July 14th, 2014

andrew potter

2014 Rainbow Awards Submission: Fractured

Gay Erotic Romance
Fractured (Bay Area Professionals) by Mickie B. Ashling
Paperback: 216 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (March 24, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1627987819
ISBN-13: 978-1627987813
Amazon: Fractured (Bay Area Professionals)
Amazon Kindle: Fractured (Bay Area Professionals)

Bay Area Professionals

Roque “Ro” Celdran dreams of a better life, far away from the hand-to-mouth existence of his migrant worker family. He moves to San Francisco to study Landscape Design but finds himself short of cash. Tony, Ro’s identical twin, comes up with a plan to help Ro make ends meet. The BDSM club Tony frequents is looking for gay men to act as submissives to the Dommes-in-training. Ro reluctantly takes the job and falls headfirst into a world he neither understands nor desires.

Lance Roberts is the new doctor at the dental practice started by Scott Gregory and Robin Kennedy. On the surface, he seems to have it all: the Mensa IQ, blond and blue-eyed good looks, and the determination to make it in his competitive field. Underneath lies a frustrated Dom in search of the perfect sub who can handle his obsessive behavior and debilitating need for control.

When Ro ends up in Lance’s dental chair, the last thing either one expects is a physical and mental connection. Ro’s attraction to “White Bread” never pans out, and Lance’s weakness for Latinos always leads to a dead end. Could this time be different? What happens between the two alphas leads to a lot of soul-searching and some surprising conclusions.

Charities Donation program progress:
303$ Albert Kennedy Trust: http://www.akt.org.uk/
965$ Ali Forney Center: www.aliforneycenter.org/
25$ Audre Lorde Project: http://alp.org/
25$ BiNet US: http://www.binetusa.org/
75$ CARE: careprogram.org/
100$ The Center Colorado: http://www.glbtcolorado.org/
392$ COLORS: www.colorsyouth.org/
80$ Covenant: www.covenanthouseno.org/
75$ Diversity Role Models: http://www.diversityrolemodels.org/
25$ The Diversity Center: http://diversitycenter.org/
317$ Galop: www.galop.org.uk/
150$ GLYS: http://www.glyswny.org/
100$ Human Rights Campaign: http://www.hrc.org/
50$ Huntsville GLBT Advocacy & Youth Services: http://www.glbtays.org/
75$ It Gets Better: http://www.itgetsbetter.org/
100$ Inland Northwest LGBT Center: www.thelgbtcenter.org/
235$ Lambda Legal: www.lambdalegal.org/
50$ Lambert House: www.lamberthouse.org/
50$ Lancaster LGBT Center: http://www.centralpalgbtcenter.org/
50$ LEAP: http://www.glbtleap.org/
462$ Lost-n-Found Youth: www.lost-n-found.org/
130$ Moveable Feast: http://www.mfeast.org/
25$ Odyssey Youth Center: www.odysseyyouth.org/
25$ Out Youth: outyouth.org/
100$ PFLAG: community.pflag.org/
175$ Point Foundation: www.pointfoundation.org/
100$ Ruth Ellis Center: http://www.ruthelliscenter.org/
600$ SAGE: giveto.sageusa.org/
25$ Terrence Higgins Trust: www.tht.org.uk/
280$ The Trevor Project: www.thetrevorproject.org/
160$ UCAN: www.ucanchicago.org/
25$ WayGay: http://www.waygay.org/
200$ You Can Play: http://youcanplayproject.org/
50$ YouthCare: www.youthcare.org/
997$ Other Funds
TOTAL: 6596$

* 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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2014 Rainbow Awards Submission: On Archimedes Street

Gay Romantic Comedy
On Archimedes Street by Jefferson Parrish
Paperback: 350 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (November 20, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1627982248
ISBN-13: 978-1627982245
Amazon: On Archimedes Street
Amazon Kindle: On Archimedes Street

Just across the river from New Orleans, people cook, eat, ply their trades, pursue their hobbies, and live out their lives in the insulated bubble of Archimedes Street, lined with centuries-old live oaks. Honoria Abbott and Rita Simmons, Redemptorist professors and neighbors, are the salty matriarchs who rule the roost in this small fiefdom. Connoisseurs of M/M romance and aspiring matchmakers, they hatch a plot to awaken two of Honoria’s students to each other's charms. The first step is to make Dutch and Flip roommates in Rita's shotgun-double apartment.

Dutch Abbott, a coddled, narcissistic rich boy, is drawn to the down-to-earth Flip, a transfer student with good looks and a pugnacious attitude. Secure in his self-esteem, Flip Abbott starts to question everything he ever believed about himself after he meets the arrogant but undeniably brilliant Dutch.

Little do Honoria and Rita know that their matchmaking will swirl Archimedes Street into the eye of a domestic hurricane, complete with lost cats, teenage longing, shrewd trading of sexual favors, fierce culinary competition, and environmental activism sprinkled with a little white magic.

