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PRE-RELEASE REVIEW! 4 Stars for He/She Smells a Hoo-Hoo by Jack Bunbury #gay #humor

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Title: He/She Smells a Hoo-Hoo
Author Name & Publisher: Jack Bunbury (MacDonald Warne Media)
Publication Date & Length: September 7, 2016 – 48 Pages

Synopsis

While lounging in her pool, He/She the Elegant suddenly finds herself assaulted by a vicious smell, wafting over the walls of her bungalow chateau. Unable to bear the rancid reek contaminating her afternoon, she bundles up her two snide pekepoos and ventures out into the city on a mission to find the source of the smell. What follows is an epic quest – in a bustier, heels and a bombshell bouffant – where our girl bravely faces the deadly sins of Wrath, Lust, Gluttony and worst of all, Broken Nails.

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FourStars

He/She is the heroine of a poem, the rhyming kind, that I spent a delightful evening reading. He/She is funny and charming. The words are, too. Great one-liners and expectations come together to entertain. And her little dogs, too.
He/She smells a bad smell and goes on an epic quest to find the origin, striding across town in high heels. He/She encounters foes and friends. At every turn there is ridiculous, and just enough plot to keep going, and just enough pay-off to be totally satisfied when the adventure concludes.
This poem is a short read, which shows that size doesn’t matter.
C. E. Case

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5 Star Review for According to the Order of Nature (We Too Are Cosmos Made): Art and Text for Gay Spiritual Sensuality by Stephen Mead #MM #Poetry

CoverTitle: According to the Order of Nature (We Too Are Cosmos Made): Art and Text for Gay Spiritual Sensuality
Author Name & Publisher: Stephen Mead
Publication Date & Length: January 24, 2016 – 158pgs

Synopsis

“According to the Order of Nature (We Too Are Cosmos Made”) is a mixed media series of paintings and montages begun in late 2009 and completed by New Years 2014. The title refers to all of the laws which weigh against LGBT individuals globally, only this project reverses the persecution, exploring LGBT sensuality for its spiritual roots and profound bonding, more so when people risk their lives in order to have and to hold love. While specific pieces present graphic erotic gay sexuality, by incorporating organic matter such as moss, hair, leaves, spices, rose petals etc., they go beyond the realm of titillation for the viewer to celebrate (or be challenged by) the validation of earth-centered sensuality. Juxtaposed with the larger mixed media series are small 8″ x 10″ images depicting outlines of the naked male form in traditional yoga poses. These independent paintings are then merged with various star, earth, and weather pattern imagery to create the sense that, looking at the night sky, a person may connect the dots, draw pictures in the clouds, and find not just Orion or The Big Dipper, but an innate sensual energy directly connected to the heavens. I envision the combination of all these images, as being exhibited on one wall, the text which eventually evolved from them forming underneath letter by letter: forest green on rose marble.

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FiveStars

This is a beautiful mixed media book of art and poetry celebrating the male form and the spirituality of male/male intimacy. The images are lush and beautiful–erotic, sensual, and deeply spiritual. The poetry reads as a love story of energy flowing from human to the divine, human to human, and the divine to human.

There are bits and pieces from a multitude of spiritual and religious practices, and I was pleased to recognize a number of sources. I loved the way holiness and sensuality are not separate entities here but intertwined.

This is one worth reading more than once because each time is likely to have a different effect or spark some new thought. Although I can’t directly relate or speak to it because I’m not a man, I think it’s worth reading for anyone who has struggled with identity and spirituality and the ways we’re often instructed to separate the two.

~AmyM

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New Release: 3 Stars for The Covenant (Covenant Series #1) by M. LeAnne Phoenix (AUTHOR INTERVIEW) #MM #NewAdult @MLPhoenix

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Title: The Covenant (Covenant Series #1)
Author Name & Publisher: M. LeAnne Phoenix (CoolDudes Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: January 15, 2016 – 280 pgs

Synopsis

When love is forbidden, who can you trust?

Seventeen year old David has been best friends with Jonathan for as long as he can remember, but the day he sees the pastor’s daughter press a soft kiss to Jonathan’s cheek everything changes. Overcome by jealousy, his explosive reaction reveals a deeper connection that sends their relationship spiraling down into dangerous territory.

When their clandestine love is discovered, they have nowhere to turn for help. The brutal circumstances of their parting test David and Jonathan’s  covenant to each other in unimaginable ways. Forced to face their fears, it is in their darkest moments that the two young men discover that the courage, hope, and strength they need to to fight for their love, has been the foundation of their covenant all along.

