June 21st, 2013

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2013 Rainbow Awards Submission: Rick R. Reed - Raining Men

Raining Men by Rick R. Reed
Paperback: 314 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (May 31, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1623807220
ISBN-13: 978-1623807221
Amazon: Raining Men
Amazon Kindle: Raining Men

Sequel to Chaser

The character you loved to hate in Chaser becomes the character you will simply love in Raining Men.

It's been raining men for most of Bobby Nelson's adult life. Normally, he wouldn't have it any other way, but lately something's missing. Now, he wants the deluge to slow to a single special drop. But is it even possible for Bobby to find "the one" after endless years of hooking up?

When Bobby's father passes away, Bobby finally examines his rocky relationship with the man and how it might have contributed to his inability to find the love he yearns for. Guided by a sexy therapist, a Sex Addicts Anonymous group, a well-endowed Chihuahua named Johnny Wadd, and Bobby's own cache of memories, Bobby takes a spiritual, sexual, and emotional journey to discover that life's most satisfactory love connections lie in quality, not quantity. And when he's ready to love not only himself but someone else, sex and love fit, at last, into one perfect package.

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2013 Rainbow Awards Submission: Alexis Hall - Glitterland

Glitterland by Alexis Hall
Paperback: 222 pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing (August 26, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626490252
ISBN-13: 978-1626490253
Amazon: Glitterland

The universe is a glitterball I hold in the palm of my hand.

Once the golden boy of the English literary scene, now a clinically depressed writer of pulp crime fiction, Ash Winters has given up on love, hope, happiness, and-most of all-himself. He lives his life between the cycles of his illness, haunted by the ghosts of other people's expectations.

Then a chance encounter at a stag party throws him into the arms of Essex boy Darian Taylor, an aspiring model who lives in a world of hair gel, fake tans, and fashion shows. By his own admission, Darian isn't the crispest lettuce in the fridge, but he cooks a mean cottage pie and makes Ash laugh, reminding him of what it's like to step beyond the boundaries of anxiety.

But Ash has been living in his own shadow for so long that he can't see past the glitter to the light. Can a man who doesn't trust himself ever trust in happiness? And how can a man who doesn't believe in happiness ever fight for his own?

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2013 Rainbow Awards Submission: Sassafras Lowrey - Roving Pack

Roving Pack by Sassafras Lowrey
Paperback: 358 pages
Publisher: PoMo Freakshow (September, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0985700904
ISBN-13: 978-0985700904
Amazon: Roving Pack

Click, a straight-edge transgender kid, is searching for hir place within a pack of newly sober gender rebels in the dilapidated punk houses of Portland, Oregon circa 2002. Ze embarks on a dizzying whirlwind of leather, sex, hormones, house parties, and protests until hir gender fluidity takes an unexpected turn and the pack is sent reeling.

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2013 Rainbow Awards Submission: Sassafras Lowrey - Leather Ever After

Leather Ever After: An Anthology of Kinky Fairy Tales by Sassafras Lowrey
Paperback: 348 pages
Publisher: Ravenous Romance (January 3, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1607779285
ISBN-13: 978-1607779285
Amazon: Leather Ever After: An Anthology of Kinky Fairy Tales
Amazon Kindle: Leather Ever After: An Anthology of Kinky Fairy Tales

Once upon a time, in a dungeon far, far away the kinkiest writers in the land were summoned to pervert beloved fairy tales with tales of dominance, submission, bondage and surrender. In these stories twisted princesses take control of submissive princes, witches play with power and fairy tales come to life in our homes and dungeons.

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Ann Allen Shockley (born June 21, 1927)

Popular short story writer and novelist, as well as librarian, critic, and editor, Ann Allen Shockley treats both interracial and lesbian experiences.

Shockley was born June 21, 1927, in Louisville, Kentucky, the daughter of social workers Bessie Lucas and Henry Allen. She received her B.A. in 1948 from Fisk University, where she worked for many years as archivist, librarian, and professor, and her M.S.L.S. in 1959 from Western Reserve, now Case Western Reserve. In 1949, she married teacher William Shockley, whom she later divorced.

