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An Island in the Stars Susan Laine
Gay - Sci-Fi / Futuristic
Paperback: 210 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 12, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1635336325
ISBN-13: 978-1635336320
Amazon: An Island in the Stars Susan Laine

Sam, a geeky college freshman, has bigger problems than lusting after Marcus, sexy jock, college junior, and his big brother’s best friend. Chasing after a beanie caught in the winter wind turns into a tumble down the rabbit hole for them both—science fiction style.

Sam and Marcus find themselves trapped on a tropical island in the middle of a strange ocean on an alien moon. The sole structure is a ruined temple devoted to the art of love. Flustered, confused, and unable to return home, they need to figure out a means of escape from a hostile jungle teeming with dangerous life-forms.

In this tale where opposites attract and secret crushes are revealed, two very dissimilar young men discover they actually have a lot in common after all, but it will take their differences as much as their points of connection to survive on an island in the stars.
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Eating Life Beth Burnett
Lesbian - Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 278 pages
Publisher: Sapphire Books Publishing (August 15, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1943353875
ISBN-13: 978-1943353873
Amazon: Eating Life Beth Burnett

Carefree and irrepressible, Casey Wilde has spent her life running. Running from love, running from responsibility, and running from commitment. Megan Woodson, Casey’s best friend, has spent her life building security with a long-term partner and a well-paying, highly respected position in the best ad agency in Memphis. Ben Stagg is a man who has lost everything, including the desire to live. And Brilliant Wilson is a photographer who can’t quite figure out why she keeps dating women who don’t love her. Faced with painful and pressing decisions, the group is forced to confront their own life choices. When their worlds collide and everything starts to fall apart, these friends must learn that the only important decision is the one to follow their hearts.
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Finding Lizzie Karma Kingsley
Lesbian - Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 342 pages
Publisher: NineStar Press (December 3, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1945952164
ISBN-13: 978-1945952166
Amazon: Finding Lizzie Karma Kingsley

Lizzie doesn’t know what she wants from life, but she’s sure it’s not the attention of her suffocating boyfriend, RJ. A chance encounter with a group of women on the day of the local Pride parade leads her to meet the wild, free-spirited Kerra. Lizzie begins to realise she’s crazy about Kerra, but how can she come out in a small town where prejudice is rife and even her own mother thinks being a lesbian is wrong? Can Lizzie find herself without losing everything else in the process?
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Runner (The Runner #1) Karma Kingsley
Gay - Erotic Romance
Paperback
Publisher: Ninestar Press, LLC (August 21, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1947139665
ISBN-13: 978-1947139664
Amazon: Runner (The Runner #1) Karma Kingsley

Alex Banez is a runner for a Los Angeles film set. When he has a chance encounter with executive producer Atwell Richards, he finds himself falling fast and hard. Atwell is rich, powerful, gorgeous, and everything Alex never thought he would have. But Atwell also has a dark side and an inflexible need for control that threatens to suffocate everyone around him.

Alex has to figure out if he can love Atwell without losing himself.
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Brian Wilson Aldiss OBE (August 1925 – August 2017) was a SFWA Grand Master, writer and editor, best known for science fiction novels and short stories. Greatly influenced by science fiction pioneer H. G. Wells, Aldiss was the vice-president of the international H. G. Wells Society.

Named a Grand Master by SFWA in 2000 and inducted by the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2004, he also won two Hugo Awards, one Nebula Award, and a John W. Campbell Memorial Award. His influential works include the short story “Super-Toys Last All Summer Long,” the basis for the Stanley Kubrick-developed Steven Spielberg film,A.I. Artificial Intelligence. Other works included–Greybeard, Hothouse, and the Helliconia Trilogy.

He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1990. Aldiss was the “Permanent Special Guest” at the annual International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts (ICFA) from 1989 through 2008. He was also the Guest of Honor at the conventions in 1986 and 1999.

In addition to his writing awards, he was awarded the title of Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to literature in Queen Elizabeth II’s Birthday Honors list, announced on 11 June 2005. In 2008, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Liverpool in recognition of his contribution to literature.

