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Lambda Literary Finalists

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This year, 105 finalists representing 72 publishers are competing for awards in 22 categories. Winners will be announced on Thursday, May 28, at a gala awards ceremony in New York.

I would like to congratulate the following authors who are friends of the blog, whose books have been selected as finalists in different categories in the Lambda Literary Awards:

GAY EROTICA

Hard Working Men
William Maltese, Victor J. Banis, Jardonn Smith, & J.P. Bowie
MLR Press

GAY ROMANCE

Mexican Heat, Laura Baumbach & Josh Lanyon, MLR Press
The Protector, N.L. Gassert, Seventh Window Publications

LGBT SCI-FI/FANTASY/HORROR

The Archer’s Heart, Astrid Amara, Blind Eye Books
Wilde Stories 2008, Steve Berman, Lethe Press
Turnskin, Nicole Kimberling, Blind Eye Books

And the Winner Is….

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The winner of an autographed, First Edition copy of The Protector is – ta da …

Lesley W

Lesley could you please send your snail mail information to Nadja so that she can sign and send off your book – maybe you’ll get it in time for Christmas. Her email address is nlgassert@gmail.com

Thanks everyone for checking out Nadja’s interview – she wanted me to tell you how much fun she had chatting with all of you and she’s looking forward to the hawt menz on Fridays *g*

N.L. Gassert – In the Spotlight

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N.L. Gassert, writer of that wonderful suspense/action adventure book The Protector featuring two great characters, is our guest today on the blog. Nadja is a new author and I mean really NEW. This is her first and only book published and I wanted to talk to her because I thought it would be a unique experience to interview a writer who was still pinching herself at realizing her dream and had stars in her eyes at being published.

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The Protector

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Title and Link: The Protector
Author: N.L. Gassert
Publisher URL: http://www:seventhwindow.com
Genre: Contemporary, Action Adventure, GLBT (M/M)
Length: Novel (Print 191 pages)
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

THE BLURB

Soren Buchanan no longer wishes to work for his father, crime boss James Buchanan, nor does he want to continue his relationship with the dangerous and sexy Jolina Miciano. But Jolina has connections that would make James Buchanan more powerful than he already is. Unwilling to be a pawn in his father’s game, Soren decides to stop seeing Jolina even if it means having to suffer through one of his father’s vicious beatings. Beaten and bruised for his defiance, Soren flees to the FBI for help.

Mason Ward, former US Army Ranger and security specialist, lives a quiet life on a house boat docked off the island of Guam. Despite his lack of companionship, Mason believes he is living the life he’s always wanted. Then a job comes Mason’s way, one that will turn his life upside down: hide Soren Buchanan.Hiding Soren Buchanan should be easy money, but not for Mason. Soren is young, seductive and lacking the type of discipline that doesn’t leave bruises. It doesn’t help that Soren’s physical presence brings up desires Mason would rather not feel about a mobster’s son. Now Mason has to keep his mind on his job while being chased by thugs sent to bring Soren Buchanan home…dead or alive.

THE REVIEW

The Protector has one of the most unlikely pairings as protagonists. Hero #1 is Soren Buchanan: a spoiled, rich young man who has had everything given to him, hasn’t worked a day in his life, dropped out of school, lives with his abusive father who has his fingers in most major criminal activities in Guam, and his sometime-girlfriend is a criminal. Hero #2 is Mason Ward, who is 10 years older than Soren: Mason is a more traditional protag, divorced, ex US Army Ranger, security specialist, lives on a boat and thinks that his life is heaven on earth but he has a weakness for redheads and Soren is definitely a redhead. Then everything changes in an instant when Mason is asked to take on the job of hiding Soren who has become an FBI informant and is on the run from both his father and his girlfriend.

When the two meet it’s not exactly love at first sight or even second sight because they are total opposites and the first few days living in the close quarters of the boat don’t exactly endear them to each other as Soren does his best to live up to low expectations. But something happens when the protection game goes awry and Mason’s boat, “The Sprite”, is boarded by thugs out to capture Soren and return him to his father, even at the cost of Mason’s life. Soren realizes that Mason is not so bad after all and he fights to save him rather than return to the life mapped out by his father.

