April 15th, 2012

andrew potter

Off the Record by Matthew Haldeman-Time

Matthew Haldeman-Time is the first writer in months that manage to take me up till 3 in the morning while I try to finish his book in one session, and I can't. Cause Off the Record is, a part a wonderful book, also a very long book, as I like it.

Jordan is the son of a famous actress and the grandson of another famous actress and an important director. He has always lived a wealthy life and now he is a wel-known screen writer. He is also beautiful and gentle and... virgin! The Last Virgin of Hollywood. Yes, cause at 23 years old he has never had a life for his own. Every step is registered by the media. Is on the record.

Patrick is a young and talented and ambitious tv reporter specialized in the pop culture. He has met Jordan several time, but never had the real opportunity to know him. And he wants to know him, he wants to fuck him, he wants to defloure the last virgin of Hollywood.

In the first, while Patrick tried to seduce Jordan I was waiting for the goal: I wanted to read about the sex. But dinner after dinner, kiss after kiss, the teasing deriving by the seduction won, and at the end I was supporting Jordan in not surrender his virginity... the waiting was even better of the main course.

This is a wonderful book and I'm eagerly waiting for more by this talented author.

Amazon: Off the Record
Paperback: 206 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace (April 15, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1475182775
ISBN-13: 978-1475182774

Reading List: http://www.librarything.com/catalog_bottom.php?tag=reading list&view=elisa.rolle
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Guys in College by Matthew Haldeman-Time

Incredible & Stupid Question by Matthew Haldeman-Time

Two short storie by the collection Guys in College by Matthew Haldeman-Time.

Trent was a swimmer: tall, tan, blond, all muscle and open behaviour. Jason is a goth punk, with black dyed hair, pale, slim and with far more jewelry on. They are an unlikely couple... they are a great couple.

The two stories tell the beginning and the happily ever after of their relationship, so I ask to Mister Haldeman-Time: where is the rest? These are two intriguing stories that make a perfect plot for a long story... would you consider to write it? if yes, tell me, I will be in line to buy it.

Two Bodies by Matthew Haldmen-Time

Another little surprise in the "Guys in College" collection by Matthew Haldeman-Time.

Bruce is a 25 years old mechanic who love sex, more and often. He have no serial problems in his life, maybe he is only a bit short of money. So he agrees to act in a home made porno. He must only make sex with another guy, so where is the problem? He has sex almost every night...

The other guy is Cory: an eighteen years old physics student who needs money to eat; he is to occupy with his studies to have an half time job, so he thinks to make some simple money in this way... but Cory is very young and very... virgin. He has never has sex and he has barely kissed someone.

That first night Bruce is drunk and he is rude and fast and... he falls in love. And know he has to prove to Cory that he could be the right guy for him, and the ONLY guy for him.

Bruce is no so cultered like Cory, but he is open and sincere. He has a simple good life, and he is willingly to surrender his heart to Cory. Cory is like all the young: a little egoist and very demanding, but in the end he is not a bad guy and Bruce wants to give him all.

Like for Incredible and its sequel Stupid Question, also for this story I would like to read more: about the life together, for example. But also like this, it's a very enjoyble reading (and a very arousal sex scene also!)

Amazon: Guys in College
Paperback: 124 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace (April 15, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1475182880
ISBN-13: 978-1475182880

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

Eminent Outlaws: Jean Genet (December 19, 1910 – April 15, 1986)

Jean Genet (December 19, 1910 – April 15, 1986) was a prominent and controversial French novelist, playwright, poet, essayist, and political activist. Early in his life he was a vagabond and petty criminal, but later took to writing. His major works include the novels Querelle of Brest, The Thief's Journal, and Our Lady of the Flowers, and the plays The Balcony, The Blacks, The Maids and The Screens.

Genet's mother was a young prostitute who raised him for the first year of his life before putting him up for adoption. Thereafter Genet was raised in the provinces by a carpenter and his family who, according to Edmund White's biography, were loving and attentive. While he received excellent grades in school, his childhood involved a series of attempts at running away and incidents of petty theft (although White also suggests that Genet's later claims of a dismal, impoverished childhood were exaggerated to fit his outlaw image).

