July 24th, 2011

andrew potter

Holding the Reins and Other Stories by Vincent Diamond

"Holding the Reins", "Bruised", "Back in the Saddle" & "Horsing Around" (all of them other than Holding the Reins are also available in Rough Cut; Horsing Around appeared online at Ruthie's Club and Fishnet): the short stories together made a pretty long, and so very satisfying, story. Marcus is a man who has loved and lost. He is still mourning but maybe he is ready to be back in the saddle. David is a vet student who helps Marcus in his horse farm during summer. He is young and innocent and so tempting. He sees and wants Marcus and with his joy of life he forces Marcus to live again, to want again, and to want David. David is young, and new to real and serious love-relationship, something more than only sex, plus Marcus is his first man, before him David has never thought possible to love a man. Family and future seem too big handicaps in their ride to life. The new addiction to the series, Holding the Reins, gave a little insight on Marcus and his lost lover Philip. It’s basically a remembrance of the past, and it adds a bit of sadness to the whole, but at the same time deepness to the story since the reader can understand how difficult it’s for Marcus to give another chance at love.

http://www.jms-books.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=29&products_id=242 (Holding the Reins)

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Amazon Kindle: Holding the Reins
Publisher: JMS Books LLC (March 20, 2011)

http://www.jms-books.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=29&products_id=265 (Bruised)

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Amazon Kindle: Bruised
Publisher: JMS Books LLC (April 16, 2011)

http://www.jms-books.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=29&products_id=264 (Back in the Saddle)

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Amazon Kindle: Back in the Saddle
Publisher: JMS Books LLC (April 23, 2011)

http://www.jms-books.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=29&products_id=278 (Horsing Around)

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Amazon Kindle: Horsing Around
Publisher: JMS Books LLC (May 7, 2011)

Tropical Daze (also available in Rough Cut and appeared in Best Gay Love Stories, 2006): the short story is part of a series about Steven and Conrad. Steven is a undercover cop, he is searching proofs of a drugs dealing during rave parties. Conrad is the man who organizes the raves. It should be a simple mission, not very dangerous; they are dealing mostly with young kids, college animals... But Steven cares too much, and he falls in love with Conrad. Conrad is a half Spanish half Cuban guy, sexy and smooth talking; he lures Steven inside his world and in his bed. Steven is new to all of this, he can't even imagine to fall in love with a man, but here he is and in love. And Conrad? Is it only sex? And then there is the little problem that Steven should do his work and his work probably will lead Conrad in prison.

http://www.jms-books.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=29&products_id=236 (Tropical Daze)

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Amazon Kindle: Tropical Daze
Publisher: JMS Books LLC (March 13, 2011)

Horse Sense (also appeared in Truckers): sets in the same world of Marcus and David, Horse Sense is a naughty romp in the hay. Robert sees Sean wondering around town, looking lost and needing, and when he finds him in his stables, he has no heart to throw him out; and if from the meeting something else can derive, well, it’s a good and nice development. The only problem is that Robert has to not care too much, Sean is young and homeless, not exactly the right material for a long-term relationship.

http://www.jms-books.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=29&products_id=315 (Horse Sense)

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Amazon Kindle: Horse Sense
Publisher: JMS Books LLC (July 24, 2011)

Irish Cream (also available in Rough Cut): an old man remembers a lost lover, a love born and died when they couldn't even think for it to last, but if death didn't call him, what could have been of them? Now he has only memories, sad and cold, but cherished.

http://www.jms-books.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=29&products_id=314 (Irish Cream)

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Amazon Kindle: Irish Cream
Publisher: JMS Books LLC (July 11, 2011)

http://www.jms-books.com/images/holdingthereins.jpg (Contains the stories: Holding the Reins Bruised Back in the Saddle Horsing Around Tropical Daze Horse Sense Irish Cream )

Amazon: Holding the Reins and Other Stories
Paperback: 148 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace (March 3, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1456587021
ISBN-13: 978-1456587024

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andrew potter

Greetings from Wilton Manors, Florida

The City of Wilton Manors is approximately two square miles in area and is located in Broward County, Florida, just north of downtown Fort Lauderdale. Wilton Manors is often referred to as the “Island City” because its boundaries primarily follow the North and South Forks of the Middle River. Ideally located within minutes of the beach and downtown Fort Lauderdale, Wilton Manors is quickly becoming the “place to be” in South Florida.

