July 13th, 2012

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Jack Snow (August 15, 1907 – July 13, 1956)

John Frederick "Jack" Snow (August 15, 1907 – July 13, 1956) was an American radio writer and scholar, primarily of the works of L. Frank Baum. When Baum died in 1919, the twelve-year-old Snow offered to be the next Royal Historian of Oz, but was politely turned down by a staffer at Baum's publisher, Reilly & Lee. Snow eventually wrote two Oz books: The Magical Mimics in Oz (1946) and The Shaggy Man of Oz (1949), as well as Who's Who in Oz (1954), a thorough guide to the Oz characters, all of which Reilly & Lee published.

In his second year in high school, the precocious Snow created the first radio review column in American journalism, in The Cincinnati Enquirer. After graduation, Snow pursued a career in print journalism and primarily in radio, with periods in teachers college and the U. S. Army. He named the Ohio radio station WING, and spent seven years with the National Broadcasting Company in New York.

Snow also wrote a short story, "A Murder in Oz," for Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, but the editors rejected it, and it was posthumously published in The Baum Bugle. That story has been published in a collection titled Spectral Snow, which collects several of the horror stories Snow sold to popular magazines, such as Weird Tales. (Snow published five stories in Weird Tales over the space of two decades: "Night Wings," September 1927; "Poison," December 1928; "Second Childhood," March 1945; "Seed," January 1946; and "Midnight," May 1946.) Dark Music and Other Spectral Tales was an earlier such collection, published in 1947. There is a good deal of overlap, but each anthology contains stories not found in the other. The eponymous story has been anthologized in other collections.

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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Snow_(writer)

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GayRomLit Ebook Giveaway: DC Juris - On Solid Ground

I asked to all the authors joining the GayRomLit convention in Albuquerque in October (http://gayromlit.com/authors.php) a personal favor, a special Ebook Giveaway: every 2 days I will post 1 book from each author, and among those who will leave a comment, I will draw a winner. Very easy and very fast ;-) I will send a PM to the winner, so remember to not leave anonymous comments!

And the ebook giveaway goes to: chickie4, please contact me.

Today author is DC Juris (http://www.dcjuris.com/)

On Solid Ground by DC Juris
Publisher: Torquere Press, Inc. (February 16, 2011)
Amazon Kindle: On Solid Ground

Jack and Alan are back! The couple's world is turned upside down by a break-in, and while Alan takes it all in stride, Jack finds himself faced with something he's never dealt with before. Fear. When panic attacks start to take hold, Jack decides Alan would be better off with someone "normal" and runs away to his parents' cabin in the woods. With the help of Solid Ground Security Systems, and a lesson in love from the most unlikely of sources, can Alan convince Jack there's nothing they can't overcome together?

Jack and Alan are from Nice: The Best Kind of Prize.
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The Isle of… Where? By Sue Brown

A nice, and sweet, summer fling that developed in something more. When Liam lands in UK from the US to fulfill the deathbed desire of his best friend Alex, he doesn’t expect to fall in love. Alex asked him to go the Isle of Wight and scatter his ashes on the pier. Simple enough, problem is that Liam has not had yet his closure with Alex and he is not ready to part with his earth remaining. This is when Sam comes in; a younger man with a friendly attitude, he sees the bad situation Liam is in and volunteer to help. If he has an hidden agenda, it’s nothing dark, it’s simply that both of them are gays and he finds Liam very attractive. And if Sam has the disposition of falling in love at first sight, well, that can be a complication, but again, nothing dramatic.

There is a lot of emotion in this novel, and I have to pay my compliments to the author for how she dealt the relationship of Liam with his dying friend Alex; having first hand experience of loving and loving a dear one to cancer, I can tell you that what she wrote rung true. I also appreciated that she didn’t indulge too much, it was not necessary, not to the reader (me), not to the story. Aside for this bittersweet beginning, the story is mostly a sweet and sexy romance, Liam and Sam enjoy their time together, quickly heading from fling to love in the span of few days. Sure, someone can say that is too fast, but this is a romance and it’s love at first sight after all.

The author plays a lot with the cultural differences between Liam, American, and Sam, English; the timeless fight between coffee and tea, continental breakfast and full breakfast, dinner for lunch and supper for dinner… they were old arguments but managed in a light and funny way. I also liked when the author puts her characters in front of some discrimination for being gay they were able to face without much fuss; what maybe I didn’t like so much is when she insisted on that, one time was good, but more than that it felt more preaching than reading. Then maybe the author wanted only to be supportive of Liam and Sam, and it’s also true that I’m preaching from a pulpit, not being gay and not having experienced first hand such discrimination, and so maybe, what to me feel too much, it’s, unfortunately, everyday life to someone else.

http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=3054

Amazon: The Isle of... Where?
Amazon Kindle: The Isle of... Where?
Paperback: 250 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 29, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613727070
ISBN-13: 978-1613727072

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