November 6th, 2012

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Torquere Press Calls for Submissions

JANUARY – NEW YEAR, NEW EXPERIENCES
New Year, New Experiences. We all love beginnings -- and we'd love to have your take on first times, especially (but not necessarily) coinciding with the turning of a new year. Fun, tender, clumsy, hot -- stories should be 3K-8K, and our lengths are firm. Standard royalty rates apply, and separate payments for collected themes may be negotiated. Deadline for stories is December 15, 2012. Please query if you have a story for later in January and you need wiggle room on the deadline. Send your submissions tosubmissions@torquerepress.com with New Year in the subject field. Please see our general submissions guidelines for formatting etc.



FEBRUARY - BOX OF CHOCOLATES
The ubiquitous box of Valentines chocolates is turned on its ear here. Whether you like your love full of spice like dark chocolate or more pure like white chocolate, these Valentine month stories should feature chocolate somewhere in the story. Lengths from 3000-8000 words (firm) will be considered. Our standard royalty rates apply, but collected themes may be negotiated at a different rate. Send your submissions tosubmissions@torquerepress.com with Chocolates in the subject field. Please see our general submissions guidelines for formatting etc.
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Rainbow Awards: Current Submissions (311-320)

311) Sue Brown - Complete Faith
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (April 30, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613724756
ISBN-13: 978-1613724750
Amazon: Complete Faith
Amazon Kindle: Complete Faith

Sequel to Morning Report For Tommy Bradley, a hand working on the Lost Cow Ranch in rural Texas, admitting his sexuality is impossible, even if his bosses, Luke and Simon, are gay-Tommy has spent his entire life hiding the truth from his homophobic parents. Then Tommy meets pastor Noah Taylor in Luke's father's hospital room, and his difficult secret becomes that much harder to keep. Noah is unlike any man of God-or any man-Tommy's ever met. For one thing, his congregation is made up primarily of GLBT individuals and their families. For another, he isn't afraid of the attraction he feels toward Tommy, and he makes his intentions very clear. But Noah won't hide his sexuality or his love from the world, and he won't start a relationship with Tommy while Tommy hides his, either. Faced with the choice of losing Noah or coming out to his parents, Tommy takes his first steps out of the closet. But Tommy isn't the only one facing challenges. Thanks to an outpouring of hatred from Pastor Jackson and a group of ranch owners, Noah must cope with the possible loss of his church and his livelihood.

312) Lisa Worrall - Laurel Heights
Paperback: 532 pages
Publisher: Silver Publishing (April 30, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1614956421
ISBN-13: 978-1614956426
Amazon: Laurel Heights
Amazon Kindle: Laurel Heights

Detectives Scott Turner and Will Harrison are sent undercover after an apparent murder/suicide in Laurel Heights, an exclusive gay housing community. Will the two closeted officers be able to hide their attraction while each believing the other is straight? And is there a killer amongst them waiting to claim his next victim?

313) Vincent Meis - Tio Jorge
Paperback: 310 pages
Publisher: Fallen Bros. Publishing (May 1, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 061562023X
ISBN-13: 978-0615620237
Amazon: Tio Jorge
Amazon Kindle: Tio Jorge

From a wealthy cul-de-sac in Hillsborough, California to a dusty village in Central Mexico, Tio Jorge gives us an emotional portrait of a young woman who cannot move forward until she silences the ghosts of her tragic childhood. On her graduation day from Stanford University, she thinks she sees in the crowd the man accused of her mother’s death sixteen years earlier, but he flees before she can speak to him. Believing he is the key to unlock the mystery of her father who abandoned her, she sets out to track him down, and in the process discovers the Mexican side of her family. Heartened by the love and warmth of her Mexican relatives, she has the courage to confront her mother’s family and seek justice for the man who had been her father’s secret lover.

314) Ron J. Suresha & Scott McGillivray - Fur, The Love of Hair
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Bruno Gmünder (May 1, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 3867872422
ISBN-13: 978-3867872423
Amazon: Fur: The Love of Hair

Gone are the times when sprouting hair on a man's chest was considered to be unstylish. Chest hair and beards are popular again! This fact was also proved by the success of our anthology HAIR two years ago. But since so many of you obviously just can't get enough, we produced a comprehensive follow-up: Fur - The Love of Hair offers you sexy men en masse - and they all show their hair roudly. The pictures by various artists are complemented by informative and entertaining texts.

