September 29th, 2011

andrew potter

Dona Nobis Pacem by Willa Okati

Dona Nobis Pacem is one of those lost pearls that sometime you find; a lost pearl is a book you start thinking to read a nice and good novel (since you like the author and the publisher), but maybe a bit on the average side. You start it maybe on the brink of sleep, already with half mind shut down for the night, and soon realize that you are reading something different, that this is not your usual average novel, that you have on your hand a special romance.

Dona Nobis Pacem is an historical western romance; there is not precise time period, but probably it's the late nineteen century. Donnell is a mute saloon owner. He is born mute, the son of a "soiled dove" that died two hours after giving birth to him. People told to those women to let him die, that it would have been a pitiful thing to do, but another woman, Bettina, didn't listen anything of it and raised him. As often happens when you are born in certain places, Donnell has always spent his life in saloon and brothel; he has a clever mind and did a bit of money with gambling. He used that money to buy his own saloon and now he lives there with his "mother" Bettina and an impromptu family made by his employees. Donnell communicates through his hands and the music he learned, he is now the piano man of the saloon, but his music sometime also conveys his moods. Donnell has also soon learned that he prefers men, but it's too dangerous to indulge in his preferences with temporary lovers, and so he swore to Bettina to be careful.

Then a day Donnell sees a man in front of his saloon. Nathan is young and beautiful, with big blue eyes and a stubborn behavior. He has nothing, not even the right clothes to be under the sun, but he is also to stubborn to accept help without giving something in exchange. He wants a job, but he is too dirty, weak and "odd" to find one. He collapses in front of Donnell, and Donnell takes him home, like a stray dog. For Donnell it's love at first sight, maybe also since Donnell is lonely and he recognizes another lonely soul in Nathan. During the day and night that Donnell spends to take care of a feverish and delirious Nathan, the story of the man comes out: he was a seminarist and threw out from the "church" when he didn't pass the last temptation test; Nathan has desires for men and this is the biggest sin.

Nor Donnell or Nathan are really strong characters, at least in a physical way; they both have a strong will, but in my mind I built them more ascetic; Nathan with his latin words, and Donnell with his elegant hand moves, they are a bit of a bohemian artists soiled by the dust of the Far West. Even if Donnell, with his disability, should be the weaker one, it's not like that: both Donnell than Nathan are at the same level, both of them have their own disability, and they compensate each other.

After that, the story is not much more complicated, it's more or less based on Nathan and Donnell's discovery of each other, of their tentative to build a relationship, a relationship that will add the last piece to Donnell's odd family, a companion for himself. As Nathan says, they are both fallen angels, and their love is not a sin inside the strange haven of Donnell's saloon, doesn't matter what happens outside. It's not the purpose of this book to be realistic, to show you that it would have been impossible for Donnell and Nathan to have a life together, even in that particular condition. It's not that the novel underestimates those problems, they are there, just outside, it's only that the author prefers to have a more romance sight on the story, to let you dream and believe that it's possible for two fallen angels to be happy together.

Reading List: list&view=elisa.rolle
andrew potter

Rainbow Awards: Current Submissions 221-230

221) Elliott DeLine - Refuse, Self-Published, Bisexual/Transgender, Coming of Age / Young Adult
Paperback: 274 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace (April 11, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1463650922
ISBN-13: 978-1463650926

"All writers are born in the wrong body, but it happens to be the reader’s good fortune that Elliott DeLine was literally born in the wrong body – even if he would never use a tacky cliché like that. 'Refuse' is a stunning debut “novoir” about an over-observant young outsider with really great hair who is outside everything – including the transgender community – but keeps a great deal bottled up inside. Funny, cynical, tough, vulnerable, honest, deluded, sagacious, self-loving and self-loathing, 'Refuse' is irresistible." -Mark Simpson, author of 'Saint Morrissey'

222) Gill McKnight - Cool Side of the Pillow, Bold Strokes Books, Lesbian, Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (August 16, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602826331
ISBN-13: 978-1602826335

‘Til Death Us Do Part…sometimes. Clara Dearheart works in a funeral parlor and talks to her clients. Her friends and family have watched her suffer after the loss of her partner and urge her to move on, but all Clara wants is to stand still. Bebe Franklin writes terrible soap episodes and needs a career change. Her boss hates her; her friends are sharp as knives; all Bebe wants to do is run. And she does, straight into Clara’s calm, ordered, and extraordinary life. For Clara can see ghosts and waits for her dead lover. How can Bebe compete with a love like that? A love that transcends death, a love that knows no rest? A love that haunts all that touches it.

