November 23rd, 2012

andrew potter

Treasure Hunt: The Books

book not in the 2012 Rainbow Awards contest, to win this book it's enough to send me the matching between title-word-definition
author donated a print copy, only US mail addresses are eligible (for Lethe Press titles, if outside US, you switch to electronic format)

Benjamin Kelly - Guardian Angel
Catherine Lundoff - A Day at the Inn
Charles Silverstein - For the Ferryman
Daniel M. Jaffe - Jewish Gentle and Other Stories of Gay-Jewish Living
Dayna Ingram - Eat Your Heart Out
Dirk Vanden - It Was Too Soon Before
Felice Picano - True Stories
Isabella - American Yakuza
J.V. Petretta - An Impossible Dream Story (kindle book)
K.E. Payne -
Kiki Archer - But She Is My Student
Kiki Archer - Instigations
Lara Biyuts - A Handful of Blossoms
Laurie Salzler - A Kiss Before Dawn
Lee Harlem Robinson - Come And Go
Meghan O'Brien - The Night Off
Murray Sexton - Deranged
Natasha Holme - Lesbian Crushes and Bulimia
Rachel Spangler - Love Life
Robin Silverman - Lemon Reef
Ronica Black - Wholehearted
Vincent Meis - Tio Jorge

Blaine D. Arden - Aliens, Smith and Jones
Lyn Gala - Desert World Allegiances
Rachel Haimowitz & Cat Grant - Power Play Resistance
Alex Beecroft - Under the Hill (2 books)
Carole Cummings - Ghost
Carole Cummings - Weregild