She is best known for her ground-breaking lesbian fiction: Loving Her (1974) is arguably the first novel to offer a black lesbian as its primary character.

Loving Her centers on an interracial relationship between Renay, who is black, and Terry, who is white, and equates that relationship with a journey into self-discovery. A novel of development, Loving Her moves inward. It opens with the breakup of Renay's marriage and subsequently focuses on her inner awakening: the recovery of her dream of becoming an accomplished pianist and the discovery of her lesbianism.

Reflecting a sensibility that predates the black, lesbian, and women's liberation movements, Renay's empowering bond with Terry frames racial difference as a secondary issue: a skin-deep phenomenon within the relationship, a vehicle for homophobia without. In a reworking of The Well of Loneliness, with which it invites comparison, Loving Her casts lesbianism as the nourisher, and heterosexuality as the violator of female, familial, and racial integrity.

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Citation Information
Author: Breen, Margaret Soenser ; Bruguier, Elsa A.
Entry Title: Shockley, Ann Allen
General Editor: Claude J. Summers
Publication Name: glbtq: An Encyclopedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Culture
Publication Date: 2002
Date Last Updated November 18, 2002
Web Address www.glbtq.com/literature/shockley_aa.html
Publisher glbtq, Inc.
1130 West Adams
Chicago, IL 60607
Today's Date June 21, 2012
Encyclopedia Copyright: © 2002-2006, glbtq, Inc.
Entry Copyright © 1995, 2002 New England Publishing Associates

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Neal Pozner (1955 – June 21, 1994)

Neal Pozner (1955 – June 21, 1994), sometimes credited as Neil Pozner, was an award-winning art director, editor, and writer known for his work in the comic book industry. He worked with DC Comics at two points, first as a design director and later as Group Editor, Creative Services until his death. (Picture: Phil Jimenez)

As a young man, Pozner published a comics fanzine from 1969–1972, when he joined CAPA-alpha. He was an active member in CAPA-alpha at least until 1984. He graduated from The Cooper Union.

Before joining DC's staff, Pozner designed the first gay-themed bus ads for New York City as well several posters for Lincoln Center. He also designed record covers for musicians like The Kinks, Jimi Hendrix, George Benson, and Carmen McRae, as well as the Brooklyn Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra. In addition, he designed for CBS/Broadcast Group and was briefly the associate art director of National Lampoon magazine.

Pozner first worked for DC in 1977, when he designed the front cover for a tabloid-format book based on the then-upcoming Superman movie. He was subsequently hired as DC's first real production designer.

Pozner wrote the 1986 Aquaman miniseries, as well as designing the character's blue "camouflage" uniform. He was also responsible for incorporating DC Comics characters into a series of AIDS awareness house ads published in the company's comics.

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

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Gilbert Baker (born June 21, 1951)

Gilbert Baker (b. June 21, 1951 in Chanute, Kansas) is an artist and civil rights activist who in 1978 designed the Rainbow Flag, sometimes called the Pride Flag, Gay Pride Flag, or, since the early 1990s, Queer Flag, that is often used as a symbol of gay pride in LGBT rights marches.

Baker served in the U.S. Army from 1970 to 1972. He was stationed in San Francisco at the beginning of the gay rights movement. After his honorable discharge from the military, he taught himself to sew. He used his skill to create banners for gay-rights and anti-war protest marches. It was during this time that he met and became friends with Harvey Milk.

In 1979 he began work at Paramount Flag Company in San Francisco, then located on the southwest corner of Polk Street and Post Street in the Polk Gulch neighborhood. Baker has designed displays for Dianne Feinstein, the Premier of China, the presidents of France, Venezuela and the Philippines, the King of Spain, and many others. He also designed creations for numerous civic events and San Francisco Gay Pride. In 1984 he designed flags for the Democratic National Convention.

In 1994 Baker moved to New York City and continued his creative work and activism. That year he created the world's largest flag (at that time) in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots that took place in 1969.

