August 20th, 2012

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GayRomLit Ebook Giveaway: Andrew Grey - A Foreign Range

I asked to all the authors joining the GayRomLit convention in Albuquerque in October ( a personal favor, a special Ebook Giveaway: every day 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! (comments close on August 22)

And the ebook giveaways goes to: tessanoil please contact me.

Today author is Andrew Grey (

A Foreign Range by Andrew Grey
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 15, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613725507
ISBN-13: 978-1613725504
Amazon: A Foreign Range
Amazon Kindle: A Foreign Range

Stories from the Range: Book Four Country singer Willie Meadows is a fake. He's never ridden a horse, and his "Western" gear comes from a boutique shop in LA. No wonder Wilson Edwards, the real man in those fake boots, is suffering creative block. Determined to connect with the music, Wilson buys a ranch in Wyoming to learn the country way of life, even if he has no intention of running the business. Then Steve Peterson shows up desperate, destitute, and hungry, having just escaped a gay deprogramming hospital run by his father's cult. Steve was supposed to train horses for the ranch's former owner, but the job is gone along with his would-be employer. Luckily Wilson has a temporary solution: Steve can ranch-sit while Wilson does business in LA. But when he comes back, Wilson barely recognizes the place. There are trained horses in the paddock, and the ranch is in great shape. Suddenly he finds himself inspired not by the cowboy lifestyle but by Steve himself. But the cult is still after Steve, and Wilson's fear of scandal means he's still in the closet. Coming out could kill Willie's career-but denying his feelings for Steve could kill the only part of him that's real.
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Around the World: Singapore (Living Galleries - Fashion)

Today I wanted to visit the National Museum of Singapore, and in particular the Linving Galleries - Fashion, and maybe the itinerant exhibition Wedding Dresses from the Victorian and Albert Museum. I was ready to pay the ticket for these two, and maybe some more... but when I arrived I found out it was open day, meaning the entrance was free for all the museum's exhibitions!

In any case, these are from the Fashion Living Gallery, don't you love the east meets west style?

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Around the World: Singapore (Wedding Dresses from the V&A Museum)

And for my history buff friends, I think you will love these dresses...

Wedding Dress with Detachable Sleeves, 1828, Britain, and White Muslim Dress and Cape, 1834, Britain.

Eliza, wife of the 6th Baron Monson (1807-63), about 1828, by William Egley (1798-1870), England. She was wearing the first of the two wedding dresses on display for her marriage.

Society Wedding Dress, 1933, Norman Hartnell (1901-69), London.

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Green Fairy by Kyell Gold

Green Fairy is another complex novel by Kyell Gold; sometime I think there are two Kyells, the one writing furry contemporary romances, like Waterways or Out of Position, that I love, and the one writing furry fantasy, like Volle, that are more aimed to a strong-core fantasy readership. In both genres, in any case, the romance component is strong, and also the sex is good, but very explicit.

Green Fairy is a mix of the two genres almost deprived of sex; not of the romance, don’t get me wrong, it’s only that here is more tell than show. The story is, as I said, complex, a three-nestled plot: Sol, a contemporary wolf teenager who is reading a book set at the beginning of the XX century, in a parallel universe that is similar to the Paris of the Moulin Rouge Belle Epoque; the three plot paths are those of Sol, of the narrator in the book and of Niki, the fox dancer who is the main character of the book (and the mouse he is in love with). When Sol drinks a glass of absinthe he starts to dream of being Niki, but it’s not only a dream since Sol shares every feeling with the fox, from pain, love, fear, everything. And Sol will also understand that to save Niki, and himself, he has to undertake an hard journey, the journey towards being an adult.

This is what proves to me I’m reading a Kyell Gold’s novel, and that Kyell is indeed one author: doesn’t matter if contemporary or fantasy, his stories are always about being young and gay, and having to face this reality and fight it. It’s not easy, but neither impossible, and if you are true to yourself, you will always win. It’s often a metaphor with sports, in Green Fairy Sol is a baseball player, this is yet another aspect that is characteristic of Gold’s novels.

Often I tag this author’s novels as “Fantasy”, and for the type of Volle is for sure right, but for story like Waterways, Isolation Play, Out Of Position and for one plot out of three of Green Fairy, that is not right. These are metaphors of contemporary life, only that instead of the boy next door, you have a wolf, or a tiger, or a fox, or an otter; but furry or not, they are teenagers, and as such, they are facing the biggest challenge: growing up.

Amazon Kindle: Green Fairy (Dangerous Spirits)
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Cover Art by Rukis