July 24th, 2012

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Anthony Bidulka (born July 24, 1962)

Anthony Bidulka has enjoyed time well-spent and misspent in the worlds of academia, accounting, footwear, food services and farming. In 1999 Anthony Bidulka, BA, BEd, BComm, CA left a decade long career as a Chartered Accountant to pursue writing.

In 2003, Quill & Quire described Bidulka’s first book, Amuse Bouche: A Russell Quant Mystery, as “…an effervescent first novel that is much like the tasty French hors d’oeuvres from which it takes its name”, earning Bidulka a nomination for the Crime Writers of Canada Arthur Ellis Award.

With sharp writing, descriptive flair and wry humour, Bidulka’s mystery series tells the story of the first, and perhaps only, half-Ukrainian, half-Irish, Canadian, gay, ex-farmboy, ex-cop, world-travelling, wine-swilling, wise-cracking, Saskatchewan, prairie private detective being written about today anywhere.

The Russell Quant series has been nominated for Crime Writers of Canada Arthur Ellis Awards, Saskatchewan Book Awards, a ReLit award, Lambda Literary Awards, with Flight of Aquavit awarded the Lambda Literary Award for Best Men’s Mystery, making Bidulka the first Canadian to win in that category.

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Source: http://anthonybidulka.com/?page_id=195
With Flight of Aquavit by Anthony Bidulka, I learned a Canadian author could make it big. --P.A. Brown
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GayRomLit Ebook Giveaway: L.A. Witt - The Closer You Get

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 eook giveaway goes to: tcastleb, please contact me.

Today author is L.A. Witt (http://www.loriawitt.com/)

The Closer You Get by L. A. Witt
Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing (October 2, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1609287916
ISBN-13: 978-1609287917
Amazon: The Closer You Get
Amazon Kindle: The Closer You Get

The virgin isn’t the only one with something to lose...

Self-described manwhore Kieran Frost is loving the single life. Two years after moving to Seattle, he still has his friends with benefits, Rhett and Ethan, plus a never-ending supply of gorgeous, available men wandering through the bar where he works. A relationship? Spare him the drama and heartbreak. He’s got no complaints about his unattached lifestyle.

When Rhett’s daughter introduces him to newly-out-of-the-closet Alex Corbin, Kieran’s interest perks up. After all, the quiet ones are always the freaks in bed. But Alex isn’t just shy and reserved. He’s a virgin in every sense of the word, having never even kissed anyone else.

Kieran is no one’s teacher, and his first instinct is to run like hell in the other direction. But his conscience won’t let him throw the naïve kid to the wolves for someone else to take advantage of. The plan is to introduce Alex to his own sexuality, pull him out of his shell, then go their separate ways. It’s the perfect, foolproof plan…assuming no one falls in love.
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Falling Off The Face Of The Earth by JF Smith

I really enjoyed this small town romance; James is a New York City big shot name in the Advertisement industry, with a good looking boyfriend who has to remain in the closet. Actually the boyfriend is more small-town boy than James who is actually from the South; he would like to come out, he would love for James to be the one helping him facing the public opinion, but James is all for the imagine, and not at all supporting; worst, James doesn’t understand his boyfriend is hurting, not until the day he finds him dead for an barbituric overdose. James’s world crashes down and he can only think to go back home, to his mother’s welcoming embrace. But the limited mentality of the small town he left so many years ago is still there, and worse than worst, his high school nemesis, Brick, is now his mother’s second hand in the business she owns.

Brick is really changed from when he was a teenager, but James doesn’t trust him at the beginning. And while he is hurt from his mistakes, he hasn’t probably learned from them since James starts another relationship with a closed man, who, on the contrary of his previous boyfriend, is not at all ready to come out from the closet.

While James is grieving, he has not crossed the chance to have again a love life; from day one, James is ready to check out the market for a possible partner, but of course he always picks the wrong option. James will also have issues with the small town attitude, very few examples are good, like his mother and the friends he will make anew.

I found the romance well developed, and in a way surprising, even if I was expecting the evolution; what I was not expecting was the sidetracking the author had for James, he didn’t take the straight road (no pun intended) to happiness. And what I didn’t expect was the tragic ending for one of the supporting characters, from my point of view, if the author wanted to revisit this couple, having that character out of the picture is a tremendous loss, but maybe James had to grew somehow, since, as proved, not even the death of his boyfriend was a shock enough to make him.

Amazon Kindle: Falling Off The Face Of The Earth
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