Dustin Reviews: If It Ain’t Love by Tamara Allen


If It Aint Love by Tamara Allen

In the darkest days of the Great Depression, New York Times reporter Whit Stoddard has lost the heart to do his job and lives a lonely hand-to-mouth existence with little hope of recovery, until he meets Peter, a man in even greater need of new hope.

A Goodreads M/M Romance Member’s Choice Awards Nominee

If It Ain’t Love isn’t a typical M/M Romance (cookie-cutter style) novel with in-your-face sex and shallow characters. Instead, Tamara Allen brings “real” characters to life in a well written feel-good story filled with human compassion. Although the story takes place during the Great Depression, it is written in a manner that the reader could easily mistake it for a contemporary tale. Timeless.

If It Ain’t Love is available at::Smashwords & Amazon

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/86037

http://www.amazon.com/If-It-Aint-Love-ebook/dp/B005KV1EHW

Print Length: 44 pages
Publication Date: August 25th 2011 by Tamara Allen
Language: English
ASIN: B005KV1EHW

4 out of 5 stars

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Dustin Reviews: Halloween Threesome (Pauer Bautam University #2) by Brandon Reed


Halloween Threesome by Brandon ReedGorgeous young freshman Sean Brimlee loves the sex with his semi-boyfriend Ryan, but he’s ready to spice things up… with a threesome. Sean and Ryan attend the Halloween Carnival in West Hollywood in search for a third party. Who will be the lucky guy?

WARNING: Explicit Gay Sex

Brandon Reed’s Pauer Bautam series are a hoot to read. Just as the series name suggests, the story line is all about S-E-X and getting laid. The writing style is light and the stories aren’t deep (just like the stereotypical characters), but the series is just a down-right fun read.

Halloween Threesome is available at: Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005CX3KIE

Print Length: 56 pages
Publication Date: July 14, 2011
Language: English
AISN:B005CX3KIE
Series:
Pauer Bautam University

4 out of 5 stars

Dustin Reviews: Halloween Threesome (Pauer Bautam University #2) by Brandon Reed


 

Halloween Threesome

Gorgeous young freshman Sean Brimlee loves the sex with his semi-boyfriend Ryan, but he’s ready to spice things up… with a threesome. Sean and Ryan attend the Halloween Carnival in West Hollywood in search for a third party. Who will be the lucky guy?


WARNING: Explicit Gay Sex

Brandon Reed’s Pauer Bautam University series are a fast paced and entertaining read. Don’t look for depth of character or complicated plot lines. Pauer Bautam University (just as the name implies) is intended to be fun gay entertainment.

Halloween Threesome is available at: Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/Halloween-Threesome-Bautam-University-ebook/dp/B005CX3KIE

Tags: gay contemporary romancegay, gay erotica, gay romance

Print Length: 56 pages
Publication Date:
July 14, 2011
Language: English
ASIN
: B005CX3KIE

4 out of 5 stars

Down syndrome Awareness Month & PULPIT to PORN (novella)


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It’s a coincidence that PULPIT to PORN was released in time for Down syndrome Awareness Month.

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Reverend Marc Strawder’s life is turned upside-down when he is forced to make a life-altering sacrifice to save his beloved nephew’s life. Complications associated with Down syndrome put’s Marc’s nephew’s life in jeopardy as Marc’s life spins out of control.

http://PulpitToPorn.dustinadrianrhodes.com

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Published: 9-23-2012 
Word Count: 
27040 (approximate)
Language: 
English
ISBN-13: 
9781301396634
ISBN-10:1301396634
ASIN: B009FMVR6A

Available to purchase:

Amazon (Kindle or Paperback)
Smashwords

Dustin Reviews: A Revolutionary Romance by Melody Clark


A Revolutionary Romance by Melody ClarkUS founding father descendants, T.J. Delaney and John Adams Paulson, have been friends and occasional lovers since Harvard. Jack’s uncomfortable with this, but he’s even less okay with T.J.’s belief their love is fated. T.J. is virtually certain they’re the literal reincarnations of their legendary ancestors. Jack is virtually certain T.J. is nuts, but he will soon change his mind.

Excerpt:
“You and your goddamned empty principles,” T.J. barked back. “What’s more important to you, a principle or a reality? The reality of gay people finally being allowed to have the most basic civil rights? Forget the fucking list! This is a much faster road. And the breakfast program will come to naught, we know that. Of that, I am sorry, but I think equal rights beats out even the best-intentioned hunger program.”

