June 10th, 2011

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Maysie Greig (August 2, 1901 - June 10, 1971)

MAYSIE COUCHER GREIG (b. 2 August 1901, Double Bay, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia - d. 10 June 1971, St Marylebone, London, England ), romantic novelist, was born on 2 August 1901 at Double Bay, Sydney, daughter of Dr Robert Greig Smith, a bacteriologist from Edinburgh, and his English-born wife Mary, née Thomson. Educated at Presbyterian Ladies' College, Pymble, Maysie joined the staff of the Sun in 1919 before sailing for England in the following year. She was employed by Manchester evening newspapers and by October 1922 had a column, 'The Woman's View' (later 'Through the Eyes of a Woman'), in the salacious Empire News. Her first serial was accepted by the Daily Sketch.

At the parish church, Painswick, Gloucestershire, on 14 July 1923 Maysie Greig-Smith married Ernest Roscoe Baltzell, an American Rhodes scholar whom she accompanied to New York. She worked at Boston where, as Maysie Greig, she published her first novels, Peggy of Beacon Hill (1924) and The Luxury Husband (1927); both were filmed at Hollywood. Her marriage ended in divorce in 1929. While living at Greenwich Village, New York, she married a writer Delano Ames; they, too, were to be divorced (1937). After spending four years travelling, especially to such 'strange and little known countries' as Yugoslavia and Albania, they settled in England, with a home in London and another, Yew Tree House, in the village of St Mary Bourne, Hampshire. Wherever they stayed, Maysie managed to 'inveigle the best recipes from the cook' and often made Hungarian and Albanian dishes. Golden haired, blue eyed and ravishingly attractive, she rode and played tennis. By 1934 she was the most prolific woman novelist of the day. She published up to six books a year (mostly with Collins in England and Doubleday in New York), often set in the exotic places that she had visited; she also wrote thrillers as 'Jennifer Ames', and occasionally used 'Ann Barclay' and 'Mary Douglas Warren' as pseudonyms.

On 3 May 1937 at the Municipal Building, Manhattan, New York, Maysie married Maxwell Alexander Murray (1900-1956), an Australian-born journalist; they returned to England where the birth of their child in 1940 did not interrupt Maysie's flow of novels. In 1948 the family settled in Sydney and Maysie added a house at Vaucluse to her other residences. Working some six hours a day with a dictaphone, she continued to produce four books a year and looked on serial rights as a pleasant extra. Some of her later novels had Australian settings, including One Room for His Highness (1947), French Girl in Love (1963) and Doctor on Wings (1966). Max wrote detective stories which were serialized in the American Saturday Evening Post; The Right Honourable Corpse (New York, 1951) was set in Canberra.

Listing her recreations as tennis, bridge and literary associations, Greig was president (until 1966) of the Sydney centre of International P.E.N.; she revived the group, and attended conferences in Tokyo (1957) and at Bled, Yugoslavia (1965). She also belonged to the Society of Women Writers of New South Wales, the Fellowship of Australian Writers and the Romantic Novelists' Association (England). On 22 June 1959 at the registrar general's office, Sydney, Maysie married Jan Sopoushek, a printer from Budapest and a widower. She sold her Vaucluse home in 1966 and thereafter lived in London. Survived by her husband and by the son of her third marriage, she died of an embolism on 10 June 1971 in a nursing home at St Marylebone.

Maysie Greig flung 'her own vivid personality', humour and enthusiasm into telling a good story. Heeding Delamore McCay's advice to 'write every sentence as though I were to cable it to England at my own expense', she wrote over 220 novels with an unusual economy of words. She invariably gave her stories happy endings 'because I believe that happiness is the greatest virtue in the world and misery the greatest sin'. For forty years her books were best sellers on both sides of the Atlantic. Her novels were translated into French, Dutch, Portuguese, Swedish and Icelandic.

Source: Martha Rutledge, 'Greig, Maysie Coucher (1901 - 1971)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 14, Melbourne University Press, 1996, pp 328-329

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Rainbow Awards: Current Submissions 61-70

61) Gill McKnight - Indigo Moon, Bold Strokes Books, Lesbian, Paranormal / Horror
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (February 15, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602822018
ISBN-13: 978-1602822016

The road trip from Hell is paved with good intentions. Hope Glassy and Godfrey Meyers are on a mercy mission. Their friend Isabelle has been attacked by a rogue werewolf and is in the throes of lycanthropic fever. With their respective partners out of town all Hope and Godfrey can do is get Isabelle to the safety of Little Dip and the Garoul clan before her sire comes to claim her. In a desperate race against time, with the hounds of hell snapping at their heels, can they save her—and does Isabelle want to be saved? Third in the Garoul series.

