October 10th, 2012

andrew potter

GayRomLit Ebook Giveaway: Shira Anthony & Venona Keyes - The Trust

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 October 11)

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

Today author is Venona Keyes (http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/index.php?cPath=55_636)

The Trust by Shira Anthony & Venona Keyes
Paperback: 234 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 18, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 161372554X
ISBN-13: 978-1613725542
Amazon: The Trust
Amazon Kindle: The Trust

Eight years ago, Jake Anders was a college kid from the wrong side of the tracks. Then Trace Michelson recruited him into The Trust, a CIA-backed agency whose "executives" eliminate rogue biotechnology operations. Trace was everything Jake ever wanted in a man: powerful, brilliant, and gorgeous. But Jake never admitted his attraction to his mentor, and Trace always kept Jake at arm's length. Now Trace is dead and Jake is one of The Trust's best operatives, highly skilled and loyal to the organization. But the secret agent has his own secret: six years ago, before he was assassinated, Trace designed a Sim chip containing his memories and experiences-and now that chip is part of Jake. It's just data, designed to augment Jake's knowledge, but when Sim becomes reality, Jake wonders if Trace is still alive or if Jake really is going crazy like everyone claims. He doesn't know if he can trust himself, let alone anyone else. To learn the truth about Trace and the chip, Jake embarks on a dangerous mission-except he's not the only one looking for the information. Some of the answers are locked in his head, and unless he finds the key, he'll be killed for the technology that's become a part of him.
andrew potter

Rainbow Awards: Current Submissions (231-240)

231) Laurie Salzler - A Kiss Before Dawn
Paperback: 258 pages
Publisher: Blue Feather Books LTD. (February 12, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1935627899
ISBN-13: 978-1935627890
Amazon: A Kiss Before Dawn
Amazon Kindle: A Kiss Before Dawn

Country girl Chris Martel has struggled all her life to form strong, lasting relationships. For Chris, love, compassion, and trust are critical. In their absence, Chris has turned to her dog and her horse for the emotional fulfillment she craves. Then along comes Mary Jo Cavanaugh. Fresh out of veterinary school, Mary Jo inadvertently antagonizes Chris with her overconfident assumptions about how to care for animals. She comes to learn that Chris's practical experience provides both a wealth of knowledge and a friendship unlike any she's ever known. The carefully built walls around Chris's heart begin to crumble as she acknowledges the unfamiliar feelings evoked by being with Mary Jo. Just as she believes she's found the happiness that had always eluded her, someone from Chris's past comes back into her life, intent on winning Chris's affections, no matter what the cost. Can the love between Chris and Mary Jo survive so that they can share A Kiss Before Dawn?

232) Radclyffe & Stacia Seaman - Women of the Dark Streets
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (March 13, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 160282651X
ISBN-13: 978-1602826519
Amazon: Women of the Dark Streets: Lesbian Paranormal
Amazon Kindle: Women of the Dark Streets: Lesbian Paranormal

Enter a midnight world of the supernatural—a world of vampires, werewolves, witches, ghosts, and demons. A seductive world limited only by your imagination, full of dark fantasies, hidden desires, and sexy women who rule the night. Edited by award-winning editors Radclyffe and Stacia Seaman, Women of the Mean Streets presents all new tales of the paranormal from your favorite Bold Strokes authors.

233) Justine Saracen - Tyger Tyger, Burning Bright
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (March 13, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602826528
ISBN-13: 978-1602826526
Amazon: Tyger, Tyger, Burning Bright
Amazon Kindle: Tyger, Tyger, Burning Bright

Twelve years of terror end with a world in flames. Behind filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl’s stirring footage of a million joyous patriots, the horror of Nazi Germany slowly unfolds. It engulfs Katja Sommer, a “good German” with dangerous desires; Frederica Brandt, a traitor to her homeland; Rudi Lamm, a homosexual camp survivor and forced soldier for Hitler; and Peter Arnhelm, a half-Jewish smuggler on the run. Under the scrutiny of the familiar monsters of the Third Reich, their enablers, and their hangers-on, these four struggle for life and for each other. Love does not conquer all, but it’s far better than going to hell alone.

