October 21st, 2011

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Best LGBT Historical (1° place): The Only Gold by Tamara Allen

Also Best Setting Development (1° place), Best Writing Style (3° place), Best Gay Novel/Book (3° place)

Tamara Allen always amazes me, but I should not be surprised. In particular this time I enjoyed very much this turn of the nineteen century New York City gay romance since I was still fresh from my reading of the essay Gay Metropolis, and it was really fascinating to read a romanced version of the real life stories I read in that essay.

Even more it was nice since the men in this novel are ordinary guys, living in a city that is not yet metropolis, Manhattan of 1888, but still a city in comparison to the place where one of them, Jonah, was born and raised. Jonah came to the city he now calls home with a secret, a secret that he has taken hidden from everyone; more than 14 years later, he has built a comfortable life for himself as an assistant cashier to a privately owned bank institution. Someone of you will think what a boring job for a romance hero, but trust me, it’s not like that. Reading about Jonah’s life, so common for the bachelors of the time, boarding a room in a respectable house managed by two spinster sisters, eating “dinner” (at 12.00 a.m.!) in the café in front of the office and going back home by foot or cab (I suppose it was an horse trained cab…) was like living his life. The small details of this ordinary life were perfect and just enough to give you the feeling of the time without boring you.

And the perfectness of the setting was balanced with a good pace in the story; maybe some reader will complain that Jonah and Reid spent too much time waltzing around each other before arriving to admit their respective feelings, but I enjoyed so much the “dance”; having the two find each possible excuse to move from a professional to a personal level was so nice and endearing, and when finally they admit their feelings it was like the crowning of an old fashioned courtship. There is no sudden “revelation” of forbidden love, both Jonah than Reid are well aware of their sexual orientation, but of course, to respect time and conveniences, they cannot behave like any ordinary straight couple; but once they arrive to the apex of their dance, the love between them is passionate, and sexy, and very, very romantic. Tamara Allen allows us to see that despite the time and the law, the love doesn’t change, and more than 100 years ago, like today, when you are in love you are also a bit reckless.

I do no more question if such love was possible at that period, I had too many real life example to know that, even if not common, it was indeed possible for two men to fall in love and live happily ever after; sure there were constrictions, and most of their common life was spent inside the safe walls of their own home, but still they were able to be together.

http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=2228

Amazon: The Only Gold
Amazon Kindle: The Only Gold
Paperback: 300 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (March 21, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1615818383
ISBN-13: 978-1615818389



Reading List: http://www.librarything.com/catalog_bottom.php?tag=reading list&view=elisa.rolle


Cover Art by Lorraine Brevig
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Event: Buy Libraries a Book for Gay Kids

13-year old Seth Walsh. 14-year old Jamey Rodemeyer. 15-year old Jamey Rodemeyer. 18-year old Tyler Clementi. 19-yr old Raymond Chase. These boys all committed suicide due to homophobia and bullying. Imagine the mindset of a thirteen year-old (again, thirteen!) who believes that the only way to escape the pain and suffering of everyday life is to end his life. This is not how a teenager should think. They should be filled with a sense of hope about the future rather than fear.

What about 18-yr old Constance McMillend? All she wanted was to attend prom in a tux with her girlfriend, what millions of teenagers do. But her school canceled prom instead. Or Ceara Sturgis, who had her photo removed from the high school yearbook because she was in a tux.

16-yr old Juin Baize, a transgendered student, was suspended just for attending school as the administrative considered Baize a disruptive element!

According to GLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network), a 2009 National School Climate Survey revealed that nearly 9 out of 10 LGBT students suffer harassment in school because of their identity.

While there has been renewed calls for legislation to fight homophobia and bullying, while there have been countless videos of "It Gets Better," kids are still dying by their own hand. And some kids are seeing the It Gets Better campaign as a bit empty--they want to know when does it get better.

Steve Berman edited Speaking Out: LGBT Youth Stand Up to offer teens stories that aren't about coming-out but rather about living life openly as well as overcoming intolerance and bigotry. He wanted to inspire readers, to help them realize that they are not alone or powerless, that their voices can be heard.