62) Colette Moody - Parties in Congress, Bold Strokes Books, Lesbian, Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (February 15, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602822026
ISBN-13: 978-1602822023

They say politics makes strange bedfellows... Elated to secure her first paid political staff position, Bijal Rao is eager to focus her efforts on the election of her candidate to U.S. Congress. However, Bijal's first unforeseen obstacle is her profound and unexpected attraction to their opponent—incumbent Congresswoman Colleen O'Bannon¬—who is outspoken, charismatic, and openly lesbian. An even greater hurdle is the subterfuge and pretense that pervades the climate in Washington, D.C., where small missteps are readily painted as major gaffes, and lies are explained away as "in the public's best interest." During the heated campaign, both Bijal and Colleen struggle not to cross the lines of propriety—and perhaps more importantly, their party lines.

63) Lesley Gowan - The Collectors, Bold Strokes Books, Lesbian, Contemporary Erotica
Paperback: 204 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (February 22, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602822085
ISBN-13: 978-1602822085

Laura owns what might be the world’s most extensive collection of BDSM lesbian erotica, but that’s as close as she’s gotten to the world of her fantasies. Until, that is, her friend Adele introduces her to Adele’s mistress Jeanne—art collector, heiress, and experienced dominant. Nothing in Laura’s reading prepares her for the powerful reaction she has to Jeanne or how completely she is captivated by this sensual new world. With Jeanne’s first command, Laura’s life changes forever. But even the most commanding mistress can’t always control a willful submissive, and Adele’s jealousy challenges Jeanne’s dominance and Laura’s place in their world. What Jeanne and Laura learn about themselves on their erotic journey will either drive them apart or change the very nature of their lives.

64) Shane Allison - Black Fire, Gay African-American Erotica, Bold Strokes Books, Gay, Contemporary Erotica
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (February 15, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602822069
ISBN-13: 978-1602822061

Black Fire celebrates the heat and power of sex between black men: the rude B-boys and gorgeous thugs, the worshippers of heavenly ass, and the devoutly religious in their forays through the subterranean grottoes of the down-low world... The narrator of Jamie Freeman's "Alex's Adventures in the Land of Wonder China Emporium" puts a hot gay twist on a fairy tale classic. And in Bearmuffin's "His Jock Slave," a man's dream comes true when he is nailed by the man he worships in every way imaginable. From the sultriness in Logan Zachary's "Black Bayou Fire" to the raw lust that goes down in a department store changing room in Landon Dixon's "Fitting Room," these are stories that arouse and confront.

65) L.L. Raand - Blood Hunt, Bold Strokes Books, Lesbian, Paranormal / Horror
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (March 15, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602822093
ISBN-13: 978-1602822092

Sylvan, the Wolf Were Alpha, forges an uneasy alliance with Detective Jody Gates, heir to a powerful Vampire clan, to battle a shadow army of humans and rogue Weres. With outside forces threatening to destroy the Praetern Coalition, Sylvan battles Pack resistance to her newly-turned Were mate and Jody fights her growing hunger for human reporter, Becca Land. A Midnight Hunters Novel.

66) Bobbi Marolt - Loving Liz, Bold Strokes Books, Lesbian, Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (March 15, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602822107
ISBN-13: 978-1602822108

When love takes center stage, even the best of scripts might need a rewrite. Broadway bombshell Marty Chandler is the reigning queen of musical theater. Saddled with a one-woman show, a mediocre script, and a shoestring budget, Marty hires newly divorced novelist Liz Chandler as writer to bring the show to life. Marty and Liz are soon writing their own personal script, but the budding romance is threatened when Marty begins to wonder just how “ex” Liz’s ex-husband really is. Enter Felice Taite, a young, talented off-Broadway actress who is eager to dethrone Marty. As the pressure mounts in Marty’s professional and personal lives, Marty walks out of the show. Will the curtain go up for Liz, Marty, and the nameless play? Or will the lights go out on stage and in Marty’s heart?

67) Larkin Rose - Kiss the Rain, Bold Strokes Books, Lesbian, Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (March 15, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602822115
ISBN-13: 978-1602822115

Phone sex operator on speed dial. What more could a girl want? Fashion designer Eve Harris has it all: perfect career, satisfying single life, and her very own phone sex operator in her back pocket. Lexi fills the sexual void when Eve’s hectic life leaves no time for relationships—relationships she has no desire to find. Jodi Connelly enjoys the few phone sex clients she has left—one in particular, Eve, who makes her close her eyes in dreamy lust with sharp, lonely cries of release. How will Jodi hide her secrets when the stunning Eve lands on her side of the Atlantic for London fashion week, the picture-perfect reality of her fantasy woman? And how will Eve react when she discovers the new woman in her life, Jodi, and her secret fantasy phone date, Lexi, are one and the same?

