September 26th, 2012

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The Zagzagel Diaries by Bryl R. Tyne

With a series a short stories, less than 10 pages each, Bryl R. Tyne introduces the reader to a character, the guardian angel Zagzagel who promises to be the source of many more delightful stories. As rightly for a story about angels and lost hopes, there is a tinge of sadness, but luckily that doesn’t turn into a tragedy.

Zag is sent from Big Papa (yes, Him) to save people in need, man, women, whose desire is to love and be loved, but who were not able to find that love in their life. Those people are at the edge, in the moment of doing something that will put an end to their miserable life, and Zag is suppose to not intervene; but the reader knows that, when we are talking of guardian angels, we are also talking about friends who will never let you down, and so Zag cannot avoid but to help his wards.

Even if the stories are short, I had the time to be “uncertain” on the outcome: was this an impossible become possible love story? Was Zag saving his love other than his protégé? for all the set of stories you will see Zag struggles with fear and hope, with trust and mistrust in the big design of Big Papa. What will be the final decision? Will Zag be damned or prized?

This is a series of nice short stories with the right dose of romance, sadness, fantasy, and above all hope.

Series: The Zagzagel Diaries
1) Forsaken
Amazon Kindle: Forsaken
Publisher: Untreed Reads Publishing, LLC (March 26, 2010)

2) Denial

3) Desperate
Amazon Kindle: Desperate
Publisher: Untreed Reads Publishing (June 11, 2010)

4) Lost
Amazon Kindle: Lost
Publisher: Untreed Reads (August 8, 2010)

5) Broken
Amazon Kindle: Broken
Publisher: Untreed Reads (December 21, 2010)

6) Loved
Amazon Kindle: Loved
Publisher: Untreed Reads (April 5, 2011)

Reading List: http://www.librarything.com/catalog_bottom.php?tag=reading list&view=elisa.rolle
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Eminent Outlaws: Bessie Smith (April 15, 1894 – September 26, 1937)

Bessie Smith (April 15, 1894 – September 26, 1937) was an American blues singer. (Picture: Bessie Smith, 1936, by Carl Van Vechten)

Sometimes referred to as The Empress of the Blues, Smith was the most popular female blues singer of the 1920s and 1930s. She is often regarded as one of the greatest singers of her era and, along with Louis Armstrong, a major influence on subsequent jazz vocalists.

The 1900 census indicates that Bessie Smith was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee in July 1892. However, the 1910 census recorded her birthday as April 15, 1894, a date that appears on all subsequent documents and was observed by the entire Smith family. Census data also contributes to controversy about the size of her family. The 1870 and 1880 censuses report three older half-siblings, while later interviews with Smith's family and contemporaries did not include these individuals among her siblings.

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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bessie_Smith

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GayRomLit Ebook Giveaway: Kiernan Kelly - Surfing the Dawn

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 28)

And the ebook giveaway goes to: tizzzzez, please contact me.

Today author is Kiernan Kelly (http://www.kiernankelly.com/)

Surfing the Dawn by Kiernan Kelly
Publisher: Torquere Press, Inc. (March 13, 2012)
Amazon Kindle: Surfing the Dawn

Over the course of his very long existence, vampire Raven has shed blood and taken it. Life has gotten dull, until the only excitement he can find is in racing the deadly sunrise, fearing it, and hoping at the same time that he might someday lose the race.

He was a Roman once, proud and strong, and shared the love of Valerian, a fellow gladiator. He thought their love would last a lifetime, until the night they were brought low, not by the bite of iron in the arena, but by the bite of a woman.

That night changed everything, and Raven spent the next fifteen hundred years trying to forget. When an antique ring arrives for him, he's plunged back into the very memories he's been trying to outrun. From ancient Rome and the gladiator games, to the crashing waves of modern day Malibu, Raven's past is about to take a bite out of his heart.
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Rainbow Awards: Current Submissions (191-200)

191) Lorna Hinson - Shifting Steam
Paperback: 216 pages
Publisher: Torquere Press (October 26, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1610405404
ISBN-13: 978-1610405409
Amazon: Shifting Steam
Amazon Kindle: Shifting Steam