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ThreeStar

This book is a guilty pleasure. I don’t know that it’s particularly written well (so! many! exclamation! points! on every! page!) but I could not put it down. Jonathan and David, the YA heroes, go through trials and tribulations of the most dramatic kind. Angst. Tears. Clinging. There’s gay bashing and parental abuse and families and friends that just don’t understand.
The story mainly takes place in 1993 and has that 90s ‘pre-gay’ vibe to it (Ellen only came out in 1997, after all). There’s also a Biblical aspect that works surprisingly well. I am a sucker for gay Christian fiction and am definitely glad to see more. The sexual relationship between David and Jonathan is handled well in an acknowledging, owning, and yet tastefully PG-13 way.
The story seems comprehensive so I’m not sure where the author will take it in the upcoming sequels. So if you get sucked in, there’s more where this came from!
C.E. Case

Excerpt

David opened his locker to get out his Biology, History, and Music History books and shoved them into his backpack, swallowing hard against the lump in his throat. Jonathan’s comforting hand lit on David’s side as he came to lean on the locker to the right of David’s own, holding up in one paint-besmeared hand, a small piece of black cardboard. On it, David saw symbols, ones he thought might be Greek. Remembering the foreign exchange student from Thessaloniki shared Jonathan’s sixth period art class, he smiled and turned to his boyfriend as he took the proffered gift.

“What does it say?” David couldn’t help but smile at the joy lighting Jonathan’s eyes. “This has to be something that Kallias helped you make—”

“You aren’t wrong,” Jonathan interjected. “That is Greek writing and Kallias even taught me how to say it.”

“Enlighten me, please!” David rasped, focusing wholly on Jonathan’s gift. “Say it and then tell me what it means.”

“If I say it right, it’s agape menomou—”

David furrowed his brow, repeating, “A guppy man oh moo?”

Jonathan slid down the locker in a giggle. “Noooo! I must have said it wrong because your face… oh my gosh, your face!”

Blushing and biting his lower lip, David sank down to his haunches in front of Jonathan. “Then say it again, slower, and tell me what it means!”

Jonathan looked around, and seeing no-one in their locker bank, leaned up to whisper the Greek in his ear, the sounds slower… thicker. “Agape menomou means O love of my heart.

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Cover Reveal for The Covenant (Covenant Series #1) by M. LeAnne Phoenix #MM #NewAdult @MLPhoenix

CoverThe Covenant E-Book Cover with logo

Title: The Covenant (Covenant Series #1)
Author Name & Publisher: M. LeAnne Phoenix (CoolDudes Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: January 15, 2016 – 280 pgs

Synopsis

When love is forbidden, who can you trust?

Seventeen year old David has been best friends with Jonathan for as long as he can remember, but the day he sees the pastor’s daughter press a soft kiss to Jonathan’s cheek everything changes. Overcome by jealousy, his explosive reaction reveals a deeper connection that sends their relationship spiraling down into dangerous territory.

When their clandestine love is discovered, they have nowhere to turn for help. The brutal circumstances of their parting test David and Jonathan’s  covenant to each other in unimaginable ways. Forced to face their fears, it is in their darkest moments that the two young men discover that the courage, hope, and strength they need to to fight for their love, has been the foundation of their covenant all along.

Excerpt

David opened his locker to get out his Biology, History, and Music History books and shoved them into his backpack, swallowing hard against the lump in his throat. Jonathan’s comforting hand lit on David’s side as he came to lean on the locker to the right of David’s own, holding up in one paint-besmeared hand, a small piece of black cardboard. On it, David saw symbols, ones he thought might be Greek. Remembering the foreign exchange student from Thessaloniki shared Jonathan’s sixth period art class, he smiled and turned to his boyfriend as he took the proffered gift.

“What does it say?” David couldn’t help but smile at the joy lighting Jonathan’s eyes. “This has to be something that Kallias helped you make—”

“You aren’t wrong,” Jonathan interjected. “That is Greek writing and Kallias even taught me how to say it.”

“Enlighten me, please!” David rasped, focusing wholly on Jonathan’s gift. “Say it and then tell me what it means.”

“If I say it right, it’s agape menomou—”

David furrowed his brow, repeating, “A guppy man oh moo?”

Jonathan slid down the locker in a giggle. “Noooo! I must have said it wrong because your face… oh my gosh, your face!”

Blushing and biting his lower lip, David sank down to his haunches in front of Jonathan. “Then say it again, slower, and tell me what it means!”

Jonathan looked around, and seeing no-one in their locker bank, leaned up to whisper the Greek in his ear, the sounds slower… thicker. “Agape menomou means O love of my heart.

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