234) Tama Wise - Street Dreams
Reading level: Ages 13 and up
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (March 13, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602826501
ISBN-13: 978-1602826502
Amazon: Street Dreams
Amazon Kindle: Street Dreams

Tyson Rua has more than his fair share of problems growing up in South Auckland. Working a night job to support his mother and helping bring up his two younger brothers is just the half of it. His best friend Rawiri is falling afoul of a broken home, and now Tyson's fallen in love at first sight. Only thing is, it's another guy. Living life on the sidelines of the local hip-hop scene, Tyson finds that to succeed in becoming a local graffiti artist or in getting the man of his dreams, he's going to have to get a whole lot more involved. And that means more problems. The least of which is the leader of the local rap crew he's found himself running with. Love, life, and hip-hop never do things by half.

235) Anne Laughlin - Runaway
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (March 13, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602826498
ISBN-13: 978-1602826496
Amazon: Runaway
Amazon Kindle: Runaway

With her life as a private investigator in Chicago firmly established, Jan Roberts can often forget where she came from—a backwoods survivalist camp run by her paranoid, dictatorial father. After risking her life at sixteen to escape the camp, she finds it hard to understand the runaway teenager she's been hired to find. With each step on the trail to find her, Jan realizes the girl is running to the same part of Idaho she fled, a digital age version of her father's way of life. Complicating her mission is the new owner of the security firm she works for, a former British agent who has her own secrets to hide. When the sparks fly between them, Jan finds Catherine wanting to share not only her bed, but also her quest to find the missing teen. The journey to the deep woods of Idaho is a voyage to the heart of darkness for Jan, where the reality of her past can no longer be contained, nor her feelings for Catherine denied.

236) L.L. Raand - Night Hunt
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (March 13, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602826471
ISBN-13: 978-1602826472
Amazon: Night Hunt (Midnight Hunters Series)
Amazon Kindle: Night Hunt (Midnight Hunters Series)

Niki Kroff has one mission in life--to lead Sylvan Mir's elite guard and protect the wolf Alpha's life. When Lara, another of the centuri, becomes a Vampire in the course of saving Sylvan's life, Niki is assigned to protect her during her transition. Removed from Sylvan's guard, Niki struggles to find her place in the Pack and control her desire for a forbidden Were whose call grows stronger every day. Sylvan, driven by primal instincts to protect her pregnant mate, grows more powerful, and more deadly, than any Alpha Were in centuries. While Sylvan rallies her allies, Vampire and human, to fight extremists, radical groups, and members of their own Praetern coalition in a war to preserve the autonomy of all Praetern species, Niki fights a private battle with her own dark urges—a battle which, if lost, will cost her everything. A Midnight Hunters Paranormal Romance.

237) Kim Baldwin & Xenia Alexiou - Demons are Forever
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (March 13, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 160282648X
ISBN-13: 978-1602826489
Amazon: Demons are Forever (Elite Operatives)
Amazon Kindle: Demons are Forever (Elite Operatives)

Behind closed doors, everyone suffers from some kind of demon. Veteran Elite Operative Landis “Chase” Coolidge’s latest mission requires every bit of her considerable tracking skills because she has to locate a colleague kidnapped by a brilliant scientist responsible for the deaths of millions. Former op Phantom is along for the ride, desperate to find her missing lover. By day, Heather Snyder works in the New York fashion industry. But her secret life as a high-class call girl thrusts her into the middle of a global black market organ harvesting ring and draws the interest of the EOO. No stranger to the world of call girls, Chase revels in her latest assignment, until she discovers that Heather is the one woman who can change her roguish ways. Fifth in the romantic intrigue series: Elite Operatives.

238) Sara York - Torn To Shreds
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Amazon Kindle: Torn To Shreds

When Lucas Spires goes missing his brother, Amos, turns to Brett Hutchings, an ex Marine, kicked out for being gay. After Amos betrayed him, forced him out of Lucas’s life and ended his career, Brett vowed to never to never to speak with, much less help Amos, until the end of eternity. But Brett can’t deny his need to save Lucas, the one guy he’s never been able to get out of his system, even if it means working for Amos. The trail is cold, with Lucas missing for more than a month. The cops are clueless, unable to find even a hint that the young man was abducted instead of just wandering away. When Brett latches onto a trace of evidence, it looks like he’ll find Lucas, but the clue doesn’t pan out the way he thinks it should. Lucas can’t take the abuse any longer. He’s at the end of his chain, literally. If he could escape into the mountains, he would, but the sick bastard attached a manacle to his leg, exerting his control physically. Lucas is desperate to escape his captor; all hope has vanished, crushing his spirit. Lucas dreams of a savior, but Brett walked away a long time ago, and he’s the only man strong enough to save Lucas. Warning: This book contains material that some may find disturbing and is only suitable for mature readers. This book deals with difficult subject matter, including abduction, abuse and murder. While there is no consummation of sex shown in the story, this is a very sensual tale. Enjoy!