Before I opened this book I thought it would be the usual escapist fare with a couple of adventures that would allow our heroes to show their mettle and then live happily ever after in the Guam sunshine. It was all that and more! I don’t think it’s a secret to anyone who reads my reviews that great characterizations really make me sit up and take notice, even when the plot of a book does not live up to the hype. In this case I got both terrific characters I could root for and a very credible plot. The supporting characters were all wonderfully drawn – from crime boss James “The Smile” Buchanan, the very dangerous Jolina Miciano who wants Soren but on her terms, Ben Marques, Mason’s very suspicious and skeptical business partner, and a host of other great characters which, for a reader like me, is manna from heaven.

The romance between Soren and Mason is as delicious as the rest of the book. You will note that I said “romance” not sex, because that’s what it was. The thrills were almost non stop and the author only gave us a break when Mason and Soren explored their attraction to each other which neither of them really wanted but they were drawn as a moth to a flame.

The Protector is N.L. Gassert’s first published book and she is a very talented writer. Not only does she understand that aficionados of this genre need a lot of conflict and edge of your seat action and adventure, but that they also want characters who are flawed and genuine who act totally irrationally but still manage to tug at their heartstrings. Is this the best action adventure book that I have ever read? Of course not! But The Protector is a darn good book which gives value for money and is a thrill ride from start to finish. The story is equal parts terrorists, action/ adventure and suspense and as a fan of the genre I was engaged from start to finish. I wish that the book was longer because in my opinion Mason’s and Soren’s romantic relationship needed more alone time, but I understand that the author is writing a sequel and I am waiting with great anticipation for The Stalker which is scheduled to be released later next year.

I really enjoyed this story and I think you will too. Buy this book!

Coming Up on the Blog Week of November 23

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This week is another action packed adventure starting with Wednesday, November 26 when N.L. Gassert will be profiled as Author of the Week. Nadja Gassert is a brand new author and her first book is The Protector, an action adventure thrill ride as well as a romance. I was really impressed by this book and the review will be posted today. Nadja’s profile contains a lot of surprises and I hope that you will log on to check it out. Among other topics she talks about what she has underway in terms of new stories and how she came up with the idea of selecting Guam as the background for The Protector.

Nadja has very kindly offered a signed first edition print copy of The Protector to one reader who comments on her interview. Hope to see you on Wednesday, November 26.

Next Wednesday, December 3rd our guest on the blog will be well-known historical author Erastes. In addition to her new release Frost Fair, reviewed here Erastes is also the author of the highly acclaimed Standish which was published over a year ago. She has written a number of other books and short stories and she will talk about her books and, most important, why her cat Lucius, the “devil’s whore”, is always on the lam. *g* My review of Standish was delayed because unfortunately work took precedence so I was unable to finish it but I hope to post this review shortly.

Transgressions, Erastes’ upcoming novel, will be released next February as part of a huge launch of historical M/M books on both sides of the Atlantic by Running Press, a subsidiary of N.Y. publishing powerhouse Perseus Books. I understand that Erastes is getting ready for fame and fortune by practicing how to wear those new designer sunglasses so that she will be unrecognized.

As usual, this Friday your slate of hawt menz will be displayed for your viewing pleasure. Because of all the fights that have taken place on the blog in recent weeks, last Friday I give you 19, count ‘em 19 photos, but that didn’t stem the petty bickering so it’s back to your usual 14 men this week and I hope you enjoy the delicious fare. Most of you will be too busy to check them out because you’ll be eating a lot of turkeys for the American Thanksgiving holiday but for those of us who are not American, yours truly included, I am enclosing a Thanksgiving link that I hope you will enjoy.

Thanksgiving Turkey

One last note, don’t forget to send me your favourite book covers for my end-of-year cover special. I’ll be posting my own favourite covers and I hope to post yours as well. Please email me your covers or tell me the name of the book. The book does not have to be a favourite – just the cover!

