April 12th, 2014

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Gay Romance Challenge: April 2014

Here is the Bestsellers List on Amazon I'm referring to for the challenge:

Bestsellers in Gay Fiction

And here is the actual situation (in bold the books I read with link to the review and marked as New the books entering the Challenge this month):

1) My Brother's Keeper (Book One): The F... by Adrienne Wilder
Link: http://www.amazon.com/My-Brothers-Keeper-Book-One-ebook/dp/B00J90EIIC/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
2) Nothing Special by A. E. Via
Link: http://www.amazon.com/Nothing-Special-A-E-Via-ebook/dp/B00J606B6W/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
3) The Trees Beyond the Grass (A Cole Mo... by Robert Reeves
4) My Brother's Keeper (Book Two): Rule... by Adrienne Wilder
Link: http://www.amazon.com/My-Brothers-Keeper-Book-Two-ebook/dp/B00J90NPBS/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
5) Boyfriend for Rent | An M/M Gay Roman... by Jamie Lake
Link: http://www.amazon.com/Boyfriend-Rent-An-Gay-Romance-ebook/dp/B00JAAQ0EG/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
6) The Family Man by Elinor Lipman
Link: http://www.amazon.com/The-Family-Man-Elinor-Lipman-ebook/dp/B003K15IOO/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
7) My Brother's Keeper (Book Three): The... by Adrienne Wilder
Link: http://www.amazon.com/My-Brothers-Keeper-Book-Three-ebook/dp/B00J9111FE/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
8) Touching Tate (Wayne County Wolves) by Stephani Hecht
Link: http://www.amazon.com/Touching-Tate-Wayne-County-Wolves-ebook/dp/B00JK0OEA8/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
9) Grave Diggers MC: Solo by Carol Lynne
Link: http://www.amazon.com/Grave-Diggers-MC-Carol-Lynne-ebook/dp/B00J9U982S/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
10) A Courageous Ride (The Bullriders) by Andrew Grey
Link: http://www.amazon.com/A-Courageous-Ride-The-Bullriders-ebook/dp/B00JDJ9N0W/?tag=elimyrevandra-20

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2014 Rainbow Awards Submission: The End of Eve

Lesbian Biography / Memoir
The End of Eve: A Memoir by Ariel Gore
Paperback: 234 pages
Publisher: Hawthorne Books (March 11, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0986000795
ISBN-13: 978-0986000799
Amazon: The End of Eve: A Memoir
Amazon Kindle: The End of Eve: A Memoir

At age 39, Ariel Gore has everything she’s always wanted: a successful writing career, a long-term partnership, a beautiful if tiny home, a daughter in college and a son in preschool. But life’s happy endings don’t always last. If it’s not one thing, after all, it’s your mother. Her name is Eve. Her epic temper tantrums have already gotten her banned from three cab companies in Portland. And she’s here to announce that she’s dying. “Pitifully, Ariel,” she sighs. “You’re all I have.” Ariel doesn’t want to take care of her crazy dying mother, but she knows she will. It’s the right thing to do, isn’t it? And, anyway, how long could it go on? “Don’t worry,” Eve says. “If I’m ever a burden, I’ll just blow my brains out.” Amidst the chaos of clowns and hospice workers, pie and too much whiskey, Ariel’s own ten-year relationship begins to unravel. Darkly humorous and intimately human, The End of Eve redefines the meaning of family and everything we’ve ever been taught to call “love.”

Charities Donation program progress:
25$ YouthCare: www.youthcare.org/
25$ PFLAG: community.pflag.org/
25$ Inland Northwest LGBT Center: www.thelgbtcenter.org/
25$ Unicef: www.unicef.org/
25$ Odyssey Youth Center: www.odysseyyouth.org/
30$ Covenant: www.covenanthouseno.org/
50$ Wes for Youth: wesforyouth.privacemail.com/
50$ Lambert House: www.lamberthouse.org/
75$ CARE: careprogram.org/
75$ Point Foundation: www.pointfoundation.org/
82$ Lost-n-Found Youth: www.lost-n-found.org/
110$ Lambda Legal: www.lambdalegal.org/
132$ Galop: www.galop.org.uk/
160$ UCAN: www.ucanchicago.org/
175$ Cancer Research Institute: www.cancerresearch.org/
183$ COLORS: www.colorsyouth.org/
255$ SAGE: giveto.sageusa.org/
360$ Other Funds
430$ Ali Forney Center: www.aliforneycenter.org/
TOTAL: 2292$*

* 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.