239) Joseph R. G. DeMarco - Crimes on Latimer
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Lethe Press (March 13, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1590213742
ISBN-13: 978-1590213742
Amazon: Crimes on Latimer: From the Early Cases of Marco Fontana
Amazon Kindle: Crimes on Latimer: From the Early Cases of Marco Fontana

Six of Marco Fontana's early cases show some of the forces that helped shape the young P.I. In high school, Fontana discovers that he has a knack for crime solving. Not only that, he likes it. When his English teacher is accused of murdering the school disciplinarian, Marco takes it upon himself to investigate. Some years later, after Marco has explored his options, we find him in his first office on Latimer and Twelfth. Trouble easily manages to find him there. From dealing with a stolen DaVinci sketch, to uncovering a blackmailing murderer, to having a pleasant trip to celebrate Pride in NY turned into a nightmare, to presiding over a murderous leather competition, Marco develops his investigative skills and his techniques for solving difficult cases. Crimes on Latimer presents only six of Fontana s early cases. There are other mysteries in his past which will be explored in cases to come. This half-dozen crime tales open a window onto Marco Fontana's world before he found himself dealing with the events of Murder on Camac.

240) David Pratt - My Movie
Paperback: 226 pages
Publisher: Chelsea Station Editions (March 15, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0983285179
ISBN-13: 978-0983285175
Amazon: My Movie
Amazon Kindle: My Movie

From the award-winning author of Bob the Book, My Movie showcases the remarkable range and versatility of David Pratt's short fiction, including stories previously published in The James White Review, Velvet Mafia, Christopher Street, Chelsea Station, and other periodicals, Web sites, and anthologies. The impact of memories thematically dominates the fourteen stories included in this imaginative collection, from the coming-of-age title story of a young boy's code of secret languages to the magical, speculative world of "Ulmus Americana," where trees yearn for love. Film and video are at the heart of many of these stories, including "Another Country," about a woman who enters a fictitious land created by her son and his boyhood friend for their backyard home movies, and the brilliantly conceived "Calvin Gets Sucked In," where a man is consumed, literally, by a porn video, with hilarious and disturbing results. Pratt also turns an unflinching camera eye on the realities and mishaps of gay life, from a hook-up with a crack addict to the painful and poignant struggles with illness, loss, and mortality. Haunting, funny, surreal, and heartbreaking, My Movie brilliantly documents how we come to terms with being queer.
andrew potter

Rainbow Awards: Current Submissions (241-250)

241) Cherie Noel - Tian's Hero
Paperback: 626 pages
Publisher: Silver Publishing (April 28, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1614954720
ISBN-13: 978-1614954729
Amazon: Tian's Hero (The Akanti #1)
Amazon Kindle: Tian's Hero (The Akanti #1)

A spy posing as an assassin finds himself riding the ragged edge of sanity during his latest mission; a frantic search for fabled lost colonists who fled his planet steps ahead of a devastating plague. The possibly mythical pre-plague migrants hold the only key to survival for his entire race. Lewell'yn's situation would be difficult enough without receiving deliberately false information, and now he's light-years from reliable help and saddled with the two huge complications: a fiercely passionate healer, and a sweet, innocently sexy chef. The bombs are in place. The detonators are set. The chrono is ticking. Caught between two men desperate to escape the clutches pirates and an insidious, hidden enemy, can Lewell'yn find a path to become Tian's hero?

242) Lynn Kear - Tighter, Tighter
Paperback: 310 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 17, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1468089412
ISBN-13: 978-1468089417
Amazon: Tighter, Tighter
Amazon Kindle: Tighter, Tighter

Eighteen year old Kath Branch disappeared from St. James, Illinois in 1975. That same night, local sandwich shop owner Billy Carlson was gunned down and dumped in the St. James River. This cold case is personal for prosecutor Meredith Carlson. Billy was her husband's father. Convinced she's solved the case, Meredith lures the now legendary rock star back to her hometown for the first time since she left thirty-five years ago. Meredith has no idea she's about to unearth shocking secrets about herself, her husband, and her family.

