September 2nd, 2012

andrew potter

GayRomLit Ebook Giveaway: Amy Lane - Sidecar

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 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 September 4)

And the ebook giveaway goes to writerinchains please contact me.

Today author is Amy Lane (http://www.writerslane.blogspot.com)

Sidecar by Amy Lane
Paperback: 270 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 29, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 161372568X
ISBN-13: 978-1613725689
Amazon: Sidecar
Amazon Kindle: Sidecar

The year is 1987. The boys wear pink Izod shirts, the girls wear big hair, everyone has a stash box, and AIDS is just an ugly rumor rumbling like a thunderstorm from the cities. A teenage runaway wanders the side of the road, a heartbeat away from despair, and is rescued by a long-haired angel on a Harley. But that's just the beginning of their story. Josiah Daniels wanted peace and quiet and a simple life, and he had it until he rescued Casey from hunger, cold, and exhaustion. Suddenly Joe's life is anything but simple as he and his new charge navigate a world that is changing more rapidly than the people in it. Joe wants to raise Casey to a happy and productive adulthood, and he does. But even as an adult, Casey can't conceive of a happy life without Joe. The trouble is getting Joe to accept that the boy he nurtured is suddenly the man who wants him. Their relationship can either die or change with the world around them. As they make a home, negotiate the new rules of growing up, and swerve around the pitfalls of modern life, Casey learns that adulthood is more than sex, Joe learns that there is no compromise in happy ever after, and they're both forced to realize that the one thing a man shouldn't be is alone.
andrew potter

Top Gay Books of the XXI century

It's that time of the year again, when I update the Top Gay Books List. Some books went up, some went down, and there are many new entries, especially for the second decade of the XXI century. I'm very sorry to have to highlight that just some days ago, one of the author in the list, David Rakoff, passed away. I'd like to consider this post a little farewell to him.

As usual some boring basic rules: the list considers only gay themed books released in print after January 1, 2000, so you can consider it a Top 100 List of the XXI century. Books released in electronic format before January 1, 2000, and then in print after that date, I listed it. To enter the list I browsed all the LGBT publishers I found, considered all the specific awards and all the recommendation from friends. I haven't read ALL the books, like you, I am trying to read as much as possible, but the list is impartial, meaning that if I didn't like a book, or I haven't read it yet, I nevertheless included it in the list.

To decide the ranking, again, I tried to be impartial: I chose to consider the owned copies in LibraryThing, a cataloguing website that seems to be "serious" and of common use. For every author I considered only a book, the one with more owned copies, so the list is more a Top Authors than a Top Books.

The actual list will remain frozen for 1 year, and in September 2013 I will reopened it and track the changes. In the meantime, I will continue to feature an author from that list every week, in my In the Spotlight appointment.

First decade (2000-2009)


1 - Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris


2 - Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs


3 - Three Junes by Julia Glass


4 - The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst


5 - Lord John and the Private Matter by Diana Gabaldon


6 - Moab is my Washpot by Stephen Fry


7 - The Master by Colm Toibin


8 - Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan


9 - At Swim, Two Boys by Jamie O'Neill


10 - The Night Listener by Armistead Maupin

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More Books: http://www.elisarolle.com/ramblings/top_100_gay_novels_2.htm

Second decade (2010-2019)


1 - Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan


2 - By Nightfall by Michael Cunningham


3 - The Hunger Angel by Herta Müller


4 - In a Strange Room by Damon Galgut


5 - It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living by Dan Savage


6 - Closet Case by Robert Rodi


7 - The Absolutist by John Boyne


8 - Strings Attached by Nick Nolan


9 - Sucking Sherbet Lemons by Michael Carson


10 - Faith & Fidelity by Tere Michaels

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More Books: http://www.elisarolle.com/ramblings/top_100_gay_novels_2.2.htm