Steampunk and shifters? Do they even go together? Of course they do. Steampunk is all about the possible, the magical and the otherworldly. Shapeshifters are all about bending the idea of humanity into new shapes. Combine them, and you get Shifting Steam. The stories in Shifting Steam pave the way for a magical journey through space and time to alternate realities, where anything is possible. From dragons to birds, from Victorian era expositions to secret laboratories, these stories explore what happens when man meets beast in a world of airship captains and fantastic creatures. Whether it's a Jekyll and Hyde style beast, a wolfman who would rather not be a wolf, or a man who wishes he could fly, every kind of creature gets its day in the steampunk sun. Step into the world of Shifting Steam and let it transport you to a sexy, fantastical new universe. Shifting Steam features stories from authors Missouri Dalton, Ekaterina Morris, Lydia Nyx, M Raiya, Lynn Townsend and Emory Vargas.

192a) Peter Hansen - First Watch
Publisher: Riptide Publishing (October 27, 2011)
Amazon Kindle: First Watch

Do you want to live? In the darkness of a WWI battlefield, young Legionnaire Edouard Montreuil lies dying. As teeth nibble his flesh, a voice whispers, Do you want to live? Frightened and desperate, Edouard bargains his freedom for a second chance. Aboard the Flèche, a grim submarine captained by the nightmare who granted Edouard new life, Edouard pays the price for his survival. Each night, he gives his body to his captain as the bells sound first watch. But surviving is not living, and as the days stretch into months beneath the waves, Edouard grows desperate for escape. Can Edouard’s old comrade Farid Ruiz help him break this devil's bargain, or will Ruiz fall to the same fate, trapped beneath the waves at the mercy of a monster whose hunger knows no bounds? Edouard and Ruiz served together once before, and slept together too, but courage and passion failed to save them from the eldritch beasts who roamed the night. This time, the cost of failure is nothing so clean or simple as death, and the spoils of victory are not just life, but love.

192b) Damon Suede - Grown Men
Publisher: Riptide Publishing (October 27, 2011)
Amazon Kindle: Grown Men

Every future has dirty roots. Marooned in the galactic backwaters of the HardCell company, colonist Runt struggles to eke out an existence on a newly-terraformed tropical planetoid. Since his clone-wife died on entry, he’s been doing the work of two on his failing protein farm. Overworked and undersized, Runt’s dwindling hope of earning corporate citizenship has turned to fear of violent “retirement.” When an overdue crate of provisions crashes on his beach, Runt searches frantically for a replacement wife among the tools and food. Instead he gets Ox, a mute hulk who seems more like a corporate assassin than a simple offworld farmer. Shackwacky and near-starving, Runt has no choice but to work with his silent partner despite his mounting paranoia and the unsettling appeal of Ox’s genetically altered pheromones. Ox plays the part of the gentle giant well, but Runt’s still not convinced he hasn’t arrived with murder in mind. Between brutal desire and the seeds of a relationship, Runt’s fears and Ox’s inhuman past collide on a fertile world where hope and love just might have room to grow.

192c) L.A. Witt - A Chip in His Shoulder
Publisher: Riptide Publishing (November 4, 2011)
Amazon Kindle: A Chip in His Shoulder

“Contract killer” is a fitting job for a vampire, and it suits Liam just fine. Cast down from the wealth and status of the Sky for taking a human lover, Liam lurks in the poor and pollution-choked Gutter, killing to survive. Between his natural strengths and his Cybernetix mods, no mark has ever escaped him. Liam’s ex-lover Daniel is the heir to Cybernetix—and its greatest threat. Horrified by people less man than machine and the exploitation of Gutter factory workers, he’d rather destroy Cybernetix than inherit it . . . if his father doesn’t destroy him first. Years of anger and a heap of mods have kept Daniel and Liam apart. When Liam is hired to slaughter a man in his glass Sky tower, he walks right into a Daniel-shaped trap. Daniel’s father has betrayed them both, and only by working together can Daniel and Liam survive the coming day. They have no reason to trust each other, but as the dawn looms, a bargain that began with the simple urge to live soon reminds them of the love they once shared. Can they find each other again, or will the Cybernetix assassins find them first?

