August 1st, 2012

andrew potter

Fair Catch by Del Darcy

Fair Catch is about a love story that started in an easy way and developed in complexity, like it’s probably realistic to be.

Blake and Alex meet in high school, Alex is at his last year while instead Blake is an year younger. Both of them play football, but not for the same team, they are in different high school. They are also from a different family environment, Alex from a single parent family, his dad the only one to maintain 3 sons to college, while instead Blake is from a tight family, father and mother working together to raise two sons towards a brilliant future. Alex is guarded, not easy to trust, and instead Blake is open and friendly. Apparently Blake is the easy one, the unselfish, the one who will always be supportive to Alex and his dreams. Blake is also the one who makes to first move, and easy like that, they move from having just met to being boyfriends. They don’t have a “coming out”, they don’t flaunt their love like a rainbow flag in the wind, but their family know and accept, not without worries but still with love for their children, their tighter friends are supportive and even from the schools they are able to find acceptance and good advices. Problem is that one of these advices is for Alex to not be out in college if he wants to play football and have a scholarship, and that is the starting point of their trouble.

First Alex has to move far from Blake to go to college, second they are not able to be together even if long distance and last but not least, Blake is a little bit jealous of Alex’s scholarship for football, when Blake will not be able to have it. Blake being jealous instead of making him bad to my eyes, had him nicer. Blake is more real like that, he is not the perfect next door boy; Blake has really no reason to be upset for not having a full scholarship, his parents can afford to send him to college wherever he likes, and plus being his father a college professor, he can even attend his home college for free. But like a teenager with a passion for sports, Blake cannot let it go without having bad feelings that his boyfriend managed something he was not able to.

On the other side, Alex is totally unprepared to be in a relationship; if he can do something wrong, you can be sure he will do it. He is not able to read the messages Blake is sending him, he is not able to reassure him, and he always, always let them be separate each other with bad words and harsh feelings. I don’t think Alex is egoistic, I think he is simply a young adult who has still a lot to learn.

In the end, Fair Catch was a little more sexy then expected (I would say more the upper side of teenagers if you are targeting YA readers) and also more sweet, it was really a romance, with young hearts in love.

http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=83&products_id=3595

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Paperback: 396 pages
Publisher: Prizm (June 13, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1610403304
ISBN-13: 978-1610403306

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GayRomLit Ebook Giveaway: Blake Deveraux - Dillon's Prayer

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 khylara please contact me.

Today author is Blake Deveraux (http://www.blakedeveraux.com/)

Dillon's Prayer by Blake Deveraux
Paperback: 158 pages
Publisher: Red Rose Publishing (September 15, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1604358327
ISBN-13: 978-1604358322
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God, Please Help me, I can’t live another year like this… Dillon McDonald is a broken man, both in body and in spirit. His sadistic partner, Alfonse, had successfully broken him long ago. But this New Year’s Eve, a strange new feeling takes hold of the young man. Is it hope? Breaking free of the hell he’d found himself in is only the beginning for this handsome, troubled young man though. When charming young softball coach, Jon Michaels shows interest in Dillon, he realizes that the stakes are much higher than he’s ever imagined. Jon is kind, handsome, and spiritually grounded. Dillon’s can't help but believe that Jon may just be the answer to the prayer he’d assumed went unheard. Will Dillon be able to begin a new life with Jon, or will Alfonse be the end of them both?
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Rainbow Awards: Current Submissions (121-130)

121) Megan Derr - Kidnapped
Publisher: Less Than Three Press; 1 edition (October 13, 2011)
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Infinitum Government Code 3.18.21.512: Genetic Experimentation Shall Be Strictly Forbidden. No job is more arduous than that of Rehab Guard—those appointed to guard the many and varied prisoners within the Infinitum Government, the ruling power of a vast interplanetary alliance. To be a Rehab Guard requires very specific qualifications and years of specialized training. It is brutal, dangerous, and often thankless job—and there is nowhere else Sean would rather be. It keeps him safe, his deadly secret safely buried, and gives him a life as close to normal as he will ever come. Until the day new prisoner arrives, a genetically-engineered Draconis with the ability to ‘match’ to a suitable magics-capable individual and boost his power. Convicted of murder, he is sentenced to Rehab for life, and no one has ever escaped from Rehab. But no one counted on the prisoner matching with Sean, who as a human should not be capable of magics...

