August 15th, 2012

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Waide Aaron Riddle (born August 15, 1963)

Waide Aaron Riddle was born on August 15, 1963, in Kingsville, Texas. Raised in Houston, Texas, Riddle eventually moved to Los Angeles where he worked as a barber and in various jobs in the entertainment industry. Beginning in the mid-1990s, Riddle began writing poetry and short stories. His first poem, "Two Men Kissing," won the National Author's Registry Honorable Mention in 1996 and the Registry's President's Award in 1997. Riddle went on to self-publish two books of poetry: All-American Texan, in 1999, and The Chocolate Man: A Children's Horror Tale, in 2002. In addition, his short stories and articles have been published in anthologies and magazines, and he has won a number of awards in poetry competitions.

As of June 2008, he continues to live in West Hollywood, California.

As a boy, Waide was an extremely slow learner. Academically, he often fell behind his other classmates and was eventually separated into 'Slower Learner' classrooms and education. More often than not, he failed his studies. In fact, his teachers would purposely 'push' him through his classes with a 'C' or 'D' just to pass him and move him on to the next grade level.
Waide went through Kindergarten twice. He failed First and repeated that. Teachers encouraged his parents to repeat the Third grade, as well , but, because of his age, they refused and ushered in continual tutoring during the evenings. His weakness in the academia was obvious and continued to shadow him all the way through elementary, middle and high school...

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GayRomLit Ebook Giveaway: Jeff Erno - We Danced

I asked to all the authors joining the GayRomLit convention in Albuquerque in October ( a personal favor, a special Ebook Giveaway: every day 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! (comments close on August 17)

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

Today author is Jeff Erno (

We Danced by Jeff Erno
Paperback: 210 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 1, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613725302
ISBN-13: 978-1613725306
Amazon: We Danced
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For six years, Rex Payton has focused on two things: keeping his late father's small-town Kentucky bar afloat and raising his nephew, Tyler. After the tragic loss of his parents and sister, Rex has no interest in romance. He's respected in his community and regarded as one of Carlisle's most eligible bachelors, but he's accepted that his life isn't conducive to a romantic relationship, especially as a closeted gay man. Enter Josh Billings, a veterinary student who's serving an internship in town. Josh's deepest passion is helping animals. Romance is the furthest thing from his mind... until the night he meets taciturn, handsome Rex Payton. Chance and an after-hours dance conspire to forge an intimate connection neither man looked for-one neither man can ignore after the dance leads to a kiss. Suddenly romance isn't so insignificant, but it's also not without complications. For this relationship to work, Josh has to decide if he can cope with dating a single dad, Rex has to open his heart, and Ty has to learn to share his dad's affection.
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Rainbow Awards: Current Submissions (131-140)

131) Anne Barwell - Shadowboxing
Paperback: 266 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (January 20, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 161372361X
ISBN-13: 978-1613723616
Amazon: Shadowboxing
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Berlin, 1943. An encounter with an old friend leaves German physicist Dr. Kristopher Lehrer with doubts about his work. But when he confronts his superior, everything goes horribly wrong. Suddenly Kristopher and Michel, a member of the Resistance, are on the run, hunted for treason and a murder they did not commit. If they're caught, Kristopher's knowledge could be used to build a terrible weapon that could win the war. When Michel contacts the Allies, hoping they can work together, it isn't long before the so-called "simple" mission becomes anything but. With both men realizing they can no longer ignore their growing feelings for each other, Kristopher and Michel must fight-not just for a chance of a future together, but for their very survival.

132) Q. Kelly - Third
Paperback: 186 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace (January 20, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1469942208
ISBN-13: 978-1469942209
Amazon: Third
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Tudor historian Helen Franklin is horrified when her dying scientist father leaves her a most unusual inheritance: Anne Boleyn. Yep, Anne Boleyn as in Henry VIII's beheaded queen. She is a time traveler and is having trouble adjusting to the modern world. Helen tells herself she does not have time for Anne. Yalia, Helen's wife, has been distancing herself from Helen for three years, and Helen needs to decide if she wants to save their marriage. Then the unexpected happens. A romantic relationship develops among Yalia, Anne and Helen. Can the three of them figure out their lives together, especially when time might be running out for Anne?

133) R.J. Scott - The Decisions We Make
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Daniel Keyes is an orphan, fostered by the Walker’s. The product of a lonely childhood, he is thrown into the chaos of the Walker family and into the life of his new foster brother Jamie. This story is the journey of Daniel and Jamie finding their place in the world. Through Jamie being a victim of hate crime to coming out to family and friends, there are many decisions the boys have to make before they become men.

