April 24th, 2012

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Hope (Home series Book 4) by William Neale

It’s strange to think that this will be the last book in the Home series, since, even if the editor said William Neale was thinking if it was good to continue, it’s clear that he created a world, and a set of characters, that had still a lot of stories to tell us. But without William probably there is no chance to have the same love he was displaying for his characters and his city, Cleveland.

Coincidence wanted that I was in Cleveland just days before reading this novel. If that was not the case, I’d have probably not notice so much how much details the author gives to the reader about this city. To me Cleveland was not what I was expecting, and probably if I had read this book before going there, I’d have looked at it in a different way.

Another strange, and sad coincidence, is that Hope is all about the “heart”, especially the searching of a new heart for a 11 years old kid with a heart condition; in this novel, the author often highlights how Cleveland’s hospital is top notch for this type of conditions, but still William Neale passed away, totally unexpected, from an heart attack just few days after having finished this novel. Has William “given” his heart to this novel? Probably, but not in the meaning that this novel is somehow the cause of his death, but since I think he poured all his love in it, and everyone reading it will always face the knowledge this is the last gift of William to his readers.

About the story: Hope, like the other novels in the Home series, is a full-frontal romance, maybe not particularly sexy, but very romantic. It’s not a smushy type of romance, but it’s definitely an happily ever after romance. Someone can wonder maybe about the realism of having two 17 years old boys commit themselves to a long-term relationship, but sincerely, why not? If you are that lucky to meet the love of your life at that age, why you have to deny yourself the joy to fully live it?

I particularly appreciated the character of Thomas; he is the antagonist of Hunter to gain the love of Spencer. If I have to be true, sometime I even hoped that Spencer would have not to make a choice, and that what I was nearing was a threesome. But that was not possible, and in the end, the author chooses for the less “spectacular” evolution, but probably the righter for Spencer’s character. Spencer is not some sort of cinderfella character, he has his strength and even his faults, and he needs someone to balance him in all his aspects.

William didn’t know this was the last story in the Home series, and it’s evident he left many hints in this book that he was supposed to write at least one other story. I’m sad knowing that will not be the case, but nevertheless, don’t deny yourself the joy to read this novel and of course the previous in the series.


Amazon: Hope
Amazon Kindle: Hope
Paperback: 316 pages
Publisher: MLR Press (April 24, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1608206289
ISBN-13: 978-1608206285

1) Home: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1220447.html
2) Son of a Ditch
3) Always Faithful
4) Hope

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John Epperson (born April 24, 1955)

John Epperson (born 24 April 1955) is an American drag artist, actor, pianist, vocalist and writer who is mainly known for creating his stage character Lypsinka. As Lypsinka he is lip-synching to meticulously edited show-length soundtracks culled from snippets of outrageous 20th-century female performances in movies and song.

Epperson was born in Hazlehurst, Mississippi. He took lessons in classical piano from an early age. After high school he enrolled at Belhaven College in Jackson, Mississippi. After graduating from Belhaven he got a job playing piano in Colorado, but in 1978 he moved to New York and became a rehearsal pianist for the American Ballet Theater. In addition he began doing drag performances at nightspots such as Club 57 and the Pyramid Club. Epperson quit his job with the American Ballet Theater in 1991 in order to perform full-time as Lypsinka. He has since returned to his position at American Ballet Theater.

Lypsinka first met her public in late 1988 when Epperson's act was a late-night addition to the bill of Charles Busch's Vampire Lesbians of Sodom at the Provincetown Playhouse in New York. She has appeared in evening-length solo shows Off-Broadway, including The Boxed Set and As I Lay Lip-Synching. According to Epperson, the prototype for Lypsinka is Dolores Gray.

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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Epperson

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More LGBT History at my website: www.elisarolle.com/, My Ramblings/Persistent Voices

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Rainbow Awards: Cover Contest (January)

Voting on each slot will happen every 2 weeks.

- in round 1 there will be 12 slots, 1 for each month in the Submission period (from September 2011 to August 2012).
- in parallel with the poll, a special jury will vote the covers; the jury is composed by: Damon Suede, Dylan Rosser, Jodie, Julie, Max Rhyser, Mitzie, Tammy.
- you can vote as many covers as you want, using the poll in this post or "liking" the cover on FB (I prefer the poll, it's easier for me, and you can vote logging with FB, Twitter or other accounts)

Most Voted Covers last round:

Ink (Anne Cain)

Dark Soul 3


All the covers are here:


or here:


and here is the poll:

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Wrestling with Jesus by Stephen Osborne

I was quite intrigued by this novel’s blurb, but at first I thought it was only for the “cinderfella” subplot, a young and dumb professional Wrestler falling in love with a slightly older bookstore owner and the trouble with meeting his boyfriend conservative family.

