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Bad Dyke: Salacious Stories from a Queer Life by Allison Moon
Bisexual Biography / Memoir
Paperback: 132 pages
Publisher: Lunatic Ink (November 20, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0983830975
ISBN-13: 978-0983830979
Amazon: Bad Dyke: Salacious Stories from a Queer Life
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Furry-style fox hunts, breaking into waterparks, and masturbating in trees. It’s all just part of the queer life of author and sex-educator Allison Moon. This collection of 18 memoirs celebrates the humor and tenderness of falling in and out of love and in and out of bed.

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Girl Sex 101 by Allison Moon
Lesbian Non Fiction
Perfect Paperback: 388 pages
Publisher: Lunatic Ink (April 7, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0983830959
ISBN-13: 978-0983830955
Amazon: Girl Sex 101
Amazon Kindle: Girl Sex 101

Girl Sex 101 is a sex-ed book like no other, offering helpful info for ladies and lady-lovers of all genders and identities, playful and informative illustrations on each page, and over 100 distinct voices, plus a hot narrative that shows you how to put the info to good use!

Learn how to navigate the twists and turns of female sexuality, with special guidance from thirteen guest sex educators including Nina Hartley, Sex Nerd Sandra, Jiz Lee, Tristan Taormino, Julia Serano, Reid Mihalko, Kelly Shibari, and more!

Girl Sex 101 will teach you...
*The bits and pieces that make up female sexual anatomy
*Simple ways to communicate in the heat of the moment
*How to build a Road Map of your partner s pleasure
*Essential moves for cunnilingus, strap-ons, hand sex and more!
*Positions to avoid fatigue and generate the power you need to rock your girl's world!

You'll gain confidence to please your girl, no matter what your hands-on experience. Buckle your seat belt and get ready to ride!

Additional contributors include: Claudia Astorino, Tobi Hill-Meyer, Tina Horn, Megan Andelloux, Ignacio Rivera, Sophia St. James, Carol Queen, and Ducky Doolittle

Topics include: Safer Sex, STIs, Cunnilingus, Strap-on sex, Trans Women, Intersex, Sex and Disability, Gender Identity, Coming Out, Menopause, Pregnancy, Dyke Drama, Relationship Skills, Flirting, Vibrators and Other Toys, Lesbian Identity, Bisexual and Pansexual Identity, and much more!

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Green Eyes --- an erotic novel (sort-of) by Michael Ampersant
Gay Erotic Romance
Publisher: Lust Spiel Books; 1 edition (August 12, 2015)
Amazon Kindle: Green Eyes --- an erotic novel (sort-of)

Alpha males, delicate souls, and a killer-psychopath hit it off in an impossible scramble for the last happy ending.

Yes, the GREEN EYES take you on a roller-coaster ride of gay romance (“When bipolar John meets mesmerizing Alex in the cruising area of Georgia Beach, little does he know about Alex’s haunted past…”). And, yes, the book is about lithe, tapered bodies, perfect abs, and outsized male organs. It’s about love. And hurt. And murder. And redemption. Glands fire. People talk during intercourse. There’s a hilarious supporting cast. Expectations are met.

Yet we do more. We have Nobel laureates. We have an even-handed discussion of the orthographic skills of the Tea Party (“No pubic option”). We have educational content about the mysteries of vasocongestion. We have neologisms (“Ikea moment,” “Armani minimum”). You learn about the 302 neurons that constitute the brain of a microscopic worm---and how this all relates to the IQ of John’s hated, child-abusing father. You participate in an in-flagrante masterclass. You get a hitchhiker’s guide to gay sex. You learn about the unheard-of provisions still on the Georgia books prohibiting all but intra-marriage intercourse (Title 16, Ch. 6). You hear about Torre’s observation (“The other line is moving faster”). You’ll be amazed by our avant-garde art and music, or by the voracious appetites of two desperate housewives (“Consenting adults, unite”). We have secret drugs, Agatha Christie, Sherlock Holmes, Albert Camus, Mark Twain, and countable near-death experiences. Pizzas are undercooked. Our bears (hairy middle-aged homosexuals) are ticklish. And there’s a table of contents.

Are you still there? Then you will like the book.

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Orion's Circle by Victoria Sue
Gay Paranormal Romance
Paperback: 232 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 3, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1514800454
ISBN-13: 978-1514800454
Amazon: Orion's Circle
Amazon Kindle: Orion's Circle

According to legend, when humankind is at its most desperate, the goddess Sirius will send three of the most powerful werewolf shifters ever created to save mankind. However, because they are so powerful, they will need a fourth to complete them, to calm them and help them reach their full potential.

Aden, a young were, has been his pack's omega ever since, at the age of fifteen, he didn't shift like everyone else. Caught, reviled, and tortured because of his empathic abilities, he knew on the night he was told to run as sport for the pack hunters that it would end in his death. What he didn't know, however, was that on the same night he'd also meet the love of his life and a pathway to answers, because Aden is far more than just a pack omega.

What begins as a hunt soon becomes a new adventure as Aden discovers that he has not only one, but three destined mates, and his role as lover is far more than trivial. The fate of all humankind rests upon it.

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Lovers and Liars Volume 2 by Paul Alan Fahey
Gay Historical Romance
Series: Lovers and Liars
Paperback: 178 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 12, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1515186857
ISBN-13: 978-1515186854
Amazon: Lovers and Liars Volume 2

Lovers and Liars Volume 2 concludes Paul Alan Fahey’s gay wartime romance series in this second gripping collection.

A Deadly Game of Malice: Caroline Graham is six months pregnant, miserable, and bored. Then a rash of poison pen letters circulate in the village and residents start to die. With Leslie’s help, Caroline must use all her cunning and put her life at risk to uncover a cold-blooded murderer -- a killer who continues to raise the stakes in a deadly game of malice.

Kindred Spirit: A bomb explodes near St. Andrew’s Home for Boys, unearthing a skeleton of a young boy. As Leslie, Edward, and Robert set about identifying the remains, the shocking discovery stirs up an old antagonism between the two brothers and brings to light a series of repressed memories for Leslie. Ultimately, it rests on Leslie and Edward to solve the senseless murder of a kindred spirit.

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GRL: S.A. McAuley

Starting from June 1, 2015, I will daily feature authors attending the three conventions I will join, Euro Pride in Munich (July), UK Meet in Bristol (September) and GRL in San Diego (October).

For the GRL in San Diego, October 15-18, 2015, today author is S.A. McAuley: "I sleep little, read a lot. Happiest in a foreign country. Twitchy when not mentally in motion. My name is Sam, not Sammy, definitely not Samantha. I’m a pretty dark/cynical/jaded person, but I hide that darkness well behind my obsession(s) for shiny objects. I’m the macabre wrapped in irresistible bubble wrap and a glittery pink bow, I suppose."

Further Readings:

Damaged Package by S.A. McAuley
Paperback: 284 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 31, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1499713541
ISBN-13: 978-1499713541
Amazon: Damaged Package
Amazon Kindle: Damaged Package

Forced into early retirement from his career as a SWAT officer for the city of Detroit, James Deacon knew that when he failed it would be a fall of epic proportions. He’s been living life by the tips of his fingers for over twenty years, and his new gig organizing a group of misfit military types into a functioning team—including his reluctant ex-fiancée—won’t return him to stable ground anytime soon. Trevor Barrow has been on the move for the last seven years—hitting the road when relationships became too real or too much work. He’s home now, working in the hazardous world of bike messengers in the Motor City, and the only one of his eight siblings who knows he’s returned is his sister Cat. It’s not as if reconnecting with them matters anyway, because it’s likely he’ll be gone again soon. Both men are lugging some heavy baggage, but when they chance upon each other in a dive bar it’s hard to deny their flaws are more like symbiotic quirks. Trevor’s backpedaling instincts and Deacon’s dance-dance party past may just be intersecting at a time when things are about to get explosive in Detroit.



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Carl Morse (1926 - September 4, 2008)

In 2010, BigKugels Photographic acquired the complete collection of respected New York male nude photography collector Carl Morse (1935-2008)

Morse was one of the best known and most astute private photography dealers in New York City during the 1990s and 2000s, and became one of our mentors, not just for his knowledge of the material, but more importantly his love of its artistic and historic merit, and respect for its value.

He was responsible for a 1990s exhibit at the New York Public Library examining the history of male nude photography, and a consultant to the photography department of the New York Metropolitan Museum.

A respected poet and playwright, Morse was an important influence on British gay and lesbian writers and performing artists of the 1980s and '90s, through his inclusion in gay literary anthologies, performances of his work in London, and as co-editor of Gay and Lesbian Poetry in Our Time.

As Steve Cranfield wrote in an obituary for The Guardian (September 4, 2008) "His plays, like his poetry, were fuelled by rage, leavened by humor and punctuated with a surprise tenderness."

Born in working-class Maine, Morse studied English and foreign languages at Yale, and spent his Fulbright scholarship (1956-58) in Europe.

He was a frequent correspondent with and editor for EM Forster, and an accomplished translator whose work included a biography of Verlaine, the essays of André Maurois, and even the 1961 French version of Snow White.

He lived his final decades in London Terrace, in Chelsea, New York.

