September 1st, 2013

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2013 Rainbow Awards Submission: Caren J. Werlinger - Neither Present Time

Neither Present Time by Caren J. Werlinger
Paperback: 310 pages
Publisher: Corgyn Publishing (August 30, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0988650177
ISBN-13: 978-0988650176
Amazon: Neither Present Time
Amazon Kindle: Neither Present Time

Can a house save the lives of the people who live in it? Can an inscription written in a book over sixty years ago change the fates of people not even born when it was written? Beryl Gray is solid and dependable – her partner, Claire, thinks so, her family thinks so, her colleagues think so. She has a long-term relationship and a job she likes as a university librarian. Her life seems settled, content – except nothing is as it seems. Aggie Bishop's last girlfriend left her three years ago and she hasn't had a date since. Her life now revolves around work and taking care of her great-aunt Cory who doesn't want to be taken care of. Aunt Cory still lives in the run-down mansion that the rest of the family wants to sell if they can only get the old lady into a nursing home. Aggie is all that stands between them and her great-aunt. When Beryl finds a book with a romantic inscription dated 1945, the events that follow will change the lives of all three women forever. Spanning decades, this enchanting tale reminds us that some loves never fade and that sometimes, home truly is where the heart lies.

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Steve Brezenoff

Steve Brezenoff is the author of dozens of chapter books for younger readers and the young adult novel The Absolute Value of -1. Born in Queens, Steve has lived in the suburbs on Long Island, on a couch on Manhattan's Upper East Side, a few feet from the 7 train in the Sunnyside neighborhood in Queens, and across the Hudson River in Jersey City--but none of those places has stuck with him or been missed as acutely as Brooklyn, where he lived on and off for much of his twenties and early thirties. Steve now lives in St. Paul, with his wife, Beth, their son, Sam, and dog, Harry.

Further Readings:

Brooklyn, Burning by Steve Brezenoff
Reading level: Ages 13 and up
Hardcover: 202 pages
Publisher: Carolrhoda Books (September 1, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0761375260
ISBN-13: 978-0761375265
Amazon: Brooklyn, Burning

When you're sixteen and no one understands who you are, sometimes the only choice left is to run. If you're lucky, you find a place that accepts you, no questions asked. And if you're really lucky, that place has a drum set, a place to practice, and a place to sleep. For Kid, the streets of Greenpoint, Brooklyn, are that place. Over the course of two scorching summers, Kid falls hopelessly in love and then loses nearly everything and everyone worth caring about. But as summer draws to a close, Kid finally finds someone who can last beyond the sunset.

Brooklyn, Burning is the story of two summers in Brooklyn, two summers of fires, music, loss, and ultimately, love.

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GayRomLit Ebook Giveaway: K.A. Mitchell - Bad Attitude

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 vitajex

Today author is K.A. Mitchell: K.A. Mitchell discovered the magic of writing at an early age when she learned that a carefully crayoned note of apology sent to the kitchen in a toy truck would earn her a reprieve from banishment to her room. Her career as a spin control artist was cut short when her family moved to a two-story house, and her trucks would not roll safely down the stairs. Around the same time, she decided that Chip and Ken made a much cuter couple than Ken and Barbie and was perplexed when invitations to play Barbie dropped off. She never stopped making stuff up, though, and was surprised to find out that people would pay her to do it. Although the men in her stories usually carry more emotional baggage than even LAX can lose in a year, she guarantees they always find their sexy way to a happy ending. K.A. Mitchell is a multi-published author with fifteen works currently in publication and the sixteenth, Bad Attitude, coming out in April. Her books receive consistently high praise, even from such critical sites as Dear Author. Reviewers and readers alike comment on her skills in characterization. She has a master's degree in reading and taught high school English for over twenty years. USA Today “Oh how I love K.A. Mitchell books.” Dear Author "...the undisputed queen of Show, Don’t Tell, and these two characters are so brilliantly constructed, they felt like they should have walked off the page into my living room"
Most recent title : Wish List
Publishers: Carina Press, Samhain Press

Bad Attitude (Bad in Baltimore) by K A Mitchell
Series: Bad in Baltimore
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing (April 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1619217007
ISBN-13: 978-1619217003
Amazon: Bad Attitude (Bad in Baltimore)
Amazon Kindle: Bad Attitude (Bad in Baltimore)

When did save a life become change a life?

