August 31st, 2013

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2013 Rainbow Awards Submission: Meredith Shayne - Metal Heart

Metal Heart by Meredith Shayne
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (January 28, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1623803225
ISBN-13: 978-1623803223
Amazon: Metal Heart
Amazon Kindle: Metal Heart

Scott King swore off rock stardom after his band, King Phoenix, crashed and burned. Now in his forties, Scott lives a quiet life as a music producer and session guitarist. But in a box hidden in his wardrobe lie the relics of the past he left behind-a past filled with drugs, booze, and broken hearts. For sixteen years, Scott has had no contact with his former bandmates, so when he's asked to play at a benefit gig for King Phoenix's old sound man, his world turns upside down. A King Phoenix reunion means a run-in with Scott's ex, Ash Walker-and sixteen years ago, believing Ash wanted to leave the band, Scott OD'd and almost died.

Since then, Scott has ruthlessly suppressed his feelings. As a result, he's completely unprepared for the impact of seeing Ash again, or for dealing with his emotions about the band's demise. He definitely didn't expect Ash to want to start up where they left off. Now Scott has to decide between his safe existence and the twenty-year-old love song that could cost him his sobriety-and his heart.

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Steven Corbin (October 3, 1953 - August 31, 1995)

Steven Corbin, son of Warren Leroy Corbin and Yvonne O’Hare, was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, on 3 October 1953.

After high school he attended Essex County College for two years. He then studied at the University of Southern California’s film school from 1975 to 1977 but never completed the degree.

After leaving film school, Corbin supported himself by working as a secretary and also as a taxi driver while at the same time immersing himself in reading fiction, especially black fiction. Corbin began to aspire to be a novelist by reading the works of black writers such as Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, and Richard Wright. Reading the works of James Baldwin convinced him that he should write about being gay and black.

Corbin’s interest in the Harlem Renaissance found artistic expression in his first novel, No Easy Place to Be (1989). His subsequent novels, Fragments That Remain (1993) and A Hundred Days from Now (1994), explore aspects of family, homosexuality, and race in contemporary American society.

In addition to his writing, Corbin became involved in ACT-UP in order to help combat the high level of racial segregation that he noted in the Los Angeles gay community (Duplechan, 12). He also taught fiction writing at the University of California, Los Angeles. Corbin died in New York City of AIDS on 31 August 1995.

AIDS Quilt

Source: Contemporary African American novelists: a bio-bibliographical critical sourcebook by Emmanuel Sampath Nelson

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Steven Goldman (born 1964)

"What do you want to know? Authors are, in general, really boring people whose idea of a good time is to have four uninterrupted hours sitting at the keyboard.

Here are a few random facts about me, for what they are worth:

I was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, a long time ago (O.K. 1964).

I have two sons, two cats but only one wife. We live in a part of Boston called Jamaica Plain in a house that used to be bright blue but we finally painted it.

I have spent a lot of time in school. I graduated from Haverford College in 1986 with an interdepartmental major in Classics and Religion. I have a masters degree from Teachers College, Columbia University in Educational Administration and an MFA from Emerson College in Creative Writing.

When I am not writing, I teach middle school math at the Jewish Community Day School in Watertown, MA. I like teaching math. Over the years I have taught a bunch of different stuff including Latin, English, Social Studies, but never P.E. I also play the ukulele, just not well.

My older son took these photos when he was four which is now a long time ago, but I don't think I've changed that much, so I'm leaving these photos up until I find some I like better."


Further Readings:

Two Parties, One Tux, and a Very Short Film about The Grapes of Wrath by Steven Goldman
Age Range: 12 and up
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (October 14, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1599902710
ISBN-13: 978-1599902715
Amazon: Two Parties, One Tux, and a Very Short Film about The Grapes of Wrath
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Mitchell Wells may not survive eleventh grade. He really only has one friend, his best friend, David. His normally decent grade point average is in limbo due to a slightly violent, somewhat inappropriate claymation film. And girls . . . well, does hanging out with his sister count?

When David tells Mitchell he’s gay, Mitchell’s okay with it—but it still seems to change things. Since David’s not out to anyone else, the guys agree to be set up with prom dates. Then, one of the most popular girls in school decides she must date Mitchell, and he’s gone from zero to two girlfriends in sixty seconds.

From his pending English grade, to his floundering friendship, to his love life—the one thing that’s taken a bizarre turn for the better—Mitchell is so confused, he’ll be lucky if he lasts another week in high school! And then there’s the prom . . .

