July 2nd, 2011

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Forever After by J.M. Snyder

The Regent's Knight by J.M. Snyder

In a fantasy medieval kingdom, Amery is the young regent; his father was lost in battle two years ago and his counselors want him to take the crown and with that the duty to marry and generate an heir for the throne. But Amery cannot do that, since he is in love with Tovin, a young knight he knows since childhood. Tovin is his first and only love and Amery can't bear the idea to lose him, even if for a throne.

During the day, Amery and Tovin hide their love behind quarrels and high shouts, but at night they share passionate and playful love. They are all for each other, they have never known other lovers and they are so lost in their love that sometimes are also reckless and selfish.

This is obviously a fantasy, not weighted by the real history which would have condemned these lovers to be torn apart by royal duty. Instead the story is almost joyous, and Amery is a very funny character: he is so childish and spoilt that only a man blinded by love like Tovin can suffer him without killing the brat. Amery is beautiful and he is grown with the idea that he is the center of his small world. He is not the brave and honorable man who usually plays the role of a king: he is a brat, a spoilt but beautiful child. And he is wanton and naughty; even during lovemaking he proves this side of his character. You have to love the cute uke to love him, but for me he is irresistible.

Tovin is a strong man, but I think he is too often driven by his body than by his mind. I don't want to say that he is dump, no, but maybe he is still young and reckless. And in love.

The Regent's Knight is another tale where the yaoi influence is really strong, with the classic top-bottom couple. And it's funny and lighthearted: a very enjoyable reading, that has left me with a smile. 

P.S. Since last time I commented on Amber Allure's cover I don't like, this time I will comment on a cover I like very much and that I noticed on J.M. Snyder's website even before buying the book: this is a cover that would drawn me to buy a book even if I didn't know the author.

Amazon: The Regent's Knight
Amazon Kindle: The Regent's Knight
Paperback: 116 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace (July 2, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1463630174
ISBN-13: 978-1463630171

Persistence of Memory by J.M. Snyder

In an postapocalictic world the army takes people from the civils and transforms them in killing machine. To prevent every rebellion, they erase their memory. One of this man, Joah, was able to maintain one memory, his name, and with that in mind he escapes.

For destiny or something other, he returns home where Tobin, his partner, still lives. Tobin his more than happy to have the chance to rebuild their love, but Joah doesn't remember him, or their lives, or their love. He only knows that he feels good when he is with Tobin. But nobody who escapes the army still live. Joah will success?

I like the postapocalict tales by J.M. Snyder. They are romantic and angst, but always tender. In this tale we know two boys grown men together, and with them also is grown a love who goes beyond all is known in this world. Tobin is a beautiful characters, but Joah is fantastic: even if weaker in the body, he is the strenght of the couple, he manages to go over his fears to give another chance to their love.

This is a rather short novel but will leave you with a smile in your face and with the believe that love is the most powerful feeling.

http://www.amberquill.com/AmberAllure/PersistenceMemory.html

Amazon Kindle: Persistence Of Memory

Amazon: Forever After(print book)

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Lida Larrimore (June 27, 1896 - July 2, 1960)

Lida Larrimore wrote novels of a type popular with American women in the early and middle years of the twentieth century. She published seventeen such novels between 1928 and the early 1950s, all of which provide clues to her success. They show her skill in creating characters and plots depicting fine young persons reaching for a quality of life so valued by the earlier inhabitants of this century.

The author was born Lida Larrimore Turner on June 27, 1896 in Girdletree, on the eastern shore of Maryland, where her father Henry Clay Turner was a minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church. She was named for her mother. When her father was transferred to a new pastorate in 1912, the family moved to Waterville, Maine where a good classical education was available for Lida. Her high school was Coburn Classical Institute. Her first two years of college were taken at Colby College in Maine, and after another family transfer, she completed her undergraduate work at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

Miss Larrimore's writing career began with a play she created out of necessity. While teaching English at Chester High School in the early 1920s, she could not find a play suitable for her young people so she wrote "Cousin Julia's Jade Earring," a one-act comedy which was published by Penn Publishing Co. It was popular among high school drama groups for many years.

Her only juvenile novel, "The Blossoming of Patricia-the-Less," came in 1924, and she soon returned to writing plays. In 1927 Penn Publishing Co. offered a $1000 prize for the best play submitted. She won the competion with a three-act comedy, "Yesterday's Roses." In 1928 the publisher raised the prize to $1500. Miss Larrimore won that too with "The Third Floor Front." Her last play, "Enchanted Summer", was published by Hurst & Blackett, Ltd. in 1929.

"Tarpaper Palace," her first novel, was brought out a year earlier in 1928 by Macrae-Smith-Company, a practically new publishing firm in Philadelphia. On its twenty-fifth anniversary in 1950, Macrae-Smith-Company was still publishing Lida Larrimore. Many of her works later appeared in a less expensive edition by Grosset & Dunlap, New York.

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Lida Larrimore Turner Thomas, Tredyffrin's novelist, died on July 2, 1960, just five days past her 64th birthday. She was buried in the cemetery at Valley Friends Meeting, where her marker stone displays her artistic temperment. Instead of a squarely chiseled inscription on gray granite similar to others, her name is displayed on a pink marble stone upon a bronze marker, inscribed with her flowing cursive signature.