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... Princess Holy Aura is up, and our protagonist learns what they're up against! 

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Ars Magica is probably the definitive game of medieval magic - one of these offers is a repeat, the other is all new:

Ars Magica 5 Bundle

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/ArsMagica5-2017

"The Bundle of Holding and Ars Magica go way back. We offered the current (Fifth) edition of the Ars Magica rulebook in our August 2013 Bundle of the Ages, a collection of historical RPGs, and in March 2014 we presented a collection of vintage ArM supplements that supported the earlier Fourth Edition (1996-2004). We admire Ars Magica hugely and regard it as one of the field's seminal designs. It was a harbinger of the acclaim awaiting both its designers, Jonathan Tweet and Mark Rein-Hagen. We're proud to revive this large assortment from August 2014 supporting the current edition, which is widely regarded as the finest yet. (This is the third revival of this offer; the two previous revivals were May 2015 and February 2016. This third revival is a first, so to speak -- we've never revived the same offer three times.) The new companion collection of supplements, ArM5 Wizards & Power, has lots of additional material to expand any Mythic Europe saga. We provide each ebook complete in .PDF (Portable Document Format). Like all Bundle of Holding titles, these books have NO DRM (Digital Restrictions Management), and our customers are entitled to move them freely among all their ereaders.

Ten percent of each purchase (after gateway fees) goes to this offer's designated charity, Doctors Without Borders.
The total retail value of the titles in this offer at launch is US$125. Customers who pay just US$14.95 get all four titles in our Starter Collection (retail value $55) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks:
  • Ars Magica Fifth Edition: The complete, current 240-page rulebook.
  • Covenants (retail $15): The essential guide to help players improve the homes of their magi.
  • Houses of Hermes: True Lineages (retail $12): A detailed treatise on four powerful Houses of the Order of Hermes.
  • Apprentices (retail $7): Become a young student of the Art of Magic.
  • The Living Covenant: As a convenience to our customers, we present over two dozen free characters and setting files from the Atlas Games website, collected here in one handy 42-page booklet.
Those who pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $24.95 to start, also get our entire Storyguide's Collection with five more titles worth an additional $70:
  • Houses of Hermes: Mystery Cults and Societates(retail $15 each): The second and third treatises on the Hermetic Houses.
  • The Lion and the Lily (retail $15): The Normandy Tribunal sourcebook about the many active covenants in densely populated northern France.
  • The Broken Covenant of Calebais (retail $10): The first-ever ArM adventure, originally written by Mark Rein-Hagen and Jonathan Tweet, now updated for the current edition.
  • Tales of Mythic Europe: Nine short adventures that push your saga to the limits of Mythic Europe.

Ars Magica 5 Wizards and Power Bundle

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/ArM5WizardsPower

"This all-new companion offer presents all four Realms of Power supplements about the sources of magic in Mythic Europe, along with several sourcebooks about the Hermetic Tribunals in various regions from the Rhineland to Transylvania.

We provide each ebook complete in .PDF (Portable Document Format). Like all Bundle of Holding titles, these books have NO DRM (Digital Restrictions Management), and our customers are entitled to move them freely among all their ereaders.

Ten percent of each purchase (after gateway fees) goes to these two offers' designated charity, Doctors Without Borders.

The total retail value of the titles in this offer at launch is US$105. Customers who pay just US$12.95 get all three titles in this offer's Starter Collection (retail value $45) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks, including the first Realms of Power book (Magic) and two Tribunals -- Against the Dark (Transylvania) and The Sundered Eagle (Theban).

Those who pay more than this offer's threshold (average) price, which is set at $22.95 to start, also get this offer's entire Bonus Collection with four more titles worth an additional $60,, including Guardians of the Forests (about the Rhine Tribunal, first of them all) and the remaining three Realms of Power books: The Divine, The Infernal, and Faerie.