68) Justine Saracen - Sarah, Son of God, Bold Strokes Books, Bisexual/Transgender, Contemporary General Fiction
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (March 15, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602822123
ISBN-13: 978-1602822122

What happens when who we love forces us to change our view of who we are? Against her better judgment, Professor Joanna Valois takes on sexually undefinable Sara Falier as her assistant on a trip to Venice. The object of their research is a sixteenth century heretical book and the truth about the woman condemned to death for printing it. The book, a translation of an ancient codex, not only shattered the lives of nearly everyone who touched it, but 400 years later, could still bring half the world to its knees. Like nesting dolls, this story within a story within a story raises the question as to whether gender-breaking has not only challenged the boundaries of love and sexual desire, but altered the course of history.

69) Greg Herren - Sleeping Angel, Bold Strokes Books, Gay, Coming of Age / Young Adult
Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (March 15, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 160282214X
ISBN-13: 978-1602822146

Eric Matthews survives a near-fatal accident only to find his whole life has changed. Eric Matthews wakes up in the hospital with no memory of how he wound up there—and soon learns that it’s vital that he remember. Apparently, he was in a car accident—and the body of classmate Sean Brody was found in his car, shot to death. But nothing makes sense to Eric. He and Sean weren’t friends. In fact, they disliked each other--Sean was gay and Eric is...well, he's not sure of much right now! Except he is certain he didn’t shoot Sean, even though he can’t remember anything about the day of the accident. To make matters worse, he starts having psychic flashes about the people around him: his doctor, a nurse, his mother, and other visitors. As Eric’s memories slowly start to come back to him, he becomes more and more certain that not only is he innocent, but that the real murderer is out there….and wants to shut him up permanently.

70) Felicia Watson - Where Allegheny Meets Monongahela, Dreamspinner Press, Gay, Contemporary General Fiction
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (January 28, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 161581793X
ISBN-13: 978-1615817931

Logan Crane's life changed dramatically the day a blind fit of temper resulted in him accidentally injuring his wife. Although he's now in an abuser counseling program, Logan cannot face the real source of his unhappiness: he's always been attracted to men but has refused to accept it since witnessing an act of violence. During his therapy, Logan meets Nick Zales, a counselor at a shelter for victims of domestic violence. Nick is understandably suspicious of Logan despite an immediate attraction to him. Logan feels the same attraction and faces a critical internal struggle as he finds himself falling in love with this enigmatic man. Both men are haunted by unacknowledged ghosts and abuse in their pasts. How can they help each other heal if they continue to ignore their own wounds?
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Rainbow Awards: Cover Contest - Round 1 - Slot 7

The Most Voted covers of Round 1 - Slot 6 were: For Love of War cover by Anne Cain


The Glass Minstrel cover by Ms. Rosek

The winner of the ebook giveaway is:

qbeeqt  Ebook Giveaway: Marshall Thornton - The Perils of Praline, kindly offered by MLR Press

- you will vote only 1 time for each slot of 50 covers; in round 1 there will be 20 slots for a total of 1000 covers; 400 covers will pass to round 2, 200 to round 3, 100 to round 4 and 50 to the fifth and last round.
- in parallel with the poll, a special jury will vote the covers; the jury is composed by: Debra, Dylan Rosser, Jack Mackenroth, Jesse Archer, Julie, Max Rhyser, Mitzie, Tammy.
- you can vote as many covers as you want but no more than 25.

All the 50 covers are saved here:


and here is the poll:

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I suggest you to open the covers page in a different window and check the covers you like in the poll.

Enjoy and please, fair play!
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Gay Romance Challenge: June 2011

No good, no good, another step back in my challenge... As always here is the Bestsellers List on Amazon I'm referring to for the challenge

Bestsellers in Gay Romance

And here is the actual situation (in bold the books I read with link to the review and marked as New the books entering the Challenge this month):

Progress: 53 / 100

1) Mark's Not Gay [Brac Pack 11] by Lynn Hagen
Siren Publishing (May 31, 2011)
2) Where He Ends and I Begin (Home Series) by Cardeno C.
Dreamspinner Press (June 6, 2011)
3) The Locker Room by Amy Lane
4) A Serving of Love by Andrew Grey
Dreamspinner Press (May 23, 2011)
5) Shying Away by Kate Sherwood
6) Something Like Summer by Jay Bell
7) Treasure of Love by Scotty Cade
Dreamspinner Press (May 19, 2011)
8) Seven Days by Andrew Grey
9) What's Done in The Dark (Volume II) by Solae Dehvine
SexMentality (April 7, 2011)
10) Kindred Hearts by Rowan Speedwell
Dreamspinner Press (May 1, 2011)

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