January 8th, 2014

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Set Ablaze (Uniform Encounters) by Morticia Knight

This wasn’t at all your ordinary hot hunky firemen plot; oh, don’t get me wrong, Eric, the fire chief of Mesa, Arizona, is hunky enough, but truth be told, he isn’t exactly an hero. A closeted man until the age of 42 years old, he did come out only cause his marriage counselor told him he had to be open honest with his wife if he wanted to safe the relationship, and instead his wife filed for divorce. Well, discovering your husband is gay, and has always been, even before they married, isn’t an easy news to digest. Doesn’t matter Eric was always faithful in body, he wasn’t in feelings, and in a way, I understand his wife. To a point, cause how she behaves after that is a little too much, even for my sympathetic understanding. If that wasn’t enough, Eric got involved with his own son’s friend, a twink that now is basically molesting him, threatening to reveal their affair. And to add a cherry on the top, Eric begins an office affair with the new recruit the very first day he is in the office. Well, let talk about problematic heroes… in a way, Eric is a so wrecked hero that I wanted to pat him on the shoulder and comfort him, that something good had to happen sooner or later, cause worse than that was really difficult to achieve.

Maybe that was also what Tom, the new recruit, saw, other than the hot hunky exterior, that was in any case a good sight. It’s obvious that Tom has a problematic relationship with his own father, so I don’t exclude he is projecting a little on Eric, seeing him like a protective fatherly figure; sure, Eric is attractive enough, that is also a factor to take into account, but the immediate attraction, and the deep connection they have is well beyond the good looks of Eric. At the same time, I don’t exclude that Eric is searching in Tom his lost family, the feeling of being welcomed back at home, someone with whom he can relax and enjoy the second youth he is experimenting right now, cause he did pretty much screwed the first one he had.

Series: Uniform Encounters
Paperback: 188 pages
Publisher: Total-E-Bound Publishing (May 24, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1781846030
ISBN-13: 978-1781846032
Amazon: Set Ablaze (Uniform Encounters) (Volume 1)
Amazon Kindle: Set Ablaze (Uniform Encounters) (Volume 1)

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Michael Kearns & James Carroll Pickett

Michael Kearns (born January 8, 1950) is an American actor, writer, director, teacher, producer, and activist. He is noted for being the first openly gay actor, and after an announcement on Entertainment Tonight in 1991, the first openly HIV positive actor in Hollywood. With partner James Carroll Pickett he responded to the AIDS crisis in the mid-Eighties by co-founding two AIDS organizations: Artists Confronting AIDS (ACA) and STAGE (Southland Theatre Artists Goodwill Event, the longest running theatrical benefit in the world). James Carroll Pickett was the playwright of Bathhouse Benediction, Dream Man, and Queen of Angels. He was also a teacher at the Beverly Hills Playhouse. Michael Kearns stars in the film adaptation of Dream Man. James Carroll Pickett died from complications related to AIDS on July 4, 1994.
"James Carroll Pickett: I miss you the most, honey. Dreams that defy death and exult in a world without end. Amen. Slow fade. Curtain." --Michael Kearns, Naming Names, 2006
In 1995, Kearns began proceedings that resulted in his adoption in 1997 of a child. In a March 2013 appearance on The Howard Stern Show on Sirius XM Radio, Kearns admitted to affairs with actor Rock Hudson and Barry Manilow. He presently lives in Los Angeles with his daughter who was born in 1994.

Kearns was born in St. Louis, Missouri. As a young man he attended the Goodman School of Drama in Chicago, Illinois, and graduated in 1972 and moved to Los Angeles. For more than 25 years he has been active in the Los Angeles art and politics communities, maintaining a mainstream film and television career with a prolific career in the theatre. His activism is deeply integrated into his theatre works, and he has received grants from the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department, the Brody Foundation, and PEN Center USA West. He is a current commissioner of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG).

Kearns is a regular contributor to a number of magazines and newspapers, including the Frontiers, Los Angeles Times, L.A. Parent, IN Magazine, and L.A. Weekly.


Michael Kearns is an actor, writer, director, teacher, producer, and activist. He is noted for being the first openly gay actor, and after an announcement on Entertainment Tonight in 1991, the first openly HIV positive actor in Hollywood. With partner James Carroll Pickett he responded to the AIDS crisis in the mid-80s by co-founding two AIDS organizations: Artists Confronting AIDS (ACA) and STAGE (Southland Theatre Artists Goodwill Event, the longest running theatrical benefit in the world).