2014 Rainbow Awards Guidelines: reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4162490.html

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UK GLBTQ Fiction Meet: J. L. Merrow

Starting from March up until June I will feature authors attending the UK GLBTQ Meet in Bristol (June 7 & 8, 2014: ukglbtfictionmeet.co.uk/2014-registration/2014-attendees/).

Today author is J. L. Merrow: Hi, I’m JL (Jamie) Merrow. I’m that rare beast; an English person who refuses to drink tea. I’m a writer of (mainly) m/m or f/f romance, mostly contemporary or paranormal, but with a fickle muse that occasionally ambushes me in dark alleyways and drags me off, cackling, to write historical or science fiction.
Website: http://jlmerrow.com/

J. L. Merrow is offering a copy of It's All Geek to Me to one commenter on this blog. You can comment on LJ or DW if you have an account (I will send a PM to the winner), if you don't have an account, please leave a comment on DW with a contact email.

It's All Geek to Me by JL Merrow
Publisher: Riptide Publishing (February 8, 2014)
Amazon Kindle: It's All Geek to Me

Jez is on a mission of mercy: to replace a tragically deceased comic book for his injured best mate, Tel. Venturing into the Hidden Asteroid bookstore in London—the temple of geekdom itself—Jez is bowled over by the guy behind the counter.

Rhys is the poster boy for hot geeks: tall, gorgeous, and totally cool. Jez is desperate to impress him, so he bluffs his way through comic book jargon . . . and then dashes back to the hospital to beg Tel to teach him how to speak Geek.

Tel’s happy to oblige, and Jez is over the moon when Rhys asks him out. He’s even more thrilled when they discover a shared love of rugby, something he won’t have to fake for Rhys. The question is, how long can Jez keep up the deception, and what will happen when Rhys realizes he’s going out with a Fake Geek Guy?

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The Trees Beyond the Grass by Robert Reeves

I decided to read this mystery/thriller as soon as I received it cause I plan to visit Charleston in less than one month, and the chance to read a novel set in the town was too good to let it pass. And I’m glad I did, cause Charleston is as much as a protagonist as Cole Mouzon. The Trees Beyond the Grass is a thriller with a subtheme of romance, and, at least in this novel, the love interest of Cole, Cash Calhoun, will appear well into the plot, even if he is related to Cole since the day he was born. As you can learn in the blurb, the author is planning a series, and I suppose Cole and Cash’s personal story will develop more in the next novels.

Truth be told, not Cole or Cash appear to be the typical thriller heroes, they are more “professor” like than “cop” (Cole is a civil defense counsel, Cash is an Assistant Professor of History), and even their love story is quiet and subdue, played more inside private homes than public venues; nothing is actually typical in this thriller, not even the killer, who the reader knows being a woman. Now, I don’t want to fall into stereotypes, but actually there is always this idea that the very bad ones are men, women tend to be this maternal figure who loves unconditionally; and indeed this figure is present in the novel, in the character of Cole’s older sister and a local police officer in the Town of Mount Pleasant, Jackie. Again a contraposition, a woman is the one with the fitting stereotype of a thriller novel main character.

Even if, until the last few pages, the reader knows the killer is a woman, but they don’t know who she is, knowing the name wasn’t really important; the author gives you plenty of opportunities to know her, her motives, and her actions. Plus, the weaving of the net that slowly entraps Cole is more interesting than knowing that name, more than the apex, what I enjoyed is the mounting of the anticipation.

Paperback: 402 pages
Publisher: Spartina Company Ltd The (September 18, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0989854906
ISBN-13: 978-0989854900
Amazon: The Trees Beyond the Grass
Amazon Kindle: The Trees Beyond the Grass

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