American photographer Robert Giard is renowned for his portraits of American poets and writers; his particular focus was on gay and lesbian writers. Some of his photographs of the American gay and lesbian literary community appear in his groundbreaking book Particular Voices: Portraits of Gay and Lesbian Writers, published by MIT Press in 1997. Giard’s stated mission was to define the literary history and cultural identity of gays and lesbians for the mainstream of American society, which perceived them as disparate, marginal individuals possessing neither. In all, he photographed more than 600 writers. (http://beinecke.library.yale.edu/digitallibrary/giard.html)
Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/theguardian/2008/sep/04/poetry

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Harold Kooden (born September 4, 1936)

Harold Kooden (born September 4, 1936) is a clinical psychologist in private practice, a graduate of the University of Chicago, and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA). He was a founder and Board Member of the National Gay and Lesbian Health Foundation, a Board Member of the New York State Martin Luther King Jr. Institute for Nonviolence, and National Co-Chair for Psychologists for Social Action. Since 1985, he has worked extensively with the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) and the American Psychological Association. He lives in New York City, where he has been openly gay and active in local, national, and international communities for more than three decades.

Further Readings:

Golden Men: The Power of Gay Midlife by Harold Kooden
Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; First Edition edition (February 8, 2000)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0380804433
ISBN-13: 978-0380804436
Amazon: Golden Men: The Power of Gay Midlife

Perhaps nowhere is the American obsession with beauty and glorification of youth more prevalent than in gay male culture. Aging, however, is an inescapable fact of life. Negativity and prejudices about this inevitable process can often result in a midlife misspent in self-loathing and despair.

Noted gay psychotherapist Dr. Harold Kooden draws on new research and his vast professional experience to separate facts from fears, as he examines aging and its impact on key areas of gay life: body image and sexuality; physical and spiritual health; work and play; friendships and relationships.

For the first openly gay generation in the U.S. entering a new life stage, this remarkable book offers help, strength, support, and direction-revealing how the skills mastered in a hard-won struggle for survival, recognition, and respect can play an important part in every gay man's empowerment and acceptance of his self in midlife.

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Tony Clark & William Emboden

Baron Anton van Kaak II, Viscount di Vreeland (born September 4) also known as Tony Clark came to Fine Art through a background in ballet in Europe and America where he was a soloist with the Paris Opera Ballet and Maurice Bejart’s Ballet Mudra.

He also worked with Loring, Hightower and Cunningham.

The French government awarded him a knighthood as Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, in recognition of his curation and organizing exhibitions, and in keeping the French arts alive.

As a tireless supporter of the arts, he produced sixty-four events in one year alone.

William A. Emboden (born February 24) Ph.D., F.L.S is the author of Leonardo da Vinci on Plants and Gardens and The Visual Art of Jean Cocteau followed it.

Emboden is an artist/poet in his own right.

He is also a botanist and has written several books in that field.

Upon his return to the USA, Clark and Emboden founded Arts of the Theatre Gallery, Los Angeles.

Together since 1971, their Anniversary is on April 20.

Days of Love: Celebrating LGBT History One Story at a Time by Elisa Rolle
Paperback: 760 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (July 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1500563323
ISBN-13: 978-1500563325
CreateSpace Store: https://www.createspace.com/4910282
Amazon (Paperback): http://www.amazon.com/dp/1500563323/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
Amazon (Kindle): http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MZG0VHY/?tag=elimyrevandra-20

Days of Love chronicles more than 700 LGBT couples throughout history, spanning 2000 years from Alexander the Great to the most recent winner of a Lambda Literary Award. Many of the contemporary couples share their stories on how they met and fell in love, as well as photos from when they married or of their families. Included are professional portraits by Robert Giard and Stathis Orphanos, paintings by John Singer Sargent and Giovanni Boldini, and photographs by Frances Benjamin Johnson, Arnold Genthe, and Carl Van Vechten among others. “It's wonderful. Laying it out chronologically is inspired, offering a solid GLBT history. I kept learning things. I love the decision to include couples broken by death. It makes clear how important love is, as well as showing what people have been through. The layout and photos look terrific.” Christopher Bram “I couldn’t resist clicking through every page. I never realized the scope of the book would cover centuries! I know that it will be hugely validating to young, newly-emerging LGBT kids and be reassured that they really can have a secure, respected place in the world as their futures unfold.” Howard Cruse “This international history-and-photo book, featuring 100s of detailed bios of some of the most forward-moving gay persons in history, is sure to be one of those bestsellers that gay folk will enjoy for years to come as reference and research that is filled with facts and fun.” Jack Fritscher

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Richard Somers & Stephen Decatur

Stephen Decatur was one of America’s first naval heroes. As a commander, he endured the loss of his closest friend and companion, Richard Somers (1778 or 1779–4 September 1804). Battling the Barbary Pirates in 1804, Somers volunteered to blow up the pirates’ coastal stronghold. Instead it was Somers and his crew that went up in smoke, while Decatur watched helplessly from the deck of his own vessel. Prior to the fatal mission, Somers had given Decatur a gold ring, which the aggrieved seaman wore for the rest of his life. (P: LOC npcc.19686. Stephen Decatur, between 1908 and 1919 (©4))

In the War of 1812, Decatur commanded the battleship United States in its victory over the British Macedonian, and the President in victory over the Endymion. In 1815 he led a team to Algeria and obtained a peace treaty on America’s terms. On his return, at a banquet in his honor, he made the famous statement: “Our country! In her intercourse with foreign nations may she always be in the right, but our country right or wrong!” Decatur died at age forty-one in a duel with naval officer James Barron. (Stern, Keith (2009-09-01). Queers in History: The Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Historical Gays, Lesbians and Bisexuals (Kindle Locations 4206-4214). Perseus Books Group. Kindle Edition.)

Stephen Decatur, Jr. (January 5, 1779 – March 22, 1820) was a United States naval officer and Commodore notable for his many naval victories in the early 19th century.


Stephen Decatur was one of America’s first naval heroes. As a commander, he endured the loss of his closest friend and companion, Richard Somers. Battling the Barbary Pirates in 1804, Somers volunteered to blow up the pirates’ coastal stronghold. Instead it was Somers and his crew that went up in smoke, while Decatur watched helplessly from the deck of his own vessel. Prior to the fatal mission, Somers had given Decatur a gold ring, which the aggrieved seaman wore for the rest of his life.

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Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Decatur

Further Readings:

Days of Love: Celebrating LGBT History One Story at a Time by Elisa Rolle
Paperback: 760 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (July 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1500563323
ISBN-13: 978-1500563325
CreateSpace Store: https://www.createspace.com/4910282
Amazon (Paperback): http://www.amazon.com/dp/1500563323/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
Amazon (Kindle): http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MZG0VHY/?tag=elimyrevandra-20

Days of Love chronicles more than 700 LGBT couples throughout history, spanning 2000 years from Alexander the Great to the most recent winner of a Lambda Literary Award. Many of the contemporary couples share their stories on how they met and fell in love, as well as photos from when they married or of their families. Included are professional portraits by Robert Giard and Stathis Orphanos, paintings by John Singer Sargent and Giovanni Boldini, and photographs by Frances Benjamin Johnson, Arnold Genthe, and Carl Van Vechten among others. “It's wonderful. Laying it out chronologically is inspired, offering a solid GLBT history. I kept learning things. I love the decision to include couples broken by death. It makes clear how important love is, as well as showing what people have been through. The layout and photos look terrific.” Christopher Bram “I couldn’t resist clicking through every page. I never realized the scope of the book would cover centuries! I know that it will be hugely validating to young, newly-emerging LGBT kids and be reassured that they really can have a secure, respected place in the world as their futures unfold.” Howard Cruse “This international history-and-photo book, featuring 100s of detailed bios of some of the most forward-moving gay persons in history, is sure to be one of those bestsellers that gay folk will enjoy for years to come as reference and research that is filled with facts and fun.” Jack Fritscher



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Julie Mullard & Mary Renault

Mary Renault (pronounced /rɛnoʊlt/ Ren-olt) (4 September 1905 – 13 December 1983) born Eileen Mary Challans, was an English writer best known for her historical novels set in Ancient Greece. In addition to vivid fictional portrayals of Theseus, Socrates, Plato and Alexander the Great, she wrote a non-fiction biography of Alexander.

Born at Dacre Lodge, 49 Plashet Road, Forest Gate, Essex, (now Greater London), Renault was educated at St Hugh's College of Oxford University, then an all-women's college, receiving a undergraduate degree in English in 1928. In 1933, she began training as a nurse at Oxford's Radcliffe Infirmary. During her training, she met Julie Mullard, a fellow nurse with whom she established a life-long romantic relationship.

She worked as a nurse while beginning a writing career, treating Dunkirk evacuees at the Winford Emergency Hospital in Bristol, and working in Radcliffe Infirmary's brain surgery ward until 1945. She published her first novel, Purposes of Love, in 1939; it had a contemporary setting, like her other early novels, which novelist Linda Proud described as "a strange combination of Platonism and hospital romance". Her 1943 novel The Friendly Young Ladies, about a lesbian relationship between a writer and a nurse, seems inspired by her own relationship with Mullard.


Mary Renault was an English writer best known for her historical novels set in Ancient Greece. In 1933, Renault began training as a nurse at Oxford's Radcliffe Infirmary. During her training, she met Julie Mullard, a fellow nurse with whom she established a life-long romantic relationship. Her novel The Friendly Young Ladies (1943), which is about a lesbian relationship between a writer and a nurse, seems to have been inspired by her own relationship with Mullard. In 1948 she and Mullard immigrated to South Africa, where they remained for the rest of their lives.