With a wickedly funny voice and a colorful cast of characters, Steven Goldman has written a novel for every reader—even those who like high school!

More Spotlights at my website:, My Lists/Gay Novels

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GayRomLit Ebook Giveaway: EM Lynley - Going for the Gold

I asked to all the authors joining the GayRomLit convention in Atlanta in October ( a personal favor, a special Ebook Giveaway: everyday 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: qbeeqt

Today author is EM Lynley: EM Lynley, a Rainbow Award winner and EPPIE finalist, has worked in high finance, high tech, and in the wine industry, though she'd rather be writing hot, romantic man-on-man action. She spent 10 years as an economist and financial analyst, including a year as a White House Staff Economist, but only because all the intern positions were filled. Tired of boring herself and others with dry business reports and articles, her creative muse is back and naughtier than ever. She has lived and worked in London, Tokyo and Washington, D.C., but the San Francisco Bay Area is home for now. She is the author of Sex, Lies & Wedding Bells, the Precious Gems and Delectable series from Dreamspinner Press, and the Rewriting History series starring a sexy jewel thief, among others.
Most recent title : Lighting the Way Home
Publishers: Dreamspinner Press, MLR Press, Silver Publishing, Torquere Press, Total E-Bound

Going For Gold by EM Lynley
Paperback: 380 pages
Publisher: MLR Press (August 30, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1608207722
ISBN-13: 978-1608207725
Amazon: Going For Gold
Amazon Kindle: Going For Gold

Going for Gold: Gay Olympic Anthology

It's not hard to see the outward appeal of the Olympic Games: watching the fittest and most-accomplished athletes in the world compete-generally with fairly skimpy uniforms. Voyeurism aside, there's nothing sexier than a beautiful body running, jumping, swimming, rowing, and a couple dozen other activities. Who wouldn't take the opportunity to enjoy the spectacle?

But the Olympics are more than just a chance to watch athletes at the peak of physical perfection. Every competitor at the Games has a story behind why they run or jump or swim, and why they compete. How they got to the Games, and what they sacrificed along the way to make the cut. To spectators, they may perform superhuman feats, but each and every one is human in the same way we all are.

In this collection of stories, you'll find there's a lot more to competing at Olympic level than being the best in one's field. Expectations and pressures from family, friends, coaches and country add up, and sometimes it's only the love of the right man who can make the effort worth it. And sometimes, love is more important than going for gold. Stories include: "Hot Shots" by Michael P. Thomas. "Into the Deep" by Nico Jaye, "The Quad" by Kelly Rand. "Lightning in a Bottle" by Sarah Madison, "Swimming the Distance" by Annabeth Albert, "Shoot for the Gold" by Whitley Gray, "An Olympic Goal" by K-lee Klein, "Tumbling Dreams" by Kaje Harper.

Kindly offered by MLR Press

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William Neale Award for Best Gay Contemporary Romance: Mourning Heaven by Amy Lane

There are some romances that are not pretty or cute or pink glasses perspective; they are raw, and intense and a punch in your gut. Amy Lane is able to write the first but also the latter, only that, when she goes for intense, she goes all the way through you and take your heart, and just squeeze that little to make it hurt, but not too much to break it.

Peter loved Bodi, but also Michael loved Bodi, and Michael was Peter’s beloved cousin, the hero of his youth, in everything Michael did, he was better than Peter, and so, Peter thought, also in loving Bodi he was the best. That happened when Michael and Bodi were only boys, and Peter a kid, and then tragedy struck, and Michael left, and Bodi left too. Peter felt betrayal, yes, and even if he still loved Bodi, and Michael, he didn’t search for them. Peter was only sixteen, he was still a kid. Six years later, Peter is maybe a little less angry, and Michael is dead; maybe now is the time to claim Bodi, if Bodi is willing enough, not to love Peter, but to live: loosing Michael can be the final blow to his fragile psyche.

That is the best thing of this novel, Peter, Bodi and Michael aren’t perfect, they have emotions that lead them to make mistakes, some deadly, like Michael enlisting in the military, and some almost, like Bodi becoming addict to heroin. This is not a story where love conquers all, or at least, love doesn’t solve everything just by its existence; sure is that love is an ailment for the heart, and is a powerful feeling that could patch things, but the little cracks between the patched pieces will always hurt a little, even years to come.

Amazon: Mourning Heaven
Amazon Kindle: Mourning Heaven
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (September 7, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613727453
ISBN-13: 978-1613727454


Cover Art by Paul Richmond

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