May 23rd, 2013

andrew potter

UK GLBTQ Meet Ebook Giveaway: Blaine D. Arden - The Forester

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: brenopa

Today author is Blaine D. Arden: Blaine is a purple haired, forty-something, writer of gay romance with a love of men, music, mystery, magic, fairies, platform shoes and the colours black, purple and red, who sings her way through life.
Born and raised in Zutphen, the Netherlands, she spent many hours of her sheltered youth reading, day dreaming, making up stories and acting them out with her barbies.
When not writing, reading or at choir practice, Blaine has singing lessons and hopes to be in a band someday.

The Forester by Blaine D. Arden
Publisher: Storm Moon Press LLC (December 21, 2011)
Amazon Kindle: The Forester

Kelnaht, a cloud elf, is a truth seeker caught between love and faith. Worse, a murder committed ten days before Solstice reveals an illicit affair between two tree elves he desires more than he can admit: Kelnaht's former lover Ianys, who once betrayed him, and the shunned forester named Taruif, who is not allowed to talk to anyone but The Guide, their spiritual pathfinder. When Taruif turns out to be the only witness for the crime, Kelnaht has to keep Ianys from sacrificing himself and losing his daughter, while at the same time realising he'd gladly sacrifice himself to end Taruif's loneliness.

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Moms Mabley (March 19, 1894 – May 23, 1975)

Jackie "Moms" Mabley, born Loretta Mary Aiken (March 19, 1894 – May 23, 1975) was an American standup comedian and a pioneer of the so-called "Chitlin' Circuit" of African-American vaudeville. She took her stage name, Jackie Mabley, from an early boyfriend, commenting to Ebony in a 1970s interview that he'd taken so much from her, it was the least she could do to take his name. Later she became known as "Moms" because she was indeed a "Mom" to many other comedians on the circuit in the 1950s and 1960s. She came out as a lesbian at the age of twenty-seven, becoming one of the first triple-X rated comedians on the comedy circuit.

During the 1920s and 1930s she appeared in androgynous clothing (as she did in the film version of The Emperor Jones with Paul Robeson) and recorded several of her early "lesbian stand-up" routines. Mabley was one of the top women doing stand-up in her heyday, eventually recording more than 20 albums of comedy routines. She appeared in movies, on television, and in clubs, and performed at the Michigan Women's Festival shortly before her death in 1975.

Mabley was born in Brevard, North Carolina. Although she always claimed a birthdate of 1894 and that she was one of a family of twenty children, the 1900 Federal Census shows "Loretter Aiken" in Brevard was born in March 1897 and was the youngest of four (out of five) surviving children of James P. and Mary Aiken. Her father owned and operated several businesses, while her mother kept house and took in boarders. Her father died in an accident when Loretta was eleven. In 1910, her mother took over their primary business, a general store.

James Aiken's father, Henry Aiken, was part white. His mother, Bettie, was able to read and write in the 1870 census, five years after the abolition of slavery, which suggests she may have been a free woman of color. Loretta Mabley's genealogist, D. Richmond, wrote: "She has a very interesting lineage worth researching."

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

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Lea DeLaria (born May 23, 1958)

Lea DeLaria (born May 23, 1958) is an American comedienne, actress, and jazz musician. The "famously controversial" DeLaria was "the first openly gay comic to break the late-night talk-show barrier" with her 1993 appearance on The Arsenio Hall Show.

DeLaria has performed stand-up comedy for over 25 years and is a prominent figure in the world of LGBT comedy. She began her career billing herself as "That Fucking Dyke"; she states "I called myself that because I would walk down the street and people would yell (it) at me. But after two years of performing I would walk down the street and people would yell (it) at me and I wouldn't know if they were a fan or not!"

The Italian American DeLaria was born in Belleville, Illinois, the daughter of Jerry, a homemaker, and Robert DeLaria, a jazz pianist and social worker. She attended kindergarten through 8th grade at St Mary's Elementary School in Belleville, and has referenced her Catholic upbringing in her performances.

Of her watershed 1993 appearance on The Arsenio Hall Show, as the first openly gay comic to appear on a late-night talk-show, DeLaria said "It's the 1990s ... It's hip to be queer, and I'm a bi-i-i-i-ig dyke!" In December 1993 she hosted Comedy Central's Out There, the first all-gay stand-up comedy special.

DeLaria is also known for her touring "musical comedy about perverts," Dos Lesbos (1987–1989) as well as Girl Friday, a comedy she conceived, wrote, directed and starred in, and which won the 1989 Golden Gull for Best Comedy Group in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

DeLaria has released two CD recordings of her comedy, Bulldyke in a China Shop (1994) and Box Lunch (1997). She has also written a humorous book entitled Lea's Book of Rules for the World.

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

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Play Me, I'm Yours by Madison Parker

I think the most valuable asset of this YA novel by Madison Parker is that she didn’t shy away from making her characters very true, and as such, not always perfect or likable.

