November 11th, 2011

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Event: A Reading with Michael Montlack, CAConrad, and Brian Teare

Date: 11/13/2011
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

In celebration of Michael Montlack’s new collection of poems, Cool Limbo (NYQ, 120 pp., $14.95 pb), he is joined by CAConrad (Book of Frank, 2nd edition) and Brian Teare (Pleasure).

Michael Montlack’s work is a series of dazzling portraits that are accessible yet complex, hilarious yet poignant, down-to-earth yet ethereal. Like its cover, which features the title poem's sexy 70s chick lounging--stoned--by the pool (as she neglects the water-winged kids she's supposed to be babysitting), the book is the best kind of party--unofficial, unpretentious, and unabashed.

Paperback: 120 pages
Publisher: NYQ Books (May 15, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1935520407
ISBN-13: 978-1935520405
Amazon: Cool Limbo

CAConrad is a recipient of a 2011 Pew Fellowship in the Arts. He is the author of A Beautiful Marsupial Afternoon (Wave Books, 2012), The Book of Frank (Wave Books, 2010), Advanced Elvis Course (Soft Skull Press, 2009), Deviant Propulsion (Soft Skull Press, 2006), and a collaboration with poet Frank Sherlock titled The City Real & Imagined (Factory School, 2010). He has taught poetry at St. Mark's Poetry Project, CUNY Graduate Center, Naropa University, Goucher College, and elsewhere.

Paperback: 176 pages
Publisher: Wave Books; Second Edition edition (November 1, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1933517492
ISBN-13: 978-1933517490
Amazon: The Book of Frank

Brian Teare’s most recent book, like Tennyson's ‘In Memoriam’, sees within a personal loss evidence of an epochal. Asserting the lover's body as a lost Eden, revisiting again and again the narrative of "the fall, the book also records the eventual end of mourning and a return to the ecology not of myth but of the literal weather and landscape of California.

Paperback: 88 pages
Publisher: Ahsahta Press (September 15, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1934103160
ISBN-13: 978-1934103166
Amazon: Pleasure (The New Series)
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Rainbow Awards: Current Submissions 281-290

281) Etienne - Path to Forever, Dreamspinner Press, Gay, Sci-Fi / Futuristic
Paperback: 350 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (November 12, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1615816372
ISBN-13: 978-1615816378

Could you handle living forever, knowing you would watch your friends grow old and die? Could you handle loving someone, knowing you would live forever... without them? These are questions newly minted Doctor Marco Sartori d'Argenzio must face when he and his partner Danilo Rosati celebrate Marco's completed residency and Danilo's most recent PhD with a vacation at Marco's father's home in the Italian Alps. There Marco learns about his family's legacy: his father is more than two thousand years old, and he can expect to live just as long. Marco inherits his uncle's title amidst adventure and danger, but it breaks his heart to realize that he'll live only to see the man he's loved for a decade grow old and die. However, there is hope: Danilo is studying the unique DNA of Marco's family in hopes of discovering the secret-because Danilo has no intention of leaving Marco alone for what could be forever.

282) Nicki Bennett & Ariel Tachna - Something About Harry, Dreamspinner Press, Gay, Sci-Fi / Futuristic
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (January 26, 2011)

Desperate for an edge in the war against the Gavenelians that will keep the Confederation from losing as many ships to the sadistic aliens as they destroy, Sasha Dmitrov contacts the space pirate he knows only as Harry, hoping the mysterious engineer will be able to pull off one more miracle. Having been warned of Harry's disdain for the Confederation, Sasha is prepared for Harry to tell him to jump out an airlock without a space suit. The last thing he expects is an invitation to Nicodemus Vector, Harry’s shielded planetoid. What Sasha discovers is an Andromedite empath who sees far too deeply into his soul. As they race against time for a breakthrough that will tip the scales in their favor, Sasha finds himself more and more attracted to the reclusive mercenary. But duty calls, and Sasha has a war to win before he can even think about returning to Harry’s side—assuming that either of them will risk opening himself to the other's empathic touch.

