March 6th, 2012

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Pearl S. Buck (June 26, 1892 - March 6, 1973)

Pearl S. Buck (June 26, 1892 - March 6, 1973) also known as Sai Zhen Zhu, was a prolific American sinologist and Pulitzer Prize-winning American writer. She wrote also with the pen name of John Sedges. In 1938, she became the first American woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, "for her rich and truly epic descriptions of peasant life in China and for her biographical masterpieces." With no irony, she has been described in China as a Chinese writer.

Pearl Comfort Sydenstricker Buck was born in Hillsboro, West Virginia to Caroline (Stulting; 1857-1921) and Absalom Sydenstricker, a Southern Presbyterian missionary. The family was sent to Zhenjiang, China in 1892 when Pearl was 3 months old. She was raised in China and was tutored by a Confucian scholar named Mr. Kung. She was taught English as a second language by her mother and tutor.

The Boxer Uprising greatly affected Pearl Buck and her family. Buck wrote that during this time, …her eight-year-old childhood … split apart. Her Chinese friends deserted her and her family, and there were not as many Western visitors as there once were. The streets [of China] were alive with rumors- many … based on fact- of brutality to missionaries … Buck’s father was a missionary, so Buck’s mother, her little sister, and herself were …evacuated to the relative safety of Shanghai, where they spent nearly a year as refugees… (The Good Earth, Introduction) In July 1901, Buck and her family sailed to San Francisco. Not until the following year did the Sydenstrickers return to China.

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Pearl S. Buck's Books on Amazon: Pearl S. Buck

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pearl_S._Buck
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Baymore's Heir (In the Company of Men 3) by Lynn Lorenz

I arrived late to read this third instalment In the Company of Men series but I already knew it was a mistake, a mistake since this is exactly the romance I like. It’s an historical romance, with enough realistic touch to not be “fantasy”, but romantic enough to not ruin the experience of the romance reader with the harsh reality. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not criticizing the good historical novel, I love them, and most of the time they are very high quality, but I think the target reader who is opening Baymore’s Heir is searching for something different. They are searching for a love story in an historical setting, and like sometime the romance is unrealistic in an Contemporary setting so it could be in an Historical one; the reader is searching the dream, whatever suit the hero is wearing or house he is inhabiting.

Actually Baymore’s Heir is letting some “reality” to invade the story; Jackson and William met an fall in love in the previous book, and for some that was probably not really possible. William is gay, and more or less, unashamed of it; he is the second son of a duke, his older brother knows the truth and more or less is supporting of William. Jackson is the bastard son of another duke, and coincidence wants that Jackson’s stepbrother, and heir to the dukedom, is also William’s former lover. And of course now William is Jackson’s lover and that is not really taken well by Hugh.

That is more or less the previous plot, and now Jackson is the Duke, and William is his steward and lover; even if everyone knows, no one is opposing their love and this should be an idyllic situation if not for the little detail that Jackson wants to marry and have an heir, mostly to be able to “protect” William’s interests in the chance Jackson dies. A somewhat too “modern-day” worry, but indeed a realistic one, since it would be quite unbelievable that medieval law has some way to recognize Jackson and William’s bond.

I remember that I liked William in the previous novel, more than Jackson, and in a way this is confirmed also in this new story; Jackson is a bear of a man with the soft core, but, truth be told, I don’t think he is as clever as William. I had the feeling that William is maneuvering Jackson on his own will, and even if he does everything Jackson is asking him, he does that in a way that Will will always come out as a winner.

There is less drama in Baymore’s Heir, and the romance part of the story has the lion share. This is really an old fashioned savage romance story, but of the comfortable sort of way, those stories you wish to read on a winter night, under a blanket.

http://www.loose-id.com/In-the-Company-of-Men-Baymores-Heir.aspx

Amazon: Baymore's Heir
Amazon Kindle: Baymore's Heir
Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Loose Id, LLC (September 16, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1607377306
ISBN-13: 978-1607377306

Series: In the Company of Men
1) The Mercenary's Tale: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/243092.html
2) Jackson’s Pride: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/277247.html
3) Baymore's Heir

Reading List: http://www.librarything.com/catalog_bottom.php?tag=reading list&view=elisa.rolle


Cover Art by Christine M. Griffin
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Call for Submissions: MASKS OFF! & WEIRD SCIENCE

Post on behalf of Torquere Books (http://www.torquerepress.com)

MASKS OFF!

Everyone loves a masquerade, right? The masks, the mystery, the seduction of the reveal! Now imagine a masquerade with an extra layer: some of the men wear a mask beneath their mask. They're shapeshifters. Be they cats or canines, dragons or foxes, all shifters are welcome, as long they don't forget to wear a mask.

We’re looking for sexy, romantic male/male tales for Masks Off! In which at least one partner is a shifter. Light BDSM is welcome, but is not mandatory. Stories should be between 5000 and 12000 words long, and should be submitted in full and include a synopsis and author biography in the cover letter. Please put your name or pseudonym in the manuscript as well as in your submission email.

Send submissions to submissions@torquerepress.com with Masks Off! in the subject line. Payment is a $50.00 flat fee for first time electronic and print rights for three years, and a print copy of the book. No reprints, please. Deadline for submissions is April 1, 2012 for an August 2012 publication.

WEIRD SCIENCE

Who doesn’t love the idea of the mad scientist, working away in his lab, his sexy creature or lab assistant just waiting for him to notice them? Or what about the grad student who discovers just the potion that will make him the stud his oblivious roommate has always wanted...

That’s the idea behind the Weird Science anthology. We’re looking for sexy, romantic male/male stories about what happens when science gets wild and wonderful in the name of love. Make us laugh, make us fall in love, and make us happy at the end! We’re not looking for hard science fiction or horror for this anthology, but we do want fully realized stories with strong characters.

Stories should be between 5000 and 12000 words long, and should be submitted in full and include a synopsis and author biography in the cover letter. Please put your name or pseudonym in the manuscript as well as in your submission email.

Send submissions to submissions@torquerepress.com with Weird Science in the subject line. Payment is a $50.00 flat fee for first time electronic and print rights for three years, and a print copy of the book. No reprints, please. Deadline for submissions is June 1 2012 for an October 2012 publication.

Calling ALL authors...Torquere Press is looking for you.

We are looking for LGBT romance in all categories.

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