July 10th, 2011

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Wings of Love by Scotty Cade

Wings of Love was for sure a good romance, but it had also the feeling of being true, not so pink glasses perspective as many other romances I read. First of all the two main characters, Brad and Mac, are not so young, not so old even, but let say they are not new at the love game: Brad has recently lost to cancer his partner of 15 years and Mac is a recent widower. Mac has already had the time to adapt to the loss of his wife while instead Brad’s wound is still fresh; when Brad goes back to Alaska, in the place he and his partner loved so much, Mac is a familiar face, and a strong shoulder he can rely to when sadness catch him. Brad impulsively decides to buy an isolated cabin and since the cabin is the same Mac and his wife wanted to buy as well, they decide to move in together. From being roommate to being lovers the step is short, maybe too short for Mac that has no time to digest the news he is gay. Mac claims with Brad he has never had any homosexual desire before meeting Brad, and we need to believe him; what I think is that basically Mac is a monogamous lover, and when he fell for his wife, he had no other thought for anyone else, and now that he is falling in love for Brad, he is the same. Mac is bisexual, for him the gender of his lover is not important, what is important is the feeling.

Brad’s issue instead is not really that he is falling for an apparently straight man, but more that he is still mourning his lost partner. Again, to be true with him, I had a similar experience with a dear one lost to cancer, and who lives with a terminal patient has plenty of time to prepare to the final moment, and when it happens, you are already in the process of learning to live without your dear one. So no, I don’t think Brad’s feelings for Mac are too immediate or maybe temporary, what I think is that, once they start the relationship, they will need time to find their balance, as indeed is in the plot of the story.

The romance between the men is good but not too sugary; there is the right dose of sex, and the sex was always direct and basic, not really roses and champagne, but more the good and healthy expression of two adult men. It was also very physical, but not the acrobatic variety, more again, two men who had no issue to admit what felt good and what they could enjoy of their body (see Mac’s discovery of man on man sex).

http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=2170

Amazon: Wings of Love
Amazon Kindle: Wings of Love
Paperback: 220 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (February 11, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 161581731X
ISBN-13: 978-1615817313

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Adopt a Movie: Get your Half-Share!

Last year I "adopted" Jesse Archer's movie "Violet Tendencies" (that I'm now waiting for Amazon to send me! It's already 2 months and they asked me to wait yet another month...) and so of course I have to adopt also his next project, "Half-Share"! Also since, when I met Jesse in New York City, he talked about this project, he was still writing it, and so I have some nice memories linked to Half-Share.

Want a piece of the action? Help Jesse and Sean out on Kickstarter! The outrageous antics of Half-Share are getting notice on the circuit at Palm Springs Int'l Shortfest, Rhode Island Int'l Film Festival, and the fabulous news we've been accepted into the prestigious International Television Festival in LA.



Although production is complete, thet're in the hole for licensing fees, finishing funds, and PR $$ to bring this boob-free show onto the boob tube! Help them out when you pledge to their Kickstarter campaign. Pledges begin at $1, and $50 will get you a DVD copy of the film and the shooting script.

If you don't have $1, you can help for free when you "like" Half-Share on Facebook! 

Half-Share is an independently produced 30-minute comedy pilot that Jesse Archer wrote, directed and produced with Sean Hanley and features an all-star cast of gay comedians.


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Gay Romance Challenge: July 2011

OK, I will stop to mark the progress, since there is no progress at all! Well, at this point consider this list as the place where me, and you maybe, are finding some of the books we will read in the next month ;-)

here is the Bestsellers List on Amazon I'm referring to for the challenge

Bestsellers in Gay Romance

And here is the actual situation (in bold the books I read with link to the review and marked as New the books entering the Challenge this month):

