September 5th, 2013

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2013 Rainbow Awards Submission: Harper Kingsley - Heroes and Villains

Heroes & Villains by Harper Kingsley
Paperback: 506 pages
Publisher: Less Than Three Press (August 21, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1620042339
ISBN-13: 978-1620042335
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All Vereint ever wanted was to be a superhero, fight alongside the other great heroes of the city and beat down the villains that plague them. There's just one problem: he sucks at it, at least according to the other heroes and the majority of the city. Instead of the greatness and glory of which he dreamed, Vereint spends his days alone, exhausted, and depressed. When the mockery and derision finally go too far, Vereint decides he's reached his limit. If he's never going to be good enough to succeed as the hero Starburst, maybe it's time to try the role of villain instead ...

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2013 Rainbow Awards Submission: Jesse J. Thoma - The Chase

The Chase by Jesse J. Thoma
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (March 19, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602828598
ISBN-13: 978-1602828599
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What happens when the woman of your dreams lands in your swimming pool at the same time that buckshot riddles not only your back deck, but also your comfortable, orderly, safe life?

When bounty hunter Holt Lasher splashes into Isabelle Rochat’s swimming pool, Isabelle assumes the shotgun blast was meant for Holt. After all, who would want to shoot a corporate CPA when a bounty hunter is standing in front of her? The answer forces Holt and Isabelle on a perilous journey through an underworld of drugs and underhanded deals, from the Rhode Island House of Representatives to a methadone clinic. Compelled to protect Isabelle by a sense of duty and an attraction neither of them expected, can Holt catch the assailant in time, or will her commitment to the chase leave the idea of happily ever after impossible?

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James Tyeska (August 5, 1950 - September 5, 1993)

James Tyeska was an Opera singer. His Credits include La Tragedie de Carmen and the role of Porgy with the Deutsche Oper Berlin.

James Arnold Tyeska, II, a bass-baritone who was also a voice teacher at Sarah Lawrence College, died on September 5, 1993, at his home in New York City. He was 43. The cause was AIDS, his family said.

Mr. Tyeska sang on the opera and concert stages. He was heard as Escamillo in the Peter Brook production of "La Tragedie de Carmen" at Lincoln Center, and as Malcolm X in "X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X" by Anthony Davis at the first American Music Theater Festival in Philadelphia.

In 1993, the same year of his death, he made his debut with the Deutsche Oper Berlin singing Porgy in "Porgy and Bess," was bass soloist in Verdi's Requiem with the Eastern Connecticut Symphony, and performed in concert with the Tulsa Philharmonic.

Mr. Tyeska performed the Porgy role with the Houston Symphony, the Fort Worth Symphony, the Philadelphia Pops Orchestra and at the 50th anniversary performance of the Gershwin opera in Charleston, S.C.

Burial: Fairview Cemetery, Coffeyville, Montgomery County, Kansas, USA.

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/1993/09/17/obituaries/james-tyeska-is-dead-bass-baritone-was-43.html

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Christopher Kelly

You’d think a movie critic might relish passing thumbs-up, thumbs-down judgments on all the latest flicks, but for Fort Worth–based writer-at-large Christopher Kelly, that’s the least interesting part of his job. “Movies and TV and celebrities are more than entertainment,” says the Staten Island native. “I like to figure out how they relate to life and the place they take within culture.” The former film critic for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Kelly’s work has also appeared in the New York Times, Salon, the Chicago Tribune, Slate, Film Comment, and many other publications. His debut novel, A Push and a Shove, was published by Alyson Books and won the 2008 Lambda Literary Foundation award for Best Debut Novel. His favorite movies, in no particular order, are A Hard Day’s Night, All That Jazz, The Silence of the Lambs, and Nashville.

Source: http://www.texasmonthly.com/contributor/christopher-kelly-0

Further Readings:

A Push and a Shove: A Novel by Christopher Kelly
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Alyson Books (September 1, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1593500483
ISBN-13: 978-1593500481
Amazon: A Push and a Shove: A Novel

A mesmerizing debut novel of vengeance.

