April 11th, 2014

andrew potter

2014 Rainbow Awards Submission: I Loved You More

Gay Contemporary General Fiction
I Loved You More by Tom Spanbauer
Paperback: 468 pages
Publisher: Hawthorne Books (April 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0986000787
ISBN-13: 978-0986000782
Amazon Kindle: I Loved You More

Tom Spanbauer’s first novel in seven years is a love story triangle akin to The Marriage Plot and Freedom, only with a gay main character who charms gays and straights alike. I Loved You More is a rich, expansive tale of love, sex, and heartbreak, covering twenty-five years in the life of a striving, emotionally wounded writer. In New York, Ben forms a bond of love with his macho friend and foil, Hank. Years later in Portland, a now ill Ben falls for Ruth, who provides the care and devotion he needs, though they cannot find true happiness together. Then Hank reappears and meets Ruth, and real trouble starts. Set against a world of struggling artists, the underground sex scene of New York in the 1980s, the drab, confining Idaho of Ben’s youth, and many places in between, I Loved You More is the author’s most complex and wise novel to date.

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* more than 150$ is a direct donation from a supporter of the Rainbow Awards who isn't submitting; while some authors were more than generous, arriving to donate 5 times the suggested amount, being the submission fee a non mandatory and voluntary direct donation, we were struggling to raise the same amount as last year and there is who decided to cover part of it. I thank you for all you are doing, and if you wish to donate to the above links, please drop me a note with your donation and I will update the total.

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andrew potter

Trouble & the Wallflower by Kade Boehme

As soon as I closed this novel, the thought I have is that the story was sweet but not sugary, the author managed to have me feeling for his characters without being worried for them, and bot Gavin than Davy were cute without being unrealistic.

Davy is the son of an agoraphobic woman who basically hold him captive until she died. One year later, Davy is still trying to get the bearings of the world around him, and to learn how to trust the right people. Gavin is this guy who continually hits on him, but he is also a player, so maybe not the right one to trust.

Also Gavin has his trouble with family, a drunk mother who basically let him to fend for himself, and he was only lucky his grandfather was a kind man ready to take him in. But now the old man is dying, and Gavin is going through an emotional trauma, losing the only real attachment he has had in his life; trusting another with that level of love means be ready to the chance of being hurt again, and it's not an easy chance to take.

As I said, Davy and Gavin are cute together, in many ways and I don't want to spoil your reading, but when you will arrive to their main issue, more than being worried, I'm sure you will smile like me; thinking it's such a drama for them and that, indeed, there are many ways to overcome it, will let you understand how young they are, how many things they need still to face. It's clear they had an emotional impasse in young age, almost like a bump in their emotional development, and this reflects in how they face the odds on their path. But they are strong, and together they are even stronger, so much that never once I doubted they would find a way to be together and happy.

Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (February 28, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1627984488
ISBN-13: 978-1627984485
Amazon: Trouble & the Wallflower
Amazon Kindle: Trouble & the Wallflower

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