August 30th, 2014

andrew potter

2014 Rainbow Awards Submissions

Gay Erotica
Incubus Tales by Hushicho
Publisher: Circlet Press, Inc. (June 16, 2014)
Amazon Kindle: Incubus Tales

Welcome to the intriguing city of dreams, Noctemberg, where it is always night, and to Phantasies, a very special shop run by Dhiar, proprietor and gay incubus. Sensuality is more than just Dhiar's stock in trade, it is his raison d'etre. In Incubus Tales: A Thousand Words, Dhiar meets new loves, rekindles relationships, and bring his special brand of sexual healing to lovers and readers alike.

Featuring the same main character as the popular Incubus Tales webcomic, Incubus Tales: A Thousand Words ran as a fiction serial on the Circlet Press website in 2012. Now collecting all 50 "nights" into a single volume, "A Thousand Words" is a sweet, sensuous journey through the heart and soul of Dhiar. Dhiar loves all and judges none, whether they are jaded vampires, questioning angels, or even naive humans. His adventures are literary erotic iyashikei--arousing to the flesh, but soothing to the soul. Includes five original illustrations by Hushicho.

Bisexual Paranormal Romance
Capricious by Julie Cox
Publisher: Circlet Press, Inc. (June 23, 2014)
Amazon Kindle: Capricious

Welcome to Fox Pass, Texas, a small community where the people are friendly and the mythical creatures aren’t so mythical after all. In Julie Cox’s Capricious: A Texan Tale of Love and Magic, satyr and Fox Pass native Luke is settled into a comfortable routine of drinking beer with his best friend, cultivating his small plot of land, recharging the raw sexual energy that fuels his magic, and willfully ignoring his feelings for his friend Sally. But Luke’s daily life is thrown into disarray when he becomes the target of mysterious enemies who won’t hesitate to hurt his fellow myth-folk to get to him. With the help of his friends, and some earthshaking satyr magic, Luke works to protect his town—and sort out his feelings for Sally—before it’s too late.

Bisexual Contemporary General Fiction
Best Bi Short Stories by Sheela Lambert
Paperback: 260 pages
Publisher: Circlet Press, Inc. (June 15, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613900880
ISBN-13: 978-1613900888
Amazon: Best Bi Short Stories
Amazon Kindle: Best Bi Short Stories

Best Bi Short Stories is the first book of its kind, a literary anthology bringing together the very finest representations of bisexuality in fiction. The bisexuality of characters, like in real people, can be invisible to readers unless explicitly brought to their attention. Invisibility leads to underrepresentation, and on bookstore shelves that has certainly been true. Best Bi Short Stories hopes to change that by presenting the very best quality, cast in a bold light. With an all-star author lineup ranging from Katherine Forrest to Jane Rule, Ann Herendeen to Jan Steckel, and curated by longtime bi activist Sheela Lambert, Best Bi Short Stories encompasses several genres. The authors are a diverse group, as well, and Lambert sought representation across age groups, cultures, ethnicities and sexualities in both the authors and stories, demonstrating the richness of bi experience. Best Bi Short Stories contains the following stories: Dual Citizenship by Storm Grant Alone, As Always by Jenny Corvette Companions by Kate Durre Pennies in the Well by Rob Barton The Decision by Ammy Achenbach Coyote Takes a Trip by Deborah Miranda The Lottery by Florence Ivy Angels Dance by James Williams The Idiom of Orchids by Camille Thomas Mother Knows Best by Charles Bright "...Leave a Light on for Ya" by Gretchen Turner Dragon's Daughter by Cecilia Tan Pride/Prejudice by Ann Herendeen Challenger Deep by Kathleen Bradean Mr. Greene by Ours M. Hugh Art Making by Kate Evans Friends and Neighbours by Jacqueline Applebee Memory Lane by Sheela Lambert Naked in the World by Geer Austin Alex the Dragon by Jan Steckel Face to Face by J.R. Yussuf Xessex by Katherine Forrest Inland Passage by Jane Rule

