July 1st, 2011

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Home Again by Cardeno C.

First of all my compliments to Cardeno C., she managed to acquire for her Home series one cover better than the other. That is a huge point of advantage if you want to entice new readers to your books.

I decided to start this series from the beginning, the extended novella Home Again. It’s a good plot that maybe slips a bit on the sugary slide towards the end, but all in all I enjoyed it quite a lot. The story plans out on a parallel temporal line, one point of view is from Clark, who remember how he met Noah when they were only 17 and 13 years old, and the other one is from Noah, 14 years later, on an hospital bedroom after an accident, trying to understand why everyone seems older than what he remembers.

Even if Noah is the younger of the two, it’s not for that reason that Clark assumes a protective role on his regard; actually Noah is (now) and was (then) way stronger than Clark, and even more experienced, but he has some behavioural issues, that at 13 years old he was not able to manage, if not rebelling against his parents, and that now, at 27 years old, he needs Clark’s help to help him. I can relate to Clark’s character, having lived his same experience, assisting a parent during a terminal illness, and seeing that parent die when you were in that moment when everything changes, on the edge between young and adult. Clark can be naïve, and innocent, but he is not stupid, and he immediately understands that he needs to help Noah, otherwise the other kid will not arrive to that edge, let alone go through it.

This part of the novel can be a little optimistic, but it’s also really romantic; I can believe that 13 and 17 years allow you to believe in forever love and all, and that falling in love at first sight is not impossible. I can even believe that Clark was unaware of his homosexuality until Noah didn’t put him in front of it; Clark had other bigger problems to occupy his mind.

Even the other parallel story, the one about adult Clark and Noah, the hospital experience and the coming back home, even that was good. Again there is a lot of sugar, a lot of bared emotions, maybe a little too much optimism, but that is the stuff of romance.

The only point that I really didn’t catch, is the reason why Clark and Noah had a break-up and lived apart for 3 years. And even the afterward explanation, with Noah’s brother’s involvement was too rushed, at least for me. It seemed stupid that two men who love each other so much were willing to live apart for 3 years for a stupid mistake no one of them was willing to admit. But again, love can be unpredictable, and nor Clark or Noah are really expert about it, being more or less the first for each other. So maybe this was only a step in their relationship they needed to reach and overcome sooner or later, to test it and make it stronger for the future.


Amazon Kindle: Home Again (Home Series)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (February 16, 2011)

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Cover Art by Paul Richmond
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Gently Read Literature July Issue: The Road Home by Michael Thomas Ford

Some weeks ago, Daniel Casey, the editor of Gently Read Literature (web.zine and blog) asked me to revisiting my review of The Road Home by Michael Thomas Ford. Gently Read Literature is a web-zine devoted to Contemporary Poetry and Literary Fiction, not strictly on LGBT literature, and so I was even more honored that one of my reviews was picked for the July issue.

You can download (for free) the issue here:


and soon it will be available also on the blog:


The Road Home by Michael Thomas Ford
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Kensington; Reprint edition (May 1, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0758218540
ISBN-13: 978-0758218544
Amazon: The Road Home

Bestselling author Michael Thomas Ford demonstrates once again why he is the master of portraying the contemporary gay experience, in this moving, beautifully told story of love, family, and finding one's place in the world.

When a car accident leaves photographer Burke Crenshaw in need of temporary full-time care, he finds himself back in the one place no forty-year-old chooses to be--his childhood bedroom. There, in the Vermont home where he grew up, Burke begins the long process of recuperation, and watches as his widowed father finds happiness in a new relationship that's a constant reminder of everything Burke wants and lacks.

Meeting Will Janks is an unexpected complication. Will is the twenty-year-old son of Burke's high school best friend, Mars. After what transpired between them one summer long ago, Burke had hoped he and Mars might become more than friends, but Mars has always pretended that night never happened. Will, in contrast, makes no secret of his interest in Burke, who can't resist his attraction to the handsome young man.

The burgeoning relationship draws Burke out of himself and into the community he left behind. Exploring local history, he discovers an intriguing series of letters from a Civil War soldier to his fiancé. With the help of librarian Sam Guffrey, he begins to research a 125-year-old mystery that seems to be reaching into the present day. The more Burke delves into the past, the more he's forced to confront the person he has become: the choices he made and those he avoided, his ideas of what it takes to be a successful gay man, his feelings about his mother's death, and the suppressed tension that simmers between himself and his father.

Compelling, frankly funny, and often wise, The Road Home is the story of one man's coming to terms with who he is, what he wants out of life, and where he belongs--and the complex, surprising path that finally takes him there.
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Adopt a Movie: eCupid by JC Calciano

Marshall (Houston Rhines) is a cocky young ad man working at a dead-end job for a boss (John Callahan) who overlooks his talents. After seven years with his boyfriend, Gabe (Noah Shuffman), Marshall's love life has become too comfortable. On top of that, he's turning 30!

He is desperate for a new life. He goes looking for it online, where he comes upon a mysterious app called “eCupid” that guarantees to find true love. From the moment he downloads it, “eCupid” scans every inch of Marshall’s online world and instantly turns his life upside down.

Marshall suddenly gets everything he thinks he wanted. Newly single and ready for adventure, "eCupid" overwhelms Marshall with sexy guys at every turn, each promising to be the man of his fantasies. But too much of a good thing may not be a good thing. Marshall soon finds that all the attention is more than he bargained for.
With the help of a wise and mysterious waitress (Morgan Fairchild), Marshall is given one last chance to listen to his heart and figure out what (and who) is really important.


July 9 (7PM) Winston-Salem, NC OUT AT THE MOVIES
July 11 (9:30PM) Hollywood, CA - DGA1 OUTFEST
July 16th (7:30P) and 17th(2:15P) Philadelphia, PA QFest Film festival
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Kansas City, MO - Tivoli Cinemas KC Gay Film Fest
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Detroit, MI - Burton Theater Detroit Indie Film Festival
Boston, Mass - Brattle Theater Boston GLBT Film festival
Honolulu, HI - Doris Duke Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival
Toronto, CANADA InsideOut Toronto
Dallas/Ft Worth, TX - Rose Marine QCINEMA
Columbia, MO - RagTag Theater Pridefest
Northampton, MA Outforreel