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Cameron Laux & Charlie Condou

Charlie Lomax David Condou (born 8 January 1973) is an actor and writer best known for playing sonographer, Marcus Dent, in the long-running TV series, Coronation Street. Condou divides his time between Manchester and Islington where he lives with his Canadian boyfriend since 2004, writer Cameron Laux and his daughter and son, Georgia and Hal, who split their time between Condou and their mother, the actress Catherine Kanter. In a number of interviews, Condou has revealed that the children were conceived through IVF treatment, following Kanter's 40th birthday and relationship breakup. He wrote a column for The Guardian newspaper on the subject of same-sex parenting which was discontinued in July 2012. His second child with Catherine Kanter, Hal, was born in January 2012 and featured heavily in Condou's Guardian column "The Three of Us".

Condou was listed number 11 in the World Pride Power List 2013, number 15 in the World Pride Power list 2012, number 8 in the Independent on Sunday Pink Power list 2011 and 42 in the Pride Power List 2011. He is a supporter of Manchester Pride, a Patron of the charities Diversity Role models and the Albert Kennedy Trust, and a volunteer for the Terrence Higgins Trust. He also works closely with Stonewall. In October 2012, he was named in the British gay publication, Attitude, as the magazine's "Man of the Year" at the inaugural Attitude awards and was their cover star for the November issue of the same year.

His acting career began in the 1985 American TV Movie, The Key to Rebecca, at the age of twelve. His TV career continued throughout his teens with appearances in such TV series as Robin of Sherwood and A Sense of Guilt. In 1987 he starred in the TV movie Every Breath You Take opposite British actress (and one-time wife of John Cleese) Connie Booth, as Tom, a child who develops diabetes. He continued in his twenties, playing a variety of roles in series like Martin Chuzzlewit, Pie in the Sky, The Bill, Peak Practice and Urban Gothic. Before his 2005 performance as Jonatton Yeah? in the short-lived Channel 4 sitcom,Nathan Barley, Condou made guest appearances in a number of British TV series including, The Infinite Worlds of HG Wells, and Midsomer Murders and had a minor part in the 2001 thriller Charlotte Gray where Cate Blanchett played the title role.


Charlie Condou is an actor and writer best known for playing Marcus Dent, in the TV series, Coronation Street. Condou divides his time between Manchester and Islington where he lives with his Canadian boyfriend since 2004, writer Cameron Laux and his daughter and son, Georgia and Hal, who split their time between Condou and their mother, the actress Catherine Kanter. He wrote a column for The Guardian newspaper on the subject of same-sex parenting which was discontinued in July 2012.

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Jaime Gil de Biedma (November 13, 1929 - January 8, 1990)

Jaime Gil de Biedma y Alba (Nov. 13, 1929-Jan. 8, 1990) was a Spanish post-Civil War poet.

He was born in Nava de la Asunción on November 13, 1929. He stopped writing poetry some ten years before his death. He insisted that the character he had invented, the poet Jaime Gil de Biedma, as opposed to the respectable bourgeois businessman of the same name, had nothing left to say and he refused to go on playing the role of a poet in literary society. He died on January 8, 1990 of AIDS.

Among Spanish readers, he is considered one of the most consummate Anglophiles in the field of contemporary peninsular literature. This Anglophilia was initiated when he first read T. S. Eliot's Four Quartets (translated in 1952).

He was also a considerable Francophile as befitted a young Spaniard of his elevated social class, bearing in mind that Spanish society had always been notoriously 'afrancesado' until well into the 20th century. This state of affairs begin to change under the influence of poets like Gil de Biedma and Luis Cernuda. His lifelong adherence to and assimilation of Anglo-American culture was consolidated by his studies in Oxford in 1953 where he read T. S. Eliot for the first time in English (along with W. H. Auden and Stephen Spender), thus beginning a lifelong fascination with the work of the Anglo-American poet. Moreover, the long periods spent in the largely Anglophone circles of Manila would also contribute to his Anglophile literary sensibility and on numerous occasions he would declare England to be his 'segunda patria', his second country, and would also say that he was 'in great measure, a product of the Anglo-Saxon literary tradition. Even though, also shows conscious relations with Spanish and French tradition.

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David Bowie (born January 8, 1947)

David Bowie (born David Robert Jones on 8 January 1947) is an English musician, actor, record producer and arranger. A major figure for over four decades in the world of popular music, Bowie is widely regarded as an innovator, particularly for his work in the 1970s. He is known for his distinctive voice, and the intellectual depth and eclecticism of his work.

Bowie first caught the eye and ear of the public in July 1969, when his song "Space Oddity" reached the top five of the UK Singles Chart. After a three-year period of experimentation he re-emerged in 1972 during the glam rock era with the flamboyant, androgynous alter ego Ziggy Stardust, spearheaded by the hit single "Starman" and the album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. Bowie's impact at that time, as described by biographer David Buckley, "challenged the core belief of the rock music of its day" and "created perhaps the biggest cult in popular culture." The relatively short-lived Ziggy persona proved merely one facet of a career marked by continual reinvention, musical innovation and striking visual presentation.