Gay Erotic Romance
Leather Spirit Stallion by Raven Kaldera
Publisher: Circlet Press, Inc. (May 5, 2014)
Amazon Kindle: Leather Spirit Stallion

Erlik Solongo is a buu, a Mongolian shaman who is heir to a spiritual tradition going back thousands of years. Following that tradition in modern-day California has its challenges, though: Erlik's shamanic forebears probably didn't have to balance the demands of the spirits with the financial and academic woes of grad school, much less with forays into a gay BDSM scene that's not always friendly to dominant Asian men.

His shamanic abilities have their upside too, though: when a crazed gunman shows up on campus, Erlik turns out to be the only one in a position to stop him, saving the life of a young man named Paj. Instantly drawn to one another, Erlik and Paj soon tumble into a sexual relationship that might have the potential to become something more serious. But Erlik wants a relationship he can be open about, while Paj worries about his traditionally-minded family's disapproval.

Bisexual Sci-fi / Futuristic
The Stars Change by Mary Anne Mohanraj
Hardcover: 162 pages
Publisher: Circlet Press (July 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613901178
ISBN-13: 978-1613901175
Amazon: The Stars Change
Amazon Kindle: The Stars Change

On the brink of interstellar war, life (and sex) continues. Humans, aliens, and modified humans gather at the University of All Worlds in search of knowledge... and self-knowledge... but the first bomb has fallen and the fate of this multicultural, multispecies mecca is in question. A thought-provoking work on sexuality and the connections between people--whether male or female, human or alien--The Stars Change is part space opera, part literary mosaic of story, poem, and art. The Stars Change: an erotic science fiction novel-in-stories. On a South Asian-settled university planet, tensions are rising, and as they reach the brink of interstellar war, life (and sex) continues. Humans, aliens, and modified humans gather at the University of All Worlds in search of knowledge... and self-knowledge... but the first bomb has fallen and the fate of this multicultural, multispecies mecca is in question. Some people will seek solace in physical contact, some will look for spiritual answers, while others will find their strength in community, family, and love. Some will rush home to make love to their wife. Or wives. Or husbands. Or indeterminate gender human and/or alien partners. Others will be forced to decide where they stand -- what is worth fighting for, or maybe even worth dying for. In The Stars Change, author Mary Anne Mohanraj presents a multi-layered, thought-provoking, and far-reaching work on sexuality and the connections between people--whether male or female, human or alien. The Stars Change is part space opera, part literary mosaic of story, poem, and art. It is fitting that a book that emphasizes the power of community was funded through Kickstarter. Begun as a project entitled "Demi Monde," The Stars Change is the result of the money raised by supporters that went to pay for not only the art and illustrations in the book, but the author's time, allowing her to focus on writing for that crucial interval.

Charities Donation program progress:
353$ Albert Kennedy Trust:
1165$ Ali Forney Center:
Australian Marriage Equality:
70$ Audre Lorde Project:
25$ BiNet US:
150$ CARE:
125$ The Center Colorado:
25$ LGBT Center of Greater Cleveland:
574$ COLORS:
130$ Covenant:
75$ Diversity Role Models:
25$ The Diversity Center:
Gay and Lesbian Foundation of Australia:
367$ Galop:
150$ GLYS:
135$ Human Rights Campaign:
75$ Huntsville GLBT Advocacy & Youth Services:
125$ It Gets Better:
100$ Inland Northwest LGBT Center:
28$ In Other Words:
Los Angeles LGBT Center:
440$ Lambda Legal:
50$ Lambert House:
50$ Lancaster LGBT Center:
50$ LEAP:
565$ Lost-n-Found Youth:
50$ MKE LGBT Center:
155$ Moveable Feast:
25$ Odyssey Youth Center:
25$ Out Youth:
50$ Pathfinders:
235$ PFLAG:
175$ Point Foundation:
130$ Ruth Ellis Center:
879$ SAGE:
25$ Terrence Higgins Trust:
730$ The Trevor Project:
160$ UCAN:
25$ WayGay:
225$ You Can Play:
75$ YouthCare:
You Will Rise Project:
1210$ Other Funds
TOTAL: 9136$*