See you next week.

Coming up on the Blog – Week of November 16

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On Wednesday Charlie Cochrane will be our featured author in the spotlight. Charlie is a historical M/M author who also writes mysteries so her books are a double treat. Her most recent release is Lessons in Love which is reviewed on the blog here; this is the first story in the multi book Cambridge Fellows Mystery series. She also contributed a story called Aftermath to the very popular historical anthology Speak Its Name, Trilogy No.III which was published earlier this year. I think Charlie’s profile will be very interesting and I hope you will check it out on November 19.

Coming up next Wednesday, November 26, N.L. Gassert, author of The Protector will be under the lights. Nadja is another brand new author and she has a unique story. I hope you will drop by the blog to check out her profile to find out a little more about her and what new writing projects she has underway. My review of The Protector will be posted this week.

The interview schedule on the blog for the rest of the year is as follows:

Monthly Author Interview
M.L. Rhodes – December 8

Author of the Week Series – December, 2008
Erastes – December 3
Sean Michael – December 17
April Martinez (book cover illustrator and artist) – December 23
December 30 – Chris Owen

December promises to be a real heavyweight month in terms of interviews. Since the Author of the Week format is really short I may be inviting some of the authors back later next year for more in-depth interviews, when they will be featured as the monthly author.

At the end of December I plan to feature my favourite book covers this year which may not be my favourite books. One of the reasons I wanted to interview April is because she’s such a wonderful cover artist and typically artists don’t get a lot of recognition for their work. I hope you will let me know which are your favourite book covers – if you do I’ll feature your choices as well as mine. I’m planning to run the post on favourite book covers December 31.

This week at last I will be reviewing two books by Erastes – Frost Fair and Standish. I will also be reviewing Heat by Tory Temple, an old favourite, by special request. Also on the schedule this week is Calendar Boys November – Over Here by Jamie Craig; Shattered by M.L. Rhodes; and a few other books I didn’t get to last week. Next week the schedule will be even tougher but I’ll tell you what’s coming up when I do my usual Sunday post on November 23rd.

As usual, this Friday I will unveil a new slate of hawt menz for your viewing pleasure. Please note that I will not be instituting a numbering system despite your pleas, since I know that all of you can count *g*. If any of you have favourites that you want to expose to other readers to fight over please email me their pictures but ensure that the quality of the print is good since sometimes they lose resolution when uploaded to the blog.

That’s all for this week.

Coming Up on the Blog – Week of November 2

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On Monday I will be posting my review of Mexican Heat, the first book in the Crime and Cocktails 3-book series, the long awaited romantic crime and mystery story by Laura Baumbach and Josh Lanyon. This book has all the elements that readers love – an authentic crime drama with major helpings of murder, mystery, drug cartels, and a love affair for the ages. Whoever said “men don’t know about love” needs to read this book to get a wake-up call.

On Wednesday, November 3rd, the author in the Spotlight will be the veteran writer, Bobby Michaels. Bobby has been writing for about four decades and loves to write stories about the Marines, his favorite topic. His book Veterans: For the Love Of The Corps was published in print recently and is available here as part of a 2-book anthology called Veterans 2: Nothing to Lose. I will be posting my review of Veterans: For The Love Of The Corps this week. Bobby’s life and experience is nothing like you have read or heard before and I think his writing “voice” is unique as well. He has been “out” as a gay man for many decades and his writing reflects his intimate knowledge of the lifestyle and is blunt and real – no “chicks with dicks” in his books!! As I mentioned in my last weekly update, Bobby’s story is quite poignant and really touched me. He has had to overcome many challenges in his life and is still doing so. Don’t miss his profile!