In 1975, Bowie achieved his first major American crossover success with the number-one single "Fame" and the hit album Young Americans, which the singer characterised as "plastic soul". The sound constituted a radical shift in style that initially alienated many of his UK devotees. He then confounded the expectations of both his record label and his American audiences by recording the minimalist album Low (1977)—the first of three collaborations with Brian Eno over the next two years. The so-called "Berlin Trilogy" albums all reached the UK top five and garnered lasting critical praise.

After uneven commercial success in the late 1970s, Bowie had UK number ones with the 1980 single "Ashes to Ashes", its parent album Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps), and "Under Pressure", a 1981 collaboration with Queen. He then reached a new commercial peak in 1983 with Let's Dance, which yielded several hit singles. Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, Bowie continued to experiment with musical styles, including blue-eyed soul, industrial, adult contemporary, and jungle. His last recorded album was Reality (2003), which was supported by the 2003–04 Reality Tour.



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Sir Edmund Backhouse (October 20, 1873 – January 8, 1944)

Sir Edmund Trelawny Backhouse, 2nd Baronet (20 October 1873 – 8 January 1944) was a British oriental scholar and linguist whose work exerted a powerful influence on the Western view of the last decades of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912). Since his death, however, it has been established that some of his sources were forged, though it is not clear how many or by whom. His biographer, Hugh Trevor-Roper, described him as "a confidence man with few equals." Derek Sandhaus of Earnshaw Books, the editor of Backhouse's memoirs, after consulting with specialists in the period, argues that Trevor-Roper was offended by Backhouse's homosexuality and that Backhouse's undoubted confabulation was mixed with plausible recollection of scenes and details.

Backhouse was born into a Quaker family in Darlington; his relatives included many churchmen and scholars. His youngest brother was Sir Roger Backhouse, who was First Sea Lord from 1938-39. He attended Winchester College and Merton College, Oxford. Whilst at Oxford he suffered a nervous breakdown in 1894, and although he returned to the university in 1895, he never completed his degree, instead fleeing the country due to the massive debts he had accumulated.

In 1899 he arrived in Peking where he soon began collaborating with the influential Times correspondent Dr. George Ernest Morrison, aiding him with translation work. At this time he had already learned several languages, including Russian, Japanese and Chinese. In 1918 he inherited the family baronetcy from his father, Sir Jonathan Backhouse, 1st Baronet. He spent most of the rest of his life in Peking, in the employment of various companies and individuals, who made use of his language skills and alleged connections to the Chinese imperial court for the negotiation of business deals. None of these deals was ever successful.

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New Release Cover Reveal: Amber by T. Strange

In preparation for Amber's release on the 15th, please enjoy the anticipation of the cover:



Blurb: Anthony was a painter until he lost the ability to see color. Worse than color blindness, the edges of objects and people blur together, making it almost impossible for Anthony to interact with anyone or anything. After retreating from the world for decades, he sees a glimpse of yellow that leads him to a musician, Teague. At first Anthony is frightened and overwhelmed by the color, but he can’t stay away from Teague for long. He finds the courage to confront Teague and explain his unusual problem and Teague’s role in helping him. To Anthony’s relief, Teague believes him. Very quickly, they both suspect that getting the colors back is more important to Anthony than his relationship with Teague. If Anthony pushes too hard, he’ll lose Teague, and possibly the colors, forever.


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It Happened Today: January 8

Charlie Condou & Cameron Laux: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3999530.html

Charlie Condou is an actor and writer best known for playing Marcus Dent, in the TV series, Coronation Street. Condou divides his time between Manchester and Islington where he lives with his Canadian boyfriend since 2004, writer Cameron Laux and his daughter and son, Georgia and Hal, who split their time between Condou and their mother, the actress Catherine Kanter. He wrote a column for The Guardian newspaper on the subject of same-sex parenting which was discontinued in July 2012.

David Bowie (born January 8, 1947): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/1407198.html

David Bowie (born David Robert Jones on 8 January 1947) is an English musician, actor, record producer and arranger. "I had no problem with people knowing I was bisexual. But I had no inclination to hold any banners nor be a representative of any group of people. I knew what I wanted to be, which was a songwriter and a performer, and I felt that bisexuality became my headline over here for so long. America is a very puritanical place, and I think it stood in the way of so much I wanted to do."

Sir Edmund Backhouse (October 20, 1873 – January 8, 1944): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/1407781.html

Sir Edmund Backhouse, 2nd Baronet was an oriental scholar and linguist whose work exerted a powerful influence on the Western view of the last decades of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912). Since his death, it has been established that some of his sources were forged. Sandhaus of Earnshaw Books, the editor of Backhouse's memoirs, argues that Trevor-Roper was offended by Backhouse's homosexuality and that Backhouse's undoubted confabulation was mixed with plausible recollection of scenes and details.

