June 13th, 2012

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GayRomLit Ebook Giveaway: Val Kovalin - Fall Into The Sun

I asked to all the authors joining the GayRomLit convention in Albuquerque in October (http://gayromlit.com/authors.php) a personal favor, a special Ebook Giveaway: every 2 days I will post 1 book from each author, and among those who will leave a comment, I will draw a winner. Very easy and very fast ;-) I will send a PM to the winner, so remember to not leave anonymous comments!

And the ebook giveaway goes to: clmiles, please contact me

Today author is Val Kovalin (http://www.obsidianbookshelf.com/)

Fall Into the Sun by Val Kovalin
Publisher: VK-Now Books (January 26, 2012)
Amazon Kindle: Fall Into the Sun

They should have spent the past 22 years together, but life took some unexpected turns for Bobby Gallegos and Alejo Sandoval. Heartbreak and rejection can harden the hearts of two passionate, stubborn men. One, deeply devout, wanted to attend college. One, who perfected a tough act to deceive his brothers, might have followed his dad to prison. Now, at 40 years old, they maintain a long-distance relationship as sex buddies, who don't quite trust each other.

Their lives have sharply diverged. One is now divorced with two teenagers, who bring him joy and despair. One has just had a near-death experience on the job. When Bobby returns to Albuquerque, he will use sex, persuasion, and memories of their shared past to try to convince Alejo to take a chance on him and reach for the future together that they were meant to share.
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Rainbow Awards: Current Submissions (71-80)

71) Josephine Myles - Boats in the Night
Publisher: Josephine Myles (November 15, 2011)
Amazon Kindle: Boats in the Night

Like two ships passing in the night—if one was a narrowboat and the other a luxury yacht. Disgraced private school teacher Giles Rathbourne has been sent home on extended sick-leave and is stuck in a rut of obsessive housework and drinking. His ex may have been a snobbish bastard, but without him, Giles is adrift, rattling around his huge, lonely house. When a dreadlocked narrowboater’s engine breaks down at the end of his canal-side garden, Giles is furious at this invasion of his privacy—for a while. Smutty might not have ever held down a proper job, but the fire-dancing, free-spirited traveller can recognise an opportunity for mutual benefit when he sees it. Giles’ extensive gardens are in as desperate need of attention as the upper-class hunk is himself, whereas Smutty knows a thing or two about plants and needs a place to moor up. A simple business arrangement between two men who have nothing else in common? It would be—if they could keep their hands off each other!

72) Rachel Haimowitz - Crescendo
Paperback: 248 pages
Publisher: Storm Moon Press LLC (November 18, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 193705814X
ISBN-13: 978-1937058142
Amazon: Crescendo
Amazon Kindle: Crescendo

History made them enemies. Chance made them master and slave. Love overcame it all. But love isn't always enough... Bridging the hatred of centuries did not come easy for Freyrík Farr and Ayden Vaska. As prince of a war-torn human province, Freyrík could ill afford to fall for an enemy. And Ayden, an elven warrior with three hundred years of bitterness in his heart, wanted no part of love-not elven, and especially not human. Yet they came together despite themselves and despite the will of their peoples, joining heart and mind to fight a race of Dark Beasts threatening the extinction of mankind. But the Dark Beast threat pales beside the dangers of the human High Court, home of the Aegis Exalted and the harshest test yet of Ayden's and Freyrík's fledgling love. While Ayden is stripped of his magic, Freyrík is forced to choose between his love for elf, Aegis, and brother, all the while seeking the one uncertain path that might save his doomed race. Time is fast running out for mankind, and only by making peace amongst themselves and with their ancient elven enemies can they end the Dark war--and undo the tragedy that's plagued humans, elves, and Dark Beasts alike for the last three hundred years.

73) Louisa Bacio - Chains of Silver
Publisher: Ravenous Romance (November 21, 2011)
Amazon Kindle: The Vampire, the Witch, and the Werewolf: Chains of Silver

Adopted at birth, Silver has a lot to learn about her biological family- like her brother Trevor, who she discovers is a werewolf, dating a witch and a vampire! Silver runs for help- she knows how evil and dangerous paranormal Others can be... doesn't she? But when danger threatens Silver and her vampire hunter friend, she must face her darkest fears and embrace who she really is!