And I have also to pay homage to the author’s choice to plunge the reader right in the middle of the story, something that had me a little startled, and I even went searching the backlist of this author to be sure I hadn’t missed a previous book. But no, Randy and Kyle are already a couple, they met sometime before, and we don’t know how and exactly when. Now the impeding threat is the meeting with Randy’s BBF, Debbie, a woman that measures men considering their bank statements, and Randy’s family, a former-military man father and an social conservative obsessive mother.

The author pushes on the light humor, the novel is never too much funny, but it’s nevertheless a comedy. Kyle wants to please Randy in any possible way, and since Randy is a non-smoker, Kyle decides he will use the hypnosis to stop smoking too. Only that the session goes beyond is expectation, actually Kyle reverts back to a previous life, way back, when he was… Jesus Christ. Doesn’t help that Kyle’s mother is indeed named Mary, that his father is, more or less, non-existent, that he is born on December 25th, and that, apparently, he has healing powers. Not Randy or Kyle believe in this reincarnation thing, and all they want is to be able to live as an ordinary gay couple.

I liked that the author didn’t downplayed Kyle’s naiveté: he is a 100% “simple” guy, he hadn’t the chance to study, but even if he had, probably he wouldn’t have been a very good student; Kyle is all for his wrestling career, that is his only true dream, and it was since he was a little kid. Randy knows that Kyle is not an idiot savant, he is not trying to make him different from who he is, Randy likes Kyle exactly as the guy is, innocent, a little dumb, but really sweet and protective. The sex is great, even if it’s not at all graphic, it’s more of listening to Randy’s praises to Kyle. Randy and Kyle’s relationship is not at all balanced, Randy has often to make Kyle feel good, to praise him, to reassure the boy he is doing good. I don’t think that will change, but that is also what it makes their relationship so special.


Amazon: Wrestling With Jesus
Amazon Kindle: Wrestling With Jesus
Paperback: 210 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (April 16, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613724500
ISBN-13: 978-1613724507

Reading List: http://www.librarything.com/catalog_bottom.php?tag=reading list&view=elisa.rolle
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Event: Scott Sapphire's ebook giveaway

To all my friends, there is a special reason for me to do this ebook giveaway, but to know why you have to read the book, and when you are at page 15... well, you will certainly know!

So, this is VERY simple, just leave a comment guessing why I'm doing the giveaway, even if your answer is wrong, you will in any case have a chance to win the ebook ;-) I will draw the winner tomorrow night

Scott Sapphire and the Emerald Orchid by Geoffrey Knight
Publisher: Imperial Pride: Imprint of Dare Empire eMedia Productions (April 21, 2012)
Amazon Kindle: Scott Sapphire and the Emerald Orchid

Meet Scott Sapphire—lover of French champagne, Belgian chocolate and dangerous men. He is suave. He is sexy. He is a man of the world—and a man that the world desperately wants to catch.

For Scott Sapphire is the greatest jewel thief of our time.
Dashing. Daring. And always neck-deep in trouble.

But when Scott’s latest heist lands him in possession of a map to a rare and precious orchid, it’ll take more than bedroom eyes and a charming smile to stay one step ahead of one of the world’s most powerful business tycoons, as well as keep the CIA off Scott’s back and a handsome special agent out of his pants—or maybe not.

From the Venice canals to the Amazon rainforest, from Rio de Janeiro to the casinos of Monte Carlo, comes a brand new gay hero as irresistible as diamonds and pearls.

Adventure has a new name! And that name is Scott Sapphire.

They solve the puzzle ;-) that is what you will find at page 15:
"Inside the vestibule was a young brunette in a black dress, clipboard in hand. She had large beautiful eyes, and diamonds to match, dripping from her ears. “Good evening, sir,” she said as Jake approached. “I’m Signor Mancini’s personal assistant. My name is Elisa. Elisa Rolle.”
To read the rest, buy the book! or leave a comment here before tomorrow night ;-) you still have a chance to win.

And the winner is: bodleian, please contact me with a PM and give me an email address so that I can send you the ebook :-)