March 8th, 2012

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Alice Thomas Ellis (September 9, 1932 - March 8, 2005)

Anna Haycraft (September 9, 1932 - March 8, 2005) was an English writer and essayist who wrote under the nom de plume Alice Thomas Ellis. She was the author of numerous novels, and also of some non-fiction, including cookery books.

Born Anna Margaret Lindholm, she was half-Finnish, half-Welshian and spent part of her childhood as an evacuee in North Wales, a period she later wrote about in A Welsh Childhood. She later moved to North London.

Haycraft's parents belonged to the positivist and atheist Church of Humanity founded by Auguste Comte, but she left to become a Roman Catholic at the age of 19. Shortly afterwards, she entered a convent as a postulant, but had to leave due to a health condition.

In 1956, she married Colin Haycraft, owner of the publishing company, Duckworth. They were happily married until his death, in 1995. The couple had seven children, raised in Anna's religion, but they were also struck by tragedy: their daughter Mary died in infancy at the age of two days, and their son Joshua was killed in an accident while still in his teens.

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Best Gay Debut Novel (3° place): Solemn Contract by Morgan Cheshire

In 1720 Connecticut was still consider a land of discoveries, and Jem, his sister and her husband landed there from England searching for a new start. For Jem, a school teacher, is not exactly what he would have imagined: to help his brother-in-law, he signed a 5 years Indenture contract as farm hand. This is probably the point that more reminded me the old historical romances I was used to read, the use of this incipit for a love story was pretty common, only that, most of the time, it was a young widow buying the contract and of course she was fated to fall in love with her farm hand, that, most of the time, was from a noble family, the bastard son of some aristocrat, or someone who was forced to leave England, but that, at the end, was able to regain his noble status.

Jem is, indeed, the third son of a landowner in England, but he has no means, and will never have. His only worth are his profession as teacher and unfortunately his good looks; unfortunately since, as soon as he enters in an Indenture contract, a wealthy landowner decides he wants Jem as boy-toy and he is willing to do everything to have him. Jem is pretty much naïve, he is not that he is against the idea of being an homosexual, he has never once considered that idea since, from what I gather, he has never once considered himself from a sexual perspective. Before his misadventure I had pretty much the impression that Jem was asexual, like if marrying or having sex were activities not for him. That is indeed not a wrong concept, school teachers at the time were at the same level of priests or doctors, high demanded valuable professional workers but without private life.

In his bad luck, Jem finds a good or two, like the first man to buy his contract, Dan, an old farmer who lost his son to an Indians attack and who sees Jem as a substitute son, and Will, the local smith, who doesn’t accept the wrong doing against Jem, but not since he is actually interested in Jem, but more on a principle basis. Will will help Jem, and in doing so, they will fall in love, but that was not the hidden agenda of Will, only an event.

In a way that is the main point of this romance, it could have been a 100% breeches rippers, Jem could have been the perfect sacrificial lamb, all innocence and big, teary eyes, and Will could have been a 100% romance hero, knight in shining armor and all, but the author decided to play more subdue tunes; the drama is there, the love story also, but it’s all more sedate, less on the face of everyone, and that is probably correct because, even if you are in love, and people can see it, in 1720 Connecticut, living as an openly gay couple was not possible.

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Rainbow Awards: Current Submissions (1-10)

1) Neil Plakcy - Three Lambs, Erotic Tales of A Gay Frat
Publisher: Neil S. Plakcy (2011)
Amazon Kindle: Three Lambs, Erotic Tales of A Gay Frat

Lambda Lambda Lambda, the all-gay fraternity at Florida University (FU) in Miami, is the setting for eleven hot new stories by master of gay erotica Neil Plakcy. Sexy college guys get it on with each other, with models and construction workers and security guards.

2) Neil Plakcy - Teach Me Tonight
Publisher: Loose Id LLC (2011)
Amazon Kindle: Teach Me Tonight

Bodyguards Aidan Greene and Liam McCullough are hired to protect a spoiled teenager attending an English-language institute. Liam worries that Aidan loves teaching too much to commit to their bodyguard business -- but when things go wrong and Liam’s sexy SEAL buddy Joey shows up to help out, career options become the least of their problems. Liam faces an opponent who represents his own dark side -- a soldier of fortune who is smart, strong and ruthless. Liam needs Joey’s help -- but will his attraction to his hunky pal damage his relationship with Aidan? Will Aidan turn his back on his burgeoning career as a bodyguard to return to his first love, teaching?

3) Johnny Townsend - Let the Faggots Burn
Paperback: 342 pages
Publisher:, Inc. (2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1614344531
ISBN-13: 978-1614344537
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On Gay Pride Day in 1973, an arsonist set the entrance to a French Quarter gay bar on fire. In the terrible inferno that followed, 32 people lost their lives, including a third of the local congregation of the Metropolitan Community Church, their pastor burning to death halfway out a second-story window as he tried to claw his way to freedom. A mother who'd gone to the bar with her two gay sons died alongside them. A man who'd helped his friend escape first was found dead near the fire escape. Two children waited outside of a movie theater across town for a father and step-father who would never pick them up. During this era of rampant homophobia, several families refused to claim the bodies, and many churches refused to bury the dead. Author Johnny Townsend pored through old records and tracked down survivors of the fire and relatives and friends of those killed to compile this fascinating account of a forgotten moment in gay history.