315) Jordan Castillo Price - Persistence of Memory
Paperback: 194 pages
Publisher: JCP Books (May 17, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1935540491
ISBN-13: 978-1935540496
Amazon: Mnevermind 1: The Persistence of Memory
Amazon Kindle: Mnevermind 1: The Persistence of Memory

Every day, Daniel Schroeder breaks his father's heart. While forgetting your problems won't solve them, it does seem like it would make life a heck of a lot easier. Daniel thought so once. Now he knows better. He and Big Dan have always been close, which makes it all the more difficult to break the daily news: the last five years were nothing like his father remembers. They're both professionals in the memory field-they even run their own memory palace. So shouldn't they be able to figure out a way to overwrite the persistent false memory that's wreaking havoc on both of their lives? Daniel thought he was holding it together, but the situation seems to be sliding out of control. Now even his own equipment has turned against him, reminding him he hasn't had a date in ages by taunting him with flashes of an elusive man in black that only he can see. Is it some quirk of the circuitry, or is Daniel headed down the same path to fantasy-land as his old man?

316) Chris Quinton - Paradox
Paperback: 316 pages
Publisher: Silver Publishing (May 21, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1614956766
ISBN-13: 978-1614956761
Amazon: Paradox
Amazon Kindle: Paradox

Phil thrives on the danger and excitement of his job, and he trusts his partner with his life. Until Ryan kisses him. It's a diversionary tactic, but the kiss shakes Phil to his foundations. He doesn't need or want a long-term lover, but now it seems his heart does. A short time later, Phil finds himself trapped in his wrecked car, drifting in and out of a dream-haunted coma where he's living a parallel life. Centuries in the past, someone's trying to kill Caius Marcellus Valens, and nothing is the way it seems. When the dream invades Phil's waking life, he must separate past from present before it tears apart his world--and the best relationship he's ever had.

317) Piper Vaughn & M.J. O'Shea - One Small Thing
Paperback: 214 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (May 4, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613724969
ISBN-13: 978-1613724965
Amazon: One Small Thing
Amazon Kindle: One Small Thing

"Daddy" is not a title Rue Murray wanted, but he never thought he'd have sex with a woman either. Now he's the unwitting father of a newborn named Alice. Between bartending and cosmetology school, Rue doesn't have time for babies, but he can't give her up. What Rue needs is a babysitter, and he's running out of options. He's on the verge of quitting school to watch Alice himself when he remembers his reclusive new neighbor, Erik. Erik Van Nuys is a sci-fi novelist with anxiety issues to spare. He doesn't like people in general, and he likes babies even less. Still, with his royalties dwindling, he could use the extra cash. Reluctantly, he takes on the role of manny-and even more reluctantly, he finds himself falling for Alice and her flamboyant father. Rue and Erik are as different as two people can be, and Alice is the unlikeliest of babies, but Rue has never been happier than when Alice and Erik are by his side. At least, not until he receives an offer that puts all his dreams within reach and he's forced to choose: the future he's always wanted, or the family he thought he never did.

318) Lewis DeSimone - The Heart’s History
Paperback: 308 pages
Publisher: Lethe Press (May 5, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1590213424
ISBN-13: 978-1590213421
Amazon: The Heart's History
Amazon Kindle: The Heart's History

This is Edward architect, friend, lover, mystery. Everyone has their own Edward a kaleidoscope of images struggling to define a man who has never let anyone get too close. But now, Edward is dying, and all of his loved ones are desperate to understand him, to connect fully with him, before it's too late. In this beautiful and haunting novel, Lewis DeSimone, author of the acclaimed Chemistry, explores the hidden depths of love, the struggle to maintain a balance between connection and individuality. Edward's illness is set against the backdrop of a sea change in gay culture, a time when AIDS is assumed to be simply a manageable condition, and when the drive for assimilation through marriage, or the military has begun to trump the distinct characteristics that were once a source of pride. Deftly shifting perspectives to paint a compelling portrait of a man and a community on the cusp of a critical transition, The Heart's History gives hope that, despite the impossibility of ever achieving true oneness with another person, it is the attempt itself that gives life its greatest joy.

