April 11th, 2013

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Excerpt: Fire Horse by Mickie B. Ashling

Fire Horse by Mickie B. Ashling
Genre: Contemporary, gay, erotic romance.
ISBN-13: 978-1-62380-577-7
Pages: 256
Cover Artist: Anne Cain

Preston Fawkes is ten the first time he meets fifteen-year-old Konrad Schnell at the San Antonio Polo Club. Captivated by the mystique surrounding the sport of kings, Pres vows to learn the game at the hands of his newly acquired friend and mentor. The hero worship soon grows into something deeper, but the friends are separated when Preston goes off to boarding school in England.
The relationship that follows is riddled with challenges―their age gap, physical distance, and parental pressure taking precedence over feelings yet to be explored. Although their bond goes deep, they deal with the reality of their situation differently: Preston is open and fearless while Konrad is reticent and all too aware of the social implications of making a public stand.

Their paths intersect and twine, binding them as tightly as a cowboy’s lasso, but fate may alter their plans. How will love overcome the divots in the turf as they gallop toward the future—one where obstacles no longer stand in their way?

Official Bio: Mickie B. Ashling is the alter-ego of a multifaceted woman raised by a single mother who preferred reading over other forms of entertainment. She found a kindred spirit in her oldest child and encouraged her with a steady supply of dog-eared paperbacks. Romance was the preferred genre, and historical romances topped her favorites list.
By the time Mickie discovered her own talent for writing, real life had intruded, and the business of earning a living and raising four sons took priority. With the advent of e-publishing and the inevitable emptying nest, dreams were resurrected, and the storyteller was reborn.
She stumbled into the world of men who love men in 2002 and continues to draw inspiration from their ongoing struggle to find equality and happiness in this oftentimes skewed and intolerant world. Her award-winning novels have been called "gut wrenching, daring, and thought provoking." She admits to being an angst queen and making her men work damn hard for their happy endings.
Mickie loves to travel and has lived in the Philippines, Spain, and the Middle East but currently resides in a suburb outside Chicago.
You can contact her at mickie.ashling@gmail.com or leave a comment on her blog at http://mickiebashling.blogspot.com.

Link to Buy: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=3790

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Spotted: Baby, I'm Not a Monster by Barry Lowe, The Bookshop, Sydney

Baby, I'm Not a Monster by Barry Lowe
The Bookshop
(spotter: AB Gayle)

Baby, I'm Not A Monster by Barry Lowe
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: loveyoudivine Alterotica (September 18, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1600546625
ISBN-13: 978-1600546624
Amazon: Baby, I'm Not A Monster
Amazon Kindle: Baby, I'm Not A Monster

Gay erotica you can really sink your teeth into. If around 10 per cent of the male population is gay then it stands to reason 10 per cent of vampires, werewolves, ghosts, and other paranormals must lean toward a predilection for their own gender. This volume of erotica explores the world of gay male 'monsters': from a dentist who treats a vampire with a fang problem, through a young man who has the annoying ghost of his favorite gay porn star living in his wardrobe, to an Icelandic troll who finds a new career on a gay cruise ship as a Viking stripper. These and other stories, told with Barry Lowe's infectious good humor, will give you shivers of hot pleasure.

The Bookshop, Sydney: For more than twenty years the Bookshop Darlinghurst has been Australia's finest source of GLBT books, magazines, calendars and DVDs. Located in the heart of Sydney's famous Oxford Street, our store has been a cherished hub for the local and international queer community. If you've ever wondered what literary lesbians, bookish bears and pop culture poofs have in common, come and pay us a visit where you'll be welcomed by our friendly and knowledgeable staff.

Location: 207 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst NSW 2010. Telephone number: (02) 9331 1103
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Tattoos & Teacups by Anna Martin

It starts almost in a lyric way, but that is not only a first impression; Rob, the narrative voice, is an English professor with a way for words, and this is clearly reflected in his mind flow process. We see the blossoming and developing of his relationship with Chris, always from Rob’s point of view, but that doesn’t mean Chris is not represented, since Rob, who loves him, is able to make him come alive.

Though only 9 years separate Rob and Chris, most of the novel is based on their differences both in age than social status. Maybe this is emphasized by the fact that Rob is a teenager dad, like there are 9 years between him and Chris, there are only 9 years between Chris and his daughter. Chris is also a free spirit, tagging along his rock band, without a real home to call his own. But if Rob remarks the age difference, Chris doesn’t really mind; it’s not like he has a kink for older men, but indeed the explanation he gives to Rob is right, older men treat him better, they make him feel special, and loved.

This is really a sweet romance, not sweet since it lacks the sex, but sweet because the sex comes after the love; actually it will takes Rob and Chris several dates to arrive to the sex, but neither them or the reader lacked it. It was really nice to see them know each other better, to learn each other timing and personality.

While the author wanted to give Chris a bad boy’s aura, she also made him quite right for Rob: half rock band drummer, half orchestra maestro, Chris is a mix of young and old, naïve and experience, all concentrated in a bundle of energy that is able to sit down and spread comfort vibes all around.

It was long that I didn’t enjoy so much a contemporary novel, so much that, when I reached the end, I was mourning these characters already.


Amazon: Tattoos & Teacups
Amazon Kindle: Tattoos & Teacups
Paperback: 244 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (July 6, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613725906
ISBN-13: 978-1613725900

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Cover Art by Shobana Appavu

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