July 26th, 2013

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GayRomLit Ebook Giveaway: Anel Viz - Alma's Will

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: everyday 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!

Today author is Anel Viz: Anel Viz is a rapidly aging gentleman who does not meet other people’s expectations. Although born and raised in New York City, he bears only a superficial resemblance to the characters in Seinfeld. He has lived large chunks of his life in French-speaking countries, where many people refuse to believe he is American because he is not particularly tall or loud and doesn't swagger. For many years, Anel taught French, expository writing, and ethics at a small liberal arts college in the Midwest, where he still lives. He has also worked as a literary translator. Now that he has retired, he looks forward to devoting himself full time to creative writing, a hobby he began half a dozen years ago. He enjoys pushing the envelope in all genres, both in his literary experiments and his treatment of sex. To date he has published 5 novels, 8 novellas, 3 short story collections, 13 separately published stories, including one YA book under the name Zane Silva, and he has almost as many works in progress as publications. He regularly contributes stories to Wilde Oats online magazine. Anel was married for 20 years and has two grown-up sons. He currently lives with his male partner. They've been together — but not living together — for a decade. For relaxation he enjoys concerts (especially classical music), reading, walks in the woods, camping, visiting the doggie park, preparing gourmet meals, and, time and money permitting, travel.
Website: http://bookworld.editme.com/AnelViz
Most recent title: Alma's Will
Publishers: Dreamspinner Press, Silver Publishing

Alma's Will by Anel Viz
Publisher: Silver Publishing (May 18, 2013)
Amazon Kindle: Alma's Will

Livia Redding returns to Macon, Georgia, with her husband and children after her mother's death to settle her estate. She is shocked and offended to hear that the will stipulates that her house be used as a safe home for gay teenagers rejected by their families. Against her husband's better judgment, Liv decides to contest it and stay on in Georgia with their children.

But her mother had a reason for making the bequest: her son, Ronnie, who disappeared a quarter-century ago, after his father threw him out of the house because he was gay.
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2013 Rainbow Awards Submission: Luke Legende - Sex in the Suburbs

Sex in the Suburbs by Luke Legende
Paperback: 286 pages
Publisher: Legende Productions LLC The; 1 edition (June 26, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 098960490X
ISBN-13: 978-0989604901
Amazon: Sex in the Suburbs
Amazon Kindle: Sex in the Suburbs

Luke Legende has been searching for love since he was five years old. He searched high and low and “top and bottom” to find the love of his life. Did this gay Midwest boy find true love? Find out in this debut collection of hilarious and sexy stand-alone essays that help you reflect, laugh, cry, and challenge yourself to believe in the ever elusive idea of Love and Sex in the
Suburbs.

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2013 Rainbow Awards Submission: Rory Ni Coileain - Hard as Stone

Hard as Stone by Rory Ni Coileain
Paperback: 268 pages
Publisher: Ravenous Romance (January 23, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1607779293
ISBN-13: 978-1607779292
Amazon: Hard as Stone
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Tiernan Guaire is a Fae in exile. Forced from the Realm into the human world for the unimaginable crime of a brother’s murder, he lives by a century-old vow, to trust no one, and never to allow himself to love or be loved. Kevin Almstead has just lost his future, to a vote of the partners at his law firm. Trying to escape for an evening, he ventures into Purgatory, the hottest all-male nightclub in Washington, D.C., where he allows himself to be seduced by a stranger with long blond hair and ice-blue eyes. Drawn into a Soulshare bond with his intended one-night stand, Tiernan soon learns that the most ancient and evil enemy of the Fae still walks the human world, and it will stop at nothing – certainly not Kevin Almstead – to possess the magick of a Noble Fae.

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2013 Rainbow Awards Submission: Z. Allora - Made in China 1, The Great Wall

The Great Wall, Made In China #1, by Z. Allora
ISBN# 978-1-60820-8821
Release Date July 2013
Length: (*) 75,000 words

There's no gay in China so what's the drummer of Made in China supposed to do about loving his male best friend when his family thinks he's engaged to the girl next door?

Jun "Styx" Wong's heart and mind battle to determine his destiny. His mind tells him to be a good Chinese son and marry the girl his parents chose, but his heart longs for his best friend, Jin, and life with their new band. "Jun" means honesty, but he's not even honest with himself. A quest to eradicate his feelings for Jin nearly ends his life. Styx's near death serves as a wake-up call for Jin, whose blond hair--legacy of his German father--marks him as different. Jin harbors secrets of his own. His experiences prepare him to take the drastic measures needed to help Jun overcome the walls surrounding them. Because there is no gay in China...

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2013 Rainbow Awards Submissions: Lily Velden - Gay as Mardi Gras

Gay as Mardi Gras by Lily Velden
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 1 edition (March 5, 2013)
Amazon Kindle: Gay as Mardi Gras

After the demise of his relationship with his childhood sweetheart, Janey, Jesse needs to get away. His nan has just the thing: a month-long cruise around Hawaii and the Pacific Islands. It seems perfect—until Jesse realizes what kind of cruise it is.

A gay cruise.

Since Jesse’s roommate, Daniel, is recovering from a broken heart, the two decide to buddy up. They hit it off, and with Daniel now Jesse's partner in crime, they explore the boat and participate in all the fun activities on offer—with some, ah, interesting results for straight boy Jesse.