Forman Brown & Richard Brandon: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/1410126.html

Forman Brown was one of the world's leaders in puppet theatre, as well as an important early gay novelist. Along with Yale Puppeteers Harry Burnett and Richard Brandon (Brown's life-long lover), Brown launched Turnabout Theatre in 1941 as "a vehicle for performing both puppet plays and revues for adults." In 1933, Brown wrote, under the pseudonym Richard Meeker, a novel called Better Angel: this novel is regarded as "the first American novel to present the 'gay' experience in a healthy light."

Gilbert & George: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3867978.html

Gilbert Prousch (born 17 September 1943) and George Passmore (born 8 January 1942) are two artists who work together as a collaborative duo called Gilbert & George. The two first met on 25 September 1967 while studying sculpture at Saint Martin's School of Art. The two claim they came together because George was the only person who could understand Gilbert's rather poorly-spoken English. In a 2002 interview with the Daily Telegraph, they said of their meeting: "it was love at first sight".

Graham Chapman & David Sherlock: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3303052.html

Grahan Chapman (8 January 1941–4 October 1989) kept his sexuality a secret until the 1970s, although he did allude to it in some Monty Python sketches. He came out as homosexual on a chat show hosted by British jazz musician George Melly, becoming one of the first celebrities to come out publicly. Several days later, he came out to a group of friends at a party held at his home in Belsize Park, where he officially introduced them to his partner, David Sherlock, whom he had met in Ibiza in 1966.

Jaime Gil de Biedma (November 13, 1929 - January 8, 1990): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/1407232.html

Jaime Gil de Biedma y Alba (Nov. 13, 1929 - Jan. 8, 1990) was a Spanish post-Civil War poet. As a homosexual in a strongly conservative environment, Jaime Gil de Biedma suffered discrimination all his life. Nevertheless, he did not hide his sexual orientation and displayed it openly in his poetry. He was rejected for membership of the then illegal Spanish Communist Party, allegedly because Franco's dictatorship could use his sexuality to threaten him if he were discovered to be a communist.

Kerwin Mathews & Tom Nicoll: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3717680.html

Kerwin Mathews was an American actor best known for playing the titular heroes in The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, The Three Worlds of Gulliver and Jack the Giant Killer. He retired from acting in 1978 and moved to San Francisco, where he ran a clothing and antiques shop. He died in his sleep in San Francisco at the age of 81, survived by his partner of 46 years, Tom Nicoll. The City of Janesville subsequently renamed a 1block street adjacent to the former Janesville High School "Kerwin Mathews Court".

Michael Kearns & James Carroll Pickett: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3999432.html

Michael Kearns is an actor, writer, director, teacher, producer, and activist. He is noted for being the first openly gay actor, and after an announcement on Entertainment Tonight in 1991, the first openly HIV positive actor in Hollywood. With partner James Carroll Pickett he responded to the AIDS crisis in the mid-80s by co-founding two AIDS organizations: Artists Confronting AIDS (ACA) and STAGE (Southland Theatre Artists Goodwill Event, the longest running theatrical benefit in the world).

Edward Perry "Ned" Warren & John Marshall: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3407063.html

Ned Warren was an American art collector. At Oxford he met John Marshall, who he called "Puppy" Ned and John lived together at Lewes House in East Sussex. On February 15, 1928, John retired for the evening, saying that he was not feeling well. Ned gave him a kiss and joined him in bed, but John died during the night. Marshall's took his last breath while Ned sat at his bedside. Servants reported that Ned's final words to the dying man were, "Goodbye, Puppy." Warren died less than one year later.

Noel Alumit (born January 8, 1970): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/1314068.html

Noël Alumit is a novelist, actor, and activist. He has been identified as one of the Top 100 Influential Gay People by Out Magazine. Letters to Montgomery Clift is an haunting and compelling novel of a Filipino boy sent to America by his parents to escape the brutal Marcos regime. This is a story of hope set against a backdrop of abuse and alienation. Following the Filipino tradition of writing letters to the ghosts of ancestors, a boy begins to write letters to the ghost of Montgomery Clift.

Sighsten Herrgård & Roar Klingenberg: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3932693.html

Sighsten Herrgård (1943 - 1989) was a Swedish fashion designer. Herrgård was the first Swedish celebrity with AIDS to go public about it, "giving AIDS a face". The saddest thing in Herrgård's memoirs is the portrayal of his lover Roar. Roar, who was a monogamous type like Herrgård, was the one who first succumbed to the virus which eventually ended even Sighsten's life. A journalist argued that Tich and Igor, Herrgård's two Grand danoiser, were the most stylish accessories he ever had.

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