January 29th, 2014

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Adam Lambert (born January 29, 1982)

Adam Mitchel Lambert (born January 29, 1982) is an American singer, songwriter and stage actor born in Indianapolis but raised in San Diego. He began performing in amateur theatrical productions in childhood, a path he pursued into adulthood, appearing in professional productions in the U.S. and abroad.

Lambert became prominent after appearing on the eighth season of American Idol. Although he was runner-up, Lambert launched a music career with the release of the studio album For Your Entertainment (2009) after signing with 19 in a joint venture with RCA. The album debuted at number three on the Billboard 200, sold 198,000 copies in the U.S. in its first week, and reached the top 10 in several countries worldwide. Its singles "For Your Entertainment", "Whataya Want from Me" and "If I Had You" also became successes internationally. Soon after he headlined a worldwide concert tour, Glam Nation, the first American Idol contestant to do so in the year following his Idol season. The tour was followed by two live releases: an extended play entitled Acoustic Live! (2010), and a live CD/DVD Glam Nation Live (2011), which debuted at number one on the SoundScan Music Video chart. Lambert took executive producer credit and was a principal writer on his second studio album, Trespassing, released on May 15, 2012, to critical acclaim. Trespassing made its debut in the number one spot on the Billboard 200 album chart, also topping the Billboard Digital Albums Chart and Canada's Digital Albums Chart. Lambert made music history as the first openly gay artist to achieve this top charting position.

Citing influence from various artists and genres, Lambert has a flamboyant, theatrical and androgynous performance style, and a powerful, technically skilled tenor voice with multi-octave range. He has received numerous awards and nominations, including a Grammy Award nomination for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance in 2011. By April 2012 his first album had sold nearly two million copies worldwide and 4.2 million singles worldwide as of January 2011. The Times identified Lambert as the first openly gay mainstream pop artist to launch a career on a major label in the U.S.




Adam Lambert is an American singer, songwriter and stage actor born in Indianapolis but raised in San Diego. He began performing in amateur theatrical productions in childhood, a path he pursued into adulthood, appearing in professional productions in the U.S. and abroad. Lambert was in a relationship with Finnish entertainment reporter and reality TV personality Sauli Koskinen since November 2010, but announced in April 2013 that they had split up amicably and expected to remain friends.

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

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Alice Arnold & Clare Balding

Clare Balding OBE (born 29 January 1971) is a British television presenter, journalist and retired amateur jockey. She currently presents for BBC Sport, Channel 4, BT Sport and the show Good Morning Sunday on BBC Radio 2. She formalised her relationship with the BBC Radio 4 continuity announcer and newsreader Alice Arnold in September 2006 by entering into a civil partnership. Clare and Alice met in 2000 and Alice said at first she didn't take much notice of Clare until a few years later. The couple live in Chiswick, London, with their Tibetan terrier, Archie. Arnold was previously in a relationship with the comedienne, writer, and presenter Sandi Toksvig. (P: @Keith Page. Clare Balding)

Balding has close family links to horse racing: her father, Ian Balding, trained Mill Reef, 1971 winner of the Epsom Derby, Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes; and her younger brother, Andrew Balding, trained Casual Look, the winner of the 2003 Epsom Oaks. The latter win led to a very emotional post-race interview with her brother. Her uncle Toby Balding has trained winners in the Grand National, Cheltenham Gold Cup and Champion Hurdle. Furthermore, her grandfather was the trainer Peter Hastings-Bass and her maternal uncle the 17th Earl of Huntingdon was once trainer to Queen Elizabeth II. Her maternal grandmother, Priscilla Hastings, is descended from the Earls of Derby and was one of the first women elected to membership of the Jockey Club.

On 29 May 2009, Balding announced that she had thyroid cancer. She told the Daily Mail newspaper that she had her thyroid gland removed and would have radioactive iodine treatment in July that year. She promised to be back on television covering the Epsom Derby, by the following Saturday. On 21 August 2009 she announced that the radioactive iodine had been successful with no signs of the cancer having spread.

In July 2010, Balding made a complaint to the Press Complaints Commission over an article by writer A. A. Gill in The Sunday Times that she felt had mocked her sexuality and appearance and for which the newspaper refused to apologise. The PCC found in her favour, judging that AA Gill had "refer[red] to the complainant's sexuality in a demeaning and gratuitous way".