Some reviews of the book:

Speaking Out!, edited by Steve Berman. Bold Strokes Books, 284 pages, $13.95 paper.

This anthology of fiction about LGBTQ youth facing down bullying and coming out into self-assured lives is certainly timely, after a sad summer of too many teen suicides. Edited with a craftsman’s skill by Berman, the 13 stories embrace every letter of the queer community’s tongue twister of an acronym: Rigoberto Gonzalez, one of the more accomplished contributors, opens the collection with “Lucky P,” about relatively loving parents confused by their son’s attraction to both girls and boys; Sandra McDonald closes the book with “All Gender U,” about a boy with a preference for girl’s clothes angling for a college recommendation letter. Dia Panne’s “The Spark of Change,” about a lesbian who shames her firefighter father for refusing to respond when a small town’s lesbian couple’s house is ablaze, is the book’s most emotional; Lucas J.W. Johnson’s “Subtle Poison,” about a trans-boy’s tortured relationship with both family and friends is the most (nearly) tragic. Queer and questioning teens are likely to find themselves reflected in one or more of this heartfelt anthology’s stories; let’s hope it finds a place on the nation’s school library shelves. -- Richard Labonte for BookMarks

Or from the Kirkus blog: http://www.kirkusreviews.com/blog/young-adult/speaking-out-stories-lgbtq-teens/

Or from Impressions of a Reader blog: http://www.impressionsofareader.com/2011/10/review-speaking-out-edited-by-steve.html

So, the plan is this: with whatever funds are raised by this campaign, Steve Berman will purchase from the publisher, Bold Strokes Books, copies of Speaking Out and have them sent off to a high school library. Since Steve is buying the books at author discount, there is no royalty payment to him. Roughly, every $10 buys a book and covers mailing expenses. The goal is to purchase books for 200 school libraries.

Steve Berman has been writing queer fiction for many years. His young adult novel, Vintage, is dedicated to a teenage fan who committed suicide before the books release in 2007. He has traveled the country speaking at conferences about LGBT young adult fiction.

If you are a teacher or a librarian or even parent, you can "nominate" a school to Steve and he'll be sure they are part of a list sent to the publisher.

Please share this campaign--spread the word around. Too often we hear stories about censorship and taking books off the shelf. Let's add one instead!

To contribute or read more: http://www.indiegogo.com/Buy-Libraries-a-Book-for-Gay-Kids
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Rainbow Awards: Current Submissions 251-260

251) Cherie Noel - The Soldier & the State Trooper, MLR Press, Gay, Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: MLR Press (August 13, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1608204022
ISBN-13: 978-1608204021

Career soldier Christie Collins figured out early that love could be lost in the blink of an eye, leaving an empty place that was just another pothole on life's rocky road. The detours of sudden single fatherhood and a nosy best friend who won't let even death stop her from interfering in every date leave Christie convinced that finding a partner is next to impossible. State Trooper Robert Lindstrom catches Christie speeding along the stretch of highway he patrols and a routine traffic stop turns into love lights flashing and instant attraction for these two men in uniform. It looks like smooth sailing to their happily ever after until an unexpected deployment sends Christie into danger. Can their love survive both bombs and the betrayal of Christie by his closest comrade?

252) Aleksandr Voinov - Scorpion, Dreamspinner Press, Gay, Fantasy
Paperback: 250 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (May 9, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1615818596
ISBN-13: 978-1615818594

You learn your wisest lessons from your enemies. Assuming, of course, you survive the encounter. Kendras is a casualty of war: injured, penniless, and quite possibly the last surviving member of the only family he's ever known-the elite fighting force known as the Scorpions. When a steel-eyed stranger offers him medicine and shelter in exchange for submission and a secret task, Kendras has no choice but to accept. He is a Scorpion; he'll do whatever it takes to survive. But his true goal is to rebuild the Scorpions. Neither Steel's possessive nature nor Kendras's shattered foot can keep him from finding the last of his brothers... or the mysterious leader of the Scorpions, a man who held Kendras's heart long before Steel tried to take it for himself. The goal is simple, the situation anything but. To rescue his leader and escape from Steel for good, Kendras must fight through a morass of politics and intrigue, where enemies are allies and even allies have hidden agendas.