319) Charles Raines - Stranger In Translation
Publisher: Charles Raines (May 5, 2012)
Amazon Kindle: Stranger In Translation

An opinionated young linguist signs a six month contract to translate a ‘Bestseller’ from English into French, on the condition that he can do the job in France. He has nothing but contempt for the book’s author, hates the dull, routine work he has to do, and despises the banality of his own life. Something is missing. Hesitant and frustrated, his ambivalent sexual desires are untapped, but always bubbling below the surface. Feeling like an outsider, the only way to cope is to find a distraction, try to blend in, and strive to fully embrace the French way of life. The local cemetery offers shelter and serenity, and the backstreets of Marseilles offer danger and excitement. Balancing the two, he meets a succession of men and has a series of erotic encounters which gradually mould him into exactly the man he secretly always wanted to be.

320) Amy Lane - Gambling Men
Paperback: 220 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (May 7, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613724985
ISBN-13: 978-1613724989
Amazon: Gambling Men
Amazon Kindle: Gambling Men

Quent Jackson has followed Jason Spade's every move in business and in poker since their first day as college freshmen. Eight years later, when Jace finally decides Quent is the one man he can't live without, he sees no reason for that to change. But as much as Jace believes that poker is life, no one gave Quent the same playbook. After their first passionate night, the real game of love and trust begins, and Jace has been playing alone too long to make teaching the rules easy. Jace only speaks two languages: one of them is sex, and the other one is poker. Between the two, he needs to find a way to convince himself to take a chance on love—and Quent to take a chance on him. It's a lucky thing they’re good at reading the odds, because they’re playing for keeps, and this is one high-stakes relationship that's definitely worth the gamble.
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Rainbow Awards: Current Submissions (321-330)

321) J.L. Merrow - Hard Tail
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing (April 2, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1619210576
ISBN-13: 978-1619210578
Amazon: Hard Tail
Amazon Kindle: Hard Tail

Finding love can be a bumpy ride. His job: downsized out of existence. His marriage: on the rocks. It doesn’t take a lot of arm twisting for Tim Knight to agree to get out of London and take over his injured brother’s mountain bike shop for a while. A few weeks in Southampton is a welcome break from the wreck his life has become, even though he feels like a fish out of water in this brave new world of outdoor sports and unfamiliar technical jargon. The young man who falls—literally—through the door of the shop brings everything into sharp, unexpected focus. Tim barely accepts he’s even in the closet until his attraction to Matt Berridge pulls him close enough to touch the doorknob. There’s only one problem with the loveable klutz: his bullying boyfriend. Tim is convinced Steve is the cause of the bruises that Matt blows off as part of his risky sport. But rising to the defense of the man he’s beginning to love, means coming to terms with who he is—in public—in a battle not even his black belt prepared him to fight. Until now.

322) D. Jackson Leigh - Touch Me Gently
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (May 8, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602826676
ISBN-13: 978-1602826670
Amazon: Touch Me Gently
Amazon Kindle: Touch Me Gently

Secrets lead to nothing but trouble and heartbreak. Newly arrived in the small Southern town of Oakboro, Salem Lacy is planning to keep a low profile after an ill-timed step out of the closet cost her the corporate job and high-powered friends she had in Atlanta. That plan derails when Salem meets the mysterious and beautiful Knox Bolander, a woman who is whispered to cause odd and sometimes dangerous things to happen. When a fire that occurred twenty years earlier on the Bolander estate threatens to destroy Salem’s chance to rebuild her life, she must decide if she will risk everything again for this secretive woman who has been rarely touched and never loved.

323) Nell Stark & Trinity Tam - Sunfall
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (May 8, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602826617
ISBN-13: 978-1602826618
Amazon: sunfall
Amazon Kindle: sunfall

In the final installment of the everafter series, Valentine Darrow and Alexa Newland work to rebuild their relationship even as they find themselves at the heart of the struggle that will determine a new world order for vampires and wereshifters. To survive, they must defeat the growing threat posed by Balthasar Brenner, who has been a thorn in the side of the vampire-wereshifter Consortium for centuries. The search for Brenner leads Val and Alexa deep into the heart of the Alaskan wilderness, where they must confront Brenner’s forces and either secure peace between the paranormal races, or die in the attempt.