Tortured by memories of being bullied all through school, Ben Reilly sets out to finally put his demons to rest. Although Terrence O’Connor, the beautiful boy who was his tormentor, is now a successful writer in Manhattan, he is also a man searching out his own identity. As Ben and Terrence form an unlikely friendship, hidden motives and long-kept secrets bubble to the surface. Does Ben realize he’s fallen in love with Terrence? And can Terrence admit to his own confused feelings? Darkly disturbing and brilliantly written, here is a chilling depiction of the once-victim who unwittingly becomes the bully.

More Spotlights at my website: http://www.elisarolle.com/, My Lists/Gay Novels

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GayRomLit Ebook Giveaway: Heidi Belleau - Hawaiian Gothic

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: 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: alishead

Today author is Heidi Belleau: Heidi Belleau was born and raised in small town New Brunswick, Canada. She now lives in the rugged oil-patch frontier of Northern BC with her husband, an Irish ex-pat whose long work hours in the trades leave her plenty of quiet time to write. She has a degree in history from Simon Fraser University with a concentration in British and Irish studies; much of her work centered on popular culture, oral folklore, and sexuality, but she was known to perplex her professors with nonironic papers on the historical roots of modern romance novel tropes. (Ask her about Highlanders!) Her writing reflects everything she loves: diverse casts of characters, a sense of history and place, equal parts witty and filthy dialogue, the occasional mythological twist, and most of all, love—in all its weird and wonderful forms. When not writing, you might catch her trying to explain British television to her daughter or sipping a drink at her favourite coffee shop.
Website: http://www.HeidiBelleau.com
Most recent title : Mark of the Gladiator
Publishers: Carina Press, Dreamspinner Press, Loose Id, Riptide Publishing, Storm Moon Press

Hawaiian Gothic by Heidi Belleau and Violetta Vane
Publisher: Loose Id LLC (June 12, 2012)
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Gregorio "Ori" Reyes thought there was nothing left for him in Hawaii. A former Army Ranger and promising MMA fighter, his dishonorable discharge turned him into the family disgrace, and his childhood best friend Kalani never could love him back--not the way Ori needed to be loved--even before Kalani's doctors declared him to be in an unrecoverable coma. Ori's return to Hawaii seems fated to be a depressing reminder of every chance he never took... until Kalani himself impossibly welcomes him home.

Kalani's body is bedridden, but his spirit is free to roam, and it turns out it's not just Ori who had unspoken yearnings. Kalani is eager to prove that he can still savor all the pleasures of this world. Together, they remember all those years of surfing, wrestling, touching and aching but too afraid to act; now, they cross that final barrier and struggle against each other in an entirely different way.

Passionately but tenuously reunited, the pair must solve the mystery of Kalani's unlucky life, sorting through dark family history and even journeying to the Hawaiian ghostworld. And the greatest terror of their journey is that Ori might have to put Kalani to rest.

Kindly offered by Loose Id


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2013 Rainbow Awards Submission: Tara Spears - The Darker Side of Trey Grey

The Darker Side of Trey Grey by Tara Spears
Paperback: 454 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; First edition (June 28, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1489565205
ISBN-13: 978-1489565204
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No one told Trey Grey that life could be dark and unpredictable. With the death of his father when he was eight, his mother’s departure from Earth on a syringe full of heroin, and the brutal abuse of his stepfather, Trey learned these lessons all too well on his own. Now at twenty years of age, he is nearing the completion of his accounting degree and can finally glimpse the end of his life as a prostitute. The only profession he has ever known. Wracked by nightmares of Willie’s years of abuse, and controlled by severe obsessive-compulsive disorders as a result, he seems to have a tentative handle on his own life. That is, as long as he keeps a death-grip and no one touches his Camaro, kitten. But even the best laid plans can be torn to gory bits. His savior comes in the unlikely form of a spiky-haired blond named Justin, after a night of drunken debauchery that neither of them seems able to forget. Justin might just need Trey as much as Trey needs him. Trey travels through his fearscapes and begins to find his own forgiveness, but at what cost to the manic-depressive Justin? Will they be able to live through the trauma of each other’s lives and find their own version of normal? This is a gritty and raw story about escapism, and how one’s life can alter course when you least expect it. Trey looks at his own life with an irony that is both amusing and shocking, yet quickly draws the reader to his corner. Public Press Review Winner of nine hook and opener awards as well as several awards for character development.