Clare Balding is a British television presenter, journalist and retired amateur jockey. She currently presents for BBC Sport, Channel 4, BT Sport and the show Good Morning Sunday on BBC Radio 2. She formalised her relationship with the BBC Radio 4 continuity announcer and newsreader Alice Arnold in September 2006. The couple live in Chiswick, London, with their Tibetan terrier, Archie. Arnold was previously in a relationship with the comedienne, writer, and presenter Sandi Toksvig.

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Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice_Arnold

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Benjamin Smoke (January 28, 1960 - January 29, 1999)

Benjamin (born Robert Dickerson) was an American singer-songwriter who fronted the Atlanta, Georgia bands Smoke and the Opal Foxx Quartet. He was noted for being a radical, gay rock 'n' roll performer. He died on January 29, 1999 due to liver failure caused by Hepatitis C at age 39. He performed his final concert in Atlanta, Georgia on New Year's Eve, 1998. (P: Benjamin Smoke, www.ragtagfilm.com/archives/images/smoke.jpg)

He was the subject of a documentary released in 2000 called Benjamin Smoke directed by Jem Cohen and Peter Sillen, filming for which took 10 years.

Benjamin lived for many years in Cabbagetown, a neighborhood in Atlanta, an "unsafe" area peopled with hustlers and eccentrics. There, he occasionally dressed up as a drag queen from a young age. When he was just nine years old he would appear in public wearing woman’s clothing, "with a towel on my head like Whoopi (Goldberg), going to the Waffle House in a dress". In New York he found work at the famed club CBGB's, which he described as "the filthiest place I ever was". He earned $20 a day, his duties consisted of sweeping up broken glass left by performers and audiences the evening prior.

Benjamin was a known character in the underground scene in 1980s Atlanta and participated in a number of Atlanta music experiments such as Easturn Stars, Monroe is Naked Again, Freedom Puff, Blade Emotion, and the Opal Foxx Quartet (which often had up to 12 members). His bands played in such venues as 688, Celebrity Club, Pillowtex, Destroy All Music Festival, among others. For the band, Smoke donned the stage name "Miss Opal Foxx". During this time his vocals received media attention and Tom Waits comparisons arose. His voice has since been described as "resembling the roar of a wounded lion". After some of the musicians of the group died, the band Smoke was conceived in 1992 with members Bill Taft, Brian Halloran, and Todd Butler. Coleman Lewis and Tim Campion later joined the band, followed by Will Fratesi. Smoke was renowned for his on-stage banter, never shying away from provoking his viewers, "for a faggot, do I have a rockin' band or what?"

Benjamin was addicted to the drug speed and he also had AIDS, though he claimed "HIV is not a death sentence". AIDS brought him closer to his estranged mother, though he eventually lost his life due to Hepatitis C.

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_Smoke

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Edward Lear (May 12, 1812 – January 29, 1888)

Edward Lear (12 May 1812 – 29 January 1888) was an English artist, illustrator, author and poet, and is renowned primarily for his literary nonsense, in poetry and prose and especially his limericks, a form that he popularised. From childhood he suffered ill health, including epilepsy (of which he was ashamed) and depression. He travelled widely for much of his life, before settling in Sanremo. He never married, though he did propose it. Instead he suffered from an unreciprocated love affair with Sir Franklin Lushington, Chief Magistrate of London, who he had first met in Malta. He had many friends and a devoted pet cat. Yet when after a long decline in health, he died of heart disease, none of his friends were able to attend his funeral.

His most famous work, The Owl and the Pussy-cat, was written for Janet Symonds, the daughter of Lear's close friend, bisexual John Addington Symonds.

His principal areas of work as an artist were threefold: as a draughtsman employed to illustrate birds and animals; making coloured drawings during his journeys, which he reworked later, sometimes as plates for his travel books; as a (largely frustrated) illustrator of Tennyson's poems.

As an author, Lear is principally known for his popular nonsense works, rather than as a travel writer. These show a great ability to use with relish the sound of real and invented English words. He was particularly adept at surprising his readers, and, in his limericks, had a genius for doing so without resorting to shocking them.

Edward Lear has been portrayed in radio dramas by Andrew Sachs in The Need for Nonsense by Julia Blackburn (BBC Radio 4, 9 February 2009) and by Derek Jacobi in By the Coast of Coromandel by Lavinia Murray (BBC Radio 4, 21 December 2011).