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Mary Renault died at Cape Town, South Africa, on 13 December 1983.

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Purposes of Love (US title: Promise of Love) (1939)

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Kind Are Her Answers (1940)

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The Friendly Young Ladies (US title: The Middle Mist) (1943)

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Return to Night (1947)

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North Face (1948)

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The Charioteer (1953)
This is simply a gorgeous book. There’s sadness and joy in it. Set during World War II, it’s hard to see these young men having been sent off to war and the aftermath of it. The slowly developing relationships are fantastically done, and I found it very moving. I couldn't tell you who I cared more deeply for, the idealistic Laurie or the more pragmatic but very-hard-on-himself Ralph. Beware, there is a love triangle of sorts, even if I never found the outcome of that in question. (And I felt for the third man.) --Joely Skye
In this our life, Renault fell in love with Julie Mullard and lived with her happily ever after in Australia. Not that this lovely tale has anything to do with the fact that her beautifully crafted historical novels set in Ancient Greece mean the world to me. All eight of them. However, it is this World War Two novel--Gads, another war novel set in a UK military hospital?-- that gave me the gift of Mary Renault's treasure chest. Laurie Odell falls in love with one Andrew Raynes. There are complication, natch, before the two are united. The title takes us to the heart of the matter. It refers to Plato's “Phaedrus” in which Socrates divides the soul into three parts, "two of them having the forms of horses and the third that of a charioteer" who, when "he holds the vision of love" has to deal with those two horses; one is a loyal prince of guy (Andrew) and the other a rebel (Ralph) who "prances away and gives all manner of trouble to his companion and to the charioteer who urges them on toward the beloved and reminds them of the joys of love." There's the plot in a Plato nutshell. (Of course, both horses reside in us, our soul.) Laurie has to choose between the rebel or the swell Quaker pacifist. The most sublime thing about Renault's great books is she lived the dream of Socrates: to "cultivate and make music." It is my dream, too. The cynical Ralph insists the charioteer's desire to abide by true love is foolish because it "doesn't exist anywhere in real life, so don't let it give you illusions. It's just a nice idea." No wonder he loses out to Andrew and for me, to the music of Mahler who knew how to describe the variations on love better than anybody. --Vincent Virga
I think that “The Charioteer” has to be on my list. Mary Renault was a wise and compassionate writer. In that book she asked a lot of questions I ask. I couldn’t put that book down. It was such a wonderful well-written novel. --Z.A. Maxfield
This is the sort of book which makes me consider saying, “That’s it, I’m not writing anything else because this puts us all in the shade”. Brilliant, beautiful, moving, a Happy Ever After that isn’t really a (or the) Happy Ever After that Laurie wants. I’ve read this again and again and will keep on doing so. Miss Renault’s abilities stun me. --Charlie Cochrane
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The Last of the Wine (1956) — set in Athens during the Peloponnesian War; the narrator is a student of Socrates

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The King Must Die (1958) — the mythical Theseus up to his father's death

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The Bull from the Sea (1962) — the remainder of Theseus' life

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The Mask of Apollo (1966) — an actor at the time of Plato and Dionysius the Younger (brief appearance by Alexander near the end of the book)

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Fire from Heaven (1969) — Alexander the Great from the age of four up to his father's death.
Another writer that needs to be represented here is Mary Renault. Her novel The Charioteer made a huge impact on me, and I thoroughly enjoyed many of her books on ancient Greece. For this list, I'm including Fire from Heaven because it more than any other novel spurred my own interest in classical history and literature. --Keith Hale
As I recall, Renault's work was my first experience of queer content literature. I discovered her books in high school because I love Greek history and mythology, and here if I first found gay characters in the mainstream of the plots, often as the heroes, in the process. In Fire From Heaven, Alexander the Great comes of age, and falls in love with his best friend, Hephaestion, just like Achilles and Patrocles. It was all so beautiful and heroic and exciting. I believe that comes out in my own work and I thank Renault for that early influence. As for the Persian Boy? Well, who doesn't love a sexy slave boy story? I know this one shows up on a lot of people's list of favorites. Seriously, though, the history is well done. That's right; the history. --Lynn Flewelling
Though Renault’s The Persian Boy is the one that everyone talks about, Fire From Heaven is, to my mind, her masterpiece. Possibly one of the greatest male/male love stories of all time Alexander’s lifelong relationship with his lover Hephaestion -- is woven through a riveting story of the young Greek’s early years from birth until he assumes the throne of Macedon. The author’s prose is like poetry and I defy any young gay man not to fall hopelessly in love with Renault’s Alexander by the end of the book. Other notable male/male themed novels from Renault are The Last of the Wine (also set in Classical Greece) and the heart-wrenching and brilliantly sub-textual The Charioteer (a relatively unknown work set in England during World War One). --Hal Bodner
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The Persian Boy (1972) — from Bagoas's perspective; Alexander the Great after the conquest of Persia
My hero in life is Alexander the Great. He was a fearless warrior king who united the Eastern and Western World. My fascination with him has inspired the reading of several books of historical fiction. None compare with Mary Renault’s well researched, lyrical and eerily detailed accounts of his life in her novels Fire From Heaven, The Persian Boy and Funeral Games. Though the language and ancient names can take a few chapters to get your tongue around once immersed Renault spins a world around you in a way that you’d swear she was witness to the events. The Persian Boy is my favorite in the triad because it examines a unique time in Alexander’s life. He and his life partner Hephaestion have an unbreakable bond and yet in Greek style he has taken a Persian Boy, Bagoas as a second lover. As fascinating as his adventures in the discovery of the East are the finely woven relations in this ancient love triangle between Alexander, Hephaestion and Bagoas. As one can imagine dating the King of the Known World at the time was ripe with both jealousy and love. A superb accomplishment and true labor of love. --Charlie David
An m/m historical erotic romance far ahead of its time that has a singular place in my personal library, THE PERSIAN BOY by Mary Renault, is the life story of a eunuch set during the rise and fall of Alexander the Great's reign. I love it as a story of awakening m/m erotic romance between a young man forever denied his physical right to procreate, and another with everything he could ever hope to have, except that once-in-a-lifetime selfless love coupled with unbridled passion that we all wish for. Neither, in Renault's compelling story, was born to same-sex love, but each finds in it, something that he values. It is the circuitous path of their slowly-evolving, dialectically cultural, flagrantly dangerous relationship and its unique outcome that make this one of my precious, lifelong rereads. --Gary Martine
Which writer of gay erotica has not read this fabulous tale of lust from the queen of gay literature? Mary Renault was so far ahead of her time, that no one quite got the fact that she was writing gay fiction, or surely she would have been censored. Out of her Alexander trilogy, this is by far my favorite. --G.A. Hauser
This is the book that started it all for me. I was given a copy as a birthday gift when I turned fifteen and, like many readers before and after, found a voice for the way I felt - betwixt and between, other, but, thanks to this book, not alone. I went on to read most of Renault´s work including the "gayer" The Charioteer. But I was an adult when I made my way to that marvelous book and though I reread it every few years, it´s the tale of Bagoas (not even Bagoas and Alexander - it´s not about the romance for me - but Bagoas himself) that continues to resonate now, more than a quarter-century later. It doesn´t hurt that Renault is a historical novelist beyond compare. --Lee Benoit
This is the apotheosis of slave-boy fic, in which Bagoas, a noble young Persian youth, is captured by enemies, gelded and then sold as a pleasure slave. Given to Alexander the Great as part of a bribe, he falls in love with the great man, accompanies him on his military campaigns, and schemes to win first place in Alexander's affections from his wife, Roxane, and his long-time lover Hephaistion. My sympathies are with Hephaistion, but that didn't stop me from adoring the lush detail, the amazing historical accuracy, the beauty of the language and setting, the excitement of the plot and the large as life and twice as ugly characters in this book. Justifiably a complete classic. --Alex Beecroft
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The Praise Singer (1978) — the poet Simonides of Ceos

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Funeral Games (1981) — Alexander's successors

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The Nature of Alexander (1975) — a biography of Alexander the Great

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Lion in the Gateway: The Heroic Battles of the Greeks and Persians at Marathon, Salamis, and Thermopylae (1964) — about the Persian Wars

The King Must Die and The Bull From the Sea have been adapted as an 11-part BBC Radio 4 serial entitled The King Must Die.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Renault

Days of Love: Celebrating LGBT History One Story at a Time by Elisa Rolle
Paperback: 760 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (July 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1500563323
ISBN-13: 978-1500563325
CreateSpace Store: https://www.createspace.com/4910282
Amazon (Paperback): http://www.amazon.com/dp/1500563323/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
Amazon (Kindle): http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MZG0VHY/?tag=elimyrevandra-20

