September 6th, 2013

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2013 Rainbow Awards Submission: Sara Alva - Social Skills

Social Skills by Sara Alva
Paperback: 356 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 20, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 148238745X
ISBN-13: 978-1482387452
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Music is the only form of communication Connor Owens controls. No matter how badly he wishes to fit in, friendly banter and casual conversations have never been his thing. College is yet another social universe he has no clue how to navigate—until he meets Jared, a football player with chestnut eyes and a cocky grin that holds the power to shatter his self-imposed prison. Jared's attention opens Connor up to a new realm of emotional and physical intimacy. But as Connor's self-confidence grows, so does his fear that everything will fall apart. Because in this socially stratified world, how long can a relationship between an introverted violinist and a closeted football player really last?

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2013 Rainbow Awards Submission: Stephanie Motes - After the Dawn

After the Dawn by Stephanie Motes
Paperback: 356 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (September 30, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1475147341
ISBN-13: 978-1475147346
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For Lieutenant Samantha 'Sammy' Yates, leaving the Marines wasn't an option she ever wanted. Forced out of the service because of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, she tries to move on with her life-- putting up a good facade to those who don't know her very well. Alone, however; she is plagued with battle scars she can't shake even two years after her tour. When successful psychiatrist, Sara Lawson, decided to move back to the only place she ever felt safe, the last thing she had on her mind was falling in love. Deciding to renovate the home she inherited from her grandmother, she crosses paths with Sammy, who is now working as a contractor. Sara spots something kindred in the woman's hardened, but kind blue eyes. Each hiding their own secrets in the small Florida town, they both realize that the walls they had spent years perfecting have started to crack around one another. As they slowly build a friendship, can they keep each other safe from the danger that is speeding towards them?

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Christopher Coe (1954 - September 6, 1994)

Christopher Coe (1954 - 6 September 1994, Manhattan, NYC) was an American novelist.

Christopher Coe was born in Fountain Hill, Pennsylvania, in 1954 but moved as an infant with his family to Portland, Oregon. Intentionally vague regarding his personal history, he had claimed that, until his parents died in his teen years, "his father was the owner and administrator of a sanitorium for disturbed Eskimoes; his mother ran a charm school". Although he declined to verify the accuracy of this personal statement, such charming evasion seems suitable to a writer whose characters are drawn with detailed attention to appearance rather than subjective depth. "Inner beauty is what counts, but outer beauty is what shows," Coe had written; and the high valuation of appearance and surface given his characters is reflected in the author's style as well. Perhaps, the reader might learn as much about Coe by examining his writing; he effortlessly managed the first-person voice, the narrative mode for nearly all his work, with a credibility that suggests origins of deep personal experience.

Christopher Coe was a Columbia student of Gordon Lish’s and in the same class was Amy Hempel, David Leavitt, and Anderson Ferrell, who happen to blurb I Look Divine. While Lish was able to publish books by Hempel, Leavitt and Ferrell, he could not get approval from Gottlieb to acquire I Look Divine. Ever resourceful, Lish was instrument in getting Widenfield and Nicholson, an imprint of Houghton Miflin at the time (and a British publisher that opened a New York office in the 1980s).

Although Coe spent his early years on the West Coast, he later divided his residence between New York City and Paris. (Source: Contemporary Gay American Novelists by William Lane Clark)

Mr. Coe's first novel, "I Look Divine," was published in 1987. It is the story of Nicholas, a pathologically narcissistic homosexual, told by his older brother after Nicholas's death. In a review in The New York Times, Richard Burgin wrote that Mr. Coe was "an icy and acute observer" who had "chosen a difficult theme -- self-love -- and understands both its comedy and its tragedy."
"I wrote a long piece on Christopher Coe’s memorable AIDS-themed novel “Such Times” for Tom Cardamone’s new book “The Lost Library: Gay Fiction Rediscovered”, but equally as good and as favorite is Coe’s short novel “I Look Divine”, published in 1987, a witty and luminous portrait of a rich, gifted, über narcissistic gay man who believed he was exceptional from the moment of his birth. Jet-setting across the affluent and au courant landscapes of Rome, Madrid, Mexico, and Manhattan, “I Look Divine” recounts the tragedy of Nicholas, the divinely sophisticated “affected creature” of the title, and his swift downfall when he realizes that aging has erased both his youth and beauty. As narrated by his older brother in a cleverly succinct manner, Nicholas’s life was marvelous and stylish right up to its end." --Jameson Currier
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Source: http://www.nytimes.com/1994/09/08/obituaries/christopher-coe-41-wrote-gay-novels.html

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George Kuchar (August 31, 1942 – September 6, 2011)

George Kuchar (August 31, 1942 – September 6, 2011) was an American underground film director, known for his "low-fi" aesthetic.