193a) Andrea Speed - Pretty Monsters
Publisher: Riptide Publishing (October 27, 2011)
Amazon Kindle: Pretty Monsters (Josh of the Damned, #1)

Josh knew the night shift at the Quik-Mart would be full of freaks and geeks—and that was before the hell portal opened in the parking lot. Still, he likes to think he can roll with things. Sure, the zombies make a mess sometimes, but at least they never reach for anything more threatening than frozen burritos. Besides, it’s not all lizard-monsters and the walking dead. There’s also the mysterious hottie with the sly red lips and a taste for sweets. Josh has had the hots for Hot Guy since the moment he laid eyes on him, and it seems Hot Guy might be sweet on Josh too. Now if only Josh could figure out whether that’s a good thing, a bad thing, or something in between. After all, with a hell vortex just a stone’s throw away, Josh has learned to take nothing at face value—even if it’s a very, very pretty face.

193b) Andrea Speed - Peek-a-Boo
Publisher: Riptide Publishing (January 7, 2012)
Amazon Kindle: Peek-a-Boo (Josh of the Damned, #2)

As night-shift clerk at the go-to Quik-Mart for monsters with the munchies, Josh Caplan believes he’s seen it all. Battling lizard men, werewolves chasing cars in the parking lot . . . nothing fazes Josh anymore. Or so he thinks, at least, until a yeti with poor communication skills drops a dead skunk on the checkout counter. Josh can’t figure what a living, breathing shag carpet wants with him, or why it won’t leave him alone no matter how hard he ignores it. But hey, at least it seems harmless . . . if perhaps a little slow on the draw. But Sasquatch is plenty fast when two of Josh’s human customers try to out-monster the monsters. Times are strange when creatures from the hell portal save the day, but in the protective hands of a lovesick yeti and a sexy vampire boyfriend, Josh realizes that maybe his new normal isn’t so bad after all.

193c) Andrea Speed - Triple Feature
Publisher: Riptide Publishing (April 14, 2012)
Amazon Kindle: Josh of the Damned Triple Feature #1

What most people call a hellish shift, Josh Caplan calls a normal evening. After all, he works nights at a convenience store beside the mouth of hell, selling snacks to zombies and lizard men. Some monsters are odder—and more dangerous—than most. Like the rampaging, oversized mustache who skips the Pringles and eats the customers instead. Or Cthulhu’s half-brother Stan, who doesn't know how to take no for an answer . . . or where to put all those tentacles. But killer facial hair and inept hentai beasts pale in comparison to the monster even other monsters fear. When hell’s big boss demands a sit-down with Josh, she reveals a destiny bigger than he’d ever imagined—or wanted. You'd think preventing the apocalypse would net Josh more than minimum wage and a hot vampire boyfriend, but it turns out saving the world can be a pretty thankless job. This title is #3 of the Josh of the Damned series.

193d) Storm Grant - Sucks & Blows
Publisher: Riptide Publishing (October 27, 2011)
Amazon Kindle: Sucks & Blows

Deeply in debt to a loan shark, oversexed dentist Cary Drewel lives in fear of foreclosure and bodily harm. His new practice is missing one rather crucial element: patients. Which, terrifyingly enough, is the one thing his creditors also don’t have. Pierce Sharpe, a powerful vampire with a drinking problem—or, more accurately, a problem drinking—can’t feed through the pain in his damaged eye teeth. In danger of losing his standing in the vampire community, Pierce seeks Cary's dental services. When Cary extracts his canines, Pierce must turn to other bodily fluids for sustenance. Together, Cary and Pierce find a mutually pleasurable solution to both their problems. Turns out, though, there’s more to this dentist-patient relationship than simple suction, and what began with raw hunger from each of them might just end in love.

193e) Storm Grant - Few Are Chosen
Publisher: Riptide Publishing (February 18, 2012)
Amazon Kindle: Few Are Chosen

Sparks fly between virgin teenage demon hunters when the Chosen One turns out to be the Chosen . . . Two? Apprentice warrior Blake St. Blake is the Chosen One, raised by an ancient order to defend the world against evil. Well, maybe not the whole world, but at least his neighborhood in downtown Detroit. When a dreaded reflux demon is sighted in a local cemetery, Blake is sent off to his very first battle, armed with his sword, his super-senses, his black leather duster, and a few well-rehearsed one-liners. But another Chosen One gets in Blake’s way—an apprentice wizard named Shadow. While the boys argue about who’s the more chosen of the two, the demon escapes. Blake wants to be angry, but it turns out he and Shadow have a lot in common. Besides, Shadow’s pretty cute, and Blake can’t help but think that the wizard’s skills (and hands and lips and other bits) might make the perfect complement to his. Blake and Shadow are brave enough to challenge the reflux demon in a second battle, but will they have the courage to tell each other how they feel?