324) Terri Richards - Mission of Desire
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (May 8, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602826625
ISBN-13: 978-1602826625
Amazon: Mission of Desire
Amazon Kindle: Mission of Desire

Quiet and introverted graduate student Nicole Kennedy has always longed to do something far more adventurous than study politics from used textbooks. But when she spontaneously sets off for Africa to volunteer as a teacher over the summer, she gets more excitement than she could have ever imagined. Within hours of arriving in Kenya, Nicole finds herself at the center of an international conspiracy involving millions of dollars and being rescued by beautiful but infuriatingly arrogant government agent Kira Anthony. Despite her suspicions that Kira may not be who she claims to be, Nicole can’t seem to fight her growing attraction to the beguiling blonde. Could it be the thrill, the danger, the close proximity that explains her feelings—or is it a glimpse of something she’s never known and can’t bear to lose?

325) Rebecca Buck - The Locket and the Flinklock
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (May 8, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602826641
ISBN-13: 978-1602826649
Amazon: The Locket and the Flintlock
Amazon Kindle: The Locket and the Flintlock

Will the masked outlaw who stole Lucia’s locket also claim her heart? When Miss Lucia Foxe is robbed by a band of shadowy highwaymen, she does not realize this frightening event will change her life forever. Her brave quest to retrieve her stolen locket brings her into close contact with the thieves and their dashing and fearless masked leader, Len Hawkins. But there is more to Len than meets the eye. Beneath the robber’s mask lies a woman who, in her heart, is not really so very different from Lucia. As their unlikely love grows against the backdrop of the poverty and violent protest of Regency England, Lucia learns how much more there is to the world than her upbringing has taught her. Len flirts with death every day, and eventually, an attempt at exacting revenge on her cruel father threatens to snatch her from Lucia’s arms. Will Len survive her encounter with death and avoid the retribution of the agents of justice? And can respectable gentlewoman Lucia love Len enough to sacrifice everything she knows?

326) Lesley Davis - Dark Wings Descending
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (May 8, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602826609
ISBN-13: 978-1602826601
Amazon: Dark Wings Descending
Amazon Kindle: Dark Wings Descending

Goodness may appear in many forms; evil need only take one. The Chicago PD Deviant Data Unit specializes in the dark and cruel aspects of criminal behavior. When a serial killer who leaves his victims oddly posed starts terrorizing the city, Detective Rafe Douglas leads the team tasked to find this sadistic killer. Still recovering from severe injuries sustained in the line of duty, Rafe’s tenuous hold on what is real is further tested by someone who wants in on the case and won’t take no for an answer. Private Investigator Ashley Scott experiences the world through unveiled eyes. She alone can see that Hell’s inhabitants are breaking free from their confines and are bringing their evil to Earth. She believes the killer isn’t human and knows she has to convince Rafe there are more things happening in the Windy City than anyone could possibly realize. Only together can they solve the secrets revealed in the killer’s brutal slayings.

327) Logan Zachary - Calendar Boys
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (May 8, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 160282665X
ISBN-13: 978-1602826656
Amazon: Calendar Boys
Amazon Kindle: Calendar Boys

Over the years, boys grew up sneaking peeks at the Calendar Girls when their fathers brought the family car in for service, while others saw them in Dad’s garage working on projects around the house. But now it’s man’s turn to be the object of desire. Hot young men caught each month, a man a month, who could want anything else? Calendar Boys celebrates each month with a unique story. January’s “Pucking Prince Charming” finds a fairy tale with a happy ending in the hockey rink. While St. Valentine’s Day Massacre gangsters help a couple find lost gold and love in “The Grandfather.” March Madness comes in like a lamb, but goes out like a lion when a silly bet forces a player into “Taking It For The Team.” Zombies come out with April showers in “Jay Of The Dead.” The hot, humid, dog days of summer sees the “Lumber Jack Off,” while fall horrors wait at a haunted frat house with a “Halloween Hard On,” but the year isn’t complete until “Santa’s Big Package” arrives. Four special seasons fill out the year, adding extra action and a lot more hot men. You have to love the Calendar Boys, each and every day of the year …

328) Steve Berman - Boys of Summer
Reading level: Ages 13 and up
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (May 8, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602826633
ISBN-13: 978-1602826632
Amazon: Boys of Summer
Amazon Kindle: Boys of Summer

Walt Whitman referred to a "Mad, naked, Summer Night!" In the pages of Boys of Summer, acclaimed editor Steve Berman's latest anthology, talented authors and fresh voices reveal the allure and excitement of the season for gay teens. June always promises romance. July entices with its raw heat, and August offers a languid fire that will burn out before autumn's approach. These are stories of young love and adventure, when the sky's ceiling is a bright blue marvel, when another boy's laughter at the beach can distract from dull summer jobs.