Kuchar trained as a commercial artist at the School of Industrial Art, now known as the High School of Art and Design, a vocational school in New York City. He graduated in 1960 and drew weather maps for a local news show. During this period, he and his twin brother Mike Kuchar were making 8mm movies, which were showcased in the then-burgeoning underground film scene alongside films by Andy Warhol, Kenneth Anger, and Stan Brakhage. Ken Jacobs has brought attention of their work to Jonas Mekas who championed their work in the Village Voice and elsewhere.

After being laid off from a commercial art job in New York City, Kuchar was offered a teaching job in the film department of the San Francisco Art Institute, where he taught from 1971 until early 2011.

In San Francisco, Kuchar became involved with underground comics via his neighbors Art Spiegelman and Bill Griffith. They both wound up in his movies and George wound up in their publications.

George Kuchar directed over 200 films and videos (including over 15 with his twin brother Mike), many of them short films by students in his courses at the San Francisco Art Institute. His video work is archived at the Video Data Bank and Electronic Arts Intermix. In the Critics' Poll of the 100 best films of the 20th century, appearing originally in The Village Voice (4 January 2000), Hold Me While I'm Naked was ranked 52nd.

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Margaret Sanger (September 14, 1879 – September 6, 1966)

Margaret Higgins Sanger (September 14, 1879 – September 6, 1966) was an American birth control activist, sex educator, and nurse. Sanger coined the term birth control, opened the first birth control clinic in the United States, and established Planned Parenthood. Sanger's efforts contributed to the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case which legalized contraception in the United States. Sanger is a frequent target of criticism by opponents of birth control and has also been criticized for supporting eugenics, but remains an iconic figure in the American reproductive rights movement.

Sanger's early years were spent in New York City. In 1914, prompted by suffering she witnessed due to frequent pregnancies and self-induced abortions, she started a monthly newsletter, The Woman Rebel. Sanger's activism was influenced by the conditions of her youth—her mother had 18 pregnancies in 22 years, and died at age 50 of tuberculosis and cervical cancer.

In 1916, Sanger opened the first birth control clinic in the United States, which led to her arrest for distributing information on contraception. Her subsequent trial and appeal generated enormous support for her cause. Sanger felt that in order for women to have a more equal footing in society and to lead healthier lives, they needed to be able to determine when to bear children. She also wanted to prevent back-alley abortions, which were dangerous and usually illegal at that time.

In 1921, Sanger founded the American Birth Control League, which later became the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. In New York, Sanger organized the first birth control clinic staffed by all-female doctors, as well as a clinic in Harlem with an entirely African-American staff. In 1929, she formed the National Committee on Federal Legislation for Birth Control, which served as the focal point of her lobbying efforts to legalize contraception in the United States. From 1952 to 1959, Sanger served as president of the International Planned Parenthood Federation.

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Margaret Sanger (September 14, 1879 – September 6, 1966)

Margaret Higgins Sanger (September 14, 1879 – September 6, 1966) was an American birth control activist, sex educator, and nurse. Sanger coined the term birth control, opened the first birth control clinic in the United States, and established Planned Parenthood. Sanger's efforts contributed to the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case which legalized contraception in the United States. Sanger is a frequent target of criticism by opponents of birth control and has also been criticized for supporting eugenics, but remains an iconic figure in the American reproductive rights movement.

Sanger's early years were spent in New York City. In 1914, prompted by suffering she witnessed due to frequent pregnancies and self-induced abortions, she started a monthly newsletter, The Woman Rebel. Sanger's activism was influenced by the conditions of her youth—her mother had 18 pregnancies in 22 years, and died at age 50 of tuberculosis and cervical cancer.

In 1916, Sanger opened the first birth control clinic in the United States, which led to her arrest for distributing information on contraception. Her subsequent trial and appeal generated enormous support for her cause. Sanger felt that in order for women to have a more equal footing in society and to lead healthier lives, they needed to be able to determine when to bear children. She also wanted to prevent back-alley abortions, which were dangerous and usually illegal at that time.

In 1921, Sanger founded the American Birth Control League, which later became the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. In New York, Sanger organized the first birth control clinic staffed by all-female doctors, as well as a clinic in Harlem with an entirely African-American staff. In 1929, she formed the National Committee on Federal Legislation for Birth Control, which served as the focal point of her lobbying efforts to legalize contraception in the United States. From 1952 to 1959, Sanger served as president of the International Planned Parenthood Federation.

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GayRomLit Ebook Giveaway: Jeff Adams - Hat Trick

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!

and the ebook giveaway goes to bokl_c

Today author is Jeff Adams: Thanks to Elisa for allowing me to stop by and talk about Hat Trick.

