April 19th, 2013

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Lord Byron (January 22, 1788 – April 19, 1824)

The memoirs of George Gordon Noel Byron, sixth baron Byron of Rochdale, Lord Byron, were considered so scandalous that they were burned upon his death. However there’s still plenty of evidence that the foremost poet of the Romantic movement was bisexual. Of a fellow student at Trinity College, John Edleston, Byron wrote, "I certainly love him more than any human being." Of young Lord Clare: "I never hear the word ‘Clare’ without a beating of The heart even now." And of French-Greek youth Nicolo Giraud: "[he is] The most beautiful being I have ever beheld."

In a letter to John Cam Hobhouse about Giraud, on August 23rd, 1810, Byron wrote, "It is about two hours since, that, after informing me he was most desirous to follow him (that is me) over the world, he concluded by telling me it was proper for us not only to live, but morire insieme [to die together]. The latter I hope to avoid—as much of the former as he pleases."

Byron was a man of action with a prodigious sexual appetite. His lovers included young Lords Clare and Dorset while at school, and youthful valets and handsome fifteen-year-old Greek boys later in life. Much of Byron’s early poetry was inspired by his love for these boys.

George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron, later George Gordon Noel, 6th Baron Byron, FRS (22 January 1788 – 19 April 1824), commonly known simply as Lord Byron, was an English poet and a leading figure in the Romantic movement. Among Byron's best-known works are the lengthy narrative poems Don Juan and Childe Harold's Pilgrimage and the short lyric "She Walks in Beauty." He is regarded as one of the greatest British poets and remains widely read and influential.

He travelled to fight against the Ottoman Empire in the Greek War of Independence, for which Greeks revere him as a national hero. He died at age 36 from a fever contracted while in Missolonghi in Greece.

Byron was celebrated in life for aristocratic excesses, including huge debts, numerous love affairs, rumours of a scandalous incestuous liaison with his half-sister, and self-imposed exile. It has been speculated that he suffered from bipolar I disorder.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lord_Byron

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GayRomLit Ebook Giveaway: Clare London - Compulsion

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!

And the ebook giveaway goes to: Dawn

Today author is Clare London: Clare took the pen name London from the city where she lives, loves, and writes. A lone, brave female in a frenetic, testosterone-fuelled family home, she juggles her writing with the weekly wash, waiting for the far distant day when she can afford to give up her day job as an accountant. She’s written in many genres and across many settings, with novels and short stories published both online and in print. She says she likes variety in her writing while friends say she’s just fickle, but as long as both theories spawn good fiction, she’s happy. Most of her work features male/male romance and drama with a healthy serving of physical passion, as she enjoys both reading and writing about strong, sympathetic and sexy characters. Clare currently has several novels sulking at that tricky chapter 3 stage and plenty of other projects in mind . . . she just has to find out where she left them in that frenetic, testosterone-fuelled family home.
Website: http://www.clarelondon.co.uk
Most recent title: Chase the Ace
Publishers: Amber Quill/Amber Allure, Carina Press, Dreamspinner Press, JMS Books, Less Than Three Publishing, MLR Press, Torquere Press

Compulsion by Clare London
Paperback: 250 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (October 29, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1623800862
ISBN-13: 978-1623800864
Amazon: Compulsion
Amazon Kindle: Compulsion

The past always catches up with you. Max Newman should know-he's been running from his ever since he dropped out of Uni and made a disastrous move to the seedier side of London. Now he's returned to Brighton to lick his wounds. Though Max believes the club scene is better left behind him, one night he lets his friends drag him out dancing. And suddenly the simple life he's tried to lead gets complicated.

At Compulsion, the Medina Group's newest hotspot, Max meets Seve Nunez, a member of the Medina management and a man used to taking what he wants. The sexual chemistry between Max and Seve immediately leads to an intimate encounter in the backyard of the club-just the kind of dangerous behavior Max tried to leave behind. Despite that, he can't help but crave more, and Seve seems just as eager.

But Max soon suspects that Seve may not be the scrupulous businessman he claims. Max has seen the Medina Group at work before, and what he saw got a good friend killed. He's not sure what future he has with Seve, but he'll have to decide whether to trust in Seve's innocence or keep running. The wrong choice could land them both in mortal danger.

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3 by Jacob Z. Flores

The first thing I noticed of this book was how sexy the cover was. When I was browsing the author’s website, I read how the author’s mother was reading this novel (in print) in a doctor’s waiting room, and some other lady commented on the cover and she proudly said it was her son’s novel. I thought that was sweet but I also thought how daring! With that very sexy, and very male on male cover. Good for her and good for her son to have such a mother. In any case I had the feeling this novel was pushing the boundaries of erotica, and that was a wrong impression. Oh, don’t get me wrong, there is sex in the story, and it’s a ménages a trois, already a daring subject per se, but sincerely the erotica part of the story is not the main purpose of the novel.