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2013 Rainbow Awards Submission: Lori L. Lake - A Very Public Eye

A Very Public Eye: Book Two in The Public Eye Mystery Series by Lori L. Lake
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Quest by RCE (November 10, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1619290766
ISBN-13: 978-1619290761
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Greed? Hatred? Retaliation? Or a Cover-up? Winter has set in, but young Eddie Bolton will never see another snowfall in Duluth, Minnesota. Someone has killed him in what should have been a secure juvenile detox ward at the Benton Dowling Center. Police Officer Leona "Leo" Reese is working temporarily as a state investigator of fraud and licensing infractions, but has been out of commission due to surgery. On her first week back on the job, she is faced with the aftermath of the 17-year-old's death. Working with the local police, Leo discovers precious little evidence and far too few people with motives for the killing. As she uncovers long-buried secrets, someone else is murdered, and Leo realizes that she, too, is in danger. In the midst of her own emotional turmoil, is Leo strong enough and smart enough to confront and catch a clever and ruthless murderer?

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2013 Rainbow Awards Submission: Lori L. Lake - Jump the Gun

Jump the Gun by Lori L Lake
Paperback: 252 pages
Publisher: Quest by RCE; 1st edition (July 10, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1935053507
ISBN-13: 978-1935053507
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Dez Reilly, a patrol sergeant with the Saint Paul Police, is trying to decide which direction to go with her career: To SWAT? Or to Investigations? Or does she continue with the patrol supervision she is heartily tired of?

Jaylynn Savage cheerfully patrols the city's skyways and is happy with Dez, who is the love of her life. But when a colleague is murdered on duty, Dez and Jaylynn are both stunned. Before they can even process the loss, a witness is killed, Dez is targeted by a dangerous killer, and nobody the two of them knows is safe. Can Dez protect those she loves and also stop a heartless, face-less murderer?

Lori L. Lake's fourth novel in The Gun Series is full of twists and surprises. Don't miss this one if you enjoy a suspenseful and entertaining mystery/thriller.

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2013 Rainbow Awards Submission: J. Tullos Hennig - GreenWode

Greenwode by J Tullos Hennig
Paperback: 350 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (January 18, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1623803039
ISBN-13: 978-1623803032
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Book One of The Wode
The Hooded One. The one to breathe the dark and light and dusk between....
When an old druid foresees this harbinger of chaos, he also sees the one it will claim: young Rob of Loxley. Rob and his sister, Marion, have been raised beneath a solemn duty: to take up their parents' places in the Old Religion, as earthly manifestations of the Horned Lord and the Lady Huntress.

But when Gamelyn Boundys, devout son of a powerful nobleman, is injured in the forest, he, Rob, and Marion begin a friendship that challenges duty and ideology. Not only the divide between noble and peasant threatens, but that of Christian and Pagan. The old druid warns that Gamelyn is fated as Rob's sworn enemy: his rival in a sacrificial battle for the greenwode's Maiden.

In a risky bid for happiness, Rob dares the Horned Lord to reinterpret the ancient rites-to allow Rob to take Gamelyn as a lover instead of a rival. But in the eyes of Gamelyn's church, sodomy is unthinkable--and the magics of the Old Religion are an evil that must be vanquished.

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