Days of Love chronicles more than 700 LGBT couples throughout history, spanning 2000 years from Alexander the Great to the most recent winner of a Lambda Literary Award. Many of the contemporary couples share their stories on how they met and fell in love, as well as photos from when they married or of their families. Included are professional portraits by Robert Giard and Stathis Orphanos, paintings by John Singer Sargent and Giovanni Boldini, and photographs by Frances Benjamin Johnson, Arnold Genthe, and Carl Van Vechten among others. “It's wonderful. Laying it out chronologically is inspired, offering a solid GLBT history. I kept learning things. I love the decision to include couples broken by death. It makes clear how important love is, as well as showing what people have been through. The layout and photos look terrific.” Christopher Bram “I couldn’t resist clicking through every page. I never realized the scope of the book would cover centuries! I know that it will be hugely validating to young, newly-emerging LGBT kids and be reassured that they really can have a secure, respected place in the world as their futures unfold.” Howard Cruse “This international history-and-photo book, featuring 100s of detailed bios of some of the most forward-moving gay persons in history, is sure to be one of those bestsellers that gay folk will enjoy for years to come as reference and research that is filled with facts and fun.” Jack Fritscher

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Doris Fielding Reid & Edith Hamilton

Edith Hamilton (August 12, 1867 – May 31, 1963) was a German-American educator and author who was "recognized as the greatest woman Classicist". She was sixty-two years old when The Greek Way, her first book, was published in 1930. It was instantly successful, and is the earliest expression of her belief in "the calm lucidity of the Greek mind" and "that the great thinkers of Athens were unsurpassed in their mastery of truth and enlightenment". Hamilton's companion for over 60 years was Dorothy "Doris" Fielding Reid (September 4, 1895 - January 16, 1973), vice president of the investment firm Loomis Sayles & Company. Hamilton dedicated her first book, The Greek Way, to Reid. Doris Fielding Reid was a stockbroker and former student of Hamilton’s, who eventually became her biographer. The two women cohabited in Maine, on Park Avenue in New York City, and finally in Washington, D.C. Together, they raised Reid’s nephew, Dorian. Edith Hamilton's correspondence and papers are at Princeton University. After her death, in 1963, her long-time companion Doris Fielding Reid published the book "Edith Hamilton: An Intimate Portrait". Doris died ten years later in Lenox Hill, New York.

In 1957, when the Book-of-the-Month Club selected The Greek Way (1930) as a featured book, it enhanced her efforts at directing the American mind towards Ancient Greece, despite it having been published twenty-seven years earlier. Moreover, by then, she already had published other books, among them The Roman Way (1932), Mythology (1942), and The Echo of Greece (1957); to date, at the high school and university levels, Mythology remains the premier introductory text about its subject. The New York Times has described her as the Classical Scholar who "brought into clear and brilliant focus the Golden Age of Greek life and thought ... with Homeric power and simplicity in her style of writing".


For the last 20 years of her life, classical scholar Edith Hamilton (1867-1963) lived at 2448 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., which is near Rock Creek Park (http://dcwriters.poetrymutual.org/pages/hamilton.html). A Latin and Greek major at Bryn Mawr College, Hamilton became the popular headmistress of Bryn Mawr Preparatory School for Girls, a girls’ academy in Baltimore, when she was just 29, and remained in that position for 26 years. (In 1954, the school named a building after her.)
Edith Hamilton was a German-American educator and author who was recognized as the greatest woman Classicist. She was 62 years old when The Greek Way, her first book, was published in 1930. Hamilton dedicated the book to her companion of over 60 years, Doris Fielding Reid. Doris Fielding Reid was a stockbroker and former student of Hamilton’s. After Hamilton’s retirement, they lived together, Hamilton at home helping rising Reid’s nephew, Francis Dorian Fielding, who came to live with them.

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Days of Love: Celebrating LGBT History One Story at a Time by Elisa Rolle
Paperback: 760 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (July 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1500563323
ISBN-13: 978-1500563325
CreateSpace Store: https://www.createspace.com/4910282
Amazon (Paperback): http://www.amazon.com/dp/1500563323/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
Amazon (Kindle): http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MZG0VHY/?tag=elimyrevandra-20

Days of Love chronicles more than 700 LGBT couples throughout history, spanning 2000 years from Alexander the Great to the most recent winner of a Lambda Literary Award. Many of the contemporary couples share their stories on how they met and fell in love, as well as photos from when they married or of their families. Included are professional portraits by Robert Giard and Stathis Orphanos, paintings by John Singer Sargent and Giovanni Boldini, and photographs by Frances Benjamin Johnson, Arnold Genthe, and Carl Van Vechten among others. “It's wonderful. Laying it out chronologically is inspired, offering a solid GLBT history. I kept learning things. I love the decision to include couples broken by death. It makes clear how important love is, as well as showing what people have been through. The layout and photos look terrific.” Christopher Bram “I couldn’t resist clicking through every page. I never realized the scope of the book would cover centuries! I know that it will be hugely validating to young, newly-emerging LGBT kids and be reassured that they really can have a secure, respected place in the world as their futures unfold.” Howard Cruse “This international history-and-photo book, featuring 100s of detailed bios of some of the most forward-moving gay persons in history, is sure to be one of those bestsellers that gay folk will enjoy for years to come as reference and research that is filled with facts and fun.” Jack Fritscher


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Chicky Finn & Hank Edwards

Hank Edwards (born June 26) is an author of gay erotic romance and a member of the Story Orgy, a group of m/m erotic romance authors.

“On November 27, 1995, I had a first "date" with a man who would change my life in the best way possible, my handsome Chicky. Let's make the next 150 years even better!”

Hank Edwards’ humorous erotic novel, Fluffers, Inc., which introduced his Fluffers, Inc. characters, is available from Lethe Press in both print and e-book format, along with the sequels A Carnal Cruise and Vancouver Nights. His Up to Trouble series of suspense novels include Holed Up, Shacked Up, and Roughed Up. He has also published the gay marriage romantic comedy Plus Ones, the medieval time travel romance Destiny's Bastard, and the noir gay romance novella Hired Muscle.

Chicky Finn (born September 4) is the host of "Dish & A Drink," a YouTube channel that serves up fun food and cocktail recipes as well as other craziness as he sees fit to deliver. He is also a graphic artist and has designed all of Hank's self-published book covers, as well as a number of books for electronic and print book publishers.


Courtesy of Hank Edwards. Chicky Finn & Hank Edwards at 2013 GRL in Atlanta (©15)
Hank Edwards is an author of gay erotic romance and a member of the Story Orgy, a group of m/m erotic romance authors. “On November 27, 1995, I had a first "date" with a man who would change my life in the best way possible, my handsome Chicky. Let's make the next 150 years even better!” Hank Edwards’ humorous erotic novel, Fluffers, Inc., which introduced his Fluffers, Inc. characters, is available from Lethe Press in both print and e-book format, along with the sequels A Carnal Cruise and Vancouver Nights.


Days of Love: Celebrating LGBT History One Story at a Time by Elisa Rolle
Paperback: 760 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (July 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1500563323
ISBN-13: 978-1500563325
CreateSpace Store: https://www.createspace.com/4910282
Amazon (Paperback): http://www.amazon.com/dp/1500563323/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
Amazon (Kindle): http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MZG0VHY/?tag=elimyrevandra-20

Days of Love chronicles more than 700 LGBT couples throughout history, spanning 2000 years from Alexander the Great to the most recent winner of a Lambda Literary Award. Many of the contemporary couples share their stories on how they met and fell in love, as well as photos from when they married or of their families. Included are professional portraits by Robert Giard and Stathis Orphanos, paintings by John Singer Sargent and Giovanni Boldini, and photographs by Frances Benjamin Johnson, Arnold Genthe, and Carl Van Vechten among others. “It's wonderful. Laying it out chronologically is inspired, offering a solid GLBT history. I kept learning things. I love the decision to include couples broken by death. It makes clear how important love is, as well as showing what people have been through. The layout and photos look terrific.” Christopher Bram “I couldn’t resist clicking through every page. I never realized the scope of the book would cover centuries! I know that it will be hugely validating to young, newly-emerging LGBT kids and be reassured that they really can have a secure, respected place in the world as their futures unfold.” Howard Cruse “This international history-and-photo book, featuring 100s of detailed bios of some of the most forward-moving gay persons in history, is sure to be one of those bestsellers that gay folk will enjoy for years to come as reference and research that is filled with facts and fun.” Jack Fritscher



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The Right Time (Right And Wrong Book 3) by Lane Hayes
Gay Erotic Romance
Paperback: 220 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 26, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1634762169
ISBN-13: 978-1634762168
Amazon: The Right Time (Right And Wrong Book 3)
Amazon Kindle: The Right Time (Right And Wrong Book 3)

A Right and Wrong Story

Workaholic Nate Erickson is a successful real estate developer who thrives on long hours and stress. When a Los Angeles project prompts him to relocate to Santa Monica, he welcomes the change of scenery. Nate has always considered romantic entanglements trouble, but his sexy next-door neighbor isn’t easy to ignore. Which makes no sense, because Nate is straight… or so he’s always thought.

Alex Reyes is a retired professional soccer player turned West Hollywood business owner with an insatiable lust for life. He loves his family, friends, and work. But there’s one life challenge left to accomplish: coming out publicly. Respect for traditional Latino values has kept him in the closet, but Alex begins to think he and his new neighbor might help one another combat their fears. As Alex and Nate forge a strong friendship, they soon realize facing their personal demons will take more courage than either man bargained for. The reward is immeasurable… if the timing is right.

