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'09 Authors Insider Tips

Everything About Epublishing
by Angela James
Digital Publishing & Print
Common Myths of Epublishing
Ebook Formats and Devices


FictionCraft
by Louisa Burton
Compelling Characters
Point of View, Part I
Point of View, Part II
Learning to Love Conflict
Story Structure
Keep ‘em Guessing
Keep it Simple
Keep Your Writing Real
The Importance of Pacing


Literary Streetwalker
by M. Christian
New World of Publishing
To Blog Or Not To Blog
Meeting & Making Friends
Thinking Beyond Sex
Selling Books
Walking the Line
e-book, e-publisher, e-fun
Still More E-book Fun


Shameless Self-Promotion
by Donna George Storey
Our Journey Begins
Pitches and Bios
Websites, Blogs & Readers
Publicists, Press Kits and...
Viva the Internet
Adventures in Cyberspace
Promoting In the Flesh
Make Your Own Movie
Bigger is Better
Looking Back, Planning Ahead


Two Girls Kissing
by Amie M. Evans
Questions to Ask Yourself...
Tough All Over


The Write Stuff
by Ashley Lister
Ideas
Practice Makes Prefect
5 Books for Fiction Authors
Poetry In Motions
Six Serving Men
Ashley Lister is Anal
Stealing Ideas
Celebrating Poetry


2009 Smutters Lounge

Ashley Lister Submits
by Ashley Lister
Myths
Graduation


Cooking Up A Storey
by Donna George Storey
A Year of Living Shamelessly
Adultery, Exhibitionism ...
John Updike Made Me Do It ...
Story Soup: Forbidden ...
Lessons from Amazon
Naked Lunches ...
Erotic Alchemy
Secrets of Seduction
Are You a “Real” Writer?
Don’t Fondle My Sentence


Cracking Foxy
with Robert Buckley
The Passionate Taphophile
Havens on Earth
A Knight Without Armor
Jail-Baiting
Magic Carpet Rides
Getting Hammered
Keep It Quiet
Hang Around for a Spell


Get All Worked Up
with J.T. Benjamin
Worked Up About Why
Worked Up About Why, Part II
All Worked Up About Porn
The Catholic Church
Purity Movement
The National Crisis
The Future
About Homosexuality
Public Indiscretions


Pondering Porn
with Ann Regentin
Premature Ejaculation
Auctioning Off What?


Sex Is All Metaphors
by Jean Roberta
Who's Who Around the Table
Retro-Shame
Ritual Sex
Mixed Legacy
The Spectrum of Consent
Drawing the Line
Marriage without the Hype
The Distracting Smirk
Innocent Guns
Gardens of Earthly Delights


Provocative Interviews

Between the Lines
with Ashley Lister
Anneke Jacob
D L King
Kristina Lloyd
Lisabet Sarai
Mitzi Szereto
Portia Da Costa
Shanna Germain
Sommer Marsden
Susan DiPlacido


Guest Appearances

Marketing a Self-Published Novel
by Jeanne Ainslie

Transgressions: An M/M Romance

Edited by Erastes

Book Review by Vincent Diamond

 

Gay Erotic Ficiton

Running Press leaps into the male/male romance pool with one of their first releases, Transgression, a historical tale set in mid-1600s England. Filled with heavily researched detail, a multitude of gay characters, and the authoritative voice of established male/male historical romance author, Erastes, Transgressions will transport readers to another world.

David Caverly is the central character, a young man bored with his life helping to run his father's forge. When Jonathan Graie, the Quaker apprentice comes on board to assist, both men slowly start to fall in love, though hardly daring to admit it to themselves. After a few tentative sexual experiences, the civil war tears them apart. David runs off to join the army, leaving Jonathan behind to mourn his loss and ponder his own future.