Charities Donation program progress:
303$ Albert Kennedy Trust: http://www.akt.org.uk/
965$ Ali Forney Center: www.aliforneycenter.org/
25$ Audre Lorde Project: http://alp.org/
25$ BiNet US: http://www.binetusa.org/
75$ CARE: careprogram.org/
100$ The Center Colorado: http://www.glbtcolorado.org/
392$ COLORS: www.colorsyouth.org/
80$ Covenant: www.covenanthouseno.org/
75$ Diversity Role Models: http://www.diversityrolemodels.org/
25$ The Diversity Center: http://diversitycenter.org/
317$ Galop: www.galop.org.uk/
150$ GLYS: http://www.glyswny.org/
100$ Human Rights Campaign: http://www.hrc.org/
50$ Huntsville GLBT Advocacy & Youth Services: http://www.glbtays.org/
75$ It Gets Better: http://www.itgetsbetter.org/
100$ Inland Northwest LGBT Center: www.thelgbtcenter.org/
235$ Lambda Legal: www.lambdalegal.org/
50$ Lambert House: www.lamberthouse.org/
50$ Lancaster LGBT Center: http://www.centralpalgbtcenter.org/
50$ LEAP: http://www.glbtleap.org/
462$ Lost-n-Found Youth: www.lost-n-found.org/
130$ Moveable Feast: http://www.mfeast.org/
25$ Odyssey Youth Center: www.odysseyyouth.org/
25$ Out Youth: outyouth.org/
100$ PFLAG: community.pflag.org/
175$ Point Foundation: www.pointfoundation.org/
100$ Ruth Ellis Center: http://www.ruthelliscenter.org/
600$ SAGE: giveto.sageusa.org/
25$ Terrence Higgins Trust: www.tht.org.uk/
280$ The Trevor Project: www.thetrevorproject.org/
160$ UCAN: www.ucanchicago.org/
25$ WayGay: http://www.waygay.org/
200$ You Can Play: http://youcanplayproject.org/
50$ YouthCare: www.youthcare.org/
997$ Other Funds
TOTAL: 6596$

* 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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New Release: Looking After Joey by David Pratt

Thank you for hosting me today, Elisa! (Photo: (c) 2014 by Eva Mueller)

In 2010, I unwittingly published a romance. I don’t think I or my publisher, Jameson Currier, thought Bob the Book would be widely read by M/M romance fans. But Elisa Rolle’s lovely review of Bob came at it (at him?) from a romance angle, and later, when I discovered the Goodreads site, I simultaneously discovered dozens of M/M romance fans—and dozens of stars, some in groups of four or five!

Bob is the tale of a gay book—that is, per the old joke, a book attracted to other books of the same gender. It features two separated sets of book lovers (lovers who are actual books) and two human bibliophiles who belong together but take their time getting there. It’s a picaresque adventure that goes from bookstores to literary conferences to private homes with shelves of books. It’s a lot of fun, I have to say, even if I am Bob’s dad! (Cover: design by Peach Boy Design and Distillery, (c) 2010 Chelsea Station Editions)

Jameson then suggested I publish a book of short stories. When I sent him my stash, one he jumped on was “Calvin Gets Sucked In.” Our fortyish hero, Calvin, gets sucked into a gay porn video. He finds his romantic obsession, Joey Rhodes, but Joey won’t come back to the “real world” with Calvin. Calvin leaves the video alone, resumes his dull life, and pines for Joey. End of story.

But what if Joey followed Calvin back—and then could not return to his porn world?

That’s a whole new story.

That’s a novel: Looking After Joey. “Looking after” as in caring for, and also as in one day watching him go off to become his own person, with his own dreams and plans.


photo (c) 2014 Eva Mueller; model: Nicholas Gorham; design by Adrian Nicholas

Like Bob, Joey has attracted mainstream gay lit fans and both male and female fans of M/M romance. I have, in fact, received incredible support from the M/M romance community. It’s been very exciting getting to know a whole new group of friends, and hearing compliments—and laughs; I like those best—from the old ones, too. I am sad that this time I won’t be reading at Giovanni’s Room. The Philadelphia LGBT bookstore has gone out of business. I will miss reading for Lou Pizzitola at Barnes and Noble in NYC. But I have enjoyed getting to know fellow Wilde City Press author Rafe Haze, and working with Ethan Day, Geoff Knight and Jerry Wheeler at Wilde City. Like Calvin and Joey, I have felt the passage of time, but many have remained good and loyal friends throughout it, and I hope I have been a good and loyal friend to them. That is, after all, the value I am espousing most of all, perhaps, in the new novel: keeping the family together.
For LGBT folk, it can be hard to keep the family of origin together. Your family might not be accepting. Or they might be accepting, but they just might not want to hear about it. Or they might be widely dispersed or incommunicative, like any family. Keeping your family of choice together can be hard, too. People break up or move. There was AIDS. But through it all, we have needed each other, and we have needed our literature. I hope I have made a good contribution to that. Take a look—and let me know! Thanks again, Elisa.


photo (c) 2014 Eva Mueller; model: Nicholas Gorham; design by Adrian Nicholas

David Pratt is offering a copy of Looking after Joey 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.

Looking After Joey by David Pratt
Paperback: 334 pages
Publisher: Wilde City Press, LLC (April 2, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1925180077
ISBN-13: 978-1925180077
Amazon: Looking After Joey
Amazon Kindle: Looking After Joey
Cover (c) 2014 Wilde City Press

From the author of Bob the Book comes a funny, fast-paced, touching tale of love, laughter, family of choice and fabulousness! Wouldn't it be great if a character from a porn movie stepped right out of your TV, into your life? Well, be careful what you wish for. Because that's how Calvin and Peachy end up looking after Joey. Then Peachy decides to make Joey the center of in a social-climbing scheme that will take them all from Chelsea to Park Avenue to Fire Island and will entangle a rogues' gallery of eccentric Manhattanites, including portly, perspiring publicist Bunce van den Troell; theatrical investor Sir Desmond Norma; studly thespian Clive Tidwell-Smidgin; and evil lubricant king Fred Pflester and his mysterious nephew, Jeffrey. Tender, wise, witty and utterly deranged, Looking After Joey will make you wish you, too, had a porn character sitting at your kitchen table, pointing at the toast and asking, "What's this called again?"


photo by Donna Wasserman


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