74) Andrea Speed - Infected, Freefall
Paperback: 350 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (November 25, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613722494
ISBN-13: 978-1613722497
Amazon: Infected: Freefall
Amazon Kindle: Infected: Freefall

In a world where a werecat virus has changed society, Roan McKichan, a born infected and ex-cop, works as a private detective trying to solve crimes involving other infecteds. Conceived bearing the lion strain of the virus, Roan is the only fully functioning virus child in the country-maybe in the world. But that doesn't mean he's okay. He's still struggling with the death of his husband and the guilt of finding new love; his old enemy, the Church of the Divine Transformation, is becoming increasingly hostile; and he's taken on a tragic cold case involving a long-missing boy. As Roan fights to control the lion inside him, his world explodes with all kinds of trouble. The leader of the church is ramping up the violence against him, calling Roan out as a traitor to his kind. There's a loose Infected terrorizing the city. And Holden, male prostitute and Roan's unofficial assistant, brings him a case involving the suspicious death of one of Holden's clients, which puts Roan far too close to a murderer for his state of mind....

75) Brandon Shire - The Value of Rain
Paperback: 214 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace (November 30, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1467990248
ISBN-13: 978-1467990240
Amazon: The Value Of Rain
Amazon Kindle: The Value Of Rain

Charles is 14, and after being discovered with his first love he is forced into a mental hospital to cure his sexuality. For the next ten years he endures mental and physical torture as part of that treatment and when he is finally free, he begins a relentless quest for vengeance against the woman who abetted his commitment into that hospital, his mother Charlotte. The Value of Rain chronicles Charles’ journey from hate to the unexpected beginning of redemption, and reveals the destructive nature of families, secrets and revenge.

76) Vicktor Alexander - Inconceivable
Paperback: 294 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace (December 1, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1468055267
ISBN-13: 978-1468055269
Amazon: Inconceivable: Book Two of the Tate Pack Series

Tommy Wilkins, a.k.a. "Tammy Walks" was happy with his life as one of the highest paid drag queen performers in New York City. He had a gorgeous apartment in Greenwich Village, men throwing themselves at his feet and he had lots of money in the bank. He didn't need the family that shunned him, the boyfriend that used to beat the hell out of him or even the gorgeous sexy linebacker looking Texan cowboy, named Anton "Ton" Forrester, that his friend Richard introduced him too. All he needed was himself. But Ton wasn't going to give up so easily because you see, Tommy is his mate, and he wants all of him, makeup, heels, dresses and costumes included. He wants to heal every scar and make the smaller man believe in love again. There's only one problem, someone is determined to keep the two men apart, even if they have to kill Tommy to do so.

77) Jim Provenzano - Every Time I Think of You
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace; 1st edition (December 3, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1463778643
ISBN-13: 978-1463778644
Amazon: Every Time I Think of You: a novel
Amazon Kindle: Every Time I Think of You: a novel

After an abrupt encounter in a small woods of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, Reid Conniff, a shy and studious high school distance runner, becomes swept up in the adventurous world of Everett Forrester, a privileged and capricious charmer. Overcoming the distance of their separate schools, parental interference, and a nearly fatal accident, the two young men find a way to be together in spite of their own doubts and fears. Set in 1979-1980, Every Time I Think of You recalls a halcyon era in America's past with a personal voice.

78) J.P. Bowie - He Ain't Heavy
Paperback: 180 pages
Publisher: MLR Press (December 2, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1608205401
ISBN-13: 978-1608205400
Amazon: He Ain't Heavy
Amazon Kindle: He Ain't Heavy

Brad and Duncan McKinley, brothers, best friends and business partners think that the most difficult part of the days ahead will be the aftermath of their coming out to their parents---but secrets their parents had been keeping from them all their lives come to light in a brutal fashion. The murder of their parents exposes a brother they never knew existed, a man without a conscience who is out to destroy them, but not before he reveals to them something that will not only change their lives forever, but also make them come to terms with the feelings for one another they have suppressed for years.