Eventually, Jonathan leaves the forge to search for David, and discovers a whole world of war, adventure, sex, and religious mania. Jonathan falls in with a cult that spends its time searching for, "curing" and executing suspected witches all the while partaking of their own sadistic and masochistic rituals. For nearly three-quarters of the book, David and Jonathan are apart, living with, having sex with, and falling in love with other men. It's an unusual choice for a genre that supposedly takes its model from traditional romance.

Marketed as a male/male romance by and for straight women, Transgressions violates many of the tenets of traditional romances. For readers that enjoy romances where the lovers overcome obstacles together and grow closer, the book may prove frustrating. In the initial sections, at times it's a little difficult to understand the appeal of David; he's shown as self-absorbed, pretty, shallow, largely inconsiderate, and unfaithful. Later, while involved with Tobias and living in London, David finally learns to truly care for another. When he and Jonathan are reunited, readers have more hope that the two lovers have grown up and can manage, somehow, a life together.

Like the time frame itself, the story is fairly slow moving. Months pass between events, and the lovers are apart for significant portions of the story. The author focuses on David and Jonathan's point-of-views for most of the book then delves into a third lover, Tobias in the final third. The change may be disorienting to romance readers who are used to only the lovers' perspectives in stories.

The sex scenes in the book are largely warm and erotic with the exception being the sadism and masochism practiced by Jonathan and Michael, the religious zealot who uses sex as a literal weapon against "sin". I found these sections of the story creepy and unwelcome; sexual torture didn't fit into the romance promised by the book's promo copy. However, I'm an adamant non-reader of any sort of nonconsensual sexual activity so these sections may flow perfectly well for other readers of the book.

If you're looking for quick-moving action-adventure that skims over historical events and sketches vague characters on the page, this book is not for you. If you like historical stories, rich with detail and lots of character interiority, and don't mind S&M scenes thrown into the mix, then Transgressions will make for a nice, long read, maybe just right for that vacation book. With researched depth, rich detail, and scenes extended into a juicy length, Transgressions is a solid read.

Vincent Diamond
July 2009

Transgressions by Erastes
(Running Press, April 2009; ISBN-10: 1573443123)
Available at: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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© 2009 Vincent Diamond. All rights reserved.

About the Author:
Vincent Diamond's short story collection, Rough Cut, was released by Lethe Press in 2008. "An erotic wordsmith," says noted editor Richard Labonte in the foreword to the book, "...erotic fiction that possesses story-telling heft." Diamond's stories have appeared in Screaming Orgasms, Sex on the Beach, Coming Together: Under Fire, Country Boys, Truckers, Best Gay Romance 2007, Hot Cops, Love in a Lock-Up, Best Gay Love Stories 2005 and 2006, in the e-books Feathers, Chance Encounters, Under Arrest, and Play Ball from Torquere Press, and online at Fishnet, Clean Sheets and Ruthie's Club.
More info, with free stories and excerpts, available at: www.vincentdiamond.com.



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'09 Book Reviews

Anthologies

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Bottoms Up
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Enchanted Again
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Playing with Fire
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Sexy Little Numbers Vol 1
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Up for Grabs
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Novels

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The Ages of Lulu
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Amanda’s Young Men
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As She's Told
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Bedding Down
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Broken
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Brushes & Painted Dolls
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Cassandras Chateau
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The Edge of Impropriety
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Exposure
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Free Pass
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The Gift of Shame
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Kiss It Better
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The Melinoe Project
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Mortal Engines & The ...
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The New Rakes
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Ninety Days of Genevieve
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Obsession: An Erotic Tale
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Sarah's Education
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Seduce Me
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Lesbian Erotica

Lesbian Cowboys
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Night's Kiss
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Where the Girls Are
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Gay Erotica

Animal Attraction 2
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Boys in Heat
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Faewolf
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The Low Road
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Personal Demons
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Ready to Serve
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The Secret Tunnel
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Shuck
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Transgressions
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Non-Fiction

Best Sex Writing '09
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The Big Penis Book
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Erotic Encounters
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The Forbidden Apple
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