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

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Herman Bang (April 20, 1857 – January 29, 1912)

Herman Joachim Bang (April 20, 1857 – January 29, 1912) was a Danish author, one of the men of the Modern Breakthrough.

Bang was born into a noble family of Asserballe, on the small Danish island of Als, the son of a South Jutlandic vicar (a relative of N. F. S. Grundtvig). His family history was marked by insanity and disease.

When he was twenty he published two volumes of critical essays on the realistic movement. In 1880 he published his novel Haabløse Slægter (Families Without Hope), which aroused immediate attention. The main character was a young man who had a relationship with an older woman. The book was considered obscene at the time and was banned. After some time spent in travel and a successful lecture tour of Norway and Sweden, he settled in Copenhagen and produced a series of novels and collections of short stories which placed him in the front rank of Scandinavian novelists. Among his more famous stories are Fædra (1883) and Tine (Tina, 1889).

The latter won for its author the friendship of Henrik Ibsen and the enthusiastic admiration of Jonas Lie. Among his other works are Det hvide Hus (The White House, 1898), Excentriske Noveller (Eccentric Stories, 1885), Stille Eksistenser (Quiet Existences, 1886), Liv og Død (Life and Death, 1899), Englen Michael (The Angel Michael, 1902), a volume of poems (1889), and recollections, Ti Aar (Ten Years, 1891).

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

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Paco Vidarte (March 1, 1970 - January 29, 2008)

Francisco "Paco" Javier Vidarte Fernández (1 March 1970 - 29 January 2008 in Madrid) was a Spanish philosopher, writer and LGBT-activist.

After studying philosophy at the Universidad Pontificia Comillas (UPC) in Madrid/Spain, as well as psychoanalysis (Master, Universidad Complutense Madrid) and pedagogy (Certificado de Aptitud Pedagógica (CAP), UPC/Madrid), Vidarte became a Doctor of Philosophy at Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED) in Madrid with his dissertation about Jacques Derrida.

From the mid-90s onwards, Paco Vidarte, who was gay, was an active member of the gay movement in Spain, and especially Madrid. He was a member of the group "Radical Gai", and later became one of the leading theoretics and philosophers of the Spanish LGBT-groups. Vidarte was the first to discuss "Teoría Queer" (Queer Theory) at Spanish university and published an impressive, internationally renowned number of articles and books about J. Dérrida as well as about LGTB-theory.

He was a professor at UNED-university until his death in Madrid in 2008, caused by a malign form of lymphatic cancer and HIV.

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

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Sara Teasdale (August 8, 1884 – January 29, 1933)

As reflected in her poetry, the strongest emotional relationships in Sara Teasdale's life were with women.

Teasdale might be viewed as a casualty of the struggle between propriety and passion that marked late Victorian social mores. Born in St. Louis into a genteel middle-class family, she was overprotected by her mother, who instilled in her young daughter an anxiety about her own body--its physical inadequacy and its ailments--that was to affect both her work and her personal relationships for most of her brief life.

Because of her mother's fears, Teasdale was educated at home until she was nine, and, left to herself, she retreated into her own dreamy world; she spent hours fantasizing about the romantic possibilities of her own life. Keeping reality at a tasteful distance became a habit of her life and of her art.

Although she cultivated romantic obsessions about men, the strongest relationships in her life were with women. After completing her college education at Hosmer Hall in St. Louis, she and several other young women formed a literary association called The Potters, which published a monthly magazine, The Potter's Wheel, in which Teasdale's early poems appeared.

Many of her early works were addressed to particular women, whose identities were disguised. Her first major work was a set of effusive sonnets in praise of Eleonora Duse, which was included in her first collection, Sonnets to Duse and Other Poems (1907).

In 1908, Teasdale formed an intense friendship with Marion Cummings Stanley, with whom she was able for the first time to discuss matters such as her own ill health and her curiosity about sex. Their friendship temporarily released Teasdale from the constrictions of her rigid upbringing, and she commemorated it in a poem entitled "Song," which concludes "For all my world is in your arms, / My sun and stars are you" (from Helen of Troy and Other Poems, 1911).

