September 25th, 2012

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GayRomLit Ebook Giveaway: Kimberly Gardner - Too Soon For Love

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 September 27)

and the ebook giveaway goes to: aileenfan please contact me.

Today author is Kimberly Gardner (

Too Soon For Love by Kimberly Gardner
Paperback: 328 pages
Publisher: MLR Press (February 19, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1608202992
ISBN-13: 978-1608202997
Amazon: Too Soon For Love
Amazon Kindle: Too Soon For Love

Michael Stricker is still reeling from his partner's sudden and untimely death when he meets someone new, someone he could really care about. But first he needs time, time to get his life back in order and time to get over is lost love. But learning to live alone again is nearly impossible with his well-meaning relatives treating him like a poor helpless blind guy. When Alan Stuart befriends Phillip DiMartino's grieving partner, the last thing he expects is to discover hidden lies and infidelity. Guilty over his attraction to the still-grieving man, Alan resolves to stay silent. But the truth has a way of coming out, and soon a dead man's secrets bring about more heartbreak than Alan could have imagined. Although both men vow to keep their distance, staying away is easier said than done, even when it's Too Soon For Love.
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The Infernal Republic by Marshall Moore

While I first knew Marshall Moore for his An Ideal for Living, publisher with an LGBT press, this collection of short stories is not specifically LGBT, even if many of the characters are lesbian, bisexual or gay. The “extraordinariness” of these characters is not given by their sexuality, but lies on how much twisted they are. By the way, reading the blurb, I was expecting for this to be a collection of supernatural stories, but it’s actually a mix, and some of them are about the extraordinaire ordinariness of modern time. It’s difficult to explain, but it’s not something from outside that makes these men and women special, it’s all in them, in their mind, in their attitude: they stand apart, estranged from the contest where they are living.

And the contest is another important point: being it Portland, or Hong Kong, or San Francisco, the setting is at the same time outside frame and part of the story; Urban Reef would be not the same if not in Portland, and of course Marble Forest, Karstic Heart can be like that only in chaotic Hong Kong. In most of the stories, the cities blend with the characters, reflecting their own peculiarity, in some other stories, the setting is in stark contrast with the people (Urban Reef), making it the starting point of the narration.

The Infernal Republic is a far detour from my usual genre, similar experience I had with An Ideal for Living, but in both cases, I’m glad I gave a chance to this author, because for sure the esthetical beauty of his writings drew me all the same. I strongly suggest you to read him in the original English, but if you are not able to, and want to experience a little bit of what The Infernal Republic is, three of the stories are translated into Italian, ("Toast, Belladonna, and the Heat Death of the Universe", "Putting the Damage On", "The Infinite Monkey Theorem") and are available as “Il look del diavolo” from Signal 8 Press.

Amazon: The Infernal Republic
Amazon Kindle: The Infernal Republic
Paperback: 228 pages
Publisher: Signal 8 Press (February 14, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 9881516404
ISBN-13: 978-9881516404

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Event: New York City Collectible Paperback & Pulp Fiction Expo

So, I decided to plan a weekend in New York City before attending the GayRomanceLiterature convention in Albquerque, and look what I have just found out?

The 24th annual New York City Collectible Paperback & Pulp Fiction Expo,
our big 2012 book show will be held
Sunday, October 14, 2012,
at the Holiday Inn at 440 West 57th Street in NYC in the BIG ROOM on the first floor.

A limited number of 6’ tables available but email for tables asap, as they go fast.