243) Dev Bentham - Moving in Rhythm
Publisher: Carina Press (March 19, 2012)
Amazon Kindle: Moving in Rhythm

Mark Apostolos should be able to have any man he wants. Handsome and smart, he's also cripplingly shy, especially around attractive men. Tired of waking up alone, he's desperate to conquer his insecurities and have a real, meaningful relationship. He gets his first opportunity when he tags along to his sister-in-law's dance class and lays eyes on the sexy instructor. Seth Miller has a way of moving that takes his breath away. It isn't long before sparks fly and they share a steamy kiss, but Seth wants much more than just a casual encounter. If Mark wants a real relationship with Seth he'll have to come to terms with his sexuality—but will it be enough to break through the walls he's built up around his heart?

244) Tara Lain - Spell Cat
Publisher: Loose Id LLC (March 19, 2012)
Amazon Kindle: Spell Cat (The Aloysius Tales)

When Killian Barth, history professor, meets Blaine Genneau, quantum physicist, they ignite their own big bang. But sadly, Killian walks away. He doesn't do physics professors. In fact, he doesn't do humans, because Killian is the most powerful male witch in 10 generations and, though gay, he's expected to save his declining race by reproducing. He can't even have sex with Blaine, because he's been taught that sex with humans depletes his power. But if that's true, why can young human, Jimmy Janx, dissolve spoons with a thought? Somebody's a lying witch. With his powerful cat familiar, Aloysius, on his shoulder, Killian brings the lightning against deceit and greed to save Blaine from danger and prove love is the greatest power of them all.

245) Lori Delk - Distant Echo
Publisher: Booktango (March 19, 2012)
Amazon Kindle: Distant Echo

Distant Echo is the constant reminder of the inner battle experienced while coping with lost love in the pursuit of fulfilling dreams and desires. During a very bleak and desolate time in my life, I struggled to grasp illumination from within. As the passion I created in these characters began to evolve, I found my personal redemption and inspiration. Amelia’s and Catherine’s combined potency rekindled my own power. I’m hopeful that their optimistic and modern lesbian love story will guide you home to a life truly lived.

246) Susan Laine - Sounds of Love
Paperback: 220 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (March 19, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613723962
ISBN-13: 978-1613723968
Amazon: Sounds of Love
Amazon Kindle: Sounds of Love

What does love sound like? If you hear it, will you heed its call? Police officer Jordan Waters is recovering from a shooting by moving to a new apartment in a new town and taking a new job. In other words, he's lonely. His first instinct is to relieve his anxiety through uncomplicated sex-until he meets a man so far out of his league and experience that he stumbles for the first time. Police volunteer Sebastian Sumner may be deaf, but his spirit, openness, and sense of humor give him the strength to get through anything-even the emotional defenses of Jordan Waters. But it's his own family history that poses the biggest challenge. Can he learn to trust Jordan with his heart, or will his upbringing blind him to the sounds of love?

247) Aleksandr Voinov - Dark Soul
Paperback: 310 pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing (March 19, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1937551318
ISBN-13: 978-1937551315
Amazon: Dark Soul: The Complete Collection

Love lights even the darkest soul. A killer's moral compass rarely points true, and among made men, being gay is a capital crime. But Silvio Spadaro, deadly prodigy and heir to a Family fortune, is determined to find his own way—at the feet of the man he loves or by the barrel of a gun—no matter the dangers or costs. Stefano Marino lives a comfortable—some might even say enviable—life. As a mob boss at the top of the food chain, he has it all: money, respect, a beautiful wife he loves as much now as the day they wed. But he also has a turf war on his hands, and far too soft a heart for this dark business. When Silvio is sent to help Stefano with his turf war, sparks fly. Stefano loves his wife, but he wants Silvio. It's a desire he hardly knows how to process, but Silvio, ever the patient predator, maneuvers Stefano closer and closer to his bed each day. Stefano resists; giving in to these dark desires means giving up on his marriage, and exposure would surely mean death. Yet there's no denying Silvio's magnetic pull, or the long-repressed urges inside himself. Yielding is inevitable, but he may yet find a way to hold on to everything—and everyone—he loves.

