November 10th, 2011

andrew potter

Event: A Reading Tom Mendicino, Frank Anthony Polito, and Michael Salvatore

Date: November 12, 2011
Time: 5:30 pm
Place: Giovanni's Room
At 12th & Pine Streets in Philly's "Gayborhood" in Center City
345 South 12th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

They are the authors of the three novellas that comprise Remembering Christmas (Kensington, $15 pb).

Remembering Christmas by Tom Mendicino, Frank Anthony Polito & Michael Salvatore
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Kensington; 1 Original edition (October 1, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0758266855
ISBN-13: 978-0758266859
Amazon: Remembering Christmas
Amazon Kindle: Remembering Christmas

The childhood wishes fulfilled (or dashed), the magic of anticipation, fighting over the dinner table…these are the ghosts of every Christmas season. Remembering Christmas brings together three yuletide stories that evoke the magic of the holidays, the ghosts of past loves and the promises of Christmases yet to come in a warm and sparkling anthology…

It’s Christmas Eve in Tom Mendicino’s Away in a Manger, and James is snowbound en route from New York City to his West Virginia hometown. While the sight of a familiar Motor Lodge sparks longing for a roadside America of yesteryear, his visions of peppermint ice cream are thwarted by a vending machine. But amid the revelry at the local diner, James finds something far more satisfying that will change his Christmases for years to come.

In Frank Anthony Polito’s A Christmas to Remember former Band Fag, Jack Paterno, knows exactly what he wants Santa Claus to bring him for Christmas 1991. But this year that special present isn’t a what—it’s a who. Before the big holiday arrives Jack must endure a trip to his hometown of Hazel Park, MI, aka Hazeltucky. There, he encounters family, old friends…and a former flame from his days at Hillbilly High.

In Missed Connections by Michael Salvatore, two childhood friends reconnect in an airport lounge on Christmas Eve. And over cocktail-fueled reminiscences, they reconsider the paths they’re on—and the roads never taken.

Get what you really want this holiday season, with three captivating stories stuffed with warmth, wit, and surprises in REMEMBERING CHRISTMAS.
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Gay Romance Challenge: November 2011

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
2) Something Like Summer by Jay Bell
3) Dreams Come True by Lisa Marie Davis
4) Zero at the Bone by Jane Seville
5) Tigers and Devils by Sean Kennedy
6) The Locker Room by Amy Lane

7) Breaking Cover (Life Lessons) by Kaje Harper
Publisher: MLR Press (July 22, 2011)
8) Lorcan's Desire by SJD Peterson
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (May 30, 2011)
9) Double Bound by Nick Nolan
10) Kindred Hearts by Rowan Speedwell

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Amazon Best Books of 2011: Gay & Lesbian

Many many congrats to Jay Bell, way to go Jay, but also Edmund White, Bob Smith and TJ Klune! and of course all the other finalists.

Best Books of 2011: Gay & Lesbian

Sing You Home: A Novel by Jodi Picoult
Paperback: 496 pages
Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books; Reprint edition (October 18, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1439102732
ISBN-13: 978-1439102732
Amazon: Sing You Home: A Novel

Sacred Monsters by Edmund White
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Magnus Books; 1 edition (November 8, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1936833115
ISBN-13: 978-1936833115
Amazon: Sacred Monsters

The Stranger's Child by Alan Hollinghurst
Publisher: Picador
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0330513966
ISBN-13: 978-0330513968
Amazon: The Stranger's Child

Remembrance of Things I Forgot: A Novel by Bob Smith
Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press; 1 edition (June 9, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0299283402
ISBN-13: 978-0299283407
Amazon: Remembrance of Things I Forgot: A Novel

The Cold Commands by Richard K. Morgan
Hardcover: 512 pages
Publisher: Del Rey (October 11, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0345493060
ISBN-13: 978-0345493064
Amazon: The Cold Commands