194) Cat Grant - Once a Marine
Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing (October 30, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1937551245
ISBN-13: 978-1937551247
Amazon: Once a Marine
Amazon Kindle: Once a Marine

Love is a battlefield. Discharged under Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, former Marine major Cole Hammond is struggling to find a new identity. But PTSD casts a pall on everything, and his hard-nosed, homophobic father can’t even bear to look him in the eye. To top it all off, he’s pretty sure he’s flunking out of law school. Marc Sullivan is a kind, sensitive romance author-slash-waiter with a thing for men in uniform. Cole’s not wearing his anymore, but there’s no mistaking the warrior Marc meets in the diner one rainy afternoon. Cole’s sexy smile and Carolina drawl prove irresistible, but Marc’s played this game before, and he always loses. Once a Marine, always a Marine, and if there’s one thing Marc knows about such men, it’s that they all leave him in the end. It doesn’t help that Cole’s practically closeted in public, or that he refuses to seek treatment for his PTSD. But like any good Marine, Cole’s willing to fight for what matters. And like the characters in Marc’s stories, he’s certain that if they try just hard enough, together they can find their own happily ever after.

195) K.A. Mitchell - Not Knowing Jack”
Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing (November 1, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1609283139
ISBN-13: 978-1609283131
Amazon: Not Knowing Jack
Amazon Kindle: Not Knowing Jack

When your lover becomes a stranger, trust is the weakest link of all. Bartender Tony Gemetti has it all: a rich, hot boyfriend, a McMansion in the ’burbs and unlimited sex in an expectation-free zone. He thought that was all he ever wanted out of any relationship—until Jack begins making excuses for frequent disappearances. Realizing he has more than his libido and enough drawers for his T-shirt collection riding on this relationship, Tony figures it’s time to find out what’s going on. Jack Noble has spent his life hiding his real self behind a carefully created image. With Tony, he finally knows real freedom, real happiness. Now a past of buried secrets and lies is closing in, and no matter how hard he tries to stop it, the truth is tearing through. Once Tony learns what kind of man Jack really is, he won’t stay. Jack’s sure of it. Suddenly the past shows up in a completely unexpected way, testing the boundaries of their old, coasting-along-on-fun relationship. Tony indeed finds that Jack isn’t the man he went looking for, but it’s too late. There’s too much at stake to just walk away. First, though, he has to make sure there are no lies left for Jack to hide behind.

196) Mark Zubro - Black and Blue and Pretty Dead Too
Paperback: 328 pages
Publisher: MLR Press (November 2, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1608204677
ISBN-13: 978-1608204670
Amazon: Black and Blue and Pretty Dead Too
Amazon Kindle: Black and Blue and Pretty Dead Too

Paul Turner returns. In his first appearance since 2007, this gay Chicago detective and father of two sons gets caught in a tangle of intrigue and corruption. A brutal Chicago cop is found murdered at a gay leather festival. Turner, plus his police department partner, Buck Fenwick are assigned the case. Through a rising tide of danger, they need to find the truth among police corruption and cover ups. Some top cops and A-list leather queens are among those whose lies and fears drive the web of desperation and deceit that Turner and his partner must unravel.

197) Etienne - Love Turns the Page
Paperback: 350 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (November 4, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613721293
ISBN-13: 978-1613721292
Amazon: Love Turns the Page
Amazon Kindle: Love Turns the Page

An Avondale Story. Tom Foster has his life planned out, and he's systematically pursuing his goals. At twenty-two, he's been organist and choirmaster at The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd for three years, he's working on his doctoral thesis, and he's beginning a secondary career performing in concert. There is no room in his schedule for romance... until Noah Webster, a gorgeous green-eyed blond, walks into the church one evening to audition for the choir. What starts as an arrangement of convenience-Tom's usual page turner is unavailable, and Noah agrees to do the job-soon turns into a fast friendship. Then Noah, who is saddled with an obnoxious roommate, rents the spare bedroom in Tom's house, and ultimately the two men become lovers and partners in life. But before they can ride off into the sunset together, they must face one major obstacle: Noah's violent, homophobic Southern Baptist father.