4) A.C. Henley - McKee, Unabridged
Paperback: 446 pages
Publisher: L-Book ePublisher (September 1, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1934889644
ISBN-13: 978-1934889640
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Private investigator Quinlan McKee has returned to Los Angeles after a three-year absence, only to find herself embroiled in a world of child slavery and police corruption. Chaos ensues as she finds an unlikely ally in a savvy police detective Vivian Walsh, who lives by the letter of the law. Quin unwittingly becomes engulfed in the lives of new friends and old acquaintances during her journey through the seedier sides of two cities, Los Angeles and Chicago. Risking her sanity and her heart, she will search for the truth about a buried past and soon be pulled into a web of deceit and intrigue...putting everything she thought to be true in doubt. Quin searches for her happy ending where the lines blur between good and evil, friend and foe.

5) R.J. Nolan - L.A. Metro
Paperback: 332 pages
Publisher: L-Book ePublisher (September 1, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 193488989X
ISBN-13: 978-1934889893
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Dr. Kimberly Donovan's life is in shambles. After her medical ethics are questioned, first her family, then her closeted lover, the Chief of the ER, betray her. Determined to make a fresh start, she flees to California and LA Metropolitan Hospital. Dr. Jess McKenna, LA Metro's Chief of the ER, gives new meaning to the phrase emotionally guarded, but she has her reasons. When Kim and Jess meet, the attraction is immediate. Emotions Jess has tried to repress for years surface. But her interest in Kim also stirs dark memories. They settle for friendship, determined not to repeat past mistakes, but secretly they both wish things could be different. Will the demons from Jess' past destroy their future before it can even get started? Or will LA Metro be a place that not only heals the sick, but to mend wounded hearts?

6) Corey Rosenberg - The Gay Man’s Guide to Timeless Manners and Proper Etiquette
Paperback: 120 pages
Publisher: Chelsea Station Editions (September 1, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0983285144
ISBN-13: 978-0983285144
Amazon: The Gay Man’s Guide to Timeless Manners and Proper Etiquette

A lively, witty, and notable collection of advice, facts, opinions, and tips on how to be a proper gay man.

7) Ellis Carrington - Amor Prohibido
Publisher: Amber Quill Press, LLC (September 3, 2011)
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Jacob Freehan has no job, no man, and no motivation. In pain both from ending a long-term abusive relationship and a severe back injury, he escapes to the sunny seaside town of Puerto Morelos for a little yoga, a little R&R, and possibly a place to quietly end his own life. Pakal is a centuries-old immortal Mayan spirit guide who has been charged with getting Jacob on the path toward healing. Romantic involvement with a spirit charge is strictly forbidden, and it has never been a problem...until now. Pakal sees something special in Jacob, but failure to keep a rapidly growing attraction at bay could result in Jacob losing his life and Pakal being condemned to the Underworld forever...

8) Michael Graves - Dirty One
Paperback: 152 pages
Publisher: Chelsea Station Editions (September 6, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0983285101
ISBN-13: 978-0983285106
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Set in the 1980's, Dirty One follows a pack of adolescent characters who live in the acid-drenched, suburban town known as Leominster, Massachusetts-the plastics capital of America, as well as the birthplace of Johnny Appleseed. In the story, "From Kissing," a sixth-grader named Butch has his first homosexual tongue kiss during a monster truck show and, after a bout of the flu, he is convinced he has somehow contracted AIDS. With "Curls and Curls," nine-year-old Lee hates his kinky, brown head of hair and is seemingly possessed with magic, casting spells to unfurl his evil tresses. In "A Snow Day," eleven-year-old Cassidy longs to be the next mega-watt, teen pop star, but is forced to deal with her crazy classmates, her gay father, and her dog that continually vomits in the driveway. "Do It" follows a tween named Denise as she seeks her first sexual experience with a boyfriend who can never remain erect. Denise strives for high school greatness while her gay best friend is crowned king of all local paper routes. These selections join five more, constructing the remarkable world of Dirty One.

9) Haley Walsh - Foxe Hunt
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: MLR Press (September 8, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1608204235
ISBN-13: 978-1608204236
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#2 in the Skylar Foxe Mystery Series High school English teacher Skyler Foxe finally hooks up with gorgeous assistant football coach Keith Fletcher. But is the man what he seems to be? Skyler still has his doubts when he spies Keith in some shady circumstances. And there are still some unanswered questions as to what exactly is going on at the high school. Who thought high school could be so sinister? Meanwhile, Skyler's friends from college have their own problems. Lovers and partners, Evan and Jeff were kicked out of the Army for Don't Ask Don't Tell, and the depressed Evan is found dead. Suicide, says the police, but Skyler thinks otherwise. It's Skyler Foxe on the hunt for a killer once more!

10) Elliott Mackle - Captain Harding's Six-Day War
Paperback: 252 pages
Publisher: Lethe Press (September 10, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1590213262
ISBN-13: 978-1590213261
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Assigned to baby-sit a loose-cannon colonel at remote Wheelus Air Base, Libya, handsome, hard-charging Captain Joe Harding spends his off-duty time bedding an enlisted medic and a muscular major, then begins a nurturing friendship with the American ambassador's teenage son. The boy swiftly develops a crush on the man, feelings that Joe, a Southern gent with a strong moral sense, feels he cannot acknowledge or return. Joe's further adventures and misadventures during the course of the novel involve a clerk's murder, a flight-surgeon's drug abuse, a fist-fight in the officers' club bar, a straight roommate whose taste for leather gets him in trouble, the combat death of Joe's former lover, and participation in an all-male orgy witnessed by two very married but somewhat confused fighter jocks. In the run-up to the 1967 war, a mob attacks the embassy in nearby Tripoli and the deranged colonel sets out to attack an Arab warship. To bring the pilots and their airplanes safely home and keep the United States out of the war Joe has two choices: either come out to his closest, straightest buddies or know himself to be a coward, a failure and a traitor to everything that he holds dear.