Archive for February, 2011

Target by Kathleen Jeffrie Johnson

Rating: 9/10 ★★★★★★★★★☆ 
Title: Target
Author: Kathleen Jeffrie Johnson
Genre: Young Adult
URL: Roaring Brook Press
Price: Out of print
Summary:
Why had the men chosen him? Savagely violated by two strangers, sixteen-year-old Grady West retreats into silence. Some hells just can’t be shared. Searing and powerful, Target shows that people can go through unspeakable things and emerge whole— and sometimes your friends can save you.
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GhosTV (Psycop 6) by Jordan Castillo Price

Rating: 9/10 ★★★★★★★★★☆ 
Title: GhosTV (Psycop 6)
Author: Jordan Castillo Price
Genre: Paranormal, crime
URL: JCP Books
Price: US $6.69
Other Information/warnings: Violence, explicit sexual content, horror
Summary [from the publisher]:

For the past dozen years, Victor Bayne has solved numerous murders by interrogating witnesses only he can see—dead witnesses. But when his best friend Lisa goes missing from the sunny California campus of PsyTrain, the last thing he wants to find there is her spirit.

Disappearing without a trace in a school full of psychics? That’s some trick. But somehow both Lisa and her roommate have vanished into thin air. A group of fanatics called Five Faith has been sniffing around, and Lisa’s email is compromised.

Time is running out, and with no ghosts to cross-examine, Vic can’t afford to turn down any offers of help. An old enemy can provide an innovative way to track Vic’s missing friend, and he enters into an uneasy alliance—even though its ultimate cost will ensnare him in a debt he may never manage to settle.

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Black Girl in Paris by Shay Youngblood

Rating: 5/10 ★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆ 
Title: Black Girl in Paris
Author: Shay Youngblood
Genre: Contemporary
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Price: Out of print
Summary:
Shay Youngblood’s debut novel, Soul Kiss, received accolades from reviewers and writers alike. The Washington Post hailed it as “intelligent and erotic … immensely engrossing and satisfying,” while The Atlanta Journal-Constitution called it “exquisite.” Tina McElroy Ansa described it as “extraordinary … lyrical, intimate, funny, unsettling, enthralling.” Now, in her second novel, Youngblood explores the endeavor of a creative coming-of-age, and infuses her story with the same mesmerizing, lush language and impressionistic style that won her so many fans the first time around.

Black Girl in Paris wends its way around the mythology of Paris as a city that has called out to African-American artists. Like James Baldwin, Langston Hughes, and Josephine Baker before her, Youngblood’s heroine leaves her home, in the American South, nurturing a dream of finding artistic emancipation in the City of Light. She experiments freely, inhabiting different incarnations–artist’s model, poet’s helper, au pair, teacher, thief, and lover–to keep body and soul together, to stay afloat, heal the wounds of her broken heart, discover her sexual self, and, finally, to wrestle her dreams of becoming a writer into reality.

Youngblood’s lyricism, as effortless as an inspired improvisation, and her respect for the tradition she depicts create a natural tension between old and new, reverence and innovation, and tell a story at once timeless and immediate.
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Cover Me by L A Witt

Rating: 10/10 ★★★★★★★★★★ 
Title: Cover Me
Author: L A Witt
Genre: contemporary, erotica
URL: Carnal Passions
Price: from US $3.90
Other Information/warnings: Violence, explicit sexual content
Summary [from the publisher]:
When paramedic Nick Swain responds to a shooting in a seedy neighborhood, his entire world is thrown off its axis. His life is threatened…twice. Allegations of racism and medical neglect threaten his career and his ability to sleep at night. Not that he’ll be sleeping any time soon after the incident throws him into the path – and arms – of Detective Andrew Carmichael.

One hot night after another with Andrew may help Nick relieve some stress, but sex won’t solve every problem in his life. With the media hounding him and the city watching his every move, he starts to wonder if the world is out to get him.

The world may not be out to get him, but someone is.

And that someone wants Nick dead

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The Zagzagel Diaries: Forsaken by Bryl R. Tyne

Rating: 9/10 ★★★★★★★★★☆ 
Title: The Zagzagel Diaries: Forsaken
Author: Bryl R. Tyne
Genre: Fantasy (contemporary)
URL: Smashwords
Price: Free
Other Information/warnings: Mention of suicide
Summary [from the publisher]:
An unconventional guardian angel attempts to keep his gay charge from committing suicide, while wrestling with his own personal issues. This is the first in the Zagzagel Diaries series.
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Collected Veinglory: M/M Short Stories by Emily Veinglory

Rating: 7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 
Title: Collected Veinglory: M/M Short Stories
Author: Emily Veinglory
Genre: Fantasy/speculative
URL: Smashwords See ETA
Price: US $2.99
Other Information/warnings: Violence, explicit sexual content
Summary [from the publisher]:
Emily Veinglory brings you fourteen tales steaming with her signature blend of dark fantasy and man-on-man romance. Starring princes of Elfland, creatures of myth, and all-too-human hunks, each story offers a window to a richly imagined world where two men strive for their elusive happily ever after.

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Something Like Summer by Jay Bell

Rating: 6/10 ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆ 
Title: Something Like Summer
Author: Jay Bell
Genre: Coming of age, gay romance, contemporary
URL: Smashwords
Price: US$2.99
Other Information/warnings: homophobia, explicit sexual situations
Summary [from the publisher]:

Love, like everything in the universe, cannot be destroyed. But over time it can change.
The hot Texas nights were lonely for Ben before his heart began beating to the rhythm of two words; Tim Wyman. By all appearances, Tim had the perfect body and ideal life, but when a not-so-accidental collision brings them together, Ben discovers that the truth is rarely so simple. If winning Tim’s heart was an impossible quest, keeping it would prove even harder as family, society, and emotion threaten to tear them apart.

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