198) D.W. Marchwell - Roots and Wings
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (November 14, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613721889
ISBN-13: 978-1613721889
Amazon: Roots and Wings
Amazon Kindle: Roots and Wings

In the six years since Jerry, David, and William first welcomed Billie and Cory into their home, a lot has changed in their lives. William has fallen in love, Cory has graduated and is engaged, and Jerry is as irascible as ever. David, however, is struggling. He worries about William and Cory, about how he and Jerry will deal with their house becoming an empty nest, and about his aging parents. Then circumstances conspire to give David more concrete worries: Jerry finds a potentially cancerous lump, William's first experience with love is in jeopardy because he has two dads, and David's long-lost mother shows up, wanting to reconcile with him. Amidst the drama of a heartbroken sixteen-year-old, a husband facing a medical crisis, and an impending wedding, David will learn that life should be lived to the fullest-and that each of us is endowed with roots and wings.

199) Rachel Haimowitz - Master Class
Paperback: 108 pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing (November 14, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1937551016
ISBN-13: 978-1937551018
Amazon: The Master Class Collection
Amazon Kindle: The Master Class Collection

Broadway darling Nicky Avery is a shooting star by night, but by day he bounces from one heartless one-night stand to the next. A quick flogging, a rough lay, a new whip-hand to manipulate—yet still he yearns for something he cannot even name. He finds his first true hint of satisfaction in Devon Turner, a self-possessed film star and expert Dom. Devon knows what he wants the moment he sees it, and what he wants is Nicky Avery. Nicky’s never learned to trust and has a nasty habit of topping from the bottom, but he learns fast that in the bedroom, Devon won’t tolerate his actor’s masks. Nicky's a broken boy, but Devon knows exactly how to put his new sub back together. With patience, care, and all the punishments his little pain slut can handle, Devon breaks Nicky down one scene at a time, revealing a mind that yearns to trust and a heart that hungers for the ecstasy of true submission at last. The Master Class Collection features all eleven stories from Master Class and Sublime: Collected Shorts.

200) Lisa Worrall - Unshakeable Faith
Paperback: 250 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (November 28, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613722672
ISBN-13: 978-1613722671
Amazon: Unshakeable Faith
Amazon Kindle: Unshakeable Faith

Of all the bars in all the towns in all the world, the stranger walks into Brody Tyler's. With no memory and a name he chose from a newspaper, Nash is a gamble-one Brody is willing to take. It isn't long before Brody and Nash fall in love, but then a tragic accident shatters their cozy world, resetting Nash's memory once again. The "new" Nash Walker is a businessman with a bottom line, and he doesn't care what or who gets stomped on. Waking up in a hospital bed after a hit-and-run with no idea where he's been for the past six months is bad enough, but someone trying to kill him is even worse. Enter Brody Tyler, accidental bodyguard. Brody's determined to help Nash remember and bring back the man he loves. Nash thinks Brody's a drop-dead gorgeous pain in the ass. If only he could remember...
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Rainbow Awards: Current Submissions (201-210)

201) Z.A. Maxfield - The Pharaoh's Concubine
Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing (December 6, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1609283473
ISBN-13: 978-1609283476
Amazon: The Pharaoh's Concubine
Amazon Kindle: The Pharaoh's Concubine

Beauty is only skin deep…until love reveals what lies beneath. As mob boss Yvgeny Mosko’s open secret, Dylan Anderson is happy enough with a passionate, if loveless, arrangement that affords him a life of luxury. But at thirty-six, he wonders how committed Mosko will be to an aging lover. He finds out when a rival gang kidnaps him in a turf war everyone’s sure to lose. Mosko unleashes deadly force, leaving no one alive except for a young man whose dark eyes tug at Dylan’s heart—and the conscience he thought he’d excised long ago. Though he tried to stop the kidnapping, William “Memo” Escobar knows Mosko will use what’s left of him to send a powerful message to his rivals. When Mosko’s pampered pretty boy risks everything to help him escape, he can’t believe his luck. William figures he’s better suited to life off the grid, but as the days go by he begins to realize Dylan’s beauty is more than skin deep. And as Dylan coaxes more and more beguiling smiles from William, he yearns for things—like family ties—he’d thought were best forgotten. Yet behind their newfound happiness lurks the certain knowledge that no matter how careful they are, Mosko will come for what’s his.