After the death of his foster mother, Genet was placed with an elderly couple but remained with them less than two years. According to the wife, "he was going out nights and also seemed to be wearing makeup." On one occasion he squandered a considerable sum of money, which they had entrusted him for delivery elsewhere, on a visit to a local fair. For this and other misdemeanors, including repeated acts of vagrancy, he was sent at the age of 15 to Mettray Penal Colony where he was detained between September 2, 1926 and March 1, 1929.

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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean_Genet
Ever since I first picked up Jean Genet in the early 1960s I felt myself close to him. Those were my own years of being a hoodlum and a petty thief, the biggest thing I ever stole was a small typewriter which I later pawned for $15, a big amount in those days. Was picked up by the cops a few times but my thieving was so petty they didn't have anything to pin on me and I was always let go. Still, the audacious behavior of Genet seemed to hold me to my reading, of him and other writers, so close that it became a daily event in my life, which I still do everyday. I did not become a thief like Genet but like Genet I still write, that's more than enough. Thank you Jean Genet. --Mykola Dementiuk
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Rainbow Awards: in loving memory of Bobby Michaels

Last year, on October 30, 2011, Bobby Michaels passed away. Bobby was among the first Gay Romance authors not only I read but also interviewed, and his interview was honest, open and friendly like the man itself. Bobby was also among the first to join the Rainbow Awards's jury, even if his health issues allowed him to read only for the first edition, but coincedence wanted he was among the judges who read Kyell Gold's Out of Position, and his full rate contributed to make that novel one of the winners. He loved to have the change to read other Gay Romances and he was very enthusiast. Bobby believed in romance, and his novels, while very explicit and erotic, where also 100% romance with happily ever after.

Bobby wrote Gay Romance, and he did so at the beginning of the market trend who made this genre so famous, so maybe he will never have a Wikipedia entry or someone including his novels in a must read list. But I will always remember him and will always treasure the memories he left with me. For that reason I wanted to dedicate the Gay Erotic Romance category to Bobby Michaels, from this moment on this Award will be listed and assigned as "The Bobby Michaels Award for Gay Erotic Romance".

P.L. Nunn's Cover for the first book in Bobby Michaels's Jock Dorm series

I asked to Treva Harte, Loose ID publisher and Bobby's friend, to present this award:

"Elisa was kind enough to come up with the idea of having an award dedicated to Bobby Michaels and then to ask me to write something to introduce it. Bobby made such an impression, whether in e-mail or in person, I’m sure anyone who had contact with him would remember him. It’s hard for me to sort out just a few things to tell you about him and why connecting this award with his name is special.

He would have been honored and probably would have cried if he had known. He was a huge supporter of gay romance. He wanted to write stories with a happily ever after for people who didn’t always get to see that in their lives and was amazed that gay romance became so popular with so many different people. Even when he was very ill, he’d hoped to go to Gay Rom Lit and was excited about the idea of meeting other men who wrote gay romance. He figured he’d been the only one for years.

Bobby was generous to other authors – he was excited when he read the entries for the first year of Elisa’s contest and thrilled when he read a story he really connected with. He enjoyed his readers – many of them he e-mailed personally-- and the last story he managed to release was finished mostly because he knew how much readers wanted to read it. I helped edit that book (all during Christmas holidays) and it was tough because Bobby’s stroke sometimes made it difficult for him to work. He would dictate edits over the phone to me. He fell during the middle of edits—one of many falls as he got weaker. But if the body was weak, his determination to write was strong.

In person he was what you might expect if you read his stories – and not. His author voice was strong and clear and often very close to Bobby’s own, but his real life wasn’t a romance. It’s a credit to his imagination and his resilience that his stories, like his life, were always open to the possibility of love. Thank you, Elisa, for thinking of doing this. I’m sure Bobby’s name will fit the spirit of the contest awards.

Treva Harte, EiC, Loose Id, LLC"

I want to anticipate I have another announcement I will make soon, for another dear friend who was taken from us too soon.

Another judge of the Rainbow Awards, Ro, wanted to say her personal goodbye to Bobby:

"I added a tribute to Bobby and created a video, it is posted on my blog here: http://outstandinggayfiction.blogspot.com/ and my music blog here: http://reviewersfavoritereads.blogspot.com/?zx=9433014063ad2ea. I was so inspired by your tribute I felt I should honor Bobby also since he was one of my favorite authors. Ro"