2015 Rainbow Awards Guidelines: http://www.elisarolle.com/rainbowawards/rainbow_awards_2015.html

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The Wrong Man (Right and Wrong Book 2) by Lane Hayes
Gay Erotic Romance
Paperback: 220 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (February 6, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1632167816
ISBN-13: 978-1632167811
Amazon: The Wrong Man (Right and Wrong Book 2)
Amazon Kindle: The Wrong Man (Right and Wrong Book 2)

A Right and Wrong Story

Successful owner of an upscale boutique in fabulous West Hollywood, Brandon Good swears by his personal edict to “live in the present.” After a bad breakup, he agrees to dog-sit to keep his mind off his ex. Never did he expect the dog to belong to a man from his past, the only man to ever truly break his heart.

When Jake Westley relocates to join the WeHo fire department, the last thing he anticipates is reuniting with his secret high school love. Thrilled with the prospect of reconnecting with Bran, Jake feels no guilt in using his charming old dog as an unwitting matchmaker. As he and Bran rekindle their friendship, it becomes clear the intense attraction they once felt is stronger than ever. But as hard as they try to leave the past behind, painful memories resurface. Bran will have to confront his fears and consider the possibility that the man he swore was absolutely the wrong one might be perfect after all.

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The Right Words (Right and Wrong Book 1) by Lane Hayes
Gay Erotic Romance
Paperback: 204 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (December 12, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1632164280
ISBN-13: 978-1632164285
Amazon: The Right Words (Right and Wrong Book 1)
Amazon Kindle: The Right Words (Right and Wrong Book 1)

A Right and Wrong Story

Escaping an abusive relationship left Luke Preston anxious and spouting panic-induced poetry. Desperate for a fresh start, Luke accepts a job remodeling a tired old beach house for a professional soccer player and his model girlfriend. While his passion is literature, not sports, focusing on the renovations eases his anxiety. Until the job he signed up for turns out to be more complicated than advertised.

Sidelined with a serious injury, soccer star Michael Martinez decides his beach house is the perfect place to recuperate. Remodeling might be the diversion he needs to keep his mind off his busted knee. Falling for the pretty designer with some quirky habits wasn’t on the drawing board. Unfortunately, Luke didn’t build a big enough closet for Michael to hide in. Having a star-powered sports career used to be all Michael lived for, but he’ll have to reevaluate his plans and find the right words if he wants to build more than a beach house with Luke.

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GRL: Carol Lynne

Starting from June 1, 2015, I will daily feature authors attending the three conventions I will join, Euro Pride in Munich (July), UK Meet in Bristol (September) and GRL in San Diego (October).

For the GRL in San Diego, October 15-18, 2015, today author is Carol Lynne: An avid reader for years, one day Carol Lynne decided to write her own brand of erotic romance. Carol juggles between being a full-time mother and a full-time writer. These days, you can usually find Carol either cleaning jelly out of the carpet or nestled in her favourite chair writing steamy love scenes.

Further Readings:

It's a Good Life (Good-Time Boys Book 5) by Carol Lynne
Publisher: Pride Publishing (July 27, 2015)
Amazon Kindle: It's a Good Life (Good-Time Boys Book 5)

Twin Temptations by Carol Lynne

Book five in the Good-Time Boys series

Although Sonny Good still suffers repercussions from a gunshot wound to his head, he refuses to let them interfere with his life. He does his best to hide what he can from his partner, Garron, in an attempt to gain more independence. When a car accident forces Sonny's newest health concern to the foreground, he begins to slide back into the pit of despair he's worked so hard to crawl out of. What use will he be to his family and friends if he can't lead a normal life?

When a seizure leaves Sonny in need of emergency care, a CT Scan reveals the cause of his continued blackouts. Faced with a risky surgery, Sonny begins to wonder if his loved ones would've been better off if he'd died the day of the shooting.

Faced with the prospect of losing the man he loves, Garron is determined to show Sonny what he has to live for.


The Good-Time Boys series

The Good boys—Sonny, Rawley, Ranger and Ryker—were hell-raisers growing up, but they eventually settled into adulthood…sort of.

When tragedy strikes, the brothers come together to take care of one of their own. In the process of rediscovering the bonds of brotherhood, the Good boys learn to accept what makes each of them unique.





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UK Meet: Xanthe Walter

Starting from June 1, 2015, I will daily feature authors attending the three conventions I will join, Euro Pride in Munich (July), UK Meet in Bristol (September) and GRL in San Diego (October).

For the UK Meet in Bristol, September 11-13, 2015, today author is Xanthe Walter: Xanthe Walter started writing fanfiction in 1998. She has won major awards in all her fandoms, and is well known for her angsty romantic slash and BDSM slash stories. She is famous for creating the BDSM universe series, where everyone is bisexual and identifies as dominant or submissive. She created four fanfiction stories in this universe before deciding to write an original character BDSM-verse novel for publication. She self-published her first original character novel, Ricochet, in 2012.

Xanthe has a million different ideas and now she’s got a taste for writing original character fiction, she intends to do a lot more of it! She has plans for many other novels, so please check back to find out what’s new.

Xanthe does have a day job, which keeps her pretty busy, but she’s hoping that maybe one day her novels will be successful enough that she can devote all her time to writing.

Further Readings:

Ricochet by Xanthe Walter
Paperback: 390 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 13, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1480217328
ISBN-13: 978-1480217324
Amazon: Ricochet
Amazon Kindle: Ricochet

When the right dom is all wrong! Even in a BDSM universe, where everyone is bisexual and identifies as dom or sub, finding the right partner isn’t always easy. Matt is a big star on the hit TV show, Collar Crime, and he’s looking for a dom who ticks all the right boxes, including being as tidy and organised as himself. That definitely isn’t his chaotic co-star, Rick, with his spanking fetish and habit of tying a different sub to his bed every night. When Matt meets the perfect dom he’s swept off his feet, but he soon discovers that being pursued by a handsome, controlling billionaire isn’t the erotic fantasy he’d imagined. Maybe the right dom for him is the one he thought was all wrong…



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Paul Landry Monette (October 16, 1945 – February 10, 1995) was an American author, poet, and activist best remembered for his essays about gay relationships.

Monette was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, and graduated from Phillips Academy in 1963 and Yale University in 1967. Conflicted about his sexual identity, he moved to Boston, Massachusetts, where he taught writing and literature at Milton Academy for a number of years. On September 3, 1974, Monette was introduced to lawyer Roger Horwitz at a party given by Richard Howard in Boston. In Horwitz, Monette had met the "laughing man," and together they brought it off: "And from that moment on the brink of summer's end, no one would ever tell me again that men like me couldn't love." They moved to West Hollywood, a neighbourhood in Los Angeles which has a large population of gay men, in 1978. Monette's most acclaimed book, Borrowed Time, chronicles Horwitz's fight against and eventual death from AIDS in 1986. His 1992 memoir, Becoming a Man: Half a Life Story, tells of his life in the closet before coming out, culminating with his meeting Horwitz in 1974.Becoming a Man won the 1992 National Book Award in the nonfiction category. Monette also wrote the novelizations of the 1988 film Midnight Run, the 1979 film Nosferatu the Vampyre, the 1987 film Predator and 1983 film Scarface.

Monette's last years, before his own AIDS-related death, are chronicled in the film named after him, Paul Monette: On the Brink of Summer's End by Monte Bramer and Lesli Klainberg. By the end of his life, Monette had healed most of his psychic wounds, but his rage persisted. Monette died in Los Angeles, California, where he lived with his partner of five years, Winston Wilde. Monette was survived by his lover, Winston Wilde; his father, Paul Monette Sr., and his brother, Robert Monette who remains the appointed Trustee of the Monette Horwitz Trust.


Paul Monette was an American author, poet, and activist best remembered for his essays about gay relationships. On September 3, 1974, Monette was introduced to lawyer Roger Horwitz at a party given by Richard Howard in Boston. "And from that moment on the brink of summer's end, no one would ever tell me again that men like me couldn't love." Monette's most acclaimed book, Borrowed Time, chronicles Horwitz's fight against and eventual death from AIDS in 1986.



Paul Monette & Roger Horwitz are both buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills), Los Angeles, California. Horwitz’s headstone reads: “My little friend, we sail together, if we sail at all.”