At least one title will be added after launch: When a title is added after launch, ALL customers who previously purchased that offer automatically receive the newly added title, REGARDLESS of whether or not they paid more than average. This is their reward for buying early.

Ars Magica resources

Learn much more about Ars Magica Fifth Edition and get free downloads at the Atlas Games website. The Project Redcap wiki is the best starting point for fan resources. And check this RPG.net forum thread, "Let's Read Ars Magica Fifth Edition," and this RPG.net forum post by user cj.23 listing ArM resources. (That last one is in a topic called "Ars Magica Bundle of Holding -- do I want it?" You can answer that for yourself.)

 


If you're taken up the previous Ars Magica offer the Wizards and Power bundle is something you're likely to want. If not, I'd suggest trying Ars Magica first, then going for Wizards and Power if you find it useful. They're both running until September 11th so there's a little time to decide if you like it, but remember that prices will probably rise.

I'm not going to download this stuff because I don't really play fantasy RPGs any more, but if I did Ars Magica would be high on my list of possible systems, and the pricing looks pretty good. But as usual your mileage may vary.

Fig and Ibid

Aug. 22nd, 2017 02:40 pm
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Are surrounded by cats used to other cats and thus not necessarily alarmed to see new ones. Ibid is content to sniff noses with the bolder of his new housemates, whereas I think Fig is affronted by their lack of timidity.

I still have not seen the orange kitten I was warned could be an issue. It's afraid of people but likes to tussle with older cats. I expect Ibid will like this and Fig will not.
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Built for Pleasure Thursday Euclid
Gay - Sci-Fi / Futuristic
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (November 21, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1634779029
ISBN-13: 978-1634779029
Amazon: Built for Pleasure Thursday Euclid

Retired military officer Malcolm Torvik runs a rehabilitation facility for malfunctioning pleasure cyborgs. When WLF-6759—Wolf—arrives at Reboot Camp, the former battle cyborg presents problems Malcolm’s never faced before. Most pleasure cyborgs are sensation junkies, constantly high on the chemicals sex releases into their bloodstream, but Wolf’s faulty refit means it’s spent a decade suffering through unwanted encounters—and sometimes fighting back despite the consequences.

At first Wolf’s rebellion frustrates Malcolm even as Wolf’s undeniable physical perfection draws him. Then Wolf’s unexpected vulnerability and need open a whole new dynamic between them, and Malcolm finds himself feeling far too much for something that isn’t even human. Or is it? Could Homo sapiens technica be just as human as Malcolm is? And if it is, what’s Malcolm supposed to do about it? Malcolm’s been alone for so long…. Is it possible he’s found love with a cyborg? How far will he go to ensure Wolf’s freedom? Malcolm knows what he must do—for both of them—but it might cost him much more than his comfortable life.
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Fear of Flying J.P. Bowie
Gay - Erotic Romance
File Size: 575 KB
Print Length: 259 pages
Publisher: Pride Publishing (September 19, 2017)
Publication Date: September 19, 2017
Amazon: Fear of Flying J.P. Bowie

FROM POPULAR GAY ROMANCE AUTHOR J.P. BOWIE

When Adam meets Jack in an airport bar, suddenly the friendly skies become a whole lot more than just ‘friendly’.

Adam Ritchie is afraid of flying. So much so that as soon as he clears security in San Diego airport he heads straight for the bar. Only, on this day he meets Jack Brenner, a man who is about to change his life, perhaps forever. The two men bond over a drink. Adam explains his fear of flying, telling Jack that the only reason he is getting on a plane is to attend his twin brother’s wedding in Seattle. Jack offers to save him a seat next to him, so he can allay his fears through the takeoff and landing. Adam doesn’t expect Jack to also hold his hand, and really doesn’t expect a kiss from this attractive stranger, but isn’t about to refuse either one.

Jack proposes they meet again when they return to San Diego, but an impatient Jack shows up at Adam’s brother’s wedding and they take their mutual desire to the next level. When Adam returns home he looks forward to another date with Jack at the end of the week, but he must suddenly return to Seattle when a friend in distress calls for help.