283) Tracy Rowan - Suffer the Little Children, Torquere Books, Gay, Historical
Publisher: Torquere Press, Inc. (January 26, 2011)

When Victorian private investigator Nick Romney’s step-father, an Anglican bishop, is murdered, Nick refuses to get involved. At the urging of his family, though, Nick and his lover Davy step in to investigate. Together they uncover the truth of the bishop’s involvement in the dark and horrifying world of child prostitution, the reason why he was killed, and the shocking identity of the murderer.

284) Belo Miguel Cipriani - Blind, Wheatmark, Gay, Non Fiction
Paperback: 186 pages
Publisher: Wheatmark (June 15, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1604945559
ISBN-13: 978-1604945553

Imagine if the most severe physical pain and sorrow in your life were inflicted by the people you trusted most. In the spring of 2007, Belo Cipriani was beaten and robbed of his sight at the hands of his childhood friends. Blind: A Memoir chronicles the two years immediately following the assault. At the age of twenty-six, Belo found himself learning to walk, cook, and date in the dark. Armed with visual memory and his newly developed senses, Belo shows readers what the blind see. He narrates the recondite world of the blind, where microwaves, watches, and computers talk, and where guide dogs guard as well as lead.

285) S.L. Armostrong - Daughters of Artemis, Storm Moon Press, Lesbian, Paranormal / Horror
Paperback: 186 pages
Publisher: Storm Moon Press LLC (August 26, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0982700865
ISBN-13: 978-0982700860

Werewolf lore has long been dominated by tales of the strong alpha male, but what of the strong alpha females? The Storm Moon Press anthology "Daughters of Artemis" explores this mostly neglected aspect of the werewolf mythos, with an erotic twist. Bounty hunter Toni McGowan has faced supernatural beasts that would send most running, but her latest assignment may be the toughest yet--playing babysitter to a New Ager wannabe. Jade Nicols, though, has a few secrets of her own, the darkest of which may just get them both killed. Luna Rivers isn't the most graceful of people at the best of times, and being stalked by shadowy figures and prowling wolves hardly qualifies. But after being rescued by the beautiful and sensual Syrene, Luna learns that there is more to herself than she'd ever suspected. She's a werewolf, too, and in a whole new world of danger. Andrea-Andy to most-is a pack leader in the forests of Washington state. Poaching in a nearby pack's territory throws suspicion on Andy's leadership. In order to find the truth, Andy and her mate Fiona find themselves forced into an uneasy alliance with Rafael, the other pack's alpha. Susan Runningwind is forty-five, but already strong enough to have earned a seat among her pack's elders. Jesse Westfield is a documentary filmmaker investigating the so-called "Werewolves of South Dakota". But when Jesse begins to get too close to the truth, Susan must make a choice between her pack's welfare, and the growing attraction she feels to the younger woman. Sasha is the first female in the kingdom of the shapeshifting House of Wood to be granted leadership of her own pack. The transition is hardly smooth, however, and Sasha winds up at odds with Aneira, her mate. Failure to maintain control of her pack would mean demotion and shame, but doing what she knows she must could drive Aneira away forever. When werewolf Katya captures blind weretiger Yun alone in the wilderness, she sees only an opportunity to finally end the raging conflict between their two peoples. Yun remains loyal to the tigers, though, and as time passes, Katya finds herself less and less inclined to force the information from her. But when the fight comes to them, both will see their loyalties tested in the crucible of battle.

