March 13th, 2014

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Robin Maugham (May 17, 1916 – March 13, 1981)

Robert Cecil Romer Maugham, 2nd Viscount Maugham (17 May 1916 – 13 March 1981), known as Robin Maugham, was a British novelist, playwright and travel writer. (Picture: Lord Maugham in 1974, by Allan Warren)

Robin Maugham was the son of Frederic Maugham, 1st Viscount Maugham, and Helen Romer. He was born into a legal dynasty and was expected to follow his father and grandfather and devote himself to the law. Although he qualified as a barrister he realised that his real calling was to follow his uncle William Somerset Maugham as a writer.

Described as "defiantly homosexual", but in fact bisexual, Lord Maugham never married, and the viscountcy became extinct upon his death. He died from a pulmonary embolism, compounded by long-standing diabetes mellitus, though an official cause of death was difficult to obtain as his body was apparently lost for forty-eight hours after his death. He had three sisters: Kate, Honor, and the novelist Diana Marr-Johnson (1908–2007). He is buried in Hartfield, Sussex, next to his parents.

Maugham bought the merchant ship MV Joyita as a hulk in the early 1960s, writing about the mystery of the incident in his book The Joyita Mystery (1962). The ship had been lost at sea only to reappear five weeks later after a massive search found nothing, without crew or passengers, and with four tons of cargo missing.

He wrote an autobiography, Escape from the Shadows (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1972), and then a sequel Search for Nirvana (1975) and books about his uncle, as well as many other novels and plays.

His first three novels were filmed: The Servant by Joseph Losey in 1963, Line on Ginger by Guy Hamilton in 1953, and The Rough and the Smooth by Robert Siodmak in 1959.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robin_Maugham,_2nd_Viscount_Maugham

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William Neale (1957 - March 13, 2012)

When I received an email from Anel Viz, I couldn't believe it: "William Neale passed away yesterday. We are all deeply saddened by the news and are still struggling to believe it. Please keep Bill's partner, Marty in your thoughts and prayers as he tries to feel his way through this difficult time."

I really wasn't able to make that be real in my mind, not only I had lunch with William and Rick R. Reed in New Orleans the previous October (and William was such a nice and kind man), but I had just sent him an email right the day before, telling him I was suppose to be in Cleveland if he wanted to meet again. When I didn't see any answer I thought it was strange but I was sure he would in the end reply and I was already thinking how nice it would have been to see him.

William Neale lived in Cleveland, Ohio with his partner of over a decade, Marty. Relatively new to the world of contemporary m/m romance, he spent over thirty years as a successful corporate communications executive, ad man, and PR "spin doctor."

Knowing how to "make up the truth" prepared him well for his next career as an author. William made no apologies for the fact that his books and characters are often larger than life. A William Neale novel invites you to a fantasy - to a place where you can dream and hope that indeed, happily-ever-after can and does exist.
Those who seek brutally "real," gritty, and angst-ridden life stories probably won't find them in a William Neale book. "That's okay," said Neale. "Not everybody wants or appreciates a feel-good story. As for me, reading has always been a wonderful escape from reality. Even as a child, I loved the fantasy of becoming Peter Pan, Huck Finn, or one of the Hardy Boys."
The Best Gay Contemporary Romance category of the Rainbow Awards is dedicated to him, and for that reason we award every year the William Neale Award for Best Gay Contemporary Romance.

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It Happened Today: March 13

Harper Fox (born March 13, 1965): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4256151.html

British author Harper Fox has established herself within readers of M/M romance. Harper lives in beautiful rural Cornwall with Jane, her partner of 27 years, and 3 high-maintenance cats. Scrap Metal was released in print format in 2013: one year ago, before Fate took a wrecking ball to his life, Nichol was happily working on his doctorate in linguistics. Now he’s hip deep in sheep, mud and collies. His late brother and mother had been well suited to life on Seacliff Farm. Nichol? Not so much.

Henry Scott Tuke (June 12, 1858 - March 13, 1929): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3093754.html

Henry Scott Tuke was a British visual artist. His most notable work was in the Impressionist style, and he is probably best known for his paintings of nude boys and young men. All of Tuke's regular models were eventually called up during the First World War, and some did not return, including Maurice Clift—a model for August Blue—who was killed in France. One of the model of Ruby, Gold and Malachite was Charlie Mitchel, who was Tuke's boatman for 30 years and in his will, Tuke left him £1,000.