Adam at first sees this as another opportunity to connect with Jack again, but sometimes thoughts and actions can be misunderstood and not everything always goes according to plan. Adam finds he must choose between loyalty to an old friend and the attraction he feels for a relative stranger.
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Dragged to the Altar Clancy Nacht
Gay - Contemporary Romance
File Size: 569 KB
Print Length: 200 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Loose Id LLC (August 14, 2017)
Publication Date: August 14, 2017
Amazon: Dragged to the Altar Clancy Nacht

Hank and Lindsey return in a sequel to No Tea, No Shade. Hank, ex-football playerturned drag bar club Viva! owner and bouncer, dreams of a huge, heteronormative white wedding with all the trimmings. His fiancé, drag star Lindsey, aka Miss Anne Thrope, dreams of renovating Viva! with a larger stage. Or, at the very least, not to get sucked into planning an over-budget wedding for his groomzilla.

All plans are dropped when Hank finds out that Lindsey's dad had an affair with Hank's mom, which resulted in Hank's now half-brother Lance. Will sins of the father poison Hank's future with Lindsey?

Primal Scream

Aug. 22nd, 2017 09:00 am
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Mirrored from the latest entry in Daron's Guitar Chronicles.

I was accustomed to asking myself the question “what the fuck is wrong with you?” In the past that had been because I’d swallowed a lot of society’s bullshit that made me think that there was something wrong with me. It was a pretty recent thing for me to have decided that the answer to the question “what the fuck is wrong with you” was “nothing.” Nothing was wrong with being gay or being artistic or any of the other things society–or Digger or whoever–wanted to judge me for.

But bursting into tears because of a near-hallucination? What the fuck was wrong with me?

Nothing, I decided. There was nothing wrong with crying, right? Digger would have called me a sissy and Digger would have been wrong.

I wiped my eyes and decided I should try to look on the bright side. So few people got the chance to do what I was doing. I was being a dick if I didn’t try to appreciate what was going on. I got down from the stage onto the grass and made my way around a barrier and climbed my way up into the empty stands. I went up and up and up.

My chest twitched like my heart still hurt, though, like a sob was trying to get out. I ignored it. It made the climb to the top slow going.

Hah. Great metaphor.

When I was up high enough I turned around and looked. It was a sight worth seeing. The sky was streaked with post-sunset purple, the soccer field was green, and the stage set was a black structure in the center of a multicolored bowl. I sat there for a little while appreciating the sight. And then I felt better.

I took my time going back down. I felt cold–the temperature was dropping as night came on–but I didn’t want to rush. My feet were not very steady, probably from the mix of Vitamin F plus being shaky after an emotional outburst. I wanted to pretend if no one else had seen it, it hadn’t happened, but it had.

Eventually I made it back to the dressing room. I decided keeping my leather jacket on during the Star*Gaze set was a wise idea.

What I would have normally done during a time interval like this in the past, of course, was sit around and play the guitar. That was not a good idea if I wanted my hand to last through the main set. So I sat down to try to memorize my own lyrics again.

Fear of forgetting them was worse than opening night. And you know what sucks? I was more likely to forget the words when I was nervous, so if I was afraid of forgetting them it became a kind of self-fulfilling prophecy. Ouch.

I went to Flip in the green room, who had a guitar in his lap and was, I think, obsessively working on one of tonight’s songs, but still looked cool as a cucumber about it. “I’m wound so tight I’m like a watch about to break,” I said.

“Fortunately the cure for that is legal and on hand,” he eplied. He set the guitar in a stand and then got up. He produced a flask from his guitar case and then I followed him to another set of road cases. He cracked open a Gatorade from a stash he’d brought with him. “Drink a mouthful of this.”

I did and then he took the bottle back, poured a splash of alcohol into it and another splash into a plastic cup. He put the cap back on the bottle and handed me the cup. I watched him write my name on the bottle in black sharpie. That would become my usual mid-show Gatorade.

