July 8th, 2011

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Paula Danziger (August 18, 1944 – July 8, 2004)

Paula Danziger (August 18, 1944 – July 8, 2004) was a U.S. children's author. She lived in New York City.

Danziger, who said she knew in the second grade that she wanted to be a writer, wrote more than 30 books, including her 1974 debut The Cat Ate My Gymsuit, Remember Me to Harold Square, The Divorce Express and Can You Sue Your Parents for Malpractice? She was also the author of the Amber Brown and Matthew Martin series.

She was a graduate of Montclair State University, earning a bachelor's and master's there before becoming a substitute teacher. After being injured in an automobile accident, she began writing. Most of her books are considered Young Adult (YA) books, although some of the Amber Brown books were aimed at younger readers.

She has collaborated with Ann M. Martin twice, with P.S. Longer Letter Later and Snail Mail No More.

She frequently gave lectures and speeches, wearing elaborate costumes and calling herself a children's Dame Edna Everage. She is quoted as saying that her alternative career choice would have been as a stand-up comedian.

In the United Kingdom, she was best known for presenting a regular item about children's literature on the BBC's Saturday morning show Going Live.

Danziger suffered a heart attack on June 8, 2004, and died from complications a month later, at the age of 59. At the time of her death, many of her books had been published in 53 countries and in 14 languages. Paula is buried in the Woodstock Artist's Cemetery in Woodstock, NY.

Paula Danziger's Books on Amazon: Paula Danziger

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paula_Danziger
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Duck!, A WICKED Tale, by Kim Dare

For anyone who is familiar with the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen it will be not difficult to imagine the evolution of this story, but I will try to not spoil it too much.

In a modern paranormal society (and so modern time, cars, swimming pools, city parks and so on) the avian shapeshifter society is ruled in an almost medieval way; there are caste, and according to the caste you belong to, your role in the society is written for you. Hawks and Eagles are leaders, Ravens and Crows are middle class, Pigeons and Seagulls are servants, and Ducks? Well ducks are nothing more than playthings. Other avians can use and abuse them and no one will see anything wrong in that.

Ori, still too young to shift, but supposedly a duck, not only has his own caste works against him, he is also an orphan and so he has no family to take care of him. He is working for the Nest, the central headquarter for all the avians, and he is a scullion and a sex toy for everyone who is interested. Ori is a natural submissive, something he was taught depends from him being a duck, and so he is not so much afflicted by the treatment, aside from the fact that he is a little scared. When Raynard, a noble hawk, decide to take him into his custody, Ori is more than happy to be able to serve only one man.

What started only as a servant and master agreement, soon turns in a Dominant and submissive relationship; Ori is sweet and dependant, he feels safe and comfortable only when his Master is there for him; even when he is given the freedom to do as he likes, he is happy only if his Master is there to witness to his freedom, and so basically, he is not free at all. But Ori doesn’t see it like a punishment, on the contrary, the submission is inside him, as it’s the strong pull to love only one man, to mate for the eternity.

When circumstances force him to be parted from Raynard, it almost kills him; with submission but also with strength, Ori will try everything to be again with his Master, proving that being a submissive doesn’t mean not having a will for his own.

It’s of course a BDSM story, but as often in the works I read by Kim Dare, the most hard side of these relationships is skipped over, and basically she points more on the heavy dependance, on an emotional level, that this relationship brings, both for the Dominant than the submissive. Ori is a wonderful character, so sweet and cute, he had me shed a tear or two when he was far from his Master and so lost.

Due to the plot and the choice of having a relationship between a duck and an hawk, I was expecting for this story to be light and fun, and in a way, it’s, but it’s also more involving on an emotional level then what I was expecting.


Amazon: Duck!
Amazon Kindle: Duck!
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Resplendence Publishing, LLC (July 8, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1607352990
ISBN-13: 978-1607352990

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Man Candy Day: Aaron & Dionisio Heiderscheid

Dylant sent me two very different guys, both from his website, TheMaleForm.net. The first one is Aaron, and Dylan photographed him in New York late last year.

He is 23 years old and a butcher from New Jersey.

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And with the next guy Dylan is also anticipating that, for the next few weeks, TheMaleForm.net is going to be taken over by some guest photographers as he will be working on his next book, NAKED, already available for pre-order on Amazon, but it is still being designed and more images are being shot right now.

Naked by Dylan Rosser
Hardcover: 112 pages
Publisher: Bruno Gmunder Verlag Gmbh (November 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 3867872260
ISBN-13: 978-3867872263
Amazon: Naked

Whenever a photographer wants to show his models completely nude he needs a lot of empathy to create an atmosphere that's free of any restraints. Dylan Rosser is perfectly capable of this as he has already proven with his photo books. Naked is all about intimacy and encounters with men at their most vulnerable but also at her most beautiful. His style is more down-to-earth and accessible than in his last book Red, the pictures are striking and go under your skin.

So to start with the guest photographer, the latest update is from New York photographer, Thomas Synnamon, with model Dionisio.

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Best Gay Fantasy (1° place): The Eternal Dungeon Omnibus 2010 by Dusk Peterson

Also Best Setting Development (2° place)

This omnibus was really a tour de force, but one that was worthy to be taken. With almost 1000 pages, it’s actually 4 books in one, and even 1, at almost 250 pages each, is for any “modern” standard (of fast reading) a long book.

The three books are Rebirth, Transformation, Balance and Guard. They are all set in the Eternal Dungeon, a modern (modern for the time) type of prison where people are questioned before being sentenced to death. From the setting, and the purpose, and the time, an alternative Victorian reality, you would expect for the Eternal Dungeon to be a place where people enter but you know they will exit only as a dead body. But that is not the case, or at least not for all the prisoners: the first High Seeker was also a man able to see behind the appearances, and most than one time he helped those men who entered the Eternal Dungeon without really having committed the crime they were framed for.

Again that was unexpected, at least for me; I was all for reading a story of pseudo BDSM, where an authoritative officer was having his way with a poor young prisoner; true, I was expecting for the prisoner to fall in love for his captor, Stendhal syndrome and all, but that was not the plot. The High Seeker is more like an illuminate man, with particular tastes, but for sure better than any man those same prisoners can find outside.

On the contrary of the previous book, the Historical Notes were shorter but that doesn’t mean the historical accuracy was not good, again in a “fantasy” point of view; the setting is a mix of Victorian society with a medieval flavour, something like, outside the prison there is a Victorian city (London style) and inside the prison instead they are living in an eternal night, and the feeling was that of a medieval dungeon. Ab absurdo, there is more hope inside the dungeon, with his continuous night, then outside, in a city that seems unforgiving and with a hood of shadow. Actually nor inside or outside the dungeon there is natural light, but in the case of the Eternal Dungeon, it seems that the light comes from the hope they are giving to carefully chosen men.


Amazon Kindle: The Eternal Dungeon Omnibus 2010
Publisher: Love in Dark Settings Press (October 18, 2010)

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