James Purdy (July 17, 1914 – March 13, 2009): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/2588569.html

James Purdy (July 17, 1914 – March 13, 2009) was a controversial American novelist, short story-writer, poet, and playwright who, since his debut in 1956, published over a dozen novels, and several collections of poetry, short stories, and plays. "Purdy is one of the most underrated American writers. I believe he is one of the masters of 20th century literature and In a Shallow Grave is a gem, about a disaffected and disfigured war veteran and his love for a hired male caretaker." --Rick R. Reed

Janet Flanner & Solita Solano: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3335044.html

Janet Flanner was a novelist, translator, and journalist, best known for her fortnightly "Letter from Paris," which she wrote for the New Yorker from 1925 to 1975. Flanner had an affair with Edith Wharton, but Solita Solano, a well-known writer and drama critic for the New York Tribune, was her greatest love. They remained close for over sixty years. Another long-term lover was Natalia Danesi Murray, an Italian-born radio broadcaster who later became vice president of Rizzoli publishers.

Joyce Warshow & Dorothy Sander: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3299403.html

Joyce Warshow was a formidable champion for LGBT rights. She was honored by Senior Action in A Gay Environment (SAGE) with its Lifetime Achievement Award for her work. Sadly, she died before she was able to accept the award, at home on October 2, 2007 at the age of 70. Her beloved partner of 25 years, Dorothy Sander, was at her side. As a filmmaker, Joyce was dedicated to presenting a full spectrum of pioneering lesbian activists: her two films and a documentary about Joan Nestle.

Robert Denning, Edgar de Evia & Vincent Fourcade: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3824146.html

Robert Denning (March 13, 1927 – August 26, 2005) was an American interior designer whose lush interpretations of French Victorian decor became an emblem of corporate raider tastes in the 1980s. During the last decade of his life he tired of Paris, giving up his home that he had shared with Vincent in the 17th arrondissment. He was content in the familiar surroundings of his home and offices in the Lombardy Hotel in New York City, where both the lobby and restaurant were of his design.

Robin Maugham (May 17, 1916 – March 13, 1981): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3498606.html

Robert Cecil Romer Maugham, 2nd Viscount Maugham, known as Robin Maugham, was a British novelist, playwright and travel writer. Described as "defiantly homosexual", but in fact bisexual, Lord Maugham never married, and the viscountcy became extinct upon his death. He died from a pulmonary embolism, compounded by long-standing diabetes mellitus, though an official cause of death was difficult to obtain as his body was apparently lost for forty-eight hours after his death.

Solita Solano & Janet Flanner: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3357913.html

Solita Solano was an American writer, poet and journalist. In 1919 Solano got to know the journalist Janet Flanner in Greenwich Village with whom she started a relationship. In 1921 they travelled to Greece, where Janet was to work on a report for the "National Geographic". In 1929 Solano had an affair with Margaret Anderson, founder of The Little Review, who had come to Paris with her lover, French singer Georgette Leblanc. After the outbreak of WWII Solano and Flanner returned to New York.

Susan B. Anthony & Elizabeth Cady Stanton: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3498327.html

Susan B. Anthony was a social reformer who played a pivotal role in the women's suffrage movement. In 1851 she met Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who became her lifelong co-worker in social reform activities. Their interests began to diverge somewhat as they grew older. As the drive for women's suffrage gained momentum, Anthony began to form alliances with more conservative groups. Despite such friction, their relationship continued to be close. When Stanton died in 1902, Anthony grieved for months.

William Neale (1957 - March 13, 2012): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/1453730.html

William Neale lived in Cleveland, Ohio with his partner of over a decade, Marty. Relatively new to the world of contemporary m/m romance, he spent over thirty years as a successful corporate communications executive, ad man, and PR "spin doctor." He passed away on March 13, 2012, at his home in Cleveland. The Best Gay Contemporary Romance category of the Rainbow Awards is dedicated to him, and for that reason we award every year the William Neale Award for Best Gay Contemporary Romance.

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2014 Rainbow Awards Submission: Guarded

Gay Erotica
Guarded by Cat Grant & L.A. Witt
Expected publication: April 2014
ISBN13 9780989694940

On the surface, rock star Jordan Kane has it all. His band No Rules is burning up the charts and headlining a world tour. His bodyguard doubles as a hot, kinky boyfriend who knows just how to push all his buttons. But behind the scenes, he’s suffocating.

Jase Hewitt never imagined he’d have a shot at bedding the larger than life rock star - never mind dominating him - but now he’s worried he’s in over his head. Jordan’s kinks run deep, dark, and sometimes dangerous, putting Jase’s desires to both pleasure and protect him at odds.

They might have a fighting chance at finding the safe, happy medium between what Jordan needs and what Jase is willing to give, but there’s one problem: Daniel, Jordan’s childhood best friend, the band’s talented guitarist — and a volatile, hard-partying drug addict. Jordan is determined to save Daniel from himself, but Jase has been there, done that, and desperately wants to protect Jordan from the inevitable heartache of watching an addict self-destruct.