The City is nearly 100% built-out and embraces the vision of a “sustainable urban village.” As part of its growth management strategy and in anticipation of redevelopment, Wilton Manors completed a major rewrite of its Comprehensive Plan and Unified Land Development Regulations (ULDR’s). The ULDR’s include regulations that promote New Urbanism and Smart Growth principles. The area adjacent to Wilton Drive, the City’s signature thoroughfare, is home to the Arts and Entertainment District. Within the District, mixed-use development provides for a pedestrian-oriented environment where residents and visitors can shop, dine, and experience the best of what Wilton Manors has to offer.

 

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Source: http://www.wiltonmanors.com/ & http://www.wiltonmanorshistoricalsociety.org/

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He Completes Me by Cardeno C.

I understood 2 things reading this book, the 2nd in the Home Series by Cardeno C., that she believes in soul mates and that she likes to slowly introduce the reader to the following couple in the series, in a way letting the reader know that the story is an happily ever after, and that, even if the next couple will have issues, they for sure will find a way to overcome all of them.

Zach and Aaron were introduce to us in Home Again; Zach is Clark’s friend from Los Angeles, and actually I wondered the strange coincidence of Zach moving back to Emile City the same time Clark, almost like he was following his friend. That is not right, and to be precise, it was Zach who decided to move before Clark to going living together with his boyfriend, Aaron.

Zach has met Aaron in not a nice circumstance, Zach’s mother’s funeral. It was a sad circumstance not since Zach was particularly near to his mother, actually he was kicked out of home at only 18 years old, after years of abuses, but since Zach doesn’t want to face all the sad memories Emile City brings back to him. But Zach’s brother Dean lives there, and he seems really a nice guy, he wants for Zach to meet his family, his wife, his three sons and yes, Aaron, since Aaron is part of that family. Aaron is the good boy who has always helped them, when Dean’s wife was depressed, when her business was failing, when she was unable to take care of her own kid. Aaron is also the guy who took care of a terminal ill boyfriend when he was only a teenager, who is still spending all his free time doing volunteering job, who is basically a virgin at 27 years old… Aaron is more or less a saint, and Zach is more or less an “easy” guy.

Dean and his wife Kim has never ever thought Zach and Aaron could be a couple since they are so different, but when Zach meets Aaron, he starts to think that he would like to change to be a better guy and so a better match for Aaron. Not that Aaron is asking that, on the contrary I think he likes Zach exactly as he is, and there was never a moment I felt Aaron was considering a pity case or someone to “safe” from his own sad fate of loneliness; it was all in Zach’s mind, and it was Zach who decided, on his own, that he wanted to be exclusive for the first time in his life, that sex was not the only reason to be with a guy, that building a family with Aaron was not destroying his life but making it better… everything to be worthy of Aaron’s love.

But if I have to choose, I think that who is actually saving someone is Zach; Aaron’s life was… boring, and sad, and empty. He was such a good boy that he has always done things for other people and in that way forgetting to build something for him. Aside for when he is with Dean and Kim’s family or when he is volunteering, Aaron is lonely; he has no hobbies, no boyfriend and he is far from his family. He is waiting for his soul mate and until then there is no reason to “play the field”; sincerely, sometime I found Aaron to be a little too much righteous and grey dove that is Zach is dirtying a bit that shining armour, and in this case a little dirt doesn’t hurt.

http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=2238

Amazon: He Completes Me
Amazon Kindle: He Completes Me
Paperback: 300 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (March 21, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1615818529
ISBN-13: 978-1615818525

Series: Home
1) Home Again: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1316663.html
2) He Completes Me

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Cover Art by Paul Richmond