May 27th, 2013

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Best Gay Debut Novel: Don't Let Me Go by J.H. Trumble

I was a little scared to read this book, there was that “when local kids take their homophobia to brutal levels” that was like a Damocles’ sword pending above us, even more when I realized the author was using flashback, and sooner or later the moment I dreaded had to come. But at least I knew that wasn’t the end for Nate and Adam, when the novel starts, present time, they are together, and apparently Nate is managing to have a life after the tragedy, he is not beaten down and unable to fight back. Nate’s biggest trouble is that Adam’s job is taking him far from him, far from the Texan small town they met and fell in love to the big city, New York, with all the temptations and possibilities and no Nate.

That is probably where we really realize we are reading about teenager and not adult; at that age it’s not enough to tell I love you, it’s not enough to see you on a screen, or to have phone sex. You need you boyfriend near you, otherwise anything, or everyone, is able to put in question your security, that little safe nest you built, maybe to be able to cope what happened, because forgetting is not an option. And while Nate clearly needs reassurance, Adam has probably underestimated the problem, while on the other hand, being actually the one who never once questioned their love.

It’s not easy to say who was wrong and who was right because, actually, they both did wrongs and rights. Those are teenagers to you, ladies and sirs.

If I have to be sincere, I had a disappointment upon finishing this novel, the feeling that this was a trilogy of which I just read the central book. I do have the strong wish to read how Nate and Adam met and how their love evolved and how they came out to their families: some of these tidbits we have in the current novel, but they are just flashes, while I would like to read the whole story. But above all, I think I would love to read of Adam and Nate after this novel, of their adult selves, their life as a committed, long-term couple, the challenges but also the rewards. In this current novel, Nate is mostly the main character, Adam is afar, distant; we don’t really see his point of view if not in the end, when he basically rebels and snaps out; in a following story I think we could have the chance to know him better, and basically to read the story from his point of view.

Amazon: Don't Let Me Go
Amazon Kindle: Don't Let Me Go
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Kensington (January 1, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0758269277
ISBN-13: 978-0758269270

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UK GLBTQ Meet Ebook Giveaway: Julie Bozza - The Apothecary's Garden

I asked to all the authors joining the UK GLBTQ Fiction meet in Manchester in July ( 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: tizzzzez

Today author is Julie Bozza: Julie Bozza is an English-Australian hybrid who is madly in love with Colin Morgan and John Keats. Fuelled by espresso, calmed by knitting, and unreasonably excited by photography… she is the author of Butterfly Hunter, The Definitive Albert J Sterne, and other m-m romance novels published by Manifold Press.

70,000 words/278 pages
Publication 1 May 2013

Hilary Kent, a Londoner all his working life, retires to Wiltshire after an estranged cousin unexpectedly leaves him an inhabitable tower surrounded by an overgrown physic garden – and that’s when graduate student Tom Laurence suddenly erupts into his life, convincing him that together they can restore the ancient garden to its former glory. Tom’s cheerful friendship is the best thing that’s ever happened to Hilary and he’s perfectly content with that until, to his astonishment and confusion, it seems that Tom’s affection for him is beginning to grow into something more … something he feels he probably shouldn’t allow …

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Chris Colfer (born May 27, 1990)

Christopher Paul "Chris" Colfer (born May 27, 1990) is an American actor, singer, author and producer, best known for his portrayal of Kurt Hummel on the television series Glee. Colfer's portrayal of Kurt has received much critical praise, and he has been the recipient of several awards, including Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or Television Film at the 2011 Golden Globe Awards. He has also garnered many award nominations, which include the 2010 and 2011 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. In April 2011, Colfer was named one of the 2011 Time 100, Time's list of the 100 most influential people. He is also a New York Times number-one bestselling author and publisher of Struck by Lightning and The Wishing Spell (The Land of Stories).

Colfer is openly gay and shared on Access Hollywood that his parents were accepting of him but he was frequently bullied at school.

Colfer wrote, starred in, and executive-produced the coming-of-age comedy Struck by Lightning. The plot revolves around Colfer's character, who is struck and killed by a bolt of lightning, and chronicles his exploits as he blackmails his fellow senior classmates into contributing to a literary magazine he is publishing. It was shot during the Glee hiatus in the summer of 2011.

On June 8, 2011, Colfer signed a book deal to write two novels for children to young adults (age range) the first of which, The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell, was released on July 17, 2012. Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, the twins Alex and Conner leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with the fairy tale characters they grew up reading about. For two weeks after the book's release it was number one on The New York Times Best Seller list in the Children's Chapter Books category.

Colfer is also writing another movie, in which he will appear as a supporting actor. Colfer also landed a deal with Disney Channel for a pilot based on the book "The Little Leftover Witch".

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Hawaiian Gothic by Heidi Belleau & Violetta Vane

This novel reminded me of a very nice movie, Undertow, with a tragic ending, and so I was reading it teetering on the edge of fear, wanting to like these characters but afraid of what would be of them. Lucky for me, this is a romance, and of course, although non-conventional and not even totally rounded, there was a some sort of happily ever after for them.

Ori is finally coming back home, but unfortunately his childhood friend, and unrequited love, Kalani, is not waiting for him, or at least, not in a way Ori is happy to acknowledge. Kalani is in coma, according to the doctors it’s irreversible, and Kalani’s foster mother is asking Ori’s consent to detach the machines maintaining his body alive. When Kalani was attacked, Ori tried to come back home as soon as possible, but instead he ended up doing 1 year of prison for attacking his superior officer. Now one year later, Kalani’s situation didn’t change, and basically they are waiting only for Ori to have the chance to say goodbye. But the same night, Kalani’s spirit appears to Ori, and he is very much alive. Both Kalani than Ori know Kalani’s body is dying, and basically Kalani is asking Ori to let it go, but Ori thinks that, if he will be able to solve a mystery in Kalani’s past, that will allow his spirit to find peace. But finding peace will mean that Kalani will really go forever, in a place where Ori and him will not have the chance to be finally together, unless Ori doesn’t follow him there too.

Hawaiian’s tradition are quite complex, and they are a mix of religion and myth. What I always find in these novels is the feeling that the admixture between them is so strong that paranormal becomes almost ordinary, seeing spirits is exceptional but not extraordinaire, and to someone like Ori, after the first surprise, is natural to accept Kalani is real and in need of his help. Ori and Kalani’s relationship, before and after Kalani’s accident, is bittersweet, already marked by tragedy, even before they were born.

This is not an easy novel, the plot is complex, made even more that by the different flashback not in chronological order, and at one point we even go back before Ori and Kalani were born, to a totally different pair who perhaps share the same forbidden love. More than paranormal, Hawaiian Gothic is spiritual, new age, mystic; if you like all these you will love it.

Amazon Kindle: Hawaiian Gothic
Publisher: Loose Id LLC (June 12, 2012)

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