1) Hot Head by Damon Suede
Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00564ACK8/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
Dreamspinner Press (June 14, 2011)
2) Living Promises (Keeping Promise Rock) by Amy Lane
Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005A7SM9Y/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
Dreamspinner Press (July 3, 2011)
3) Where He Ends and I Begin (Home Series) by Cardeno C.
Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0054RACL6/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
Dreamspinner Press (June 6, 2011)
4) Keeping House (Truth or Dare) by Lee Brazil
Link: http://www.amazon.com/dpB004ZMVRYW/?tag=elimyrevandra-20  
Breathless Press (May 5, 2011)
5) Handcuffs and Pretty Things (Rawlings Men Series, Book Eight) by Kim Dare
Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0057ZJO7I/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
Resplendence Publishing, LLC (June 23, 2011)
6) Something Like Summer by Jay Bell
Link:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004I6DKPY/?tag=elimyrevandra-20  
Review:
http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1233202.html
7) The Locker Room by Amy Lane
Link:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004XNNEKS/?tag=elimyrevandra-20  
Review:
http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1285667.html
8) Mark's Not Gay [Brac Pack 11] (Siren Publishing Everlasting Classic ManLove) by Lynn Hagen
Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0053HEMZY/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
Siren Publishing (May 31, 2011)
9) Kindred Hearts by Rowan Speedwell
Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004YXAM4I/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
Dreamspinner Press (May 1, 2011)
10) Shying Away by Kate Sherwood
Link:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004W4ME7W/?tag=elimyrevandra-20  
Review:
http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1289553.html

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Apples and Regret and Wasted Time by Cornelia Grey

The first impression someone can have of this short story is that the cover is “wasted”, meaning that, such customized cover for a short story of less than 15 pages seems too much. But indeed that is a wrong impression, since, it’s true that this is only a short story, but I had the feeling this is only a glimpse of something bigger.

The feeling was that we were reading only a night in the life of these two men, men without name, past and future… again apparently. In only 10 pages, Cornelia Grey brushes everything, like in those surrealist painting were every details is part of something bigger you need to put together to understand the final meaning. One is an assassin, the other is a detective; they were lovers and they are no more, but that doesn’t mean the love is not there; the detective is a one piece man, but his Achilles’ heels is the assassin, the one man he is not able to betray, not even for his honour of police officer. The assassin wants to play the cold hearted man, but as for the detective, he has an Achilles’ heels, the love that he still harbours for the detective. That window in the night, always open for him, is like a safe shelter, a place the assassin knows will always wait for him, and “his” place will always be free, since in now way the detective will occupy it with someone else: the bed will be empty and the fridge will be full, and a red apple among the green ones will always there, waiting for him.

http://stormmoonpress.com/books/Apples-and-Regrets-and-Wasted-Time.aspx

Amazon Kindle: Apples and Regret and Wasted Time
Publisher: Storm Moon Press LLC (May 24, 2011)

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Cover Art by Nathie
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A Princely Gift by Claire Thompson

I was a little afraid to read this romance since I’m used to tragic outcome when reading about this era of the Japan Empire. Those men were able to admit their feelings for other men, but usually they were not “allowed” to have an happily ever after.

And at the beginning this story seemed the same, Prince Yukio was still mourning the loss of his beloved Kiyoshi, the simple gardener who was his lover and that an internal conspiracy killed. The threat is no more there, but the sadness is the same and Yukio is unable to let the ghost of his lover go. Until he meets Kisho, a rice farmer who resembles Kiyoshi; but that is only an appearance, Kisho is a total different man. Not used to the court and to men like Yukio, Kisho approaches the prince in a direct way, a way that leads directly to the prince’s heart.

It’s truly a cinderfella story, and as in that story, Kisho doesn’t question Yukio’s kindness; Yukio gives Kisho money and other gifts, allowing him to leave the simple life of farming he was conduction, but Kisho doesn’t see it like a “price” on him; in no way Kisho thinks to refuse Yukio’s kindness, and in no way he thinks Yukio is trying to buy him. Kisho accepts Yukio’s gifts like a lover would accept the gifts of his beloved, and at the same way he accepts Yukio’s offer to be with him. Again there is no question that Yukio has to fulfil his duty as heir to the Japan’s throne, and to do that, he will have to marry and produce an heir; Kisho can be only a concubine, a much beloved concubine. And Kisho again will accept that as an honoured role, never once questioning that Yukio’s love is less sincere or true since he has to accomplish his due to the throne. And I don't judge Kisho a lesser man to accept that, on the contrary this is the proof of his sincere love.

A Princely Gift is a good historical romance, since, as such, it respects the time and the custom, allowing those men to live their romance as it should be, in a discrete but intense way.

http://www.clairethompson.net/aprincelygift.php

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Amazon: Zowie! It's Yaoi!: Western Girls Write Hot Stories of Boys' Love
Amazon Kindle: A Princely Gift
Publisher: Romance Unbound Publishing (February 7, 2010)

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