June 25th, 2014

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Mark Abramson (born June 25)

Mark Abramson was a Midwestern farm boy who joined the great gay migration to San Francisco in the 1970s. His writing has appeared in the gay press as far back as Christopher Street, Fag Rag, Gay Sunshine, Mouth of the Dragon and more recently in Lethe Press' acclaimed anthology "Charmed Lives, gay spirit in storytelling."

Like his character Tim Snow, Mark Abramson grew up in Minnesota and once worked as a waiter in the Castro, but Mark is better known as a bartender and a co-producer with the late Jim Cvitanich of "MEN BEHIND BARS, the bartenders' folly" an annual AIDS benefit, as well as "PIER PRESSURE" and "HIGH TEA" both mega-dance parties on the piers of San Francisco.
Also like Tim, Mark had an Aunt Ruth Taylor, but Mark's late maternal grandmother wasn't a psychic. His other grandmother might have been, but she died before he was born. And his mother doesn't drink, unfortunately.

In addition to writing the Beach Reading series, he is also editing a memoir, "Castro Street Diaries" recounting true tales from the great gay Mecca before AIDS - including adventures with old friends such as John Preston, Rita Rockett, Randy Shilts and Al Parker.

Source: http://www.amazon.com/Mark-Abramson/e/B001JP2U8U/ref=sr_tc_2_rm?qid=1372153848&sr=1-2-ent

Further Readings:

Love Rules by Mark Abramson
Paperback: 250 pages
Publisher: Lethe Press (May 1, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1590211618
ISBN-13: 978-1590211618
Amazon: Love Rules
Amazon Kindle: Love Rules

"Always toward absent lovers love's tide stronger flows." Tim Snow is faced with temptation in the latest volume Mark Abramson's Beach Reading mystery series. With his boyfriend traveling, Tim struggles with the intricacies of 21st century gay life. The entire cast of quirky characters is back for the seventh book. Artie's performing career has him traveling more. Aunt Ruth tries to wean herself from San Francisco into married life in Hillsborough. Tim's family-both adopted and blood-are beset by drama amid a rash of armed robberies in the neighborhood. There's a sexy new cop on the beat. And people are getting shot. Nick is in Europe with his grandmother and Tim is left behind to figure out the rules of a modern gay relationship. Can--and should-- Tim resist Cupid's arrows for such hotties as the sexy new cop on the Castro beat or the teenage British gymnast he's met on the Internet? What's love got to do with it? Maybe everything.

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2014 Rainbow Awards Submission: Aleksandr Voinov & L.A. Witt

Gay Mystery / Thriller
Hostile Ground by Aleksandr Voinov & L.A. Witt

Paperback: 300 pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing (January 27, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626491240
ISBN-13: 978-1626491243
Amazon: Hostile Ground
Amazon Kindle: Hostile Ground

After the deaths of three undercover cops investigating a drug ring in a seedy strip club in Seattle, Detective Mahir Hussain has been sent to finish the job. He joins the club’s security team in the hopes of finding enough evidence to bust the operation before the men in charge find a reason to put him in a shallow grave.

To protect the strippers, only gay men can work the club. Ridley, the cold and intimidating head of security, knows exactly how to test potential new hires—including Mahir. From the minute they meet, Mahir and Ridley engage in a dangerous dance of sex and mind games. Mahir needs to find his evidence before Ridley figures out he’s a cop—and before they both grow too close to betray one another.

As the game goes on, Mahir burrows deeper into the operation, where he learns there’s much more happening than meets the eye . . . and why every cop who made it this far has been silenced with a bullet.

Gay Contemporary Romance
It's Complicated (Tucker Springs Book 7) by L.A. Witt

Paperback: 180 pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing (April 2, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626491356
ISBN-13: 978-1626491359
Amazon: It's Complicated (Tucker Springs Book 7)
Amazon Kindle: It's Complicated (Tucker Springs Book 7)

After their umpteenth breakup, Brad Sweeney and Jeff Hayden are living apart and starting over from scratch. The morning after a promising first date, they’re more optimistic than ever that they can make it work this time . . . until Jeff’s ex-wife and business partner calls to announce she’s pregnant with Jeff’s baby. Brad’s already competing with a demanding business for Jeff’s time. Now there’s a baby on the way, and worse, he’s afraid Jeff is still carrying a torch for the woman who’s carrying his child.

Jeff is desperately trying to keep his life together, but before he can even get his head around the news that he’s going to be a father, his ex announces that she wants to leave Tucker Springs. Now he either has to take over her role at the shop while ferrying the baby back and forth from Denver, or move the business—and himself—with her.

Brad and Jeff knew reconciliation wouldn’t be easy, but they’re rapidly running out of room for compromise. And sooner or later, something has to give.

Gay Contemporary Romance
After the Fall (A Tucker Springs Novel) by L.A. Witt

Series: A Tucker Springs Novel
Paperback: 184 pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing (September 28, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626490775
ISBN-13: 978-1626490772
Amazon: After the Fall (A Tucker Springs Novel)
Amazon Kindle: After the Fall (A Tucker Springs Novel)

After years of saving every penny, Nathan has finally managed to buy the horse of his dreams. He’s looking forward to a summer of exploring the Colorado mountain trails above Tucker Springs with Tsarina. But on their very first ride, a motorcyclist makes a wrong turn, scaring Tsarina into bolting and leaving Nathan with a broken leg, a broken hand, and a ruined summer.

Ryan is a loner and a nomad, content with working odd jobs before moving on to the next town. Feeling guilty for causing the accident that leaves Nathan in two casts, Ryan offers to keep Tsarina exercised until Nathan heals.