Take the main character, Lucas; he is a nice boy, studious and passionate about music, and he is gay; but he is also flamboyant, exaggerated without wanting to be, feminine, as other boys and girls, and even some adults (probably even his parents) said, he is a “sissy”. Lucas is not flashing it, he was always like that; when he was just a toddler, he liked pretty things, sparkly jewelry, his mother’s make-up. And he liked music, classical music but also pop-music, Cindy Lauper, and everything that was able to express out his joy of life. But now that he is a teenager, being a sissy makes him the misfit at school, the one other people make fun of, and even his parents, while accepting, would like for him to man it up a little. But that is not Lucas’s nature, and that is torturing him.

In his growing journey, Lucas will meet three very different boys: Dominic, the only other openly gay boy at school, flamboyant as Lucas, but also bitchy, pushing and sometime even dangerous; Dominic will be Lucas’s first experience as gay boy in a relationship, and someone who will teach Lucas that he has to be very careful with his heart.

At the same time Lucas will meet Alex; Alex is an interesting character, and allow me to digress a little from the story. While I have read YA novels about gay, lesbian and even transgender kids, I think I have never read about a bisexual boy; or better, yes I read about teenagers who while always dating and loving girls, meet another boy and fall in love, but it was more black&white, like for everything else at that age. Or you like girls or you like boys, for a teenager I think it’s difficult to comfortably living with the concept that you like both; at that age you need confirmation, assurance, it can be tragic and troubling discovering you like boys, but once you accept that, at least you have a firm point, I’m gay. I think Alex, while being in love with another girl, is basically a bisexual man. Alex is comfortable with Lucas, has no problem to give him his first kiss, but it’s more to give Lucas confidence in himself than for a sexual reason; Alex is not in love with Lucas, but I suppose that, if his heart was free, he could be feel attraction for him; or maybe he does, but one thing is attraction and the other thing is love. Alex is a very positive character, someone who would be good to meet for a boy like Lucas in the fragile period that is your teenage hood.

Finally meet Zach, Lucas’s true and unrequited love, the handsome but very private boy writing wonderful love poems. Lucas’s brother’s swim teammate, someone who Lucas admitted from afar for a long period. Zach would be the perfect boyfriend, but even if he was gay, he is totally unreachable for Lucas, Zach is part of the “cool guys” team, a team Lucas will be never part of. But then, little by little, Lucas will find out that behind the cool appearance, Zach is not only an ordinary boy, but even someone who maybe has not had an easy upbringing, someone who needs to be loved and accepted, someone who will never hurt Lucas like other boys did.

Very, very nice YA novels, little warning to the very young readers, the story got its good share of sex scenes, so maybe I would recommend it to slightly older boys and girls.

http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=3701

Amazon: Play Me, I'm Yours
Amazon Kindle: Play Me, I'm Yours
Paperback: 244 pages
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press (April 1, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1623809193
ISBN-13: 978-1623809195

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


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Referrals Program: Yearly Top List

In June 2009, I joined the Referrals Program with different online sellers; this allows me to see where the people goes to browse after leaving my Journal. It is still a surprise month after month, people tend to be interested on the most different topics and objects (many more than only books)

Some books were meteors, only 1 month in the list, some others appeared month after month. I decided to post the yearly Top List so that you can better understand the trend, and of course, find out a title that maybe you missed in the past year. Congrats to all the authors, I'd love to post all of them, but it would be really a HUGE list; to allow a better browsing I divided it in Fiction and Non Fiction (i.e. essays, memories, art books and movies).

Yearly Top List - Fiction

1) Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
Referrals Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000SEJHRA/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
2) Atom Heart John Beloved by Luke Hartwell
Referrals Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/0615722350/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
3-tie) Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan
Referrals Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002ZW7E6O/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
Fireman's Carry (Carry Me) by Charlie Richards
Referrals Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008NYYR0Y/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
5) Ethan, Who Loved Carter by Ryan Loveless
Referrals Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1613727348/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
6) Hot Head by Damon Suede
Referrals Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00564ACK8/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
7) HERO by Perry Moore
Referrals Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0031RS5PQ/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
8) What He Wants by Kate Aaron
Referrals Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007YUJCN0/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
9) Something Like Summer by Jay Bell
Referrals Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004I6DKPY/?tag=elimyrevandra-20




10) Tailor Made by James Brock
Referrals Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/161845076X/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
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Yearly Top List - Non-Fiction

1) Inside the Vortex by Justin Hernandez
Referrals Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008HAK5QY/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
2) Naked by Dylan Rosser
Referrals Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/3867872260/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
3) The Gay Metropolis: The Landmark History of Gay Life in America by Charles Kaiser
Referrals Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/0802143172/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
4) Private Moments, Bel Ami by Howard Roffman
Referrals Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/3867870373/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
5) Intimate Companions: A Triography of George Platt Lynes, Paul Cadmus, Lincoln Kirstein, and Their Circle by David Leddick
Referrals Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/0312271271/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
6) Manly by Dale Lazarov
Referrals Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/3861878879/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
7) Particular Voices: Portraits of Gay and Lesbian Writers by Robert Giard
Referrals Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/0262571250/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
8-tie) Let the Faggots Burn: The UpStairs Lounge Fire by Johnny Townsend
Referrals Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005MKCC9U/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
The Boys of Bel Ami by Howard Roffman
Referrals Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/3861874776/?tag=elimyrevandra-20




10) A Queer History of the United States (ReVisioning American History) by Michael Bronski
Referrals Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/0807044652/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
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