When Daniel goes off the rails again, Jordan calls off the tour to get him help. Tension within the band skyrockets and pressure from the record label sends Jordan into a dark spiral. Now his band — and his life — are balanced on a knife's edge, and Jase is the only one who can pull him back... but only if the echoes of his own tragic past don't push him over first.

Charities Donation program progress:
25$ YouthCare: www.youthcare.org/
25$ Point Foundation: www.pointfoundation.org/
25$ CARE: careprogram.org/
25$ Lost-n-Found Youth: www.lost-n-found.org/
25$ Lambda Legal: www.lambdalegal.org/
50$ Wes for Youth: wesforyouth.privacemail.com/
83$ COLORS: www.colorsyouth.org/
125$ Cancer Research Institute: www.cancerresearch.org/
132$ Galop: www.galop.org.uk/
160$ UCAN: www.ucanchicago.org/
165$ SAGE: giveto.sageusa.org/
300$ Ali Forney Center: www.aliforneycenter.org/
TOTAL: 1140$*

* more than 150$ is a direct donation from a supporter of the Rainbow Awards who isn't submitting; while some authors were more than generous, arriving to donate 5 times the suggested amount, being the submission fee a non mandatory and voluntary direct donation, we were struggling to raise the same amount as last year and there is who decided to cover part of it. I thank you for all you are doing, and if you wish to donate to the above links, please drop me a note with your donation and I will update the total.

2014 Rainbow Awards Guidelines: reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4162490.html

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GayRomLit Retreat: Kerry Adrienne

Starting from March up until September I will feature authors attending the GayRomLit Retreat in Chicago (October 16-19, 2014: http://gayromlit.com/grl-authors).

Today author is Kerry Adrienne: Kerry writes about love in its many forms, and enjoys exploring the dynamics of relationships and the quandaries people get themselves into. She lives in suburbia with her family and six cats, but is making plans to escape to the ocean and NYC, as both places hold pieces of her heart.
Website: http://www.kerryadrienne.com

Kerry Adrienne is offering a copy of Artist's Touch to one commenter on this blog. You can comment on LJ or DW if you have an account (I will send a PM to the winner), if you don't have an account, please leave a comment on DW with a contact email.

Artist's Touch by Kerry Adrienne
Publisher: Ellora's Cave Publishing Inc (February 26, 2014)
Amazon Kindle: Artist's Touch

Every starlet wants master painter Kenon Alavi to do her portrait…and more. But Kenon prefers firm to soft and sates his desires with the boyfriends of the women he paints, enjoying the diversity of many lovers but shunning any attachments.

Wallace Harte’s English degree isn’t helping him find a job and working at a bar is the closest he’s gotten to being the Second Coming of Faulkner. Something’s gotta give soon or he’ll be out on the street.

Kenon zeroes in on the bartender at an art exhibition, intending to add him to his long list of conquests, but Wally bolts, initiating a heated game of cat and mouse. Kenon delights in the game until he discovers what Wally is writing. Feeling betrayed, Kenon swears off all entanglements until he reads Wally’s story and discovers true love is sometimes between the pages and not the sheets.

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Best Gay Mystery / Thriller: Safeword by AJ Rose

The strength of this series lies on its main characters, Ben and Gavin, but also, odd considering they are the villains, the bad ones, the ones the good-boys, like Gavin, are supposed to oppose, but that, in the end, have their reasons, for how much twisted they are, to behave in that way. Like in Power Exchange, also in Safeword, I didn’t feel “happy” the bad one was “stopped”, or at least, it wasn’t a feeling of complete satisfaction, but more like an unavoidable event.

Going back to the main characters, they were beautifully drawn and deep, but there is a big warning, this is not a BDSM novel playing the theme, this is a full immersion in the life, and Ben and Gavin have probably what a real Dom/sub relationship is in reality; Ben, who is not playing to be a Dom, and so he has not the typical physique du role, not only is a Dom, he is a counselor for other Doms, and he has a difficult case in Gavin, who has a PTS syndrome due to their past experience, told in the first novel; Ben, of course, isn’t Gavin’s therapist, Gavin is a sub and he is a patient of Ben’s business partner, a submissive. But Ben will have to work with Gavin in reestablishing their relationship and dynamics.

Aside from some small typos, mostly due, probably, to the fact this is a self-published work, the writing is as beautiful as the characters, dry but, again, deep, able to involve the reader even without the WOW effects sometime mystery/thriller novels are used to display.

Series: Power Exchange
Paperback: 268 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 26, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1492119237
ISBN-13: 978-1492119234
Amazon: Safeword
Amazon Kindle: Safeword

Series: Power Exchange
1) Power Exchange: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3712029.html
2) Safeword



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