202) Roy Chaudoir - Mettray Seminary: The Untold Story
Paperback: 172 pages
Publisher: lulu.com (December 12, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1257973185
ISBN-13: 978-1257973187
Amazon: Mettray Seminary: The Untold Story

The journey of a young Altar Boy who seeks to leave an abusive home life by entering into the seminary to become a Roman Catholic priest. This fictional true-to-life journey is of a boy abused by his priest, bullied, and led into isolated confusion. Innocence is lost, and sexual betrayal, rape, social isolation ensue. One friend and classmate remains a gay support and helps him survive. He finds a way through the sexual labyrinth and succeeds in overcoming his hardships and ultimately achieves a healthy gay life. This is a first person account of a youth's awakenings to erotic feelings, detailed abuse, rape, love, promiscuity, and eventual psychic overload. Raped, enchanted by confusing visions of angels, misled by the clergy, the protagonist tells all of his responses to years of abuse in real time. Positive intervention leads to a social work resolution to a life begun in ruins. This is a profound journey of loss and hope.

203) Chris Paynter - Survived by Her Longtime Companion
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Blue Feather Books LTD. (January 1, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1935627880
ISBN-13: 978-1935627883
Amazon: Survived by her Longtime Companion
Amazon Kindle: Survived by her Longtime Companion

Hired to work on a biography of the late film star, Daphne DeMonet, Bailey Hampton arrives to conduct an interview with Eleanor Burnett, Daphne's "longtime companion." To Bailey's dismay, she learns Eleanor has set up a co-interview with Bailey's ex-partner, Chelsea Parker. Estranged for eleven months, the two women hide their painful memories and strain to be civil to one another. Eleanor startles them by insisting that they take turns reading aloud from Eleanor's diaries of her life with Daphne DeMonet. Only after the diaries are read in her presence will Eleanor proceed with a full interview. Once Eleanor discovers that Bailey and Chelsea are ex-partners, the diary readings take on a new meaning for her. Can they learn from the mistakes she and Daphne made as young lovers? Will that knowledge bring Bailey and Chelsea together again? Or is it too late to mend their broken relationship?

204) Charlie Cochrane - All Lessons Learned
Paperback: 248 pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing (January 3, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1609283996
ISBN-13: 978-1609283995
Amazon: All Lessons Learned (Cambridge Fellows Mysteries)
Amazon Kindle: All Lessons Learned (Cambridge Fellows Mysteries)

He’s at the end of his rope…until fate casts a lifeline. Cambridge Fellows Mysteries, Book 8. The Great War is over. Freed from a prisoner of war camp and back at St. Bride’s College, Orlando Coppersmith is discovering what those years have cost. All he holds dear—including his beloved Jonty Stewart, lost in combat. A commission to investigate a young officer’s disappearance gives Orlando new direction…temporarily. The deceptively simple case becomes a maze of conflicting stories—is Daniel McNeil a deserter, or a hero?—taking Orlando into the world of the shell-shocked and broken. And his sense of Jonty’s absence becomes painfully acute. Especially when a brief spark of attraction for a Cambridge historian, instead of offering comfort, triggers overwhelming guilt. As he hovers on the brink of despair, a chance encounter on the French seafront at Cabourg brings new hope and unexpected joy. But the crushing aftereffects of war could destroy his second chance, leaving him more lost and alone than ever...

205) Z. Allora - Tied Together
Paperback: 216 pages
Publisher: MLR Press (January 6, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1608205738
ISBN-13: 978-1608205738
Amazon: The Dark Angels: Tied Together
Amazon Kindle: The Dark Angels: Tied Together

The Dark Angels: Tied Together #2 The Dark Angels Series As part of the rock sensation, The Dark Angels, Josh and Robin Strider have the fans calling them "The Twins". Although they're not blood brothers, growing up together has given them a special bond that was challenged when they were thrown out of their home. Surviving and being saved from life on the streets makes Robin cling to brotherly ties that don't exist. One night with friends opens the doors to what Josh has always wanted -- Robin's body and heart. If Josh learns to master Robin's inner submissive, he'll be able to give Robin the security he craves. But can rumors from Josh's father unravel the ties between Robin and Josh or will a collar and love be enough to tie them together?