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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Monette
Paul Monette succumbed to AIDS in 1995; thus was silenced one of our most articulate and brave voices. However, Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir will serve future GLBT generations as a vivid time capsule for that tragic and toxic era when lots of nice, educated people actually believed that homosexuals were perverts, and AIDS was ‘God’s Punishment.’ This book served as the greatest single inspiration for me to become a writer, while giving reassurance to thousands of gay men suffering (or providing comfort to someone) with AIDS that they were not alone. If I were teaching ‘Gay History 101,’ this would be required reading. --Nick Nolan
Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir, an harrowing tale of the last 19 AIDS-wracked months of Monette’s lover, is not for the faint of heart. I remember being overcome with despair as Monette’s powerful love and practical intervention are not enough to save the man who means more to him than life itself. Heartbreaking. An important historical document of the calamitous 1980’s. --Lee Bantle
Becoming a Man: Half a Life Story is an autobiography, a writer’s autobiography, which fascinated me because not only was the writer (Paul Monette) a gay man, but one I already admired from his amazing memoir of AIDS, Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir. I remember looking for some hint in these pages of how I should live my own life, what experiences I should have as a gay man in Los Angeles, how I should think about them, how I should write about them. As much as a kind of blueprint for an existence as a window into someone else’s remarkable life, as gay men have had so few role models. It’s hard not to fall in love with the spirit of this beautiful but very human and flawed man, which infuses each and every page --Jim Arnold.
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Days of Love: Celebrating LGBT History One Story at a Time by Elisa Rolle
Paperback: 760 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (July 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1500563323
ISBN-13: 978-1500563325
CreateSpace Store: https://www.createspace.com/4910282
Amazon (Paperback): http://www.amazon.com/dp/1500563323/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
Amazon (Kindle): http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MZG0VHY/?tag=elimyrevandra-20

Days of Love chronicles more than 700 LGBT couples throughout history, spanning 2000 years from Alexander the Great to the most recent winner of a Lambda Literary Award. Many of the contemporary couples share their stories on how they met and fell in love, as well as photos from when they married or of their families. Included are professional portraits by Robert Giard and Stathis Orphanos, paintings by John Singer Sargent and Giovanni Boldini, and photographs by Frances Benjamin Johnson, Arnold Genthe, and Carl Van Vechten among others. “It's wonderful. Laying it out chronologically is inspired, offering a solid GLBT history. I kept learning things. I love the decision to include couples broken by death. It makes clear how important love is, as well as showing what people have been through. The layout and photos look terrific.” Christopher Bram “I couldn’t resist clicking through every page. I never realized the scope of the book would cover centuries! I know that it will be hugely validating to young, newly-emerging LGBT kids and be reassured that they really can have a secure, respected place in the world as their futures unfold.” Howard Cruse “This international history-and-photo book, featuring 100s of detailed bios of some of the most forward-moving gay persons in history, is sure to be one of those bestsellers that gay folk will enjoy for years to come as reference and research that is filled with facts and fun.” Jack Fritscher


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Annie Adams Fields & Sarah Orne Jewett

Sarah Orne Jewett (September 3, 1849 – June 24, 1909) was an American novelist and short story writer, best known for her local color works set in or near South Berwick, Maine, on the border of New Hampshire.

Jewett's family had been residents of New England for many generations. Her father was a doctor, and Jewett often accompanied him on his rounds, becoming acquainted with the sights and sounds of her native land and its people. As treatment for rheumatoid arthritis, a condition that developed in early childhood, Jewett was sent on frequent walks and through them also developed a love of nature. In later life, Jewett often visited Boston, where she was acquainted with many of the most influential literary figures of her day; but she always returned to South Berwick, small seaports near which were the inspiration for the towns of "Deephaven" and "Dunnet Landing" in her stories.

Jewett was educated at Miss Olive Rayne's school and then at Berwick Academy, graduating in 1865. She supplemented her education through an extensive family library. Jewett was "never overtly religious," but after she joined the Episcopalian church in 1871, she explored less conventional religious ideas. For example, her friendship with Harvard law professor Theophilus Parsons stimulated an interest in the teachings of Emanuel Swedenborg, an eighteenth-century Swedish scientist and theologian, who believed that the Divine "was present in innumerable, joined forms — a concept underlying Jewett's belief in individual responsibility."


The Drawing-Room at 148 Charles Street with Miss Jewett and Mrs. Fields. From a photograph lent by Mr. M. A. DeW. Howe
Sarah Orne Jewett & Annie Fields: Sarah Orne Jewett was an American novelist. She never married but established a close friendship with writer Annie Adams Fields and her husband, publisher James Thomas Fields. After the sudden death of Fields in 1881, Jewett and Annie Fields lived together for the rest of Jewett's life in what was then termed a "Boston marriage." "The two women found friendship, humor, and literary encouragement" in one another's company, traveling to Europe together and hosting "American and European literati" Together from 1881 to 1909: 28 years.


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Annie Adams Fields (June 6, 1834 – January 5, 1915) was a United States writer.

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, she was the second wife of the publisher and author James Thomas Fields, whom she married in 1854, and with whom she encouraged up and coming writers such as Sarah Orne Jewett, Mary Freeman, and Emma Lazarus.

She was equally at home with great and established figures including Ralph Waldo Emerson and Harriet Beecher Stowe, whose biography she fearlessly compiled. She was a philanthropist and social reformer; in particular, she founded the Holly Tree Inns, coffeehouses serving inexpensive and nutritious meals, and the Lincoln Street Home, a safe and inexpensive residence for unmarried working women.

After Fields' husband died in 1881, she continued to occupy the center of Boston literary life. The hallmark of Fields' work is a sympathetic understanding of her friends, who happened to be the leading literary figures of her time.

Her closest friend was Sarah Orne Jewett, a novelist and story writer whom her husband had published in The Atlantic. Fields and Jewett lived together for the rest of Jewett's life (Jewett died in 1909).

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Days of Love: Celebrating LGBT History One Story at a Time by Elisa Rolle
Paperback: 760 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (July 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1500563323
ISBN-13: 978-1500563325
CreateSpace Store: https://www.createspace.com/4910282
Amazon (Paperback): http://www.amazon.com/dp/1500563323/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
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Days of Love chronicles more than 700 LGBT couples throughout history, spanning 2000 years from Alexander the Great to the most recent winner of a Lambda Literary Award. Many of the contemporary couples share their stories on how they met and fell in love, as well as photos from when they married or of their families. Included are professional portraits by Robert Giard and Stathis Orphanos, paintings by John Singer Sargent and Giovanni Boldini, and photographs by Frances Benjamin Johnson, Arnold Genthe, and Carl Van Vechten among others. “It's wonderful. Laying it out chronologically is inspired, offering a solid GLBT history. I kept learning things. I love the decision to include couples broken by death. It makes clear how important love is, as well as showing what people have been through. The layout and photos look terrific.” Christopher Bram “I couldn’t resist clicking through every page. I never realized the scope of the book would cover centuries! I know that it will be hugely validating to young, newly-emerging LGBT kids and be reassured that they really can have a secure, respected place in the world as their futures unfold.” Howard Cruse “This international history-and-photo book, featuring 100s of detailed bios of some of the most forward-moving gay persons in history, is sure to be one of those bestsellers that gay folk will enjoy for years to come as reference and research that is filled with facts and fun.” Jack Fritscher


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David-Matthew Barnes (born September 3)

David-Matthew Barnes is the bestselling author of twelve novels and several collections of stage plays, poetry, short stories, and monologues. Two of his young adult novels have been recognized by the American Library Association for their diversity.

He is the President of the Pindelion Entertainment Group, the creator and producer of the teen web series Bloom, the Artistic Director of The Dorothy Nickle Performing Arts Company, and the host of the weekly radio show People You Should Know.

His first feature film, the coming-of-age drama Frozen Stars, received worldwide distribution. He has written over forty stage plays that have been performed in three languages in eight countries. His literary work has been featured in over one hundred publications including The Best Stage Scenes, The Best Men's Stage Monologues, The Best Women's Stage Monologues, The Comstock Review, and The Southeast Review.

He was selected by Kent State University as the national winner of the Hart Crane Memorial Poetry Award. He earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing at Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina and is currently working on a Master of Arts in Theatre Education at the University of Northern Colorado.

He is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, the Horror Writers Association, International Thriller Writers, Romance Writers of America, and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. He has been a teacher for nearly a decade, instructing college courses in writing, literature, and the arts.

Mesmerized won a 2011 Rainbow Award as Best LGBT Young Adult/Coming of Age. Souvenir Boys won a 2014 Rainbow Award as LGBT Poetry.

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Mesmerized by David-Matthew Barnes
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (November 16, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602821917
ISBN-13: 978-1602821910
Amazon: Mesmerized
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While being punished for writing a controversial article in her high school paper, Serena Albright is befriended by the enigmatic loner Brodie Wiles. Serena witnesses the first time that Brodie meets Lance Royal, who is secretly rehearsing to compete in The Showdown, the biggest dance contest of the year. Immediately, Serena is drawn into their world, inspired by the love she recognizes between them.

Through her close friendship with Brodie and Lance, Serena finds comfort for the grief and guilt she feels over the brutal death of her older gay brother, the victim of a hate crime. Frustrated that her deep-in-denial parents spend endless hours in front of the television and refuse to acknowledge the death of their son, Serena accepts the challenge to have a face-to-face meeting with the boy who killed her brother.

Souvenir Boys by David-Matthew Barnes
Publisher: Pindelion Publishing; First edition (December 2, 2013)
Amazon Kindle: Freeing His Mercenary (Mercenary In Love Book 3)

This collection of previously published and award-winning poems explores the themes of seduction, obsession, lust, desire, and unrequited love.

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The Desert Rats (The Mason Braithwaite Paranormal Mystery Series 2) by Christopher Church
Gay Sci-Fi / Futuristic
Series: The Mason Braithwaite Paranormal Mystery Series
Paperback: 232 pages
Publisher: Dagmar Miura (June 30, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 194226707X
ISBN-13: 978-1942267072
Amazon: The Desert Rats (The Mason Braithwaite Paranormal Mystery Series 2)
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Strange things start to happen as soon as psychic investigator Mason and his boyfriend, Ned, and their roommate, Peggy, arrive in the high desert. An old friend sends him on a quest to identify an artifact found hidden among his dead father’s possessions, and the journey brings him into contact with a series of odd characters—not least the enigmatic Laura, who’s camping out on the desert but seems to be up to something else. With the help of a manicurist, a librarian, and a revealing side-trip back to Los Angeles, Mason manages to sharpen his psychic skills and gain insights into Gilbert’s artifact—and perhaps even the hidden structure of the world. The second book in the Mason Braithwaite psychic mystery series, The Desert Rats follows Mason as he grows into his new career as an investigator and confronts the paranormal phenomena swirling around in the desert. In the face of Ned’s skepticism and some counterintuitive experiences, Mason has to decide whether he can handle this new version of reality.

