April 5th, 2013

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GayRomLit Ebook Giveaway: Jordan L. Hawk - Widdershins

I asked to all the authors joining the GayRomLit convention in Atlanta in October (http://gayromlit.com/grl-authors) a personal favor, a special Ebook Giveaway: twice a week 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: littlesuze

Today author is Jordan L. Hawk: Jordan L. Hawk grew up in the wilds of North Carolina, where she was raised on stories of haints and mountain magic by her bootlegging granny. After using a silver knife in the light of a full moon to summon her true love, she turned her talents to spinning tales. She weaves together couples who need to fall in love, then throws in some evil sorcerers and undead just to make sure they want it bad enough. In Jordan’s world, love might conquer all, but it just as easily could end up in the grave.
Website: http://www.jordanlhawk.com
Most recent title: Hunter of Demons

Widdershins (Whyborne & Griffin) by Jordan L. Hawk
Paperback: 226 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 15, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1482528150
ISBN-13: 978-1482528152
Amazon: Widdershins (Whyborne & Griffin)
Amazon Kindle: Widdershins (Whyborne & Griffin)

Some things should stay buried. Repressed scholar Percival Endicott Whyborne has two skills: reading dead languages and hiding in his office at the Ladysmith Museum. After the tragic death of the friend he secretly loved, he’s ruthlessly suppressed any desire for another man. So when handsome ex-Pinkerton Griffin Flaherty approaches him to translate a mysterious book, Whyborne wants to finish the job and get rid of the detective as quickly as possible. Griffin left the Pinkertons following the death of his partner, hoping to start a new life. But the powerful cult which murdered Glenn has taken root in Widdershins, and only the spells in the book can stop them. Spells the intellectual Whyborne doesn’t believe are real. As the investigation draws the two men closer, Griffin’s rakish charm threatens to shatter Whyborne’s iron control. When the cult resurrects an evil sorcerer who commands terrifying monsters, can Whyborne overcome his fear and learn to trust? Will Griffin let go of his past and risk falling in love? Or will Griffin’s secrets cost Whyborne both his heart and his life?

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Bruno Vogel (September 29, 1898 - April 5, 1987)

Bruno Vogel's experiences as a soldier during World War I and as a homosexual in a society hostile to any open expression of same-sex love shaped his political and aesthetic vision.

Shortly after the war, he co-founded the "Gemeinschaft Wir" ("We, the Community"), a local chapter of the Scientific-Humanitarian Committee in Leipzig, his hometown. This Committee was the largest group working for homosexual emancipation in Germany from 1896 to 1933. Its founder, Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld, arranged a job for Vogel at the Committee's Berlin headquarters in the Institute for Sexual Research. In November 1929, Vogel was elected to the Committee's board of directors.

By that time, Vogel had made a name for himself as a writer. In 1924, he published the antiwar Es lebe der Krieg! (Long Live War!), which caused him to be tried (and later acquitted) for blasphemy.

A passionate socialist and pacifist, Vogel recognized early the danger of National Socialism. From 1931 to 1937, he lived in various European cities. As was the case with many of Germany's left-wing intellectuals, writers, and artists, the exile became permanent.

For the next sixteen years, Vogel lived in Capetown, South Africa, where his involvement with the black community eventually led to difficulties with the white government. In late 1952, he moved to London, where he remained until his death in 1983.

Vogel's two chief prose works deal with the themes of antimilitarism and anti-imperialism. Three of the seven stories that make up Ein Gulasch und andere Skizzen (A Gulash and Other Sketches, 1928) delineate male homosexual characters as the voices of humanity, reason, and love. They point the way out of the economic hardship and moral decay around them by refusing to be separated from their fellow-sufferers, who are all nongay.

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Citation Information
Author: Jones, James W.
Entry Title: Vogel, Bruno
General Editor: Claude J. Summers
Publication Name: glbtq: An Encyclopedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Culture
Publication Date: 2002
Date Last Updated March 1, 2004
Web Address www.glbtq.com/literature/vogel_b.html
Publisher glbtq, Inc.
1130 West Adams
Chicago, IL 60607
Today's Date April 5, 2013
Encyclopedia Copyright: © 2002-2006, glbtq, Inc.
Entry Copyright © 1995, 2002 New England Publishing Associates

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Marlon Riggs (February 3, 1957 – April 5, 1994)

Marlon Troy Riggs (February 3, 1957 – April 5, 1994) was a gay African-American filmmaker, educator, poet, and gay rights activist. He produced, wrote, and directed several television documentaries, including Ethnic Notions, Tongues Untied, Color Adjustment, and Black Is. . . Black Ain't. Riggs' aesthetically innovative and socially provocative films examine past and present representations of race and sexuality in America.

Riggs was born in Fort Worth, Texas on February 3, 1957. He was a child of civilian employees of the military and spent a great deal of his childhood traveling. He lived in Texas and Georgia before moving to West Germany at age 11 with his family. Later in his life, Riggs remembered the ostracism and name-calling that he experienced at Hephzibah Junior High School in Hephzibah, Georgia. He stated that black and white students alike called him a “punk," a “faggot,” and “Uncle Tom.” He explains that he felt isolated from everyone at the school: “I was caught between these two worlds where the whites hated me and the blacks disparaged me. It was so painful.”

