Saturday, October 27, 2012

Wanting It All by Emma Lai

Title: Wanting It All
Author: Emma Lai
Cover Artist: Jana Hansen
Publisher: Loose Id
Genre: Contemporary
Length: 75 pages

Clayton Palmer is an up and coming lawyer in the family's East Coast firm. A long-standing agreement with his father allows Clayton to head to Colorado during the summer--to work hard as a dude ranch hand and if he's lucky, play harder with a hot cowboy, or two. But this summer, his luck is all bad. His normal bunk buddies are missing, and a lawyer from a competing West Coast firm is a guest.

A week-long retreat with clients doesn't hold any appeal for James Owens until he spies Clayton hauling in the luggage. James has lost to Clayton in the courtroom more times than not, and while he's longed to gain the upper hand over his attractive nemesis in trial, he'll settle for winning in the bedroom when Clayton approaches him and offers to do anything for James to keep his secret.
Though he's always been attracted to James, Clayton's unprepared for the emotions the man inspires and runs scared. Haunted by his feelings for James and doubts about his lifestyle, he decides it's time to seize hold of the reins of his life. When the dust settles, will James be willing to let him into his heart?

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This book left me with some very mixed feelings: the writing is smooth and engaging, and I really like the style. When the prose is almost good enough to lull me into ignoring or accepting inconsistencies and plot holes, that’s very good writing indeed. Emma Lai’s style makes me want to read more of her work, with a more logical plot attached.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Summer School by Tam Ames

Title: Summer School
Author: Tam Ames
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Publisher: Silver Publishing
Genre: contemporary
Length: 38k words 

Jeremy Decker is preparing for the worst summer of his life, teaching summer school and healing from his recent breakup. But maybe his sexy young teaching assistant will be able to put an end to Jeremy's summer doldrums.

English teacher Jeremy Decker's split with his boyfriend has left him with no plans for the summer and credit card debt. One solution is to teach summer history classes. College history major Lucas Van Sloan is brought in to assist Jeremy, and is thrilled to have a summer job that doesn't include supervising kids at the hometown swimming pool.

A summer heat wave has Jeremy snarlier than even upbeat Lucas can handle. Lucas drags the teacher back to his place and out of the heat, determined to pull Jeremy into his bed while he has him there. However, Jeremy's ex isn't quite ready to let go, and a college student may be no competition for a high-powered attorney.

Review

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times... Oh yeah, Dickens did get that line first, but it does apply to the summer session where Jeremy’s teaching a subject he’s woefully unprepared for, and Lucas is getting his first real experience in his field. They’re approaching the session from completely opposite mindsets.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

A Picture is Worth...

Everyone have a good time in Albuquerque at GayRomLit!  The rest of us will dream of going, and maybe of what these two do in the woods. Anyone who has 100-1000 words of shifter goodness, directions are here.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Couched as a Question by Jane Davitt
Publisher: Torquere Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: 29 pages



Blurb

When Matt's partner Jordan suggests redecorating, Matt's agreeable until he discovers it means getting rid of the red couch. They bought that couch together, and they've done a lot more than sit on it. It means a lot to Matt and if Jordan's bored of it, maybe it's not the only part of Jordan's life he wants to change...

Review:

Jane Davitt’s created a delightful story of muddled expectations and slightly crossed wires. With her established couple, she managed to play with the state of the relationship all under the guise of interior decoration. Couched as a Question meets the leather theme for this year’s Charity Sips with a three-cushioned answer to the question “What are we to each other, really?”

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Melting Wax and Burning Feathers

Title: Melting Wax and Burning Feathers
Author: Jennifer Cierra
Cover Artist: Dmytro Konstantynov
Publisher: JMS Books
Buy Link:Melting Wax and Burning Feathers
Genre: Contemporary
Length: 10,200 words

Gregory Daniels is a man who has given up. Once he dreamed of going to L.A. and “making it big,” but those dreams exploded, leaving his lover dead and Gregory disillusioned. Now he works 9-to-5 as a tax attorney in Long Beach, California, trying to convince himself a weekly paycheck is enough to make up for a job he hates and dinner alone every night.