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81 Nightmares by Mark William Lindberg
Transgender Mystery / Thriller
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 29, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1511505494
ISBN-13: 978-1511505499
Amazon: 81 Nightmares
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Immerse yourself in the dreamlife of Jay as they navigate hospital hallways and forest paths, process traumatic events and unearth buried memories, as they confront a nemesis that emerges out of their unrelenting stream of nightmares, a disgusting horror they can only call “the monstrosity.” Emerging queer author Mark William Lindberg presents a unique debut novel that walks us into the dark depths of a sleeping psyche.

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Because of Summer by Elle Vaughn
Lesbian Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 334 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 1, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1514800691
ISBN-13: 978-1514800690
Amazon: Because of Summer
Amazon Kindle: Because of Summer

Taylor is a cocky Miami bartender with something to prove. Working at The Tide with her best friend Kade, she boosts her ego by seducing all the straight girls that Kade is interested in. After promising him that for the sake of their friendship she'll quit her little game, he meets the girl who he thinks could be the love of his life. But Taylor also feels immediately drawn to her. Diem, a free spirited Bohemian girl, is like no one Taylor's met before. But having sworn to Kade that she wouldn't try anything, she’s going to uphold her promise and be a good friend. But as her attraction to Diem grows deeper, Taylor finds it harder and harder to hide it. Diem is spending her summer break in Florida. Crashing at her friend Katie's place, she's positive this summer will prove to be her most exciting yet. It starts off without a hitch when she meets a gorgeous and charismatic man named Kade who sweeps her off her feet. Diem is beyond infatuated with him, but after having just broken up with her long term boyfriend, she wants to take things slow. As Diem struggles with her feelings for Kade, she befriends his best friend. Diem is intrigued by Taylor and wants to get to know her better. Although, Diem can tell that Taylor is attracted to her, Diem just doesn't share her feelings. As the two grow closer, Diem brings out a side of Taylor that she has never let loose before. Diem makes Taylor feel more carefree than ever before, while Diem is sent reeling on a whirlwind path of self discovery. Despite Diem's wavering feelings, Kade never gives up on making her his. Diem must decide between the man who’s perfect for her or the woman she can‘t imagine herself without.

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2015 GRL Featured Blog Tour: Jeff Erno

Starting from June 1, 2015, I will daily feature authors attending the three conventions I will join, Euro Pride in Munich (July), UK Meet in Bristol (September) and GRL in San Diego (October). Moreover I'm taking part at the 2015 GRL Featured Blog Tour as Featured Blogger.

For the 2015 Featured Blog Tour, today author is Jeff Erno: As is the case every year around this time, I’m beginning to count down the days until mid-October when I’ll again meet with authors, writers, and friends of gay romance literature at the GRL Conference. This year I’m particularly excited because I had to cancel my plans to attend last year due to an unforeseen family emergency. Also, I’ve wanted to visit the West Coast of the United States all my life, and this will be my very first opportunity.
I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that my anticipation wasn’t accompanied by feelings of anxiety, mainly because I don’t usually handle crowds well. My first conference in New Orleans proved so rewarding, though, that I’ve been eager to bite the bullet each year since and plow through my trepidation to face my phobia head-on. And this year I’ve gone out on a limb a bit by signing up as a featured author, which means I’ll be doing an author reading.
For those who might not yet know who I am or who might be unfamiliar with my work, I currently have a rather eclectic back list of about forty published works, mostly novels, that spans several literary sub-genres. I started writing amateur erotic stories in the late nineties and posted them on a free website. Though these stories weren’t exactly fan fiction, some similarities exist between my experience and that of other authors who started out in the fan fic community. Two of the serial stories I posted to this amateur site eventually became full-length published novels. I released the first of these stories, Dumb Jock, back in 2009 as a self-published title. Later, the story was picked up by Dreamspinner Press and became book one of a six-book series.
Since then, I’ve authored several young adult stories, a variety of m/m contemporary romances, a few paranormal, a sci-fi romance, a crime-detective series, a vampire series, some gay fiction stories, and some BDSM. Most recently, Wayward Ink Publishing released the first book of a series I’ve titled Working Class which features an ensemble cast of working-class characters within a retail setting. Book one, Speedy Rewards, is set within the environment of a retail convenience store. Upcoming stories will feature supermarket employees and fast food workers.
And releasing this October, right around the time the GRL Conference convenes, is a brand new, just-completed story called Baggage. Baggage features the main character Chandler, who at 38 years old finds himself single. His brother Raymond, who suffers numerous health problems, lives with him, and Chandler struggles with his own array of psychological issues. Mired in grief from the multiple deaths of close family members, he recedes into himself, wrought with anxiety and obsessive-compulsive tendencies. When early one morning he encounters his neighbor, 25 year old Marcus, Chandler's life is flipped on end. Nothing about a relationship with this young man makes sense. For one thing, he's...well... YOUNG. He's also biracial and has all kinds of tattooed muscles! The streetwise Marcus introduces Chandler to an entirely different lifestyle, pulling the would-be hermit from his shell, albeit kicking and screaming. But how long can such a relationship last, and what about Raymond? Chandler fears that a guy like Marcus, seemingly perfect in every way, won't be able to truly accept Chandler with all his baggage. Then an unexpected bombshell detonates and Chandler learns some unsavory details about Marcus, who he really is, and what he's done in the past. Finally, it's Chandler who must decide if he can accept Marcus's baggage.
I’m confident this year’s conference will be every bit as exciting and rewarding as I anticipate it to be. It will be awesome to see so many of the authors, readers, and publishers I’ve grown to love over the years. And I’ll be thrilled to meet some new people.



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Speedy Rewards (Working Class Series Book 1) by Jeff Erno
Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing (June 5, 2015)
Amazon Kindle: Speedy Rewards (Working Class Series Book 1)

Phil Mitchell pours his heart and soul into his job as manager of Speedy Mart, a local convenience store. He loves his work and he loves his fellow employees, but when it comes to his personal life, Phil is lonely and depressed and still pining for his long-departed ex.

He embarks upon the week from hell where anything that can go wrong does. It begins with a truck crashing into his outdoor sign and only goes downhill from there.

Add an asshole homophobic boss hell bent on seeing him fired and Phil realizes he needs to put into place a plan to save himself and his job.

First step in his plan… do something about his love life.

Meanwhile, Ezra, one of Phil’s team members, is dealing with his own roller coaster ride of a week.

As is Brandon, the local cop…

And Mark, the homophobic boss…

Perhaps, with a little… luck, the next week will be better.

About the Author: Jeff Erno currently lives in southern Michigan. He holds a bachelor's degree in business management and human resources. Jeff began writing stories in the late 1990's and initially posted them to a free online amateur website. The positive feedback he received from readers encouraged him to continue, and this eventually led to the publication of his first novel, Dumb Jock. Erno has subsequently published several other novels.

His greatest passion in life is writing, and he hopes to be able to continue sharing his work with readers worldwide.

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John Roman Baker (born 2 Sept 1944) is a British poet, playwright and novelist mainly associated with the work of Aputheatre (formerly Aids Positive Underground Theatre). Winner of the Brighton Festival award for Best Theatre in 1990 for his play 'The Ice Pick'. As a playwright his work is characterized by a focus on contemporary issues presented from a homosexual point of view. In 1970 he moved from Paris back to Brighton, where he lived with his partner Graham Wilkinson, the Director of the Sussex AIDS Centre, until his death in 1990. His poetic novel ‘The Dark Antagonist’ was published by the Unicorn Bookshop, Brighton in 1973.

Unwelcome notoriety was achieved when in 1974 he appeared with Tony Whitehead (later to become the first chairperson of the Terence Higgins Trust) in a Southern Television program about Gay Rights. They were pictured together kissing as one of them met the other off a train at Brighton station. As a result of this, Whitehead was immediately fired by his employer British Home Stores. A national outcry galvanized the gay rights movement led by CHE (The Campaign for Homosexual Equality) and GLF (Gay Liberation Front).

His concern for gay rights and its expression through literature remain paramount in his life. He continues to live in Amsterdam with his partner Rod Evan who has produced many of his plays.

His first play 'Limitations' launched the first season of the Gay Sweatshop Theatre company. In 1985 he was co-founder of the Sussex AIDS Helpline (aka Sussex AIDS Centre) one of the UK's first voluntary organisations established to campaign for and assist those affected by HIV and AIDS. This was also the catalyst for launching AIDS Positive Underground Theatre - a cultural response to the AIDS crisis with the aim of reaching a wider audience with images and situations relevant to the time.