Hat Trick was conceived during National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in November 2006. It was my first time trying to do NaNo and I decided to combine some of my favorite things: hockey, young adult fiction and romance. I had never read a gay YA novel that had hockey players or featured teammates as the featured couple. It seems, even six years later, Hat Trick might still be the first with that combination (and if you know of a book that has these attributes, please let me know as I’d like to read it).

Part of the inspiration for the story came from a trio guys I got to know at hockey practice. For several years I attended an early Saturday morning—some would call it ridiculously early as it would start, depending on the season, anywhere from 4:30 to 6:30. The guys were just out of high school and were clearly good friends. They practiced and played together as much as they could. While they’d rag on each other, there was no doubt they had each other’s backs too.

As I got to know them and watch them interact with each other, I wondered what would happen to that dynamic if one of them came out as gay. Or, beyond that, how the third would react if the other two ended up dating each other. The train of thought continued thinking about how an entire team would react to players within their ranks in a relationship.

Hat Trick follows the romance between Simon and Alex, but also explores the strong friendship with Jackson, whose been Simon’s best friend for as long as either can remember. As you might expect, he becomes the first person that finds out about the budding relationship.

Simon and Alex started out as friends too. Alex transferred to Simon’s high school during their junior year and in short order Simon, Jackson and Alex were friends as well as an on-ice trio making up one of the Central Falcon’s forward lines. As Simon realizes his feelings for Alex are for more than friendship, he’s all too aware that if his feelings are ever revealed he might lose Alex as a friend, and possibly others too. It’s an internal debate he deals with for nearly a year… until Alex let’s Simon know that he’s got feelings for him. Needless to say, Simon is beyond surprised.

Once Simon and Alex are forced out of the closet, they’ll need their friends because Simon’s fears about the reactions aren’t entirely unfounded.

I hope you’ll pick up a copy of Hat Trick and find out how the story unfolds, or give a go at the giveaway and see if you can pick up one for free.

Hat Trick by Jeff Adams
ISBN: 9781611529357
LENGTH: 89,812 words
Publisher: Queerteen Press (http://www.jms-books.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=46&products_id=913)

Simon Roberts’ plan for his senior year is simple -- help his high school hockey team win the state championship and earn a college scholarship so he can get away from his dysfunctional family, especially his belligerent father and obnoxious older brother.

When the Central High Falcons open their season with an away game, Simon is forced to deal with the problem he’s struggled with for months -- his crush on teammate Alex Miller. After the game that night, Alex makes an unexpected announcement -- he’s gay, and in love with Simon.

Simon’s elated but scared to openly acknowledge that he’s gay, especially with so much at stake in their senior year. Now that they’re out to each other they have to decide what to do next. Should they date? Should they keep things between them secret? What about the team? Can Simon and Alex hide that they’re more than friends from the guys they spend so much time with?

Then a simple kiss is witnessed and their secret is out. The team fractures, and Simon’s family explodes as news about the gay hockey players quickly spreads. The guys must figure out how to move forward with everyone watching. Being the center of attention was in no way part of Simon’s plan for the year.

Can Simon juggle school, commitments to the team, his new relationship, and an unexpected tragedy all before the end of the hockey season?

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2013 Rainbow Awards Submission: Rebekah Weatherspoon - Blacker than blue

Blacker Than Blue: Vampire Sorority Sisters Book 2 by Rebekah Weatherspoon
Series: Vampire Sorority Sisters (Book 2)
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (January 8, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602827745
ISBN-13: 978-1602827745
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The beginning of Cleo Jones’s life as a vampire was the end of her relationship with her first love and only submissive, college senior Benny Tarver. Mutual resentment and heartache have kept them apart for the past three years, but their responsibilities to the sisters of Alpha Beta Omega sorority have held them in each other’s sights. With graduation looming, Benny knows it is time for her to move on from the sorority and her lingering feelings for Cleo, but when Cleo realizes she may lose Benny forever to a powerful demon, she must put her fears aside to discover if they can find the strength to let go of their pain and accept that the love between them is true.

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2013 Rainbow Awards Submission: Keith Hale - Letters to a Shooting Star

Letters to a Shooting Star by Keith Hale
Paperback: 250 pages
Publisher: Watersgreen House (August 25, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0615874118
ISBN-13: 978-0615874111
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Letters to a Shooting Star follows Arkansas country boy Ben Goodman through childhood and adolescence, focusing primarily on the period when he crosses paths with the book’s other protagonists, Pennsylvania-raised brothers Ethan and Daniel Henry. Each boy has a compelling story, and when the stories are set side-by-side then merged, the result is both heartwarming and hopeful. Letters to a Shooting Star is both a coming of age novel and a love story told in fine, understated Southern tradition, reminiscent of Eudora Welty and Flannery O’Connor.

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