Then Gregory notices a talented, beautiful young guitarist playing on the museum steps on his way to work, and he begins to wonder whether he hasn’t sacrificed more than he’s gained in favor of predictability and routine. An opportunity beckons; the only question is whether Gregory trusts himself enough to reach out and take it.
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This short piece packs a wallop, mixing as it does broken dreams and dreams yet to be realized. Gregory, who has put aside aspirations of stardom for safety and dullness, encounters a musician playing for tips who stirs up many longings. Gregory is a tax attorney with broken dreams. Paul has come to California to find his own stardom, he’s ready to fly up and touch the sun. Gregory flew at the sun once, with Carl, his lover, who had his own dreams of flight that died in an overdose.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

A picture is worth...

Wherever there is a channel for water, there is a road for the canoe. -Thoreau

Anyone with 100-1000 words about his journey, send it on, directions here.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Nothing Better Than Leather by Katherine Halle

Title: Nothing Better Than Leather
Author: Katherine Halle
Cover Artist: Alessia Brio
Publisher: Torquere
Genre: contemporary
Length: 6300 words


Zeke is a writer, who spends his evenings working as a valet at The Palm Restaurant, and lusting after a particular silver BMW 3 Series and its owner. Josh is the owner of that BMW and the only thing he enjoys about his routine evenings at The Palm is the red-haired valet who parks his car. When Josh is injured in an accident at the restaurant and Zeke is volunteered to drive him home, will their time spent together result in something more - or will Zeke forever remain the nameless valet who parks Josh's car?

Take one feisty valet, one straight-laced banker, mix in a fancy car and a long drive out to Malibu, and see what pulls up.

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In keeping with the Leather theme for this year’s Torquere Charity Sips, a BMW’s soft leather seats get the characters together. Zeke, a writer yet to hit it big, parks cars outside a posh restaurant. One of his regulars has the most luscious seat, and oh yeah, the driver’s pretty hot too.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

A Thousand Word Thursday Giggle from Tam Ames



The Trouble with Tommy
“Tom! Tommy! Where the hell are you?” Danny’s voice hissed out the words, trying to be quiet, even though he knew there were no humans in the house at the moment.

“In the bathroom.” Tom’s voice seemed to boom down the empty hallway. 

Danny whizzed down the hall and turned the corner into the bathroom where he skidded to a halt, his wings leaving him hovering in the air, his mouth open, eyes blinking.

“Hey, big boy.” Tom waggled his eyebrows. 

Saturday, October 6, 2012

The Man Who Wouldn't Wear Leather by Aaron Michaels

Title: The Man Who Wouldn’t Wear Leather
Author: Aaron Michaels
Cover Artist: Alessia Brio
Publisher: Torquere
Genre: contemporary
Length: 3900 words

For their ninth anniversary, Chuck scrimped and saved to buy Milton a sexy leather bomber jacket which Milton not only refused to wear, but which very nearly caused the break-up of their relationship. Imagine Chuck’s surprise when he comes home early one afternoon to find the jacket he thought Milton gave away draped over the back of a kitchen chair and Milton nowhere to be found.

Has the jacket come back to haunt him like a bad penny, or is something else going on with Milton that Chuck knows nothing about?

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This very short story manages to impart a lot of information about the protags, who have been together for ten years now. We get a really good idea of Milton and all his quirks, except the important one, natch, but that’s for Chuck to bump into for this story. Milton comes across as a secretive fussbudget, and he’s clearly the center of Chuck’s universe.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Taking a Chance by A. Catherine Noon and Rachel Wilder

Title: Taking a Chance
Authors: A. Catherine Noon and Rachel Wilder
Publisher: Torquere Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: 28 pages




Doctor Jacob Davison has outgrown the hookups of his younger days and wants to settle down. When he’s abandoned by the side of the road, a leather-clad stranger stops and offers him a ride. Chance Renton is different from anyone Jay’s ever met. He’s caring and helpful, yet cynical and world-weary.

From the first moment of their shared motorcycle ride, an attraction begins to simmer between them. Between Jay’s ex-boyfriend showing up and the misconceptions they have about each other, does this relationship have a chance?

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In keeping with the Leather theme for this year’s Torquere Charity Sips collection, with author and publisher proceeds benefitting NOH8, A. Catherine Noon and Rachel Wilder offer us a little fun in a motorcycle jacket and boots. Taking a Chance is a good thing for Dr. Jacob Davidson.