286) Feliz Faber - City Falcon, Dreamspinner Press, Gay, Contemporary Romance

New York, 1994. What on earth is a live falcon doing in the middle of JFK airport? The answer to this question brings PAPD officer Mark Bowman face to face with falconer Hunter Devereaux, right in the middle of a fascinating field experiment using falcons to keep runways free of nuisance birds. The falcons are intriguing, but it's arrogant, out-and-proud Hunter himself who really rubs Mark the right kind of wrong. Too bad Mark can't act on the attraction: he's deeply in the closet, and since he wants to keep his job, that's where he's determined to stay. However, every time their paths cross, Hunter gets a little deeper under Mark's skin, until Mark can't deny his feelings any longer. Giving in to his desire makes Mark happier than he can remember being, but Hunter isn't willing to hide their relationship forever. If they're going to make a life together work, something has to give. Someday soon Mark will have to choose, or life will make the choice for him before he's ready for it.

287) Doreen Perrine - Clara's Story, Bedazzled Ink, Lesbian, Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 246 pages
Publisher: Bedazzled Ink Publishing Company (September 14, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1934452637
ISBN-13: 978-1934452639

Claire's passion for the New York art scene is overshadowed by her fascination with a quirky-and stunning-Italian artist, Isabelle. The only thing bolder than Isabelle's paintings is her flirting and, try as she might, Claire can't shake the charming girl from her mind-and heart. Like a new world explorer, Claire breaks away from a nagging, uptown mother and her nearly-estranged downtown father and journeys across an ocean and cultures in search of life and love.

288) Andi Marquette - A Matter of Blood, Bedazzled Ink, Lesbian, Sci-Fi / Futuristic
Paperback: 204 pages
Publisher: Bedazzled Ink Publishing Company (January 3, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1934452564
ISBN-13: 978-1934452561

Outlaw Torri Rendego can't shake her past, which most often involves Kai Tinsdale, her former Academy bunkmate and now commander in the hated Coalition forces. She's convinced the Coalition is up to no good on Kai's family holdings and decides to investigate. Problem is, the Coalition is definitely up to something, and Torri and the crew of the Far Seek have to pursue an outrageous plan to gather information and pass it along to Kai somehow. But even the best-laid plans can go dangerously awry, especially where Kai's concerned. Risking herself, her crew, and a tenuous tie to a shared history, Torri goes deep into Coalition territory to uncover a secret with far-reaching consequences for a distant and ancient culture. The stakes of this venture may prove way too high, even for a gambler like Torri.

289) Milagros Silva - She Stole My Heart, Bedazzled Ink, Lesbian, Contemporary General Fiction
Paperback: 134 pages
Publisher: Bedazzled Ink Publishing Company (May 15, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1934452610
ISBN-13: 978-1934452615

Cat burglars to aging divas, a therapeutic massage to a medical emergency, revenge fantasies to "what is art?" discussions to ramblings on the meaning of life. These stories bring to life a collection of fascinating women as they find, explore, and recognize their human frailties and strengths.

290) Barbara Davies - Bourn's Edge, Bedazzled Ink, Lesbian, Fantasy
Paperback: 196 pages
Publisher: Bedazzled Ink Publishing Company (November 11, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1934452521
ISBN-13: 978-1934452523

Following an attempt to kill her, librarian Cassie Lewis leaves the only life she's ever known and flees west into the mist-shrouded borderlands that lie between England and Wales. There, the sleepy, hillside village of Bourn's Edge provides a safe haven for her to regroup and decide what to do next, and reclusive local artist Tarian Brangwen provides an intriguing and welcome distraction. But Cassie soon makes a startling discovery that turns her world upside down. For deep in the heart of the adjacent Bourn Forest lies an entrance to Faerie, and the enigmatic Tarian is much more than she appears.
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Rainbow Awards: Cover Contest - Round 3 - Slot 3

The winner of the ebook giveaway is:

absolute_enigma Ebook Giveaway: David-Mathew Barnes - Accidents Never Happen, kindly offered by Bold Strokes Books

The Most Voted cover of Round 3 - Slot 2 were:

1) Moonlight, Tiger, and Smoke by Mara McKennen



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- in round 3 there will be 3 slots for a total of 300 covers; 100 to round 4, 50 to round 5 and 25 to the sixth 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_03_3.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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Desires Unleashed (The Knights of the Darkness Chronicles) by D.N. Simmons

I don’t know if I’m opening a can of worms with this review, but well, I tried to do my homework and find the reason why this book or as 5 star ravening review or 1 very bad ones. There is something behind? Some event happened in the past or blog or similar that pushed people to write all of them, and not only that, but to fight on the comments session on how they hate or love this book? Sorry but I don’t understand and so I will try to give my two cents.