248) Darcy Abriel - Haevyn
Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing (February 5, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1609288971
ISBN-13: 978-1609288976
Amazon: Haevyn
Amazon Kindle: Haevyn

Duty and honor demand the ultimate sacrifice. Humanotica, Book 2. Everyone has their poison. For Haevyn Briena, it’s her inability to resist a dare. This time it’s a challenge from her friend and lover, Grisha, to sneak into the popular, illegal cage fights that always end in all-male orgies. Eagerly she snaps up the gauntlet, unaware that she will end the night forever changed. When expatriate humanotic warrior Entreus locks eyes with Haevyn at the sex-fueled event, he is instantly captivated. Despite a duty that binds him to an exiled malevolent sorcerer, he seeks her out in a shattering, illuminating encounter. Grisha’s plan is in motion—to bring both his warrior lovers together and heal their scarred souls with a combined passion that he alone cannot provide. But Haevyn’s tormented past refuses to die. And Entreus will not rest until the Core that ruined his life is destroyed. Amid ever-tangling emotions and a brutal plot to take over the city, the three lovers walk a tightrope that could be cut at any moment. Fighting for justice, bound by duty…and a love that could alter the foundations of their world.

249) Brandon Shire - Listening To Dust
Paperback: 142 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 21, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1470181290
ISBN-13: 978-1470181291
Amazon: Listening To Dust
Amazon Kindle: Listening To Dust

Murder touched Stephen Dobbins when he was a young boy and left him living in a void of aching loneliness. A chance meeting with a young American chased away the fear that he would always be alone and brought him the prospect of a new existence. Dustin Earl joined the military and escaped his small town Southern upbringing with the hope that he could give his mentally challenged brother a better life. But Dustin had never known real love, an honest hug, or a simple kiss. He considered his sexuality a weakness; a threat that had been used against those he cared about. For eight months their relationship blossomed until Dustin suddenly returned home. He cherished Stephen, but felt his responsibilities to his brother outweighed his own chance at happiness. Shattered, unable to function and unwilling to accept Dustin’s departure, Stephen flew three thousand miles to get Dustin back and rekindle what they had. But what he would learn when he got there… he could never have imagined.

250) P.A. Brown - Latin Boyz
Paperback: 250 pages
Publisher: Amber Quill Press, LLC (March 21, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1611249244
ISBN-13: 978-1611249248
Amazon: Latin Boyz
Amazon Kindle: Latin Boyz

Gabe's entire world is gang-ridden Cypress Park, in South Central L.A. His mother died in a drive-by gang hit on the wrong house. His fourteen-year-old sister was left brain-damaged by the same bullet. He dreams of escaping and rescuing the rest of his family before the gang jumps him or finishes the hit on him. Gabe's life is further complicated when the shooters return and young LAPD officer Alejandro Cerveras answers the 911 call. To the Eme, the all-powerful Mexican Mafia, homosexuality is not an acceptable lifestyle choice, so will Gabe's attraction to Alejandro be his undoing or his salvation? The police and courts have failed him every time. Now, with his back against the wall, Gabe can either run or fight on his own terms...
andrew potter

Little Squirrels Can Climb Tall Trees by Michael Murphy

The novel starts in a phenomenal way and then maybe goes more on the average, but in any case it’s for sure a very funny and light romance, also romantic and sweet.

Joseph meets Kyle at the local gym and he immediately falls in lust for the god-like man: Kyle is tall, handsome, with a wonderful smile, clever and more than everything he is kind and sweet… the full package. Joseph would never guess a god like Kyle could be interested in an average guy like him, but it’s Kyle who asks him out the first time and of course Joseph is not to let the chance go. After a difficult start due to a misunderstanding on what are good manners in certain occasions (always remember the basic rule: A proper young man always buys the second round for the person who bought him the first one. The same idea is generally true when it comes to orgasms), Kyle and Joseph speed towards a full time relationship without much trouble.

This last point is probably what made me wonder more, the easy solution to Kyle’s ultra-conservative parents seemed too simple, but then you have to think this author focused more on the funny situations these two have more than on their real life trouble.

I really love the characterization pair, Joseph an average guy, but from a wealthy country-chick background, out and proud, and Kyle god-like looks but nerd attitude, from the country-farm side, in the closet and shy. Joseph compact and small, nickname “squirrel” but with big “nuts” and Kyle lean and tall, nickname “big guy”… in the end “little squirrels can climb tall trees…”.

I would have not minded if the author spent some more pages on what is happening in the final chapter, my romantic heart would have loved it.

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Amazon: Little Squirrels Can Climb Tall Trees
Amazon Kindle: Little Squirrels Can Climb Tall Trees
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (July 27, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613726171
ISBN-13: 978-1613726174

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Cover Art by Anne Cain