K.Z. Snow - The Zero Knot
Caethes Faron - Measure Of Devotion
Tara Lain - Golden Dancer
Neil Plakcy - Mi Amor
Susan Laine - Sounds of Love
Marshall Thornton - Boystown (4 novels)
Eric Arvin - SuburbaNights
Cardeno C. - Wake Me Up Inside
Karis Walsh - Worth the Risk
Erik Orrantia - Day of the Dead
Avril Ashton - Love the Sinner
P.A. Brown - Latin Boyz
Amy Lane - It's Not Shakespeare
Brandon Shire - The Value of Rain
Brandon Shire - Listening To Dust
Marguerite Labbe & Fae Sutherland - The Gladiator's Master
Jay Bell - Kamikaze Boys
Belinda McBride - When I Fall
Hayden Thorne - Renfred's Masquerade
Belinda McBride - The Bacchi
Luke Hartwell - Atom Heart John Beloved
Josephine Myles - Handle with Care
Anne Tenino - Frat Boy and Toppy
Chris Quinton - Paradox
Amy Lane - Sidecar
Lisa Worrall - Unshakeable Faith
Bonnie Dee & Summer Devon - The Psychic and the Sleuth
Kate McMurray - Out in the Field
Joely Skye - Running Wild
Kyell Gold - Green Fairy
Amy Lane - Clear Water
Allison Cassatta - Patient Privilege
Rebecca Cohen - Servitude
Z.A. Maxfield - The Pharaoh's Concubine
Jay Bell - From darkness to darkness
Lavinia Lewis - Nate's Deputy
Elizabeth Noble - Chained Hearts
Rhianon Etzweiler - Blacker than Black
Lewis DeSimone - The Heart’s History
Edmond Manning - King Perry
Eden Winters - Fallen Angel
Anne Regan - Two Tickets to Paradise
Barry Brennessel - Reunion (Bonus Barry Brennessel - The Celestial)
Marguerite Labbe - All Bets Are Off
L.C. Chase - Riding with Heaven
UKMAT - Lashings of Sauce
Dusk Peterson - Law of Vengeance
Amy Lane - Chase in Shadow
Cassandra Gold - Sex and the Single Zombie
J.B. Sanders - Glen & Tyler's Honeymoon Adventure
Amy Lane - Gambling Men
Aleksandr Voinov & Amy Lane - Country Mouse
Z.A. Maxfield - Gasp!
Rick R. Reed - Caregiver
Anders & Phair - The Ripper's Daughter
K.T. Grant - Cinderella and The Lady
Rachel Haimowitz & Cat Grant - Power Play Awakening
Eric Arvin - Galley Proof
Chris Quinton - Fox Hunt
Isabelle Rowan - Ink
Shira Anthony - The Melody Thief
Aleksandr Voinov - Counterpunch
Brandon Shire - Afflicted (new releases)
Charlie Cochet - The Auspicious Troubles of Chance
Rachel Haimowitz - Master Class
Isabelle Rowan - The Road to Byron
Z. Allora - Tied Together
Clare London - True Colors
Heidi Cullinan - The Pirate's Game
H.C. Brown - Lord and Master
Amber Green - Khyber Run
Susan Laine - Genie's Wish
Andrew Grey - Legal Artistry
Lisa Worrall - Laurel Heights
Jordan Castillo Price - Magic Mansion
Josephine Myles - Barging In
Jeff Mann - Purgatory
Radclyffe & Katherine E. Lynch - OMG Queer
Mickie B. Ashling - Daddio
Chris Quinton - Game On, Game Over
Evey Brett - Capriole
Elliott Mackle - Only Make Believe
Sasha L. Miller - Saving Liam
Jordan Castillo Price - Persistence of Memory
Jim Provenzano - Every Time I Think of You
Val Kovalin - Fall Into the Sun
Eden Winters - Diversion
J.L. Merrow - Wight Mischief
Andrew Grey - Unconditional Love
Aleksandr Voinov - Incursion
Gene Gant - The Thunder in His Head
Jordan Castillo Price - The Starving Years
Tinnean - Houseboat on the Nile
J.L. Merrow - Hard Tail
Ryan Field - Chase of a Lifetime
Lee James - Errors and Omissions
Fyn Alexander - Rentboy
S.J. Frost - Enduring Instincts
A.B. Gayle - Red+Blue
Neil Plakcy - Mahu Blood
L.J. LaBarthe - No Surrender, No Retreat
D.H. Starr - Premonition
Julie Bozza - The Butterfly Hunter
J.H. Trumble - Don't Let Me Go
Zahra Owens - Floods and Drought
Dorien Grey - The Peripheral Son
Fyn Alexander - Sins of the Father
Hal Bodner - The Trouble With Hairy
Storm Grant - Few Are Chosen
Lori Toland - The Long Con
Jaime Samms - Stained Glass
P.D. Singer - The Rare Event
Elliott Mackle - Captain Harding's Six-Day War
Julia Alaric - Dreamer
Charlie Cochrane - Lessons for Survivors
Charlie Cochrane - All Lessons Learned
Collin Kelley - Remain In Light
Sage Marlowe - Knives and Feathers
Owen Keehnen - The Sand Bar
Sage Marlowe - SubMission
Charles Raines - Stranger In Translation
S.J. Frost - Heartstrings
Harper Fox - Scrap Metal
Cardeno C. - Just What the Truth Is
Shelter Somerset - On the Trail to Moonlight Gulch
Mel Bossa - Franky Gets Real
Samantha M. Derr - Vixen
Scott Alexander Hess - Bergdorf Boys
Josephine Myles - Boats in the Night
Erica Pike - Absolutely Eric
Red Haircrow - Silence Is Multi-Colored In My World
Jerry L. Wheeler - Riding the Rails
Isabella - Broken Shield
Mel Bossa - Into the Flames
Chris Quinton - Finders, Keepers
Greg Hogben - The British Devil
Aleksandr Voinov - Dark Soul
Ken O'Neill - The Marrying Kind
J.L. Merrow - Midnight in Berlin
Philip D. Luing - From Particles and Disputations
Lavinia Lewis - Mobsters and Miracles
Leslie Lee Sanders - Before the Darkness
Timothy McGivney - Vampalicious
Rowan McBride - One Good Year (2 novellas)
Andrea Speed - Infected, Shift
Joseph R. G. DeMarco - Crimes on Latimer
Justine Saracen - Tyger Tyger, Burning Bright
Beth Burnett - Man Enough
J.P. Bowie - A Ghost Story
Keira Andrews - The Chimera Affair
Tara Lain - Spell Cat
Hayden Thorne - Mimi Attacks
Scott Alexander Hess - Diary of a Sex Addict
Syd McGinley - Twice-Caught
Megan Derr - Burning Bright
J.P. Beausejour - Buccaneer Island
Lex Valentine - Scrambling
B.G. Thomas - It Had to Be You
Catherine Lundoff - Silver Moon
Neil Plakcy - Teach Me Tonight
Barry Brennessel - Crossroads (Bonus Barry Brennessel - Firenze)
Anne Barwell - Shadowboxing
Bonnie Dee - Loving Peter
Angelia Sparrow - Power in the Blood
Elliott Mackle - Captain Harding and His Men
KevaD - Whistle Pass
D.H. Starr - Feed Prey Love
R. Jackson - Tales from the Den