“I don’t see that one is any more important than the other. T.J., goddamn it, this is how the bastards do it. This is how they divide and conquer. You get sane people from both parties working together and they toss out the red meat to one side or the other. Abortion for women, gun control for men, that‘s the way they work the middle. These guys are not going to give in without one hell of a lot more concessions from our side. There’s more to this. What is it?”

“I think they just want to make it impossible for you to progress with your agenda,” T.J. said softly, staring down into the empty place made with his coupled fingers. “They’re terrified of your pedigree. They’re afraid this new effort of yours will unleash a new tide of social spending.”

“Keep going, there’s more. What is it? Why go to you? Why not just threaten me directly?”

T.J. shook his head with a hollow and melancholy sigh. “The only way they can think to counter your ancestry is with … my own.”

“Wonderful. And for my last round of Final Jeopardy, Alex, the answer is ‘What is History repeating itself?”

This reviewer found A Revolutionary Romance to be a  fast paced and entertaining read, more along the lines of Gay Lit, rather than M/M Romance. The differences in the main character’s personalities play well against each other, making for an enjoyable read. I would liked to have seen the story expanded some more, but that’s a mark of a good story, when the reader is left with wanting more.

About the author

Melody Clark is the author of numerous novels, including the recently released A Revolutionary Romance and Jumlin’s Spawn. She is also co-author of the non-fiction titles, The Dark Shadows Companion from Pomegranate Press, Ltd and Guide to the Green Hornet from Toltec Press. She lives in the high desert of southern California with her husband, two dogs and numerous dust-gathering books.

A Revolutionary Romance is available at: Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005R5EZD6

Tags: gay contemporary romance, gay novel, male male romance, 21st century american fiction, gay fiction, gay male romance, gay romance,gay ebook, gay kindle, homosexual romance

Print Length: 162 pages
Publication Date: September 29, 2011 by MC Books
Language: English
ASIN: B005R5EZD6

4 out of 5 stars

What I’ve learned from self-publishing


It’s been one year since I self-published my first novella. Boy was that an adventure and a half. Just months earlier I had written my first short story (Storm of Passion). The overwhelming positive feedback and encouragement I received from readers prompted me to write an expanded version of the original short story. Mind you, I had no prior writing experience or training, yet, I boldly went where I had never gone before.

The first draft of the manuscript was sent off to a small group of Beta readers who volunteered to give their feedback on my story, grammar, punctuation, etc. Their comments came back and I could barely make out the actual manuscript from their too numerous to count comments. I sifted through their notes and I made revisions to the manuscript. After reading my revised work, I created cover art for the book cover and then formatted the manuscript for submission to Amazon and Smashwords.

Already, I had learned some valuable lessons and more would follow:

  1. Importance of patience

    Take the time to do it right to my fullest ability. Don’t rush.

    My novel Auf Wiedersehen~Journey to Goodbye is the perfect example. It’s been three years in the making and it’s still morphing and improving as each day passes. This is the fourteenth re-write, the core story has not changed, but the manner of how the story unfolds has changed dramatically. Patience I tell myself – Rome was not built in a day.

  2. Importance of relying on the kindness of others

    I could save myself time and frustration if I do it alone, but the final outcome is more rewarding if I recruit outside help. Beta readers for example, they were wonderful. But they had not been in total agreement with their generous comments and suggestions during the Storm of Passion Beta read. I took from the experience the comments I was in agreement and revised the manuscript of my first novella.

  3. Importance of editing & proofreading

    Ok, here’s where I learned the valuable lesson about the importance of proper editing and proofreading. After the novella (Storm of Passion) was published, the reviewers comments were focused on the lack of and need of editing and proofreading. I will be the first to admit that I have no idea how to structure a proper sentence, my punctuation skills suck and I can’t spell worth a ding dong. But through my many flaws and inadequacies, I was still able to get the gist of my story across to most readers.

    An author friend told me that there are three kinds of writers:

    1. The technical writer: an individual that has the training and proficient skills to write professionally, but they aren’t as creative as a storyteller.

    2. The storyteller: an individual that can mesmerize his/her audience with endless stories, but can’t write a proper sentence if his/her life depended on it.