329) Sasha L. Miller - Saving Liam
Paperback: 402 pages
Publisher: Less Than Three Press (May 8, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1620040158
ISBN-13: 978-1620040157
Amazon: Saving Liam
Amazon Kindle: Saving Liam

Leyton lived a quiet, simple life as a prosperous, thriving merchant alongside his twin brother Liam. But that life is shattered when Liam goes missing, and Leyton is told that the only way to save his brother's life is to seduce a king. The task proves to be even more difficult than Leyton feared, and soon he is swept up in a tide of political machinations, betrayal, and a looming threat of execution once the men who blackmailed him are caught. But the threat of his pending death is nothing alongside the constant fear for his missing brother's safety-and the tangle of intrigue in which he is caught is nothing like the tangle he put himself in after breaking the heart of a king...

330) Megan Derr - Burning Bright
Paperback: 206 pages
Publisher: Less Than Three Press (May 8, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1620041405
ISBN-13: 978-1620041406
Amazon: Burning Bright, the Lost Gods 2
Amazon Kindle: Burning Bright, the Lost Gods 2

Nine gods ruled the world, until the ultimate betrayal resulted in their destruction. Now, the world is dying and only by restoring the Lost Gods can it be saved. In the land of Pozhar, the people fear the return of Zhar Ptitsa, the god of souls and rebirth who nearly destroyed them nine hundred years ago in a terrible rage. To prevent his rebirth, the people hunt down and sacrifice Vessels, those born with a piece of Zhar Ptitsa's soul within them. The Sacred Texts say that one thousand such Vessels will be born and all must be sacrificed to destroy Zhar Ptitsa once and for all. Now, only two pieces remain in the bodies of two thieves who will not go to the Flames without a fight.
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Rainbow Awards: Current Submissions (331-340)

331) Steve Turtell - Heroes and Householders
Paperback: 92 pages
Publisher: iUniverse (May 9, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1475913567
ISBN-13: 978-1475913569
Amazon: Heroes and Householders
Amazon Kindle: Heroes and Householders

HEROES AND HOUSEHOLDERS pays tribute to Allen Ginsberg, Frank O'Hara, Edward Field, Joan Larkin, and James Schuyler, and documents the life of an ordinary, everyday householder in poems critic Marjorie Perloff calls "charming and subtle".

332) Eden Winters - Fallen Angel
Paperback: 244 pages
Publisher: Torquere Press (May 9, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1610403134
ISBN-13: 978-1610403139
Amazon: Fallen Angel
Amazon Kindle: Fallen Angel

Ten years of rescuing lost youth from the streets wear a man out, and Noah Everett buckles under the pressure of being "The Angel." What began as a two-man mission is now going corporate, meaning rules, regulations and inexperienced volunteers needing guidance in a field Noah makes up as he goes along. On top of this, his latest prospective rescue doesn't seem to go to plan. Is he losing his touch? Normally he'd turn to his mentor, Doc, in times of trouble, but the old man's strength isn't what it used to be. Noah's lover would be the next most obvious choice to share this burden with, but Jeremy Kincaid is about to leave for college. After all Jeremy's endured to achieve this goal, Noah won't stand in his way, even though he fears losing the man to the joys of student life. Jeremy may be young and caught up in his own fights, but he's not blind to Noah's plight, and now questions his own choices. Four years at State with a full ride will launch his future, but his present includes Noah--and a meth addict who's become Jeremy's own personal mission. When a physical attack sends Noah spinning out of control, Jeremy must reevaluate his life and plans before the man he knows and loves disappears forever.

333) Avril Ashton - Love the Sinner
Publisher: Ellora's Cave (May 9, 2012)
Amazon Kindle: Love the Sinner

Detective Gabriel Ashby has never looked twice at another man, yet the criminal across from him, the man he’s interrogating, isn’t like any other. Gabe can’t deal with the sudden, intense need he has for one of NYPD’s Most Wanted. Everyone close to Angelo Pagan ends up dead, with the smug gang leader standing amid the rubble. Gabe would love nothing more than to bust Angelo’s ass and lock him up. So why is he seeing the bastard in his dreams at night? Angelo Pagan knows attraction to Gabe is suicide. He’s resolute to ignore the chemistry…until a police raid goes wrong. He critically injures Gabe, changing the trajectory of both their lives. Now the two can’t get close enough. They settle into a forbidden affair threatened by lies and betrayal, living on different sides of the law with no way of breaching the gap between them. With the authorities looking to make an example of Angelo, Gabe has to decide if it’s really worth it to hate the sin but love the sinner.