The Last Deployment: How a Gay, Hammer-Swinging Twentysomething Survived a Year in Iraq (Living Out: Gay and Lesbian Autobiog) by Bronson Lemer
Paperback: 236 pages
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press; 1 edition (June 8, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0299282147
ISBN-13: 978-0299282141
Amazon: The Last Deployment: How a Gay, Hammer-Swinging Twentysomething Survived a Year in Iraq (Living Out: Gay and Lesbian Autobiog)

Something Like Summer by Jay Bell
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace (January 8, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1453875042
ISBN-13: 978-1453875049
Amazon: Something Like Summer

Happy Accidents by Jane Lynch
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Voice (September 13, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1401341764
ISBN-13: 978-1401341763
Amazon: Happy Accidents

Transition: The Story of How I Became a Man by Chaz Bono
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Dutton Adult (May 10, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0525952144
ISBN-13: 978-0525952145
Amazon: Transition: The Story of How I Became a Man

Bear, Otter, and the Kid by TJ Klune
Paperback: 350 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (August 12, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613720874
ISBN-13: 978-1613720875
Amazon: Bear, Otter, and the Kid
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Breathe Me In (Tales of the Darkworld 6.5) by Lex Valentine

I maybe have already said it, but I think that Tales of the Darkworld is probably the only mixed series (heterosexual and gay) really working out there. And for who like me, is skipping the het stories to read only the gay ones, it’s also a series working just fine, you have not the feeling you are not gripping something due to the lack of connection.

Wilson North is one of my favourite characters in Sunstroked, maybe even more than the main characters there, Corey and Seth. He is a vampire and a really good friend, former lover of both Corey and Seth, and the one that helped them realizing they were mate and meant for each other. I didn’t find any jealousy in Will if not that he wanted the same for himself. As in almost all the other stories I read in this series, the author doesn’t spend a lot of time beating around the bush and she has Will meeting his mate, the wizard Garrick right then, right there. And the sex as well is sudden and good, sex apparently is never an issue for Lex Valentine’s men, having a relationship working fine, well, that is another problem.

I like this approach of the author, letting you know the men are meant for each other, also letting you know they would be great together, giving you a taste of it, but then having the same men suffering a little for what they really want; it’s not a trite, you are my mate now we will be happy and together forever and more, but more, well, yes, you are my mate but having a relationship is complicated as much if not more than ordinary human.

But it’s not even so much the outside dangers mining their relationship it’s also a task to find the right balance; Garrick is a Dom, Will more or less has always been a submissive, again a starting point that should be easy, like for the mate thing. But again the author didn’t want to have it easy for Garrick and Will and they will have to discuss this whole thing of top and bottom, Dom and submissive.

Nice story and again a confirmation I will wait for next book, a continuous of Holden and Garret’s story, the pair in Fire Season.

Buy Here

Amazon Kindle: Breathe Me In (Tales of the Darkworld)
Publisher: Pink Petal Books (April 15, 2011)

Series: Tales of the Darkworld
1) Shifting Winds
2) Hot Water
3) Fire Season:
4) Ride The Lightning
5) Common Ground
6) Sunstroked:
6.5) Breathe Me In

Reading List: list&view=elisa.rolle
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Mel Odom, more modern than ever

I have already posted about awesome former cover illustrator and Gene Marshall's fashion designer, Mel Odom here: Aside from being the cover artist of The Lost Library, rightly 2010 Rainbow Awards Best Cover, he is also the artist of:

Original: Mouth to Mouth or Arrangement, 1979, Blueboy Magazine

pretty modern, isn't it? Probably other like me thought the same since look here:

“The Myth Of Hero’s” is the latest cover story of Vogue Hommes Japan, for their Fall/Winter 2011/12 issue. The edit was captured by Branislav Jankic and styled by Nicola Formichetti. And few weeks later, again:

GLAM October 2011, model Danny Lim, styled by Cheah Wei Chun.

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