134) Savannah Hartley - Deadly Secrets
Paperback: 450 pages
Publisher: Silver Publishing (April 30, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1614954615
ISBN-13: 978-1614954613
Amazon: Deadly Secrets (Dark Kings of Eternity #1)
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Jamie Dexson is like any other twenty year old boy--with one exception. He's been passing himself off as a girl for four years. Fleeing from a dangerous situation, the ruse is necessary. Jamie and his mother have been on the run, but when Jamie's disguise becomes more trouble than it's worth, he has to decide if leaving it behind will free him from the arms of a predator seeking to make Jamie his. From a life of deciding which heels to wear with what outfit, Jamie falls into a world of dragons, vampires, werewolves, and shapeshifters. And he discovers he's one of them... but doesn't know which one.

135) Jeff Erno - Another Dumb Jock
Paperback: 218 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace (January 22, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1469956543
ISBN-13: 978-1469956541
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In Dumb Jock, Jeff and Brett fall in love, but their relationship is not without challenges. Brett’s a football star, and Jeff is the classic nerd. Their coming of age and coming out story is set in the 1980s, and they face many obstacles. Yet their love for each other is strong, and they finally get their happy ending. Now, almost three decades later, their children are teenagers. Adam, their fifteen year old son, is the star pitcher of his high school baseball team. He has grown up with two dads, in a loving, non-judgmental environment. Yet Adam has challenges of his own. He’s failing two of his classes at school, and he’s been suspended for fighting. He resents being labeled and insists that just because he has two dads, it doesn’t mean that he is himself gay. When he is forced to accept help from another student in his algebra class, Adam starts to have feelings that cause him to question his very identity. He’s got to decide whether to follow his heart or to maintain the image he’s worked so hard to portray. Will he have the courage to take a stand for what he knows is right, or will he end up being just another dumb jock?

136) Taryn Rose - L World
Paperback: 300 pages
Publisher: Ravenous Romance (May 22, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1607779234
ISBN-13: 978-1607779230
Amazon: L World
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Blake Sanders, a partner at a top Manhattan law firm and newly minted divorcee, is shocked to find herself lusting after her sexy female hairstylist. But when her trendy tufts are not at all what she imagined, Blake's fiery temper takes over and she stiffs the hottie who fashioned them. After her new look causes a splash at work, Blake has a change of heart and returns to the salon with a generous tip for Janie, the sexy stylist, only to find her cozying up with another woman on her way out. Intrigued, she follows the pair downtown to a Greenwich Village bar called "L World". When Blake discovers that her fantasy girl is an out and proud gay chick, her attraction to Janie becomes very real. She pursues her, setting in motion a torrid affair that turns both women's lives upside down, and leaving a trail of damage behind!

137) Val Kovalin - Fall Into the Sun
Publisher: VK-Now Books (January 26, 2012)
Amazon Kindle: Fall Into the Sun

They should have spent the past 22 years together, but life took some unexpected turns for Bobby Gallegos and Alejo Sandoval. Heartbreak and rejection can harden the hearts of two passionate, stubborn men. One, deeply devout, wanted to attend college. One, who perfected a tough act to deceive his brothers, might have followed his dad to prison. Now, at 40 years old, they maintain a long-distance relationship as sex buddies, who don't quite trust each other. Their lives have sharply diverged. One is now divorced with two teenagers, who bring him joy and despair. One has just had a near-death experience on the job. When Bobby returns to Albuquerque, he will use sex, persuasion, and memories of their shared past to try to convince Alejo to take a chance on him and reach for the future together that they were meant to share.

138) Angelia Sparrow - Power in the Blood
Paperback: 280 pages
Publisher: Storm Moon Press, LLC (January 27, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 193705800X
ISBN-13: 978-1937058005
Amazon: Power In The Blood
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Oren Stolt understands the natural order better than most people. Vampires prey on humans and Undying keep the vampires' numbers in check. Until now. Now, across the United States, vampire numbers are exploding, thanks to a new church. The Tabernacle of the Firstfruits preaches a Risen Lord and invites believers to follow Him in death and resurrection... quite literally. In Memphis, the church is about to host its first conference, with an eye to converting the whole world to the vampiric gospel. And all that stands between humanity and eternal night is Oren, his kids, and a thin line of insane immortals.