253) Ethan Day - Anything for You, MLR Press, Gay, Contemporary Romance
Publisher: MLR Press,LLC (March 13, 2011)

Jason Miller is still in the closet. He's never found a reason to kick the door open, walk into the light of day, and tell the world he's gay. At least that's what he keeps telling himself -- along with a multitude of other solid arguments. As an ad man, he's used to hawking a bill of goods, he just never imagined he'd fall victim to his own hype. When ex-activist/coming out guru, Chad Wellington came along, he was the one thing Jason never saw coming. Like a moth to a flame these two opposites ignite leaving Jason to decide if he can handle the heat.

254) Jordan Castillo Price - Zero Hour, JCP Books, Gay, Sci-Fi / Futuristic
Paperback: 292 pages
Publisher: JCP Books (July 26, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0981875270
ISBN-13: 978-0981875279

Ernest just turned thirty. It's time for retirement, freedom from the tedious drudgery of his job as a data clerk. Time to explore parts of the city he's never seen before, and hopefully meet some actual people. And at the end of the month? Time to die. Will runs the counter at the historic coffee shop, and when he talks, he sounds just like an old-time data feed. Tongues are for talking, and Will's got plenty to say. He's nothing like anyone Ernest has ever met-though unfortunately that's not saying much, since most of Ernest's interaction to date has been with his artificial intelligence, L0U15E. Ernest wants to believe Will's radical notions, but what if Will is just working some angle to take advantage of him? Although he's old enough to qualify for the senior discount at the VR Palace, Ernest finds his interactions with Will leave him feeling painfully naive.

255) Jan Irving - The Wanderer, Loose Id, Gay, Historical
Publisher: Loose Id LLC (September 14, 2010)

Doctor Jude Evans has built a safe but barren life for himself in a small western town where he pours all his passion into caring for his patients while hiding his secret yearning to love another man. Gabriel Fontenot is a drifter who is handy with a gun, prospecting for gold and trying to forget the night the letter “O” was carved into his hip. Suffering from hard living, he is cared for by Jude, but Gabriel is aroused by Jude’s gentle touch and offers to service the innocent doctor. But Jude has other problems. A reformer in a small town reluctant to change, he is targeted by David Smith, a wealthy and dangerous landowner. Gabriel vows to protect shy Jude, becoming a reluctant guardian angel who helps to keep the doctor safe. But what will it take for Jude to finally feel free to give himself completely to his beloved gunfighter?

256) Amy Meister - Rainbow in the Dark, Silver Publishing, Gay, Fantasy
Publisher: Silver Publishing (August 10, 2011)

Like a Rainbow in the Dark is the story of Marcus Midnight. Marcus is the lead singer and guitarist of a metal band called Guillotine, which has had six hit albums in twelve years, but now Marcus is burned out and bitterly lonely. Gay and kept in the closet by his paranoid record label, Marcus leaves the States and heads to Germany, hoping to relax, write some music, and find some willing hot guys to sleep with. It's there, in a loft above a bookstore where he isn't a household name, that Marcus is slowly able to rediscover his ability to write music... and amongst the many bars and good garage bands, he becomes friends with another band, called Wire and Lace. Their music is good, but their lead singer, Bard, could prove to be even better.

257) Giselle Renarde - My Mistress's Thighs, Loveyoudivine Alterotica, Bisexual/Transgender, Contemporary Erotica
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: loveyoudivine (May 10, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1600546234
ISBN-13: 978-1600546235

Erotic Transgender Fiction and Poetry by Giselle Renarde. A cross-dressing cowboy, a post-war pin-up, and a wolf in grandmother’s clothing all find a special home in My Mistress’ Thighs. This collection of erotic transgender fiction and poetry by Giselle Renarde makes room for everyone. There’s a secret solstice sacrifice, a case of spring fever, an online romance, and a Wednesday night dinner routine that’s anything but dull. This anthology includes erotic favorites, new surprises, and never-before-seen poetry. From the timid closet dresser of “Love in the Time of Instant Messenger,” to the post-op rodeo queen of “Leslie Goosemoon Rides Again,” all who seek love find it in the world of Giselle Renarde Erotica.