In 2003, to commemorate the Rainbow Flag’s 25th anniversary, Baker created a Rainbow Flag that stretched from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean in Key West. After the commemoration, he sent sections of this flag to more than 100 cities around the world.

The colors on the Rainbow Flag reflect the diversity of the LGBT community. When Gilbert Baker raised the first Rainbow Flag at San Francisco Pride on June 25, 1978, it had eight colors, each with a symbolic meaning:

Hot Pink: sexuality
Red: life
Orange: healing
Yellow: sunlight
Green: nature
Turquoise: magic/art
Blue: serenity/harmony
Violet: spirit

Art by Ed Freeman

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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gilbert_Baker_%28artist%29

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Lana Wachowski (born June 21, 1965)

The co-director of "The Matrix" and the hit film "Cloud Atlas", Lana Wachowski, became the first major Hollywood director to publicly come out as transgender in July 2012. Lana Wachowski revealed she transitioned while promoting her new film that fall. Later in October, the transgender pioneer received the Human Rights Campaign's Visibility Award, where she delivered a revealing and heartfelt speech.

There's a dearth of transgender people in popular culture, which is why Cloud Atlas and Matrix co-director Lana Wachowski's candid approach to her own transition was such a monumental moment in LGBT progress.

Wachowski spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about her life leading up "this moment" of transition. "I wasn’t talking so much about myself," she said. "I was thinking about someone who was like me when I was young, feeling that I was fulfilling the example that I was looking for when I was young."

Lana Wachowski (born Laurence "Larry" Wachowski; June 21, 1965) and Andrew Paul "Andy" Wachowski (born December 29, 1967), known together professionally as The Wachowskis, and formerly as the Wachowski Brothers, are American film directors, screenwriters, and producers.

They made their directing debut in 1996 with Bound, and reached fame with their second film The Matrix (1999), for which they won the Saturn Award for Best Director. They wrote and directed its two sequels The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions (both in 2003), and were heavily involved in the writing and production of other works in the franchise.

Following the commercial success of the Matrix series, they wrote and produced the 2006 film V for Vendetta (an adaptation of the comic of the same name by Alan Moore), and in 2008 released the film Speed Racer. Their most recent film, Cloud Atlas, based on the novel of the same name by David Mitchell and co-written and co-directed by Tom Tykwer, was released on October 26, 2012. They are currently filming Jupiter Ascending, based on an original science fiction adventure screenplay.

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

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Meredith Baxter & Nancy Locke

Meredith Ann Baxter (born June 21, 1947), also known for some years as Meredith Baxter-Birney, is an American actress and producer. She is best known for her acting roles including three television series: Family (1976–1980), an ABC television-network drama, Family Ties (1982–1989), an NBC television-network situation comedy, and Dan Vs. (2011–present), a situation comedy on The Hub television-network. On December 2, 2009, she came out as a lesbian during an interview with Matt Lauer on Today, and on the Frank DeCaro Show on Sirius-XM OutQ 102. She lives with partner, Nancy Locke, a general contractor. The couple have been in a relationship since 2005. Baxter said that she didn't realize she was gay until she began her first same-sex relationship in 2002. She states that finally coming to terms with her homosexuality really opened her eyes to the fact that for many years she knew something was different about her and why her relationships with men failed. On December 17, 2009, TV Guide reported that Baxter would write a memoir. Broadway Books, an imprint of Crown Publishing Group, had purchased the rights to Baxter's life story. Her memoir, titled Untied, was published in 2011.

She was born in South Pasadena, California, the daughter of actress turned director/producer Whitney Blake and Tom Baxter, a radio announcer. She was raised in Pasadena, with her two brothers, Richard (born 1944) and Brian (born 1946). Her second stepfather was situation-comedy writer Allan Manings. (Picture: Meredith Baxter (seated) with her twins Mollie and Peter and partner Nancy Locke, Marc Royce)

She got her first big break on television in 1972 as one of the stars of Bridget Loves Bernie, a CBS television-network situation comedy. The series was canceled after one season, but her co-star, David Birney became her second husband in 1974. Following their marriage and until their divorce in 1989, she was credited as Meredith Baxter-Birney, under which name she became widely known several years later on Family. She played the role of Nancy Lawrence Maitland and received two Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Continuing Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (1977 and 1978).