334) Rob Kaufman - One Last Lie
Paperback: 326 pages
Publisher: Rob Kaufman (May 10, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 098562311X
ISBN-13: 978-0985623111
Amazon: One Last Lie
Amazon Kindle: One Last Lie

Philip and Jonathan have had the perfect life together for ten years - fulfilling every dream except that of having a child. Along comes Angela, Philip’s college friend who apparently conquered her old demons of obesity and manic-depression. After reacquainting and becoming good friends, the three decide to have a child together through artificial insemination of Jonathan’s sperm. From that point, Philip and Jonathan’s idyllic life begins to unravel. Angela’s mask of deceit gradually slips as her pregnancy awakens psychological and physical problems, leaving Philip and Jonathan regretting ever allowing her into their lives. Told from an elderly Jonathan’s hospital bed, Angela’s tangled web unwinds into heartbreak, deception, legal battles, and finally murder – with a surprise ending no one could have ever imagined.

335) Red Haircrow - Silence Is Multi-Colored In My World
Publisher: Flying With Red Haircrow (May 10, 2012)
Amazon Kindle: Silence Is Multi-Colored In My World

An imaginative collection of memories and observations written from the perspective of a young man who was orphaned early, who was gay, deaf and Russian. He was simple and complex, light-hearted and serious, whimsical and infinitely strong, and when he loved, he loved with all his heart and soul. A former sex worker and later a husband, he was an amateur activist and philosopher, a startlingly intelligent, passionate individual able to intensely appreciate even the small wonders of the world and the people for whom he cared. Part diary, part dialogue, and part rhetoric, “Silence Is Multi-colored in My World” is based on actual experiences. It is a literary portrait of a man with nothing to hide and everything to reveal. It is a slice into the willing veins of a mental and emotional free bleeder. A memoir/biography with photos.

336) Mickie B. Ashling - Cleave
Paperback: 230 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (May 11, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613725140
ISBN-13: 978-1613725146
Amazon: Cleave
Amazon Kindle: Cleave

Sequel to Vessel On New Year's Eve, Cole Fujiwara stands vigil at his father's deathbed while his surrogate wife, Noriko, gives birth to twins. As Cole contemplates his future, he acknowledges that he's living his father's dream... and that he's probably destroyed his chance at happiness with Sloan, the love of his life. Finding harmony in an emerging D/s relationship has not been without issue for Sloan Driscoll and his Master, Trent Hamilton. Their journey has been littered with mishaps, but their powerful love and sexual connection continue to bind them together-until Sloan comes face to face with Cole for the first time in nine months. The meeting means different things to each of them. To Cole, it's the first step on the path to a reunion. To Sloan, it's a terrible mistake, one he confesses immediately. As for Trent, the bitter realization that a connection between the former lovers still exists forces him to issue an ultimatum. Is Sloan willing to do anything to prove their relationship is worth saving, including becoming Trent's 24/7 slave? And if Sloan stays with Trent, how can Cole ever hope to find happiness again?

337) Amy Lane - The Talker Collection (3 novellas)
Paperback: 220 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (May 11, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 161372490X
ISBN-13: 978-1613724903
Amazon: The Talker Collection

One day, Tate "Talker" Walker sits next to Brian Cooper on a track meet bus-and sees him like nobody else on the planet has ever seen him before. One day, Brian Cooper looks at Talker's bright punk facade and listens past his constant chatter-and knows him like nobody else on the planet will ever know him again. One day, two boys meet, and even though they fall in love, it's still a long and bumpy ride. Tate needs to learn to listen, Brian needs to learn to speak up, and the event that teaches them both exactly what they need from each other almost destroys Tate and leaves Brian no recourse but violence. For their love to survive, Tate and Brian have to overcome the pain of violation and the repercussions of revenge. Even more difficult, they have to hold each other steady while one finds his peace and the other his voice, because a dream boy isn't really a dream boy if he doesn't know his own worth. Talker (September 2010), Talker's Redemption (January 2011), and Talker's Graduation (October 2011) were previously published individually in eBook format by Dreamspinner Press.

