July 11th, 2012

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GayRomLit Ebook Giveaway: J.P. Bowie - A Ghost Story

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 giveaways go to: mariewig and paparanormalfan, please contact me.

Today author is J.P. Bowie (http://www.jpbowie.com/)

First ebook giveaway: A Ghost Story by J.P. Bowie
Publisher: Total-E-Bound Publishing (January 9, 2012)
Amazon Kindle: A Ghost Story

Past and present exist side by side as the ghost of a young poet seeks to protect the family living in the house he haunts.

Robert ‘Robbie’ Clavell, a young Victorian poet, is murdered by a jealous competitor, but his murderer, not content with ending Robbie’s life, also invokes an ancient curse that forces his spirit to remain earthbound.

When Jamie Barrett, a dancer in London’s West End, receives a phone call from his mother telling him of strange knocking noises and furniture moving about, he travels home to Manchester to investigate and give support to his mother and his twelve year old niece, Laura.

Advised to contact a psychic for help, Jamie meets Kevin Singleton, and despite the seriousness of what they discover, the two men find a mutual attraction. Kevin explains to Jamie and his mother that their recent family tragedies had opened a portal allowing base spirits to enter and feed off of Laura’s youthful and vibrant energy.

Kevin is able to make a psychic connection with Robbie who tells him that George Russell, his murderer, is the one responsible for the upheaval in the Barrett household. But when Robbie tries to help Kevin exorcise Russell’s spirit, Russell summons up an even darker force - one that could not only destroy the house and everyone in it, but ensure Robbie’s spirit will never find his way home.

Second ebook giveaway: He Ain't Heavy by J.P. Bowie
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.
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Rainbow Awards: Cover Contest (June)

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:


Acrobat (Anne Cain)

Cool Part of His Pillow (Anne Cain)

All the covers are here:


or here:


and here is the poll:

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King of Angels by Perry Brass

Starting this book is an hard quest, and not only for the mere fact that it’s very long, almost 400 pages closely written, but also since there are many intertwined plots, and you have to pay attention to follow all of them.

Strangely I was thinking, wrongly, that this novel was more “abstract” about a boy and his search for spirituality, and instead there is a lot of earthly subject, like, but not only, sex. The setting is the Southern US of, I think, the ’60, Kennedy is president, so for sure it’s before 1964. One of the other points other than sex the young man in the novel is facing, is the racist culture of the south, a racism that is not only limited to black people, but also towards who is different in any way, from religion to sexuality. Benjy is a Jewish boy in a Catholic private school, and this will lead him to be isolated, and to make friends with the misfits of the school. The ’60, the south, the private Catholic school, all of them concur to make the setting very well done, probably born from personal experience, and therefore realistic and engaging.

It’s strange since Benjy is only 13 years old, but I “heard” him like he was older; he is the narrative voice and he is not much older when the novel will end, still in high school, but what he lives, and what he feels, are usually to me of older boys. I had to think about it, and my conclusion is that, usually, if the author wants for his main character to have sex in a young adult novel, he makes the boy near 18 or even older. That is for a “publishing” point of view, kiddie sex is not well seen. But it’s actually wrong, we are all even too aware that underage sex happens, and unfortunately there are also abuses, especially in certain type of private school (I don’t want to enter in details or being political here, but that is often enough in the news). Letting Benjy being 13, having him facing sex and sexuality, made him even more realistic; true is that, in this way, this is not a Young Adult novel, not at all, this is a Coming of Age story for an adult target.

Kings of Angels is a melting pot story, with three strong main plot, Benjy’s Coming of Age, which includes his questioning religion and sexuality; the mystery / thriller / murder plot developing inside the walls of Benjy’s private Catholic school; and Benjy’s relationship with his father, a strong relationship that of course will help Benjy become the man he is destined to be. This last plot was odd to find, since I’m used to have the male character dealing with a problematic relationship with the mother, especially in the South. It’s important to highlight all these thread since it means this is a multi-layered story that can appeal to different types of reader.

Amazon: King of Angels, A Novel About the Genesis of Identity and Belief
Amazon Kindle: King of Angels, A Novel About the Genesis of Identity and Belief
Perfect Paperback: 370 pages
Publisher: Belhue Press; First Edition edition (March 24, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1892149141
ISBN-13: 978-1892149145

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