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2013 Rainbow Awards Submission: Shira Anthony & Venona Keyes - Prelude

Prelude (Blue Notes) by Venona Keyes and Shira Anthony
Paperback: 250 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (May 6, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1623805961
ISBN-13: 978-1623805968
Amazon: Prelude (Blue Notes)
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A Blue Notes Novel

World-renowned conductor David Somers never wanted the investment firm he inherited from his domineering grandfather. He only wanted to be a composer. But no matter how he struggles, David can't translate the music in his head into notes on paper.

When a guest violinist at the Chicago Symphony falls ill, David meets Alex Bishop, a last-minute substitute. Alex's fame and outrageous tattoos fail to move David. Then Alex puts bow to string, and David hears the brilliance of Alex's soul.

David has sworn off relationships, believing he will eventually drive away those he loves, or that he'll lose them as he lost his wife and parents. But Alex is outgoing, relaxed, and congenial-everything David is not-and soon makes dents in the armor around David's heart. David begins to dream of Alex, wonderful dreams full of music. Becoming a composer suddenly feels attainable.

David's fragile ego, worn away by years of his grandfather's disdain, makes losing control difficult. When David's structured world comes crashing down, his fledgling relationship with Alex is the first casualty. Still, David hears Alex's music, haunting and beautiful. David wants to love Alex, but first he must find the strength to acknowledge himself.

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John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester (April 1, 1647 – July 26, 1680)

John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester (1 April 1647 – 26 July 1680), was an English poet, and a wit of King Charles II's court. Andrew Marvell described him as "the best English satirist", and he is generally considered to be the most considerable poet and the most learned among the Restoration wits.

He married an heiress, Elizabeth Malet, and his mistresses included the actress Elizabeth Barry.

Rochester told the historian Gilbert Burnet that, "for five years together he was continually drunk; not all the while under the visible effect of it." He was repeatedly banished- and as often recalled- by the King he scurrilously lampooned. Drink made him "extravagantly pleasant"; it also led to disgraces like the smashing of the royal sundial and the brawl at Epsom in which his friend Mr. Downes was killed.

His poetry, much of it censored during the Victorian era, began a revival from the 1920s onwards, with notable champions including Graham Greene. Vivian de Sola Pinto linked his libertinism to Hobbesian materialism.

John Wilmot was born in Ditchley, Oxfordshire. His father, Henry, Viscount Wilmot, was a hard-drinking Cavalier of Anglo-Irish stock, and had been created Earl of Rochester in 1652 for military services to Charles II during his exile under the Commonwealth. His mother, Anne St. John, was a Royalist by descent and a strong willed Puritan. From the age of 7, Rochester was privately tutored, two years later attending the grammar school in nearby Burford. When Rochester was ten years old, he lost the father he had probably seen no more than a dozen or so times in his life.

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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Wilmot,_2nd_Earl_of_Rochester

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Frances V. Rummell aka Diana Frederics (1907-1969)

In 1939 Frances V. Rummell, an educator and a teacher of French at Stephens College, published an autobiography under the title Diana: A Strange Autobiography; it was the first explicitly lesbian autobiography in which two women end up happily together. This autobiography was published with a note saying, "The publishers wish it expressly understood that this is a true story, the first of its kind ever offered to the general reading public".

For many years "Diana Frederics" remained the pseudonym for an author whose real identity was a mystery. Her only known book is Diana: A Strange Autobiography, published in 1939 by the Dial Press. On July 26, 2010, the PBS television show "History Detectives" revealed the real name of the author of Diana; A Strange Autobiography (1939): Frances V. Rummell, an educator and a teacher of French at Stevens College, who died in 1969.

Frances V. Rummell is also the author of the novel Aunt Jane McPhipps and Her Baby Blue Chips (Englewood Cliff, NJ: Prentice-Hall, First Printing, September 1960).

Though the autobiography would seem to provide clues about the writer's life, the book was published in France in 1946 under the title Diana; roman, which translates as Diana; a novel. Thus, not only is the author's identity a mystery, but the authenticity of her "autobiography" is even more uncertain than that of other autobiographies.

Diana went out of print in the 1940s, and was reprinted in the 1975 Arno Series on Homosexuality. Few historians or literary critics have paid Diana any attention, notable exceptions being Jeannette Foster and Lillian Faderman.

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Citation Information
Author: Diggs, Marylynne
Entry Title: Frederics, Diana
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 2, 2002
Web Address www.glbtq.com/literature/frederics_d.html
Publisher glbtq, Inc.
1130 West Adams
Chicago, IL 60607
Today's Date July 26, 2013
Encyclopedia Copyright: © 2002-2006, glbtq, Inc.
Entry Copyright © 1995, 2002 New England Publishing Associates

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2013 Rainbow Awards Submission: Mila Kerr - Holding Back

Holding Back by Mila Kerr
Publisher: LazyDay Publishing (May 15, 2013)
Amazon Kindle: Holding Back

For Lex, the plan was to earn some money so she could make a fresh start. She had no idea that everything was about to change the minute the famous Dani Levley walked in the door.

Dani Levley never imagined she could trust anyone, let alone fall in love. Especially with someone like Lex - someone completely not her type. She was innocent, pure, a girl-next-door type of woman...and straight.

Everything begins to come into question. Love. Sexuality. Trust. Can Lex let go and embrace her new feelings? Can Dani allow herself to trust in someone she just met? Can they both finally stop holding back?

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