Desires Unleashed is not an erotic romance, so if you bought this book hoping to find hot sex, well, maybe that is the reason why they are disappointed. There is sex but it’s part of the story, more or less a way to “build” the net of connections that link all the characters. And you need that net since, second main point, this book has not a clear principal couple; if you go for the old rules that the one opening and closing the story is the main character, then here you don’t have it, since Warren and Matthew, the Supernatural Unit Investigation Team duo open it and Annette and Natasha, the two friends and roommates, and main female characters, close the whole. Who are the main focus of the reader? No one, or maybe, according to your cup of tea, you can pick. And finally we arrive to the third and last main point, this is not a heterosexual, or bisexual, or gay paranormal romance, it’s all of them and also a mix of them.

Warren (shapeshifter/gay) and Matthew (human/bisexual or maybe gay, he didn’t give me the vibes of straight) are professional partners, and there is sizzle between them, but Warren is in an on/off relationship with Darian (shapeshifter/gay); Darian (vampire/bisexual) and Xavier (vampire/bisexual) are long-time friends, professional partners and lovers, but both of them start a relationship with Natasha (human/straight). So maybe this is the issue? That no one of the male characters have a “straight” persona? I don’t want to think that this is the reason for the negative reviews but maybe it could be. And in a way this can also be the reason for a gay romance reader to give a negative thumb, since actually Warren/Darian or Warren/Matthew have not so many chances to interact on a love or sex level, and so maybe the gay romance reader feels as they didn’t have enough of what they like.

I think the strong point of the novel is also is weakest one: it does not take sides. This is not a straight, gay or bisexual novel, since that is not the whole point; plus, probably since this is only book 1 in a long series (at least 5 books in total), most of the stories are still “open” in the end. I think you should read this novel as both an introduction than a test drive: you will meet the characters and you will have the chance to decide if you like them. From my side, I don’t really see where all the venom can arrive, on the contrary, I found it quite interesting since in its ambiguity it was original… to give you an example, at first I was really thinking for Darian to be the villain of the novel.

Amazon: Desires Unleashed: Knights of the Darkness Chronicles (Volume 1)
Amazon Kindle: Desires Unleashed: Knights of the Darkness Chronicles (Volume 1)
Paperback: 296 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace (November 22, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 145639892X
ISBN-13: 978-1456398927

Reading List: http://www.librarything.com/catalog_bottom.php?tag=reading list&view=elisa.rolle
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Coming Soon: Buffering directed by Christian Martin & Darren Flaxstone

Year Produced: 2011
Directed By: Christian Martin, Darren Flaxstone
Starring: Conner Mckenzy, Alex Anthony, Jessica Matthews
Language: English
Run Time: 82 min.
Amazon: Buffering (2011)

From the makers of Shank and Release comes this fabulously quirky British comedy following a young gay couple who find one-hell-of-a-unique-way to get themselves out of their mounting debt problems – selling themselves online!

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Dylan Rosser's Naked

Ok, I know that many of my friends would love if I had made one yet of my grammatical error and the title was "Dylan Rosser Naked", but nope, the "s" is right and we are talking about the new, beautiful coffetable book by Dylan.