206) G.N. Chevalier - Bonds of Earth
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (January 9, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 161372327X
ISBN-13: 978-1613723272
Amazon: Bonds of Earth
Amazon Kindle: Bonds of Earth

In 1918, Michael McCready returned from the war with one goal: to lose himself in the pursuit of pleasure. Once a promising young medical student, Michael buried his dreams alongside the broken bodies of the men he could not save. After fleeing New York to preserve the one relationship he still values, he takes a position as a gardener on a country estate, but he soon discovers that the house hides secrets and sorrows of its own. While Michael nurses the estate's neglected gardens, his reclusive employer dredges up reminders of the past Michael is desperate to forget. John Seward's body was broken by the war, along with his will to recover until a family crisis to convinces him to pursue treatment. As John's health and outlook improve under Michael's care, animosity yields to understanding. He and John find their battle of wills turning into something stronger, but fear may keep them from finding hope and healing in each other.

207) Stevie Woods - Other Worlds 2 (3 novellas)
Paperback: 146 pages
Publisher: Amber Quill Press, LLC (January 20, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1611249295
ISBN-13: 978-1611249293
Amazon: Other Worlds, Vol. II

On Alkya, a planet a long way from Earth, the Division of Investigation--Other Worlds--has set up a base where hundreds of personnel live and work closely together. Small survey teams are sent out regularly to investigate the myriad new worlds discovered. The work the teams undertake on these alien planets puts them in constant danger, and sometimes friendships born of necessity become much deeper. Previously available only in electronic format, these three stories of Futuristic Gay Erotic Romance have now been combined for a paperback edition! Included are the tales......An Enigma (On a mission with the rest of their team surveying a deserted city, Adam and Rafe, now a committed couple, investigate one of the many buildings, which, due to its contents, Rafe has dubbed the 'library.' Adam unknowingly operates some kind of machinery, and in a flash of light, the floor opens beneath his feet. In a desperate attempt to save his lover, Rafe gets caught in the same trap. While their teammates search for them, Rafe and Adam find themselves trapped in adjoining cells, unable to touch or see each other properly, but grateful that at least they can communicate with each other. Though it doesn't help them to understand what is happening as the walls change shape around them. Adam's cell gets gradually smaller while Rafe is offered what seems to be a way of escape--but is that just one more trick of the strange trap in which they find themselves? Will they be able to free themselves, or will they die together--but desperately alone?)......And This Man Is My Lover? (On a mission with their team surveying a series of ruins, Bart and Jake have yet another disagreement when Jake refuses permission for Bart to investigate certain buildings. A disgruntled Bart, however, disobeys the major and enters a ruin he is particularly interested in, believing it will reveal something of the language of the long-disappeared inhabitants. When Jake returns from his patrol, he realizes the captain has disobeyed his order. Jake's anger at his lover's action is short-lived when Bart cannot be located. Eventually, the team tracks Bart to one of the ruins, but they find no trace of the man himself. Knowing they need help, Jake contacts the Alkya base and an engineering squad is sent to assist Jake's team in a search-and-rescue effort. Will the men be able to find Bart before it's too late?)......Cold Fear (Dropping through the atmosphere to land on Theta for their latest survey, the ship is disabled by a strange energy force and crashes in an immense ice field. Matt awakens in the debris of the control room to find Josh and Dennis injured and the ship badly damaged. Matt does what he can for his colleagues and attempts to repair the tear to the ship's skin. But the men struggle to keep warm in the freezing temperatures, and when they discover their comm-unit isn't working, it becomes a fight for their very survival.)

208) Geoffrey Knight - The Gentlemen's Parlor
Publisher: Imperial Pride (Dare Empire eMedia Productions) (January 23, 2012)
Amazon Kindle: The Gentlemen's Parlor - Room Of Chains

Dr. Darius inhaled on his cigar and a pillow of smoke drifted from his lips. “This place, the Parlor, it’s about more than just money. The Parlor is somewhat… unique. The vast majority of people in the outside world—those beyond the walls of this mansion—would be offended and outraged by what goes on here. But those within these walls, they come to feel alive. They come to be loved, to feel that they belong to something… or someone. They come to find themselves. They come to heal… or be healed. In the Gentlemen’s Parlor, nothing and nobody is judged.” Gather your secrets, slip on your mask, leave your inhibitions at the door… And welcome to the Gentlemen’s Parlor.

