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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Amber Quill Press, LLC; First edition (May 7, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602729379
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602729377
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,125,971 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Filled with extraordinary characters that keep pages turning and emotions churning...blends heartbreak and hope into a potent literary brew. With a sure and descriptive touch, Rick R. Reed sets grief against the false glitter of Chicago Christmases, ultimately demonstrating that the power of love can heal, no matter what the form. Keep the hankies ready and be prepared: this book will stay with you long after the last page. --Amy Wolff Sorter, author of Soul Obsession

Rick R. Reed has a knack for creating compelling characters with intriguing histories. His storytelling style is fresh and his plots are innovative. Well-known for his dark fantasy, horror, and suspense, Reed has branched out recently to add mystery and dramatic novels to his résumé. The resulting books...are terrific, must-read novels. --Lori L. Lake, author of Snow Moon Rising

Orientation is a romance, but, as one would expect from the celebrated author of suspense and mystery, it is not just your run-of-the-mill romance. There's a murderous subplot and plenty of agonizing over the rights and wrongs of one's actions, and some of the best writing Reed has done yet--but what he really serves up here is a beautiful Christmas present of a love story, all wrapped up in lavender ribbons, and with a splendid surprise in store for the reader when the last wrappings are peeled away. Forget the gay/straight labels. If you savor Miracle on 34th Street and sniffle through It's a Wonderful Life, put this at the very top of your Christmas list. --Victor J. Banis, author of Longhorns

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Rick R. Reed is all about exploring the romantic entanglements of gay men in contemporary, realistic settings. While his stories often contain elements of suspense, mystery and the paranormal, his focus ultimately returns to the power of love. He is the author of dozens of published novels, novellas, and short stories. He is a three-time EPIC eBook Award winner (for Caregiver, Orientation and The Blue Moon Cafe). Lambda Literary Review has called him, "a writer that doesn't disappoint." Rick lives in Seattle with his husband and a very spoiled Boston terrier. He is forever "at work on another novel."

Visit Rick's website at http://www.rickrreed.com or follow his blog at http://rickrreedreality.blogspot.com/. You can also like Rick on Facebook at www.facebook.com/rickrreedbooks or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/rickrreed. Rick always enjoys hearing from readers and answers all e-mails personally. Send him a message at jimmyfels@gmail.com

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I found "Orientation" to be touching, romantic, thrilling and a very satisfying read.
T. Oldes
Rick Reed is a prolific writer whose books include many genres and I'm just starting my journey into his incredibly complex mind.
Jessewave
It is about falling in love with someone without the presence of passion and physical love.
Bethann Korsmit, author of "Darkness Descending"

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jessewave on March 4, 2009
Format: Paperback
Rick Reed is a prolific writer whose books include many genres and I'm just starting my journey into his incredibly complex mind. This is a love story but it's not your typical love story because for Rick Reed there is always a twist as his stories are unusual, and even if you feel that they are too incredible for words you can't help but be caught up in his evil and inventive mind.

Orientation begins Christmas Day 1983 when we meet Robert whose lover Keith is dying of AIDS. As he takes care of Keith, perhaps for the last time, Robert tries to make Christmas a day to remember because he knows it would be Keith's last. What really touched and saddened me about this scene is the picture of Robert scurrying around to make elaborate preparations, knowing that no one else will see them or eat the food.

We flash forward 24 years later and there's a new man in Robert's life, Ethan, one of his many lovers over almost two and a half decades, but he knows that this last relationship has ended although he can't quite bring himself to throw him out because he's afraid of confrontation. As Ethan goes out Christmas night on yet another unexplained tryst, Robert decides to take a walk along the shores of Lake Michigan to figure out what to do, and it is there that he sees Jess as she is about to kill herself. He saves her, after convincing her that suicide is not the answer to her problems, and brings her home. This is the start of a new phase in Robert's life when he realizes shortly after, that inexplicably Jess is reliving his and Keith's life when they first met. There is no logical explanation other than somehow Jess has a part of Keith's soul inside her.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Oldes on July 25, 2008
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I found "Orientation" to be touching, romantic, thrilling and a very satisfying read. Rick captured certain behavioral patterns in gay life with an accuracy that made me shiver. Horrifying at times, intensely loving and romantic at others, it is an exciting premise few would ever even consider, yet it works. It was very hard to put this book down.
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By Tracy Francis on January 15, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
The other reviewers said it all: Orientation was both heart-wrenching and hopeful; the kind of story that will linger for a very long time.
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By Thomas Marino on August 28, 2008
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This book came well recommended -- I praise Rick for his work and marvel at his talent in creating vivid scenery and characters that were brought to life through awesome storytelling. I was glued to this book and strongly recommend it. I'm looking forward to reading more of Rick's work.
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