Admission: Preview (8am) $10; General (9am - 3pm) $5; After 3pm FREE

Confirmed Guest authors and artists:
(Please note all signing times are approximate)
CHARLES ARDAI, 1PM, award-winning crime author and editor of the Hard Case Crime series.
LAWRENCE BLOCK, 1PM, legendry mystery and crime author, creator of the Matt Scudder series & more!
(Please note Mr. Block's signing policy is that he will sign any three books for each one of his new ones you purchase.)
ED BALCOURT, 11AM, renowned artist rep who was a key player in paperback cover art and pb publishing.
VICTOR BANIS: 10AM, vintage 60s soft-core author of classic gay eroticia and sleaze paperbacks!
ANN BANNON: NOON, vintage Gold Medal author of classic lesbian pulp novels!
MARCUS BOAS, 10AM to end, fabulous fantasy artist who will display some of his wonderful paintings!
CAROL BUGGE, 11AM, author of many fine Sherlockian pastiches, aka C.E. Lawrence for her fine Lee Campbell mystery thrillers!
RON GOULART, 1PM, master storyteller, SF writer, pulp and comic book scholar.
C.J. HENDERSON, 10AM to end, well-known hard-boiled crime, fantasy and horror author.
MORRIS HERSHMAN, 1PM, original Manhunt author and also Midwood Books author as Arnold English.
MARVIN KAYE, 1PM, famous fantasy author and renown anthologist, editor of Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine and Weird Tales.
MARIJANE MEAKER: NOON, Classic Gold Medal author who wrote crime as Vin Packer and lesbian novels as Ann Aldrich, and many other fine bestsellers!
ANNETTE & MARTIN MEYERS, NOON, mystery author couple, who also write as Maan Meyers.
JOHN NORMAN: 1PM, Bestselling science fiction author and creator of the famous GOR series!
S.J. ROZAN, NOON, crime author and creator of the famous Lydia Chin series and much more.
JASON STARR, author of many excellent crime and noir thrillers.
STAN TRYBULSKI, 10AM to end, hard-boiled crime author with many fine books to his credit.
F. PAUL WILSON: 1PM, famed science fiction & horror author, creator of the Repairman Jack series!
GERALD A. WINTER: 10AM to end, hard crime and noir writer, author of Hemingway's Trunk and more!
KEN WISHNIA, NOON, hard crime writer, as well as popular historical mystery author.

Guest signing times will be posted on our website, and also on the Program given out at the day of the show.

Victor J. Banis, Ann Bannon and Marijane Meaker ALL in the same room? well for sure I will be there!!!
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Maithe’s Surrender (Devil Enchained 1) by Leontii Holender

Since I’m used to the Siren Publishing production, I’m not surprised about the tone of this fantasy novel: it’s a little bloody, very much erotic, and not really politically correct. Even if used and abused, Maithe is not a victim: an Halfling demon, his breed is condemned to servitude to the human race, but Maithe is “special”, he has more demon blood in his body than other halflings and as such, he is entitled to be owned only by royalty. Problem is that the king of this realm is already mated to Maithe’s brother and so what will happen to him? While Maithe loves his brother, he doesn’t really care for anyone else if not himself, and so, when the chance comes to be owned by Astle, the son of a neighborhood king, it doesn’t seem to me that Maithe struggles a lot with the idea.

As I said, the story is quite “bloody”, there is a lot of violence, even on innocent people, but not only that type of violence; the coupling between Maithe and Astle is always quite rude, and Maithe, described at time like a lamb (I suppose for his horns) and at time as an angel (probably for his feathery wings), comes out from them bruised and tattered, but also very much satisfied. Maithe has a wicked core, and he is not scared by Astle’s rude attitude. On the other hand, Astle has found a matching soul in Maithe, and he knows he hasn’t to control when he is with the other man.

This is not the story of a rescue of an innocent soul, this is more the story of two partners in crime meeting each other. Maithe is no lamb or angel, and Astle is no Prince Charming. Two really original characters; moreover I have to pay homage to the author for her fantasy world, and for not backing from making it cruel and dangerous: this is no fairy tale, and not even the main characters are safe from possible death.

Amazon: Maithe's Surrender [Devil Enchained 1]
Amazon Kindle: Maithe's Surrender [Devil Enchained 1]
Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: Siren Publishing, Inc. (August 31, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1622414160
ISBN-13: 978-1622414161

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