79) Elizabeth Hyder - Weight of a gun
Paperback: 170 pages
Publisher: Storm Moon Press, LLC (December 8, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1937058212
ISBN-13: 978-1937058210
Amazon: Weight of a Gun
Amazon Kindle: Weight of a Gun

Everyone knows that guns are dangerous; they have long been a subject surrounded by controversy. Combine them with sex and you have a subject that is virtually taboo, but smoking hot. This anthology explores the intersection of these two worlds, and the sensual possibilities they inspire. In Bounty Hunter, William Hunt is hot on the trail of lover-turned-outlaw James Campbell. But when William finally catches up with James, bringing him to justice is the last thing on his mind. Changing the Guard introduces Tomi Vuorela, working security in a frozen off-world outpost. When Andile Harper intrudes on his seclusion, Tomi must determine if the interloper is a harmless workman or a dangerous terrorist. Avery Belfour is The Machinist, kidnapped by a rival colony in need of his services. But the dark and deadly Harrow may have other plans for Avery first. In My Rifle Is Human, the more a Gunslinger like Fil sexually satisfies his shapeshifting partners, the Ordinances, the more likely they'll survive as weapons on the battlefield. When late-bloomer Morris becomes Fil's latest partner, however, it will take all Fil's patience and skill to seduce and inspire Morris in time for the next wave of attacks. Tyler Maxwell from In the Pines, a former New York cop now working a desk job in Alaska, buys a gun as a present and begins to dream about the mysterious and beautiful Flynn. But Flynn is more than a dream, and Tyler must find the truth before he loses his mind. Finally, in Compromised Judgment, Rózsa Ignác is working to uncover a gunrunning operation supplying arms to his enemies. He's certain that Cistalan Konrád is involved, but his attraction to the other man puts himself and the entire investigation in danger.

80) Vicktor Alexander - Unthinkable
Paperback: 308 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace (December 8, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1467986704
ISBN-13: 978-1467986700
Amazon: Unthinkable: Tate Pack Series: Book One

Richard Tillson was happy with his life...well...sort of. He has spent the last few years of his life making a name for himself in the dance community, has a very expensive apartment in Manhattan and he knows he's gorgeous. So why is he so miserable? Enter Vernon "Vet" Tate. The older brother of Richard's best friend Amanda Lynn. The first time the two men meet it's when Vet is saving Richard's life from an oncoming vehicle. Moments later Vet is turning Richard's life upside down by telling him that his baby sister, who had passed weeks before, left her three newborn children to Richard, to share custody with Vet. Things wouldn't have been so bad for Vet if Richard wasn't also his mate, his very human mate. So how will Richard cope with becoming a father, giving up his sophisticated New York lifestyle for a ranch out in Wichita Falls, Texas, and finding out that not only do shape shifters exist, but he's the mate of the Alpha?
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Rocking the Boat by Christopher Koehler

I was expecting something more dramatic, and this is not always a bonus for me, and so I was pleasantly surprised to find out this was a nice and sweet college romance. Now we are talking of students and coach, so it was also “sweat”, meaning that these are two men with their hormones all working at high speed, so there is also hot sex, and good teasing, and even some dirty dancing, but all in all this was a romantic story.

Nick is the 29 years old coach of a college rowing team and he is a little embarrassed to realize he is attracted by one of his students, Morgan. Even if they have less than 10 years separating each other, Nick is in no position to make a move on Morgan, and so he is basically pining for the guy, and trying in every way to push him away. Problem is that Morgan has the hot for the handsome and young coach, and he is not allowing any pushing, unless it’s not the right push (yes, pun intended).

It’s basically a college romance, these guys seem to not have much trouble in their life if not making the trials and completing their test; Morgan is on a scholarship, Nick is both studying for his bachelor degree and coaching, their prospect future is pretty clear and they can enjoy their romance. Indeed, as Morgan states, Nick’s reticence on the assumption he is the coach and Morgan a student is pretty lame, and for that reason Morgan decides to not take it too seriously.

I like the nice contrast that was Morgan, big and muscle bound, but with a tender heart; Morgan came out to his family when he was a teenager, he had his time to experiment, and now he wants commitment, a boyfriend, and a bond for the future. Plus, even if bigger and stronger than Nick, he likes a dominant lover, and Nick, with those years on him and the role of the coach, plenty fit the description. Actually I think that, if they were same age, they wouldn’t be so perfect together, since Nick didn’t come out as very domineering, actually he seemed to me more the quiet one, someone who likes things pretty and simple. In any case don’t get me wrong, Morgan is not searching for a D/s relationship, he is more for a little role/play in bed.


Amazon: Rocking the Boat (CalPac Crew, No. 1)
Amazon Kindle: Rocking the Boat (CalPac Crew, No. 1)
Paperback: 230 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (February 28, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 161581843X
ISBN-13: 978-1615818433

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Cover Art by Paul Richmond