March 3rd, 2013

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Rainbow Awards: Cover Contest (September)

This is the first post for the 2013 Cover Contest. Voting on each slot will happen every 2 weeks.

- in round 1 there will be 12 slots, 1 for each month in the Submission period (from September 2012 to August 2013).
- in parallel with the poll, a special jury will vote the covers; the jury is composed by: Ali, Anne Tenino, Brent Hartinger, Dylan Rosser, Jodie, Julie, Linda, Tammy, Zahra Owens.
- you can vote as many covers as you want, using the poll in this post

Last Year Award went to Ink (Anne Cain)

All the covers are here:

or here:

and here is the poll:

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Leonard Sanazaro & William Dickey

William Hobart Dickey (December 15, 1928 – May 3, 1994) was an American poet and professor of English and creative writing at San Francisco State University. He authored 15 books of poetry over a career that lasted three and a half decades.

Dickey was born in 1928 in Bellingham, Washington and was raised in Washington and Oregon. He attended Reed College, graduating in 1951. At Reed he wrote a novel for his bachelor's thesis and was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa Society.

He was awarded a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship and went on to study at Harvard University (M.A., 1955) and the University of Iowa (M.F.A., 1956). As a Fulbright scholar he studied at Jesus College at the University of Oxford from 1959 to 1960.

Dickey was a student of John Berryman at the Iowa Writers' Workshop. He later recalled:
First to have been at Reed College as an undergraduate with Gary Snyder, Philip Whalen and Lew Welch, second to have been in John Berryman's extraordinary and intense poetry workshop with W. D. Snodgrass, Donald Justice, Philip Levine, Paul Petrie, Robert Dana, Constance Urdang, Jane Cooper, Donald Finkel, Henri Coulette—the list continues beyond the capacity of my memory, but it was a course I approached with rapture and fear, owing in part to Berryman's sometimes jagged abruptness, as when, having warned me beforehand that he was going to exhibit the profound mortality of one of my works, he held it out at arm's length in the class, looked at it with loathing, and said, "Now, what are we to say about this ridiculous poem?"
Dickey's first collection of poetry, Of the Festivity, was selected by W.H. Auden as the winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets Competition in 1959. In the foreword to the book, Auden wrote:
It is possible to show evidence of great intelligence and sensibility but to be lacking in the first power essential to poetry, the power to speak, Mr. Dickey's lines have both.
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Best LGBT Erotic Romance: Dirty Laundry (A Tucker Springs Novel) by Heidi Cullinan

Again, I didn’t behave… I read a book in a series without respecting the order! Now, aside from my misbehaving, this is a good way to understand if the book can be a standalone, and this one passed the test. Sure, you will probably be intrigued by El and Paul good enough to go back and read their story, and probably there is one about Jase too, but that is an added bonus not a demerit point. Denver and Adam’s story is all here, nice and sexy as you like.

And yes, there is a LOT of sex here, but the kind that is good and healthy, sexy and yes, even funny sometime. Derek and Adam got hooked up in a Laundromat, for what both think to be no strings attached sex, but their minds (and hearts) have other plans than their bodies. Or maybe they are perfectly in line and since the sex is so good, the bodies sent the message to the hearts to not let this good chance to happiness to go away. It starts as physical but it soon turns into emotional, and emotion that is in both men. Denver can have this aura of macho man, but he is actually someone who is missing not having a family, and not that almost all his friends are paired, and happy, Denver wants a piece of that happiness also for himself. And then there is Adam, whose OCD makes almost impossible for him to have an ordinary life, and then suddenly Denver is there, and instead of kicking him out, his OCD seems to talk with him. Denver doesn’t know that he is taking all the right move, instead of trying to make Adam forget his obsessions, he tries to go around them, find a solution to live with them. Not denying the OCD, Denver is accepting Adam, something that few did in the past.

I like that nor Denver or Adam are these hot as hell guys everyone is drooling for. Sure Denver has got a good body, and he is strong, but Adam is the first one to say he is not exactly handsome; and Denver can call Adam a twink, but Adam is actually 26 years old, a grad student, and more on the geek side than the twink one. Both of them are not perfect, in many way other than looks, but they are perfect together.

Good, kinky, light story, to sit down, enjoy and relax.

Amazon: Dirty Laundry: A Tucker Springs Novel
Amazon Kindle: Dirty Laundry: A Tucker Springs Novel
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing; First edition (January 20, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1937551792
ISBN-13: 978-1937551797

Series: Tucker Springs
1) Where Nerves End by L.A. Witt
2) Second Hand by Marie Sexton & Heidi Cullinan
3) Dirty Laundry by Heidi Cullinan

Reading List: list&view=elisa.rolle

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Best LGBT Erotica: Riding the Rails, Locomotive Lust and Carnal Cabooses edited by Jerry L. Wheeler

I think I need to start this with the table of content: Highland Sleeper by Jeff Mann, No Mincing Words by Rob Rosen, Elsewhen by ’Nathan Burgoine, Mount Olympus by Jeffrey Ricker, Reunion on the Rails by Hank Edwards, The Blue Train by Erastes, The Train Home by Rick R. Reed, Royal Service by Dale Chase, Resist Me, Please! By Daniel M. Jaffe, Engine of Repression by Gavin Atlas, One Night on the Twentieth Century by Jay Neal, Shadow Mapping by J.D. Barton, Geronimo’s Laughter by Joseph Baneth Allen, The Roundhouse Men by Dusty Taylor, The Last Train by William Holden. Why? Because aside for very few names I didn’t know about, this is a collection of la crème de la crème in Gay Fiction. All these authors are bestsellers on their own, and having them all together in one anthology is a treat that make me forget for a moment that anthologies are usually not my cup of tea. It’s also a compliment to the editor, Jerry L. Wheeler, because I think it hadn’t to be simple to put them all together, maintaining by the way the feeling of uniqueness of the collection, all the stories work together for the same target.

Like the majority of these anthologies, Riding the Rails falls into the Erotica category, but I was quite surprise to find out that indeed this is also a Romance collection; some of the stories in it are not even about sex ( see ’Nathan Burgoine’s one), and almost all of them are about love story with an happy ending. Sure there is a bittersweet aftertaste all along the anthology, something that, truth be told, I have always found when reading stories related to trains… there has to be some deep connection between the two things, or maybe the train itself is a metaphor for something you wish but cannot catch. In any case, aside for maybe one or two exceptions (Rick R. Reed and Jay Neal probably), the romance reader will have plenty of happily ever after to enjoy, some of them a little kinky (Jeff Mann), some of them sweet (’Nathan Burgoine) and some of them funny (Daniel M. Jaffe)… to everyone their own.

A collective compliment to all authors go for the high quality of the stories, more little novel than short stories; different in genre, from historical, to sci-fi, to steampunk, but all of them way more than the average you usually are expecting to find in a collection; here the authors sent their best production, not what they had laying around in a forgotten folder.

Amazon: Riding the Rails: Locomotive Lust and Carnal Cabooses
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (December 20, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602825866
ISBN-13: 978-1602825864

Reading List: list&view=elisa.rolle

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