April 15th, 2013

andrew potter

GayRomLit Ebook Giveaway: Erica Pike - A Life Without You

I asked to all the authors joining the GayRomLit convention in Atlanta in October (http://gayromlit.com/grl-authors) a personal favor, a special Ebook Giveaway: twice a week 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!

Today author is Erica Pike: I’m Erica Pike and I live in Iceland. Despite popular belief, I haven’t grown some second, cold-resistant skin after living in this country (nearly) my whole life. I get cold like everyone else! Wait, there’s more. We don’t live in igloos. We do have banks (even though they all went belly-up in 2008), and we don’t have a reindeer topping on our pizzas. Yes, these are myths and questions I’ve encountered at some point in my life. Anyway! I’ve been writing gay romances for two years, but I’ve only been published for one year. Despite that, I have a number of titles out. Why do I write gay romances? That’s a hard question to answer. It’s difficult to pinpoint one thing, but I did attempt to answer as one of the interviewees in Geoffrey Knight’s “Why Straight Women Love Gay Romance”. Right now I only have contemporary titles out, but I’m working on a ghost story (Icelanders are all about ghosts), and jolting down notes for a post-apocalyptic story. Then there’s that Viking story… Looks like I’ll be multi-genre in the future ˆ.ˆ I’m a single mother of two boys (twins, nearly 6 y.o.) and am happy being single. I’m a business undergrad, with a focus on marketing and managing. I wanted to work in advertising, but discovered after graduation that, in Iceland, there are almost never any positions open. That’s why I ended up working for the government in finance – a job so stifling creativity-vise that I needed an outlet. So I wrote books!
Website: http://www.ericapike.com/
Most recent title: Little Stalker
Publishers: MLR Press, No Boundaries Press

A Life Without You by Erica Pike
Paperback: 236 pages
Publisher: MLR Press (January 12, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1608205258
ISBN-13: 978-1608205257
Amazon: A Life Without You
Amazon Kindle: A Life Without You

A Life Without You Boston Boys Series #1 Jesse's like a bar of soap: the tighter Adam holds on, the faster Jesse slips away. Or that's how it feels to Adam. It doesn't help that Jesse has a girlfriend back home and claims to be straight, but there's no way with all the sparks and physical intimacy flying between the two roommates. When Adam believes he has reached his ultimate happiness, the bedroom walls come crashing down with a visit from Jesse's girlfriend. Now Jesse has to decide if he can come to terms with his sexuality, while Adam has to learn to accept that Jesse might never be able to crawl out of the closet.

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My Movie by David Pratt

Pratt’s My Movie is not a “light” collection; I fondly remember Bob, the Book, apparently an easy/comedy like romance about a book falling in love for another book, but even that one had some committed undertone that the most attentive reader could catch. This is what I found again in My Movie, but in a more important dose. Truth be told, My Movie seems to me more “fantasy” than Bob, the Book, but not since it’s a traditional fantasy novel, but since we are mostly inside the minds of the narrative voices, and those voices are happy, scared, young, old, and all of them give you their perception of the world.

The My Movie of the title without doubt refers to the recurrent element of the “movie” in the short stories, but it’s also a way to explain that what we are “seeing” is the movie of the main characters, their story like in a private screening. Most of the time there is no recollection of the setting or the time, but simple since, when “you” are thinking, you don’t describe the outside world, you “are” in that world, no need to describe it to yourself. So that is the feeling, looking at things through the eyes of who is living them.

Another recurrent point is the past time; some of the story are between the ’70 and ’90, pre-and-during the apex of the AIDS plague, maybe since people before were more innocent, and people after couldn’t forget. AIDS changed the lives of many, and broke the lives of many others, and who survived was never again the same.

So no, you will probably not have the same smile I had while reading Bob, the Book, but you will nevertheless experience something of important, David Pratt’s own movie life.


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

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