Source:Tredyffrin Easttown Historical Society, History Quarterly Digital Archives, October 1998 Volume 36 Number 4, Pages 113–118, Lida Larrmore: Tredyffrin Novelist (Lida Larrimore Turner Thomas 1896-1960) by Barbara Fry (http://www.tehistory.org/hqda/html/v36/v36n4p113.html)

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A Different Breed by Angel Martinez

The novel could have been more dark and gothic, ancient vampires are usually a good hint for that type of romance, but in A Different Breed the author doses these elements with a light touch, and sometime even some funny scenes, so that, in the end, the balance is more on a romantic comedy than a gothic romance.

Josh is a vampire hunter, but he has not really the fisique du role, he is small and energetic, a little ball of compressed energy. He turned an hunter when his twin sister was killed by a vampire, but recently he is wondering if all is right with what he is doing, above all when his next target, Richard, appears to be more similar to him than expected, reading sci-fi novel (a Lynn Flewelling’s book), simply walking and apparently being gay. Instead of killing him, Josh, from night to morning, becomes his lover, slowly learning Richard is a very ancient vampire, a former Crusades paladin, almost a monk in today life, picking a lover every two century or so, and still mourning the loss of his last one, William, a writer who was killed by the vampire hunters.

It appears to be too soon for Richard to take another lover, and Josh is completely different from the men Richard is usually to choose: aside from his first lover, Gerhard, another paladin, Richard has always picked artistic type, painter, writer, men who doesn’t inspire in him passion but more comfort. Even if the setting is mostly modern, the author didn’t dare to write much of the “historic” past of Richard, in him I think she depicts the perfect paladin; Richard is very religious, and as such, quite repressed. He fears passion; he fears what passion could lead him to do. Richard is also scared by the strength he has and in all these centuries he has always behaved more like a priest than a vampire.

With Josh that is not possible, Josh is like a lighter, and his proximity to Richard will start a chain of events that will change forever Richard’s life. Josh and Richard are good opposite characters, even if there is not a play of who is stronger. In a way they are both strong, but their strength derives from different sources: Josh is more physical, strength from energy; Richard is more ascetic, strength from balance.

http://www.amberquill.com/AmberAllure/DifferentBreed.html

Amazon: A Different Breed
Amazon Kindle: A Different Breed
Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Amber Quill Press, LLC (December 21, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1611249910
ISBN-13: 978-1611249910

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Finding Deaglan by George Seaton

Even if the book starts and ends with Tom and Stephen, I found that this is really a “shared” novel, shared by the many descendents of some old money Denver families, among which we distinguish Merriweather, Marty and Elizabeth. Marty and Elizabeth, being a lesbian couple, and having a really important role in the story, makes this really a LGBT novel.

More than a romance, Finding Deaglan is a gothic novel. It’s strange since usually Colorado, Denver, or the ancient Native American legends are not the stuff of gothic novels, but that is the feeling this novel left me, and I think the author wanted to pay an homage to those novel naming the old family home of Stephen, Gaylord. Gaylord was the title of the main character of Gaywick, which is believed to be the first gay gothic romance, by Vincent Virga.

Stephen, Merriweather, Marty, and all the others, are the descendents of men who did great wrong to the Native Americans and above all to their sacred wolves. One of them in particular was a mystical animal, with great power, and the removing of its earthly body (and that of his pack) was not enough to defeat its power. Wolf is still searching vengeance, and the vengeance has to be taken upon these descendants, even if they are innocents, even when they are still babies, like Deaglan, the baby that Marty and Elizabeth finds on a lake shore, a little, wonderful, intelligent baby. If you think, like me, that is cruel, you have also to consider that Mother Nature is cruel too. I think there is an hidden message here, that if we think that we can do everything to Mother Nature and that she will not be harsh with us since we are her sons, then we are sorely mistaking. Everything we do of bad against the earth, the earth will slash back to use double, in the end.

I had really great difficult to accept the sad fate that was falling upon Stephen and Tom, or Marty, Elizabeth and Deaglan, since they seemed not guilty of the same sins of their ancestors. Stephen and Tom are young and kind, with Oscar, their dog, they have everything that can be reconduct to an ordinary family (and Oscar, being a dog, put them in that share of population believing that also animals have soul); Marty and Elizabeth instead are middle age, again a more than ordinary couple, and Deaglan is their chance to add to that family a child. Both these couples don’t deserve the vengeance of Wolf, but that is, they will suffer it.

Finding Deaglan is very long, like the other book by George Seaton I read, Big Diehl. Apparently George Seaton shares yet another thing in common with those old fashioned novels, the number of pages. But actually for this novel it’s the right length, since, as I said, this is not only the story of two men, Stephen and Tom, but that of many, many characters. All of them would be probably worthy of more words, but in the end, if I have to do my pick, surprisingly enough, my choice would be Marty and Elizabeth, and the beautiful, big eyed Deaglan.

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Amazon: Finding Deaglan
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Paperback: 456 pages
Publisher: MLR Press (April 1, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1608202976
ISBN-13: 978-1608202973

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