Despite their bad start, Nathan and Ryan soon become friends . . . and then much more. But with a couple of nasty breakups in his past, Nathan doesn’t want feelings getting involved—especially knowing that Ryan will never settle down. But since when do feelings ever listen to reason?

Gay Erotic Romance
No Distance Left to Run by Aleksandr Voinov & L.A. Witt

Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (May 13, 2014)
Amazon Kindle: No Distance Left to Run

Back from the dead...and back to square one.

The Distance Between Us, Book 4

The night before Chris and his best friend Joshua were sent thousands of miles apart on their respective Mormon missions, they finally gave in to their mutual desire. Left trying to make sense of what happened, Chris’s already shaky faith crumbled altogether a year later, when Joshua suddenly died.

Inconsolable, ostracized by his family and the only community he’d ever known, Chris found his way on his own. Now he’s going to school and loves his job as a bartender at Wilde’s. Years after Joshua’s death, he’s finally moving on.

Then a familiar face rocks his world. Joshua isn’t dead. He’s back in Seattle to make peace with his dying father, with a new name, a new accent…and old feelings for Chris that are alive and well.

Forgiveness doesn’t come easy for anyone, but just as Chris is accepting that the man he loves isn’t going to run away this time, their families threaten to pull them apart all over again…

Charities Donation program progress:
25$ YouthCare: www.youthcare.org/
25$ Odyssey Youth Center: www.odysseyyouth.org/
25$ Out Youth: outyouth.org/
25$ Lancaster LGBT Center: http://www.centralpalgbtcenter.org/
25$ Terrence Higgins Trust: www.tht.org.uk/
30$ Covenant: www.covenanthouseno.org/
50$ PFLAG: community.pflag.org/
50$ Lambert House: www.lamberthouse.org/
75$ Inland Northwest LGBT Center: www.thelgbtcenter.org/
75$ Ruth Ellis Center: http://www.ruthelliscenter.org/
75$ CARE: careprogram.org/
100$ The Center Colorado: http://www.glbtcolorado.org/
105$ Moveable Feast: http://www.mfeast.org/
150$ GLYS: http://www.glyswny.org/
160$ UCAN: www.ucanchicago.org/
175$ Point Foundation: www.pointfoundation.org/
205$ The Trevor Project: www.thetrevorproject.org/
210$ Lambda Legal: www.lambdalegal.org/
317$ Galop: www.galop.org.uk/
372$ COLORS: www.colorsyouth.org/
437$ Lost-n-Found Youth: www.lost-n-found.org/
450$ SAGE: giveto.sageusa.org/
815$ Ali Forney Center: www.aliforneycenter.org/
872$ Other Funds
TOTAL: 4848$*

* 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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GayRomLit Retreat: Heidi Belleau

Starting from March up until September I will feature authors attending the GayRomLit Retreat in Chicago (October 16-19, 2014: http://gayromlit.com/grl-authors).

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. She is the author of the multicultural New Adult series Rear Entrance Video and also co-authors The Flesh Cartel.
Website: http://www.HeidiBelleau.com

Heidi Belleau is offering a copy of Apple Polisher 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.

Apple Polisher (Rear Entrance Video) (Volume 1) by Heidi Belleau
Series: Rear Entrance Video
Paperback: 194 pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing (July 29, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 162649035X
ISBN-13: 978-1626490352
Amazon: Apple Polisher (Rear Entrance Video)
Amazon Kindle: Apple Polisher (Rear Entrance Video)

This straight-A student has a dirty little secret.

Christian Blake dreams of being a kindergarten teacher, but making the grade means maintaining a squeaky clean image: no drinking, no drugs, no swearing, no sex. And definitely no falling for his new roommate—tattooed bad-boy Max, who may or may not be a drug dealer.

Most of all, it means no working at a porn store. But Christian’s aunt has cancer, and her beloved Rear Entrance Video will go bankrupt if Christian doesn’t take over managerial duties. Soon enough, Christian finds himself juggling sticky twenty-five cent peep show booths, a blackmailing employee, and a demanding professor who likes to make an example of him.

And then there’s Max, who doesn’t know anything about the store, but hates Christian’s preppy sweater vests and the closet Christian forces him into when they’re together. Max just wants Christian to be himself—even though Max is keeping secrets of his own. Christian struggles to find the impossible balance between his real life and the ideal one he thinks a teacher needs to live . . . all while trying to keep his aunt’s dream alive without losing his own.

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Crazy from the Heat by Mercy Celeste

The title, Crazy from the Heat, is quite right for the story, cause, more or less, no one in this story is "normal", but they are all out of the ordinary, with a more than troubled past. The story of undercover cop, Paul, passing as a teenager student at the high school where Grey is a teacher is maybe a little far-stretched (32 years old passing for 17), but at least is original, probably more than having a really young cop in the same role. In this way, Paul is even older than Grey, that at 28 years old is a very young teacher, but not impossible. I think the author chose to have Paul older than Grey to avoid the usually pet/teacher scheme, and even if Paul and Grey "play" that game, it's only a game.

There is even another reason, even if it's something the author only hints and doesn't develop much, the submissive nature of Grey. It's downplayed cause Paul isn't your ordinary dominant, and in a way he is more interested in enjoying his time with Grey more than domineering him around, but in any way, the Dom/sub relationship is there.

There is a huge turnaround just at the end, even if, thinking back, the author was giving hint here and there on the final turn. To me it was unexpected, but it was also the logical solution, a big change was needed in Paul and Grey's life to be able for them to find a common path.

Publisher: MJC Press (April 17, 2014)
Amazon Kindle: Crazy from the Heat

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