    3. The technical writer AND storyteller: an individual who possesses BOTH talents (like Stephen King or J.K. Rowling), but this kind of extraordinary talent only comes along once in a blue moon.

    So, I’ve accepted the fact that I can weave a yarn (in fact quite a few) but lack the technical training and ability. There are lots of folks in this world that are more than willing to assist, if only I ask.

  1. Importance of formatting

    Formatting a manuscript for self-publishing can be a chore and a headache. I read all the manuals and help hints and guidelines before I began my various forms of formatting for self-publishing. I applied all of the knowledge I had absorbed and began the online manuscript submission process. Overall, they came out ok, there were a few minor glitches I was unable to rectify.

    Recently the importance of proper formatting slapped me in the face (big time) as I read a self-published book on my Kindle. The text was all over the place, and not on just that page but the entire book. It was difficult to follow the story and especially the witty dialogue. I limped through the rest of the book, just because I was drawn into a wonderful story. Had the book been better formatted, the read would have been much more enjoyable. After all, isn’t that what a reader wants, an enjoyable read?

  2. Importance of believing in myself

    I’d have to say that the most important lesson I’ve learned is to believe in myself and to follow my dream. From the start, I realized that I had to block out the little voice inside me, the one that said I couldn’t do it. Because I ended up doing it! I had self-published my first book.

    I had considered the suggestions and comments from Beta readers and took what I deemed the better of the advice and applied it to my writing. I never compromised my story, but willingly listened to the advice along the way. Ultimately, that advice vastly improved my story.

    After the Beta read of my second novella Masked Identities, one of the Beta readers advised me to trash the whole manuscript as it was nothing but sheer crap. Sure, the comment stung, but I wasn’t about to let one person’s opinion squash my story. After all, for each story read, each individual reader will take away a different opinion. This particular comment had only been one person’s opinion. I forged ahead and self-published the manuscript. As of this writing, Masked Identities has two 5-star reviews posted on Amazon and additional 5-star reviews on other review sites.

  3. Importance of setting a goal

    Right from the start, I was determined to write and publish my stories, because I had tales to share. I wasn’t writing for fame or money, I wrote to tell my stories. Sure, my books haven’t graced the best-seller lists, nor have I received huge, whoppin’ commission checks, but that wasn’t my goal. I enjoy weaving my tales and hope that one or two readers will be whisked away from reality for a few minutes and settle into the fictional world I create in the form of a written story.

    Pulpit To Porn, my current WIP is just that kind of novella.

  4. What have I learned?

    More than I could have ever imagined. I’ve traveled to places and periods in history where it would have been otherwise impossible. I’ve become intimately acquainted with colorful characters living within my imagination. I’ve laughed. I’ve cried. I’ve cheered. I’ve told my yarn.

    That’s the reward of self-publishing …

Dustin Reviews: Man*hattan: a fairy tale by Philip Higgins



Meet Michael Dearborn. Telephone therapist by day, complete and utter mess by night.

It’s just another New York story of boy meets boy, boy breaks up with boy, boy gets depressed, works in the basement of a funeral home, drinks too much, wakes up in a strange bed, dates a crazy person, and still makes it to brunch in time to tell the tale.

Man*hattan: a fairy tale is a breath of fresh air – a thoroughly entertaining read. Philip Higgins writes in a style similar to that of Michael Thomas Ford, with a smattering of Bart Yates and a dash of Proust. Higgins takes the reader on a journey of discovery through a varying mix of human emotions with just the right amount of humor to make for a superb tale. His characters are colorful, yet believable and they jump to life right off the pages. Mr Higgins has a winner here! I look forward to more exciting tales from this new author.

About the author
Philip Higgins is a licensed clinical social worker and fiction writer. He lives in Massachusetts with his husband – whom he met, dated and, when he finally came to his senses, married in Manhattan – and their adorable son in a great big old house they never could have afforded in New York City.

 Man*hattan: a fairy tale is available at: Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/Man-hattan-fairy-tale-ebook/dp/B008IXE5DO

Tags: gay romance and love, gay love triangle, gay college romance, gay college boys, gay college, gay adult romance, gay contemporary romance, gay erotic romance, gay romance, contemporary romance

Print Length: 241 pages
Publication Date: July 8, 2012
Language: English
ASIN: B008IXE5DO

5 out of 5 stars