209) Andrew Grossman - Lost Sky
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Queered Fiction (February 1, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 192044114X
ISBN-13: 978-1920441142
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"At first he thought the object was a mirage caused by the queer vaporous light. But as he continued to stare downstream, a strange vessel sliced through the rushing water and sped against the current toward the narrow spit of beach. The boat was shaped like a leaf. Its veined sides rolled inward and its elongated prow extended over the river like a stem. Seated at the bow was a man, whose golden skin glowed in the darkness like candlelight." It all began with a letter from a lawyer that later Matthew Mason would wish he'd never opened... A bequest from a mysterious relative he never knew he had and a series of seemingly unrelated circumstances bring a dramatic turn of events to his life. Shy, stammering Matthew is forced out of the quiet world he's built around himself and cast into the unknown. A twist of fate leads to a meeting with an extraordinary and supernatural being whose home is both a prison and a fantastic refuge. The secrets of Salal and his subterranean island sets Matthew on a dangerous journey that changes his life forever.

210) Mykola Dementiuk - Times Square Queer
Paperback: 184 pages
Publisher: Renaissance eBooks (February 2, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1615084541
ISBN-13: 978-1615084548
Amazon: TIMES SQUARE QUEER: Tales of Bad Boys in the Big Apple

"Mick Dementiuk writes stories of the day when Times Square was all about sex, drugs, and cold spit ... about coming of age inside the just-burgeoning hardcore movie houses of the 1960s. It's... vivid. Harsh, real, and yes, erotic." -Susie Bright. Here is a landmark book - the first print publication of seventeen stories by Mykola Dementiuk, one of the most distinctive voices in queer literature. Sixteen were published individually on the web as short ebooks; "Missy the Sissy" has never appeared anywhere before. Included are: "On the Prowl," "Times Square Cutie," "Eighteen Today." "Trio At the Movies," "Love for Sale" and a dozen others. Times Square Queers also features a moving and penetrating personal introduction about growing up queer in the 1960s, amid the sleazy porn theaters and bars crowding Times Square that had become a gay mecca. "Mykola's stories of ... the delights and depressions of young men living difficult lives in imperfect times... do a magnificent job of drawing us into the character's heads." Bibrary Bookslut. Mykola's New York is "...very gritty, with a cosmopolitan impersonality about it; impersonal relationships, impersonal sex, and the-devil-take-the-hindmost ethos. [His work is] eagerly recommended." -Gerry B's Book Reviews.
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Inheritance by Lissa Kasey

I wasn’t expecting to enjoy this so much, but indeed I think this is one of the nicest paranormal romances I have read lately. It’s actually more a mix of urban fantasy and paranormal romances, the main characters are living in a modern day Minneapolis, but the power is ministered by witches. Vampires and lycans are living among humans, and more or less people is behaving like nothing supernatural was happening around them.

Witches are usually women, and so when Seiran, a boy, is born with the level of power of the strongest witches, that is not acceptable; his own mother treats Seiran like an oddity, and the now college kid has long ago learned to hide his true power. He is also trying to be independent, going to college by day and working as a waiter by night; that the grill&bar where he works is owned by his boyfriend is only a bonus. Actually Seiran doesn’t want to consider Gabe his boyfriend, but more a friend with benefits sort of partner. While that doesn’t happen in the span of this novel, it’s implied that both of them had other affairs since they met, even if I have my doubts on Gabe, he strikes me like the monogamous type.

I really liked how the author managed to make Seiran cute and pretty but not too feminine; he is probably a brat, for sure he is a little crazy, but he is not a woman at all. He is cute, though, especially when he changes into a lynx (who behaves more like a cat, actually), and “loses” his human self. Gabe is able to manage him even in that form, like he is apparently the only one able to deal with a human Seiran as well.

Gabe is for sure the mainstay, the one giving stability to Seiran; Seiran is like a loose cannon, quite strange if you consider he is an earth witch, but I think Gabe is the one linking him to earth.

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Amazon Kindle: Inheritance (Dominion Series)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (September 13, 2011)

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