Because of problems posting the results of my latest poll How Do You Like Your M/M Erotica which took three times longer than I anticipated, I was unable to post as many reviews as I would have wanted. Hopefully this week my schedule will not be as crowded and I will be able to do a little better. Assuming that there are no further problems the following reviews should be posted -

Mexican Heat by Laura Baumbach and Josh Lanyon
Veterans: For the Love of the Corps by Bobby Michaels
The Tin Star by J.L. Langley
Standish by Erastes
Natural Law by Joey W. Hill (an old favourite)
Wicked Gentlemen by Ginn Hale
Caught Running by Madeleine Urban and Abigail Roux

In addition to Bobby Michaels, the other scheduled Authors of the Week profiled for November are historical writer Charlie Cochrane on November 19 and Nadja L. Gassert on November 26 . Charlie’s newest novel Lessons in Love is available now and will be reviewed on the blog in a couple of weeks. Nadja’s novel is The Protector, an action packed suspense and romance story which is quite popular.. Both Charlie and Nadja are new writers and I hope their profiles will introduce them to you and maybe make you want to try out their books.

Last, but certainly not least, our Monthly author interview for November is the well known writer J.L. Langley. JL is no stranger to most of you as she’s a hugely popular with fans of the genre. I think I have every book she has written and most of them have been read many times. Her most recent book The Englor Affair which is being released November 11 is reviewed here. JL’s interview was a lot of fun and when you read it you’ll find out why I call her The Gunslinger. This is a woman with a whole lot of hidden talents; her interview will be posted November 10. Watch for it!

October Updates

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Monday, October 6th – Monthly author interview with with Jourdan Lane. Jourdan writes the wonderful paranormal Soul Mates series released by Torquere Press and she’ll talk about what’s upcoming for the series as well as her new contemporary and paranormal books. We’ll also find out if she really knows as much about guns as one would think from her writing, or if she’s just passing on what she reads.

Author of the Week Series

Wednesday October 8th
– No Author of the Week interview. Please note that every month there will be no other authors profiled the same week as my regular monthly author interview.

Wednesday October 15Alex Beecroft is our author under the spotlight. Alex is the wonderful historical author who wrote Captain’s Surrender which is reviewed on the blog here. She will give us an update of her writing career and talk about her upcoming and much anticipated Age of Sail novel False Colors to be released by Perseus Books a New York publishing house in April 2009. Alex will also discuss her contemporary books to be published by MLR Press as part of two anthologies – Esprit de Corps and The Mysterious and other books that are underway.

Wednesday October 22Evangeline Anderson, fan favorite and author of such terrific books as The Assignment now in print, which is reviewed here and Slave Boy also in print, will be our guest. Evangeline will talk about her upcoming books – Red and the Wolf which will be released by Ellora’s Cave on October 17 and Wishful Thinking published by Samhain Publishing in November as well as her current releases.

Wednesday, October 29 – the prolific writing team of Jamie Craig will be our guest on the blog and you will meet the writers behind the name – Pepper Espinoza and Vivien Dean. Jamie Craig has so many new and upcoming books that it will be difficult to fit them all in but here are a few that were just released – No Fear in Love by Samhain Publishing, Calendar Boys: October – Trick of Silver and A Renaissance in Blood, Book VII of The Master Chronicles their very popular paranormal series both of which are now available through Amber Quill.

Book Reviews

A number of book reviews are scheduled in October including

Soul Mates: Sacrifice by Jourdan Lane
No Fear in Love by Jamie Craig
Calendar Boys October: Trick of Silver by Jamie Craig
Reluctant Hearts (Dragon Riders 2) by Marty Rayne
Rush in the Dark (Common Powers 2) by Lynn Lorenz
Switch by Claire Thompson
Wicked Gentlemen by Ginn Hale
The Protector by N.L. Gassert
Standish by Erastes
*Mexican Heat by Josh Lanyon and Laura Baumbach
*not yet released

If time permits I will also attempt another series review similar to the one that Mary M and I did for Josh Lanyon’s Adrien English series. This time it will be Mychael Black’s Breakdown 1, 2 and 3. I will also try to squeeze in a few other books. I’m behind on reviews but I will get to them as soon as I can. Two that are definitely on the list for this month because I so want to read them are

Virgin by Jessica Freely
The Sweet Flag by Jeanne Barrack

I think that’s a pretty full slate and I’m also looking forward to seeing you on the blog every Friday when I unveil a new group of hawt menz.