* 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 GRL Blog Tour: Hank Edwards

Starting from March up until September I will be part of the 2014 GRL Blog Tour as featured blogger. I will host authors attending the GayRomLit Retreat in Chicago (October 16-19, 2014: To my guests, I asked to brainstorm around the common theme "inspiration". Today author is Hank Edwards:

I'd like to thank Elisa for hosting me on her web page, and including me and my partner in her book, Days of Love: Celebrating LGBT History One Story at a Time. She put a lot of time and love into the book, and it shows!

Today I'd like to write about inspiration, specifically the inspiration that drove me to write my most recent book, Repossession is 9/10ths of the Law, available from Wilde City Press at all e-book retailers, and coming soon in paperback!

This book has been a part of my life for a very, very long time. I started writing it when I was just out of college and still living at home with my parents. I love mysteries, and I love humor, and I'd been reading a lot of mysteries around that time, but they were dark and edgy and had very little humor in them. I thought back then, why can’t a mystery be funny, too?

Around that time both of my parents retired and wanted to travel more, so I lived at home rent free and took care of the house on my own for a majority of the year. When they were home, we got along fine, we were all pretty easy going. I had never been very close with my father, he'd always been very focused on work, which led to health problems for him, and an early retirement, which took him some time to get used to.

But once he realized they could live comfortably on his pension, social security, and the investments they’d made over the years, my parents were more relaxed. My father and I talked more, and he laughed more often. I enjoyed talking with them, even though I depended on them for everything at that time, like before, but on a more adult level. I was working, but not enough to be able to afford a place of my own.

I came out to them while I lived there. They were emotional about it, and concerned for me—AIDS was the big headline of the day back then—but we dealt with it. And I really learned to appreciate my parents. I understood the sacrifices they had had to make to raise three children and send us all to college, and I appreciated the budgeting and saving they had done to be able to retire and enjoy themselves.

Somewhere along the way, my father developed a few quirks. And those quirks breathed life into a major character in my book Repossession is 9/10ths of the Law, the main character's father, Everly. Now, Everly isn't a spitting image/carbon copy of my father, but I did give him a few of my father's quirks. And now, decades later, four years after my father passed away and I eulogized him on my 45th birthday, I cannot help but think of him as I read through the book during edits. Everly isn't as much like my father as I remembered, but he's similar enough to make me smile, maybe chuckle, and sometimes shake my head. And, every now and then, I looked out the window at the sky, gray and cloudy or blue and sunny, and say, "Oh, Dad. If only you could have read this."

So, if you're looking for a wacky, twisty mystery filled with fun characters, and a lot of heart, you might want to check out my book Repossession is 9/10ths of the Law. Here's a blurb and short excerpt. Now, go hug someone who cares about you very much.

Repossession is 9/10ths of the Law by Hank Edwards
Publisher: Wilde City Press (August 4, 2014)
Amazon Kindle: Repossession is 9/10ths of the Law
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Alan Baxter barely scrapes by working as a deejay in suburban Detroit. To make ends meet, he takes a job as an automobile repossession agent, and discovers his very first assignment is a car owned by his drug dealer ex-boyfriend. On top of that, a body is discovered in the trunk…by a cop. Soon Alan’s life is completely upturned as he is pulled into a mystery involving more bodies, a highly lethal new street drug, a mysterious man with a top hat and cane, raging dwarves, a house fire, a cranky police detective, and his crankier cat!

Hank Edwards and Wilde City Press are offering a copy of Repossession is 9/10ths of the Law 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.

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