October 27th, 2016

andrew potter

2016 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Selfie by Amy Lane (328-08-26-2016)

Anyone who has ever lost someone they cared about will understand Connors pain, longing, and frustration. The area and the characters came alive for me. I found myself laughing and crying, I look forward to reading others in this series.

Selfie by Amy Lane
Gay Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 338 pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing (December 1, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626493855
ISBN-13: 978-1626493858
Amazon: Selfie
Amazon Kindle: Selfie

One year ago, actor Connor Montgomery lost the love of his life to a drunk driver. But what’s worse for Connor is what he still has: a lifetime of secrets born of hiding his relationship from the glare of Hollywood. Unable to let go of the world he and Vinnie shared, Connor films a drunken YouTube confession on the anniversary of Vinnie’s death.

Thankfully, the video was silent—a familiar state for Connor—so his secret is still safe. He needs a fresh start, and a new role on the hit TV show Wolf’s Landing might be just that.

The move to Bluewater Bay may also mean a second chance in the form of his studio-assigned assistant. Noah Dakers sees through Connor’s facades more quickly than Connor could imagine. Noah’s quiet strength and sarcastic companionship offers Connor a chance at love that Hollywood’s closet has never allowed. But to accept it, Connor must let Vinnie go and learn to live again.

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2016 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Forty Wild Crushes by Jim Provenzano (107-05-12-2016)

1) It is so easy to read, sympathize with, laugh with and at times laugh at, yet still admire the author-narrator of these 15 very varied stories that I wasn't aware until I was done with the book how beautifully linked they are and what a many faceted jewel it is. Has any one made a funeral more human or funny? Has any one ever had a cult-movie crush like this?

2) I love this book. He writes beautifully. Draws characters beautifully. Has a strong mastery of narrative. I want to read more of him.

Forty Wild Crushes: stories by Jim Provenzano
Gay Humor
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Myrmidude Press; First edition (June 1, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1530547911
ISBN-13: 978-1530547913
Amazon: Forty Wild Crushes: stories
Amazon Kindle: Forty Wild Crushes: stories

Teenage lust in summer theatre, cheating boyfriends on The Tonight Show, and an escapee from a pumpkin farm; these are just a few of the characters in short stories from Lambda Literary Award winner Jim Provenzano. The five-time novelist shares new and previously published works, and excerpts from forthcoming novels. Varying from terse accounts of an anti-gay assault to a post-9/11 moment of resolution, Provenzano shares a diverse array of contemporary experiences in rural Ohio, New York City, at funerals and wrestling matches, Manhattan cathedrals and Paris museums. A moment in the life of a gay divorced father, a transgender performer on the rise, and a footnoted feast of pop culture crushes are included in this compelling collection.

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2016 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Lollipop by Amy Lane (330-08-26-2016)

Amy Lane has always a wonderful way with words. Her writing is fabulous making you laugh, cry, ponder, live. The love story between Miguel and Ezra is really sweet and touching. But what I really enjoyed most in this book is the friendship between all the characters permeating throughout the whole story, the sense of belonging, the struggle to be who you want to be. A story that everyone should read and a reading that really boost your self-esteem.

Lollipop by Amy Lane
Gay Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 250 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (January 25, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 163476904X
ISBN-13: 978-1634769044
Amazon: Lollipop
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A Candy Man Book

Ezra Kellerman flew across country to see if he had another chance with the man he let slip through his fingers. He didn't. Rico has moved on, but he doesn’t just leave his ex high and dry. Instead, Rico entrusts his family and friends with Ezra’s care. Ezra, confused, hurt, and lost, clings to Rico’s cousin and his boyfriend as the lifelines they are―but their friend Miguel is another story.

Miguel Rodriguez had great plans and ambition―but a hearty dose of real life crushed those flat. When Miguel finds himself partially in charge of the befuddled, dreamy, healing Ezra, he’s pretty resentful at first. But Ezra’s placid nature and sincere wonder at the simple life Miguel has taken for granted begin to soften Miguel’s hardened shell. Miguel starts to notice that Ezra isn't just amazingly sweet―he’s achingly beautiful as well. Suddenly Miguel is fending off every single man on the planet to give Ezra room to get over Rico―while fighting a burning suspicion that the best thing to help Ezra get over his broken heart is Miguel.

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