122) R. Jackson - Tales from the Den
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Bear Bones Books (October 15, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1590212223
ISBN-13: 978-1590212226
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You're not afraid of wild and weird things that go Woof in the night, are you? Enter the Den, where this frightfully stimulating collection of sixteen hot and hairy stories--written by and for the masculine men who call themselves bears, cubs, wolves, otters, and the critters who love them--will be sure to give you a chill up your spine and a thrill between your furry loins.
The erotomythic stories tell of bearish men who dare enter forbidden realms populated (and copulated) by mystical beings, supernatural creatures, fantastic spirits, netherworldly demons, and bizarre beasts--your typical Folsom Street Fair crowd. This collection includes new stories from authors William Holden, Daniel M. Jaffe, Hank Edwards, 'Nathan Burgoine, Jay Starre, and Lee Thomas, and others; classic bear tales from Jay Neal, Jeff Mann, and Nicolas Mann; plus fabulous original short fiction by fresh talents in the bear writing community. Tales from the Den may or may not grow hair on your palms, but it's certain to raise fur on the back of your neck!

123) Giselle Renarde - The Red Satin Collection
Paperback: 328 pages
Publisher: loveyoudivine Alterotica (November 28, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1600546382
ISBN-13: 978-1600546389
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When coming home means coming out. The Red Satin Collection brings together all three transgender lesbian romance stories in Giselle Renarde’s erotic holiday trilogy. Red Satin, The Night Before Red Satin Christmas and Red Satin Christmas all previously published as individual eBooks by loveyoudivine Alterotica. In Red Satin, mall magic inspires love and soon lust in the hearts of Regan and her transgender friend Maisie. Maisie’s family hasn’t seen her since she began her transition from male to female—not until she and Regan head home for the holidays in The Night Before Red Satin Christmas. Regan figures she’s just along for the ride, lending her girlfriend support, until Maisie’s mother surprises her with a special dinner guest in Red Satin Christmas. Regan hasn’t spoken to her hard-drinking Cree father in years. Can she finally trust the man who’s once again claimed to have changed for good? Together, Regan and Maisie face drama only Christmas can create. How will their well-meaning families impact their blossoming relationship?

124) William Masswa - Toughskins
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (January 17, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602825912
ISBN-13: 978-1602825918
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Love can begin in the most unlikely of places, including a "mom and pop shop" wrestling league. John and Bret, two twenty-something athletes who separately endured abuse in their pasts, do what they know—they beat up themselves and each other—until one hero-seeking boy turns their lives around with the question, "Why do you hurt each other?" John’s heartache begins with a bad relationship when he’s seventeen, and Bret, having had enough with dating in the Pacific Northwest, tries his luck here with this Mid-Atlantic league. Tender moments unfold for John and Bret. The rookies are also brought together by a ragtag team of oddball wrestlers who, lonely themselves, know what all boys know: deep down, we all just want to be held.

125) K.E. Payne - me@you.com
Reading level: Ages 13 and up
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (January 17, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602825920
ISBN-13: 978-1602825925
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Is it possible to fall in love with someone you’ve never met? Imogen Summers thinks so because it’s happened to her. Immy is a normal eighteen-year-old, with a normal life, a normal family, and a normal boyfriend. But when she finds herself falling for a girl on an Internet message board, a girl she knows only as the mysterious Fickle, her so-called normal life is suddenly turned on its head. As her relationship with Fickle develops into more than just friendship, Immy finds another message board friend, the sweet and lovely Freddie, the perfect person to confide in. But can Freddie stay out of it when she starts to fall for Immy herself? Things are about to get complicated...

126) M.J. Williamz - Initiation by Desire
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (January 17, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602825904
ISBN-13: 978-1602825901
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Sue Dobson doesn’t want a commitment. Tully Stephens wants only to survive her sophomore year. They soon realize how desperately they want each other, but that’s easier said than done. Tulley is a nineteen-year-old new initiate in the Gamma Alpha Epsilon sorority who has never loved a woman. Sue is the twenty-four-year-old resident adviser who jumps from bed to bed. Tulley is discovering her true self while Sue wants to discover more about the sexy young butch who’s invading her fantasies. A sorority house is never the ideal location for keeping a secret, especially when the secret is a blossoming affair. Can their love withstand the strain of the concealment? Will their time together always consist of stolen moments? Or will they complete their Initiation of Desire?

127) Winter Pennington - Bloody Claws
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (January 17, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602825882
ISBN-13: 978-1602825888
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Yule is a time to celebrate the rebirth of the light, but for Preternatural Private Investigator and Paranormal Huntress Kassandra Lyall, it’s about solving yet another series of crimes. When a couple disappears from their quiet neighborhood home, Detective Arthur Kingfisher brings Kassandra in on the case. Faced with a bloody symbol painted on the couple’s bedroom wall, the cops are stumped. That is, until they find a body and their missing person’s report becomes a full-blown murder investigation. Kassandra realizes that someone is targeting the pagan community. The investigation brings up some heavy emotions, making it harder for her to play human in front of the law enforcement officers she works with. In the midst of aiding the police, Kassandra finally finds herself at serious odds with Sheila Morris, the local werewolf pack’s Alpha female, when Sheila decides to abuse someone very dear to Kassandra. A certain Alpha has a bone to pick. The question is: Who’s going to pick it first? The Third Book in the Kassandra Lyall Preternatural Investigator Series.