A banner carrying homosexual Tony Whitehead (centre) and his friend John Roman Baker (white scarf) during a protest by supporters of the Campaign for Homosexual Equality at a British Home Stores in London's Oxford Street, over the forced resignation of Mr Whitehead after being shown on TV kissing and cuddling Mr Baker.
John Roman Baker (born 2 Sept 1944) is a British poet, playwright and novelist mainly associated with the work of Aputheatre. In 1970 he moved to Brighton, where he lived with his partner Graham Wilkinson, the Director of the Sussex AIDS Centre, until his death in 1990. Unwelcome notoriety was achieved when in 1974 he appeared with Tony Whitehead in a Southern Television program about Gay Rights. He currently lives in Amsterdam with his partner Rod Evan who has produced many of his plays.

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Dave Benbow (born September 2, 1961)

The son of an Air Force colonel, Dave grew up all over the globe, and has lived in Japan, China, Georgia, Texas, Illinois and California.

Dave survived many years of Catholic schooling (where his poor penmanship earned the wrath of the Sisters on a daily basis). These trying school years were complete with ill fitting uniforms which, it must be said, did not come in size ‘husky.’

As a student at the University of Texas at Austin, Dave majored in Radio-Television-Film, and acted in several local film productions. It was during college that Dave began working out like a fiend and dropped thirty-five pounds. After graduation, Dave performed to critical acclaim in local Houston theater productions, and made several television commercials, earning his all important Screen Actors Guild card.

Upon arriving in L.A., Dave rented an apartment on Cherokee Avenue in Hollywood in a building where he later found out Elizabeth Short, the famed The Black Dahlia murder victim, had once lived. Dave appeared in many episodic television shows and soap operas such as "Dallas," "Baby Boom," "Days of Our Lives," and "The Young and The Restless," usually portraying someone in a uniform. He also refined his waiting-on-tables skills during this time.

Eventually Dave segued out of acting and into high-end fashion retail. He has worked as a creative director for both the Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger Beverly Hills stores.

Finally realizing that his true heart lay in writing, Dave ended his retail career, and has proudly become a full-time writer. He lives in Los Angeles with his beloved golden retriever, Emmett.

Source: http://www.davebenbow.com/bioNew.htm

Further Readings:

Daytime Drama by Dave Benbow
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Kensington (June 1, 2004)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 075820387X
ISBN-13: 978-0758203878
Amazon: Daytime Drama

DAYTIME DRAMA is set in the outrageous world of daytime soaps, where amnesia victims usually have evil twins--but handsome leading men must keep their love for each other in the closet--Dave Benbow’s raucously sexy, wickedly funny debut novel lays bare the lust, greed and ambition of Hollywood, through the eyes of an innocent newcomer who wants it all...

DAYTIME DRAMA is a 2004 Lambda Literary Award "Best Romance" nominee!

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Eric Allman & Marshall Kirk McKusick

Eric Paul Allman (born September 2, 1955) is an American computer programmer who developed sendmail and its precursor delivermail in the late 1970s and early 1980s at UC Berkeley. In 1998, Allman co-founded the company Sendmail, Inc. Allman, who is openly gay, lives in Berkeley, California with his partner of more than 30 years, Marshall Kirk McKusick. McKusick is a lead developer of BSD; the two first met in graduate school.
"There is some sort of perverse pleasure in knowing that it's basically impossible to send a piece of hate mail through the Internet without its being touched by a gay program. That's kind of funny.” —Eric Allman
"It was difficult for gay males to have their own kids when we were at an age that we wanted to do so. We adapted to that challenge by helping a few of our friends to raise their kids. This approach worked well from our perspective, because we were guaranteed to have kids whom we liked (and who liked us) - plus we always had their parents to fall back on to deal with the difficult child-rearing issues. We have four sons: Daniel (b. 1964), Ben (b. 1980), Glyn (b. 1983) and Tyson (b. 1989)." --Marshall Kirk McKusick

Born in El Cerrito, California, Allman knew from an early age that he wanted to work in computing, breaking into his high school's mainframe and later using the UC Berkeley computing center for his computing needs. In 1973, he entered UC Berkeley, just as the Unix operating system began to become popular in academic circles. He earned B.S. and M.S. degrees from UC Berkeley in 1977 and 1980 respectively.


Eric Allman & Marshall Kirk McKusick and their last son, Tyson
Eric Allman is an American computer programmer who developed sendmail. In 1998, Allman co-founded the company Sendmail, Inc. Allman lives in Berkeley, California with his partner of more than 30 years, Marshall Kirk McKusick. McKusick is a lead developer of BSD; the two first met in graduate school. "There is some sort of perverse pleasure in knowing that it's basically impossible to send a piece of hate mail through the Internet without its being touched by a gay program. That's kind of funny.”

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Marshall Kirk McKusick (born January 19, 1954) is a computer scientist, known for his extensive work on BSD, from the 1980s to FreeBSD in the present day. He was president of the USENIX Association from 1990 to 1992 and again from 2002 to 2004, and still serves on the board. He is on the editorial board of ACM Queue Magazine. He is known to friends and colleagues as "Kirk".

McKusick received his B.S. in electrical engineering from Cornell University, and 2 M.S. degrees (in 1979 and 1980 respectively) and a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of California, Berkeley in 1984.

McKusick is openly gay and lives in California with Eric Allman, his domestic partner since graduate school. McKusick is an avid wine collector and the temperature and vital statistics of his house and wine cellar are available on the web from his homepage.

McKusick started with BSD by virtue of the fact that he shared an office at Berkeley with Bill Joy, who in essence spearheaded the beginnings of the BSD system.

Some of his largest contributions to BSD have been to the file system. He helped design the original Berkeley Fast File System (FFS). More recently, he implemented soft updates, an alternative approach to maintaining disk integrity after a crash or power outage, in FFS, and a revised version of UFS known as "UFS2". The magic number used in the UFS2 super block structure reflects McKusick's birth date: #define FS_UFS2_MAGIC 0x19540119 (as found in /usr/include/ufs/ffs/fs.h on FreeBSD systems).

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Charlie Saputo & Mel Odom

Mel Odom (born September 2, 1950) is an American artist who has created book covers for numerous novels, notably several books by fantasy author Guy Gavriel Kay such as The Fionavar Tapestry trilogy, Tigana, A Song for Arbonne, and The Lions of Al-Rassan. Odom was also the designer of the Gene Marshall collectible fashion doll. He celebrated his 19 years together with his partner Charlie Saputo, whom he married in New York City in July 2013.

Odom was born in Richmond Virginia and grew up in Ahoskie, North Carolina, where his parents nurtured his interests in drawing and in dolls. He majored in fashion illustration at Virginia Commonwealth University and pursued some graduate studies in England before moving to New York City in 1975.

His distinctively elegant Art Deco-like style quickly established him as a successful commercial artist, at first via erotic illustrations for sexually-oriented magazines such as Blueboy, Viva, and Playboy, the last of which named him their "Illustrator of the Year" in 1980. In the same year, he provided the cover art for Edmund White's novel Nocturnes for the King of Naples, which opened his path to a wider audience.

During the 1980s, his work achieved success in many commercial media. He created album covers for CBS Records and book covers for numerous other novels, usually in the genres of fantasy, mystery, or horror. He provided illustrations for the science/science-fiction magazine OMNI and (in 1989) a front cover for Time magazine. He also received professional recognition from his peers, receiving the Society of Illustrators's Gold Medal (Editorial category) in 1982 and a Silver Medal (Book category) in 1987. He has exhibited his work in New York City at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum and the Society of Illustrators.


Mel Odom is an American artist who has created covers for numerous novels, notably for fantasy author Guy Gavriel Kay such as The Fionavar Tapestry trilogy, Tigana, A Song for Arbonne, and The Lions of Al-Rassan. Odom was also the designer of the Gene Marshall fashion doll. He celebrated his 19 years together with his partner Charlie Saputo, whom he married in New York City on July 3, 2013. "In Mel Odom's world the perverse has become at last a candid pleasure...a vision of utopia" Edmund White


Mouth to Mouth or Arrangement, 1979, Blueboy Magazine

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Days of Love: Celebrating LGBT History One Story at a Time by Elisa Rolle
Paperback: 760 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (July 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1500563323
ISBN-13: 978-1500563325
CreateSpace Store: https://www.createspace.com/4910282
Amazon (Paperback): http://www.amazon.com/dp/1500563323/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
Amazon (Kindle): http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MZG0VHY/?tag=elimyrevandra-20

Days of Love chronicles more than 700 LGBT couples throughout history, spanning 2000 years from Alexander the Great to the most recent winner of a Lambda Literary Award. Many of the contemporary couples share their stories on how they met and fell in love, as well as photos from when they married or of their families. Included are professional portraits by Robert Giard and Stathis Orphanos, paintings by John Singer Sargent and Giovanni Boldini, and photographs by Frances Benjamin Johnson, Arnold Genthe, and Carl Van Vechten among others. “It's wonderful. Laying it out chronologically is inspired, offering a solid GLBT history. I kept learning things. I love the decision to include couples broken by death. It makes clear how important love is, as well as showing what people have been through. The layout and photos look terrific.” Christopher Bram “I couldn’t resist clicking through every page. I never realized the scope of the book would cover centuries! I know that it will be hugely validating to young, newly-emerging LGBT kids and be reassured that they really can have a secure, respected place in the world as their futures unfold.” Howard Cruse “This international history-and-photo book, featuring 100s of detailed bios of some of the most forward-moving gay persons in history, is sure to be one of those bestsellers that gay folk will enjoy for years to come as reference and research that is filled with facts and fun.” Jack Fritscher


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