223) Nell Stark & Trinity Tam - nightrise, Bold Strokes Books, Lesbian, Paranormal / Horror
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (August 16, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602822387
ISBN-13: 978-1602822382

What happens when you lose the one thing you’d give your life to save? When Valentine Darrow loses her soul, she embraces her role as one of the vampire elite. As Blood Prime of the clan of the Missionary, Valentine spends her days transforming an old family bank into the financial capital of the Consortium and her nights painting the town red. Blood red. Alexa Newland believes their everafter to be over. But then a new discovery about an ancient myth kindles her hope that Valentine can be saved. Alexa must trek through the mountains of Argentina to recover a rare flower with mystical powers. Will Alexa succeed in her quest before Valentine irrevocably crosses over to the darkness?

224) Karis Walsh - Harmony, Bold Strokes Books, Lesbian, Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (August 16, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602822379
ISBN-13: 978-1602822375

Sometimes conformity and control are only shields, and all it takes is the right woman to shatter the illusions forever. Andrea Taylor craves peace in her life, no matter what the personal sacrifice. She arranges her career as a violist, her relationships with family and friends, and even her love life so she can avoid strife at all costs. Everything is going according to plan until she meets Brooke Stanton the night before Brooke’s wedding rehearsal and her ordered existence falls apart. When Brooke hires a string quartet to play at her rehearsal dinner, she doesn’t expect to meet a woman who threatens the security of her already predetermined future. Suddenly she has doubts about the conventional path she has chosen and desires she can no longer ignore. In an eclectic neighborhood in Seattle, Washington, these two women face a life-altering decision—will they fight the attraction that threatens their carefully structured lives or take a chance on finding the harmony only love creates?

225) Greg Herren & J.M. Redmann - Men of the Mean Streets, Bold Strokes Books, Gay, Mystery / Thriller
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (August 16, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602822409
ISBN-13: 978-1602822405

Noir has always been one of the most popular—and darkest—sub-genres of the mystery field. Following in the footsteps of such masters of the form as James M. Cain, Raymond Chandler, and Dashiell Hammett, some of the top writers of gay mystery explore this territory of amoral tough guys with a cynical view of the world by giving classic noir a gay twist. Edited by award winning author/editors Greg Herren and J.M. Redmann, Men of the Mean Streets changes the face of gay mystery—and the reader may never look at gay life and culture in the same way again.

226) Greg Herren & J.M. Redmann - Women of the Mean Streets, Bold Strokes Books, Lesbian, Mystery / Thriller
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (August 16, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602822417
ISBN-13: 978-1602822412

Women. Crime. Justice. At least the search for it. On the mean streets, the back allies, the dark corners. These are stories of tough women in hard places. The nights are long, the women are fast, and danger is always a short block or quick minute away. Edited by award winning author/editors J.M. Redmann and Greg Herren, Women of the Mean Streets is an anthology of some of the top, tough women crime writers today, noir stories with a lesbian twist.

227) Marie Sexton - Between Sinners And Saints, Amber Quill Press, Gay, Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 280 pages
Publisher: Amber Quill Press, LLC (June 15, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1611249562
ISBN-13: 978-1611249569

Levi Binder is a Miami bartender who cares about only two things: sex and surfing. Ostracized by his Mormon family for his homosexuality, Levi is determined to live his life his own way, but everything changes when he meets massage therapist Jaime Marshall. Jaime is used to being alone. Haunted by the horrors of his past, his only friend is his faithful dog, Dolly. He has no idea how to handle somebody as gorgeous and vibrant as Levi. Complete opposites on the surface, Levi and Jaime both long for something that they can only find together. Through love and the therapeutic power of touch, they'll find a way to heal each other, and they'll learn to live as sinners in a family of saints.

228) Mickie B. Ashling - Momentos, Dreamspinner Press, Gay, Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 230 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (August 1, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613721544
ISBN-13: 978-1613721544

Before Mick Henley brought Paul Alcott and Tono Garat together in Loving Edits, it was simply Mick and Paul, two optimistic teenagers who began a love affair that would span twelve years-and leave an indelible mark in their lives. The passionate young lovers shared a series of firsts before Paul's harsh father drove a wedge between them, shattering their dreams and destroying everything Mick believed to be true about love. After Paul's defection, Mick met Tono, a closeted Spanish athlete, who helped heal his broken heart. From passionate highs to heartbreaking lows, Mick inspires the two most important men in his life and brings them together with his impending death. They'll learn that all their memories, even the most difficult to bear, are precious and that love is the most amazing journey of all.