139) Sean Wolfe - Give It To Me
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Kensington (January 31, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 075825573X
ISBN-13: 978-0758255730
Amazon: Give It To Me
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Sweet and tender is good, but sometimes, bad is better. In this electrifying anthology, Sean Wolfe explores those irresistible encounters that fuel our darkest fantasies. Rough, risky exploits, uninhibited lust, the sheer turn-on of taking what you want--twelve incredible stories where nothing is off-limits. . . In "Mother May I," Cory is a respected investment manager by day. At night, he trades designer suits for a leather harness and enjoys the eager attentions of his beautiful, willing slave. Most cops live to serve and protect; Michael just enjoys the power trip. . .until an off-duty encounter ends with a sexy surprise in "Hands Above Your Head and Spread 'Em." When a burglar is caught in the act by a wealthy homeowner, it's the beginning of an intensely erotic connection in "The Bad Boy." In "Nephelum," all fallen angel Cyrienne has to do to regain his wings is withstand carnal temptation. But that's easier said than done when a flirty young resort attendant shows him one hell of a good time. Provocative, graphic, and explosive, Give It To Me is filled with stories of pleasure given and boldly taken--and of desire too raw to be denied. . .

140) E.J. Allen - Fries With That Sir
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Logan is 26, a business professional who's fallen victim of a receding economy. Although he has a degree and management experience, he finds himself in a position where he's forced to take a lowly minimum wage job flipping burgers at a fast food restaurant. To make matters worse, he has a boss from hell. Jarrod is only 19, and very cocky. As humiliated as Logan is by the way his arrogant boss treats him, Logan discovers that Jarrod's dominance kind of turns him on. When he and Jarrod have an encounter away from work, Logan discovers that there is a reason why Jarrod's so demanding. The nineteen year old is not only a boss at work, but in his private life he's a BDSM Master, and he's pegged Logan as a slave. Logan must decide whether to turn tail and run or to embrace his identity as a sexual submissive.
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Real Life Romance & Outlaw Marriages

My friends know I love romance, and when I can find a real life romance I'm even more happy. This post is devoted to those Gay and Lesbian couples who realized in real life what I love to read in novels. I collected those couples who were together for more than 20 years, but there are many that shared 10, 15 and more years together and only death separated them. I'm glad I found many (and if I forgot someone, please tell me), and I hope to be able to add many, many other in the future. Many of them didn't survive the loss of their soul mate and followed them soon behind. For all of them you can find a featuring post linking on the tage on the menu bar.

Mazo de la Roche & Caroline Clement: The first one is an outsider, since we actually don't know when they got together in a "love" point of view:  At the age of seven, Mazo de la Roche's parents adopted her orphaned younger cousin Caroline Clement, who joined in her fantasy world game and would become her lifelong companion. The two lived a fairly reclusive life; their relationship was not discussed widely in the press. In 1931 they adopted two children whose parents were friends of Clement and de la Roche and who had died. Together from 1886 to 1961: 75 years.

Glenway Wescott & Monroe Wheeler: Upon receiving a small printing press as a gift from his father, Monroe Wheeler began producing chap books of poetry under the imprint, Manikin Press. One of his first works was The Bitterns, a collection of poems by Glenway Wescott, whom he had met in Chicago in 1919 and who would become Wheeler's long-time companion. Monroe Wheeler died in Manhattan on August 14, 1988 at the age of 89, 18 months after the death of Glenway Wescott. They were together for 66 years. Together from 1919 to 1987: 68 years.

Jan Morris & Elizabeth Tuckniss:
In 1949, Jan Morris married Elizabeth Tuckniss; they had five children together, including the poet and musician Twm Morys. Male at birth, Morris began medical transition in 1964. In 1972, Morris traveled to Morocco to undergo sex reassignment surgery because doctors in Britain refused to allow the procedure unless Morris and Tuckniss divorced. They divorced later, but remained together and on 14 May 2008 were legally reunited into a civil partnership. (Picture: Jan Morris and her son, Twm Morys). Together from 1949 to 2012 (and counting): 63 years

Jack Fontan & Ray Unger: In 1992 Kathryn Turner and Bivens Hunt were at Laguna Beach City Hall to register as a couple under the city's new domestic-partners ordinance. When Ray Unger and Jack Adams Fontan moved to Laguna Beach in 1956, it was a little seaside village of about 8,000 people. "This is long overdue, we already have legal protection for each other, but we thought it was a good idea to set an example for the young folks. We don't like the idea of them growing up thinking there is something wrong with them." Together from 1950 to 2012 (and counting): 62 years.

Del Martin & Phyllis Lyon: Dorothy Louise Taliaferro "Del" Martin and Phyllis Ann Lyon were an American lesbian couple known as feminist and gay-rights activists. They were a couple until Del Martin's death on August 27, 2008. Together from 1952 to 2008: 56 years.