258) Giselle Renarde - Anonymous, Amber Quill Press, Bisexual/Transgender, Contemporary Erotica
Paperback: 168 pages
Publisher: Amber Quill Press, LLC (May 17, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1611249627
ISBN-13: 978-1611249620

Hannah and her husband Nathaniel have always shared one particular fantasy--he wants to make love with another man, and she wants to watch. When Hannah loses her job to a crumbling economy, she soon finds that an idle mind is indeed 'the devil's playground.' She latches onto the delectably naughty idea of bringing a third into the bedroom, but inviting a man they both know to join them could have far-reaching negative consequences. What they need is someone else. Someone anonymous. After a hot night of menage sex with a stunning escort, Hannah becomes obsessed with finding out the identity of their mystery male. Even when Nathaniel unexpectedly introduces another vibrant young man into their relationship, Hannah remains possessed by her fixation. To what lengths will Hannah go to discover the real identity of Mr. Anonymous?

259) Amy Lane - A Solid Core of Alpha, Dreamspinner Press, Gay, Sci-Fi / Futuristic
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (August 8, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613721420
ISBN-13: 978-1613721421

In an act of heroism and self-sacrifice, Anderson Rawn's sister saved him from the destruction of their tiny mining colony, but her actions condemned the thirteen-year-old to ten years of crushing loneliness on the hyperspace journey to a new home. Using electronics and desperation, Anderson creates a family to keep him company, but family isn't always a blessing. When Anderson finally arrives, C.J. Poulson greets him with curiosity and awe, because anyone who can survive a holocaust and reinvent holo-science is going to be a legend and right up C.J.'s alley. But the more C.J. investigates how Anderson endured the last ten years, the deeper he is drawn into a truly dangerous fantasy, one that offers the key to Anderson's salvation-and his destruction. In spite of his best intentions, C.J. can't resist the terribly seductive Anderson. Their attraction threatens to destroy them, because the heart of a man who can survive the destruction of his people and retain his sense of self holds a solid core of alpha male that will not be denied.

260) Johnny Miles - Learning to Samba, Loose Id, Gay, Contemporary Romance

After traveling through Europe trying to recover from a loss, reclusive romance novelist Brian Oliver returns to his childhood home in order to find himself and re-establish a severed relationship with his sister. What he unexpectedly discovers, however, is that even an old dog like him can still learn new tricks. Especially if the one teaching is João da Silva, a 25-year-old Brazilian hot-ass with a major thing for Daddies. Brian soon realizes that with forgiveness and acceptance comes great emotional freedom if he and João can rekindle the deep and burning lust for life he’d once had. Do love, sex, and passion have an expiration date, or can Brian Learn to Samba?
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Rainbow Awards: Cover Contest - Round 2 - Slot 6

The winner of the ebook giveaway is:

juni_x Ebook Giveaway: Todd Gregory - Blood Sacraments, kindly offered by Bold Strokes Books

The Most Voted cover of Round 2 - Slot 5 were:

1) Royal Quarry by Anne Cain



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- 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:

http://www.elisarolle.com/rainbowawards/2011CoverContest_06_2.htm

and here is the poll:

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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!
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Adopt a Movie: MORGAN directed by Michael Akers

From director MICHAEL AKERS (Gone But Not Forgotten, Phoenix) and producer SANDON BERG (Gone, But Not Forgotten, Phoenix) comes another romantic film that centers on MORGAN (Leo Minaya, Manito, How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer), a young man who spirit and drive prevents him from accepting his new life as a paraplegic. When he meets DEAN (newcomer Jack Kesy), Morgan finds himself reverting to his old way, ways that lead to his crippling accident in the first place. With amazing performaces by Darra "Like Dat" Boyd (VH1's hit Flavor of Love), Madalyn McKay (Pan Am, Taffy Was Born) and Theodore Bouloukos (Vacationland, Between Something and Nothing) and gorgeous cinematography by Chris Brown (Phoenix), MORGAN is a powerful story of perseverance, determination and, of course, love.

http://www.unitedgaynetwork.com/morgan/index.html