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

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GayRomLit Ebook Giveaway: Amelia C. Gormley - Impulse 3, Velocity

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: strive4bst

Today author is Amelia C. Gormley: Amelia C. Gormley may seem like anyone else. But the truth is she sings in the shower, dances doing laundry, and writes blisteringly hot m/m erotic romance while her five year old is in kindergarten. When she’s not writing in her Pacific Northwest home, Amelia single-handedly juggles her husband, her son, their home, and the obstacles of life by turning into a everyday superhero. And that, she supposes, is just like anyone else.
Website: http://ameliacgormley.com
Most recent title: Velocity
Publishers: Riptide Publishing, Self-Published

Velocity: Impulse, Book Three (Volume 3) by Amelia C. Gormley
Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 22, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1482336278
ISBN-13: 978-1482336276
Amazon: Velocity: Impulse, Book Three
Amazon Kindle: Velocity: Impulse, Book Three


For Detroit handyman Derrick Chance and his lover, Gavin Hayes, the holiday season is filled with the promise of new beginnings. Gavin’s officially moving in, and after the New Year, they’ll begin house hunting. But they both know all the talk of gift exchange, whose holiday ornaments go where, and what repairs and remodels will be needed to put Derrick’s house on the market is only a smoke screen.

Before the month is over, Gavin will have the final verdict on whether or not his dangerously delusional ex, Lukas, infected him with HIV. No matter how good Gavin’s chances appear with the three-month hurdle already passed, neither he nor Derrick knows what the future holds for them.

The holidays have always been a time of loss and mourning for Derrick, but now he has to stay strong as Gavin’s own fears and doubts assail him relentlessly. And when Lukas returns, unexpectedly penitent amid troubling revelations, Gavin has to ask himself whether he can offer Derrick the future he deserves, or whether these first few months of happiness are the best they will ever get.

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Best Gay Historical: Whistle Pass by KevaD

Whistle Pass is set in the 50s, 10 years after the end of WWII, in a US small town, not exactly the time to be out and proud. But hotel manager Gabe has found a way to live, he is the eccentric of the town from Monday to Friday, and since he is one of them, born and raised there, his fellow smalltowners accept him, but then he is an high-maintenance male prostitute on the weekends, in Chicago, where no one really knows him. Up until then it was a good life, but then Charlie Harris enters his life. Rough and troubled, Charlie is the perfect mourning hero, a veteran of the WWII with still a fiery post traumatic stress disorder and some unsolved issues right there in Whistle Pass. Considering that Gabe had plenty of chances to meet other gay men in Chicago, it’s not a case of limited choices, Gabe’s interest in Charlie is sincere, and maybe Charlie is awakening Gabe’s desires of settling down and having a family, or at least what they can consider such taking in account the time. On the other hand Charlie needs to have a closure with his past, but he is not one to deny his feelings; he can appear cold and aloof, but indeed Charlie is someone who will risk everything, even his life, in the name of love.

I liked practically everything of this novel, the small town setting, the supporting characters, especially the women (plurals, there is more than one good female supporting characters), Charlie and Gabe, especially Gabe, in his almost naiveté, an oddity considering his side career as male prostitute. But apparently Gabe is doing that more for the need of company, and the feeling of being accepted than for money, when he is Anthony, he is handsome, desired, coveted, and welcomed. Gabe needs only to understand the same can be in his hometown, if he is able to open his heart to who is around him.

The romance was good as it was the little mystery, starting from a simple question of not letting the skeleton out of the closet, ending in the uprising of a whole city against the villains. I hope Charlie and Gabe will understand that, while the small town can have its faults, no chance to maintain a secret, it’s also the only place where they can live together as a couple.


Amazon: Whistle Pass
Amazon Kindle: Whistle Pass
Paperback: 210 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (February 27, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613723768
ISBN-13: 978-1613723760

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

Cover Art by Anne Cain

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