Neil Plakcy - Three Lambs, Erotic Tales of A Gay Frat
Mykola Dementiuk - Times Square Queer
Mykola Dementiuk - The Facialist
Susan Laine - Mending Fences
Andrea Speed - Infected, Freefall
T.T. Kove - Legend & Lore
Giselle Renarde - My Mistress's Thighs
Ali Vali - Balance of Forces
Mel Bossa - Suite Nineteen
Alex Jeffers - You Will Meet a Stranger Far from Home
Widdershins - Mortal Instinct
J.P. Bowie - He Ain't Heavy
A. Scott Boddie - Devil's Night
A. Scott Boddie - Haunted by 4th Street Molly
Wayne Hoffman - Sweet Like Sugar
Xavier Axelson - Menage
Rachel Haimowitz - Crescendo
Neil Plakcy - The Russian Boy
Z. Allora - Finally Fallen
D. Jackson Leigh - Touch Me Gently
Jack Scott - Perking the Pansies
Jerry L. Wheeler - Strawberries and Other Exotic Fruits
Charlie Cochrane - Home Fires Burning
Megan Derr - Kidnapped
Mickie B. Ashling - Cleave
Mickie B. Ashling - Vessel
J.M. Redmann - Ill Will
Jerry L. Wheeler - Dirty Diner
Kim Baldwin & Xenia Alexiou - Demons are Forever
Lukas Hand - Coming To
Terri Richards - Mission of Desire
Anne Laughlin - Runaway
P.J. Trebelhorn - Missing
Ansh Das - Always Forever
L.J. LaBarthe - No Quarter
Brit Mandelo - Beyond Binary
Jeff Mann - Desire and Devour
Darcy Abriel - Silver
Steve Berman - Wilde Stories 2012
William Maltese & Johan Ekkel - Maltese & Ekkel
Liz Strange - Missing Daughter, Shattered Family
Johnny Townsend - Let the Faggots Burn
Bruce Grether - The Secret of the Golden Phallus
Ava Greene - Pandora's Box
Ranae Rose - Haunted Passions
Louisa Bacio - Chains of Silver

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Treasure Hunt: The Words

only that part of the word is used in the title (example if the Title was Mountbatten the word could be Mount*)


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Treasure Hunt: The Definitions

- definition is for single word, not conjugated verb

- a commercial establishment that provides lodging, food, etc., for the public, especially travelers; small hotel
- a person formally engaged in learning, especially one enrolled in a school or college; pupil
- a person who guards, protects, or preserves
- a person who owns or operates a ferry
- a ridge of rocks or sand, often of coral debris, at or near the surface of the water
- a series of objects connected one after the other, usually in the form of a series of metal rings passing through one another
- a succession of images, thoughts, or emotions passing through the mind during sleep
- an act or instance of seducing, especially sexually
- an incentive
- an intense but usually short-lived infatuation
- any of various tightly knit Japanese criminal organizations having a ritualistic, strict code of honor
- any powerful or compelling emotion or feeling, as love or hate
- being in accordance with the actual state or conditions; conforming to reality or fact; not false
- Common names: at sign, at, strudel. Rare: each, vortex, whorl
- early in a period of time; before the time specified is much advanced
- fully or completely sincere, enthusiastic, energetic, etc.; hearty; earnest
- insane
- of, pertaining to, or characteristic of the Jews or Judaism
- one of a class of spiritual beings; a celestial attendant of God
- Spanish: uncle
- the course of existence or sum of experiences and actions that constitute a person's existence
- the period of darkness between sunset and sunrise
- the quantity or amount that the hand can hold
- to move or proceed, especially to or from something
- to take into the mouth and swallow for nourishment; chew and swallow (food)
- to touch or press with the lips slightly pursed, and then often to part them and to emit a smacking sound

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My blog's 6th anniversary and Rainbow Awards pre-party

So another year is gone, and my Journal is now 6 years old :-) Since end of November is also really near the time when the Rainbow Awards will wrap up nicely (on December 8th) this year I want to have a joint party! So I asked to many of the authors in this year contest to be generous and donate a book or two... and the answer was overwhelming: 243 among print and ebooks!