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Citation Information
Author: Wadsworth, Ann
Entry Title: Teasdale, Sara
General Editor: Claude J. Summers
Publication Name: glbtq: An Encyclopedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Culture
Publication Date: 2002
Date Last Updated July 25, 2011
Web Address www.glbtq.com/literature/teasdale_s.html
Publisher glbtq, Inc.
1130 West Adams
Chicago, IL 60607
Today's Date January 29, 2013
Encyclopedia Copyright: © 2002-2006, glbtq, Inc.
Entry Copyright © 1995, 2002 New England Publishing Associates

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It Happened Today: January 29

Adam Lambert (born January 29, 1982): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3439417.html

Adam Lambert is an American singer, songwriter and stage actor born in Indianapolis but raised in San Diego. He began performing in amateur theatrical productions in childhood, a path he pursued into adulthood, appearing in professional productions in the U.S. and abroad. Lambert was in a relationship with Finnish entertainment reporter and reality TV personality Sauli Koskinen since November 2010, but announced in April 2013 that they had split up amicably and expected to remain friends.

Benjamin Smoke (January 28, 1960 - January 29, 1999): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4158548.html

Benjamin Smoke was an American singer-songwriter who fronted the Atlanta bands Smoke and the Opal Foxx Quartet. He was noted for being a radical, gay rock 'n' roll performer. He died on January 29, 1999 due to liver failure caused by Hepatitis C at age 39. He performed his final concert in Atlanta, Georgia on New Year's Eve, 1998. He had AIDS, though he claimed "HIV is not a death sentence". AIDS brought him closer to his estranged mother, though he eventually lost his life due to Hepatitis C.

Clare Balding & Alice Arnold: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4158449.html

Clare Balding is a British television presenter, journalist and retired amateur jockey. She currently presents for BBC Sport, Channel 4, BT Sport and the show Good Morning Sunday on BBC Radio 2. She formalised her relationship with the BBC Radio 4 continuity announcer and newsreader Alice Arnold in September 2006. The couple live in Chiswick, with their Tibetan terrier, Archie. Clare and Alice met in 2000 and Alice said at first she didn't take much notice of Clare until a few years later.

Daniel J. O'Donnell & John Banta: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3928914.html

Daniel J. O'Donnell is a Democratic member of the New York State Assembly. He was the legislative sponsor of the Marriage Equality Act during its successful passage and signature into law on June 24, 2011. On Sunday, January 29, 2012, O'Donnell married his partner of 31 years, John Banta. The ceremony and reception were attended by over 400 people including NY State Governor Andrew Cuomo. O'Donnell has lived in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of Manhattan with Banta, for over 20 years.

Edward Lear (May 12, 1812 – January 29, 1888): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3438944.html

Edward Lear was an English artist, illustrator, author and poet, and is renowned primarily for his literary nonsense, in poetry and prose and especially his limericks, a form that he popularised. He travelled widely for much of his life, before settling in Sanremo. He never married, though he did propose it. Instead he suffered from an unreciprocated love affair with Sir Franklin Lushington, Chief Magistrate of London, who he had first met in Malta. He had many friends and a devoted pet cat.

Elihu Vedder & Giovanni Costa: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4158754.html

Elihu Vedder was an American symbolist painter, book illustrator, and poet, born in New York City. He first visited Italy from 1858 until 1860, becoming deeply emotionally attached to fellow painter Giovanni Costa. Their idyllic trips through the Italian countryside were cut short because Vedder's father cut off his financial allowance. They met the first time in the summer of 1860, in Florence, and the last time in 1881 when Costa and Edward Blount Smith visited Vedder and his wife in Rome.

Herman Bang (April 20, 1857 – January 29, 1912): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3064721.html

Herman Bang (1857–1912) was a Danish author, one of the men of the Modern Breakthrough. Bang was a homosexual, a fact which contributed to his isolation in the cultural life of Denmark and made him the victim of smear campaigns. He lived most of his life with his sister but found happiness for a few years with the German actor Max Eisfeld (1863–1935), with whom he lived in Prague in 1885-86. Uninterested in politics, he was distant from most of his colleagues in the naturalist movement.

Jourdan Lane (born January 29): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/982235.html

Jourdan Lane is a fulltime author residing in South Texas with four…er…three kids and one husband. In Soul Mates: Bound by Blood, Houston nightclub Rave is famous for nearly-naked male dancers and beautiful bartenders. Like Peter, a young man with a strict rule about one-night stands with locals. He breaks that rule for Lucien, the owner of The Den, a rival nightclub where there are no boundaries, no taboos. Only he doesn't realize just who Lucien is when he does.