We have three men, long term couple Justin and Spencer, and third man Dutch. Already like that it doesn’t sound good for Dutch, moreover if you considered that Justin was cheating on Spencer; and even if, in the end, he broke with Dutch to be faithful to Spencer, considering the fact that Spencer is HIV positive since his previous boyfriend cheated on him, it doesn’t look good for Justin. The fact is that, for how much I wanted to hate Justin, or Dutch, or even Spencer, I didn’t find a good reason for doing so. And truth be told, while Justin is the cheating man, I found that also Spencer had his own faults, above all not being able to be totally open with Justin, he still maintain a layer of protection around his heart. Dutch on the other hand is totally bared, at the third bad breakup, and not able to bear one more. If I have to be sincere, of all of them, I have probably a soft spot for Dutch, he seemed to be the more fragile.

The narrative style is quite complex, alternating chapters of flashbacks and present day, and basically they are two novel in one: how Spencer and Justin met, and what happened after the initially happily ever after (that in the end was not so “happily”). What I liked is that, indeed, it described something real, ordinary: it’s not that Spencer and Justin not love each other anymore, but they need to learn how to live together, matching needs and desires, career and relationship.


Amazon: 3
Amazon Kindle: 3
Paperback: 340 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (October 15, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613727739
ISBN-13: 978-1613727737

Reading List: http://www.librarything.com/catalog_bottom.php?tag=reading+list&view=elisa.rolle

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2013 Rainbow Awards Submission: Marguerite Labbe - Ghosts in the Wind

Ghosts in the Wind by Marguerite Labbe
Paperback: 310 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (October 31, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1623800528
ISBN-13: 978-1623800529
Amazon: Ghosts in the Wind
Amazon Kindle: Ghosts in the Wind

Andrei Cuza and Dean Marshall celebrated their tenth anniversary only to have their happiness shattered by a random, insane event: On his way home from closing a business deal, Dean stops on the parkway to help a young mother with her flat tire, and her ex arrives, murders them, and takes off with his two kids.

Ghosts have haunted Andrei all his life. He bears the guilt for his sister being stuck in limbo, because ghosts are frozen at the moment they died, unable to adapt to the changes in their living loved ones. When Dean returns to Andrei as a ghost, the double punch of losing him and having to watch him founder if he doesn't move on is almost more than Andrei can bear.

Despite dangers in limbo-Jackal Wraiths that devour souls are hunting him-Dean isn't going anywhere until he helps Andrei track down the missing children. Andrei is in danger as well when he pays dearly to feel Dean's touch one last time. Time is slowly running out as Dean and Andrei try to say good-bye while they track a killer who's more than happy to kill again.

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A Shiny Tin Star by Jon Wilson

There are not many novels set at the beginning of the XX century and dealing with homosexuality, but the few I read gave a chance of happiness to the heroes that at first I wasn’t thinking possible. But indeed, hidden in the layers of history, there are many of these stories, of “roommates” who never married, of old bachelors who shared an house, of men who married but still had a special relationship with their best friend. They are the gay men of the past, sometime emerging from vintage photo-shoot, posing in their best Sunday attire and conveying from those pictures all the love they felt for each other.

But it was not simple for them, it was not easy above all to accept they were different. For how strange it sounds, I think that, for who was living in the “Wild” West, it was easier, women were scarce, and I don’t think many questioned if two men were living together. But our heroes move their story to the big cities of the east, Atlanta and Philadelphia, and with the big city comes the feeling they are different, and comes the guiltiness, the hoping and believing there could be a cure for those strange feelings.

This is not a cowboy meets cowboy and they walk together towards the horizon, they have to earn that right, more than an heterosexual couple. And while Federal Marshal Forest O’Rourke can be more refined than County Sheriff Eugene Grey, he also the one who seems to give up to them, not accepting his feelings, believing they are an illness. Not that Gene is more comfortable, even him has the feeling to be dirty, but in a way he is more resigned, less bent upon denying them.

There is sex between Forest and Gene, but it’s not graphic details and mostly to give the feeling to the reader that their love is complete, in any sense, physical and emotional. It’s also romantic in a way, and the ending, while not easy is, as I said, full of hope for a chance at happiness.


Amazon: A Shiny Tin Star
Amazon Kindle: A Shiny Tin Star
Paperback: 250 pages
Publisher: Cheyenne Publishing (November 23, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1937692175
ISBN-13: 978-1937692179

Reading List: http://www.librarything.com/catalog_bottom.php?tag=reading+list&view=elisa.rolle

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