128) Kathleen Knowles - Awake Unto Me
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (January 17, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602825890
ISBN-13: 978-1602825895
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In turn of the century San Francisco, two young women fight for love in a world where women are often invisible and passion is the privilege of the powerful. Kerry O’Shea always handled what life threw at her. Growing up on San Francisco’s Barbary Coast, schooled in the streets by her con-man father, she fights to make a place for herself as a cook in the Palace Hotel. Escaping her roots made her plenty tough, but when she meets Beth Hammond, none of her street smarts matters. It's love at first sight, but how can such a love ever be possible? Beth Hammond is every bit as strong as Kerry and proves it when she talks her domineering father into allowing her to study nursing. Drawn to Kerry in ways she doesn't understand, Beth fears the terrible secret she hides could destroy their relationship before it can even begin.

129) Bonnie Dee & Summer Devon - The Psychic and the Sleuth
Paperback: 232 pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing (December 4, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1609288432
ISBN-13: 978-1609288433
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Trusting a psychic flash might solve a mystery…and lead to love. Inspector Robert Court should have felt a sense of justice when a rag-and-bones man went to the gallows for murdering his cousin. Yet something has never felt right about the investigation. Robert’s relentless quest for the truth has annoyed his superintendent, landing him lowly assignments such as foiling a false medium who’s fleecing the wives of the elite. Oliver Marsh plays the confidence game of spiritualism, though his flashes of insight often offer his clients some comfort. Despite the presence of an attractive, if sneering, non-believer at a séance, he carries on—and experiences a horrifying psychic episode in which he experiences a murder as the victim. There’s only one way for Court to learn if the young, dangerously attractive Marsh is his cousin’s killer or a real psychic: spend as much time with him as possible. Despite his resolve to focus on his job, Marsh somehow manages to weave a seductive spell around the inspector’s straight-laced heart. Gradually, undeniable attraction overcomes caution. The two men are on the case, and on each other, as they race to stop a murderer before he kills again.

130) Neil Plakcy - Mi Amor
Paperback: 252 pages
Publisher: Loose Id, LLC (January 19, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1611183790
ISBN-13: 978-1611183795
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Cute, sexy party boy Adam Beller falls in lust with smolderingly handsome contractor Javier Castro over a bunch of stargazer lilies at the Publix grocery at the southern tip of Miami Beach. But can these two very different guys find happiness together, as Adam's business falls apart and the FBI begin investigating him, and Javier confronts the macho prejudice of his family and associates? Each man finds the other irresistible. But it's not easy falling in love in an Art Deco landscape populated by drag queens, Russian mobsters and charming Federal agents.
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Coming to, A Collection of Erotic & Other Epiphanies by Lukas Hand

This collection caught me unaware and unprepared; I don’t know, probably the cover, nice but really sexy, probably that “erotic” on the title, made me believing this was a “simply” erotica collection, those nice anthologies you can read and, well, forget soon after. I was completely wrong: Coming to had me on a rollercoast of feelings, happy, sad, bitter, laughing, all in the span of less than 200 pages I had to read all in one night.

It’s enough to open the book and read the Introduction, to realize you are not starting a light collection of erotic tales; Coming to is about an author, Lukas Hand, who is rethinking and reinventing his own life. Some of the stories are true, some are fantasies, but all of them are the author’s personal epiphanies, little moment in his life when he realized something important. Not always the protagonists of these stories are the author, for sure he cannot be a superhero, and maybe he is not even the son of a pastor, but maybe he had a boy next door he was in love with, or maybe he had a friend he was never able to openly talk to until it was too late. Maybe he had a lover he lost, and who is now protecting him, or maybe he is able to reinvent his relationship with his partner adding some spicy. I have the strong feeling Lukas Hand loved and lost someone, since the pain of this loss is still strong in many of these stories, even when it was not a lover. I really appreciated the sweet little story about a fellow college student who wanted to push the narrator beyond his own limit, for no apparent reason if not that he believed in him. I hope for Lukas Hand that he has found the happiness in a relationship like some of his narrating voices, even if, sadly, they are not many; most of those voices are regretting a lost chance, a “could be” they didn’t have the courage to fully embrace.

I highly recommend Coming to, especially to those readers who are maybe mislead by the sexy cover (that don’t get me wrong, I like), this collection has a deepness that is amazing.

http://lethepressbooks.com/erotica.htm#hand-coming-to

Amazon: Coming To: A Collection of Erotic & Other Epiphanies
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Paperback: 190 pages
Publisher: Lethe Press (March 23, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1590212436
ISBN-13: 978-1590212431

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