Paco Vidarte (March 1, 1970 - January 29, 2008): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3064938.html

Francisco "Paco" Javier Vidarte Fernández (1 March 1970 - 29 January 2008 in Madrid) was a Spanish philosopher, writer and LGBT-activist. From the mid-90s onwards, Paco Vidarte, who was gay, was an active member of the gay movement in Spain, and especially Madrid. He was a member of the group "Radical Gai", and later became one of the leading theoretics and philosophers of the Spanish LGBT-groups. idarte was the first to discuss "Teoría Queer" (Queer Theory) at Spanish university.

Philippe Besson (born January 29, 1967): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/1608998.html

Philippe Besson (born January 29, 1967 in Barbezieux-Saint-Hilaire, Charente) is a French writer. In 1999, Besson, a law graduate, was inspired to write his first novel, En l'absence des hommes while reading of accounts of ex-serviceman during the First World War. The novel, with its daring inclusion of Marcel Proust as a central character, won the Emmanuel-Roblès prize. Besson's second novel, Son Frère was shortlisted for the Prix Femina, and adapted for cinema by Patrice Chéreau in 2003.

Rich Wallace (born January 29, 1957): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/966224.html

Rich Wallace has been writing since he was a little boy, when he wrote and illustrated his own comic books. He has since published more than 25 novels for kids and teenagers. Dishes is set in Ogunquit, Maine. That’s not where you’d expect to find a guy like Danny. He’s not a tourist. He’s not a local. And he’s definitely not gay. As far as he can tell, only he and the bartender at Dishes, where he works as a dishwasher, are straight. But that’s not what bothers Danny.

Robin Morgan (born January 29, 1941): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3065229.html

Robin Morgan is an American poet, author, political theorist and activist, journalist, lecturer, and former child actor. Since the early 1960s she has been a key radical feminist member of the American Women's Movement, and a leader in the international feminist movement. Robin Morgan currently lives in Manhattan. Her son (with Kenneth Pitchford) is the musician and recording artist Blake Morgan. She has been open about having romantic relationships with both men and women since the 1960s.

Sara Teasdale (August 8, 1884 – January 29, 1933): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3438679.html

As reflected in her poetry, the strongest emotional relationships in Sara Teasdale's life were with women. The last great friendship of her life was with Margaret Conklin, a young student who came into Teasdale's life in 1926 and wooed her almost like a lover. Teasdale saw in Conklin the reincarnation of herself as a child, and their relationship was profound and complex. If there was a lesbian component to it, however, it was probably unacknowledged. Teasdale committed suicide in 1933.

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New Release Blog Tour: PARADOX LOST by Libby Drew

Paradox Lost by Libby Drew
Publisher: Carina Press (January 27, 2014)
Amazon Kindle: Paradox Lost

Blurb: Time travel tour guide Reegan McNamara’s job—taking eager tourists whenever they want to go—is usually a breeze. A trip back to 2020 to watch a world-changing speech seems no different, until a woman runs away from his tour group before the jump home. Now her tycoon husband is demanding her safe return—or Reegan will lose more than just his job.

PI Saul Kildare’s business is running on borrowed time. Due to a messy break with the police, he can’t get a referral to save his life. When an enigmatic stranger bangs on his door one night and promises a windfall for a missing-person case, it seems too good to be true. But the two men have an immediate connection, and Saul can’t pass up the chance to spend more time with Reegan, even if he is clearly hiding something.

Saul knows he shouldn’t trust Reegan, and Reegan knows he can’t get involved with Saul. But as their attraction evolves into feelings neither can deny, will they have the strength to take a leap of faith – together?

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Bio: Libby glimpsed her true calling when her first story, an A.A. Milne /Shakespeare crossover, won the grand prize in her elementary school's fiction contest. Her parents explained that writers were quirky, poor, and often talked to themselves in supermarket checkout lines. They implored her to be practical, a request she took to heart for twenty years, earning two degrees, a white-collar job, and an ulcer, before realizing that practical was absolutely no fun.

Today she lives with her husband and four children in an old, impractical house and writes stories about redemption, the supernatural, and love at first sight, all of which do exist. She happens to know from experience.