Bad in Baltimore, Book 3

As the openly gay middle son of the most powerful family between Manhattan and Miami, Gavin Montgomery knows his role—look good in a tuxedo and don’t make waves.

Waves are the least of his worries when he tries and fails to keep a friend from jumping off a high bridge. His last thought as he falls in too is that someone else will have to take over as family disappointment…until he’s pulled from the water by a man with an iron grip, a sexy mouth and a chip on his shoulder the size of the national deficit.

Police rescue diver Jamie Donnigan finally has life the way he wants it. Okay, he could have done without losing his father, quitting smoking and watching his friends drift into couplehood. At least he’s managed to escape that particular trap.

When Gavin’s father turns Jamie’s routine rescue into a media circus, he figures if he’s going to suffer for his good deed, he might as well enjoy a roll in the sack. But Jamie’s not immune to Gavin’s cultivated charm…and all the risks that come along with giving in to it.

Kindly offered by Samhain Publishing

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Best Gay Contemporary General Fiction : The Heart’s History by Lewis DeSimone

There are some novels you know they will haunt you, but nevertheless, you know you have to read it. This story is set between 2002 and 2007, the apex of the AIDS plague was in 1992-1994, so 10 years later, you don’t expect to read this story, AIDS is a “manageable” illness, is it right? Wrong! It’s still an horrible disease, that is stealing the voices of many wonderful men, like Edward. And like in a metaphor, since Edward’s voice was stolen, he lives again in the memories of his circle of friends, Bill, Kyle, Harlan. And Robert. But Robert was Edward’s lover, and Edward liked his life tidy and well-layout, and so Robert and his friends didn’t mix, it’s with a little ache in the heart that you read like Robert, mourning lover, ask to Bill, “What was he (Edward) like?”, cause, while Robert was Edward’s lover for the last 5 years of his life, the others, the friends, knew him for twenty years, they were his family, and in a way, it was that family that had to accept Robert in their lives, as Edward’s companion, but really never like one of them.

Through the memories of Edward, the reader will now also the lives of these men, their childhood memories, how they changed and readapted to the changes of the world around them, like an osmosis, opening, inglobing, and making them the changing. And maybe in the end, maybe some of them will be able to finally accept Robert among them, when the reason for that acceptance, Edward, is gone, maybe that will be the time to realize that Robert is now one of the family.

There were moments when I was hoping for the impossible, for the turn of the events allowing Robert and Edward to have an happily ever after, but it was a feeble hope, cause I know that those 5 years were the only time they had together, and Robert had to enjoy every minute of it, and building through the memories of Edward’s friends, his own memories to last for the remaining of his life.

Amazon: The Heart's History
Amazon Kindle: The Heart's History
Paperback: 308 pages
Publisher: Lethe Press (May 5, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1590213424
ISBN-13: 978-1590213421


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Rainbow Awards: Cover Contest (August)

This is the first round for the 2013 Cover Contest. Voting on each slot will happen every 2 weeks.

- in round 1 there will be 12 slots, 1 for each month in the Submission period (from September 2012 to August 2013).
- in parallel with the poll, a special jury will vote the covers; the jury is composed by: Ali, Anne Tenino, Brent Hartinger, Dylan Rosser, Jodie, Julie, Linda, Mitzie, Tammy, Zahra Owens.
- you can vote as many covers as you want, using the poll in this post

Last week, most voted cover was:

Haffling (Alan M. Clark)

will pass to round 2:
Assaracus 11
Better Than Good (Aaron Anderson)
Captive Lover
Dance Only for Me
Designs of Desire (Reese Dante)
Gentlemen's Disagreement
Haffling (Alan M. Clark)
I Didn't Choose This
It Should Have Been You (Michael Breyette)
Left On St. Truth-be-Well (Aaron Anderson)
Letters Never Sent
Merman (Anne Cain)
Not Most People
Not Yet Uhuru
On Tinsel Wings (Paul Richmond)
Openly Straight
Out of the Blackness
Parting Shot (Reese Dante)
Road to Revenge
Shadows of Something Real (Sheri)
Steam Bath
Unhing the Universe
Wolf at the Door (Adrian Nicholas)

All the covers are here:

and here is the poll:

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