229) Zachary O’Toole - Busted, Less Than Three Press, Gay, Mystery / Thriller
Paperback: 318 pages
Publisher: Less Than Three Press (January 3, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1936202433
ISBN-13: 978-1936202430

Pulled over on a rainy night, Joe's bad day starts to look up when he realizes the cop pulling him over is none other than his lover, Alex. Until Alex pretends not to know him, and finally drags him into the station for driving under the influence-and getting too personal with a Detective. Furious, Joe demands to know what the hell is wrong with his lover. Only to discover that the Detective he kissed is actually named Chris, and claims no knowledge of Alex, despite the fact they could be twins. But before Joe can begin to sort out the mystery of Chris and Alex, the murders begin...

230) Sasha L. Miller - Stolen Hearts, Less Than Three Press, Gay, Fantasy
Paperback: 198 pages
Publisher: Less Than Three Press (January 25, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1936202697
ISBN-13: 978-1936202690

Mervyn is accustomed to the unusual and strange. People of all walks come to him with problems that only magic can solve. A wizard of no little skill, he enjoys the challenges that come with his job and that he can offer help to people who have nowhere else to go. Even fairies, long abused by wizards for the special energy they can provide, find their way to his door. But when Callisto, a terrified and maliciously attacked fairy, shows up to ask for his help, he presents a challenge that even Mervyn finds overwhelming. In place of his heart, Callisto has only a charm, and it will kill him in a matter of days if Mervyn does not find a solution.
andrew potter

Rainbow Awards: Cover Contest - Round 2 - Slot 3

The winner of the ebook giveaway is:

sara_scr Ebook Giveaway: JoAnne Soper-Cook - Willing Flesh, kindly offered by MLR Press

The Most Voted cover of Round 2 - Slot 2 were:

1) Destined by Phoenix Lu

Collapse )

Collapse )

- in round 2 there will be 6 slots for a total of 600 covers; 300 to round 3, 150 to round 4 and 75 to the fifth and last round.
- in parallel with the poll, a special jury will vote the covers; the jury is composed by: Debra, Dylan Rosser, Jack Mackenroth, Jesse Archer, Julie, Max Rhyser, Mitzie, Tammy.
- you can vote as many covers as you want but no more than 25 (25%). You can vote also more covers in the same slot, remember please to not vote more than 25 covers in all the poll.

All the 100 covers are here:

and here is the poll:

Collapse )

I suggest you to open the covers page in a different window and check the covers you like in the poll.

Enjoy and please, fair play!
andrew potter

Adopt a Movie: Weekend directed by Andrew Haigh

Weekend directed by Andrew Haigh has premiered in NYC on September 23 and will premiere in Los Angeles on September 30 to then have a limited US national release from October 7.

“WEEKEND is a work of surpassing emotional insight and artistic accomplishment. It’s about (yes) the human condition — and it’s already one of the best of the year.” —Paul Brunick, Film Comment

Winner of Audience Awards at both SXSW and Outfest 2011 and the opening night selection of Brooklyn's acclaimed BAMcinemafest, WEEKEND is a startlingly authentic love story, featuring the talents of two incredible new actors and the unique work of a fresh new voice in filmmaking, Andrew Haigh.

After meeting one lonely Friday night at a bar, Russell (Tom Cullen) and Glen (Chris New) find themselve...s caught up in an lost weekend full of sex, drugs, and startling emotional connection. In the fast-fleeting couple of days, the reservations of earnest Russell come head to head with Glen's more strident sexual identity, and the romantic outlooks of both men are affected deeply. When Monday comes can their unexpectedly intimate connection survive separation?

Collapse )

WINNER - Emerging Visions Audience Award at SXSW 2011
WINNER - Grand Jury Award, OutFest 2011
WINNER - Grand Jury Prize / Best Actor, Nashville Film Festival 2011
WINNER - Audience Award, Toronto Inside Out Film Festival

WEEKEND trailer from Andrew Haigh on Vimeo

andrew potter

Man Candy Day: Hugh Plummer & Liam

I need to take a "leave" from blogging... I'm going on vacation! so for the next two weeks or so I will post pictures from my travels (I hope so), and as temporary farewell I will gift you the last two models Dylan sent me:

Hugh Plummer, 26 years old, is a model and personal trainer. Trust me, he is worthy to be checked on Dylan's site,, in his full frontal exclusive

Collapse )

His goal in life is to stay healthy, be successful at everything he does. Anything else you want to know, visit his website,

Collapse )

Liam is a 19 years old Dylan photographed few months ago at a great warehouse location in north London. Makes a change from the usual studio stuff.