April 10th, 2013

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Algernon Charles Swinburne & Theodore Watts-Dunton

Algernon Charles Swinburne (London, 5 April 1837 – London, 10 April 1909) was an English poet, playwright, novelist, and critic. He invented the roundel form, wrote several novels, and contributed to the famous Eleventh Edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in every year from 1903 to 1907 and again in 1909. (Picture: Swinburne by Dante Gabriel Rossetti)

Swinburne was born at 7 Chester Street, Grosvenor Place, London, on 5 April 1837. He was the eldest of six children born to Captain (later Admiral) Charles Henry Swinburne and Lady Jane Henrietta, daughter of the 3rd Earl of Ashburnham. He grew up at East Dene in Bonchurch on the Isle of Wight and attended Eton College 1849–53, where he first started writing poetry, and then Balliol College, Oxford 1856–60 with a brief hiatus when he was rusticated from the university in 1859 for having publicly supported the attempted assassination of Napoleon III by Felice Orsini, returning in May 1860, though he never received a degree.

He spent summer holidays at Capheaton Hall in Northumberland, the house of his grandfather, Sir John Swinburne, 6th Baronet (1762–1860) who had a famous library and was President of the Literary and Philosophical Society in Newcastle upon Tyne. Swinburne considered Northumberland to be his native county, an emotion memorably reflected in poems like the intensely patriotic 'Northumberland', 'Grace Darling' and others. He enjoyed riding his pony across the moors (he was a daring horseman) 'through honeyed leagues of the northland border'. He never called it the Scottish border.

©Poole and Co. / NPG x25144. Helen Bramwell Norris with a painting of Algernon Charles Swinburne (©19)

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

Days of Love: Celebrating LGBT History One Story at a Time by Elisa Rolle
Paperback: 760 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (July 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1500563323
ISBN-13: 978-1500563325
CreateSpace Store: https://www.createspace.com/4910282
Amazon (Paperback): http://www.amazon.com/dp/1500563323/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
Amazon (Kindle): http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MZG0VHY/?tag=elimyrevandra-20

Days of Love chronicles more than 700 LGBT couples throughout history, spanning 2000 years from Alexander the Great to the most recent winner of a Lambda Literary Award. Many of the contemporary couples share their stories on how they met and fell in love, as well as photos from when they married or of their families. Included are professional portraits by Robert Giard and Stathis Orphanos, paintings by John Singer Sargent and Giovanni Boldini, and photographs by Frances Benjamin Johnson, Arnold Genthe, and Carl Van Vechten among others. “It's wonderful. Laying it out chronologically is inspired, offering a solid GLBT history. I kept learning things. I love the decision to include couples broken by death. It makes clear how important love is, as well as showing what people have been through. The layout and photos look terrific.” Christopher Bram “I couldn’t resist clicking through every page. I never realized the scope of the book would cover centuries! I know that it will be hugely validating to young, newly-emerging LGBT kids and be reassured that they really can have a secure, respected place in the world as their futures unfold.” Howard Cruse “This international history-and-photo book, featuring 100s of detailed bios of some of the most forward-moving gay persons in history, is sure to be one of those bestsellers that gay folk will enjoy for years to come as reference and research that is filled with facts and fun.” Jack Fritscher

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UK GLBTQ Meet Ebook Giveaway: Kay Berrisford - Lord of the Forest

I asked to all the authors joining the UK GLBTQ Fiction meet in Manchester in July (http://ukglbtfictionmeet.co.uk/2013-event/2013-attendees/spotlight_authors-2/) 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: evila_elf

Today author is Kay Berrisford: Kay used to be a historian and press officer. Then she realized making stuff up and adding magic and sex was even more exciting than the “day job.” She is author of the m/m fantasy “Greenwood” series – Lord of the Forest, Bound for the Forest, Bound to the Beast, and Locking Horns, and two contemporary paranormals, Catching Kit, and Simon, Sex, and the Solstice Stone.
She lives in Southampton, Hampshire, UK, with her beloved “other half.”
Website: http://kayberrisford.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/KayBerrisford

Lord of the Forest (The Greenwood) by Kay Berrisford
Publisher: Loose Id LLC (April 9, 2013)
Amazon Kindle: Lord of the Forest (The Greenwood)

England, 1217. Dark forces are rising. In the Greenwood, foul spirits grow powerful, and greedy barons plunder the lands. Only one man dares fight back--Robin Hood.

Robin's band of brothers is broken. Now a lone warrior, he denies his famous name and laments the friends and lovers he's lost. When the fair folk capture Cal, a beautiful young forester descended from the Greenwood's ancient protectors, Robin rescues him and forges a new alliance.

Despite a sizzling attraction, Robin senses Cal isn't like his old comrades, and he's right. Cal's been raised as a royal spy. He plans to seduce and betray Robin, but can't harm the man he's falling hard for. Mistrust and arguments spill into passionate lovemaking, as Cal learns the meaning of loyalty, fighting beside Robin, the only friend he's ever known. Even the enchanted forest seeks to bind Robin and the returned protector ever tighter.

Their connection will be tested by nature's wildest forces, Robin's past, Cal's lies, and in a baron's darkest dungeon. To survive, Robin and Cal must admit their love and embrace their true destinies. Only then can they save England and each other--and win their happiness ever after.

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Gay Romance Challenge: April 2013

Here is the Bestsellers List on Amazon I'm referring to for the challenge:

Bestsellers in Gay Fiction

And here is the actual situation (in bold the books I read with link to the review and marked as New the books entering the Challenge this month):

1) Touch & Geaux (Cut & Run) by Abigail Roux
Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1937551873/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
2) Trunk and a Skunk [Midnight Matings] by Joyee Flynn
Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00C6GLIMK/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
3) Texas Pride by Kindle Alexander
Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BVQD4ZA/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
4) Feral by Alexa Land
Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00C0ZVKHK/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
5) Covet Thy Neighbor (Tucker Springs) by L.A. Witt
Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1626490015/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
6) Compromises for His Moose (Kontra's Menagerie) by Charlie Richards
Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00C9G6SJ0/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
7) Heat Under Fire by Andrew Grey
Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00C1VKJZ2/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
8) The Good Boy by J. A. Rock & Lisa Henry
Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00C1NCUL6/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
9) Kestrel's Chance by Harper Fox
Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00C5TOCTE/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
10) Doc Featherstone's Return (Lost Shifter) by Stephani Hecht
Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00C9G7N5I/?tag=elimyrevandra-20

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2013 Rainbow Awards Submission: Jacob Z. Flores - The Gifted One

The Gifted One by Jacob Z. Flores
Paperback: 350 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (April 5, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1623804620
ISBN-13: 978-1623804626
Amazon: The Gifted One
Amazon Kindle: The Gifted One

As his birthday approaches, Matthew Westlake fears more than just growing a year older. He fears never seeing another year at all. Each birthday brings a close call with death, leaving holes in his memory, recurring nightmares, and one more glimpse of his guardian angel. This birthday Matt must stand against ancient evils that have hounded him since birth, because he is a Gifted One-a seventh son of a seventh son.

Within Matt rests the unlocked potential of a force for good, but it also makes him a target. Being the Gifted One and dodging demonic attacks aren't Matt's only problems, though. He's fallen in love with his protector, the Archangel Gabriel, and Heaven will condemn that love to save Matt's soul. But Heaven doesn't count on Gabriel loving Matt in return, defying divine law and placing them in danger from demons and angels alike.

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