April 21st, 2014

andrew potter

2014 Rainbow Awards Submission: Men of Myth series

Gay Fantasy
Submerging Inferno, Men of Myth 1 by Brandon Witt
  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (August 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1623806984
  • ISBN-13: 978-1623806989
  • Amazon: Submerging Inferno
    Amazon Kindle: Submerging Inferno

A Men of Myth Story

Brett Wright and Finn de Morisco come from vastly different worlds. Disowned by his family for being gay, Brett builds both a life on his own terms and walls around his heart. But nothing can prepare him for the evil that stalks him in the night or from discovering the dark secrets of his heritage.

The youngest of a doting family, Finn lives a sheltered life that allows him to trust easily and makes him quick to jump to the rescue. While using his knowledge of the supernatural world to help Brett uncover the truth of his ancestry, Finn learns neither his magical life nor falling in love is as simple and risk-free as he believed.

New knowledge comes with a price—one that may prove too high for them to pay.

Gay Fantasy
Rising Frenzy, Men of Myth 2 by Brandon Witt
  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (September 23, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1623809657
  • ISBN-13: 978-1623809652
  • Amazon: Rising Frenzy
    Amazon Kindle: Rising Frenzy

Sequel to Submerging Inferno
A Men of Myth Story

Heartbroken, angry, and hurting, warlock Finn de Morisco can feel darkness growing inside, altering every aspect of his life. There are moments when the man he used to be seems to have been devoured completely. Retreating from his family and everything he once held dear, Finn attempts to escape the despair left in the wake of Brett’s rejection—only to find dangers he never knew existed.

Still struggling with the decision to leave everything he knew behind, Brett Wright is swept into a maelstrom as he searches for his place within his newly discovered family. Life beneath the surface of the ocean should have been unlike anything he’s ever known, yet prejudice over his demon ancestry and homosexuality follows him. Even the existence he begins to build may not last as those he is learning to love face extinction.

Gay Fantasy
Clashing Tempest, Men of Myth 3 by Brandon Witt
  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (December 9, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1627983597
  • ISBN-13: 978-1627983594
  • Amazon: Clashing Tempest
    Amazon Kindle: Clashing Tempest

Sequel to Rising Frenzy 
A Men of Myth Story 

Finn de Morisco knows he is walking into a trap when he enters the Vampire Cathedral to rescue his sister Cynthia. Aided by Schwint and his other sister, Caitlin, he intends to free Cynthia and avoid enslavement. But when he confronts the master of the Voice that has tortured him, Finn faces a grim choice: compromise his soul or lose his family. 

For centuries members of the Chromis tribe have disappeared, and Brett Wright is on a quest to discover the fate of the captive mers and to stop the abductions. Despite the risk of tribal warfare, he embarks on a dangerous ocean journey to find other mer tribes experiencing the same plight. When destiny brings him back to land, Brett encounters new allies and old dangers while coming to grips with the past.

Charities Donation program progress:
25$ PFLAG: community.pflag.org/
25$ YouthCare: www.youthcare.org/
25$ No Kid Hungry: www.nokidhungry.org/
25$ Unicef: www.unicef.org/
25$ The Trevor Project: www.thetrevorproject.org/
25$ Odyssey Youth Center:
25$ Inland Northwest LGBT Center: www.thelgbtcenter.org/
30$ Covenant: www.covenanthouseno.org/
50$ Lambert House: www.lamberthouse.org/
50$ Wes for Youth: wesforyouth.privacemail.com/
75$ Point Foundation: www.pointfoundation.org/
75$ CARE: careprogram.org/
107$ 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/
233$ COLORS: www.colorsyouth.org/
255$ SAGE: giveto.sageusa.org/
360$ Other Funds
455$ Ali Forney Center: www.aliforneycenter.org/
TOTAL: 2442$*

* 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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Heart of the Race by Mary Calmes

Only a novella, fast like the motorace theme of the story. I'm not really big expert or fan of this sport, but being it quite popular in Italy, we are used to hear about it on the news, and unfortunately I know it's indeed very dangerous, many young men lost their lives to it. This is the theme of the story, Brian is the foster brother of Varro, Varro's family has always been kind to Brian, and he fell in love with Varro, but considering nor Varro or his brother Nick were gays, Brian has always hidden his feelings. Varro has always considered Brian like his lucky token, the one who had to be with him for being able to reach his goals, but when Brian realizes there is no hope for his love, he realizes also that if he wants a life he needs to leave Varro. His purpose isn't to punish Varro, but apparently that is the effect, and Varro will have the chance to reconsider Brian's place in his life.

Quick but sweet, I'm not sure the story is 100% realistic, above all in Varro's turning gay for being the lover Brian needed, but, as I said, it was sweet, and so I'm satisfied. In a way, more than Varro and Brian's love story, I liked Brian and Varro's family relationship, how they all welcomed Brian in their lives, how they were able to share the love that was of their family with another person, apparently a stranger, but someone who will become a son as much as their blood ones.

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 1 edition (May 31, 2013)
Amazon Kindle: Heart of the Race

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Long Snows Moon by Stacey Darlington

Being an old fan of Native American history and traditions, I found the theme of the book more than appealing to my taste. Even the love story between Devon and Jameson, with the back and forth between past and present was nicely done, and gave a sweet memories feeling to the story.

Truth be told, the real main character of the story was Moon, the half-wolf pet of Devon; she was the one connecting Devon with her own soul, the voice always encouraging her, the link she needed to be able to grasp an happiness that, until now, seemed always to be out of reach. The author clearly displayed her love for Native American tradition and for all living being, human or animal. The novel is dedicated to the author's beloved pet, and all her love is clearly woven in the threads of the story.

Another interesting point was how women are the real core of the story, and not only Devon and Jameson. Again this is something that is, from my knowledge, coming from the Native American traditions, Mother Nature was indeed female, and there was always respect for who was able to give life. It's not that the male characters are all negative, but for sure the heart of the story lies with the women.

This is not an only book, lose trends will have to be tightened probably in a sequel, or in a second book in the same universe. Nonetheless, the story was compelling and fulfilling.

Paperback: 198 pages
Publisher: Melange Books (June 29, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1612356370
ISBN-13: 978-1612356372
Amazon: Long Snows Moon
Amazon Kindle: Long Snows Moon

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