August 6th, 2012

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GayRomLit Ebook Giveaway: S.L. Armstrong & K. Piet - Other Side of Night 1

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: imidealistic please contact me.

Today author is K. Piet (http://www.kpiet.net/)

Other Side of Night: Bastian & Riley by S.L. Armstrong & K. Piet
Paperback: 190 pages
Publisher: Storm Moon Press, LLC (September 23, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1937058255
ISBN-13: 978-1937058258
Amazon: Other Side of Night: Bastian & Riley
Amazon Kindle: Other Side of Night: Bastian & Riley

Vampires walk among us. For centuries, they have adapted, learning to pass undetected in our world. They no longer fear the day, only the sting of direct sunlight. They are students, bankers, lawyers, and even actors. But when the sun goes down, they are all united by their eternal thirst. We do not see them from our safe and comfortable side of the night. But sometimes, one of us is drawn away from the light and we cross into their world. Into the other side of night. Sebastian Rossi's second year at the University of Tennessee began much differently than his first. He rushes to and from his classes, covered head to toe in thick clothing. Parties are a thing of the past, and dating hasn't been high on his list of priorities. No, high on his needs is blood. Lots of it. Adjusting to the changes no one even told him would happen following one great night of partying and sex has been hell for Bastian, but he's managing. Riley Lynch's dream is to be a veterinarian. He works hard to pay his tuition, reads in every spare moment, and tries to forget the nightmare of his sophomore year. Summer has washed away all the bad, leaving him refreshed and eager for his junior year at UT. Life is finally looking up for him, and he has no intention of sliding back down into the depression that had consumed him during his last relationship. A chance meeting brings their two worlds into alignment and passion sparks between them. When Riley learns of the changes Bastian is going through, he has a choice to make: walk away or embrace the night.
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In the Spotlight: Daniel Black

The Book: The heartbreaking portrait of a large, rural southern family’s attempt to grapple with their mother’s desperate decision to make her newborn son into the daughter she will never have

When the seventh child of the Peace family, named Perfect, turns eight, her mother Emma Jean tells her bewildered daughter, “You was born a boy. I made you a girl. But that ain’t what you was supposed to be. So, from now on, you gon’ be a boy. It’ll be a little strange at first, but you’ll get used to it, and this’ll be over after while.” From this point forward, his life becomes a bizarre kaleidoscope of events. Meanwhile, the Peace family is forced to question everything they thought they knew about gender, sexuality, unconditional love, and fulfillment.

Amazon: Perfect Peace: A Novel
Amazon Kindle: Perfect Peace: A Novel
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; First Edition edition (December 6, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0312571658
ISBN-13: 978-0312571658

The Author: Daniel Black is a native of Kansas City, Kansas, yet spent the majority of his childhood years in Blackwell, Arkansas. He is an associate professor at his alma mater, Clark Atlanta University, where he now aims to provide an example to young Americans of the importance of self-knowledge and communal commitment. He is the author of They Tell Me of a Home and The Sacred Place.

Top Gay Novels List (*)

First Decade (2000-2009): http://www.elisarolle.com/ramblings/top_100_gay_novels_2.htm

Second Decade (2010-2019): http://www.elisarolle.com/ramblings/top_100_gay_novels_2.2.htm

*only one title per author, only print books released after January 1, 2000.

Note: I remember to my friends that guest reviews of the above listed books (the top 100 Gay Novels) are welcome, just send them to me and I will post with full credits to the reviewer.

Other titles not in the top 100 list: http://www.librarything.com/catalog/top50MM
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Jump First by Charles Edward

I think Jump First was intended to be a light coming of age story, but I read a touch of bitterness that made it not so light to my eyes. First of all, while the author tried to make Marguerite a nice character to the reader’s eyes, at least at the beginning, I had an instinctively aversion on her regards. She seemed to me fake, and I tried to understand if the author was referencing to someone real, or if he was simply directing a group. In any case my first reaction to her was in the end the right one, even if she is trying to make amend when the story closes.

Aside for this side of the story, the rest of the plot is about two teenagers falling in love; Heath and his high school mate Ryan have a lot in common, but they are also desperately shy. It will be not the easy “jump” of the title for them to realize they have feeling for each other, but once they do, there is really no drama for them. They are young, they are trouble-free, and the future is bright for them. They have also probably a career ready in front of them, and I can see them becoming an upper class suburban couple, maybe even with a kid or two, or maybe a dog (or two!).

I wondered a little on the author, if this was a story taken by his own experience. If I have to trust the bio at the end of the book, he is a married man in a same-sex couple… maybe this is explaining a little his attitude towards the character of Marguerite, but it’s also explaining Heath and Ryan’s relationship: if you are part of an happy and steady couple, you are probably able to instill this positive attitude in your teenager characters, if you have it, why not prospect it to your own characters?

http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=2300

Amazon Kindle: Jump First
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (May 3, 2011)

Reading List: http://www.librarything.com/catalog_bottom.php?tag=reading list&view=elisa.rolle