Libby’s State of Mind received rave reviews for being fast, clever, and relentless and was nominated for a Bookie Award for Best M/M Novel of 2011. 40 Souls to Keep, Libby’s third novel, has been described as intense and heart-poundingly good and was praised by Publishers Weekly for maintaining a high level of suspense.

An avid supporter of gay rights, Libby donates her time to the Trevor Project and organizations that work to support marriage equality.

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The Gentleman's Keeper by Summer Devon & Bonnie Dee

Everett Gerard, for various reasons, decided long ago to forget about his property, the Abbey. It’s 1888, in England, and while homosexuality is for sure forbidden, it’s not uncommon. Everyone basically knows Gerard is a sodomite, thanks also to an old scandal with an Italian count, but until he manages to disguise his real sexual inclinations with a libertine life, no one question why he is still a bachelor at almost 30 years old, and considering the fact his father died, he is not even worried that he is the last of his family

But then a solution to even that trouble basically fall into his lap: a 9 years old boy with a striking resemblance to the Gerard’s family, arrives to the Abbey, and the house’s bailiff, Miles Kenway, after trying to tame the almost savage boy, decides to call Gerard to his due towards the boy. Gerard knows he cannot be the father of the boy (no possibility at all), but for sure the boy is a Gerard, and so why not let people believe he is Everett’s offspring and, not only putting to death the old scandal, but also solving the problem of the heir to the Abbey.

I liked the romance between Gerard and Kenway, while forbidden, it wasn’t full of angst or denial; both men had long ago decided their interests lie on men, and when they meet each other, that interest is mutual. Even the social status difference isn’t something that put them apart, considering Kenway is a well-read man, who, even if he hasn’t a college degree, has nevertheless a deep knowledge of culture and life. On the other hand, Gerard is the classical middle class man, not from aristocracy, but nevertheless wealthy, and yes, even if he has some reasons hidden in his past to behave as he is, I found him to be maybe a little too much spoilt; sure, deep down he has a good heart, and the immediately liking the has for Ipsial, even if, both the most likely fathers are men he despises, said a lot about Gerard’s predisposition to love people for who they are and not for their origins.

Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (July 9, 2013)
Amazon Kindle: The Gentleman's Keeper

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Call for Submissions: Best Lesbian Erotica 2015

Cross-posted from Laura Antoniou:

I am honored to be chosen by Cleis Press to edit the 2015 edition of Best Lesbian Erotica. This annual "best of" series has been around since 1996, and is a steamy collection that regularly features some of the best known names in the field, and newcomers to watch out for. If you are a writer of dyke smut, steamy lesbian romance, sizzling women-on-woman sex, or passionate lady-lovin', I want to hear from you by April 1, 2014!

Submission Guidelines:

Fiction only. Short stories or self-contained novel excerpts. No essays, memoirs, poetry. Unpublished and published material may be considered, so long as the author has the rights to sell the work to an anthology.
Erotica only. That means make it sizzle. Passionate. Sexy. Powerful. Dynamic. Romantic. Frightening.
Lesbian only. Women for women. Femmes, butches, tops, bottoms, partners, strangers, new women, older women, first-timers, rakes and scoundrels. Stout women, athletic women, studly women and seductive women, women with toys and women with words. Get the drift?

Don't: Under 18, incest, non-consent, beasts. Just don't.

Do: Surprise me. Make me feel. Go solo, or more than two. Push the boundaries. Include those usually unseen.

The Nitty Gritty

Please use standard manuscript formatting. This is a Best Of anthology, you should know the drill.

Each submission should be a maximum of 5,500 words . Micro-fiction of 1000 words or less may be considered at a lower remuneration. This collection will be acquiring the non-exclusive right to publish stories in print, e-book, audio and other subsidiary formats as part of an anthology.

Submit via e-mail to BLE(dot)Editor(at)gmail(dot)com before April 1, 2014
The e-mail text and a cover sheet for the file must contain: Author’s Name, Pen Name (if applicable) Title of Submission, Word count, Address, Phone, and Email Address, and a 50 -100 word bio. If your work has been published elsewhere, please note complete publishing history on your cover sheet.
Files must be .doc or .rtf Do not send PDFs unless requested. One submission per document, although you may send up to two documents attached to your e-mail. Name your file StoryTitle_AuthorLastname

Please spread the word! Share this announcement with your writing friends, and get down to writing something yourself! I look forward to reading and putting this amazing anthology together.

Laura



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