Whenever a photographer wants to show his models completely nude he needs a lot of empathy to create an atmosphere that’s free of any restraints. Dylan Rosser is perfectly capable of this as he has already proven with his photo books. Naked is all about intimacy and encounters with men at their most vulnerable but also at their most beautiful. These pictures are striking and they go under the skin. Rosser dresses his models in beautiful lighting—often he presents them in an almost sterile environment, yet bathing them in richly saturated colors. The images in Naked are stark, erotic and effortless.

112 pages, full color,
hardcover with dust‐jacket
21,5 x 28,5 cm / 8½ x 11¼’’
ISBN 978-3-86787-226-3
US$ 59.99 / £ 32.50
€ 34,95 / CHF 49,90 / AUS$ 65.99
Amazon: Naked (Bruno Gmunder Verlag)

I was very glad of an answer Dylan gave me on the concept behind Naked, since I think I noticed something in the most recent work by Dylan that is clearly and wonderfully displayed in this new book. Of course Dylan is always the same, he has an eye for light that I would kill for, and also for details most would consider "faults" and instead he turns into best feature (models, don't you love him?), but, I don't know, I feel like these pictures are more "warm". Maybe it's since I have always loved earth tones (brown, rose pink, deep gold...).


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Dylan was also so kind to answer to some of my "stupid" questions ;-) Hope you will like them, and guys, read carefully, then buy the book and go to one of Dylan's book-signing, maybe we will realize his dream! (I know you like skinny and geeky...)

1) Do you remember your first camera? How did you come to have it and what was your first "non-professional" shot?

My first camera was a Canon EOS SLR and now i still use a Canon but a digital SLR. I never inherited a camera from someone in the family, which is how a lot of stories go, I just saved up and bought one. I'm turning 40 next year so really hard to remember so far back as to my first shot but was probably pics of my cat.

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2) I saw some professional portraits of you and they were really good (evidence a) see attached photo of Dylan by Rick Day). Did you model yourself before going behind a camera?

No, I was never a model. I was too skinny and geeky for that. I think there was a period when that was a fashionable look but my timing was wrong.


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3) You travel a lot for work, how do you manage your personal life against your professional one? for example, you have a cat, who is taking care of your pet when you are abroad?

Well I don't really have much of a personal life. Would love to have a boyfriend but maybe with my job it is not going to happen. My cat is always looked after because most of the time I am away in the US I am swapping apartments with a friend so there is normally someone at my place in London.

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4) You are starting a lot of "ventures", books (Naked), magazines (tMF), websites, all related around your male-nude photos; do you manage everything by yourself or are you thinking to open the gate to others?

I am beginning to realise that I am a control freak so it is hard to let others help out, but now I have guest photographers shooting for themaleform.net and a wonderful writer, Tye Briggs, who helps with the editorial content of tMf Magazine (tmfmagazine.com). But I am happy to be busy and doing something I enjoy.

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5) I know that most of the models you use answered a call, so it's likely you are not meeting them again, but has it ever happened that a friendship was born? Did you maintain contact with some of the models, and if yes, can you tell us some "behind the scene" anecdote?

There are a handful of models that have remained friends. Probably the best friendship that has developed is with Rastino (in the pic with tattoo on arm). He has joined me twice while I have been in the US, and we have had such a great time shooting in Joshua Tree and hanging out in LA. We recently spent Halloween together in West Hollywood and it was a lot of fun. We were both dressed as butchers with white aprons covered in blood and underneath just a jock strap. Normally i would be too shy to do such stuff but i guess he brings out the fun side of me. Only downside of hanging out with a model is that they get all the attention.

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6) What is the concept beyond Naked (aside from the obvious, that they are naked! ;-))... I meant there is a color theme, a choice of media, or...?

Well there is definitely a lot of full frontal nudity but where my last book, RED, had a colour theme this is maybe a bit more about textures. Lots of wet metal surfaces, exposed brick walls, warehouses and concrete.

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7) Any chance you will do a book-signing?

I am planning to do a book launch in London on December the 2nd at a bar called PROFILE