Alan Shayne & Norman Sunshine: Alan Shayne retired as President of Warner Brothers Television in 1986. Norman Sunshine was a successful magazine illustrator in New York who went on to be a painter and sculptor whose works are in museums and in important collections. Upon the two men meeting in New York in 1958, “We didn’t want to live together,” says Shayne. “We didn’t have any examples of what a good love relationship between two men could be. And there was always the problem of hiding so no one would know we were gay.” Together from 1958 to 2012 (and counting): 54 years.

Anna Freud & Dorothy Burlingham:
Dorothy Burlingham became Anna Freud's life partner and companion, although the sexual nature of their intimacy remains unclear. Burlingham moved to Vienna in 1925 to begin her work in psychoanalysis. She and Anna Freud became close friends and began their life-long collaboration on developing children's therapies and psychoanalysis. Burlingham preceded Freud in death by three years, and her absence from Freud's life was extremely difficult for the surviving partner. Together from 1925 to 1979: 54 years.

William Wynkoop & Roy Strickland: Roy Strickland and William Wynkoop marching proudly down Fifth Avenue during 1985 Gay Pride Parade. They both died in 2003, two months apart from each other, William 87 years old and Roy 85 years old, after living together for more than 53 years. Together from 1950 to 2003: 53 years.

Rudolf Brazda & Edouard Mayer: Rudolf Brazda was the last known concentration camp survivor deported by Nazi Germany on charges of homosexuality. Brazda spent nearly three years at the Buchenwald concentration camp. After the liberation Brazda settled in Alsace, in May 1945 and lived there for the rest of his life. In the early 1950s Brazda met Edouard "Edi" Mayer, who became his life companion. He tended to Edi for over 30 years after Edi was crippled by a severe work accident, until his death in 2003. Brazda died in 2011. Together from 1950 to 2003: 53 years.

Edward Field & Neil Derrick:
Edward Field and his partner Neil Derrick, long-time residents of Greenwich Village, have written a best-selling historical novel about the Village, The Villagers. Together from 1959 to 2012 (and counting): 53 years.

Eleanor Charlotte Butler & Honorable Sarah Ponsonby: Lady Eleanor Charlotte Butler & Honorable Sarah Ponsonby. Rather than face the possibility of being forced into unwanted marriages, they ran away together in April 1778. Together from 1778 to 1829: 51 years.

Patrick White & Manoly Lascaris:
By the time World War II broke out, Patrick White joined the British Royal Air Force. While in the Middle East, he had an affair with a Greek army officer, Manoly Lascaris, who was to become his life partner. After the war White returned to Australia, buying an old house in Castle Hill. Here he settled down with Lascaris. White and Lascaris hosted many dinner parties at Highbury, their Centennial Park home, in a leafy part of the affluent Eastern suburbs of Sydney. Together from 1939 to 1990: 51 years.

Otis Bigelow & Thierry Mahe: Otis Bigelow was "the best-looking man in Manhattan in 1940, the one who had chosen a beautiful sailor over a suntanned millionaire", only to be betrayed by the beautiful sailor with the same suntanned millionaire, and the one who inspired Gordon Merrick to write the first "happily ever after" Gay Romance. Otis M. Bigelow died on October 6, 2007, as reported in the classified obituary section of The New York Times. He was survived by Thierry Mahe, his life partner of more than 50 years. Together from 1957 to 2007: 50 years.

Mary Renault & Julie Mullard: In 1933, Mary 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. Together from 1933 to 1983: 50 years.

J.C. Leyendecker & Charles Beach: J.C. Leyendecker lived for most of his adult life with Charles Beach, the Arrow Collar Man, on whom the stylish men in his artwork were modeled. Together from 1901 to 1951: 50 years.

Thom Gunn & Mike Kitay: In 1954, Thom Gunn emigrated to the United States to teach writing at Stanford University and to remain close to his partner, Mike Kitay, whom he had met while at college. Gunn taught at the University of California at Berkeley from 1958 to 1966 and again from 1973 to 1990. In 2004, he died at his home in the Haight Ashbury neighborhood in San Francisco, in the same bed he shared with Mike Kitay since 1960. Together from 1954 to 2004: 50 years.

Arthur Laurents & Tom Hatcher: Arthur Laurents died at the age of 93 in New York City on May 5, 2011 of pneumonia complications, as reported by The New York Times. He had lived with his lover Tom Hatcher for more than fifty years, until Hatcher's death in 2006. Together from 1956 to 2006: 50 years.

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