338) Erica Pike - Absolutely Eric
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: MLR Press (May 11, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1608206599
ISBN-13: 978-1608206599
Amazon: Absolutely Eric
Amazon Kindle: Absolutely Eric

Twenty year old college student Eric Wesley is looking for love, but instead of choosing Mr. Right, he goes after Mr. Wrong. Eric Wesley is short and snazzy, hot and happy. Or that's what he thought. After three years of living on the wild side he's tired of being a playboy and wants to find love. Eric, however, has never been in love before and doesn't see that the guy who's been gazing at him all summer might be Mr. Right. Alexander Centauri isn't only style-less and clumsy, but also terribly awkward. After a miserable date, Eric plants Alex on another guy's lap and goes after Mr. Wrong...who looks so right. When Eric realizes his mistake, it might be too late.

339) Andrea Speed - Infected, Shift
Paperback: 370 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (May 14, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 161372506X
ISBN-13: 978-1613725061
Amazon: Infected: Shift
Amazon Kindle: Infected: Shift

Book 5 of the Infected series by Andrea Speed In a world where a werecat virus has changed society, Roan McKichan, a born infected and ex-cop, works as a private detective trying to solve crimes involving other infecteds. Between his mutating virus and his rocky relationship with his artist boyfriend, Dylan, Roan has enough problems to solve without taking on other people's, but that's the nature of his work. Someone has to look into the case of the murdered trans woman, and if the perp is the dirty cop Roan suspects it is, the police are not the right people for the job. But now Roan has a new obstacle to overcome: someone caught part of his transformation on video, and the media frenzy is making it hard to do his job. One case nets him a hockey team full of new friends. Another leads to an attempt on his life. And Roan's hustler sidekick drags him on a quest for revenge. With his world and his body both in turmoil, Roan is finding it harder and harder to see the line between justice and vigilantism.

340) Rodney Ross - The Cool Part of His Pillow
Paperback: 340 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (May 14, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613725043
ISBN-13: 978-1613725047
Amazon: The Cool Part of His Pillow
Amazon Kindle: The Cool Part of His Pillow

The mid-40's are that time in a gay man's life when his major paradigm shifts from sexy to Sansabelts. But when Barry Grooms's partner of twenty years is killed on Barry's forty-fifth birthday, his world doesn't so much evolve as it does explode. After navigating through the surreal conveyor belt of friends and family, he can't eat another casserole or swallow much more advice, and so, still numb, he escapes to Key West, then New York. He embraces a new mantra: Why the hell not? First, he gets a thankless new job working for a crazy lady in a poncho, then has too many drinks with a narcissistic Broadway actor. Next, it's a nude exercise class that redefines flop sweat, and from there he's on to a relationship with a man twenty years his junior, so youthfully oblivious he thinks Karen Carpenter is a lesbian woodworker. Yet no matter how great the retreat from the man he used to be, life's gravity spins Barry back to the town where he grew up for one more ironic twist that teaches him how to say goodbye with grace.
andrew potter

Rainbow Awards: Next season... a feedback

I ask to Dusk permission to share the feedback he gave me, since I think it's important and something that really, I have difficult to have perception of in other way.

Dusk Peterson is an independent author, and last year he won the Rainbow Awards for Best Gay Fantasy with The Eternal Dungeon.

this is what he wrote to me:

"Some of us spend $0 publishing our books, because we're low-income. Twenty-five dollars is about 25% of my monthly income at the moment, which is why I don't submit my books to any other fee-requiring contest. (Also, when I was growing up, lots of the articles aimed at new writers warned them not to submit to literary contests that required fees. Back in those days, at least, most fee-requiring contests were scams.)

BUT I'd be willing to pay that much for *your* contest, and I'm especially pleased to hear that most of the money is going to charity. Heck, I've earned much more than $25 from "The Eternal Dungeon," which rose in sales right after it was honored in your contest."

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I really appreciated this feedback, other than for the kind words that Dusk used for the Rainbow Awards (and for me by connection), also since, being an independent author he has the chance to check the up and downs of his sellings, and I trust him when he said one of those up is connected to the Rainbow Awards.

Moreover I hope I was not insensitive when I told that 25$ was a small amount in comparison to what an author has to face when publishing a book, that is what was referred to me (I'm not an author nor a publisher), but probably it's not the same for all authors, and what seems few money to one could be an huge amount to another one. Forgive me if I was too direct, it was not my intention to hurt anyone.