’t choose to be a slave as a “convenient” job, he was born to be one, he craved to be one. And now he lost what he most desired, the feeling of being owned, the feeling of being at the same time protected but necessary.

Brandon and Nicholas are both submissive by nature, and they can be happy only with a true Dominant, and for the dominance is love, they don’t want to be a slave since they have not the strength to be independent, they want to be a slave since they feel complete only in such relationship.

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Amazon Kindle: Blood Slave
Publisher: Phaze Books (July 1, 2010)

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GayRomLit Retreat: Get Steamy in the Big Easy

Now it's really official: I have the flight tickets, I have the hotel reservation and I have also the travelling companion ;-) Oh, and I have also the days off from work! And I decided to make it my yearly leasure trip and so this is the program:

From September 30 to October 5 I will be in New York City; I booked an hotel in Brooklyn, more or less I would like to visit Long Island and the Hamptons (since I have never seen them), plus to pick a show in Broadway.

From October 5 to October 7 we will stay in Baton Rouge and travel around the Cajun Country, then we will lead up to Natchez and the Natchez Trail, then down to Mobile to end in New Orleans from October 13 to October 16 for the retreat.