From 1973 to 1974 Riggs attended Ansbach American High School's opening year in Katterbach, Germany. He was elected student body president at the military dependents school. In 1974, Riggs returned to the United States to attend college. As an undergraduate, Riggs studied history at Harvard University and graduated magna cum laude in 1978. As Riggs began studying the history of American racism and homophobia, he became interested in communicating his ideas about these subjects through film.

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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marlon_Riggs

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Ron Richardson (January 27, 1952 – April 5, 1995)

Ronald E. Richardson (January 27, 1952 – April 5, 1995) was an American actor and operatic baritone. Richardson began his career in the mid 1970s appearing in regional theater and opera productions. He appeared in several Broadway musicals from 1978-1993, arguably best known for his Tony Award and Drama Desk Award-winning performance of Jim in the 1985 Broadway musical Big River.

Richardson was born to William F. and Amanda Richardson in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His father worked in the meat-packing industry and his mother operated a beauty parlor in their home for more than 30 years. He had one sister, Vickilyn Reynolds, and two brothers, the Reverend W. Franklyn Richardson and Raymond Lloyd Richardson. Richardson was highly influenced by the music at his family's church where he started singing at age 4. In high school he began studying singing seriously and performed in choirs and dinner theater musicals. He also studied music composition. After highschool, Richardson entered the University of the Arts (Philadelphia), where he studied voice and played roles in classic musicals such as Show Boat, Camelot, and Man of La Mancha.

In 1977, Richardson played Sportin' Life in the Houston Grand Opera production of Porgy and Bess. Richardson's first role on Broadway was as the Chief of Police in the 1978 musical Timbuktu! Over the next several years, Richardson appeared in several regional theatre and opera productions and was in the 1983 National tour of Dreamgirls, but it wasn't until his award-winning performance as Jim in the 1985 Broadway musical Big River that Richardson became widely known. After Big River closed in 1987, Richardson toured London, St. Petersburg, Moscow, and Japan in concerts and in singing roles. He appeared at The American Place Theater in Leslie Lee's Ground People and starred as Husky Miller in the Old Vic revival of Carmen Jones. Richardson also appeared in two more Broadway productions during the early 1990s, Oh, Kay! and The Boys Choir of Harlem and Friends.

Richardson died of an AIDS related illness at age of 43 in Bronxville, New York.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron_Richardson

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Sophie Elkan (January 3, 1853 - April 5, 1921)

Sophie Elkan is known as Selma Lagerlöf’s closest friend, had the maiden name Salomon, and belonged to a prominent Jewish family in Gothenburg. She lost her husband and small daughter ten years before she met Selma Lagerlöf in 1894. She mastered several languages and was extremely well-read. In her correspondence with Lagerlöf, “Du lär mig att bli fri”, 1992, it is possible to follow the development of the two authors.

Lagerlöf's letters to Sophie Elkan, You Teach Me to Be Free (Du lär mig att bli fri), published in 1992, tell a passionate love story that began in 1894 and apparently remained the most important relationship of Lagerlöf's life until Elkan's death in 1921. Lagerlöf dedicated her novel Jerusalem I (1901) to "Sophie Elkan, my companion in life and letters." (Picture: Selma Lagerlöf)

In 1889 and 1891 she published collections of short stories under the pseudonym Rust Roest together with the novels Rika flickor, 1893, and Säfve, Kurt & Co., 1894. In 1899, she published, under her real name, the major historical novel John Hall, which is a living portrait of the period and the milieu. After travels with Selma Lagerlöf to countries such as Egypt and Palestine, she published Drömmen om Österlandet (N), 1901. She subsequently returned to the historical novel, writing Konungen (Eng. tr. An Exiled King. Gustaf Adolf IV of Sweden) in four volumes, 1904-1906, and Anckarström, 1910.

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Source: http://nordicwomensliterature.net/writer/elkan-sophie

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2013 Rainbow Awards Submission: Lynn Lorenz - Bayou Loup

Bayou Loup (Rougaroux Social Club) by Lynn Lorenz
Publisher: Loose Id LLC (December 24, 2012)
Amazon Kindle: Bayou Loup (Rougaroux Social Club)

After spending a hot, no-holds-barred sex-filled weekend at a hotel with a man he only knows as Mark, werewolf Bobby Cotteau isn’t sure but he thinks he’s found a new mate. Problem is he never got his lover’s real name. Or his phone number, or even where he lives. But that’s not Bobby’s only problem.

Mark is Professor Mark Bradford, and he’s spent his career as a zoologist trying to prove there are wolves living in the swamps around St. Jerome. If he can do this, he’ll make a name for himself, restore his reputation and maybe even name them after his father, who was killed by a wolf during a camping trip in the swamp with a teenaged Mark. But after a weekend of the best sex of his life, Mark’s fallen hard for Bobby, but without the man’s real name, he has no hopes of ever seeing him again. And the longer they’re apart, the more desperate he is to find Bobby. It’s like he’s under some kind of spell.

Meanwhile, at the Rougaroux Social Club’s yearly Rugarou Festival, which Bobby is in charge of, everything is falling apart. The forecast is for storms, the Virgin Mary has appeared a tree on the festival grounds at the church, pilgrims are swarming, and beer is being sold... and his new mate is about to expose Bobby’s pack to the world.

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