'Who the Hell is Rachel Wells?' by J.R. Greenwell

There is an abundance of down-home charm in this new collection of Southern-themed stories by J.R. Greenwell, Who the Hell is Rachel Wells? It is rare to come across such rich layers of humanity in contemporary literature. Here, Greenwell serves as a tour guide, taking his readers on a love-fueled ride through the back roads… read more

'Monarch Season' by Mario López-Cordero

Like many beach-themed novels in which a get-away is providing a much-needed escape from real lives, the intoxicating allure of hedonism and all-things illicit are the driving forces for many of the characters we meet in Monarch Season…. read more

'Finding Bluefield' by Elan Barnehama

Elan Barnehama’s appealing debut novel, Finding Bluefield, is both ambitious and successful on many levels. While the novel can be categorized as a historical romance, many strong components elevate the story above the typical formula of its genre. Yes, the love story is there and it’s a solid one that sustains, but the romance here… read more

'Pacific Rimming' by Tom Cardamone

I am even less than I thought. The wind in the whorl and not the shell itself. This is what the nameless narrator of Tom Cardamone’s new novella Pacific Rimming realizes early on in this drug-fueled odyssey of sex and lust. Suffering from a self-admitted obsession with Asian men (It is a constant source of… read more

'The Paternity Test' by Michael Lowenthal

At first glance, the concept of Michael Lowenthal’s The Paternity Test (Terrace Books/University of Wisconsin Press) reads like the possible synopsis of a new television show. The plot of two gay men deciding to become fathers by way of a surrogate mother feels familiar in the current culture of gay-family based sitcoms (The New Normal)… read more

'Remain in Light' by Collin Kelley

Sex, drugs, and chain-smoking Parisians abound in Collin Kelley’s new novel Remain in Light (Vanilla Heart Publishing), the cinematic sequel to his popular first novel Conquering Venus, and the second in the Venus trilogy. Depending on the page, Remain in Light is a mystery, suspense thriller, romance, or a work of glam or literary fiction…. read more

New in July: Bil Wright, Geoffrey Knight, Tenea D. Johnson & Sapphire

July is notoriously slow going in the publishing world, but there are still plenty of LGBT gems being released this month. Some highlights include: The Curse of the Dragon God: A Gay Adventure, by Geoffrey Knight, is the latest novel in Mr. Knight’s rip-roaring “Fathom’s Five Gay Adventure” series. It is a globe trotting tale… read more

Saints and Sinners Gather in New Orleans

“Coming Home” to the Big Easy The 9th annual Saints and Sinners Literary Festival was held on May 12-15 at various venues in New Orleans. The publication of Saints and Sinners 2011: New Fiction from the Festival was celebrated at a book launch party at the Hotel Monteleone on Thursday night. The short story anthology… read more