By the way, if you think we discovered a new and exciting cocktail mixer… we didn’t. Gatorade and whiskey is not delicious at all. When I say it’s purely medicinal it’s because there’s no recreational reason you’d drink it that way. It was Flip’s way of making sure I’d drink both later.

I knocked back the straight whiskey from the cup, then exhaled like a dragon breathing fire. That solved the problem of me being cold, too.

I put my own eyeliner on. Dawn, Skyward, Time Line, Shape of Space, Shock Diamonds. I knew that the set list, along with the lyric sheet Bart had written out, would be taped to the wedge in front of my microphone, but I repeated the song order to myself anyway.

Hm. I took the eyeliner pencil and wrote some of the words to “Shock Diamonds” on the backs of my hands. Just a few of them as mnemonics.

And then suddenly it was time to go on stage.

The nickname for booze is “liquid courage,” right? It felt more like “liquid stop giving a fuck.” As I went up the stairs from the grass level onto the stage, I could feel it pumping through my bloodstream.

“Dawn” starts slow and quiet, you might remember. I hung to the side and just watched the others touching their instruments, making the sounds that were music. They were looking at each other and not me and I felt like there was an invisible ice wall forming between us.

I had to shatter that ice before it got too thick or I’d be trapped in it. I grabbed the microphone and walked to the edge of the stage. Maybe walked isn’t the right word. Strutted? I stepped in time with the electric drum heartbeat that was kicking in and I started talking to the crowd. In Spanish. Simple stuff. To a guy hanging on the barrier in front: hey, how are you. To a woman a few feet over from him: nice night, yeah?

Because I wasn’t worrying about forgetting the words–or getting the grammar wrong–I did fine. Really simple stuff since that was what my Spanish was good for. You like Ziggy? I like Ziggy, too.

Interestingly enough, people seemed to be paying attention to what I was saying. Even though I was–in my mind, anyway–talking to individual faces I could make out along the barrier, I could hear the smattering of cheers on each thing I said. Approving-sounding cheers. That felt really weird.

Like I was winning them over or something.

I started to think about that a little and almost missed where the first lyrics were supposed to come in, but I turned around to face the band in time.

My pitch was off and I could tell, but that just made me more determined to break through that ice. Words that should have been sung were shouted, and when I came to the high note that opens the chorus I let out something I suppose should be described as a primal scream. Who the fuck cared about the lyrics? The crowd didn’t know the songs and I guess you could say neither did I. They’d poured out one night when Jordan had squeezed me like a toothpaste tube to see what came out.

I might have been channeling a lot of anger during those recordings. I’m not sure. I was definitely channeling a lot of anger on the stage that night in Bogota.

As we moved into the faster-paced songs I tossed my hair and screamed and banged the mic stand against the stage–which probably wasn’t a good idea, by the way, but live and learn. And by the time we got to “Shock Diamonds” I had winded myself for the first time ever. So there was no way to really sing it anyway, and I ended up just shouting the words on the backs of my hands to get the crowd to shout them back. This wasn’t even an English-speaking crowd but it was obvious enough when I wanted them to answer.

One of the words was “Jet.” I know because I’ve seen a photo of me, sweat plastering a lock of my hair to my forehead, my fist clamped around the microphone as I’m screaming into to it. And the word is visible on the back of my fist. The first time I saw the photo I barely recognized myself, honestly.

What you can’t see in the photo is that I’m on my knees because I’m too winded to stand up. My heart is beating so hard it feels like it’s going to crack my sternum. In the back of my mind I’m thinking, you know, maybe this much screaming isn’t a good idea because I feel like I’m about to pass out.

The crowd liked it, though.


(Thank you so much to sanders and s–aka as stef–for organizing the DGC meetup in Louisville! Four of us got tattoos including me, many cupcakes were eaten, I made everyone take a few trivia quizzes about 80s music and DGC itself, and a grand time was had by all. I’ll post a full recap and photos later this week! -ctan)

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