But this time you have to "earn" your prize and so there is a "little" treasure hunt: nothing complicated but you need to complete a chain made of Title-Word-Definition-Cover-Number. How? I will try to explain LOL

We have 243 book titles, you can find them here:

The Books: (mirrored here if you don't have a LJ account to comment and you are not friend on LJ:

from each title I extracted a word, but be careful, same word can match more titles, BUT there is an unique matching (example, if I have two titles, Love Story and Story of Me, "story" match both titles, but probably, from the first title I took "Love" and from the second I took "Story". Your job to discover the right matching ;-)). You can find the words here:

The Words: (mirrored here if you don't have a LJ account to comment and you are not friend on LJ:

to each word corresponds a definition. The definition refers to single word (even if the word is plural) or not conjugated verb (even if the word is a conjugated verb). You can find the definitions here:

The Definitions: (mirrored here if you don't have a LJ account to comment and you are not friend on LJ:

Once you have the matching Book-Word-Definition, you need to go and search for the Cover here: (if you don't have a Facebook account, you can try and find the Cover browsing this tag: but you have to scroll down a lot of entries ;-))

view the right cover, on the comment section there is a comment by me (Elisa Reviews) with a link to a post on LJ (Rainbow Awards: Current Submissions). Open the link and see what number was assigned to that book in that post.

Comment on THIS post (not on THAT post with the Current Submissions), sending me: Book Title-Word-Definition-Number. You can pick one book per day, if tomorrow there will be still available book, I will assign them. So you can send me more matching but first in-first out, you will win the first right matching still available book.

Exception, for the Book marked as New () there is no Cover/Number, so once you have the matching Book Title-Word-Definition, you can leave the comment.

And now, lets the party start! Enjoy and good luck with your hunt!

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Simulacrum by Rian Darcy

Truth be told, I was not expecting to like this novel so much. I’m not a fan of fantasy, and hard-core urban fantasy even less; I haven’t even seen The Matrix, to give you an idea. But they recommended me this novel, and I did give it a try: already from the first pages, I was reconsidering my position. This wasn't absolutely the heavy novel I was expecting, in a way, sometime, I found this novel to be even "cute".

True, it’s urban fantasy, better, an alternative reality that is developing in parallel with real life; people have avatars, and there is an entire world, Simulnet, where avatars can live a parallel life for their owners. Problem is that people is also dying, and death is not for fake. Shaun is a newbie LAPD detective who wants to “prove” himself; just out of college, good grades and good background, he was not good enough for the more prestigious FBI Agency, and even no, in the LAPD, he is not doing the “cool” job. So when his boss asks him if he wants to go undercover in Simulnet to find out a serial killer targeting young women, an investigation that is not exactly legal, since LAPD has no jurisdiction in Simulnet, Shaun is all for the task. And when he meets Lore, his assigned partner, he delves even more in the lure of Simulnet.

Shaun has never really questioned his sexuality; he experimented in college both with female than male partners, and so he considers himself quite “open” to possibilities, but then he opted for women. True, he is not very lucky in finding the right woman, despite his meddling twin sister. And so when he starts to prove something more than friendly admiration for the very “cool” Lore, he also starts to reconsidering all his life.

But he has only ever met Lore in Simulnet, he doesn’t know anything about him, and by the way, Lore is always advising him on how “fake” that world can be, where everyone can be who they want, not who they really are. What if Lore is not whom he claims to be? What if he is not even a man? What if he is a woman? What if he is not even a he or she?

I liked how the author played with Shaun’s, and the reader’s, mind, questioning everything that seemed simple, even a late coming out of a guy, with the many chances that an alternative/parallel reality can give you. Is Shaun maturing into his real persona, having a late coming out, or is he actually feeling as an avatar, what he should feel in the real world for his right partner?

Amazon Kindle: Simulacrum
Publisher: Circlet Press, Inc. (June 10, 2012)

Reading List: list&view=elisa.rolle

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